Monday, February 15, 2016

Alert; Rather than the Signpost Project

This morning I spent most of class checking in with students regarding their signpost project and realized that there was quite a bit of confusion.  After pondering and speaking to the students further,  we decided to change the project drastically to ensure that students knew what they were being asked to do as well as to make it more manageable.  So the following two projects replace the signpost project - please note the new due dates.  I apologize for any confusion this may cause but will definitely speak to the students about it tomorrow as well.

Both new assignments have been posted in Google Classroom for the students to see.

Rather than the signpost project


The goal:  To analyse a text with the help of the signposts and share your thinking in writing.


Process:
Step 1:  Find as many signposts in your book as possible
Step 2:  Try to find signposts that give you clues about the conflict and the theme of the story
Step 3:  Write the following assignments
  1. Conflict assignment - due February 23rd on Google Classroom
  2. Theme assignment - Due March 2nd on Google Classroom.

Re-take
If you receive less than a 3 or a 4 on either of those, you will have another project due later in March to re-check your understanding.


Conflict Signpost Assignment:
  • Write 1 to 2 paragraphs detailing the central conflict in your book club book.  
  • Make sure to use the evidence from the signposts you have found such as any tough questions or contrast and contradictions.  
  • Please write it with a main idea, evidence and link (analysis) of why this is the conflict.
  • Turn in on Google Classroom under “Conflict Signpost Project” by February 23rd.


Theme Signpost Assignment:
  • Write 1 to 2 paragraphs detailing the central theme in your book club book.  If you have more than 1, just pick the biggest one in your opinion.  
  • Make sure to use the evidence from the signposts you have found such as any Aha Moments or Words of the Wiser.
  • Please write it with a main idea, evidence and link (analysis) of why this is the conflict.
  • Turn in on Google Classroom under “Theme Signpost Project” by March 2nd.


Helpful Hints:
  • You can discuss the conflict and theme in your book clubs, this way you can check your own ideas for understanding.
  • Find the signposts that will give you clues to what the theme or conflict is; if in doubt ask questions to your group of Mrs. Ripp.
  • Use reflection time in class to work on the project, you can start analysing the signposts in class.


Standards Assessed - Both are summative:
Conflict Assignment:


ELA 2:
Analyze how story elements interact.

ELA 5:
Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.

ELA 6:
Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.

Theme Assignment:


ELA 1
Determine/analyze development of central ideas/themes in a text.
ELA 5:
Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.
ELA 6:
Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

7-O and Global School Play Day #GSPD

On Friday, February 5th, all 140 7-O students participated in the global event Global School Play Day.  With more than 177,000 students around the world embracing the idea of unstructured play, the students had a wonderful opportunity to play games, have fun, and build community.   As you can see it was a great time for the students and a great reminder that play does not always have to be planned, nor be on a device.
















Signpost Project for Notice and Note




You have learned about the 6 signposts from the Notice and Note curriculum throughout the year and it is now time to review and further our thinking.  Part of your book club project will therefore be to create a signpost project.    

Here are some choices for the Signpost Project:

  1. Make a signpost Mind Map poster
  2. Write a signpost paper—One Book: 6 Signposts
  3. Find the 6 Signposts in picture books.
  4. Your choice - must be approved by Mrs. Ripp


Each signpost project will include the following:
  1. At least 3 of the 6 different signposts must be found and discussed, but 6 examples altogether must be found.  
  2. A paragraph for each signpost found, so altogether 6 paragraphs.  These paragraphs will include:
    1. The definition for the signpost.
    2. The anchor question for the signpost.
    3. A specific text example for the signpost.  Summarize the text example, answer the anchor question, and analyze the author’s use of the signpost. (Why is the moment important?).  

Standards Covered:
Standard #1:  Determine/Analyze development of central ideas/themes in a text
Standard #2:  Analyze how story elements interact.
Standard #5:  Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis
Standard #6:  Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.


Examples:
An example of a paragraph is attached here, as well as presented in class.
The example papers can be found here
The examples of mind map posters can be found here

Timeline:
The completed project will be due Monday, March 7th (no work time in class during the final week).




Paragraph Example
Mrs. Vandermause
Hr. 8

The 6 Signposts in Freak, the Mighty

Contrasts and Contradictions
Contrasts and Contradictions occur when a character says or does something opposite of what he/she has been saying or doing all along.  When a reader spots a Contrast and Contradiction, he/she should ask, why is the character doing that?  By answering the anchor question, the reader will be making a prediction about characterization or plot.
In Freak, the Mighty, there are several examples of Contrasts and Contradictions.   For instance, Max’s father, Kenny Kane, says one thing, but acts in a completely different manner.  He tells Max that he had his life stolen, and that he’s the real victim.  Moreover, Kenny claims to be a gentle soul who is wrongly accused because of his size.  Conversely, Kenny ties Max to a boiler and tries to strangle Loretta Lee.  These certainly don’t seem like the actions of a “gentle soul.”  Perhaps Kenny wanted Max to believe in his good nature, but Kenny’s true colors came out through his actions.






Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Welcome to Our Blogging Adventure!

It was a great day today in 7-O English as the students became bloggers.  Please take a moment to read their introduction posts and leave them a comment.  A lot of time and effort were placed into many of these posts.  I have loved reading them all and learning more about the students as we start this next adventure.

To read their posts, please go here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

We Will Be Playing in English for Global School Play Day on Friday

I am so excited to be doing Global School Play Day with all students this coming Friday, February 5th.  While the official day this year is the 3rd, we thought it would be a great way to finish the week and celebrate the achievements of the students.

So what is Global School Play Day?  It is a day meant to celebrate unstructured play, while building community.  All students are therefore invited to bring anything they wish to play with to school that day for English. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Ideas are Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer, an electronics play kit, or similar. 

Students can bring toys in any time before Friday.  I am excited to have this day of playing with the kids.  To see more info on this global event, please go here.