Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we finished Of Mice and Men, and students did a final bit of writing in their DJs (below) which they handed in at the end of the period. Over vacation, students should be working with their Poetry Out Loud poems, finishing up the analysis and working on memorizing them.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reading G and some POL

Today we reviewed the importance of the dream of the little ranch to four of the men (see below). we also read most of Reading G (chapter 5) in class and spent the last few minutes watching this short video with some tips for memorizing poems. Students should finish chapter 5 and do a DJ response for HW.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reading F

We began with a bit of analytical writing (below) and read almost all of Reading F (chapter 4) in class. Students should read the last few pages on their own and finish their DJ response for this reading: Crooks, two vocab words, and two SMMs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Poetry Time

After a quick quiz on last night's reading, we reviewed how to do a SOAPSTone and students had time to continue their work. By now, students should have:

  • Chosen, signed up for and printed two poems;
  • Annotated those poems, looking up new words, allusions, etc.
  • Done SOAPSTone analyses of their poems.

SOAPSTones are due Thursday.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Readings D and E

We began with the briefest of reading quizzes, shared some SMMs and vocab and then read a big chunk of Reading E. Students should finish reading E and add two SMMs and two vocab words to their DJs by tomorrow.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Readings C & D

After a quick quiz on yesterday's reading, we went over the homework and talked about the chapter. We finished the day by starting Reading D. Students should finish the reading (through p. 51) and do a DJ response for homework.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reading C (through p. 37)

Today we reviewed Reading B, adding to the character and vocab lists, and students had 30 minutes to start on their homework (Reading C with a complete DJ response). While they were reading, I consulted with individual students on the POL poems.