I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 57, Sem. 1
Today, I gave everyone a little extra reading to do during the first 15 minutes of independent reading. Each table had a couple of picture books or story collections on the table for students to read. Each one was an example of a trickster story from somewhere in the world other than the U.S. I wanted them to see some examples of these trickster tales to introduce the topic of our research project, which begins immediately after the Thanksgiving break. I also gave everyone an assignment handout for the research project to review tonight. Tomorrow I will answer questions and then on Monday, 11/27, we will begin!
After independent reading and a brief discussion of the trickster research project, we turned our attention to Night vocabulary and the next topic in our grammar unit: colon and semicolon use (#seewhatididthere). Students learned the two rules governing the rules of semicolons (compound sentences and supercommas) and the two rules governing the use of colons (after a complete sentence introduction and in other writing conventions such as time, titles/subtitles, etc.). Then we practiced with a set of sentences; each sentence needed either a colon or semicolon and students decided what to add and why.
Finally, we had just a few minutes left to discuss the first couple of chapters of Night and identify some ideas that seem to be setting precedents for certain motifs in the text. We'll continue this tomorrow, along with spending some class time reading chapter 3 and writing analysis responses to the topics in the independent study packet.
Homework: Continue reading in Night ... you should be ready to begin Chapter 3, if following the reading schedule. Review the research project packet and note any questions you have for tomorrow.
Allison Houck, MAT