October 16

Oct. 16-20, 2017

Copy of A Long Way Gone for you to read at home:

http://bisteachers.cratercomets.com/sinks_jeremy/literature/a_long_way_gone/aLongWayGoneMemoirsBoySoldier.pdf

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Review Beah’s interest in Hip Hop and watch an interview where Beah talks about his interest:

3. Show students the first Hip Hop video that Beah saw that interested him in the music:
First Hip Hop Song Beah heard and saw performed
“Rapper’s Delight” Sugar Hill Gang (1980)

4. Read, discuss, and answer reading guide questions for chapter 5. We will use the audio of the book recorded by the author reading. (audio about 14 minutes)
3. Students will have the remaining time in class to finish the web quest.

Topic #1 Child Soldiers  – http://child-soldiers.org/about_the_issues.php

Topic #2 Use of Child Soldiers in WWII – http://worldwartwo.filminspector.com/2013/12/child-soldiers.html

Topic #4 Memoirs vs Autobiographies – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/knowing-the-difference-between-an-autobiography-an.html

Topic #5 PTSD – http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/post-traumatic-stress-disorder.htm

Topic #6 Sierra  Leone, Civil War – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone_Civil_War#Diamonds_and_the_.22resource_curse.22

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 

1. Share the video of the Hip Hop song that Beah, Junior, and Talloi were learning for the talent show in Mattru Jong:
“I Know You Got Soul” by Eric B and Rakim (1987)

2. Remind students that on page 7, Beah practiced Hip Hop dance moves and show the video:
Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing

3. Divide students into five groups and assign each group one section of the web quest to review and present to the class. We already went over section 3.
4. Groups will present so that we can discuss the web quest information and how it relates to the book.
5. Begin watching video about blood diamonds if time permits.

Wednesday, Oct.  18, 2017 

1.Finish watching the video about blood diamonds.
2. Review for test one on chapters 1-5 and explain literature circle discussion groups and writing assignments.
3. Students will work in groups to discuss their roles and choose their textual evidence.
4. Students will then begin writing their literature circle roles.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 

1.Students will take the test on chapters one through five.
2. Students will finish writing their literature circle paragraphs after the test.

Friday, Oct.  20, 2017 

1.Choose a song that you like to listen to take your mind of trouble or to just get away.
2. Share some of the Hip Hop song Beah listened to in chapter 1 to avoid thinking about the war:
“Now That We Found Love” Heavy D and the Boyz (1978)

3. Read and discuss the handout “The Oral Traditions of Africa.”
4. Explain the Jeneba Project which raises money to help the children in Sierra Leone by watching a short video:
http://www.jenebaproject.org/
5. Read the “Bra Spider” story from the book I purchased from the Jeneba Project. Discuss the moral of the story – not to be greedy and impatient.
5. Begin reading and discussing chapter 6 (audio about 14 minutes) and stop reading on page 18 at the lyrics and let students listen to just a part of the  song Beah plays for the chief:
7. Finish reading the chapter and answer the study guide questions.

 

October 9

Oct. 9 -13, 2017

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Complete a “judging the book” activity to introduce A Long Way Gone.
3. Share and discuss the activity

4. Read, discuss, and answer reading guide questions for chapter 1. We will use the audio of the book recorded by the author reading.

Questions for chapters 1 and 2 – Chapters 1 and 2 Questions-1pxtmcf

5. Watch the first three video clips of interviews with Ishmael Beah, the author – overview, subject, and purpose of the book.

http://www.alongwaygone.com/media.html

6. Read, discuss, and answer reading guide questions for chapter 2.

Here is a link to the book online if you need to read at home or need to catch up:

http://bisteachers.cratercomets.com/sinks_jeremy/literature/a_long_way_gone/aLongWayGoneMemoirsBoySoldier.pdf

Tuesday, Oct .10, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Complete map activity.
http://maps.maphill.com/sierra-leone/location-maps/physical-map/physical-location-map-of-sierra-leone.jpg

Questions for map and videos – Sierra Leone Setting-1jre0v6

3. Views videos about the setting of the novel, the provinces and Freetown in Sierra Leone
Provinces – http://viewpure.com/Lm6wGW4leKs
Freetown – http://viewpure.com/bDUCpTQPEFA
4. Read, discuss, and answer reading guide questions for chapters 3 and 4. We will use the audio of the book recorded by the author reading.

Study guide questions for reading (chapters 3-21 – the whole book) – Study Guide Just Chapter Questions-19ob6x6

Here is a link to the book online if you need to read at home or need to catch up:

http://bisteachers.cratercomets.com/sinks_jeremy/literature/a_long_way_gone/aLongWayGoneMemoirsBoySoldier.pdf

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017  ALL 10th grade students will take the PSAT – Extended HR

1.Collage presentations
2. Explain the web quest that students will complete in class. I will give them a copy to write their answers and show them the location of the websites on my blog for easier access.
3. Watch the video interview with Beach and answer those questions first. This is section THREE of the 6 sections on the web quest.

4. Students will then use the lap top computers to complete the web quest. You will have the handout below for writing your responses: 

LWG-webquest-applied-2017 2018-1oihlbg

 

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO THE  SITES TO USE IN CLASS WHILE YOU WORK:

Topic #1: Child Soldiers – http://child-soldiers.org/about_the_issues.php

Topic #2: Use of Child Soldiers in WWII –  http://worldwartwo.filminspector.com/2013/12/child-soldiers.html

Topic 4: Memoirs vs Autobiographies: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/knowing-the-difference-between-an-autobiography-an.html

Topic5: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/post-traumatic-stress-disorder.htm

Topic 6: Sierra Leone, Civil War – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone_Civil_War#Diamonds_and_the_.22resource_curse.22

 

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 – EARLY RELEASE

3rd and 4th period classes will not meet on this day.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 

1.Collage presentations – Only one presentation today because the class is shortened.
2. Students will have the remaining time in class to finish the web quest.

LWG-webquest-applied-2017 2018-1oihlbg

October 2

Oct. 2 – 6, 2017

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading – We will go over the chapters in part 3 up to today’s reading to review since we had the break.
3. Watch a film clip – PBS, The Life and Times of Frida, and take notes ideas and details that help you understand Frida’s life, art, and cultural identity.

4. Ask students to share some of the ideas they included in their notes.
5. Read aloud the biography of Frida Kahlo on pages33-34.
6. Students will annotate the excerpt for what they learn about Kahlo’s life, art, and cultural identity.
7. Answer the text dependent questions on page 35. I will assign students one question to answer independently and then meet with a group to discuss and share whole class.

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 

1. Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading
3. Meet in groups to answer the assigned question. Groups will then share the answers to the questions with the class. Everyone will write them down.
4.Review the OPTIC strategy for analyzing visual texts.
5. Introduce the self-portrait by Frida Kahlo on page 37 and show students a color version of the painting.
6. Students will then work with a group to analyze the painting using the OPTIC strategy graphic organizer on page 38.
7. Ask groups to share different parts of the OPTIC strategy with the class to discuss the painting.
8. We will answer questions 9 and 10 as a class and students will write their responses.

https://www.fridakahlo.org/images/paintings/self-portrait-along-the-boarder-line-between-mexico-and-the-united-states.jpg

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent reading
3. Explain the “portrait” of Karl, the main character in The Berlin Boxing Club.
4. Students will identify the two worlds that Karl is trapped between and how they each effect his cultural identity by creating a picture with words similar to the Frida Kahlo self-portrait.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent reading
3. Read the poem on page 40 and answer the questions about the poem.
4. Explain that on the test, students will have to write a bio poem for the main character, Karl. Show students the template for the poem to prepare them for writing.
5. Students will finish the “portrait” of Karl from The Berlin Boxing Club.

Students who are finished with the portrait, may start working on the poem.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 

1.Collage presentations
2. Test on Part 3 of The Berlin Boxing Club. The test includes the students’ notes for each chapter of part, the portrait of Karl, and writing a poem about Karl.

September 18

Monday, Sept. 18 – Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Monday, Sept. 18
1. Independent reading – pages 318-325
2. Share example of the reflective essay to review writing the paper. Some students need to write this essay and some need to revise.
3. Some students need to make up the test from last Thursday.
4. Some students need to finish their collage projects to begin presentations tomorrow and/or work on the extra credit for this assignment.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

1. Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading
3. Explain SOAPSTone – Use graphic organizer
4. Watch TED Talk “The Power of Defining Yourself” by Amma Asante (16:59)

5. Walk students through a SOAPSTone analysis of the TED Talk.
6. Define tone and introduce the tone words that students need to use in the SOAPSTone analysis – Tone Words-1uk0sex

Wednesday, Sept. 20

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading
3. Read the selection on pages 53-54. We will read the selection aloud.
4. Students will annotate the essay for the thesis sentence and for relevant supporting details. I will model this for students by thinking aloud and asking questions about what they should annotate.
5. Students will be divided into groups and assigned one of the text dependent questions 1-5 on pages 54-55 to answer as a group and share in class tomorrow.
6. Students have the rest of the period to finish their collages if they need to do so.

Thursday, Sept. 21

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading
3. Students will complete a modified jigsaw activity where they rotate around the room to discuss and share answers to the questions until they have the answers to all of the question on pages 54-55.
4. Explain SOAPSTone analysis on page 55.
5. We will complete the SOAPSTone analysis of the selection on pages 53 and 54.

Friday, Sept. 22

1.Collage presentations
2. Independent Reading
3. Students will read and annotate an assigned essay (“Where Worlds Collide” on page 63-64 or “Two Ways to Belong in America” on pages 89-91)
4. Students will work with a partner to write a SOAPSTone analysis of an essay using a graphic organizer.

September 13

Sept. 13 – 15, 2017

This week in Mrs. B’s World Literature Class

Monday and Tuesday – No school

Wednesday, Sept. 13 

  1. I will introduce, explain, and model the electronic collage and presentation. Here’s my collage that I am sharing in class: My Collage-25l3u1x Directions for the collage with presentation dates: Cultural Identity Collage-1j1n949
  2. I will review some for the test by explaining the format and by giving examples of the test questions. The test will be 25 matching questions. Students will have to match characters, places, and items in the novel to their descriptions. 
  3. Students will have time in class to finish reading and to catch up on answering the study guide questions. The study guide questions are half the test for this part of the book.
  4. Students will have time  to finish their reflective essays. ESSAYS ARE DUE TODAY OR THEY ARE  LATE!
  5. Students who have completed study guide questions and their  essays will begin working on their  collages. 

Thursday, Sept. 14

  1. Students will take the test on the second half of part 2 of The Berlin Boxing Club.
  2. After the test, students will use the laptop computers to work on their collages.

Friday, Sept. 15

  1. Students will complete their independent reading. They are starting Part 3 of The Berlin Boxing  Club.
  2. After independent reading, students will have the rest of the period to work on their collages. All collages should be completed today! Collage presentations begin on Monday. Be sure to check your presentation  dates!
September 5

Sept. 5 – 8, 2017

This week in Mrs. B’s World Literature Class

Monday, Sept. 4 – Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  1. Independent reading – The Berlin Boxing Club, pages 213-229.
  2. Introduce sensory details on page 113 and complete a sensory detail activity using marshmallows.
  3. Second read the poem “Where I Am From” in the  textbook on pages 113 and 114. Students will annotate the poem for sensory details.
  4. Complete the chart on page 115 to analyze textual evidence.
  5. Answer the questions  on pages 114 and 155, focusing on questions 2 and 5.
  6. Brainstorm a list of sensory details about students’ own cultural identity.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

  1. Independent reading – The Berlin Boxing Club pages 230-256 – 3rd period students may use this  time to finish the writing  assignment from Friday of last week if  they need to do so. You are required to complete the study guide questions this time. These questions count as half the test grade.
  2. Share examples of  other “Where I am From” poems.
  3. Students will complete a template to brainstorm their own poems.
  4. Students will use the template to write their own poems about their  own cultural identity. The  template should be complete by tomorrow.

Thursday, Sept. 7

  1. Independent reading  – The Berlin Boxing Club, pages  257-275 Remember,  the  questions must be complete for half of the test on this section of the book.
  2. Define expository writing.
  3. Students will write their Where I am From poems based on the completed template.
  4. Explain/Unpack the embedded writing assessment #1 on pages 57 and 58 and review the scoring guide.
  5. Set the expectations for writing.

Friday, Sept. 8

  1. Independent reading – The Berlin Boxing Club, pages 278 – 296. Students should catch up on their reading today. They  should be finished with  Part 2 of the book today. Monday will be the day for you to make sure your reading is completed  and your questions are answered.
  2. Students will begin writing their essays. Students will have time in class on Monday to finish their essays, but they  should have started today.
August 28

Aug. 28 – Spet. 1, 2017

This week in Mrs. Bs’ World Literature 

Monday, Aug. 28 

  1. Independent Reading The Berlin Boxing Club pages 173-187
  2. Watch the movie, The Book Thief.
  3. Students will complete a viewing guide comparing the theme of the movie to the theme of the novel as part of the test on the first half of part 2 of the book this week.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  1. Independent Reading The Berlin Boxing Club pages 188-193
  2. Finish watching the movie and complete the viewing guide, which is part of the test this week.
  3. Begin working on the study guide questions for the test.

Study Guide Questions – Part 2 Study Guide Questions – Part 2 Study Guide Quesitons-1jxiq5q

Wednesday, Aug. 30 (Early Release – Class will be very short)

  1. Work on study guide questions to review for the test on the first half of part 2 of the book, The Berlin Boxing Club.

Study Guide Questions – Part 2 Study Guide Questions – Part 2 Study Guide Quesitons-1jxiq5q

Thursday, Aug. 31

  1. Test on the  first half of  Part 2 of the novel, The Berlin Boxing Club
  2. Independent Reading pages 104-205

Friday, Sept. 1

  1. Independent reading pages 194-218
  2. Second read poem, “Where I  Am From” pages 113-114 of textbook.
  3. Annotate for sensory details
  4. Complete text-dependent questions  on pages 114.
  5. Individually, complete the graphic organizer/chart on page 115.
  6. Work with a partner to answer question  #4 on page 115.
August 22

This Week – Aug. 21-25, 2017 – in World Literature

Monday, Aug. 21

The eclipse seems to have eclipsed any work we tried to accomplish. Those students who were at school worked on their book covers for The Berlin Boxing Club, which are due Wednesday.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  1. Explain independent reading for The Berlin Boxing Club. Students will have 30 minutes of class each day to read on their own.
  2. Review for the test on Part I of The Berlin Boxing Club. The test is tomorrow and has 30 multiple choice questions.  You have study guide questions that we answered in class for every chapter. Use those questions as your study guide for the test.
  3. Students worked on the book covers for the novel, which are due tomorrow with the test.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 (I will be out this day!)

  1. Students have a multiple choice test on The Berlin Boxing Club.
  2. After the test, students will do their independent reading.
  3. Students will spend the rest of the period working on the book cover, which is half the test grade.

Thursday, Aug. 24 (I will be out this day!)

  1. Students will take the first Benchmark test for world literature. This is a required school wide assessment and it does count for a grade. The Benchmark has a reading passage, multiple choice questions, and a writing assignment.
  2. After the Benchmark test, students will complete their independent reading assignment.

Friday, Aug. 25

  1. Students will complete their independent reading assignment.
  2. Students will have enrichment in the form of a movie with a viewing guide for extra credit on the test, OR they can have review if they need to finish book covers or catch up on the independent reading this week.

 

 

August 17

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

SLO pre test tomorrow in  class

Benchmark #1 Wednesday in class

Today in class,

  1. Students watched an interview with Robert Sharenow, the  author of The Berlin Boxing Club.
  2. We discussed the interview students read in class yesterday.
  3. We  read chapters 13 and 14 to finish part I of the book.
  4. Students began the first half of the test on Part I of The Berlin Boxing Club.

Book Cover Assessment – Book Cover Assignment The Berlin Boxing Club-2mccja4