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Posted: February 21, 2012

Today we started the unit on short stories with the reading of "The Betrayal" by Timothy Findley   No homework

Posted: February 21, 2012

We continued the introduction into the poetry unit today.  We looked at two poems: "Class Assignment" and "Assignment Poetry"   Homework:  Write 2 verses modeled after the poem "Assignment Poetry"  
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Posted: February 21, 2012

Today we brainstormed a list of things that we knew about the Holocaust.  We then did a quick write on the poem "The White Flakes".  We had a geat and insightful discussion about the poem and history.  One of the themes in the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the Innocence of Children.  We will be exploring this in detail and depth throughout the study.

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we shared our rants.  Continue to practice them so we can get ready to record them.  Hand good copy in   We also began the introduction of the novel study The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we began a poetry unit.  We started a quickwrite called "The Music in My Heart".  Students wrote down lyrics and lines from songs that brought memories back to them or spoke to their emotions.   We watched a clip from the movies "Dead Poet's Society" which talked about "What is poetry".  We will be doing a film analysis and group assignments within the next two weeks as well as beginning the creatation of a poetry anthology of original and collected poetry.

Posted: February 20, 2012

Today we practiced rants.  They were very well done!  Good copy of the rant is now due.  We will soon be transferring the ranmts to a blog.  Stay tuned.   We will be starting a short story unit this week.
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Posted: February 12, 2012

Students are to choose and arguement or point to focus for a Public Service Announcement or rant.  Each student must bring in at least 2 articles (magazine, newspaper. online) focusing on the desired topic.   Students are asked to brainstorm a list of topics they are interested in exploring as a "rant" or a Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Posted: February 12, 2012

      On Friday, we examined a close readi ng through a mentor text.  Students were given the article "The Kids Are More Than All Right" and asked to annotate it for Monday.  This means to write questions, connections, "aha moments", confusions etc on the sides of the text.  We will be taking those comments and questions and writing critical reflections. Critical reflections should be started.  Completion will occur in Tuesday in class.
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Posted: February 9, 2012

Today we began our unit "I Have Something to Say".  We did an introduction into rants through a look at Rick Mercer's rants.  We will continue to look at examples in both text and video to evalate why some are more effective than others.  Next week will we will be brainstorming ideas for rants as well as topics for PSA (Public Service Announcements).
"Get to Know Me" assignmemt due tomorrow (Wednesday February 8)   See attached
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