What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

COC IEP 200 | http://mr.danoff.org/cociep200

Fall Trimester 2013 Block 3 Lesson 13

Links and book information indicated by brackets [1] is available in notes at bottom.

WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS

a | 09:30 – 10:37 & 10:47 – 11:30 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Iran’s Rouhani addresses UN General Assembly[1] | 27th September, 2013
a1 | Students listened to an audio podcast of the article 3 times for its main idea and details
a2 | Students read the article and completed “Multiple Choice Questions” exercise
a3 | Students completed “Synonym Match” exercise
a4 | “Friends” debtate: Student A believes American and Iran will soon be friends; B disagrees

b | 11:30 – 12:00 & 12:45 – 13:15 | NorthStar 2 Listening and Speaking[2] | Unit 2
b1 | PRODUCTION: Redesigning a Neighborhood | Page 34

c | 13:15 – 14:05 | Grammar in Context 1[3] | Overview of Modals

d | 14:05 – 14:10 | Project | Review survey experiences

e | 14:10 – 14:15 | Reviewed quiz 3

g | 14:15 – 15:00  | USA History Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Finish 2nd draft of your presentation
2 | Finish the grammar worksheet
2 | Study for the Final Exam (use quizzes 1&2 and the quiz 3 study guide)

NOTES

1 | http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1309/130927-un-speech.html
2 | ISBN 978-0-13-240988-9
3 | ISBN 978-0-521-75084-9

COPYRIGHT

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What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Wednesday, September 24th, 2013

COC IEP 200 | http://mr.danoff.org/cociep200

Fall Trimester 2013 Block 3 Lesson 10

Links and book information indicated by brackets [1] is available in notes at bottom.

WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS

a | 09:30 – 10:50 & 11:00 – 11:35 | News Hour | Breaking News English.com | Newly-crowned Miss America suffers racist abuse (19th September, 2013)[1]
a1 | Warm-up activity: debate about whether or not beauty pagents are a thing of the past
a2 | Listened to the article and students determined the main idea and supporting details
a3 | Students completed comprehension questions and the synonym match activity
a4 | Had a class discussion about beauty pagents and their implications in general

b | 11:35 – 12:00 & 12:45 – 13:20 | NorthStar 2 Listening and Speaking Third Edition[2]
b1 | Pages 31 – 32 on the theta θ and eth ð IPA symbols
b2 | Read pages 136 and 139 of English Pronunciation Made Simple[3] on the same 2 symbols

c | 13:20 – 13:55 | Fast Listening | Listen A  Minute.com
c1 | Art[4]
c2 | Autumn[5]

d | 13:55 – 14:15 | Quiz 3 Study Guide Review

e | 14:15 – 15:00  | USA History Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Study for Quiz 3
2 | Fix article summaries and questionnaire

NOTES

1 | http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1309/130919-miss-america.html
2 | ISBN 978-0-13-240988-9
3 | ISBN 978-0-13-111596-0
4 | http://listenaminute.com/a/art.html
5 | http://listenaminute.com/a/autumn.html

COPYRIGHT

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Rights given a  CC Zero 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/).

What we Did in Our COC IEP 200 Class on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

COC IEP 200 | Fall Trimester 2013 Block 2 Lesson 6

WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS

a | 09:30 – 10:42 | News Hour | Good grammar means more money (20th August, 2013)
http://breakingnewsenglish.com/1308/130820-grammar.html
* The three vocabulary words we will focus on from this article for Thursday’s quiz are: text, profitable and campaign.

b | 10:52 – 12:00 | NorthStar Listening & Speaking 2 | Unit 1
* Reviewed last night’s vocabualry homework, then spent a while digging into each of the words.
* Completed the vocabulary activity on pages 9-10.

c | 12:45 – 13:55 | Fiction | Jungle Love (pp. 42 – 43)
p. 42 | QUESTION: What was like a bomb exploding? | ANSWER: The pelican diving into the sea to catch a fish.
p. 42 | Q: What is a jetty? | A: British word for dock.
p. 42 | Q: Does Lisa really like birds? (look at page 7) Why do you think she tells Ian she likes birds? | A: No, she does not like birds. She probably tells Ian she does, because she wants to talk to him and attract his attention.
p. 43 | Q: Why is Lisa jealous of the pelican? | A: Ian seems more interested in it than her.
p. 43 | Q: Why does Lisa frown? | A: Because Ian made a comment about her eating too much that made her sound greedy.
p. 43 | Q: How is Caroline boring to Ian? | A: She always worries about what she eats and if it’s too much fat.

d | 13:55 – 14:06 | Grammar
* Reviewed Monday’s grammar homework.

e | 14:06 – 15:00 | Elements of Style Elective

HOMEWORK

1 | Study NorthStar & news vocabulary for Thursday’s quiz 2
2 | Take notes on the Listen a Minute Advertising exercise and write 6 discussion questions
3 | Finish up any missing homework

COPYRIGHT NOTES

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What we Did in our COC IEP 200 Class on Thursday, April 25th

Spring Trimester 2012 Block 2

Lesson 4: (April 25)

In Class

  1. News Hour: Read the “First Lady’s Anti-Obesity Effort Gets Results” News for You article and completed the fun Teacher’s Guide activity that had the students develop a healthy breakfast menu for a food desert. As an astute student pointed out, the article was a nice complement to our current NorthStar 2 Unit on Organic Food. Trans fat commonly used to keep food tasting scrumptously fresh longer was a new vocabulary term. image
    Triglyceride Hydrogenation&Isomerization V.1 by Jü (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. Afterwards we had a discussion about processed foods and the dubious quality of the AP statistics reported in the article.
  2. Quiz 1 on NorthStar 2 R&W Unity 7 Vocabulary Words; Grammar in Context 1: “4.1 | Singular and Plural-An Overview”

Frozen Pizza and other slices of lifeDownload .odt file from danoff.org

  1. Short Story: Started the “Don’t Miss the Mozart” Frozen Pizza story
  2. Movie Project: Began part 2 of Analyze the story the Wikiversity Film School’s Formatting the Script lesson. Developed a worksheet for the students to complete on their blogs.Download .odt file from danoff.org [54.8 kB].

For Next Class

To Read

  1. Grammar in Context 1: “4.4 | Irregular Noun Plurals” on page 106
  2. Frozen Pizza and other slices of life: Read pages 88 to 89
  3. NorthStar 2 R&W: “B) READING TWO: Miles to Go Before You Eat” passage on page 140

To Do

  1. Grammar in Context 1: Exercises 4 and 5 on page 107
  2. NorthStar 2 R&W: “READ FOR DETAILS” on pages 137-8 and “MAKE INFERENCES” on page 139
  3. Study for Quiz 2 on Thursday
  4. Movie Project: Complete the Analyze the story exercise on your blog.
  5. Blog: Comment on your partner’s blog
  6. Blog: Respond to your partner’s blog

What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Wednesday February 6th

Details from today’s (Wed. 6 Feb. 2013COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can compare what happened below with the lesson plan, heading into class. For context, please see this page with more past lesson plans for this class and all the class recaps.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Read “British Towns Sell Art to Pay the Bills” article from News for You about London’s Towler Hamlets borough selling ‘Draped Seated Woman,’ a Henry Moore sculpture, to balance their budget.

Oddly enough, Moore’s ‘Recumbent Figure’ sculpture came up in class Monday as the characters in the ‘Two Worlds’ short story gave their thoughts on the piece while perusing Tate Modern.

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT 1 (FOURTH ED.)

Reviewed page 45 together as a class then completed Exercise 3 on page 46.

SURVEY PROJECT

Discussed how it went last night for students conducting their surveys in Chicagoland. Everyone had positive things to say about the experience! Then taught the students how to craft topic sentences for the “Survey Results” and “Analysis” paragraphs of their essays.

COMIC BOOK

Started our fifth “Fantom of the Fair” story appearing in Amazing Mystery Funnies #22 (July 1940) following similar themes to previous stories, this one is set in a baseball organization.

FICTION

Finished  and completed the worksheet questions from its publisher (Cambridge UP). After that we looked at numerous photos of Tate Modern to give students a sense of what they were reading about. This led to a short discussion on the differences between classical art and modern art as well as touching on postmodern art and post-postmodern art.

Kept reading ‘The Old Oak Bowl’ from Antoinette Moses’ Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life getting trough pages 20 to 21. 2 additional comprehension and 1 discussion question(s) arose in addition to those in the lesson plan linked above:

PAGE 21

  1. In the first paragraph on page 21 who is the “she” woman?
  2. How do the antique shop owners help Mr. Walker?
  3. (Discussion) Do you agree or disagree that it’s wrong to sell presents?“Things are not always what you believe them to be.” Do you believe this? Give an example.

Answers:

  1. His female colleague who sold the chair he repared for her.
  2. By not throwing away furniture they think he might like.
  3. Answers vary.

HOMEWORK

Survey Project:

  1. Write the “Results” paragraph answering “How and where did you do your survey?” and a table of the results
  2. Write the “Analysis” paragraph answering “Were you surprised by the results?” and “How did they compare to your research?”
  3. Each paragraph has to be more than 3 sentences
  4. The essay needs to be turned in, in 1 document containing the writing already done (introduction and research paragraphs)
  • NorthStar: pages 88 to 90, EXCEPT #5 on page 88 and #4 on page 90
  • Grammar in Context 1: page 47
  • Fiction: read/review pages 20 to 21 of “Frozen Pizza”
  • News: read “People Are Living Longer, but Are Sicker” and answer the comprehension questions
  • Study for Quiz 3 on Thursday – Download Study Guide (ODT from danoff.org)

COPYRIGHT NOTES

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  • Unless otherwise noted, class recap text Copyright © 2013 by Charlie Danoff. Rights given a CC Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Lesson Plan for Monday February 4th, 2013 COC IEP 200 Class

Thursday’s lesson plan has been uploaded to my website and you can download the OpenDocument Text version of the file (41.4 kB):

  • from danoff.org by clicking here

You can download LibreOffice for free (for Mac, Windows & GNU/Linux) to read and edit the document. If you would prefer to use Microsoft Word, here are instructions for Word 2007 and Word 2010/2013. If you are on a Mac using OSX 10.8 these instructions may help.

Below is one of the pages of the Fantom of the Fair comic we’ll be reading in class (comprehension questions are in the lesson plan).

Comic Book Image is (possibly) in the Public Domain and found via the Digital Comics Museum.

OOoWriter3logo“ By OpenOffice.org [LGPL], via Wikimedia Commons

Blog post text Copyright © 2013 by Charlie Danoff. Rights given a CC Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Tuesday January 8th

Details from today’s (Mon. 7 Jan. 2013) COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can review what happened below with the lesson plan [OpenDocument Text File from danoff.org (29.8 kB)] we had, heading into class.

TODAY’S LESSON FOCUS

  • Vocabulary: Define and commit to memory this week’s vocabulary words: question mark, question, statement, intonation, affirmative, negative

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

We read the Breaking  News article “U.S. town bans small bottles of water“ and students completed the True/False and Synonym Match exercises.

FAST LISTENING

Students heard the “Cosmetic Surgery” recording from Randall’s ESL Lab and completed the Listening Exercise and Text Completion Quizzes.

SURVEY PROJECT

Students presented and then edited each other’s second drafts of their survey questions.

NORTHSTAR

Students finished reading the passage on page 50 and we had a brief class discussion.

FICTION

Continued reading the “Fantom of the Fair” story from Amazing Mystery Funnies Vol. 2 #7 (courtesy of the Digital Comics Museum).

HOMEWORK

  1. Finish FINAL draft of survey questions
  2. Study vocabulary for QUIZ 2 on Thursday
  3. Complete exercises on page 51 of NorthStar

COPYRIGHT NOTES

  • Some topics were adapted or taken from this course’s College of Chicago syllabus. 
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  • Class recap text Copyright © 2013 by Charlie Danoff. Rights given a CC Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Monday December 17th

Details from today’s (17 Dec. 2012) COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago.

TOPICS COVERED TODAY

  • Reading: Be comfortable with independent reading
  • Writing: Support a position with reasoning
    • Wh- Questions with Be” i.e. Who, What, Where, When, Why & How using forms of Be (am, is, are).
  • Speaking: Provide some detail or support an opinion in a spoken context
  • Listening: Studied vocabulary

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

We read the News for You article “New Fame Helps ‘Singing Granny’ Find Father’s Grave” and students completed the questions from the Teacher’s Guide. Below is the video of the “Singing Granny” performing!

GRAMMAR

We read page 22 on “Wh- Questions with Be” and did the exercises on page 23.

SURVEY PROJECT

We began this month’s survey project. The students selected the topic and found their first article. The students also downloaded LibreOffice to use to write their essays.

NORTHSTAR

We began Unit 3 by reading page 45 and completing the exercise on page 46.

FICTION

Read most of “Tildy’s Choice” a short story based on “The Brief Début of Tildy” by O. Henry.

You can read the original version and hear an audio recording on Lit2Go from the  Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida and on Wikisource.

HOMEWORK

COPYRIGHT NOTES

Topics taken from the College of Chicago IEP 200 syllabus.

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What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Tuesday December 11th

Details from today’s (11 Dec. 2012) COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

We read the News for You article “Truckers Get Healthy for the Long Haul” and students completed the questions from the Teacher’s Guide.

Vocab:

  • wellness n. learning about and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Read More About this Article’s Topic:

LISTENING

We completed the following exercises from Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab:

FINAL EXAM REVIEW

Exam Topics:

  • Grammar in Context Textbook: pages 14, 15, 20
  • NorthStar: pages 25, 37
  • News for You: Vocab words from Obama re-election article.
  • Reading Comprehension

SURVEY PROJECT

Students read through each other’s essays and worked on improving them together.

FICTION

We finished reading “Soapy’s Choice” from the O’Henry book and then watched a 1950’s TV version of the story.

You can read the original version of the story named “The Cop and the Anthem” on Wikisource.

EXTRA TIME

We finished our work early, so we had time to play some games of hangman!

MUSIC

We listened to some songs today as student’s did their work, including:

HOMEWORK

  • Study for the Final Exam
  • Next draft of your survey project essay
  • Christmas Party: Bring food to share and a small WRAPPED gift, less than $5

NOTES

Compare what actually happened in class with the lesson plan itself by clicking here.

COPYRIGHT NOTES

Please respect the copyright plus terms and conditions of all links and media not by Charlie Danoff. Blog post text Copyright © 2012 by Charlie Danoff. Rights given a CC Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.