We are so close to track out, lets end this 9 weeks on a high note!!
Journal 15-Describe writer's block as if it were a monster. Then share a trick or 2 for taming this creativity crushing creature.
Class-Discussed the analytical process of writing a mini essay based on the connection between theme from a myth and the key elements of mythology. The students had a copy of a mini essay that they had to analyze regarding the format/information presented in the essay. Students will be writing their own essay next week, so we are preparing for this.
Homework-Read ch. 16 in PJLT...use evidence flags to mark the 3 allusions that are in the text. Compile a list of challenging vocabulary words from the reading.
Class-we are invited to a "Book Tasting" in the Media Center. Classes will be held there and Mrs.Jones will be leading the lesson. This is to encourage more reading!!
Homework-Go to students Google Classroom for ELA for assignment.
Wed. Aug 30- Homework-prepare journal to turn in for a test grade on Tus. 9/5.
Class-we worked on mini essay, coming up with theme of Cronus and connecting to The Key ELements of Mythology.
I am out Thursday for training and Friday for personal reasons. For homework, they are to read Chapter 17 in The Lightning Thief and prepare journal to turn in on 9/5
Monday-Aug 21- In class I checked to make sure that the students used flags to mark the important details of Ch. 12. This was an assignment from the week of Aug. 14 and I had several students that did not do this. Also, if your child is absent from school, he/she must get their makeup work. Telling me that they were absent on the day of my assignment is not an excuse for not having the work done. My homework is posted on the board all week and there is a team website as well.
We wrote a response to events of Ch 12 in class as well as completed a venn diagram of "Shrouded in Myth" and "Cronus"-detailed the mythological elements as well as plot details. This information that we are collecting will be used at a later date for another assignment.
Homework-Read chapters 13-14...flag any important details from the story.
In class-we discussed broadening our depth of knowledge through the text(s) that we are reading in conjunction with The Lightning Thief. We discussed the emerging theme as well as pivotal moments in the story to help identify why and how it changes the plot of the story.
Journal-14-Desribe a pivotal moment in your life.
Homework-If student did not finish classroom assignment, please go to Google classroom and complete there.
The students worked in groups of 2/3 and discussed chapters 13 and 14 of "PJ-TLT". We reviewed the parts in the story that were pivotal and the students did a graphic representation along with the quote and why.
Homework-AOW due Friday
Journal 12-Pretend you are eavesdropping on a conversation between the items in your bookbag or locker. What are your belongings saying to each other?
Class-digging deeper into chapters 9 and 10 in "Lightning Thief." We discussed inferences and allusions and will be working these literary elements as we read from our novels and other text regarding myths.
Homework-re read and flag references to Cronus in chapter 9-10 of your novel
Class-students took a pop quiz on chapters 9-10. We then discussed allusion in chapters 9 and 10. Started to dig deeper in the myth "Cronus" and discussed how these connections are made and how the text we have been reading (regardless if fiction or non fiction) allows us to get a deeper understanding of the text. It is also like a scaffold, we are building upon one another and gaining a better understanding to build upon our prior knowledge.
Aug 17-We discussed allusions, main idea and theme. Homework-Read chapters 11-12 and note any plot changes.
Aug 18-continued discussion of PJ-Lightning Thief-no homework
Students today did a practice run for their test tomorrow. They had to compare/contrast "The Heros Journey" to one of Percy's challenges from Chapter 7. They were allowed to choose any challenge (conflict), reference that challenge and then find a quote from "Heros Journey" that explained the stage that Percy, the hero, was going through. **The students received a classwork grade on this activity. It also allowed me to know who has or has not been reading."
Parents-please make sure that your child is reading the required chapters.
TEST ON FRIDAY...
Test on The Lightning Thief, Friday. It is all written response and attention to detail, answering in complete sentences and using textual evidence will be graded. Chapters 1-8 need to be read.
We are leading up to our end of unit assessment...the test. Everything that we are doing in class this week is reviewing and writing samples of answer responses. the test will be a written test where there will be a need to provide textual evidence.
After the test (either Thursday or Friday...TBD) we will continue reading other texts as well as Percy Jackson and review how they align, focusing on theme and elements of myths.
AOW DUE FRIDAY
Journal 10-What makes you happy? Make a list of things that make you happy and chose 3 to write about in more detail.
Mon, 8/7-Finish writing journal 10, AOW due Friday and reread chapter 6 and flag Percy's challenges
Students took a mini benchmark assessment (not for a grade) so that I can review data and offer a more structured smartblock. If a student needs help at any time, please let me know in advance so that I may have them see me on Tuesdays...this is my priority day.
Students are still analyzing the informational text on "The Hero's Journey" by Joseph Campbell and comparing it to Percy Jackson. We are comparing/contrasting responses to questions as well as using textual evidence to support our stance. We will also be identifying unknown words and using context clues to help with understanding of the text.
Have chapters 5-8 read by Monday.