Lit Circle Wrap Up & Core Competency final reflection

Here is the schedule for this week:

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Monday- working on Literary Element Log & Core Competency reflection-how have you adjusted to this new learning environment.  Choose the 1-2 cc that you had to access for success this final term.

Final element: Author study!  I have put this ppt on teams as well.

Literary Elements Reading Log

Please update and finish off with evidence that connects to the story.

Tuesday

A Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

You will be working on an individual project relating to the novel for the remaining classes.  We will explore different topics and means of delivery.

Thursday

I will be meeting with you via teams, or you can email me your detailed plan for your project.

You need to have a step by step timeline and be able to identify the theme(s) that you are focusing on.

Due Date: Thursday, June 18th You will sign up for a 5 minute time slot where you ‘present’ your project to me through teams.

Tag: litproject (a, b, c)

Category: English 9

 

 

Lit Circles: Section 8 (the end!) & Theme

Hi everyone,

Edublog is working again, so I will post our week’s schedule here.  This is the final section of our novel, so dig in!

Monday-we will read from “Rowdy and I Have A Long and Serious Discussion About Basketball” to the end!  I think that title might be an example of?? (literary device to hint at something to come).

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Tuesday- this week’s literary element is theme!  What is theme again?  Today you will work on final role for lit circles.  Thursday’s lit circle discussion will be the final one for this school year, make it work!

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 

 

Lit Circles Section 6: Point of View

Hi everyone, here is the week’s schedule.  This week’s literary element is brought to you  by point of view.  We will look deeper at point of view and how it impacts our understanding of the story, on Wednesday.

Tuesday: Read section 6, from “My Sister Sends Me a Letter” up to and including “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.  We are leading up to the climax.

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

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C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 

 

Wednesday: Today we will focus on Point of View.  Please record the basic definition in your literary element log, and using specific examples from the story, explain how the perspective of “True Diary” helps the reader understand the plot, conflict, etc. of the story.

A Block : Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Thursday

Lit Circle Discussions:

Please confirm your times.  Check your schedule.  You are allowed to miss one (if you have your work up on teams).  After that, it is minus 5 marks for each one missed without permission.

 

 

Lit Circles Section 5: Plot

Hi everyone,

Here is the schedule for this week.  This week’s literary focus is plot.

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C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Monday: Reading “Hunger Pains” to “Don’t Trust Your Computer” about 25 pages

Make sure you switch your roles, you may be on the final one, or back to the one you began with.

Tuesday: This week’s literary focus is PLOT.  We have discussed what the initiating incident is, can you look at what might be some events for the rising action?  If you were to draw a plot diagram (Freytag’s Pyramid).  What are the key events you would add? Either in a diagram, or point form please add to this week’s literary log, you will not be able to finish it yet as we have not reached the climax.

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

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C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

 

Thursday: Lit Circle Discussions. Is everyone ok to use the same time slot?

 

 

Lit Circles Section 4: Characterization & Conflict

Hi everyone,

Here is the schedule for this week.  This week’s literary focus will be brought to you by, conflict and we will discuss that on Tuesday!

Monday, May the 4th,

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C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Monday’s Reading Schedule: Hallowe’en – Thanksgiving (about 25 pages)

You will be rotating the roles forward, please do a check in with your group to ensure everyone understands new role. I will be collecting these on Thursday.

Last week, I asked you to choose a character to characterize, and come to understand greater through their actions, impact on others, and things they say or thing.  You should have filled out your chart using the STEAL method and now have some evidence direct from the story, and an impression in your head as to what that character is like.

The next step is taking that research and creating a well written paragraph that outline your chosen character.  Through some of the character’s actions, effect on others, thoughts, etc., you should have some descriptors, or adjectives to describe this character.  This should form your topic sentence.  Your written evidence is the ‘sketch’, not drawn, but a written descriptor of what he/she is like.  You should have at least one quote from the story. Here are some documents to help you.  This paragraph will be due Friday, you will upload it to teams, but also your blog.

Tuesday, May 5th

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

I am sending out confirmation of your group’s time for the discussion on Thursday, can everyone confirm.

Today is a work block to get ready for Discussion #4, but let’s review about conflict and then update your literary log.  What is conflict again?

Conflict is the struggle between opposing forces and forms the basis of the plot.  There are often layers of conflict in a story, such as “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian”.

Write a conflict statement for your literary log this week: The conflict in “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian” is _______________ ______________________ and is person vs __________________ because  “example from story here”.

Complete your role for this week, please ask me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 7th

Discussions!  I will be setting up a schedule this week.

Your first 4 sets of notes are now due after your discussion.

 

 

Lit Circles Section 3 & Characterization

Hi everyone,

Here is the schedule for this week.  Let me know if you have any input as to how to achieve your learning goals.  One thing I have learned from the last couple weeks, is that some of you have trouble scheduling your time.  If you miss a discussion, without letting your group or myself know, you have the chance to join another group later in the day.  If you miss the meeting, join another block.

This schedule is subject to change.  Report cards come out this week, there is still ample opportunity to improve.

Monday, April 27th,

A Block: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

B Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Section 3.  As discussed in your lit circle groups, we encountered the initiating incident when Rowdy throws the Geometry book at Mr. P, his decrepit teacher, he is required to start off on a new path, to Reardon. How will Junior fit in?  How will Rowdy react?  How is he going to get to school 22 miles each way?

Reading Section 3: Rowdy Sings the Blues-Hallowe’en.  I have redone the page numbers on a new schedule on my blog.  Your group is able to move along faster, please send me your reading and discussion schedule for approval first.

Rotate the roles, make sure you understand what to do before you read.  I am overall quite impressed with the quality and content of all of your work, thank you for posting on the shared document.

If you finish reading early, please go to No Red Ink to finish up past units.  If you are amazing at grammar, please be reading.  I have been collecting some excellent pdf versions that I will share.

Tuesday, April 28th

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This week’s literary focus is….Characterization!  How do we come to understand a character in a story?

I will post these on teams, after you fill out your literary element reading log, you will be writing a character sketch paragraph this week, as well as your role. You may choose any character to analyze.

Wednesday-Friday, April 29th-May 1st

Lit Circle discussions.  Please talk to your group and decide upon a time, during class time, or if outside, check with me to see if I’m available.  The discussions I’m hearing are starting to be great!  Keep it up!

Lit Circle Week/Section 2

Hi everyone,

I am going to update my blog with our weekly schedule here, not everyday.

A Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 9:15-10:15

B Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 10:30-11:30

C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 12:30-1:30

Monday, April 20th– On Mondays we will be reading.  This week is section 2, from the chapter, “Because Geometry….France” up to “Rowdy Sings the Blues”.  You will rotate your role, so A becomes B, B-C, C-D, and E if you have it. Part of E, or D, now also has a connection to AWOKB, please familiarize yourself with this new role, and be efficient by taking notes as you read.  After we’ve checked in through the meeting, you are free to read.  If you finish reading, please work on NoRedInk.  If your group wants to read more per section, please let me know, as I would like to speed up this unit, so if your group wants to accelerate, let me know via email or through your lit group channel.

Tuesday, April 21st-

A Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 9:15-10:15

B Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting10:30-11:30

C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 12:30-1:30

This week’s literary element is, setting! What is setting?

Setting is not just the time and place, but also the lifestyle, culture, emotional feeling created by the moral atmosphere. Is it past, present, day, night, real or imaginary.  Setting connects to other literary elements, like plot and conflict.  Think about “The Friday Everything Changed” and how the setting impacted/created the plot.  Think about “The Absolutely True Diary…”.  How does the setting impact the story.  Using evidence from the story, record these details in your literary element log, remember I said you could change the log to suit your style?

You should be finished the reading from yesterday, today you will be doing a new role.  Make sure you know your role before you begin.

A: Summarizer should have taken notes of new characters, symbols, elements of plot (does the initiating incident happen in this chapter?). Questions should be 3+.  I heard some really good ones last week. You will also be the one setting up the meeting and recording.

B:Literary Luminary hopefully you tagged or marked with stickies the passages you want to share.  The more detailed the connection, the better.

C: Illustrator/Travel Tracer: What would you like to see more clearly?  You can’t use Jr.’s cartoon of his sister Mary, but maybe you’ve seen an actress that could play her?  Does the setting change in this sections? (Yes, describe it).  Look it up!

D: Word Wizard & Researcher: Choose words that are n.ew, unusual, repeated, funny, slang, connected to the story, and define them, but also connect them to the story.  Research some background info that helps grow understanding for all.

E: Figurative Language/AWOKB: there is A LOT of figurative language in this book?  Why so descriptive?  Connect and explain to one or more AWOKB (see files on channel).

I will be available all day, so if you need to chat, please contact me.

Thursday, April 23rd

We will be doing discussions like last week.  It worked well for me, as I was able to hear most of the summaries.  If it is ok with your group, we will use the same time slot so I can assess/listen to summarizer’s role.  It is challenging to get the discussion started, but a good summarizer does that with his/her strong questions.  This should take about 30 or more minutes to get through everyone.  When your group finishes, I can see the length of discussion and when your shared document is uploaded to teams, it makes it very easy for me to assess your work.  Overall, I was very pleased with how well everyone did last week.

If your group would like to request a time change for your discussion, message me on your group channel and we can discuss that.

NoRedInk: finish ‘components of a sentence’ then ‘fragments’

 

 

 

 

 

Lit Circle Discussion & No Red Ink

  • You will invite me today into your discussion, if you don’t know how to send a link, just ask.
  • Please record the discussion, I will only be able to hear the summarizer.  When recorded send to the stream and share on the litgroup channel.
  • I also need to see your notes during the discussion.  The easiest way is to use the file/document on your team channel.  Some of you have sent me a link, that works too.  During this time of distance learning, it is essential that are accountable.
  • After your discussion, or before, you should be working on the units ‘components of a sentence’ and then ‘sentence fragments’.
  • Reports are coming out the end of this month.  I will be sending another email and I report home if you are not passing.  You have until Monday to hand in any missing assignments from before the break.
  • Schedule for next week:
  • Monday, April 20th-read section 2 (from chap. “Because Geometry…up to “Rowdy Sings the Blues” rotate roles
  • Tuesday, April 21st-Literary element-setting, do the role/work for that section.
  • Thursday, April 23rd-discussion 2, work on NoRedInk

Lit Circles work & Genre

  • Hi everyone, as promised, this week’s reading focus is genre! Here are our meetings link:A Block Join Microsoft Teams MeetingB Block:Join Microsoft Teams MeetingC Block:Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • Please download this template below and feel free to change the layout, it will be handed in for marks and updated weekly.
  • You should have completed your reading yesterday, and as I discovered, you don’t have page numbers on the pdf version, so we will change the page #s to chapter or picture sections.
  • Up to “Because Geometry is not a Country Somewhere Near France”
  • Please call me to show your work, if you are stuck, and how to get extra marks. The share option is great for that, just like the classroom!

Lit Circle Set Up

  • Hello everyone!  Hope you had an enjoyable long weekend.
  • Here are your meetings links for tomorrow
  • A Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • B Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • C Block Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • During our class meetings (think of it like the virtual classroom) we will be going over the reading schedule, the roles, and your groups.  All of these documents are on teams files and you should download first to your device under a new folder called, ‘lit circles’.  Our novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian” is stored under files too, please download it also for the same file.
  • You should have got a notification that you have been added to a channel within the team, this is your group.  One member of your group needs to set up a shared document and add me, this is where you will save your notes for each discussion and all will have access to it.
  • I sent out a link to a form (yes, I know my form isn’t that great) that is asking you whether you’d prefer to read on your own or in a group.  I would like to set up a shared reading group for those of you that prefer it.  So just email me your preference, if my form doesn’t work.
  • I will assign the beginning role for the first section, PLEASE record on your schedule. These roles rotate in a clockwise/alpha way.  If you start with D, you will then be E (if you have 5 members, or A if 4).  Record this in your schedule!