Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a nice break.
In READING: We are now reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. If you wish to buy an unabridged copy for your child, that is fine and helpful; however, we do have copies here for just about every student. I am not sending the book home with students on a daily basis this time. Still, there may be a couple occasions when I want them to use them for home work. Below is the new vocabulary for the book. Students will be working through these words throughout the next three weeks: 1. Clergyman
2. Veneration 3. Emphatic 4. Residual 5. Legatee 6. Solemn 7. Covetous 8. Implore 9. Obscure
10. Indignantly 11. Homage 12. Ominous 13. Misanthropic 14. Relinquish 15. Melancholy
16. Penance 17. Lamentation 18. Incoherent 19. Endeavour 20. Recumbent 21. Diminish 22. Fluctuate
23. Jocund 24. Surmounted 25. Cupola 26. Retentive 27. Latent 28. Decanter 29. Installment 30. Strife
31. Capacious. Students need to have defined the first 15 words by the end of the week. What they don't finish in class they can do for homework. I will be asking them to use these words in sentences as well - another possible homework assignment. AT THE END OF THESE 3 WEEKS, I WILL TAKE UP ALL 31 OF THE DEFINITIONS AND SENTENCES FOR A VOCABULARY GRADE.
In LANGUAGE ARTS: The focus is on COMPOUND/COMPLEX SENTENCES (clauses) and FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE. Students will be assessed on their ability to identify and utilize in their own writing. There should be a grammar quiz on compound/complex sentences by the end of the week.
In WRITING: Students will be working in small groups to create debate presentations. We will be choosing debate topics and teams. Teams will draw their topic and position from a bowl, meaning they may have to argue for something they don't actually agree with. This is a good intellectual exercise for all. It's all about building an argument, being aware of the issues surrounding a topic, and using the Rhetorical triangle along with other persuasive techniques. The debates will be held during the last week before the break.
These are the remaining rhetoric vocabulary words that will be tested later this week. They will be tested similarly to the way the previous batch was tested.
We will be working on writing objective summaries to the first chapter of How to Win Friends and Influence People this week.
I will also assess students' abilities to identify PRONOUN/ANTECEDENT relationships and PASSIVE/ACTIVE VOICE in writing. This will take place at the end of the week.
I hope to begin my unit on Dickens' A Christmas Carol soon.
At this point, students should be submitting their persuasive essays to me if they haven't already.
Last week, the vast majority of students did very well on the Rhetorical triangle test! Only a handful need to ask me for a retake.
This week there is no school on Tuesday, so the vocabulary test will have to be on Wednesday. The test will cover the first half of the words listed in last week's post - through "mutual."
Students were told that their homework this weekend was to come up with ideas for their persuasive essay. I want them to write about something personally and culturally relevant. We will be working on these throughout the week.
In My Class:
All students are expected to behave as scholars. I am dedicated to fostering a safe, supportive, fun, rigorous academic environment. I love my job, I love your kids, and I'm going to do my best for them. I expect them to do their best as well.