Thursday, May 17, 2018

Final Reflection: 9 Questions to really make you THINK

Final Reflection - Please incorporate these nine questions into your final reflective blog for the school year. Keep in mind these questions should be focused on your time in Mrs. Larson's English Language Arts classes.:)

1- What are the three most important things you learned this year?

2- What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?

3- What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?

4- What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?

5- In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements? What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?

6- What was the most challenging part of this year for you?

7- What was the best piece of writing that you did this year? Why do you think it is your best?

8- Of the books you read this year, which was your favorite? Why?

9- What advice would you give students who will be in this class next year?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Focus Question: How do Elie's experiences during the Holocaust change him as a person?
Throughout your reading of Night, you have witnessed many significant changes that Wiesel experiences as a result of his time in the concentration camps. I encourage you to delve deeply into his character and focus on important aspects, such as: his personality, morality, beliefs or values.
Your goal is to identify at least two major changes, and 'prove' using textual evidence and interpretation, how Eliezer transforms by the end of his memoir. Please use TIQA as your tool for organization.
Blog minimum: 3 paragraphs
You must include your MLA citation and in-text citations as well.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Berlin Memorial Activity

Based on our Berlin Memorial Activity today in class, take a moment to reflect on what you learned about the Jewish decrees established during the Hitler years.

1- What did you learn?
2- Why do you think this monument was built?
3- What did you notice about the number of laws passed in certain years?
4- Which restrictions do you think you would have the most trouble dealing with and why?

Monday, April 9, 2018

3rd Quarter Reflections

We have reached the end of 3rd Quarter...can you believe it?! Now take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. Some questions* to consider:

- Of the books you have read this quarter, which was your favorite? Why?

- *In what area do you think you made your biggest improvements in English Language Arts? 
- What is something you have accomplished this quarter that you are proud of?
- Where are you in your Book Challenge? 
- *What has been the most challenging part of 3rd Quarter for you and what did/can you do to help overcome this?
- How have your blogs been progressing since August? 
- What strategies have benefited you? 
- What have you learned about the world? 
- How have your research skills improved?

Make sure to include a topic sentence and supporting details that fully support your main idea.

*Question must be addressed

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Poetry Reflection

Based on our study of poetry, please take the time now to reflect and respond to what you have learned.

1~ Poetry can be a vital, real part of everyone's life. What place or importance does poetry have in my own life? Does poetry belong to everyone? How do I know?

2~ How does the life and experiences of a poet affect the poem he/she creates?

3~ Choose two poems (one that you have read and one that you have written yourself) and analyze how a poem's form and structure contribute to its meaning. Also, analyze the impact that words/phrases, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and figurative language have on the poem.

At the end of your poetry reflection, please attach the links to your poems in the following order:

- Free Choice poem
- Bio-Poem 
- Where I'm From Poem
- Spine Poem
- Found Poem
- Nonsense Poem
- Apology Poem
- Choices Poem
- Any additional poems that you may have written and submitted via Blogger

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Slice of Life

Step 1: Write every day in the month of March on your blog.

A Slice is a small moment from your life.
It is not a list of everything you did in your day.
It is not a book review or a recipe.
It's a narrative, focused on a teeny, tiny seed in the watermelon of 
your day.

Step 2: Read the blogs of other kids (or teachers) and leave at least two comments every day.

*For more Slice of Life ideas check out here and here.
**To check out which students are participating in the challenge from Mrs. Larson's class go here.  
***To check all the students that are participating in the challenge go here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Character Development/Structure in Bronx

Analyze how Nikki Grimes developments the point of view of one of her characters in Bronx Masquerade by using textual evidence to show how the character changes throughout the novel.

Also, analyze how elements of a story (plot, setting, conflicts, characters) influence each other.

Choose a character and then compare and contrast the structure of the written portion and their poem. Analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.