March 2017

English 8 students completed their normal Friday work (see lesson plan at right) while English I Honors students had the final day of writing for their Mockingbird writing project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete Mockingbird by Monday.

English I Honors began working on a culminating writing assignment for Mockingbird. English 8 students continued working on the culminating project for our “Move to Freedom” STEAM unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete Mockingbird by Monday, April 3.
Mystery Solved and Text Imagined

English I Honors finished up working on chapter twenty-four and solved the mystery of what Miss Maudie meant by, “His food doesn’t stick going down, does it?”

English 8 students finished up the second part of their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue reading TKM chapters 25 and 26;
    • continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors began a two-day look at chapter 24 in To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most confusing but ultimately rewarding chapters in the book.

English 8 students continued working on their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit, beginning part two today. We’ll finish it up by tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on  article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapter 24, keeping in mind the questions you noted during today’s reading and trying to answer at least one of them;
    • work on  article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors students finished up with the trial portion of the novel by looking at how we might rank ethically various characters from the novel:

  • Mr. Dolphus Raymond
  • Miss Maudie
  • Aunt Alexandra
  • Reverend Sykes
  • Judge Taylor
  • Bob Ewell
  • Mayella Ewell
  • Heck Tate

English 8 students continued working on their culminating “Move to Freedom” project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read through chapter 23 (but stop at 24 — do not read chapter 24) by Monday.

English 8 students began their final project for their current unit. English I Honors completed the trial portion of the novel.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapter 20;
    • prepare for stems test tomorrow.
Friday Update

English I Honors students continued working on their very close reading and diagramming of the case against Tom Robinson.

English 8 students completed their normal Friday inference and article of the week work.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the diagramming of Mayella Ewell’s testimony;
    • read chapter 19, Tom’s testimony.

English I Honors students worked on their diagrams of the testimony within the case against Tom Robinson. The first day’s work is available here at the Moodle site for students who were absent.

English 8 students worked on the Harriet Tubman text, with fifth period students working through the material old-school style and sixth period working through the material using lit circles.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete diagramming of chapter 17;
    • read chapter 18;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors continued with the lit circles for To Kill a Mockingbird, looking at two issues (whether or not Atticus made a good decision in representing Robinson considering the potential risk to his family and what the role of Calpurnia is in the novel) in groups that they then shared with partners from the other group.

English 8 students worked on lit circles. Fifth period ended their lit circle cycle, but sixth period will be continuing.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapter 17 (either twice or once taking very good notes).

All classes worked on lit circles today. English I students continued with the Mockingbird circles. We’ll be moving on to the next section of readings shortly, but we’ll be taking them one chapter at a time as we’ve reached the trial scene — the most critical scene in the book.

English 8 students worked on their first lit circles, with a class-wide practice/modeling session for the text we’ll be working on.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: work on article of the week as necessary.

We all had a field trip to Roper Mountain today, so most students didn’t have class. That doesn’t mean they don’t have homework, though.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapters 13-16 of Mockingbird.

English I Honors students returned to Mockingbird to look at some tough word choices that appear because of its nature as a Southern novel.

English 8 students returned for the final text portion of the Frederick Douglass autobiography we’ve been reading.

Homework
MAP Spring 2017

Students took the spring MAP test today, which means almost everyone got a day off: it’s one of the few days that I let kids have a break. What did most English I students do instead of relaxing? Worked on their article of the week. Those who didn’t played chess.

English 8 students had free time in celebration of their great MAP scores, but those who hadn’t completed last unit’s project didn’t get that privilege.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read through chapter 12 in Mockingbird;
    • prepare for your lit circle group.