Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, 12/2/2009

  • We read for about seventy minutes.
  • Several people worked on book reports, and a few people had chats with me.

George Orwell's Animal Farm
  • We talked for a few minutes about chapters 1-2, and I clarified what a "vice" was.
  • We took the quiz over chapters 1-2.
  • I passed out the study guide for the rest of the novella.
  • I did some dipstick quizzing on the new vocabulary.
  • We talked a little about what revolution is, and what conditions have to exist for revolution to occur.
Guest Lecturer--Mr. Hoover
  • Powerpoint--The Russian Revolution--Mr. Hoover gave us so much good information about what lead up to the Revolution.  His Powerpoint was great, and his lecture was really interesting.  We saw a lot of connections between what he talked about, and what we'd read in chapters 1-2 last night.
  • Read chapters 3, 4, and 5.
  • Check your understanding by quizzing yourself over the study guide.
  • We will have a reading quiz tomorrow.

Point-of-View/Perspective--Writing Experiment #9, I AM A TOASTER!

  • Today, we weren't ourselves.  We took on personas to type a poem.
  • I talked about what a persona poem is, and I jotted down some questions for you to think about as your persona. 
  • As a class, we came up with some possible personas (a kitten; a baseball; a tree; a bottle of mustard; a peanut butter sandwich).
  • We took twenty minutes and typed our poem, then did some last-minute thinking about spacing, editing, etc.
Point-of-View/Perspective--Santa's Helpers
  • We reviewed the things we'd discussed before about this project.
  • I handed out a preparation sheet that everyone needs to complete for HOMEWORK for tomorrow.  This sheet will help you establish your persona as an elf.
  • We shared almost all the rest of the Autobiographical Poems.  Kathleen and Margot will share tomorrow.

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