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.

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

— Augustine of Hippo

English I Honors students learned what a motif is and used a simple graphic organizer to begin tracking nine motifs in Great Expectations.

English 8 students finished up act one, scene one of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete chapters 11-20 by Monday.
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.