Thursday, October 29, 2009

How to prepare for your interview

We went over things to do and say before conducting the interview.
Students completed/typed their interview questions (DUE TODAY, first benchmark)

Interviews need to be completed by next Friday, Nov. 6

Read Chapter 1 and complete reading response questions

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Create/Develop Interview Questions

Students began to create interview questions based on several categories/topics:
  • The American Dream
  • Life before Immigration
  • Life in America
  • Relationships
  • Reflections on Immigration
  • Ideals/Philosophies
Students were given a copy of Enrique's Journey and an active reading guide to use with each section of reading. We began reading the Prologue and students were taught how to apply the steps in the reading guide

Critical Vocabulary
Complete the Prologue and Reading Response Questions

Friday, October 23, 2009

How to ask good questions

We read a short text "My Chinese Name..." The text was written from the voice of interviewee (similar to what they will do with their monologues). Students selected questions that would be asked to elicit the responses that were given in the text.
We also discussed open-ended, original, and follow-up questions.

Study SAT vocab

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SAT Vocab #5 Quiz

After taking the SAT Vocab #5 quiz, students completed the work from yesterday (questions on monologues)

SAT Vocab #6

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Introduction to Moving Voices Project

We discussed our next unit and project, which will culminate in an exhibition. We looked at student exemplars of the monologue. Then we read two different monologues and identified strengths and weaknesses in both.


Study for SAT Vocab #5 quiz

Friday, October 16, 2009

Who/What is an American?

As we get ready to start our new unit/project, we considered what is means to be an American. We viewed a segment of the film Crash. Students participated in a Socratic Seminar answering the question Who/What is an American?

Study SAT Vocab #5 quiz

Friday, October 9, 2009

American Dream Literary Analysis DUE TODAY!

Final draft of essay is due TODAY! Students had the class period to publish final drafts and work on their reflection.

No papers after 2:50 pm today.

Complete reflection (due Tuesday) and PSAT practice test

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Short period, but students had the period to work on typing their final (or for some 3rd) drafts.
Students were give a PSAT workbook.

Bring in books! Complete practice PSAT test and bring to class on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NWEA Testing

Students took the Reading NWEA test in class. They used whatever remaining time to work on essay.

Study for SAT Vocab #4 quiz, Wednesday

Thursday, October 1, 2009

3rd (revised) Draft due

We reviewed what to AVOID in academic writing. Students worked on revising.

Study SAT Vocab #4 (Quiz on Wednesday)