Monday, October 24, 2016

Mastering Short Answer Responses & Quiz

Goal: Learning about expectations for short answer questions and taking a quiz on the first 1/4 of your novel.

It might be a good idea to read or re-read the chapter(s) right before the first 1/4 of your novel quiz.

Expectations for short answer responses:
Often teachers will ask you to write short written responses. Short answers are just as important as long answers and most teachers have high expectations for your answers.

English Journal Quick Write:  
       Discuss these questions and provide supporting evidence. 
  • Describe the main character in your group novel.
  • Who does your character have relationships with? What are those relationships like? 
  • Include at least one thing that is directly stated and one thing that you think based on what you read.
Keeping in mind what you know about expectations for short answer responses. Show your best work on this QUIZ about your group novel. (The quiz has an entry code. I will give it to you in class.)

Keep reading your group novel, unless you are already 1/2 way done, then read another book.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Looking closer at character

Goals: Looking even more closely at the characters in our novels.

Discuss these questions and provide supporting evidence. Write your responses in your English Journal.

1. What does your main character want more than anything? What obstacles stand in his/her way? 
2. Who does your character have relationships with? What are those relationships like? 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Exploring Complex Characters

Goal: Begin looking more closely at the complex characters in novels.

Characters are awesome lesson
Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel.

Characters are Awesome Lesson: Exploring direct and indirect characterization through textual evidence in group selected novels in a ninth grade English class.

Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel. 

  • In your English Journal
  • Make a STEAL chart about one of the main characters in your group novel. (See the last slide in the deck above, and/or the chart in the classroom.)
  • Be sure to use evidence (quotations) from the novel to support your answers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Writing An Objective News Summary


Of Mice And Men (pages 1-27)

St. Iggy (pages 1-65)

REMINDER: Book Progress Check on Friday, October, 21

Read CNN News Article:   

"Hurricane-battered Haiti Waiting For More Help"

Summarize:  (2 paragraphs on binder paper)

  • Write a one paragraph summary of the article you just read. 
  • Then, write a second paragraph about your thoughts/opinions about the situation. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Characterization Analysis: Excerpt from Joyce Carol Oates "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Please read the excerpt from Oates' work "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" 

After reading, please complete the "Using Inferences to Determine Characterization" Chart on the back of the worksheet.

Fill in the three boxes to the right of the quotes with your interpretation of what the excerpt demonstrates about the character. 

Then, choose three other excerpts from the text that use inference to demonstrated strong characterization, fill them in the three blank boxes in the left column, and then complete the boxes to the right of the quotes with your interpretation of what the excerpt demonstrates about the character.

Visual Memoir Project Class Presentations

Be prepared to present your Visual Memoir Project today UNLESS chose the alternative project option.

    Add an additional slide (with 1-2 paragraphs) including:
    Memoir needs an element of reflection that explains how this event changed the writer's thoughts and impact your life today.
    What did you learn from the experience?

    These realizations can be direct, telling your reader your insight, or indirect, slow realizations that something is happening and being learned. These help readers relate to your experience even if they haven't had the same exact experience.

    Try some of these sentence starters to help you reveal the significance in your memoir:
    • In hindsight...
    • Today, I am…
    • Now that the years have passed, it is clear...

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    District Survey about AP Courses

    1. Read, keep your book handy
    2. District survey (It is supposed to take 25 minutes, but other teachers have told us it takes much longer, so let's get started.)
    3. Read more if you finish the survey before the end of the period.
    District Survey: 
    You are being asked to take a brief 25-minute survey to allow us to collect information regarding your perspective on Advanced Placement (or AP) Courses. We need information from all of you regarding this issue—especially students who have never taken an AP class. We are interested in knowing about your favorite subject areas, your educational goals for the future, whether you feel challenged in your classes, if you have taken or plan to take AP classes, if you have been encouraged to take AP classes, what would make you interested in taking AP courses, and which adults on the campus you trust to advise you on your academic or personal choices.

    We ask that you answer these survey questions honestly so that we have the best data to help make sure that we are serving your needs. The information you submit in this survey is sent directly to a company called Equal Opportunity Schools when you finish. They sort the information and report back about the overall AP program opportunities at each school.

    Thank you for your participation. Please log in and begin.

    San Diego USD student survey link: 

    Students log in using their student ID.