10.20.06

Cores 1-4:

As many of you know, my wife gave birth to our daughter yesterday. This bundle of joy and miracles is named Isabelle Roux Wilkoff. I have written all about her in my most recent Weekly Authentic. I would like to challenge each of you to discuss and respond to my prose poem/story. You will be analyzing my words just as you would analyze any other text, but at the end of this analysis you must answer one of three big questions.

Discussion questions (read the story and discuss with at least one other person):

  1. What is the significance/meaning of the title?
  2. Why does Mr. Wilkoff believe that adjectives are inadequate?
  3. What does the button symbolize?
  4. What is the significance/meaning of the the precipice (cliff) metaphor?

3 big questions to respond to in at least one paragraph of your own writing:

  1. What is one thing that you have felt that you believe no one else could possibly experience?
  2. What will the future be like for your children? (Or, what will the future be like for Isabelle? In terms of technology, society, change, etc.)
  3. Who is the one person that you owe a personal belief to? What is that personal belief and why do hold on to it so strongly?

After you have completed this piece of writing, share it with a few others or the whole class (when prompted to by your substitute).

Please read your AR books once this activity is complete. I am sorry that I am not there to discuss this fantastic journey with you, but I hope you understand.

10.18.06

Core 1:

  1. Write-On: Why are beliefs powerful?
  2. Discuss and view Belief Statement Essays as genre:
    1. Tony Hawk
    2. Rick Moody
    3. Sarah Adams
    4. Harold Taw
  3. Explore essays and talk about what makes a belief statement important.

Core 2:

  1. Write-On: What is your initial reaction when you are attacked (verbally, physically, emotionally)? What is the country’s first reaction when it is attacked? Why?
  2. Read “Entire City Put on War Footing”.
  3. How have we changed from this time period? How have our traditions of xenophobia stayed the same?

Core 3:

  1. Go over definitions for Vocabulary Unit 2.
  2. Have students draw a picture next to each word to help them remember the definitions.
  3. Play Vocabulary Basketball with students so as to solidify definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and contextual meaning.

Core 4:

  1. Write-On: How can music persuade you to feel a certain emotion. Describe the process by which music can change mood.
  2. Listen (do not watch) to Shawshank Redemption music and describe the images that you think go along with this music.
  3. View the images and compare to your predictions.
  4. Read the Pied Piper of Hamelin and discuss musical persuasion.

10.17.06

Cores 1-4:

I have been looking a lot at our blogging community. I have read and assessed posts. I have worked hard at making sure that everyone is adding, in his/her own way, to this unique opportunity for expression and authenticity. Over and over, I have been surprised at the level of sophistication and emotion that have been poured out onto keyboards both at home and at school. I want to continue this trend this quarter with a challenge for us to knit ourselves even closer together. To find the grassy commons of our digital written words. It is important that this community never become just a copy of what we would normally write down on paper. It must, instead, be the way in which we can all find connection to one another and connection to the outside world. Keeping with this goal, I have decided to put forth a Blogging Image Scavenger Hunt. What I mean by this is that I have collected a list of written images from blogs across our community. I have typed them out as my weekly authentic for this week. It is your job to find the posts within our blogging community that use these images. You must then create a post that uses each image in an authentic piece of your own writing while linking to each other post in the process. Go to my weekly authentic for an example.

10.11.06

Core 1:

  1. Play vocabulary basketball to review for unit 7 quiz.
  2. Take unit 7 quiz.
  3. Do partnered good parts to fulfill quarter 1 requirement.

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: How did you tackle the sesquipedalian paragraph? What is your thought process when you encounter a seemingly impenetrable paragraph?
  2. Take a second look at the paragraph.
  3. Practice and act out a few sesquipedalian theater pieces.
  4. Do partnered good parts to fulfill quarter 1 requirement.

Core 3:

  1. Introduce tickets for The Trip To Essay Land.
  2. Practice writing thesis statements.
  3. Do partnered good parts to fulfill quarter 1 requirement.

Core 4:

  1. Collect Martin Luther King Speech Analysis.
  2. How did you attack reading The Declaration? What is your thought process when you encounter a seemingly impenetrable paragraph?
  3. Discuss the reasons for changes in the draft.
  4. Why was this document so successful? What in the language makes it so persuasive? (Word Choice, Figurative Language, Allusion, Sentence Structure, Concrete and abstract images.
  5. Do partnered good parts to fulfill quarter 1 requirement.

10.09.06

Cores 1-4:

  1. Talk about the Authenticity Awards for last week.
  2. Look at Authentic Assessment for blogs tomorrow.

Core 1:

  1. Write a paragraph review of this music video.
  2. Discuss reviews and sports writing:
    • Does looking at reviews and sports writing as a genre change the way that you think about both?
  3. Come back to vocabulary for Vocab Basketball.

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: How did you tackle the sesquipedalian paragraph? What is your thought process when you encounter a seemingly impenetrable paragraph?
  2. Take a second look at the paragraph.
  3. Practice and act out a few sesquipedalian theater pieces.
  4. Talk about being too tired to think.

Core 3:

  1. Write-On: Looking at your characterization sheet and your “video memory,” How many of your ways of characterization are present in your memory? Can you identify the ones that you used?
  2. Why is it important to characterize using all of the ways rather than just a few?
  3. Share video memories and characterizations.
    • What can we generalize about a character once we get to know him/her?
    • What can we generalize about Christopher (from the The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime)?
  4. Talk about being too tired to think.

Core 4:

  1. How did you attack reading The Declaration? What is your thought process when you encounter a seemingly impenetrable paragraph?
  2. Discuss the reasons for changes in the draft.
  3. Why was this document so successful? What in the language makes it so persuasive? (Word Choice, Figurative Language, Allusion, Sentence Structure, Concrete and abstract images.
  4. Talk about being too tired to think.

10.04.06

Cores 1-4:

  1. In partners, develop a rubric for assessing Weekly Authentics by asking yourself the following questions and answering them through brainstorming and note-taking (We will discuss many of them together, so you need to have a ready answer for when we bring it to the whole class):
    • What makes a blog post a good one?
      • In what ways/categories can a blog post be good?
      • Are some ways/categories more important than others?
    • In what ways should blog posts be assessed differently than paper and pen/pencil in-class writing?
      • How can we measure the “goodness” of a blog post?
      • Can you really measure authenticity?
    • How can we account for different types of blog posts?
      • Should we assess poems, stories, fiction, and non-fiction differently?
    • What does a 5 post look like and what does a 1 post look like?
      • Describe them.
  2. Assess my Weekly Authentics to test out our new “rubric.”
  3. Talk about the Authenticity Awards for this week.
  4. Talk about Thursday and Friday.