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Continue OMAM CH 3 and Reading/Writing

14 Dec

9th Grade: OMAM

Today we will listen to a reading of chapter 3 Of Mice and Men. As you listen, answer the following questions. We made it up to 31 minute in the video yesterday. You can continue from there.

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12th Grade:

Today you will have some time to work on your reading and writing at a computer. Make sure you are being productive and hitting on the 12th Grade Reading and Writing Standards

If you are completely stuck, consider production a Social Commentary piece.  Think of something that annoys you, and think of how that reflects a larger societal issue. (For example: Someone not saying “thank you” after you hold the door for them might reflect how people are so consumed with their own lives that they do not notice how they affect each other or that people feel entitled and don’t appreciate or even realize when others go out of their way to help them)

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9-OMAM Ch 3; 12- A206 to Work on Writing/Reading

13 Dec

9th Grade: OMAM

Today we will listen to a reading of chapter 3 Of Mice and Men. As you listen, answer the following questions.

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12th Grade: A206

Today we will meet in A206 for some time to work on your reading and writing at a computer. Make sure you are being productive and hitting on the 12th Grade Reading and Writing Standards

If you are completely stuck, consider production a Social Commentary piece.  Think of something that annoys you, and think of how that reflects a larger societal issue. (For example: Someone not saying “thank you” after you hold the door for them might reflect how people are so consumed with their own lives that they do not notice how they affect each other or that people feel entitled and don’t appreciate or even realize when others go out of their way to help them)

OMAM Quizizz; Two Word Tuesday

12 Dec

9th Grade: OMAM Quizizz

Periods 3 and 7 go to Library. Period 8 go to A206.

There are two Quizizz for you to take. Click on the link, enter the code, sign in with your first and last name, and do your best! Make sure you do both!

Click here to start: Quizizz

Quizizz 1 Code: 858854

Quizizz 2 Code: 111628

12th Grade: Two Word Tuesday

We will meet in our normal classroom A354. First we will have Two Word Tuesday, then you will have time to develop your Reading and/or Writing work. Remember to follow these guidelines: 12th Grade Simplified Reading and Writing Standards

Two Word Tuesday

Volatile:
(ADJ) liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse.

Sentence: “the political situation was becoming more volatile”
synonyms: tense, strained, fraught, uneasy, uncomfortable, charged, explosive, inflammatory, turbulent; More

antonyms: stable, calm

Sage

  1. (NOUN) a profoundly wise person, especially one who features in ancient history or legend.
    Sentence: Ed learned much from his sage instructor.
    synonyms: wise man/woman, learned person, philosopher, thinker, scholar, savant;
  1. (ADJ)
    having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom.
    Sentence: They nodded in agreement with these sage remarks.
    synonyms: wiseclever, intelligent, knowledgeable, sensible, intellectual, scholarly, sagacious,

9- Finish of Mice and Men Chapter 2 and worksheet; 12- School Reading…

11 Dec

9th Grade:

We will finish Of Mice and Men chapter 2. You will have a few minutes to finish your chapter 2 worksheet: Of Mice and Men Ch 2

12th Grade:

Read the excerpt “Modern Laziness” below from Seth Godin:

In your notebook: Are you lazy? Are there certain things you are not lazy about? Why or why not?

Modern laziness

The original kind of lazy avoids hard physical work. Too lazy to dig a ditch, organize a warehouse or clean the garage.

Modern lazy avoids emotional labor. This is the laziness of not raising your hand to ask the key question, not caring about those in need or not digging in to ship something that might not work. Lazy is having an argument instead of a thoughtful conversation. Lazy is waiting until the last minute. And lazy is avoiding what we fear.

Lazy feels okay in the short run, but eats at us over time.

Laziness is often an option, and it’s worth labelling it for what it is.

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Watch this video about reading in school. 

In your notebook, respond to the video. Do you agree with what the students are saying? Are you actually reading the assigned books in school? Has school ruined reading for you? What kind of reading do you want to do? What can be done to change things for the better?

Fix Me Friday; Imagine; Seniors Computer Lab

8 Dec

Imagine by John Lennon

37 years ago today, John Lennon was murdered outside his New York City apartment. Listen to his song “Imagine.”

In your notebook: What is his message? Is it possible? Can we all make small adjustments in our life to make the world a better place?

9th Grade:

Fix Me Friday:

Look for mistakes in this paragraph and correct them in your notebook.

Born on December 30 1984, LeBron James is known as one of the worlds best basketball players. After growing up in akron, Ohio, Lebron spent seven years playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He scored alot of points and help his teammates score, too. People in Ohio were disapointed when he leaved to join the Miami Heat. In 2013, LeBron led the Heat to they’re second championship Victory in a row. In 2014 he returned to the Cavaliers.

Of Mice and Men:

We will finish chapter 2. Don’t forget to complete your worksheet:  Of Mice and Men Ch 2

12th Grade: Go to Computer Lab

We’ve talked, read, and discussed a lot of issues related to social commentary. Now it’s time to produce something! Head over to Kidblog and start working!

Reminder: Here are the documents that will be used to evaluate your work:

12th Grade Simplified Reading and Writing Standards

Some skills to use in your writing

 

FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech

7 Dec

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All Classes: Pearl Harbor Speech

Today marks 76 years since the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor by Japan. In the wake of the tragedy, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave one of history’s most famous speeches. We can learn some powerful skills and techniques from this speech.

Listen to the full speech here and read along with it here: FDR Pearl Harbor.  Take note of what FDR is trying to accomplish with the speech and places where there is an applause.

Skill: Anaphora

Anaphora- the first word repeater. By repeating the first word(s) of a sentence, you drive your point home.

FDR uses anaphora to emphasize the scale of the attacks by the Japanese on December 7th.  He is also using it to emphasize his point that December 7th was an extremely important day (“which will live in infamy”).

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

An anaphora makes the listeners/readers predict what you are about to say.  It has a subconscious effect of creating harmony with them, because they know what to expect.  Listeners/readers that feel harmonious with you are more likely to believe you and be convinced by you.

More examples here and here.

9th Grade: OMAM

We will continue reading Of Mice and Men chapter 2. Continue working on this worksheet: Of Mice and Men Ch 2

12th Grade: Your Quarterly Requirements

As we have spoken about in class, you will experience much more freedom in the topics you read and write about. In order to assess your performance, you will be evaluating your progress in accordance to the New York State English Standards.

Here are the documents that will be used to evaluate your work:

12th Grade Simplified Reading and Writing Standards

Some skills to use in your writing

 

Of Mice and Men Chapter 2; Social Commentary Through Art

6 Dec

12th Grade:

Today we will spend a few minutes looking at Social Commentary through art. The image below ties in with the podcast we listened to yesterday.

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Banksy and Calvin and Hobbes Social Commentary -Graffiti artist Banksy and the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes both deal with various social issues. Look at the different images and react to what you see in your notebook. What are the messages and issues?

You will have time to work on some writing for your Kidblog page. We will be in the lab on Friday, when I will be expecting you to post something based on the last two weeks of discussion and activities.

9th Grade:

We will read Of Mice and Men chapter two. While we are reading, complete the following worksheet: Of Mice and Men Ch 2