Friday May 9/14

Well today is my last day! I hope those of you going on the trip to Kings College have an amazing day. And I wish all of you all the best in the rest of your semester. I will try to have your Othello projects and essays ready to hand back on Monday.

I know you will do your very best to make the transition a smooth one for Ms. Moir.

I will miss you all!


Wednesday April 7/14

Today is our first literature circle meeting. Please remember, you must¬†have your reader’s journals and discussion questions here in class in order to participate in the meeting. No notes=no meeting.

Tuesday May 6/14

Day 2 of research. Findings should be posted to class blog by the end of this period. Make sure your blog post has a catchy title, appropriate tags, and is approximately 500 words long.

Don’t forget you have your first literature circle meeting tomorrow and will need to have reader’s ¬†journals and discussion questions ready to go or you won’t be allowed to participate in the meeting.

Monday May 5/14

Today we are doing research on our literature circle novels.

Both novels are set during different time periods in different parts of the world. Therefore, they both have different cultural and historical contexts to consider.

What do readers need to know about:

1) The part of the world in which your story is set?

2) The time period of your story?

3) What signficicant events were happening in other parts of the world?

4) What happened right before the story takes place that is significant?

5) What was the culture like of the time? Think music, art, leisure, pop culture, etc.

6) What political issues were significant during this time?

7) How were men and women viewed? What about minority ethnic, racial, or religious groups?

Put all this information together in a blog post of approximately 500 words. Be sure to include pictures, audio, and video where possible. Make sure you tag your blog post so your classmates know what information they’ll find in the post. (Go beyond obvious things like “culture” or “history” because everyone’s researching that.)

Friday May 2/14

Work period for reader’s journals and discussion questions. Make sure you submit your good copy of your essays before 11:59pm tonight on Turnitin.

Thursday May 1/14

Today we’re going to talk about generating effective discussion questions and then you’ll continue to have time to work on your readers journals/essay revisions.

Don’t forget our first literature circle meeting is next Wednesday. In order to participate you will need to have your questions and journals completed. If you are going to be absent, make sure you arrange to give your group a copy of your questions and journals in advance.