Took quiz on research terms. Began taking notes on notecards. HW: Dialectical journal (2-column format) on 3 quotes from the middle/end of your literature circle title. Also: Make sure you have note cards for Monday. Those of you who still need better information should find additional sources at home during the weekend.
Reviewed note taking strategies. Printed articles in lab and found more information if needed. If you added information, you need to modify your works cited pages. HW: Quiz on research terms tomorrow. Make sure you have your articles and notecards to take notes tomorrow in class.
Reviewed research terms. Completed prediction sheet and then met in small groups to discuss. HW: Read literature circle book and study research terms for quiz on Friday.
Time provided to read literature circle books. Non-honors: prepare vocabulary cards on research terms. HW: Non-honors: finish preparing cards on research terms. Honors: Review words in list of research terms. All Classes: If you decided to redo your works cited page to correct it, make sure you submit it for reduced credit tomorrow.
Checklist for Works Cited Page:
Title: same font, centered, no underline, and spelled correctly
3 required sources: reputable website, book, and database
Information complete in sources.
HW: Works cited pages due for problem/solution essay. If you still need to add a source from a database, try the school website first. Go to the library page and try to access the Gale databases from home. If you can't access it there, you can go to the Palmer Public Library site (the library in Massachusetts) and go to their PALS Databases link. Scroll down to Gale Data bases there. If they ask you for a password, type in "pals." Make sure your works cited page is typed, alphabetized, double spaced, and has a hanging indent. It also needs 3 sources: a webpage, your book, and a database.
Worked in computer lab to complete works cited page. You need to include a minimum of 3 citations: A reputable website, a database (go to junior high library page or your local library databases) and your book. I recommend that you make an account in Easybib so that you can edit your citations at any time. I also recommend that you export your citations to Word so that you benefit from the formatting that Easybib does for you automatically. HW: Make sure the works cited page is done. Bring in index cards for the Monday after vacation. Read!!!
Met in small groups to discuss progress of research. Read literature circle books. HW: Catch up on reading.
Read about your chosen problem/solution in computer lab. HW: Write a 250-word blog in Edmodo about what you learned while doing your background reading and how your topic is going to work in the problem/solution format.
Presented new Problem/Solution Essay assignment. Have not assigned a due date for this yet due to all the snow, but there will be assignment checkpoints to keep you on track. Met in small groups to discuss novels and divide up pages to read. HW: Read pages designated in your small groups so you can keep up with your literature circle's discussions. Think about research topic for your problem/solution essay. It needs to connect with the book you are reading for literature circles. Some students (mostly C block) need to complete your midterm writing assignments.
Finished mid-term writing assessment. HW: 1 page journal entry on first chapter of your literature circle book. What it's about, what you noticed, like, dislike, connections.