Archive | May, 2016

Life Philosophy Piece; New Skills

10 May

12th Grade Only: Read this  Transcript-of-Commencement-Speech-at-Stanford-given-by-Steve-Jobs and write a well developed response in which you identify an important central idea, as well as one literary device or skill that helps develop this central idea.

The Life Philosophy Piece

Our next piece is the Life Philosophy . It is due Friday. The Steve Jobs speech is a great example. Here is a decent example from a student.

Today we will learn 3 New Skills:

Action-Adjectives:

Action-Adjectives: A descriptive phrase that contains an action, in the format of  Noun-Past Tense Verb-Noun. Helps create concise and action-packed descriptions.

Examples:  Sun-kissed hair,  action-packed description, chocolate-covered donut, orange-flavored gum, garbage-filled gymnasium, sauce-drenched chicken, freckle-faced boy….

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.”

Anecdote

Anecdote: A short story to help prove a point.

Ex: Steve Jobs speech uses 3 anecdotes to prove his point.

Often people will cite anecdotal evidence as proof.
-“Orange juice cures a cold. My grandma drinks orange juice as soon as she gets sick and her cold is gone in two days.”
-Lots of commercials use this form of persuasion. “I lost twenty pounds eating only Cheerios.”  Often you will notice a disclaimer to the effect of “results not typical,” because this is merely anecdotal evidence, it is not scientific proof.

Here’s a link for more info.

Comfort Zones and Steve Jobs

9 May

Today, we will examine two different speeches.

Comfort Zones

Quick Write: write about a time in which you did or did not do something that was outside of your comfort zone.

Watch this video and ask yourself how often you are willing to leave your comfort zones.

Quick Write: Think of a motto, an important lesson, or some code that you live by.

Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

Steve Jobs delivered a powerful commencement speech to Stanford graduates in 2005. Here is the transcript: Transcript-of-Commencement-Speech-at-Stanford-given-by-Steve-Jobs

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech from Bob Macintosh on Vimeo.

Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

Reading Assignment 1

6 May

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Today we will answer some questions for Reading Assignment 1. Here they are reading assignment 1.

Please note that in addition to these questions, I will be checking your work for the week, including:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday’s Reading Plan (or vocabulary)
  • Thursday’s questions about your author.

Do the best you can. I’m really only checking to see that you have been reading and doing the in class assignments. If a question does not apply to your particular book for some reason, please just explain why in your answer.

Have a great weekend!

 

Research Your Author

5 May

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Today we will be in the Library (Period 1 in D114), where you will be asked to research your author, in order to learn more about the person who wrote your book.

  1. When and where was your author born?
  2. What kind of people were his/her parents and family?
  3. Create a brief timeline of important events in the author’s life.
  4. What are some other books the author has written? Are they similar to the one you are reading?
  5. What connections do you see between the author’s life and the book?
  6. Why do you think the author chose to write the book?
  7. Do you have any personal experiences that connect with the author’s life?
  8. Find an interesting quote from your author.

Reading Reaction Friday

On Friday you will write your first reading reaction. Part of your grade will include The Reading Plans you worked on in class today and yesterday, as well as your information about your author. All of this can be in your notebook.

*If you don’t have a book yet, I’l be looking for Tuesday’s vocabulary and Wednesday’s short story reading plan. Anyone that does not have a book will not be eligible for credit for Friday’s Reading Reaction!

More Independent Reading

4 May

Today you will have more time to do some reading of your book in class. As you read, work on this Reading Plan, in which you answer and keep track of some basic ideas of the book. :

The Reading Plan:

Who- Characters
What- Plot, Conflict, Subject Matter
When, Where- Setting
Why- Theme, Author’s Purpose
How- Literary Devices, Skills, Narrator, Organization, Style

If you do not have a book with you:

9th Grade: Read “The Most Dangerous Game” p. 67 in Literature book or online here. Complete the reading plan above.

12th Grade:  Complete the reading plan above.

Reading Reaction Friday

On Friday you will write your first reading reaction. Part of your grade will include The Reading Plans you worked on in class today and yesterday. If you don’t have a book yet, I’l be looking for yesterday’s vocabulary and today’s short story reading plan. Please know that you will be expected to do your reading reaction on a book of your choice, not the short story you read in class!

Independent Reading

3 May

Today you will have time to do some reading of your book in class. As you read, work on this Reading Plan, in which you answer and keep track of some basic ideas of the book. :

The Reading Plan:

Who- Characters
What- Plot, Conflict, Subject Matter
When, Where- Setting
Why- Theme, Author’s Purpose
How- Literary Devices, Skills, Narrator, Organization, Style

If you do not have a book with you:

You will be doing vocabulary. Define the following words, write sentences for each, and turn them in at the end of class.

9th Grade: Subtle, Enigma, Inevitable, Infer, Diverse, Articulate, Apprehensive, Benevolt, Virulent, Pious

12th Grade: Reiterate, Conflagration, Induce, Soporific, Anarchy, Strident, Nonchalant, Malleable, Ludicrous, Abridge

Make sure you have a book tomorrow. Tomorrow, if you don’t have one, I will assign one to you.

4th Quarter Rubric; Vonnegut Story Rules

2 May

Sprinter Crossing the Finish Line

Welcome back from break! 

We are in the home stretch. There are a mere 28 more days of school. Incredible.

4th Quarter Rubric

Today you will get a new SuperPass and a rubric for the 4th quarter. This has everything that we will be doing during the final days of school.

12th Grade: 4th Quarter Rubric 12
9th Grade:  4th Quarter Rubric 9

Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Rules and Shapes

Today we will look at what writer Kurt Vonnegut considers to be important rules to writing stories, as well as his analysis of the shape of a story. Here are the notes.

vonnegut’s short story rules

shapes of stories by kurt vonnegut