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Project Work and Presentations

English I Honors students began working on their first song for the soundtrack project: “Decoration Day.” We planned three Schaffer paragraphs (of which we will be writing two) and worked in partners fleshing things out a bit further.

Notes from class are available below for download.

English 8 students presented their habits from Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • RI-6.1 Provide an objective summary of a text with two or more central ideas; cite key supporting details to analyze their development.
  • C-1.1 Prepare for and engage in conversations to explore complex ideas, concepts, and texts; build coherent lines of thinking.
  • C-1.2 Participate in discussions; share evidence that supports the topic, text, or issue; connect the ideas of several speakers and respond with relevant ideas, evidence, and observations.
English I Honors

  • RL-5.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text; identify multiple supported interpretations.
  • RL-8.1 Analyze how characters or a series of ideas or events is introduced, connected, and developed within a particular context.
  • W-1.1 a. Write arguments that introduce a precise claim and differentiate between the claim and counterclaims;
  • W-1.1 g. Write arguments that quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation;

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read Romeo and Juliet 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 over break;
    • optional: work on “Decoration Day” paragraphs.
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.

Final Day and 3.1

English I Honors had a whoosh through 3.1 of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare is starting to turn the screws increasingly tighter, making things more and more challenging for our young lovers. We’ll be starting our culminating writing project on Monday, so students need to read the song lyrics in the homework to be prepared for Monday.

English 8 students had their final day of planning for their Seven Habits presentations Monday. Outlines are due when the presentations are due.

100% Club

We had a couple of first-time members in the 100% club this week.

Fifth period
Sixth period

Homework

Penultimate Prep Day and a Test

English I Honors had their act 2 test. We’ll begin act 3 after our field trip tomorrow.

English 8 began with their article of the week. We went over some annotations they should have completed at this point.

Afterward, they had their penultimate (next-to-last) preparation session with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. They’ll be presenting Monday.

Homework

Soliloquy and Project Work

English I Honors students finished up Friar Laurence’s soliloquy in 2.3:

The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,
Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light,
And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels
From forth day’s path and Titan’s fiery wheels:
Now, ere the sun advance his burning eye,
The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry,
I must up-fill this osier cage of ours
With baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers.
The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb;
What is her burying grave that is her womb,
And from her womb children of divers kind
We sucking on her natural bosom find,
Many for many virtues excellent,
None but for some and yet all different.
O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities:
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give,
Nor aught so good but strain’d from that fair use
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse:
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied;
And vice sometimes by action dignified.
Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath residence and medicine power:
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

We divided into groups and worked through the whole, complicated passage in a single day:

English 8 students worked on the project after making sure they were caught up with their inference work.

And then the snow started…

100% Club

Fifth period
Sixth period

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read 2.4-2.6 in Romeo and Juliet.

Today was career day, so our academic portion of the day was shortened to the time of a two-hour snow delay.

English I Honors had a project overview for the Romeo and Juliet unit project. They’ll have a chance to begin picking songs now that they know what the project is about.

English 8 students practiced their critical thinking with a half-hour of chess.

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • by Monday, read 1.4;
    • re-read the Queen Mab speech an additional two times (three times in total);
    • complete the Love Connection graphic organizer;
    • begin thinking about which easy and which hard song to use for the project.
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.