Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26th



  • We reviewed our four old words, and we learned one new one:  IMPUDENT.

Six-Way Paragraph

  • 10--The Last Soldier


  • We went over how to organize the binder, and we took a few minutes to do so.  These are due tomorrow for a grade.

Read and Relax

  • I handed out pink daily reading logs, and I explained how and why we're using it.
  • I went over expectations (behavior and actions) for daily reading.
  • We read for thirty minutes today.

*I continued my conferences with people.


"Good Readers, Good Writers"

  • We shared our Reading Journal with a partner, marking their most developed, most thoughtful answer with a plus, and the one most in need of improvement with a minus.
  • Then we each assessed our own best/worst response.

"Popular Mechanics" by Raymond Carver

  • We read the short story silently, then answered the first five basic questions on our own.
  • I then broke people into trios, and each trio answered a detailed RJ question, and created a tableau from the story.
  • We had time for three trios to present, and we took a lot of time to discuss other issues that came up (custody; parenting; fairness; fault; blame; elements of style).
  • We will continue discussing these issues tomorrow.
  • I assigned the reading of Hemingway's "Cat in the Rain" (pp. 13-14).  Most people had time to read the story in class in the fifteen minutes we had left.
  • We went over the assignment RJ questions, and I clarified question six about horizontal and vertical imagery.
  • For tomorrow, your "Cat in the Rain" RJ is due, questions 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9.

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