Today in class we presented our class present to Ms. Edwards, and she seemed really happy. Thank you to everyone who donated. We no longer have to turn in our final writing piece thanks to this act of kindness. We proceeded to do SSR and finish reciting monologues. Good Job to everyone that went today. Our class X-mas party is tomorrow, so don’t forget to bring your secret Santa gifts and party items.

Game Plan:
SSR
Finish Recitations.

Homework:
None

We started off the class with 20 minutes of SSR, and then looked over our Christmas party. Almost everyone was assigned to bring dishes, snacks, drinks, or utensils. The party is on Friday along with the secret Santa gift exchange, so don’t forget. We then began our monologue recitations, and everyone that went today did a great job. Those who didn’t go will go next rotation.

Game Plan:
SSR
Monologue recitations

Homework:
Practice Monologue

Today in class we started the day like we usually do with SSR for 20 minutes. Edward’s proceeded to make a few announcements about our component and the plan for tomorrow after our reading. She mentioned that we were going to be reciting our monologues next rotation, so be ready. Don’t forget to turn in your portion of your component 5 essay tonight by 8:00 pm. The essay should be turned in tomorrow, completely formatted and in a binder. That’s pretty much it.

Game Plan:
SSR
Work on component 5.

Homework:
Turn in your component 5 part into turnitin.com by 8:00 pm.
Finish component 5 and have it ready to be turned in tomorrow.
Practice monologues.

Hi, everyone! Clerisse again. Unfortunately, I was not here for 2nd rotation, and no post was made… though all we did was take a test.

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Component 5

We started class with our routine 20-minute SSR, which went as smoothly as usual. Afterwards, Edwards told us some noteworthy information.

Firstly, if you didn’t know already, component 5’s due date has been pushed to Tuesday, December 16th! This is the due date for the hard copy. Your personal section of the policy paper is due Monday, December 15th by 8:00PM. Be sure to turn it in before then!

Next, Edwards went over today what she likes and doesn’t like about the report folders for our policy papers– the do’s and don’ts of handing in your policy paper, essentially.

Absolutely do not:

  • Use a binder (it is bulky and cumbersome– they take up too much space!)
  • Use a report holder that has a small clasp on the outside of it (it makes it hard to flip through your paper, which is incredibly irritating.)
  • Use plastic inserts/protector sheets (Edwards has to write on the papers. Please don’t do this to her.)

You should definitely:

  • Use a three-hole punch report folder! They are thin, allow you to flip through the pages contained with ease, and make for a much more satisfied Edwards.

It’s highly recommended you continue working on your policy tomorrow and over the weekend, as it allows for your peers to review your work in person on Monday– in-person critique is much more effective and convenient! You’d be doing yourself a great service to bring a draft Monday and have it reviewed by your peers. The due date is fast-approaching, so be sure to stay on top of your work!

Monologue recitations are second and third rotation next week. Remember, you can choose to recite your monologue or recite a poem from Poetry Out Loud’s website. If you opt to choose the latter, bear in mind that you will have to memorize the poem you recite. Furthermore, if you are participating in Poetry Out Loud, the rubric you will be graded upon is different than that of the monologue rubric. You can find the Poetry Out Loud rubric here, and the monologue rubric here. Both can be accessed under the Handouts section of the class blog.

Sidenote: If you’re participating in Poetry Out Loud, please do not use the poems “Fire and Ice”, “Alone”, or “The Tree”. Edwards has pinpointed these specific poems to be on a blacklist of sorts– do not recite these poems. There is a wide array of other poems available on Poetry Out Loud’s website, so please consider those instead.

Reminder: Our final writing pieces are due January 5th! Please ensure that your piece has undergone heavy revisions before submitting it.

Another Reminder: Spirit Week is next week! (December 15-19)

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Ugly Sweater Day (does not have to be a Christmas sweater)

Wednesday: Flannel Day

Thursday: Fancy Day

Friday: Santa/Elves/Red & Green Day

That wraps it up! Enjoy the rest of your day, North House.

Hello, everyone! Clerisse here, your scribe for the week.

Game Plan:

  • SSR
  • Admin Things
  • Component 5

We kicked off class with our usual 20-minute SSR! Always a great way to transition into the busy days ahead of us.

Once SSR had come and gone, we moved on to discussing Admin Things (should I capitalize it like that? It feels like a proper name, sort of). There’s quite a bit to talk about here! Firstly, we have a test tomorrow. Remember the test we took in the computer lab last week? Same drill this time, except we’ll be tested on reading this time around– keep it mind that because we’ll be reading passages, it may (and very likely will) take longer to complete than the other test we took. Also, results from this test will actually be used by Ms. Edwards to determine what content the class majorly needs to cover for next semester. Essentially, that means you shouldn’t take it so lightly– don’t rush through it and bomb the entire thing because you didn’t feel like reading. The results are important and will be put to use!

Moving on, we are not reciting our monologues this week! Actually, we are reciting monologues next week, during second and third rotation. We received some new information on this as well: you definitely have to recite something next week, but it does not necessarily have to be your monologue. If you don’t want to read your monologue, you can participate in Poetry Out Loud instead– rather than reciting your monologue to the class, you pick a poem from Poetry Out Loud’s website and recite that instead (poems must be from their website). If you choose to recite a poem from Poetry Out Loud, you must actually memorize that poem and recite it. You cannot read it aloud like you are able to do with your monologue. So, key difference here: if you recite a monologue you don’t have to memorize it, if you recite a POL poem you must memorize it (and remember, doing POL is completely optional!). Either way, you will be reciting something regardless, so prepare yourselves if you must.

(Some POL Food for Thought: Did you know you can actually earn $20,000 dollars  if you win Poetry Out Loud at the national level? You have to make it through the school, district, and state levels to get there, but it’s worth the thought if you’re into recitations. Pretty amazing, right?)

Then we moved on to discussing our writing final. Remember, our final writing piece is due January 5, the Monday we get back from break. Keep in mind that you can only submit one heavily revised piece from any the monthly pieces we’ve worked on throughout the semester. You can’t introduce anything new– it won’t be accepted.  The deadline is not too far off, so be sure to keep it in mind.

With that, we wrapped up Admin Things (Should I keep capitalizing it? I like capitalizing it). For the remainder of the block, we worked on Component 5, which has a due date of December 15, or next Monday. The deadline is fast-approaching… you should most definitely take the time this week to work on it! The packet that details about a public policy paper can be found here (it’s under the Handouts section of the class blog).

And lastly (almost done, I promise), we have Spirit Week next week! Try to contain your excitement.

Spirit Week, December 15-19:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Ugly Sweater Day (does not have to be a Christmas sweater)

Wednesday: Flannel Day

Thursday: Fancy Day

Friday: Santa/Elves/Red & Green Day

Have a happy remainder of the day, North House.

Happy Thursday North House, last rotation began as usual with SSR. After SSR, Ms. Edwards began to collect LACOE packets once again, if you had lost one please see Ms. Edwards or the office. Following the packets, Ms. Edwards stated that we would be taking the second Common Core test for reading next week. We also will be having a sub for tomorrow, Friday. Before working on component 5, we watched a TED Talks presentation on public policy, which our component 5 would be based on. The speaker spoke of what public policy does and why public policy is great, examples of it’s use, and the future of public policy with technological advancements. Writing Public Policy is our component #5, which we worked on for the rest of class. The public policy handouts will be available on the handouts section on the English blog.

 

GAME PLAN

  • SSR
  • Component #5

*BLOG ASSIGNMENT #11 DUE FRIDAY 8:00 PM

Good evening North House, it’s me again, oh how rainy it was throughout the day and now into the night, expect relatively moderate rain tomorrow as well. Enough about the weather, today in class we had no SSR or any lesson or assignment. The only business that was handled was collecting the remainder of LACOE packet signatures, if you hadn’t turned it in you were shamed by the mighty hand of Ms. Edwards. After this we rushed to the computer lab to take a Language Arts test for common core, in next rotation we will take the second test, the reading test. Upon completion of the test we went to Ortega’s classroom to relax until the end of the block.

 

GAME PLAN

  • Collect remaining LACOE packet signatures
  • Language Arts Testing
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