Turn in: grammar packets, Persepolis journals, SAF questions 1-3
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2nd & 4th continue background for Persepolis
In 1st period, I covered background information for our next major piece, Persepolis. The piece is set in 1970s-1980s Iran, so we discussed things such as the history of Iran, Iranian Revolution, and Iran-Iraq War. I have posted a pdf of the slides under the literature section of this site. We then discussed passive and active sentences wherein students completed a challenge activity to submit for a practice/process grade. Finally, students worked to complete sections of their writing skills packets that cover writing effective sentences.
In 2nd & 4th periods, I introduced the next grammar unit, phrases. I reviewed notes for prepositional and appositive phrases and we practiced in the grammar packets by completing exercises together and independently. Students had the last hour of class to work independently on their Antigone notebooks while I provided support as needed.
The first part of class we reviewed the DLP as well as the words and definitions for unit 9. In 1st period we began working on focused writing skills. We disucssed the purpose of formal outlines, how they can be used effectively, and how they are relevant to both writing and studying. Students completed a formal outline and handed it in for a minor assessment. In 2nd and 4th periods students opted to use the rest of the period to work on their Antigone notebooks rather than watch the rest of the video. I reviewed the requirements briefly, answered questions, and provided additional support as students needed it.
Today was an early release day, so class time was limited. Students had the opportunity to work independently after the unit 8 test. I also checked DLP and assignment sheets (2nd & 4th only).
Basically, today was mostly independent study. In 1st period students had the opportunity to work on their notebooks as they watched the video of Antigone. In 2nd and 4th periods I reviewed the requirements for their notebooks and we began watching portions of the video for Antigone.
First period turned in their phrase packets and completed the phrase test. Once students finished the test, they had the rest of the period to work indpendently on their Antigone notebooks. They will continue to have some class time on Thursday and Friday as well.
Second and fourth periods had time to catch up on their drama response journals. The class then finished reading the play aloud. Second period students were able to begin working on an assignment for their Antigone notebooks- a venn diagram. Tomorrow I will review the requirements for the notebook in both 2nd and 4th periods.
Guidance counselors, Mr. Young and Ms. Peasely, visited the classroom today to review transcripts and discuss graduation requirements with students. They played an interactive game, answered questions, and shared im portant information.
First period had an independent study for 45 minutes. Students finished their phrase packets and worked on assignments for the Antigone notebook. I worked with those who had questions or needed extra help.
2nd and 4th periods took the parts of sentence test. This is the second time for the test, and students were permitted to use their notes to help them. We did not have time for reading more of Antigone.
1st period English II honors has finished reading Antigone. We completed the DLP, copied vocabulary, reviewed absolute phrases, and studied gerunds and infinitives. I also covered the major assessment for Antigone, a notebook. I gave the guidelines, and the slides are available under the literature tab. The notebook will be due next Wednesday (12/14), but students will only have class time this week to work on it. My goal is to provide 45 minutes per day; however, we will still be covering other material.
2nd and 4th period English II are still reading Antigone in class. I project that we have another 2 days to read before we finish. I will cover the major assessment for those classes when we near the end of the play; however, students should continue to work on their reader responses as we read- 5 entries per day. As of today they should have 20 entries for 4 day's reading. We also completed the DLP, copied vocabulary, and finished the review sheet for the parts of sentence unit. Students will take the test tomorrow.
Today's class was low key. As usual, we began with the DLP. Then I collected vocabulary definitions and worksheets before handing out the unit 7 test. I also gave classes a grammar worksheet to complete once they were finished with the test. In first period, they worked on absolute phrases. In second and fourth periods they completed the first half of a review for the second parts of sentence test coming up. We briefly discussed the end of Antigone in first period as they have finished reading the play and will begin work on notebooks on Monday. In second and fourth periods we did not discuss Antigone or read.
Next week we will be wrapping up grammar units in both classes with review and tests. First period will begin working on assignments for Antigone while second and fourth periods work to complete the reading.
Our focus in class today was to work on grammar and continue reading Antigone. In first period we continued our study of phrases with the first verbal- praticipial phrases- as well as absolute phrases. We completed the corresponding page in the grammar packet. In second and fourth periods I gave more notes, the topic being subject complements. We completed exercises for each. Each class also read more of Antigone aloud. First period finsihed all but the last 3 pages, which I assigned for homework. Second and fourth periods made some progress as well.