April 29, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class you continued reading your novels and then had a group meeting to discuss what you had read. Remember to study your vocabulary words set 2.

HW 1, 4, 5: vocabulary test May 11

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class you turned in your informational articles and then finished reading Unbroken. We watched a video clip of Louie forgiving the Bird for the abuse he suffered in the POW camp and then an interview with the Bird on 60 Minutes. For those who were in the media center finishing articles, I will replay the interview with the Bird on Monday.

HW 2, 3: None

April 28, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class you had time to finish your comprehension checks for your novels and then read the next chapter(s).

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we had laptops to continue working on your group magazine projects.

HW 2, 3: informational articles are due tomorrow if you have not turned them in already

April 27, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class after the warm-up, you had some time to finish any definitions you didn’t complete yesterday. Then you worked on a comprehension check for the first few chapters of your novels. If you did not finish the comprehension check, you should have put it in the block drawer to be finished tomorrow in class.

HW 1, 4, 5: Vocabulary set 2 test will be May 11. Quizlets are up and ready. Click on the Class Information Blocks 1, 4, 5 tab at the top of the blog.

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we had the laptops for you to continue working on your magazine projects. Several of you have turned in your informational articles with citations. This is your individual component of the project and counts as a performance task grade. Please make sure you have yours turned in by this Friday. We will have laptops again tomorrow in class.

HW 2, 3: None

April 26, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class you worked with your groups on the second set of vocabulary words for your novels. You received a graphic organizer and your task was to make sure the definition for each word matched the context as it is used in your novel. We will have a test over these words before May 13. I have created the quizlets for you to practice. Click on the tab that says CLASS INFORMATION Blocks 1, 4, 5 to find the links.

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class we were in the media center for you to work on your magazine projects. Remember…your informational articles are due to the editor (that’s me) by Friday. Make sure you have THREE citations (and I mean complete citations) for the sources you used in your informational articles. Your special feature article does not need citations. Neither does your wild card.

HW 2, 3: None

April 25, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: today in class you received your vocabulary tests from Friday and were able to make corrections if your score was below an 80. We will be starting the second sets of vocabulary words tomorrow, so I expect you to be prepared and focused. Then you worked with your reading group to continue reading your novels.

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today we were on computers to work on the magazine project. I admit I am a little frustrated at the lack of sufficient progress I am seeing from AC students. EACH student is required to turn in ONE informational article of 4 paragraphs with citations by this Friday. EACH student is also required to write one special feature article of 1-2 paragraphs about something from the year you determined would be the focus of your magazine. THEN and only then will each group start working on their wild cards.

HW 2, 3: None

April 22, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: today in class you took your vocabulary test over the set 1 words. Then you had time to read silently to catch up in your groups.

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class you read the next 3 chapters in our book. Some of you had time to work with your groups on the magazine project.

HW 2, 3: None

April 21, 2016

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today in class we did some catching up for the groups who had gotten a bit behind on their questions of the day. There was also time to study for tomorrow’s vocabulary tests.

HW 1, 4, 5: vocabulary test tomorrow

Blocks 2, 3: Today you had computer access to start typing your informational articles for the magazines. For those who realized you have not turned in your chapters 27-33 questions, they are posted here:

  • What was the Naoetsu camp and what was life like here? What happened to Louie while in this camp? What was he put in charge of at this camp?
  • What news did the prisoners hear in chapter 29? What was the news and when was it supposed to occur?
  • In 1945 a rumor began to circulate at the camp. How did this news affect them? Affect Japan?
  • When Louie’s mother heard of his release, what did she decide?

Remember you only need to choose TWO (2) questions to answer and provide text evidence!

HW: 2, 3: none, except to finish questions if you need to do so

April 19, 2016

Block 5: Today in class you read with your book groups and started your character charts.

HW 5: vocabulary test Friday

Blocks 2, 3: today we had laptops for you to being your research for your group magazine projects

HW 2, 3: None

April 18, 2016

Blocks 1, 4: Today in class after your warm-up, you worked with your group to read the next 2 chapters in your assigned novels. You also had time to start working on your character charts. You will be adding information to these character charts throughout the novels.

HW 1, 4: vocabulary set 1 test Friday. Be sure to check last week’s blogs for links to quizlets for each set of words.

Block 3: Today in class we discussed PTSD and then read chapters 34-35 aloud in our book. Your job was to look for specific incidents that showed examples of PTSD among the POW survivors.

HW: None

Blocks 1, 4, 5: Today only block 5 met because of the testing schedule, but here are links to quizlet for the vocabulary words and definitions to help you practice them!

LOCH Loch vocabulary set 1

CRYPTID HUNTERS Cryptid Hunters vocabulary set 1

TENTACLES Tentacles vocabulary set 1

SASQUATCH Sasquatch vocabulary set 1

HW 1, 4, 5: None

Blocks 2, 3: Today in class you had time to finish up the part 4 questions and read in block 3. Block 2 was in the media center to start research for magazines since we couldn’t go yesterday when block 3 went.

HW 2, 3: None…unless you need to finish the part 4 questions. They are on an earlier blog  from this week.