Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday, 11/29/2011


When You Come In
1.      Throw Journal #2 in the drawer, please.
2.     Sign in, please!
3.     Get out your Best and Worst list from last Monday.
4.     YOU DO NOT NEED iBOOKS until later in the block!

Quick-Write (Ten Minutes)
·      Look at your Best and Worst list from last Monday.  What do you notice?
·      Update your lists:
o   What has faded?
o   What’s still on your mind?
o   How has life improved?
o   How has it stayed the same?
·      If you complete your reflections:
o   Free-write about what you’re most looking forward to in the next two weeks.
o   Free-write about any specific item on your list in more detail.
·      For 100%, you have to write the whole time:  ten minutes!

Writing Lesson—Writing Dialogue!  
Yes, This Means We’re Going to Write Some Stories!
1.      Let’s read the story on page 35 aloud, to see how to use and edit dialogue.  What do you notice?
2.     With a partner, read the questions about dialogue on page 36—“Dialogue Worksheet”.
3.     Read pages 38-9 to find the answers, and record them on page 36.
4.     Let’s check page 36 in class.
5.     Let’s use the words you used in #10 to talk about “Words to Use Instead of ‘Said’”
6.    Take a look at the Partner Dialogue Story:  Model.
7.     You’re going to write your own story with a partner.  Go!  
We saved these in google docs, and we'll share them this week!

·      Discuss the results of the Portfolio Viewing Sheets. 
·      What questions do you still have?

Homework:  None

Welcome to AP English

1.      New seating arrangement today!  Yay!
2.     Do not sign in.  Shelby H, please take attendance.

Procedures/Class Atmosphere
1.      How will we proceed for the next five weeks?
a.     Intense intellectual effort
b.     Keen focus on the task at hand
c.     Risk-taking
d.     Great attitude
2.     How will you think about the next five weeks when they’re over?
a.     As a Triumph?
b.     As a Regret?
3.     New Procedures
a.     E-mail me with grade questions.  I’ll reply within 24 hours.
4.     Discussion Reminders
a.     Record-keeper—Shelby H. for the first three days
b.     Do not repeat something that’s already been said.
c.     Support your answer with detail, if needed.
d.     Listen attentively to each person who shares.

Discussion Topic—MOTIFS in AP English
1.      Number a sheet of notebook paper from 1-20.
2.     In the next five minutes, flip slowly through your binder.  (11:32-11:37)
3.     Write down every AP ENGLISH MOTIF you think of.  You need at least 20.
4.     Whip Around—in five minutes, we will whip around the room, and everyone will share out with ONE of these MOTIFS.
5.     Now, I want you to STAR the MOTIFS we’re going to be working on the next three weeks as we read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Binder Organization
·       We’re going to spend our time between now and Winter break with Frankenstein.  So find a safe place for all the current items in your binder, so that all you’ll have to think about is Frankenstein. 
·       Keep you VOCAB WAR STUFF!
·       But put everything else in your locker for now (or at home), and I’ll let you know when we need it again

New Unit:  Frankenstein!
·       Writing Style:  The 128-Word Sentence (handout; I’ll go over how to date and organize)
o   12:32-12:37—Finish your sentence, then drop it in the drawer, please!  Make sure both authors’ names are on it!
·       Reading Assignment:  Meet Mary Shelley and Introducing the Novel (pink handouts)  STARTED AT 12:43; END AT 12:58?
o   Read and annotate.
o   Mark questions.
o   Mark important points.
·       Class Discussion over the Reading Assignment
o   We’re going to talk about only those items you all annotate—one comment per person!
o   Put your name on your pink packet, pass them to Abby, and I’ll give you a daily grade for your annotations.

Frankenstein!  Let’s start this bad boy!
·       Get the first few chapters of the novel.  (Your book is coming soon.)
·       Get the vocabulary assignment (green handout).
·       Listen as I read the first few pages. 
o   Flag any vocab words you see. 
o   Stop me anytime with questions or connections.

Homework Assignments
1.            Frankenstein
a.     Read and annotate pages 9-18.
b.     Complete the vocabulary assignment for words #1-8 (green handout)
2.     Create your own 128-word sentence—full directions at the bottom of today’s yellow handout.  (DUE THURSDAY)

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