Friday, May 19, 2017

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?


Monday, May 8, 2017

Literature Circle/Non-Fiction Article blog

Choose one of your Essential Questions and describe how your EQ tied in to your novel study. What was the outcome? (1 paragraph)

Core Standard: Analyze how one topic may be presented in different ways. While reading your Literature Circle book and an non-fiction article, determine how the authors use the same information, but produce different texts because they interpret the information differently. Please make sure to include textual evidence and to follow the TIQA paragraph format. (Minimum 2 paragraphs)

Make sure that you include your MLA citation for your article and book.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Socratic Seminar Morrie Reflections

Explain how the past four Socratic Seminars have influenced your thinking about Tuesdays with Morrie and life in general.

What trends did you notice with yourself and your personal goals for each seminar? How did your personal goal(s) change and what did you actively do to change throughout our last four discussions?

What trends did you notice with the class for each seminar? What did you notice that helped or hindered a specific seminar?


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Perfect Day

"What if you had one day perfectly healthy, I asked? What would you do?
'Twenty-four hours?'
Twenty-four hours.
'Let's see . . . I'd get up in the morning, do my exercises, have a lovely breakfast of sweet rolls and tea, go for a swim, then have my friends come over for a nice lunch. I'd have them come one or two at a time so we could talk about their families, their issues, talk about how much we mean to each other.
'Then I'd like to go for a walk, in a garden with some trees, watch their colors, watch the birds, take in the nature that I have't seen in so long now.
'In the evening, we'd all go together to a restaurant with some great pasta, maybe some duck-I love duck-and then we'd dance the rest of the night. I'd dance with all the wonderful dance partners out there, until I was exhausted. And then I'd go home and have a deep, wonderful sleep.'
That's it?
'That's it.'" 

"It was so simple. So average. How could he find perfection in such an average day? Then I realized this was the whole point." (Tuesdays With Morrie, 175-176).

Morrie's perfect day revolves around people, and things he wants to do with them. What would your perfect day look like?

These questions might help you get started:
  • Where would you be?
  • Who would be with you?
  • What would you be doing?
  • What wouldn’t you be doing? (and then leave this out!)
  • How would you feel?
  • What steps do you need to take to start making this more of a reality?

Morrie's Aphorisms - Final Project

Poster Part 1 directions: Choose one of Morrie’s aphorisms that you have been collecting and create a poster based on its meaning. Your poster should be completed on 8 ½” x 11” computer paper and mounted on a complimenting color of construction paper. You may use graphics, and/or pictures, but the bulk of your illustration should be hand-drawn and may incorporate color or black/white with pencil shading. Also, the aphorism should be legible and should stand out (readable from a distance). Your poster will be assessed by the following: readability of the aphorism, color and illustration choices, theme, creativity, and effort.


Blog Part 2 directions:

1-  Explain the aphorism in detail. what was Morrie's main message?
2-   Relate the aphorism to a movie, song, historical event, current event, personal experience, etc. and explain in detail how the example you have chosen relates to the aphorism.
3-     Evaluate the aphorism by explaining why you agree/disagree with it. Give specific reasons for your position and specific evidence from the text to support your position.
4-     Take a picture of your aphorism to use as your graphic.
5-   Include your own aphorism regarding life.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

8th Grade Literature Circle blog

For this week you will be blogging about your Literature Circle book you have been reading. Go here in order to see the different prompts that you may choose. You must have at least  three paragraphs, the first being a summary of what you have read thus far.

Happy Blogging:)





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What 'Tuesday' Has Inspired You?

Based on the 5 Tuesdays you have read about in Tuesdays with Morrie, choose which topic (The World, Feeling Sorry For Yourself, Regrets, Death or Family) that has had the most impact on you or inspired you. On your blog discuss the importance of this topic with your own opinions, including textual evidence (direct quotes) from the book. 






Monday, April 17, 2017

Tuesday's with Morrie - Bucket List

What are your initial reactions to what you have read in Tuesdays with Morrie thus far? One of the main themes developing in Tuesdays with Morrie is not to take your life for granted. Based on this premise, what is on your Bucketlist? You can write a paragraph leading up to a bulleted list of what you would like to do/accomplish in your life.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

3rd Quarter Reflections

We have reached the end of 3nd 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 40 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





Monday, March 27, 2017

Life is Beautiful

Based on the Holocaust literature and poetry we have read, what connections can be made between Life is Beautiful and our reading?  What events, individuals, ideas or situations are similar or different? (First two paragraphs) What is similar or different about the mood or tone of the pieces? Analyze how differences in points of view of characters create suspense or humor. (Third paragraph)

How is life shown as beautiful throughout the film. Pull out at least two examples from different parts of the film and explain your rationale. (Fourth paragraph)

*4 paragraphs minimum


Monday, March 13, 2017

Argumentative Articles AoW

Today you were educated by your peers as to different arguments that are currently relevant in the world we live in today.  Now take a moment to reflect upon your impressions of what you have learned from the array of articles in at least two well written paragraphs, using evidence from your graphic organizer.

What seems to be the most pressing argument from what you learned today? Does this topic/argument affect you personally?



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Night

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, February 24, 2017

Holocaust AoW Impressions

Today you were educated by your peers as to different topics focusing on the Holocaust.  Now take a moment to reflect upon your impressions of what you have learned from the array of articles in at least two well written paragraphs, using evidence from your graphic organizer.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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?



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quarter 2 Reflections

We have reached the end of 2nd 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 since the new year that you are proud of?
- Where are you in your 20 Book Challenge? 
- *What has been the most challenging part of 2nd 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, January 10, 2017

TKAM Comparative Analysis

You will be doing a comparative analysis of the written version of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee to the filmed version of To Kill A Mockingbird

Choose two of the follow questions below for your blog this week.

1.  What do you think is the most important difference between the written and filmed version? Provide evidence with specific details.


2. How would you prove or disprove that one version of To Kill A Mockingbird is more affective in delivering its message than the other? Be sure to provide specific pieces of evidence to support your opinion.


3. What is the purpose in having different versions of a story? Think about how different versions contribute to the overall understanding and interpretation of that piece of work. Use specific concepts to support your opinion.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Talk

Part 1: Written Transcript

·      Tell us the title, the name of the author, and the genre.  (e.g. fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction)

·      Share a summary of the book, including:
Tell us about the setting.  Where and when did the story take place?
Who is the main character in your book?  Describe him/her.
Was there a conflict or struggle that the character had to overcome?
What was the mood of this novel:  funny, sad, exciting?
What was the theme?  (The central idea or lesson about life that the author wants to know.) 

This summary should be one or two paragraphs in length. 

***Make sure you don’t give away too much of the plot***

·      Review your book, including:
Why did you like it?  What do you remember most about the book?
Who would you recommend this book to and why?
Why should the viewer want to go out and get this book?

·      Include a photo of your book

This review should be one or two paragraphs in length.

Part 2:  Video of your Book Talk uploaded to your blog