February 2017

English 8 students finished up their practice of determining the main idea of a text. English I Honors students worked on their first lit circle, debriefing in a forum afterward to make sure things improve the next time.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters 5 and 6 for tomorrow;
    • begin preparing for the next lit circle (choosing the job and preparing the material).

English 8 students began a three-day whirlwind MAP preparation by filling in a topic we really hadn’t worked on to this point this year, determining the main idea of a nonfiction text.

English I students, after turning in their narratives, had their first lit circle today for Mockingbird.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare your selected lit circle role for tomorrow.

English I Honors students began a short look at how to create voice in writing by examining the first few pages of To Kill a Mockingbird to look for various elements used to create voice.

English 8 students worked on Friday work (see lesson plan at right).

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters one through four of Mockingbird;
    • complete the narrative as needed.

English I Honors students began To Kill a Mockingbird today, looking at the question of voice in the opening pages after completing our Socratic Seminar.

English 8 students finished up the selection they’ve been reading from Frederick Douglass’s autobiography.

Homework

A reminder to students in English I Honors: if you are not satisfied with your grade for the narrative lessons we had on Moodle, please speak with Mr. Scott about an additional assignment you can complete to supplement that grade.

All classes had Socratic Seminars. English I Honors students will need to finish their seminars tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: work on the Odyssey narrative, due Monday.

Ironically, all classes in one form or another prepared for a Socratic Seminar tomorrow. English I Honors will be working off the reading we had in class today about Jim Crow laws as we begin To Kill a Mockingbird while English 8 students will be working with topics gleaned from our latest passage of Frederick Douglass’s autobiography.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the reading about Jim Crow laws for tomorrow;
    • prepare for a discussion on the following question (among others): What do you think the total effect of Jim Crow laws was meant to be?

English I Honors continued working on their narratives. Tomorrow will be the last day in class. Students will need to work on their rubrics at home (see below).

English 8 students had their last day of annotating texts for the Frederick Douglass autobiography.

Homework

English I Honors had a quick quiz on the at-home, flipped-class narrative lessons the have been working on. Our focus today was on dialogue and avoiding verb tense shifts.

English 8 students began the second part of Frederick Douglass’s autobiography.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on today’s text as necessary.
  • English I Honors: work on narrative as necessary.

English I Honors students continued working on their narrative assignment.  We’ll be having a quiz on the flipped-classroom material tomorrow.

English 8 students finished up their Socratic Seminar connected to the Frederick Douglass text we’ve been reading in class.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: finish up the poetry project for tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish up the flipped-classroom material on Moodle;
    • prepare for tomorrow’s quiz.

English I Honors students continued working on their narratives in our flipped-classroom experiment. English 8 students worked on their Friday inference work (see lesson plans at right).

Homework
Project Plus

English I Honors students began working on an experimental, flipped-classroom project for the culmination of the Odyssey. We’ll be working on this for a week or so, and it’s all very experimental, which could be just a little stressful for us all.

English 8 students continued with the toughest text we’ve had in class, working on our schaffolded practice for reading and annotating Frederick Douglass’s autobiography.

Homework
Finishing and Starting

English I Honors began the final stages of the Odyssey project.

English 8 students began their new unit, a STEAM unit with social studies and math.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue with the poetry project.
  • English I Honors: read the final section of the Odyssey (to page 416 — not sure about the hundreds in that, but it is definitely x16).

English I Honors students worked with the Joseph Campbell text on the monomyth. We’ll be finishing it up tomorrow.

English 8 students began their final project for the poetry unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: continue working on the article of the week.

English I Honors students began working on a look at the monomyth (i.e., Joseph Campbell) and how the Odyssey is an example of that. We’ll be finishing up the Odyssey shortly.

English 8 students are nearing the end of their studies of figurative language in poetry. We’ll be finishing up next week.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • finish the in-class work on figurative language interpretation;
    • continue working on the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on the text from class, annotating the text and preparing a Cornell outline of the material;
    • begin reading the next section of the Odyssey;
    • continue working on the article of the week as necessary.