November 2008

Quote of the Day

October 21, 2008
“History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.”
— Lord John Whorfin

Discuss the essay question for the “Breakfast” test.


Literature III.2.a — Analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to support the claim.


This is repetitious for the students, but it is necessary. We discuss the characteristics of a successful literary essay response. I present them with the essay question that will be on their test and a sample response to the question. I have told them that during the second semester, they will not receive the sample response but will have to formulate their own from scratch.


Many students seem to be making significant strides in their writing. In my biased opinion, the students who are being “left behind” are not bothering to get on the bus.


We began viewing the Henry Fonda version of The Grapes of Wrath.


Quote of the Day

None — Students met in the library in order to have access to computers.


Work on “drug free” essays.


Writing I.1.f — Refine selected pieces frequently to publish for general and specific audiences.


Proofread students work to make suggestions allowing their work to be suitable for publication. The winners will have their essays entered on the state level. Most will have their work refined repeatedly before it is complete.


Students need to know that writing is not a precise art; their work can change and be very different from another’s. Though there are many “wrongs” in writing, there are so many “rights” that need to be explored.


Many students are putting forth little to no effort on this assignment, but those who are trying seem to be showing great improvement in their writing. This is also apparent in their responses to literary essays.

Quote of the Day

October 15, 2008
“Women are like cell phones. They like to be held and talked to, but push the wrong button, and you’ll be disconnected.”


Take notes on “Breakfast.”


Writing. II.5.b — Analyze the use of imagery, language, universal themes, and unique aspects of the text.


Students take notes from the overhead projector. I have prepared these notes before class, and we discuss them as the students write. It not only helps them to write them but to hear commentary on them as well. Though this PASS objective is probably met every time we take notes, this story allows for obvious examples of imagery, language, and universal themes.


Students learn how to take notes. Because most are always looking for a shortcut, they welcome shorthand suggestions which will be very beneficial on the college level.


Students study the notes for the test and receive points for them.

HS: Nine students came throughout the day to practice ACT Test Prep.  We tried a new site for practice called March2Success.  It is available through the Army, and it has 6 different practice tests.  I tried to find out about one student’s October test scores she had not received.  The testing center said it was probably not scored yet.  We are anxious because the rest of the Howe students have received theirs from that date.

I also had six freshmen most of the day doing research for their Model United Nations tomorrow in Norman.  They have worked really hard on very difficult issues, including during lunch and after school!

5th Grade Music (Whole Group):  Same as yesterday, except I cut the poem into strips and let them work in pairs to fill in the note names.  Then the pairs read their lines in order.  My reflection is that this is a bad time for teaching almost anything because the students are ready for lunch!  PASS:  Same as yesterday

After School:  Parent/Teacher Conferences

PASS – Estimate and find the quotient (with and without remainders) with a 1-digit divisor and a 2- or 3-digit dividend to solve application problems.

Students took an 8’s quiz and then went to the “We Shine” program.  Students who were gone on the academic meet yesterday did their make up work.

Tech… Worked with  Mrs. Hall  on an imovie project….fixed toner issues in elementary copier…. helped Mrs. O get printer to work….ran reports for parent conferences.
6th hour- several students finished their first podcasts and others worked on projects for other classes.

7th hour – a few students had math work to do… several took reading counts tests.

Blogs Mon-Th Nov 17-20 Woodward

Monday, I stayed home due to illness.

Tuesday – Thursday:

planning period- spoke to staff members about 3 paintings that were stolen over the weekend, called on the phone and spoke to the substitute for my classes, and set up equipment.

2nd hour art history- Wed students had a quiz over the Inferno and reviewed for the test, finished the Coat of Arms project and had a test Thursday over the Medieval Period.

3rd and 5th hour art 1- class made 2 mini sketches and turned a finished drawing Thursday. Some students were rewarded by having the privilege of using pastels.

4th and 7th hour art 2- class made 2 mini sketches and finished painting #3. One student in seventh hour is working on a painting to present to the school at a basketball game sometime in January. It is a painting of Howe’s Coat of Arms.

Thursday 5-8 PM Parent/Teacher Conference

Friday- no school

Language Arts

Focus- Reading and Spelling: Digraph sh. Grammar: Capitalization of place names.

Activities- Today we tested.

Reflection- I am pleased with their scores, overall. All of the kids passed, with one exception.

PASS- Same as Monday

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