Update

Daily classwork and homework updates.

Phrases and a Play

English I finished up the overview of the five major types of phrases. We’ll be using these to analyze sentences from Great Expectations.

English 8 students continued with the first scene of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the analysis of these sentences, finding and labeling all phrases:
    • Instead of falling on the soft ground, Shawn managed to hit right on the sidewalk.
    • The concrete, broken and crumbling, cut him in several places on his legs and elbows.
    • We heard his piercing wail all the way up at our house, and my mother and I rushed to see what had happened.
    • By the time we got to him, the cuts had already started bleeding, and he was struggling to get his skates off.
    • Bending down, Mom pulled off the skates and dabbed at the seeping red cuts and scrapes.
Starting Drama and Phrases

English I Honors students began working on phrases as part of the final push through Great Expectations. We’ll be using it our new knowledge to analyze sentences for meaning more effectively.

English 8 students began working on the play The Diary of Anne Frank. We began with a few thoughts about what stage instructions/directions do.

Afterward, we  began looking at the stage instructions at the beginning of the play.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters 11-20 of Great Expectations by next Monday;
    • find an example of a gerund phrase from the GE sentence analysis for chapters 1-10;
    • choose a sentence from the GE sentence analysis for chapters 1-10 and block out all the prepositional phrases.
Class Notes

Notes for the day's classes are available here.

Please note that this is a composite file including notes from all classes, though occasionally it might only be one or two classes. I don't differentiate in the file; that is up to you to do.

English I Honors had their last reading day today as students waited for the majority of the class to come back from the field trip. We’ll pick up Monday with normal programming.

English 8 students finished up the introductory work for the Anne Frank unit we will begin on Monday.

Homework
New Unit and Reading

English I Honors students had a reading day (and will have two more this week) as students’ absences for the Beta Club field trip to New York deplete the classes by at least 30% per class.

English 8 students worked on the article of the week a bit, looking at the first required annotation: debris.

Afterward, we began the new unit, asking what a definition of a hero might be.

Dickens Points and Project

I was a little disappointed with the lackluster showing of English 8 students’ projects, so we took today to give some students another chance to turn the project in for reduced credit.

English I students had a quick look at Dickens’s use of dialect and split dialog as well as an additional comprehension assignment for each chapter.

Fourth period notes

Students are to choose one medium to long sentence to write out and annotate as we did in class today.

Third period notes
Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read through chapter 10 by next Monday;
    • annotate one sentence per chapter.
Project Completion All Around

English I Honors students began Great Expectations by taking a look at how Dickens tends to construct his sentences.

Third period annotations
Fourth period annotations
Fourth period annotations

English 8 students completed the project for “The Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in the chapter 24 letter to the workshop by 12 April (optional);
    • complete the assessment of the chapter 24 letter by 14 April (optional);
    • complete the chapter 24 letter project by 18 April;
    • complete the online discussion forum by 18 April; and
    • complete chapters 1-10 of Expectations by 24 April.

English I Honors students are so close to finishing Mockingbird that they can see the light at the end of the cliche.

English 8 students are so close to finishing their project that they, too, can see the light at the end of the cliche.

Homework
Guest and Project

English 8 students worked on their project today. It will be due on Friday before we leave for the long break.

English I Honors students had a guest speaker today, Mr. Jim Bannister, who is a criminal defense lawyer who brings a unique view to the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Homework

English I Honors students finished up Mockingbird with a quiz and a viewing of the final scenes in the film before we examine the mystery of what actually happened under that Oak tree.

English 8 students continued working on their project, beginning part four or finishing up part three, depending on their individual progress.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapters 29 and 30;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

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.