To start each class period, write a Journal. I allow 10 solid minutes to type on your own, then we discuss for an additional 5 minutes. The expectations are the same every day.
After we discuss the Journal, we will work on Word of the Week (WoW). For this weekly project, you will be working with a partner or group of three. You will be assigned a word and study its meaning for a short, informal presentation the last day of each week. In addition, your group will be assigned a word part. Notes will be provided for the entire class about how these word parts work. Expect that both word parts and WoW will be on quizzes and tests.
After the WoW, we take notes on grammar rules, or take a pre- or post-test, or work on grammar homework.
All of these activities take up about the first 20 minutes or so of class every day. For the rest of the class period, we work on other Units of Study: literature, or at the end of the semester, the research paper. It will be filled with reading in class, discussions, note-taking, homework, writing essays and papers, conducting research, and other activities to support our understanding of the course material.
Half of the class period on Mondays are reserved for working on Achieve 3000. Each week, each student is expected to complete one Thought Question and two Activities. Students should be able complete these requirements on Monday in class...if not, it is homework.
For additional questions about classroom expectations, rubrics, course standards, and the reassessment policy you may want to read the course syllabus, or check the calendar.
If you have any questions or comments, the best way to reach me is through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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