Friday, October 20, 2017

What is the meaning of this?

Goal: Understanding how events in a
book can help us make predictions


  • Read for 10 minutes
  • Using summaries to make predictions
  • Finding the meaning in your novel
  • Quiz

Using summaries to make predictions:
  • An action or event usually means that something else is important is going to happen later on
  • The word so can tell us the meaning of events moving forward. 
  • Harry receives his letter from Hogwarts, so that means his life is going be different as a wizard.
1. Complete this Google Form to practice making predictions

Finding the meaning in your novel:
1. Go to
2. Click on Shared With Me on the left side of your screen
3. Open the document called Novel Reading Chart
4. In the left column, write today's date
5. In the middle column, write a brief summary of what you read today
6. In the right column, answer the question: explain what the summary means moving forward

Quiz Today:

1Pul of GravityPull of GravityPull of GravityFarenheit 451Every last Word
2Saint IggySaint IggySaint IggyPull of GravityEvery Last WordFarenheit 451
3Saint IggyPull of GravitySaint IggyFarenheit 451Vivian AppleFarenheit 451
5Saint IggyPull of GravitySaint IggySaint IggyEvery Last WordEvery Last Word

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Making a quiz based on your group novel

No scantrons. I promise. 
Goal: Creating an online assessment about the book you are reading.

Reading Progress Update
Question Formulation Checklist
How forms work
Quiz making

Reading Progress Update:
Click HERE and update us about your reading progress. Focus on what you read today.

Question Formulation Checklist: 
____ The question can be answered by reading the first 40% of the book.
____ The question seems like something a teacher would ask.
____ There is a question about the main character.
____ There is a question about a setting.
____ There is a WHY question.
____ There is a HOW question.
____ There are 3-4 multiple choice questions. They have 4-5 answer choices.
____ There are 2-3 short answer questions. They require text evidence for their answers. They can not be answered with just a few words.

Making a Quiz: 
With your team you will create a quiz that other students will take about the book your group has been reading.

Quiz Expectations:
  • Make your quiz in a Google Form. Name it Period, Color, Title, for example "6 Blue Lord of the Flies"
  • Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and then "add collaborators" to add your teacher and your group members to the form. 
Quiz Tips: 
  • Ask questions about the first 40% of the book.
  • Include both multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • First question should be NAME.
  • Second question should be PERIOD. 
  • For multiple choice questions you can have 4-6 answer choices. 
  • Use the paragraph question type for short answer questions. 
  • Click settings (gear icon) and then "quizzes" to turn your form into a quiz. Go back through your questions and choose "answer key" to mark the correct selection for each question. 
  • You won't have 'correct' answers for short answer responses. 
Keep reading. (I hear you're going to have a quiz to take soon.) 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Setting, Character, Tests, Mood

Goal: Looking closely at how setting tells us about character in our novels.

Creating a setting
Anticipating test questions

Create a Setting:

  1. OPEN your English Journal.
  2. CHOOSE a character from your group book that doesn't have his or her own setting, or who's setting is not well described.
  3. DISCUSS that character and his/her setting with your group.
  4. WRITE a descriptive paragraph about the setting for that character. (In English Journal)
  5. EXPLAIN (in a second paragraph) what you are trying to show about the character with the setting you created.

Test Preparation:

  • You have another quiz about your book this Friday. 
  • You should be about 40% done with your book by then. 
  • One way to prepare for a test is to anticipate what questions you might see on the test. 
  • Get out a piece of paper. (Just one for your group.)
  • Label it period, color, novel title, ex 4 Red Lord of the Flies. 
  • Write 5-10 questions you think we might ask you about your book. 
  • Include multiple choice questions and short answer questions. 
  • Remember, think like a teacher, what would we ask you. 
  • Consider that this week we worked on character, setting, and mood. 

Be sure your English Journal is caught up.
Keep up with the reading in your group novel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Goals: Understanding how setting contributes to mood.

  • The term MOOD in literature refers to how the setting of the story makes the reader feel.
  • It is the emotional feeling of the place where the events are taking place. 
  • Sometimes the mood of the place matches the characters mood and sometimes it is in contrast to it.
  • Word choice and the details an author includes help to create the mood of a setting.
She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on,--the other was on the table near her hand,--her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a Prayer-Book all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass.

Setting and Mood
Review Great Expectations
Setting and Mood in Your Novels

Setting and Mood:
Let's Look at Great Expectations Again:
#1. Watch Great Expectations clip
#2. Check out these passages

We went into the house by a side door, the great front entrance had two chains across it outside,--and the first thing I noticed was, that the passages were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning there. She took it up, and we went through more passages and up a staircase, and still it was all dark, and only the candle lighted us.

She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on,--the other was on the table near her hand,--her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a Prayer-Book all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass.

Setting and Mood in Your Novels: 
#1. Find a description of setting that creates a specific mood in your novel. 
#2. Create a table (2 wide by 4 down) in your English Journal
#3. In the left column, describe the setting using text evidence.
#4. In the right column, explain what mood the setting creates and why.

Keep reading

Monday, October 16, 2017

What can setting tell us about character?

Art by: Cate Simmons
Goal: Understanding how setting helps us understand characters.

Writing about setting
Reading a setting
Reading specifically for setting

#1: Open your English Journal
Start a new entry at the top.
Describe a place you like to be. What does this place say about you as a person? 
#2: Look closely at a setting
CLICK THIS LINK: to view a description of a setting from Great Expectations. We will look closely at what this setting tells us about the characters.

#3: Talk to your group

  1. Talk to your group about what's happening in your novel.
  2. What is confusing you about the events or characters in your novel? 
  3. How has setting played a role so far?
  4. What do the settings tell you about the characters? 
  5. MARK the places in your book where the setting informs you about the characters.
Keep up with your reading. Be prepared to meet your reading goal for Friday. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mastering Short Answer Responses

Goal: Learning about expectations for short answer questions and taking a quiz on the first part of your group novel.

Expectations for short answer questions

Expectations for short answer responses:

  • Often teachers will ask you to write short written responses. 
  • Short answers are just as important as long answers and most teachers have high expectations for your answers.
  • We will review these expectations in class.

Keeping in mind what you know about expectations for short answer responses show us your best work on this QUIZ about your group novel. (The quiz has an entry code. I will give it to you in class.)

Memoir Presentations:
Several people are presenting today.

Keep up with work in your English Journal.
Keep reading your group novel, unless you are already 1/2 way done, then read another book.)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Exploring Complex Characters

Goal: Begin looking more closely at the complex characters in novels.

Characters are awesome lesson
Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel.

Characters are Awesome Lesson: Exploring direct and indirect characterization through textual evidence in group selected novels in a ninth grade English class.

Looking closely at one of the characters in your group novel. 
  • Open your English Journal
  • Make a STEAL chart about one of the main characters in your group novel. (See the last slide in the deck above.)
  • Be sure to use evidence (quotations) from the novel to support your answers.
Keep reading in your group novel. Bring it to class daily. 
Make sure your English Journal is caught up. 
Return impact aid forms and/or release forms. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Self scoring and character motivation

Goals: Self evaluate your English Journal, talk to your book group, and listen to some memoir presentations.

EJ Self Score
Book Group Conversation
Memoir Presentations

1. English Journal Self Score:
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Review the English Journal Scoring Guide
  3. Determine how you would score your English Journal. 
  4. PASTE this sentence below into the TOP of your English Journal and be sure it is complete. 
October 11, 2017 Self Score:        
I believe I have earned a ______ <<(Your score 1-5) on my English Journal because_______________________ _______________ <<(Your reasons you think you earned that score.) 

2. Talk to your book group: 
Two questions your group needs to be able to answer today. Discuss these questions and be sure you can explain them. Write an answer to ONE in your English Journal below your self score.

1. What does your main character want more than anything? What obstacles stand in his/her way?
2. Who does your character have relationships with? What are those relationships like? 

3. Memoir Presentations: 
If you said last week that you wanted to present your memoir now is your chance.
We will be calling you up in a moment.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Groups Select Novels

Goal: Getting started on our reading the novel unit. Choosing books, checking them out, getting organized with a calendar etc.

Book Groups
Book Selection

Reading the Novel:
Today we start a new unit called "Reading the Novel." You have a new group to work with.

The novel you read with your group "counts" as one of your two books for this six weeks. You still need to read another one on your own.

If you are absent your assigned group will be picking a book without your input. Don't miss school.

Read according to your group's first goal.
Make sure you are caught up on work in your English Journal.
Request a regrade if you have revised your written memoir.

Monday, October 9, 2017

All this reading stuff

Goals: Reading progress, work submission and book reviews. 

Reading progress
Turn in Slides
Book "Reviews"

1. Reading Progress Form:
Complete the READING PROGRESS FORM about your current book, which might even be book #3 or #4. 

2. Turn in slides in Google Classroom:
  • Go to
  • Find the assignment for Visual Memoirs. 
  • Turn in your visual memoir slides. 
  • (Sorry we forgot to ask you to do this last week.)
3. Tell us about the books you read in the last six weeks: 
4. Things you need to know for Tuesday:
  • We will be going to the library.
  • Bring your ID. You will need it. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Writing about character

Goal: A sneaky lesson about character, while you think you are doing something different.

  1. Read
  2. Writing about character
  3. Sharing what you wrote about character
  4. Voting on your favorite character description
  5. Making it even better
  6. Submitting it to Mrs. R
  7. Reading while she picks the very best one
1. Writing about character:
  • Describe a character in the book you are reading.
  • Include a physical description, but also consider personality, speech, thoughts, and things other characters say about this character. 
  • Adding details about a place the character spends a lot of time helps too. 
  • Use interesting, specific, adjectives. 
  • Use figurative language, similes work really well here. 
2. Share what you wrote with your table:
  • Agree on a favorite
  • Give the author some advice to improve it more
  • Submit the "winner" at your table HERE. (Only one submission per table.)
  • Read or catch up on other work while Mrs. R reviews the entries. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Visual Memoir Self Evaluation

Goal: Reflecting on our progress, learning, and next steps.

Research shows that the most important thing for learners are the questions we ask ourselves about our own learning. When do you ask yourself these questions:
  • Why am I learning this?
  • How will I measure my own success? 
  • Who with and how might I best succeed? 
  • What are my next steps?
  • How am I tracking my progress? 
With those questions in mind I offer you the opportunity to reflect a bit on your own progress.

1. Your Visual Memoir Slides: 
Complete THIS FORM and reflect on how your slides are going.

2. 9th Grade Reading Survey: 
We need to know more about what you think about reading and what kinds of books you like.

3. Catch Up Day: 

  • Are you caught up on all assignments in your English Journal?
  • Is your Visual Memoir done? 
  • Do you need to revise your written memoir? 

Open House TONIGHT! See you there. Freshmen parent orientation in the Library at 5:15.
Be sure to keep reading.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Reading Inventory

Goals: District reading inventory assessment.

Reading inventory assessment

  • Today we take a reading inventory assessment. 
  • It may take you the whole period, or you may have some time to read your book when you finish.
  • It will give us valuable data about how you read. This will not become part of your grade, but you will get your results when you finish. 

(If you are absent don't try to take this test at home.)

Keep reading. You'll be finishing book #2 by Friday.
You can still call in your dramatic reading.
Check your memoir. You can work on revisions.
Visual Memoirs due Thursday 10/5.
Open house Thursday 10/5.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Work on Visual Memoirs

Goal: Make progress on your digital memoir slides.

Books out
Planners open

Grades: Don't Panic!

  • We have reached that part of the semester when students begin to worry more about their grades. 
  • Today we will explain more about how your grade is calculated and what to do if you need to improve your grade. 
  • Please note: Extra credit is not an option. However, you can request a regrade on major writing assignments after you revise them. (See Request a Re-grade tab above.)
Work on Visual Memoirs: 
  • By the end of class today you should have all the pictures you need in your slides to tell your story. 
  • Remember to use pictures from or your own images. 
  • Use the slide notes section to write the words you would say to go with the pictures. Don't put words on your slides. 
  • Read. You should be finishing book #2 this week. Its fine if you are starting book #3. 
  • Catch up if you didn't finish the AOW from Friday in your English Journal. 
  • A few of you still need to call in your dramatic reading. 
  • A few also still have release forms to return. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Screencasting Visual Memoirs

You don't actually need a separate microphone.
Goal: Learn how to make a quick screencast and work more on visual memoirs.

Books out
Planners out


  • Recording your screen and adding your voice is not hard. 
  • There are several free sites and apps that do this. 
  • We will try Screencast-o-matic

  • Today we just want you to try it. You won't be making a perfect recording today, just a little practice. 
  • Don't practice too much because the free version limits you to 15 minutes of recording. 

Work on your Visual Memoir: 
Remember copyright free images only. Use Photos for Class. 
Visual memoir projects are due Wednesday 10/4.

Read. You are finishing book #2 this week.
Make sure you finished the AOW assignment from Friday.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reading Progress and Article of the Week

Goals: Reading progress and an Article of the Week.

Book and agenda out.

1. Reading Progress Form:

2. Article of the week. 
  1. Read the article in Newsela (sign in with Google.)
  2. Take the QUIZ with the article. Yes, you have to.
  3. Open your English Journal
  4. Write TWO paragraphs. Paragraph 1 is a summary of what you read. Paragraph 2 is your thinking about what you read.
3. Work on your visual memoir. 
Do not do this unless you are DONE with your article of the week. 😀
And remember your visual memoir is due Wednesday.

Call in dramatic reading
Return release forms
Work on Visual Memoirs
Open house is Thursday 10/5.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Working on Visual Memoirs

Note the visible black bar of attribution. 
Goal: Continue working on your visual memoir.

Because we always read.
Get out your book and your planner.

Things to be working on: 
Visual Memoir (Due Wednesday)

Copyright free images:

  • For your visual memoir you can only use pictures from or personal pictures you or someone you know took. 
  • All pictures must have a visible black attribution bar OR be listed on the credits slide of your visual memoir. 
  • You may also use Creative Commons licensed images from other sources, but you must provide a link to that source in your credit. 
  • Citation format for images is:  Creator's Last name, First name. “Title of the digital image.” Title of the website, retrieval date. URL.
  • Note: Providing a citation DOES NOT mean you are allowed to use the image. If you are in doubt about image rights ask a teacher. 

Things you should be done with:
Written memoir
Dramatic reading call in
Returned release form(s)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Self Scoring Memoirs and Creating Visual Memoirs

Goal: Self scoring memoirs and learning about creating visual memoirs.

Self score written memoirs
Visual Memoirs Project Explained

1. Self score your memoir: 
Use this MEMOIR SELF SCORE FORM to evaluate your memoir.
Memoirs are due today.

2. Your Visual Memoir Project Has two Options

Option 1: Make slides and a script for your memoir.  (0-85%)
Option 2: Turn those slides and script into a video or present it in class. (O-100%)
You can find more information about this project on the tab above that says Visual Memoir Project and on Google Classroom.

You should be almost 2/3 done with your second book.
You can still call in your dramatic reading
Open House is Thursday 10/5. Tell your parents. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Writing Groups Continue

Goal: Continue writing groups with even better conversations!

What's working in writing groups?
Writing Groups (need to finish today)

Getting Started:
  • What's working in writing groups?
  • What kinds of discussion help writers most?
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 
Memoir Rubric: (below)
How does your memoir compare to the rubric?
Anything on here your memoir still needs?

Finish polishing your memoir. It is due TOMORROW!
Read: You must finish two books by 10/6 (Next Friday.)

StructureStructure: An interesting introduction captures attention. The main event in the narrative (memoir) is logically organized and clearly described.
LanguageLanguage: Strong dialogue or description draws the reader into the story. The writer includes sensory details, figurative language, and strong verbs.
ReflectionReflection: The writer acknowledges the significance of the incident directly or indirectly.
Grammar and mechanicsWritten consistently in the first person. Is free from grammar/spelling errors.
Word CountMemoir is 700-800 words in length

Monday, September 25, 2017

Writing groups

Goal: Writing groups

Writing Group Procedures
Writing Groups

Writing Groups: 
  • Sharing your writing with a group will help you improve your writing and learn what a reader might think while reading your work. 
  • Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group. 

  • Read! (Really not kidding about that.)
  • Memoir final drafts due 9/27. WEDNESDAY. 
  • Open house is Thursday 10/5. 
  • You can still call in your dramatic reading by 9:00 PM tonight for up to 9/10 points. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Exploding a moment

Goal: Exploding a moment and/or making memoir progress.

You are 2/3 done with book #2?

Part #1
Exploding a moment: 
  • Authors make their writing more memorable by describing some moments in great detail. 
  • The moment practically explodes as it gets bigger and includes more information. 
  • Read THIS passage of an moment described in detail. 
  • You can also click this link for tips on "exploding a moment."
Part #2
Writing practice: Exploding your own moment. 
  1. Open your English Journal.
  2. Choose a specific moment from your memoir that you could explode. 
  3. Write a version of that exploded moment in your English Journal. (You can add it to your memoir later if you like it.)
  4. This will be a timed writing. You have 8 minutes. 
Part #3
Choosing the best explosions:
  1. Read your exploded moment to your table group. 
  2. Vote for the best one at your table. 
  3. The "winner" will submit their exploded moment HERE. (Only the winner at your table.)
  4. Add your exploded moment to your memoir if it makes your memoir better. 
  • Bring back your release form if you have not already. 
  • Call in your "Dramatic Reading" by 9:00 PM tonight! (You've had 4 days.)
  • Keep reading book #2. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Adding to our memoirs

Goal: Making better memoirs.

How's it going with your second book? You should be more than 1/2 way done with it. 

Using Sensory Details:
  • Smell - and the water smelled like lemons and a heated swimming pool in summertime, all rolled into one." 
  • Sound - Trash cans rattle outside restaurants. Metallic jaws on sanitation trucks gulp and masticate the residue of daily living, then digest it with a satisfied grind of gears. 
  • Physical Sensation - A burning drop of sweat raced down the side of my face. I could feel a vein that I previously didn't know existed popping out of my forehead.
  • Taste - and once they are in your mouth, they dance around like crazy gypsies setting fire to anything they touch. Miguel started to run. His tongue was blazing, tears poured from his eyes, and he yelped in pain. 
  • Sight - The spear moved forward inch by inch ….Then Jack grabbed Maurice and rubbed the blood over his cheeks . . 
Writing Time: 
  • I want to give you as much time today as possible to do the work of writing and adding to your memoir. Many of you still need more dialog. Some of you need to add more reflection. And almost all of you could use more sensory details. Let's go. 
  • READ-You should be about 50% done with your second book. 
  • Complete your memoir draft, including dialog, reflection, and sensory details. 
  • Call in your "Dramatic Reading" by 9:00 PM Friday. (Call tonight and get it done.)
  • Return release forms if you still have not. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Adding elements of reflection

Goal: Understanding what my memoir needs and learning some ways to make it better.

Books out.

  • You have a draft of your memoir. You know what you're writing about.
  • Lets look at what it needs to make it better.

StructureStructure: An interesting introduction captures attention. The main event in the memoir is logically organized and clearly described.
LanguageLanguage: Strong dialogue and description draws the reader into the story. The writer includes sensory details, figurative language, and strong verbs.
ReflectionReflection: The writer acknowledges the significance of the incident directly or indirectly.
Grammar and mechanicsWritten consistently in the first person. Has consistent verb tense. Is free from grammar and spelling errors.
Word CountMemoir is 700-800 words in length

Working on Reflection: 
  • Get a copy of THIS DOCUMENT. It has some small parts of several memoirs we read. 
  • We are going to look at them together, but I want you to highlight the words and phrases that show that the author is reflecting on the event. 
Complete your memoir draft. By now it should have dialog and reflection. 
Keep reading your book.
Return release forms. (We want them back either way.)
Call in your "Dramatic Reading."  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dialog Challenges

Goal: Adding dialog, and formatting it like a boss.

Reading Progress Form
Dramatic Reading Assignment
Dialog challenge #1
Dialog challenge #2

Reading Progress Form:

Dramatic Reading Assignment:
See the tab above for more information on this assignment. Due by 9:00 PM Friday.

Dialog challenge #1
  1. Copy and paste the text below into your English Journal. 
  2. With your partner discuss how you would correctly format this dialog. You probably need to add some paragraph breaks and punctuation. 
Well, why were you down at the swimming pool anyway? my mom asked as she pulled the dripping carton of eggs out of the shopping bag. I told you I need to get in shape before the swim team tryouts. Damn half these eggs are broken. But sweetie, you know that kids under 13 aren’t allowed at the pool without an adult. Why didn’t you ask your father or I to go with you. Because you guys are busy and if I wait for you to take me it will get later and the pool will get more crowded with adults who want to swim laps and I just don't like sharing a lane with some hairy dude in a speedo. Honey, the lifeguards know you are under 13 and they will be watching for you. They just aren’t going to let you swim there. I’m sorry, but we need a better solution.
Dialog Challenge #2
  1. Add dialog to your memoir. 
  2. You don't need to remember the actual words anyone said. You can write what you think they said or what you think they probably said.  
  3. Also try to avoid using the word SAID over and over. Here are 200 words you can use instead of said. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

First Draft Memoir

Goal: Writing the first draft of your memoir.

Release forms
Writing small
How to access your writing prompt
Writing time

Release forms:
You are taking home some photo/video release forms I need back asap.

Writing Small: 

  • A short memoir should be about a single incident. 
  • The focus should be on one event. 
  • You can include a before and after, but keep the focus on the main event. 
  • Let me show you some examples.

Writing prompt:
  1. A Google Doc for you to write your memoir has already been shared with you!
  2. Go to, and look in the "shared with me" section. 
  3. Open the Doc called (period, name, memoir prompt.) Add it to your drive. 
  4. DO NOT make a copy of the document. (If it already has your name on it you don't need to make a copy.) You don't need to share it with your teachers either. We already have it. 
Writing time: 
  • You may listen to music, but not from your Chromebook. Streaming music slows down the network for everyone else. (Also, if you aren't getting writing done, or if anyone else can hear your music, then your music privilege goes away fast.)
  • You may not talk. Writing requires concentration. Please respect your classmates need for a quiet writing space
  • Write a complete draft, beginning, middle, and end. If you finish early go back through your writing and continue adding details, dialog, and descriptions. 
  • You may write about something you already started writing about in your English journal, but write it fresh. Don't copy paste from your EJ. First see how you write the story today. Later you can look back at your EJ to see what you might still want to add. 
  • Finish your draft. It does not need to be perfect (yet). It does need to be the whole story. 
  • Read: You should have completed your first book by now. You need to finish your second book by 10/4/16. (That's sooner than you think.)
  • Open House is Thursday, October 5th. Tell your parents. 
  • Return your photo/video release forms tomorrow. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Generating Memoir Ideas

And that's when I became the middle child. 
Goal: Generating ideas for memoir writing.

4 Quadrants
More Writing

Four Quadrants: (That's redundant isn't it?)
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Add today's date at the TOP. (not under your other work.)
  3. Go to Table/Insert Table and choose 2x2. Two squares high and two squares wide. 
  4. Add numbers and make your table look like the one pictured below. 
  5. In EACH box write 3-4 events, big or small, that happened in your life during those years. 
English Journal Writing: 

  • Write for ten minutes about one of the events you listed in your chart, or an event you listed while you were relating to the memoirs we read this week. 
  • Include details about who, where, when, why. 
  • Include information about emotions, (yours and others), events, and your reflection. 
  • Do you still feel the same way about this event now as you did then? 
  • What did this event teach you about life?
  • Tell the story, use what you remember, guess about the details you can't quite recall.

My teacher wants me to write for ten minutes? Seriously? 

Quick Memoir Form: 
Fill out THIS FORM before you leave today.
It just asks what you think you might write your memoir about. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Close reading and group discussion

Goal: Close read and discussion of the memoir we read yesterday.

Group discussion
Group presentations

Get a copy of the text we are using today HERE. (You will need to be logged in to your account to get the text.)

Group Discussion: Part 1
  • With your group have a discussion about the two questions from the text assigned to your group. 
  • Be prepared to explain those answers to the class. 
  • You must include evidence from the text to support your explanation. Be able to point to the sentence or two that proves your explanation about the answer is the most correct. 
Find your group # and the questions you are responsible for discussing. 
Group 1: 2 and 6
Group 2: 6 and 1
Group 3: 5 and 3
Group 4: 7 and 1
Group 5: 3 and 8
Group 6: 1 and 2

NEXT: Part 2
  • Looking at the text again, what is it really about? What is the author's experience? 
  • What is your closest similar experience? 
  • Add a row to the table in your EJ with this information. (You know the table you started on Tuesday.)
Finish reading your first book asap.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One more memoir reading

Goal: Reading one more memoir.

Books out, lets make those pages fly by.

Reading a new Memoir: 

  • I've assigned a new memoir to you in GoFormative
  • Be sure you sign in with Google. 
  • You will only be able to access this reading if you have already joined our Google Classroom for your period. 
  • Please ask for help if you aren't able to get to the reading. 
  • Remember each numbered blue square is a question. Answer them as you read. 
  • Finish reading for homework if you run out of time in class. 
  • Keep reading. You should be finishing your first book this week!
  • Do you need to work on your six word memoir? Check Google Classroom. If you see a circle with 1/1 you are done. If not you probably need to do some work and resubmit. 
  • Do you need to finish something in your English Journal?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sharing out memoirs

Goal: Explain the memoir you read yesterday to a new group and make connections to personal experience.

Books out, let's go.

Memoir Groups: 
Talk to your group about the memoir you read yesterday.
Make sure everyone in your group can explain it.
Is it a memoir? Why or why not?
What is it really about?

English Journal: 

  • Open your English Journal.
  • Make sure it has an entry about the memoir you read yesterday. (At the top.)
  • Note: Do NOT make a new English Journal. Do NOT re-share your EJ with us. We already have it.

New Groups: 

  • I'll be moving you to a new group.
  • Make a table in your EJ.  It should look like the one below.
  • As you hear about each memoir make a note about the author's experience.
  • Then note the closest similar experience you have had.

Keep reading. You should be finishing your first book this week!