Archive for September, 2011

28
Sep

Hey s’mores! Here’s the response to chapter 8. It’s a simple, 2 paragraph compare/contrast of the two groups of boys on the island.

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28
Sep

Howdy y’all!

Here’s what the rest of this week will look like:

Wednesday: We’ll be reading part of Act One, Scene One together. I’ll need a few of you to be readers. Afterwards you’ll be reading the rest of the section (through the break on page 25 when Putnam says “Man, be quiet now!” yourselves). If you don’t finish it in class, here’s a link to the full text of the play.

Homework: Finish Act One, part one.

Thursday: We’ll start with our vocabulary quiz, as previously mentioned. Afterwards we’ll be working through this worksheet on the first half of the act.

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26
Sep

Hey s’mores!

Sorry for the later-than-normal post. I found myself grading for much of the weekend and I didn’t have time to get this up. Here’s the skinny on week number 4.

Monday: We’ll be jumping into chapter 5 of Lord of the Flies with a short worksheet designed to get you to start thinking about some of the symbolism in the text.

Homework: Read chapters 6+7 for Tuesday.

Tuesday: We’ll begin the day with our first novel quiz of the year. It will deal primarily with the major events of the novel up through chapter 7. There will be a couple of questions on some basic symbolism as well. Afterwards we’ll be discussing the differences some of the characters and linking them to Golding’s purposes in crafting the novel.

Homework: Read chapter 8 for class on Wednesday.

Wednesday: I’ll be handing you some more vocabulary to start the day, then we’ll transition into a short activity about some of the symbolism surrounding some of the boys’ actions. It’s one half writing, then one half talking. We’ll turn it in at the end of the period.

Thursday: We’ll start the day with vocabulary quiz number two. This one will be a little more SAT-ish (check out some practice questions here). It will be on all things vocabulary from the beginning of the book. I’ll also be stamping your vocabulary stuff, but not collecting it (because I never will…). And, finally, we’ll be ending the week with a little bit of time to get some reading done.

Homework: Finish reading chapter 9 for class Monday.

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26
Sep

Good morning, juniors! Welcome to our slightly-shorter-than-normal fourth week of school. Here’s what we have in store for you:

Monday: I’ll be introducing the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller with a lecture that I think you’ll enjoy. I promise it will be entertaining. Afterwards I’ll be giving you your first vocabulary assignment of the year. Hopefully you’ll get some time to do a bit of reading as well. You do need to read through Act One by mid-way through class on Tuesday.

Note: Last week I had written that I wanted you to read Act One for class today. Because we’re still short books, clearly that isn’t possible. As it stands now we’ll be doing a fair amount of the reading in class. Here’s a link to the full text of the play, if you’re having trouble finding stuff.

Tuesday: I’ll be dedicating the first half of Tuesday to getting some reading done. Afterwards I have an assignment (which I’ll post ASAP) that we’ll be walking through that deals with the text and questions about hysteria.

Wednesday: Umm…. we’ll see what happens. I’m not totally sure how we’ll be dealing with the lack of books.

Thursday: We’ll begin the day with a vocabulary quiz. It will probably take about 15 minutes, and is modeled after the SAT vocabulary section. Afterwards we might have time to do a bit of reading aloud, which will be fun.

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20
Sep

Ok, s’mores. You’ve made minced meat out of my plan for the week, but I still like you, so I’ll post the revised plan one more time. Well, the second version of the revised plan. Ugh…

Monday/Tuesday: If you weren’t here, we worked on peer editing our essays. Here is the peer edit sheet if you lost yours.

Homework: Read chapters 1 and 2 for class on Wednesday.

Wednesday: Having read chapter one of LOTF over the weekend we’ll be piecing together a few entries for our Dialectical Journals on the book together, and I’ll be giving you some feedback on what you’re doing. We’ll also have a fun little writing piece on the notion of good and evil. Lastly, I’ll give you our first set of vocabulary terms. You’ll be responsible for copying these down, looking them up, and learning their definitions for our quiz on Friday. Over the course of the year I will pull vocabulary from many places, and any word that has been used at any point might show up in a quiz. Keep your vocabulary terms in a safe place, as you’ll use them all year.

Homework: Read Chapters 3+4 for class on Friday.

Thursday: We’ll be working on a special section of our novel notebook on Thursday, the section on symbolism. Because Golding’s novel is so laden with symbolism, it only makes sense that we would make note of it and dig into some it a little bit. Again, I’ll upload the directions ASAP.

Friday: After our first vocab quiz of the year (oh yeah, I’ll be handing out vocab on Wednesday for the first four chapters of the novel. It’s on you to figure out what the words mean and study them on your own), we’ll be responding to the first half of the novel with an in-class writing assignment. We’ll also turn in our final versions of the essay in class.

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18
Sep

Hola, s’mores. Week 3 is already upon us, and I, for one, am stoked. We have a bunch of work to do this week. We’ll be starting our first novel, Lord of the Flies, building some character summaries, working on symbolism, doing a bunch of vocab, and talking a ton about Disney movies. Here’s the week:

Monday: Peer edit day. If you aren’t here, you’ll need to get a copy of the peer edit instructions.

Homework: Read chapter 2+3 in LOTF for class on Wednesday and complete five (5) dialectical journal entries per chapter. I’d do these on Tuesday night.

Tuesday: Having read chapter one of LOTF over the weekend we’ll be piecing together a few entries for our Dialectical Journals on the book together, and I’ll be giving you some feedback on what you’re doing. We’ll also have a fun little writing piece on the notion of good and evil. Lastly, I’ll give you our first set of vocabulary terms.

Wednesday: I’ll be showing you how to put the second section of your novel notebooks, the characterization section. It’s pretty simple; you just need to trace character development of major characters, make note of their conflicts, their characteristics, their role in the novel’s plot, any symbolic or metaphoric importance, etc. I’ll upload the directions ASAP. Oh, and we’ll review the first three chapters through your journals.

Homework: Read chapters 4 and 5 in LOTF for Friday.

Thursday: We’ll be working on a special section of our novel notebook on Thursday, the section on symbolism. Because Golding’s novel is so laden with symbolism, it only makes sense that we would make note of it and dig into some it a little bit. Again, I’ll upload the directions ASAP.

Friday: After our first vocab quiz of the year (oh yeah, I’ll be handing out vocab on Monday for the first five chapters of the novel. It’s on you to figure out what the words mean and study them on your own), we’ll be responding to the first half of the novel with an in-class writing assignment. We’ll also turn in our final versions of the essay in class.

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18
Sep

Hey juniors!

We’re wrapping up our personal essay this week (remember that it is due on Tuesday), and moving in to the beginning of our study of American Literature. I have some things that I need to show you this week, including how to create the Dialectical Journals that we’ll be using over the course of the year to interact with the texts that we’ll be reading. That said, here’s the week.

Monday: Remember that I requested that you read Rowlandson over the course of the weekend. We’ll be starting the week off with an assignment built around that reading which you can find here.

Homework: Finish your Reflective Essay and bring it in digitally. You can email it to yourself or bring it in on a flash drive.

Tuesday: We have three things to do on Tuesday. First, I’ll be having you upload your essays to Turnitin.com. Second, I’m going to introduce the format for your Dialectical Journals. We’ll be using this all year long, so if you miss class be sure to check out the instructions here.

Wednesday: I’ll be distributing copies of the writings of William Bradford on Wednesday and asking you to read it in class and complete a Dialectical Journal entry on the text.

Thursday: We’ll do the same thing on Thursday for the writings of Bradford’s nemesis (sort of), Thomas Morton of Merrymount.

Friday: We have a jigsaw assignment on Friday that you’ll be completing in groups of three (I’ll upload it ASAP). Afterwards, we’ll be discussing your responses to the texts and collecting your journal entries. Finally, I’ll be distributing copies of Arthur Miller’s play entitled The Crucible. This will be our first novel of the year (well, technically it’s a play), and you’ll need to read through the Introduction and Act 1 for class on Monday.

Homework: Read the Introduction and Act 1 of The Crucible for class on Monday.

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11
Sep

Hola, juniors! Welcome to week number two (oh, btw, you have to write out the numbers one through ten). This is our first proper week of class, and I’ll be treating it as such. You’ll be writing most of an essay this week, taking pictures, starting your first series of readings, and making the beginning of a comic book. Here’s what the week looks like.

Monday: After reviewing the Writing Portfolio and what I expect of you this year we’ll transition to your one minute presentations. Make sure that you’ve got your three objects to present to the class. (If you missed class on Friday, you need to have three objects that represent you to show us. They need to be metaphors, as in “I am ______”).

Tuesday: On Tuesday we’ll start the day with an activity to help you start to think about the different ways that your own metaphors might be interpreted. You won’t need anything other than a pencil and a piece of paper.

Homework: Write your first draft for Thursday. It can be terrible. Make sure it’s typed.

Wednesday… is Picture Day. Which is really, phenomenally annoying. After our pictures I’ll be reading part of our dear friend Christopher Columbus’ journal to y’all and making a few observations about it.

Thursday: We’ll be peer-editing your first draft. Remember that your first draft is a required part of your Writing Portfolio, and in order to turn in your final draft you must, I repeat, must, have an edited first draft to turn in. I’ll also hand out the first reading of the year. You’ll be reading The Captivity Narrative of Mary Rowlandson. You’ll have almost 20 minutes to read it, but you may have to finish it at home for class on Monday.

Friday: Friday will be a writing day. I’ll have some computers in the room and you’ll have the chance to work on your essays and the feedback that you were given.

Homework: Finish reading Rowlandson for class on Monday. We’ll be illustrating it :)

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11
Sep

Hey s’mores! Welcome to our first real week of the year. We’ve got a few things that will be running concurrently this week, from a continuation of the Fahrenheit 451 conversation regarding conflict to the beginning of our first essay of the year. Oh, and there’s picture day. Here’s the week:

Monday: We’ll start the week off with a conversation about the Writing Portfolio. I’ll be explaining what you’ll need, how we’ll be evaluating our work, and what I expect that you’ll produce over the course of the semester. Afterwards, I’ll stamping your questions about the novel and conflict, then we’ll be entering into a conversation about the piece. It won’t be graded, per se, but I expect that you’ll be taking information from our classroom conversations and integrating them into your writing in the future.

Tuesday: I’ll be introducing my expectations for our Socratic Seminars on Tuesday. You’ll learn how to ensure that you receive participation points, and we’ll cover some points designed to help you be successful as an individual and as a class in our seminars. I’ll also be introducing your first essay of the year and presenting you with my goals for this essay. Here are the directions for said essay.

Homework: 5 questions for our seminar on Thursday. You may have time to craft them on Wednesday after pictures.

Wednesday: Picture day. Lame. But after pictures you’ll have a bit of time to start in on the first draft of your essay, which will be due Friday.

Thursday: I’ll begin the day by stamping your questions. These are required for participation in the seminar. There is a make-up option, but it is awful and you don’t want to do it. Make sure that you’re ready to participate in the seminar.

Friday: Friday will be our Fahrenheit 451 exam. We’ll also be doing a rough reading of your first draft in pairs. This first reading is part of your writing portfolio process, so make sure to be ready to go.

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6
Sep

Howdy juniors. You’re now upper classmen. You may not realize it, but there is quite a lot that goes along with such a designation. This year you’ll probably be reading more than you have before, and you’ll certainly be writing more. But before we get into all of that, here’s what your very first week of upper-classmen-ship (is that a word?) looks like.

Wednesday: I’ll be handing out your syllabi and discussing them at length. You’ll have a quiz on them on Thursday, so listen up. We’ll also play a game. It will be fun. I promise.

Homework: Get your syllabus signed and review the pertinent information.

Thursday: Your syllabi are due, and we’ll start the day off with a quiz on the syllabus itself. Afterwards we’ll be setting up/renewing our Turnitin.com accounts. You can find directions here.

Friday: We’ll be getting into your first essay of the year with a little presentation by yours truly. You’ll listen to some songs, see me present to you, and then have to start thinking about some of your own work. I’ll explain more as we get closer.

Homework: Find three objects that are metaphors for who you are as a person.

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