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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December11

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students brainstormed for the Negation Body Paragraph of their Definition Essay. In addition, they were given a guided organizer to help write the Rough Draft of the Negation Paragraph at home. You must have this paragraph finished by Thursday, 12/13

 

Homework:

Rough Draft – Negation Paragraph (use the guided organizer given to you in class). Due Thursday, 12/13 (at the start of class).

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is NOT…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism is NOT” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism is not being superficial….” You should NOT say “A hero is not superficial” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we looked at the parts of an Introductory Paragraph: The Hook, The Bridge, The Thesis/Super Claim.

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism requires reflective thinking and growing as a human.” You should NOT say “A hero is a reflective thinker” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

Homework:

Finish the Rough Draft for the Function, Example, & Negation Paragraphs of your Definition of Heroism essay by Wednesday, December 12th.

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Monday, December 10, 2018

December10

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we focused on how authors use the Negation strategy to define. Specifically, we looked at different ways to present a Negation by analyzing and evaluating “Definition of a Gentleman” from our SpringBoard text.

Homework:

Writer’s Notebook/Journal Entry – T-Chart – Label one side “Heroism is…” and the other side “Heroism is NOT….” Fill in the chart accordingly. Make sure you focus on the topic of HEROISM and not just “A Hero.” You will have to focus your chart around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism is) reflecting on your thoughts and actions as a human.” You should NOT say “(A hero) reflective” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

Each side of the T-Chat needs 5 statements (10 total for the whole chart).

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

The students continued drafting ONLY the Body Paragraphs (Function, Example, Negation) for the Definition Essay on heroism. Remember! You want to add style within your writing by incorporating Literary Devices!

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism requires reflective thinking and growing as a human.” You should NOT say “A hero is a reflective thinker” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

 

Homework:

Finish the Rough Draft for the Function, Example, & Negation Paragraphs of your Definition of Heroism essay by Wednesday, December 12th.

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Friday, December 7, 2018

December7

1st & 2nd Periods:

After students finished the SAT Unit/Volume 5 quiz, they drafted the “Example” Paragraph for their Definition Essay that focuses on how Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass portray examples of heroism.

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism requires reflective thinking and growing as a human.” You should NOT say “A hero is a reflective thinker” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

 

Homework:

Finish the Rough Draft for ONLY the “Example” Paragraph of your definition essay that focuses on how Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass portray examples of heroism.

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

After students finished the SAT Unit/Volume 5 quiz, they began drafting ONLY the Body Paragraphs (Function, Example, Negation) for the Definition Essay on heroism. Remember! You want to add style within your writing by incorporating Literary Devices! You will have the class period on Monday to continue working on your draft.

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism requires reflective thinking and growing as a human.” You should NOT say “A hero is a reflective thinker” (this is off topic of the writing prompt).

 

Homework:

Due by Monday, December 10th

Negation writing Assignment using Flip Grid:

  1. Create an example to present the definition of heroism using Negation (Think about our Circle Share Discussion).
  2. Make your reader Ohhh and Ahhh! Revise your negation to include a Literary Device (your choice!). Yes! It may have to be multiple sentences.
  • Feeling like a Bradbury or Whitman? Add more than one literary device. But don’t overdo it!
  1. Writer’s Notebook Entry: Write your sentence(s). Think about your process as a writer.
  2. Submit your Negation via FlipGrid.com. (use your 365 log-in: last@students.cobbk12.org). If you are asked for an “authentication code,” you will enter your student number and password.
  • Enter the code

3rd Period – attard3

6th Period – attard6

7th Period – attard7

  • Select “Negation”
  • Record you video – Read your sentence; then, at the end, you will identify which literary device(s) you used AND briefly explain why you think your creation is powerful. How are you like a Bradbury or Whitman?

To receive full credit, you MUST additionally state the literary device(s) used AND you must reflect on your writing. Why would someone else who reads your device say that what you have written is a “unique thought” that “elevates your writing”?

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

December6

1st & 2nd Periods:

We finished reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated two excerpts about Frederick Douglass. (Robert Hayden’s poem “Frederick Douglass” and from the autobiography “The Narrative from the Life of Frederick Douglass”) to identify how the texts reveal qualities of heroism. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Example paragraph in the Definition Essay.

Homework:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we focused on how authors use the Negation strategy to define. Specifically, we looked at different ways to present a Negation (without repeatedly saying “…is not…” In addition, the students are working on adding style and depth to their writing by incorporating Literary Devices within a sentence.

Homework:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

 

VERY IMPORTANT: The essay writing prompt asks for a definition of heroism. You will not be saying “A hero is…” You will have to focus your writing around the topic/concept of “heroism” vs. just “a hero.” For example, you should say “Heroism requires reflective thinking and growing as a human.” You should NOT say “A hero is a reflective thinker” (this is off topic of the writing prompt). When you are writing your essay, you might have to revise to fulfill this writing prompt focus.

Due by Monday, December 10thNegation writing Assignment using Flip Grid:

  1. Create an example to present the definition of heroism using Negation (Think about our Circle Share Discussion).
  2. Make your reader Ohhh and Ahhh! Revise your negation to include a Literary Device (your choice!). Yes! It may have to be multiple sentences.
  • Feeling like a Bradbury or Whitman? Add more than one literary device. But don’t overdo it!
  1. Writer’s Notebook Entry: Write your sentence(s). Think about your process as a writer.
  2. Submit your Negation via FlipGrid.com. (use your 365 log-in: last@students.cobbk12.org). If you are asked for an “authentication code,” you will enter your student number and password.
  • Enter the code

3rd Period – attard3

6th Period – attard6

7th Period – attard7

  • Select “Negation”
  • Record you video – Read your sentence; then, at the end, you will identify which literary device(s) you used AND briefly explain why you think your creation is powerful. How are you like a Bradbury or Whitman?

To receive full credit, you MUST additionally state the literary device(s) used AND you must reflect on your writing. Why would someone else who reads your device say that what you have written is a “unique thought” that “elevates the definition of heroism”?

 

Announcements:

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December5

1st & 2nd Periods:

We are continuing to read texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated “Sermon from White House Funeral Sermon for Abraham Lincoln” by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley and annotated for Gurley’s usage of Literary Devices. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

Homework:

Complete the graphic organizer for Abraham Lincoln to identify adjectives/descriptions of how Abraham Lincoln is an example of a hero. We started this in class, but make sure both parts of the chart are complete for each text (“O Captain, My Captain” and “Sermon from White House Funeral Sermon for Abraham Lincoln”).

 

Announcements:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

We finished reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s autobiography “The Narrative from the Life of Frederick Douglass” to identify literary devices that reveal qualities of heroism. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

 

Homework:

Preparing for class discussion tomorrow – Using the Negation Strategy. Read the text “Defining a Gentleman” (SpringBoard text Pages 89-90), and in your Writer’s Notebook/Journal as you read, create notes (SketchNote, Outline, Cornell notes, Mind Map, etc.) to show how the author uses examples of the negation strategy.

 

Announcements:

 

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December5

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we continued reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman for literary devices as well read “Sermon from White House Funeral Sermon for Abraham Lincoln” by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley and annotated for Gurley’s usage of Literary Devices. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

 

Announcements:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we continued reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated the poem “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden to identify literary devices that reveal qualities of heroism. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

 

Announcements:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Monday, December 3, 2018

December3

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students finished writing a rough draft for ONLY the Function paragraph in their Definition Essays.

In addition, we continued reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students read “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman and paraphrased the literal meaning. We will continue discussion of the connotative meaning in class tomorrow.

The historical texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Example Paragraph in the Definition Essay.

 

Announcements:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

 

We will begin reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we continued reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students annotated “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman for literary devices as well read “Sermon from White House Funeral Sermon for Abraham Lincoln” by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley and annotated for Gurley’s usage of Literary Devices. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

 

Announcements:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

 

We will begin reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for Unit 2 once we get back from winter break. You can check the book out from the media center, library, ask to borrow from a friend/family member, purchase (new or used). There will be required reading at home and annotations (that you can write in the book or on sticky notes).

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Friday, November 30, 2018

November30

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students began brainstorming and writing a rough draft for the Function paragraph in their Definition Essays.

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we continued reading texts that are preparing us to write a Definition Essay. Students read “A Man” (page 64) “Soldier home…” (Page 67) and began reading the poem “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman. The texts that were are reading, annotating, and discussing will help when writing the Function, Example, and Negation paragraph in the Definition Essay.

Announcement:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

November29

All Periods:

We are continuing the preparations to write the Embedded Assessment #2 Essay, The Definition Essay. Today, we used the three strategies of defining (function, example, negation) to practice adding style (with BrushStrokes and figurative language).

In addition, we read a text from SpringBoard title “Where I Find My Heroes” (Page 73-74) that has a unique perspective on defining heroism by function, example, negation. Students annotated for the Function, Example, and Negation strategies used by the author.

 

Homework:

Unit 1: Independent Novel Assignment – Choose a book and begin reading to annotate the stages in the Hero’s Journey Archetype. Final Project due Friday, November 30th

 

Announcement:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November28

All Periods:

Today, we began the stages of writing our Embedded Assessment #2 Essay, The Definition Essay. We unpacked the writing prompt as well as the rubric. In addition, we looked at and began discussing the three strategies of defining (function, example, negation) that the students will be using as they write the definition essay.

At the beginning of class tomorrow, you will need to make sure you have the following completed to start class. This could be completed as you walk into the classroom, but if you need to get a head start, you can finish beforehand.

  • Choose two of the following concepts, and use the organizer (from class) to help create each of the definition strategies (function, example, negation). Make sure you create a function, example, and negation that is insightful and unique.
  • Options to choose from: family, home, talent, friendship, success

 

 

Homework:

Unit 1: Independent Novel Assignment – Choose a book and begin reading to annotate the stages in the Hero’s Journey Archetype. Final Project due Friday, November 30th

 

Announcement:

SAT Unit/Volume 5 – Homework Due and Quiz, Friday, December 7th.

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