From this point of the year on, time is more fluid. These activities will take as much or as little time as necessary to complete:
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) – students are all reading the same novella at the same time; activities throughout like circling and PQA’s to introduce new vocabulary; open-book comprehension questions, dictatio, quadrant races, and story listening with extended readings to review and repeat vocabulary
Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) – students chose a novella of interest to them to read during snippets of time in class; “Game of Quotes” used to reward reading
Free and/or Fluency Writes – students write what they like for a set time; students can use RandomnessStory to jump-start an idea, retell or summarize a story, and/or utilize the One Word at a Time activity in groups to create a prompt from which to continue; students chose one timed write per nine weeks as representative of their work to be graded
Student-Created Stories & Story Scripts – using the class collection of One Word Images, students help the teacher create stories about what interests them via Story Asking; students help the teacher create a unique and funny story from a prepared script
Myths – what follows is a collection of stories and myths related to the county curriculum; the target vocabulary follows in brackets
Deities – the Dei unit by Stepping into CI (created by Rachel Ash, Miriam Patrick, and Robert Patrick, Ph.D.): Principium Terrae [caelum, valde, facere]; Saturnus [di immortales, timere;, horribilis, saxum]; Dei [petere, liberare, consilium capere]; Minerva [servare, sapiens, stultus, necare]; Vulcanus Victor [alter, miser, fugere]; Venus [nemo, -ior/ius quam]; Diana et Apollo [venari, iratus, amor, casu]
Perseus – Quattuor Heroes by Laura E.G. Berg, in progress
As a follow-up to some of these myths, there is audio via podcast available to practice listening comprehension and/or for an Individualized Performance Assessment (IPA).
Students will be given a Unit MGMT Sheet (original idea courtesy of Jon Cowart, redesigned by Lance Piantaggini; here is my version) to complete during each day of the unit. One section of the sheet is to be completed each day of the unit. They will turn in the sheet at the end of each unit.
I have purposely limited this sheet to one, double-sided page to cut down on the copies necessary to print, hand out, and collect, as well as grade. Also, depending on the activities of each day, a different section of the sheet will be most applicable and I like that kind of flexibility.