No membean due the week of Nov. 14, since the Thanksgiving holiday begins Friday, Nov. 18.
Just one more membean session is due this semester–for the week of Nov. 28 thru Dec. 4.
Typically, a membean week runs monday thru sunday.
As recommended the membean staff, separate a series of brief learning sessions over the course of the week. Let the learning sink in over time, rather than trying to cram at the last minute. The point if using membean is to build a more robust vocabulary, in order to make you a more forceful and flexible writer. Find a weekly rhythm and stay with it. Discipline.
The corresponding weekly grading scheme looks like this:
- 90% for at least 45 minutes with at least 3 learning sessions on different days, and each session lasting at least 10 minutes (15 minutes works better)
- 100% for 60 minutes or more, with the same expectations as above
- 0% for totals below 45 minutes
- students with significant “dubious minutes” receive 0% for the week (I define when the number of dubious minutes becomes significant)
- conference required of those receiving 0% for dubious minutes
- zeroes continue for each week, until conference has occurred
- grade entered as “class preparation”
H / 8:30
F / 11:45
learning goal: what works best for learning new words with Membean? how are learning new words and writing memorable poems connected?
check for printed, typed ghazals in Poetry Folder
membean assessment: TBA
ghazal work: refining, memorizing
recitation session ala mushaira (Va! Va!)
If you choose to complete the membean learning sessions for this week, the grade will replace one existing zero for these weekly sessions, if applicable.
learning goal:what is one strategy I use to attack uncertainty in a membean quiz question?
advice to the players (small groups report to whole class): for players reading Act Two, what several adjectives would you use to describe each of the main characters? What lines from Act One support your description?
with nay remaining time, begin reading Act Two together
Starting with this week’s membean learning session (Mon Feb 2 – Sun Feb 8), the following adjustment in grading policy takes effect:
Tenth Grade Weekly Membean Grades
- 100% = minimum of 60 minutes of study over 3 days
- 90% = minimum of 45 minutes of study over 3 days
- 0% = anything under the 90% requirements above
Only a day of at least ten consecutive minutes counts towards the three days.
For example, if someone on Mon, Wed and Fri spends 5, 5 and 35 minutes respectively, their study falls “under the 90% requirements” and earns a zero.
I told most classes that teachers were discussing refinements to the membean grading. The new policy reflects those discussions. Please ask, if you have questions about the implementation of or reasons for the change.
learning goal: realize that the weekly membean work prepares you effectively for the customized quiz
membean quiz–number of questions TBD by group
n.b. use no outside sources while taking the membean quiz
read aloud together 5.2-3
Although this week (Oct 13-17) looks atypical in terms of classroom time, continue your weekly membean studies.
Some of you have found a rhythm for these learning sessions, while others are working to develop a productive routine.
learning goal: to understand how membean organizes its quizzes, including their questions and feedback, and to recognize reasons behind any questions you missed while taking your first customized assessment
Until further notice, bring your copy of Macbeth to every class, including Poetry Friday. The play, after all, is written in verse–i.e., poetry.
25-question membean quiz, each one customized to your individual progress (minor grade)