MC Lit / English 5 – Friday, September 11th

TODAY – Complete the INDIVIDUAL READING RATE activity & GForm on GClassroom to check-in today.  Instructor OFFICE HOURS today from 9 – 12 & 12:30 – 2 (Zoom link on GClassroom).  Stop in with questions about the assignment, to get help on platform sign-up/use (Dropbox, Padlet, Flipgrid).

REMINDERS:

  • What are you reading?  YOU NEED A BOOK (email Mrs. C to request books for delivery OR find your own read)
  • Apply for a GC library card. (Pick up your real card at the main library and maybe get a FREE book).

DEADLINE:

  • Individual Reading Rate activity TODAY!!
  • CHOOSE your read for the BIG GROUP READ – You’ll need a book by Monday 9/21 – see the slideshow w/links & the GForm to choose your book no later than Wednesday 9/16. (You’ll find this on GClassroom on the stream)

TO DO:  Read at least 15 minutes – EVERY DAY.

PAST DATES:

  • WRITING 1 was due Sunday 9/6
  • Tech set-up – Dropbox, Flipgrid, Padlet – should be COMPLETE

UPCOMING:

  • Next week – more read-together core texts by Black authors as we prepare for reading a verse novel.

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, September 11th

TODAY – Complete the INDIVIDUAL READING RATE activity & GForm on GClassroom to check-in today.  Instructor OFFICE HOURS today from 9 – 12 & 12:30 – 2 (Zoom link on GClassroom).  Stop in with questions about the assignment, to get help on platform sign-up/use (Dropbox, Padlet, Flipgrid).

REMINDERS:

  • Did you register for SWIC? (I’m working on finding out what we do if you missed the deadline.)
  • Read at least 20 minutes – EVERY DAY.
  • Apply for a GC library card. (Pick up your real card at the main library and maybe get a FREE book).

DEADLINE:

UPCOMING:  Next week – read-like-a-writer w/ your WRITE CLUB groups & college application essay work

Rhetoric & Comp – Thursday, September 10th

WRITE: Quickwrite #4:  we’ll watch the video below and then react with a 3 minute in-class notebook write.

STUDY:  Return to thinking from Tuesday about “good” writing.  We’ll refresh our thoughts on the student papers we read & see what we can learn from quantifying our evaluations:  norming out 4s & 1s, what makes a 4 a 4?, why are some evals all over the place?  Visit the goodwrite Padlet board here.

CREATE/PRACTICE:  Quick intro and practice at giving feedback – we’ll use a sample paper that you gave a 2.  Try pointing out at least one thing you like (and why), asking one readerly question, and posing one “what if..” suggestion.

STUDY:  Quick lecture – SOME TRUTHS ABOUT WRITING (take notes on the next page in your notebook)

TO DO:

DEADLINE:  SWIC course registration by 4pm TODAY. Here’s how – watch the video about Dual Credit.on Tuesday’s post  Use the directions to register for class.  Find the codes for your specific course section attached to Tuesday’s GClassroom post.  (Hint: the part of the video specifically about registering starts about 7:25 into the video) Link to SWIC registration HERE.

PAST DATES:

  • WRITING 1 was due Sunday 9/6

UPCOMING:  Discovering your reading rate (tomorrow) & more read-like-a-writer w/ your WRITE CLUB groups (next week).

MC Lit / English 5 – Wednesday, September 9th

Review how to add Reading Check-ins in Padlet.  Indie read – 10 minutes.

Quickwrite #3: “Talking ‘Bout a Revolution” Listen to the song / read lyrics – react in a 3 minute write.

Core read:  “This Far: Notes on Love & Revolution” by Daniel Jose Older from The Fire This Time.  Add to write with an additional 2 minutes of thought.

Preview:  BIG GROUP READ – choices Long Way Down, Solo, The Poet X. Start deciding what you’ll read.  (GSlides on the today’s GClassroom post – check out the links & fill out the request form).

TO DO:  Read at least 15 minutes – EVERY DAY.

PAST DATES:

  • Reader/Writer survey was Friday 9/4
  • WRITING 1 was due Sunday 9/6

STICK-AROUND:  Dropbox help.  Gotta get this figured out.

Rhetoric & Comp – Tuesday, September 8th

Today, begin by posting a reading check-in on the padlet – USE the link on the right for Indie Read Check-Ins 7A – add a post-it as instructed.

Quickwrite #3 – What’s in the Box? (3 minute write)

Mini-discussion:  Learning to read & write – “How to Bartle Puzzballs”

Study:  What makes writing “good” and why does that matter?  Use the handouts on GClassroom to work on evaluating some writing.  Then, we’ll work together to see what we can learn.  Visit Today’s Padlet Here.

TO DO:  Read at least 20 minutes a day – EVERY DAY.

DEADLINESWIC course registration by 4pm this THURSDAY. Here’s how – watch the attached video about Dual Credit.  Use the directions to register for class.  Find the codes for your specific course section attached to today’s GClassroom post.  (Hint: the part of the video specifically about registering starts about 7:25 into the video) Link to SWIC registration HERE.

PAST DATES:

  • Reader/Writer survey was Friday 9/4
  • WRITING 1 was due Sunday 9/6

UPCOMING:  More read-like-a-writer & what is writing?

MC Lit / English 5 – Friday, September 4th

TODAY – Complete the survey on GClassroom to check-in today.  Instructor OFFICE HOURS today from 9 – 12 & 12:30 – 2 (Zoom link on GClassroom).  Stop in with questions about the assignment, to get help on platform sign-up/use (Dropbox, Padlet, Flipgrid).

NEW ANNOUCEMENT:  Mrs. C worked this summer on a fundraiser to help provide books by Black authors for students in our Granite City community.  And the books are here!  We have partnered with the GC Library and this month, when you go into the main library (Delmar Ave.) to pick up your library card, while supplies last you can get a FREE book just for you.  It’s for kids ages 4 – 18, so your younger siblings can participate too.  There are a variety of titles to help you gain perspective, see yourself, or just enjoy an awesome book.  Check it out!!

REMINDERS:

  • NO CLASS on Monday – take the day for YOU (that’s why the writing is due on Sunday)
  • What are you reading?  YOU NEED A BOOK (email Mrs. C to request books for delivery OR find your own read)
  • Set-up Dropbox, Flipgrid, Padlet, & apply for a GC library card. (Pick up your real card at the main library and maybe get a FREE book).

DEADLINE:

  • Reader/Writer Survey 2020 TODAY!!
  • Writing Assignment #1 – window for turn in Friday 9/4 to end of day Sunday 9/7. Follow the directions on the assignment sheet. (You can find the syllabus & welcome letter at the top of this page under the SYLLABI tab).

UPCOMING:

  • Next week – independent reading, writing basics, intro to your big group choice reads, & more read-together texts by Black authors.

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, September 4th

TODAY – Complete the survey on GClassroom to check-in today.  Instructor OFFICE HOURS today from 9 – 12 & 12:30 – 2 (Zoom link on GClassroom).  Stop in with questions about the assignment, to get help on platform sign-up/use (Dropbox, Padlet, Flipgrid, SWIC application).

REMINDERS:

  • What are you reading?  YOU NEED A BOOK.
  • Set-up Dropbox, Flipgrid, Padlet, apply to SWIC & apply for a GC library card. (Pick up your real card at the main library and maybe get a FREE book).

DEADLINE:

  • Reader/Writer Survey 2020 TODAY!!
  • Writing Assignment #1 – window for turn in Friday 9/4 to end of day Sunday 9/7. Follow the directions on the assignment sheet. (You can find the syllabus & welcome letter at the top of this page under the SYLLABI tab).
  • SWIC APPLY – We will need to register next week, so get those numbers! (If you applied but didn’t get yours, use the search bar in your email to check your inbox & spam for emails from enrollment services or swic.edu)

UPCOMING:

  • Next week – independent reading, what is “good” writing, & more read-like-a-writer.
  • SWIC class registration.

Rhetoric & Comp – Thursday, September 3rd

Today, we’ll start with thinking about education and its reliance on grading and ranking.

Watch:

QW #2 – Points vs. Learning – YOUR thoughts on this video.  Whatcha thinkin’ right now? (3 min. write)

Visit today’s Padlet Board  with the code Mrs. C gives out and add your thoughts via post-it.  Work on what YOU think, not what your friends post.

Read Like a Writer:  Reread How I Became a Pirate  (you’ll find a copy in your Drafts folder in Dropbox).  Open the document in MSWord and use highlighters and commenting to point out what you notice about HOW THE TEXT WAS WRITTEN.

Notes:  READ LIKE A WRITER – we’ll add these to our notebooks for reference.  THEN – Go back to the How I Became a Pirate and using your RLaW notes, see what else you find.

REMINDERS:

  • What are you reading?  YOU NEED A BOOK.
  • Set-up Dropbox, Flipgrid, Padlet, apply to SWIC & apply for a GC library card. (Pick up your real card at the main library and maybe get a FREE book).

DEADLINE:

  • Writing Assignment #1 – window for turn in Friday 9/4 to end of day Sunday 9/7. Follow the directions on the assignment sheet. (You can find the syllabus & welcome letter at the top of this page under the SYLLABI tab).
  • SWIC APPLY – We will need to register next week, so get those numbers!

UPCOMING:

  • Check in tomorrow via survey (will be posted tomorrow)
  • Office hours all day Friday 9/4 – 9am to 12pm and 12:30 to 2pm.  Use the zoom invite to log in and get help whenever it works best for you.

MC Lit / English 5 – Wednesday, September 2nd

How to Notebook – some quick notes on what to write in a notebook entry when you are asked to react/respond to something you read, watch, or listen to.

Watch & then create a NOTEBOOK entry in YOUR digital notebook:

  • Open Dropbox
  • Choose the file view (click all files on the left)
  • Select YOUR digital notebook folder & open it
  • Click the blue CREATE A FILE button
  • ALWAYS choose Word Document
  • Write HERE for 3 minutes (use tips from HOW TO NOTEBOOK to guide you
  • Use the center of the blue bar (in Word online) to rename your doc QW2 9-2 History Reconsidered
  • Choose Save & Return to Dropbox

To start our study of Black writers in America, we are going to start current and work back into the past.  Today, we read the opening chapter of Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X Kendi.  You can find a pdf of this chapter on the Google classroom post today.  Then create a notebook page (this time on a piece of paper?) to make some notes on what seems important here. Again, use tips from HOW TO NOTEBOOK to guide your thinking/writing.

WRITING ASSINGMENT #1:  WRITING 1

DEADLINES:

  • YOU need a book to read by Friday – whatever you want to read
  • Writing #1 due in Dropbox (follow the directions on the assignment page) anytime Friday 9/4 until end of day Sunday, 9/6.

REMINDERS:   Post-it in Padlet, Intro video in Flipgrd, and MOST important – DROPBOX – set up and share folders!

IMPORTANT:  Stop in to office hours on Friday (check Classroom for the zoom invite) if you need help with platforms or have questions about the assignment.

Rhetoric & Comp – Tuesday, September 1st

Meet via ZOOM.  Notebook setup.

  • WRITER’S NOTEBOOK title page (decorate (or not) however you want)
  • UPSIDE DOWN
    • “What I’m Reading Now” to keep track of current reads
    • “To Be Read” to keep track of what you might read next
    • “Reading Goals” to set your own reading rates & goals
    • “Just the Right Words” to record any perfect, awesome, or just memorable quotes from your own indie reads

QW#1:  “So Far?”

Independent reading focus:  virtual book pass & book trailers.  Add titles to your To Be Read list.  GOAL 1:  Find something to read this week (by Friday)

  • Go back to the Google Classroom post and notice the 2 slide shows attached to the post.
  • One has book trailers – 20 books with links to their trailers – check them out.
  • The other is a virtual book pass – 21 books with a picture of the back/inside jacket to give you a bit about the book.  Check them out too.
  • Add any titles that might interest you to your TBR page.

REMINDERS:

  • Set-up Dropbox, Flipgrid, Padlet, apply to SWIC & apply for a GC library card.
  • If you want to borrow books from Mrs. C or the school Media Center, email Mrs. C your requests.

UPCOMING:

  • Writing Assignment #1 – details in a pdf on Google classroom.