We finished up our final day of PASS testing and moved back to regularly scheduled programming. Sixth period continued with Monster while first period began it. Second period had another day of research (before tomorrow’s final day). We also took a quick look at the Great Expectations Research Project Rubric
We’re beginning to wrap up a number of units — convenient since we’re nearing the end of the year. First period worked on “Flowers for Algernon” after a PASS review (page 402) and a bus evacuation drill. It amounted to little more than explaining the homework as the drill had taken a fair chunk of our time.
Second and fourth periods worked on Great Expectations, which we’re finishing tomorrow. We began as we often do: analyzing sentences to determine sentence type:
The second of the two meetings referred to in the last chapter, occurred about a week after the first.
I had again left my boat at the wharf below Bridge; the time was an hour earlier in the afternoon; and, undecided where to dine, I had strolled up into Cheapside, and was strolling along it, surely the most unsettled person in all the busy concourse, when a large hand was laid upon my shoulder, by some one overtaking me.
It was Mr. Jaggers’s hand, and he passed it through my arm.
We made our own web of characters to look at the inter-related nature of the novel’s various story lines.
Second Period's Web
Fourth period completed the task with fewer variables and the results were clearer.
Sixth period went over potential essay questions as a summary of The Giver. Student-created notes are below:
Seventh period shifted from propaganda techniques to bias. We had a review of connotation and then began looking at how words can take on positive, negative, or neutral connotations. We ranked some near-synonyms to determine the range of different shades of meaning.
First period had the second day of the PASS test today. We’re now done with testing until May 7. Second and fourth periods completed (almost) working on their posters for Lord of the Flies; we’ll be presenting them tomorrow. Sixth period took a break and wrote some blues — with mixed results, which might be all the more appropriate for the blues. Seventh period self-evaluated and continued with drama.
Second and fourth periods: complete the participation self-evaluation.
As tomorrow is the PASS extended response writing test, most classes went over PASS materials. In addition, second and fourth periods began a short creative poster mini-project regarding the symbolism and plot developments in chapters nine and ten of Lord of the Flies.