Sunday, October 31, 2010
It was a really easy day today. We had to turn in our SAT 8 exercises, and we also had our test on those words. The test was to "create" a Facebook for a character in Fahrenheit 451. We also had a reality check today with Mrs. Smith, so she could know how we are doing in school and in our lives. We also spent some time talking about the requirements for the Banned Book Project.
Banned Book Project: This is due by November 8th. Remember to be creative and to dazzle the audience.
Read Fahrenheit 451 pages 136-165 by Monday (for the Fishbowl).
Have a good Halloween!
- Banned Book – http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Portals/7/Language Arts/Smith/Book Fair Book Presentation.doc
- Be sure you have read it and understand it, the project is due next Monday the 8th.
- BE SUPER CREATIVE PEOPLE! THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN SHINE! 3D and 2D projects are always fun and maybe incorporate some technology.
- Make sure you have a printed out version of a synopsis in YOUR own words as well as the rubric itself. (Don’t give away the ending!)
- Also have research on why the book is banned from a reliable source printed out. (Remember to cite your sources.)
- Take a side on whether or not it should be banned, don’t be indecisive!
- Lastly: Dazzle your audience! And good luck!
- Pages 136 to 165 of Fahrenheit 451 by this Monday.
- Don’t talk when Smith is talking, that never works out well!
- Have fun creating an awesome and creative project for Banned Books!
- Create more Internet ties when doing Fishbowl, like linking a webpage that relates to the discussion.
- Outer Circle in Fishbowl also needs to come in and give their input once in a while.
- And most important of all: HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- Link to the assignment Banned Book Fair Assignment
- If the link doesn’t work, this is on her webpage.
- You must have a synopsis of the book, which includes:
- We decided that scantron tests are not a life skill
- Macbeth essays were returned and are in the grade book….ACTIVE!!
- I've noticed that the blogs are getting less and less comments. This is probably a good thing, considering how hectic it was on the first day.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The timing of is a little off, but for those who are interested here is this week's power point.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today in Mrs. Smith's 2nd block Honors English was more of a work day. We worked on our Symbolic Elements pictures, and they are really shaping up! These will be due Monday, so have them ready. SAT exercises are due tomorrow, and we will also be having our quiz. If you check the slideshows on Mrs. Smith's webpage, it says something about a referral to Mr. Booth, so the suspense is building. Also tomorrow is the part 2 quiz on Farenheit 451, so you may want to skim the text again. Remember to keep reading your banned book!
Here are some useful links if you need them:
Mrs. Smith's webpage
Mrs. Smith's Slideshows
"To all of those watching and listening; good night, and good luck." -Edward R. Murrow
*EDIT* Sorry that this is late. I had a problem posting and realized this post was not on the webpage.
The entire day was focused on the fishbowl for Fehrenheit 451 pages 68-91 by Ray Bradbury. Here is a link to a sparknotes summary of the entire part two, 'The Seive and the Sand' if you need to catch up, http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/451/section6.rhtml. The inner circle brought up some good points and so did the outer circle in the blog http://smith9h1011.blogspot.com/2010/10/fahrenheit-451-68-91-period-5.html if you want to check them out or need a better understanding of the novel. The discussion went all of the way up to the bell without any of the students noticing which just shows how into the discussions all of us were.
Mrs. Smith explained that for the rewrite format, you needed the original copy of your Macbeth essay, then your edited copy with a teacher's edits from writing lab, then your new copy on top to be eligible to turn them in.
Monday, October 25, 2010
- MAKE SURE TO TURN IN THOSE EDITS!!!!! If you were absent you may have missed the most important day this week, macbeth essay revision turn in day
Monday, October 25, 2010
WHERE IS SMITH??
The zombies that walked into school after a "restful" weekend quickly awoke, when they discovered that Smith was unexpectedly gone, and there was a sub. But I think we all secretly missed the "Hello Smith."
What was due today:
- Fahrenheit 451 pg. 68-91 (fishbowl)
- Macbeth Essay edits
- Symbolic Elements group projects
What we did in class today:
- Presented brief explanations of symbolic elements projects (Clarisse, fire, books, porches, ventilator grille, pills, hands, dandelions, lighter, and the moon).
- The remaining class time was spent catching up on work: either reading Fahrenheit 451, doing the SAT words for this week, or reading banned books.
- Due to Smith's absence, we did not do the Fishbowl for Fahrenheit pages 68-91, so we will be doing that tomorrow.
· Discussers and presenters for fishbowl tomorrow, bring good questions
· Fahrenheit 451 pg. 91-136-due Wednesday, October 27 (Fishbowl)
· SAT #8-due Friday, October 29
· SAT #8 quiz-on Friday, October 29
· Read Banned Book-project will be due sometime at the beginning of November, so do not be caught the night before finishing the book!
*Courtney Belin made state for Cross Country! Congrats Courtney!! *
Friday, October 22, 2010
An atomic number (451)
Rating of 1-10 on a significance scale (with 1 being hardly significant and 10 being the complete focus of the book), if you have no where to put it, put it on a plane in the sky (just an idea)
A chemical abbreviation for your symbol (ex. Sidewalk is SW, can be anything)
Quotes that explain the importance of the symbol
A creative drawing that helps explains the symbol
Name, etc. (on back)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
BRJSMRVH (song file is corrupted- don't hold this against them!)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
So, after our “Hello Smith” we got right down to business. Firstly, we checked how our grades would have been if the paper had been counted. It is in the gradebook, but it is NOT ACTIVE. Only the rewrite will affect your grade(phew!). Also, about the rewrites, what Smith recommends you do is go home and make corrections on your own first, based on what she commented on, then go to writing lab to get some additional feedback, then go and see Smith before you turn your paper back in. If you got a bad grade on your paper, you ARE NOT A BAD KID. Think of how much you’ll improve by the end of the year. :D
A quick word about conferences: if you have an “A” in Smith’s class, consider not having your parents go to conferences. The ones that need more help are the “D” and “F” students, so consider it.
We then wrote a letter to our parents about conferences, and it said:
-Assess your learning in class so far this semester. Look at participation, growth in writing, comprehension,etc…
-Where do you want to be at the end of the semester?
-How are you going to get there?
-What help can Smith provide to achieve your goal?
This is supposed to be a conversation about your learning, so think of it that way. Print one copy and give it to Ms. Smith, but also make sure your parents get a copy. Either through e-mail or a printed one.
Ok, now onto the fishbowl. Tomorrow, we will have our first fishbowl on , the Pedestrian, and the videos we watched in class. Come with questions, connections, and observations. There are two pieces to the fishbowl. One is the outer circle, where the students will be participating in a live blog with the focus being on the inner circle. Remember to hit F5 to refresh, otherwise you won’t see new comments! The inner circle will be composed of the dicussers and presenters. The discussers’ job is simply to, well, discuss. Talk about the readings, share ideas and points, and be courteous to others. The presenters have to keep the conversation moving, much like Ms. Smith did in the halls for our LOF and Macbeth talks. Discussers and Presenters will be graded out of 50 points. Everyone must sign up to discuss and present once(on different days). For example, one might sign up to discuss to present and dicuss .
HW: Have Farenheit 451 by tomorrow, have Harrison Bergeron and the Pedestrian annotated, and have your banned book and letter. Also continue to work on your Wonder Woman song.
This is Justin, thanks for reading, and goodnight!
- Make sure you turn in you banned book letter with the title of the book on it if you forgot it today. (http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Portals/7/Language Arts/Smith/Note To Parents on Outside Reading Book.doc) http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Portals/7/Language Arts/Smith/challenged book list.doc
- Read pages 1 – 40 in Fahrenheit 451 and bring higher level thinking question on sticky notes! Presenters should even more questions and facts for discussion on Monday.
- If you need to redo your Macbeth essay, I recommend redoing it at home and then go to writing lab, and if you think you need anymore help or if you are confused set up a meeting with Smith. Remember the helpful links to help you write this essay! http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Portals/7/Language Arts/Smith/writing a comparison.doc, http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=kGsWxC_6HU4%3d&tabid=1924
- Also, make sure you work on your Wonder Woman song and make the presentation not like education as usual! This presentation for SAT 6 vocab is due Tuesday!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
- Read and annotated "The Pedestrian" excerpt by Ray Bradbury and the "Harrison Bergeron" short story! Hope you asked some questions and made some great connections.
- Also you might have worked a little on you Wonder Woman Song including your SAT Vocab words. Don’t forget to make you song country and use all 15 words. It is well worth the yummy prize at the end!
- We also finish off our Lord of the Flies tests today. I don’t know about you guys but I really liked that test!
- Finish annotating “The Pedestrian" excerpt by Ray Bradbury and the "Harrison Bergeron”. Make sure to come up with questions and connections because we will be discussing these on Friday
- Remember to bring your copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Friday!
- Lastly, select a Banned Book for our Banned Book reading. Don't forget to print off the letter and have you parents sign it so that they know what you’re reading! You can find this on Mrs. Smith's Webpage. This is due Friday also.