Monthly Archives: January 2018

Wednesday February 1st, 2018

Good Afternoon!

-Today we are going to start our novel read along “If I Should Die Before I Wake”

-For both novels and short stories, we do need to know the short story fiction terms….please review.  You will be having a quiz on these terms (On Tuesday February 6th, 2018)

Prose Fiction Terms Communications

Yesterday, we read the short story “Identities” aloud

“Identities”

Identities Yes No Chart

-We are going to look at paragraph writing…and responding to the question “Was the officer justified when he killed the man?”

persuasive essay power point

Paragraph writing template

incorporating quotes

-We will continue with our paragraph writing template on the short story “Identities”.  The question you are responding to is “Was the officer justified when he killed the man?”

*Your decision on the ‘Yes/No’ chart is essentially your topic sentence.

*Your arguments in the Yes and No boxes would be your supporting details.

 

Tuesday January 30th, 2018

Good Morning!

Welcome to the first day of Communications 12 and the first day of Semester 2! We will spend some time getting to know each other….

-Ms. Nelson’s pathway….

Ice Breaker Interview Questions

-Course Outline

Communications 12 Course Outline

-Short story Terms

Prose Fiction Terms Communications

“Identities”

“Identities”

Identities Yes No Chart

-We are going to look at paragraph writing…and responding to the question “Was the officer justified when he killed the man?”

persuasive essay power point

Paragraph writing template

incorporating quotes

 

 

 

 

Wednesday January 17th, 2018

Hello,

We are going to look Drama

  1.  Warm up activity:  Pass the Sound
 Procedure:
1.  In a standing circle, pass a “whoosh” around the circle. This is done by saying “whoosh!” and throwing your hands toward the person next to you.2.  After it goes around a couple times stop the “Whoosh!” and send a “Bing!” going the opposite way, using a different hand gesture.3.  Now tell the kids they need to put their focus caps on, because you’re going to send a “Whoosh!” going one direction, then a “Bing!” going the opposite direction.

4.  At some point they of course will overlap over one student so that student needs to be prepared.

5.  Try this out a few times. If they’re up for it, try adding in a 3rd layer, “Ooga!”.

 

2)  Zombie Name Game

Procedure:1. Have the class stand in a circle.2. Go around the circle having each kid loudly say his/her name as a zombie. (“Saaaarrraaaaahhhhh!”)

3. Then choose one student to be the “zombie”. The “zombie” walks in the middle of the circle zombie-style; arms stretched in front, head to the side.

4. Call a student’s name. The zombie heads toward that student.

5. The student must try to call another student’s name before the zombie reaches him/her.

6. If the zombie is able to tag the student before he/she can call a new name, that person becomes the zombie.

3)  Dance Your Name:Procedure:1.  Have the class stand in a circle.

2. Instruct the students that one by one they are to step into the circle and spell their first name in the air using their body parts. The body parts they need to use must go in order from top to bottom:

1st Letter: Head
2nd Letter: Arm
3rd Letter: Hips
4th Letter: Knee
5th Letter: Foot
(then repeat if there are more than 5 letters)

4) Human Knot

Procedure: 

  • Group stands in circle and all come in close with hands stretched into middle of the circle.
  • Everyone grabs two hands – not the person next them, and not both hands of the same person.
  • Tell the students they must untie the knot without anyone ever letting go of their hands.
  • Counsel them to go very slowly and be very gentle.
  • Do it once allowing the students to talk and once in silence.

5)  Mirror Activity

Procedure: 

  • Pair students up and tell them to pick an A and B.
  • Tell A’s that they are looking in the mirror.  (Optional:  Tell them it is morning and they are getting ready for the day.)
  • Tell them to move VERY slowly.  B’s are the mirror and must follow A so closely that an observer would not be able to tell who is leading and who is following.  Encourage them to mirror not only body movement but also facial expression.
  • Have them switch after a minute or so.  Then tell them that neither is the leader or follower.  You will probably have tell them to go slower a few times.
  • Start again with A’s but this time tell them that they are talking to themselves in the mirror as B’s follow.  Again let them switch and then try it with no leader and no follower.

 

6)The Emotion Party

Procedure:1.  Each player thinks of an emotion2.  One person (the host) begins in the center of the room, setting up for a party.

3.  The host acts in the manner of his/her emotion.

4.  Another player knocks on the door and is let in by the host.

5.  The new player must act in the manner of his/her emotion.

6.  The first person now begins to act in the manner of the second player’s emotion (having guessed what that emotion is).

7.  A third person knocks and enters with a different emotion.

8.  Now players one and two must independently identify the new player’s emotion and begin to act in the manner of the emotion.

9.  Play continues until all of the players have entered the party.

10.  Players then begin to leave the party, one by one, in the order in which they came and with the emotion he/she demonstrated.

11.  This continues until the first player, the host, is left alone again, and is back acting in the manner of his/her original emotion.

Romeo and Juliet

 

 

Wednesday January 10th, 2018

Hello!

*Reminder that your Group Inquiry Projects are due on Friday.

-Yesterday we started an exercise where you drew an island.  You then had to complete a writing activity where you had to write a story (flashback of how you ended up on the island…..

 

a)  First you are going to tell the story of how you arrived on your island (flashback; exposition).
Today you will continue with the next two parts of the activity:
b) You are going to describe your island
c)  A natural disaster occurs on your island (a tidal wave, an earthquake, a fire, etc.).  Describe the events as they proceed, and tell how you survived the disaster.  (skill: building suspense)

*Time if needed to work on Group Inquiry Projects

Tuesday January 9th, 2018

Good Morning!

*Reminder that your Inquiry group project is due this Friday.

-Narrative Writing:  You will receive a large piece of paper…
a. Draw an island using the materials provided. The island may be of
any size or shape.
b. Give your island a name: ‘Basketball Island,’ ‘Skull Island,’ etc.,
reflecting its shape or characteristics.
c. Identify and draw landmarks on your island: mountains, rivers,
caves, valleys, waterfalls, forests, etc.
Imagine that you are stranded on your island. You might have been there
for only a few days, or perhaps you have been there for several years.
a)  First you are going to tell the story of how you arrived on your island (flashback; exposition).
b) You are going to describe your island
c)  A natural disaster occurs on your island (a tidal wave, an earthquake, a fire, etc.).  Describe the events as they proceed, and tell how you survived the disaster.  (skill: building suspense)
*If time, you can work with your group on your Inquiry project

Monday January 8th, 2018

Happy New Year!

*Reminder that you should be continuing to work on your group Inquiry Projects.  You will be presenting these on Friday.

Approx. Road Map January 8-12th

Monday-Thursday:  Narrative Writing

Friday:  Inquiry Project Presentations

January 15th-19th

Monday-Tuesday:  Narrative Writing

Wednesday -Friday:  Drama

Today:

Narrative Writing:  writing with emotion

You will choose a happy, warm, loving memory from over the two week Winter Break or from another time prior in your life to write and share.  Remember, this is narrative so you can be creative and it could be made up if you are more comfortable.

*Brainstorm words that are happy, loving, warm

*sense chart

*map out the story