Friday- Lens discussion + Final Project

After I have explained your project, you are to get into your groups, post the new lens paragraph to the padlet and discuss.

When you are done, choose your BEST paragraph to hand in for marks on TEAMS. Ask the people in your group which is more insightful and interesting.

Decide on the roles for Monday’s discussion. It will be marked out of 10 and it will be self assessed on FORMS. I will look to your document as evidence of your number.

As for assessment, there have been some number changes (which I think you will prefer):

___ /100 (divided by 50 points for the report card)

  • Participation and preparedness for Monday Discussions- /25 (now 20 marks as I will take your lowest mark off)
  • Tech Assignment + reflection #1-  /25
  • Literary lens and connection questions- /20 (now out of 15)
  • Tech assignment + reflection #2-  /30 (now out of 40 – 30 plus 5 and 5 for the two reflections)

Here is the final project:

Friday’s Class

Hello everyone,

I am in the building on Friday so if you really want to get a paper copy of the novel instead of using your computer, email me and I can set something up for you. I will bring my disinfectant with me and put the book in a bag 🙂 We can figure out a hand off strategy.

For Friday’s class:

  1. I have read all your lens paragraphs (you are so smart!) and I have chosen some of the best ones to put onto one central padlet. I have taken off the names. I tried to get a variety so don’t think yours is not good if it is not on there. I would like you to take some time in this class to read some of them to get an idea on how to do each one. Stellar Examples of Lens Analysis
  2. On Friday, the 29th, you will be asked to explore your book through a different lens. By the end of class today, decide which lens you will use. It must not be the one you did last week.
  3. Read the next 4/5 of the novel for Monday. We will be going back to the discussion format on Monday. Choose who is the recorder, inquiry person, and leader. Be prepared for Monday. READ MY COMMENTS from past posts to get feedback.
  4. Be ready to discuss your text to text connection. All you need to have is the inquiry question you are investigating, the title of the source that answers your question and then evidence that answers the question. Similar to what you have been doing in the discussions on Monday.
  5. Post this source and the evidence to the group’s padlet.
  6. Discuss with group.
  7. Start thinking which question you will focus on for the final project (you have to answer the question in the project. The platform will depend on the grade. More of this to follow.) and if you want to watch the movie/read the book/watch the show so you can use it in your research.

See you on Monday 🙂

Tuesday- Literary Lens Assignment

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. Here is the plan for today:

PechaKucha- Quinn and Jason (Gracey on Friday)

Literary Theory- Lens Assignment

  1. Get into your groups and start the meeting. Videos on, please.
  2. We will use Padlet to collaborate. Here are your Padlets:
    1. 1000 Splendid Suns
    2. Fight Club
    3. Lovely Bones International Group
    4. Lovely Bones
    5. Fight Club 2
    6. High Fidelity
  3. The instructions:  
    1. Add your name
    2. Add your paragraph or your point form answer
    3. Add images that complement your argument
  4. Wait for everyone to finish
  5. Take turns discussing your lens interpretation.
  6. Other group members can/should add onto each lens. This can be in the form of a question or additional details. Be sure to add your name to your comment

Here is an example of what it could look like:

For Friday:

  1. Watch one of the other novel’s movie adaption OR find a non-fiction piece OR find a novel or another movie you have already watched that answer one or more of the inquiry questions. We are moving towards researching your synthesis essay- time to start thinking of what inquiry question you will research for your essay.
  2. For Friday, have the question and the answer ready to share as you will be adding it to your padlet so everyone can see and share. You may want to use someone else’s sources for your essay that we will begin the week of June 8th.

Friday- No class and other reminders

A reminder:

  • no class today
  • office hours are from 10:15-11:15 (I will be watching capstones all day so I will be around but I have a few family commitments I have to attend to as well.)
  • read half your book by Tuesday
  • Have your lens assignment ready for Tuesday. We will NOT do the usual discussion format but will concentrate on the lens instead.
  • By Friday, May 22nd, watch one of the other novel’s movie adaption. OR find another novel or movie you have read that answers 1-2 of the inquiry questions. I will have the assignment document ready for Tuesday.

Have a nice long weekend and happy reading. See you on Tuesday.

Monday- Discussion+ Reflection+ Sharing Time

Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend.

  1. Please fill in this short FORMS
  2. PechaKucha/Spoken Word- Gracey and Kylee (next Monday is Jason and Quinn)
  3. Take 10 minutes to share your mind map or stop motion with your group. Discuss what you learned about the character and using new technology.
  4. I would like to do a formal Riverside Reflection and post to your blog. The good thing is… you already did it! Most of you covered “Personal Awareness and Responsibility” with this assignment. So, look to the chart on the assignment (posted on TEAMS)  for a refresher and see if your reflection highlighted these “I” statements. Start your reflection with this “I”statement and then copy and paste. Add your mind map or your stopmotion to the top. Be sure to TAG #personalawarenesscc
  5. Assignment for this week
  6. Discussion for this week. I have posted this document in TEAMS and here. The recorder should download it and hand it in at the end of the block. Don’t forget to do the FORMs immediately when you are done the class.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein- National Theatre


Morning everyone,

Normally we did a short theatre unit in English (sometimes it is Shakespeare, sometimes not) but there is no time this year. Watching this is optional but highly recommended.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a literary classic that has been brought to the theatre with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Imitation Game, etc) and it is INCREDIBLE. I can’t rave about it enough. My 15 year old and 17 year old thought it was amazing too. The acting is superb, the set is cool and the themes are…. I can’t even list all the themes, there are so many and so deep.

Because of Covid, they have brought the theatre into people’s homes for free. It only plays until Thursday and then it is gone 🙁 Think about it 🙂

Friday- Authors, lens, and discussion groups for Monday

I hope everyone is enjoying their book so far 🙂

Nyssa and David will be doing their PechaKucha on Monday next week.

Today  will look like this:

  1.  Group discussions. you will have 10 minutes to discuss the following topics. One person from your group will report out to the class after.
    1. author’s background and the historical context of your book. One person is asked to report out to the class. The question you will be asked is “how will the author’s background and the historical context affect the perspective of the story”
    2. Growth Mindset- what does this mean? How can it relate to an online English class?
  2. Review of Literary Theory and the lens. 10 minutes in your group to discuss what you learned and how it can apply to a show such as “The Greatest Burger in NY” or another show of your choice. Someone else from your group will report out to the class. Choose ONE lens to discuss. If it is the same as the other group, you can add to their ideas.
  3. Mondays class is all about group discussions.
  4. In your groups, decide who is the recorder, who is the leader, and who is looking into the inquiry questions.
  5. See you on Monday!