Friday, October 26, 2007

Teaching Reflection - Period 2

In an open response, reflect on your experiences teaching. Your reflection should touch upon the following questions.

What did you learn about teaching?
What did you learn about methods that impacted you?
What would you have done differently?
What worked and what didn't?
Do you feel you have a better understanding of your particular grammatical unit? Why or Why not?
How was being a student for your fellow classmates?


While I encourage you to be specific, I am careful to remind you this is public. I do not want - "It would've worked great if only George did his job!!!!", rather "We should have been more clear as a group in our roles". The purpose of this writing piece is not about the group, but rather your own sense of learning and teaching.

You will be scored with an open response rubric.
4 - Clear topic development, evidence (examples from your experience), and analysis (So what or so what now?)
3 - Addresses most of the questions, provides some examples, begins to analyze what now
2 - Reflects basically on his or her experience, provides a few examples, lacks analysis
1 - Minimal effort in addressing or supporting topic, little or no analysis


THIS IS DUE WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT

Teaching Reflection - Period 4

In an open response, reflect on your experiences teaching. Your reflection should touch upon the following questions.

What did you learn about teaching?
What did you learn about methods that impacted you?
What would you have done differently?
What worked and what didn't?
Do you feel you have a better understanding of your particular grammatical unit? Why or Why not?
How was being a student for your fellow classmates?


While I encourage you to be specific, I am careful to remind you this is public. I do not want - "It would've worked great if only George did his job!!!!", rather "We should have been more clear as a group in our roles". The purpose of this writing piece is not about the group, but rather your own sense of learning and teaching.

You will be scored with an open response rubric.
4 - Clear topic development, evidence (examples from your experience), and analysis (So what or so what now?)
3 - Addresses most of the questions, provides some examples, begins to analyze what now
2 - Reflects basically on his or her experience, provides a few examples, lacks analysis
1 - Minimal effort in addressing or supporting topic, little or no analysis


THIS IS DUE WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Corrrecting The Sentences



And the answer is...
First Question:
Peace and quiet is rarely on the plains in spring.

Peace and quiet are rarely on the plains in spring.

CORRECT Peace and quiet is rare on the plains in spring.

Peace and quiet are rare on the plains in spring.

Peace and quiet is a term that is singular. Despite being two separate items, the expression is singular because they are thought of as a unit; therefore, it needs a plural verb. "Rarely" is an adverb and adverbs typically do not describe a verb of being. Rare is acceptable.


Second Question:
Miraculously we watched as the surgeon operated with a plastic spoon.

Correct Dumpy and overweight, our dog needs more exercise, the vet says.

As a den mother, Mrs. Glossop's station wagon was always full of Cub Scouts.

Strolling along the trail, Mount Rushmore came into view.

These are errors in dangling participles. "Miraculously" in the first sentence is describing the watching not the operating. In the second sentence, the station wagon is being described as a den mother. It is not. Lastly, "strolling along the trail" is describing Mount Rushmore. The second sentence, which is awkward, is correct. "Dumpy and overweight" is describing the dog. The sentence is not directly quoting the vet, so you do not need quotation marks. A better way of writing it is "The vet says our dog needs more exercise because she is dumpy and overweight".

Here is the link for Depressing Garfield

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Conjunction Junction

I figured this was appropriate considering we are in the midst of our grammar study. The post on Antigone for this week can be found below. You can view the Youtube clip at home, but not at school, which is a bummer.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Antigone: Dialogue, Character, and Death


Dialogue helps reveal character. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden's tone and his interior monologue help create a portrait of his lifestyle, his background, his wants, his fears, and his goals.

In dramatic works, dialogue is often the readers' only clue into understanding the character.

For your blog entry this week, I would like you to choose a line from the text that reveals something about the character of Antigone, Ismene or Creon (Only choose one).
What does that line show the reader? What insight do you get into the character?
Write down the line and write a few sentences about your understanding of the character.


Also, read Death Knocks by Woody Allen. This is a funny piece. Comment on what the dialogue reveals about the characters of Nat and Death. Also, to keep the conversation flowing, what themes or ideas do you see expressed in the work? Also, if you were to draw a character sketch of Death, what would he or she be like?

To help you understand Death Knocks, you may wish to familarize yourself with Gin Rummy.

The entry is due Friday October 26th.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Catcher in the Rye: Psychology Assignment



Hey everyone, I wanted to point out that I just found out I assigned this topic on World Mental Health Day - October 10th.

The next blog assignment will be due Wednesday afternoon October 18th, not before. Your essay must be posted to the blog website by Wednesday afternoon to receive full credit.

OBJECTIVES:
- To correctly utilize online resources
- To provide a character analysis using psychological framework
- To write integrating text

Assignment:
Research one of the following psychological phenomena and provide a diagnosis of Holden Caulfield. State how Holden displays traits of your chosen psychological phenomena and using the text, provide insight into why Holden may have this trait and how this phenomena affects Holden’s relationships, sense of self, and/or maturing.
To structure your essay,
1) Describe your chosen psychological topic.
2) Provide evidence of Holden having this psychological phenomena. (You may wish to highlight areas in which Holden does not display traits.)
3) Using text, analyze why Holden may have this issue. (AVOID GENERALIZATIONS!)
4) What are the effects of this phenomena on Holden and others in the text?


Sections 2,3, and 4 could be separate paragraphs or combined together, depending on how you weave your evidence and analysis. Your conclusion should be a recommendation: After completing a psychological evaluation of Holden Caulfield, it is determined that…therefore, he should…
For your conclusion, research common treatments or medical plans to help an individual who may have this psychological phenomena.

You may choose one of the following to research:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety
Clinical Depression
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder


How to research:
I am not looking for an indepth understanding of the medical and psychological traits and aspects of these phenomena; however, I expect you to have a fair understanding of its causes, symptons, and treatments. To do so, I suggest looking at these websites:

wikipedia

WebMD
APA Help Center

You will be graded by using a standard 10 point MCAS Rubric. The response should be 600 to 800 words in length. All quotes from the text, both online and from Salinger, must follow MLA format. You will turn in your works cited/consulted sheet and a copy of your research to me the day of the assignment.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

It was a dark and stormy night...


For a change, I want everyone to flex their creative muscle. I want you to practice writing an opening scene to a narrative. Narrative writing is very different than academic writing.

In writing, I want you to make a few choices:
What is the point of view?
What is the setting?
Which character do I need to introduce?

You may wish to write a few brief bits of dialogue, but really what I am desiring is a descriptive scene.


ASSIGNMENT:

I want everyone to write one paragraph finishing this phrase: "It was a dark and stormy night..." This paragraph can be about whatever you want as long as it is appropriate. Before you write: Read about the history of the phrase here.

To enhance your writing, use active verbs, figurative language (similes, metaphors, hyperbole, etc.), and rich adjectives.

Good luck, young publishing writers!!!!!