- We read for about seventy minutes.
- Half the class gave book quick-chats.
- I reminded everyone to bring money and a library card tomorrow.
- I handed out and explained the Villanelle Guesses sheet.
- I read each villanelle aloud, and people jotted notes and guesses about the poem and its author.
- When I finished reading, we guessed whose was whose.
Essays on Poetry--Read and Summarize (In-Class Work Time)
- While I got the RJs organized and started reading them, people read Robert Frost's "The Figure a Poem Makes" (pp. 107-8), highlighting and annotating main points, questions, arguments and agreements.
- People got iBooks and typed the five main points (relevant and powerful to each reader) of the Frost essay.
- They did the same for the five main points of the Vendler essay, "About Poets and Poetry" (pp. 99-103).
- Some people finished, but most did not, so we will allow ten minutes of classtime tomorrow to conclude the point-listing.
- None--but the dress rehearsal of the play is tonight, so check it out, if you can, at 7:30.
- Death of Language/List of Twenty Words
- We finished guessing and revealing the secrets. :-)
- We looked at page 3, and, as a class, we answered all the questions on that page about what this unit has been about. Good job!
- I put four seniors in charge of the small sharing groups, and we selected the groups.
- We passed back papers, and we logged in our writing to the manila folder. We also selected three things we might want to read in small sharing group tomorrow.
- I called each person in class back so he/she could read me the earliest memory poem. We talked about which version was more effective, and why.
- Everyone got onto this blog to see how to check for assignments when absent.
- Where Were You Last Night? (handout) I explained how to start the assignment, and I read Nicole's story as a model. We had thirty minutes to type our stories, and most people had time to swap iBooks with someone and comment on his/her story as well. Everyone saved the first draft. We'll let it sit for a few days, and return to it on Monday.