Friday February 16

We will be going to the library for the first half of the period to choose books for silent reading. Once you have a book you can sit and read it, or, if you have not completed your work on the short story you read on Wednesday, you can do that instead.

For the second half of class we will be going to 301 for course selection.

I’m also going to be giving you permission forms for our field trip to Digital Extremes on March 6. Please return these ASAP.

Thursday February 15

Today we’re going to review the quest pattern which is a pattern used in pretty much every superhero movie you’ve ever seen. It’s also the basis for many other stories even though the pattern might not be as obvious.

We will start watching the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and you will identify how this movie fits the quest pattern.

Monday February 12

Please welcome our student teacher, Ms. Dejong!


Last week we wrote summaries of our research into the video game industry. Some of you still need to finish those while the rest of you are going to work on editing and revising to reach at least a level 3. So let’s figure out what a level 3 would look like using the summary criteria below:

  • Reduce the length of the text to approximately one half to one ¼ of its original length
  • Identify the topic of the selection and two supports for that topic. Express in topic sentence.
  • Omit unnecessary details, replace longer words and phrases with shorter ones, eliminate less important data.
  • Complete, grammatically correct sentences and transitional words and phrases (therefore, similarly, in the same way, on the other hand, etc.) between sentences.

We will write our criteria for a level 3 summary in the Silver column of the following rubric: Summary-RubricName

Then you will self assess your own paragraph using the rubric we developed and make revisions as necessary to get your paragraph to at least a level 3.

If time permits we will move on to reading a short story and identifying the elements of fiction.

Thursday February 8

Yesterday you finished your research into video game pitches. I’ve combined all of your findings into one document.

Today you’re going to learn how to take a lot of information and condense it into a summary. Here’s how to write a summary (This is also on Google Classroom):

How to Write a Summary

A summary is a piece of writing in which the original document is reduced in length. In writing a summary you should consider the following:

  • You should reduce the length of the text to approximately one half to one ¼ of its original length
  • Before writing the summary, identify the topic of the selection and two supports for that topic
  • Shorten the selection by omitting unnecessary details, replacing longer words and phrases with shorter ones, eliminating less important data, etc.
  • Be sure that your summary consists of complete, grammatically correct sentences and contains transitional words and phrases (therefore, similarly, in the same way, on the other hand, etc.) to give your summary coherence.


  1. Read the selection right through to identify the main idea and supporting points
  2. Re-read the first paragraph and identify the topic sentence
  3. Underline the topic sentence and the supporting details in the first paragraph
  4. Make point form notes in the margin to the right of the selection, outlining the topic and supports for the first paragraph
  5. Repeat this procedure for each paragraph in the selection
  6. Use point form notes you have made to write a sentence or two for each paragraph in the original
  7. Check each sentence you write for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and coherence.

Tuesday February 6

Today we’re going to be going to 215 to investigate what is involved in a successful game pitch. Yesterday we generated the following questions:

  • Know what appropriate tone to use when speaking would be (authoritative, confident, enthusiastic)
  • Know strategies for delivering an effective tone
  • Know your audience (who are you selling this to? What style of games do they produce? What games have they produced in the past? How big a studio are they? How many people do they employ?)
  • Know what your game is about (story? Weather? Setting? Genre? Scifi? Fantasy? FPS? Strategy? Open world? Role playing?)
  • What are the steps involved in making a game?
  • What are the jobs involved in making a game? (voice acting, green screen work, …..)
  • Who are your characters? Powers? Back story? Relationships? Appearance?
  • What game is your game like?
  • What makes your game special?
  • What is appropriate body language for a presentation?
  • What do you actually bring with you to present?

Working in partners, you are going to conduct research to find the answers to as many of these questions as possible.

We will be organizing our research using this project canvas:

You and your partner will choose a question to research, write your name on it, move it to the “Doing” column. Once you find your answers, you will attach your answers and move the note to the Done column.

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We will be wrapping up at 10:35 to assess our next steps and reflect on the process. Reflection