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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.
Project Completion All Around

English I Honors students began Great Expectations by taking a look at how Dickens tends to construct his sentences.

Third period annotations
Fourth period annotations
Fourth period annotations

English 8 students completed the project for “The Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in the chapter 24 letter to the workshop by 12 April (optional);
    • complete the assessment of the chapter 24 letter by 14 April (optional);
    • complete the chapter 24 letter project by 18 April;
    • complete the online discussion forum by 18 April; and
    • complete chapters 1-10 of Expectations by 24 April.

English I Honors students are so close to finishing Mockingbird that they can see the light at the end of the cliche.

English 8 students are so close to finishing their project that they, too, can see the light at the end of the cliche.

Homework
Guest and Project

English 8 students worked on their project today. It will be due on Friday before we leave for the long break.

English I Honors students had a guest speaker today, Mr. Jim Bannister, who is a criminal defense lawyer who brings a unique view to the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Homework

English I Honors students finished up Mockingbird with a quiz and a viewing of the final scenes in the film before we examine the mystery of what actually happened under that Oak tree.

English 8 students continued working on their project, beginning part four or finishing up part three, depending on their individual progress.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapters 29 and 30;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors began working on a culminating writing assignment for Mockingbird. English 8 students continued working on the culminating project for our “Move to Freedom” STEAM unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete Mockingbird by Monday, April 3.
Mystery Solved and Text Imagined

English I Honors finished up working on chapter twenty-four and solved the mystery of what Miss Maudie meant by, “His food doesn’t stick going down, does it?”

English 8 students finished up the second part of their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue reading TKM chapters 25 and 26;
    • continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors began a two-day look at chapter 24 in To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most confusing but ultimately rewarding chapters in the book.

English 8 students continued working on their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit, beginning part two today. We’ll finish it up by tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on  article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapter 24, keeping in mind the questions you noted during today’s reading and trying to answer at least one of them;
    • work on  article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors students finished up with the trial portion of the novel by looking at how we might rank ethically various characters from the novel:

  • Mr. Dolphus Raymond
  • Miss Maudie
  • Aunt Alexandra
  • Reverend Sykes
  • Judge Taylor
  • Bob Ewell
  • Mayella Ewell
  • Heck Tate

English 8 students continued working on their culminating “Move to Freedom” project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read through chapter 23 (but stop at 24 — do not read chapter 24) by Monday.

English 8 students began their final project for their current unit. English I Honors completed the trial portion of the novel.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapter 20;
    • prepare for stems test tomorrow.

English I Honors students worked with the Joseph Campbell text on the monomyth. We’ll be finishing it up tomorrow.

English 8 students began their final project for the poetry unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: continue working on the article of the week.

English 8 students finished up the overview of figurative language and next week will begin working on poems that include figurative language.

English I students had a final day of work on the Romeo and Juliet project.

The midterm exam is tomorrow. Make sure you’re prepared.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: study for tomorrow’s exam.

English I Honors students continued working on the Romeo and Juliet project. Since we have an exam Friday, we decided it would be best to spend class time working on the project.

English 8 students had a lightning-fast review of figurative language before we start hitting poetry hard later this week. We need the necessary vocabulary to talk about poetry!

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • study for the semester exam on Friday;
    • work on the project (as necessary).
Metaphors and a Project

English I Honors students continued working on the Romeo and Juliet project. We’ll have a couple of more days’ work in-class this week before the semester exam on Friday.

English 8 students worked on “Because You Asked” from yesterday, with both classes realizing what the poem was about:

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on the project;
    • prepare for Friday’s exam.
First Day Back

English I Honors students worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects, which will be due next Thursday (January 12). We also went over the mid-term exam, which is coming up this week. We might be moving it back to Friday due to a scheduling conflict.

English 8 students began their new poetry unit, looking at a poem English I students looked at earlier: “Because You Asked About the Line between Prose and Poetry.”

And the chess club today had a chance to use the new boards and chess clocks that PTSA bought for us.

A great first day back.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • prepare for the midterm exam;
    • work on the R&J project.