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Homework only today. It’s Friday; we’re tired.

Homework

English I had a final day with the fourth paragraph — it was a day longer than I’d anticipated, perhaps more, but quality is important.

English 8 students finished up chapter four of Nightjohn.

Homework

English 8 students worked on their lit group readings of chapter four of Nightjohn. We’ll be finishing up the chapter tomorrow.

English I Honors students worked on their final paragraph for their final assignment before the major project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the symbolism/irony paragraph for turn in tomorrow (5 October) in class.
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
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 I Honors students continued working on their narratives in our flipped-classroom experiment. English 8 students worked on their Friday inference work (see lesson plans at right).

Homework

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.