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This assignment is aligned to CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1a-e (Argumentative Essay) for the 9th and 10th-grade band.
The document includes…
• 8 prompts for argumentative essays
• A research graphic organizer
• A scaffolded outline telling students generally what information should be included in each paragraph
• A rubric aligned to the Common Core State Standards
Because students write best about issues that matter to them, each prompt focuses on a school-related issue, such as school security, technology use, single-sex education, homework, and dress code. Each prompt poses a question and encourages students to use facts and research to support their opinion.
A Prezi is also included that displays the sentence discussed in the script. It goes on to show how a semicolon is used and gives four examples. The preview file provides several tips for using Captain Grammar skits in the classroom.
My students loved the Captain Grammar skits–they’re happy with anything that makes grammar a little less boring. For me, this is one of those lessons that makes me love my job. I go home feeling like the kids are taking an active part in their learning AND having a good time with each other. The script is in a Microsoft Word document, so you can edit it to fit your needs. Also, if you haven’t used a Prezi in your classroom, now’s a great time to try it out. It’s a little like PowerPoint but much more dynamic. Adobe Flash Player is required to use it.
Great for Morning Work, a quick assessment, or homework.
Answers are provided.
Students can graph the equation then look for the matching graph, or they can take a graph find the matching equation. Equations are in both standard and vertex form. You can also have student match the equations together to work on changing equations from one form to the other. This sort can be used if you have the students graph using transformations or if they find the vertex and 4 more points.
Alternate Ideas and Uses for graphs
– Match equations together (vertex to standard)
– Have student decide from the graphs if the determinate is positive, negative or zero
– Students can identify the x-intercepts in order to find the zeros of the function
– Students can identify the vertex, axis of symmetry, minimum or maximum value
– Students can find domain and range
This sort (matching game) has 4 levels (only level 4 is included in the free version)
Level 4: Set D
– Includes all types of transformations: translations, reflections and dilations.
– a = anything
– This is a combination of the 3 previous sets.
This matching sort is designed to reduce chances of getting it right by guessing. The cards are very similar. For instance, 1 card shifts to the right 3, another to left 3, another up 3, and another down 3. Students must know which direction to shift based on the equation and not because it was the only one that moved 4 units. Also I have switched some values around to make sure student understand where the shift is up or to the right (right 2 up 3 or right 3 up 2). You will have a good idea if students understand the concept after they have completed the matching exercise.
Each level can be used individually
after the lesson on that particular topic (translations, reflections, dilations).
They can also be used for differentiated instruction. As a class you may be on reflections, but some students are still struggling with translations. So when the class is doing the level 2 sort, those students can be completing the level 1 sort. As far as everyone is concerned they are completing the same assignment, they don’t realize that they are working at different levels. Having students work at their own level increases their confidence.
– Review station for test
– Math Station for student that have completed their work
– Mid-Lesson Practice
– End of Lesson Check for understanding
– Alternative to homework