Monday, March 21 - Welcome back - time to hit the books! - Read (some may need to renew or find a new book) - Did a quick review of sentence structure/components - this was handed in and I will evaluate. At first glance, and for the most part, students are getting this vital concept. We can move on with our writing! Life is good! See attached below for the handout. - Annotating a picture - this time of a young person looking at a red rose Tried a new seating plan and IT DID NOT WORK! Students were talking over me/rude and it was a rather unpleasant class. This will change tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 22 Note: after yesterday's insanity, a new seating plan has been set. 1) Read novels 2) Talked about symbolism (took a few notes in binder) I noticed from yesterday's lesson that the students' binders are not particularly well organized. This is not a habit I want to promote. Will be working on binder organization especially as I welcome (when I choose) students using their notes for quizzes! Used the picture that students worked on yesterday (girl/boy flower) to discuss and write down SPECIFIC things about symbols. Not a particularly robust conversation but we will get there. 3. Watched a 7 minute Youtube conversation about symbols - look for "Why we use symbols" on Youtube 4. Set the rough outline for the SYMBOL assignment the students will be handing in. Most students got a start on this and questions were asked for clarity. All good things. Due date: Monday, March 28. Students in attendance wrote the information down and began to work on collecting the information. 5. Students who leave early were required to take a sheet that will be submitted for credit at the beginning of class Wednesday. A copy of this expectation is here:
1) Read 2) Work on rough copy of Symbol assignment 3) Short Story - Thomas King's "Totem" will read in class students will do a close reading (annotation) we will discuss in class and complete a graphic organizer on symbols in story and what they mean.
- reviewed expectations of Symbol assignment - due Monday, March 24 - Spot the Error - review of direct dialogue and compound sentence structure Note: several students are still learning the compound sentence structure, so I will continue to teach to this concept until all students have this information down and the knowledge is there!