I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day; I went down to LA to visit my parents and hang out with my brother, Kris, who's just returned home from working on Shanghai Disney for three years. I was also absent Tuesday, as I was in Fresno with Miss Ahearn and Mr. Schalde (as well as Mr. Illig, Mr. Angel, and Mr. Jarvis from LOMS) at a follow-up WEB Coordinator training. I'm really excited for what's in store with WEB over the next year!!!
I spoke with Mr. Taylor regarding my students' progress. It turned out that one class period wasn't enough to complete the scavenger hunt AND my students were working hard, so we spent Wednesday and part of Thursday working hard to finish the hunt. We all now have a better understanding of the textbook and our own knowledge and thinking.
On Thursday, we jumped back into plot by watching "For the Birds", another hilarious Pixar short. Armed with our PDP Cornell Notes and our knowledge from last week, we began filling out a plot diagram (what's referred to as "plot mountain" in my class). My classes are really on the ball with their knowledge and understanding of the elements of plot and should do amazing on their quiz next week! The quiz is scheduled for Tuesday and includes both a multiple choice section and a fill-in-the-plot-diagram section (using a third Pixar short). Students can study for the quiz using their notes or my Quizlet flashcard set online.
We rounded out our week by finishing the plot diagram and writing our first ever theme statement. We then spent the remainder of the period getting our persuasive letters into "final form". I provided each student with a checklist that they used to grade their work. They then traded with a neighbor and double-checked each other's work. "Final form" points are always worth 10 points. These points are "easy" points and are given in addition to (but separately from) the assignment's score.
Question for the dinner table/drive home:
1. What did you learn about your english textbook this week? What story are you looking forward to reading?
2. What are this week's five academic vocabulary words? Use them correctly in a sentence.
3. Which element of plot is the toughest for you to remember? Why do you think that is? Which one is the easiest?
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