- People turned in their forty-five minutes of reading time.
- Everyone got his/her binder back.
- Everyone found his/her new seat.
- Visualizing--we talked about what it is, why we should use it, and how it helps.
- We talked about the five senses: smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight.
- I read aloud the chapter "Monkey Garden" from Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, and we highlighted details that helped us visualize the text. We stopped and shared these periodically.
- We got with a partner, and we made a poster representing fourteen details we visualized in the chapter.
- I introduced LAMENT and ENCROACH using vocabutoons--visuals to help us remember the words.
- At the end of the block, we worked with a partner to use pictures I put up on the Big Screen to represent the vocabulary words. We discussed each one as necessary.
- We reviewed you guys said Friday about what's important in this class, and what we've learned thus far--insightful responses!
Backbone Literature Unit
- I introduced the new unit by talking about how humans need their backbones. :-)
- We talked briefly about how fairy tales, Greek mythology, and the Bible all make up the stories that create Backbone Literature. (p. 1)
- We looked at the wiki posts and talked about what a myth is.
- We quickly perused the myth figures people posted about.
- I talked about the three projects we're going to do in this unit: the powerpoint, the Barbie, and the Facebook page.
- Everyone chose one goddess, person, creature or story from page 3 to prepare a powerpoint presentation for.
- We looked at a family tree for the gods, and we looked at a graphic showing Zeus' consorts, and the resulting offspring.
- We had thirty-five minutes to work on the powerpoint presentations after lunch (including research).
- Read the Professor Foster chapter, "Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?"
- Highlight/underline and annotate ten important points.
- Number them "1, 2, 3...."