Archive | May, 2017

Narrator’s POV; Finish Anthem Piece

17 May

9th Grade: 

Today we will discuss the literary device Narrator’s Point of View. Here are the notes Narrator’s POV . Do not confuse narrator’s point of view (the literary device) with a narrator’s opinion or perspective on a topic! 

12th Grade:

Head to A205 to finish your Anthem Piece on Kidblog.

Discuss “Lady”; Work on Anthem

16 May

9th Grade:

We are going over “The Lady or The Tiger” questions. Be sure to have them in your notebook for a grade!

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12th Grade: 

We are in A206 to work on the Anthem piece!

Short Story; Anthem Piece

15 May

9th Grade:

Read “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank R. Stockton in our literature books.  In your notebook, answer the questions at the end of the story.

While reading the your short story, take notes and be sure to cover the following aspects of the story

  • who- characters
  • what- plot
  • when and where- setting
  • why- author’s purpose and the theme; central idea

12th Grade:

12th Grade: The Anthem Piece

An Anthem is a piece of writing or song that highlights and celebrates the qualities and characteristics of a particular group. Think of the national anthem for the United States. It touches on our values (freedom, bravery, liberty) as Americans, and how Americans are willing to fight for those values (bombs bursting in air… our flag was still there).

Today we will be discussing the Anthem Piece. For this piece you will write about what it means to be you. Focus on some aspect of your life. Are you an athlete, brother, sister, son, daughter, an employee somewhere, video gamer, a die-hard fan of someone or something? At the very least, all of you are teenagers on Long Island, New York, and the United States. How do you identify yourself.

Here is a Great Example Piece by someone who identifies himself as a Stop and Shop employee. Here are Two Others called “I am a Teenager” and “I am a Long Islander.”

 

 

Central Idea; Hamlet

12 May

9th Grade: Central Idea Due at the End of Class on Kidblog!

Here’s the question:

Your Task: Closely read the text provided and write a well-developed, text based response of two to three paragraphs. In your response, identify the central idea of the author and analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) advances this idea. Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text.

Here’s the template we have discussed: Task 3 Common core

Try using one of our Rhetorical Strategies (ethos, logos, pathos) as your literary device.


12th Grade: Hamlet Essay Due at the End of Class on Kidblog!

  • Is Hamlet a virtuous, righteous, justified character? Give examples and lines from the text to support your answer. What does he do right? What does he do wrong? Take a position and argue it. Do not say he is a little bit of both!

You essay should have an intro, 3 bodies, and a conclusion. Be sure to address all sides of the question.

Here’s the full text of Hamlet

Rhetorical Strategies; Hamlet Essay

11 May

9th Grade: Today we will take some notes on rhetorical strategies.

Next we will begin writing the Central Idea paper about the Fidget Spinner article.

Here’s the question:

Your Task: Closely read the text provided and write a well-developed, text based response of two to three paragraphs. In your response, identify the central idea of the author and analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) advances this idea. Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text.

Here’s the template we have discussed: Task 3 Common core

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12th Grade: Today we will be working on our Hamlet Essay:

  • Is Hamlet a virtuous, righteous, justified character? Give examples and lines from the text to support your answer. What does he do right? What does he do wrong? Take a position and argue it. Do not say he is a little bit of both!

You essay should have an intro, 3 bodies, and a conclusion. We will type it up tomorrow in the lab A206. Today we will discuss how to organize the paper and find textual evidence to support our position.

 

Fidget Spinners; To Be or Not To Be

10 May

9th Grade: Read this article and answer the following questions:

  1. The word “antidote” most likely means:

Gift, distraction, cure, or problem

  1. According to the article, scientists’ feelings towards the spinners are:

Overjoyed, skeptical, enthusiastic, angry

  1. Using evidence from the text, explain how Parent Miriam Gwynne feels her daughter has been helped from the spinners.
  2. Using evidence from the text, explain how teachers feel about the spinners.
  3. Using evidence from the article, explain whether fidget spinners are truly helping students.
  4. What types of students are found to benefit from the spinners the most?

 

12th Grade: We will be looking at Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” soliloquy

 

Group Presentations Continue

9 May

Today we will continue the group presentations.

9th Grade: Tomorrow I will check the the Romeo and Juliet Post Film Questions handout from a week ago.

12th Grade: I will check the Hamlet essay tomorrow.

  • Is Hamlet a virtuous, righteous, justified character? Give examples and lines from the text to support your answer. What does he do right? What does he do wrong? Take a position and argue it. Do not say he is a little bit of both!