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Friday, September 21, 2018

September21

All Periods:

Today, we finished a Constructed Response writing assignment using the text/poem “Ithaka.”

 

Announcements:

 

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Reminders:

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“Ithaka” – Constructed Response – Microsoft Forms – Submitting your Answer

September21

Microsoft Forms

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September 20, 2018

September20

1st & 2nd Periods:

We are working on a Constructed Response writing assignment using the text/poem “Ithaka.” Today, the students finished the Rough Draft and began revisions.

Tips for your response:

  1. Topic Sentence/Claim – Should NOT be similar to your Closing Sentence! Maybe answer the following question for your closing: How can a person use this poem to strengthen/better his her life?
  2. Option A: Claim – Do NOT actually explain the impact (save this for the Matter Sentences) – Just say there is an impact (this is an opinion) and maybe use an adjective to describe what kind of impact.
  3. Option B: Make sure that you choose quotes that have imagery because based on the Mean/Matter verb, you are required to interpret how imagery creates the connotative meaning and creates a theme.

 

Announcements:

 

Homework:

1st Period ONLY:

  1. Using your Writer’s Notebook – “Ithaka” Response – Draft
  2. Use the right side of the notebook (the X’d out page that is saved for revisions)
  3. Choose FOUR sentences in your response to re-structure and revise using one of the 8 Ways to Start a Sentence.
  4. Write your revised sentences on the right side of the notebook (X’d out page). Use an arrow to connect the original to the revised sentence.
  5. Revise your word choice to incorporate at least 2 words from SAT Volume/Unit 1 and/or 2.

 

2nd Period ONLY:

  1. Using the following colors: Underline or Highlight your sentences. This will help you double check that you have ALL of the require sentences.
  • Topic Sentence (Claim) – Blue
  • Say/Cite Sentences – Pink/Red (You should have 2 of these sentences)
  • Mean/Explanation Sentences – Green (You should have at least 2 of these sentences – 1 after each Say/Cite)
  • Closing Sentence – Purple
  • If your paragraph does not meet the 8+ Sentence requirements, revise to create the needed sentences
  • It should be in this order:

 

  • Blue
  • Red/Pink
  • Green
  • Green+ (You might “Go Green” and have additional Mean/Matter Sentences)
  • Red/Pink
  • Green
  • Green+ (You might “Go Green” and have additional Mean/Matter Sentences)
  • Purple

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

We are working on a Constructed Response writing assignment using the text/poem “Ithaka.” Today, the students finished the Rough Draft and began revisions.

Tips for your response:

  • Topic Sentence/Claim – Should NOT be similar to your Closing Sentence! Maybe answer the following question for your closing: How can a person use this poem to strengthen/better his her life?
  • Option A: Claim – Do NOT actually explain the impact (save this for the Matter Sentences) – Just say there is an impact (this is an opinion) and maybe use an adjective to describe what kind of impact.
  • Option B: Make sure that you choose quotes that have imagery because based on the Mean/Matter verb, you are required to interpret how imagery creates the connotative meaning and creates a theme.

 

Announcements:

 

 

Homework:

  1. Using your Writer’s Notebook – “Ithaka” Response – Draft
  2. Use the right side of the notebook (the X’d out page that is saved for revisions)
  3. Choose FOUR sentences in your response to re-structure and revise using one of the 8 Ways to Start a Sentence.
  4. Write your revised sentences on the right side of the notebook (X’d out page). Use an arrow to connect the original to the revised sentence.
  5. Revise your word choice to incorporate at least 2 words from SAT Volume/Unit 1 and/or 2.

 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September19

All Classes:

We are starting a Constructed Response writing assignment using the text/poem“Ithaka.” Today, the students received two writing prompt choices, and we analyzed/marked each prompt to prepare for writing. Each student will choose the writing prompt that he/she feels most confident using for his/her Constructed Response writing assignment. In addition, we began drafting the Rough Draft for the response.

The following are the two choices in writing prompt:

  • Option A: Discuss the significance of the author’s use of figurative language and explain the impact that the figurative language has on description of setting (imagery) or overall theme of the poem. Cite textual evidence by identifying at least 2 examples of figurative language from the poem, and use transition words to flow your ideas logically.
  • Option B: Write a short summary explaining what you think Cavafy means by the first three lines in the opening stanza in “Ithaka.” “As you set out for Ithaka / hope your road is a long one, / full of adventure, full of discovery.” Use other stanzas from the poem to support your ideas. Be sure to: include a clear topic sentence that explains what you think the first three lines mean; provide specific details to support your claim, and explain how the imagery in this poem helps create the connotative meaning and reveal the theme.

 

Announcements:

Springboard Online Text – Home Access

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Homework:

Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines!

 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2018

September18

1st & 2nd Periods:

We are continuing reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we finished paraphrasing the poem’s literal meaning based on each stanza. In addition, we discussed the connotative figurative meaning and created hashtags to present the theme/life messages presented within the stanzas of the poem.

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

We are continuing reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we finished paraphrasing the poem’s literal meaning based on each stanza. In addition, we discussed the connotative figurative meaning and created hashtags to present the theme/life messages presented within the stanzas of the poem.

Announcements:

The students received their Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project that will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines!

 

Homework:

Embedded Assessment – Project Planning Page – Hero’s Journey Stages organizer is due Thursday, September 20th.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

September17

1st & 2nd Periods:

We are beginning reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we reviewed Literary Devices/Figurative Language that we will use to analyze the poem’s connotations. In addition, we made predictions about the main idea of the poem based on the title and began to paraphrase the poem’s literal meaning based on each stanza.

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

We are beginning reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we reviewed Literary Devices/Figurative Language that we will use to analyze the poem’s connotations. In addition, we made predictions about the main idea of the poem based on the title and began to paraphrase the poem’s literal meaning based on each stanza.

Announcements:

 

Homework:

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Friday, September 14, 2018

September14

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students took the quiz for SAT Volume/Unit 2. In addition, we continued opening activities for the poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. We looked a TP-CASTT, a helpful method/tool for analyzing poetry. Once we begin analyzing “Ithaka,” we will use TP-CASTT to break down the poem’s theme. To help with the “C” in TP-CASTT (Connotation), we reviewed different types of Literary Devices/Figurative Language.

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, the students took the quiz for SAT Volume/Unit 2. In addition, we continued opening activities for the poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. We looked a TP-CASTT, a helpful method/tool for analyzing poetry. Once we begin analyzing “Ithaka,” we will use TP-CASTT to break down the poem’s theme. To help with the “C” in TP-CASTT (Connotation), we reviewed different types of Literary Devices/Figurative Language.

Announcements:

The students received their Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project that will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines!

 

Homework:

 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

September13

1st & 2nd Periods:

We are beginning reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we discussed the author and historical background of the Trojan War that will lead us into the introduction of the main character Odysseus.

 

Homework:

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

We are beginning reading an opening poem “Ithaka” and an excerpt from Homer’s The Odyssey. Today, we discussed the author and historical background of the Trojan War that will lead us into the introduction of the main character Odysseus.

Announcements:

The students received their Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project that will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines!

 

Homework:

Reminders:

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September12

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we continued the Hero’s Journey Archetype by compare how the plot stages occur within the hero’s journey using the plot from Big Hero 6.

Homework:

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we continued the Hero’s Journey Archetype by compare how the plot stages occur within the hero’s journey using the plot from Big Hero 6.

Announcements:

Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines!

 

Homework:

 1. Embedded Assessment Project Planning page (Steps 1-4) is due Thursday, September 13th. If you have any questions about creating your Hero/Heroine, please e-mail me!

 

2. SAT Unit/Volume 2 notecards due and quiz – Friday, September 14th

 

Reminders:

Embedded Assessment – Project Planning Page – Hero’s Journey Stages organizer is due Thursday, September 20th.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September11

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we continued the Hero’s Journey Archetype by finishing at a film to identify the stages of the hero’s journey. The students completed a chart that gives specific details to how the journey is represented. Tomorrow, we will compare how the plot stages occur within the hero’s journey.

Homework:

 

 

3rd, 6th, & 7th Periods:

Today, we continued the Hero’s Journey Archetype by finishing at a film to identify the stages of the hero’s journey. The students completed a chart that gives specific details to how the journey is represented. Tomorrow, we will compare how the plot stages occur within the hero’s journey.

Announcements:

Today, the students received their Unit 1: Embedded Assessment Project that will be presented in class starting on Monday, October 15th. Make sure you are using your time wisely in completing the project, as well as making sure that your creativity shines.

 

Homework:

1.  Embedded Assessment Project Planning page (Steps 1-4) is due Thursday, September 13th. If you have any questions about creating your Hero/Heroine, please e-mail me!

2.  SAT Unit/Volume 2 notecards due and quiz – Friday, September 14th

 

Reminders:

  • Embedded Assessment – Project Planning Page – Hero’s Journey Stages organizer is due Thursday, September 20th.
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