April 28

Ap 28/16 Exploring Decision-making Poetry: rotation stations

In this section, we’re going to focus more on shorter texts, poems, rather than articles or short stories. There will be several stations set up and you can work through them in the order you want and on your own or with a partner. If you’re not able to finish within a certain amount of time, you’ll be able to complete from home as well.

The paper copies are posted in the different corners of the room to work through if you like, or the same information is available online if it’s your preference to stay in one spot and chose the order you’ll work through the tasks.


Note: After completing each section, make sure to leave a comment on the blog post. Follow the directions for what the purpose of that comment will be for each.

Before Reading Either Story – Reminders on Theme vs Tone:

  • Theme is the moral of the story, the message an author wants to leave readers with. Theme can be a single word or a phrase that relates to the ideas developed in the story. Examples of themes include:
    • Vulnerability of people
    • Family relationships & conflicts
    • Struggles
    • Isolation & loneliness
    • Mentoring of old to young
    • Regret
    • The role of women in families
    • Here is a Huge List of Themes online
  • Tone is the mood developed in a story. By the events and language the author uses in the story, how is it intending to make readers feel? Tone is expressed as an “emotion”; if your tone answer isn’t an emotion, a feeling, you’ve misunderstood tone. Examples of tone include:

Station A: Choose your own poem 

Station B: Judgement – is the poem negative or positive?

Station C: Comparison of two poems – mostly similar or different?

Station D: Layered Annotations – add your thoughts and respond to others Continue reading

April 26

Ap 26/16 PreReading Activity Choose your Own Speaking/Writing/Representing

Hey 10s,  

You’ll have two classes to work through 3 stations of your choosing plus one mandatory station. Here’s the run-down:

  • you can do the work independently or with a partner.
  • you will add your written/audio/representing work into a Google Doc and share with both me and your partner (if you have one)
  • Consider what technology may be most useful for you in developing this (ie: Fotobabble vs audio recorder – which is most reliable and easily shared)
  • Keep track of the station titles/lettering so you can track that you have completed 3+1.
  • There is no “right order” to these. Choose them as you want.

A. Descriptive Writing:
Identify a challenging decision a person might have to make and Describe the potential consequences you could foresee from both choice A and choice B.

B. Word Salad Representing:
Make a list of 20 phrases/words related to decision-making and create a Word Salad (iPad app). Submit the photo in your Google doc. If you have a hyperlink add it as well.

C. Debate Speaking:
Record a discussion (of at least 3 minutes long) arguing either

  • A: all people face the same pressures in life
  • B: all people do not face the same pressures in life

D. Post-It List Representing:
Make a list of 15 of the big choices individuals have to make from their teens to Twenties. Get Post-Its from me to add these in chronological order on the bulletin board.
Other groups following will have to try to add in other big decisions between the ones already given.

E. Narrative Speaking:
Record an audio narration of a challenging decision you have had to make and the tipping point(s) of that choice for you that helped you make up your mind. Consider, as well, whether you had any second guessing in whether that choice was best, after the fact.

F. Mandatory One: Pre-testing Figurative Language Skills in Socrative
Everyone will at some point complete the Socrative Figurative Language quiz. This is not for marks, but to assess how skilled you are in identifying figurative language examples.



Good luck!