Monday, March 30, 2015

Root of the Week: VERT

Role of Supporting Characters

How are you using supporting characters in your story?

H/W - All classes You will receive a summative grade for your outline for STRUCTURE tomorrow. You must have your outline finished!!!!

35mins Membean this week.

Do you know your MAP vocabulary?

Relative Clauses

Make your copy of this file: Sentence Tools - Phrases

Relative pronouns recap  -WHO or WHOM?

Your RF plot outlines should be finished by Wednesday. Some of you need to work hard on this!

Friday, March 20, 2015

and the Poscar goes to....

Poetry Recitation Champion 2015

Have a great break...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Supporting Characters and Plot Outline

Roots Summative - TEST 1

Coming Soon - Voscars - M.A.P. Vocabulary knock out tournament.

Read over the break. Be thinking about the plot outline for your story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Building Characters People Care About

Roots Test tomorrow - Do you know these 10 roots and a couple of words that go with each one?

RF Character - Make sure you could take extensively about the 'backstory' of your main character for your realistic fiction story.

Do you wish to retake the Sentence Clauses test?
Complete –IXL - 10th Grade M1 and M2  AND the practice exercise links on my blog from last week. You will take the test again on the next Blue Day 2 if you can provide evidence that you have done this additional practice.

No new H/W - READ!

Read how effectively Jack paints a picture with words of the setting for his story. Well done Jack.

The boys bathroom was all white with a square tile pattern.  Wet globs of toilet paper stuck to the ceiling as if it were super glued.  White walls paint was coming off showing the grey concrete.  Three of the sinks were clogged with paper towels and the fourth one was chipped.  The mirror above the sink had graffiti on it.  A picture of middle pointing up and words below that saying “DROP DEAD!” On a stall door someone wrote with a pencil “H+E” with a huge heart surrounding it. The toilets were clogged and unflushed letting the sick aroma filled the air.  I hated it here I mean couldn’t we just use another bathroom. The only actual color in the place was a puddle of blood on the floor and in the center a broken tooth.  I would have let him go if Jake weren't there.  Anthony kept on thrashing and elbowing me in the shoulder.  It was really uncomfortable and annoying.  Plus his blood kept on dripping on my shoe.  Like a waterfall.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Red Dot Reading Challenge

Building Character Profiles & Delayed Adjectives

Great work today thinking about Jake Moon's online footprint. For tomorrow, you will need to do this for you own RF character. Be thinking about the digital footprint you will create for your own character. 

No new H/W!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Write a realistic fiction scene...

  • Write another realistic fiction scene that hints at a social issue for a different story. Use the ideas for stories that you had from Friday's class. The list of videos are still on my blog below. Students choose one of these ideas and write a scene. Your scene should incorporate 'some' of the advanced moves we have been modeling from  the Graduation of Jake Moon such as:
    • using lists for specificity
    • slow motion scene
    • rehearsing a scene
    • "count up and count down" technique
    • figurative language
    • continuum to show transition
    • framing a scene - position, location, movement, and direction
    • "down the garden path" technique
Any other craft moves you know

H/W -
Spend 15 mins on your RF scene from today's class.
35min of Membean by Thursday

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Who's Got the Power?

Lesson Recap:

H/W (Optional but STRONGLY recommended)
Last minute test practice for Friday's test
Don't forget - You should also know the difference between comma splices and fused (run on) sentences

Grade 10 IXL   M.1 and M.2
(These exercises very similar to the ones you will get on the test.)

Compulsory - Finish your first scene. Can you comment on the craft moves you used?

Enjoy Gustav's and Aiden's Top 10

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Writing a Scene

Finish your first scene for Friday
Remember - sentence fluency test Friday

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Characteristics of RF


We studied with the characteristics of realistic fiction stories today. Think about which of the characteristics we discussed that you seldom put into your stories. Tomorrow you will write your first scene. Which characteristics will you try to use?

No new H/W - Check back to Monday for tasks due later in the week.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Realistic Fiction

Make a copy

Root of the Week: Dict

Social Issues Videos- ONLY CHOOSE TWO to watch... you may watch others in another class.

H/W - All classes

  • Your 'poetry reflections' should be in this file by Wednesday.

  • You should have approx. 10 facts about your social issue- Due Wed
  • 45mins of Membean this week
  • Sentence Fluency Test is Friday. As you work through the exercises, use this sheet to ask questions about any of the dances you do not understand. TEST PRACTICE: ASK the Teacher sheet

Friday, March 6, 2015

My Poetry Top 10

Poetry Unit:  My Top 10

Inspiring poets visit SAS - Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. (Their books would make a fantastic 7th grade graduation gift for you!)

Next Week:
Realistic Fiction Reading and Writing Unit
Sentence Fluency Grammar Test - FRI - Do as many of the links in yesterday's post as possible.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Poscars... "O Captain My Captain..."

Congratulations on your excellent performances today in the Poscars....

A Closing Thought...
In the movie, Dead Poet's Society, Robin Williams challenged his students " dare to be different, to strive to find their own voices, to dare to strike out and find new ground..." For this, he was fired from his job.... This last scene shows how his students showed that they would not forget his lesson and embrace life as he had taught them. "...the powerful play of life goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will YOUR verse be?"

Hopefully, you will take what you have learned in poetry and follow the teachings of Robin Williams  Carpe Diem

No  H/W - 'Read'
Membean Test tomorrow

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One day to the party...

Excellent work today on your poems. What will you do for tomorrow to make your performances even better?

If you can, please bring in food/ drinks to share with your class for the Poetry Party

Watch to learn more about poetry... Writing poetry to figure things out...

Sentence Fluency: Test Practice Exercises
Test is next Wed or Fri (will confirm next Mon.) (ignore question 13 and 16)

Some of the questions on this exercise, we have not covered yet...but we will. Try it for fun!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Poscars

Will you receive one of these on Thursday?

Just think - fame - fortune - paparazzi! Will you be ready?



Grammar Recap
Video Review - Compound-complex sentences

Poetry Revision List

Make sure you watch this video
Make sure you are ready to perform your poem in class tomorrow. You must talk about you poetic moves before reciting your memorized poem. Remember - You will be graded on your PIPES

Champion of Champions - All class winners of the PIPE Off - will present to the C-Side meeting on Wed 11th March. - Who will be crowned - Champion of Champions?

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Poscars Award

The following 'Poscar Awards'  will be handed out at the end of the Poetry Party on Thursday.

  • Best Visual Interpretation (Use of Body Language)
  • Best Projection (Volume)
  • Best Inflection and Pacing 
  • Best Memorized Delivery
  • Best Multiple Voice Poem
  • Best Original Poem (Overall 'top' award for poem and performance)
  • Best Props
  • Best Group Poem
  • Most Improved Poet
Awards will also be given to the PIPE off 
Class and Block champions

Will you raise your performance and be nominated for one of the awards?

Slam Poetry: Expecting

Lesson Recap:Enjambment


50 mins of Membean this week

Poetry H/W

  • You must have at least one of your poems MEMORIZED by Wed. 
  • You will need to recite the poem to me privately. 
  • You must speak of the poetic moves in the poem. 
  • You will receive SUMMATIVE craft grade for your poetic moves and a speaking and listening grade (PIPES) for this poem. This poem can be a group poem (paired)
  • Rubrics are on left side of the blog.
  • Most of Tuesday's class will be spent revising your poems and preparing for this.

Sentence Fluency Test - Next WED - Spend 5 mins each night doing some of these exercises
Sentence Fluency: Test Practice Exercises - (ignore question 13 and 16)

Some of the questions on this exercise, we have not covered yet...but we will. Try it for fun!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Reading Classes
Partner Book Talk: the argument book discussion is postponed until after the poetry party.

Next week:
Poetry party audition Wednesday
Poetry party Thursday (Read instructions from last week)
Membean test Friday

Root of the Week:  Man

Membean stats for February - Summative Assessments are in powerschool based on minutes practiced.

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