Friday, September 30, 2005
I'm glad you're here today.
Today we will accomplish the following goals:
1. Write No. 31.
2. Written response to a prompt for 11 minutes.
3. Completion and mastery of an online writing quiz.
If there is time, additional activities have been prepared.
Please write the following in section 4 of your binder:
No. 31 When a guest visits our room, we will be on our best behavior and prepared to answer all questions the guests may have.
Please read the prompt below and respond as a comment to this blog posting. If you have questions on how to do that, I will model it for the entire class.
Prompt: Much has been written about the negative effects of television on young people. Are all television shows bad for children? Write for 11 minutes describing a show you feel has a positive impact on today's teens and explain how the show could be helpful.
When time is called, we will move on to Task 3.
Today we will be taking an online quiz. You must work on your own to complete the quiz. To log in, click here. I have your usernames and passwords and will come around with them. You have two tries to master the quiz. You may not use your notes. I know you have been paying attention and should do a great job with this!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Today we will be discussing "ethics."
Work with your table partner to come up with a conclusion and action decision based on one of the ethical scenarios below. Write your response and make sure you back up your conclusions and decisions with reasons why you chose that answer.
- A younger brother comes to you, telling you that another child in the neighborhood has been picking on him, calling him names, etc. He wants you to right the wrong. What do you do?
- You are working on a school project in a group. One of your members refuses to do his or her part in the project. What do you do?
- There is a gang of girls in the rest room, smoking. This is against school rules. These are pretty tough girls who are known to "get back" at people who "rat" on them. What do you do?
- One of your friends has not prepared well for the test today, and you have. The friend would like to copy your answers. What do you do?
When I call time, we will discuss this as a class. Be prepared to explain your scenario, your choices and your reasons.
Class discussion of basic values.
Read the article linked below. As you read, on a piece of notebook paper, take notes of the main ideas, definitions and important details from the article. You may work with your table partner.
Use the information we have uncovered in class to complete the student worksheet. Find the worksheet in the Worksheets folder under "Chase" on the server. When you have finished, save it in your class period's folder as: "last name ethics sheet."
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Good day! Welcome back to class.
For today’s lesson, you have three tasks to complete:
Finish typing your 3 Adjectives Essay. (15 minutes)
Continue examining verbs. (15 minutes)
Show what you know about verbs. (5 minutes)
Explore a current event and identify main idea and supporting details. (10 minutes)
First, please take out your AGENDA and write TODAY’S HOMEWORK:
Give one high-grade compliment.
Please open you’re your 3 Adjective Essay and finish typing it into the file.
If you do not finish typing your essay in the time given during class, post a comment to the blog telling me your Name and a Time when you will be able to come in BEFORE SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL, or DURING LUNCH to finish typing it. If you would like to borrow a disk and finish typing it at home, you should tell me that as well.
Please open one of the English books on your table to page 142.
Read the book’s explanation of action and being verbs.
On a piece of notebook paper, write down the parts of the explanation that are important to know about verbs.
You may work with the partner at your table
This should include definitions and examples
After you have completed your notes, please bring them to me. If your notes are complete, I will give you a piece of paper on which to complete TASK 2.2
1. Please put your Name, the Date, and your class Period in the upper Left corner of your paper. 2. Complete 1-8 on pg. 142
3. You may work with your table partner if you wish.
4. You do NOT need to write the sentence.
5. You DO need to write the VERB as well as whether it expresses a MENTAL action, PHYSICAL action or BEING.
6. Please turn your completed assignment into your class period’s basket.
Please take out your homework from last night.
Look at your 3 sentences, make certain your name is at the top of the paper.
Underline the verb in each sentence.
After each sentence, write the type of verb you used: physical action, mental action or being verb.
Please, turn in your paper to your class’ basket.
In a new Word document:
Type your name, the date and your class period at the upper-left corner of the page.
Identify the main idea and supporting details for 5 of the article’s paragraphs. Make certain you identify the number of the paragraphs.
Monday, September 12, 2005
For today’s lesson, you have three tasks to complete. They include:
- Responding to today’s quote (15 minutes)
- Finishing typing your essay into your Word file (15 minutes)
- Begin examining verbs (15 minutes)
Before we get to that, please take out your agenda and write tonight’s homework in your agenda:
Write three sentences about your Monday. Due 9-13
Today’s quote comes from Kanye West:
“We all self-conscious, I’m just the first to admit it.”
- Create a new Word file
- Type your name and the date at the top
- Copy and paste the quote into the file
- Below the quote, explain what West meant and whether or not you are self-conscious. Be certain to use specific examples to back up your main ideas.
- When time is called, save your response in the folder marked “9-12-05 Quote. Name your file: Last Name 9-12 Quote
- Be prepared to share with your classmates.
- Please open your 3 Adjectives Essay and finish typing your rough draft into the Word file you created last week. Remember, you only have 15 minutes to work on this task, so it is important you remain focused.
- When time is called, click “File” and then click “Save.”
- Please open one of the English books on your table to page 142.
- Read the book’s explanation of action and being verbs.
- On a piece of notebook paper, write down the parts of the explanation that are important to know about verbs.
- You may work with the partner at your table
- This should include definitions and examples
- After you have completed your notes, please bring them to me. If your notes are complete, I will give you a piece of paper on which to complete TASK 3.2
- Please put your Name, the Date, and your class Period in the upper Left corner of your paper.
- Complete 1-8 on pg. 142
- You may work with your table partner if you wish.
- You do NOT need to write the sentence.
- You DO need to write the VERB as well as whether it expresses a MENTAL action, PHYSICAL action or BEING.
- Please turn your completed assignment into your class period’s basket.
If you complete TASKS 1-3 and have extra time remaining, you may:
- Post a comment to this blog about today's class, your life or anything else on your mind.
- Take out a book and read silently.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
I'm up here to attend a daylong conference put on by the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project. It's exactly what I need.
Because of all the moving around over the summer, I didn't get to take part in any English Conferences. I depend on these things to sharpen the saw. They fill me with new ideas, yes. More to the point, though, they help me to remember all of the great and amazing things I can be doing in my classroom to help my students to achieve.
Today, I've been to a session on scaffolding, a session on multiple intelligences and now I'm in the third an final session on blogging and IMing and all that in school.