Monday, December 16, 2013

Finals Locations- Please Read!

Hello all,

I've listed the finals locations for each class below- please make sure you go to the right place so you can take advantage of the full time!

Period 2: library
Period 3: library
Period 4: computer lab (room 5)
Period 5: classroom (room 204)
Period 7: computer lab (room 5)


Thursday, December 12, 2013

TKAM Vocab Practice Sentences

Hello 5th period! Please leave your sentences as a comment on this post. Remember, the sentences should be your own words; do not use Google (or any other search engine!) to help you write your sentence.

-Mrs. L.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Been a little quiet around here...

So here's a fun thing for you to look at while I catch up on end-of-semester stuff:


Monday, November 11, 2013

Quiz Retakes (periods 2, 3, 4, and 7)

I hope you're all having a great Veterans' Day weekend!

A reminder of the quiz retakes times/days:

Tuesday at Tutorial
Thursday at Lunch

-Mrs. L.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Socratic Seminar Questions

You can find the question sheet to print out on School Loop here, or you can answer them in your notebooks using the list below.



1. What is the importance of Slim's friendship with George? Is he replacing Lennie?
2. Did George do the right thing by killing Lennie?
3. What do you think the death of Candy's dog symbolized? How did your interpretation change throughout the story?
4. Was it cruel or merciful to kill Candy’s dog? What about to kill Lennie? Where is the line between cruelty and mercy?
5. Why does Steinbeck repeat the dream so many times, including both the ideas of living “off the fatta the lan’” and “I have you, and you have me”?
6. Why does Slim not share the men’s dream?
7. Is it possible for the men’s dreams to ever become more than just words?
8. Why did Steinbeck choose to end the story with Carlson talking?
9. might the schemes (plans) of a mouse be? What are the schemes (plans) of the men in Of Mice and Men? Why did Steinbeck name the book using that phrase from this poem?
10. What do you think the main theme is?
11. Consider how Steinbeck has used words to craft this story, including the setting, time period, characterization, and dialogue describing the men’s dreams. To what extent do words create a new reality for them?

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! (and homework for periods 2,3,4,7...)

Hello everyone!

I had a blast spending Halloween day with you all... I hope you find something fun to do tonight!

I tried to go easy on the homework, so please complete the following for tomorrow:
1. Day 7 Log (no reading, just answer the questions)
2. Post your Socratic Seminar questions on the appropriate blog post. You should have generated these in class last week, so just find them in your notebooks and type them up.

See you tomorrow!
-Mrs. L.

Student-Generated Socratic Seminar Questions (Period 7)

Leave your two Socratic Seminar questions in the comments. I will compile these into a list for our seminar on Monday.

-Mrs. L.

Student-Generated Socratic Seminar Questions (Period 4)

Leave your two Socratic Seminar questions in the comments. I will compile these into a list for our seminar on Monday.

-Mrs. L.

Student-Generated Socratic Seminar Questions (Period 3)

Leave your two Socratic Seminar questions in the comments. I will compile these into a list for our seminar on Monday.

-Mrs. L.

Student-Generated Socratic Seminar Questions (Period 2)

Leave your two Socratic Seminar questions in the comments. I will compile these into a list for our seminar on Monday.

-Mrs. L.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Day 5 (Period 7)


Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 5 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 5 (Period 4)


Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 5 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 5 (Period 3)


Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 5 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 5 (Period 2)


Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 5 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Day 4 (Period 7)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 4 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 4 (Period 4)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 4 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 4 (Period 3)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 4 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 4 (Period 2)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 4 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Day 3 (Period 7)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Days 1, 2, or 3  reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 3 (Period 4)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Days 1, 2, or 3 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 3 (Period 3)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Days 1, 2, or 3 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Day 3 (Period 2)

Make it count this week folks! Since I'm out and you have a sub, we'll track a lot of our discussion here. I'll be checking the comments while I'm away.

Instructions if you need them:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Days 1, 2, or 3 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

-Mrs. L.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Homework Assignment Correction for Periods 2 and 3!

Period 2: you do not need to write vocab sentences.
Period 3: you do!

That is all.

-Mrs. L.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Friday! (Homework info below)


Today, we practiced placing commas, discussed Day 1 of OMAM, and some classes took notes on Day 2 vocabulary.

Homework is Day 2 Reading and Log, vocab sentences for periods 2 and 4, and to pose/answer a question in your period's blog post.

Periods 3 and 7 will finish Day 2 vocab on Monday. :)

-Mrs. L.

Period Seven Discussion

Time to go cray in the comments! Well, not really. Remember what we said in class:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 1 or Day 2 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

Example:
Question- Why does Curley's wife hurry away when Slim tells her that Curley went into their house? (32)
Answer- She might be afraid of Curley; perhaps she knows he's looking for her, and she's afraid he might be angry if he can't find her. We know Curley is pugnacious, so maybe he is easily angered and becomes abusive to his wife.

Period Four Discussion

Time to go cray in the comments! Well, not really. Remember what we said in class:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 1 or Day 2 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

Example:
Question- Why does Curley's wife hurry away when Slim tells her that Curley went into their house? (32)
Answer- She might be afraid of Curley; perhaps she knows he's looking for her, and she's afraid he might be angry if he can't find her. We know Curley is pugnacious, so maybe he is easily angered and becomes abusive to his wife.

Period Three Discussion

Time to go cray in the comments! Well, not really. Remember what we said in class:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 1 or Day 2 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

Example:
Question- Why does Curley's wife hurry away when Slim tells her that Curley went into their house? (32)
Answer- She might be afraid of Curley; perhaps she knows he's looking for her, and she's afraid he might be angry if he can't find her. We know Curley is pugnacious, so maybe he is easily angered and becomes abusive to his wife.

Period Two Discussion

Time to go cray in the comments! Well, not really. Remember what we said in class:

1. Each student needs to post at least once in the comments section of their period's blog post.
2. Posts should be about Day 1 or Day 2 reading, and can be either a discussion question, or an answer to someone else's discussion question.
3. Try to keep questions and answers roughly equal... if you see there are more questions than answers, add a question. If you see more answers than questions... pose a question!

Some additional suggestions:
  • include page numbers if you're asking a question
  • make sure it's clear who you're answering- either reply directly to a question, or state in your comment which question you're referring to

Example:
Question- Why does Curley's wife hurry away when Slim tells her that Curley went into their house? (32)
Answer- She might be afraid of Curley; perhaps she knows he's looking for her, and she's afraid he might be angry if he can't find her. We know Curley is pugnacious, so maybe he is easily angered and becomes abusive to his wife.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Research Presentations and starting Of Mice and Men

I hope you all had a great three-day weekend! It's nice to skip Mondays sometimes, don't you think?

Today was your last day to work on your research projects in class. Be ready to present them next class meeting!

Homework is to use the Day 1 Vocab words in sentences. These words, and the topics each period chose, are below.

brusque
pantomime
imperious
morose

Period 2: "a day in the life"
Period 3: winter
Period 4: Katy Perry
Period 7: the secret life of a Lynbrook student

-Mrs. L.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unit Three Essential Question!

I know you've all been waiting with baited breath....

"What IS the new essential question, Mrs. Levin? I must know!"

Well, wait no more my lovely ones.

Here it is.

The NEW Essential Question !!!!!

Is here!

Just below!








To what extent can words create a new reality?

A Brief Note on Paraphrasing

As I'm finishing up grading your paraphrasing worksheets, I've noticed a trend:

1. We're really good at taking notes now- bravo!
2. We would benefit from a clarification on the difference between just taking notes, and taking paraphrasing notes.

If you're confused about why you were docked points on your worksheet, or what the difference is between paraphrasing and note-taking, see if this helps:
Paraphrasing notes are a type of note-taking;
But
not all note-taking is paraphrasing.
 When you take notes just for yourself (for a test, for new content, during a powerpoint), it's fine to copy down some exact words or sentence structure.  
BUT! When you take notes on a source to include in a research paper, you want to protect yourself from accidentally stealing their language (plagiarizing) when you use your notes to write your paper. This is why we practiced paraphrasing notes- so that you know how to put things in your own words. If you don't want to put things in your own words, that's called a quote- feel free to use those! Just make sure you put quotation marks around them.

Both paraphrases and quotes, of course, need to be cited in your work.

-Mrs. L.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Freshman Gauntlet and Skit!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm super stoked to see all of you at The Gauntlet Monday morning, and to see what awesomeness you have prepared for your skit!!

-Mrs. L.

New Turnitin.com Account

Please check School Loop for the new class information. My account has changed, so you'll need to add your Lit/Writ class again. Remember, you need to turn in your Unit 2 Assessment online as well as in class on Tuesday!

-Mrs. L.

This is the End, My Friends!

Of Unit 2, that is...

And our first Unit Assessment is upon us! I hope you all found our brainstorming activities on Thursday and Friday were helpful. Think about those discussions as you plan out your response!

Here's a list of materials for you to review in preparation for your answer:

Unit 2 Assessment Prompt
Unit 2 Assessment Rubric
All your Unit 2 notebook notes/entries
Your "Quote Sandwich" work
Your Double-Entry Journals
Your literary devices notes and dictionary
Your literary devices graphic organizers for "The Scarlet Ibis" and "Shaving".
"A Sound of Thunder"
"The Necklace"
"Leaf by Niggle"
"The Scarlet Ibis"
"Shaving"
Excerpt from Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies
Excerpt about "Leaf by Niggle"
Poems: "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner", "The Jabberwocky", "Bilbo's Last Song", "As Kingfishers Catch Fire"

-Mrs. L.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Foreshadowing and Symbolism in "The Scarlet Ibis"

This week we have been focusing on foreshadowing and symbolism used in James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis." Students worked on a graphic organizer to analyze these two literary devices, as well as a few others (metaphor, simile, imagery, theme).

Questions to consider when you're asked something like "what is the significance of the use of this literary device?"
  • Why should an author use this device in their writing?
  • What is the effect on you, the reader, when these devices are used in a text?

We also had our first notebook check this week, and I especially enjoyed reading all the creative and fascinating vocab stories students wrote! Perhaps we should do more creative writing?

-Mrs. L.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Niggle's Painting and Compound Subjects/Predicates

We did some pretty cool stuff in class these last two days... I really enjoyed seeing what the students came up with! After reading the first page of "Leaf by Niggle," we had two expert artist groups take us from text to image by drawing their own renditions of Niggle's painting. Check out the versions below from 2nd and 4th period:


We also had some fun writing sentences with compound subjects and compound predicates, and texted in some pretty sweet sentences to Poll Everywhere here.

Homework is to write sentences using the ten vocab words from the story (one class has been asked to create some art as well- you know who you are!). You may use up to two vocab words per sentence, and sentences should be about the end of summer/beginning of fall.

-Mrs. L.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Period Five Sheltered: Finishing "A Sound of Thunder"

Today, we read through page seven and discussed characterization and plot. In groups, we looked at what new things we know about Eckels since we made our characterization charts... a lot has happened in the story since then! We also worked on the plot chart, adding key events up to the climax of the story. We also watched another part of the video version of the story, and discussed what was good and bad about it.

Homework is to finish reading the story, and annotate for the literary terms we have covered, which are:

Metaphor
Simile
Imagery
Mood
Foreshadowing
Suspense
Characterization

See you Thursday!
-Mrs. L.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sheltered Period Five: Characterization Presentations!

Today, we finished our characterization charts and presented them to the class.

Homework is to revise your mood "quote sandwich" paragraphs.

-Mrs. L.

Theme and Symbolism

Happy Monday everyone! I don't know about you, but this is what I felt like doing when my alarm went off this morning:
Today in class, we talked about theme and symbols. Pairs identified symbols and thematic concepts in the poem "Wild Asters" by Sara Teasdale:

In the spring I asked the daisies
  If his words were true,
And the clever, clear-eyed daisies
  Always knew.

Now the fields are brown and barren,
  Bitter autumn blows,
And of all the stupid asters
  Not one knows
.
Homework is to write a half-page response in your journal to answer these questions:


o   How can a person know what is most important to focus on in life? What might happen if someone focuses on the wrong thing? 


-Mrs. L.