This week’s AoW was recommended by a student, Brianna H, and it is very thought provoking. Read and respond thoughtfully by Thursday, 12/12 at 11 pm.
Eng H2: We did and expert jigsaw on four key passages in Chapter 9. Read 10 for tomorrow.
Eng 12: we studied the poem, “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” then read from A Christmas Carol. Thank you for your attentiveness as I read, especially periods five and seven. It takes a lot of energy to read so much in an engaging fashion, and I am very grateful that you are enjoying it. I am enjoying reading to you. I’m also pleasantly surprised by the friendly competition to earn the graphic novel each day. Keep it up!
AOW #10 due Thursday night.
Sorry, forgot to post yesterday, so I’ll include that in today’s post.
Eng H2: On Monday, we did a passage quiz to start our discussion of Chapter 7, focussing on how Gene has come to his decision to enlist. Today, we broke into small groups to identify the three most important, star quotes of the chapter. You made great choices, selecting quotes that show the changes in the two boys. Tonight, read Chapter 9.
Eng 12: Monday, we began our seasonal, three week unit on Winter poetry and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. As long as you are attentive and engaged every day, during poetry and my reading of the novel, you will have no homework other than the AoWs for the next three weeks. There will be a test the week before Christmas break, but, again, if you are doing all the work in class and taking notes, you will do fine.
AoW #10 due by Thursday night, 11 pm.
Eng H2: We practiced crafting good titles for analytical essays and we discussed some of the more interesting and complex thesis statements among your reader responses. Titles should catch the interest of the reader with something clever, cryptic, but still on the topic. I also suggested that a colon after the original title, followed by a statement or question that suggests the probing question you addressed adds to setting up the reader to read your essay.
No homework tonight. We will discuss Chapter 7 tomorrow.
Eng 12: In English Resource, we read three student posts on Thanksgiving, leaving thoughtful comments. No homework tonight, although if you didn’t do your original Thanksgiving post, you must get it done tonight for any credit. No one wants to read Thanksgiving posts after that. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving team trivia to take us into the break.
Eng H2: After an AoW discussion, we discussed the concept of Claim/Evidence/Commentary in your analytical writing, then looked at a model paragraph. Use my model for your reader response due on turnitin.com by 6 am Monday. No new reading.
Eng 12: After an AoW discussion, you had the remainder of the period to work on your Blog assignment post or read SSR. Thanksgiving post is due on your blog by 6 am Monday.
English 12 classes will meet in English Resource on Monday.
Eng H2: We discussed Chapter 6 and how to form probing questions for analysis:
In column 3, ask probing questions that would need further reading and careful exploration of the text both looking forward and back. You shouldn’t have an easy answer, and definitely not a yes or no.
ASK PROBING QUESTIONS:
WHY does Knowles have X happen this way?
WHAT is Knowles’ purpose in having Y do Z in an A manner?
WHY describe D in such an F way?
WHAT IS THE POINT of having M do what he does to N?
WHY is the novel set here and then?
As you read, you look for the ANSWERS, and the answers are
IDEAS/CLAIMS/INTERPRETIVE IDEAS, that become your controlling idea/ topic sentence for your response paragraph
Knowles has X happen to show Y about human nature.
Y does Z in an A manner to demonstrate Knowles’ belief that C.
D is described as F to show that life, according to Kowles, is H.
M does what he does to N to show that Knowles believes we can me motivated by Q.
The novel is set in W to show Knowles belief that Z is true.
Read chapter 7 tonight, and make sure you’ve done your AoW is done by 11 pm.
Eng H2: In small groups, you gathered evidence on the following three topics, then came up with interpretive statements about what Knowles in saying about each topic:
- Summer Session versus Winter session
- Devon and Naguamsett rivers
- Rules in the novel up through 6
AoW #9 due Thursday; no new reading due tomorrow.
Eng 12: Presentations are finished in all classes. If you did not present yours yet, it is up to you to tell me when you are ready. You will be losing 10% for each day it is late, and I will no longer remind you to do it.
In periods four and five, we discussed structure (handout) in writing and attempted to order the eight paragraphs of an essay on Thanksgiving, based on logic and structure. Tomorrow, we will do a close reading of the essay and prepare to write a blog post on a related topic.
AoW #9 due by Thursday night.
Eng H2: You lead the discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 with your questions and significant quotes. Tonight, you are reading Chapter 6. AoW due Thursday.
Eng 12:We finished the pecha kuchas in Periods 4 and 5 and will be starting a little Thanksgiving assignment in class. Period 7 should finish the presentations tomorrow. AoW #9 due Thursday.
Eng H2: We did a paragraph pass today, sending your reflections on Chapter 4 from Friday around the room to get feedback from your peers. There is no new reading tonight. Tomorrow, we will discuss all that has been happening in the last two chapters.
Eng 12: We began the Banned Book pecha kucha presentations. If your name was called to go, and you refused, you lost ten points, and I will call on you first tomorrow. Be ready.
AoW #9 is due Thursday night, as usual.