Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


Day Eight

When You Arrive Today
·       Please sign in.
·       Please leave your gold make-up reading sheet in the drawer AFTER you make sure your name is on it (for a homework grade).
·       Pick up your binder off the circle table.  I’ll take them up again on Friday.

Vocabulary Review
·       Look at how we’re doing on the extra credit vocab list.
·       We pair-shared about our weekends, and then some volunteers created extra credit vocabulary sentences with the Reading vocabulary.

New Vocabulary (daily grade for doing the following on your own notebook paper)
·       CONNOISSEUR—an EXPERT, especially in matters of taste, such as food, wine, art, music, etc.
1.   Title this “Areas Where You Can Be a CONNOISSEUR”,  and date it with today’s date, and number your paper from 1-17.
2.   As you watch the slideshow, write down the areas in which you can be a CONNOISSEUR.
3.   Talk to me about what you saw!

·       What Are We  Connoisseurs At? 
·       List three things YOU are a CONNOISSEUR of.  For examples, the three areas in which I am a CONNOISSEUR are dark chocolate, soy candles, and reading.
Second Block
·       We are CONNOISSEURS when it comes to the following:
o   “Call of Duty”
o   drawing
o   working at McDonalds
o   farming
o   computers
o   building puzzles
o   making popcorn
o   Mexican food
o   College football
o   Cars
o   Movies
o   Action sports

Vocabulary Review
·       Fill in the grid!  I put all the words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms up on the board, and everyone recorded those items on their green vocabulary grids.

Read and Relax
Carpet Corner (2nd)
·       Annika
·       Dayton
·       Melissa
·       Catie


When You Come In
1.      Please sign in.
2.     Take out the syllabus sheet your parents signed (just the one page they signed), and sign your name underneath it, and put it in the drawer, please.
3.     Put your three-question reading journal over “Popular Mechanics” in the drawer, please.
4.     We do NOT have a journal entry today.  But please remind me to take half the classes
5.     Jared will walk everyone through how to re-take the vocab sushi diagnostic on Thursday—he and Bryton re-took it, and they leveled up!

“Popular Mechanics” Group Tableaux
·       Get with your group, and create a tableaux.  (We’ll review what to do, and how.)
·       Fill out your “Dramatic Tableaux” worksheet (ONE per group).
·       We’ll perform the tableaux pieces in fifteen minutes!  Yay! 
·       (Emily, you will select suitable music during the groups’ work time.)
·       The tableaux were well-done!  I enjoyed those.
·       Make sure ONE person from the group hands in the COMPLETED blue sheet by the end of the block.  All group members’ names should be clearly listed at the top.  Please and thank you.

What is Minimalism?
·       We’re going to pass the monkey around the room—toss it to someone with a hand up. 
·       When you get the monkey, say ONE thing you noticed about the WRITING STYLE (anything the author/writer is doing in the text). 
·       For example, I would say, “Carver uses a stripped-down vocabulary.  There are no difficult words.  The diction (word choice) is basic and simple.”  (Speak in PRESENT tense when we’re talking about literature.)
·       I’ll make a list on the Big Screen, and I’ll print it for you, so you do NOT need to take notes over this.  Just pay attention to each other, and help me if I need it.

What’s Coming Next in the Term?
1.      Finish Minimalism.   (…like we could really finish Minimalism.)
2.     Write a literary essay about ONE of the stories we’ve read in our Minimalism study.
3.     Poetry (five days)
4.     Write a comparison/contrast essay about TWO of the poems we’ve read in our poetry study.
5.     Book-End:  Finish up with Fiction/Reading essays (2)
6.          Read the short novel, The House on Mango Street.(five days)
7.     Write an essay about the use of motif in this novel.
8.     Greek Mythology!
9.     Read the play, “Oedipus Rex”.

E-mail from Marissa, received 9/5/11:

Hey Willis!
First and foremost, i would like to thank you for putting Oedipus Rex into our class reading list because it is one of the three books/plays i get to choose from to write a semester paper over!:) I have a quick question about the play though. The story of the play was well known by the audience inback in the day right? So the irony of the story was completely obvious to audience right?

Ernest Hemingway—“Cat in the Rain” (pages 19-20)
1.      Read and annotate the story.  (HOMEWORK, if you don’t finish in class)
2.     If you finish before 1:05, do the following:  underline examples of how Hemingway’s style is MINIMALISTIC, OR start creating a list in the margins of elements of his style you believe are example of MINIMALISM.
3.     If you didn’t get a syllabus back, and you turned one in, there are TWO on the circle table with no names.  If they’re yours, write your name on them, please.
4.     View “Cat in the Rain” Taxedo.  How can an image change and re-focus your thinking?

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