Glory Field

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English 8 students, having the Chromebooks back after not having them yesterday for the EOC, returned to the final project of the year for The Glory Field. Students who completed the work and turned it in today will return to reading Monster. Students who did not complete the work will work in a different environment to complete the work tomorrow.

English I Honors students continued reading Monster. They will have an extra-credit opportunity connected to the book.

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English I Honors students began a review of bias in preparation for the EOC next week. Formative assessment indicated an overall deficit in that area, so we’ll be taking care of that shortly.

English 8 students began working on the final major project in conjunction with Mr. Melton’s social studies work.

Trial Ideas and a Ballad

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school days left

English I Honors had a real treat: Jim Bannister, a local attorney with significant criminal defense experience, came to lead the classes through a truly eye-opening re-examination of Atticus Finch’s famed defense of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Don’t want to give anything away as I hope to do this again next year, but I don’t think anyone in the room left viewing the case the same way.

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English 8 students continued working on their STEAM unit connecting a novel to historical events. We’ll be finishing it up next week, and English I students will join in shortly afterward.

English I students went over the great cover-up in Mockingbird, teasing out the actual story, what Atticus thinks happened, and what Heck Tate is going to say happened.

English 8 students went over the ballad from yesterday in order to get ready for the ballad we will be applying to the Glory Field project we’ll be working on next week.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • complete the practice test for the EOC, available here.

English I Honors classes are finishing up Mockingbird and as such, discussed the titular mockingbird today.

English 8 students began the final STEAM project, combining a bit of most every core class into a final project that we’ll be completing later this week and early next week.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • continue working on the one-pager, due Wednesday.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • continue working on the one-pager, due Wednesday;
    • finish Mockingbird by tomorrow;
    • complete one of the three practice texts for the EOC by tomorrow.

English Strategies students finished up a test from the other day and began reading the next section of The Glory Field.

English Studies students had a day of final preparation before tomorrow’s mini-project start.

English I Honors students tied up some loose ends before the Beta Club kids head off on their big adventure.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read through chapter 18 by Monday.
First Day Back

English I Honors students continued with To Kill a Mockingbird by starting to look at two different arguments regarding the derogatory term for African Americans that some characters in Mockingbird use. We’ll be looking at another perspective tomorrow and using the two to look at a more complex argument form than what we’ve been using in the past.

English I Studies students spent time looking at their group-decided poem for Glory Field and answering some questions to prepare for the next section of the unit, in which they will put together all the pieces they’ve created now in their lit circles.

English I Strategies began the second half of the Glory Field unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • prepare for tomorrow’s test on the 1964 section of The Glory Field;
    • for Wednesday, re-read today’s poem and be able to answer the questions we went over in class (see below); 1-Fullscreen capture 442016 33350 PM
    • complete this week’s article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • prepare for tomorrow’s quiz on your second section of The Glory Field;
    • complete this week’s article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read today’s argument and look for the second argument embedded within it (the argument for which the article is actually a large counterclaim);
    • complete this week’s article of the week.

English I Honors students continued with To Kill a Mockingbird, finishing a first reading of yesterday’s opening passage from the novel and completing an overview of the first bit of unit-based work.

English 8 students (both sections) continued with their lit circles for The Glory Field.

Everyone went to the book fair.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • read the agreed-upon selection from The Glory Field;
    • continue working on the article of the week, remembering that this week the assignment includes a short summary
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • read the agreed-upon selection from The Glory Field;
    • continue working on the article of the week, remembering that this week the assignment includes a short summary
  • English I Honors: 
    • choose your allusions for Mockingbird;
    • turn in your extra credit from R&J (if you did it);
    • continue working on the article of the week, remembering that this week the assignment includes a short summary.

English I Honors students finished up the Odyssey unit with a Socratic Seminar about whether or not Odysseus is a hero. The discussions will be available in a password protected post shortly: the password will be the last word in the title of the next book we read.

English 8 students in both classes continued their lit circle work with The Glory Field.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: finish the Odyssey project by midnight Monday.

English I Honors students are finishing up the Odyssey with some writing and a Socratic Seminar tomorrow looking at the question of whether or not Odysseus is indeed a hero.

English 8 Strategies and Studies both continued with their literature circles for The Glory Field.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week (due tomorrow);
    • complete your group’s agreed-upon reading.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week (due tomorrow);
    • complete your group’s agreed-upon reading.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week (due tomorrow);
    • continue working on the Odyssey project.

English I Honors completed yesterday’s work with the final excerpts from the Odyssey. We’ll be finishing up the unit this week.

English 8 Strategies and Studies both held lit circles for the book The Glory Field. The Studies class is about two weeks ahead of the Strategies class, which will be following a slightly different course to the same end.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • read whatever material you and your lit circle decided on;
    • continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • read whatever material you and your lit circle decided on;
    • continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • continue working on the Odyssey project.

English 8 Strategies (fourth period) students began The Glory Field today. It’s a seven-generation story about the struggles and triumphs of an African American family in South Carolina and is part of our new STEAM unit.

English 8 Studies students added the second poem to the unit and saw just how they will be connecting it to later portions of the novel.

English I Honors students learned what in medias res means for an epic by comparing the narrative order and the chronological order of the Odyssey.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • on the back of the paper we worked on today, add an illustration inspired from the book (stick figures are fine — this is not an art class);
    • continue with your article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue with your article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in your Romeo and Juliet project (Moodle site);
    • finish reading the Odyssey (pages 401-416);
    • continue with your article of the week.

English 8 Strategies students had a test on the MAP preparation work they completed over the last few days. We’ll be starting a new unit as soon as MAP testing is over this week.

English 8 Studies students had a quiz over the first reading selection for the lit circles before completing a self-evaluation and a library visit.

English I Honors students completed the cyclops section, seeing once again just how important hospitality is to the ancient Greeks.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on this week’s article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on this week’s article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on this week’s article of the week;
    • evaluate the Romeo and Juliet projects;
    • read “The Land of the Dead” and “Scylla and Charybdis” for tomorrow.

English I Honors had time to complete a final check of their work for the Romeo and Juliet project before turning it in.

English 8 Studies had their final day of literature circles for the first part of The Glory Field.

English 8 Strategies had a practice test before the review test we’ll be having Monday.

And Operation Get Smart ended the day with us.

English 8 Studies (fifth period) continued working on the first round of their lit circles. We’ll be finishing up tomorrow and debriefing to decide how to change up the groups before moving on to the next section.

English 8 Strategies students (fourth period) finished up some practice with figurative language.

English I Honors students began with cyclops, one of the most famous segments in the Odyssey.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: finish your article of the week (due tomorrow).
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • finish your article of the week (due tomorrow);
    • finish reading the 1964 segment of The Glory Field.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish your article of the week (due tomorrow);
    • continue working on the “Is Odysseus a Hero” work for the new unit;
    • complete the Romeo and Juliet project (due tomorrow).