Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31st

Today we watched a video about Joseph Stalin. This video was very informative and showed us that the events that happened on Animal Farm very closely mirrored the Soviet Union. Please pick up a video worksheet if you were absent and get the answers from a classmate. You will need this information tomorrow in class!

Please also bring scissors and glue/tape tomorrow for class!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Room 212's Society

Wow! There was some learnin' goin' on today in Room 212! Instead of ME telling you what we did, I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Then, for 5 bonus points, YOU can leave a comment that talks about what we did in class & what you learned. Remember to finish your irony worksheets for class tomorrow :)

Hagan & Mary trying to get everyone to listen to the "Council."

The leaders from first period getting down to business.

Is someone rebelling?

Second period, trying to sort through the chaos.

Do I see a leader?

Is everyone being heard?

The first leaders in 4th period.

Cody, bound and determined to be a hunter.

"The Gatherers" from 4th period discussing their duties.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th

Today we....
1. Checked our vocabulary review
2. Discussed our advertisements. These were very good! It was hard to choose my top three winners from each class, but congratulations to those who won! I hope to have these displayed very soon.
3. We wrote letters from the point of view of Snowball. You are to pretend that you are Snowball and that you are writing a letter to the other animals on the farm, persuading them to do something. You must have three paragraphs and you must use each point of the rhetorical triangle (logos, ethos & pathos).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday, March 28th

Today we...
1. Turned in our vocabulary worksheets.
2. Discussed persuasion techniques and propaganda.
3. Completed the advertisement activity. This is due tomorrow at the beginning of class. The best three advertisements in each class will get a C.H.A.M.P card!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday, March 25th

Today we...
1. Finished our discussions from yesterday.
2. Wrote our first journal entry. The topic: Define communism and explain how it relates to Animal Farm. This journal entry needs to be 5 sentences long, minimum.
3. Filled out a story map on Animal Farm. Pick up one to fill out on Monday from the Cubby.
4. Did vocabulary review sheets. These are in the absent folder next to the door, and are due Monday.

For 2 pts. bonus, leave a comment proofreading and correcting the following text:

One nite I woke up durring a terible storm huge bolts of
lightning esploded all aruond our house. And thunder boomed
so loudly it shook my bed Wind rattled the windoes, a poundig
rain assaultid the roof. It was scarey for my brother and I.
Slowly the strom moved away and, we fell asleep agan.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday, March 24th

Today we...
1. Took notes over Animal Farm and had some pretty deep discussions! Good job, classes. If you need a copy of those notes, you can find them here: Animal Farm Notes.
2. We worked on our discussions today, and some of you blew me away with some very intelligent thoughts. Keep it up!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 23rd

Today we...

1. Read for 10 minutes and completed a reading record.
2. Went over the answers to the 9/10 vocab sheet.
3. Discussed Chapters 9 and 10.
4. Broke into discussion groups for an in class activity. Each group got four questions that went a but above and beyond comprehension. The group then discussed these questions and made an outline, because tomorrow these groups will be responsible for teaching the class about the questions they were given and the topics they cover.

Bonus: (for 1pt) What is a holiday celebrated today in the United States?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22

Today in class we....

1. Turned in our Chapter 7/8 Vocabulary Worksheets
2. Took a Chapter 7/8 Quiz
3. Worked on Vocabulary for Chapters 9/10
4. Read Chapters 9/10

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday, March 21st

Today in class we:

     1. Turned in our 7 Commandment Writing Assignment. If you were absent please get this to me ASAP.
     2. Did Chapter 7/8 Vocab in class. Please get a copy from the absent folder. REMEMBER to do Part 3(draw the picture) for homework!
     3. We read Chapter 7/8 in class. I WOULD NOT BE SUPRISED IF THERE WERE A QUIZ TOMORROW!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 17th - Happy St. Patty's day!

Today in class we graded and turned in our vocabulary 4-6 worksheets. Then we took a quiz over chapters 1-6. Some of you very quickly learned that you need to read your assignments much closer! If you need to access that quiz to make your corrections (due tomorrow) you can find it here: quiz link . You may only make corrections on the vocabulary section!

In class, you also got a 7 Commandments Writing Assignment. You can find this in the 9B folder next to the door. This assignment is due Monday. Please see me if you have any questions.

St: Patty's day trivia: Is it true that St. Patty wasn't actually Irish? (First person to answer correctly gets 1 pt. bonus!)

Click the above picture for more cool St. Patty's trivia!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where was that written?

In order to get three bonus points, you must reply ON THIS BLOG to the following question:

In which chapter can you find this direct quote: "The human beings did not hate Animal Farm any less now that it was prospering; indeed, they hated it more than ever."

Wednesday, March 16th

Today in class we discussed Ch. 1-3 and went over the study guide. We then worked on the 4-6 vocabulary worksheet, which you can find in the absent folder next to the door. I also passed out a copy of the 4-6 study guide (which you can get by clicking on this link).

Due tomorrow: You need to read chapters 4-6 in Animal Farm, and have your vocabulary worksheet finished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday, March 15th

Today in class I passed out your Animal Farm novels. Make sure your name is written on these! These are a hot item, and you are going to want to have them with you in class at all times!

We read chapter 1 in Animal Farm as a class, and then read chapters 2 & 3 on our own. You need to fill out the chapter 1 - 3 study guide (which you can find in the absent folder next to the door). There are quite a few characters in this book, keep track of them however you need to. Study guide & reading is due tomorrow.

We checked Chapter 1 - 3 vocab today as well. Please see me if you have any questions. I did not take this for a grade, but these words will be on your quizzes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday, March 14th

Today in class we discussed advertisements, persuasion techniques and propaganda. You need to get the notes over the rhetorical triangle (click there to check out the powerpoint we used in our discussion) from someone in class. We also worked on a vocabulary worksheet for Animal Farm chapters 1-3. You need to add a few things to this worksheet: 1) You may not use a dictionary on questions 1-8 on the front. 2) You need to tell me the part of speech for each word 1-8 on the back matching section. 3) You need to add a part three. For part three, you need to write one sentence for each vocabulary word that includes context clues. Show me that you know what the word means!

We will be starting Animal Farm in class tomorrow. For two points bonus - be the first person to tell me the author of Animal Farm.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Go Get 'Em 'Dogs! Beat Van Wert!

Click here to watch the basketball video from Friday, March 11: 2011 Basketball

Friday, March 11th

Today in class we discussed synthesizing information. Here are a few notes about our discussion:

Key Questions:
What does it mean to synthesize information?
     - When you gather information and come to your own conclusions
Where can you use this skill in your daily life?]
     - Rumors, Food choices, News shows
How can you synthesize the information on the survey to create a character and a story?
     -Use the answers to come up with different events in a story and details about a character

After you are given a survey that is not your own, you will read over the answers your partner wrote down. Think about them. What sticks out as interesting and unique? Now comes the fun part. You get to be creative! You will use the character you created and write a short story based on that character.

Ok, so… what does a short story have? Does anyone remember the rap song?(remind me to play link!)
-        Plot
-        Character
-        Conflict
-        Theme
-        Setting

*Practice your best "gangsta lean" as you watch this video about short stories!

Your story must have all of these! Now, the question you have all been dying to ask…
How long does it have to be? At least three (3) solid paragraphs.

Your story must also start with, "Once upon a time...."

Be creative! These stories are due Monday, and we will be sharing them in class.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Welcome to English 9B!

Welcome to English 9B! Today we are going to do the following things:
  1. Go over the syllabus and what you need to be a success in this class.
  2. Play a "Get-To-Know-You" Game
  3. Complete the "Whoooooo Are You?" Survey (If we do not finish this in class, it needs to be done for homework!)
You can never make a second first impression!