1. English 9 Honors

12.5.16

Take quiz

SOAPSTONE

Perfect Paper

Here’s your final

11.28.16

Here’s your final

11.14.16

Friday Potluck

Pie Baking Rules

Pie Baking Rubric

Interview the oldest person in your house during the break and turn in the best five minutes. Here are the instructions.

You could also do this video project.

You could also make a movie with your family that tells the story of Thanksgiving.

10.31.16

Check out this Volunteer Directory

This week our final drafts of our  Project SOAPBOX speeches are due. Remember the rubric. Does yours have a highly specific, passionate call to action, emotional (pathos) and logical (logos) arguments delivered by a character from Les Mis? Performances begin Friday and will finish Monday. The winners move on to the all-school competition on November 8-9 on the quad at lunch. Finalists compete in Reed’s room at lunch on November 14th.

Monday we will complete our conversations about pages 603-756

Wednesday we will take tests on pages 756–844 and we will have our conversation on those pages.

Thursday you will practice your speeches. Friday you will give them.

Next Monday we will complete the speeches and the quiz for pages 844-953 will be on Wednesday.

10.24.16

Remember the rubric

1st draft of project soapbox due tonight

2nd draft due Friday

Copy and paste first draft of speech into Google Docs. Share  with me (can edit) at abearson@sanjuan.edu

Revise as needed. Copy and paste second draft back into blog over the top of your original post (Do not make a second post).

Conversation up to page 756.

 

10.19.16

Project Soapbox: New Dates

  • First draft of speech: Monday October 24th (Formative) On blog 
  • Second draft of speech Friday  October 28th (Formative) On blog 
  • Third draft of speech Monday October 31st (Formative) On blog

Perform speech live in class: Friday November 4th (Summative)

Homework tonight: Complete student handout #2 (Evaluating speeches) on the following two speeches:

Here is an example of a bad speech.

Here is an example of a good speech.

Complete page 3 student handout: What are you most proud of in your community?

10.17.16

Today, lets talk about the graveyard scene.

  1. 15-minute Prep: Groups of four: All four must agree on the most interesting passage in the graveyard scene. Each person will present part of the argument to the class. Best argument wins 100 points EC. Second place: 50 points; Third place: 25 points
  2. Project Soapbox
  3. Test #4 (495-603)

 

Horror Movie Contest

9.29.16

Talk about your favorite passage: Specifically discuss how your passage illuminates one of the following:

Characters

Plot

Theme

Tone

Argument/Purpose

Interesting Ideas

Setting

To do so you will probably have to discuss one of the following:

Diction (word choice)

Action

Voice of the character or narrator

Imagery

Syntax

Make sure your comment has a strong opinion, evidence from the text that is introduced in context and plenty of reasoning to help explain how your evidence PROVES or SUPPORTS your thesis. e clear and concise.

I will give you comment about whether or not your comment was convincing.

Period 2 will perform their play at the end of Friday.

Remember that the next pages are due Monday

 

Tell your character story

For the week of: 9.19.16

cropped-les-mis-drawing-1.jpg

New Reading Schedule

You will receive a separate grade for complete notes. Complete notes include:

  1. List of names in the section.
  2. Brief character sketches for main characters
  3. Brief plot summaries for the section
  4. A question set for the section (a question set is three level one, three level two, and two level three questions)

A single page reflection based on the language of a remarkable passage or series of passages. Your reflection should answer one of these questions or your own level two or level three question, and will lead your conversation during the week. When you talk about your passage you may discuss anything, but we must (a) have an opinion; (b) support the opinion with evidence from the text and (c) reason us through how your evidence supports your opinion.

2. Completing the Character Sketch:

On Sunday night you submitted your final character sketch. We have one more step (due Friday). Completing the Final Character Sketch (Separate Assignment)

Read the epigraph to the book

Essential Question: How might reading the epigraph help us understand the book we are about to read?

  1. Circle words and phrases we don’t understand. Resolve issues.
  2. Underline words and phrases you love: share out (opinion, reasoning)
  3. Best word or phrase wins: 25 pts
  4. SOAPSTONE: 15-minute version: Groups of four/ On the board: A answers win 25 pts
  5. Question Quiz on all three translations: Best Question wins: 25 pts
  6. Create prompt: Put it on the board
  7. Paragraph Relay-Tag: 5 minutes to prep. Two-minutes at board. 40 points for best paragraph.
  1. Opinion, Evidence, Reasoning, Counters, Conclusions:

On Thursday of last week some of you presented a basic argument in teams that introduced the format of the structured conversation.

You:

a) stated a strong opinion.

b) used the text as evidence.

c) brought strong reasoning that supports the thesis

d) presented and refuted counter arguments

e) stated a conclusion.

Today we will complete those presentations on the Declaration of the Rights of Man and The Citizen.

2. Completing the Character Sketch:

On Sunday night you submitted your final character sketch. We have one more step (due Friday). Completing the Final Character Sketch (Separate Assignment)

3. Preparing for Les Miserables Quiz: Notes

When we take notes, even brief notes, we improve our quiz performance and raise the level of our conversations about the book. This is why I encourage note-taking in this class.

Quiz and Notes due for first 144 pages Thursday 9.22.16 (100 points formative)

You will receive a separate grade for complete notes. Complete notes include:

  1. List of names in the section.
  2. Brief character sketches for main characters
  3. Brief plot summaries for the section
  4. A question set for the section (a question set is three level one, three level two, and two level three questions)
  5. A favorite passage that you want to talk about. When you talk about your passage you may discuss anything, but we must (a) have an opinion; (b) support the opinion with evidence from the text and (c) reason us through how your evidence supports your opinion. A single page reflection based on the language of a remarkable passage or series of passages. Your reflection should answer one of these questions or your own level two or level three question, and will lead your conversation during the week.

If you do not complete the notes then whatever grade you receive on the quiz will also be your Notes grade. For example, if you do not complete your notes and receive an 85 on your test your will receive and 85 on both the quiz and your notes,

You may use handwritten, original notes on the quiz.

You may use notes during the conversations about the book.

4. Five Important questions to ask about a media text

Linda Gribanovskaya brought us a resource on the French Revolution. Let’s examine it using the five questions.

6. Read a short biography of Victor Hugo and ask questions about it.

9.15.16

Directions: In pairs, choose one of the seventeen Rights of Man and of the Citizen and argue that it is the MOST interesting right listed in the declaration. You have 10 minutes to prepare a two minute argument. Interesting means compelling, revealing, shocking, courageous, important, ironic or simply interesting to us for any other reason. You may talk about why it was interesting to French society or to our society.

You must:

a) state a strong opinion.

b) use the text as evidence.

c) bring strong reasoning that supports the thesis

d) present and refute counter arguments

e) state a conclusion.

Any pair who can do all of the above successfully wins 30 EC points.

The best argument wins 75 EC points.

 

Handout: Life in France before the Revolution of 1789

9.12.16

  1. Please fix character sketches for half-grade. You must be logged into the sanjuan.edu Google Apps to view my comments. I am not allowed to share outside of the district, so do not use your private Google account to edit.
  2. Remember to prepare your summative descriptions by this Sunday 9.18.16.
  3. We will read the Declaration of the Rights of Man this Week
  4. Remember to prepare for our Les Miserables reading assignment due Thursday 9.22.16. You should take notes that help you prepare for our conversations and quizzes. Notes may include:
    1. List of names in the section.
    2. Brief character sketches for main characters
    3. Brief plot summaries for the section
    4. A question set for the section (a question set is three level one, three level two, and two level three questions)
    5. A favorite passage that you want to talk about. When you talk about your passage you may discuss anything, but we must (a) have an opinion; (b) support the opinion with evidence from the text and (c) reason us through how your evidence supports your opinion. Here is a list of good questions to ask about any text.

9.8.16

Notice I am entering a grade called Conversation #1. This grade rewards your thoughtful participation in class discussions. This first grade will end 9.16.16.

Yesterday we discussed why we should pause to consider the reliability of a source for information about primary documents.

Journal 9.9.16: Natural Rights:

A political theory that individuals have basic rights given to them by nature or God that no individual or government can deny.

Do you believe that individuals are born with natural rights? If so, please list a few and give your reasons for including them.

Step One: Quickwrite

Step Two: Discussion

Step Three: Write Again: Include opinion, example, reasoning.

Step Four: Put on the Board

Today we will practice making inferences based on the details of a visual document.

Contest: 3 Minutes

  1. In groups of four, divide statements in the Declaration into three categories: Fraternity, Liberty, Equality
  2. Are there any statements that seem to contradict these values?What does this picture suggest about the artist’s attitude toward The Declaration of the Rights of Man? Egalite

Source Types: Value and Limitations

Some essential questions:

  1. What are we reading?
  2. Why are we reading it?
  3. What can we learn from it?
  4. How should we respond to it?

Clarifying discussion from 9.6.16

Homework for Thursday 9.7.16

  1. Watch the following videos:

Journal 9.7.16: Complete 5 Questions to ask about a visual text about each of them. Please write in complete sentences.

 

For the Week of Tuesday 9.6.16

This week we will:

 

  • Required Notes: 
    • List of characters
    • A brief summary of events of the reading.
    • A single page reflection on one favorite passage from the reading
    • A sincere question set (Three level one; Three level two and two level three questions) for each reading.

 

 

  • Homework: This week we have a significant amount of research to do in order to imagine and portray a convincing setting for our descriptive narratives. Also, we will want to write a few drafts of our story and perhaps spend time outlining and writing shitty drafts. Also, we may wish to begin reading Les Miserables and taking brief notes in our composition book.

Wednesday 8.31.16

Today I will correct your rough drafts.

Due Friday: Your BEST draft.

An “A” paper… • Shows without (or with minimal) telling. Writes in images. • Includes golden and useful details. • Avoids clichés or clunky details. • Includes clear main idea or theme: • Avoids grammar, spelling errors. • Has concise, convincing and compelling description. • Uses vivid verbs; specific, concrete nouns. • Skillfully uses the tools of language (repetition, parallelism, figurative language, sentence length variation, appropriate word choice, etc.) to shape a response from the reader.

Comments are due tonight and must be helpful (constructive, concrete) to count as comments.

Faceless Portraits are graded. I will update your grade if you correct your post (and send me an email telling me that you corrected your post) by Sunday.

An A followed directions and avoided cliches and clunky (awkward details).and tomorrow I will give feedback on your rough drafts all day.  

Due FRIDAY:  Your BEST Draft with your subject’s Faceless Portrait.

Tuesday 8.30.16

Due: BEST rough draft due by midnight tonight.

  1. Let’s complete our reading of Shitty First drafts. By the end of this assignment we should be clear about how to ask Level One, Level Two and Level Three questions about a text.
  2. This is how I manage procrastination and distraction.
  3. How to write a helpful comment: a helpful comment is specific, concrete, constructive.

Good: “Your last paragraph wanders and should be shortened.”

Better (specific, concrete): Cut “I love baseball, especially the Giants” because “loving baseball” is not a visual image. Consider rewriting this sentence with detailed images.

Write three comments about three character sketches.

Journal #4 Shitty Rough Draft

Journal #5: Read to your neighbor: What is your rough draft really about?

Journal #6: Keyword brainstorm: List 8 keywords (big ideas related to your main idea)

    1. Les Miserables (get the book)

Monday 8.29.16

Handbook with signature due Wednesday

Today, we will review our Faceless Portraits in class, expanding our conversation about the three kinds of details and how to organize them. We will solve problems with your uploads. We will review your character sketch requirements and ask how what we have learned from our Faceless Portraits may be used to improve our character sketches. We then will read and review Shitty First Drafts and review our questions sets (Journal #3 in our composition book).

Friday 8.26.16

I am giving +25 points Extra-Credit to anyone who correctly embeds using a Photosharing site such as Flickr, per instructions. You may also upload directly to the site, but no EC.

Make sure you follow directions exactly!

Directions:

1. Setup and take a self-portrait that does not include your face. This means that some pose, action, object, or setting will tell us a story of you. Try to compose the image so it says something meaningful.

2. Upload your photo to a photo-sharing site (Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Shutterbug, Smugmug, Instagram, etc.)

3. Share your photo in the class blog. Caption the photo with your name and a title. Categorize it with your period # and “Faceless Portrait”

Does your portrait do the following?

Faceless Portrait Rubric: An “A” portrait…

• Tells a story by emphasizing the subject’s interaction with the environment.

• Includes golden and useful details

• Avoids clichés and/or confusing details (Remember, if you do the same thing as everyone else it will become a cliché)

Complete assignment is 100 points in the Formative category. You must give the portrait file to your partner by 8.26.16

Now, go talk to your partner. You have 15 minutes.

  1. How to Add a Post
  2. Shitty First Drafts: Journal #3 Question Set
  3. Interviews
  4. Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

8.25.16

  1. How to Add a Post
  2. Shitty First Drafts
  3. Interviews
  4. Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due DatesA: Faceless Portrait: Due Friday 8.26.16
    • Submit your BEST DRAFT of a one-page character sketch of a classmate to the class blog on or before Tuesday 8.30.16

    • Make three helpful comments on three separate draft essays by Thursday 9.1.16. A helpful comment makes the paper stronger.

    • Submit final draft with Faceless Portrait (that you received from your subject) by Friday 9.2.16.

    Character Sketch: Excellent Work

    another example

    still another example

    one more

    What is it Really About? Talking about theme

    L1,2,3 Questions

     

    8.24.16

Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

A: Faceless Portrait: Due Friday 8.26.16

  • Submit your BEST DRAFT of a one-page character sketch of a classmate to the class blog on or before Tuesday 8.30.16

• Make three helpful comments on three separate draft essays by Thursday 9.1.16. A helpful comment makes the paper stronger.

• Submit final draft with Faceless Portrait (that you received from your subject) by Friday 9.2.16.

Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

What is it Really About? Talking about theme

L1,2,3 Questions

8.23.16

Names?

Muut Problems?

Three Kinds of Details (more examples)

+10 points for every golden detail (+10 on Muut)

What is it Really About? Talking about theme

L1,2,3 Questions

More Faceless Portraits

Sunflower

Bridge

Locker

Walk away

Bike

Ulysses

8.22.16

EC Names

Muut problems.

Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

Three Kinds of Details

Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

Comp Book #4: Three Question Quiz:

What is it really about?

8.19.16

2. Problem-solving website,Muut.comRemind, etc.; Muut Forum

3. Questions about the Reading Schedule.

4. Questions about Grading Policy.

5. Extra-credit sheet

6. Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

7.Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

8. . Comp Book #4: Three Question Quiz:

9. What is it really about?

10. Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

8.18.16

Students and Parents,

  1. Please register for our class blog: school.radiophile/wp-login.php. Do not use a SJUSD school email address. I recommend gmail.
  2. Please register here for Remind texts.
  3. Please register for Muut.com and briefly introduce yourself on our Classconversation thread.
  4. Please subscribe to our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/rioamericano
  5. Review my grading policy: http://school.radiophile.org/english-2/english/grading-policy/
  6. Please get a composition book (asap) like this.
  7. Review below the reading schedule for the first 9 weeks.
  8. Check out our reading resources to support our reading of Les Mis.

Reading Schedule

We begin the fall semester with the unabridged version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is a huge book (1232 pages—we read 1058) and we will take approximately nine weeks to read it.

Figure 20-25 pages per night, five nights a week (or 100-125 pages per week). This is approximately 40-50 minutes per night of reading (assuming two-minutes per page). Please plan accordingly. We do not read the book in class.

Mondays you will receive a short quiz on your reading. The quiz is open notes (hand-written notes only) and is designed to confirm that you have read. Notes are not required, but you may use them if you find them helpful.

Tuesday-Friday we will discuss our reading and formulate responses to it.

Each week you should read the assigned pages and complete preparations for the class discussion. Instructions for preparations usually include:

  1. A sincere question set (3 level one questions, 3 level two questions and two level three questions).
  2. A single page reflection based on the language of a remarkable passage or series of passages. Your reflection should answer one of these questions or your own level two or level three question, and will lead your conversation during the week.
  3. Muut Forum: Contribute to our threaded conversations.
  4. Some other small group assignments.

We will skip some of the less essential parts of the book. You don’t have to read the following pages:

119-122 In the Year 1817 (Chapter one)

279-320 Waterloo

385-390 The Gorbeau Tenement (Chapter one)

425-451 Le Petit Picpus

705-739 A Few Pages of History

1061-1076 The Entrails of the Monster

1202-1232 Appendix A, B

Complete Reading Schedule With Quiz Dates:

Week One: pages 19-144 (skip pages 119-122) September 19th

Week Two: pages 144-260 September 26th

Week Three: pages 320-495 (skip pages, 279-320; 385-390; 425-451) October 3rd

Week Four: pages 495-603 October10th

Week Five: pages 603-756 (skip pages 705-739) October 17th

Week Six: pages 739-844 October 24th

Week Seven: pages 844-953 October 31tst

Week Eight: pages 953-1061 November 7th

Week Nine: pages 1076- 1201 (skip 1061-1076) November 14th

Reading Resources: Support materials for Les Miserables

Adam Bearson

abearson@sanjuan.edu

916.708.4050

A: Faceless Portrait: Due Friday 8.26.16

  • Submit your BEST DRAFT of a one-page character sketch of a classmate to the class blog on or before Tuesday 8.30.16

• Make three helpful comments on three separate draft essays by Thursday 9.1.16. A helpful comment makes the paper stronger.

• Submit final draft with Faceless Portrait (that you received from your subject) by Friday 9.2.16.

Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

What is it Really About? Talking about theme

L1,2,3 Questions

 

 

8.23.16

Names?

Muut Problems?

Three Kinds of Details (more examples)

+10 points for every golden detail (+10 on Muut)

What is it Really About? Talking about theme

L1,2,3 Questions

More Faceless Portraits

Sunflower

Bridge

Locker

Walk away

Bike

Ulysses

8.22.16

EC Names

Muut problems.

Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

Three Kinds of Details

Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

Comp Book #4: Three Question Quiz:

What is it really about?

8.19.16

 

2. Problem-solving website,Muut.comRemind, etc.; Muut Forum

3. Questions about the Reading Schedule.

4. Questions about Grading Policy.

5. Extra-credit sheet

6. Composition Book #1: Drawing from Life vs. The Imagination with Reflection

7.Faceless Portrait/Character Sketch Instructions and Due Dates

8. . Comp Book #4: Three Question Quiz:

9. What is it really about?

10. Character Sketch: Excellent Work

another example

still another example

one more

 

 

8.18.16

Students and Parents,

  1. Please register for our class blog: school.radiophile/wp-login.php. Do not use a SJUSD school email address. I recommend gmail.
  2. Please register here for Remind texts.
  3. Please register for Muut.com and briefly introduce yourself on our Classconversation thread.
  4. Please subscribe to our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/rioamericano
  5. Review my grading policy: http://school.radiophile.org/english-2/english/grading-policy/
  6. Please get a composition book (asap) like this.
  7. Review below the reading schedule for the first 9 weeks.
  8. Check out our reading resources to support our reading of Les Mis.

Reading Schedule

We begin the fall semester with the unabridged version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is a huge book (1232 pages—we read 1058) and we will take approximately nine weeks to read it.

Figure 20-25 pages per night, five nights a week (or 100-125 pages per week). This is approximately 40-50 minutes per night of reading (assuming two-minutes per page). Please plan accordingly. We do not read the book in class.

Mondays you will receive a short quiz on your reading. The quiz is open notes (hand-written notes only) and is designed to confirm that you have read. Notes are not required, but you may use them if you find them helpful.

Tuesday-Friday we will discuss our reading and formulate responses to it.

Each week you should read the assigned pages and complete preparations for the class discussion. Instructions for preparations usually include:

  1. A sincere question set (3 level one questions, 3 level two questions and two level three questions).
  2. A single page reflection based on the language of a remarkable passage or series of passages. Your reflection should answer one of these questions or your own level two or level three question, and will lead your conversation during the week.
  3. Muut Forum: Contribute to our threaded conversations.
  4. Some other small group assignments.

We will skip some of the less essential parts of the book. You don’t have to read the following pages:

119-122 In the Year 1817 (Chapter one)

279-320 Waterloo

385-390 The Gorbeau Tenement (Chapter one)

425-451 Le Petit Picpus

705-739 A Few Pages of History

1061-1076 The Entrails of the Monster

1202-1232 Appendix A, B

Complete Reading Schedule With Quiz Dates:

Week One: pages 19-144 (skip pages 119-122) September 19th

Week Two: pages 144-260 September 26th

Week Three: pages 320-495 (skip pages, 279-320; 385-390; 425-451) October 3rd

Week Four: pages 495-603 October10th

Week Five: pages 603-756 (skip pages 705-739) October 17th

Week Six: pages 739-844 October 24th

Week Seven: pages 844-953 October 31tst

Week Eight: pages 953-1061 November 7th

Week Nine: pages 1076- 1201 (skip 1061-1076) November 14th

Reading Resources: Support materials for Les Miserables

Adam Bearson

abearson@sanjuan.edu

916.708.4050

 

Student Experiments in Multimedia Storytelling CONTACT: abearson@sanjuan.edu