- We read for about sixty minutes.
- I conferenced with four people about their books.
George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant"
- We had a turbo-great discussion about the essay. People made lots of great observations and connections! Well-done! We will continue talking more tomorrow.
- We handed back papers and some Reading Journals, and I talked about what we'd do in class tomorrow. I got a few volunteers for tomorrow's writing surgery.
- I made appointments with four people for writing conferences during first block tomorrow: Brit, John, Sarah and Nick.
- We took the quiz/test = quist over A Christmas Carol, Dickens and the Victorian Era.
- Research the following for thirty minutes--Realism in American Literature; Naturalism in American Literature; Jack London. Jot down notes for each, so we can discuss them tomorrow.
- We stapled and handed in the WWYLN second draft, the big blue sheet, and the little blue sheets with your group's questions for you.
- We talked about what class would be like with no group work--and I stressed the importance of having quick, efficient transitions between group activities and other things.
- We talked about why paragraphing is important.
- We talked about how poetry is different from pmrose.
- We talked about how poems are written in stanzas sometimes, and how they have endline and line breaks.
- I modeled with McKenzie and Brad how to do page 35 (breaking blobbed poems into lines).
- We got into trios and worked on page 35.
- We got back together as a group and talked about the reasons we broke the lines as we did (pretty much all the reasons listed at the bottom of page 34).
- Prompt Word Poem--I handed out the rubric, and most people went to work (due Thursday).
- Fiction Writing Ideas--I put this up on the overhead (due Thursday).