A Period - Sophomore Honors

Sept 4 - Sept 7

Tuesday, September 4th

- post-its and bricks

- go over syllabus

- letter assignment - due Friday

Notes on Directions

- 7 students used only words

- 23 used pictures and words

Wednesday, September 5th

- introductions

- QFT & ‘universal human experience’

- draft letters

HW: letters due Friday

QFT: Universal Human Experience

- what is the universal human experience?

- who experiences the universal human experience?

- where does this experience occur?

- when does the universal human experience occur?

- why do we experience this uhe?

- can two people experience the same uhe?

- how does the uhe happen?

- can the uhe change?

- how is the uhe universal?

- is the uhe one thing or a collection of things?

- what effect does the uhe have on the human?

- what effect does the uhe have on society?

- is the uhe bad?

- how does the uhe affect the earth?

- how many different uhe can there possibly be?

- is the uhe good?

- does the uhe affect the future?

- is the uhe instantaneous or does it happen over a long period of time?

- how will the uhe of others affect your uhe?

- is the uhe a necessity for life?

- can the uhe change your life?

- does everyone experience the uhe?

- should everyone experience the uhe?

Friday, September 7th

- hand in letters (include ALL ‘process’)

- trio check-in for bricks

- Picture Day

Sept 10 - Sept 14

Monday, September 10

- make the schedule

   - in class essay for summer reading

- thesis vine / path to purpose

- project for uhe

notes from class:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=42817486e3&view=att&th=139b02d2f8fd5825&attid=0.1&disp=emb&zw&atsh=1 

Tuesday, September 11

- brainstorming list of uhe - make journals

- three steps to a thesis

HW: outline and finish bricks

seven steps to a thesis: http://kennettenglish.blogspot.com/2012/08/seven-steps-to-thesis.html 

Wednesday, September 12

- uhe free write - choose one topic and fill page

- outlining / drafting

HW: bricks & rough draft

check out various outlines:

Thursday, September 13

- In-Class Essay - MEET IN IMC

submission instructions: http://kennettenglish.blogspot.com/2012/09/submitting-essay-hard-copies.html 

Friday, September 14

- wall presentations

- UHE - explain your idea to three others & connect in journal

Monday, September 17

- letters & writing folders

- EdCafe setup & intros

- EdCafes

Tuesday, September 18

- EdCafes

Notes on Period A’s Notetaking:

- very linear

- lots of bullet points

- both phrases and some quotations

- mostly labeled who led session

- clear headers / distinctive sections between talks

- things to think about - quoting group members, challenging the expert

Homework for Thursday/Friday: (4pgs in UHE Journal)

1. definitions of your word (dictionary, wikipedia, other people’s definitions)

2. why does this fundamentally matter to you? In a root sense of the word

3. where do you see this experience in pop culture / mass media? or do you?

4. draft your hypothesis: what do you want to say about this experience - test this hypothesis on 5 people and write down their reactions


Front Board

Map Area

Pin Board

Rigor Corner

Center Spot

Session 1

Pain (Matt)

do you think part of the experience is getting over the pain?

Struggle (Kaleb)

struggle is within every aspect of life

Learning (Robbie)

can you learn too much for your own good?

Home (Caitlin)

every place is a home as long as it is built with some kind of emotion

Conflict (Alex Perry)

A conflict can be big or small and can have a positive or negative effect

Session 2

Trust (Kim)

would it be worse to not have someone’s trust or not trust anyone

Tragedy (Jess)

Making Mistakes (Alisha)

Death (Ashley)

Curiosity (Monica)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Front Board

Map Area

Pin Board

Rigor Corner

Center Spot

Session 3 from yest.

Struggle (Sierra)

everyone experiences struggle at one time in their life

Suffering (Jack)

suffering can happen in both small capacities or large ones

Joy (Matt)

if someone has experienced sadness or depression they will experience joy

Discovery (Heidi)

a day doesn’t pass without discovery or learning new information

Exhaustion (Jill)

can exhaustion be consider something that doesn’t have to do with sleep

Session 1

Want (Katie)

want goes with jealousy - people are never fully satisfied

Struggle (Bridget)

would you consider achieving your personal goals struggling?

Desire (Jake)

if someone desires something unachievable does it increase or decrease their desire

Curiosity (Haley)

curiosity is a thirst for knowledge and the wish to know things you already don’t

Friendship (Ashley C)

can friendships help solve a problem or can they help make a situation worse?

Session 2

Love (Caitlin)

Curiosity (Alan)

does too much curiosity have a negative effect?

Education (Sam)

education doesn’t necessarily mean having to go to school - you can also know too much for your own good

Home (Lily)

for a point in time, someone might not have a place to call home

if you don’t know yourself then you don’t know where you belong

Disappointment (Erin)

can you be disappointed by being disappointed in yourself

Session 3

Authority (Madison)

authority has a good and bad side and people can be changed by it

Struggle (Miranda)

could a struggle lead to something positive

Passion (Jocelynn)

there is no opposite of passion because there are different leves of passion

Self-Discovery (Alex Powers)

discovering something about yourself can help redefine you

Front Board

Map Area

Pin Board

Rigor Corner

Wednesday, September 19 - ½ day

- brainstorm for Macbeth Olympics

Macbeth Olympics brainstorming

- stepstool and torch

- Bob Costas (Matt F. has volunteered)

- flags / colors

- opening ceremonies / closing ceremonies

- medals / medal podium  

- on the spot reporting

- Olympic village

- instead of T shirts we could have bandanas to delineate teams

- for vague scenes, need interpreters

- turning points

- Cereal Boxes

- creative prop manager

- anthem for each character

Thursday, September 20

- A History of the Games / Macbeth

- The Teams

      - choosing teams

- UHE general check in

-  notes from Ms. Kennett - how are you delineating headers / important / confusing / look up later →

Friday, September 21

- UHE: music

- accountable conversation

- team  intros

Questions to consider:

- what would you do anything for? (Macbeth)

- what will people do when they want something? (Lady Macbeth)

- do you believe in any idea of fate / bigger circumstances / evil? (Weird Sisters)

- what is the difference between a good and an effective leader? (Duncan)

Sept 24 - Sept 28

Monday, September 24

- team time: report back about answers to questions

- prep for Opening Ceremonies!!!

To do:

- designate character roles

- spin doctors: picture/video & writer/speaker

- plan outfits

Tuesday, September 25

- Opening Ceremonies!!!

- put together packets


Wednesday, September 26

- UHE blog post draft

- put together Macbeth Act 1 Packet

No Ms. Kennett

Thursday, September 27

Friday, September 28


Overall Coverage



Team Macbeth

Macbeth -

Banquo -

Fleance -

1st Murderer -

2nd Murderer -

3rd Murderer -

Porter -

Image Doctor -

Word Doctor -

Team Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth -

Doctor -

Gentlewoman -

Image Doctor

Word Doctor -

Team Duncan

Duncan -

Malcolm -

Donalbain -

Macduff -

Lady Macduff -

Siward -

Young Siward -

Lords -

Image Doctor -

Word Doctor -

Team Weird Sisters

1st Witch -

2nd Witch -

3rd Witch -

Image Doctor -

Word Doctor -

Oct 1 - Oct 5

Monday, October 1

universal Human Experience - blogging

Tuesday, October 2

act 1 scene 3

Wednsdy, October 3

act 1 review

Thursday,October 4

- Macbeth

act i scene 5 - lady macbeth

Friday, October 5

- Macbeth

act 1 scene 6 & 7 - welcome to inverness and macbeth’ reluctance

who is more in control in this relationship and how do you know?

Oct 9 - Oct 12

Tuesday, October 9




Wednesday, October 10

- 2.1

- kill Duncan (Enter Sandman)

- 2.1

Homework: read 2.2

Thursday, October 11

- lockdown talk

- annotate 2.2

- 2.3

Homework: annotate 2.3

Friday, October 12

- draw newspaper


October 15-19


- writing / thesis vine

- 3.1


- culpability chart: #1 Duncan, #2 guards

- 3.2 / 3.3

HW: culpability chart: murder #3 + quotations

In your Teams, create pie charts to show who is to blame / who is responsible for Duncan’s death and for the guards’. Annotate each ‘slice’ with one quotation. Focus on ownership of the situation.


- PSAT’s!


- 3.4 - Do not shake thy gory locks at me!!! Ghosts! Blood! Murderous  thoughts!


- 3.6

homework: 3.6 & questions

Oct 22 - Oct 26

Monday, October 22

- review Relevance Rainbow

- witches brew

- 4.1

- watch the Orson Welles version

- compare / contrast Harry Potter version of Hogwarts song

Tuesday, October 23

- Macduff’s family

- Malcolm & Macduff

Wednesday, October 24 - ½ Day


Thursday, October 25

- 5.1 - sleepwalking scene

Judi Dench

Kate Fleetwood

Friday, October 26

- 5.2 - 5.7!

Finish the play!

Oct 29 - Nov 2

Monday, October 29

hurricane day

Tuesday, October 30

hurricane day

Wednesday, October 31

- theme / evolution

- quotations from scope of entire play

- medium to translate your idea

Halloween -

Final Project Assignment Sheet

what medium are you going to use for your final project ?

Thursday, November 1

Workshop day

Friday, November 2

Weekend Homework: 2pg Reflection Paper

Field Trip to Macbeth!

Reflection Paper Assignment Sheet

Nov 5 - Nov 9

Monday, November 5

- collect Macbeth Reflection Paper

- UHE Assignment - posted to blog by Friday


Workshop Day

- working on Macbeth Final Project

- UHE Assignment:

Tuesday, November 6

No School - Voting Day

Wednesday, November 7

- Collect Final Projects

Macbeth Final Projects due

UHE Assignment

After reading Macbeth, explain how your universal human experience applies to the play. How does it help shed light on particular characters/ideas/themes? Create an argument about your UHE and try to persuade the reader to understand your point. Assume they know a little about Macbeth, but be clear with what information and context you provide.

   - parameters: 3-4 paragraphs, around 300-400 words, no first-person in final draft

Thursday, November 8

- Computer Lab

Composed final blog post due at end of period.

- (think of it like you would a concise and eloquent 2pg paper)

Friday, November 9 -Marks Close

- Metacognitive Letter

- Metacognitive Letter Assignment

- write to victims of Hurricane Sandy (Jess Carberry)

November 12 - 16

Monday, November 12

No School - Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 13

1) New Term, New Seats!

     - sit next to people who have their birthday w/in the same 3 months

     - no same immediate neighbors

     - different ‘tri-area’ of the room’

2) Housekeeping: blogs, letters

3) 1000 words a week! / Term 2: POWER

Wednesday, November 14

- creating questions based off hw

- respond to a question

- Lord of the Flies blog

- Power / Fear / Violence / Bullies, Bullied, Bystanders

HW: learn about Lord of the Flies - cite your sources

Lord of the Flies blog -- kennettlordoftheflies.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 15

- power triangle

- keep it together by Guster - take notes from / about the lyrics

- book recommendations

Book Choices:

Fahrenheit 451

Things Fall Apart


Your Power Statements applied to the books:  Click Here

Friday, November 16

-choice books

-handing back work / writing folders


November 19 - November 21

Monday, November 19

- housekeeping: letters back and in writing folder, drama club, etc.  

- bullies, bullied, bystanders in chapters 1-3

- writing:

     - C if just mimic back

     - B if you add your own ideas & analysis

     - A if you add your own ideas & analysis and connect to choice book

HW: read until ~30-40 in choice book

Our brainstorming / mapping out ideas 

Tuesday, November 20

- image provocation

- discussion groups

1) jot down something to contribute

2) get in groups

3) 1pg notes / quotations from classmates

Wednesday, November 21

- 30-15-10

November 26 - 30

Monday, November 26

- housekeeping, writing goals

- discuss chapters 4-6

- write

HW: read through half of choice book

1) Ralph and Jack’s leadership / division

2) Fear

Thursday, November 29


Reading ‘quiz’ :

     Choose one character: Jack / Ralph / Piggy / Simon

     How would Ch 7-9 have been significantly altered without this character?

iPad Countries

Chapter 9 close reading

December 3-7

Monday, December 3

- end of the book - how did we get there?

No Ms. Kennett

look at the last page of the book - choose 5 quotations and explain what they show about the last three chapters

Tuesday, December 4

- discussion about the end of the book

- pie chart about who is to blame about Piggy’s death

- are they actually ‘saved’?

Wednesday, December 5

- 5min on the end of the book

- topics for paper / idea development

- EdCafes!

Thursday, December 6

- paper questions

- Bingo!

What question do you want to pose about your two books?

Friday, December 7

- counting up words / metacognition

- one round of EdCafes

- what is the paper proposal paragraph?

HW: paper proposal paragraph

Dear Me,

This is what is good about my notes

This is what you should improve on / change / try.


Your Name

December 10 - 14

Monday, December 10

- looking ahead at the next two weeks

- collecting quotations: purpose & tricks

- work time

HW: finishing

Tuesday, December 11

- thesis development / outlines


Write down your working thesis.

Revise it:

From here, it's all about the revision process:

1. Ralph and Piggy called a meeting with the conch in an attempt to build a community on the island.

2. (reorder) In an attempt to build a community on the island, Ralph and Piggy called a meeting with the conch.

3. (reword) Trying to convene the survivors with the conch, Ralph and Piggy seek to build a community on the island.

4. (condense) Convening the survivors with the conch, Ralph and Piggy seek to build a community on the island.

5. (add new analysis) Establishing themselves as leaders, Ralph and Piggy convene the survivors in order to start building a community.

6. (cull the best from the previous sentences) Convening the survivors with the conch's call, Ralph and Piggy establish themselves as leaders in the building community.

7. (evaluate how strong your argument is and tweak word choice) By convening survivors with the conch's call, Ralph and Piggy establish themselves as leaders of the nascent community.

Fire is a symbol for separate themes in each story and the meaning it takes on for each character can define them.

Surrendering to a corrupt society does not justify surrendering one’s freedoms, as often fear overpowers rationality.

Darkness is overpowering; the only way to prevent total consumption is to actively work against it.

Knowledge is dismissed for ignorance because of the choices society tries to make.

Lost power belongs to those who will take it.

Wednesday, December 12

- outlines / rough draft

Thursday, December 13

- rough draft due at end of period


Friday, December 14

- how can you use lead-ins to ‘set-up’ quotations?

- what does powerful analysis look like?

- peer feedback


     - revise for ideas

     - revise for formatting, etc.

     - print fresh printed draft


Stolen Babies in Spain

What do you notice about effective lead-ins to quotations?

- informational

- help give context from big topic to what quotation will say

- have a side they are arguing (opinionated)

- fit into the paragraph as natural flow

- word choice helped clarify topic


- look to argue why THAT quotation in THAT moment

- what should the reader REALIZE after reading THAT quotation? (you included it for a reason - what is it?)

- end of paragraph connects to topic sentence

Formatting Reminders

- you should always italicize titles of books -

                  Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Beowulf, Things Fall Apart

- tips and tricks here

- no first person (you, I, etc)

December 17-21

Monday, December 17

- c.lab

Finishing touches on essay - blog post

Tuesday, December 18


- finish papers

- metacognitive letters

Metacognitive Letter

Wednesday, December 19

- congrats on paper submissions

- 100 seconds of fame

- choice books for break

Topics for 100 seconds of fame:

- cheese & mayonnaise sandwiches

Ideas for Choice books:

- Dracula

Thursday, December 20

- practice for 100 seconds of fame!

- choice book selections

Friday, December 21

- 100 seconds of fame!

January 2 - 4

Wednesday, January 2

- welcome back!

- schedule

- 100 seconds of fame!

Thursday, January 3

- In-Class Essay

- Abstract Day / 30-15-10

- 5pgs notes

- thesis vine (5min)

- simple outline  (5min)

Characters in literature often face _________________________. (your universal human experience). In a work of literature you have read in or out of school, explain how a character has dealt with ______________.

Friday, January 4

- computer lab

1. Paper comments

2. Pearltrees

Weekend homework: find 5 stories

Paper Comments:

1. log into your paper

2. I’ll have put comments

3. respond to my comments

4. download and print out

5. I will give your grade - add five points to your grade


- www.pearltrees.com

- create an account

- create a New Pearl - title it FirstL_SStories

- add Pearls via URL - you’re looking for FIVE short stories between class and over the weekend

Jan 7 - Jan 11

Monday, January 7

- establishing the purpose of stories

- The Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut

1. Why do we tell / read / watch / listen to stories?


2. Do you think stories are a Universal Human Experience? Why/why not?


3. What stories speak to you / do like / don’t you like / should be told / shouldn’t be told?


Tuesday, January 8

- what’s the point of stories?

- ‘Harrison Bergeron’ by Kurt Vonnegut

HW: story chart (with plot events) for Harrison Bergeron


Thesis Vine for Harrison Bergeron

1) you put ‘single quotations’ around short story titles - go ahead and title the story you wrote today and put your author name too

     ex.     ‘Harrison Bergeron’ by Kurt Vonnegut

2) some quick vocab

      - dystopia - a society that works against the individual / individuality

      - equality - being the same as

      - equity - being fair

      - conformity - seeking sameness

3) thematic topics:

     - power, fear, violence, control, acceptance, ownership

Wednesday, January 9

- creative writing

 - definitions - what’s Vonnegut’s intentions / purpose?

- The Gettysburg Address

- Author’s Purpose for Short Stories


- re-watch The Gettysburg Address - what was his point?

- read one of your short stories - in ½ page, explain what the author’s point was and how they got there


  1. The state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities.
  2. The condition of being equal in number or amount.


1. The quality of being fair and impartial: "equity of treatment".


  1. Compliance with standards, rules, or laws.
  2. Behavior in accordance with socially accepted conventions or standards.

Thursday, January 10

- Who do you believe?

- ‘The Black Cat’ by Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, January 11

- Whodunit? Dialogue in stories

January 14 - 18

Monday, January 14

- favorite word

- Grammar: Nouns

- All the Pretty Horses - knifefight

Grammar: Nouns

- Why does he

All the Pretty Horses  excerpt

- How does McCarthy create fear, pain, and adrenaline through word choice, sentence structure, and sentence variety?

Tuesday, January 15

- overview - focus in paragraphs about topic sentences and conclusions - going to be writing short story

- what’s the point of a narrator?

- narration / characterization - excerpt from ‘Stand by Me’ = what kind of man is Jarret?

HW: Brainstorm idea for your short story - draft for Friday

Focus: solid paragraph structure:


1) what is Almond’s argument about the relationship between narration and a cultural shift?

.    - establish definition of purpose of narration

.    - establish how/where he sees shift

.    - why does it matter?

2) if you know a character, you’ll know how they react in a situation. build a character and throw them into a situation  that you face every day.

Wednesday, January 16

Thursday, January 17

- creative story ideas

- Rubber

- time to write


3-4 pages of  idea development or writing

Friday, January 16

- reading / writing

Weekend homework:

Choose one:

1) Explain how Almond’s purpose of narrator connects to one story / excerpt

2) Establish a connection of writ’ers craft between two stories / excerpts and explain what it shows

January 28 - February 1

Monday, January 28

- focused revision

- time to revise

- formatting nit picking stuff

Computer Lab

Lenses to revise for :

- setting - weather, place, buildings, air, objects, time of day

- travel

- dialogue - read it out loud - yes, out loud - you need to hear your characters

- characterization - you need distinct characters - complicate them!

- ending - show don’t tell, have a powerful ending

- beginning - how relate to the ending?

- a paragraph per event / idea

Tuesday, January 29

- hard copy submissions

- digital submissions

Computer Lab

Formatting for Submission:  

- no page numbers

- Times New Roman size 12

- 1.5 spacing, or single spacing (NOT double spacing)

- indented every separate line of dialogue

- no bold in the entire document (except title page) (except special permissions)

- title page with your title however you’d like, and ‘by ________’ on the page

- take your last name off everything

- your story should start at the TOP of the page (after the cover page)


1) cover page and correctly formatted story - NO LAST NAME ANYWHERE (last initial ok)

2) Click “File” → “Publish to the Web” then click “yes” - this will give you a link

3) Copy the link

4) Click here

5) Paste the link next to your name - if you need to move your name, let me know

5b) Print a hard copy of your story! Yay!

6) Compile your Short Story Portfolio (see below)

Hand in final Short Story Portfolio

- type up a Table of Contents (create a table of contents to show me what’s in your portfolio)

- rough drafts 1 and 2 - indicate for each draft WHAT you revised in it

- work from the chart

- in-class activities

Wednesday, January 30

- touching base

- synthesizing purpose of stories and you universal human experience  

- introduction / ‘sell’ your story to 5 people

1) stories tomorrow

2) How does your purpose of stories connect to your Universal Human Experience?

     - 1pg

     - highlight the best things you said

3) introductions are important! be able to summarize / provide ‘hook’ to story to read tomorrow

Thursday, January 31

- reading & synthesizing

Your stories have been published! They are in an online folder that you will access today:

Sign out an iPad       -      Open Safari       -       go to bit.ly/2013ssanthology       -   ‘download’   -     Open in ‘iBooks’

UHE Blog #3

After reading 4-5 of your classmates stories, select 3 that connect (in some way) to your Universal Human Experience and your purpose of stories. Then, answer the following prompt.

How do these stories connect to both your purpose for stories and your universal human experience? What can we learn from reading them?


Friday, February 1

- reading & synthesizing

Blog post due Monday/Tuesday

February 4 - February 8

Monday, February 4

- check in about blog post

- Intersections of Poetry

- Ode to ______

1)hand in purpose for poetry

2) pick up piece of paper

3) sign out iPad

4) write the following on piece of paper :

Responsibility Pass: This pass is ONLY valid if the bearer is being responsible.

     SIGN IT



Go take a picture of something in the school you want to write an Ode to - you have to be back by 7:55

Open the app ‘GoodNotes’ → insert from Camera Roll

Write an Ode to _____ over the picture


Tuesday, February 5

- what IS poetry?

- what do you want poetry to DO?

- Game: is THIS poetry???

Poetry Intersections: Definitions x Free Form


You are going to make an ‘Introduction to Poetry’

Wednesday, February 6

Thursday, February 7

- what’s the article about?

- poem

- explain how poem relates to text

Blackout Poetry

1) explanatory / informative writing - what is this article about?

2) cross out words to create a poem

3) explain in 5-7 sentences how your poem relates to the article - quote your poem  (embed quotations in your analysis)

Friday, February 8

Blizzard Day


Monday, February 11

Blizzard Day

Tuesday, February 12

Blizzard Day

Wednesday, February 13

Slam poetry

Thursday, February 14

Love poetry

Friday, February 15

List of things to do:

1) if you’re reading this break, tell me what book you’re reading and write the following on a piece of paper:

     - I will read ___________ over break. I will write at least 5pg notes which will be due the first day back from break. I understand the second day back from break will be an in-class essay.

2) read some poetry and add to your collection (you should already have 3 poems - they were homework last week). Look to have a variety of poems - we will be analyzing them after break.

     - needed: 10 poems for portfolio, will be mix of found and original

3) Find a poem worth writing down to give to someone. Write it down and explain below the poem why you’re giving it to that person.


February 25 - March 1

Monday, Feb 25

- a sentence about break

- Idea Development

- What do you learn?

- Idea Development

- What do you learn?

Read Ms. Kennett’s ‘artifact’ and write down observations on what you see

     - what kinds of notes am I taking? what do I pay attention to? what don’t I?

     - how do I interact with the text? do I emphasize similar things across poems?

     - can you tell if I understand the poem? how? do I have to understand the poem completely?


= In class essay

Wednesday, February 27

- pre-reading / iPad signout

- Out, Out by Robert Frost

- post-reading / iPad signin

Pre/Post-reading - http://bit.ly/kskoutout3

Poem - http://bit.ly/kskoutout2 

Thursday, February 28

- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- guest lecture: Mr. Walker

Friday, March 1

- iPad signout / pre-reading


March 4 - March 8

Monday, March 4

- voices!

- overview of Poetry Portfolio check in

     - emphasis on independent budgeting of time


     - in most of your responses, there should be no ‘I / you / we’ - exception is the metacognitive section

     - looking at strong topic sentences, solid analysis in middle, conclusion that pieces it all together

     - titles of poems go in ‘single quotations’

Tuesday, March 5

- whose silence would you capture if you could?

- ‘at the cemetery’ inspiration

- ‘at the cemetery’ by Lucille Clifton

Inspiration: bit.ly/kskclifton2 


How and why does Clifton honor those who have been silenced?

Wednesday, March 6 - ½ day

- typing up responses

computer lab

Thursday, March 7

- check in with me at least once during this period

- workshop day

No Ms. Kennett

Friday, March 8

- typing up responses


computer lab


March 11 - 15


Monday, March 11

- collect poetry portfolios

- MCAS overview

- Long Comp practice

MCAS prep materials

Tuesday, March 12

- collect poetry portfolios

- book review chart

- MCAS long comp practice

MCAS prep materials

Wednesday, March 13

- MCAS long comp practice

- student exemplars

MCAS prep materials

What did we notice about the Long Comp Responses?

Thursday, March 14

- reading comprehension


- read over the reading comprehension examples on the blog

   1) what are the types of readings?

   2) what are 5 different types of questions they ask

   3) what is MCAS trying to assess in the Reading Comprehension and do they do it effectively? (5-6 sentences)

Friday, March 15

- reading comprehension


March 25 - 29


Monday, March 25

- MCAS long comp

No Ms. Kennett

MCAS Long Comp

Tuesday, March 26

- MCAS - how did it go?

- non-fiction overview

HW: Being alone worksheet

Wednesday, March 27

- check hw

- talk about being alone

- This is Who I Am When No One is Looking

Questions to ask (choose 2 to respond to) ¾- 1 page each

- (Explanatory) Why is alone time important to Pico Iyer?

- (Informative: Author’s Craft) How is alone time positioned as a betrayal? Find language that supports that

- (Explanatory: Personal Connections) What ways do you escape / need that space that compares / contrasts with Iyers?

- (Argumentative) People need/don’t need the type of alone time that Iyer describes.

Thursday, March 28

- intro to Pearltrees

- reading / writing

Getting started with Pearltrees

- make an account: pearltrees.com

- look at Ms. Kennett’s on her Pearltrees account

- start collecting ‘pearls’ that relate to your non-fiction- specifically and/or thematically

Friday, March 29 - No School

Good Friday

Weekend Homework: read / take notes / set up Pearltrees

Thursday, April 11

- ground rules

- Today’s Meet Backchannel  

What it is:

     - a ‘backchannel’

Ground Rules:

    - don’t violate my trust

What you’re doing:

     - share your document with me via google drive app

     - read other student’s work and be prepared to suggest someone

Monday, April 6

- Monday Voices


- ‘Making Good’ by Lore Segal

Tuesday, April 7

- reflection

- correspondence