Great progress this week! The most fantastic thing that happened was student-choice reading. Holy smokes am I excited about this. I've seen the best focus I've seen all year with independent reads, and I'm excited to see where this goes and how it grows. I'm very proud of you, and I'm so happy to have you reading what you WANT to read.
Here's what we did this week:
On Monday, we talked about being a person in the world. We worked together to fill out these alpha boxes with universal theme topics like acceptance, betrayal, commitment, determination, and so on...
Tuesday, you guys had a sub and you spent some time reading and then watched a TED talk on connectedness and loneliness.
Wednesday, we double rainbow-ed it and practiced identifying theme with images.
Thursday, it was The Story of an Hour plus annotations and a 442.
And today, Friday, we either built theme fortune tellers, finished up and shared out our 442s, or elected for an on-the-fly (and very successful) Read What You Want Day (YES, 5th period!).
I'll take it. Good work everybody.