Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 30!

Happy Tuesday! Happy ACT day to most of you!

1st and 4th hour: It will be a study hall today since most all of you are gone!

6th hour: We will read, and then we will finish up with our Twix/Starburst outlines. After that, we will spend some quality time discussing your upcoming essay!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 29!

Happy Monday!!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend! We will continue to discuss the ins and outs of writing a compare/contrast essay today. You will get back into your groups to finish our activity.

If you were gone on Friday, you will need to check out this PRESENTATION to see what you missed. You will probably want to take notes on it to help you once we start your own essay.

Speaking of that, you will want to check out this document for information about this essay. You will also be receiving an individual copy of this.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 28!

Happy Friday! Fifteen minute Friday!

I've got a surprise for you today...I will give you a hint...it is either crunchy or chewy!

That's all I have to say about that.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 27!

Thursday? Is it Thursday already? Well, fancy that!

Anyway, today we will finish The Crucible! I'm interested to see how you all respond to the ending.

After that, we will spend some time talking about your conformity trackers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 26!

It's Wednesday! Yay!

Take yesterday's plan and press "repeat", because we're doing it again! I'm guessing that today (or tomorrow) will be our last day with The Crucible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 25!

Tuesday! Man, that Monday just flew by didn't it?

Same plan as yesterday. We'll read and then we'll watch! Be sure that you are keeping up with your conformity trackers. Take some notes about characters' actions throughout the movie so you can remember easily what type of person they were.

Also, if you are not about 200 pages into your books by now, you will want to kick it into gear!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 24!

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

We'll keep Crucible-ing today! I hope you are enjoying the movie as much as I am-it's starting to get so good!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 23!

Happy Friday!!

We'll read and then we Crucible!

If you were gone yesterday, you will need to get a Comprehension Check Ticket and turn that in ASAP!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 22!

Happy Thursday! You're almost through another week!

We'll do our reading followed by a short comprehension ticket to start the day. These tickets will be due before you leave today (I will hand them out in class).

Then, it's movie time! We will continue with The Crucible today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 21!

Happy Wednesday!

If you are reading this, you should be redirect your eyes-- you should be reading your free reading book! It's a book day!

You will have the entire class period to read today.  Be on the look out for a check in question in the coming days!

Day 20!

You made it to day 20!

Today we will pick up where we left off yesterday, which is in three different spots (one for each class).

The goal is to start the movie today for all classes. I will pass out your Conformity Trackers and explain them during class today. As we are watching the film, keep the following questions in mind:

  1.  Is it better to conform  to society's expectations in order to protect your reputation, or to be an individual, despite the consequences?
  2. What are the consequences for conforming? For being an individual?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 19!

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Okay, so back to business. Today, we will finish up with any remaining parts of "Half Hanged Mary" that we have not yet discussed. Then, we will move on to our next part of this unit, The Crucible !

We'll spend some time talking about what it means to conform, get some background information from this short video.

After that, we will begin watching the film! As we watch, be sure to fill in your Conformity Trackers ( I will hand them out during class) ! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 18!

High Five Friday! Fifteen minute Friday!

We will finish "Half Hanged Mary" today!

Also, while I'm thinking about it, please remind me to ask you all about the ACTs here at school. If you don't remind me, then I will forget about it, and my world will probably come to an end. So, this is VERY important!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 17!

Thursday is here! Rejoice!

We'll keep working through our "Half Hanged Mary"  presentations today. It should be a killer time!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 16!


It's hump day!! Today we will present our "Half Hanged Mary" analyses and discuss your findings. I'm hoping for some lively debates; I know you all love arguing about literature as much as I do! :)

If we get some free time after that, I will let you READ MORE! Woohoo!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 15!

Happy Tuesday!

Today we will continue to work with our groups for "Half Hanged Mary". If we get time, we will present our findings to the class.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 14!

Happy Monday!!!!! I'm so excited to see you!

We will continue working with "Half Hanged Mary" today. On Friday, you began reading the poem, and you were to identify examples of metaphor, simile, and personification along the way. Today, you will be placed in groups to work more with the poem.

Your first job will be to finish finding the examples of figurative language. Then, each group will be assigned 1-3 sections of the poem to analyze more closely.

When you receive your section(s), complete the following steps/ answer the following questions:

  1.  Complete all steps of TWIST for that section. You do not need to translate every line! This time, summarize each stanza into 2-3 sentences. 
  2. Circle the words that stand out most in your sections. What are the negative/ positive connotations that go with those words? Why did Atwood select those particular words?
  3. What is the mood of each section? How do you know?
  4. What is the most powerful image in your section?
Once each group has finished analyzing, you will present your findings to the class. So, please be prepared to do that; assign certain parts to all members of the group. Each of you should play some role in the presentation. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 13!

Happy Friday!!! Friday, the thirteenth day of school...is that creepy? I can't tell.

Anyway, it's Friday and I'm PUMPED.

Today we will start with a (hopefully) really easy review of our #wordcrimes words. Please complete the form below, so I can check to see how you're doing with these words!

After that, we will get started on our next poem "Half Hanged Mary" by Margaret Atwood. It's one of my favorites because it is so awesome!! As you read today, I want you to highlight examples of figurative language, specifically metaphors and similes. We'll do a really brief review of those so you know what you're looking for.

On Monday, we will do some group work with this poem,  but for today, I would just like you to read through it and identify the figurative language.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 12!

Hey! Happy Thursday!

After we read, you will have the class period to draft your RAFTS Assignment. Again, please do this on a Google Doc, and then submit it using the form below. Please do NOT email it to me!

As you write this, be sure to try to capture the voice of a Puritan. This is not your opinion, but how you think they would have felt about Bradstreet's poetry. Also be sure to include specific examples from the poems to support the opinions of your character! These should be about 300 words long. Don't freak out, that's only like three paragraphs.

With this journal entry you are showing that you can:

  • cite text evidence to support your analysis of Anne Bradstreet's poetry
  • discuss how Puritans probably would have responded to the topics of these poems based on their cultural values and beliefs (how society shaped/reflected literature)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 11!

You know what's cool about today? Today is kind of like a Monday because it's our first day of the week, but it's also like a Wednesday because it's Wednesday. Pretty neat, huh?

Anyway, welcome back from your Labor Day Weekend.

Today, we will start with our first day of 10 minute reading!

Then, we will finish our discussion from Friday about Anne Bradstreet's poems, "In Memory Of..." and "To My Dear and Loving Husband".

After that, you will have some time to work on a short RAFTS writing activity. Click HERE to access the information. Also, please complete this on a Google Doc. so as to avoid any issues opening the document. Once you have finished your RAFTS, please turn them in using the form below.

See you in class!