Archive | November, 2016

Plan Quarter Learning Project; Comfort Zones

30 Nov

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.

Plan Your Learning Project for the Quarter

Tomorrow we will be in A206 to write our first blog post about our new pursuit. Today we will plan it out in our notebook.

Answer these questions as detailed as possible:

  1. What are you pursuing/learning?
  2. Why did you decide on this?
  3. What do you hope to achieve? How far do you hope to get?
  4. How realistic is your pursuit? Can you actually do it if you work hard?
  5. Who are your inspirations?
  6. Who or what can you turn to for help?
  7.  What are some potential obstacles you might encounter?
  8. What items or gear will you need to do this? Do you have them? How can you get them?
  9. What are some first steps you can take now?

Plan this out today so you can write about it intelligently tomorrow. You will not have the entire period. I will be showing you how to do certain things to make you blog posts more interesting and engaging.

Misplaced Modifiers

29 Nov

Riddles:

  1. How can you pick up an elephant with one hand?
  2. How can you drop an egg on a concrete floor without cracking it?

Misplaced Modifiers

Today we will study a common problem in writing, misplaced modifiers.  Here are the notes(Misplaced Modifiers), and here is the worksheet (Misplaced Modifiers worksheet) that is due in class tomorrow.

Classwork Grading

28 Nov

Welcome Back! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and had some time to spend with the important people in your life.

Classwork Grading

Today we will discuss our classwork grading for the second quarter.

Classwork will be 50% of the second quarter. It will be equally divided into two sections, Classwork and Work Habits.

Classwork will be the normal things we do in class. Anything from reading comprehension, vocabulary, rough drafts, etc.

Work Habits Grade

Work Habits will be determined by your daily effort, contributions to class, and overall work ethic.

Here are the notes: work-habits-grade

Meet in the Computer Lab and Continue Work on The Thanksgiving Piece

22 Nov

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Hey everyone,

Mr. Funk is pretty sick today and couldn’t make it to school. But don’t worry the plan hasn’t changed! Continue working on your 101 Things I Am Thankful For piece. Follow along with the directions and look at the example pieces from yesterday’s post.

Periods 3, 4, 7 will meet in A205 (across from the normal computer lab).
Period 8 will meet in A206 (The normal computer lab).

Stay strong and soldier on!

Don’t worry too much about Mr. Funk, we will take care of him; he is in good paws.

Love,

Vera and Audra (Mr. Funk’s dogs)

 

 

101 Things I am Thankful For

21 Nov

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Today we will be in A206 (period 7 will be in the library), to work on the 101 Things I am Thankful For piece.

Here are the requirements:

  • Come up with a title besides “101 Things I am Thankful For.”
    For example: “101 Little Things in Life,” “101 Excuses to Wake Up Early,” “Why I Love Life.”
  • This assignment is about details. Don’t list things; write the details about the things you’re thankful for.
    For Example: Don’t write “My dog.” Instead, write “Getting licked on my face by my dog when I get home from school.” “When my dog runs to fetch the ball.”
  • Break your poem into 4 stanzas of 25 lines, and 1 stanza of just 1 line. The 1-line stanza should be something really important.
  • Do not number your lines!

Some examples 101 Little Things in Life That I Love and 101 Excuses to Get Up Early and 101-long-lived-memories

Work on your ideas and rough draft in your notebook, post the final copy on Kidblog.

Due by the end of class Wednesday!

Do You Realize? What Are You Thankful For?

18 Nov

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Do You Realize?

Listen to this song and read its lyrics. In your notebook, answer: What is the song’s message? What do you think is the most important line in communicating that message?

101 Things I am Thankful For Piece

Our first writing piece of the 2nd quarter will be the “101 Things I am Thankful For” piece. Essentially, it is a free verse poem about the little things you appreciate.

Skill: Free Verse Poem– a poem with no pattern of rhyme, rhythm, or structure.

Skill: Stanza- a paragraph in a poem. A stanza is a group of lines in a poem

Here are the requirements:

  • Come up with a title besides “101 Things I am Thankful For.”
    For example: “101 Little Things in Life,” “101 Excuses to Wake Up Early,” “101 Reasons Not To Jump.”
  • This assignment is about details. Don’t list things; write the details about the things you’re thankful for.
    For Example: Don’t write “My dog.” Instead, write “Getting licked on my face by my dog when I get home from school.” “When my dog runs to fetch the ball.”
  • Break your poem into 4 stanzas of 25 lines, and 1 stanza of just 1 line. The 1-line stanza should be something really important.

Some examples 101 Little Things in Life That I Love and 101 Excuses to Get Up Early

Work on your ideas and rough draft in your notebook. We will go to the lab next week to type and post to Kidblog.

 

 

Commonly Confused Words; Things We Tell Ourselves; Things We are Thankful For

17 Nov

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Go Over Commonly Confused Words

Than- comparisons
Then- everything else

To0- also or a large amount
Two- the number 2
To- everything else

There- Location (notice the word “here,” which is also a location, in the spelling)
They’re- They are
Their- ownership (notice the word “heir” in the spelling)

Except- used to exclude something.
Accept- to receive or willingly take

Weather- rain, snow, etc.
Whether- expresses a choice “whether or not”

Peace- calm, quiet, tranquility
Piece- a portion of something (notice the word “pie” in the spelling)

Were- past tense of verb “to be” ex: We were happy yesterday.
We’re- We are
Where- Location (notice the word “here” in the spelling)

Affect- verb – to make a difference
Effect- noun- a change. Cause and effect

Your- Ownership
You’re- You Are

The Things We Tell Ourselves

Read this article, and answer the following questions in your notebook.

  1. What is the author’s message? Refer to specific words from the article to support your answer.
  2. What do the ideas presented in the article say about our memories?
  3. Based on the article, how reliable do you think a witness testimony may be in a court case?
  4. Are there certain stories you are telling yourself that may or may not be true?

Make a List of Things You are Thankful For

In your notebook, try to list as many things as you can think of that you are thankful for. I will ask you to share!

Let’s Get SMART About Goal Setting

16 Nov

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Reflect on First Quarter

In your notebook, you will be reflecting on the first quarter. Answer these questions thoroughly. You may do it individually or in paragraph form.

  • Overall, how was the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year?
  • How was the quarter socially?
  • How was the quarter academically?
  • What did you do well? Be specific, mention something you actually did!
  • What can you improve? Be specific, mention something you actually did!
  • What is a goal you have for the second quarter?
  • How can you achieve this goal?

Read this excerpted article below on SMART Goals.

Developing a Specific Goal

SMART goals are:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant, Rigorous, Realistic, and Results Focused
T = Timely and Trackable

Learning how to frame goals as SMART goals and being willing to adjust them to get SMARTer is an important skill that would help every student get off to a better start and have a better school year, this year and into the future.

Here is a practical example, starting with a typical, but not especially SMART, goal:

I will do better on my report card in the next marking period.

Here is a way to make it SMARTer:

In the next marking period, I will get at least a C on all my math tests, and at least a B on most of my quizzes and homework assignments.

But it’s not SMART yet because it has no action plan or benchmarks. Here is a pretty SMART goal:

In the next marking period, I will take careful notes and review them at least two days before tests and quizzes so that I can ask the teacher questions about what I don’t understand. I will do my math homework before I do things with friends, and when I hand it in, I will ask the teacher about anything I am not sure about. When I get anything wrong, I will make sure to ask the teacher, or one of my classmates how they got the right answer.

It’s not easy to write SMART goals. This skill takes time to develop, and it’s especially important to have in place for students at the secondary level. A goal is an outcome, something that will make a difference as a result of achieving it. It can’t be too ambitious to be out of reach, but also not so simple that it does not challenge. A goal has to be realistic with a stretch, requiring effort and focus to achieve it. That’s why goals need timeframes and measurable action steps along the way so that we can keep track of progress and make adjustments as necessary.”  (Full Post)

Post Your SMART Goal on Kidblog

We will now go to the computer lab, where you will create a new Kidblog post about your SMART Goal. For your post, select the Category “SMART Goal.”

Notebook; Commonly Confused Words

15 Nov

2nd Quarter Notebook Grade

  • The Notebook will be worth 20 percent of your second quarter grade.
  • You will earn 10 points for every 3 FULL pages you write. 100 points total. 30 pages equals a 100.
  • Your Notebook must be entirely dedicated to English. 25 point penalty if there is any writing for any other subject.
  • Your notebook should include notes, rough drafts of writing pieces, and any classwork.
  • You may write anything else you like in your notebook (as long as it is not for another class).
  • Fold a page over and write “2nd quarter” on it.
  • Write the date each time you begin writing that day.
  • Number your pages.
  • When you finish writing, draw a line across the page.
  • Continue immediately below that line. No empty spaces.
  • Anyone who reaches 50 pages earns 2 points on his/her average.

Go Over Yesterday’s Commonly Confused Words List

Next, we will go over yesterday’s commonly confused words assignment

Reflect on First Quarter

For the remainder of the class, you will be reflecting on the first quarter, in your notebook. Answer these questions thoroughly. You may do it individually or in paragraph form.

  • Overall, how was the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year?
  • How was the quarter socially?
  • How was the quarter academically?
  • What did you do well?
  • What can you improve?
  • What is a goal you have for the second quarter?
  • How can you achieve this goal?

 

Work on Commonly Confused Words

14 Nov

Today we will be working on this worksheet on commonly confused words.

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