Tuesday, November 30, 2010

English 1 Update (mass email sent 11/29)

English 1 Update
Parents, and others
Here is an update of what is going on in English 1 and what your students should be doing at home.
1. We have completed the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and have begun working on an essay. (we began reading the novel October 26)
Inside of each student's English notebook they should have work completed for EACH chapter of the novel (starting with Chapt 4). They were to write either a summary of the chapter OR write 3 'chapter questions' and answer them. Then they were also to choose a short passage from that chapter and explain why they chose it. The passage is to be a minimum of 1 sentence and a maximum of 5 sentences, they could choose any passage they want, as long as they explain why.
Last Tuesday I gave the following prompt:
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that reflects a time in our nation's history. How do the events in To Kill a Mockingbird teach us to be better than our history. Identify 3 'teachable moments.' Explain what we should learn from each of them and discuss if you think we as a nation and/or individuals, have grown since this time.
We broke down the prompt and went over what it is asking, how to answer, and how to structure an essay for this prompt.
Students were then given a graphic organizer to copy into their notebook, which was their homework over the extended weekend.
Students have been given the entirety of Monday's class session to work on a rough draft of this essay, the rough draft is due in class tomorrow (tuesday).
2. The Article of the Week assignment is still every week. Go to the class blog (the last link in the email signature). Students are to read the article and answer questions every week. Please take a look at your students work, that was part of the reason to do the blog assignment, to give a broader audience.
If you have any questions, please contact me. The end of the semester is rapidly approaching!

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