Our English class has finished Act One of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and are now moving into Act Two. We’ve had a variety of students read the various roles and I have been very impressed with our readers.
If students miss a day, or would like to review the play, there in an online transcript. See link below.
Students need to continue reading their “outside the class” novel and work on their “This I Believe” Speeches.
The “This I Believe” essay and speech will be due on Monday, November 17th. Students have been given handout with guidelines and the rubric. Copies of the guidelines can be found in the “Handouts” section.
Below is another handout that gives suggestions for adding details and strengthening student writing. I will be reviewing this in class tomorrow and will look for these elements in the essay portion.
Adding Details: “This I Believe”
Hope this helps.
My English class finished notes and the introduction to Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Below are links to the class generated notes (from selected readings and “jigsaw” activity) as well as a copy of the timeline of events reviewed in class. I will place these in the “Handouts” section as well.
Anne Frank Timeline (sorry for the “grainy” quality)
We began The Diary of Anne Frank yesterday in class and will continue reading and analyzing the text the next few weeks. At home, students are expected to be working on their “This I Believe” speech, as well as, reading their book/novel for the upcoming comparison in class exam.
Please let me know if you have any questions,
We finished our Short Story Unit last Thursday (10.09.2014). Student assessments for the unit were: the Personal Narrative Essay and the in class response essay (connecting elements of a short story to the unit theme, stereotypes).
As a class well will be moving into a new unit, reading and analyzing The Diary of Anne Frank (play, adapted from The Diary of a Young Girl). We have two large components to this unit that I am introducing now but have due dates much later in the unit. I anticipate the unit taking us until almost Thanksgiving break to complete. I am still finalizing a unit calendar, and will update the website with said calendar once it is completed. The two unit assessments:
“This I Believe” Speech:
Students will be asked to write a 500-700 word essay exploring a personal belief they hold, and what life events led them to this conclusion. Below (and I will place it in “Handouts” as well) are the guidelines and expectations for the essay. This essay will then be presented in class as a 3 minute speech.
“This I Believe” Speech and Essay Guidelines
On Thursday, we will go to the ISB library to check out books/novels. These books will share a similar theme of The Diary of Anne Frank. Students will then do an in class essay response comparing and contrasting the story they read to Anne Frank. Below is the rubric for this essay response.
Comparing Stories Rubric
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Students will be taking the Short Story Unit Assessment this Thursday. We reviewed characterization and stereotypes, from the four short stories, in class today. Below is a link to the notes generated in class. I also linked a copy of my PowerPoint notes on Stereotypes and the unit theme.
Stereotypes in the Short Story Unit
Hope this helps.
Students will be keeping their classwork in a portfolio throughout the school year. I have provided each student a folder to be kept in class. They are more than welcome to bring the portfolio home to share their work and progress (this is encouraged). I just ask that they are returned with the required items – I use their portfolio of work when grading.
Portfolio Check Number One: the following items are expected to be in the student portfolio when it is collected on Thursday.
Classwork / Homework (Formative Assessments)
- Introduction Letter (to Mr. Milburn)
- “This is My Face” Poem
- Elements of a Short Story Quiz
- “Walter Mitty” Plot Diagram
- “The Scholarship Jacket” Plot Organizer
- On Modern Intelligence
- “Huron” Snapshot
- Summer Reading Assessment (Formative Assessment)
- Personal Narrative Essay (Summative Assessment)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
- William Milburn
The Language and Literature and Handouts sections are updated.
English students should be working on their Personal Narrative Essays at home. This score will be reflected in the grade book. The rubric and other supplemental information can be found in the Handouts tab.
Personal Narrative Essays Due: 10.7.2014
Let me know if you have any questions.
Enjoy the weekend,