To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield. - Ulysses

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Block C: For this weekend - finish your book!!! We have ONE last group meeting on Monday - so make sure you are prepared! And because I am the nicest teacher ever - your last set of 3 journal entries will now be due on Wednesday Oct 29. So you get another bonus day to work on them.

Block D: Today we talked about developing an essay topic - how to make it Single, Supportable, Significant and Specific. 

We did some in-class practice before talking about how to find reputable and reliable sources for this essay. You will need to find at least 3 sources: a book, a website, and an encyclopedia for your proposal. Do not print out your sources as I want to see your essay proposal first. If you do not like any of the topics from the green handout - I fully recommend that you create your own topic. Choose something that is not overdone and something that intrigues you. Here is the slide of the proposal due on Monday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Working Wednesday:

Block C: Great start to the discussions today! There will be more time tomorrow to finish up. Don't forget that journals are due on Oct. 28 and your Verbal Visual Essay is due on Nov. 3.

Block D: Thanks for handing in your projects! We started our essay writing unit today with some practice putting together a blown up essay. We then started talking about good thesis statements and that is where we ended class - no homework tonight!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Take That, Tuesday!

Block B: We continued practicing parts of a paragraph today - with a paragraph in strips, then putting together sample paragraphs from the worksheet. Almost everyone completed their practice paragraph - so there should be no homework! Have a great time at camp - and see you on Monday!

Block C: Finish your reading and sticky notes for tomorrow. You should be thinking and planning your verbal visual essays - I know it seems like they are not due for awhile - but time flies!

Block D: The deadline is here - hand in all three parts of your final project - plot line, creative task, and literary analysis. Make sure you have an outline, rough draft and a double-spaced good copy along with the criteria sheet tomorrow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mostly Monday

Block B: Today we started our journey into paragraph writing. Hopefully the structure - of Topic - Support - Conclusion is a friendly reminder blended in with some of the high school expectations of good writing. At the end of class we completed part one of the handout. Which was to correctly label the parts of a good paragraph. If you didn't manage to finish both paragraphs in class - please do so tonight!

Block C: After I introduced the verbal/visual essay in class today - you were then given extra time for your groups. If you need more time tomorrow that's ok - you have another work block. Other than that - just read for Wednesday's meeting.

Block D: Today you were given time in class to peer edit your chosen literary analysis paragraph. There is one more day in class to work on the final touches for this assignment. All three parts are due on Wednesday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Full-on Friday!

Block B: Awesome work today everyone!!! We wrote our noun and pronoun quiz then continued working on the group discussion charts. And because you all worked so hard this week on all of those ELOs - there is no homework this weekend!

Block C: Don't worry if you didn't finish your group discussion today - there will be time on Monday to finish up. Plus your next group meeting isn't until Wednesday - so you have some time to get caught up generally.

Block D: Great work block today! On Monday we will be peer editing the rough drafts of our chosen literary analysis paragraphs. I will be giving you time to work on Tuesday and collecting the project on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Think about it Thursday!

Block B: Great work on your group discussions today! Study hard for your quiz on nouns and pronouns tomorrow!

Block C: I will be collecting your 3 journal entries tomorrow. And there is also a group meeting - so make sure your reading and sticky notes are done.

Block D: Work continued today on your short story analysis project. The rough draft of your chosen literary analysis paragraph is due on Monday for peer editing. The entire project is due on Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Walk-Away Wednesday

Block B: If you didn't get exercise A and B finished for the nouns practice - please do so tonight. We will continue to group discussion ELO tomorrow!

Block C: There will be extra time tomorrow for groups to complete their group work - either discussions around character and characterization or the journals - which are due on Friday.

Block D: Today I handed out the short story literary analysis project. Most people chose their stories and got to work reading and figuring out the elements of fiction for the story. Read through your story tonight and come prepared to work tomorrow - due date is TBA.