March 9

ELA 9 Mar 9/17 C8 Novel Visualizing: Post-Project Reflections

There’s been some amazing work developed by students working through this Visualization project. The options were available to create many types, but most stuck to choosing between creating a new Book Jacket Cover and creating a Novel Periodic Table of Elements, and the end results are so cool!

Now that this project is over, though, it’s time to look back and reflect on decisions made, successes and goals for another time, and overall how pleased you are with yourself for the work you’ve done.

Take some time to develop your personal response to each of the following prompts. When you’ve answered them all:

  • find a quiet spot and audio record your personal reflections of these questions.Image result for audio recorder app
    Note: We do speaking activities for different purposes. In this instance, imagine you’re talking to yourself down the road. You’re going to grow in skills and confidence as a student and, a year or two from now in High School, you’ll look back at this activity and listen to yourself recount whether it was a challenge, how you faced that challenge, and what goals you hoped to achieve in this type of activity in the future. Tell yourself what you’re proud of and what you hope to improve in.
  • take a photo of your visualization project
  • When done, embed your audio and image into your Blog with an appropriate title. This is an AR Task; you can either post it as a new Post to your blog or add it to your AR Reflections Page.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Novel Choice:
    1. Identify the novel you chose and review the story lineImage result for risk taking meme
    2. Whether you would recommend a friend read it as well and why
    3. What you can say of the author’s style of writing and how it’s unique
  2. Choice of Visualizing Project:
    1. Did you do the book jacket, periodic table or other?
    2. Reasoning for your choice – Why did you pick that type of project and not another?
  3. Decisions made along the way of your project:
    1. What type of roadblocks did you encounter that you had to work around/figure out? Describe them and how you solved them.
    2. Challenges: What other challenges existed in the project you developed? Explain/Describe
  4. Your Reaction to your Challenges:
    1. Did you stretch your abilities?
    2. Did you try things that took yourself out of your comfort zone?
    3. What type of risk-taking did you do?
  5. How did you mentally handle the work you were doing?
    1. Did you demonstrate any resiliency, an ability to overcome and work through some stressful times and obstacles?
    2. Did you quit any part of your project or give up on an idea because it was too hard? Explain.
  6. Identify a “yet” target – something you can’t do yet that would have helped you be successful in this project. Explain your choice.
  7. End Result of the Project:
    1. Are you proud of your work or let down? Explain.
    2. Advice to another future student before they start this project – what should they know before beginning?
  8. Ratings:
    1. I give myself ____ out of 5 stars on my end project, because ______________.
    2. I give myself ____ out of 5 stars for my strategies, choices, and problem-solving on this project, because __________________.
    3. I give this Project Activity ___ out of 5 stars, because ________________.


September 12

ELA A10 Sept 12/16 Poetry Activity B – “Silver”

Some poems are written as Choral poems, meant to be read aloud but in groups to really explore the rhythm and rhyme of the wording. For this poem activity, you and your partner will practice reading the poem out together with exaggeration to develop the rhythm and then you’ll record and publish a Fotobabble of your poetry reading/speaking.

You can publish the Fotobabble to

  1. both your blogs under the A2 section label
  2. and post a Link to your Fotobabble as a comment to this post.

Walter de la Mare

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees,
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and a silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.