Class Agenda #19 – Listening and Questioning


  • Please set up a Cornell Notes in your notebook
  • Answer this:
    • If you could ask Vladimir Putin 1 question, what question would you ask him?

Mini Lesson- Asking Good Questions

Question Spectrum-

Easy Question Examples- Who is Vladimir Putin? What’s Crimea? Why is Russia Invading? Why Doesn’t Ukrain fight back?

Better Questions Examples – Why doesn’t anyone try to stop the Russians? Will anyone stop this? How long has this conflict been going on?

Strong Questions Examples- What series of events lead to this conflict. What from Putin’s past has brought him here? How does this incident fit in with the history of Russia?

  • TEXT- Opening segment of Slate Political Gabfest on the Russian invasion of Crimea
  •  DO- Focus on asking questions in this. In your Cornell Notes, try to ask at least 5 good questions about what your listening to.
Continue to listening to this podcast. The second segment is about the legalization of marijuana, third segment is about the change in the SAT’s. Continue to ask questions on these topics.
  • I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)
  • I can summarize how the ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text are developed and connected.
  • I can determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.

Things to do:

  1. Last Week’s Quiz- Class Agenda #11
  2. Yesterday’s Vocabulary
  3. Reaction Papers

Round 1- The skill you’re using is called Skimming. (THIS SHOULD BE COMPLETED)

Find at least 10 words that are new to you, or that are impressive to you:

  • Copy the word in your notebook.
  • Identify the root word, if applicable. Define in the word. Write if it’s a Noun, Verb, Adjective, etc…
  • Evaluate how the word is being used. What is the context?
    • EXAMPLE-
    • Word- Simultaneously – root- Simultaneous
    • Definition- to do at the same time.
    • Context- the story talks about two possible reasons for the demonstrations, and that it’s possible for both to be the reason at the same time.

Round 2- Skill you’re using is close reading (SHOULD BE STARTED IN CLASS ON TUESDAY)

  • Set up Cornell Notes for each of the readings.
  • As you read, fill in your Cornell Notes.
  • You should summarize at the end of each break in your reading.

Exit Ticket- Make sure your work is shared with Mr. B


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