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.
Can not believe it is already August!! Wow...time is flying by.
Class-same as yesterday...reading "A Hero's Journey"...analyzing, annotating, discussing.
Homework-AOW due Friday
In class today, lots of paperwork was passed out and stored back in to student's workbook. We proceeded to discuss our learning targets-close reading, getting the "gist" of an excerpt, gathering important details to determine main idea, and being prepared to collaborate with peers.
The students started reading the text, "The Hero's Journey." They recorded the gist in their booklets after conducting a close read. Students prepared for their second read and started to annotate.
Homework-Article of the week. If the students need me to provide them with an article, please go to the Google Classroom and students may enter their assignments that way.
All students took a mid unit assessment on Percy Jackson. They were allowed to use their novels.
NO HOMEWORK-HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!