Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 28

Test today...APA Format and Research Process. Let's check out this review of sites.

Of Mice and Men:
  1. Blog posting continues...Last topic: prove (or challenge) this statement "I am my brother's keeper." Use specific evidence (including page references) to prove your chosen theme.
  2. DEADLINE Change! Of Mice and Men blog due today...through tone....may work on theme through the weekend. Previous posts, of course, are already due...past due!
  3. Found your vocab list?
  4. Completed the novel...yes?
  5. Read...and be ready to discuss "To a Mouse."

Semester Test Review:

  • Of Mice and Men: content - @ 50%
  • Of Mice and Men: vocab - @15 %
  • Of Mice and Men: blog topics - @15 %
  • Be sure and review all blog posts for this familiar with anything else we might have read or previewed, for example, Dorothea Lange's photography.
  • Research and APA Format: same info as on today's test @20%

Just a note...having you as students as been great and so grand! NO, I have not forgotten that I owe you snacks...lemon bars, in particular. Yes! We will have snacks on semester test day!

Good luck!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 26

Please work on your analyis of point of view post.

Then let's spend some time adding some commentary to your previous test.

Of Mice and Men:
  1. Quiz today!
  2. Find your vocabulary!
  3. Read "To a Mouse."
THEN...may we sllllloooooowwwww down a little?
  • Instead of three more sub-topics to your blog about two?
  • Today's topic: Tone. Check your Google Docs for graphic organizer.
  • Last topic: Theme.

Research Process Review:

  1. APA sites.
  2. Know how to create the following: cover, header info, parenthetical citation, reference entry, page format, and the steps in the research process.
  3. Here are some sites for more review on the the steps to writing a research paper: here, here (good site!), and, of course, our friend Owl at Purdue (click "next resource" to advance through steps).
  4. Test on this on Friday!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blog Culminating Project

Reminder: here's the link to the your blog post's sub-topics.

Please check your Google Docs for shared documents/graphic organizers.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 24

Take a few moments and reflect on Mrs. Huff's summer assignment here.

Of Mice and Men -- Essential Question: Am I my brother's keeper?
  • Discuss the "detail" writing assignment.
  • Discussion Questions for today:
  1. In your group discuss, are you your brother's keeper?
  2. Had George and Lennie lived in a more affluent situation, would George have felt so compelled to be Lennie's keeper?
Next, phase of this blog post.
  • Point of View: Check your Google Docs for your next form/graphic organizer.
Review a test...

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
Robert Burns, Scottish poet
"To a Mouse"

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 20

Take a few moments to make any final corrections/changes to your synthesis essay.

Of Mice and Men -- Essential Question: Am I my brother's keeper?

  1. Finalize thoughts on your blog post about Dorothea Lange's photographs.
  2. Discuss Jodi Picoult's bookcovers to My Sister's Keeper.
  3. Analyze this photo for support of our essential question/big idea. What detail(s) would you select to use if writing a paragraph on this topic?
  4. Steinbeck Short Biography here.
  5. Discuss setting...check out Google Maps.
  6. Discuss Reading Notes.
  7. THIS UNIT'S WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Part 1 - Under a heading entitled DETAIL, complete the critique on your blog. See your Google Docs for the graphic organizer I shared with you. As I gave you "view" rights only, you will need to "make a copy of" and then draft your thoughts.

    “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
    Robert Burns, Scottish poet
    "To a Mouse"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 18

3B ~ Vocab Test

Synthesis Essay...due today.
  • Draft your introductions/conclusions. Color-code fonts so that I will know which sentences you contributed!
  • Create a cover page for this essay.
  • Using Easy Bib, create a Reference Page for the sources you utilized.

Of Mice and Men

Essential Question: Am I my brother's keeper?

  1. Steinbeck Short Biography here.
  2. Discuss setting and characterize George and Lennie.
  3. Blog: Respond to Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother photos.
  4. Discuss Jodi Picoult's bookcovers to My Sister's Keeper.


Reading Schedule:

  • Thursday: Chapter 3
  • Monday: Chapter 4-5
  • Wednesday: Chapter 6

Friday, May 14, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 14

3B: Animal Farm Vocab time!
4B: Vocab Test Today!

Synthesis Essay:


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 10

Please read "Notorious Spelling Mistakes: Famous Mashed Words." Has a spelling error ever "cost" you?

Read "Richard Corey" of your sources for your synthesis essay. Answer the multiple choice questions. You will see this format next year on the End-of-Level Literacy Exam.

Synthesis Essay: A synthesizing song! :)

Synthesizing Song
Let’s go into the book!
Jump in! Take a look!

When you read it,
read it,
Then you learn it,
learn it.
See with new eyes! Synthesize!

Read another book.
Take a different look.
See with new eyes! Synthesize!

Take the things that you are reading every day.
Take the things that you are reading every day.
Piece them all together in a new way.

Let’s go into the book!

Good synthesis papers DO acknowledge the OTHER SIDE.

HOW-To-Synthesize Resources:

Review for test....test on Wednesday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 6

Work on synthesis essay:
  1. Create outline.
  2. Develop questions for your survey.
  3. Create survey.
  4. Post on a page on your blog.
  5. One of you post a link to one of your surveys on the class wiki.
  6. Here's a "How-To" list of the steps.

TEST date change...we will test on this unit next Wednesday!

HUGE thanks to 3B for helping me put the cookbooks together...the singing and teamwork were wonderful!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Today's Menu ~ May 4

  1. Presentations!
  2. New synthesis per group! Here's the prompt.
  3. For your topic create a survey of questions.


  1. Test over three novels.
  2. Good news! The test is open-novel!