What am I learning this week?
-This week we will continue to prepare for the American Literature EOC on December 1-5. I have a variety of online and in-class games we will be using as openers all throughout the week, so be sure to bring a charged phone to class each day. If you are unable to do this, you can team up with one partner each day.
-We’ll be looking at the poetry, dramatic literature, and both fiction and nonfiction prose passages and question types you’ll be seeing on the EOC.
-We’ll also be practicing for the extended response sections of the EOC with questions from our embedded passages throughout the week.
-We’ll be talking about the writings and beliefs of Transcendentalists, in particular, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
-You’ll learn the principles and organization of argumentation. Our focus will include how to make an interesting assertion, backing this assertion with anecdotal, historical, cultural, and textual evidence, and how to form an appropriate counterclaim and call to action. We’ll be using Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance” as the anchor paper for this lesson.
-If we have remaining time I would like to look at a few clips from “Into the Wild.” We’ll be discussing the philosophies and pragmatic ideas of Christopher MacCandless and this will lead to our first in-class debate at the end of the week.
How am I learning this?
-Each day our opener will include a poem, prose passage, or piece of dramatic literature from the American Literature Benchmark assessment. We will use either Kahoot or Poll Everywhere to review these passages as a class. Poll Everyhwere will also be used to discuss some of the key passages from Emerson’s “Self Reliance.”
-We will also follow up three times this week with examples of extended response questions. This will constitute some of the in-class writing and discussions we will have this week. I plan to use the document camera for this, as well as the rubric that will be used by the county in grading this portion of your EOC.
-I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the overview and organization of the argument essay. We will be discussing how the ideas of the Nihilists act as a counterclaim to the American Transcendentalists. You will practice formulating assertions, using evidence, expressing counterclaim, and calling your audience to action at the conclusion of your essay. We will have one practice essay at the conclusion of the week.
-We’ll be discussing the utility of Transcendentalism and how the life and death of Christopher MacCandless illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of Transcendental belief. In such a way we can evaluate the effectiveness of the Symposium Movement of the late 19th American century.
How am I being assessed?
-Daily online games and USA Test Prep (formative)
-Extended response practice (formative)
-Timed argument essay (formative)
-“Into the Wild” cloze notes (formative)