Tuesday, June 10th

English 421:

  • We are winding down into the final assessment.  In class, students have been working on brainstorming and processing ideas for the final assessment essay, creative product and presentation.  In class today, students presented their A Midsummer Night’s Dream creative projects as practice for the final assessment, then we listened to Act 5 of the play.
  • Today, students submitted their revised thesis statements and working evidence for their essays – this material will be returned tomorrow, with comments and suggestions.
  • The final assessments are scheduled as follows:
  • Block A – Monday, June 16
  • Block B – Tuesday, June 17
  • Times have been scheduled as follows: 9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00, 12:20-1:30, 1:30-2:30, and each student is slotted for a particular time period.  On the assessment date, students will share and present their final products, and submit their 1500 word essays.

Literacy:

  • This week we are wrapping up the Personal Playlist assignment.  Students must submit their final typed essay on Thursday, and will also present one of their songs to the class on that day.  The essay must include an introduction, conclusion, and 8 body paragraphs that each follow PPE format and incorporate their song selections, with personal connections.

Friday, June 6th

English 421:

  • Today students had conferencing time to discuss their final assessment working thesis statements and chosen texts for exploration.  During this time, they were asked to work on: the AMND creative writing project, their final assessment essay, or to read Act 5 of AMND.
  • We discussed some ideas and looked at samples of the creative product for the final assessment.  The creative product idea planning is due as a checkpoint for Monday.
  • The A Midsummer Night’s Dream creative writing project is due on Monday and will be shared aloud to the class on Tuesday.

Literacy:

  • Students had more time today to work on writing and typing their Personal Playlist assignment.  We will spend time Monday editing and revising this piece.

Wednesday, June 4th

English 421:

  • Today we continued discussing effective practices and pointers for reading aloud.
  • We played a quick acting game where students drew a famous line from a movie, and had to read it according to the emotion they rolled on a dice.
  • We then read aloud Act 4 from AMND.
  • Tomorrow, students have the class to work in the library on either their AMND Creative Writing project, or their final assessment.
  • Reminder: Stage 2 of the final assessment beginning phases is due – creating a working thesis statement, and identifying the 3 texts you will use for evidence.
  • There is a sample student essay on the English 421 page to use as reference for the essay component of the final assessment.

Literacy:

  • Students continued working on the intros and conclusions reading activities, and drafting an introduction and conclusion for their personal playlist assignment.
  • Tomorrow and Friday students have time in the library to work on completing their Personal Playlist assignment – this is due on Friday.

Tuesday, June 3

English 421:

  • We watched the film version of AMND.
  • Students shared their topics selections for the final assessment, and read Act 4 of AMND.
  • We briefly discussed some tips on how to read aloud with fluency, and why punctuation is so important.  We will continue this lesson tomorrow, then students will read aloud Act 4.

Literacy:

  • We continued the Introductions & Conclusions lesson and reading activity from yesterday.
  • Students began drafting an introduction and conclusion for their personal playlist assignment.
  • There was a brief lesson on the importance of punctuation, with student practice of identifying and correcting sentence errors.

Monday, June 2

English 421:

  • Discussed final assessment first checkpoint: choosing a topic for thematic connection.  For tomorrow, students must prepare their question: What have I learned about _______________ in the literature of English 421?  (in the blank, insert a thematic topic, like courage, identity, struggle for power, etc.)
  • Students were introduced to the creative writing project for A Midsummer Night’s Dream  – see the file on the English 421 page.  This is due next Monday, June 9th.
  • We finished reading, listening to, and briefly discussing up to the end of Act 3 in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Literacy:

  • Today we discussed how to write an introduction and conclusion for the Personal Playlist assignment.
  • Students completed a reading activity, looking at what other writers do to entice a reader in their introductions and wrap up articles in a conclusion.

Thursday, May 29

English 421:

  • We have continued working through and making sense of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by reading, listening to the audio tape, and watching the movie.
  • Today Mrs. Charlton did a think aloud for a section of the play that students selected.  Here are a few of her pointers when trying to make sense of the text:

- distinguish the speaker and note what you know about him/her up to this point

- reflect on the context of this section – what is happening – is this a discussion, an argument, a character manipulating another, describing the setting, etc.

- identify the speaker’s tone in the piece – is he angry, sad, annoyed, happy…?

- read through to get a sense of what he/she is saying

- use the side notes in the text to make sense of unrecognizable words or references

- make connections between your own life and world – is this how people really talk?  Have you, or someone you know experienced a similar situation?  Is the setting realistic?  Could you imagine what it would be like to be in this situation?  How would you feel?

  • Students then worked on creating a theme statement for the play, around one of the main topic areas: love & marriage, obedience, and magical influence.  They created a statement, then worked on a paragraph response, finding at least 2 pieces of support from the play and using proper in-text citations.  Note: in-text citations for a play (Act, Scene, Lines) (II, i, 34-45).
  • For tomorrow – complete your theme statement paragraph to submit for feedback, and read through Act 3.

Literacy:

  • Students have library time today and tomorrow to finish drafting the body paragraphs for the Personal Playlist assignment (all 8 songs & explanations).  Make sure to try and avoid sentence errors, as discussed yesterday (fragments, run-ons and comma splices).
  • Reminder: A rough draft of the Personal Playlist body paragraphs are due on Monday.

Tuesday, May 27th

English 421:

  • Today students submitted their A Midsummer Night’s Dream wall components (contextual info of characters, plot, setting, etc.).
  • We finished listening to Act 2 of AMND, then began watching the film version of the play.
  • Questions to consider for discussion tomorrow:  What liberties did the film director take in adjusting, steering, manipulating or adding to the play? What elements were different in the movie when compared to the play?

Literacy:

  • We reviewed a few more 6 word memoirs, then students continued working on their own, as album art for their Personal Playlist assignment.