Since your last update, we've been busy with Poetry Out Loud, two sets of Novel Notes, Their Eyes Were Watching God graphic essays, and setting the table for A Doll's House with anticipation guides and Philosophical Chairs.
We've been busy with endings and beginnings. And from what I can tell, you're ready to take off the AP Lit training wheels.
That will be our focus from here on out: enriching the skills you already have, idependently applying strategies, effectively articulating your thoughts, ideas, and insights about texts in writing.
As we are wrapping up our first semester together, here are a few questions to reflect on...
How do you conistently and effectively apply reliable text-analysis strategies to the literature we're studying? What strategies best work for you? How can you offer your insights and prove them? How can you continue to work towards a more mature style and voice in writing? What skills should you practice to reach your AP Lit potential?
You guys have come a long way since August, and I'm SO PROUD of all you've accomplished -- especially your comittment to digging into literature every single day.
Below are some (not all) of the TEWWG graphic essays. As always, can't wait to see what else you all come up with.
This is just to say that
I have forgotten
the blog that I
write for you.
I was distracted,
so tired yet so inspired.
Yeah, that's where we are on the eve' of Thanksgiving Break. In the time since our last Week In Review, we have been wrapping up Slaughterhouse and essays and diving in to Their Eyes Were Watching God.
So far we've gotten after voice and dialect, context and situation, and Janie and her sexy pear tree. There seems to be some really productive and rich discussion happening with this text, and I'm excited by our progress. We've studied mentor texts, posted our text noticings, and participated in our first silent discussion.
And in the meantime, I, of course, jetted off and back again to and fro Atlanta for the NCTE annual convention, which was mindblowingly awesome and inspiring. It was reiterated to me again that I have the best job in the world and teach the best kids in the world (*cough, cough -- that's you.) ;)
Here's what you need for now.
HERE is the updated calendar.
HERE is the commentary journal assignment.
Here is your virtual high five for being awesome:
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard