Collected journals to grade. Caught up with literature circle reading. HW: Read SSR books. Book reviews this term will be due January 17th. Same form as last time.
Discuss analysis of "Spring Storm." Break into discussion groups for literature circle groups. HW: Using one of the poems we have read so far, write a 3/4 page journal entry in your blue book connecting the poem to the book you are reading in class. Here's an additional poem you might use. Another one.
Review journal rubric. Read next 30 pages in novels. HW: 3 more journal entries. ACDF: (9 total) B: (6 total)
Discussed poem by Gary Soto. Continued reading and discussing literature circle books.HW: Finish next 3 dialectical journal entries (should have 6 total by now). B block only: Finish 3 entries.
Discussed cockroach poems. Literature circles continued. ACDF: Continued reading and recording next 3 text entries in journals. B: Held discussion HW: All Classes: Read and mark up attached poem, "Saturday at the Canal," by Gary Soto.
Underline words that contribute the most to meaning and in the margins list the connotations you find with each word. The words here are mostly simple. Never ignore the title of a poem. Start with all associations you make to the word "Saturday."
B Block: Feedback on MCAS prompts. Preparing for group work tomorrow in literature circles. ACDF: Established norms in groups. Began discussion using "Save the Last Word for Me" strategy for discussion. Homework for all classes: Denotation and connotation in two poems about cockroaches.
B block: Assigned groups and started journals. ACDF: Finished 3 entries. Discussed expectations. Group meetings to establish norms. HW: Connotations.
Reviewed expectations for dialectical journal. Began literature circle books, taking notes in journals to prepare for discussion. HW: Connotation and denotation.
B Block: Read short story distributed in class and respond to prompts throughout story. Due Monday, December 9th.
A,C,D,F :Read the short story "Checkouts" by Cynthia Rylant attached here. Then read the handout that describes dialectical journals and shows you an example of what they look like. We will be talking about these some more in class, but in the meantime see if you can compose a dialectical journal (2-column journal with a quote and response) like the one shown here using four significant quotes throughout the short story you just read. You will need to do this in Word and then submit it through Edmodo, or if that doesn't work, submit it in person on Monday after printing it out, . Keep both windows open so you can copy and paste the quotes. Don't forget page numbers in the format shown. Have a great weekend! This is due by Monday.