Thursday, December 3, 2009

November-Week of November 30th Post

While Studying the Writing Process, the students wrote three paragraph essays. We ended with a Writing Process Jeopardy game. The topic of the papers varied with each grade:
Freshmen: A Bad Day
Sophomores: Defending their opinion of Hemingway's, "Cat in the Rain."
Seniors: Analyzing the husband and wife's relationship in Hemingway's, "Cat in the Rain."

Each grade went through each stage of the Writing Process with a final, polished and typed paper. I was impressed!

After the Writing Process, there were a few lessons on adjectives and adverbs. We wrote our own sentences, did some bookwork, played some jeopardy, and even diagrammed a few sentences. :)

Just before Thanksgiving, we watched movies that pertained to books we are now reading based on the Michigan curriculum focus for each grade level. These can be found on the Michigan Education website. The movies that we watched were:
Freshmen: Pursuit of Happiness
Sophomores: War of the Worlds
Seniors: The beginning of 1984, followed by a lecture about world history.

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving!

Upon return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we started reading a novel.
Freshmen: Who Stole My Cheese?
Sophomores: War of the Worlds
Seniors: Catcher in the Rye

We will revisit reading comprehension strategies as we read the novels. We will start a genre study after the novels. The students will write a paper based on the genre study, revisiting stages of the Writing Process as many struggled with that test. Review of parts of speech will continue with the Mad Libs game throughout the semester.

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