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Quotes and Diction

English 8 students worked on diction and voice.

We examined some passages from Nightjohn in which the narrator, Sarny, “sounds like a slave,” as one student aptly described.

We looked at the author’s use of non-standard grammar and non-standard vocabulary to create the voice of a slave.

English I Honors students continued working on their narrator and voice paragraph before beginning their jigsaw review of the parts of speech.

Homework

English I Honors continued working on their narratives. Tomorrow will be the last day in class. Students will need to work on their rubrics at home (see below).

English 8 students had their last day of annotating texts for the Frederick Douglass autobiography.

Homework

English I Honors students continued working on their narrative assignment.  We’ll be having a quiz on the flipped-classroom material tomorrow.

English 8 students finished up their Socratic Seminar connected to the Frederick Douglass text we’ve been reading in class.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: finish up the poetry project for tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish up the flipped-classroom material on Moodle;
    • prepare for tomorrow’s quiz.

English 8 students began a text on slave codes (available here) in anticipation of our first novel, Nightjohn. We also began our year-long use of effective readers’ skills (download here) with the slave codes text.

English I Honors students began their first online workshop experience via Moodle. Students will be assessing each other in order to provide future feedback.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week, due tomorrow, as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in your piece on “Harrison Bergeron” or “The Most Dangerous Game” at the Moodle site if you have not already (you have only until 5:00-ish this evening as it was to be done for class);
    • begin assessing (after 5:00 when the workshop phase has been switched back to “Assess”).

English 8 students began a new unit practicing with the Moodle forum feature to discuss the following questions:

Imagine you cannot read: how would that change your life? List three to five things you would not be able to do that you would truly miss.

What would you be willing to do to learn to read?

We’ll be using this as a springboard into the new unit.

English I Honors students began learning how to incorporate quotes into their own writing. We’ll be applying this Monday.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read “The Most Dangerous Game” and “Harrison Bergeron,” both online at the Moodle site;
    • complete the second CD we were working on in class;
    • complete the benchmark test.
Project Work

Everyone today was working on projects in one form or another. English 8 students did some preparatory work for a project they will do in writing class later.

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English I Honors students worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects for a final day. The rest of the work will need to be done at home.

Writing and More Writing

All classes were writing today. English I was working on their Romeo and Juliet projects while English 8 students worked on a short writing assignment designed to preview what they’ll be doing in their own writing class next week.writing photo

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • read the final scene of Diary of Anne Frank (act 2 scene 5).
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • continue working on R&J project.
Preparing and Transitioning

English I Honors students worked again transitions between paragraphs as well as their Romeo and Juliet projects. Remember: we have a quiz on Tuesday when we come back on acts four and five.

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English 8 students split up a little today: they did essentially the same thing, but scaled a bit to students’ experience. Strategies students began practicing a writing assignment that emulates what they will be doing soon in writing class, and Studies students did the same but added an organizational element — the Schaffer model — that they use also in their writing class.

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Journalism students will begin working on their first radio reportage project tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on your article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on your article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on your article of the week;
    • continue working on your Romeo and Juliet project.

Only sixth and seventh periods met today due to the Peace Center field trip. Both classes worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects. We’ll be spending the week on this project in one form or another.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: work on the Romeo and Juliet project.
Paragraphs and Paragraphs

English I Honors students worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects today. We’ll spend a little time working on it next week before we start the next unit.

English 8 Studies students (fifth period) looked at how they could transform yesterday’s notes into a Schaffer paragraph.

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We’ll be working on it a little next week before finishing up the unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: work on the Romeo and Juliet project.
Planning and Comparing

English 8 students finished note taking about the differences between a film version of The Diary of Anne Frank and the play we read in class. We’ll be using the notes tomorrow to plan a short essay.

Journalism students began shifting to audio stories today. We’ll be learning how to create NPR-style stories during the third quarter.

English I Honors students had some practice planning a fairly complicated paragraph on a fairly complicated topic: How does Shakespeare use imagery of light and dark to highlight the role of fate in the play?

As an aside, there is now a repository of classroom instruction available at the Moodle site.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete today’s planning;
    • continue working on the article of the week.
  • Journalism: make sure you have listened to one of the sample audio stories by tomorrow.

English 8 students worked on effective readers’ skills and text elements with a piece about the rise of anti-Semitism in contemporary Germany. Students in English I Honors worked on transitional elements between paragraphs.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: 
    • complete today’s text (1.9);
    • complete the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • complete today’s text;
    • complete the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: complete the article of the week.
Discussion and a Writing Assignment

English Studies and English Strategies worked on their scene five discussions. We’ll be continuing them tomorrow.

English I Honors began working on the major writing assignment for Romeo and Juliet unit. We’ll continue working on it in class this week so that students can work on their social media STEAM projects.

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Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on social media projects;
    • complete tweets for 2.2, 2.3, and 3.1.

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English I Honors students are so close, so very close to having the whole course behind them. Indeed, some are. Check homework information below.

All other students are now done.

Homework
  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • fourth period:
      • assess both the final Lord of the Flies writing assignments by 4 June;
      • complete the vocabulary work for Lord of the Fliesby 4 June.
    • sixth period: complete your allusions work for To Kill a Mockingbird by 4 June.
  • Journalism: none.