Below is what Dana does with her blocks in New Delhi. I like that it is a process (graceful) and not a lesson plan (klutzville). Any single one of these activities can be expanded as long as they remain interesting. The SSR knocks out 15 min. right off the bat (we tell them it’s 10′ but we lie), the Calendar activity (aka “Small Talk”) can also be stretched out for awhile, and of course we all know how OWI, the story, the Reading Options can really eat up minutes, days really. Then there is always a quick quiz possible to end class with an exit ticket. For gnarly classes not behaving as we demand we can give them two quick quizzes during the block (for which we need a good Quiz Writer over in Hub A with the story writers and the artists). Certain classes who need it made more clear can have three and I wouldn’t put it past myself to give them four quizzes, one every fifteen minutes. This has a way of making them listen, when they know their grade can tank in just one class. With such a class the message would be, “I’ll give as many quizzes, and not fail to record them in the grade book, as I need to get your attention. And if that doesn’t work, do you see those wonderful worksheets over there next to my desk?” Another point – the Reading Options, if you do them all, easily take up two 90′ blocks.