Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shifting Conflicts: September 30, 2015

Focus: How do the characters' conflicts shift because of their surroundings?

1. Warming up with a focus on conflicts, both internal and external

Try finishing these sentences:

So far, Amir's greatest external conflict is with _________________.

So far, Amir's greatest internal conflict is with _________________.


2. Reading Chapter 11 together and trying to finish at least two of the following statements (these can be entries in your reading journal/annotations if you wish):

In America, Baba's greatest external conflict is with ________________.

In America, Baba's greatest internal conflict is with _________________.

In America, Amir's greatest external conflict is with ________________.

In America, Amir's greatest internal conflict is with _________________.


3. Learning the vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Round 1

1. Something you might find in an affluent household.
2. An unscrupulous celebrity.
3. A food you disdain
4. An example of unruly behavior in the classroom
5. A trend that is fleeting

Round 2

1. A store where an impeccably dressed person might shop
2. Something you might implore your parents to buy for you
3. Something you would say to feign happiness
4. An animal that makes you feel trepidation
5. A viable excuse for missing curfew


HW:
1. Prepare for tomorrow's fishbowl by reading and annotating Chapters 11 and 12. Fishbowl leaders should finish this reading tonight so that they have time to prepare a syllabus. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ CHAPTER 13 YET.

2. Start studying for Friday's vocabulary quiz over Chapters 1-6; we will review these words tomorrow with a little game.

3. Keep bringing your annotations/journals to class so that they can be checked off.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kite Runner Fishbowl: Chapters 9 and 10: September 29, 2015

Focus: How can student-led discussion lead us to a better understanding of The Kite Runner, Chapters 9 and 10?

1. Warming up: Celebrating your outer circle fishbowl successes from yesterday!

2. Recapping Fishbowl expectations:

  • Everyone should have his or her Kite Runner book and annotations out.  This applies to both the outer and inner circles.
  • Reference the text frequently, reading passages aloud and giving people time to find the right page numbers.  
  • Leaders can and should jump into the discussion as well.
  • All participants in the outer circle should include at least one quotation in their blogs to receive full credit.
  • Outer circle participants must participate on the blog throughout the entire discussion; you should not disappear for large periods of time.
  • If you haven't read, you should not participate in fishbowl.  Instead, use this time to read and post on the blog tonight for homework.



3. Entering Fishbowl #1: Chapters 9 and 10

4. Wrapping up the discussion with a "whip-around" (go around the circle and state what went well and/or what we need to improve upon and/or one take away from today's discussion you have regarding The Kite Runner)

5. Starting Chapter 11 together

HW:
1. Prepare for Thursday's fishbowl by reading and annotating Chapters 11 and 12. Fishbowl leaders should finish this reading tonight so that they have time to prepare a syllabus.

2. Start studying for Friday's vocabulary quiz over Chapters 1-6; we will review these words tomorrow with a little game.

3. Keep bringing your annotations/journals to class so that they can be checked off.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Dipping Your Toes in the Fishbowl: September 28, 2015

Focus: How can asking good questions deepen our understanding of characters and conflicts?

If you have not yet signed up for your fishbowl dates, please do so now.

1. Warming up with an overview of fishbowl (and your reflections on fishbowls past)

2. Reviewing Level 1 and Level 2 questions and forming sample fishbowl questions

Sample Level 1 and 2 Questions:

  • What happened to Amir's mother?
  • How does the way Amir's mother died impact Amir's relationship with his father?  
  • What was happening politically in Afghanistan in the 1970s?
  • How does the political unrest of Afghanistan mirror the inner turmoil of Amir's family?

To prepare for our sample fishbowl today, please prepare FIVE questions with your assigned partner on Chapters 4-8 (look to your journals and sticky notes for help).  At least FOUR of them should be Level 2 questions, but feel free to ask a Level 1 question about anything that's confusing you.

Wondering what to do on the outer circle?  Click HERE to see a sample fishbowl blog.

3. Trying out fishbowl discussion in ten minute intervals so that you get to try out at least two of the roles

4. Debriefing what worked well and what didn't work so well in today's practice fishbowl

HW:
1. Read Chapters 9 and 10 for tomorrow; fishbowl leaders need to prepare their syllabus and print hard copies of it for each leader and for me. Discussers should be ready to discuss.

2. Our vocabulary quiz over Chapters 1-6 will take place this Friday.

3. Independent reading.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Six Weeks Strong: September 25, 2015

Focus: What do we need to accomplish to stay on top of the game?

1. Warming up with setting your goal: What are you going to accomplish in the next 40 minutes?

Start your sentence with "I will..."

2. Taking time to get your English 10 self into shape:

Is your summary-response done?

      Have you included a title?

      Have you removed all editing comments (including mine)?

      Have you successfully submitted it to the "Final Draft" folder in www.turnitin.com?

      Remember these are due by 3 pm today.

Do you need to retake any grammar quizzes?

Do you need to revise any of your old reading journals?

Are any of your grades in IC incorrect? Come talk to me right now.

Are you on schedule for your independent reading book?

Are you caught up with your Kite Runner reading and journals/annotations?

Do you aspire to be ahead of the game? Chapters 9 and 10 are due Tuesday.

3. Signing up for fishbowl discussion and enjoying a round of Scattegories to review Kite Runner vocabulary for Chapters 1-6

Round 1

1. Something you might find in an affluent household.
2. An unscrupulous celebrity.
3. A food you disdain
4. An example of unruly behavior in the classroom
5. A trend that is fleeting

Round 2

1. A store where an impeccably dressed person might shop
2. Something you might implore your parents to buy for you
3. Something you would say to feign happiness
4. An animal that makes you feel trepidation
5. A viable excuse for missing curfew

HW:
1. Make sure your summary-response final draft is in the "Final Draft" folder in www.turnitin.com by 3 pm today.

2. Read Chapters 9 and 10 in The Kite Runner for Tuesday; complete your reading journal or five annotations.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Confronting Literary Violence: September 24, 2015

Focus: Why does Khaled Hosseini include the violent scene in Chapter 7?

1. Approaching the violence of Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner; either writing about or discussing Chapter 7 while keeping the following in mind:

“Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal in its implications.  It can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean…Violence in real life just is.  If someone punches you in the nose in a supermarket parking lot, it’s simply aggression…Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else.  That same punch in the nose may be a metaphor.”  --Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • What were the most upsetting parts of reading Chapters 7 and 8?

  • How do you feel about Amir right now?

  • What questions do you want to ask the author about this scene?
  • What might the violence in Chapter 7 represent on a larger scale? Think about the world of Afghanistan and how it's starting to change in these chapters.
  • What other stories does this scene of violence make you think of? Can those connections help you understand the nature of the rape in Chapter 7?

  • Why this sort of violence and not some other?  For example, why not just have Assef beat up Hassan?

  • Wondering what the author has to say about this convtroversial scene?

2. Exploring the symbolism of the kite and kite running

Find three different quotations about kites and kite running; try to spread these passages out, finding one quotation from one of the first few chapters, one from the middle chapters, and one from the chapters you've just read.

With your membership grid groups, read your passages aloud and discuss the following:
  • In each quotation, which specific words and images stand out and why?
  • What might the kite symbolize in each quotation?
  • Is the meaning of the kite changing? If so, how?


HW:
1. Make sure your vocab flashcards for Chapters 1-6 of The Kite Runner are done (via Quizlet).

2. Bring either The Kite Runner or an independent reading book to class tomorrow.

3. Please read and annotate Chapters 9 and 10 for next Tuesday, which is the date of our first official fishbowl!

This Friday, September 25, marks two important deadlines for this class:
  • Final drafts of the summary-response are due in Turnitin.com (we will set up your accounts tomorrow) by 3:00 pm. Remember that final drafts are, in fact, final and cannot be revised.
  • Any revised work/retaken quizzes are due by the end of this day. You may use class time on Friday to revise journals or retake quizzes. If you requested to retake a quiz in the letter you wrote on Friday, your quiz is waiting for you in www.noredink.com.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Looking Ahead: September 23, 2015

Focus: How can we set ourselves up for a successful week and a successful year?

1. Warming up with expectations for our field trip to the Forum to meet with the counselors

2. Returning to the classroom for an overview of www.turnitin.com
  • Setting up your accounts
  • Submitting your draft
  • Using "Grademark" to find and fix grammatical and stylistic issues
3. If time allows, signing up for for The Kite Runner fishbowl discussions


HW:
1. Please read and annotate/complete a reading journal entry for Chapters 7 and 8 by tomorrow; I will be checking annotations throughout the week, so make sure they are up to date and with you each day in class.

2. Complete your www.quizlet.com vocabulary cards for Chapters 1-6 by tomorrow.

3. This Friday, September 25, marks two important deadlines for this class:
  • Final drafts of the summary-response are due in Turnitin.com (we will set up your accounts tomorrow) by 3:00 pm. Remember that final drafts are, in fact, final and cannot be revised.
  • Any revised work/retaken quizzes are due by the end of this day. You may use class time on Friday to revise journals or retake quizzes. If you requested to retake a quiz in the letter you wrote on Friday, your quiz is waiting for you in www.noredink.com.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dark Foreshadowing: September 22, 2015

Focus: How does Hosseini let us know that something catastrophic is about to happen in The Kite Runner?

1. Warming up with best questions from Chapters 4 and 5

2. Using Henry's books for a mini lesson on foreshadowing; reading Chapter 6 together with a focus on foreshadowing:

What clues does Hosseini drop along the way to set us up for Chapter 7? 
Pick at least TWO categories to trace (your journal/annotations today will focus on this).
  • Weather
  • Characterization
  • Actions
  • Dialogue
  • Symbols
3. Exploring an overview of fishbowl discussions and signing up


HW:
1. Please read and annotate/complete a reading journal entry for Chapters 7 and 8 by Thursday; I will be checking annotations throughout the week, so make sure they are up to date and with you each day in class.

2. Complete your www.quizlet.com vocabulary cards for Chapters 1-6 by tomorrow.

3. This Friday, September 25, marks two important deadlines for this class:

  • Final drafts of the summary-response are due in Turnitin.com (we will set up your accounts tomorrow) by 3:00 pm. Remember that final drafts are, in fact, final and cannot be revised.
  • Any revised work/retaken quizzes are due by the end of this day. You may use class time on Friday to revise journals or retake quizzes. If you requested to retake a quiz in the letter you wrote on Friday, your quiz is waiting for you in www.noredink.com.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Amir's Family Dynamics: September 21, 2015

Focus: How can making personal connections and asking questions help us understand the family in The Kite Runner?

1. Warm-up: Creating a symbolic family drawing  for the family in The Kite Runner:
  • What does the house/estate look like? Where do the different characters belong?
  • Which characters are symbolically small and powerless, and which ones have power?
  • Which characters are close to each other, and which maintain an emotional distance?
  • Find passages from the text to back up at least THREE of your symbolic choices and write them in your drawing.
Follow-up class discussion: What important choices did you make, and what do they symbolize?  

Can you relate to the family in The Kite Runner?  Anybody here overshadowed by siblings? How does your relationship with your parents compare to Amir's relationship with his dad?


2. Discussing Chapters 2 and 3 with your membership grid groups

Topic #1: Each member shares a significant question from Chapter 2 or 3; all members discuss possible answers to each question.

Topic #2: Each member shares a significant passage (quotation) from Chapter 2 or 3; all members discuss the passage and its possible significance.

Topic #3: Each member makes a text-to-self connection to understand the text on a more personal level.  In other words, can you relate to any of the characters or their relationships so far?

3. Start reading and annotating Chapter 4 together, continuing to ask and discuss level 1 and 2 questions

HW:
1. Read and annotate Chapters 4 and 5 using sticky notes or a reading journal; remember to use your reading strategies as you annotate (make personal connections, ask questions, make inferences about important little details, build up your background knowledge by looking up things you don't understand).  Make sure you have annotations or reading journal in class each day for checks.

WE WILL READ CHAPTER 6 IN CLASS TOMORROW.

2. Work on your summary-response essays, which are due Fri, September 25. Remember that final drafts are final in the class; all revisions need to happen BEFORE you submit the final draft.


3. Finish your www.quizlet.com flashcards for Kite Runner words, Chs 1-6 by Wednesday.

Remember that this Friday marks the end of the first 6 weeks; all make-up work, revisions, grade corrections, and re-taken quizzes are due this Friday.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Checking In: September 18, 2015

Focus: How's it going? What do you need?

1. Warming up with Dear Ms. Leclaire...

The Personal
  • So, what do you do when you're not at school? What's the rest of your day like?
  • What's going well?
  • What's not going well?
  • Anything happening at home that might be affecting your school self?

The Academic
  • How do you feel about your classes right now?
  • What's going well?
  • What's not going well?
  • What can I do to help you?
  • What can you do to help yourself?

Optional: Make-Up Work
  • Are there any assignments/quizzes you plan on redoing/retaking by next Friday? Please list them specifically (particularly if you're retaking a grammar quiz).
  • Are there any incorrect grades in IC? Take a moment to e-mail me anything that needs to be fixed.

2. Relaxing into your independent reading books or The Kite Runner

3. Offering you a little gift from the 90s

HW:
1. By Monday, finish reading and annotating Chapters 1, 2  and 3 of The Kite Runner; annotate by asking questions, drawing inferences, finding patterns, etc. using sticky notes or a reading journal; when you can, try to answer some of your questions. What reading strategies can you use to understand these opening chapters?

2. Continue working on your summary-response draft; final draft due September 25.

3. By next Wednesday, finish your Kite Runner vocab cards (using Quizlet, a different vocab app, or good old-fashioned index cards) for the first 15 words of the following list: Chapters 1-6 .



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Into Afghanistan We Go: September 17, 2015

Focus: What does it mean to ask a great question, and how can this help me understand the opening pages of The Kite Runner?

Please make sure you have a copy of the reading schedule for The Kite Runner (or click here).

1. Warming up by introducing yourself to some words you'd like to know:
2. Introducing three levels of questioning; please click HERE to read and discuss the explanation, then check out the questions below and decide if they're level one, two, or three questions.

What is a Hazara?

What does Hassan's physical's description represent about his social status?

Why do societies always need a scapegoat?


3. Reading the opening pages of The Kite Runner together with sticky notes or a reading journal; pausing to write, ask aloud, and discuss your level one and level two questions; if you're ready, try to make some inferences as well.

HW:
1. By the end of class tomorrow, finish reading and annotating Chapters 1, 2  and 3 of The Kite Runner; annotate by asking level 1 and 2 questions using sticky notes or a reading journal; when you can, try to answer some of your questions. What reading strategies can you use to understand these opening chapters?

2. Continue working on your summary-response draft; final draft due September 25.

3. By next Wednesday, finish your Kite Runner vocab cards (using Quizlet, a different vocab app, or good old-fashioned index cards) for the first 15 words of the following list: Chapters 1-6 .


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Editing for Style: September 16, 2015

Focus: How can I strengthen the style of my writing?



1. Warming up with a glimpse into your reading future:

Offering you two reading options for The Kite Runner: The journal vs. annotations

The journal: Please fill out one side per reading assignment.

Annotations: Please include at least five per reading assignment.



2. Editing your summary-response drafts for style (click HERE for the editing slides)

3. Making revisions based on today's feedback


HW:
1. Continue revising and developing your rough draft.

2. Bring your copy of The Kite Runner to class tomorrow.

(Throughout most of The Kite Runner, we will be learning vocabulary instead of grammar.)

3. Independent reading.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Editing for Content: September 15, 2015

Focus: How can I strengthen the content of my summary and response?


If you chose a conference over written feedback, please sign up for a conference; the sign-up sheet is on my desk.

1. Warming up with 3GT and telling your editors what you need help with

2. Editing your summary-response drafts for content (click HERE for the editing slides)

3. Making revisions based on today's feedback

4. Explanation of Kite Runner vocabulary and www.quizlet.com

HW:
1. Continue revising and developing your rough draft; tomorrow will be our last day of in-class editing.

Postponed: 2. By Friday, finish your Kite Runner vocab cards (using Quizlet, a different vocab app, or good old-fashioned index cards) for the first 15 words of the following list: Chapters 1-6 .

(Throughout most of The Kite Runner, we will be learning vocabulary instead of grammar.)

3. Independent reading.

Monday, September 14, 2015

MAP Testing: September 14, 2015

Focus: How are my reading skills according to the MAP test?

1. Grabbing a Chromebook and following the directions:

1. DO NOT sign into Chrome.

2. Click the Apps button on the lower left corner.

3. Choose the MAP Chromebook Testing App.

4. Type the Testing Session Name and Password; they are written on the whiteboard.

5. Click Join.

6. Type or choose your name from the drop-down menu.

7. Click Next.

8. Click Yes to start the test, and wait for me to confirm.

9. When you finish, click Done, then the X. Shut your computer down and plug it into the cart.


2. Taking the MAP test

3. Working on your summary-response; do NOT use the Chromebook you used for the MAP test.

4. Signing up for a conference (optional)

HW:
1. Finish your complete draft of the summary-response before class tomorrow. Click HERE for a special sneak peak of the rubric!

2. Independent reading.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Reading and Leading (into Quotations): Sep 11, 2015

Focus: What do we need to know to start our paragraph of response?

1. Warming up with a quick yet enjoyable mini lesson on leading into quotations

2. Taking the www.noredink.com quiz: "Leading Into (Embedding) Quotations" when you are ready

3. Relaxing into your independent reading book (20-25 min) OR working on your essay

4. Figuring out the basic structure of the response and taking time to begin yours
  • Topic sentence
  • Three pieces of evidence/quotations (from the article or elsewhere)
    • Each one should have a lead-in and citation
    • One-two sentences after each quotation explaining how it supports the topic sentence
  • One possible structure: 1st Claim => Counterclaim => 2nd Claim/Rebuttal to Counterclaim
  • Another possible structure: 1st Claim => 2nd Claim => 3rd Claim
  • Concluding sentence

HW:
1. Finish the first half the response for Monday; complete your entire rough draft by Tuesday.

2. Independent reading.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Drafting Out to Sea: September 10, 2015

Focus: How can we strengthen our topic sentences and start drafting our essays?

1. Warming up with what we do NOT want our summary-responses to sound like: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14fb297aa0596a73?projector=1

2. Peer editing each other's topics sentences with the English 10 rubric; revising our topic sentences

3. Exploring the structure of a sample summary-response and highlighting three lines from your article that you plan to use in your response (look to your reading journal first)

4. Working your rough draft
  • Please start a new Google doc for your draft, label it "Your Last Name Summary-Response." and place it inside your Kite Runner folder.
  • If you finish your summary in class, start on the response.
  • See essay timeline attached here (and given out in class).


HW:
1. Bring your independent reading book to class tomorrow, as well as any questions you have about leading into (embedding) quotations.

2. Finish composing your summary and start working on your paragraph of response.

3. Independent reading.

4. Sep 25 is the end of 6 weeks. You know what to do, kids.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Distinguishing Between Objective and Subjective: Sep 9, 2015

Focus: How can we develop our objective and subjective skills to form topic sentences?

1. Warming up: Is it objective, or subjective?

Summary = objective

Response = subjective

2. Reviewing the summary-response essay, then working on your pre-writing document

  • Please create a new folder called "(Your Last Name) Kite Runner."
  • Place your Kite Runner folder inside your English 10 folder.
  • Place your pre-writing document inside your Kite Runner folder.

3. Exploring the possibilities for your topic sentences and doing a quick demo together

HW:
1. Finish your pre-writing document if you did not finish in class.

2. Compose your summary topic sentence and your response topic sentence. Please make sure these are in a document called "Your last name Summary Response," which should be inside your new Kite Runner folder, which should be inside your English 10 folder. Yeah!

3. By Thursday, complete the new www.noredink.com assignment,"Leading Into (Embedding) Quotations."

4. Independent reading if you assigned some to yourself.

5. Remember that September 25 is the end of the first 6 weeks, and this is when any make-up work/revisions must be submitted (reading journals, grammar quizzes, etc.).

If anyone wants a head-start, The Kite Runner reading schedule is linked HERE and on the class website.

Painting the Background for The Kite Runner: September 8, 2015

Focus: What important background information do we need to gather for The Kite Runner?

1. Warming up by picking shapes, then articles on Afghanistan, kite running, the Taliban, Hazaras, and guilt

Here is the online article on the Taliban that I didn't make hard copies of because it includes video: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-11451718

2. Reading your articles individually with reading charts, then discussing them in small groups via "Save the last line"

  • What's one line that seemed important to you?
  • What's one question that this article raised for you?
  • What's one prediction you have for The Kite Runner based on this article?

3. Reviewing the summary-response essay, then starting your pre-writing document

  • Please create a new folder called "(Your Last Name) Kite Runner."
  • Place your Kite Runner folder inside your English 10 folder.
  • Place your pre-writing document inside your Kite Runner folder.


HW:
1. By tomorrow, finish the SUMMARY portion of the pre-writing document.

2. By Thursday, complete the new www.noredink.com assignment,"Leading Into (Embedding) Quotations."

3. Independent reading if you assigned some to yourself.

4. Remember that September 25 is the end of the first 6 weeks, and this is when any make-up work/revisions must be submitted (reading journals, grammar quizzes, etc.).

If anyone wants a head-start, The Kite Runner reading schedule is linked HERE and on the class website.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sealing the First Three Weeks: Sep 4, 2015

Focus: What's confusing you about apostrophes? What do you need to wrap up from this week?

1. Warming up with the joy of apostrophes

2. Optional: Taking time individually to take practice quizzes/review lessons and the real quiz

If you don't feel ready quite yet to take the quiz, no worries. Just take it on your time before next Friday.

3. Enjoying the world of independent reading

OR

Finishing the revisions to your Anne Sexton analytical paragraph (please make sure I get your rubric back)

HW:

Really, you have the weekend off. However, if you struggled this week and fell behind, here are some things to consider:

1. This week was slightly hectic for English 10. Your future with The Kite Runner will be much calmer. If you have any work this week that you need to finish/improve, take the weekend to do it.

2. Interested in revising your first round of reading journals? Hand your blue rubric back to me (along with your revised journal if it's handwritten) when you're ready for me to regrade it. Please come in for help whenever you need it. You have until September 25, which is the end of the first six-week grading period.

3. If you're planning on purchasing your own copy of The Kite Runner, please do so by next Tuesday.


Revising the Pre-Assessment: Sep 3, 2015

Focus: How can we use Critical Reading Boot Camp to improve our analytical paragraphs?

Please make sure last night's homework (using your reading journal to interpret the film clip) is in your Critical Reading Boot Camp folder. If you handwrote it, please turn it in.

1. Warming up by finding Icarus in yesterday's commercial: what does this myth have to do with the iPad Air?

Taking a  quick walk down memory lane...what strategies have we been trying out for the past two weeks? How can we use them on the Sexton poem?

2. Exploring a sample analytical paragraph and discussing its structure

3. Revising your own analytical paragraphs based on the strategies you've used over the past two weeks and the sample essay given in class today

4. Composing a brief paragraph (3-5 sentences) underneath your analytical paragraph in which you respond to the following questions:

  • What did you do differently this time in terms of reading the poem?
  • What did you do differently this time in terms of writing the paragraph?
  • How did those revisions improve your reading and writing?


HW:
1. Look over your noredink.com assignment on Apostrophes and come to class with any questions you have; we will go over your questions in class tomorrow before we take the QUIZ.

2. Bring your independent reading book to class.

3. Interested in revising your first round of reading journals? Hand your blue rubric back to me (along with your revised journal if it's handwritten) when you're ready for me to regrade it. Please come in for help whenever you need it.

4. If you're planning on purchasing your own copy of The Kite Runner, please do so by next Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pulling Together the Text, the Visual, and the Auditory: September 2, 2015

Focus: How do we apply our reading strategies to "layered" texts?

1. Introducing you to the world of noredink.com
  • Setting up your accounts: 
    • 1st hour class code is heme9ehc
    • 3rd hour class code: x7em8a4w
  • Playing around on the website
  • Time to start your first assignment: Apostrophes 1

2. Warming up by manipulating your customer with color

In advertising, what emotions do you think the following colors are meant to evoke?  Try to think of a brand that utilizes each of these colors in their ads:
Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Black
Yellow
Orange
Pink
Brown

3. Analyzing the complex little worlds of commercials

Please click HERE for the reading journal and dedicate one row to each of the following "layers":

Layer 1: The visual (What images do you see?)

Layer 2: The music (What kind of music/background noise do you hear?)

Layer 3: The voiceover (What words are being spoken? What kind of voice is speaking them?)

Layer 4: The text (What words appear on screen? Does this commercial have a slogan?)

Layer 5: The product (What is being advertised? To whom? What aspects of this product are being emphasized in this commercial?)

4. Trying out our newfound skills with a film clip
(22:30-36:30)

HW:
1. Complete your Noredink assignment on apostrophes today; prepare for a QUIZ on Friday.

2. Please watch the short movie clip from Batman Begins linked HERE; fill in at least one side of the reading journal to unravel the layers of this clip.  Here a few things to keep an eye (and ear) out for:

a. The visual: Important images, colors, movements, postures, clothes, facial expressions, etc.
b. The music: How would you describe it? What tone does it help create?
c. The voices: What words are spoken out loud?  Why are they important?
d. The central character: What can we infer about him and how?

3. Bring your independent reading book to class on Friday.

4. If you're planning on purchasing your own copy of The Kite Runner, you will need it next Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Can It Be Both? Using Multiple Strategies To Find Multiple Meanings: Sep 1, 2015

Focus: How do we combine multiple reading strategies to develop multiple meanings?

Please put the following activity in your "Class Activities" document in your 
Reading Boot Camp folder.

1. Warming up by rereading the ending and brainstorming symbols in "The Yellow Wallpaper"

2. Exploring the multiple meanings of these symbols
  • What's one symbol in the story you find important?
  • Find at least four passages in the story that describe that symbol and highlight/underline them.
  • Pull out specific words and phrases from those passages that describe that symbol, and do some web brainstorming (see sample on the board).
  • Add at least one piece of background knowledge on the rest cure, the author, and/or postpartum depression to your web brainstorming. How does it fit?
  • What patterns can you find? Try to group the descriptions, just as we did with poems.
  • What larger understanding of the story does it help create?  Form a thesis statement that looks something like this:
    • The (insert symbol here) in Perkins' "The Yellow Wallpaper" represents _____________________, but it also symbolizes _____________________.

2. Extending our thinking by creating Level 3 questions and posting the best of the best on the blog (with a partner)

3. Introducing you to the world of noredink.com

  • Setting up your accounts: 
    • 1st hour class code is heme9ehc
    • 3rd hour class code: x7em8a4w
  • Playing around on the website
  • Time to start your first assignment: Apostrophes 1


HW:
1. Tomorrow morning I will be grading your "Yellow Wallpaper" reading journals; be ready to turn them in tomorrow (or make sure they're in your English 10 Google folder). 

2. Start working on your first NoRedInk assignment (Apostrophes 1), which is due Thursday; the QUIZ is on Friday, but you'll be happy to know that all quizzes are open-note.

3. Bring your independent reading book to class on Friday.

4. If you're planning on purchasing your own copy of The Kite Runner, you will need it next Monday.