Monday, May 5, 2014


Watch and read Act I.i.1-247
Complete a 5-sentence outline for Act I, scene i

Sample outline:

1. Two servants from the Capulets begin a street fight with a servant of the Montagues.
2. Benvolio (Montague) tries to stop the fight; Tybalt (Capulet) makes the situation worse.
3. Prince Escalus stops the fight--he threatens that anyone who disturbs the peace again will be killed, and he orders Lord Capulet and Lord Montague to discuss this further, later that day.
4. In the aftermath, Lord Montague asks Benvolio about the fight, and they talk about why Romeo has been so sad lately. Benvolio promises to find out the reason.
5. (complete for homework)

HW: Finish reading Act I scene i and complete the fifth sentence of your outline.

Link to Renaissance music for Dance Practice 

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Read Night, pages 58-65 in class
audiobook, part 9, start at 5:43
audiobook, part 10, page 63-65, stop at 4:08

HW: Read Night, pages 65-75
audiobook link, part 10, begin at 4:08
audiobook link, part 11, stop at 8:35

Monday, March 31, 2014


Continue reading Night, pages 52-
Begin audiobook link, part 8 at 8:49

Please take testing seriously this week!
Discussion questions over pages 52-58 in small groups:
1) What evidence can you find that shows Elie being disappointed in himself?
2) What evidence can you find that shows Elie's love for his father, and his father's love for Elie?
 3) What sentence/word best represents pages 52-58?
4) What connections can you make between Night and Kindred? How do both show dehumanization, pain/loss, and courage?

HW: Read Night to page 58; in audiobook, part 9, stop at 5:43

Friday, March 21, 2014


Score Tuesday's grammar quiz over semicolons

Reciprocal teaching discussion over Chapter 2

Listen to the beginning of Chapter 3 together using the audiobook link -- chapter 3 starts at 8:12
and continue through page 43.

First part of Chapter 3 audiobook link (chapter 3 starts at 8:12)
Second part of Chapter 3 audiobook link
Third part of Chapter 3 audiobook link (chapter 3, page 43 ends at 8:43)

HW: Complete Reciprocal Teaching Notes (questions for each section) for Chapter 3, pages 29-43, and be prepared to discuss on Monday.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Model Reciprocal Teaching Guidelines  and Deeper Discussion Questions using Oprah Winfrey's interview with Elie Wiesel, part 2

Audiobook links for Ch 2: (check the end)
Reciprocal Teaching Notes to complete for class tomorrow

Things to remember:
You're posing questions as the teacher--what will help your "students" (group members) understand the reading more deeply, and how will you know through your questions that your "students" actually "got it"?
As the "teacher," you should have a sense of the answers to the questions you pose in the Summarizing, Deeper Questioning, and Predicting sections. It's ok if you don't know the answers to the questions you pose in the Clarifying section--but you could also anticipate where you think your "students" might have difficulty and try to put those questions in the Clarifying section.
Answers to the questions you pose in the Summarizing section and the Questions of Fact from Deeper Questioning should be searchable in the text.
Answers to
HW: Complete Reciprocal Teaching Notes for Chapter 2 of Night, pages 23-28

Monday, March 17, 2014


Complete Semicolon Study Guide to prepare for tomorrow's quiz
Listen to audiobook, pages 16-22 of Night
Complete Ch 1 Reading reflection

HW: Study for quiz as needed; complete Ch1 reading reflection if not finished in class.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Happy Pi Day! :-)

Semicolon Grammar Review
Rules for semicolon use
Quiz over semicolon use and rules next Tuesday
Try playing this adorable game I found on the web to help you review!

Clarification: yesterday's Kristallnacht activity
Read the information on the Kristallnacht handout given in class to get a sense of this event. Then view the Kristallnacht historical photographs and write down your reactions, what you notice, details, etc. Finally, compose a creative piece (poem, letter, short story, or illustration) that captures the emotions and details that you notice and synthesizes the historical documents with your reactions. Be sure to include specific details, words, or phrases from the text and photographs in your creative piece.

Listen to part I of Night using the audiobook link, pages 3-6
Audiobook link, pages 7-13
Audiobook link, pages 14-16

HW: Read Night to page 16, using the audiobook link if you would like. Complete creative piece in response to Kristallnacht information and the historical photographs that you viewed in class. Write a poem, short story, letter, or illustration that uses specific details from the photographs or the handout to craft your piece. I should be able to tell which photographs or sources you used in your creative response. If you are writing a poem, consider who the best speaker might be--yourself? A damaged building? Clara or Catherine? Someone else?

Monday, March 3, 2014


Essay instructions
Introductions PowerPoint
Body Paragraphs PowerPoint
Conclusions PowerPoint
Peer Revision Exercise
Kindred Essay Prewriting (my sample)

HW:  Rough draft of complete essay due in class on Tuesday, 3/4. Final draft should be uploaded to between Wednesday, 3/5 and Sunday, 3/9 for full credit.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


List of conjunctive adverbs to help you craft your claim statements
PowerPoint on crafting claim statements

Today: work on finishing character chart with illustrations and quotations of significant scenes. Here's a picture of my sample character chart with quotations and illustrations for Nigel

Draft introduction paragraph: combine yesterday's claim statement with a hook
Hook options: famous quotation, relevant statistic, creative story/poem, personal anecdote

HW: Finish character chart--four quotations and illustrations to accompany. Four quotations should demonstrate important moments for your chosen character--can include the character's own dialogue, or what other characters say or reveal about your character. Illustrations may be literal or symbolic, and should be neat, detailed, and use color purposefully.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Continue prewriting for character essay: choose scenes and make illustrations (steps 2-4)
Begin step 6 by writing a claim statement for your essay using this powerpoint to help you

HW: Read to page 212 for tomorrow. Continue to draft claim statement if I gave you suggestions for revision in class.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


SSR - 14 minutes of independent reading
Watch What Would You Do? segment - "Bicycle Thief." React and respond in your journal at 02:56, 06:30, and at the end, 11:40. Consider what you notice, what surprises you and/or angers you, and how this video connects with Kindred.

HW: Read pages 91-101 of Kindred tonight and choose one quotation that is worth sharing/discussing. You'll probably find something worthy on page 97!

Monday, January 27, 2014


Silent Pass discussion assignment over pages 74-91 of Kindred

HW: Independent reading - 300 pages by 2/18 and make sure to have a book conference

Friday, January 24, 2014


Grammar Semicolons 9.2
Continue seminars over pages 58-74 of Kindred

HW: read pages 74-91 of Kindred - what is worth discussing?

Thursday, January 23, 2014


SSR - 15 minutes
Socratic Seminar - "The Fall" pages 58-74
Complete seminar prep and review ground rules, then get into fishbowl structure and discuss.

Turn in reflection at end of class

HW: Catch up in Kindred journal if needed. Remember to take quiz over pages 1-51 tomorrow if you haven't already!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Read silently and individually in class to page 74, then complete the following tasks in your Kindred class journals:
1) Write a summary of at least 100 words explaining what happened in this section (pages 58-74).
2) Write two clarification questions: what are words, sentences, or parts that you had difficulty understanding? Be specific and write two questions.
3) Look at the following list of ten words. Which of these words is most relevant to this section, pages 58-74? Choose ONE and justify your answer in a couple of sentences by explaining how it connects.


HW: Finish today’s journal response if not finished in class. Continue to work on independent reading – complete 300 pages by 2/14 and have a book conference.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


SSR: 15 minutes of independent reading
Teacher read-aloud from Kindred, pages 53-58. 

As teacher reads aloud, respond & reflect four times along the way in your journal: What questions do you have? What do you think will happen next? What seems important, or what quotations are worth talking about? What are you feeling? How would you react? What does this make you think about?

HW: By end of class tomorrow, read 58-74.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Introduce vocabulary from Kindred -first 8 words
Model dialectical journal entry - select important quotations from the text and respond (you can make connections to other texts, pose questions, discuss the author's choices, give your emotional reactions or personal opinions, etc.)

See my sample for pages 21-25.

HW: Read pages 33-45 of "The Fire" in Kindred and complete 4 dialectical journal entries. Make sure to arrange the page in chart format, drawing a line down the center vertically. Label the left side "Quotation & Page Number" and the right side "Response." Select four excerpts from the text between pages 33 and 45 to respond to, and then add your thoughts on the right. Responses should include a variety of different types of thinking (see ideas above or refer to the sample for ideas) and should demonstrate critical thinking about or study of the text. This is due at the beginning of class tomorrow and should be in your Kindred class journal.