Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Socratic Seminar on Academic Honesty (Tuesday and Wednesday-Block Schedule)

Goal: Deeper discussions about the state of academic honesty in our school.

Read (a bit longer because it is bloc schedule.)
Socratic Seminar
Next steps

Socratic Seminar: 
We have time today for three groups.
Students who miss class today can attend a make up Socratic Seminar on Wednesday 6/8 after school.

Next Steps:
Now that we know what we know about academic honesty at PLHS what are we going to do about it? Project ahead. I'll explain more in class.

Media Release: 
If you have not returned your signed media release do that asap.

Academic honesty essay due June 3
Book reviews due June 14.
Last day for regrade requests is also June 14.
See calendar below for finals schedule.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soapstone and Socratic Seminar Prep

Goals: Complete the SOAPSTone protocol with your partner then prepare for our Socratic Seminar next week.

Socratic Seminar Prep


  • With your partner complete THIS SOAPSTone form
  • Click HERE to get a copy of the text. (You probably already have it in your Google Drive.)
  • Note that the SOAPSTone form also asks you to write a rhetorical precis. Don't skip that part. 

Socratic Seminar Prep: 

  • Prepare your thoughts about two of the articles below. You can use the one you read with your group originally and then pick one other. 
  • Complete a Socratic Seminar note taking sheet about each article using the paper I give you in class. 
  • I'm not giving you the questions this time. Be prepared for a discussion when you come to class next week. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing Groups: Monday and Tuesday (Block Schedule)

Goal: Writing groups for your Academic Honesty essays.

Writing Group Procedures
Writing Groups

Writing Groups: 
  • Sharing your writing with a group will help you improve your writing and learn what a reader might think while reading your work. 
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 
After Writing Groups: 
  • Work on your essay with the advice your group just gave you. 
  • Do this ARTICLE OF THE WEEK.  Don't forget to write about it in your English Journal. 
  • Read your book. 

Make revisions to your comparative analysis essay, or your extreme sports essay. (All regrade requests must be submitted by June 14!)
Final drafts for Academic Honesty are due next week.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Drafting time

Goal: Drafting time.

Drafting on academic honesty essay

Today I'm giving you some silent writing time. I can answer questions and I'll be looking at your writing in Google Drive. If you have a question raise your hand. I'll open your doc and we can chat.

Bring back the media release paperwork I gave you in class.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Writing time

Goal: making progress on our academic honesty writing piece.

Looking at leads
Writing time

Looking at leads: 
I've always told you to write the first part last, find out what you want to say before you go back and write your opening. But, in skimming through what progress you are beginning to make on your essays, I feel the need to give you a lesson on leads.

A lead is the beginning of an article or essay. It helps to think of it more as a lure than a lead. You want to draw your reader in. You only have a few sentences to convince someone that your writing is worth reading.  Just as Montressor lead Fortunato down in to the catacombs, you must lead your trusting reader further into your essay.

I looked through your essays and found some examples of strong leads. I also found some examples of what not to do. You can find those examples HERE.

Writing time:
The rest of the period is your's for drafting.
You have a rough draft of this essay due Monday May 23.

Bring back the media release paperwork I gave you in class.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writing about academic honesty

Goal: Begin planning and drafting for academic honesty essay.

Introduce writing prompt
Planning and initial drafting

Writing Prompt: 
Now that you have read a variety of articles about academic honesty you will examine survey data about academic honesty at our school. Focus your analysis on the areas of academic honesty that you think have the most impact at Point Loma High School. Using data from the survey and our course readings, draw conclusions about, issues of academic honesty, what students at our school consider cheating, and suggest possible solutions. 
I'm sending you an essay template doc in Google Drive. It has the prompt above and some other resources to help you write your essay. Be sure to use data from our survey and evidence from our readings to help you explain the issue and your position.

We will work on this in class this week.
Draft Due Monday May 23
Final Draft Due Wednesday June 1
Call in by 9:00 PM June 1

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our Academic Honesty Data

Goal: Looking closely at our data to draw conclusions and begin to form an opinion.

Looking at our data
Talking about our data
Writing about our data

Looking closely at OUR data. 
CLICK HERE to make a copy of our data set slides.
Click through them to see how your classmates answered the questions.

Talking about our data: 
Follow the steps below with your group.

  1. Begin with slide four. Look at it. 
  2. Talk about what you think it means with your group. 
  3. Use the notes section of the slide to write about what you think this data means and/or what it says about students at Point Loma. 
  4. Repeat this process for at least 10 other data slides in the deck. Pick the ten slides as a group. 
Writing about our data: 
Open your English Journal
Write a paragraph about the data that was most interesting to you and what you think it says about students at our school. 
If it helps, you can use the sentence FRAMES I linked you to yesterday. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Looking closely at infographic data

Goal: Examine an infographic and draw conclusions from the data.

Examine an infographic
Writing about data.

Examine an Infographic: 
In an increasingly visual world data is now often packaged and presented in "infographics."
Read through the infographic below.
What data stands out to you?
This infographic is based on this article. Which is more helpful to you?
What are the pros and cons of using infographics?

Writing about data: 
Open your English Journal.
Use four of the sentence frames from THIS PAGE to write statements based on data from the infographic below.

Cheating in the digital age
Courtesy of: http://www.schools.com

Friday, May 13, 2016

Academic Honesty Jigsaw

Goals: Further reading and discussion about issues of academic honesty.

Read an article with your group.
Share out what you read about with a different group.

Reading an article: 

  • With your group read and discuss your assigned article. 
  • Be sure you can talk about: 
  1. A brief summary of the article including the author's position. 
  2. Several important details, including any that seemed new or surprising. 
  3. Any issues or disagreements you have with the author's position or data. 




SOURCE 4 (POPE) Orange



Explaining your article: 
I'll re-group you and you need to explain the article you read.
You will also hear about several other articles.
Take notes in your English Journal about new and interesting information.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Charting the Academic Honesty Text

Kind of obvious
Goal: Charting the text about academic honesty

Charting the text

Charting the text:
You will need the article "Cheating on the Rise Among High School Students" that you made a copy of during our last class.
With your table work to complete the chart about what the author is saying and doing.
If you are absent you'll need to see me to get a copy of the chart.

Want to be interviewed about our class? 
CLICK HERE if you are interested in "trying out" for an on camera interview about our class.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Block Day, Tuesday and Wednesday!

Goals: Initial readings about academic honesty.

Read (longer because it's a block day)
Quick write
Survey the text
Partner read
Close Reading
TED talk

Happy Tuesday. Due to a test the 10th graders need to take we have a block schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Since we have some extra time together we are going to get a lot done today.

Quick Write: 

  • Open your English Journal
  • First check, did you write about an academic honesty quote yesterday? If not leave yourself a note to make that up. 
  • Next, Quick Write: Try to answer at least one if not several of the questions below. Use complete sentences please. 

What do you think academic honesty means?
Is it similar or different from other kinds of honesty?
Which questions do you remember from the survey yesterday? Why do those questions stand out to you?
What do you think we might learn or discover in this unit? 

Survey the text:
With your partner do a survey of the text we are about to read today.
Click HERE to get a copy of the text.
Click HERE to begin the survey.

Partner read:
After you are done with the preview read the text with your partner. Stop and talk about your understanding and questions after each paragraph.
Together agree on a one sentence summary of the text. Add that to your English journal.

Close Read: I will lead you through some discussion questions about the text. Make sure you have your copy of the article open.

TED talk: And if we still have time I have a TED talk I think you'll find interesting.

Want to be interviewed about our class? 
CLICK HERE if you are interested in "trying out" for an on camera interview about our class.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Academic Honesty: What does it mean to you?

Goals: Academic honesty survey as we begin to think about our next unit.

Quick write

Yep, another survey. But, this one is relevant to you, your classmates, and Point Loma High School!

Today we are launching a unit where we are going to study trends in academic honesty, cheating, and ethics among high school students. We will study some national and international trends, and compare them to trends we see at PLHS. Eventually, you will write about our findings. In order to collect the data that we are going to analyze, today you will take an anonymous survey about academic honesty.


Academic Honesty Quotes: 

  • Use the internet to find a quotation that you think represents your views on academic honesty and integrity. 
  • Paste the quote into your English Journal and write about why you chose it and how it represents your views. 
  • If you can't find one you like, you may make up your own. Here are some examples:

"Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right." --Mario Cuomo

"To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice." --Confucius

"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." --Indira Gandhi

"What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient." --Bodie Thoene

Want to be interviewed about our class? 
CLICK HERE if you are interested in "trying out" for an on camera interview about our class.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Article of the week and catching up

Goals: Article of the week and catching up

Article of the week
Catch up

Article of the week: 
Read THIS ARTICLE and write a two paragraph response in your English Journal. The first paragraph should be a summary of the main idea and details. The second paragraph should be your thoughts and opinions about the situation. (You can pick a different article if you like, but your response must include your reasons for making the change.)

Catch Up: Be sure you have done ALL of the following.

  • Self scored your English Journal: See the blog from yesterday. 
  • Submitted your book reviews: (3rd period missing seven people, 6th period missing four people, 7th period missing one person.)
  • Finished your Extreme Sports Essay: CALL it IN by 9pm tonight for full credit. (You can also call on Saturday or Sunday.)
  • Make up Socratic Seminar TODAY at 2:20. Don't be late. 
Mrs. Roberts Where Are You? 
I'll be out of the classroom periods 3 and 6 today to present about Technology in the Classroom to a convention of parents, teachers, and administrators from around the state. I'll be back for our make up Socratic Seminar after school. Tonight I'll be on the field before the Padre game representing teachers at their Teacher Appreciation Night. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lots of reflection and some improvement

Goals: English journal self scoring, essay polishing, and general shenanigans.

Self score English Journal
Essay reflection questions
Essay improvements

English Journal Self Score:
  1. Visit the ENGLISH JOURNAL SCORING GUIDE and decide how you would score your own English Journal based on that scoring guide. 
  2. PASTE the sentence below in you YOUR English Journal at the top. Fill in the number and reasons you scored your EJ that way. 
I believe that the work in my English Journal should earn a ...(enter number from scoring guide)... because...(give reasons why you earned that score.)
Essay Reflection Questions:
Answer the questions about your writing at the end of your essay document.

Essay improvements: 
Improve your writing with technology supports.
Try out https://www.paperrater.com/
And http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

Want to be interviewed about our class? 
CLICK HERE if you are interested in "trying out" for an on camera interview about our class.

Extreme Sports essays are due Friday 

Note: Mrs. R is gone periods 3-6 on Friday. Ms. Hanan and Ms. Love will be covering our classes. 
Make up Socratic Seminar Friday afternoon 2:20 pm. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Book review day

Goal: Reviewing the books you have read recently.

Book Review Submissions

Book Reviews: 
  • You are submitting reviews today for TWO different books you read. 
  • You should already have a recent review posted on Goodreads. If you do not you should work on that first. 
  • Remember you can start your review, save it and get the link, then go back and edit it later to finish your review. (Be sure to edit/finish your review before I grade it.)
  • You will use the review form to submit the link to your Goodreads review and write some answers about the OTHER book you read. 
Reflection Questions:
At the bottom of your extreme sports essay doc there are several reflection questions. Answer those now.

Want to be interviewed about our class? (Finish your Book Reviews first.)
CLICK HERE if you are interested in "trying out" for an on camera interview about our class.

English journals are due tomorrow. Get ready for your self evaluation on those. Be sure all work is complete. 
Extreme Sports essays are due Friday 
Note: Mrs. R is gone periods 3-6 on Friday. Ms. Hanan and Ms. Love will be covering our classes. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Writing Response Groups

Goal: Writing groups for your Extreme Sports essays.

Writing Groups

Writing Groups: 
  • Sharing your writing with a group will help you improve your writing and learn what a reader might think while reading your work. 
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 
  • Use the peer review checklist on your essay document. 

  • Read! (Book reviews happen tomorrow! Have one on Goodreads before you come to class.)
  • Make revisions to your Extreme Sports essay. Final drafts will be due Friday.
  • English Journals due Thursday.

Monday, May 2, 2016

California Healthy Kids Survey

Goal: Take the California Healthy Kids Survey
  1. Read while your computer boots up
  2. Take the Healthy Kids Survey. CLICK HERE (I'll give you the access code in class. You can not take the survey if you are absent.)
  3. When you finish read your book or work on your essay. 
Tomorrow we have writing groups. Wednesday your book reviews are due. Make sure you have one on Goodreads already.