The Grade tens spent the day again in Mr. Heath’s room working on day two of their C.P.R. training. Next week starts the three-week countdown to the end of the year and there is lots to do. I tried to catch kids as they were leaving at the end of the day to remind them… “work on your blog this weekend!!” Some of them are behind and, though it won’t take much to catch up, it would be better to get on it sooner than later. Remember, you’ll have three other assignments given, yet, including the poetry writing assignment. Don’ t ignore your work cause you’ll be swamped before you know it!!
The kids are taking their C.P.R. training for the next few days, so we will be missing out English classes. I’d really encourage them to consider working on their Poetry assignment so they won’t fall behind.
Some students have been pretty careful to keep up with their blog assignments as they were assigned. Others have fallen quite behind. There are five entries assigned from the Equality unit and there will be two more to be assigned in the Decisions unit.
I’d suggest some students spend a bit of time slowly getting caught up so they won’t be left scrambling at the very end. The blog project is meant to be a cumulative project where students can reflect on their insights from the discussions. It’s equally meant to offer them a forum to express themselves in their own way, present their thoughts in a unique format, use the internet and blog as a way to publish their work, while being able to share comments on peer blogs as well. It’s a great learning tool, but like all tools works better when it’s used more regularly.
Use the checklist (here) to make sure you’ve completed all that is required. Your blog project will be evaluated in the last week of June, during your final exams, and is worth 10% of your overall mark. Don’t assume it’s not important!
There were only a few students not in track today and while some of them came to school to work on projects I think most of them stayed home for a free day. Things will be back to normal tomorrow, though!
I was away today but the students were so involved yesterday in watching the movie that I’m pretty confident, Friday or no Friday, that they would quietly and attentively watch the rest of the movie. (I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have been able to actually finish watching it, though, so we’ll see the ending next Tuesday.)
Reminder to students: Your Of Mice and Men literary essay is actually due today but I will accept it Monday morning. It was made especially clear, though, that while they could use the weekend to type it out and proof read, etc, they couldn’t claim they weren’t at school Monday to hand it in. I’m going along on that Track Meet with you so you have every opportunity to get it done and hand it in! Otherwise, you get a brand new essay topic and have to start over.
See you Monday… with, hopefully, warmer weather!!
- Kids buckled down and were fairly focused for today’s writing class. A few were able to hand their writing in for me to look over and offer suggestions for improvements. Most of the others were trying to complete their three body paragraphs before starting their introductory and conclusion paragraphs.
- Even asked about creating a thesis so I wrote some examples on the board for everyone and reviewed the three-step thesis they have to create. Here are a few things to remember:
•1. Your thesis has to include your three paragraph points.
•2. It must be in the order the paragraphs are presented.
•3. You can create a very simple thesis or create a phrase for each topic and make it seem more developed.
•4. By setting up each topic in a similar way, you can show parallelism in your thesis sentence.
Essay topic: Lennie’s fetish for petting soft things grows more dangerous throughout the novel.
Body paragraph topics are:
- a. The mouse
- b. The puppy
- c. Curley’s wife
Lennie’s habit of petting soft things 1begins with a small mouse, 2grows more dangerous with a dead puppy, and 3becomes fatal with the death of Curley’s wife.
Essay topic: The various dreams characters have in the novel.
Body paragraph topics:
- a. Owning land
- b. Being famous
- c. Racial equality
Three dreams in the novel are 1to own land, 2to be someone famous, and 3to gain racial equality.
Thesis: (more developed by adding phrases)
Of all the dreams evident in the novel, the most important ones are 1the dream of owning land, 2the dream of being an actress, and 3the dream of gaining racial equality.