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
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;
English 8 Studies: none.
English I Honors:
read Romeo and Juliet 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 over break;
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.
We had a couple of first-time members in the 100% club this week.
English 8 Studies: work on your outline and presentation as necessary.
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…
English 8 Studies: none.
English I Honors: read 2.4-2.6 in Romeo and Juliet.