Friday, April 28, 2017

Fabulous Friday!

Block A: Today you took some time to reflect on the Core Competencies and how you have demonstrated them in our Great Poetry Unit. I then introduced the novel options for our lit circle groups this semester. I will do my best to give you one of your top selections - but I can't make any promises!!! There is no homework this weekend!

Blocks B&D: Wow what a mad scramble at the end. It is the worst when technology works against us instead of FOR us!!! But it's over now - the analysis projects are done - and we get to enjoy them on Tuesday. Study the green sheet of short story terminology and your plot lines in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thoughtfully Thursday:

Block A: Phew! Essays are done... almost. If you need extra time to finish up your essay - you can come in at lunch tomorrow.

Blocks B&D: It looks like most people need a little more time to put together their presentations - so you will have until the end of the block tomorrow. This means we will present on Tuesday - but you will hand your project in on Friday at the end of class.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Work on a Wednesday!

Block A: We will write our good copies of our great poetry essays in class tomorrow. If you need extra time - I'll be here by 8:00.

Blocks B&D: Make sure you are on-track with your project - the time is tight to finish!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tell us about Tuesday!

Block A: There will be some time tomorrow to finish the rough draft of your great poetry essay, along with your self and possibly some peer editing. Good copy to follow!

Blocks B&D: You should now have a pretty good handle on the overall analysis of your story. Tasks are divided up and you will be coming to class tomorrow ready to start inputting your analysis into the Explain Everything app. You are essentially screen casting your presentation - so make sure that you have the most important information represented!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Made for Mondays!

Block A: Some good progress has been made on your outlines and rough drafts!!! We will have time tomorrow in class to work on our rough drafts and to do some self-editing. If you have a laptop and would like to bring it to class on Wednesday to type your good copy you may do that. However - you will need to disable wi-fi while we are working on it, then reenable wi-fi to email me the final copy at the end of class. We have had problems in the past with academic dishonesty - so all writing must be done in class.

Blocks B&D: You are now in your groups for your short story analysis project. Homework tonight is to read your chosen short story and come to class tomorrow ready to discuss it. You will have limited time to work on this project - so make sure you're focused and on task.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun-times Friday!

Block A: Thank you poetry performers for taking such big risks and reading your poems for the class! Homework this weekend is to finish your point-form outlines of the great poetry composition.

Block B: Homework this weekend is to finish your micro-fiction stories if you didn't finish them in class - we'll talk metaphors for life on Monday.

Block D: If you didn't finish the plot diagram for "The Rules of the Game" please do so for homework this weekend.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thoroughly on Thursday!

Block A: Finally - tomorrow we finally get to hear your poetry recitations - and I'm super excited!!!! We will draw numbers to choose the order of presentations. If you did not finish the first bubble (thesis statement) on your graphic organizer it is for homework tonight - we'll continue the rest tomorrow after presentations - if we have time.

Blocks B&D: If you did not finish the plot diagram for "Saturday Climbing" in class today - please complete it tonight. Also tonight is to brainstorm a list of activities, sports and hobbies that can be seen as having the same symbolic quality as the rock climbing metaphor.

Fabulous Friday!

Block A: Today you took some time to reflect on the Core Competencies and how you have demonstrated them in our Great Poetry Unit. I then in...