Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

College-Prep Reading

  • Welcome, you superb seniors!  

When You Come In
1.      Please find your seat—with your pink sticky note on it.
2.     Please initial next to your name on the clipboard.  Thanks!

  • Let’s play an exciting game called, “What Do YOU Think We’re Going to Learn?”  
  • All of you have had me for a teacher one or more times in your high school career, so you should DEFINITELY be able to tell me what you think I’m going to teach you.  :-)

Big Picture
  • Based on the title of this class, what skills do you think we’re going to be working on this term?
1.      Reading closely
2.     Annotating
3.     Annotating
4.     Annotating
5.     Vocabulary-Building
6.    Note-Taking
7.     Academic Discussion
8.    Thinking—I put this last, but really, let’s not forget to think—deal?

In Your Journal
I used a reading strategy called phrasing, or chunking, where you break a long, complex sentence or paragraph into smaller, more manageable bits, to try to understand it better.

“The process of reading is not a half-sleep,
but, in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle;
that the reader is to do something for himself,
must be on the alert,
must himself or herself construct indeed the poem,
metaphysical essay—
the text furnishing the hints,
the clue,
the start or frame-work.”                    --Walt Whitman

Started:           12:06       
Ending About:    12:16-ish

How Can You Respond in this Journal?
  • CONNECT Make a connection between something in this quote, and something you already know.
  • COMMENT      Agree or disagree, to various degrees
  • CLARIFY              Say something you didn’t understand.  Try to unpack it.     Say why you didn’t understand.
  • QUESTION Ask something about a piece of the quote.  Ask a bigger question the quote makes you consider.  
  1. When I stop you, review your journal.  What did you mostly do in your reaction?  
  2. Write it at the top of your paper, and put a box around it.

Journal Response Explanation
1.     Here is how you can respond to your partner today.  Based on his/her journal, you can comment on...
a.         the most meaningful thing you learned
b.         a connection you made
c.          questions you have
d.         something that bothers you
e.         anything else you want to discuss
NOW:   Trade journals, read and discuss them, then write a note to the writer.
a.     Write at least two detailed sentences in response.  Use the orange suggestions above for help.
b.    Sign it with your first and last name.
2.     Make sure your name, date and “Walt Whitman Reading Quote” are at the top of your paper.
3. Read your comments from your partner.
4.     Turn this in in the class drawer.


More Vocab Work
  • Join my quizlet class, then play!

Homework = None

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Day 40--Tuesday, October 14th
When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please!

Discussion Points
1) Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

2) Revolution
  1. George Orwell powerpoint
  2. Then respond to “REVOLUTION” quotes
  3. Reply to the three people BELOW you.
  • Write complete, academic sentences.
  • Respond to at least three of their points specifically.
  • Make a personal connection comment of your own.
  • At least five sentences.
When you finish your three responses, play quizlet for a few minutes--quizzes mañana!

Animal Farm Jeopardy



Your plans are on schoology!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13th 2014


Day 39--Monday, October 13th
When You Come In
  1. Sign in, please!
  2. Happy last Monday of the the last first term of your high school career!  :-)

Quizzes and a Bit of Reading and Annotating TIme
  1. Take the reading quiz over chapters 8 and 9, and turn it in to the drawer.
  2. Read and annotate chapter 10, and add to your character list.  Specifically, make annotations about historical connections--echoes you hear from Soviet Union.

Class Discussion
  • Circle up!
  • Review your annotations, then share the questions and comments you want discussed.
  • If you’ve ready chapter 10, do not discuss anything from that chapter--please and thank you.

Homework (...but you will have time to start this, after we have class discussion.)

  1. Read and annotate chapter 10.
  2. Continue and finish your characters list.
  3. Study quizlet vocab (two lists)--the “for real” vocab quizzes will be Wednesday, since we will have finished the novel.


Day 39--Monday, October 13th

(Copy and paste schoology assignment here.)

  1. Please sign in.
  2. Get out your yellow sheet from Friday, please.
  3. If you were absent, get one off the podium, please!

Big Questions
  1. What are the characteristics of fairy tales, especially Grimm’s and  Andersen’s fairy tales?
    1. once upon a time intro
    2. evil characters
    3. good characters
    4. magic or fantasy
    5. castle or forest setting
    6. good character gets punished
    7. good character gets rewarded
    8. happily ever after ending
    9. moral to the story--clear lesson
  • Big Question #1:  What are the characteristics of a fairy tale?
  1. Big Question #2:  How are the original stories different from modern versions, especially Disney?  
    1. Cinderella--
  2. Big Question #3:  Why are fairy tales one of the four cornerstones of BACKBONE LITERATURE?
    1. Three Little Pigs
    2. Tinkerbell
    3. Sleeping Beauty
    4. Red Riding Hood
    5. Snow White
    6. Jack and the Beanstalk
    7. Peter Pan
    8. Beauty and the Beast
    9. Humpty Dumpty
    10. Rapunzel
    11. Hansel and Gretel
    12. Goldilocks
    13. Robin Hood
    14. Cinderella
    15. Thumbelina
    16. The Frog King
    17. Brother and Sister
    18. Pinocchio
    19. Frozen

  1. Big Question #4:  What happens when you twist a fairy tale, or make fun of the fairy tale format?
    1. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
    2. Shrek

What did we do Friday?
  1. We each read at least ONE (and some people started a second) Grimm’s fairy tale in its original form.  Here are the ones we had to choose from:
    1. Cinderella (with audio)
    2. The Frog King (with audio)
    3. Rapunzel
    4. The Seven Ravens (with audio)
  2. We looked at a fairy tale checklist, then we looked for those items in the fairy tale we read.

Backbone Literature--Why do we care?
  1. Four cornerstones
    1. Greek Mythology
    2. The Bible
    3. Shakespeare
    4. Fairy Tales!  Take a look at your notes, when I pass them back.  What did you list as fairy tales you know?  Which ones did you read Friday?  Which ones did you list on the white board?  Add these to your notes now, please!
In-Class Fairy-Tale Reading (Continue from Friday)
  1. Read a total of THREE fairy tales, and complete your yellow sheet.  
  2. Is four websites too much freedom?  Shall we narrow it to two?  Will you go bananas with too many choices?!  :-)