Monday, Feb12-students were given handouts...Alexander Cartwright (this goes with a Google classroom assignment that is due Feb 14, and 2 handouts that are related to plot and character development that we will be filling out in class as we keep reading Flush.
Tues, Feb. 13-took all students to the library to have a "date with a book".
Wed, Feb.14- in class we analyzed chapters 2 and 3 from their assigned reading assignment. We are focusing on making claims of Noah's POV, providing textual evidence that supports the claim and then word choice-tone of the text. This is an activity that we will be reviewing for several days in class in preparation for their mid unit assessment that will be on MONDAY, FEB 19. Homework-read chapters 4-5
Feb 15-fill out plot development handout for chapters 4 and 5.
Feb 16-Read chapters 6 and 7 over the weekend...fill out guiding question on handout
Feb 19-Read chapter 8 in preparation for QUIZ ON TUESDAY, FEB 20!!!
Classwork- Based on chapter 1 that you read in class, complete workbook pages 26-26. Please pay close attention to the directions. POV is developed through characters actions, thoughts and words. I will be checking this work on Monday, so be prepared.
Monday, Feb 5-In class, I modeled answers so that the students could see how to answer questions that dealt with author's pov. (They had a chance to review and make edits to their statements if needed to.) The students had to read other paragraphs from chapter 4 and find evidence of Mark Kurlansky's pov in regards to Thomas Huxley's actions. This activity is in preparation for their test on Wed. where the students will be given a reading activity and picking out author's pov, following up with textual evidence and then indicating if the information is stated directly or inferred.
Homework-finish the graphic organizer on page 17-18 (pertains to 1st period) and then complete the google classroom assignment, reading and filling out the answers on the google doc. (The google classroom assignment is NOT for a grade, it is just for me and for data purposes to help drive my smartblock lessons/gauge skill ability.)
Tuesday, 2/6-In class we prepared for the test on Wed. I allowed the students to go ahead and read the pages where the test will focus on. (pgs 70-75). I have asked the students to read to prepare for the guiding question that they will have to answer.
Also in class, we reviewed an assignment that was assigned in Google Classroom. It is titled "Base Stealer" and we analyzed the poem through its use of figurative language. Even though these assessments are not for a grade, I will be reviewing the students scores and for those who are consistently low, I will be asking them to stay in for smartblock.
Homework-Read pages 70-75 in novel and be prepared for test. The test will be based on how the authors conveys his point of view.
In class we discussed the main idea of an informational text based on details from the test. Students also analyzed how key individuals, events or ideas are developed throughout the text and used a variety of strategies to identify unknown words. (Identifying unknown words should be recorded in their word catcher and they are to use their device or dictionary independently to meet this requirement.)
Homework-Reread the graphic novel on page 20 in their novel and answer this question on a sheet of notebook paper=What do we learn about fishing from the graphic novel? How does Mark Kurlansky illustrate and elaborate on the idea of fish depletion?
Homework-Read part 3 of the graphic novel (pg.38) and answer the following question: What do we learn about fishing from the graphic novel? How does Mark Kurlansky illustrate and elaborate on the idea of fish depletion?
MID UNIT ASSESSMENT=there is nothing to study, it is just a review of all of the tasks that we have been doing in class. (Analyzing idea development in Chapter 3 in novel)
Read pages 52-61 in novel and then complete workbook pages 16-17.
There will be a test next week...probably on Wednesday
Mon, 1/22-Took the class period and allowed students to wrap up any loose ends due to being out last week b/c of bad weather. Students had a chance to catch up on homework that was assigned and complete projects.
Tues, 1/23-We are introducing a new module-using the text "World Without Fish". Students received a new workbook and novel that will be used for the next several weeks. They are to come to class with all material. Here is what we will be covering for the next 3 weeks: Students will analyze excerpts of "World Without Fish" for figurative language, connotative language, word and phrase choice, meaning, and plot development. We will also analyze excerpts of "World Without Fish" for evidence of Mark Kurlansky's point of view and how it is conveyed.
Homework-reread the excerpt of the introduction you read today. Use evidence flags(post it notes) to gather evidence as you read and answer the focus questions on your structured notes. (Found in workbook)
Wed., Th., Fri=students have worked very hard in class with this complex text. We have completed the first 4 lessons in their handbooks. In their novels, we have read the intro and pages 1-8 in chapter one. Please review their work in their handbook.
Parents and students...please know that I appreciate all of the emails regarding your projects. Please know that once we get back to school, I will be able to evaluate and reassess if I need to regarding projects. The project is simple....tell your story. You will tell your story either through story telling or a concrete poem, reciting your poem. Technology is not mandatory, so if not able to record, present the old fashioned way. Thank you for being flexible and doing the best that you can under the circumstances.
In student workbook, complete page 111-112. If you forgot handbook at home, I have provided a copy of the module. Read the concrete poem and then listen to the audio found on the link provided below. Compare and contrast your reading versus the audio, filling in the venn diagram.
Take time to work on your projects....email if you have any questions.
Thank you for taking the time to do this!
Jan 15-out for MLK holiday
Jan 16-all students will set up a "screencastify" app onto their google drive so that they will be prepared to work on their independent projects at home. Each student will be asked to do either a video monologue or an audio and picture of a concrete poem. Either the monologue or poem should detail a modern day adversity, following the guidelines set forth in your student handbook, page 131.
Students can utilize pgs. 134-139 in their handbook to help with the process of their monologue/poem. Additional support will be given during smartblock on Thursday, Jan 18.
The last step is to come in with their QR code because all projects will be presented as a "QR CODE GALLERY WALK". If the student is not able to print their QR code from home, please email the QR code to me so that I may do so. (The students will need to go to the QR CODE MONKEY=qr code-monkey.com to complete this last step.) **If technology becomes an issue, then student must be prepared to present monologue/poem to class instead.
FINAL PROJECT IS DUE Jan. 22. This will be considered a test grade.
KEEP CHECKING GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND WEEBLY FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS>>>EVEN IF WE ARE OUT FOR SNOW!!
Jan. 15-no school
**All students will be given information regarding their independent projects that are due on Jan. 22. You will have one smartblock day to come in with any questions/concerns or to use laptops to complete project. Please plan accordingly. If any questions-please email.**