This week has been quite a surprise for me. I am thoroughly impressed with how much you all are understanding--and sometimes even enjoying-- The Tempest by William Shakespeare. It is a difficult language to follow, but we are holding on and actually are getting quite a bit out of the play beyond just plot and character. We are starting to dive head first into theme, taking those topics and developing them into those statement on humanity, on human nature, and how we live life in this world.
I want to take this time to also thank all of you for being good role models during the assembly by being polite and respectful. You all rock!
Thank you for joining me here at the Café Ruth to enjoy some tea, cookies, cocoa, and stories. We all had a lot of fun working together, sharing, listening, and discussing our work.
I must say that I am exceptionally proud of all the hard work from all of you. You were respectful, strong listeners, clean --and willing to clean when we weren't so clean-- and I truly hope everyone had as much fun as I had today.
A special thanks goes out to the parents who were able to make it to see your children in their element, sharing their stories, being the goofs that they are, and really pulling it all together when it counted the most.
Did I say how proud I was of you all? I'm going to say it again... Good job!
Sorry about missing out on the update from last week, we just got so busy with our rough drafts that I couldn't take the time to post. So, here are the past two weeks in review:
Last week we spent a good amount of time creating ideas and developing our rough drafts into a memoir. These are stories from our own lives that we are retelling for a wider audience. Most of them were inspired by moments we have had with nature.
I am happy to announce that I received all but 10 essays in on time! In one class we had 100% participation! Now some of you were absent, or new, and are still working on rough drafts. That is fine. Hopefully the revision work we are doing in class will help in your drafting.
This week we have been responding, sharing, revising, sharing some more, revising some more, and creating our final drafts. These are officially due next Wednesday (2/17). We have learned what mentor texts are, and what they can do for our writing. We have learned how to use dialogue in our writing, and how to best format our thoughts.
Remember! Paragraphs are broken up by our thoughts. Each new thought should be a new paragraph. So, when you feel yourself transitioning into a new thought or idea, it is probably time to push enter and hit tab.
I am excited for next week.
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.