Thursday, May 21, 2009

5-21-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 22-23 (A Days)

Today we started class with our last Punctual Piece *yay!* It was: Explain the title of Chapter 22: "The Enemy is Ignorance." What do you think about this phrase?

Then we turned in our punctual pieces.

Then we discussed Chapters 22 and 23 and you had the rest of the period to work on your Three Cups Tic-Tac-Toe Assignment.

Remember it is due at the latest on Friday--even though I won't be here, but the baskets will! No Excuses!

For Tuesday:
1. Finish Three Cups assignment
2. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5-20-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 22-23 (B Days)

Today we started class with our last Punctual Piece *yay!* It was: Explain the title of Chapter 22: "The Enemy is Ignorance." What do you think about this phrase?

Then we turned in our punctual pieces.

Then we discussed Chapters 22 and 23 and you had the rest of the period to work on your Three Cups Tic-Tac-Toe Assignment.

Remember it is due at the latest on Friday--even though I won't be here the Sub (who I know personally) will have a folder to collect them.

For Friday:
1. Finish Three Cups assignment
2. Have a great weekend!
3. H.A.G.S.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

5-19-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 18-21 (A Days)

Today we started with our punctual piece:

What change do you want to be in the world? How could you go about being that change?

Then to cover chapters 18-21 in one class period we did an activity called a Jigsaw. We broke up into groups and each group was responsible for one chapter. They answered questions about the chapter and filled out a sheet to prepare to teach some other classmates about their chapter. Then we created new groups with one person from each chapter and you taught each other and took notes on the other chapters.

For Thursday:
1. Read Chapters 22-23
2. Finish all Late or Missing Work!

Monday, May 18, 2009

5-18-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 18-21 (B Days)

Today we started with our punctual piece:

What change do you want to be in the world? How could you go about being that change?

Then to cover chapters 18-21 in one class period we did an activity called a Jigsaw. We broke up into groups and each group was responsible for one chapter. They answered questions about the chapter and filled out a sheet to prepare to teach some other classmates about their chapter. Then we created new groups with one person from each chapter and you taught each other and took notes on the other chapters.

For Wednesday:
1. Read Chapters 22-23
2. Finish All Three Cups of Tea (Tic-Tac-Toe)
3. Remember it will be best if you turn in your Cups on Wednesday because I will not be here on Friday.

Friday, May 15, 2009

5-15-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 13-14 (A Days)

Today we began with our punctual piece: It is easy to become discouraged and feel helpless. How do you overcome helplessness and discouragement?

Then we had reading time.

Finally we completed a Stations Activity. There were nine (9) total, and you were required to complete four (4)--25 points each. You could complete up to three (3) additional stations for extra credit--again 25 points each.

If you missed class, you will need to make up the Stations Activity. Most of the Stations are on our website. For a few, you will have to come and make them up with me before or after school or during 1st lunch.

For Tuesday:
1. Read Chapter 16. You will have quizzes until you read!
2. Finish your 2nd Cup.


VIDEO FOR STATION 2


video

Thursday, May 14, 2009

5-14-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 13-14 (B Days)

Today we began with our punctual piece: It is easy to become discouraged and feel helpless. How do you overcome helplessness and discouragement?

Then we had reading time.

Finally we completed a Stations Activity. There were nine (9) total, and you were required to complete four (4)--25 points each. You could complete up to three (3) additional stations for extra credit--again 25 points each.

If you missed class, you will need to make up the Stations Activity. Most of the Stations are on our website. For a few, you will have to come and make them up with me before or after school or during 1st lunch.

For Monday:
1. Read Chapter 16. You will have quizzes until you read!
2. Finish your 2nd Cup.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

5-13-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 11-12 (A Days)

Today we started with our Punctual Piece: What is success? How do you know you've reached it?

We turned in our 1st Cup of Tea!

Then some of you had reading quizzes because you didn't read last time.

Next we had a silent discussion to work with Chapters 11-12.

For Friday:
1. Read Chapter 13-14
2. Work on your Cups

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5-12-09: Three Cups of Tea Ch. 11-12 (B Days)

Today we started with our Punctual Piece: How come building meaningful relationships is important in Greg Mortenson's line of work? How do you go about building meaningful relationships?

We turned in our 1st Cup of Tea!

Then some of you had reading quizzes because you didn't read last time.

Next we had a silent discussion to work with Chapters 11-12.

For Thursday:
1. Read Chapter 13-14
2. Work on your Cups

Monday, May 11, 2009

5-11-09: Three Cups of Tea Story Boards (A Days)

Today we started class with our Punctual Piece. We practiced a reading strategy to figure out unknown words from context clues in the book.

Then we broke into six groups and each group focused on one chapter: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10. As a group, you read the chapter, then answered some questions, and created a story board depiction of the chapter.

If you missed class, you will probably want to read at least one of the three chapters (5, 7, 10) that we covered in class in addition to your assigned reading: 1, 2, 3.

For Wednesday:
1. Read Three Cups of Tea Ch. 11-12
2. 1st Cup of Tea is Due!

Friday, May 8, 2009

5-8-09: Three Cups of Tea Chapters 1,2,3,4,7,10 (B Days)

Today we started class with our Punctual Piece. We practiced a reading strategy to figure out unknown words from context clues in the book.

Then we broke into six groups and each group focused on one chapter: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10. As a group, you read the chapter, then answered some questions, and created a story board depiction of the chapter.

If you missed class, you will probably want to read at least one of the three chapters (5, 7, 10) that we covered in class in addition to your assigned reading: 1, 2, 3.

For Tuesday:
1. Read Three Cups of Tea Ch. 11-12
2. 1st Cup of Tea is Due!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

5-7-09: Introdction to Three Cups of Tea (A Days)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece. We wrote a paragraph in answer to the question:
Can ONE person make a difference? How so?

Then we took notes on the PowerPoint for Three Cups of Tea. If you missed class, you will need to make this up on your own. The PowerPoint in in PDF format on the website--and linked here :)

For part of the PowerPoint we watched the following video clips. See the PowerPoint Notes so you know how to respond and what to look for.

For next class you will need to read Chapters 1-3 in Three Cups of Tea. And make sure you bring your book to class with you!

See the Videos and Songs in the Previous B Day Post.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

5-6-09: Intro. Three Cups of Tea (B Days)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece. We wrote a paragraph in answer to the question:
Can ONE person make a difference? How so?

Then we took notes on the PowerPoint for Three Cups of Tea. If you missed class, you will need to make this up on your own. The PowerPoint in in PDF format on the website--and linked here :)

For part of the PowerPoint we watched the following video clips. See the PowerPoint Notes so you know how to respond and what to look for.

For next class you will need to read Chapters 1-3 in Three Cups of Tea. And make sure you bring your book to class with you!

The Video Clips from the PowerPoint:

Part 1
video

Part 2
video

Part 3
video


Here are the links if the videos don't work:
Greg Mortensen Part 1
Greg Mortensen Part 2
Greg Mortensen Part 3

Also, here are the Links to the Songs on the PowerPoint:
If Everyone Cared
I Dare You to Move

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5-5-09: Core Testing Last Day! (A Days)

We finished Core Testing today!!

I am so excited to end our year with such an inspiring book.

No Homework today! Just be in class next time to start Three Cups of Tea.

Monday, May 4, 2009

5-4-09: Core Testing Day 2 (B days)

Hopefully we finished Core Testing today. If not, we'll finish up next time and we'll start Three Cups of Tea!

I am so excited to end our year with such an inspiring book.

No Homework today! Just be in class next time to start Three Cups of Tea.

Friday, May 1, 2009

5-1-09: Core Testing (A Days)

Today we took the first two sections of the Core Test. If you missed class, I will be hunting you down...

Please be here on Tuesday for the final two sections.

No Homework this weekend! Yay!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

4-30-09: Core Testing Day 1 (B Days)

Today we took the first two sections of the Core Test. If you missed class, I will be hunting you down...

Please be here on Monday for the final two sections.

No Homework this weekend! Yay!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

4-29-09: Book Reports & Roots Bingo

Today we completed our Book Report in class. If you missed class, you will need to come in after school and make up the book report with me. You have two weeks from today to do that.

Then we played Roots Bingo to review our Roots for Core Testing which starts on Friday.

Please, BE IN CLASS! If you're not in class, I will have to pull you out of your other classes to have you make up the test. Just be there.

Remember there are lots of incentives:
1. You are guaranteed a D- in the class this term.
2. You will receive extra credit if you do well.
3. There will be scrumptious treats.

Tell everyone in your class to come!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4-28-09: Book Reports & Roots Bingo

Today we completed our Book Report in class. If you missed class, you will need to come in after school and make up the book report with me. You have two weeks from today to do that.

Then we played Roots Bingo to review our Roots for Core Testing which starts on Thursday.

Please, BE IN CLASS! If you're not in class, I will have to pull you out of your other classes to have you make up the test. Just be there.

Remember there are lots of incentives:
1. You are guaranteed a D- in the class this term.
2. You will receive extra credit if you do well.
3. There will be scrumptious treats.

Tell everyone in your class to come!

Monday, April 27, 2009

4-27-09: Presentations End

Today we finished our Research Presentations. Overall, everyone did an astounding job! Well done.

Just remember Tuesday you need to have your book read. We will complete the book report IN CLASS. So be there. If you're not there, you'll have to make it up with me after school.

We will also be starting Core Testing this Friday, please be in class so that 1. You won't have to make up the test during a different class, and 2. Because I promise you it will be well worth your while if you take the exam!

Read your Book for Wednesday! We'll be doing our book report IN CLASS!

Friday, April 24, 2009

4-24-09: Last Day for Presentations (B Days)

Today we finished our Research Presentations. Overall, everyone did an astounding job! Well done.

Just remember Tuesday you need to have your book read. We will complete the book report IN CLASS. So be there. If you're not there, you'll have to make it up with me after school.

We will also be starting Core Testing next Thursday, please be in class so that 1. You won't have to make up the test during a different class, and 2. Because I promise you it will be well worth your while if you take the exam!

Have a good weekend :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

4-23-09: Presentations Cont. (A Days)

Today we continued our Research Presentations. You were required to complete a notes sheet for each person who presented. We will turn in our notes on Friday, when all of the presentations are complete!

Make sure you are reading your book; we will complete the book report next week in class.

Monday's Presenters:

A1
Nick
Makelle
Tyffani
Martin
Tylynn
Shelby

A2
Anna
Elizabeth
Dezrea
Debbie
Spencer
Taylor
PEter
Austin
Mitch
Kathie

A3
Kitty
Brittany C.
Kyran
Lizeth
Joe
Meghan
Chandler

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

4-22-09: Presentations Cont. (B Days)

Today we continued our Research Presentations. You were required to complete a notes sheet for each person who presented. We will turn in our notes on Friday, when all of the presentations are complete!

Make sure you are reading your book; we will complete the book report next week in class.

Friday's Presenters:

B2
Brandon
Shailey
Corey S.
Jackie
Philip
Ben
Aren

B3
Makelle
Angelina
Skyler
Monica

B4
Kelsey
Shalee
Shayton
Devon

4-21-09: Research Presentations (A Days)

Today we started our Research Presentations. You were required to complete a notes sheet for each person who presented. We will turn in our notes on Friday, when all of the presentations are complete!

Make sure you are reading your book; we will complete the book report next week in class.

Thursday's Presenters:

A1
Adriann
Brynn
Ethan
Kayti
Dani
Matt

A2
Stephanie
Shayna
Brianne
Elizabeth
Shelby
Rem
Bertha
Megan
Michael
Chris

A3
Brandon
Dillon
Paul
Mitchell
Becca
Taylor
Zac
Lacey
Jullian
Jordan F.

Monday, April 20, 2009

4-20-09: Presentations (B Days)

Today we started our Research Presentations. You were required to complete a notes sheet for each person who presented. We will turn in our notes on Friday, when all of the presentations are complete!

Make sure you are reading your book; we will complete the book report next week in class.

Wednesday's Presenters:

B2
Heather H.
Shana P.
Jessica D.
Aubree E.
Malia A.
Briar S.
Matt H.
Jake H.
Nathan S.

B3
Elin T.
Alex H.
Kayli J.
Kaitlyn L.
Brennan S.
Tanner M.

B4
Karleigh F.
Jace C.
Jake J.
Alex S.
Jon K.
Molly C.

Friday, April 10, 2009

4-10-09: Your Choice Genres Work Day (A Days)

Today we completed a few more rationale sheets for our Punctual Piece.

Then we talked through the Presentation Component of the Research Assignment. We all signed up for a day to present--so if you missed, you'll need to call or email me about signing up.

Then we had the rest of the period to work on finishing our Multi-genre papers.

Remember the Multi-genre Project is due Tuesday, April 21st the Tuesday we come back from Spring Break. It must be in class that day. If you are sick, you must have your parents, a friend, or a neighbor bring it to me. If you can't find anyone to bring it to me, you must call me and I will pick it up from your house! I need it here, and if it's late it will be docked severely.

Have fun over spring break!
1. Finish Multi-genre
2. Read your book

Thursday, April 9, 2009

4-9-09: Your Choice Genres Work Day (B Days)

Today we completed a few more rationale sheets for our Punctual Piece.

Then we talked through the Presentation Component of the Research Assignment. We all signed up for a day to present--so if you missed, you'll need to call or email me about signing up.

Then we had the rest of the period to work on finishing our Multi-genre papers.

Remember the Multi-genre Project is due Monday, April 20th the Monday we come back from Spring Break. It must be in class that day. If you are sick, you must have your parents, a friend, or a neighbor bring it to me. If you can't find anyone to bring it to me, you must call me and I will pick it up from your house! I need it here, and if it's late it will be docked severely.

Have fun over spring break!
1. Finish Multi-genre
2. Read your book

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

4-8-09: Your Choice Genres (A Days)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece and completed several Rationale Cards for our genres.

Next we had the rest of class to work on the Your Choice Genres. We went to the computer lab, so we had time to finish working on our PowerPoint presentations, typing our newspaper articles, resumes, how-to articles, and the Your Choice Genres. We will only have one more day for this assignment in class! So get going on the Your Choice Genres!

For Thursday:
1. Your Choice Genres
2. Don't forget your Outside Reading Book

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

4-7-09: Your Choice Genres (B Days)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece and completed several Rationale Cards for our genres.

Next we had the rest of class to work on the Your Choice Genres. We went to the computer lab, so we had time to finish working on our PowerPoint presentations, typing our newspaper articles, resumes, how-to articles, and the Your Choice Genres. We will only have one more day for this assignment in class! So get going on the Your Choice Genres!

For Thursday:
1. Your Choice Genres
2. Don't forget your Outside Reading Book

Monday, April 6, 2009

4-6-09: How-To Writing (A Days)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece. A1 and A2 we talked about Active and Passive Voice, and completed some practice with Active and Passive Voice. In A3 we completed two rationale sheets for the PowerPoint Presentation and the Newspaper Article.

In A1 and A2 we talked about why Active and Passive Voice are important in How-To Writing. Then we talked through the How-To Assignment Sheet; and you were given the rest of the period to complete the How-To Planning Sheet and begin drafting your How-To Article. Your How-To Draft is due IN CLASS on Wednesday!

Then in A3 we finished drafting our How-To articles and completed Peer Reviewed our How-To Articles, so if you missed class you'll have to make this up with someone in our class.


For Tuesday:
1. Get all drafts ready to type!
2. Work on your Your-Choice Genres

Friday, April 3, 2009

4-3-09: Writing Lab (B2) and How-To Writing (B3 and B4)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece. B2 we completed two rationale sheets. B3 and B4 we talked about Active and Passive Voice, and completed some practice with Active and Passive Voice.

Then in B2 we Peer Reviewed our How-To Articles, so if you missed class you'll have to make this up with someone in our class. Then we went to the Writing Lab for the rest of the period where you had time to finish your PowerPoint presentations, type up your News Articles, Resumes, and How-To Articles. Get those finished this weekend!

In B3 and B4 we talked about why Active and Passive Voice are important in How-To Writing. Then we talked through the How-To Assignment Sheet; and you were given the rest of the period to complete the How-To Planning Sheet and begin drafting your How-To Article. Your How-To Draft is due IN CLASS on Tuesday!

For Tuesday:
1. Finish typing Newspaper Article and Resume
2. Work on your Your-Choice Genres

Thursday, April 2, 2009

4-2-09: Writing Lab (A1 & A2) and How-To (A3)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece: More Vocabulary!

Here are the definitions:
form (Latin) = shape

uniform--(noun) the distinct clothes worn by members of a group; --(adj) always the same
form--(noun) the shape or outline of anything --(verb) to give shape to; to make
formula--(noun) any fixed or conventional method of doing something
reform--(verb) to bring back to rightness, order, or morality; to correct
formation--(noun) the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement
deformed--(adj) distorted or unshapely in form
perform (verb) to carry out; to act or function

Then we Peer Reviewed our Resumes. If you missed, you will have to find someone in your class period to switch with!

A1 and A2 had the rest of the period to type our PowerPoint Presentations, Newspaper articles, and Resumes. We will have one more day in the writing lab, so if you need more time you'll have to get there on your own!

A3 we weren't able to get the writing lab today, but we'll be there on Friday, so we talked about How-To Writing. We talked about Active and Passive Voice, then we talked through the How-To Assignment Sheet; and you were given the rest of the period to complete the How-To Planning Sheet. Your How-To Draft is due IN CLASS on Monday!

For Friday:
1. A3--Draft of How-To Article
2. Work on your Your Choice Genres!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

4-1-09: How-To (B2) or Writing Lab (B3/B4)

Today we started off with our Punctual Piece: More Vocabulary!

Here are the definitions:
form (Latin) = shape

uniform--(noun) the distinct clothes worn by members of a group; --(adj) always the same
form--(noun) the shape or outline of anything --(verb) to give shape to; to make
formula--(noun) any fixed or conventional method of doing something
reform--(verb) to bring back to rightness, order, or morality; to correct
formation--(noun) the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement
deformed--(adj) distorted or unshapely in form
perform (verb) to carry out; to act or function

Then we Peer Reviewed our Resumes.

Next B2 we weren't able to get the writing lab today, but we'll be there on Friday, so we talked about How-To Writing. We talked about Active and Passive Voice, then we talked through the How-To Assignment Sheet; and you were given the rest of the period to complete the How-To Planning Sheet. Your How-To Draft is due IN CLASS on Friday!

B3 and B4 had the rest of the period to type our PowerPoint Presentations, Newspaper articles, and Resumes. We will have one more day in the writing lab, so if you need more time you'll have to get there on your own!

For Friday:
1. B2--Draft of How-To Article
2. Outside Reading Book
3. Work on your Your Choice Genres!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3-31-09: Resume Writing (A Days)

Today we began with our punctual piece. Yes, it was more vocabulary! I want you to have lots of possibilities for words and roots to use in your MG (multi-genre paper).
Here are the definitions of the words for today:

dyna (Greek) = power
dynamo--(noun) a forceful, energetic, productive person
dynamite--(noun) a powerful explosive made using nitroglycerin; anything potentially dangerous
dynasty--(noun) a succession of rulers who are members fo the same family; the period during which a certain family reigns

fid (Latin) = faith
fidelity--(noun) faithfulness; loyalty
confidence--(noun) firm belief; trust; reliance--beleif in one's own

Next we completed Peer Review for our Newspaper Articles. If you missed class, you'll have to make it up on your own.

Then we talked about Resume Writing. Within Resume Writing we read some information on Parallelism and completed some practice exercises. You'll need to make this up if you missed class. Then we talked through the Resume assignment sheet and you had the rest of class to complete the planning sheet and draft of your resume. The draft must be in class next time (Thursday) for Peer Review!

For Thursday:
1. Draft of Resume IN CLASS!
2. Bring outside reading book

Monday, March 30, 2009

3-30-09: Resumes (B Days)

Today we started out with our punctual piece, for which you read through some information on Parallel Structure in Business Writing and completed some practice exercises. You'll need to make up this assignment if you weren't in class.

Then we talked about resumes. We talked through the assignment sheet, then you were given the rest of class to complete the planning sheet and a draft. If you finished, you completed Peer Review. If not, you must have your draft IN CLASS next time for Peer Review!

For Wednesday:
1. Draft of Resume
2. Make up work
3. Finish Vocabulary Sheets

Friday, March 27, 2009

3-27-09: Newspaper Articles (A Days)

Your Book for outside reading was due today! Remember it can be anything you want as long as it is an actual novel and it is over 100 pages.

For our Punctual Piece we looked at pronoun agreement. Remember everybody is singular so it is paired with he or she! We completed some practice exercises--you'll want to make those up!

Next we talked about Newspaper Writing. We read a newspaper article and talked about the characteristics of Newspaper Writing. In groups you broke down the article we read into its components.

Then you completed the Newspaper Planning Sheet and began drafting your article. If you missed class, you will want to have a draft done for Tuesday!

For Tuesday:
1. Complete the draft of your Newspaper Article so it's ready for Peer Review. Remember, you cannot make up the Draft points if you don't have it done!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

3-26-09: Work Day (B Days)

Your Book for outside reading was due today! Remember it can be anything you want as long as it is an actual novel and it is over 100 pages.

Today we began with our punctual piece. Yes, it was more vocabulary! I want you to have lots of possibilities for words and roots to use in your MG (multi-genre paper).
Here are the definitions of the words for today:

dyna (Greek) = power
dynamo--(noun) a forceful, energetic, productive person
dynamite--(noun) a powerful explosive made using nitroglycerin; anything potentially dangerous
dynasty--(noun) a succession of rulers who are members fo the same family; the period during which a certain family reigns

fid (Latin) = faith
fidelity--(noun) faithfulness; loyalty
confidence--(noun) firm belief; trust; reliance--beleif in one's own abilities
confidante--(noun) a person trusted with secrets or private matters

Then you had the rest of the time to finish up Peer Review for both PowerPoint and Newspaper articles. You also had time to work on your Your Choice Genres. In B2 we were able to go to the Writing Lab. B3 and B4 will go next week. Go get everything ready so you just have to type it up!

For Monday:
1. Get caught up on all research stuff you're behind in!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3-25-09: Writing Lab Day (A Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece. We completed a few more vocabulary words looking at two new roots. Here's the definitions if you missed:
Dia (Greek) = across
diameter--(noun) the length of a straight line through the center of an object
dialogue--(noun) a conversation between two or more people
dialect--(noun) a regional variety of language distinguished by features of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
diatribe--(noun) a bitter and abusive speech or writing

Dom (Latin) = rule
predominant--(adj) being most evident or apparent; leading
dominion--(noun) an area ruled or controlled
domineering--(adj) forcing others to obey
domain--(noun) a field or area over which control is exercised; a sphere of activity, concern, or function

Then we went to the writing lab. You finished up Peer Review, if you didn't last time. You typed up your PowerPoint Presentation and saved it on my jump drive. Then you had time to work on your some of your Your Choice Genres.

For Friday:
1. Finish up Your Choice Genres #1 and #2
2. Get an outside reading book!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3-24-09 Newspaper Articles (B Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece. We completed a few more vocabulary words looking at two new roots. Here's the definitions if you missed:
Dia (Greek) = across
diameter--(noun) the length of a straight line through the center of an object
dialogue--(noun) a conversation between two or more people
dialect--(noun) a regional variety of language distinguished by features of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
diatribe--(noun) a bitter and abusive speech or writing

Dom (Latin) = rule
predominant--(adj) being most evident or apparent; leading
dominion--(noun) an area ruled or controlled
domineering--(adj) forcing others to obey
domain--(noun) a field or area over which control is exercised; a sphere of activity, concern, or function

Then we talked about pronoun agreement. Remember everybody is singular so it is paired with he or she! We completed some practice exercises--you'll want to make those up!

Next we talked about Newspaper Writing. We read a newspaper article and talked about the characteristics of Newspaper Writing. In groups you broke down the article we read into its components.

Then you completed the Newspaper Planning Sheet, drafted your article, and completed Peer Review. If you missed class, you are responsible for finding someone in your class to switch papers with.

For Thursday:
1. Get caught up on all genres we've done so far: PowerPoint and Newspaper
2. Bring ALL your research with you so you will have time to work on your Your Choice Genres

Monday, March 23, 2009

3-23-09: PowerPoint Presentations (A Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece. We learned six new vocabulary words from two new roots. Check your folder to get those!

Then we started writing our Multi-genre Research Papers. We began with the introduction, which is a PowerPoint Presentation. We talked through the characteristics of good PowerPoint presentations. Then you planned your presentation, drafted it, and completed Peer Review. Finally you completed the Rationale Card.

Next week, when we go to the Computer Lab, you will have the chance to type it all up in professional final form!

If you're still confused, my example is on our website. Click Here!

For Wednesday:
1. Caught up on ALL Research Stuff if you're behind.

Friday, March 20, 2009

3-20-09: PowerPoint Presentations (B Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece. We learned six new vocabulary words from two new roots. Check your folder to get those!

Then we started writing our Multi-genre Research Papers. We began with the introduction, which is a PowerPoint Presentation. We talked through the characteristics of good PowerPoint presentations. Then you planned your presentation, drafted it, and completed Peer Review. Finally you completed the Rationale Card.

Next week, when we go to the Computer Lab, you will have the chance to type it all up in professional final form!

If you're still confused, my example is on our website. Click Here!

For Tuesday:
1. Caught up on ALL Research Stuff if you're behind.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

3-19-09: Planning Day (A Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece: Using the research you have collected and now analyzed, write an instant version of your research paper in 7-8 sentences.

Then we started planning our Research Papers. First we completed the Organization Template to map out our introduction and thesis, all three supports, and the conclusion.

After we mapped out our papers, we talked about how we are going to write the paper. This will not be a traditional research paper, but instead we are going to present our research in multiple genres--something called a Multi-genre Research Paper. We talked about the expectations and then completed the Genre Planning sheet.

It is essential that you get caught up if you are behind. We will begin writing the Research Paper next class!

For Monday:
1. Bring hall passes and late work passes
2. Complete the Genre Planning Sheet if you didn't finish in class
3. Complete the Organization Template and Genre Planning Sheet if you missed class

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

3-18-09: Planning Day (B Days)

Today we started class with our punctual piece: Using the research you have collected and now analyzed, write an instant version of your research paper in 7-8 sentences.

Then we started planning our Research Papers. First we completed the Organization Template to map out our introduction and thesis, all three supports, and the conclusion.

After we mapped out our papers, we talked about how we are going to write the paper. This will not be a traditional research paper, but instead we are going to present our research in multiple genres--something called a Multi-genre Research Paper. We talked about the expectations and then completed the Genre Planning sheet.

It is essential that you get caught up if you are behind. We will begin writing the Research Paper next class!

For Friday:
1. Bring hall passes and late work passes
2. Complete the Genre Planning Sheet if you didn't finish in class
3. Complete the Organization Template and Genre Planning Sheet if you missed class

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

3-17-09: Research Reading (A Days)

Today we continued to work on our Research Reading Charts! We reviewed MLA format and you were given a handout with examples.

You were given the entire period to finish your Research Reading Charts. However, if you didn't finish, all six (6) are due Wednesday at the beginning of class!

If you have been gone, please get caught up! Call me if you have questions.

For Thursday:
1. Research Reading Charts ALL six (6)!

Monday, March 16, 2009

3-16-09: Research Reading (B Days)

Today we continued to work on our Research Reading Charts! We reviewed MLA format and you were given a handout with examples.

You were given the entire period to finish your Research Reading Charts. However, if you didn't finish, all six (6) are due Wednesday at the beginning of class!

If you have been gone, please get caught up! Call me if you have questions.

For Wednesday:
1. Research Reading Charts ALL six (6)!

Friday, March 13, 2009

3-13-09: More Research (A Days)

Today we turned in ALL of our missing work. Today was the last day. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

First thing, we went to the library to continue our research. Just like last time you were to find three sources, print them off in their entirety or check them out. IF YOU MISSED CLASS, YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS UP, THIS ASSIGNMENT GOES ON 3RD TERM'S GRADE!!

Now you should have six (6) sources and three (3) different types. If you are behind, please get this done ASAP or you will be behind for next term.

Then we came back to class and started working on the Research Reading portion of the sources. We completed two Research Reading Charts. So, if you didn't finish or if you missed class you will want to finish two charts before Tuesday.

If you missed class, it is essential that you get started on this assignment! Please start researching online. Use the Pioneer Database. To access it at home the login name is: Pioneer. And the password is: home

For Tuesday:
1. If you've missed class, get your sources!
2. If you need more info., get more sources!
3. If you haven't finished your two Research Reading Charts, finish two!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

3-12-09: More Research (B Days)

Today we turned in missing work. Remeber the last day is Friday, March 13th at 3:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!

Before we went to the library today, we started reading the sources we found last class and completing the Research Reading Charts for those sources.

Then we continued to research our topics in the library. Just like last time you were to PRINT out three research soruces that you found online or CHECKOUT three books you found in the library or a combination of the the two. IF YOU MISSED CLASS, YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS UP. THIS ASSIGNMENT GOES ON 3RD TERM'S GRADE!

Now you have 6 sources total! And at least three different types of sources. Get this done ASAP, or you'll be behind for next term.

If you missed class, it is essential that you get started on this research assignment! Please start searching online. And please use the Pioneer Database! To access it from home the login name is: Pioneer. And the password is: home

For Monday:
1. If you've missed class and need more sources, find those!
2. If you need more sources, even if you didn't miss class, get them.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

3-11-09: Research Day (A Days)

Today we continued to narrow the research topics we selected last class. We completed a Topic Narrowing Assignment and then we prepared to go to the Library to complete the first portion of our Research Assignment.

The first portion of the Research Assignment was due at the end of class today: You were to PRINT out three research sources that you found online or CHECKOUT three books you found in the library or a combination of the two.

If you missed class, it is essential that you get started on this research assignment! Please start searching online. And please use the Pioneer Database! To access it from home the login name is: Pioneer. And the password is: home.

For Friday:
1. All missing work!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

3-10-09: Research Day (B Days)

Today we continued to narrow the research topics we selected last class. We completed a Topic Narrowing Assignment and then we prepared to go to the Library to complete the first portion of our Research Assignment.

The first portion of the Research Assignment was due at the end of class today: You were to PRINT out three research sources that you found online or CHECKOUT three books you found in the library or a combination of the two.

If you missed class, it is essential that you get started on this research assignment! Please start searching online. And please use the Pioneer Database! To access it from home the login name is: Pioneer. And the password is: home.

For Thursday:
1. All missing work!

Friday, March 6, 2009

3-6-09: Night p.99-109 (A Days)

Today we handed in our Reading Questions for p.99-109 and Writer's Notebook #7, so if you missed class, get those in ASAP!

We started class with our Punctual Piece:
What will you remember about the novel Night? How come?

Then we had reading time and a quiz on p. 99-109.

Next to finish up the novel we completed a Found Poem. If you missed class, you will need to make up this assignment.

Have a great looong weekend! And get all of your missing assignments done--that is your homework. If you don't have any missing assignments, you don't have any homework! Hooray.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

3-5-09: Night p. 99-109 (B Days)

Today we turned in Night p.99-109 questions and Writer's Notebook #7, so if you missed class get those in ASAP!

We started off the day with our punctual piece:

Answer both questions: (at least 3 sentences for each question).
-What causes do you strongly believe in? Connect with? Want to learn more about?
-If you could get a message across to a large group of people, who would those people be? What would your message be?

Then we took a reading quiz on p.99-109.

Next we read talked through the punctual piece and proceeded to read "The Perils of Indifference," Elie Wiesel's speech he delivered when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. We discussed how Wiesel's cause is to fight indifference and to encourage individuals to stand up for what is right and fight against genocide. This is something that Elie has devoted his life to, and is something he is passionate about.

Next we again thought about what we are passionate about, and selected two topics for research we will be starting next week. Then we formed questions about those two topics on the Topic->Question Assignment. (If you missed class, make sure you make this up right away!) If you are still having a hard time thinking of a topic, check out these topic ideas.

For Tuesday:
1. ALL Missing Assignments!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

3-4-09: Night p.81-98 (A Days)

Today we turned in Night p.81-98 questions, so if you missed class get those in ASAP!

We started off the day with our punctual piece:

Answer both questions: (at least 3 sentences for each question).
-What causes do you strongly believe in? Connect with? Want to learn more about?
-If you could get a message across to a large group of people, who would those people be? What would your message be?

Then we took a reading quiz on p.81-98.

Next we read talked through the punctual piece and proceeded to read "The Perils of Indifference," Elie Wiesel's speech he delivered when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. We discussed how Wiesel's cause is to fight indifference and to encourage individuals to stand up for what is right and fight against genocide. This is something that Elie has devoted his life to, and is something he is passionate about.

Next we again thought about what we are passionate about, and selected two topics for research we will be starting next week. Then we formed questions about those two topics on the Topic->Question Assignment. (If you missed class, make sure you make this up right away!) If you are still having a hard time thinking of a topic, check out these topic ideas.

For Friday:
1. Night p.99-109 & Reading Questions
2. Writer's Notebook #7