What did you do in class today?
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Today we went over the new unit, picked up books (10th Grade English ITB button on the home page) and went over the unit syllabus. We also discussed chapters of 9 & 10 of How to Read Literature. Students were given the transformation rubric and we discussed what was due Wednesday.
Due Wednesday December 16:
In The Time of the Butterflies (ITB) - Read chapters 1, 2 & 3. Use sticky notes to keep track of what stands out to you. Be sure to make a note on the sticky as to why it stood out.
HTR - Read, highlight, and annotate chapters 11, 12, & 13
Transformation Unit - Notebooks are due - use the rubric to guide you.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde outline - re-do if you scored a 14 or below
Bring a new 1in binder or spiral notebook for ITB Unit.
Due Friday December 18:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde timed writing typed and made into a rough draft
Today we discussed chapters 6, 7, & 8 of How To Read Literature. In chapter 6 we discussed the "resonance test" (If you hear or read something that is above and beyond the text, there is a reason for it. If some resonates with you while you are reading, there is a reason for this. Your job, find out what it is!). In chapter 7 we discussed how readers enjoy the familiar when it's tweaked with something new. (Think of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Once Upon a Time.) We also looked at chapter 8 and the importance of the "myth" a body of work that is meaningful.
We continued watching the 1941 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Students were given back their outlines and timed writing.
1) Read, highlight and annotate chapters 9 & 10 of How to Read Literature. (Posted online tomorrow or can be picked up in class).
2) If you got a 14 or below on the outline, you must revise it and turn it in on Dec. 16.
3) If you got a 13 or below on your outline, you must come to tutoring Tuesday at lunch, or Wednesday to writer's workshop.
4) All rough drafts are due December 18.
5) If you got a smile face stamp, you can forgo the rough draft and turn in a final to turnitin.com by Dec 18.
Today we discussed chapters 4 & 5 of How To Read Literature. Students began to understand the idea of intertextuality, the ongoing interaction between poems or stories, and how amazing and wide reaching Shakespeare actually is (think Batman).
HW - Read Chapters 6, 7, & 8. (Posted tomorrow)
Today students discussed chapter 3 of How To Read Literature, "Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires" . We discussed the meaning behind vampires and the idea of symbolic vampires.
HW - Read Chapters 4 & 5 of How To Read Literature. (posted under the How To Read Literature tab in the menu)
Today students participated in a timed writing of one of the 5 prompts below.
* If you missed class today, please write up the prompt as an essay and turn it in on Wednesday as you enter class.
HW: - Read chapter 3 of How To Read Literature Like a Professor. (link can be found under the MORE section above along the header)
Today students discussed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, chapters 1- 9, many great questions were asked and students had wonderful answers.
HW - for the break.
1) Read chapter 10 of Dr. Jekyll and take notes.
2) Choose one prompt, create a detailed outline to bring to class on Nov. 30, 2015 for an in class timed writing. (Example of a sentence outline is located in the files section.)
3) Turn in your short story to turnitin.com by Nov. 26, 2015 by 8am.
Students shared their Metamorphosis write ups and discussed chapters 1 - 7 of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
* Read chapters 8 & 9 - take notes.
* Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute pitch on your short story. Why should your story be published on our website, and why does it deserve an A? Remember, do not summarize the story (I've read them) but sell your story.
Due Dates: The short stories are due 11/26/15 by 8am to www.turnitin.com
Students had a wonderful discussion about parts 1 and 2 of the Metamorphosis. Many ideas were shared and many students had wonderful "WoW" moments.
We began to explore the Victorian Era and Robert Luis Stevenson. Students were beginning to make the connections between the time and story. Remember, read the story as if you were in London 1886.
HW - Write a mini CDW for one of the below prompts:
1) In the Metamorphosis, how does Kafka explore his feelings of alienation in Germany as a Jewish man?
2) How is the Metamorphosis a symbol for workers being dehumanized in capitalistic society?
3) How is the Metamorphosis a symbol for refusing to conform to society?
Read chapters 4-7 of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Students participated in their Beta Reading Groups and shared some amazing short stories.
If you missed class, be sure to make up the quick write questions:
1) In part two, how does Gregor deal with his humanity? Use data from part 2 to support what you say.
2) How is part three hopeful? Use data to support what you are saying.
1) Write 2-4 text based questions from part 2 and part 3 of the Metamorphosis. Focus on quotes and ideas that you do not understand.
2) Read the first 3 chapters of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. These include the following: This follows along with the audio better.
1) Story of the Door
2) Search for Mr. Hyde
3) Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Ease
Be sure to take notes. Focus on quotes from the story, you should have at least 2 per chapter. Hint - write the quote down, make a comment about it. Why did you write it down? What stands out to you? Why do you think it's important? What does it show you about the story, character, plot, etc?
Students began working on their creative short story in class today. Lots of good ideas were tossed out!
HW - Finish a rough draft of your creative short story and bring in 4 copies for Beta Reading Groups. (If you need copies made, bring me your rough draft on Monday and I'll make you a copy.
- Finish reading and annotating The Metamorphosis
- Do you have a copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? If so, bring it on Tuesday. This can be a hard copy or an e-book. I'll have about 13 books per class if you do not have access to an e-book or a hard copy at home.
11/2/15 & 11/4/.15
Students began reading The Metamorphosis* by Franz Kafka.
* Monday we listened to part one in class and students were expected to go back over part one and annotate it.
* Wednesday, students began discussing the story, looking at the meaning of alienation, and Kafka's life. Students practiced text based questions along with answering questions to help us understand the story.
HW - Complete part II of the story. Be sure to highlight and annotate if you have a hard copy. If you are reading an e-copy, please take notes in your notebook.
* The Metamorphosis is being presented to the students as an e-book. If a student does not have access to the internet or wants to read a hard copy of the story, they have been provided with a hard copy. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is not in the library, so I wanted to provide students with practice of an e-book.
* Students rocked class today! Over 90% of the students completed their reading and were able to participate in group discussions. There were excellent discussions about gender roles, the strangeness of the story, and the figurative language Dhal used. I can't wait to read the write ups!
1) Complete a mini write up on Royal Jelly. CDW format - at least 3 paragraphs, your choice, base it on the discussion.
2) Look up Franz Kafka, take notes on who he is. Be ready to discuss him in class.
3) preview the Metamorphosis. Can you open the pdf? Are you willing to annotate the story in your notebooks if you read an electronic version of the story? Preview part I, the reading of part I is due on Wednesday.
* Students who finished their reading, were able to discuss important ideas and symbols found within the story. 10 pts were given for discussion.
* Read, highlight, annotate "Royal Jelly" by Roald Dahl
* Complete a mini write up (3 paragraphs) on the story. Choose one of the words/ideas that were discussed in class and expand it into a mini-write up. For example, choose one word, make a claim about it, use data to support your claim, and explain your reasoning in your warrant.
Dog / Pet
What is Andersen saying when he discusses the color blue?
* If you were absent, or would like to make up the missed discussion points answer the following questions:
1) What is meant by this quote, “Never had she danced so beautifully; the sharp knives cut her feet, but she did not feel it, for the pain in her heart was far greater.”? Explain your answer.
2) Re-write a descriptive scene, explain why you choose that scene, what figurative language is being used, and the effect it has on the reader.
3) Why did the little mermaid kill herself? Explain with details from the story.
4) What was the little mermaid's main goal in the story?
Questions must be answered in complete sentences, written or typed and use text to support what you are saying.
* Students began a new unit, Stories of Transformation. We went over the unit requirements, the stories we are going to read, looked at Hans Christian Andersen's life and began to read The Little Mermaid.
Finish reading The Little Mermaid, highlight and annotate as well.