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Posted: May 31, 2010

Hello there!  In English 9 today, we reviewed the info you researched and presented on Friday, noted a few things about epic poems and heroes, then began reading our reader's theatre version of The Odyssey!  Thanks to those of you who volunteered...or who WERE volunteered.  In English 121, you handed in your seven "Quick Tens", we discussed some important elements of your novel, then you set off to work on developing the presentations for your guiding question.  Remember, you are providing your colleagues with ammo to help them better their exam mark, so do your best.

Posted: May 27, 2010

In English 9, we reviewed our The Merchant of Venice tests, and began our intro work for the reader's theatre version of The Odyssey that we'll be reading together.  Our 121 English class continued on our novel chunking.  For tomorrow, the novel should be finished, and you will hand in (at the end of class) a packet of the chapter analysis pages you have been completing.  The Quick Tens are due on Monday...although you are only responsible for seven of them.  Also, we'll begin working on your Guiding Question presentations, as well.

Posted: May 25, 2010

Hello, folks!  Today in English 9, you worked (alone or with a partner) toward completing a Marketing Plan for one of five product choices (the assignment is attached to this note).  This is a terrific way to show off everything you've learned over the past two weeks in our Media Studies unit.  In 121 English, you continued your Quick 10, then moved into your chunking groups for our buddy, Huck Finn.  Your group discussions sound great!  Remember that you need to have all chapters read, along with the chapter summaries for your colleagues, by Friday. WE'RE THINKING OF YOU, SARAH!  GO GET' EM!

Posted: May 13, 2010

Today in English 9, we reviewed some pretty interesting stats about the way media influences us. For homework, believe it or not, your job is to watch a 30-minute program, and complete your Commercial Tracking Form for tomorrow.  In 121 English, we continued watching the film adaptation of our novel, keeping the question of "Would Steinbeck approve?" in mind.  Remember your reflection for tomorrow.

Posted: May 12, 2010

In English 9, we began our media studies unit by considering the advertisements that stick in our minds, and what makes them do so.  We'll continue tomorrow, and you'll be responsible for tracking the commercials through a 30-minute program of your choice.  In English 121, we did a short analysis of Robbie Burns' poem "To A Mouse," then began watching the film version of Of Mice and Men.  Remember to keep one driving question in mind: Would Steinbeck be pleased with the film adaptation?

Posted: May 11, 2010

Hello there!  In English 9, we enjoyed some SSR, then edited and peer corrected your character interviews from The Merchant of Venice.  Tomorrow, we'll begin a great unit on Media Studies.  It pays to be a smart consumer!  In English 121, we completed Of Mice and Men...jeepers.  We then completed a little post-novel writing, so you could try to figure out your reaction to the novel's conclusion.  We'll continue analyzing Steinbeck's craft, then watch the film adaptation of the novel, as well.

Posted: May 4, 2010

Good day, folks!  In English 9 today, we reviewed the items you analyzed last night (well done!), then we played a game of The Merchant of Venice Jeopardy...which the girls DOMINATED IN ALL THREE CLASSESS!  Wooooo!  Remember to get your head in the game for your test tomorrow.  In English 121,  we also discussed some key items from last night's reading. For tomorrow, please go through chapter four, and indicate any items of interest you believe would bridge into a great discussion with your classmates.  In class, you will also be completing a Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking activity, as well.  See you then!

Posted: May 3, 2010

Good day, folks!  Today in English 9, we watched the final scenes of the film version of The Merchant of Venice.  From there, you were asked to do two things for tomorrow:  1.  Sort the comparisons/contrasts of the final scenes of both versions using some sort of graphic organizer (would a t-chart work best?) 2.  Analyze that data to explain WHY these changes were made and WHAT IMPACT they have on audiences, characters, plot, and whatever else blows your hair back.  In English 121, we had another (better!) discussion about chapter two.  Chapter three and the accompanying guiding questions are due tomorrow.

Posted: April 27, 2010

Good day!  Today in English 9, we found out (almost!) Antonio's fate!!  Yikes!!  We'll complete Act 4, Scenes 1 and 2 tomorrow, then watch the film version.  In English 121, we discussed our chapter 1 guiding questions.  For tomorrow, please read chapter 2 of your novel, keeping in mind the three guiding questions for that section. We'll work on those in class tomorrow, then have a say about them.

Posted: April 26, 2010

Today in English 9, after you got your needle, we completed Act 3, Scene 4.  There is only one question for homework.  In 121 English, we reviewed what you'll be working on Thursday and Friday when I'm away (and when several of you are at Drama Fest) - it's attached to this post.  For homework, please complete chapter one of your novel, along with guiding questions one to three (I've also attached them to this post).