Thursday, September 20

Agenda

  • mark the Parts of Speech quiz – open Parts of Speech Package (in Writing and Grammar tab) pages 1 and 2 are due for Monday, September 24
  • go over the theme statements and have the tool box of terms open. With a partner:
    • decide which ones you think are the best and why? ie – it fits the rules of writing theme; it gets to the big idea
    • are there grammar mistakes? highlight those as well.
  • Theme statements – download to your desktop: 2018 Block C theme statements-21p7sqc
  • New assignment
    • Good themes: Social change can happen with the small actions of dedicated individuals. OR A movement seldom happens overnight. For the most part, a change in attitude is brought about by small actions.
    • Discuss the following with a partner:
    • How does the above picture relate to FEC? Brainstorm.
    • What is meant by small acts of kindness that are courageous in their own way? Brainstorm some concrete examples from everyday life.
    • Who has been on the forefront of change (school, community, world) but is an ordinary person? (not a celebrity etc.) Brainstorm.
    • Instructions: Find a picture that expresses all of the above: ie of a person, or a situation of everyday kindness and courage: 1. write a small paragraph about the picture and what it communicates and how it connects to Gandalf’s quote and FEC, and small acts of kindness etc., that promote positive change in our society. 2.  Give your post an original title. 3. use one of the good theme statements from the list somewhere in your paragraph 4. post to your blog. Tag: FECchange2018-2 (note the caps and the no spaces)
    • this is due on Wednesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 19

Agenda:

  • Silent Reading – have your notes out on the thematic insight to FEC for a homework check – discussion after
  • open the Tool Box of terms – review the rules and write a theme statement for FEC – hand in
  • Review parts of speech – write the grammar quiz
  • discuss the theme statements
  • introduce writing activity

Wednesday, September 19

Agenda:

  • Play Free Rice or Read for the Blog
  • Look at the pictures on the Short Story tab and discuss and answer the following:
    • what does each picture communicate?
    • what questions can you ask about human behaviour that the picture explores – “Why do people ____? How does society ___ ?
    • think about the themes that emerged from Miss Brill in coming up with your questions – how do the pictures apply to Miss Brill?
  • New Grammar Package to start – Parallel Structure Exercises 1 (in the Writing and Grammar Tab)
  • Start the new short story

Monday, September 17

Agenda:

  • Free Rice or read for Blog log  – homework check on Miss Brill literature Review
    • here is a very interesting article, maybe as a choice for your blog log; I would be interested to learn people’s thoughts on it… 🙂
  • discussion of the story: take notes to add to your analysis
  • work on grammar package Ch. 26 for tomorrow

Monday, September 17

Agenda:

  • review newspaper articles:
    • some common journalistic edits:
      • hard news – always do this “quotequotequotequote,” said Person (bold first and last name first used – use only last name in subsequent references). Always put punctuation inside quotation marks
      • keep loaded words out: furious, in a rage etc
      • always attribute people using names
      • do a blend of direct attribution (“quotequotequotequote,”) and indirect (according to…____ commented on … etc)
      • present a balance of people’s thoughts on the issue
      • don’t end with any startling or new facts
      • do not use any slang or conversational writing – news is formal language
    • Review Journalism folder
    • Begin brainstorming ideas for content: open Story Ideas document in the Eddy document tab
    • do your edits on your article

Monday, September 17

Agenda:

  • homework check (first one!!) for FEC questions – Silent reading while this is going on
  • discussion of questions – open and download the Short Story Organizer for Review document in the Short Story tab to take notes
  • study for FEC – spelling and vocab test is on Tuesday, September 18:
    • make sure you know how to spell the words
    • make sure you can use them in a sentence
    • format of the quiz: all the words are read out for spelling then, Ms. Shong picks two words which you will use in separate sentences.