SSR will actually be blended into history a little today. Students will be taking their WWI exam and we will invite them to read whenever they are finished with their test.
As today is a Wednesday and has super short periods, we will make sure that students have a full 30 minute period for the test plus ten minutes of reading/finish up the test time at the beginning of the second half of our block.
Unlike the past few preparation times, I am going to ask students to work individually and silently on their preparations today. Since it is one of our short Wednesday class period, students will not have a great deal of time, but hopefully it will be enough for them to get started.
I will remind them that they need to be preparing for their discussions on Friday by gathering textual support for their analysis and reflections (W.9-10.9) and will also remind them that this is their last chance to wow me and/or their group members with their completed role work, which will be added to their folders on Friday. These folders are student created and have been used as group portfolios throughout their book club discussions. More information about how the groups created them can be found here.
As always, the roles are as follows:
I will end class today with a few reminders about due dates and specifically talking about the importance of contributing to the group portfolio. After the break, students will work together to determine which products go into the final portfolio. No student is guaranteed a spot because I want the best examples of each role represented. Some students are going to have to really step up their game to make sure their portfolios are quality.
Additionally, I will highlight the importance of using our own words when writing in the blogs. A student from a different core class was caught copying ideas from schmoop.com. He was called out by the #bigbrother teachers and I want to make sure students know that there are many eyes on their writing and encourage them to think for themselves (W.9-10.8).