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.