What I’m Teaching This Week: 1/4-1/8

After two weeks of R&R, I hope everyone’s batteries are fully charged because the alarm clock has no mercy. My freshmen wrapped up our poetry unit right before we left for winter break, so we’re now set to dive into the more practical waters of Argumentation. First, we’ll learn to pick apart other people’s arguments and then we’ll learn how to build our own.

Ready or not, 2016 is here…

Open with a five-minute M.U.G. Shot (Mechanics, Usage, Grammar) Monday mini-lecture/bell-ringer.

Discuss and answer questions about our fall semester final exam, which will be given the week of Jan. 18. This year’s two-hour exam will cover M.U.G. Shots, lit. terms, poetry terms and analysis of a poem, vocabulary, analogies, and a short argument essay based on a reading we covered earlier in the class.

Present Unlocking the SAT Essay, a Prezi-based lecture that explains the changes to the new SAT Essay requirements and how having these skills will help all students, regardless of college or career path.

Read and discuss this Cash for Grades lesson, focusing on how to deconstruct the writer’s argument.

For HW, students should read their S.S.R. books. Second-quarter Book Talks will be due by the end of lunch on Jan. 15, just two weeks away.

Open with a five-minute Lit. Term Tuesday mini-lecture/bell-ringer.

Complete this Deconstructing Argument: Intestinal Worms lesson as a solo assignment. Written answers will be collected at the end of the hour.

For HW, students should continue reading their S.S.R. books.

Open with a ten-minute Words on Wednesday vocabulary mini-lecture/bell-ringer.

Review yesterday’s answers to the Intestinal Worms assignment.

Explain and present modern examples of these Logical Fallacies:
• Hasty Generalization
• Faulty Causality
• Either/Or (False Dichotomy)
• Slippery Slope
• Bandwagon

Complete this Deconstructing Argument: Pregnant Women lesson as a full-class reading and discussion.

For HW, students should continue reading their S.S.R. books.

Finish yesterday’s discussion of the Pregnant Women lesson, if needed.

Explain and present modern examples of these Logical Fallacies:
• Sentimental Appeal
• Scare Tactics
• Appeal to False Authority
• Ad Hominem
• Straw Man

In teams of two, identify the logical fallacies used in 20 different real-life debate scenarios and then review/discuss the answers with the full class. If time allows, have the teams create their own teen-focused examples for three of the 10 fallacies we discussed.

For HW, students need to bring their S.S.R. books to class tomorrow.

Quarter Trio groups will play two rounds of Brain Teasers.

Students will use the remaining class time to read their S.S.R. books.

For HW, students will be assigned to complete a Common Core-style test prep assignment, which we’ll go over on Monday.

And with that, we’ll be back into the end-of-term grind.

Teach on, everyone!

6 thoughts on “What I’m Teaching This Week: 1/4-1/8

  1. What I am teaching this week… I just put together what I think will be a fun “New Year’s Resolutions” day for my students’ return. I found two videos: one is a small history of new year’s eve/day and one is the psychology of making resolutions. This will lead to various activities, including introduction of my two new words this week: aspirations and auspicious. The last few years I have used Tracee Orman’s graphic organizer for a writing assignment to get students thinking about their own new year’s resolutions. It is always fun and I keep their brightly colored posters up until May when they get to take them home! Well, that takes care of two days…

  2. So creative and fun, Tanya. I love this! Care to share those links? 🙂

  3. Perfect! I’ll definitely check these out. Thanks for sharing these with everyone, Tanya.

  4. Laura,
    Just wanted to say that I am very grateful for placing your lessons for the week on the internet. As a new teacher, it is greatly appreciated to see what others are doing, especially when they are successful. I love all of your products on TpT! I own so many of them! Thank you! Please, don’t ever think you are not appreciated. Your blog is awesome!

  5. Thanks, Nancy, for the note of support. I sometimes wonder if I haven’t gone a little crazy with all of this blog stuff, so it’s gratifying to know that you like these posts. I was actually thinking about dropping this series once the fall semester wraps up in a few weeks and finding something new to write about each week (I mean, how many times have I typed, “For HW, read your SSR book”) but I’ll keep going for the year. One word of warning, though – I’ll definitely be saying, “In-class work day for 20Time Project” a lot in the spring semester. 🙂

    Again, thanks for this. You just put some wind in my sails.

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