Archive for March, 2010

26
Mar

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Before I bid you adieu for Spring Break, I’d like to give you the final reading for Fences. It is by Keith Byerman, and I’d like you to do two things with it.

First, summarize Byerman’s arguments about the play. Make sure that you cite the text as you do this. Second, respond to his claims. Do you think you agree? Do you disagree? Why or why not? Again, make sure that you cite the text.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
26
Mar

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Sorry for the late-ish post, but here are the instructions for Friday’s collage assignment. If you are doing it solo, it will probably take a little while, and I’ll collect it after the break.

Hearts.

Isakson.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
25
Mar

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Here’s the writing assignment for class today. I’ll be reading Chapter 7 aloud to start class, as you’ll need that information to make a fully informed essay. Afterwards, I’ll be giving you about 25 minutes to start the work and asking you to finish it at home.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
23
Mar

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I’ve changed up the focus of Tuesday just a little bit. You’ll notice that we’re still working on developing a better understanding of the characters, but we’ll also be making some predictions about the characters based on Yeats’ poem The Second Coming. You can find the directions here.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
22
Mar

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I’ll try to keep this short, as I have been grading for the last nine hours and really don’t feel like doing much more in the way of work on the weekend.

Monday: We’ll be working on crafting a summary and a response to the reading from the weekend. If you were gone on Friday (you know who you are) you’ll need to catch up by reading through page 35 in Things Fall Apart. You can find a link to the instructions for our summary here.

Tuesday: As we continue to work with Things Fall Apart I’ll be asking us to make some predictions about what we think will be happening to a number of the characters. In class we’ll be making a little chart that details what we think will happen and attaching some passages to it as evidence. This chart will come in handy on Thursday’s in-class writing prompt.

Wednesday: We’ll be reading through page 51 during an in-class reading day. I want to make sure that everybody is caught up and ready to work on a writing prompt for class on Thursday, so I’ll be giving you time to do the reading at school. If you don’t finish, the reading is totally homework.

Thursday: In-class writing day! Just because the HSPE is done doesn’t mean that we’ll stop writing any time soon. We’ll be focusing specifically on thesis construction, which has been a point of relative difficulty on our in-class writings. You’ll be able to find the link here (soon!).

Friday: Bring in a magazine for class on Friday that you don’t mind cutting up. We’re going to be starting a giant timeline made primarily of magazine clippings that will chart the character development of Okonkwo and his family through the course of the novel.

Note: I know that this is the last week before spring break, and I will do everything in my power to honor that most sacred of weeks. That said, please make sure that you stay on top of the reading so that you don’t fall too far behind and then forget everything that has happened over the break.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
10
Mar

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I was asked by some students to upload my Paragraph Structure outline from class yesterday, so here it is. Enjoy!

Paragraph Structure

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
8
Mar

Hello!

After a terrific weekend (check out the 10th grade blog for some pictures), we’re right back at it with Othello. Here’s your week:

Monday + Tuesday: These will both be days for your groups to work on finishing the preparations for your performance of Othello.

Homework: If your group is not going to be ready for you performance, you need to dedicate some time outside of school.

Wednesday + Thursday: We’ll be acting out our respective scenes! This should be loads of fun, and I’ll try to post some photos from the performances.

Homework: Study for Friday’s exam!

Friday: After our performances wrap up we’ll be taking our final Othello exam. You’ll be asked to identify 7 of 10 important passages. You need to let us know who the speaker is and why that passage is important. Naturally, it will be open book, though that might actually make it more difficult.

Note: Next Thursday (March 18th) I’ll be conducting another Notebook check. My expectation is that you’ll be around 25 hours. If you aren’t, I’ll be calling home. If you need some help, or if you need notebook forms, just ask.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
8
Mar

Hola!

Before I get our entire week laid out, I wanted to share a bit of my weekend with you. Meet Wallace, my new deer.

wallace

Good times at the Isakson house.

Here’s your week:

Monday: We’ll be introducing the Expository Essay today. I’ll post all kinds of resources tonight, but today is just a fun day. We’ll be making PB&J sandwiches and working on using transition words like: first, next, then, finally. I know that it sounds somewhat basic, but the reminder is totally necessary.

Homework: If you don’t finish revising your paragraph explaining how to make a PB&J in class, it is homework. I’ll be collecting them tomorrow.

Tuesday: First, we’ll be reviewing the basic structure of an expository essay, then moving into our first in-class expository prompt. Our time will be spent working primarily with crafting an outline that isn’t terrible.

Homework: Finish making your outline!

Wednesday: We’ll spend our Wednesday crafting our first in-class expository essay after a review of the HSPE writing rubric.

Thursday: I’m not entirely sure what all of Thursday will look like. We’ll be spending part of the period prepping for the second expository essay by making some outlines that are not terrible, but the first half of the period is still up in the air.

Homework: Finish making your outline! (That seemed repetitive).

Friday: Good times at Terrace High! We’ll be in the LibLab crafting expository essay #2.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
4
Mar

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So today we changed things up a little bit and spent a good part of the day working on the all-important section of the persuasive essay in which you address the concerns of your critics. The final product for today was a paragraph in a make-believe essay in which you argued why the claims of your opponents were invalid. Of course, I chose a fairly complex issue for this little exercise. You can find the information and the task here.

Also, make sure that you’re thinking about the in-class writing prompts for tomorrow. you can find them in the in-class prompts section, as well as in the previous post.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
2
Mar

‘Allo!

Sorry for the late post this week. I’m going to be out this Wednesday while I address some folks in Olympia about the budget and its implications for education and educators. Consequently, I wasn’t quite sure what this week would look like, but here’s the updated schedule.

Monday: We’ll be reviewing how to construct a thesis today. I noticed that roughly 70 percent of the in-class writes from the last two weeks have missed at least one part of what a thesis needs to be, so I figure that some review will be necessary. You can find the in-class assignment here.

Tuesday: As we continue looking at thesis construction we’ll be doing an in-class assignment that is designed to help us address potentially challenging topics while simultaneously crafting an outline to help us write with a greater sense of purpose and organization. You can find the assignment here.

Wednesday: Again, we’ll spend a bit of time working with creating outlines. Also, expect a quiz on Wednesday about the basic elements of a persuasive essay. You’ll be asked to demonstrate that you understand basic organization and can identify various parts of an essay, even out of context.

Thursday: As we finish with persuasive essays we’ll be completing an outline in preparation for Friday’s in-class write. I hope this process will demonstrate what you needs to do in order to create a decent essay for the HSPE.

Friday: Our last persuasive in-class write. I’m still not quite sure what it will be about, but it should be fun. Because writing is fun :)

Here is the prompt about Seattle sports. Here is the prompt about school lunches. Take your pick!

Category : 10th Grade | Blog