We read two poems about fathers, reading them again and again with different tasks so we can sift out the meaning. These close reading exercises led students to discuss the ambiguity of some writing, and how readers can make different meaning depending on our background. We've been adding "PARCC-type" questions to all we do the last two weeks, as well, so students get a feel for the types of questions on the tests come March.
We had 40 minutes of "book speed dating" in the LMC, book talks from students, and time to read. We've had time to write (choice or assigned writing), revise, and give feedback to peers. We've practiced finding clauses and punctuating compound sentences. And then, the last two days, we jumped into exploring the features of the pilot we'll be trying!
All of this, combined with teenage angst... We can DO this!!
Further reading - to help with organization at home! Eight Key Executive Functions