Monday, October 16, 2017

The setting is telling you something...

Setting is the time and place where a scene occurs.
It can help us understand things about a character, influence the way that characters behave, or set a particular mood for the story.

Mood is the way that a piece of literature makes you feel.
It creates a certain atmosphere or vibe for the reader.

1. CLICK THIS LINK to view an excerpt from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. We will look closely at what this setting tells us about characters and how it sets a particular mood.

2. Return to your group novel and use stickies to mark passages where setting either reveals something about a character, or helps to create the mood.

3. Before you leave, answer these brief questions about what you are currently reading.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Responding to short answer questions

Let's begin with a quick quiz!
But first, we'll discuss the expectations for short answer responses.

Click here to begin the quiz.

Then, you will be working with your novel groups to complete complete the STEAL chart you began yesterday.

Finish early? Create a collaborative character traits paragraph for extra points! Use the provided frame to write your paragraph on lined paper, as a group. Each person who participates should have their handwriting represented on the document. Put all participants' names at the top.

You must come in during lunch or advisory within one week to make up the quiz. After that, it will be permanently closed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Exploring Complex Characters

Today you will continue looking more closely at the complex characters in your novels....

Who is your story's main character, and what do they want?

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 11, 2017

Score your English Journal

1. English Journal Self Score:
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Review the English Journal Scoring Guide
  3. Determine how you would score your English Journal. 
  4. PASTE the sentence below into the TOP of your English Journal and be sure it is complete. 
October 11, 2017 Self Score:      
I believe I have earned a ______ <<(Your score 1-5) on my English Journal because_______________________ _______________ <<(Your reasons you think you earned that score.) 

2. Talk to your book group: 

Two questions your group needs to be able to answer today. Discuss these questions and be sure you can explain them. Write your responses in your English Journal BELOW your self score.
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?  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Your new novel groups

Today we are starting a new unit called "Reading the Novel." You will also have a new group to work with!

The novel that you read in class for this unit will count as ONE of your novels for this grading period. You will need to read a second novel on your own.

Today you and your group will need to:
1. Select your novel
2. Check out your novel
3. Use your planners to create a reading calendar that will allow you to finish the book by November 9.

HOMEWORK: Read your group novel according to your group's calendar. Bring small sticky notes if possible.

**Absent? See me ASAP. You will need to get your novel and catch up to your group's reading calendar.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Memoir presentations

Today we are going to see some visual memoirs, both live and in video format.

After that, you will have an opportunity to catch up a bit before we launch our new unit tomorrow. Here are some things you may need to work on:

  • Make sure your English journal is up to date 
  • Submit your visual memoir (it was due last Thursday!)
  • Examine your memoir (if it's been graded) and begin revising if necessary
  • Read (you should have completed two books by now)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Article of the Week- Las Vegas Tragedy

Today we are doing an "Article of the Week" about the tragic shooting in Las Vegas this week.

CLICK HERE to access the article in Newsela.

You should already be signed up for Newsela, but if you aren't, use your school Google account and the appropriate class code:
Period one: VUD66C
Period two: BAVBI
Period three: PKUHDE
Period five: K33B22
Period six: JWZ8J2

After you read, you will complete a two paragraph response in your English Journal:

Paragraph one: academic summary
Paragraph two: Your opinion--try responding to these questions:
What are ways that the community of Las Vegas can heal and be strong in the face of this tragedy? What are potential solutions or strategies that could help prevent a situation like this from happening in the future? How can average people take action to promote kindness and safety?