Last Update: Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m.
- Students need to have a copy of The Contender checked out to them and bring it to class all days except Wednesday. (On Wednesdays, we write and at this time there’s no writing assignments related to the novel.)
- The book fair starts next year. Our class will still meet in the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and go to the media center together to shop. Have money this day! If you forget, the parent night is the next evening.
- There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics.
What did we do today?
Monday, Sept. 10
- Students answered the Analysis Questions (listed below) for the related reading “Muhammad Ali” (found in the back of The Contender novel) and submitted to the class inbox.
- How does Clay begin to emerge as a contender as a result of the Sonny Liston fight in 1964? How does the 1965 rematch solidify him as a champion? How do his victories raise doubt?
- How does the transformation of Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali impact the world of boxing and Americans nationwide?
- How does Ali’s fight with the United States Government over his conscientious objector status mirror his journey as a world-class, heavyweight boxer? Why did Ali question his enlistment status in the first place? Was it unpatriotic of him to do so?
- If Ali would have accepted his enlistment status, would he have still been respected and highly revered?
- If they finished early, students were allowed to continue working on the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” (BR poll – AR poll.)
Tuesday, Sept. 11
- Students created an Analysis Chart for the “Muhammad Ali” biography text (found in the related readings/back of The Contender novel.)
- The class worked together to fill out the video side of the chart after several viewings of the “Muhammad Ali Mini Bio” clip. Then, students filled out print side using the “Muhammad Ali” biography text (found in the related readings/back of The Contender novel.)
- Some classes were able to start the analysis column.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, Early Dismissal
- Students their “So You Think You Can Argue” notes, reviewed Should/Should Not and Does/Does Not arguments.
- We reviewed how to determine if argument statements supported the “does violate the rule” stance or the “does NOT violate the rule” stance.
- Students determined the strongest argument statement and the weakest argument statement and defended/refuted their answers.
- Classes that finished early continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31.
Thursday, Sept. 13
- Students answered two questions in their comp. books. For the questions, please view today’s power point.
- The class reviewed Tuesday’s lesson.
- The teacher clarified misconceptions that the center column was not for “similarities” but for “an analysis of what the two types of media (text and video) shared and what this revealed about Muhammad Ali’s character, values, etc.
- Students completed the Muhammad Ali Analysis Chart. On the back the completed the closing by answering the essential question. See power point.
Friday, Sept. 14
- (7th period only) finished up the video/text analysis chart on “Muhammad Ali.”
- Students who needed to continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31.
- Students who needed to completed the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” completing the:
- before reading
- read the article
- complete the activity (without any use of outside materials like Google, your friend, a dictionary, etc. … like always.)
- thought question and
- after reading poll
- The teacher met with small groups to talk about mistakes that were made on the practice assignments we have been doing over the last several weeks, so students can make improvements on forthcoming graded assignments.
- Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
- In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
- Complete the activity in the LA2 section for credit.
- The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
- Scores of 75% or higher on the first try are worth ten (10) points. Second try is worth zero (0) points regardless of score.
- All other scores worth zero (0) points.
- The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%