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Today was the final reward day of the year, so all classes were shorter.

English 8 students finished scene four, and a few managed to start scene five.

English I Honors students had a double reward day, taking a brief break for chess.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: read act one scene five (as necessary).
  • English I Honors: continue reading through chapter 45 of Great Expectations.
Lit Circles and Final Phrase Work

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English 8 students began scene four after looking at the conflicts already present in the play.

English I Honors students worked on a phrase review in preparation for a test coming later.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: read act one scene four (as necessary).
  • English I Honors: continue reading through chapter 45 of Great Expectations.

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English I Honors students went over last night’s homework of five sentences to analyze. We’ll be applying this in a more general manner next week.

English 8 students continued working on their Anne Frank lit circles, though we didn’t get into the lit circles today because of the shortened class due to testing.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on act one scene four of The Diary of Anne Frank as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • prepare for quiz tomorrow (this will happen, come Moodle or no Moodle);
    • read chapters 31-45 for Monday. (We’ve been practicing our skimming skills on the book recently, but students needs to slow down and to actually read chapter 39 when they get there.)

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The site was down yesterday. I am updating this only to have the countdown be consistent.

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English I Honors had the EOC field test today. We’ll be having a quiz on chapters 21-30 tomorrow, so students need to make sure they’re ready for that. The actual EOC is not until Friday 19 May.

English 8 students continued with their Anne Frank literature circles. Students should be working on act one scene three.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • prepare for quiz tomorrow;
    • read chapters 31-45 for Monday. (We’ve been practicing our skimming skills on the book recently, but students needs to slow down and to actually read chapter 39 when they get there.)
Reading Day and Lit Circles

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English 8 students continued with their lit circles for The Diary of Anne Frank. All students should now be done with act one scene two and all the accompanying work.

English I Honors students went over their sentence homework in which they were to identify both independent and subordinate clauses.

Afterward, we had a reading day to let kids get caught up on their Great Expectations reading.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on act one scene three of The Diary of Anne Frank as necessary.
  • English I Honors: read through chapter 30 in Great Expectations.
Sentence Types and Lit Circles

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school days left

After going over the extensive phrase homework, which has excited students so much that it is with the greatest regret that they realize we could have done sentence diagramming proper this year,

English I Honors classes got to the summit of the sentence quest: sentence types.

Afterward, we worked to identify the name and function of every part of given sentences:

English 8 students continued working on the lit circles for The Diary of Anne Frank. Today is the last day for students to work on act 1 scene 2. The due-date schedule is below:

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete all act 1 scene 2 work by tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: complete chapters 21-30 by Monday.

English I students continued working with sentence analysis in Great Expectations. English 8 students continued with the lit circles for The Diary of Anne Frank.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete through page 104 (at least) of act one scene two of The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue reading chapters 21-30, using the new skimming technique;
    • complete the analysis of the third sentence.
Final Lit Circles and Skimming

English 8 students worked on The Diary of Anne Frank, evolving our reading into a lit circle format, which will take us through the end of the year.

English I Honors students heard positively sacrilegious words from Mr. Scott today — sacrilegious for an English teacher that is. “You don’t have to read every word on every page to say you’ve read a book.” In other words, we went over how to skim effectively, a skill students need more and more the further along they progress in their education.

We’ll be using this new skill for the remainder of the novel.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the analysis for the next sentence (We were waiting, I supposed, for Mr. Pocket to come out to us; at any rate we waited there, and so I had an opportunity of observing the remarkable family phenomenon that whenever any of the children strayed near Mrs. Pocket in their play, they always tripped themselves up and tumbled over her—always very much to her momentary astonishment, and their own more enduring lamentation.)
    • read chapters 21-30 by Monday.
Sentence Analysis and Summarizing

English 8 students began a cross-curricular bit of work (working with Ms. George, the writing teacher) on creating objective summaries.

English I students continued with the phrase work we’ve been doing, applying it to passages from Great Expectations.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete today’s analysis.
Cemetery in Lipnica

This is the cemetery in the village where I lived for seven years. I found this picture this evening and worked on it in Lightroom for a while. A bit artificial, but an improvement over the original.

We’re done with all ELA testing — except for the EOC for E1 students. But that’s a few weeks off…

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapters 11-20 for Monday, when we will have a quiz on the material.