Archive | January, 2015

2nd Quarter Self Assessments

23 Jan

Today we will be finishing our 2nd Quarter Self Assessments.  Make sure you turn yours in!

2nd Quarter Self Assessment

Vocabulary Work

21 Jan

Today we will be working on vocabulary.

Here are the worksheets:

12th Grade  Vocab 12 Unit 3 – Ditto

9th Grade  Vocab Unit #3-9th grade

10th Grade Vocab 10 unit 2 test

Tomorrow Notebooks will be checked!

Commonly Mistaken Words

20 Jan

Today we will bush up on some commonly confused words, using this worksheet: grammar theytheretheir

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the notebooks check will be postponed until tomorrow!

Reading Reaction Due Tomorrow!

15 Jan

Our second Reading Reaction is due tomorrow.  Today we will be in the computer lab A206 to work on it.  The film for our novels will continue playing as you work.

From yesterday’s post:

For reading reaction 2, you are asked to discuss any social commentary in our class novel (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It should at least a page, double spaced with 12 point font.  Here’s a nice way to organize your response.

Body Paragraph 1:  Discuss any message or lesson the reader can take away from the story that relates to social commentary.  How does the author get across a message about the world we live in.  Give examples from the story.

Body Paragraph 2: Write about how that message relates to the world we live in.  Is it accurate?  What are some examples of events that support/refute the novel’s messages?

Film vs Novel; Reading Reactions Due Friday

14 Jan

Today we will be viewing the film versions of our novels.  Please take note of any significant plot discrepancies you notice, and consider why movie directors/ producers would choose to change the story as they have.

Reading Reaction 2 is Due Friday

For reading reaction 2, you are asked to discuss any social commentary in our class novel (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It should at least a page, double spaced with 12 point font.  Here’s a nice way to organize your response.

Body Paragraph 1:  Discuss any message or lesson the reader can take away from the story that relates to social commentary.  How does the author get across a message about the world we live in.  Give examples from the story.

Body Paragraph 2: Write about how that message relates to the world we live in.  Is it accurate?  What are some examples of events that support/refute the novel’s messages?

PS Notebooks Are Due Tuesday!

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Reading Tests; Social Commentaries Due

13 Jan

Today your Social Commentary (Writing Piece #4) is due.  Make sure you turn it in with a Writing Piece Reflection.

Reading Test

You will be given a test on the novel we have read in class (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It is a written test that you will be allowed to use your book and notes for.  Good Luck!

Skill Antithesis; Discuss Reading; Work on Social Commentaries

12 Jan

Social Commentaries Are Due Tomorrow!

Make sure they are at least 250 words, contain 3 skills, and are typed and printed out.  Here are a couple of examples from years past Social Commentary Examples

Basic Reading Test Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, after you turn in your social commentaries, there will be a basic test on our class books.  If you have read and paid attention in class you will do fine.  Study characters, important events, and themes.

Skill: Antithesis

Antithesis: a statement that contains a contrast of two ideas.  Often delivered in the format of “It is not this, it is that.”   Here are some examples.

“We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin… [but] our allegiance to an idea…”

“Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.”

“Together we stand, divided we fall.”

“Lennie doesn’t kill the puppy because he hates him, he does it because he loves him too much.”


10th and 12th Grade: we will go over the reading questions for the end of our book.


9th Grade:

We will break into groups to discuss Ethical Dilemmas.

Ethical- (Adj)  having to do with morals, right vs. wrong

Dilemma- (N) a choice between two unpleasant decisions

-Your teacher announces that Jenny’s iPhone is missing and we should all keep an eye out for it, or if you know anything to tell him. You remember overhearing the two older kids in the back of the room, that were recently suspended for severely bullying a friend of yours saying something about “she has no idea I took it” and “making mad dough on eBay.”   What do you do? What if Jenny is your best friend?

-Your best friend asks you to tell his/her beautiful, hip, and cool crush of two years that he/she likes him/her.   You start talking to him/her and he/she admits he/she has had a crush on you like forever. What do you do?

-Last week you catch your coworker at the pizza place stealing money from the cash register. You don’t say anything until you see her doing it again today. You confront her and she begs you not to say anything, she needs the money to help her family pay for a live saving operation on her little brother. What do you do?

Next week you find out an older coworker (a single parent) got blamed for the stealing and was fired. What do you do?

-Did George from Of Mice and Men do the right thing? Why or Why Not?

-Do you blame Curley’s wife?

-Who is at fault?

Social Commentary Ideas; S.M.A.R.T. Goals

9 Jan

Non Fiction Friday

In the new year many people make resolutions, but often those fail within a couple of weeks. Read this article on S.M.A.R.T. Goals and create one for yourself in your notebook.

Share and Discuss Your Ideas for Your Social Commentary Piece

Today you will be sitting in small groups to discuss your ideas for your social commentary piece, and to listen to the ideas of your classmates.

Finish The Books and Answer the Questions by Monday

Don’t forget to finish 1984 or To Kill a Mockingbird!!! Here are the questions I will be checking.  1984 Section Three  or  To Kill A Mockingbird 20-31

Social Commentary: Research and Planning

8 Jan

Surprise!

The Social Commentary will not be due until Tuesday 1/13.  I think a little more time to research and explore the genre and potential topics would be helpful to everyone.  Also, as we finish our class reading (which is due Monday), I want you to think about how the events in the story add to the author’s message and create social commentary.  All of this will help you develop your own social commentary piece.

Today we are in the computer lab A206.  Here is your assignment:

1. Find 3 examples of social commentary on the internet.  This can be pictures, movies, music, articles, etc…. articles about pictures, movies, music etc. Pretty much anything goes.  Look for 3 things that make some sort of statement about society, people, politics, relationships, technology, lifestyle, etc.  (Remember: it is ok if that statement exists primarily in your own mind).

For each example, explain the message and how it is delivered.  Also, discuss whether and why you think the statement is true or false.

2.  In 50 words, explain what you are going to write your social commentary piece about.

3.  Name 3 skills you will use to write your piece (a complete list of skills is on the right hand side of this page).  For each skill, explain how you plan on using it and why it is an effective technique for writing this piece.

Make sure you have this assignment completed and with you in class on Friday!

Here’s an example of what I am looking for in question 1:

This Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is questioning some of the core aspects of education.  Rather than teaching deep understanding, higher level thinking, and application of knowledge, the educational system is placing a growing importance on testing.  Students simply need to memorize information, irrelevant to their lives, long enough to repeat it on a high-pressure examination.  Rather than develop critical thinking, students are learning to game the system. There’s a lot of truth to this statement.  Students are subjected to increasing numbers of high-stakes tests, instead of activities and projects that will have real-world applications.

Social Commentary: Banksy, Calvin and Hobbes

7 Jan

Today we will spend a lot of time discovering topic ideas for our social commentary piece.

Quick Writes: For each of the following images, what statements are being made about society and perhaps life in general?

Calvin and Hobbes

Banksy