Week 1: August 31st- September 4th
Monday, August 31st
Introduced the class and what EE English will study
Made journals. You can make your own by obtaining 8 pieces of binder paper and tying the holes with string.
Wrote first journal assignment:
In any order, name 2 true facts about you and 1 lie.
Ex: I like cheese, I have lived in Canada, and I love to cook.
Played “True Truths and a lie.”
Tuesday, September 1st
Journal: What do you think is happening in the following excerpt?
She handed him the bundle.
“It's very small.”
“So were you.”
Discussed Reading Strategies. (Things we do while reading to figure out what the reading is about and make meaning from it.)
Making inferences- making an educated guess.
Comparing things- how is _____ like ______?
Making predictions- what do I think will happen next? How do I know?
Asking questions- who, what, where, when, why, how...?
Visualizing- making mental pictures.
Making personal connections- how is like something I have experienced in my own life?
Identifying main idea- what is this about? What's the point?
Defining unknown concepts- is there a word, phrase or concept I don't know?
Used one strategy to re-evaluate the reading from the journal assignment. Write a paragraph about how your understanding of the dialouge improved by using one of these reading strategies.
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd
Journal: What do the following words mean? What do you think they mean? (Making a guess is fine.)
FOW (Focus on Writing books) p. 13-15
Introduced Essay assignment- rough drafts due Sept. 25th
Topic is on FOW p. 80. You can choose any role model, not just a celebrity. A friend, a relative etc. Follow the same procedure.
Writing a Thesis- 15 points
Write out prompt on FOW p. 80. Underline the key phrases like the example on p. 13
Who are you going to write about?
What are three reasons you look up to them/3 qualities you want to emulate. Write it in paragraph form.
Make sure your reasons are not “superficial.” EX: hard working, loving, generous, ambitious, kind, charitable, etc... SUPERFICIAL examples: nice hair, likes basketball, they're “the bomb!”
Thursday, Sept. 3rd
Journal: Module 1 p. 147
Read p. 148 and determine what goes into a good introductory paragraph. (3 things)
Read p. 149- what are the four things you can use as “effective opening sentances” to grab your reader's attention?
Write an effective opening sentence for your introduction. Combine it with your thesis to write your introduction. (10 points)
Friday, Sept. 4th
Quiz Week 1 (Make an appointment with Ms. Steed to make up a quiz at lunch or after school.
Discussed the following terms.
Noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition
Played Pictionary and Charades.