Wed. 4/25 – Graphic Lit Reading Day 3

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK –

  • Report to Computer Lab 209 tomorrow.
  • Read your novel 20 minutes every night. 
  • Project will be due Thursday, May 17…figure out your reading goals!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading graphic literature and write a mini-review of a book you have finished.

DO NOW – Open your notebooks to the book review draft you wrote yesterday.  Use it to complete the following assignment:

On a regular-sized index card, write a  brief review of one of the graphic texts you have read.

  1. On the top line, write the title, underlined, and the author’s name.
  2. Write a brief paragraph: Describe the plot in a sentence or two.  Describe the BEST and/or WORST features.  No spoilers!
  3. Provide a grade at the bottom (A+, A, B+, B, etc.)

When you finish your review, check it for capitalization, spelling, and ensure you included all the information.  Continue reading your graphic novel; your review will be collected.

Tue. 4/24 – Graphic Lit Reading Day 2

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Read your novels 20 minutes every night.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading your graphic texts.  When you finish one, begin another!

DO NOW – Write down today’s notebook heading: “4/24 – Graphic Literature Day 2”

Continue reading your books from yesterday. 

  • If there is a book you want to read next, let the person reading it know and make arrangements.
  • Keep a reading log!  List the titles and authors of books you are reading.
  • Today, you have another focus for your reading:

Respond to the following in your notebook: How is ACTION expressed in your book?  Provide details about the way the artwork shows/suggests movement of characters.  Provide at least two details from the text to support your points.

Mon. 4/23 – Graphic Literature Reading Day 1

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Novel Pixton Project Due Thurs. 5/ 17 – Two scenes from your outside reading novel (more info to follow later in the week).

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read a graphic text from the list you selected last week and write notes in your notebook as assigned.

DO NOW: Open your notebooks and begin today’s entry – “4/23 – Graphic Literature Day 1”

After you have selected your book, get comfortable and begin reading.  As you read today, you will be writing down the following:

How does  your book use visuals to create MOOD?  Discuss how the drawing style, use of color (or lack of it), arrangement of panels, and other artistic choices add emotion to the story.  Provide at least two examples to support your observations.

Fri. 4/20 – Create your first comic

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Be prepared to sign up  for your outside reading novel on Monday.  Bring the novel to class!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO create your first comic scene using your Pixton.com account.

DO NOW:

  • Log in to the network.
  • Go to pixton.com and log into your account.
  • Remember your Username: first name + last initial + period # + H
    • ponyboyc2h, or charlieg5h, or stanleyy6h, or augustp8h, lebronj9h
  • You should have an assignment posted – “First Comic – New York City”
  • Review the instructions; we will go over the assignment together before you begin.

Thu. 4/19 – Pixton!

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Be prepared to sign up for your outside reading novel on Monday.  Any genre, appropriate for your reading level.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO become familiar with Pixton.com and create your avatar.

DO NOW – Make sure you have a laptop in front of you.  Log in and go to:

pixton.com/schools/activate

  • Enter the code for the activation link.
  • Select your name (beginning with the number for your period).
  • Follow instructions to finish the activation process.
  • When your account is set up, you will create your avatar.  If you are not directed to the right place, you will click on the hamburger menu in the top left corner and select “Avatar.”
  • Follow instructions to create your avatar.
  • If you have time, explore the website by creating a practice comic.

Wed. 4/18 – Browsing the Classroom Library

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Select a novel for your outside reading project by Monday.  No graphic novels, but narrative nonfiction is acceptable.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO browse the collection of graphic texts and make a list of books you are interested in reading.  

DO NOW – Open your notebook to yesterday’s work.

Describe a memorable or interesting panel from the Anne Frank book we read yesterday.  Why did it catch your eye?

Browsing the Library

  • You will have an opportunity today to browse the 100+ graphic texts in the classroom library.
  • You may have up to 3 books on your desk at a time.
  • You may exchange books with others in the class.
  • If you want to look at more books, you must return the ones on your desk.
  • If you find a book you like and want to read it, you may do so.
  • If a book catches your eye but you are unable to look at it or read it, start a list in your notebook (title and author).

Final Reflection

Write about one or more books that interested you today.  Why did they interest you?  Provide specific details about the story, the artwork, or some other feature that intrigued you.

Tue. 4/17 – Sampling a Graphic Text

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Select a novel for your outside reading project by Monday.  Any genre except graphic literature.  Come to extra help Wed. or Thu. if you need help.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read part of Anne Frank and discuss some of the graphic literature features you examined yesterday.

DO NOW – Open your notebooks to yesterday’s final thought and review what you wrote.

Reading Graphic Literature

  • Read the book just as  you would a regular English-language text…left to right, row by row, down the page.
  • For a graphic text, that means reading the speech bubbles and boxes left to right, top to bottom.
  • In the same fashion, read each panel left to right, top to bottom.
  • In places you may find irregularly-shaped panels…try to stick to the rule of reading the panels left to right that line up with each other (a tall panel is read with the panels that line up with the top of it.
  • Visually, your mind is skilled at taking in a picture all at once.  When there is a lot of detail, or an interesting arrangement of panels on the page, or a panel that has been made larger than the rest, take the time to look more closely at what the artist has created.
  • As with any book, go back if  you need to and re-read something if you feel you have gotten lost.
  • Each text is different, and your experience is for the most part controlled by the vision of the artists (writers and illustrators) who have created the text.

As we read today, we will pause a few times to consider what the artists are doing.  Write today’s heading: “4/17 – Anne Frank”

  1. Chapter 1, p. 3. Briefly skim pages 3-12.  Read some or all of the text.  What details about Otto Frank’s life stand out to you in the images?  Write down three bullet points.
  2. Chapter 2, p. 13.  The selected narrator will read all narration boxes.  The selected readers will alternate reading the speech bubbles.  Why is some of the text narrated, while characters speak other words?  Share an example to support your thinking.

Mon. 4/16 – Introduction to Graphic Literature

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Select a novel by Monday for an independent reading project.  It should be appropriate for your reading level.  No restrictions on genre except that it cannot be a graphic novel.  Make sure it is a book you can finish in a 4-week period.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO explore several graphic literature texts and begin to study the genre.

DO NOW

  • TAKE OUT your Personal Narrative assignments to be collected
  • Open your notebooks to a new page.  Write today’s heading: “4/16 – Introduction to Graphic Literature.”

You will spend about 5 minutes looking at a graphic text, and then pass it on.  Do not read the story–examine the style and structure of it.

1. Write down the title and author(s) of the book (include the artist who illustrated it!)

2. Flip through a few pages of the book, looking over how the text and images are presented.  Write down the following:

(A) List all the ways words are used…Speech Bubbles? Thought Bubbles?  Narration?  Onomatopoeia?  Something different?

(B) What is the color palette?  List the main colors you see, or whether they are dark, bold, muted, or black and white.

(C) Describe the panels (the “boxes”): are they all the same general size?  If not, describe what you see. Full page panels? Irregular shapes?

3. Do you like the artistic style?  Why or why not?

4. Does this brief look at the book make you want to read it?  Why or why not?

 

Final Thoughts:

Whether or not you have experience reading graphic literature, you have just spent several minutes looking at some different examples.  How would you explain how to read one?  How does the story flow on a page?  Should you read the text first, look at the pictures first, or does the author/artist provide a “flow”?

 

Tue. 4/10 – CORE Workout / ELA Review, Day 2

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK:

  • If you haven’t done so, finish Animal Testing Argument Essay and submit to MS Student Dropbox/ Huntley/ Your class folder by the end of the week.
  • Personal Narrative #3 due Monday

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish our review of Core Workout 4 and this week’s ELA Assessment.

DO NOW – Locate your Core Workout 4 short responses in your notebook.

ELA 2018 Information:

  • 2 Days
  • 3 periods each day (periods 2, 3, 4) – 120 minutes per session
  • Designed to be completed in 90 minutes on each day–that means you have 20-30 extra minutes per session
  • Reading selections/passages are 700-900 words long (half Core Workout length)
  • Questions covering Main Idea, Literary Elements, Figurative Language, Inferential (Critical) thinking, vocabulary in context
  • READ WITH A PURPOSE – Look over the questions ahead of reading
  • Annotation encouraged

DAY 1 – Wed. April 12: – 5 passages, 35 multiple-choice questions

DAY 2 – Thu. April 13:  3 passages, 7 short responses (paragraphs), 1 extended response (essay)

Short Responses

  • Short responses are worth 2 points each, for a total of 14 points (they are more important than the extended response, and it’s easier to get full credit)
  • Should require ONLY 3-5 sentences:
  1. Inference/Your clear, specific answer to the question
  2. Detail 1 from the text to support your inference/answer
  3. Detail 2 from the text to support your inference/answer

Extended Response (Essay)

  • You will be responding to PAIRED texts (you will make connections between two passages related by theme, genre, tone or time period)
  • You may have to take a side or position and support it with evidence from the texts
  • The extended response is worth 4 points

Extended response should require 3 PARAGRAPHS

  1. You should begin with a BRIEF INTRODUCTION that responds to the prompt–one to two sentences.
  2. Your evidence will be presented in the BODY paragraph
  3. You should end with a BRIEF CONCLUSION that sums up your points–one sentence.

 

 

Mon. 4/9 – CORE Workout Review

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK

  • All Castle Learning assignments 1-15 due today; 16-20 due Wed.  for enrichment (1 point per set)
  • Finish Animal Testing Argument Essay by Wednesday and submit to MS Student Dropbox folder / Huntley folder / Your class folder
  • Personal Narrative #3 due Monday

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review Core Workout #4 and begin discussing the format of the ELA.  Then, if there is time, you will begin your homework.

DO NOW: Locate your copy of Core Workout #4 and your notebook short responses.

 

Wed. 3/28 – Argument Essay: Peer Editing

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Castle Learning 12-15 due after the break.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO ensure your Animal Rights essay is your best work by following the checklist and considering feedback from readers.

DO NOW – Get back to work.  After finishing your own draft…

  • Make sure you have at least SIX CITATIONS from sources to establish an abundance of evidence for your position or the counterclaim
  • Read your essay from start to finish as you look over the RUBRIC
  • Make any additional changes to further elevate the quality of your writing.
  • Read through another person’s essay, checking for spelling/typing errors, problems with clarity, and proper use of citations.
  • Repeat the peer editing with additional students

Format your work as follows:

  • PROPER HEADING
  • TITLE
  • DOUBLE SPACED
  • 11-12 POINT SIZE, REGULAR FONT

Submit your work as follows:

  • The filename should include YOUR LAST NAME AND PERIOD NUMBER
  • Save a copy of the file to MS-STUDENT DROPBOX / HUNTLEY FOLDER / CLASS FOLDER (keep a copy in your files)
  • If you are unable to save the file to the dropbox folder, email it to jhuntley@roslynschools.org

When finished, work on Castle Learning until you finish all 20 assignments.

Tue. 3/27 – Final Revisions: Argument Essay

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Castle Learning Practice 12-15 due after the break

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue revising and editing your Animal Rights Essay with the checklist as your guide.

DO NOW – Get back to work.  Finish working your way through the checklist.

Make sure you have:

  • Cited your sources
  • Included discussion of a counterclaim
  • Incorporated strategies and techniques in the checklist

Mon. 3/26 – Argument Essay Rubric and Checklist

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Core Workout #4 due tomorrow; Castle Learning Practice 12-15 due after break

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review the argument essay rubric and checklist handout and continue to revise your essay.

DO NOW: After you have received the handout, write your name on it and begin looking it over.

LINK: Argument Essay Handout

Use the CHECKLIST (back of page) to guide your revision work.

  • Develop a stronger introduction with one of the suggested strategies
  • Develop the body of your essay with an abundance of evidence and strategic argument techniques
  • Develop a stronger conclusion with the suggested strategies
  • Develop a more sophisticated essay using the craft checklist
  • Develop a well-written essay by following the conventions checklist

The RUBRIC will be used to score the essay.  It is due Wednesday, March 28

Fri. 3/23 – Essay Revision and More!

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Complete Castle Learning 8, 9, 10, 11 for Monday; Complete Core Workout #4 for Tuesday.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO: (1) work on revising your Animal Rights Essay; (2) work on your Core Workout responses; or (3) read a book!

DO NOW – Decide how you will spend your time today!

BUT FIRST…Make sure your Debate handout is complete.  It will be checked at the end of the period.

Thu. 3/22 – Animal Rights Debate

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Core Workout #4 Due Tuesday (notebook responses will be checked!); Castle Learning Practices 8, 9, 10, 11 due Monday.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO conduct a debate about whether using animals for testing/research for the benefit of humans is right or wrong.

DO NOW – Take out your debate handout and any additional paper you might need.

Warm up: Take 5 minutes to review your strategies and key points with your group.  Partner with someone and practice your delivery.  Time yourself if you can.

Debate Rules for the Speaker

  1. You have ONE MINUTEto argue your side. 
  2. Speak only to the person(s) you are paired with.
  3. STAND as you present your argument.
  4. You may use notes.
  5. Strategize your delivery: start strong, but finish stronger.
  6. Address counterclaim: in round 1, address what you believe to be the opposition’s strongest point; in round 2, directly respond to your opponent.

Debate Rules for the Listener

  1. SIT as you listen to the argument.
  2. DO NOT SPEAK.
  3. Listen only to the person you are paired with. 
  4. DO NOTHING to distract or hinder the presenter. 
  5. Use the DEBATE NOTES section of your handout to write down points as you listen.
  6. Be prepared to share/discuss what you heard with your team.

POST-DEBATE REFLECTION

Take the next few minutes to complete the rest of your debate handout.

Tue. 3/20 – Animal Rights Debate Prep

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Core Workout #4 Due Tues. 3/27

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review your work arguing for or against animal testing to prepare for a debate on the topic.

DO NOW – When you receive your essay, read it and review your position.  Look over the ProCon packet as well.

ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED to a side in the argument, circle that position at the top of your worksheet.

WORKING AS A GROUP, complete PART 1 of the handout.  

Debate Rules for the Speaker

  1. You have ONE MINUTEto argue your side.
  2. Speak only to the person(s) you are paired with.
  3. STAND as you present your argument.
  4. You may use notes.
  5. Strategize your delivery: start strong, but finish stronger.
  6. Address counterclaim: in round 1, address what you believe to be the opposition’s strongest point; in round 2, directly respond to your opponent.

Debate Rules for the Listener

  1. SIT as you listen to the argument.
  2. DO NOT SPEAK.
  3. Listen only to the person you are paired with. 
  4. DO NOTHING to distract or hinder the presenter.
  5. You may write down their points as you listen.
  6. Listen for the strongest point in the presenter’s argument and be prepared to share/discuss with your team.

 

Thu.-Fri. 3/15-16 – Animal Testing Flash Draft

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Castle Learning Practice 4, 5, 6, 7 due Monday.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO write a first draft of an essay arguing for or against testing and research on animals to benefit humans.

DO NOW – Make sure you have the following:

Animal Testing Argument Essay instructions

Animal Testing PRO CON packet

Follow the instructions to draft your essay.  Use the Pro/Con packet to support your position in the essay.

Wed. 3/14 – “Project X,” Day 3

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – BINGO Project due Friday; Castle Learning Practice Assignments 4, 5, 6, 7 due Monday

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue watching the film, “Project X”

DO NOW – Open to your T-chart listing examples of mistreatment and kind treatment of animals

As you watch the film, continue to add to your lists.

Film response:

After viewing the film, discuss which types of research with animals in the film are acceptable to you.  Provide evidence from the film to support your responses.

Tue. 3/13 – Project X, Day 2

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Castle Learning Practice Assignments 4, 5, 6, 7 due Monday

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue watching the film, “Project X”

DO NOW – Open to your T-chart listing examples of mistreatment and kind treatment of animals

As you watch the film, continue to add to your lists.

 

Mon. 3/12 – Project X

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Bingo Project Due Thursday

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO watch the first part of “Project X”

DO NOW – Open your notebooks and write today’s heading: “3/12 – Project X”

As you watch the film today, write down ways in which animals are treated/mistreated.  Create a T-chart:

Treatment of Animals in "Project X"

As you watch the film, write down examples of the mistreatment and kind treatment of animals.
MistreatmentKind Treatment

 

Fri. 3/9 – Final Project Work Day

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Castle Learning Practice 1-3 due Monday; bring novels to class to be collected

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish up your Bingo Projects

DO NOW – Take out all project materials: novel, notebook, work-in-progress

FINISHING UP!

  • Revise/edit written work
  • Print final copies
  1. Proof read all writing
  2. Include the TITLE AND AUTHOR of your novel on each piece
  3. Include a proper heading and title for each project page
  4. Place the projects in any order you choose
  5. Staple everything together with the project sheet attached to the back
  6. Be sure to email links to media projects or submit by USB drive
  • Work on Castle Learning
  • Type up your Passion/Inspiration or Perseverance reflections

Wed.-Thu. 3/7-8 – Project Work Days

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Complete Castle Learning Practice Assignments 1, 2, & 3 by Monday; Project due Tuesday 3/13

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue working on your Bingo Project pieces and have your notebook checked

DO NOW –  (1) Take out your Perseverance essay/reflection to hand in; (2) Take out all project materials: novel, notebook, project sheet, and work-in-progress

  • Continue to work on your project pieces.
  • Keep your final project work somewhere secure where it will not be damaged or folded.
  • You may consult with book club members but must stay in your seat
  • Scroll up to yesterday’s post for project and handout links
  • BE PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR NOTEBOOK CHECKED

Tue. 3/6 – Project Work Day

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – “Perseverance” essay/reflection (typed or on loose leaf) will be collected tomorrow

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO work on final drafts of your Bingo Project selections.

Remember: You can choose (A) any four in one row, column or corner-to-corner diagonal, or (B) any five scattered throughout the board, subject to approval.

DO NOW – Take out all your project materials: novel, notebook, project sheet, and any illustrations or diagrams you are working on.

Here’s what your work time should look like:

  1. Typing up drafts/final drafts of written project pieces – double-spaced, with title and proper heading (see handbook)
  2. Creating a map or illustration either on the computer or using art materials
  3. Working on a Prezi or word cloud (NOTE: Prezi is not working properly on the school computers…you will need your own or work on it at home)
  4. Consulting with members of your book club group (who are seated near you)

Resources for the Bingo Project:

Project Handout with Instructions (Link)

Prezi.com

Wordclouds.com or Word Cloud Generator

 

Mon. 3/5 – Perseverance

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK 

  • Finish Perseverance Essay in your notebook by Wednesday
  • Bingo Project due Tue. 3/13

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO (A) complete a personal essay about a time you overcame a challenge through perseverance, (B) finish your genre study essay from Friday, or (C) get caught up in your notebook for this week’s check.

DO NOW – Write down today’s heading, “3/5 – Perseverance Essay”

WARM-UP. As  you watch the following short film, jot down examples of PERSEVERANCE, or moments when characters in the video struggle through a challenge without giving up.

REFLECTION. Think about and write down examples of moments when you have shown perseverance.  These moments can include your family, friends, a team, the cast of a show, or be individual experiences.

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO WRITE, share one personal story of perseverance.  In your writing, be sure to:

  • Focus on a specific story
  • Provide vivid details to enhance the mood and imagery of the experience
  • Frame the story within a reflection on perseverance–write a brief introduction about the importance of perseverance, identify the moments of perseverance in your story, and conclude with a reflection on how this experience has affected you

If you need to finish  your genre study writing assignment from Friday, you can do so and complete this assignment for homework.

Notebook Check 3.2 (Starting Wednesday)

  • 30 points
  • 6 Full Pages for the Book Clubs/Project (5 pts each)
  • Topics MAY include
    • Character analysis paragraph
    • Character pressure chart
    • Point of view switch scene
    • Setting illustration/map
    • Likes/dislikes
    • ANY drafts for your project
  • Clearly label pages with headings and dates

Fri. 3/2 – Genre Analysis Draft

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Bingo Project due March 13.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO draft your genre analysis essay and work on project drafts.

DO NOW – Write today’s heading in your notebook: “3/2 – Genre Analysis”

Using your notes from yesterday’s discussion…

Draft an essay on loose leaf paper that defines the genre of your novel.  Use details from your novel as evidence to illustrate and support your definition.

In your essay, be sure to:

  • (Introduction) Clearly define the genre you will be describing, identifying 3 or more specific features common to it
  • (Body) Share multiple specific details from your novel as examples of the different features you have identified (can be multiple paragraphs)
  • (Optional) Include details from other novels, if you are able to
  • (Conclusion) (A) Discuss whether or not your novel is a typical example of the genre (are there important features missing from it?), OR (B) Discuss why this genre appeals to you as a reader and whether this novel is an outstanding example of the genre

When you are finished with the draft (in your notebook), you can continue working on your project.

Thu. 3/1 – Finishing Up Book Clubs

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish your novel by tomorrow and be prepared to write about it.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO prepare for and have a final planning session with your book club.

DO NOW – Take out your project materials: novel, notebook, project information, and any drafts of your project work

SPEND THE NEXT FEW MINUTES ORGANIZING your project work.

  • Identify the project pieces you have chosen to complete
  • Find them in your notebook/binder, if you have completed drafts, and be prepared to share them
  • Write down some questions you have about your novel
  • Create a t-chart of likes and dislikes about your novel
  • If you have done all of this, you can continue to read, work on a draft, or revise/edit project pieces

BOOK CLUB AGENDA

  • Discuss the novel.  Ask/answer questions about the novel; share your likes/dislikes
  • Discuss the genre of the novel and take notes as directed below:
    • Write today’s heading in your notebook:

“3/2 – Genre Study for (book title)”

    • Identify and write down the genre of your novel.  Historical Fiction?  Realistic Fiction?  Dystopian Fiction?  Fantasy?
    • Discuss and write down the essential features (“ingredients”) of this genre.
    • Discuss and write down examples for each feature your group identifies.
  • Discuss project choices.  Which projects do you plan to complete?  Which projects have you completed?  Share some of your work.

Wed. 2/28 – Finishing Up Independent Work

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish novel by Friday.  Be prepared to write about it!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO work independently on finishing your novel, revising your project pieces, or working on other project pieces.

DO NOW – Take out your novels, notebooks, and pen/pencil.  Be prepared to work silently and independently.

What your work today should look like:

  • Notebooks open to work you have already completed, adding details, making changes, or rewriting.
  • Notebooks open to a new page, with your project handout as a reference to work on a project assignment.
  • Novels open, reading silently.
  • Art materials on a cleared desk, working on a chart, map, or illustration for the project

Tue. 2/27 – Writing About Your Passions and Inspirations

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish your novel by Friday and be prepared to write a review/essay.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue yesterday’s reflection about your passions and inspirations, and write about them.

DO NOW – Open to yesterday’s notebook work.  Look over your list of ideas.  If you haven’t done so, choose one to write about.  Your heading should be “Who Inspires Me” or “What I am passionate about”

WRITING CHOICE 1 – Describe your passion for some activity in your life.  Provide VIVID IMAGERY and create a clear MOOD that will inspire your reader.

  • Tell a story.  Draw us into the details of your experience doing something you love.
  • Express feelings.  Share the range of emotions you experience in this activity.
  • Describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and physical sensations of your experience.
  • Show, don’t tell.  Let the details impress us, not your own opinions.  

WRITING CHOICE 2 – Describe someone who inspires you through their actions and/or abilities.  Provide VIVID IMAGERY and create a clear MOOD that will inspire your reader as well.

  • Introduce this person/these people.  Describe who they are, and explain how you know about them or are connected to them.
  • Tell a story.  Draw us into the details of their actions and abilities.
  • Express feelings. Share the range of emotions you experience while observing these individuals.
  • Describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and physical sensations of  what you witness.
  • Show, don’t tell.  Let the details impress us, not your own opinions.

When you finish, you can (1) Read your novel, (2) Complete a project assignment, (3) Revise a project assignment, or (4) Read another novel.

Mon. 2/26 – Who inspires you? What are you passionate about?

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish novel by Friday. Be prepared to write a book review/essay.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO think about who inspires you and what you are passionate about.

DO NOW #1 – Take out Core Workout #3.  Briefly review the story and questions.  When you receive your Core Workout answer sheet, look over your responses.

DO NOW #2 – Write today’s heading in your notebook: “2/26 – Who inspires me?  What am I passionate about?”

Watch the videos.  As you watch, pay attention to MOOD and IMAGERY

  • Write down the title of each video. 
  • Below the title, describe the mood(s) presented.
  • Also write down at least three vivid imagery details that caught your attention

To review:

  • MOOD is the feeling created by what you are reading/viewing
  • IMAGERY is anything that appeals to your senses (visuals, sounds, etc.)

PREPARING TO WRITE

Take a few minutes to think about people who inspire you in life.  Make a list, and if you have time, explain why each person inspires you.

Next, take a few minutes to think about what you are passionate about.  Make a list, and if you have time, explain why you feel this passion.

Fri. 2/ 16 – Read Anything Friday

NO HOMEWORK FOR THE VACATION (unless you are behind in reading your novel).

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO ENJOY READING.

Novel TitleWhere you should be...
Between Shades of Graypg. 207
Book Thiefpg. 333
Chainspg. 180
Counting by 7’spg. 234
Graveyard Bookpg. 180
House of the Scorpionpg. 234
Matchedpg. 225
Out of My Mindpg. 180
Part Time Indianpg. 144
Tuck Everlastingpg. 108
Ugliespg. 243
Unwindpg. 207
Weaselpg. 90
Wednesday Warspg. 162

Thu. 2/15 – Media Project Overview

NO HOMEWORK TONIGHT.  If you choose to, you can read to keep up with your book club goals.

TOMORROW IS READ ANYTHING DAY.  Bring a book, magazine, or other reading material that you would like to enjoy.  Of course, you can read your novels for the project.  Stop by the library to check out a book for the break and start it tomorrow!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO learn more about some of the media project options, and use your time today independently to finish notebook work, project drafts, or read.

DO NOW – Take out your project handout.  Write down the project due date: Tuesday, March 13.  As we go over the media project ideas, jot down any relevant information that is important to you.

Prezi.com – presentation app for dynamic visual analysis

Wordclouds.com – online app for creating “word clouds” for textual analysis

 

 

2/14 – Theme Analysis

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Come to Extra Help today or tomorrow for the Adjective/Adverb makeup assignment, if applicable.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO go over the Adjectives/Adverbs Quiz, read with setting in mind and begin drawing a setting map or setting illustration.

DO NOW – Write today’s heading, “2/14 – Setting Map”

  • Use your time today to sketch out a map of the novel’s setting or an illustration of a key part of the setting.
  • The map does not have to be literal (country borders, accurate street and distance details) but should present a depiction of key places in the novel
  • The map should be reflective of the mood or different moods of the story.  Use colors and details to make the mood clear.
  • Use arrows, roadways, colorful or bold lines or other methods to connect the places together.  
  • IDEA: If appropriate, use a “board game” approach if the places are visited in some sequence.  In other words, wind the path of the story around the page and through the different settings.
  • Clearly label all parts of the map, and if necessary, provide some written details to make your map clear.  (a LEGEND is useful….)
  • If you are drawing a setting illustration, your artwork must be well-detailed and clearly depict the mood of the place.

Tue. 2/13 – Exploring Setting, Group Planning

NO HOMEWORK TONIGHT unless you need to catch up on your reading or notebook work. (Notebook check coming after the break!)

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read with an eye looking out for setting details and spend time choosing project work with your book club.

DO NOW – Write down today’s notebook heading, “2/13 – Setting Details in my Novel.”  

  • As you read today, write down a bulleted list of setting locations in your novel
  • Include specific details of these setting locations that stand out in your mind.
  • Also describe the mood of each place.

Book Club Session 1: Setting Details

  • In your group today, discuss the setting details you listed in your notebook.
  • Be aware of where each club member is in the story and avoid sharing details from beyond that point.
  • Add to your list any settings, setting details, or mood details that you missed.

Book Club Session 2: Project Planning/Strategizing

  • Discuss which project choices you intend to work on.  
  • Discuss which project choices are most compatible with your novel.
  • Consider this:  if you intend to create a video trailer or scene for one of the media project choices, you may work with a partner and receive credit for the same assignment.  Discuss the possibilities with your group if you are interested.  

If you have additional time…

  • Discuss the scenes you wrote and your ideas about the central conflict.  Come to an agreement about the conflict, regardless of whether or not your scene reflects that conflict (you will still get notebook credit for the scene).
  • Continue reading or catch up on notebook work that  you haven’t finished.

Mon. 2/12 – Point of View Switch

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish protagonist switch scene for tomorrow.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading and analyze the main conflict through a scene narrated by a different character.

DO NOW – Set up your notebook for today’s work: “2/12 – Point of View Switch”

Friday you explored all of the pressures faced internally and externally by the protagonist of your novel.  Which one is the most important struggle going on in the main character’s story?  That important struggle is the CENTRAL CONFLICT of the story.  

In your notebook, WRITE about this central conflict.  Explain what the struggle is about, and what motivates the protagonist to face and overcome this struggle.

Next, remember a moment in the novel in which the central conflict is clearly expressed or shown.  It can be an important conversation or a situation in which the main character experiences the conflict.

Below your explanation of the central conflict, WRITE a different version of the scene told by another character.  The details and dialogue should be the same, but you will provide the thoughts and reactions of a different character who understands the conflict (and is probably involved in it).

The scene should be at least a page long in your notebook.

If you are having difficulty choosing a scene, it may be helpful to list, in order, the important events in the story.  That will help you focus on the moments that reveal the central conflict.

  • You will be on your own to use class time today.  If you choose, you can complete the written assignment first.  Or, you can read through the period and complete it for homework.  

Fri. 2/9 – Conflict

NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEKEND

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading with a focus on the conflict(s) experienced by the protagonist in the novel.

DO NOW – Get your notebook ready for today’s work: “2/9 – Conflict”

As you read, pay attention to the pressures your character is dealing with.  

EXTERNAL PRESSURES come from outside forces.  Is your protagonist struggling against another person, society, technology, nature, a supernatural force?

INTERNAL PRESSURES come from a character’s own thoughts, beliefs and emotions.  Is your protagonist struggling against the pressures of doubts, fears, confusion, frustration?

Your character can face many pressures and conflicts from within his/her own mind and from outside sources.  Make a list as you read and be ready to share in  your group talk later in the period.

Book Club Meeting

Today, begin by sharing your character analysis details.  You do not need to read your paragraph.  Add to your own notes as needed.

Then, discuss the pressures the protagonist is facing in the novel.  Discuss any and all possible areas of conflict.

Devise a VISUAL way to illustrate the conflicts affecting your main character.  You can use the above chart, or you can come up with your own idea.  Use color to enhance the illustration.

Thu. 2/8 – Adjective/Adverb Quiz

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Complete character analysis for tomorrow.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO take the quiz and then read your novel.  If you have time, you may take some time today to draft your character analysis paragraph.

DO NOW – Clear your desks for the quiz.  You will need a pencil.

When you finish the quiz:

  • Wait for it to be collected.
  • Read your novel.
  • Work on the character analysis paragraph in your notebook:

Describe the PROTAGONIST of your novel.  Provide insight into her/his STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, POTENTIAL, and any other qualities that make her/him INTERESTING.  Share MULTIPLE details from your novel to support your conclusions.

Wed. 2/7 – Book Clubs Day 2

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Adjective/Adverb Quiz tomorrow!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading your novel and have your first book club discussion.

DO NOW – Take out your novels and get reading!

It’s important for you to read at a pace (pages per day) that enables you to finish the novel and have time to complete your project.  Here’s a suggested pacing for the current unit, by novel.

Novel TitlePages Per Day
Between Shades of Gray23 pages per day
Book Thief37 pages per day
Chains20 pages per day
Counting by 7’s26 pages per day
Graveyard Book20 pages per day
House of the Scorpion26 pages per day
Matched25 pages per day
Out of My Mind20 pages per day
Part Time Indian16 pages per day
Tuck Everlasting12 pages per day
Uglies27 pages per day
Unwind23 pages per day
Weasel10 pages per day
Wednesday Wars18 pages per day

Book Club Discussion #1 – PROTAGONISTS

  • Write your heading for today’s work in your notebook: use the above heading and today’s date.
  • In your group today, take turns briefly sharing the details of your writing from yesterday.
  • Then, discuss the following question:

What makes your main character STRONG and INTERESTING? If you feel your character is not “strong,” discuss the character’s POTENTIAL.  

  • Write down any valuable details from your discussion to help you write a character analysis (to be assigned soon).

 

Tue. 2/6 – Book Clubs Day 1

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Adjectives/Adverbs quiz Thursday; Finish castle learning assignments by tomorrow.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO begin reading your novel.

DO NOW – When you receive your novel, PRINT your name on the inside cover along with 2018 and Huntley.  Fill out your “Bingo” handout (name/period, and name/author/title on back) and put in your binder.

WRAP-UP

For the last few minutes, take time to make sense of what you read today.  Open your notebook to a new page and write today’s date, along with the title and author of your novel.

In a PARAGRAPH, write about any or all of the following:

  • The PROTAGONIST of your novel – what do you know about him/her so far?
  • The SETTING – what kind of place is it, and what are some specific details? 
  • What is the MOOD of the novel so far?
  • What QUESTIONS do you have about the story so far?

Mon. 2/5 – Adjectives & Adverbs Review

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK 

  • Finish Castle Learning reviews by Wednesday
  • Adverbs & Adjectives Quiz Thursday – includes comparatives, superlatives and double negatives!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review for Thursday’s quiz so that you know what to study and what to expect AND learn about your project for the next reading unit.

DO NOW – Take out your adverbs and adjectives notes and two practice handouts.

  • After you have received your handout, complete the practice quiz.
  • Correct all problems and annotate as needed. 

THE BINGO PROJECT.

 

Fri. 2/2 – Book Tasting!

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK:  Adverbs & Adjectives Quiz Thursday – includes comparatives, superlatives, and double negatives

TODAY WE ARE IN THE LIBRARY sampling the books that interest you for our upcoming book clubs unit (see Thursday’s post).  Bon Appetit!

Thu. 2/1 – Adverbs & Adjectives Review

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK

  • Core Workout 3 is due tomorrow.  Be ready to submit your answer sheet and short response final draft.
  • Report to the library tomorrow!  Bring the list of book titles that interest you.
  • Finish Castle Learning reviews by Tuesday next week.
  • Adverbs & Adjectives quiz next Thursday.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reviewing adverb and adjective usage to prepare for a quiz next Thursday.

DO NOW – Quick review of double negatives!

For more information, click the link below.

Double Negatives (Grammar Monster)

“I cannot say that I do not disagree with you.”–Groucho Marx

(This is a triple negative. If you follow it through logically, you’ll find it means I disagree with you.)