For Teacher’s Only (FTO):
I spent much of the day working on Curriculum for 9th Grade English. As discussed earlier, I wanted to use Understanding by Design to create all of my unit plans this year.
So for the first week of school I plan to:
(a) Distribute the Syllabus
(b) Have students create bio poems on the first day. Read “So What Do You Do?” and create an 8 1/2 x 11 Business Card based on that piece.
(c) Give a Syllabus Quiz (announced)
(d) Teach students how to annotate a text.
(e) Use the first Article of the Week (AOW) to practice Annotating & go over the first Writer’s notebook assignment.
(f) Distribute & collect parent contracts.
My friends, that is ALL we will have time for the first week. During the second week we will jump right into Mythology. I don’t waste any time lol!
I’m a bit rusty in my UBD planning, so I had to pull out my old college textbooks but it was well worth it. I love UBD because it ensures that my lessons are engaging and that students are actually learning something and I’m not getting caught up in “cute” lessons (cute does not equal learning or mastery). As teachers we can get so caught up in what and how we do things that we lose our true purpose of being in the classroom in the first place – to educate. It took me about 5 hours to go through the entire process, so it shouldn’t be hard for me to finish up all of my units within the next week or so.
Thanks for reading! If you’d like a good description of UBD, visit my fav. English Teacher online Dana Huff’s site: http://www.huffenglish.com/?p=351. She has a ton of resources on there and you definitely want to bookmark her site. Enjoy!