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October 12: A Day October 12, 2012

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1A

We worked in the computer lab on typing any scenes from our memoirs that weren’t yet finished. Ms. Garvoille and Ms. Blades were also on hand to help anyone who wanted extra feedback.

HW: Complete rough draft of your memoir will be due on Thursday at the end of class. We will have time in class to finish it Tuesday if needed.

2AB

1. Work time! Students typed into their memoir what voice they thought they would be using. Then, they had a partner read over their memoir and highlight any words or phrases that did not fit the voice.

HW: Complete rough draft of memoir due at the beginning of class on Wednesday. Read ch. 2-8 in Into Thin Air (p. 15-124) or A Walk in the Woods (p. 13-109) for Wednesday.

Yes, this is a chunk of reading, which is why you have more than just one night for it! Pace yourselves; parents please help your child pace him or herself! But you don’t have to do anything as you read besides read and enjoy; these are mass market paperbacks that adults read in a week or so. You’re not adults yet so you won’t read the whole thing in a week, but you will have to do a few hours of reading over the weekend. And what’s wrong with that? Nothing! Because literacy is the single most important skill I am here to help you achieve. And how do you get better at reading? You read. That’s what studies show, so that’s what we’re doing. Have fun! I’m not even making you do a study guide as you read! How about that?

4A

1. Work time! Students worked on writing any scenes from their memoir they needed to. They also received graded revisions back that they can make changes to.

2. Tense work. All students then noted next to each scene title (or the start of each scene if you have no titles) which tense the scene is in, either PAST or PRESENT. Then, partners opened up the document and highlighted any verbs that were in the wrong tense for the author to change.

3. Oral quiz. Students answered questions about Chapter 2 of each memoir.

4. More work time! Students should be all finished with the

HW: Complete rough draft of memoir due at the beginning of class on Thursday. Read ch. 3-8 in Into Thin Air (p. 31-124) or A Walk in the Woods (p. 27-109) for Tuesday.

Yes, this is a chunk of reading, which is why you have more than just one night for it! Pace yourselves; parents please help your child pace him or herself! But you don’t have to do anything as you read besides read and enjoy; these are mass market paperbacks that adults read in a week or so. You’re not adults yet so you won’t read the whole thing in a week, nor are you college students, so you won’t have to read a whole really hard novel in a week, but you will have to do a few hours of reading over the weekend. And what’s wrong with that? Nothing! Because literacy is the single most important skill I am here to help you achieve. And how do you get better at reading? You read. That’s what studies show, so that’s what we’re doing. Have fun! These are great books.

Also, anyone who wanted to do the Outside English Project by reading both and decides they just can’t keep up with it can continue only reading one book if desired.

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