Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cinematic Techniques (aka Film Tricks)

Do Now: What are some techniques that directors use to make their films more dramatic? How do those techniques affect you as a viewer?

Today we will look closely at some examples of cinematic techniques. You will create your own storyboard for "The Cask of Amontillado".

Homework: Watch a dramatic TV show or part of a movie. Find at least one example of the cinematic techniques we learned about today. Explain (in writing) how and why the director used the technique. What was the effect on you as a viewer?

You can use this to help you if you need to:
While watching ____________ I saw the director chose to ________________ and _____________ theses techniques were used to ________________________. The impact of these techniques on me as a viewer were _____________________________

Monday, January 30, 2012

Here's looking at you kids...

Good morning,

Welcome to the second semester of your freshman year of high school.
 Your Do Now today is in the form of a... well a form.

Oh, yeah. We will be looking at your answers in class, so... um... yeah..., remember that.
Then there is some writing to do in your notebook so get that open too.
Oh, and did you send the text? (Fill out the form and that will make sense.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

First Semester Finals

Hi Everyone,
  Good luck on your first high school finals.  I don't know what kind of evil genius invented multiple choice questions, but you get 34 of those, plus an essay and another surprise about "The Cask of Amontillado". Make sure you have a book with you for all of your finals so you can read if you finish early.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Primal Fear

Do Now:  Poe is famous for creating an atmosphere of fear in his tales. What fears is he using to make "The Cask of Amontillado" a compelling story?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gettin' Literary With It...


Do Now: Describe the literary devices you found in The Cask of Amontillado and list a few others you know as well.  Also, add a table to your notebook for your class work today, three across and five down should do it.

Good morning,
 After several readings of the story you are ready to look into it even more deeply. Poe was a masterful author and, as authors yourselves, it is worth a bit of study of his technique. Today we want to look for the devices Poe is using, find an example of each, and then figure out the purpose Poe may have had for using them.

Literary Device          Example (quote)           Purpose

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rinse and Repeat

You read the story one more time for homework right?  Today we will take a close look at the plot.  You can do that on paper or try this fancy on-line version.

Homework:  Re-read it and look for literary devices. Mark the literary devices you find in your copy of the text using the insert-comment feature. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Cask of Amontillado ... Continued

Today we finish reading "The Cask of Amontillado".  You should be reading sections 3-5 on your own. Remember to stop and predict after each section in your writer's notebook. (See my writer's notebook for the template.)  Make sure you include a quote to support each of your predictions. Do not read section three until you have a quote to go with your prediction for section two etc.

Homework: Complete reading the story. Re-read it and look for literary devices. Mark the literary devices you find in your copy of the text using the insert-comment feature.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Cask of Amontillado

Do Now: Open your Writer's Notebook and mine. Copy/Paste the chart in my WN into your own to use today. Copy/Paste your gist statement from yesterday into the chart. If you haven't finished your gist statement do that NOW. (If you have finished your gist statement update your goodreads.)

Good morning,
  Today we begin reading The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. A copy of the text is shared with you in Google Docs as view only. You can also find it online and in your textbook. We will be working on predictions as we read the text.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It might be what you think...

Edgar Allan Poe
Do Now: How does predicting help you as a reader? Describe how predictions have affected your reading recently.

Today you will be doing a "probable passage" activity as we prepare to read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado".  You will be working with a group to sort the key words I give you and create your common gist statement. Remember that your gist statement must be the same as the rest of your group. You will sort your words and write your gist statement in your writer's notebook.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It Says...


Today in class we worked on your It Says-It Means-And So... charts for "The Scarlet Ibis". For homework you need to make sure you have at least two quotes that support your theme. I'll give you some time in class tomorrow to do two more quotes for your theme. There are just a few of you who haven't finished reading the story. Please make sure you are done reading it. Don't forget you also need two book reviews in Goodreads by 1/24/12.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reading-The Scarlet Ibis

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Scarlet_ibis_arp.jpgYesterday we began reading "The Scarlet Ibis".  You chose a format for your double entry journal either question/quote or quote/analysis. I shared the story with you in your view only folder in docs. Together we answered the first few questions and found a quote to go with each answer.

Today you need to finish reading the story and complete your double entry journal as you go. I will be here to support you both in person and electronically.

Here is the link to the video I showed you yesterday.
scarlet ibis in the wild

HOMEWORK: You need to finish reading the story AND complete your double entry journal for class tomorrow. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Agree or Disagree That is the Question.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gOx77WTCbQE/TegotLzG5rI/AAAAAAAAAKo/_fXYxQvYc0M/s1600/agreedisagree.jpgDo Now: Open your Writers Notebook and insert a chart with three columns (across) and six rows (down).

We are going to be looking at some questions that you may have strong opinions about.  Be sure to complete your reasons with detailed thoughtful answers.

If you were absent you can find the anticipation guide here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Looking at all five poems

Good morning,

Today you will meet with a different group. If I did it right each person in your group today read a different poem yesterday.

When you meet with your group read each of the poems from yesterday twice. Then have the person who worked on that poem yesterday share out the analysis from their SIFT sheet.  Make suggestions about what he or she might add to the SIFT sheet.  Respond to each of the poems on this form. Keep the form open in a new tab as you work through the poems.

Links to the five poems:
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do Now:  How do you go about analyzing a poem?  What do you look for? 

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5

 Read and analyze the poem assigned to your group. Complete the SIFT sheet together. They must match for everyone in your group.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How do I understand a poem?

DO NOW: (Answer in your writer's notebook.)
How do I read and understand a poem?

Luis J. Rodriguez
Good morning,  Yesterday you participated in a diagnostic assessment to see how well you can read, comprehend, analyze, and compare two texts. It was challenging for you, I know. During this unit on comparative analysis we are going to work on those skills. For a few days we will be doing this with poetry, then short stories for a few weeks and then film.

Today we will be reading this poem and using this organizer.  I have hard copies of the organizer because I want you to turn it in today. I have some hard copies of the poem too if you prefer that.

Go back to your writer's notebook near the end of the period. What is your personal reaction to the poem?

Homework: Independent reading, complete at least two paragraph length book reviews (for books you read since September) in Goodreads by January 24th.