2018

Snow Day 2018

When I lived in Lipnica, I never had a snow day. There was snow on the ground the entire winter — you just had to live with it.

Tatra Mountains on the Polish/Slovak border

Enjoy your day off.

The Cranberries were a pretty big deal when I was in college. Their lead singer died unexpectedly at age 46 today, just one year older than I am.

Mortality knocks at your door.

“Linger” was their big hit my junior year in college.

English I students had their two-part test on act three from Romeo and Juliet today. It will be on the third-quarter reporting period.

English 8 students finished up the work on objective summaries, a skill we will apply several times throughout the rest of the year.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • RI-6.1 Provide an objective summary of a text with two or more central ideas; cite key supporting details to analyze their development.

A classic from the prog-rock band Yes: “I’ve Seen All Good People.”

The music is fantastic, but it would be nothing without those costumes!

Finishing Up Benchmark 2 Part 1 and Preparing for a Test

English I Honors students worked on preparing for Tuesday’s test with some Quizlet Live fun.

We used these quizzes:

English 8 students finished up their district-mandated, two-day benchmark test.

Homework

All classes worked on the second district-mandated benchmark of the year.

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: see yesterday’s post.
Summary and Half a Benchmark

English 8 students were scheduled to take the district-created, district-mandated benchmark test for the second quarter. Due to technical difficulties out of the control of the school or the district, we were unable to take the test. Instead, we continued with yesterday’s work on objective/subjective, expanding it to writing an objective summary. We did a brief overview of the steps then some guided practice with a short article about bullying.

Notes from fifth and sixth period

English I Honors students were able to take the benchmark test, and that’s exactly what we did. However, the district’s plan for their benchmark tests includes an increasing length throughout the year, and as such, this benchmark will take two class periods.

Homework

Acting after Cutting and Clearing up Work

English I Honors students performed their cut (and curt) versions of 3.2 and 3.3. Aside from a few flubs here and there, where students cut more than they should have and made the passage just a bit confusing, the groups did excellent work.

English 8 students finished up yesterday’s work, checked to make sure the major inference assignment for the quarter was done, and played a little chess (if done).

This Week’s 100% Clubs

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: work on your “Decoration Day” analysis (due Monday).
Argument, Audience, and Cutting

English 8 students continued working on the importance of praise by analyzing an article for the argument and the audience.

English I Honors students worked on their cutting their given scenes (either 3.2 or 3.3). We’ll be presenting the cut versions tomorrow.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • RI-6.1 Provide an objective summary of a text with two or more central ideas; cite key supporting details to analyze their development.
  • RI-11.1 Analyze the impact of text features and structures on authors’ similar ideas or claims about the same topic.
  • RI-11.2 Analyze and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
English I Honors

  • RL-5.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text; identify multiple supported interpretations.
  • RL-6.1 Determine a theme of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: 
    • complete the article, finding 2-3 more pieces of evidence for the implied claim “Employees need praise” we found;
    • answer questions 1 and 2 from the same article.
  • English I Honors: work on your “Decoration Day” analysis (due Monday).

Our first day back was fairly successful. English I students began a multi-day lesson on how to evaluate Shakespeare’s text and — gasp — cut portions that are not necessary, strictly speaking. It’s blasphemy, I tell you, but good practice for deep critical reading.

English 8 students began a three-day reorientation and re-situation of what we’re doing in class. We worked on a new element in classroom management and atmosphere: some students felt a little stupid doing it, I know — I’m looking at you, Bingo — but all in all, an important day’s work.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • C-1.1 Prepare for and engage in conversations to explore complex ideas, concepts, and texts; build coherent lines of thinking.
English I Honors

  • RL-5.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text; identify multiple supported interpretations.
  • RL-8.1 Analyze how characters or a series of ideas or events is introduced, connected, and developed within a particular context.

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read 3.2 or 3.3 (depending on your group) and make at least five cuts to the text for tomorrow;
    • work on your “Decoration Day” analysis (due Monday).