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What I’m Teaching This Week: 3/7-3/11

Now that we’re a third of the way through our 20Time work sessions, I’ve folded in Mastermind groups, informal accountability teams of four assigned students. The teams met for the first 15 minutes or so of our Friday work session and discussed the following for each person:
1. Remind the group about your project. (It’s been a month since the Guppy Tank and not everyone will remember your project.)
2. Explain and/or show how much you’ve done.
3. Describe one thing that’s going well and/or a cool thing you’ve learned.
4. Talk about something you’re struggling with and work with the group to brainstorm a solution.

Mastermind groups were definitely a successful addition to the process. First, the kids who are building great things were excited to have an audience, even if it was just three classmates. Second, the kids who have been slower at the start were able to see how much progress other folks have made, a reality-check that (*fingers crossed*) will get ‘em moving a little faster. We’ll have another Mastermind group check-in at Week 8.

And, oh yeah, we’re also still tumbling around the Mediterranean with Odysseus. Good times.

Here’s where we are this week:

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

Give a one-question quizzer on Book 6 of The Odyssey, which students were assigned to finish reading this weekend.

Discuss Homer’s use of feminine archetypes and answer questions from the reading with small group discussion.

Together, begin reading Book 9 of The Odyssey aloud with the class.

For HW, students will finish Book 9, if not done in class.

Open with three rounds of Brain Teasers. (It’s been a while since we’ve had some Quarter Trio points and I want to break up the literature with something a little lighter.)

One-question quizzer on Book 9 and discuss the reading, focusing on the shift in narration since Odysseus is now the main voice as he tells his tale to King Alkinoos.

View the cyclops video clip from the 1997 version of The Odyssey – you know, the one starring Armand Assante.

Begin reading Books 10 (all of it) and 11 (lines 1-267) on their own. I have students stop at the mid-point of Book 11 because the second-half pretty much becomes a roll call of famous dead Greeks. Other than a quick exchange with Agamemnon which I’ll summarize for my kids tomorrow, there’s not much else they need from that section and tonight’s reading load is already heavy enough.

For HW, students will finish the Book 10-11 readings, if not done in class.

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

Short-answer quiz covering Books 10-11 and then we’ll discuss the reading, focusing on how Homer wants us to view Odysseus’ curious nature.

Toward the end of the hour, students will complete a 20Time exit ticket, explaining their plan for tomorrow’s work time.

For HW, students should read their S.S.R. books because their third-quarter S.S.R. book talks are due in about two weeks. Also, they need to remember to bring their 20Time materials for tomorrow’s work session.

In-class work session for our 20Time projects.

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

In-class reading time of S.S.R. books.

For HW, students need to read and be ready to discuss Book 12 of The Odyssey and, as always, keep chipping away at those S.S.R. books.

That’s it for this week. Teach on, everyone!

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