Planning for English

I need a plan for my English classes…

So here’s my plan.

Ninth Grade English
First 5 minutes: collect homework, get them to copy down homework.
Next 5 minutes: Daily Oral Language assignment.
Next 10 minutes: Strunk and White rules for the day

Then:
Monday: Writing practice
Tuesday: Literature
Wednesday: Writing Practice
Thursday: Literature
Friday: Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

Ninth Grade English
First 5 minutes: collect homework, get them to copy down homework.
Next 5 minutes: Daily Oral Language assignment.
Next 10 minutes: Strunk and White rules for the day

Then:
Monday: SSAT Directed Essay Practice
Tuesday: Literature
Wednesday: Creative Writing Practice
Thursday: Literature
Friday: Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

Ben, does that work?

10 comments

  1. Re: Just a bit more…

    Andrew:

    I, of course, love your plan. It’s awesome and is very similar to what I’m trying to do. Remember too that 50% of the purpose of S.S.R. is to get the kids to concentrate on one task for an extended period of time. The actual act of reading and comprehending is oftentimes secondary to the act of powering down and being able to concentrate. As you may have heard, I congratulated my “E” period class yesterday not on their reading gains but on their ability to sit still and not to bother one another for 20 minutes. I do let them sit anywhere; I do let them wander, AS LONG AS they don’t bother their classmates. But middle school kids can’t attend to a task for more than a few minutes; it’s just how their brains are wired.

    Check your mailbox tomorrow morning for my gigantic unit plan that includes the iPod. Talk about begging, borrowing, and stealing! I appended a 15-page report from Duke University that chronicles the successes they’ve had in giving iPods to all of their incoming first-year students!

    I’ll bet the Tech Guys could get you a nice discount on the new iMac. It’s got a built-in iSight camera and other hot features. It’s even got a remote control! And you could download episodes of “Desperate Housewives” from iTunes! Or not.

    I won’t see you for a long, long time tomorrow because I have to go rehearse for the Prism Concert. I’m playing drums on two songs, African drums on one song, the spoons on the hillbilly song, and bass guitar on “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Jackie assigns me to play something else tomorrow! I’m also getting my nifty new synthesizer. It’s going to ROCK.

    All the boys on my dorm are going away this weekend. How lucky am I?

  2. Just a bit more…

    It’s not ideal. But our schedule has 40 minute classes on Mondays through Thursdays, and 50 minute classes on Fridays.

    So having SSR on Fridays means that they have 30 minutes of reading rather than 20 minutes of reading after Daily Oral Language work and Strunk & White. It’s just a little bit more. Since I teach the kids with the greatest reading difficulties, and the least inclination to read in general, it’s a way of guaranteeing that everyone gets at least 30 minutes of reading a week. Not as much as they should get, but more than they may currently get.

    • Just a bit more…

      It’s not ideal. But our schedule has 40 minute classes on Mondays through Thursdays, and 50 minute classes on Fridays.

      So having SSR on Fridays means that they have 30 minutes of reading rather than 20 minutes of reading after Daily Oral Language work and Strunk & White. It’s just a little bit more. Since I teach the kids with the greatest reading difficulties, and the least inclination to read in general, it’s a way of guaranteeing that everyone gets at least 30 minutes of reading a week. Not as much as they should get, but more than they may currently get.

      • Re: Just a bit more…

        Andrew:

        I, of course, love your plan. It’s awesome and is very similar to what I’m trying to do. Remember too that 50% of the purpose of S.S.R. is to get the kids to concentrate on one task for an extended period of time. The actual act of reading and comprehending is oftentimes secondary to the act of powering down and being able to concentrate. As you may have heard, I congratulated my “E” period class yesterday not on their reading gains but on their ability to sit still and not to bother one another for 20 minutes. I do let them sit anywhere; I do let them wander, AS LONG AS they don’t bother their classmates. But middle school kids can’t attend to a task for more than a few minutes; it’s just how their brains are wired.

        Check your mailbox tomorrow morning for my gigantic unit plan that includes the iPod. Talk about begging, borrowing, and stealing! I appended a 15-page report from Duke University that chronicles the successes they’ve had in giving iPods to all of their incoming first-year students!

        I’ll bet the Tech Guys could get you a nice discount on the new iMac. It’s got a built-in iSight camera and other hot features. It’s even got a remote control! And you could download episodes of “Desperate Housewives” from iTunes! Or not.

        I won’t see you for a long, long time tomorrow because I have to go rehearse for the Prism Concert. I’m playing drums on two songs, African drums on one song, the spoons on the hillbilly song, and bass guitar on “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Jackie assigns me to play something else tomorrow! I’m also getting my nifty new synthesizer. It’s going to ROCK.

        All the boys on my dorm are going away this weekend. How lucky am I?

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