Thursday, September 18, 2008

SN#2 (Visualizer) is due on 9/25 (A) & 9/26 (B)

Your job is to select a passage from the text that is full of details that paint a picture in your mind. Then, create a visual representation that illustrates specific details of the quote. It should be obvious to the “viewer” how the picture relates to the quote. If necessary, you may add words to the picture to help others understand it. The picture must have color.
Then, write a response that answers one or two of these questions: How is this passage important to the text? What real place or person did you picture while sketching? Why did you choose this scene to illustrate? Why did you choose to draw it the way you did? What parts were difficult to capture in your drawing? What did drawing it help you see differently? Who would you cast in the roles if this were turned into a movie? Why? (This could be famous people or classmates.) How would you design the set and lighting if this were a play? Explain your plan.
Don't forget you need to read at least 50-150 pages and record an hour and a half of reading. Use the bookmark on the back of the rubric to document your reading.
This assignment is due next week: 9/25 (A) and 9/26 (B)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sticky Note Assignment #1 (Conflict Catcher) Due on 9/15 (A) and 9/16 (B)

It's homework time! In class, we've practiced several reading strategies: connection, word wizard, summary, and conflict. Now, it's your turn to try these strategies on your own, with your own reading. Remember you will turn in six total sticky notes: 3 conflict catcher notes, 1 connection, 1 word wizard, and 1 summary note.

In case you forget the requirements for any of the strategies, we've listed them below. For an extra copy of the rubric/bookmark, visit the handout bin in the classroom. Eventually, we'll make copies available to print at home.

Your job is to identify THREE types of conflict from the story or novel.
For each note, copy the passage that reveals the type of conflict:
human vs. human, human vs. self, human vs. society, OR human vs. nature.
Then, for each note, explain how the passage reveals the type of conflict. You must identify one of the conflicts as the main conflict of the story or novel and explain how this conflict drives the plot.
Your explanation and the support for your explanation must be detailed and must refer to the passage.

Everyone’s job is to find one new or interesting word from your book. First, copy the sentence from which the word was found, and underline the word. Then, copy the definition from a dictionary (online or regular).
Want to go above and beyond? You could also include
-The word’s origin, or the stems/roots/prefixes/suffixes that make up the word.

-Other words that connect to that word because of meaning, sound, or common roots.

-Context clues that helped you figure out the meaning.
-What you thought the word meant before looking it up.
-How the word connects to the writer’s style.


Each reader will make one connection between the book and our world.
Text to text: Compare the text to another book or even another kind of text like a movie or TV show. You must explain the connection and then explain how the connection has deepened your understanding of the text or enhanced your reading in some way.
Text to world: Compare the text to something happening in the world: a historical event, a current event, or an issue that affects society and the world community. Explain the connection and what you know about the event and then explain how the connection helps you better understand the book or the world event/issue.
Text to self: Compare a character in the book to yourself or compare an event in the book to something that has happened to you or someone you know personally. It may help to think about a time you have had similar feelings to the character or been in a similar situation. Explain the connection and then explain how the connection has deepened your understanding of the text or enhanced your reading in some way.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

One Life, Six Words--What's yours?

Recently, we've been writing six word memoirs to decorate our folders. The folders will become a reading/writing portfolio where we'll keep all graded work. We love what you've come up with so far.
Want to share your memoir?
Post a comment (don't forget to use first name and last initial only).
Here are our examples:
Fear change, love change, always changing.
~Mrs. Izzo
Attempted normal life, still got surprises.
~Mrs. Jackson