Monday, March 31, 2014

Day 140!

Happy Monday!

If you didn't tune in from Tuesday-Friday of last week, you missed out on some brilliant book projects. Today we will finish the final presentations and then move on!

If we finish early, we will start working on this week's vocabulary. Remember, when you are creating your word presentation, you need the following things:

  • Word
  • Part of speech
  • Definition IN YOUR OWN WORDS
  • Example sentence
  • Visual representation
  • Fun way to remember the word
Our words for the week are: 
  • appease
  • manifest
  • slovenly
  • terse
  • vie
  • buffoon
See you soon! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 135!

Welcome back!! I am so excited that we are back; I know you all missed me very much!

Today will be your final work day for book projects, and we will begin with presentations tomorrow!

Be sure you are using your time wisely- I will be randomly selecting our presenters, so you should be prepared to present at any time!

Our book genre for 4th quarter will be choice again. Once you have finished your current book project, please select a new book and begin reading!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 132!

Happy Wednesday!

Today, you will have more time to work on your book projects. I will be coming around throughout the period to check on your progress. At the end of class you will show me what you have accomplished. If we are not making forward progress, then we will not take any more time out of class to work on this project. So, if you would like more work time tomorrow, be sure you are working!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 131!

Good Tuesday!

Today will be your first work day for your book projects! Be sure that you turn in your questions and charts from yesterday (use the form on yesterday's post).

If you were gone,  check out yesterday's post to complete the work needed! And be sure to check out the new BOOK PROJECT OPTIONS!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 130!

Happy Monday!!!

Today, we will continue to work with Stephen Crane's "An Episode of War". Remember, as we are reading to keep track of events that are examples of realism and naturalism. We will start off reading together, and then I will set you loose on it with a partner. Once you have finished reading, answer the following analysis questions"An Episode of War" Questions.

Be sure to check out the new Reading Workshop Project Options for this quarter! We will be working on these the rest of the week, so be sure to bring your book with you each day!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Day 129!

Happy Friday!!

Today, we will finish our discussion about Stephen Crane. THEN, we will read his short story "An Episode of War". As we read, please make a chart that details which events are examples of realism and which are examples of naturalism.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 128!


Remember, today is the day for the vocabulary quiz retake! You may come in at any time throughout the day to do that. Be sure that you complete the RETAKE TICKET.

We will begin today by talking about the three questions you were to research at the end of the day yesterday:

  • What is realism?
  • What is naturalism?
  • What is the difference between the two?
  • Practice
Then, we will discuss your Author Notes-Stephen Crane

If we get time, we will begin reading Crane's "An Episode of War". As we read, make a chart that identifies the examples of realism and naturalism. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 127!

Happy Wednesday!!

We'll start today by handing back your vocabulary quizzes, which, unfortunately will not be so happy for most of you. I have a feeling that many of you came less prepared than needed. SO, I will be offering a retake for this quiz. IN ORDER TO TAKE THE RETAKE, you must PRINT, COMPLETE, and SIGN this Retake Ticket. The retake will be offered tomorrow before or after school or during a study hall.  No retakes will be offered on Friday.

You will have some time today to finish up with the Stephen Crane Author Notes sheet from yesterday. Remember, in order to fully complete this sheet, you will need to do some of your own research!

Once you have completed that, work with a partner to answer the following in student-friendly terms; take notes on your findings:

  • What is realism? 
  • What is naturalism? 
  • What is the difference between the two?
IF your finish all of that early, grab your free reading book and get to reading. Once everyone has their book out, I will know that we are ready to discuss your findings!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day 126!

Good Tuesday to you all!

Today's the day!!  It's vocabulary quiz day!!!! I will give you about 5-7 minutes at the beginning of class to go over any last minute words that you may want to re-study, and then we will go for it!

When you are finished, please turn your quizzes into me. Then, please begin working on the author notes for our next author, Stephen Crane. You can access the notes sheet RIGHT HERE! Please work on this individually until everyone has completed their quizzes.

Once everyone has finished, we will redistribute the quizzes and grade them together!

After that, you will have more time to complete your author notes! You will have whatever time is remaining to free read!