Assignments: 1st period read p 21-30
Last day to make up unit 5 & 6 as well as the Iliad test is November 30
Extra credit due November 30, no exceptions
Unit 7 foursquare due Friday with a test on the words
We began with DLP, and I reviewed the words for unit 7. Only 2nd period received a 4-square worksheet. The other classes have been instructed to complete the vocabulary homework on their own paper. Each of the following items should be included: word, definition in own words, synonym, antonym, sentence, and picture or symbol. If students prefer, they may print out a worksheet from this site under the vocabulary tab.
We began our unit on Greek drama today. We will be reading Antigone, Sophocles' 3rd play, continuing the story of Oedipus. I provided notes on Greek theater and reviewed the story of Oedipus. Students copied notes, and the slides are available under the literature tab. Students also read in class. Reading assignments vary as classes are using different books. (First period students have been given a book to keep carry with them. They are responsible for the care of this book. I will not have extras for them to use in class.)
I spoke individually with some teams regarding the work they submitted for the Iliad project if they were only missing one or two pieces. Others will need to see me to discuss the project and develop a resolution. I have assigned dates for teams from 1st period to meet with me during Smart lunch. These dates are not optional. In 2nd and 4th periods I have given students individual contracts. They must complete and submit the proposal to me in class tomorrow. The contract specifies what they intend to do to improve their grade and deadlines. NOT ALL students received these contracts, only those 2nd and 4th period teams who failed to meet the basic expectations outline in the assignment.
At the beginning of class I discussed some potential activities students can do to improve their grades. In each class I handed out an additional worksheet that students can complete to increase their parts of sentence test scores. I gave these to students who scored low on the exam in place of an AMP or retake. In first period, enough students demonstrated mastery to move forward to the next unit. In second and fourth periods we will be revisiting the unit in the upcoming weeks as it serves as a foundation for the next unit. However, students are still accountable for the test and extra sheet. The second activity students may take advantage of is an extra credit opportunity posted on this website. Students may choose one option to submit. The parts of sentence test sheet is due Monday, 11/28. The extra credit activity is due Wednesday, 11/30. There will be no exceptions to these dates.
I also review the feedback I received from self and peer evaluations regarding the epic teams project. I showed each class the responses for several questions from the forms they had submitted. I removed names and identifying information.
Finally, we finished listening to the Aeneid as we read along. I stopped periodically to highlight important points, clarify the text, and provide answers to questions students would answer at the end of the reading. Students then worked with a partner to answer a series of basic reading comprehension questions as well as a couple of critical thinking comparisons. If students paid attention during the reading, they were able to answer the first 10 questions easily as I covered each in my discussion of the text.
I advised students who had not completed the Google form by the deadline I posted (Friday, 11/18 by 3pm) to email me for a link. They can still earn credit, but they must email me as it is no longer available on the website.
Assignments: Last day to AMP or make up unit 5 or 6, parts of sentence, and Iliad tests will be Wednesday, November 30th.
Today in class students completed a brief test on the Iliad. Students only answered questions for the book that they read and analyzed in their teams. The test is open-book and consists of short answer questions. Approximately 50% are basic story recall and the rest are analysis. While the text served to support students, it was not required for the test nor should students have relied on it too heavily.
After the test, I asked students to read p 268-271 in the text in order to learn about Virgil and Roman society. I reviewed the highlights of the background information, and then we began reading the text by listening to a recorded version while reading along. I stopped at important points to discuss the events in the story and make sure everyone understood the text. I also asked students to begin a comparison chart of Achilles and Aeneas. I provided a couple of starters such as Achilles is a Greek warrior and Aeneas is a Roman king.
Assignments: Iliad test on Monday.
At the beginning of 2nd and 4th periods I checked daily assignment sheets (1st period is not required to complete one). Then we completed the unit 6 vocabulary test. I asked students to work on completing their composition packets once they finished the test. We only had the last 2 pages left, which involved proofreading and presenting. Finally, students completed a 30-45 minute (Depending on the class) timed writing where they responded to one of the following prompts:
Iliad writing prompt: making connections to the modern world
I asked students to use their best writing including complete sentences, well-developed paragraphs, and essay format. I emphasized that essays needed to be more than one paragraph and should include details related to the text.
Turn in Today: Presentation evaluation forms, crosswords
Upcoming assignments: Unit 6 4-square due & test tomorrow, Iliad test Monday, all Google forms submitted by Friday @ 3pm.
Today in class we completed all of the epic team presentations. Afterwards we discussed what went well, what didn't, and how we could improve presentations. In 1st period we tried to watch a film adaptation, but the movie was not loud enough for the class to hear. Instead, I encouraged students to complete the Google form and finish vocabulary for tomorrow. In 2nd & 4th periods we spent time completing the Google form in class, and I handed out a bonus activity for student to complete and hand in.
Unit 5 & 6 vocabulary tests, parts of sentence test, and the Iliad test must be made up or AMP by Wednesday, November 30.
Turn in today: parts of sentence packet, epic team work- (1) paraphrases & margin questions (2) literary analysis & test questions
Today students completed the parts of sentence exam. It required a good portion of the period, so those who were absent will want to keep that in mind when planning a make up date. Deadline for make up is Wednesday 11/30.
After the exam, we began presentations. Each class reached a different point wherein 1st period had one presentation, 2nd period had two, and 4th period had none. While teams presented, students were responsible for completing an evaluation form and providing feedback.
Today was the last day to AMP or make up the unit 4 test & open-note quiz.
Upcoming assignments: Unit 6 4-square due & test Friday 11/16. Iliad test Monday 11/21.
Turn in today: DLP 40-50 & POS Review
Assignments: POS packet due tomorrow. POS test. / Unit 6 vocabulary 4-square due Friday before the test.
**Last Day to make up or AMP the unit 4 test and open-note quiz will be Wednesday, November 16 during Smart lunch.**
Today in class we spent time reviewing material from the parts of sentence unit. We had already complete 95% of the packet in class, a good portion of that together. Students also worked together to complete a review activity that consisted of guided questions as well as a website to practice (http://englishgrammar101.com/sentence-structure). I encouraged students to continue reviewing with practice at home. Finally, teams had the second half of class to finish planning and finalizing presentations for tomorrow. I provided a brief example in class using a different presentation site available to students (https://app.emaze.com/editor/@AWCWCWQO). The example served merely as a springboard for teams.
Tomorrow is a big day in class. In 2nd & 4th periods I emphasized the weight of the day as two major units are coming to an end. Class will begin with the POS test and finish with presentations. The breakdown is as follows:
I presented the vocabulary words and definitions for unit 6. Students in 2nd and 4th periods are required to copy these down and turn them in before the test. After vocabulary, we worked together to complete some activities in the composition packet, reviewing the process of revising writing. Students then worked independently to rewrite paragraphs for unity and coherence. During the second half of class, epic teams continued working. Today's goal was to finish the literary analysis portion of the project and begin planning presentations. Teams will have a portion of class Tuesday and begin presenting on Wednesday after the test. We will begin with Book 1. The test will likely be the following Monday once I have had the opportunity to review each team's test questions.