I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Awards Day! Congratulations to all Student Choice and English II Honors award winners!
After celebrating our accomplishments, we got back to work with the Part II vocabulary Quiz on Quizlet. Once they had finished the quiz, students worked on their Ebook projects for the remainder of the class period. They will submit the final group project in class tomorrow. By the way, they look terrific!
Homework: Complete all content for the Ebooks. We will only have a short time to do final tweaks to the pages in class tomorrow, with only one laptop per group. Upload all content to the Ebook pages tonight!
Classes met in the media center today. We started with the grammar quiz. As students finished the quiz, they were able to get a laptop and begin working on the Ebook project that is due on Friday.
Homework: Prepare for Quizlet quiz on Part 2 vocab. (group Quizlet). Finish writing journal entry and work on letter paragraph.
We started class with Student Choice Award nominations, and then moved quickly into grammar review of sentence variety. Our quiz on Grammar Unit 4 on Style (parallel structure, active sentences, and sentence variety) is tomorrow. Next, we completed our final EOC poetry practice with the poem "The Market-Place." Students submitted answers via PollEverywhere.com (text messaging). After the poetry Q&A, the entire class watched the NC Test video tutorial which shows students the computer-based format of the online test and how to use the various tools. As time permitted, I went over the requirements of this week's final project on the Comparative Literature unit. Students will complete writing in the form of a journal entry and one paragraph in a letter to the author of their lit circle book and publish the writing in an Ebook created in Google Slides. We will begin working on the project in class starting tomorrow.
Homework: Prepare for tomorrow's grammar quiz: Review rules for Parallel structure and creating active sentences, practice parallel structure on Grammar Bytes website, complete exercise on handout from class for active voice and sentence variety. As time permits, write or begin journal entry for Part 3 of lit circle book.
At the beginning of class, we reviewed the sentences in the Active Voice/Sentence Variety exercise to correct for active voice. This review will help us prepare for next week's quiz on Grammar Unit 4 (Style: Parallel Structure, Active Voice, and Sentence Variety). Next, we read the EOC poem "Ithaka" and went through the questions and answers as part of our EOC review prep. Finally, students worked in Lit Circle groups to create their vocabulary Quizlet for Part 2 and to engage in the group discussion of the three topics for this section: narrative structure, cultural background, and research documents.
We started with vocabulary and grammar practice today. Students took the Quizlet Test on their group's vocabulary words from Part I and submitted the results to me on Canvas. Then, we worked on our Active Voice and Sentence Variety practice for about 15 minutes. We will continue to work on this same practice for the next couple of days to prepare for the unit quiz. Next, we read an EOC poem and answered the practice questions. Students were then able to use the last 30 minutes (approx.) to read and prepare for tomorrow's deadline for Part 2 reading/written work in the WWII book.
Homework: Complete Part 2 vocabulary, journals, and group discussion notes/article.
Students had 25 minutes at the beginning of class to read and work on Part 2 written assignments. Next, we practiced sentence variety by going over the possible answers to yesterday's challenge (rewrite a sentence at least 5 different ways) and then by revising a paragraph for sentence variety throughout the paragraph. Finally, we began practicing EOC poetry questions with the poem "Memories." I also collected students' ACES writing assignment due today.
Homework: Finish "Could Have" response poem to turn in tomorrow. Study for vocabulary quiz using group Quizlet. Read/write for Part 2.
At the beginning of class, I shared a presentation with students on sentence variety, the third and final topic in our Grammar Unit 4 on Style. Students took notes on ways to vary sentence length and sentence beginnings (they will be able to use these notes on the upcoming quiz) and practiced rewriting a sentence with multiple sentence beginnings (the challenge was to create 5 different beginnings). I also returned poetry analysis ACES so that students could see how their evaluation on the writing came from the current writing rubric (assessment ACES due tomorrow) as well as how it compare to the EOC rubric for written responses. Finally, they had independent time to work on assignments due this week: ACES paragraph due Wed., response poem due Thur., Lit. Circle part II packets due Friday.
Homework: Finish ACES paragraph (quiz grade) to submit on Wed. Work on response poem and/or Lit Circle assignments as well as reading ~25-30 pages in WWII book.
We started class with some housekeeping information about the EOC: I gave all students a permission form to take home regarding leaving campus after our EOC on June 7. Students may leave campus after the EOC concludes at 11:48 with parental permission and private transportation. The permission form should be signed and returned by ALL students with an indication whether the student will leave campus early or will wait for bus transportation at 2:18.
Today was discussion day one for our literature circle books. All students had to verify preparation for our three discussion topics with written notes in the Part I packet and then they spent approximately 25 minutes in discussion. At the end of the discussion time, students wrote out an outline/plan for an ACES response to one of the discussion questions. This written response is due on Wednesday, 5/24. Afterwards, each student added his/her vocabulary words to a Quizlet set and shared the set with me and all group members. They will need to study these words and take a Quizlet test on them this Thursday in class.
I handed out the assignment packet for Part II of the literature circle packet today. All written work for the packet plus the reading of the ~125 pages for the second third of the book are due this Friday, 5/26.
Homework: Read ~25 pages in Part II of lit circle book. Work on ACES response from Part I. Begin marking passages for discussion questions or vocabulary.
We started off with 20 minutes of reading today; students could read or work on written assignments associated with reading their Lit Circle book. Next, we worked through a practice exercise converting sentences from passive voice to active voice. We then read and analyzed our final poem from the comparative literature unit, "Could Have" and read a poem written in response to this poem. I then assigned students to write a response poem of their own to "Could Have." We spent our final time in class brainstorming ideas for this assignment, and I asked them to keep thinking about it over the weekend. We'll get back to doing the actual writing next week in class.
Homework: Finish reading Part I of Lit Circle book and complete the assignments listed on the Part I packet (except for the ACES paragraph). On Monday, we'll have discussion groups for Part I and get new assignments for Part II.
Allison Houck, MAT