Monthly Archives: November 2017

Friday December 1st, 2017

Hello,

Sorry I can’t be there today….

A Block:

*Silent Reading

*you are to be doing one of two tasks

1)  Preparing your next role for your Lit. Discussion Group which will be on Tuesday.

2)  Working on your independent novel project

*Blocks C and D:

You will be going to the Grade 11 and 12 spoken word finals in the cafeteria.  (Unless as a class you decide to stay in the classroom doing the above)….you all must either be working in the class or in the cafeteria…we aren’t allowed to do both…..

Thursday November 23rd, 2017

Hello!

Yesterday was a shortened day due to parent teacher interviews.  For today’s class, you were to prepare a ‘role’ for your lit circle discussion group.

-Silent reading

-You will get together to do your “lit. group discussion”.  Make sure you do thoroughly ‘discuss’ in your group.

-“No Red Ink”:  Adjectives and Adverbs (we will do this next week).  Instead, you have time to work on your spoken word.

Wednesday November 21st, 2017

Hello,

*Reminder:  Today is a shorter day due to parent teacher interviews

-Silent Reading

Yesterday we worked on the activity below.  Today your group will be presenting your topics for your group.

In your lit. circle group: you are to create a short presentation to the class and teach the class about a topic from your novel.  You can present on a ‘program’ of your choice….

-To Kill  Mockingbird:  Jim Crow Laws

-Indian Horse:  Residential Schools

-The Help: Civil Rights Movement

-Aristotle and Dante: Mexican American Identity

-Takedown: Drug Trade and sub-culture in Canada

-Persepolis: religious extremism, sexism, totalitarianism, or fundamentalism.

-Zomboy:  the quest for inclusion in society

*For Thursday’s Class, please prepare your next role for another Discussion.

Tuesday November 21st, 2017

Hello,

*Reminder that spoken word in our class will be on Monday November 27th.  I will be doing a “homework check” to see how you are progressing on your spoken word.

-Silent Reading

In your lit. circle group: you are to create a short presentation to the class and teach the class about a topic from your novel.  You can present on a ‘program’ of your choice….

-To Kill  Mockingbird:  Jim Crow Laws

-Indian Horse:  Residential Schools

-The Help: Civil Rights Movement

-Aristotle and Dante: Mexican American Identity

-Takedown: Drug Trade and sub-culture in Canada

-Persepolis: religious extremism, sexism, totalitarianism, or fundamentalism.

-Zomboy:  the quest for inclusion in society

Monday November 20th, 2017

Hello!

*Reminder that you should continue to work on your spoken word.  You will be presenting your spoken word on Monday November 27th.  I would like to see a draft of your speech (just a walk through the room) to see that your speech is underway.

-Silent Reading:

-Today, each of you should have a ‘role’ prepared for your Lit. Circle.  You will be meeting with your group to have a discussion.  Remember, Each person should be talking and sharing.

-After your discussion, you are responsible for two things:

  1.  

Friday November 17th, 2017

Hello,

-Reminder:  you should be working on your spoken word in the back drop…you will be performing on Monday November 27th, 2017

-Reminder:  You should have your Lit. Circle Role ready for Monday’s class.

*Silent Reading

*Finish your ‘research’ on your novel….and then you will have time to share your findings with your group members.

*Spoken word: If time allows, time to work on your spoken word.

Thursday November 15th, 2017

Hello,

*Today we will start off with silent reading

*No Red Ink:  Phrase and Dependent Clauses

*Two more roles I forgot to post….researcher and word wizard.

*Today you are all going to be researchers.  Novels are not written in isolation.  They are often a product of the world within which the author lives…

Depending on the novel being studied, forms of contextualization may include one or more of the following:

  • Cultural — placed within the learned behavior of specific groups of people.
  • Economic — of or relating to systems of production and management of material wealth and/or business activities.
  • Gender — located within the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with being male or female.
  • Historical — the time in which something takes place or was created and how that influences how you interpret it.
  • Interdisciplinary — explanation of theories, concepts, ideas, or methodologies borrowed from other disciplines applied to the research problem rooted in another discipline.
  • Philosophicalclarification of the essential nature of being or of phenomena as it relates to the research problem.
  • Physical/Spatial — reflects the space around something and how that influences how you see it.
  • Political — concerns the environment in which something is produced indicating it’s public purpose or agenda.
  • Social — the environment of people that surrounds something’s creation or intended audience, reflecting how the people around something use and interpret it.
  • Temporal — reflects issues or events of, relating to, or limited by time.

Using the “Researcher” role sheet as a guide line, you are to research the context within which your novel was written.  Be prepared to share your findings with your group.