Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23

Students took the literary terms test today. Absent students should plan to stay after school Monday or Tuesday to make up the test.

Grades have been entered! Dig out a scored article of the week to hand in Monday for extra points.

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Hebron's Spring Open House is Monday, 2/26, at 6:30pm. I look forward to meeting the parents of these great kids!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22

WNB: Outside entry

We began our day in the library.

Students completed a Google Forms quiz over commas and apostrophes (on Classroom).

With the remaining class time, students finished creating their questions for Educating Esme. We looked at a few as a group and discussed what to do when two answers appear to be "right."

Lit terms test tomorrow!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21

IRT: ~20 minutes
WNB: "The more you get into someone else's stories, the less they become an 'other.'" - Glynn Washington (Inspired by this story from NPR.)

Students completed practice PSAT writing multiple choice questions. We discussed those that were frequently missed. We will complete another practice passage next week.

Students worked with a partner to write lit term questions about a passage. We'll finish this work tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20

IRT: ~20 minutes
WNB: Article of the Week - "No, there haven't been 18 school shootings in 2018" // Students read, annotated, and responded to the article in their notebooks.

I presented a quick lesson on gerunds and infinitives (also available on Classroom).

Students used the remaining class time to complete the 2 poem TWISTT work from Friday. We discussed the tone of each poem and what we would need to change if we wanted to alter the tone.

This week:
Test Friday over lit terms. Absent students should plan to stay after school Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (2/26-28) to make up the test.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16

IRT: ~20 minutes
WNB: "To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears." - Octavio Paz // How do you feel about poetry?

Students used the first 10 minutes of class to complete the work from yesterday ("The Interlopers" short answers).

Students received a test review for next week's lit terms test (scheduled for Friday, 2/23). This review is also available on Classroom.

We began our discussion of poetry with "Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild" and talked about the recent events in Florida and our own neighboring schools.

Students worked through a packet of poetry and chose 2 to analyze in more detail with their groups: "Mercy" by Rudy Francisco, "Courage" by Anne Sexton, "The Legend" by Garrett Hongo, "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty, and "Point B" by Sarah Kay. We will continue this work on Tuesday.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15

IRT: ~20 minutes
WNB: "Never underestimate the power of a kind word." We handed in this entry today.

Students read "The Interlopers" and practiced embedding quotes. A copy of the story is available on Classroom for students who need it.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14

IRT: ~20 minutes
WNB: In honor of Valentine's Day, we watched the short film Paperman. Students wrote reactions or general thoughts on love.

We had a mini-lesson on apostrophes with graphics provided by

We revisited the Anderson Cooper piece and worked on properly embedding quotes into our writing. We'll have more practice with this tomorrow.

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