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Posted: October 27, 2011

English 112: Today we had a fabulous whole class discussion about "The Most Dangerous Game".  I gave an assignment to be done on the story.  The assignment focuses on two skills: quotation identification and creating graphic organizers for note-taking.  It is due on Tuesday.  I am not here tomorrow, however, I'll be back on Monday.  You can ask me questions about the assignment then.  See the attachment for the assignment.   English 10: Storyboards were due today.  Today we wrote a snapshot moment from our storyboard and talked about proper use of quotation marks.  Continue working on your drafts tomorrow with the supply teacher.
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"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

Posted: October 26, 2011

Posted: October 26, 2011

English 112: Please finish reading "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.  Students have received copies of the story, but if you were absent, I am attaching a web link with the full text of the story.  We will be doing some very important follow-up activities with the story.   English 10: Make sure that your storyboards are completed for tomorrow's class.

Posted: October 19, 2011

English 112: Don't forget your homework tomorrow.  Complete a two page double spaced reflection on the following question:  In "Lamb to the Slaughter", how does the author create both the seen and unseen characterstics of Mary Maloney.  You must use quotes to support.  Remember that the graphic organizers you created are a great prewriting tool for this assignment.   English 10: We worked on the reading comprehension skill of determining importance today.  Students searched through the text of "The Pit and the Pendulum" to find words that connected to the human feelings of fear, obsession, anticipation, and helplessness.  The next step is to choose one of those words and complete one of the following activities:  a) text-to-self connection: put that word as the title at the top of your page.  Write a one page double spaced piece that describes a time in your life when you experienced this emotion. b) text-to-text connection: Think about your word and find another text that reminds you of that emotion.  The text could be a song, poem, picture, movie, story, etc.  Write a half page piece explaining why the text you have chosen connects with the word from our story. c) text-to-world connection: Think about your word and how it connects to something that is happening in the world, in your community, or in your school.  This piece should be one page double spaced. d) If you enjoy drawing, you can create a visualization of the word.  Remember that tone is essential. Assignment is due on Monday.

K-5 Language Arts Curriculum Outcomes

Posted: October 19, 2011

Writing 110 students can access the curriculum documents for elementary school through this link.

Posted: October 17, 2011

Writing 110: We are all very excited about our narrative project based learning unit.  We are teaming up with Gretna Green Elementary School - our students will be going into the school to share storybooks and teach lesson plans on writing.  The outline of the unit is attached.  Students are currently in the planning stages of the project. English 112: Today we started to think metaphorically about character.  Using the character of Mary Maloney, students created an iceberg graphic organizer to demonstrate Mary's seen and unseen characteristics.  For tomorrow, the metaphorical sketches must be completed. English 10: Students were given time today to work on comprehension questions on "The Pit and the Pendulum".  The questions are due on Wednesday.
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"Lamb to the Slaughter" full text

Posted: October 13, 2011

Posted: October 13, 2011

English 112: QW - we watched a video from 1949 entitled "Dating Dos and Don'ts", then students created their own list of dating dos and don'ts for today's teens.  After the QW, we learned about the context of our story, "Lamb to the Slaughter".  We also read the short story.  Over the next couple of classes, we will be analyzing the story, particularly the main character, Mary Maloney.  I am adding an online text of the story (check web links). English 10: QW - Write about a memorable moment from the point of view of another person who was there.  Today I gave you class time to work on the "Sentry" comprehension questions and creative extension which are due tomorrow.  

Posted: October 12, 2011

Writing 110: Today you received a copy of your rubric for the extended narrative.  Be sure to fill in the blank spaces with criteria that you want to be marked on.  The final copy for your narrative is due on Tuesday. English 112: We followed up the close reading of "Home Smart Home" with a group activity, where you had to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this type of technology.  We had a great whole class discussion.  Tomorrow, we will be moving on to our next story, "Lamb to the Slaughter". English 10: Today we read the short story "Sentry".  We completed pre-reading and during-reading activities to work on our predicting skills.  A post-reading assignment on "Sentry" is due on Friday.

Posted: October 11, 2011

Writing 110: Continue to revise your narratives.  Complete your independent corrections sheet to hand in with your final copy. English 112: Read the excerpt from the article "Home Smart Home".  Highlight any parts of the article that relate to your reading focus - Does technology make life harder or easier for humans?  Be sure to write important points in the margins.

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