Schaffer model

Motifs and Symbols

English I Honors debriefed the latest writing assignment and began thinking about the final one before the big project — three paragraphs, completely on their own. It’s a daunting challenge but they’ll do fine.

English 8 students finally returned to chapter three to finish up motif work as groups after beginning this week’s article of the week.

Homework

English 8 students took a benchmark for the year, and we will be finishing it up tomorrow.

English I Honors students worked on making a good topic sentence for the story we read yesterday, then had some practice with parts of speech.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read (or re-read) “The Necklace” and “The Gift of the Magi” for tomorrow.

English I Honors had a work day today, spending most of the class period working with a partner on their latest Schaffer analytic paragraphs. We’ll be turning them in tomorrow during class.

English 8 students worked on finishing up chapter three of Nightjohn. Students worked on their during-reading work (an “It Says/I Say” graphic organizer) as well as the comprehension questions for chapter three and the motif work we’ve been doing over the last couple of days.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete chapter three work as necessary.
  • English I Honors: complete the final draft of the characterization/character motivation piece on “Thank You, Ma’am.”
Planning, Inferences, Book Fair, and Chess

English I Honors students worked on their planning for their third Schaffer paragraph. We’ll be finishing up in class Monday, so make sure you are done with your regular planning and writing and just need to put the finishing touches and complete some editing. They also went to the book fair.

English 8 students worked on their regular Friday work and went to the book fair.

Journalism students took a break and played (or learned) chess.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the first draft of your paragraph on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

English I students began working on their third topic in the short stories unit, this time on characterization. English 8 students, after some technical difficulties that I think I’ve finally solved, worked on their comprehension questions for Nightjohn after the article of the week.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • assess your assigned paragraphs;
    • complete the TS and get quote ideas for the CD for the paragraph we’re planning for “The Old Man on  the Bridge” (see class notes below).
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.

English 8 students worked on their Friday inference work that we will be doing through at least the first semester.

English I Honors students worked on their newest Schaffer paragraph, which is on point of view in “The Interlopers.”

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
Socratic Seminar, First Paragraph, and Assessments

English 8 students had their first Socratic Seminar today. It was, given the fact that it’s the first time we did it, a splendid success.

English I Honors students began planning their first analytic Schaffer model paragraph. We’re writing about “The Most Dangerous Game” and will continue it tomorrow, putting off our parts of speech project for a couple of days.

Journalism students turned in their first article and began the assessment process for the first time.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: work on the Schaffer planning for tomorrow (it will be due at the end of class).
  • Journalism: none.
Finishing Up and Schaffer Planning

English 8 students worked on their article of the week assignment, learning a bit more about how to annotate the text.

They also had a chance to work on Moodle again, learning their way around the program.

English I Honors students started applying their newly-formed Schaffer wizardry to prewriting.

Journalism students worked on how to interview people, a critical skill for the class.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the Schaffer prewriting from class (X [friend] is ______ [character trait]). Plan the CDs with the TS.
    • Go to the Moodle site (user name is: first.last (first name followed by last name, with no spaces but with a period instead–and if students have a hyphenated last name, the account only includes the first part; password is “changeme”) and figure out how to turn in the electronic version of the introductory essay at the “Intro to English I Honors” unit.
  • Journalism: none.
Schaffer and Tools

English 8 students did a little more group practice with the Article of the Week and how we annotate it.

Afterward, students began exploring Moodle, the course management software we’ll be using.

English I Honors students began working on the Schaffer model, a writing technique that will help students

  1. make their pre-writing move effective;
  2. organize their writing before they start working on a first draft; and
  3. help them understand what they need to write next.

We will be practicing it for a few days before trying to apply it to literary interpretation.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read one of the two letters provided in class and choose one paragraph to analyze for Schaffer completeness;
    • go to the Moodle site (user name is: first.last (first name followed by last name, with no spaces but with a period instead–and if students have a hyphenated last name, the account only includes the first part; password is “changeme”) and figure out how to turn in the electronic version of the introductory essay at the “Intro to English I Honors” unit.
  • Journalism: 
    • sort the questions for the interview tomorrow;
    • begin brainstorming for article ideas.

Everyone on the eighth-grade hall took the reading MAP test today, which resulted in shorted class periods — thirty minutes to be exact. All classes went over the first article of the week that they received back.

English I Honors students looked at their first analytic Schaffer paragraph and the assessment thereof.

English 8 students used Moodle for comprehension questions about an informational text we read in class. We had short periods, so we had short focused work.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: have TS and CDs completed for the piece on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

English 8 students worked on their first Socratic Seminar today. We’ll be trying it later in the quarter for real, but today was simply a chance for everyone to get used to the protocol.

English I Honors students worked on their first analytic paragraphs. These paragraphs are for “The Most Dangerous Game” or “Harrison Bergeron,” stories which are available on the Moodle site or easily searchable on the internet. They are due tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: finish the analytic paragraph.
Literacy and Analysis

English I Honors began the first of several Schaffer analytic paragraphs on short stories. Students had an option to work on “The Most Dangerous Game” or “Harrison Bergeron.”

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English 8 continued the start of our short unit on Nightjohn and literacy, but first we did a little more work on the article of the week — the running assignment we have for the entire year.

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Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: re-read the story you’ve chosen to work with in order to look for concrete detail quotes.
Schaffer Analysis, Library, and Finishing Up Moodle

English 8 students went to the library to pick out a book for their first one pager, which will be due in several weeks. We also worked on replying to each others’ posts in Moodle forums and using the quiz module.

English I Honors students began their analytic Schaffer paragraph, working with the story “The Sniper” and the importance of setting. (The stories are available at the Moodle web site.

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Third period planning
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Fourth period planning
Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the planning of the paragraph begun in class.

Any English I students who have not yet turned in the first Schaffer paragraph assignment (there are eleven of you) need to do so by the end of school tomorrow (8/25). Afterward, I will not accept the work for credit.