Analysis and Effective Readers

English I Honors students began looking at the difference between summarizing and analyzing by looking at a poem by Li-Young Lee called “The Gift” and examining example summaries and analyses of the poem.

English 8 students began looking at effective reader skills and applying it to “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes.

We will continue the work in groups tomorrow as we scaffold the practice to individual mastery.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the benchmark test on Moodle (see below);
    • re-examine the analysis (from class today) for Schaffer completeness.
First Friday

We survived our first week — a short week to be sure, but we survived it nonetheless.

English I Honors students had some more time with their parts of speech project after going over the Schaffer model homework.

English 8 students had their first article of the week video as well as some other typical Friday work.

Journalism students began honing their interviewing skills.

A great first week, I think.

Homework
Finishing Up and Schaffer Planning

English 8 students worked on their article of the week assignment, learning a bit more about how to annotate the text.

They also had a chance to work on Moodle again, learning their way around the program.

English I Honors students started applying their newly-formed Schaffer wizardry to prewriting.

Journalism students worked on how to interview people, a critical skill for the class.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the Schaffer prewriting from class (X [friend] is ______ [character trait]). Plan the CDs with the TS.
    • Go to the Moodle site (user name is: first.last (first name followed by last name, with no spaces but with a period instead–and if students have a hyphenated last name, the account only includes the first part; password is “changeme”) and figure out how to turn in the electronic version of the introductory essay at the “Intro to English I Honors” unit.
  • Journalism: none.
Schaffer and Tools

English 8 students did a little more group practice with the Article of the Week and how we annotate it.

Afterward, students began exploring Moodle, the course management software we’ll be using.

English I Honors students began working on the Schaffer model, a writing technique that will help students

  1. make their pre-writing move effective;
  2. organize their writing before they start working on a first draft; and
  3. help them understand what they need to write next.

We will be practicing it for a few days before trying to apply it to literary interpretation.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read one of the two letters provided in class and choose one paragraph to analyze for Schaffer completeness;
    • go to the Moodle site (user name is: first.last (first name followed by last name, with no spaces but with a period instead–and if students have a hyphenated last name, the account only includes the first part; password is “changeme”) and figure out how to turn in the electronic version of the introductory essay at the “Intro to English I Honors” unit.
  • Journalism: 
    • sort the questions for the interview tomorrow;
    • begin brainstorming for article ideas.

We sailed through the first day without any issues in English class. All students went over the Article of the Week assignment, which is 10% of English I Honors students’ grade and 15% of English 8 students’ grade.

In addition, English I Honors students went over the use of the Moodle site and expectations of the class.

English 8 students went over how we’ll be using Class Dojo in class.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: Write your 500-word introductory essay to be turned in tomorrow.