Mrs. Corlett

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Posted: January 18, 2010

Good day!  In class, we scored then edited the essays you wrote waaaaaaaay back in September.  You've come a long way, baby!  We then began a 15-question mock Writing I, to prepare you for what you might see on the ELPA.  Oh, that's another thing: the Reading component of the ELPA has been postponed until a later date, so you will just have regular classes on Thursday.  Your schedule for Friday will remain the same, and you will complete all three Writing components.  You should also be studying for any exams that you may have next week.

Posted: January 14, 2010

Good day!  We examined another practice piece for the ELPA today (a pretty long poem!), and worked on our reading strategies.  Also, we completed some of the grammatical exercises that you'll have to tackle.  Tomorrow, it's another practice piece...and yes, it's a poem!  You're welcome!

Posted: January 13, 2010

You handed in your homework today....well, most of you did...then we completed and reviewed the ELPA sample.  Remember, take your time, use process of elimination, and always refer back to the text when you're given a line reference (read a little above and a little below, too).  Tomorrow, we'll work on another sample.

Posted: January 12, 2010

Good day!  In class today, we completed and reviewed the common (difficult) terms page together, then began a practice piece for the ELPA.  We will finish it in class tomorrow.  Also, YOU WERE GIVEN A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT, due tomorrow (it is attached to this post).  It is a review of the elements of short stories.  Please complete it, as it counts for marks.  Have a great night!
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Posted: January 11, 2010

Today we almost completed a little "Walk and Talk" activity, using several important terms that may appear on the ELPA.  Students were assigned one or two terms, then were responsible to teach their understanding of those terms to their peers.  We will take about ten minutes of tomorrow's class time to complete all terms, then attack a practice assessment piece.  Expect homework tomorrow night!

Posted: January 7, 2010

In class today, we reviewed the new short story elements covered yesterday (including the four types of point of view) and added another: unreliable narrator.  As an example, we began reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (cree-py!!!), while employing the "Stop and Write Something" strategy.  We'll finish it up tomorrow.  Have a great evening!

Posted: December 16, 2009

In class today, we were fortunate to have a Boomerang mentor or two work through an activity on Building Strong Relationships.  Afterward, you continued reading The Monkey's Paw using the "Stop and Write Anything" strategy.  No homework for tonight, as we'll finish the story and questions in class tomorrow.

Posted: December 14, 2009

In class today, we began (and many completed) the mock assessment re-write from September.  Tomorrow, we'll finish up, enter your responses into Senteo, and have a little comparison session.  Great work!  No homework tonight.

Posted: December 9, 2009

In class today, we discussed the elements involved in a good plot and completed four questions based on Fredric Brown's short story, The Hobbyist.  Next, we will read W.W. Jacobs' classic, The Monkey's Paw, and apply some reading strategies as we go.

Posted: December 8, 2009

Good day!  In class today, we enjoyed a little SSR, then reviewed the Sentry and Voodoo responses you completed last night, keeping Bloom's Taxonomy for Thinking in mind.  We then began a list of the short story terms you will need to know, including introduction, protagonist, antagonist, and plot, for starters.  There is no homework for tomorrow.  Enjoy your evening!

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