Sorry for the lack of updates – this has mostly been due to the fact that your attendance has been great, and you have been completing assignments so I haven’t had to update as often 🙂
Recently we watched The Power of One, and inspiring film about the beginnings of apartheid in South Africa. I’m so glad that most of you enjoyed the film, despite its disturbing content at times. Following the viewing, you began working on an assignment where you chose 2 quotations from the film (or novel) and wrote about each. A copy of the assignment is on the handouts page.
Your completed quotation responses should now be posted to your blogs and you should have responded to at least three of your classmates posts. Remember that part of your assessment includes these comments and meaningful responses.
We are now ready to begin talking about citation. We will be learning about APA style. On the library website, www.hopesecondarylibrary.com, there is a link to a tutorial that you will need to view. The tutorial will make terms and style in APA more familiar to you before we begin working on our own citations. There is also a worksheet to complete for next class.
For the last two classes you had the opportunity to catch up on missing assignments, finish reading the novel, and complete your final quotation response that should now be posted to your blog. The instructions for the quotation response are on my Kidblog page. Don’t forget to also comment on three of your classmates’ blog posts.
In the last week you received a list of term 3 assignments and a print-out of recorded marks so far this term. Today was the deadline for handing in those missing assignments. Don’t forget that you need to have the novel finished for Friday and your kite project is also due that day. These will be the final term 3 assignments.
We are working our way through The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. On Wednesday, we read chapter 7 together. This is a turning point in the novel, and explains the opening paragraph of the book as well as Amir’s life after “the winter of 1975.” We had some very meaningful and thoughtful discussion after reading. I really appreciated people’s honesty and willingness to share their reactions. This was not an easy chapter to read.
You should all have your blog post complete – the one where you wrote about a quotation from the novel. Don’t forget that you need to respond to at least three of your classmates’ posts.
Today we formed book club style groups and discussed 8 topics related to what we have read so far. You also completed an exit slip about your reactions to the novel or about one of the discussion topics from today. Remember, even though you did not have to answer these discussion topics like questions – you want to make some notes that you can refer to later. A copy of the discussion topics is on the handouts page.
I also posted, on the handouts page, a glossary of Farsi terms used in the novel. This is handy for terms you are not able to decode contextually.
We had a work period last day to finish up blog posts and work on your quotation journals. I notice, after reviewing your blogs, that many of you have not posted your 3 responses to the “deeper” questions we were discussing. This needs to get done this week, please.
Be sure to review your reading schedule and to work on your quotation journal a little each day.
We are well into reading the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. We have discussed Autism and Aspergers, we have watched part of Rain Man, and we have worked through some content questions for the first chapters of the novel.
Today we had a reading quiz on what we have read up to the end of chapter 139. We then discussed 5 general questions on the novel and you chose 3 of them to respond to on your blogs. These posts should be complete for next class, which isn’t until Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
You will also need to respond to at least 3 of your classmates’ posts.
After silent reading you were given the opportunity to finish your Response Journal blog posts on The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson. Don’t forget that you need to include hyperlinks as part of the “connections” section of your response, and you need to add a paragraph where you discuss your initial reactions to the 1996, made-for-tv movie based on the story. Part of your blogging responsibility is also to comment on at least 3 of your classmates blog posts. Remember that you want to offer meaningful comments, constructive criticism, or add something new to their ideas. It is not enough to say “I agree,” or “good job.”
Next class we will finish the movie and look at a story and poem with similar themes.
Don’t forget to renew your library book if you are still reading it – it is now overdue.
After our silent reading and a bit of “word work” with our terms and devices, we headed to the computer lab to become familiar with our blog hosting platform.
Be sure to read my blog first, so that you are clear about your first post. Although it is exciting to change your background, blog title, and your photo, this is not the main purpose of our blogs 🙂 You should have your first blog post completed for Friday’s class.
On Friday we will be reading a short story called “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and then we will go to the lab to comment on our classmates’ first posts, and to do a reflection piece on the story.