• Mar292012

POSTED AT 06:03 PM

Students wrote a literary analysis paper, the final test for the Watsons Go to Birmingham unit, in class. I am grading what they finished. However, if they don't meet standard (see rubric on Documents page), then they may rework it during pride lunch after break until they meet standard.
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Mar282012

POSTED AT 02:42 PM

Students filled out a basic outline form for their literary analysis. Then, they began writing. B Day students will have time to finish on Friday.
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Mar262012

POSTED AT 10:54 AM

Student read over the rubric for their final assessment in the Watsons Go to Birmingham unit. The final assessment is an in class write, which they will do this week. The rubric in on on the Documents page.

Students also added these words to their word/defintion/sketch chart:
-sequence
-sequel
-consequence
-subsequent
-ratio
-ration
-rational
-rationale

Homework: There is no homework.
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Mar232012

POSTED AT 12:15 PM

We either finished The Watsons Go to Birmingham or got very close. We took a vocabulary quiz, worth 10 points.

HOMEWORK: Finish the book if we didn't in class -- this applies to periods 1, 3, and 4. We will discuss the end of the book on Tuesday, when we will also start our final assessment of the book, an in class write on one of three prompts.
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Mar192012

POSTED AT 11:49 AM

Students have a vocabulary quiz on Thursday (B Day)/ Friday (A Day). The words on the quiz are:
-remove
-remote
-mobile
-immobile
-dejected
-projectile
-eject
-interject
-motive
-motivate

Homework: Use each of your vocabulary words in a sentence that helps to show what it means. We will go over this first thing on Thursday/Friday, before your vocab quiz.
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Mar162012

POSTED AT 11:16 AM

Students have been learning a new set of vocabulary words from our Greek and Latin roots curriculum. These words all have to do with movement:
-projectile
-interject
-eject
-dejected
-mobile
-immobile
-remote
-remove
-motivate
-motive

These words will be on next quiz, which will happen late next week.

There is no homework.
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Mar082012

POSTED AT 11:45 PM

We took a quiz on chapters 9-10 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham. The quiz also included the vocabulary words illuminate, elucidate, lucid, luminous, and luminary.

If students don't pass the vocab section, they can retake it during Advisory on Friday or Monday. However, they also need to submit proof that they have studied -- word/definition/sketch chart, flash cards, etc.

Homework: Journal Prompt #3:

At the end of chapter 9, Byron decides to give the silent treatment to his family on their road trip. Buphead thinks that it is a great idea, and tells Byron, “Cool, that’ll show ‘em.” Either explain whether or not you think the silent treatment usually works on adults or explain a time that you or somebody you know tried this and how it worked out for him/her.

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Mar062012

POSTED AT 11:46 AM

We discussed our journal prompts, wrote 5 of our vocabulary words in sentences (illuminate, lucid, elucidate, luminous, luminary), and answered questions about chapter 10.

HOMEWORK, DUE THURSDAY:   *** Most period 5 students have double homework because they didn't do what was due today. If students did not get a check mark from me that they finished their vocabulary sentences (because they were trying to finish the homework that was due that they didn't do), they need to finish their sentences on top of their journal prompt for tonight.
Journal  Prompt: There are no right or wrong answers. Fully explain your reaction to this prompt. We will discuss it on Thursday at the start of class: At the beginning of chapter 9, Mr. Watsons speaks to Kenny like he is an adult. Kenny confesses tha he doesn't he'll know what to do when he is a grown-up. Can you relate to either of Kenny's experiences in this part of the chapter? Write about it.

Students wrote in their planners that they have a quiz on chapters 9-10 and their new vocabulary (see words above) on Thursday. If they haven't finished these chapters on their own, they should check a book out to catch up at home.
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Mar052012

POSTED AT 10:59 AM

Students answered 6 comprehension questions about chapter 9 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

HOMEWORK: Respond to the following journal prompt. We will discuss it in small groups at the start of class on Tuesday:
On pages 122-123, Mr. Watson explains that one of the reasons why they are sending Byron to Birmingham is because they want Byron "to get an idea of the kind of place the world can be," and that "maybe spending some time down there will help open his eyes." What do you think of this decision? Do you agree or disagree with this choice? Why?

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Mar022012

POSTED AT 10:58 AM

Students answered 6 comprehension questions about chapter 9 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

HOMEWORK: Respond to the following journal prompt. We will discuss it in small groups at the start of class on Tuesday:
On pages 122-123, Mr. Watson explains that one of the reasons why they are sending Byron to Birmingham is because they want Byron "to get an idea of the kind of place the world can be," and that "maybe spending some time down there will help open his eyes." What do you think of this decision? Do you agree or disagree with this choice? Why?

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