CAHSEE Prep Class: The Journey Have out a piece of paper MVUSD Welcome to the New Semester! • Syllabus- to be handed out next week – Grade: 40% writing domain, 40% Standard units, 20% Writing Application • Rules – No electronics – No food or drink (water with lids okay) – Keep teacher happy • Expectations – Be respectful – Be on time – Be Active learners • Be prepared: paper, pencil/pen, notebook 1. Think, Write, Share • The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes 1. What does this quote mean to you and why is it important? Why “A Journey”? The dictionary defines “journey” as: traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time or: passage or progress from one stage to another You will begin your “Journey” in this room and you will arrive at your destination when you PASS the CAHSEE. 2. Brainstorm 1. What do you know about the CAHSEE? Why are you taking the Journey? • The CAHSEE is the measurement of readiness to complete high school. • The CAHSEE is a standard recognized by both businesses and education. • The CAHSEE is a mandatory requirement to get a diploma. Cont… • Every school requires you to pass • Yes, even if you transfer to march you still need to pass. • Adult Ed. Requires a diploma • Military requires a diploma Who takes this Journey? • Every high school student. • If you don’t pass, or don’t take it you can take it twice as a junior (Nov. & March). • If you don’t pass, or don’t take it you can take it as many as four times as a senior (Nov., Feb., March, May). – Try, try, try… even after you have taken it… scores take a minimum of 2 months!! What is on the CAHSEE? • 79 multiple choice questions – 5 strands • Reading Comprehension • Literary Analysis • Vocabulary • Grammar • Writing Strategies • These questions all have connections to life skills. What is on the CAHSEE? • 1 Essay – One of the five genres • Persuasive, Response to Literature, Expository, Business Letter, Biographical • 20% of the test • The person grading only has 60 to 90 seconds to grade your essay. • FORMAT is everything! Your teachers have carefully planned for your journey. • Every good journey starts with a plan. • Each participant must have responsibilities. • Everyone works towards a common goal. • The payoff is ------- 3. Quick Write!! What will YOU pack • Think about what you will need for this journey… – What skills or talents? – What personality traits? • On your paper, quickly jot a few of the things you will need to “pack” for this trip. What have I packed? Daily • Each period will be divided into Two segments – First: Writing Domain • Grammar/vocabulary • Writing strategies – Second: Reading Domain • Reading comprehension • Literary analysis • (some writing strategy in connection with reading) – These two areas have been chosen in order to cover The most important CAHSEE Standards by the March test. Some of the standards are reviewed while others are taught more in depth. Why Grammar/Vocabulary? • Grammar/Vocabulary questions account for 27% of the test. • Grammar is like multiplication tables in math, you need daily practice. • Vocabulary is often learned using context clues. You will have many opportunities to practice. What is a “Standard”? • There are 35 reading and writing standards. For example: – Analyze interaction between main and subordinate characters. • Standards are expectations and objectives • We will focus on each standard that is tested. • We will revisit standards that show up multiple times Writing Prompts… • You will be dissecting a prompt a week. • You will be writing approximately one essay a unit, or one essay every two weeks. • It will be good practice and build stamina for the essay you must write for the test. • Writing essays will become second nature to you. • Prompts will be dealt with in various ways and cover various topics How class will work: • Grammar or writing first 15 minutes of class. • Standards Unit: – Three lessons – A project – Two lessons – Assessment/ Quiz – Review? – Essay 4. Think, Write, Pair, Share • Write down three things that you are good at (keep it clean). For example skateboarding, knitting, cooking, singing… • Pick one and write a paragraph describing how you become good at that activity/skill. Think, Write, Pair, Share • Write down three things that you are good at (keep it clean). For example skateboarding, knitting, cooking, singing… • Now…Share out with class. Your Brain is just like that! You become good/ better through practice… through exercising the brain daily. Questions?
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