Whew! Projects come in today, unit exams and essays are done, novels get handed in and we are ready to begin a new. Thank you to everyone who worked really hard this past week.
Today we are beginning on our unit on Shakespeare. I always address the question of "Why Shakespeare??" on the first day...so be prepared for a bit of a rant!!
We are going to start our unit by talking about the
Well, we didn't quite get the novel finished yesterday. Today we will ALL read the last three chapters. There is a great deal to discuss at the end.
When we are finished, we will look at the major themes from the text and discuss them and then take a look at our essays. Below is a schedule for the next two weeks...in case you're curious!
Thursday April 23 - Work on Final Project
Friday April 24 - Essay Outline due/ work on Final Project
Monday April 27 - Unit Exam Review/ Novel Reading Practice/ Final Project work
Tuesday April 28 - Unit Exam
Wednesday April 29 - Essay Writing
Thursday April 30 - Career Day / Essay Writing
Friday May 1rst - Final Project due - Editing and Preparation of creative pieces. Creative Writing and Essay due
Monday May 4th - Marks due to office, progress reports come out.
April 21 2015
No grammar gambit again today...we are on a mission to finish the book today and get started discussing and working on our essay planning...it's supposed to be a nice day so we will work outside.
April 13 2015
We will go over the grammar gambit
April 9 2015
We will do our vocabulary and the next grammar gambit.
We will read chapters 14 (180) - 16 (208). We will take a chance to make a character chart to review character names and make sure that we know who everyone is and what we know about him/her.
We will also take time today collecting evidence for our final essay. Topics can be found in your Google classroom.
April 8 2015
Class will begin with vocabulary and then work on balanced sentences.
We will then do a short writing assignment that requires students to get into the mind of one of the other characters and retell an incident from the text. You will have one half hour to write.
We will read chapters 12 and 13 today and discuss a little about "propriety" and the benefits and draw backs from social rules.
April 7 2015
Today we are going to practice our vocabulary and start our grammar gambit on Balanced Sentences.
We will take a quick quiz on our assigned reading as you should have read up to the end of part 1.
We will discuss "Maycomb's Usual Disease" and see if Caroline also has this disease at times.
We will discuss the symbolism of the mockingbird and why the novel says "it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird".
We will discuss different types of strength and which ones we value the most.
We will discuss Mrs. Dubose and what we learn from her character
If time, we will do a quick writing assignment where we will take on the voice of one of the minor characters and write about one event from chapters 9, 10 and 11 (could be Alexandra, Miss Maudie, Francis, Mrs. Dubose etc.)
March 26 2015
Vocabulary and final spelling quiz. Today counts and baking is awarded!
We will be reading
Vocabulary and spelling quiz 3
We will read chapter 7 and 8 today and then do the check up for chapters 1-8.
Kirsten Collison - Teacher at Caroline School