English 8 students began their new unit on Nightjohn. We began building background knowledge today so that we can make better sense of the book as we begin.
English I Honors students had their first Socratic Seminar today. We’ll be doing this throughout the year, and today’s was just an introductory exercise. After the session, students had a few minutes to work with their groups for the parts of speech project.
English 8 Studies: complete the text begun in class.
English I Honors:
complete our TS (“The story ‘In the Family’ needs to be in first person because…”) and plan a couple of CDs to go with it;
English I Honors students began working on their newest literary criticism effort, this time dealing with the effect of point of view on the narrative structure. We began by exploring the truism that what you see depends on where you stand — so we stood in a few different, unusual locations to experience it literally. We also read “In the Family” as our first analytic piece.
English 8 students began a new unit with an overarching EQ, “How does literacy change lives?” We completed the anticipatory lesson today getting everyone ready and excited for the first novel of the year.
English 8 students worked on applying the effective readers’ skills in groups using “Thank You, Ma’am” as the example text. We’ll continue working on it tomorrow.
English I Honors students began the short story unit in which we will learn how to analyze literature using the Schaffer Model for organization.
Journalism students began learning the Inverted Pyramid model that we use for all our writing. We went over the basic organizational principles of it and then practiced by writing news stories about fairy tales. We did the original Little Mermaid as a class.
An unknown girl was found dead on the Royal Beach this morning. Prince Erik requested a police investigation with autopsy to determine the cause and time of death. It is not clear whether the victim committed suicide or was the victim of some attack. Police Chief X had no comment as it is an ongoing investigation.
We’ll be working on the Inverted Pyramid for the rest of the year.
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.
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.
English 8 students began a text on slave codes (available here) in anticipation of our first novel, Nightjohn. We also began our year-long use of effective readers’ skills (download here) with the slave codes text.
English I Honors students began their first online workshop experience via Moodle. Students will be assessing each other in order to provide future feedback.
English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week, due tomorrow, as necessary.
English I Honors:
turn in your piece on “Harrison Bergeron” or “The Most Dangerous Game” at the Moodle site if you have not already (you have only until 5:00-ish this evening as it was to be done for class);
begin assessing (after 5:00 when the workshop phase has been switched back to “Assess”).