Friday, March 24, 2017

In Class Writing

Goal: On demand, in class, writing assessment.

Read when you finish your essay.

Our assessment: 
Earlier this week you read a poem and yesterday you read a short story. Today you will be writing an essay comparing them. I will give you the prompt in class.

Use THIS LINK to get back to the short story you read yesterday.
I'll pass back your annotated poem in class.

See Mrs. Roberts after spring break to make up this assessment. You'll probably need to do it after school unless another teacher is willing to let you miss a class.

Got a good book? 
Today is a really good day to make sure you have a good book (or two) to read over break.
You can also get the Overdrive app and connect it to your public library card to read ebooks and audiobooks for free.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A little assessment

Goal: Read some new texts so that you can write about them tomorrow.

Readings for assessment

New Text: 
  • I've shared a new story with you using GoFormative. 
  • Be sure to click on the green and blue boxes as you read to get more information and answer some questions. If you can't answer a question go back and re-read until you can answer the question. 
  • Click HERE to go to the story. (Let me know if you need help getting access.)
  • If you want to use the older (more reliable) version of GoFormative click HERE
Essay Coming Soon:
In our next class you will be writing essays in class comparing this story to the poem you read yesterday.


  • You can still call in your dramatic reading. 

Spring break is a great time to catch up or get ahead 
on reading a book you enjoy. 
Do you have a good book to read over break? 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Poetry Jigsaw and Logistics

Goals: Share out the poem you read yesterday and apply the SIFT protocol to a new one.

Upcoming assessments
Poetry Jigsaw
New poem

Upcoming assessments: 

  • Comparative Analysis essays final drafts are due tomorrow
  • Friday you have an in class essay test. You'll be writing about a poem and a short story, comparative analysis. Thursday you'll get a chance to read the short story. 
  • Your next book review #8, will be due April 19th. Read over spring break. 
  • Book review #9 will be different. Don't start writing it. I'll give you more information in April. 
Poetry Jigsaw: 
Pull up the SIFT document you created yesterday. Tell the people at your table about the poem you read and discuss the symbolism, imagery, figurative language, tone, and theme. 

New Poem:
I'm giving you a new poem on paper. Put your NAME and period on it. 
You need to read it and apply your sift strategies. You can talk about it with your group. 
I'm collecting it before you leave. 

Bring back your course request form signed. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SIFTing Poems

Goal: Further practice SIFTing poems. 

SIFTing a poem with your group.

Due Date: 

  • Last week we had writing groups for your comparative analysis papers. 
  • I told you the final draft would be due this week. 
  • You should have your's finished and ready for grading by Thursday 3/23. 

SIFTing a poem:
  • Today you will be getting more practice SIFTing poems with a small group. 
  • Use this document to organize your thinking about the poem. (Don't share this with me.)
  • Complete the organizer ALL the way through writing the paragraph at the bottom.
  • PASTE that paragraph into your English Journal
  • Tomorrow you will present this poem to a different group. Be prepared to explain your analysis. 

Poems for Groups
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6

Absent? Choose a poem to SIFT on your own. Be sure to paste that paragraph about the poem into your English Journal when you are done. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lets check out some poetry

Goal: Looking at some poetry, entry into analysis.

Looking closely at a poem
SIFT poetry analysis
English Journal Entry

Comparative Analysis for Poetry
Comparative analysis means looking closely at two things and comparing how they work. We did this with some short stories and then compared what an author does with a story to what a director does with a film. Now we will try it with some poetry.

A bit of poetry: 
We are going to look at some techniques for reading poetry this week.

1. Read this poem A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur. Read it a few times until you are comfortable with the literal meaning of the poem.

3. Let's look at this prezi about poetry analysis together.

4. Use this document to organize your thinking about the poem. You do not need to share it with me.
5. Be sure to complete the paragraph at the end of the doc AND paste it into your English Journal.