Great Expectations

Reading Day and Lit Circles

19
school days left

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

6
school days left

First and fourth periods were finishing up their research projects, for which the annotated bibliography is due tomorrow. Students also watched a tutorial by Mr. Scott on how to use EasyBib to create the citations needed for their annotated bibliographies. Mr. Scott recommends that students create a free account with EasyBib so that they can save their citations/bibliographies for future editing/use. Students were also shown how to use the template for their annotated bibliography, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Today second and seventh period were writing there storyboard and they were also writing there story.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: Finish your storyboard and also finish your story  and make 6 paragraphs for each chuck.
  • English I Honors: 
    • a hard copy of your annotated bibliography is due tomorrow;
    • the letter to next year’s students has been converted to a take-home exam: please complete it and turn it in here by Monday at midnight.

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school days left

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Today, first and fourth periods were given time to work on their Great Expectations research projects. The annotated bibliography for the project is due Friday; a hard copy must be turned in.

Today second and seventh period were working and finishing their story board of the book Monster, and they also were making there own story board.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: Finish your storyboard and it has to be at least 6 blocks.
  • English I Honors: Finish your annotated bibliography, due Friday.

8
school days left

8

In first and fourth periods today, they went over three different ends to the book Great Expectations, officially ending our study of it.  Then we also researched more for our annotated bibilography that is due Friday.  For easy creation for your citations, go to www.easybib.com

The annotated bibliography rubric and templates are here.

Today second and seventh periods were working on a storyboard of the book Monster in anticipation of the final project we’ll be working on at the end of this week, a narrative about a choice a student made.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: work on the outline for the final exam, a letter to next year’s eighth grade students, which will be 3 June.
  • English I Honors: work on annotated bibliography, due Friday.
Annotated Details and Debate Preparation

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school days left

10

First and fourth periods looked at annotated bibliographies today. We looked at an example of an annotated bibliography by Mr. Scott, and then discussed the requirements for our annotated bibliographies due next Friday (May 30th). The requirements for our annotated bibliography are as follows:

  • You must have at least one article/journal entry. All of the articles/journal entries are available here temporarily.
  • You must have at least one book source.
  • You must have at least one source that initially looked useful, but you found not to be useful. No more than two non-useful sources.
  • You must have at minimum five sources.
First and fourth period's marked annotated bibliography example
First and fourth period’s marked annotated bibliography example

Today second and seventh were preparing for their debt for tomorrow!!

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: work on outline for final exam.
  • English I Honors: 
    • Have through chapter 58 of Great Expectations read by tomorrow. We will read chapter 59 in class together.
    • Have your annotated bibliography finished by Friday, May 30th.

13
school days left

13

First and fourth periods learned about propaganda techniques today in preparation for the EOCEP Exam on Wednesday. Some of the techniques we learned were: bandwagon, testimonials, plain folks, appeal to authority, euphemism, glittering generalities, name-calling, and transfer. After learning about the types of propaganda, we continued our research projects for Great Expectations.

Today second and seventh were reading more of the book monster and they also worked in groups and they also acted it out.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: begin preparing outline for final exam.
  • English I Honors: 
    • Have through chapter 58 read by Friday.
    • Review for the End of Course exam on Wednesday. (Materials available above had at moodle.ourenglishclass.net)