Monday, November 5


  • Don’t forget to post your Core Competency reflection – see Friday’s instructions
  • Grammar Package #2 is due tomorrow for a homework check and review
  • Introduction to the Novel Study – Paul Fleischman’s The Whirligig. Three (of many) themes emerge:
  • 1. The issue of identity and self-esteem:
    A) Where does self-esteem and our sense of self come from? how does a person develop it?
    B)  How do we lose it?; how is it threatened?; how does our sense of self and self-esteem get diminished?
    C) What might happen to an individual when he/she struggles with self-esteem issues? How might he/she cope?

    2. What is a life worth? The issue of restorative justice and redemption.

    3. The Heroic Journey – both literally and figuratively.

  • We will begin by discussing the first theme.

Friday, November 2


  • run on review
  • read Keegan’s essay – due Monday, November 5
  • Questions:
    • Identify all the places Marina manipulates the text for effect in her narrative
    • Where in the essay is she reflective on the purpose of her writing and where do the narrative details occur – real time story
    • where does Marina state her thesis?

Friday, November 2


  • videos – watch them!
  • Core Competencies:
    • Creative Thinking (example)
      • What helps you get new ideas?

      Critical Thinking (example)

      • How does your artifact tie in with what you have learned before? How has your thinking changed? What made it change?

      Communication (example)

      • What are some ways that you use to communicate your learning?
      • The hashtags are as follows:



    • Documents to help you:

Thursday, November 1


  • Review the Short Story Unit exam
  • Work on Grammar Package #2 (in the WG tab)
  • Videos must be posted by tomorrow’s class:
    • Step 13: Each group member should have the video on their blog properly posted and ready to show the class and everyone needs to write 4-6 sentences explaining their project and what they did to contribute.
    • make sure your video and mini-paragraph is uploaded to your blog:
      – Title: Stop Motion Video “Name of Story”
      – Category: English 9
      – Tag: stopstoryC2018

Blog Log #1 – A History of Happiness

link to the article

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Monday, October 29


  • HW check and discussion of the rest of the narrative essay, A South African Storm
  • New assignment – Blog post on A South African Storm – it is posted in the WG tab
    – due date: make sure it is posted on Wednesday, October 31 (tag is on the document)
    – you have tomorrow to work on it and the comma splice handout #1 from Chomp Chomp – due Wednesday as well
  • First two blog logs due today. Make sure it is posted as follows: (change accordingly for Blog #2, #3 and #4
    • title: Blog log #1: (name of article)
    • Category: English 12
    • tag: Bloglogone12