Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, March 19

Today's plan is to closely read passages from "The Hearth and the Salamander," pages 3-31, which establish our understanding of characters, setting, themes, plot, style, point of view, design, and tone.  These Synthesis Notes are a culmination of the partnered work you started last Thursday.

You have learned a lot about what makes a great essay.  A great essay has a strong claim, an essay structure, an introduction, a summary of the parts of the story that fit the claim, evidence, transitions, and explanation.  We will learn about and practice writing an ABCDe paragraph, which is a format for writing a body paragraph.

On Wednesday this week, we will be discussing placements for ninth grade.

On Thursday, we will have a quiz on section one of Fahrenheit 451.

HW Eng: Finish reading Part 1 (through page 68) in Fahrenheit 451 for tomorrow.  We will be having a quiz on Part 1 on Thursday.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daily Agenda: Thursday, March 15

Today’s goal: Actively read and discuss similarities between “A Sound of Thunder” and Fahrenheit 451 in order to understand our new novel as deeply as possible.

Put a check mark next to each step in our lesson which you have completed:

_____ Sit with your partner(s) for Monday’s Synthesis Notes activity and get out the Synthesis Notes.

_____ Get out your copy of Fahrenheit 451 and your copy of “A Sound of Thunder”

_____ Send someone in your group to get a strip of paper from me.

_____ Share the category on the strip of paper and begin to discuss similarities between “A Sound of Thunder” and Fahrenheit in that category (all taken from Synthesis Notes).

_____ Open up Fahrenheit 451 and begin to look for a passage or two which relates to the ideas we expressed about “A Sound of Thunder” for your category.

_____ Put your name on a new Synthesis Notes sheet passed out to you, listen in and take brief notes on how Fahrenheit 451 is like a continuation of “A Sound of Thunder,” and think about why.

_____ Actively read, listen, and take notes during a demonstration on character similarities.

_____  Find the best possible passage for closely reading for your category.  Jot notes as I demonstrated and think about how it relates to “A Sound of Thunder.”

_____ Complete the Synthesis Notes you will share with the class.

_____  Give presentations in which you read the passage to us, discuss your close reading ideas about the language and the similarities to “A Sound of Thunder,” and the most important aspect.

HW Eng: Please read pages 31-40 tonight, along with any pages you have not yet read in Fahrenheit 451.  Tonight's guided reading questions on pages 31-40 are here.

Please also bring your reformers choice book to school tomorrow for when we visit the HPL.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, March 14

In class, we had a reading day.  Students read pages 21-31 of Fahrenheit 451 in anticipation of a class discussion and activity on 3-21 tomorrow.

HW Eng: Read pages 3-31 of Fahrenheit 451 for Thursday.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, March 12

The goal today is to show our authority and expertise as science fiction readers as we begin a significantly more challenging science fiction book, Fahrenheit 451:

With a partner, re-read these focusing eight words and phrases from the first two pages of Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction story “A Sound of Thunder.” They are here for quick reference:

Golden salamanders
A fine President
“A real Time Machine”
Government action

Discuss those words' meanings and make your final inferences together.  Next, write to show your expertise on the deepest possible meanings you now infer about the overall story on Synthesis Notes.

Collectively, we will work together as a class to develop meaning about each word or phrase as it relates to the story title, characters, the setting, themes, plot, style, point of view, design, and tone. And in the righthand column, we will give a concluding sentence that shows our understanding of the most important aspects we infer about Bradbury's science fiction story style. Here is a copy of Synthesis Notes.

Each student received a copy of Fahrenheit 451 - please see Ms. H. if you were not in class for a copy. A PDF copy of tonight's reading is here.

Introduce the reading focus words we will look for as we read pages 3-21 of Fahrenheit 451:

"Are you happy?"
A real time machine
Fun parks

HW Eng: Read pages 3-21 in your copy of Fahrenheit 451; a PDF copy of those pages also is on the blog. As you read, look for the focus words and phrases we touched upon in class, which also are found on the blog.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, March 9

Today we wrote a formative on the reform book you are reading during quarter 3.  
After the writing, there was time to read and also to share favorite reform titles.

The directions for the writing are here:
Please get out your choice book and write for 5-10 minutes about your reaction to the story so far.  
What’s the reform genre, and how do characters react to that kind of reform?
What is a theme or meaning you see in the story?  
Please also state how many pages are in the book, and state what page you are on.

If you have already finished a reform book, please say so!!  
This document will be called Q3 Reform Book Formative Last Name

I am super psyched to read about your reading.  
Here is how I will be assessing these six point formatives as I read them over:
____1 The writing is in complete, grammatically accurate sentences.
____2 Your reform genre is stated explicitly.
____1 The writing gives your reaction to the story AND character reaction to reform.
____1 The writing gives an inference on a theme or meaning in the story.
____1 You state how many pages are in the book and give what page you are on.

HW Eng: Read the reformers choice book you wrote about today in class.
This also is a homework make-up weekend.  
If you have missing or incomplete assignments in ELA, please make them up to turn in on Monday.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6

"A Sound of Thunder"

Our goal with this really challenging, fascinating story is to become more excellent readers and become experts and authorities on ways of inferencing and interpreting science fiction.

1. Kahoot on the story.
2. Return the formatives and begin writing the homework due Wednesday.  If you have not yet completed the formative, you need to do so by tomorrow.  The directions are on last Wednesday's blogpost.
3. Check the guided reading questions.
4. Share conclusions about two kinds of inferences you and your classmates made on the sample formative, on political critique and on the beauty and power of science.  Please save this sample formative in the Science Fiction folder.  Highlight and discuss the most influential inferences within these writing.  Tomorrow, we'll use the packet to carefully review the short story together with these inferences in mind.
5. Go back to the 8 word predictions - although we are not fully there yet, what is the deeper meaning you can attach to these words now?

1. Step to the line to agree, disagree, and discuss classmates' inferences from the formative.
2. Jot the political inference from the sample formative as a lens on deep understanding of the story. 
3. Look for evidence that the story is political.
4. Graded close reading class discussion - share ideas, inferences, and interpretations about Bradbury's political message in the text.

HW Eng:
1. Due Tuesday: Write the formative and pass it in tomorrow to Ms. H. if you have not already done so or if your original formative was incomplete.
2. Due Wednesday: Write for 15 minutes or more on whether or not you believe your formative inference was correct, using evidence from throughout the story; use the back of your formative or additional white paper. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, February 28

1. Start off with a time travel log and a selfie.  As you write the Time Travel Log with your group, everyone should create a new folder called "Science Fiction."

2. Begin "A Sound of Thunder" with 8 word/phrase predictions.

3. Introduce an inference formative and begin reading "Sound of Thunder".

An inference is an educated opinion formed from details in the text + your natural intellect, background knowledge, guesswork, and careful reading for some implicit cues and clues.  An inference is a hypothesis on why the story is the way it is, on why the author writes the way they do.

Some of the possible topics to write inferences about tonight include but are definitely not limited to these topics:
Eckels' character
Time Safari, Inc.
the beginning of time
animals and the animal world
word choices
figures of speech

HW Eng: Write the inference formative for 15 minutes after re-reading the two page passage from "Sound of Thunder".