Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday, 3/18/2009


Homework Due
  • RJ for "Elegy for Jane"

Discussion:  Poetry
  • We talked about the unit overview on page one:  what looks familiar, what's new, what pieces we'll be reading, what skills we'll be working on, what Hirsch has to say about grief....
  • I read "Elegy for Jane" (p. 3) aloud, and we discussed general questions people had, then moved on to discussing the RJ questions.
  • I read "To an Athlete Dying Young" (p. 4), and we broke into the philosophy groups  to discuss and answer the questions on page 5.
  • We got back together as a whole class and talked about our responses to page 5
  • Big Ideas from today's discussions:  grief, dying young, different kinds of love, metaphors, rhythm, rhyme, syntax.
  • Read Dylan Thomas' essay on the sounds in poetry (pages 6-7), and respond to the three RJ questions.  You will need to look online for either "Jabberwocky" or "The Nosty Fright".  Read one of them to answer the RJ question, please.

  • We worked extensively on our kids' stories.
  • I'd blog more, but I am completely exhausted by today's class.  :-)
  • Brian said it best today:  "Mmmmm--I hate working under pressure."  :-)
Anywho, please come to class tomorrow, THURSDAY, ready to jump on the bus, ride over to Stewart, eat lunch and have recess with the first-graders, and READ STORIES TO THEM!

We continued to work on revisions!

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