English 3

October 2015

In this newsletter, you will find some snippets of recent student work and an overview of what is coming in the near future. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!


~Proud Teacher of English 3, Rebecca Nelson

What We've Been Up To Lately

What's Coming Up Next

Unit One, Embedded Assessment Two

Over the next few weeks, students will be preparing for and beginning their second essay. This will include practice with a Battle of the Arguments. The second essay is a synthesis essay that requires them to create an argument responding to the following prompt:

Your assignment is to synthesize at least three to five sources and your own observations to defend, challenge, or qualify the statement that “America still provides access to the American Dream.” This question requires you to integrate a variety of sources (three to five) into a coherent, well-written argumentative essay. Be sure to refer to the sources and employ your own observations to support your position. Your argument should be central; the sources and your observations should support this argument.

Unit Two: The Power of Persuasion

*Students will need a copy of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Copies can be purchased or rented through the school's LRC.


Overview

In this unit, students explore the idea of the American Dream and America’s commitment to freedom of speech. Two essential questions focus their attention on the skills and knowledge presented and assessed in the unit:

· How can artistic expression advance social commentary?

· How are the components of rhetoric applied to the creation and delivery of persuasive speeches?

Students answer these questions through the activities and assessments in the unit.

Assessments

Two performance-based tasks, called Embedded Assessments, give students an opportunity to demonstrate their new learning in the skills of presentation and argumentation. Specifically,

· Embedded Assessment 1 asks students to present an original dramatic script about a societal conflict.

· Embedded Assessment 2 asks students to write a speech arguing a position and using a variety of rhetorical appeals.

In both cases, students demonstrate their ability to critically read and effectively use textual evidence.

Developing Skills and Knowledge for the Assessments

Throughout the unit, students engage in activities in which they use strategies such as marking the text and jigsaw to practice the important skills of close reading, responding to the text, and sharing information. Students analyze and respond to a variety of texts such as “Speech to the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry and the drama The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Students’ vocabulary study concentrates on academic vocabulary of performing and argumentation, such as vocal delivery, historical context, and rhetorical context, and vocabulary specific to literary study such as subtext, dramatic irony, and syntax.

Helping Your Child

Students should be practicing every day in class for their upcoming performance on the Embedded Assessment. Help your child reflect on and focus his or her learning by asking the following questions:

· What did you learn today? What texts did you read, discuss, and respond to in writing? What strategies did you use during your reading, discussing, and writing?

· What did you learn today that will help you succeed on the upcoming Embedded Assessment? What do you still need to practice?

You may also find it helpful to read through the Embedded Assessments (particularly the Scoring Guides) and to note the Learning Targets that are located at the beginning of each unit activity.

Mrs. Nelson

English teacher. Georgia native. Literature lover. Educational technology promoter. Coffee drinker. Anglophile. Believer of tea time. Co-Sponsor of Indian Student Association. Pro travel.

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