March 2

ELA 9 Mar 02/17 C8 Independent Novel: Post Reading Visualizing Activity

We’ve had another block of time set aside for personal choice independent novel reading. There were no comprehension elements to this reading, so far, but we have taken time to take a measurement each of your oral reading fluency and speed. The curriculum goal for your age group (and anyone older than you, as well, actually) is to be able to fluently and with emotion read at the pace of 150 words per minute (wpm). Each of you will know, then, whether your oral reading is below, at or above that goal pace. Later in our course, you’ll do another assessment to see if you’re improving to help you set some reading targets.Image result for develop creativity skills

For now, if you’ve come to the end of your novel reading, our next activity to finish up this novel reading section is to create a visualizing task and you’re challenged to pick one of the following options:

  • design a new book jacket to sell the same novel to children, teens or adults
  • design a Literature Periodic Table of Elements to represent aspects of your novel choice
    Additional Options:
  • draw a two-page spread of a Dr. Suess-themed portion of your novel plot complete with rhyming text
  • draw a scene from your novel plot in a Star Wars theme (novel characters overlapped with Star Wars characters)
  • draw a geographical map of your novel’s plot events (a town map, Hogwarts Castle, etc) 

This will suit each of you and your learning preferences differently. Some people are very visual/spatial, so creating the book cover may be your preference, whereas others may be more verbal/linguistic so creating categories of characters, themes and such may be your preference.

Curriculum Objectives Satisfied by this Project:

  • Create and present a variety of visual and multimedia presentations to best represent message for an intended audience and purpose
    • G. Experiment with representing in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar forms
    • J. Adapt a print work to another medium
    • K. Experiment with the use of technology in communicating for a range of purposes with a variety of audiences

Each project will require a different approach and reflection of different elements of your novel choice.

Some examples are shown below.


Illustration and book cover design:   GCSE student's book cover based on experiments with ink and water:


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February 4

ELA B10: Listening Activity and Instructions

You’re going to be listening to a podcast related to “Race”, whether it actually exists or not.

While you listen, you’re asked to sketch what you’re visualizing, take notes of relevant details, and submit your Representation of the Podcast. It doesn’t have to be a work of art, but it has to show some risk-taking on your part to do more than just jot notes while you listen. You can also stop occasionally during the listening to polish up or fill in some details of your drawing.

Things to consider when making Sketch Notes:

  • You will want to have some method of making it clear the path of your notes. This might be with arrows or a linear ongoing path of notes and images. Play with it.
  • Make sure your sketching doesn’t distract you away from really listening to the message in the podcast. Don’t get carried away with “doodling” and zone out.
  • Remember that you have control of the pace of the Podcast, so you can stop, rewind, and continue at your own pace.
  • You can develop a common pattern, like using Square Boxes to identify headings of new categories or topics within the listening, or speech bubbles for phrases that are quotes of a speaker.
  • Your handout has some SketchNote Tips – patterns of images you can use.
  • Play with it. Show your Creativity, or find it. Make it meaningful to you!

An example of what Sketch Notes are like is provided below:

Before Listening / Sketchnoting, watch the following video.

 If you feel ready to give it a try, step outside of your comfort zone, start with the Podcast. 

The Podcast Link:

This is another podcast developed by Radiolab, which you may have listened to before.
If you want to follow along with the podcast notes to help you understand better, you can read them here.  A1 People -Race podcast notes-zl8cgh