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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…

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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.

Friday
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!

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