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Common Core Reading. Grades 6-12. Michelle Greenop Hopkins High School Unique to the Common Core?. Reader’s Notebook - my journey with this item prior to the Common Core and following the Common Core. 2011. 2012. My Reading Log/CC Reading Log.

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common core reading

Common Core Reading

Grades 6-12

Michelle Greenop

Hopkins High School

unique to the common core
Unique to the Common Core?
  • Reader’s Notebook - my journey with this item prior to the Common Core and following the Common Core.



common core reading unit 1
Common Core Reading Unit 1
  • Introduction to the Reader’s Workshop:
    • 6th and 8th
      • “The Independent Reading Workshop is a systematic way of supporting and guiding students as they read on their own.  Students will learn to organize their thinking through the use of reading strategy tools kept in reading folders.   Teachers begin each session with a brief mini-lesson that targets a specific reading skill or strategy.  Students are then encouraged to silently read books of their own choosing while the teacher monitors and confers with individuals.  At the closure of each session, students share in partnerships or whole group discussions to identify strategies and new learning that has occurred.”
    • 11th
      • “Independent readers build a repertoire of reading habits and strategies to engage with the ideas and meanings in creative nonfiction. They develop an understanding of how the text works to express the central ideas developed across a text. In personal reading and peer conversations, they build their understanding of how creative nonfiction texts are written at the same time they build an understanding of the ideas and evidence the writer uses to inform or persuade a reader.”
things to consider
Things to Consider
  • Students need reading time in class! This means you may walk in on your teachers reading with their students…gasp! But you should not worry – this is actually a good thing. 

11th Grade CC Independent Reading Unit:

“The primary purpose for this unit is for students to read a significant number of pages in and out of school daily. To prioritize volume of reading, in-class reading time must be 30-35 minutes daily.”

“The unit is designed to follow the Launching Unit, and can kick off students’ independent reading for the year.”

things to consider1
Things to Consider
  • The CC places a focus upon independent reading but small group or large group discussions.
things to consider2
Things to Consider
  • Teachers may wish to build a classroom library: Do you have grants or other funding to help with that?
helping students choose books
Helping Students Choose Books

This handout starts out 6th grade reading. The assumption is that students will be able to use these ideas in the subsequent years to select appropriate books (although this lesson reoccurs in a few of the subsequent years). Throughout 6-12, teachers will still need to be mindful of helping students to select books and using conferencing to check on student selection.

types of reading units
Types of Reading Units
  • Introduction to Independent Reading
  • Narrative Reading (frequently a novel study or genre study)
  • Informational Reading (articles of the week can help with this)
english teachers need cross curricular help
English Teachers Need Cross-Curricular Help
  • Students MUST be reading in all content areas. The Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment expect a high volume of informational reading. This cannot happen in just the English classroom.
pilot of 11 th grade narrative reading unit
Pilot of 11th Grade Narrative Reading Unit
  • The following slides are from my pilot run of the Narrative Reading: Satire Unit. I have only included pieces of that unit, but wanted to give you an idea of what it might look like in a classroom.
pre reading survey
Pre-Reading Survey
  • Complete the pre-reading survey.
  • This survey asks students to evaluate their reading habits, patterns, confidence, and success.
calvin and hobbes war and peace
Calvin and Hobbes: War and Peace
  • Let’s read the comic strip: Calvin and Hobbes War and Peace.png
  • Next, let’s fill out the chart for the comic strip.
  • Let’s look at lines that use devices of satire: For this purpose, we will identify rhetorical questions, exaggeration, stereotyping, and pointing out the obvious.
  • This is checking what you already know – if you aren’t familiar with Satire or the above devices, just do your best. We will compare answers in a bit.
contemporary examples of satire
Contemporary Examples of Satire
  • Contemporary Examples of Satire.pdf
  • Which examples are you familiar with? Have you thought of them as something that mocks society to propel change? Why or why not?
introduction to satire
Introduction to Satire
  • Definition: the use of wit or humor to point out something that is wrong with society.
  • Purpose: to elicit change.
  • Satire is used to open man’s eyes to what is wrong in order to improve society’s behavior or thought patterns.
  • Huck Finn is considered “a humorous satire of human nature and American culture” (EMC viii).
introduction to satire say it another way
Introduction to Satire: Say it another way…
  • “A literary work that ridicules its subject through the use of techniques such as exaggeration, reversal, incongruity, and/or parody in order to make a comment or criticism about it.”
  • “Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.”
as you read the following pieces
As you read the following pieces:
  • In your writer’s notebook, write down your reaction to each piece. Then, with your assigned small group, take 5 minutes to discuss those reactions.
satirical pieces
Satirical Pieces

“Michael Vick Not Sure He’s Got Another 4-12 Season in Him” “PHILADELPHIA—Newly re-signed Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, 32, revealed in a candid interview Thursday that he’s not confident he has another 4-12 season left in him. “If you’re asking me to be totally honest, I’m not sure lightning can strike twice and I’ll be able to perform like I did last season again,” said Vick, adding that given his age and the particular situation in Philadelphia, most players would feel fortunate to reach two wins. “Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m going to play my hardest in hopes of reaching six or seven wins, but after being in the league for as long as I have, you begin to realize what’s possible and what’s not.” In the wake of Vick’s comments, second-year backup quarterback Nick Foles said that if the situation arises, he’s more than ready to step in for any number of hard-fought losses.”,31314/


Obama Wastes Our Money On Himself

Written by dutch

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Barrack Obama has been accused of squandering the American's tax dollars on himself and his extraordinarily extravagant life style.

Over the past weekend Obama has been holed up at the Floridian Golf Club playing golf with Tiger Woods and has not allowed himself once to be photographed by the press contingent of disgruntled media pundits who have been left 'cooling their heels' in the Holiday Inn.

Angry pundits have accused Obama of 'being selfish' and of squandering the taxpayers 'hard earned cash' on a life of luxury and indolence.

Michelle Obama or 'Marie Antoinette' has mean while been enjoying another taxpayers funded 'jolly' skiing in Aspen with daughters Malia and Sasha. Her 'let them eat cake attitude' is really getting on the 'nerves' of ordinary Americans.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, have relished living it up in luxury at the White House in a style fit for a King and have lavished luxuries on themselves and their family.

Michelle Obama has been accused of being a 'material girl' and of being on a 'permanent vacation'. Barrack is inordinately fond of having 'golf days'. The Obamas love 'junketing' around the US on Air Force One.

One commentator said that Barrack and Michelle are 'only in it for the freebies' and his never known a president to 'cash in' so blatantly into the 'millionaire lifestyle'.

Whilst normal mortals are struggling to pay for basic necessities the Obamas are seen 'wallowing in excess'.

One disillusioned aide said, "They pretend to come from a poor, working class background but are living like kings." Some Republicans have dismissed them as 'vulgar' and 'nouveau riche' in the way they flaunt their designer clothes and their rock-star lifestyle.

Fox News have dubbed Barrack and Michelle Obama as America's 'royal couple'. "it has been one long party at our expense for the King and Queen at the court of Camelot; but so little good taste."

It has been said whilst telling other Americans to 'forego their annual vacation' the Obamas were blatantly seen going skiing and playing golf at the public's expense.

saturday night live satire galore
Saturday Night Live: Satire Galore?
satire and its methods
Satire and its Methods
  • Based upon the examples and the several definitions you were given, hopefully you have at least a basic understanding of what satire is. But, authors use various types of satire and various literary devices to convey satire.
  • Read/mark the two handouts “Satire” and “Satirical Devices.” Be familiar with these so you can find and identify examples in various forms of satire.
four main methods of satire review
Four Main Methods of Satire Review
  • Exaggeration: “To enlarge, increase, or represent something beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous and its faults can be seen.”
  • Incongruity: “To present things that are out of place or are absurd in relation to its surroundings.”
  • Reversal: “To present the opposite of the normal order (e.g., the order of events, hierarchical order).”
  • Parody: “To imitate the techniques and/or style of some person, place, or thing.”
shrek example
Shrek Example
  • While you watch the Shrek clip, look for examples of the four methods of satire.
shrek example1
Shrek Example
  • Exaggeration: Princess Fiona fights and successfully defeats Robin Hood and all of his Merry Men without any help and without any weapons.
  • Incongruity: Princess Fiona uses her ponytail to deliver a knockout punch to one of the Merry Men. While frozen in a mid-air martial arts kick, Princess Fiona pauses to fix her disheveled hair before knocking out two of the Merry Men.
  • Reversal: The roles of the hero and the damsel in distress have been reversed. In this clip, it is Princess Fiona, the rescuee, who fights and defeats the foe.
  • Parody: The fight scene is an exaggerated imitation of the martial arts style and special effects used in movies such as The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
shrek s criticism of society
Shrek’s criticism of society
  • The traditional story of the knight rescuing the damsel-in-distress is not a realistic depiction of the roles filled by men and women in modern society.
  • Current Hollywood action movies like The Matrix have become ridiculous because they are too focused on special effects.
two main types of satire based on tone
Two Main Types of Satire (Based on TONE)
  • “Juvenalian satire, in literature, [is] any bitter and ironic criticism of contemporary persons and institutions that is filled with personal invective, angry moral indignation, and pessimism” (Britanica).

horatian satire
Horatian Satire

“Horatian Satire…playfully criticizes some social vice through gentle, mild, and light-hearted humor. It directs wit, exaggeration, and self-deprecating humor toward what it identifies as folly, rather than evil. Horatian satire’s sympathetic tone is common in modern society.”

the simpsons magical tablet device
The Simpsons: “Magical Tablet Device”
  • Fill out the “Analyzing Point of View and Character in Satire” Chart
introduction to parody
Introduction to Parody
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Goodnight iPad:
the butter battle and goodnight ipad
The Butter Battle and Goodnight iPad

An understanding of Satire can require knowledge of the specific time period or culture.

What is The Butter Battle about?

What is Goodnight iPadabout?

Why/how would knowing the cultural background help your understanding?

What wrong in each world do the authors suggest need to be fixed?

interesting quote
Interesting Quote
  • “Good satire comes from anger. It comes from a sense of injustice, that there are wrongs in the world that need to be fixed. And what better place to get that well of venom and outrage boiling that a newsroom, because you’re on the front lines.” Carl Hiaasen
a modest proposal
“A Modest Proposal”
  • Read “A Modest Proposal” and write answers to the discussion questions. Be prepared to share your responses with the class.

Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.” 1729. PDF File.

historical background project
Historical Background Project
  • In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain assumes his readers have the background knowledge needed to identify the problems he is satirizing. So, we need to get up to speed on the past…
satire hunt
Satire Hunt
  • Today, you will be working 2 other people to find specific examples of satire in Huck Finn. Follow the directions on the handout – start with finding your evidence and then work on creating your poster. Your poster is due tomorrow at the beginning of the hour. I will hang them around the room so we can all look at them .
  • You may choose your groups, but choose wisely. You are earning points for today based upon your work ethic.
a teacher s reflection
A Teacher’s Reflection
  • We read several other satirical pieces in a variety of genres, including informational.
  • I combined this with the Literary Essay Writing Unit.
    • Student comment on the availability of similar essays online…
realities of scheduling trimesters
Realities of Scheduling: Trimesters
  • These units are made with a full year (2 semesters) in mind. Therefore, changes need to be made for schedules that do not meet that expectation.