Friday, April 25, 2014

We're English 10 Nerds and Loving It: April 25, 2014

Focus: How can set ourselves up for successful book-film clubs?

1. Warming up: Reading the first chapter of your books

2. Establishing in-class and out-of-class expectations for your club; after receiving my approval, please print and sign them.

Outside of class:
Work Ethic: How much time should we spend on reading each night? What do we need to do as we read? What is our division of labor (writing prompts, discussion questions, activities)?

Accountability: What happens of some members of our group drop the ball? Forget their book? Don’t finish the assigned reading? How do we prevent ugly situations? How do we enforce the expectations?
In class:
Work Ethic: What are our expectations for discussion? How do we plan to spend class time?

Accountability: What happens if two of us (or all of us) starting losing our focus? What happens if the bell rings and we haven’t accomplished everything we were supposed to do?

3. Setting up your reading calendar for the next three weeks: Write in your student calendars which specific pages/chapters need read by each of the following dates, keeping in mind that the book must be finished and the film must be watched no later than Monday, May 12. 

Monday, April 28: Discussion of characterization
Friday, May 2: Discussion of setting
Monday, May 5: Discussion of motifs
Friday, May 9: Discussion of themes

4. (If time allows) Creating your Google site and/or wikispace and/or other website for your book club

1. Assigned book club reading for Monday, April 28.  Please note that if you have not done your book club reading, you won't be able to complete the characterization assignment during class, which will result in a zero.

2. Your mockumentary annotated research must be completed by the end of class on Tuesday; if you have not started this yet, you will want to work on it before Tuesday.

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