Welcome to week two back after break. One more week left before Semester 1 is over and done with. That means, anything you need to make up or redo you need to be done with by next Friday. One week! After that, you have 2-3 weeks (I can't remember exactly, but I will verify) to turn in late work from Semester 1. And then you're done. And we are moving fast into Semester 2 already.
This week we have been breaking into the phrase "Seeing is Believing" and trying to apply it to the works we have been reading and listening to so far this collection. We have been doing a lot of writing, and getting our book reviews finished up as well. This has been a busy week! Good job at keeping up.
We will be keeping it pretty busy for the next few weeks as well, as we move forward in what will be known as our "opinion" essay. I say "opinion" in quotes for one reason. You're opinions need to be heard, but they do not matter unless you can back them up with proof, with evidence. We need to see what you mean in order to believe it ourselves. This is where our opinions become something more, something worth arguing for, something we can prove, something to believe.
Are you ready?
It has been another long wait for my supposed weekly installment of blogging. What a month it has been! In December we read a whole book with your small groups. You discovered so much more about these books through five different small group discussions. You even discussed your experience with book in front of half the class. I bet that was scary, but everyone did an amazing job. Really interesting, thought-provoking conversations from all of you. Who knew that so much could be hidden in a little ol' book? Hmm...
And this month, two weeks in, and only one week down. SNOW!!!! I sure was glad to get back to school this week, but having some time with my daughter, towing her on her pink saucer with the dog leash in the front yard, getting to rest for that extra week, getting to feel even more ready to come back, I think all of that helped me be ready for this work we do. I felt some of that from you all as well. We seemed to come back... more... reserved I guess. Yeah. More reserved. Ready. Ready for what is next.
This week we explored a new platform of storytelling, the radio play. We listened to "Sorry, Wrong Number" and I think it's safe to say that you all seemed to enjoy it. I even tricked you into taking notes and thinking on a deeper level as we read along. Theme and tone. Theme and tone. Then we got to do a little acting of our own, getting in front of the class and performing some reenactments based on those themes and tones we found through "Sorry, Wrong Number." That was fun. I had fun at least. How about you?
Next, we will be going deeper into the unknown. This whole unit is based on perception vs. reality. What we beleive to be real, versus what is actually true for all of us. I'm also planning on incorporating what will be known as "Science Fridays" into our curriculum, so we can start understadning the scientific world around us from a literary perspective. Perspective... sounds an awful lot like perception... Hmm...
Well, thank you for the great week back, and I am excited to see what is coming next.
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.