Thursday, October 30, 2014

Suspense Stories

Your suspense stories are due tomorrow. You will have about 20 minutes to record your stories in class tomorrow.

Recap of crafted techniques discussed
1) Opening and Delayed adjectives
2) Use of the weather
3) The Mansi Move (...scared. Scared of...)
4) Short choppy sentences for

You are being assessed on:

  • your oral reading of your stories (staccato, stretching, exaggeration, slow and fast)
  • your use of opening (x4) and delayed (x4) adjectives (you need a minimum of 8

The secret number is 42

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Suspense Stories

Lesson Recap

C.D Class Suspense Story 
 E.F Class Suspense Story Link
G.H. Class Suspense Story Link

 H/W You will have approx. 40mins to finish your suspense story tomorrow. Using this amount of time as a guide, spend between 15-30mins on your story tonight. You will read your story in class on Friday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


H/W Membean:  C/D & E/F class only

  • You need to practice for 20mins at home this week by FRIDAY. Total practice for this week should be 45mins(25mins in class) 
  • You will need an idea for tomorrow's class for a suspense story (All classes)

Today, you practiced using the P.I.P. of 'PIPES' to improve your fluency. You will be performing your skits on Monday. You should practice reading your parts ready for this performance.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Delayed Adjectives

Lesson Recap


Watch this video and then write an example of a delayed adjective as a comment.

Tomorrow in class, your teacher will ask you to write down the secret number. This secret number is 24. Just remember the number 24!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Welcome Back!

Coming This Week

Persuasive Writing: On Demand - You can look at this before Monday if you choose to do so

  • Next grammar unit: Opening and Delayed Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Membean Practice - Have you been practicing?
  • Reader's Theatre Fluency Assessment - Can you use intonation and expression effectively?
  • Notice and Note: Reading Skills Notice and Note
  • Suspense Writing: Horror Stories for Halloween

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Student Led Conferences

You will be expected to do the majority of the talking in the Student Led Conferences. Hence the term, 'Student Led.'

Make sure you can talk succinctly (brief and to the point) about your  'strengths' and opportunities for growth. Make sure you have practiced talking about the slides in your slide show.

New plus point competition begins when we return. You can gain plus points in advance to go onto the new chart by: - Remember (preferential seating given for students with most plus points)

1) Returning classroom books at SLC conferences that you have at home or in your locker that you have finished with. (Max. 3 plus points)
2) Starting and finishing books over the break (Max. 3 plus points e.g. - You get a plus point for every book you read over the break -started new - three books max.)

I will expect to see many of your at conferences ready to share all your learning!

Have a great break!

When we return:
Ethos, pathos, logos
Opening and Delayed adjectives and adverbs
Notice and Note
Reading Non-fiction

Monday, October 13, 2014

Student Led Conferences: My Learning - My Growth

Congratulations on finishing your Memoirs - For those students who would like to resubmit their work for a higher grade - you must copy the link in the file directly to the right of this post titled 'Resubmitted Work.' The opportunity to resubmit a piece of work stays open for 30 days from the original due date.  Drop your teacher an email to let you know that you have a link to a new version of work.

Use this link for today's class

My Strengths and Goals

Fill the form out VERY carefully. Make sure you have evidence to prove your choices

Follow these guidelines

Saturday, October 11, 2014


The Friday Message

7 mins that will help you live longer!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Subjects and Predicates

Use this link to go to your subjects and predicates TEST
Congratulations C/D Block 16/22 students scored ABOVE EXPECTATIONS on the test!

EVERYBODY must bring in a PRINTED copy of their memoir for TOMORROW
Presentation Requirements

  • A Title  Effective (not my Memoir)
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Organized in paragraphs - especially your dialogue
  • Author's  Note at the end of  the piece
  • Highlighted Membean words

C/D & E/F - You MUST bring in your story ready to participate in a book club discussion TOMMOROW. You will be assessed on how prepared you are. You will then write a reading response after your discussion
Revision tips

 Have you used your subjects and predicates in your piece?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Memoir: Endings

No new H/W tonight Subjects and Predicates Test: TOMORROW

You will need to submit your Memoir either 'end of class tomorrow' or Friday morning.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Assessment Week

This will be a busy week:
  • Subjects and Predicates Test: Thur
  • Memoir: Final Draft (End of class Thur or beginning of class Fri)
  • C/D - E/F classes Reading Response Fri (you will be given the stories today to prepare for Friday)

You 'REALLY' know your theme if you can summarize your whole paper in 6 words - this is a known as a '6 word memoir' - Look at the video and the excellent examples from these students

You will have Tue, Wed, and Thur to work on your memoirs.

Finished Memoir Mentor Text from last year - Read this to see how Kira jumps in and out of her anecdotes and reflections on how she is different or changed because of her experiences

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Memoir: Getting it done!

Copy all your anecdotes/drafts etc that you have done so far on your memoir into one doc. MAKE SURE THE DOC. IS set so that anyone with link can edit. Drop the link in the file below for your class.

C/D class: Identity Memoir Link
E/F class: Identity Memoir Link
G/H class: Identity Memoir Link

Lesson recap: Do you know what you are doing as a writer?

No new H/W tonight - Do not forget to come to class prepared tomorrow to discuss your story. Your preparation for the story will be a summative.

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