literature circles

English I Honors students worked on their diagrams of the testimony within the case against Tom Robinson. The first day’s work is available here at the Moodle site for students who were absent.

English 8 students worked on the Harriet Tubman text, with fifth period students working through the material old-school style and sixth period working through the material using lit circles.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete diagramming of chapter 17;
    • read chapter 18;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors continued with the lit circles for To Kill a Mockingbird, looking at two issues (whether or not Atticus made a good decision in representing Robinson considering the potential risk to his family and what the role of Calpurnia is in the novel) in groups that they then shared with partners from the other group.

English 8 students worked on lit circles. Fifth period ended their lit circle cycle, but sixth period will be continuing.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapter 17 (either twice or once taking very good notes).

English 8 students began a three-day whirlwind MAP preparation by filling in a topic we really hadn’t worked on to this point this year, determining the main idea of a nonfiction text.

English I students, after turning in their narratives, had their first lit circle today for Mockingbird.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare your selected lit circle role for tomorrow.

English 8 Students brought to a close the first part of the new English/social studies/math (with a bit of science) STEAM unit. They’re all done with the lit circle work and will move on to the next phase after the break.

English I Honors students looked at the tragedy of Emmett Till as they start their portion of the STEAM unit in English.

And everyone breathed a sigh of relief as we went on break.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapters 9-12 of Mockingbird.

All classes were engaged today in lit circles in one form or another. The only exception was English Studies, which went over briefly how to determine tone in a poem:

  1. Look for repetitions.
  2. Determine the positive or negative nature of the repetitions.
  3. Look for more examples of the positive or negative images or words.
  4. Determine a descriptive category to fit all the words or image into.

Simple.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • read the portion of the class novel decided upon by your literature circle;
    • continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • read the portion of the class novel decided upon by your literature circle;
    • continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue with the Mockingbird allusions work (on Moodle);
    • read chapters 5-8 of Mockingbird;
    • continue working on the article of the week.

English 8 students (both sections) continued with the lit circle work they’re doing with The Glory Field. English I Honors students began To Kill a Mockingbird, finishing up the anticipatory work filling in background knowledge about Jim Crow laws. Students need to finish reading the introductory pages handout I gave today.

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 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).

English 8 Strategies continued with their MAP review, practicing again with some figurative language practice. We’ll finish up tomorrow before having a bit of review for a small test (covering the review material) we’ll be having on Monday.

English 8 Studies had a second day of literature circles. Students discovered the difficulty of working in lit circles when everyone has not done their assigned roles. Hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.

(All English 8 students (fourth and fifth periods) were given missing work reports.)

English I Honors continued with the Odyssey, looking for more evidence regarding whether or not Odysseus is a hero. We’ll be recording our data on a Moodle forum.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • continue working on your article of the week;
    • prepare for test Monday.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on your article of the week;
    • read passage decided upon by your group;
    • complete the discussion preparation for tomorrow’s session.
  • English I Honors: 
Figurative Language, Poetry, and Calypso

English I Honors finished up a bit of work on Calypso, looking at two additional renditions and a short informational text about the etymology of her name.

(c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Afterward, students did a bit of comparing too see how different sources provide different insights into the character of Calypso (or “Kalypso” as in our translation).

One version was the Suzanne Vega song “Calypso.”

Eighties gold!

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Sixth period’s notes

Seventh period noticed a few different elements.

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Seventh period’s notes

English 8 Strategies students (fourth period) continued their MAP preparation by having a refresher about figurative language today and getting a little practice with it.

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Fourth period’s work
Homework for fourth
Homework for fourth

English 8 Studies (fifth periods) returned to their lit circles to finish up the poem “Runagate Runagate” before turning back to The Glory Field.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • complete the figurative language work from today, including the examples of figurative language above.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • read the amount decided by our lit circle for tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • prepare a 3-5 point list of qualities of Calypso that you can back from two sources from today (and make sure actually to back them within the list, i.e., put some kind of note in parenthesis regarding the source);
    • continue working on the Romeo and Juliet project, due Friday.

English Studies and English Strategies students went through 2.2 from Diary of Anne Frank in literature circles. Tomorrow we’ll be applying yesterday’s work with the “Again and Again” sign post to today’s reading.

English I Honors students finished cutting the scenes from act three. Students also turned in their “Decoration Day” writing assignment.

Homework

English Strategies had the period to finish their scene four summaries and turn them in on Moodle. English Studies prepared in their lit circles for discussion of scene five on Monday. English I Honors students took the act two test and worked on their social media project.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • complete the scene four summary as necessary;
    • complete the scene four comprehension questions as necessary.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: continue working on the social media project.

English I Honors students worked on three scenes in one day today, completing act two in the process. We’ll be having the act two quiz later this week or early next week.

English Studies students completed their first lit circles, working on two roles and actually conducting the literature circle.

English Strategies students had their winter MAP testing today.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the study guide for act two;
    • re-read the rest act two;
    • make sure you have your 2.2 and 2.3 tweets done by the end of the week;
    • begin working on the presentation element of our STEAM project (see Moodle for more details).
Into to Lit Circles and Loose Ends

English Studies and English Strategies went over scene four from Diary of Anne Frank and began looking at how we’ll be doing lit circles for act two.

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English I Honors students went over the act one quiz and also spent some time working on their Elizabethan tweets for our STEAM unit on social media, exponential growth, Romeo and Juliet, and Diary of Anne Frank. We’ll be working on the project tomorrow in class briefly.

Journalism students had their now-bi-weekly editorial meeting and looked at how we’ll be using Moodle’s workshop feature to handle our weekly articles.

First and seventh period completed the allotted time for the Bluford literature circle. We’ll be having a test on Friday.

Second period finished reading/acting Much Ado About Nothing. We’ll be starting the project — memorizing and acting a scene from the play — at the end of class tomorrow.

Fourth period finished act two from Romeo and Juliet. We’ll be having a quiz on act two on Monday.

Homework
  • First and seventh period: complete book (if you have not already).
  • Second period: none (journal).
  • Fourth period:
    • questions 8 and 11 from act two summary;
    • “Writing Assignment” in journal.