Hi West House!! I hope everyone is having an amazing day today!
SO if you weren’t at school today here’s a little overview of what we did in class:
Schiller – First Block:
Today we finished watching Inception and had a little discussion on different theories we have for the ending.
Reminder: If you still need to get your experiment approved please do so tomorrow that way you can work on your introduction during house on Friday.
Edwards – Second Block:
So today we started off with 20 minutes of SSR as we normally do. Then we moved onto starting our Introduction to Unit 4.
The first introduction activity was being asked three questions and having people read their answers that way we can see the way our peers think. The three questions were:
- How is it possible for a favorite book to transform you?
- Why are both vision and disillusion necessary? ( Vision being dreams/hopes and disillusion being reality checks)
- When can the way we look at things lead to growth and when can it hold us back?
The third question comes straight from the book, it’s the essential question for this unit.
After this assignment we were working in our textbook, we analyzed the first reading which is The Assignment of My Life by Ruth Gruber on page 416. This reading is important because it is an example of a Reflective Narrative which is the same style that our final essay assignment/component for Mrs.Edwards will be.
While reading we were highlighting and taking notes on key strategies for Reflective Narratives:
In the Launch Text we highlighted the keywords : Reflective Narrative, true story, explores its meaning, dialogue and reflection, and How does the writer feel about her experiences?
In the first paragraph we were supposed to identify how the author feels and highlight our examples to reason our answer.
In the second paragraph we highlighted dialogue, she wanted us to realize that dialogue makes the words more personal. Rather than saying “My professor told me I couldn’t do it” she used the actual words making it more real. We also highlighted words like NYU, The Atlantic, Harper’s, University of Cologne and Herbert Schoffler because of the specificity of these words.
In the third paragraph we again were describing how the author felt and highlighted our reasoning. We also underlined the word “Eventually” because its an example of a transition word in the middle of the paragraph to express that the author is changing emotions mid paragraph.
In paragraph 4 we wrote the author’s reasoning behind making the paragraph only two sentences. What we decided was the reasoning was emphasis and passage of time.
In paragraph 5 we underlined the objective phrases and circled the subjective phrases. Objective phrases are phrases that are facts while subjective phrases are opinions.
Finally in paragraph 6 we identified trigger words in the paragraph and how those words made us feel.
Reminder: We will be working out of our textbook for this whole Unit so it’s important that you bring your book everyday! Also don’t forget to do your blog response for this week!
Thinnes – Third Block:
We did our SAT problems for the day then finished watching The Imitation Game!
Reminder: we will be quizzed on both movies we have watched recently in her class on this upcoming Fun Friday!
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” -Leonardo da Vinci