Monday, November 19, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, November 19

G and C periods finished up the scavenger hunt today during our shortened classes.

Because A and B periods had long block last week, the scavenger hunt was complete already, and so those sections began the thank you note assignment.  We will write a brief thank you note to a K-8 educator tomorrow, and after I use the attached rubric to assess it, I will deliver it to the teacher.

HW Eng: 1. Bring your book review rubrics to Ms. H. tomorrow if you didn't have them in class tomorrow. 2. Read your choice book for 30+ minutes tonight.  The thank you note brainstorming is optional, A period.  3. Bring your choice book to school tomorrow for Flex. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Daily Agenda: Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16

Thursday
Wednesday was Challenge Day, and on Thursday we went to the school library. 

Jennifer and Enrique's powerful theme that "people who are hurt hurt others" is enacted in history and literature -- we started reading and writing the scavenger hunt.  Our goal with the scavenger hunt is to fill our minds with knowledge to appreciate the circumstances faced by the Churchill Club in Hoose's book.

HW Eng due Thursday: Work on the web-based scavenger hunt questions (optional).  We will finish the scavenger hunt tomorrow in the classroom.

Friday
On Friday we continued the scavenger hunt with some additional knowledge-building: 

  • Sir Nicholas Winton's bold actions are in sync with Knud Pedersen's.
  • "Woman in Gold," a painting of Adele Bloch Bauer, contains a whole world of stories, and the main idea is this: while Nazis looted art, including "Woman in Gold," Knud fought Nazism by creating art and strong friendships.

All students in classes A and B (long block yesterday and today) passed it in on Google classroom.  We'll finish it up in class on Monday for G and C periods. 

HW Eng (due Monday): Read your quarter 2 choice book for 30+ minutes this weekend.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, November 13

After three fishbowls on the emerging identity of the Churchill Clubs in Hoose chapters 1-7, each student received back the Venn Diagram assignment today.

HW Eng: 1. Revise the Venn diagram and give it to Ms. H. during homeroom tomorrow at the gym (optional). 2. Read your choice book for 30+ minutes tonight. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, November 7 - Friday, November 9

Here is what we are working on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week:

We had a heartwarming reading of the rest of the personal narratives about an experience that has meant a lot to you this fall.  After anonymous compliments, some folks made their compliments a new bookmark for Hoose!

We are going to the Harvard Public Library to check out a quarter two choice book and began reading those novels.  One-on-one conferences with Ms. Hodgens took place about strengths and areas to develop on the quarter 1 book reviews.

We had an incisive student-directed lesson on how history/politics and literature go together.  As a PBS roundup-styled analysis, we reviewed three key maps of last night's elections, linked here, and then created a Venn Diagram on what is common and uncommon between two juxtaposed objects of inquiry: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler and our lives as informed citizens today.
  • We found that what is common is the emphasis on how history/politics and literature go together; on how "all politics is local" as the Churchill Club scours the streets of Aalborg and Odense and how Massachusetts is both a blue state for Congressional offices and a red state for the gubernatorial elections yesterday; how in both cases students can't vote but can get substantial information about politics; and the overall spirit and power of youth.
  • We found that what is uncommon is the emphasis on boys in the Churchill Club in 1941 and the surge of female candidates in 2018; the lethargy among adult citizens of Denmark in 1941 as compared to the high midterm turnout in 2018; the Danish monarchy in 1941 and the American republic in 2018.
HW Eng due Thursday: Read Chapters 6 and 7 for tomorrow in Hoose.  A + B periods, if you did not have your rubric in class today for our conferences at the Harvard Public Library, please remember to e-mail me to set up a brief conference. 

HW Eng due Friday: Complete your version of the Venn Diagram on what is common and uncommon between two objects: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler and our lives as informed citizens today.  Remember, an accurate and well-developed response will have at least three specific commonalities and at least three specific contrasts, as in the model on the blog.  Bring your choice book to school tomorrow along with any books to return tot he HPL. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, November 5

Today we took some time at the beginning of class to respond to this prompt:

Write about an experience that has really meant a lot to you in any facet of your life in September and October.  This is about you, so tap the power of I!  Use colors.  Go for specifics and imagery.  Start fast in your hook and use the feather technique.

We read aloud and spoke about experiences that have meant a lot to us since school started.  We focused our attention for a brief bit of time on an upcoming narrative assignment, a story of a friendship.

We also talked about core characteristics for each day in class: be gracious, be responsible, be a problem-solver, be of service, be respectful, be patient, be kind and understanding, be a team player.

Next, we turned our attention to page 34 in Hoose, noting how his portrayel of Knud Pedersen's resistance comes from the artistic identity integral to Pedersen's being.  We met Preben, who is a scientist.  As you read Hoose, look for examples of how art propels actions.

HW Eng due Wednesday: Read Chapters 4 + 5 in Hoose.  A + B periods to the HPL on Wednesday; bring books checked out this summer and in September to return.  Bring a choice book to read if you already have one; you may also bring choice books checked out in October which you want to abandon.

This week's schedule is as follows:
Monday: Write and read aloud; close reading of page 34 in Hoose.  Little Women filming today.

Tuesday: No school -- Election Day.  Little Women filming today.

Wednesday: Read Chapters 4 + 5 in Hoose for today.  A + B periods to the HPL today; bring books checked out this summer and in September to return.  Bring a choice book to read if you already have one; you may also bring choice books checked out in October which you want to abandon.

Thursday: Read Chapters 6 + 7 in Hoose for today; pep rally at the end of the day.

Friday: In class focus on Hoose & The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.  G + C periods to the HPL today; bring books checked out this summer and in September to return.  Bring a choice book to read if you already have one; you may also bring choice books checked out in October which you want to abandon.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, November 2

Today we reviewed accurate usage of the six vocabulary words studied these days, and in the process, we touched on how some of the ways we build a mature prose style means acquiring not only a definition but also an appreciation of usage and connotation.  Simply defined, connotation is the charge or vibe a word gives off.  Is it positive or negative? Neutral? Based in factual or inference-based thinking?

  • Intervene has a positive connotation and usually relates to a not-so-great situation which is changed through the intervention.
  • Integrity is often expressed with the phrase "integral to." Example: The Churchill boys' camaraderie and spirit is integral to their political takedowns.
  • Indubitable and indubitably are words for making inferences, rather than stating facts.
We reviewed and revised sentences for accuracy and then passed them in for assessment of accuracy. Remember, you must capitalize proper nouns.  In the context of our book, these are words like German, Danish, and Knud Pedersen.  Remember to put a period at the end of each sentence.  

We rehearsed, watched, and enacted vocabulary performances.

We started reading Chapter 3 and in most classes analyzed how word choice reveals Phillip Hoose's non-fiction style in a close reading of the first page of chapter three, which details the Pedersen's move from Odense to Aalborg amidst the Germans' movement from southern Denmark to Jutland.

HW Eng: Finish reading Chapter 3 in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, October 31-Thursday, November 1

Wednesday
We started reading pages 3-23 of The Boys Who Challenged Hitler today during our shortened classes. Each student received back their graded book review rubric.  Keep the rubrics in your binders, please.

Thursday
As we read The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, we will learn lots of new vocabulary words and concepts! Here are six words we learned today: intervene, incense, innocuous, indifferent, integrity, and indubitably. The definitions on a sample vocabulary tree are here.

1) Create a folder called "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler" and a document within that folder called "Vocab 1." You can make a copy of this document here.

2) Review and read 1-23 of The Boys Who Challenged Hitler and, after defining each word using this graphic organizer, write an accurate sentence about events on 1-23 using the six new vocabulary words: intervene, incense, innocuous, indifferent, integrity, and indubitably.  

HW Eng: Write an accurate sentence about events on 1-23 in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler using the six new vocabulary words: intervene, incense, innocuous, indifferent, integrity, and indubitably.