Sophomore English teachers abhor practicing for the CAHSEE. What a waste of our precious classroom time, right?! And the students hate it! But…it is a necessary evil.
Since I’m trying to “teach like a pirate,” and my district office visitors will be on campus visiting classrooms for evidence of the “4 Cs,” I decided to jazz up the review a little.
*Note: 4 Cs = Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity
The students had to do the CAHSEE Reading packet over the last two weeks (just one of several packets we need to do). Now it’s time to go over it. Riveting stuff.
For the sake of time, I usually just go over the head-scratchers (I have them circle their confusion as they work the packet) or the ones they got wrong when we correct it. I throw in some that I think we should touch on also.
To get them pumped, I am opening with a game this time. They will have to collaborate with the members of their table to come up with their “group answer” to certain pre-picked questions. They will obviously need to creatively convince the group to choose their answer over someone else’s (this one’s a stretch). They will need to communicate with themselves and with me (their answers). And, of course, answering the questions in the first place addresses critical thinking.
Here is my Google presentation for this opening activity: (I embedded fun timers from YouTube to jazz it up.)
Not rocket science. Nothing spectacular. But it’s different. And hopefully a “fun” way to review for the ELA CAHSEE.