Monday, September 17, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21

Narrative Drafting This Week --

The Color of Water project will be due next Wednesday, September 26.

We will work each day in class this week on writing the two narratives.  We will also read sample narratives and consider style with "style openers."  As you write, one-on-one and two-on-one conferences on The Color of Water will wrap up.

Outside of class, you will also want to take time to write the narratives and to interview a family member; schedule an interview appointment for this week.  Ms. Graham followed up on her QuickTime player lesson with this three minute tutorial on how to transcribe audio into text.  We will watch it in class.

Friday -- Use the rhetorical notebook to annotate "One Writer's Beginning" for style.  Continue drafting the narrative or begin revision with style analysis.  The directions for transcribing audio to text are here.

Thursday's sample college application essays, which emerged from narrative writing, are here and here.  We took 10-15 minutes to identify an area that needs improvement in a narrative and to freewrite/answer questions at a brainstorming station to create new material for the narrative draftwork.

Wednesday's mini-lesson on How to Write Descriptively is here.  We read an excerpt from Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here."

Tuesday's lesson is here.

Monday's lesson:
  • Style opener: Make every word work.  Circle diction choices (word choices) in two very different passages on the same place, the Okefenokee Swamp.  We're doing this exercise to remind ourselves that writers make very conscious choices about the connotation of words to create a tone -- some words work harder than others, though, and we stood in a circle around the rock and shouted out the words that determined tone and mood most in both passages.
  • Narrative definitions and a sample narrative: With a partner, we reviewed/listed core traits of narrative.  We read Canadian writer Margaret Laurence's "The Shack," and focused on her use of diction (word choice) in her introduction.
  • Writing time: Time to start drafting the first of two narratives.  Each student's pre-writing homework was reviewed and checked for thoroughness of writing.
HW Eng: The Color of Water project will be due next Wednesday, September 16.  Draft your first and second narrative for at least 30 minutes of writing time each night this week.  You do not need to finish the drafts but should have substantial work accomplished on each.  Bring your draft, handouts, and The Color of Water book + notes with you to class.  Schedule an appointment to interview a family member this week or weekend.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, September 14

Today we learned how to use QuickTime player, reviewed the Color of Water project, and then discussed the nature of family interviews -- you may interview someone who is in your family or someone who is close kin.  I gave an example of my family members, Mike and Muriel.

Each student's timeline was checked for accuracy and thoroughness.

HW due Monday: Complete one or both of these prewriting surveys as narrative pre-writing and then also talk with the person you would like to interview to set up an appointment time for next week. 

Prewriting survey option one: Story of a friendship.

Prewriting survey option two: Overall narrative ideas

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Daily Agenda: Thursday, September 13

Today we got started on narrative writing with some brainstorming.

  • Each student created a timeline, titled "Timeline of My Life."
  • On the front of the timeline is ages 2 through 8.
  • On the back of the timeline is ages 9-17.
  • The timeline will help to determine subject matter for The Color of Water narratives.
Working as a class, with partners, and alone, we began to stir up thoughts and memories from each of these years.  The assignment is to write a detailed memory for each year, ages 2-17, using some of these qualities for each year: detailed colors, names, descriptions of objects, extremes, local/national/world events, setbacks and successes, famous firsts, holidays and celebrations, and friendship stories.

HW Eng: Finish the timeline of your life, writing a detailed memory for each year, ages 2-17.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12



The Socratic Seminar meeting on the cultural context of The Color of Water is here.

We prepped for the seminar on Monday and held it on Tuesday and Wednesday. A couple of key
ideas:

This discussion will be part of your fishbowl grade. We also learned about a project related to
The Color of Water at the end of class on Wednesday. The project assignment is here.

Leadership can take many forms -- remember that your role is to make remarks and decisions as
museum directors and readers.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, September 7

Today we are holding one-on-one reading conferences, and the self-scored assessment will be shared with Ms. Hodgens. 

As the conferences are happening, read through this mini-lesson on a way to think about the cultural context of The Color of Water, through visual rhetoric

Working alone or with a partner, please complete the related questions at the end of the document by creating a copy of the google doc and saving it in a folder called World Literature.  You may work alone or with a partner, and each individual should create a copy of the document.

HW Eng (due Monday): Complete the visual rhetoric assignment.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, September 4 - Thursday, September 6

Thursday's plan:
Fishbowl discussions continued today.
HW Eng: Write up (typing on a Google doc) a self-scored assessment using the Fishbowl rubric. Your analysis will be 8-10 sentences, and though it will focus on your participation in the discussion, your writing can also pull in ideas other classmates discussed.

Wednesday's plan:
Fishbowl discussions started today with eight people on the inside discussing reactions to The Color of Water, going always for depth of inferences. Folks on the outside took notes and listened for meaning. These Fishbowl discussions will continue tomorrow (Thursday).
HW Eng: Continue to prep for the Fishbowl discussions.

Tuesday’s plan:
We started with an imagery opener and passed in the syllabus signature sheets.
After watching commercials, we reviewed the core skill of inferences.
Next, we did a blitzkrieg-like question generating activity.
The questions we generated are here, and they are for the Fishbowl.

HW due Wednesday: Access and read the list of questions generated today (see above)
on The Color of Water; prepare to ask your favorite one or two questions, and think
about your response to that favorite question, too.  

Bring your syllabus signature sheet to class tomorrow if you didn’t bring it today.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, August 31

Today we generated interview questions, interviewed a partner, and then introduced the partner to the class.

We had a preview of the major texts we'll read as a class, which will take us from the U.S. to Cyprus to Afghanistan to Mexico to South Africa.

HW Eng: Read the class syllabus with your parents or guardians and ask them to sign the expectations sheet.  Sign and return it to Ms. Hodgens on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Daily Agenda: Thursday, August 30

Today's focus was on imagery.  First, we analyzed a passage from the Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love for sound imagery.  The annotated passage is here.  This was our first voice lesson.

Next, we wrote about an experience that has meant a lot to each of you, incorporating the five senses (imagery) into our narratives.  The prompt is here.  We read the narratives outside to each other; I've linked mine.

HW Eng: None

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, August 29

Welcome --

Today we tapped into and drew your first heart map of the year.  We connected with each others' experiences, stories, favorite texts, favorite pets, and also touched on the summer reading.

HW Eng: Bring The Color of Water tomorrow along with your notes, for some work time.