Alternative Book Report Presentations: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Today the students started class by copying down the words for “Vocabulary from Classical Roots” lesson 3 before presenting their Alternative Book Reports.  When that time came, they were divided up into eight small groups.  Each group had one student who would present their ABR much like a museum docent or tour guide would inform museum-goers of a priceless piece of art.  Not only does this help the students strengthen their presentation skills, but it also works to satisfy one of their standards:

  • ELACC8SL6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

The students were given roughly 3 minutes to present and then their viewers would rotate to the next group.  After a few rotations, new presenters would take the place of the first presenters and share their work for a few more rotations.  All of these students received grades via rubrics of their work.

Class wound down through a review of the lesson 2 vocabulary words and, if time allowed, a preview of the lesson 3 vocabulary words.  The students competed using their notes to review the words in anticipation of their quiz over lessons 2 and 3 this Friday.


  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Complete ABR #2 if it was not presented in class today.




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