Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

  • We read for seventy-five minutes today.
Writing Lesson--Diction
  • We talked about diction by looking at E. B. White's sentence on page 3.  We took notes, and we discussed our ideas.
  • We looked at Vocabulary Variety, pages 10-11, and we talked about which words we thought were particularly descriptive, and why.  Caleb volunteered to act out the "fast" and "slow" descriptive words, and we thank him for that.
Writing Assignment--Sense Poem
  • I read some examples of a Sense Poem on page 12, and I talked about how to write it.  I reminded everyone to use the Vocabulary Variety pages for help with this assignment.
  • We had twenty minutes to type, save, and print a final copy.
  • We got our I Am a Russian Tailor poem out of our folder, and we revised it, then turned it in.
  • None


Reading Quiz
  • We took the quiz over chapters 3, 4, and 5.
Animal Farm Discussion
  • We got with a partner to start The Words and What They Really Mean discussion and worksheet.  We formed six groups, and each group had a different example, so we had a great discussion and some good notes of manipulative speaking.
  • We will continue this tomorrow after we've read chapters 6 and 7.
Critical Approaches
  • Cassy and Tyler presented the Marxist approach, and we took notes.
Historical Connections
  • Mr. Hoover was our guest-lecturer today.  He walked us through his powerpoint on the Russian Revolution, and illuminated the history behind it.  
  • Read and annotate chapters 6 and 7.
  • Do the wiki vocabulary assignment.

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