English 8 students worked on their lit group readings of chapter four of Nightjohn. We’ll be finishing up the chapter tomorrow.

English I Honors students worked on their final paragraph for their final assignment before the major project.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the symbolism/irony paragraph for turn in tomorrow (5 October) in class.

English I Honors students worked on the topic sentence for their most challenging assignment so far: the paragraph on symbolism. Students worked in pairs to flesh out and improve their topic sentences and do some preliminary writing on the topic.

English 8 students embarked on a mini-project of sorts, working to complete Nightjohn chapter four and all the accompanied work with relatively little guidance from the teacher — a scaffolded approach to group work.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare your two quotes for your CDs in the paragraph.
Motifs and Symbols

English I Honors debriefed the latest writing assignment and began thinking about the final one before the big project — three paragraphs, completely on their own. It’s a daunting challenge but they’ll do fine.

English 8 students finally returned to chapter three to finish up motif work as groups after beginning this week’s article of the week.

Running in the Fields

When we’re visiting Babcia in Poland, we often go for walks in the fields that surround her little village.

English 8 students worked on their Friday inference work and English I Honors students worked on their parts of speech review. It was a short day due to the reward day, so that was about all we had time for.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete assessments as necessary (on Moodle).
Symbolism, Group Work Practice, and a Benchmark

English I Honors students worked on symbolism in “The Necklace” and “Gift of the Magi” as well as a bit of work with parts of speech identification.

English 8 students practiced effective group work skills (fifth period) and completed a benchmark test (sixth period).

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the parts of speech identification work through number 25 (see above).

English 8 students took a benchmark for the year, and we will be finishing it up tomorrow.

English I Honors students worked on making a good topic sentence for the story we read yesterday, then had some practice with parts of speech.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read (or re-read) “The Necklace” and “The Gift of the Magi” for tomorrow.

English I Honors students finished up their third paragraph in the Schaffer analytic/short story unit. We began working on the fourth and final single paragraph, which is on irony and symbolism.

English 8 students finished up chapter three in Nightjohn.


English I Honors had a work day today, spending most of the class period working with a partner on their latest Schaffer analytic paragraphs. We’ll be turning them in tomorrow during class.

English 8 students worked on finishing up chapter three of Nightjohn. Students worked on their during-reading work (an “It Says/I Say” graphic organizer) as well as the comprehension questions for chapter three and the motif work we’ve been doing over the last couple of days.

  • English 8 Studies: complete chapter three work as necessary.
  • English I Honors: complete the final draft of the characterization/character motivation piece on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

The Romantic composer Frederic Chopin, a Pole by birth, requested that, upon his death, his heart be removed and buried in Poland, with the rest of his earthly remains to be buried in France.

To this day, then, his heart is interred at Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza) in Warsaw.

Our family, during our summer trip to Poland, had a chance to visit this site.

Planning, Inferences, Book Fair, and Chess

English I Honors students worked on their planning for their third Schaffer paragraph. We’ll be finishing up in class Monday, so make sure you are done with your regular planning and writing and just need to put the finishing touches and complete some editing. They also went to the book fair.

English 8 students worked on their regular Friday work and went to the book fair.

Journalism students took a break and played (or learned) chess.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the first draft of your paragraph on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

English I Honors students completed the parts of speech presentations. They’ve now covered all eight parts of speech:

  • nouns
  • pronouns
  • adjectives
  • verbs
  • adverbs
  • prepositions
  • conjunctions
  • interjections

We’ll begin practicing and quizzing on it next week.

They also began planning their third analytic Schaffer model paragraph, this time on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

English 8 students worked through chapter three of Nightjohn. We’re working toward mastery of effective reader’s skills by implementing a modified “It Says/I Say” strategy.

  • English 8 Studies: complete today’s work on chapter three.
  • English I Honors: 
    • determine a TS and quotes for a CD from today’s Schaffer planning work;
    • determine the part of speech for each of these sentences:
      • All people should ask themselves if they are doing the best they can with the talents they have.
      • All gave some; some gave all.
      • It seems unlikely that anyone could hold their breath for such a very long time, but the world record is over twenty-four minutes.

English 8 students began looking at what a motif is (a repeating image or idea that appears throughout a literary work) as we began moving toward the question of what a theme is and how to determine it.

English I Honors students went through verbs today after going over the homework.

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete assessments on Moodle (see yesterday’s homework for a direct link);
    • read “Thank You, Ma’am.”