GREAT BOOKS 2014-2015"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”In Great Books, students are empowered to become readers and more reflective and responsible thinkers. Great Books promotes the reading and discussion of great literature through shared inquiry and discussion as well as a variety of classroom activities that improve students' critical thinking, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. The Shared Inquiry method helps students get the most from discussion. Students will learn to read actively, listen and respond to others effectively, and pose open-ended questions. Students will also practice leading a discussion and will have an opportunity to reflect on the process with others.
Grade Breakdown/Classroom Procedures:
Class work/Participation: 40% (see rubric)
-Silent Sustained Reading:
Unless the class is reading or discussing a Great Books short story, students will spend the first 10 minutes of every class period quietly reading an approved text of your choice (IRB).
-Punctuation (being seated and ready to learn by the time the bell rings)
-Having all required materials, especially I.R.B. (this includes a pen or pencil)
-Following classroom procedures, actively listening, and equally sharing group work with peers.
-Notebook Checks: (See Rubric)
Notebooks are regularly checked to ensure that students are fully participating in class. A rubric is given to ensure students understand notebook expectations.
Embedded Assessments: 25%
Usually worth 50 points. They will be based on material learned in class.
-Formal Response to I.R.B (2 per quarter)
Includes essays and projects and logs
-2 or 3 short story assessments : Typically a multiple choice test
-3 Shared Inquiry Discussions (per quarter)
Example: A “fishbowl” discussion, where a small group works together to form opinions and ask questions (Rubric will be provided)
-3 Discussion Logs
A written response to the shared inquiry discussion which also asks students to self-evaluate their work
Students read I.R.B. for AT LEAST 20 minutes each night and respond to various reading assignments given throughout the quarter. All homework is graded!
*Late Homework will not be accepted!
Note: All grades are calculated using carefully constructed rubrics which are given to students before the assignment is due. A rubric helps students set goals and assume responsibility for their learning.