Head Outta the Book

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Head Outta the Book

Reflection questions for Bees (period 2)

Once again, I didn’t leave time for your reflection question. You may write on both of these in regards to your work today, Wednesday.

Reflection #3: How effective were you in your assigned role today? Explain.

Reflection #4: Which role do you see as the most demanding and why?

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Tuesday, October 28

Eng H2: Creative writing project: We began generating ideas for your short story that will use a line from the novel as an epigraph. You need to have at least a page handwritten for next Tuesday. Tomorrow’s reading is chapters 3 &4. AoW due Thursday night.


Eng 12: This was your second day in English resource working on your Research Project.  Tomorrow is the final day. AoW due Thursday night.

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Monday, October 27

Eng H2: You tackled chapter 2 in your literature circles today, then we explored the more confusing parts together as a whole class. Tomorrow, you will begin your creative writing assignment. The next reading assignment is chapters 4 and 5, and they are due Wednesday.

Eng 12: We are working in the English lab through Wednesday on your rebel research project. The final project is a collage, which you will email to me by Thursday morning and present to the class next week. Your project can take the form of a Prezi, Power point slide, or word document,  your choice. Be sure you can talk about your person, particularly to answer the questions on the assignment sheet.

I collected your Transcendentalism web quest. That is a homework grade, so get it in if you didn’t today.

AoW #1 is due on your blog by Thursday, October 30, 11 p.m..

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Avatar issues

Hey folks,

Many of you had said your were having trouble uploading your blog avatar. I did it on my sample blog without any trouble, so I will offer the following suggestions and clarifications.

Be aware that there are TWO avatars

In Dashboard, under Settings is Blog avatar. This is the image that shows on your blog avatar widget. You must have dragged the actual blog avatar widget to your side bar or footer to have it appear.

In Dashboard under Users is Avatar. This is the image that will show when you log in or leave comments anywhere.

They do not have to be the same, nor do the have to be a head shot of you.  Something that relates to you is fine and probably safer.

You can also search the web for plenty of FREE AVATAR sites where you can make a cartoon version of you. Save it and upload it into either the avatar or blog avatar spot.

If your picture does not show right away, refresh your browser. Be sure you have the blog avatar widget pulled over.

Good luck.

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Friday, October 24

All classes were introduced to the Article of the Week assignment. Please follow the directions in the prior post for how to write and publish your AoW each week.

English H2: You are to continue reading according to the schedule. We are back in the room on Monday.

In English 12, you had the time to complete the Transcendentalism web quest that is due Monday. Seniors will meet in English Resource Monday-Wednesday to complete your rebel project.

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AoW # 1: How important is passion?

AoW #1

The link above will take you to your first Article of the Week. Every week, on Friday or Saturday, I will post the new AoW. You have until the following Thursday evening, by 11 p.m. to write a response to the AoW on your blog. When you come in the next day, Friday, we will have a discussion on the current AoW. These are often some of our best and liveliest discussions, but that only happens when everyone has prepared by reading the article and writing a thoughtful response.

Follow the guidelines below when writing your response each week:

When you write your AoW response post, title it with AoW #__: then give your response a title that fits the controlling idea of your thoughts.

Before you publish your post, scroll down to “Categories” and
“Add New” and call it  Article of the Week. In the future, you can simply put a check mark in that category when you posts.

Your reflection on the AoW should be a personal response to anything that is in the original article. Be expressive. Let’s hear your voice. Your opinion. But be sure to support and explain anything you say. Maybe you want to share some personal stories that you are reminded of when reading the article. How does your experience connect to the AoW? Guide our understanding with a solid topic sentence and clear writing. Do not summarize. I know what is in each article, I want to know what you think, how it makes you feel, what it makes you think of, etc.

As in all work that you do in this class, be sure you are putting your best foot forward. Sound and look as intelligent and articulate as you are. Proofread your writing. Your points are only strong if they are communicated clearly. Your responses should be free of all spelling and other mechanical errors, as well as being grammatically and stylistically strong.

Your response should be approximately 150 words, posted on your blog, with the appropriate title, and by 11 p.m. the Thursday after the AoW goes up. Credit will be awarded as follows:
10: Post has strong voice, thoughful reflections and NO errors.
8-9: Post is good, but there are some spelling or grammatical errors. Organization is effective.
6-7: Post has many errors in the writing and/or relies on summary instead of making a personal response.
< 7: Post was done after the due date.

Note Well: You will always have a week to do your AoW post. You are not required to wait until Thursday night to do it. It is your responsibility to do it when you have the time throughout the week. Waiting until Thursday, then forgetting that you have a game, concert, or family obligation is your problem. You may even have reading homework scheduled for Thursday night; that will never change my expectations that your AoW is done BY Thursday evening. Practice time management and personal responsibility.

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Thursday, October 23

All classes meet in English Resource, 275, on Friday.

Eng H2: You discussed Chapter One in your circles, and your Reflection question #2 was “What question do you have now that you will look for the text to answer as you read further?” There is no new reading for tomorrow, but chapter Two is due for Monday.

Eng 12: You received two projects for Into the Wild: the Research Project and the Transcendentalism web quest.  Be sure to bring the web quest with you tomorrow. It will be one of the things you can work on in class in the computer lab. It is due Monday, 10/27. I asked you to choose your “rebel” by Monday.

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Wednesday, October 22

Eng H2: Excellent first day of literature circles. You had many thoughtful and lively discussions, wherein I heard so many good ideas and important questions. Your homework, as scheduled, is to finish Chapter 1.

Eng 12: We went over the participation rubric, and you set some goals for yourself for the rest of the year. All of you can be scoring in the higher markbands if you decide that is what you want.

We read the author’s note of Into the Wild, thinking about Krakauer’s purpose in writing the book and how impartial he will be as a narrator.

All students need to upload blog avatars and give titles to your blogs by Friday.

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Tuesday, October 21

English H2 and 12 did the same thing today: you set up your blogs following the directions on my blog.

At home, you should upload a picture of you as your blog avatar, change the title to something that reflects who you are, and customize any headers/images/background with your own pictures.

Eng H2: For Wednesday, you are completing the first SLOB reading with preparation for your Literature Circles.

All classes meet back in 195 tomorrow.

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Blog set up

Follow the directions in this post to set up your blog. Keep this page open on one tab and open your blog on another tab, toggling between the two pages to complete all the steps at your own pace over the next two days.

Log in to blog and go to Site Admin (Dashboard):

Users: Your Profile–new password, update profile


General: Do the following:

  1. site title–change. Give your blog a title as unique as you, a title that reflects you as an English student, as a thinker and explorer of the world. Perhaps you use an analogy related to an area of interest for you, ie. music, sports, cars, etc.
  2. tag line–delete and feel free to add something that reflects who you are
  3. time zone–Choose New York (obvious, but important when you want to prove you had a post done on time)
  4. date and time–format as desired
  5. Save changes

Blog Avatar: Within the next two days, upload a picture of you or create an avatar and upload it


Themes– Find one that you like, preview, then activate

  1. Ones with images (pictures) at the top are often customizable, so you can upload your own picture.
  2. Theme options, header, background

Widgets: Drag the following to the side bar:

  1. blog avatar–drag to very top
  2. categories
  3. links
  4. text

Links--add new

  1. Name: Head Outta the Book (or Miss Harris)
  2. Web address: open new tab with my home page, copy and paste
  3. Categories–Add new– Blogs I follow (check)
  4. Add link (upper right corner)
  5. Do this for other students as you’d like

Goodreads widget:

  1. Open a new tab and go to Goodreads and sign in
  2. My books, widget (left side bar), make adjustments as desired
  3. Save changes
  4. Copy and paste HTML code into empty text widget box on your blog

Users: Your Avatar-This will show when you leave comments and may or may not be the same as your blog avatar.


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