Friday, January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

Journal Entry #46
How do you tell if a person is a true friend?

Journals are due by the end of the day today.

Second Quarter Summative Assessment ~ Stargirl
This assessment revolves around the idea of yesterday's journal entry prompt:
        How can the characters in Stargirl help you reflect upon/think about your personal life and issues?

Choose one of these themes for your essay:
     ~Identity.  What makes a person a unique individual?
     ~Cliques and groups.

Writers chose one of the above themes and then jotted down their ideas for their individual essays.

January 24, 2012

Journal Entry # 45
How can the characters you read about this quarter help you reflect on/think about your personal life and issues.  Explain. 

Continue to read Stargirl in class and on own.  We will finish the novel by the end of the week.

January 23, 2012

Journal Entry #44
If you could appear o your favorite TV show, what show would it be and how would you fit into the plot?  Explain using details and examples.

Intro to classwork:
Last week we focused on Cause & Effect.  This week we will look at Point of View, or how a person sees or experiences an event.  For example, Narrator's Point of View gives the reader an opportunity to see, hear and know things that many of the other characters do not know and/or have not seen/heard yet.

Continuing to read Stargirl, both in class and on own.

January 20, 2012

Journal Entry # 43
If a small child asked you how to make a wish come true, what would you tell him/her?
Explain using details, examples, etc.

Journal ShareOuts!!!
Students had the opportunity to share out an entry from their journals or their writing assignment #7.

Writers that shared out today:
Aiden                                        Muktar                                Adreana
Damien                                      Milton                                 Elfreda
Jordan                                        Josue                                  Laura
Juan                                            Mr. Green                          Erick

Writing Assignment #7 is due TODAY by the end of the school day!

Peer Review
Writers that completed assignment #7 paired up to peer review each other's work.

Check the Hook/Lead  - 
              What did the writer do to grab your attention?
Check the Body  -  Details 
           How many detail/paragraphs did the writer include?  There should be at least three
          detail paragraphs.  There should also be an introduction and concluding paragraph.
Check the Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling
Now Read the paper from beginning to end.
Comment about the writing:
        I liked ....about your writing.
        If I were writing this paper, something I would do differently is . . . . 

Class discussion (page 572 in the Anthology textbook)
Before we read, we discussed first impressions of the portrait found on this page.  What did we see in the picture?  What does the picture make us feel?  Who was this man?   What was he doing?  How was he feeling?

Next, we looked at the title, "Harlem."  Class members offered their thoughts, beliefs and knowledge regarding Harlem.

Mr. Green read the poem aloud.  Class talked about what happens to dreams that are deferred.  What are some reasons that dreams get deferred?

January 19, 2012

Journal Entry # 42
What was your greatest achievement in school?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012

Journal Entry # 41
What would happen if you don't finish high school?
            Explain and describe using details.

Upcoming Due Dates
      January 20 - Writing assignment #7 due
         January 25 - last day to turn in Journals for this quarter

a)  Reflecting on chapters 10-14 of Stargirl, complete the cause and effect worksheet.
b)  Work on writing assignment #7.  You should have brought a draft to class today.  Continue to edit and develop this draft.  If you did not create a draft yet, now is the time to do so.

January 17, 2012

Journal Entry # 41
How do you get most of your exercise?  Explain.

Class Discussion
Review of :  How to Plan a Paragraph/Essay
                      Writing Strong Leads or how to grab the reader's attention

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012

Journal Entry# 40
What are some things work fighting for?  Explain

Journal Share Out
Thanks for sharing your thinking!!

Juan                      Josue                       Milton                      Muktar
Damian                 Aiden                       Laura                      Erick  
Michael                 Adreanna               Janece                     Natalie  

KWL on MLK Jr he is a sampling of the Ks and Ws from our in class conversation about Martin Luther King Jr.
Son of a preacher.
Father with the same name as him.
Wanted to be treated like white people.
Was stabbed by an African American woman in Chicago.

What was his age when he died?
Were there any white people who supported him?
Why did he quit being a preacher?  (hmm)
Were there any other Black people with him when King was shot?
Why did King "fake" his death so many times?
What happened to his wife after he died?
Was there a different hospital for Blacks?
Why was he killed?

Mr. Green furthered the discussion by addressing many of the questions voiced by class members.

January 12, 2012

Journal Entry # 39
Who was the funniest person you know?  What makes them funny?

Writing Assignment #7

What are some reactions people have to newcomers?
What's the impact (good or bad) of being popular?

This assignment: is worth 2 (two) test grades.
                             must be at least 5-7 paragraphs in length.
                             is due no later than Friday, January 20, 2012.
These are both topics, or themes, that we have discussed in class and/or have written about in our journals.  Use you experiences in and out of class to shape and develop your writing. 

January 11, 2012

Journal Entry #  38

If you could meet a live famous person who would it be?  Why?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 10, 2012

Journal Entry #37
What is your favorite smell?  Explain in at least 1 paragraph.

In small groups you will continue reading Stargirl.  Begin on page 13.  Take turns reading the text aloud.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 09, 2012

Journal Entry # 36
What is something you would like to learn to do?  Explain.  1 paragraph.


Friday, January 6, 2012

January 06, 2012

Journal Entry # 35
What does it mean to be popular?  Explain its benefits/impact.  1 paragraph.

Class Share Out of Journal Entries!!
Thanks for sharing your thinking:
     Elfreda                        Aiden
     Janece                          Muktar
     Laura                           Juan                      
     Erick                           Thomas
     Adreanna                     Mr. Green 
     Damian                        Eddie

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Quarter 2 Novel     

We have begun to look at Stargirl, a Jerry Spinelli book.  Some of us have already ready this novel.  It is a text that is used at many grade levels.  We will be reading it with a focus on Characters, Character Traits, and Character Motivation.

Today we read  in class

Characters introduced so far:
      Stargirl  Caraway
      Uncle Pete
       Leo Borlock (narrator)

Character traits
Stargirl:  dresses differently - long dress/skirt
                doesn't seem to mind/notice being different
                 appears to be quiet-or not talkative

Leo:  "collect" porcupine neckties

January 04-05, 2012

No Journal Entries.

GRADE Assessments during class time.

January 03, 2012

Welcome Back!!

Journal Entry #  34
Who named you (gave you your name), and how does your name define you?  
      Example:  Alvin=friend