Friday, December 21, 2012

Are we still here? Okay good.

Have a good break everybody. See you on January 7th.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Silent, Sustained, Satire

Good morning,

We are reading at the bell.

Then I am giving you most of the period to work on your satire draft. I'm giving you a draft grade tomorrow, so make sure you have something to show me. You will also have writing group time tomorrow, so make sure you have something to show your group.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Persistent, Prolonged Satire

Good morning,

As you know I am at a tech training today. I will have access to email, so please write to me if you have questions.

Your priorities today should be:

  1. Article of the week 12.  This is in your view only folder. Read it, write a two paragraph response in your English Journal, one paragraph to recap the article and one paragraph about your thoughts on the issue. (If you have no thoughts then read it again.) You can also find a PDF version of it here. (The PDF is formatted slightly differently and is numbered 15, but for you this is AOW 12.)
  2. Work on your satirical essay. Use the words you added to your document yesterday. Language is power. You need a completed draft by Tuesday. (not kidding)
  3. Read your book. Make sure you have a recommended book picked out for this grading period. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Satire Utensils

Good morning,

We are reading at the bell.

One of the great tricks of satirists (people who write satire) is that they seem to have an immense (very large) vocabulary. They use this colossal catalog of words to reach new heights of specificity and astound their eager readers with their literary acumen, but the truth is they are all frauds. Their vocabulary isn't any bigger than yours or mine, but they have an extravagant ensemble of assets and I will share a few with you today. Can you guess what they are?

Asset #1: Word Hippo
Asset #2: InstaGrok
Asset #3: Visual Thesarus
Asset #4: Metaphor Assistance

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Serious Satire

Good morning,

We are reading at the bell.

Today I will give you some time to work on drafting your satirical essay.
Create a new document for your essay. (Name it correctly-- Period, Name, Satire)
Share it with me and also put it in your writing group folder.

At the end of the period you will be sharing your progress with your writing group.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Starting to think satirically

Good morning,

Today you will first tell me (in writing, on that piece of paper I just gave you) what you think you want to write your own satirical essay about.

I will share my topic with you and together we will generate some reasons to support my point.  The hard part is finding reasons that seem to support your point, but are actually funny or ironic. I'll give you some time to work on your own reasons and even start a draft of your essay.

HOMEWORK: Bring in at least a paragraph of your essay, on paper or in your EJ is fine. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Satirical prompt...

Good morning,

We have been reading a lot of satire. It's time to think about what you would like to use for your satirical essay? What bothers you? What seems hypocritical? What needs to change? What's funny or pointless in our society?

Satire Prompt

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Is that satire?

Good morning,

Today I want to talk you through the process of assessing your own English Journal.

Write a sentence at the top of your EJ that says. "I believe the appropriate grade for my English Journal is a ______, because ______________________________________.

Use the English Journal Scoring Guide to help you figure out your grade.

Now for a few readings. For each reading figure decide if you think it is satire and what the central idea is.
School Lunches

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chief Red Jacket's Lecture to a Missionary

Two major questions today:
What is satire?
How do I explain how central ideas are developed over the course of a text?

My students are fond of the phrase "you got told" as a way of expressing that someone was just put in their place or taught a lesson.  The speech we are going to look at today is the best historical example of that I have ever seen. You are about to see how Chief Red Jacket used logic, well reasoned argument and a very respectful tone to tell a group of white missionaries to buzz off.

Chief Red Jacket's Lecture to a Missionary (1805)
Write an entry in your English Journal about his speech. Answer the questions below.

  1. Briefly summarize his speech.
  2. What do you think is his strongest argument? Why?
  3. Do you think he is right?
  4. How does Red Jacket feel about white settlers?
  5. Do you think this is an example of satire? Why or why not? 

Quick Quiz:  You may copy and paste these answers from your English Journal. Remember that spelling, grammar and punctuation count. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Twain-Advice to Youth

Good morning,

Today you will be doing your first on-line collaborative text analysis. Open your Google Docs and go to your writing group folder. There you will find a document called Twain-Advice to Youth. Open that document.

With your group you will read and make sense of Twain's advice.  You will also annotate for the types of humor you see him using.  You will not talk, though.  You may use the chat window for that document.  I will be observing your chats. Keep your "conversation" focused on the text.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Massive To Do List

Good morning,

The grading period ends this Friday 11/30. Are you ready?  Yes or No?

  1. I have read and reviewed at least two books and I am ready to give you links to my reviews. 
  2. I have created a blog for my expert project and I am ready to share the link with you. (Some of you have already done this.)
  3. I have written my first post on my expert project blog about my project and what I hope to learn.
  4. I have completed color coding my narrative (see Monday 11/26) and I am ready to score my narrative. (Some of you have already done this too.)
  5. I have read and responded to AOW 6-11 in my English Journal. I have also completed all of the other EJ assignments listed on the chart in my classroom.
  6. I read "Lost in the Kitchen" (Tuesday) and wrote my thoughts about it in my English Journal.
  7. Now I get to read, "The Ugly Truth About Beauty" because I am awesome and done with all of my other work for this grading period. Yay me!
  8. Also, I gave my teacher some feedback so we can make our class even better. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lost in the Kitchen

Good morning,

Keep these on the top of your to do list and don't forget them:
Create a blog for your expert project and annotate your narrative.  See the blog post from yesterday for directions.


Read this. It's funny. Then write a response about it in your English Journal. Write about how true you think it is or is not, what makes it funny or not, and why you think the author wrote it.


Find other things written by the same author. Read some of his other writing. Does his style change or stay the same?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Expert Project Blogs

Good morning,

I'm glad to be back with you. Today you get to start a blog to track your work on your expert project.
AFTER you have set up your blog please complete this form.


I'd like you to do a bit of work on your narrative that will make my grading process easier.

  1. Highlight in YELLOW three to four lines of your BEST dialog.
  2. Highlight in GREEN a section that shows your best description. 
  3. Highlight the climax of yur narrative in PINK
  4. Add a COMMENT to a place that shows your best character development and EXPLAIN in the comment what you were showing about the character.
  5. Add a COMMENT to a place in the narrative where you have used dramatic or verbal irony and EXPLAIN how you have used it. 

AFTER you have marked all of those things in your narrative please score your work yourself on this scoring form. NARRATIVE SCORING FORM.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Good morning,

As you know I can not be with you today. Please be polite to our visiting teacher. Use the following task list to make sure your time is productive.
  1. Complete this feedback form to Mrs. R if you haven't yet.
  2. Finish your narrative. It was due on Thursday. Here is the prompt if you need to review it. If you are still working on it this likely means yo are getting a late grade.
  3. Complete  AOW 10.  It is in your view only folder. Read it and respond in your English Journal. If you have recently changed your email address and do not see the view only folder it is your responsibility to email Mrs. R and ask for access. 
  4. Write a review of the most recent book you finished. (You need 2 more reviews by 11/30!)
  5. Read your book, and read it more over break. 
Note: The grading period ends on November 30. That's just 5.5 more school days from now. Make sure you are caught up on all of your work from all of your classes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Catch up day

Good morning,

As you know I can not be with you today. Please be polite to our visiting teacher. I am still on campus and if I can I will come check in on you.  Use the following task list to make sure your time is productive.

  1. Complete this feedback form to Mrs. R
  2. Finish your narrative. It is due on Thursday. Here is the prompt if you need to review it. 
  3. Complete  AOW 10.  It is in your view only folder. Read it and respond in your English Journal.
  4. Write a review of the most recent book you finished. 
  5. Read your book

Note: The grading period ends on November 30. That's just 7.5 more school days from now. Make sure you are caught up on all of your work from all of your classes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Narrative Assessments

Good morning,

Please read while your computer is booting up then go to the blog.

Link to narrative assessment. You will be taking a quick test to see how well you can now read a part of a play.  All the work you did reading The Crucible will come in handy here.  You can only take the test if you are in class and I give you an access code. If you are absent you will need to see me to make it up. 
  • Today we will spend the rest of our time together improving your narratives.
  • Wednesday I need to be at an all day meeting. You will have a sub. I will help you out with a list of things you need to be working on. 
  • Thursday your narrative should be finished.
  • Friday I will be gone again, to an English teacher conference this time, and I will again leave you with a lovely list of things you need to to for you and for me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Narrative Writing

Good morning,

Homework: You have a draft of your narrative due tomorrow (Thursday). It should have your whole story, beginning, middle, and end.

Today we spent a few minutes on dramatic irony.  I asked you to think about which one of your characters (or several) won't know something. What won't they know and why does that matter?  Most of you told me you had that covered. (Because you are awesome like that.)

Then I showed you the video below about Show Not Tell. Watch it again and look for the places where you say what your character is feeling. Try to make it more "showy".

Third, I noticed several of you are having trouble with tense. Most narrative is written in the past tense. Don't jump to the present tense. For example: I woke up and am walking to the bathroom.  This does not make sense. It should say: I woke up and walked to the bathroom.

That was a lot of writing lessons in one day, but you can do it. Work on those drafts!
Oh, also, we are having a dramatic irony workshop. I can't tell you when. I'm pretty sure everyone else already knows.  :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Speed Planning for Narrative

Good morning,

Hint: Click on this picture to see it larger.
Effective authors use a variety of techniques to build toward a particular tone and outcome and create a progression of events.  You have been taught a lot about narrative before. It is time to take it to the next level. Today you will be speed planning, characters, conflicts and plot. Get ready.

HOMEWORK: Keep working on your plot elements and start on your draft. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Narrative Assignment

Good morning,

Today we will begin working on your narrative process piece.
I have shared the prompt with you in your view only folder.

We will brainstorm some possible ideas and then you will participate in a protocol to refine your idea.

HOMEWORK: Character analysis assignment due on paper on Monday on paper. You can print in class if you need to.  See the blog post below this one.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Analyzing Crucible Characters

Good morning,

Lets wrap up The Crucible with a bit of character analysis. I'll explain more in class.

Character Analysis Assignment  Due on paper on Friday. (Possible extension to Monday based on the effort I see you giving this in class on Thursday.)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Finishing Act IV

Good morning,

Today you will finish reading Act IV with your group.

Read -- Talk -- Notes

Then find four quotes from Act IV that seem particularly important. (Put them in your EJ)
For each quote explain what it means and why it is important. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Beginning Act IV Conversations

Good morning,

Read your book while waiting for your netbook to boot.

Answer in your EJ.  
Near the end of Act III John Proctor says, "I say--God is dead!" (Miller, 119) Explain what he meant and why that is an important line in the play. 

Today you will read Act IV with a group.  While you read please stop to talk about the play.  This is a complicated part of the story. Stop and paraphrase what you think is happening. Ask questions if you are confused. Use your English Journal to make notes about the things you talked about in your group. 
Homework: Read the pages of Act IV that you agreed to read for your group. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Five things to do today.

God morning,

Today will be our flex day.  I have a writing assignment for you to complete in your English Journal and then you can work on some other things from the list below based on your needs.

1. In your English Journal, write a short (3-5 paragraph) essay comparing the way the story of The Crucible is told in the play and in the film. Explain the differences you see and explain why you think the director, Nicholas Hytner, made those choices. How do the differences affect your experience with the story? 

2. Update any other missing assignments in your EJ. This includes AOW reflections 1-7, answering questions you wrote about Act III, fixing formatting and dates etc. 

3. Update your status on Goodreads to reflect the book you are currently reading.  Search for the book and add it to your "currently reading" shelf. Write a review for any book you have recently finished. 

4. Make sure you have a recommended book picked out for this grading period. 

5. Read

Monday, October 22, 2012

Act III: Serious Choices

Good morning,

On Friday you wrote an narrative assessment for me.  If you were absent Friday you will need to come after school to make that up. 

Today we will begin with reading and then a quick write in your English Journal. Read until your computer is ready to go and then answer this question in your EJ.

What did Elizabeth Proctor not know when she was called in to explain why she fired Abigail? Why do you think Arthur Miller "set her up" that way? 

After you have answered that we will watch some of Act III to see how it happened in the film. Keep adding to your notes about how the story is told differently in the film.

Homework (ON PAPER) Explain the choice Elizabeth Proctor has to make in Act III. What are her options and what are the consequences? Due Wednesday 10/24.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


This week we have been reading Act III in small groups.  On Monday I asked your group to agree on three quality questions based on your reading. On Tuesday I asked your group to read to the end of Act III and agree on three more quality questions, including one that addressed theme. You should of course also be answering those six questions you have about Act III.

On Wednesday our class did not meet because you were taking the PSAT.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watching The Crucible

Hint: Click the picture to see it larger.
Good morning,

Yesterday we watched the first part of The Crucible film. You were taking notes about the differences between the play and the film.  Today we will continue watching the film up to the end of Act II.
Before we do that though, I would like you to take a quick multiple choice quiz to see what you remember about Act II.

Act II Quiz. Due now.

You also need to give me the titles of the books you read this grading period and the links to your book reviews.

I'm Ready To Turn In My Book Reviews!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Reading the end of Act II

Good morning,

Hint: Click on the picture to see it larger.
Yesterday you began reading Act II with your group and answered the questions in the post below. Today you will finish reading Act II and answer the questions in the picture on the right.

Be sure to have all seven questions answered before class on Wednesday.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Beginning of Act II

Good morning,

Hint: Click on the picture to see it larger.
Today you will be reading Act II with a small group.  Your goal is the bottom of page 62 when Reverend Hale arrives.

Answer the questions on the right in your English Journal before class on Tuesday.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Finishing Act 1

Good morning,

Today we will finish reading Act 1 of The Crucible.   Make sure you  continue adding notes to your chart about the characters in your English Journal.

At the end of the period we will take a quick quiz on Act 1: Act 1 Quiz

Some of you have still not completed the 21 questions from our Pre-Crucible research presentations.  Scroll down to the post from Friday 9/28 and take the quiz for your period asap. You've had a week. It's about to become a zero for those of you who haven't done it. 

Remember to finish reading (AND REVIEWING on Goodreads) your two books for this grading period by next Friday 10/12. There is no grace period.  On Friday 10/12 you will be giving me the links to your book reviews. You must be done with them by then or it will hurt your grade. 

HOMEWORK: Answer the questions on the sheet I gave you in class about Act I. Make sure your answers are complete sentences. Remember the expectations for short answer questions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Crucible: Act 1, Update

Today we started by looking at the kinds of questions I have been asking you as we read the play.  next week you will need to be able to ask these kinds of questions with your group.

If you were absent, make sure you have read the play up until the point where Reverend Hale arrives. (bottom of page 32 in my book)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Crucible: Act 1

Good morning,

Yesterday we began reading Act 1 of The Crucible. To begin today please respond to the following in your English Journal.

How did Arthur Miller's decision to tell you that Abigail is a liar affect the way you see her character in the play. What other choices has Miller made that tell us about other characters?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Crucible Research Projects


You researched, you created presentations and today you got to give those presentations.  You also gave me three questions that people watching your presentations should now be able to answer.

Which means.... You all now have 21 (okay 22) questions to answer about the presentations you saw today.
Remember if you can't remember (or don't know) an answer you can search for the information yourself.
That means everyone should be getting all these questions correct.  Some of the questions were way too easy.  I changed those.    Make sure you take the quiz for your period.

Period 3 Questions

Period 4 Questions

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Open House

So glad I got to be here after all. If you didn't make it here is what you missed.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What a week...

Well, it has been quite a week.  Monday we worked on updating some software with the netbooks and started the mini-research projects with the groups.  Tuesday you actually got some time for that group work to get done. Wednesday we had the presentation from GearUp about your graduation requirements and college preparation plans.

The good news is I will not be traveling to a conference after all. That means I WILL be at open house Thursday night and you will NOT have a sub on Friday.

That means you get one more day in class to work on your presentations. We need to do a quick bit of work for your expert projects first and then you can get back to polishing those presentations.

Make sure your parents have your schedule for Open House. I am looking forward to meeting them.

Friday you will be giving those presentations. (See post below this one.)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Research, Prepare, Present

Good morning,

In preparation for our reading of The Crucible (you have checked that out right?) you will be spending the next two days working on a mini-research project and preparing a presentation about a related topic.
  • I will assign you to a group and I'll assign your group a topic.
  • Share a presentation with each other in Google Docs so that you can all contribute what you find. Work quickly.  You should have 8-10 slides. 
  • Consider history (origins), definitions, examples, important facts, impact on society, future significance, important individuals etc.
  • Incorporate (and cite) images related to your topic to make your presentation interesting to your audience.
  • Create three multiple choice questions that someone would be able to answer after listening to your presentation. Consider “why and how” questions first.  (Your group will turn in these questions tomorrow.)
  • Each person in your group will be presenting this at least once to another group of peers.
1.    Communism in the 1950’s
2.    Cold War Period (focus on 1950’s)
3.    Rise and Effects of McCarthyism
4.    Mass Hysteria
5.    Arthur Miller
6.    Puritan New England
7.    Salem Witch Trials

Friday, September 21, 2012

Searching for themes...

Good morning,

I'm so glad to be back with you today. Our guiding question today is "How do I identify a theme of a text and how do I support that with evidence from the text?"

Our agenda is below.

  • Read
  • Review your reading of "The Story of an Hour".
  • Review the meaning and expectations about finding themes in literature. 
  • Meet with a group to brainstorm possible themes.
  • Submit your group's best ideas through this form.  (Please submit only one form for the whole group.)
  • As a class we will look at some of the themes you suggest. Be prepared to explain your thinking. 
Homework: By now you should have finished at least one book since school started. Write a review of it in Goodreads. Spend some time looking at the recommended book list to choose your next book.  Remember you must read TWO books per six week grading period, one you choose yourself and one from the recommended book list. 

Rhetorical square GO

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Assembly and Catch Up Day

Good morning,

I am sorry to miss being with you for a second day.

Period 3: In the big gym for an assembly for all juniors.  But, also see the list below to keep from falling behind.

Period 4: You have a work period with a "to do" list.
  1. First check the front whiteboard. Have you completed everything on the "By now I should have..." list? 
  2. Did you complete the reading and writing assignment from yesterday about "The Story of an Hour"?
  3. Have you done any investigating about your expert project yet?
  4. If you are caught up on all of those things you may read your book.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Story of an Hour

Good morning,

Though I can not be with you today, you still have work to do. Please read "The Story of and Hour". This is shared with you in your "view only" folder.  (If you can't find it send me an email asap.)

As you read mark (annotate) the story. You can use "Insert/Comment" or highlighting or add notes in the right side column. Your annotations should show that you are thinking about the story and noticing important details.

At the end of the story you will find some questions to guide your written response in your English Journal. 

The Wikipedia page on this text gives additional useful information.
You might also like this alternative version of the text with links built in that ask you questions and give you hints. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Social Norms

Good morning,

Yesterday you read, "The Sadness of Conformity" and wrote a response to it in your English Journal.

Today you will share your response with your group and discuss this question. be prepared to share your group's answer with the class.
Are social norms constructive or detrimental to a society?
 I will have to be out on Wednesday and Thursday. Please use the blog to guide your work on those days. I will see you on Friday. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Sadness of Conformity

Good morning,

The article of the week for this week was chosen to fit with several other readings we have coming up. It is shared with you in your "view only" folder. Please find AOW 3: The Sadness of Conformity.

  1. Make your own copy to read and annotate (File/Make a copy)
  2. As you read add questions and notes to the column on the right.
  3. Use comments (Insert/Comment) to mark the parts of the text that reveal the things in the rhetorical square below.  You don't have to make a square, just comment on where you see those things in the article.
  4. Please reflect on the article in your EJ when you finish reading.

Click on the square to see a larger image of it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Writing assessment

Good morning,

You get to take a writing assessment this morning. You will need paper a pen and your book to read in case you finish early. 

If you were absent today the make up for this assessment is Thursday 9/20 at 2:15. 

Homework: Make like tomatoes and catch up! You should have two AOW reflections in your EJ and a review in Goodreads. This is the end of the second week of school. You should be 2/3 done with reading your chosen book. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Expert Project: Research Questions

public domain image
Good morning,

We will begin with 10 minutes of silent reading.

Now that you have had a few days to think about your expert project it is time to get started on really figuring our what you really want to know more about.  Today we will work on, "How do I choose a research question." 
  1. Determine a topic that interests you.
  2. Ask a question related to your topic.
  3. Make sure your question is not too narrow (remember the polar bears). It needs to be big enough to learn about all year long. 

  • Too Narrow: How is global warming affecting polar bears?
  • Just right: How is global warming affecting endangered species?

By the end of class today you should have your research question written at the top of your "expert project notes" page in Google Docs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Assemblies and catching up...

Good morning,

Today is our day for grade level assemblies. I'll be in the big gym with my period 3 class, so there is separate info below for each period.

Period 3: We are in the gym this period listening to important information. You will find your Article of the Week #2 shared with you in Google Docs. You have until Friday to read and annotate it and then reflect on it in your English Journal. Make sure to see the suggested topics at the end of the article and date your entry.  See also the "to do" list I am sharing with period 4 and make sure you are caught up on all of that.

Period 4:  
Today is our catch up day.  See the list below and do anything you haven't completed. Some of these things are new.
1. Send me a friend request on Goodreads.
2. Review (write paragraphs) about a book you have read in the last year. See an example of a good review.
3. Finish your response to Article of the Week #1 in your English Journal.
4. Read the full description of the expert project that I told you about yesterday.
5. Begin reading Article of the Week #2, now shared with you in your "view only" folder. Make a copy and begin annotating.  Reflection is due in your English Journal by Friday.

Complete Expert Project Exit Slip

Monday, September 10, 2012

Let the Expert Projects Begin...

Good morning,

Lets begin with a bit of independent reading. While your computer is booting up get your book out and read.

English Journal Quick Write: Put this ABOVE the response you wrote to AOW1.

What makes someone an "expert" on a subject? How does a person become an expert?

I want to show you part of a video. As you watch notice the way he breaks his talk into three parts. Also, ask yourself how he knows so much about the things he is talking about?

After the video:   Time to learn about your own Expert Project.

I'm going to show you the video in class, but I'm embedding it here in case you want to watch it again later.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Getting Started with Google Docs Today

Good morning,

Today we will be using Google Docs together for the first time to read an annotate an article. You will also create your English Journal document and share it with me.  Follow the steps below closely.

1. If you did not complete the student data form, or get a Google account yet. You need to do those two things now.  (See the blog post below from yesterday.)

2. If you did not join Goodreads, or send me a friend request, or review a book yesterday you must do those things by Monday.  (You should NOT be on Goodreads now.)

3. Go to and login.

4. Click the red "create" button and make a new document. Name the document "3 Your Name English Journal"

5. Click the "Share" button on the upper right. Share your English Journal with me by adding my gmail address. Make sure you share it as "can edit".   Put a heading at the top of your English Journal.

6. Return to your Google Docs List.  Click on "Shared With Me" on the left and look for a view-only folder. I will often share documents with you as view-only.  While viewing the document you can go to "File / make a copy" to create your own version of the document. (Note: If you did not give me your gmail address yesterday then you do not have this folder yet.)

7. You are looking for the document that begins with AOW 1. Make your own copy of it using "File / make a copy"  You can now begin to read and annotate this document in Google Docs.

8. When you are done reading, return to your English Journal and write a one page reflection about what you read.  (See the EJ suggestions at the bottom of the article.) This is homework if you do not finish it during class.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Netbooks and Expectations

Good morning, If you are reading this on your screen then you have made it to the blog. Congratulations.

  1. BOOKMARK this page now.
  2. Review the course syllabus. 
  3. Review the student netbook agreement (When you pick up a netbook you are agreeing to these items.) 
  4. Complete the student data form
  5. Join Goodreads  Hint: you can login to Goodreads with your Google account information. This will make your life easier. 
  6. Send me a friend request by searching for my gmail address.
  7. Rate five books in Goodreads by searching for books you have read and giving them a star rating.
  8. Read this review by my former student
  9. Review one of those books that you rated in step 7. 
Homework: Bring your independent reading book. We will be reading a bit in class on Friday. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Who are you as a reader?

Good morning, Later this period we will be going to the library to check out textbooks. Before then we have some work to do.