Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, January 16

Word of the day: perspicacious.  We shared stories of perspicacious pets who seem almost human - who know when we need attention, wait for us to come home, and nurse our spirits through illness.

Today we are practicing and presenting our responses to Anne Frank's diary excerpt.

Make the rubric and score yourself for the preparation and perspicacity of your presentation.

Jot notes as your peers have your focused attention.

HW Eng: Finish reading your choice book for Q2 by next Friday, January 25.  We are going to the HPL this Friday, January 18.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Daily Agenda: Friday, January 11 - Tuesday, January 14

We learned about literary analysis with the fifteen core terms in the rhetorical notebook, chose partner-specific questions from our Anne Frank literary analysis questions, studied a sample literary analysis slide for mini-presentations, and got to work on reading and writing the first draft of the slides.  Our model slide is here.
HW Eng: Read your quarter 2 choice book this weekend!

After a vocabulary formative, we continued drafting and revising the literary analysis slides on our Anne Frank excerpt questions.  Our model slide is here.
HW Eng: Read and bring your choice book to read in class tomorrow after you finish designing your Google slides on the Mac; the slide designing will happen in class tomorrow, so please remember to also bring your copy of Anne Frank's book and your draftwork which I passed back in class today.

After you finish drafting your slides on your questions by hand, please get out your Macbooks and design the slides on Google slides.   Remember, each slide should have each of the following areas:

  • the question number and the question fully typed out, 
  • an answer to the question, 
  • two areas of literary analysis identified and discussed, 
  • a deep thematic idea of significance, 
  • and a cited graphic.

You will present your slides to the class tomorrow. Please practice your mini-presentation with your partner today.  What page or passages might you cue the class to open up to read with our copies of the diary? This is your chance to teach your class some really wonderful literary response ideas about a classic text.  Our model slide is here. Read your choice book when you and your partner have finished designing and typing your slide.
HW Eng: Finish designing slides for Anne Frank presentations, which will happen on Wednesday.  You and your classmates will teach each other, and please practice saying your mini-presentations aloud.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Daily Agenda: Thursday, January 10

Today we read each classmates' comparison and contrast of Chagall and Van Gogh aloud to reach some important conclusions about writing:

  • The point of compare contrast is to develop a main theme.
  • The theme should be repeated and developed in the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
  • This repetition and development is called theme coherence.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, January 9

What is one word which comes to mind as you think about the Anne Frank excerpt on 181-219?

Learn about tone and mood as we understand more about Anne Frank's story.

Brainstorm as many literary definitions and examples as possible from the Anne Frank excerpt.

Long block: Read "Anne Frank Remembered" or "A Tragedy Revealed" if you have finished reading through page 219.

HW Eng: Finish reading through page 219 in the Anne Frank excerpt.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, January 8

Today we read with a second draft approach.  Our text is an excerpt of Anne Frank's diary.  Your homework is to read 181-211; if you are up for it, or if you are in A period long block, please read through page 219.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Daily Agenda: Monday, January 7

Compare and contrast Chagall's and Van Gogh's self-portraits.  Chagall's self-portrait is here, and Van Gogh's self-portrait is here.

First, create a Venn diagram to show how they are similar and different.  Be certain to focus on the choices the artists made.

Second, review the thinking fundamentals of compare/contrast.

Finally, write a letter to Chagall as an audience in which you compare his choices with Van Gogh's.

HW Eng: Write, revise, and type up your formative letter to Chagall tonight.  This assignment is pass/fail -- when you write a brief introduction with your main idea and two or more developed paragraphs, which show you give reasonable best effort and apply prior knowledge from 7th grade ELA, you will earn full credit.  The two artists' portraits are on our blog.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Daily Agenda: Thursday, January 3

As you enter, get out your reading tent and write a formative about some observations on language the author uses -- the author's voice.  Some language and voice flourishes to look for are diction, detail, figurative language (metaphor, simile, personification), imagery, syntax, and tone.  Find a passage that has the rhetorical device on the front of your tent and write about what you observe.  The rhetorical notebook is here for quick reference. 

Pass in the choices day menu of completed assignments from yesterday along with your reading tent formative from today.

Voice Lesson One: Van Gogh's Self Portrait.

How does Van Gogh express his voice -- his style, his personality?

1. What is Van Gogh saying about himself?  Complete these two sentences as if you were the Van Gogh of this portrait.
-I am...
-I feel...
2. How do you know what Van Gogh is saying about himself?  What evidence can you find in the picture that supports your statements?

Now you try it -- time to reflect, time to draw, time to be creative!

HW Eng: Think about how you would paint a self-portrait of you and a friend who carries a story of a friendship.  What colors would you use?  What expressions would you have on your faces?  How would you be dressed?  What kinds of background would you have?  Would you have anything else in the picture beside you and your friend?  What would these choices say about your friendship?  Make a simple sketch of a friendship self-portrait, and write a few sentences describing what you would like your friendship portrait to look like.