Glad_You're_Back.pngWELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL and SEMESTER 2!!!




Week 20 - Jan. 5-7: Grammar & Writing

Wednesday 1-5-11:

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With the lights off, close your eyes and consider one of the following:

1) Receiving your favorite Christmas gift this year;

2) Giving your favorite Christmas gift this year;

3) Eating your family Christmas meal

Then write a well-developed paragraph describing this scene with your most expressive words and imagery; try your best to use all five senses and figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.).

Mid-year class review:

>New semester, new seats

>Review our class rules

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>Review what's to come this new semester

-analyzing literature

-outlining & organizing your writing

-speeches

-grammar

-writing workshops

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Thursday 1-6-11:

ear.jpg Today's short story... "The Traveling Musician" Part 1, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm


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Grammar: Parts of Speech

>Create Parts of Speech Waterfall

>Nouns and verbs


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Friday 1-7-11:

ear.jpg Today's short story... "The Traveling Musician" Part 2, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

an_essay_writing.gif Re-write the ending of our short story.

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>After you get your frisbee, write the word VERB on the front side and NOUN on the back side.

>Then think of a noun and a verb and write them on the correct side of the frisbee.

>On cue, fly your frisbee to a classmate.

>After everyone has flown their frisbees 5 times, fly it once more.

> When you get your final frisbee, evaluate the nouns and verbs listed on your frisbee and create a paragraph story using every one of the nouns and verbs listed.

>Let you creativity shine!

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Week 21 - Jan. 10-14: "It Happened on a Friday" by Michelle Stimpson

Monday 1-10-11:
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Snow Day

Tuesday 1-11-11:
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Snow Day



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In honor of Mr. Larsen, today you can blog about

"What I'll Always Remember About Mr. Larsen"







Wednesday 1-12-11:

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Reading & Writing Connection:

>Begin read aloud of "It Happened On a Friday" by Michelle Stimpson

>On a 1/4 sheet, explain your opinion of our story's character Jacob.

>On your 1/4 sheet, explain your opinion of our story's character Stephanie.



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Thursday 1-13-11:

assignment_book.jpg Plot summary of "It Happened on a Friday" is due on Tuesday 1/18/11

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Continue Reading & Writing Connection:

>A closer look at "It Happened on a Friday" by Michelle Stimpson

>Discuss: What is sexual assault vs. "stupid behavior"?

>Complete read aloud of "It Happened On a Friday" by Michelle Stimpson




Friday 1-14-11:

assignment_book.jpg Plot summary of "It Happened on a Friday" is due on Tuesday 1/18/11

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Review the story and discuss:

1) how Jacob and Stephanie change from the beginning to the end of the story,

2) the conflicts Jacob and Stephanie faced, and

3) what lesson Jacob and Stephanie learned




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Grammar Connection:

Friendly/Personal Letter formats

>Why write a letter TODAY?



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>A short story writing connection: R.A.F.T.

Role: Either Jacob or Stephanie

Audience: The other character (If you choose the role of Jacob, then your audience is Stephanie; if you choose the role of Stephanie, then your audience is Jacob.)

Format: Letter to the other character

Topic: A reflection on why you did what you did and how that has affected your life





Week 22 - Jan. 18-28: The Process (How-To) Essay Workshop

Tuesday 1-18-11:

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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also learn, practice, and apply grammar conventions.

assignment.jpg Plot summary of "It Happened on a Friday" DUE TODAY

ear.jpg Today's short story... "The Golden Bird," by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm


checkmark.gif Grammar Connection - 2nd Person Point of View uses imperative sentences

>P. 34-35 of Language Network book on imperative sentences

+An imperative sentence gives a command, request, or direction.

+It usually ends with a period.

+If the command is strong, it may end with an exclamation point.

+Directions for your how-to essays, however, end with a simple period.


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Pronoun:
A word used in place of one or more nouns or pronouns
Subject pronouns = I, you, he, she, it, they we
Object pronouns = me, you, him, her, it, them, us
Possessive pronouns = mine, yours, his, hers, its, theirs, ours
Intensive/reflexive pronouns = myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, ourselves, yourselves
Demonstrative pronouns = this, that, these, those
Article:
The most frequently used adjective
Indefinite article = a and an refer to any member of a general group, like “a cat,” “a dog,” “a girl,” meaning any cat, any dog, any girl
Definite article = the refers to someone or something in particular, like “the cat,” “the dog,” “the girl,” meaning a specific cat, a specific dog, a specific girl the listener/reader will be able to identify



Wednesday 1-19-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction for the purpose of anticipating steps necessary in creating instructions, which are skills I will use later in our unit to write a "How-To" essay. I will also listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation.




ear.jpg Today's short story... "The Golden Bird," by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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Thursday 1-20-11:

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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will then learn about and apply an effective writing process to write for the purpose of explaining a process to my audience. Then I will learn the discourse conventions (or rules) associated with how to write a "How-To" essay. I will also begin to apply effective pre-writing techniques in the writing process.




assignment_book.jpg How-To Essay Pre-Writing DUE FRIDAY


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Today's short story... "The Golden Bird" Part 3

>Discuss moral of the story



an_essay_writing.gif How-To Essay Prep - Logic and Organization Activities

+Choose a process you know well (making a PB&J, tying shoes, cleaning the kitchen, etc.)

+Write out your best and most complete directions, leaving space between each step.

+Then exchange with a partner.

+Have your partner read the directions out loud and see if each of you can follow the others' directions.

+What is your partner missing? Your partner will write what's missing in a different color pen/pencil.

+Discuss what type of information was typically missing from each person's instructions and what information was typically helpful in understanding the instructions.


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Grammar Connection - The Discourse conventions of a How-To Essay (What is included?)

A process paper does one of two things: 1) tells the reader how to do something or 2) describes how something is done. Therefore, the following must be part of your writing:

  • Identify the process you are trying to explain and why it is important.

  • Identify who or what the process affects.

  • Explain if there are different ways of doing the process.

  • Identify who your readers are and what knowledge they need to understand this process.

  • Identify the skills/equipment needed for this process.

  • Identify how long the process takes and if the outcome is always the same.

  • Identify how many steps there are in the process.

  • Explain how each step is important.

  • Explain any difficulties involved in each step and how they can be overcome.

  • Explain any cautions needed.

  • Explain any vocabulary or definitions that need to be clarified.

  • Compare your process to any other processes that are similar and could help illustrate the process that you are writing about.

  • If needed, tell what should not be done or why something should be done.

  • Your process paper should be written in the second person (you).

  • Your responses to these questions and statements should enable you to write an effective process essay.


A Sample Process Essay

(from http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/process.html )

Kool-Aid, Oh yeah!

It has been said that Kool-Aid makes the world go 'round. Let it be advised, however, that without the proper tools and directions, the great American beverage is nothing more than an envelope of unsweetened powder. There are five simple steps to create this candy-tasting concoction.

Picking the proper packet of flavoring is the first step in making Kool-Aid. Check the grocer's shelf for a wide variety, ranging from Mountain Berry Punch to Tropical Blue Hawaiian. If it is a difficult decision for you, knock yourself out and buy two. The packets usually run under 65 cents.

After choosing the flavor that best suits your taste buds, the second step is making sure that your kitchen houses some necessary equipment for making the Kool-Aid. Find a two-quart pitcher. Plastic is nice, but glass pitchers allow the liquid to shine through and add festive coloration to any refrigerator shelf. Next, find a long-handled wooden spoon, a one-cup measuring cup, a water faucet that spouts drinkable water, usable white sugar, and an ice cube tray full of ice. Then, you are ready to mix.

Third, grab the left edge of the Kool-Aid packet between your thumb and index finger. With your other hand, begin peeling the upper-left corner until the entire top of the envelope is removed. Next, dump the contents of the envelope into the pitcher. Notice how the powder floats before settling on the bottom of the pitcher. Then, take the measuring cup and scoop two cups of sugar into the pitcher as well. At this point, adding the water is a crucial step. Place the pitcher under the water faucet and slowly turn on the cold water. If the water is turned on too quickly, powder will fly all over when the initial gusts of water hit. After the pitcher is filled within two inches of the top, turn the water off and get prepared to stir. With the wooden spoon submersed three-quarters of the way in the liquid, vigorously stir in a clockwise motion until all of the powder is dissolved. Taste it. If the Kool-Aid is not sweet enough, feel free to add more sugar.

Fourth, when you are finished seasoning the Kool-Aid to your liking, rinse off the spoon and the measuring cup. Take a glass from the cupboard. An eight-ounce glass is usually sufficient. But stronger thirsts might prefer a 32-ounce mug. Add ice and then fill the glass with Kool-Aid. Find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, and drink away. After all, Kool-Aid makes the world go 'round.

Friday 1-21-11:

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Today I will practice applying effective pre-writing skills in the writing process of my "How-To" Essay.



assignment.jpg HOW-TO ESSAY PRE-WRITING DUE TODAY

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Begin How-To Essays

>Get your journal and do all your pre-writing and drafting in your journal:

+Choose your How-To Topic. (pre-writing)

+Record why someone would want to know how to do this. (pre-writing for your intro)

+List necessary material. (pre-writing for the body of your paper)

+List necessary steps. (more pre-writing for the body of your paper)

+List what the reader will know or be able to do when they are done reading your essay. (pre-writing for your conclusion)

+WHEN DONE WITH YOUR PRE-WRITING, TRANSFER THE INFORMATION TO THE FOLLOWING FORM:

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Week 23 - Jan. 24-28: The Process (How-To) Essay Workshop

Monday 1-24-11:

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Today I will learn about and apply transition words for stronger organization in my How-To essay. I will also access and read non-fiction for the purpose of applying the information to my writing.



assignment_book.jpg How-To Essay DUE FRIDAY


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Grammar Connection -Sequence Transition Words

>In pairs, complete the transition words worksheet


achieve3000.jpg Search for and choose an article that is related to the subject of your How-To essay.


Tuesday 1-25-11:

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Today I will learn about and apply transition words for stronger organization in my How-To essay. I will also apply an effective writing process in completing my How-To essay.



assignment_book.jpg How-To Essay DUE FRIDAY

>Review transitions from yesterday.

>When done, take your directions from your pre-writing worksheet that Mrs. Hartwig has reviewed and commented on.

>Then rewrite them, doing the following:

1) add any missing steps Mrs. Hartwig noted; AND

2) add effective transition words to each of your steps.

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Thursday 1-27-11:

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Today I will apply my skills with transition words in order to work on stronger organization in my How-To essay. I will also apply an effective writing process in completing my How-To essay.



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+With your typed instructions, double check that you have added sequence transition words to all of your steps so your partner will be able to easily put them back in order.

+Next, lightly number the steps of your how-to directions on the back of the instructions and then cut them into individual strips.

+After you have cut your steps into strips, exchange them with your partner.

+Then see if you can put each others' directions back in order.

+Finally, if you have trouble putting them together, make notes for yourself on what specifics (both new directions and transition words) you need to add.

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How-To Essay Workshop: DRAFTING - putting your pre-writing and instructions into paragraph form

+Walk through MLA formatting

+Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1" margins

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Friday 1-28-11:

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Today I will apply an effective writing process in completing my How-To essay.




assignment_book.jpg How-To Essay DUE MONDAY

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How-To Essay Workshop

>Continue working on How-To Essay







Week 24 - Jan. 31-Feb. 4: "Accused" by Michelle Stimpson

Monday 1-31-11:

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Tuesday 2-1-11: snow.jpg Snow Day

Wednesday, 2-2-11: snow.jpg Snow Day

Thursday, 2-3-11:


assignment_book.jpg How-To Essay DUE TODAY

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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also write on demand to practice and apply effective writing skills.




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Reading & Writing Connection:

>Connect with the concepts

>Preview vocabulary

>Begin read aloud of "Accused" by Michelle Stimpson






Friday 2-4-11:

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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also write on demand to practice and apply effective writing skills.





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Reading & Writing Connection:

>On a 1/4 sheet, explain your analysis of our story's character Aletha.

>On your 1/4 sheet, explain your analysis of our story's character Katherina.

>Continue read aloud of "Accused" by Michelle Stimpson.

>Discuss changes in characters and your opinions about them.

>Finish "Accused" by Michelle Stimpson

>A closer look: Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Katherina should have agreed to the test?

2. Could Katherina have prevented this problem for herself?

3. Do you think Aletha is a bad person?

4. Do you think Ms. Jones stood up for her daughter?

5. What do you think will happen to Aletha and the baby?





Week 25 - Feb. 7-10: Newspaper & Editorial Writing

Monday 2-7-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between non-fiction to fiction. I will also learn about effective writing skills for the purpose of creating a newspaper article about the lock-down that occurred in our story "Accused," by Michelle Stimpson.

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Newspaper article DUE WEDNESDAY




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Writing with the 5Ws & an H:

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Tomorrow you will be reporting on the lock-down that occurred in last week's story. Remember that in a newspaper article, the most important information is provided at the beginning (remember the upside-down triangle). You will write a newspaper article that effectively provides readers with the most important information about the situation in an interesting manner.




Tuesday 2-8-11:

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Today I will write on demand, applying effective writing skills for the purpose of creating a newspaper article about the lock-down that occurred in our story "Accused," by Michelle Stimpson. I will also present my article in proper publishing format.


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Newspaper article DUE WEDNESDAY





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Writing with the 5Ws & an H:

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Today you will be reporting on the lock-down that occurred in last week's story. Remember that in a newspaper article, the most important information is provided at the beginning (remember the upside-down triangle). You will write a newspaper article that effectively provides readers with the most important information about the situation in an interesting manner.




Wednesday 2-9-11:

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Today I will learn about and apply effective writing skills for the purpose of creating a newspaper editorial about the social issues occurring in our story "Accused," by Michelle Stimpson.


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Newspaper article DUE TODAY


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Letter to the editor DUE THURSDAY





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Today you will be writing a letter to the editor about an aspect of the social issues involved in last week's story. You may choose one of the following issues or another issue you see relevant to the story:

1) Teen pregnancy or 2) School security policies.

Remember that in a letter to the editor, you need to be brief, to the point, and very clear in your opinion. You will write a letter to the editor that effectively communicates your opinion about some aspect of the social issues arising from the event in our reading.

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Thursday 2-10-11:

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Today I will apply effective writing skills for the purpose of creating a newspaper editorial about the social issues occurring in our story "Accused," by Michelle Stimpson.

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Letter to the editor DUE TODAY








Week 26 - Feb. 14-18: Survivor Unit: Richard Connell's "Dangerous"

Monday 2-14-11:


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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between non-fiction and fiction. I will also write on demand for the purpose of focusing on the topic of danger, while drawing upon my experiences and observations.


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Hand in last week's assignments if you did not already do so:

1) Newspaper Article

2) Letter to the Editor

assignment_book.jpg Creative Writing Story DUE WEDNESDAY

achieve3000.jpg "Can People Smell Danger?"


an_essay_writing.gif Creative Writing Task: We will be reading an excerpt from Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" this week. In anticipation of reading a story about danger and adventure, you will be writing your own scary story. Maybe you've had a time in your own life that was very adventurous or scary. If not, be creative and invent a story about a dangerous and adventurous situation. You will type your 1-2 page story in MLA format, which means you will include your name/header in the top left corner and use 12-point font that is double spaced.




Tuesday 2-15-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.


assignment_book.jpg Creative Writing Story DUE WEDNESDAY

ear.jpg "The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death" by Peter Stark


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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

With your partner, prioritize the following list into what survival trait is the most important:



+A belief that you will survive
+Physical strength
+Resourcefulness
+A knowledge of your surroundings
+A plan to get to safety
+Experience with a similar situation
+Calmness
+Acceptance of your situation
+A willingness to take risks
+Persistence, or not giving up


Wednesday 2-16-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.


assignment.jpg Creative Writing Story DUE TODAY


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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>Review Plot At A Glance

>Begin reading Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

>On a 1/4 sheet, in complete sentences, explain why Rainsford swims toward the sound of the shots.



Thursday 2-17-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.



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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>On a 1/4 sheet, describe in complete sentences your impression of Rainsford.

>Continue reading Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

>On your 1/4 sheet, describe in complete sentences your impression of General Zaroff.



Friday 2-18-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.


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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>Continue reading Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

>On a 1/4 sheet, in complete sentences, describe in detail the conflict Rainsford is now facing.






Week 27 - Feb. 21-25: Survivor Unit:

Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" &

Laurence Gonzales's "Habits of Highly Successful Survivors"

Monday 2-21-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between non-fiction and fiction.

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"Trapped Underground"

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Tuesday 2-22-11:

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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.


ear.jpg "The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death" by Peter Stark


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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>Continue reading Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

>On a 1/4 sheet, in complete sentences, describe in detail the conflict Rainsford is now facing.




Wednesday 2-23-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.


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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>Review Plot At A Glance

>Complete reading Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

>Considering Gen. Zaroff's actions so far, on a 1/4 sheet, list as many characteristics about him as you can.



Thursday 2-24-11:


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Today I will listen to a story for interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. I will also use writing as a tool for learning.

assignment_book.jpg "The Most Dangerous Game" Rewrite DUE FRIDAY



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>Discuss the details and descriptions that Richard Connell used to help us visualize his story. >Discuss the conflict Connell worked into his story.

>With details and creativity, rewrite the ending to our story the way YOU envision it, including in your rewrite the next conflict you imagine Rainsford will face.

>Start on page 74, at line 694 "He was deliciously tired, he said to himself..."




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Reading & Writing Connection:

>What does it take to be a survivor?

>Continue reading "Laurence Gonzales's "Habits of Highly Successful Survivors."

>On a 1/4 sheet, in complete sentences, write the top three habits you feel are most important in surviving dangerous situations.





Friday 2-25-11:


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Today I will write on demand for the purpose of expressing my creativity in relation to literature I have analyzed and interpreted.

assignment.jpg "The Most Dangerous Game" rewrite DUE MONDAY



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>Continue working on "The Most Dangerous Game" rewrite, including details, creativity, and the next conflict you imagine Rainsford will encounter.







Week 28 - Feb. 28-Mar. 4: Research Project

Monday 2-28-11:


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Today I will use knowledge of purpose, audience, format, and medium in developing written communication. I will also engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas.


assignment.jpg "The Most Dangerous Game" rewrite DUE TODAY

assignment_book.jpg BRING NOTE CARDS ON THURSDAY for your research


You will be starting a research project that will begin with 1) choosing a topic you would like to discover, 2) learning and practicing the research process, 3) developing a coherent expository essay, and finally 4) delivering your information by way of a speech. To begin this project, we will focus on our audience.

Frisbee-Style Research:

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>On the front of your frisbee, write the following R.A.F.T.:

Role: Myself discovering & sharing

Audience: My ILA classmates

Format: a 2-3 page MLA-style expository research paper

Topic: (Here is where you choose a topic you don't know much about but want to)


>Then, on the front of your frisbee, brainstorm and write some questions about your topic that you want to find answers for.

>Then, on cue, fly your frisbee to a classmate so they can write on the back of your frisbee 1) something they feel or already know about your topic and 2) something they would like to or expect to hear about your topic

>We will do this 6 times.

>Evaluate your audience's attitudes and knowledge about your content.



Tuesday 3-1-11:


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Today I will learn about the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas.

assignment_book.jpg BRING NOTE CARDS ON THURSDAY for your research






Wednesday 3-2-11:

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Today I will continue learning about the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas.

assignment_book.jpg BRING NOTE CARDS ON THURSDAY for your research

GINGER.jpg Ms. Bechtold will present information on Internet research




Thursday 3-3-11:

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Today I will continue learning about the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas.

assignment.jpg NOTE CARDS DUE TODAY for your research

GINGER.jpg Ms. Bechtold will continue to present information on Internet research

Then we'll learn about organizing note cards.


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Friday 3-04-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.

assignment_book.jpg OUTLINES DUE WEDNESDAY at END OF CLASS

Begin researching your chosen topic, adding your findings to your outline.

>Remember to do the following:

+Focus your research on your three main points.

+Test the waters by doing initial research and background reading.

+Copy your works cited information onto your note cards.

+Keep in mind that you want to refine (focus) your research and information by choosing three main points your information will cover. Keep the following outline in mind:

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Week 29 - Mar. 7-11: Research Project and Presentations

Monday 3-07-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.

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Continue researching your chosen historical person or event, adding your findings to your outline. When done with outline, begin the rough draft of your chosen topic.

>Remember to do the following:

+Focus your research on your three main points.

+Test the waters by doing initial research and background reading.

+Copy your works cited information onto your note cards.

+Keep in mind that you want to refine (focus) your research and information by choosing three main points your information will cover. Keep the following outline in mind:

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Tuesday 3-08-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.

assignment_book.jpg OUTLINES DUE WEDNESDAY at END OF CLASS

Continue researching your chosen topic, adding your findings to your outline.

When done with outline, begin the rough draft of your research speech/essay.

Your informative research essay/speech will be composed and presented in an objective, third-party point of view




Wednesday 3-09-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.




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OUTLINES & NOTE CARDS DUE at BEGINNING OF CLASS TOMORROW

ROUGH DRAFTS DUE FRIDAY at END OF CLASS

REVISION WORKSHOP ON MONDAY

Final Research Speech/Essay DUE TUESDAY


Continue researching your chosen topic, adding your findings to your outline.

When done with outline, BEGIN ROUGH DRAFT of your research speech/essay.

Your informative research essay/speech will be composed and presented in an objective, third-party point of view




Thursday 3-10-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.

assignment.jpg OUTLINES DUE TODAY at BEGINNING OF CLASS

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ROUGH DRAFTS DUE TOMORROW by END OF CLASS

Final Research Speech/Essay DUE TUESDAY



Continue working on the ROUGH DRAFT of your historical speech/essay.

>1st and 2nd page header walk-through
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>In-Text Citations walk-through

>Short direct quote from web without known author:

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>Long direct quote from web without known author:


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>A paraphrase from a book with a known author:

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>A paraphrase from a web source with a known author:

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>Works Cited walk-through

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Friday 3-11-11:

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Today I will engage in the information literacy process of accessing, evaluating, and communicating information and ideas. I will also use an effective writing process to produce a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic.

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ROUGH DRAFTS DUE AT END OF CLASS TODAY


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Week 30 - Mar 14-17: Research Project Presentations

(P-T Conferences and Spring Break Starts Friday!)

Monday 3-14-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies for reviewing and editing written communications, including conferring with others.



PEER REVISION WORKSHOP - Mrs. Hartwig skimmed (NOT thoroughly proofed) your rough drafts, noted required topics that were missing, noted obvious formatting issues. We will now be engaging in a peer revision workshop today. First, please review your outline and rough draft and ask yourself the following, remembering that revision is the heart of the writing process:

+Does my thesis set out the main points that I am explaining in my paper (my sub-points grouped into categories)?

+Have I addressed each of my three main points?

+Do I have more than one paragraph for each of my three main points, not just one for each main point?

+Did I start each paragraph with a topic sentence that indicates the topic I am addressing in that paragraph?

+Does my conclusion REVIEW my main points, not just RESTATE my main points?

+Did I end my paper with a strong statement? (e.g. a quote, an interesting statistic, a challenge, an inspiring comment)

+Did I successfully use third person point of view by not using you, I, we, us, me, my, mine, yours but instead by using anyone, everyone, someone, they, he, she, theirs, his, hers, him, her, a person, people, an individual, etc.?



Tuesday 3-15-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies for reviewing and editing written communications, including conferring with others.

assignment.jpg Final Research Speech/Essay DUE TODAY...


REVISION WORKSHOP - This is your final opportunity to revise your work before final product is due. Please, take your peer review feedback from yesterday and reflect on your essay's effectiveness. Once again, ask yourself the following questions in order to fine-tune your final presentation:

+Does my thesis set out the main points that I am explaining in my paper (my sub-points grouped into categories)?

+Have I addressed each of my three main points?

+Do I have more than one paragraph for each of my three main points, not just one for each main point?

+Did I start each paragraph with a topic sentence that indicates the topic I am addressing in that paragraph

+Does my conclusion REVIEW my main points, not just RESTATE my main points?

+Did I end my paper with a strong statement? (e.g. a quote, an interesting statistic, a challenge, an inspiring comment)

+Did I successfully use third person point of view by not using you, I, we, us, me, my, mine, yours but instead by using anyone, everyone, someone, they, he, she, theirs, his, hers, him, her, a person, people, an individual, etc.?



Wednesday 3-16-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies for reviewing and editing written communications, including conferring with others.

assignment.jpg Final Research Speech/Essay DUE TODAY


REVISION WORKSHOP - This is your final opportunity to revise your work before final product is due. Please, take your peer review feedback from yesterday and reflect on your essay's effectiveness. Once again, ask yourself the following questions in order to fine-tune your final presentation:

+Does my thesis set out the main points that I am explaining in my paper (my sub-points grouped into categories)?

+Have I addressed each of my three main points?

+Do I have more than one paragraph for each of my three main points, not just one for each main point?

+Did I start each paragraph with a topic sentence that indicates the topic I am addressing in that paragraph

+Does my conclusion REVIEW my main points, not just RESTATE my main points?

+Did I end my paper with a strong statement? (e.g. a quote, an interesting statistic, a challenge, an inspiring comment)

+Did I successfully use third person point of view by not using you, I, we, us, me, my, mine, yours but instead by using anyone, everyone, someone, they, he, she, theirs, his, hers, him, her, a person, people, an individual, etc.?




Thursday 3-17-11:

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Today I will work at effectively using materials necessary to present a coherent message to my audience.

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Practice your research speech over Spring Break, as presentations will begin on Thursday, 3-24




NOTE CARD PREPARATION WORKSHOP


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Practice your research speech over Spring Break, as presentations will begin on Thursday, 3-24






Week 31 - Mar. 24-25: Research Project Speech Presentations

Thursday 3-24-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message for the purpose of sharing information about my chosen topic. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.


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>NOTE CARD PREPARATION WORKSHOP

>STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. research presentations.







Friday 3-25-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.




a_student_presentation.jpg STUDENT PRESENTATIONS OF 2-3 min. research presentations

>Student presentations begin.










Week 32 - Mar. 28-Apr. 1: Research Project Speech Presentations Monday 3-28-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.




a_student_presentation.jpg STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. research presentations

>Student presentations continue.







Tuesday 3-29-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.




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STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. research presentations

>Student presentations continue.





Wednesday 3-30-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.




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STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. research presentations

>Student presentations continue.






Thursday 3-31-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in engaging with the information literacy process, adhering to ethical conventions established in academic writing.


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On a 1/4 sheet, write down your complete and thoughtful definition of plagiarism, including types or examples of what you believe constitutes plagiarism.

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Friday 4-1-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between reading and writing.

I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.

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With your best writing skills, complete the following sentence in a well-developed essay of at least 3/4 of a page, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font. "In looking back on what I learned from completing my research project and presenting my speech, I learned..."

Think about all the skills we learned and used: researching, note-taking, outlining, writing, formatting, plagiarism, and speaking. Be thoughtful. Be complete. Be focused. Be honest. "In looking back on what I learned from completing my research project and presenting my speech, I learned..."





Week 33 - April 4-8: Creative Writing

Monday 4-4-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.





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With your best writing skills, complete the following sentence in a well-developed essay of at least 3/4 of a page, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font. "I wish... " Be thoughtful. Be complete. Be focused. Be honest. "I wish... "


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Students sharing of writing


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Silent Reading when done





Tuesday 4-5-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.





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With your best writing skills, complete the following sentence in a well-developed essay of at least 3/4 of a page, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font. "If someone asked me who I really am, I would have to say that... " Be thoughtful. Be complete. Be focused. Be honest. "If someone asked me who I really am, I would have to say that..."

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Students sharing of writing


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Silent Reading when done






Wednesday 4-6-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.





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With your best writing skills, complete the following sentence in a well-developed essay of at least 3/4 of a page, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font. "One thing that annoys me most is... " Be thoughtful. Be complete. Be focused. Be honest. "One thing that annoys me most is..."

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Students sharing of writing


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Silent Reading when done





Thursday 4-7-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.





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With your best writing skills, complete the following sentence in a well-developed essay of at least 3/4 of a page, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font. "If I could change one thing about... " Be thoughtful. Be complete. Be focused. Be honest. "If I could change one thing about..."

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Students sharing of writing


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Silent Reading when done






Friday 4-8-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Today's writing assignment is due by the end of class. Everyone will turn in their writing before leaving class.




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Musical Chairs Writing:

Open up MS Word and format the document in double-spaced font. Think of what creative story you want to write about and come up with a title. Then save this document to the desktop. Next, compose the beginning of that creative story with a strong opening paragraph. When the music stops, finish your sentence and move to the computer in front of you (or to the back of the row to your left if you are currently in the front seat). Then you will read the new story in front of you and continue this new story in a creative way. When the music stops its final time, we will read the stories aloud and see what creativity has blossomed in the imaginations of our classmates.

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Students sharing of writing


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Silent Reading when done









Week 34 - Apr. 11-15: Macbeth Graphic Novel

Monday 4-11-11:

achieve3000.jpg "Shakespeare Goes to Afghanistan"

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Silent Reading when finished with each component of Achieve3000





Tuesday 4-12-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.


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All about Shakespeare!







Wednesday 4-13-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act I Scenes 1-4

Summarize Act I using GIST for each act summary.









Thursday 4-14-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act I Scenes 5-7 & Act II Scenes 1-4

Summarize Act II using GIST for each act summary.











Friday 4-15-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act III Scenes 1-6

Summarize Act III using pictures to summarize each act.












Week 35 - April 18-22: Shakespeare Celebration!!

Monday 4-18-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between non-fiction and fiction.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act IV Scenes 1-3

Summarize Act I using GIST for each act summary.










Tuesday 4-19-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act V Scenes 1-3

Summarize Act I using GIST for each act summary.








Wednesday 4-20-11: CAREER DAY AT AHS

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Today I will explore the ways individual talents and skills can be used for productive outcomes in personal and professional life.





Thursday 4-21-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Act V Scenes 4-8

Summarize Act I using GIST for each act summary.








Friday 4-22-11:

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Today I will write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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Macbeth Interactive Graphic Novel

Shakespeare’s Macbeth Writing Assignment:
A. Select one character from the play. (This may be a major or a minor character, but you should have a clear understanding of this person.) Introduce this character in your introduction ¶, along with indicating the author and name of the play (Shakespeare’s Macbeth).
B. Choose three words or descriptions that you feel best summarize the character’s traits. List them and provide a summary of scenes or actions that support or explain why you chose these three words.
C. Choose three words or descriptions that summarize this character’s values. List them and provide a summary of scenes or actions that support or explain why you chose these three words.
D. Provide a summary ¶ that includes your overall thoughts about the character.





Week 36 - April 25-29: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Monday 4-25-11:

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Today I will read non-fiction in order to analyze the connection between non-fiction and fiction.

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Continue working on and completing the Shakespeare's Macbeth Writing Assignment - DUE BY END OF CLASS




Tuesday 4-26-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.


>A Look at the 1930s, the Dust Bowl & the Migrant Worker


Introduction to John Steinbeck and Of Mice and Men



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Pick one of the issues in Of Mice and Men that you have a solid opinion about. Begin composing your position paper by beginning with a well-developed paragraph identifying your chosen issue and explaining your position on that issue. This paragraph will be the introductory paragraph of your position paper, which is the final grade you will receive for the Of Mice and Men unit. Then begin developing the body of your position paper on the issue you have chosen to write about by supporting your opinion with textual evidence (examples and situations from the book), as well as making real-life connections that support your opinion.

>Discourse Conventions to remember for Literary Position Paper:

  • You MUST refer to the name of the book, which is either underlined (when writing) or italicized (when typing).

  • When writing about literature, always write in present tense (Slim drowns four puppies because… NOT Slim drowned four puppies because…).

  • Use literary terms to discuss your points (i.e., character, theme, setting, rhyme, point of view, alliteration, symbols, imagery, figurative language, protagonist, and so forth).

  • Include a thesis statement that clearly sets forth your opinion about a meaningful theme of the literary work.

  • Include both an introduction that introduces the book and includes your thesis as well as a conclusion that reiterates your thesis.

  • Avoid summarizing the plot; instead, use examples that you explicitly connect to your opinion by showing how they support your opinion.

  • Support your opinion with many quotations and paraphrases, but write the majority of your paper in your own words with your own ideas.

  • MLA formatting, header, 12-pt. font, double spaced with one return between everything


>Discuss Themes from Steinbeck's book.

+Mercy Killings

+Treatment of Mentally Handicapped People

+Objectification of Women

+Need for Friendship

+Loneliness

+The Search for the American Dream

+Class Conflict

+Weak vs. Strong

+Racism



Wednesday 4-27-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

Get an Of Mice and Men book and a reading guide and leaf through each to familiarize yourself with them.

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Begin Read Aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapter 1

>Complete Chapter 1 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support





Thursday 4-28-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Continue Read Aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapter 2

>Complete Chapter 2 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support







Friday 4-29-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.


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Continue Read Aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapter 2

>Complete Chapter 3 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support







Week 37 - May 2-6: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Monday 5-2-11:

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Continue Read Aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapter 3

>Complete Chapter 3 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support



Tuesday 5-3-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.


of_mice_and_men.jpg>Continue read aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapter 3

>Complete Chapter 3 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support







Wednesday 5-4-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.



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Complete read aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapters 4

>Complete Chapter 4 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Theme Journal Support






Thursday 5-5-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary.

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Complete your Of Mice and Men Study Guide and choose and highlight 5 questions from each chapter to prepare answers in complete sentences. 25 Complete Sentence Answers DUE FRIDAY.



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Continue read aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapters 4 & 5

>Complete Chapters 5 & 6 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Resolution of story





Friday 5-6-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary. I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.


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Complete read aloud of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Chapters 5 & 6

>Complete Chapters 5 & 6 Reading Guide during reading

>Discuss Resolution of story





Week 38 - May 9-13: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Monday 5-9-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary. I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information, and I will also seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.

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>Of Mice and Men Study Guide DUE WEDNESDAY

>25 Complete Sentence Answers DUE WEDNESDAY

>Position Paper DUE MONDAY



>Discuss Themes from Steinbeck's book & Review Position Paper Support for each:

+Mercy Killings

+Treatment of Mentally Handicapped People

+Objectification of Women

+Need for Friendship

+Loneliness

+The Search for the American Dream

+Class Conflict

+Weak vs. Strong

+Racism

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>Begin your position paper by identifying your chosen issue and your opinion/thesis. You will develop your paper on the issue you have chosen to write about and support your opinion using the textual evidence (examples and situations from the book) you have been recording on your double-entry journal, as well as making real-life connections that support your opinion.

>Discourse Conventions to remember for Literary Position Paper:

  • In your introduction you MUST refer to the name of the book, which is either underlined (when writing) or italicized (when typing).
  • When writing about literature, always write in present tense (Slim drowns four puppies… NOT Slim drowned four puppies…).
  • Use literary terms to discuss your points (i.e., character, theme, setting, rhyme, point of view, alliteration, symbols, imagery, figurative language, protagonist, and so forth).
  • Include in your introduction a thesis statement that clearly sets forth both your theme and your opinion about about that theme of the literary work.
  • Avoid summarizing the plot or retelling the story; instead, use examples that you explicitly connect to your opinion in a way that supports your opinion (Slim drowns four puppies because he feels that...).
  • Support your opinion with many quotations and paraphrases, but write the majority of your paper in your own words with your own ideas.

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  • Begin typing your position paper, saving it on your server file when done


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Tuesday 5-10-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary. I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information, and I will also seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.

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>Of Mice and Men Study Guide DUE WEDNESDAY

>25 Complete Sentence Answers DUE WEDNESDAY

>Position Paper DUE MONDAY



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Continue typing your position paper, saving it on your server file when done.



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Wednesday 5-12-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary. I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information.

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>Of Mice and Men Study Guide DUE WEDNESDAY

>25 Complete Sentence Answers DUE WEDNESDAY

assignment_book.jpg>Position Paper DUE MONDAY


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Continue typing your position paper, saving it on your server file when done.






Thursday 5-13-11:

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Today I will seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.


assignment_book.jpg>Position Paper DUE MONDAY


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Continue typing your position paper, saving it on your server file when done.



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Friday 5-14-11:

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Today I will seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.




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Week 39 - May 16-20: Introduction to Language Arts Review

Monday 5-16-11:

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Today I will use a variety of strategies and skills to interpret and understand complex literature and vocabulary. I will also write on demand while focusing on the topic with ample supporting details and little or no extraneous information, and I will also seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.

assignment.jpg>Position Paper DUE TODAY

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Continue typing your position paper, saving it on your server file when done.






Tuesday 5-17-11: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing Review

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Today I will apply writing skills and strategies to effectively communication through reflective writing.


>Review what we've learned this semester

>Brainstorm what YOU learned about listening, speaking, reading & writing

>Fill out your outline to show what you've learned this year so that you can present this message to the class






Wednesday 5-18-11:

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Today I will apply writing skills and strategies to effectively communication through reflective writing, while applying my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience.


>Review what we've learned this semester

>Brainstorm what YOU learned about listening, speaking, reading & writing

>Fill out your outline to show what you've learned this year so that you can present this message to the class






Thursday 5-19-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates,and I will also seek to understand how literary forms can be represented in visual media.

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Complete your outline for your year-end speech, choosing two things you learned about each of the aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and then concluding it with a summary and a restatement of the most important thing you learned in ILA this year.

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STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. reflective presentations



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Friday 5-20-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.




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STUDENT PRACTICE OF 2-3 min. reflective presentations



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Week 40 - May 23-24: Semester Tests

Monday 5-23-11:

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Today I will apply my knowledge in producing and delivering a coherent message that engages my audience. I will also apply my skills of evaluation to both myself and my classmates.





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STUDENT PRESENTATION OF 2-3 min. reflective speech