2015/16 SSR PoR

Comment here to leave your Proof of Reading (PoR) information. Please label your comments using the following format:

  1. Name (first and last)
  2. Type of PoR + link for access
  3. Title of book + author


  1. Luke Skywalker
  2. D/C entries – https://docs.google.com/document/d/110P_wdCNosULh4sMRbbM3kGafMfxaJnFYBdCQkTU2UM/edit?usp=sharing
  3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer


  1. Nick Caro
  2. Goodreads review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1430611366
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celest Ng






April 26, 2016

We began the day with 20 minutes of SSR. This was our last rotation of SSR for the month. We also filled out the ballots for the elections. Then Edwards made three announcements. First is that CTE (ROP) courses will be open for us and it first come first serve. But you will have priority if you haven’t fulfilled your graduation requirements. The forms are in Edwards’s classroom and they are due May 25th. PORs are due by Friday at 8 p.m. , because of spring break it will be out of 40 instead of 50. Tomorrow we will be going to the college fair and we should meet with our house teacher in the morning. The rest of the block was spent reciting our poems and the majority of the class went.People who did not recite today will be going on Friday morning during house.

April 25, 2016

We began the morning with 20 minutes of SSR. Then Ms. Larussa took roll and stamped our three printed copies of the poem. She went over the plan Ms. Edwards left her and described that we were going to have three 10 minute rotations to analyze the poem to find three literary devices. This was done with the people sitting in your table. After the rotations, we handed back the poems to its author and began to discuss each poem as a group. Our homework is to edit the poem if necessary and have three paragraphs explaining why we chose to integrate three literary devices into our poem. We should bring our three paragraphs, the three papers analyzed by our peers, and a final draft tomorrow. We will also be reciting our poems tomorrow as well. Be prepared because it should not be longer than 2 minutes. Good luck!

April 21, 2016

Today, we started of by taking roll and Mrs. Edwards reviewing the assignment and further clarifying the parameters. After the assignment review we were given one more sample recitation to watch. Once the sample was over, we were given the opportunity to go outside of the class room and take a walk to draw some inspiration for the poem we were assigned to write. After the time was up , Mrs. Edwards stamped the SSW sheet to show that we had actually worked on the poem and got inspiration from the walk.

April 19, 2016

Today in class, we started off by SSRing for the first 20 minutes of class. After SSR ,Mrs. Edwards gave us some examples of people reciting poems . She gave us varying examples of the different types of poems and the different ways someone could recite them. After the examples, Mrs. Edwards explained our new assignment of creating a poem and analyzing it using terms and other Poetic devices to further help us explain our tone and mood. After her explanation, she gave us time to start working on our poems.

April 18, 2016

Today in class, we started off by splitting the class into two sections. After we all sat down on either side, both sides were given two different poems. Once given the poems , we would spend 20 minutes to analyze and annotate the poems. After the 20 minutes were up, we Harknessed  about what each of us thought the tone and mood of the poem were.

April 14, 2016

Today Mrs. Edwards started off class by collecting our homework, our permission slips and barcodes for the college fair. We then continued with SSW  but instead of our normal routine, we read a poem entitled, “Bitter Strawberries”. Our focus: Determine the mood AND tone of the poem. Support your claim by identifying poetic devices and discussing their function in relation to your claim.

After we had read through it, we discussed the poem in our groups.  We compared our responses to the poem.

Once we finished examining “Bitter Strawberries”, we listened to an IB student’s analysis of the poem. We took notes on in a different color than we had previously used so we could compare what student’s analysis and our own analyses.

We finished class with a debrief by “whipping it” around the room.


April 12, 2016

Today we started class with 20 minutes of SSR. After we finished SSR, Mrs. Edwards stamped our homework from yesterday, the printed sheet of song lyrics of your choice.

Next, Mrs. Edwards explained the in-class activity we worked on. We had to identify and analyze one song. We had to identify as many devices as possible and prepare to present in class.

To guide us, Mrs. Edwards wrote three questions on the board:

  • What is the “poet” trying to do? (Think about the four categories)
  • How do you know? (Provide evidence from “text”)
  • Was he/she successful?

Our homework for today is to register for the college fair (go to the class blog for information).