Monday, May 23, 2011

Still working on chapter 9

All right, enough of these interruptions.  We are reading chapter 9 today!

Two reminders:
Return your netbook use contract
Gatsby Project draft is due Thursday.  If you don't know which project you want to do see me.

If you think you want to propose your own option (#7) you should check out these projects done by the students of a friend of mine.  Gatsby Student Projects

Here's one of them:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Period 4 -Demonstration Lesson for i21-

Welcome Visitors.  This is a demonstration lesson of educational technology in our i21 classrooms.

Good morning,

Please begin by pasting the prompt below into your English Journal and writing your answer.
Who do you think is most responsible for Gatsby's death? Explain your answer and use evidence from events in the novel. (Aim for 5-6 sentences.)

Yesterday we read the very end of chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby and for the past week you have been working on asking important questions about the novel. Briefly today I want to ask you some questions again and we are going to try it with the response system built into your netbooks.

Look for the icon on your task bar like the one below and please follow my directions closely.
  1. Open Active Engage (grey circle your task bar like the icon above)
  2. Click "select a hub"
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Room 864.
  4. Enter the three letter code I will give you.
  5. Click the button that turns green (on the right)
  6. Enter your first name and last initial.
  7. Click the green button.
  8. Wait for my question (Please just wait and be patient if this takes a few minutes.)
When we are done discussing these questions we will read a bit of the beginning of chapter 9 and you will have another chance to ask more important questions in your English Journal.
Link to chapter 9

    Period 3 Wednesday 5/18

    Good morning,

    Welcome to the back of the library. I'm sorry I can't be with you. You know my expectations.

    1. Please copy and paste this prompt into your English Journal and answer it. This is the prompt we were going to work on yesterday before the network went down.   
    Who do you think is most responsible for Gatsby's death? Explain your answer and use evidence from events in the novel. (Aim for 8-10 sentences.) 

    2. Read this article about the demolition of the house that Fitzgerald used as the inspiration for Daisy and Tom's house.
    3. After you read the article respond to it using this Google form.
    4. If you have done your best work on both of those tasks you may: update your status on Goodreads, read the bulletin, check your English Journal for other work you need to catch up on, make sure you have completed all the Gatsby quizzes or read your independent reading book.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    "...I remember the rest of that day..." Chapter 9

    Are you shocked?  Were you upset? Do you know what happened?
    Take the chapter 8 quiz and find out.

    When you finish the quiz open your English Journal and write 2-3 important questions about the end of chapter 8.

    Link to chapter 9.

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Blogger is back

    Ok, so today was eventful.

    Blogger was down for a while and it took a few hours for some recent content to get restored.

    For those of you here in class we read more of chapter 8.  You need to finish reading chapter 8 for homework.

    Then in the middle of 4th period our new netbooks got delivered.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Are you asking the important questions?

    Chapter 7 Quiz

    Chapter 8 Text. 

    Important (open ended) questions often start in these types of ways:
    How has ______ changed?
    What will happen to...
    What does ______ mean when he/she says "..."
    Why did the author...
    What does xxx symbolize?

    These kinds of questions have complex answers and require the person answering to explain their answer.

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    "I never loved you." A little more work on Chapter 6

    Chapter 6 Quiz << Start with this.

    After the quiz paste this prompt into your English Journal and respond to it please:
    Daisy says the following to Tom at Gatsby's party: "Go ahead ," answered Daisy genially. "And if you want to take down any addresses here's my little gold pencil..." She looked around and after a moment and told me the girl was 'common but pretty'..." Explain what is happening here. What does this quote tell us about Daisy? 

    Chapter 7

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    "I know your wife." Chapter 6

    Start  by taking your chapter 5 quiz.

    Link to chapter 6
    I want you to work with a partner today to read chapter 6. I want you to continue to stop every few pages and make notes in your EJ about what is happening in the novel. You can take turns reading aloud or read silently, but agree ahead of time about where you will stop to talk.

    You are going to get some more background on Gatsby's past. Pay attention to that.
    Also Daisy and Tom are going to attend one of Gatsby's "little" parties. Watch what happens there. How does Daisy like it?
    Finish reading chapter 6 for homework. Keep making notes.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock."

    We are going to read more of chapter 5 today.  You'll need to continue taking notes as we read.  How could you use this strategy in the future? Why might it be helpful?

    Link to chapter 5

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    "Don't bring Tom" Chapter 5

    Chapter 4 Quiz

    Make sure your English Journal is open.
    I am not giving you the questions for chapter 5.
    I will ask you to stop and write in your English Journal several times.

    If you aren't here ask a friend what he or she had to write about.

    Chapter 5 Link