- We added up how many pages we've read so far this term.
- We wrote our Mid-Term Reflections on our mid-term grade reports.
- We read for about seventy minutes.
- Some people worked on book reports.
- We discussed chapters 8, 9, and 10.
- We got into small philosophy groups and discussed any of the twenty questions on the handout our groups wanted to tackle.
- We listened to a clip of Tom Brokaw, then Greg orated part of Old Major's speech in his best Brokaw voice.
- We listened to five minutes of Malcolm X's "...Afraid to Bleed..." speech, and then Nick performed Old Major's speech modeled after Malcolm X. We talked about not only the content--the actual arguments he's making--but also the delivery, the things the speaker does with his voice that make him an engaging orator.
- We reviewed for about ten minutes as a class. I was shocked and horrified to see that the majority of the class has not studied the vocabulary at all. :-( Get after it, people! Greta has been on the review website, and she says it is very helpful. Everyone should be using it.
- Check the wiki.
- Study your vocabulary on the review website.
- Musical Memory
- We took the Unit 2 Final Quiz as a class (p. 31). We reviewed what we learned in this unit.
Showing, Not Telling
- We got the pages for the new unit (orange).
- We look at page 51 to get an idea about the big picture for this unit.
- Least Vivid to Most Vivid--class discussion and notes on page 52
- Cisneros sentence--showing, not telling--class discussion and notes on page 52.
- Vocabulary Variety--pages 60 and 61 have all kinds of powerful words to help you be more precise, vivid and descriptive in your writing. We dog-eared those pages, and we will return to them throughout the rest of the term.
- Sense Poem--I showed how the poem can be written, and I read four models from previous years.
- We had about fifteen minutes to type up our first draft.
- I continued reading people's wishes, and we continued trying to guess who they are.