Category: English 8

English 8 – Thursday, March 26th

FIRST – PLEASE take a moment to complete the Google SURVEY here: https://forms.gle/Wrfozt9VEBH2mf8g8 or check your school email for the invite.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least)
  2. Quickwrite* #21:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a biography/character sketch (real or fictional) or a set of interview questions (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.
  4. NEXT UP:  narrowing your focus to ONE topic and generating pieces of writing.

Deadlines:

  • TAKE the “Distance Learning Survey” via Google
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm TODAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you?..Really”
  • END OF DAY TODAY 3/26 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm  NOON (12pm) FRIDAY 3/27 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – you’ll find a topic for this in your group Flipgrid.
  • END OF DAY SUNDAY 3/29 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:   BookTalk!

English 8 – Wednesday, March 25th

  1. Indie read (you know you ❤ it)
  2. Quickwrite* #20:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a list or a dialogue (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Watch the MG Videos #1 – 8 that go over the components for your MG.  You’ll find them in Flipgrid – code e8mg20 under the MG Overview & Schedule topic (total time is less than 20 minutes, but I tried for over 11 hours to upload to YouTube before deciding to break it down and put it here). Download, print, or read the pdf here: MG Components slides (note: this version does NOT have examples and the videos DO – so please watch them).
  4. Here’s the handout with other genre ideas: genre ideas page
  5. Use the new WRITE CLUB Flipcodes!! to check-in with your WRITE CLUB sometime TODAY or so.  See the post below “WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid” for details & check your school email for codes.

FROM YESTERDAY

EXPLORING IDEAS:  You will bring to WRITE CLUB (submit-via-DropBox) 3 – 5 ideas (number them) you might pursue in a multi-genre project, explaining why these ideas interest you (these can be as weird & abstract as you wish).  Check out the MGIE Template 2020 that you can use to easily format your work (and to know what you might include).  You can download the template above or find a copy already in your Drafts folder (IF you don’t have one, send me an email and I’ll fix that). due end of day Thurs. 3/26

Deadlines:

  • TODAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you?..Really”
  • END OF DAY TOMORROW 3/26 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • BY NOON (12pm) FRIDAY 3/27 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through.
  • END OF DAY SUNDAY 3/29 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:   BookTalk!

WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid – ALL CLASSES (March 24th)

Your WRITE CLUB is going online via Flipgrid (for now).  At some point, we may need to do some live calls via zoom, but let’s start here.

My rationale for this move:

  1. I’m looking for a way for you to feel connected face-to-face while remaining (for now) asynchronous (this means we don’t have to coordinate being online at the same time.
  2. I’m looking for a way to connect to you as well (and I can through each group here) and to notice who is taking the time to connect and who is neglecting school work.
  3. I’m looking for a way for you to feel a little more secure and less self-conscious than big Flipgrid groups where so many more classmates can watch/listen to your videos.
  4. I’m looking for you to still have feedback that is more than comments in MSWord (although you can still make those too).

HOW IT WORKS

  1. You will get a school email from Mrs. C with your Flipcode. This code is ONLY for your WRITE CLUB group – no one else has access to it.
  2. The first topic will be set up as just a check-in.  Leave your group a message about how you are doing – what is it like to move to “shelter in place” – how are you and your family holding up or making adjustments to working/learning from home?
  3. Check back in every once in awhile and respond to your groupmates – it’s okay for this to devolve into outside conversations, etc.  I plan on checking on all of you this way.
  4. Soon, you will have your MG ideas put together.  We’ll be sharing them in Dropbox as usual, but also in Flipgrid – more instructions to follow.

TODAY/the next 24 HOURS

  • Check your email.
  • Use your Flipcode.
  • Tell your group (and Mrs. C)  how it’s going.
  • Check back and respond when it seems appropriate.

English 8 – Tuesday, March 24th

Today is about ideas for your multi-genre paper/project (henceforward MG) & reconnecting with your WRITE CLUB group.

  1. Indie read (you know it – spend 15 to 20 in your book).  Running out of things to read? Check the post from the top of the week on ideas for getting more book access.
  2. EXPLORING IDEAS:  You will bring to WRITE CLUB (submit-via-DropBox) 3 – 5 ideas (number them) you might pursue in a multi-genre project, explaining why these ideas interest you (these can be as weird & abstract as you wish).  Check out the MGIE Template 2020 that you can use to easily format your work (and to know what you might include).  You can download the template above or find a copy already in your Drafts folder (IF you don’t have one, send me an email and I’ll fix that).
  3. Use the new WRITE CLUB Flipcodes!! to check-in with your WRITE CLUB sometime in the next day or so.  See the above post for details & check your school email for codes.

Reminder: Don’t forget about your BookTalks!

Who Wants More Examples? – More looks at Multi-genre projects/papers

If we were in class, I have a couple of binders with about 15 different student written multi-genre papers from previous years that you are able to look at in groups or on your own.  So far, I’ve shared 6 of these papers (with permission to share student work).  If you’d like a look at more creations to see what others have done with this assignment, here are a few more.  Again, notice the visual layout, the length of the whole and the parts, the overall format used, the thread or “glue” (aka unifying element) that holds pieces together, and the order (or rather the variety of ordered possibilities) these genres occur.  Watch for the “required” items and the extra ones that students chose to include.  You can find both pdf for read-thru here and videos with a quick run-through on the Flipgrid site (use codes I gave out last week).

BridickFINALMG

JacobsFINALMG

JonesFINALMG

EarlsMGFinal

ColeFINALMG

RicheyFINALMG

Tomorrow, you can expect to see examples of the different genres, both required and ideas for optional ones you could try.

English 8 – Monday, March 23rd

OK.  Week 2:  Here we go.  If you haven’t started much of anything yet, thinking “this will just be a week or two and I’ll catch up when we go back,” you should probably rethink that and work on getting caught up.  Now that distance learning is through at least April 7th (and I can’t make any guarantees beyond that), it’s time to get started if you’ve been avoiding it.  And if you are caught up on the day-to-day, congratulations.  It’s good to keep a sense of routine and normalcy.

  1.  Indie read (as usual 15 to 20 minutes)
  2. Let’s start our thoughts on academic research by watching this quick video on how to think about research as a conversation.  Research Is a Conversation – Shafer Library
  3. Then, check out the slide show about how to conduct academic research attached here: CONDUCTING ACADEMIC RESEARCH (you are welcome to view, download, and/or print as needed).  To watch this slideshow with teacher commentary, here’s a link to a YouTube video you can watch.
  4. Continue thinking about topics you might like to research.  You’ll be compiling a list of possibilities tomorrow and sharing them later this week.

ALSO:  See the separate post on BookTalks below.

BOOK TALK Update & Where to Find Your Next Read – ALL CLASSES

Hey Seniors,

With even more time away from school now, be sure to work on your booktalk and post it to Flipgrid.  Watch a few others while you’re there! Note that with the stay-at-home orders, I realize some of you might not have your book for booktalk with you.  If you can’t add a read aloud section, no worries – it’s now optional.  Just give us the rest of the book talk.

I know the world is changing fast but there are still places you can access books. So far, Amazon still delivers (just a little slower) and has e-book options, audible is a good choice to listen to books on audio (and in this crisis time, some stories are being offered FREE – click here https://stories.audible.com/start-listen for more).  Also, the Granite City public libary aka Six Mile Regional Library District is allowing you to sign up for library cards online for FREE too.  While the physical buildings are currently closed, you can check out e-books for FREE through the library. Click Here: https://www.smrld.org/connect/get-a-library-card/  to find out how. Escape the endless news cycle and the boredom of being trapped at home by diving into a good book or finding a new research “rabbit-hole.”

Can’t wait to see what you read next.  Please let me know if you have questions or need anything.

-Mrs. C = )

English 8 – Friday, March 20th

Nothing new today – just reminders about what should be going on.

  • No weekend plans?  Make some time to read – about 20 minutes per day.
  • Also start thinking about topics you might like to explore for your multi-genre paper.  We’ll be putting these to paper next week & sharing them.
  • If you didn’t read “Crafting Narrative” or take a look at the multi-genre example papers, give that a go (some of my videos were accidentally set to “hidden” so they weren’t visible to you.  Check out the Flipgrid (code rcmg20) to watch them & look at the posts from the last couple of days to check them out in more detail.
  • Enjoy the great booktalks already posted and add yours to Flipgrid.
  • And finish up any missing DRAFTs from earlier in the semester if needed.  (You should have DRAFT#1 – indelible moment, DRAFT#2 – photo memoir, DRAFT#3 – cited commentary of a TEDtalk, & DRAFT#4 – book review/book club reflection).

PLEASE take a look at these papers so you are not confused as to what multi-genre can be, how it can look, and where you might take it.  This thinking will help you as you begin to develop your own topic possibilities. *Note that these papers do not specifically fit your criteria (they are just about getting a feel for multi-genre).

DEADLINES FROM PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS:

English 8: DRAFT#3 was due Monday “teacher-ready” and we wrote DRAFT#4 in class last Friday.  Finish up either as needed ASAP.  If the lack of papers in your draft folder is affecting your course grade, get them done, email me to let me know, and I can make adjustments.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR ENGLISH 8:  If for any reason you have trouble using MSWord and need to type documents in Google docs, that’s fine for now – just make it happen.  If Dropbox won’t let you upload Googledocs then just email them to me and I’ll figure it out.

English 8 – Thursday, March 19th

First and foremost, take care of yourselves.  Note that social distancing means staying home (mostly) and not really interacting in person, face to face, with friends.  I don’t like to be the person to say it, but this is NOT Spring Break.  If you have questions, concerns, or comments, be sure to send me an email and I’ll see how I can help.

  1. Indie read (Yep, again.  Make this a 15 to 20 minute – or more – part of your routine.)
  2. Quickwrite/Notebook: #18 – do the last set of inventory questions.  You can answer them right on the page (or if you missed on Monday, find them here QW interest prompt DAY3 as PDF)
  3. Today, we are going to read an excerpt from Tom Romano’s book Fearless Writing – Chapter 17: Crafting Narrative. (If you are in 3rd hour, I forgot to hand this out – so find it here Crafting Narrative – Romano.  If you’d like to read along (or listen instead, audio-book style), go to Flipgrid & use flipcode e8mg20 to find the grid for distance learning and listen to me read the chapter there (you’ll find it in the MG Overview topic).
  4. Check out more example papers*.  You can look by yourself at the PDF here: SchaeferFINALMG PryorFINALMG HutsonFINALMG OR  You can watch the screencast video where I talk you through what’s going on in the paper also on the Flipgrid.  Check them out!

PLEASE take a look at these papers so you are not confused as to what multi-genre can be, how it can look, and where you might take it.  This thinking will help you as you begin to develop your own topic possibilities. *Note that these papers do not specifically fit your criteria (they are just about getting a feel for multi-genre).

DEADLINES FROM PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS:

English 8: DRAFT#3 was due Monday “teacher-ready” and we wrote DRAFT#4 in class last Friday.  Finish up either as needed ASAP.  If the lack of papers in your draft folder is affecting your course grade, get them done, email me to let me know, and I can make adjustments.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR ENGLISH 8:  If for any reason you have trouble using MSWord and need to type documents in Google docs, that’s fine for now – just make it happen.  If Dropbox won’t let you upload Googledocs then just email them to me and I’ll figure it out.

English 8 – Wednesday, March 18th

How’d yesterday go?  If you have questions, concerns, or comments, be sure to send me an email and I’ll see how I can help.

  1. Indie read (Yep, again.  Make this a 15 to 20 minute – or more – part of your routine.)
  2. Quickwrite/Notebook: #18 – do the next set of inventory questions.  You can answer them right on the page (or if you missed on Monday, find them here QW interest prompt DAY2 as PDF )
  3. Let’s go over the Multi-genre research paper handouts. I gave these out Monday or you can find them on yesterday’s webpost (be sure to look at the ones for English 8 as Rhet-Comp’s are not quite the same). Go to Flipgrid & use flipcode e8mg20 to find the grid for distance learning and watch the videos there.
  4. Check out a couple of example papers*.  You can look by yourself at the PDF here: O’KeefeFINALMG DernerFINALMG  OR  You can watch the screencast video where I talk you through what’s going on in the paper also on the Flipgrid.  Check them out!

PLEASE take a look at these papers so you are not confused as to what multi-genre can be, how it can look, and where you might take it.  This thinking will help you as you begin to develop your own topic possibilities. *Note that these papers do not specifically fit your criteria (they are just about getting a feel for multi-genre).

DEADLINES FROM PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS:

English 8: DRAFT#3 was due yesterday “teacher-ready” and we wrote DRAFT#4 in class on Friday.  Finish up either as needed ASAP.  If the lack of papers in your draft folder is affecting your course grade, get them done, email me to let me know, and I can make adjustments.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR ENGLISH 8:  If for any reason you have trouble using MSWord and need to type documents in Google docs, that’s fine for now – just make it happen.  If Dropbox won’t let you upload Googledocs then just email them to me and I’ll figure it out.