I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Honors Classes: We started with 2 spiral sentences to review important grammatical concepts to the research paper. Next, students wrote an ACES paragraph as the culminating activity from Friday's motif presentations. The ACES paragraph used two qutoes from the memoir to demonstrate how Wiesel develops a theme through the use of the motif. Next, we briefly discussed book choices for our WWII novel unit. Students turned in choices today and need to get a copy of the book by Friday, 12/16. Next, we looked at the thesis format presented in the research assignment handout and talked about how to complete it using the topics on the outline. Topic sentences will mirror the thesis but focus on one aspect of the trickster archetype at a time. Students must write and bring to class tomorrow body paragraph 1 along with a printed copy of the outline. Finally, we watched the first 10 minutes of the film Life is Beautiful to see the exposition and understand a bit about the background of the character/setting of the story. Homework: Acquire a copy of selected book for WWII unit. Write first body paragraph of research paper, using parenthetical citations and creating a Works Cited page as you go along. Print the paragraph and WC page along with the outline to bring to class tomorrow.
Academic Class: We reviewed vocabulary today by playing BINGO with our words/synonyms. Students should be studying terms for quiz on Wed./Thurs. Next, we learned about the difference between motif and theme and discussed the many motifs in the memoir Night. Students worked in Chapter 5 of Night for 20-25 minutes, reading and finding passages that connected to at least two of the motifs we discussed. Those passages became the basis of both journal entries for chapter 5. Finally, we reviewed notes from the research project, using highlighters to identify different groups of notes. Tomorrow we begin developing an outline from those groups. Homework: Read to the end of chapter 5 and finish both "Relation" journal entries as needed.
Allison Houck, MAT