20-24 May 2013


…is a writing day in the lab.  Mandy asked for an ambulance, and I think it was a good request.  I’ve honored it.  Here it is: Task 6 Ambulance – Starting and Organizing Your Movie Review. I’ve asked to have a draft of the Task to me by midnight tonight.  This allows me a full week to respond to your drafts and gives you a full week to write your revisions and your CR/rubric.

A quick reminder that you are to have read Chapter 5 of SH5  for tomorrow – and do the SH5 Ch 5 Journal Prompts. Just like last time, there will be a reading quiz.

This Week

Here’s a peek ahead for our week, and probably about all the posting I’ll need to do until Friday, I’m guessing:

  • Tuesday – Discuss Ch 5
  • Wednesday – Reading Day for Chapters 6-10
  • Thursday – Discuss Chapters 6-10
  • Friday – Discuss novel as a whole, introduce affirmations exercise

Journal interviews begin on Wednesday and continue through the last day of school.  A reminder that all the journal interview information as well as a brand new sample transcript is posted on May 16, 2013.

FAQ about Journal Conferences:

Should I use examples from the first half of the year or only the second half? Focus on the second half.  If you need 1-2 of the earlier entries as “bad” examples, okay. But otherwise focus on the new skills and the new texts.

What texts am I supposed to use? This is listed for you on your Journal Interview Instructions, but just for reference, I’m listing them again here:

  • F451
  • Dystopian Choice texts
  • “Harrison Burgeron,” “Soft Rains,” and/or “By the Waters of Babylon”
  • Poetry
  • Raisin in the Sun – use your quote analysis for this, as you have no specific journal entries
  • Hamlet, the film
  • MSND, the book
  • Slaughterhouse 5

What skills am I supposed to use? The skills we focused on during the second half of the year.  Notice on the rubric that you are required to use Nabokov, Perrine and Foster.

  • “Staying in the flashlight” (Perrine)
  • Rereading (Nabokov & Agassiz)
  • “Fondling the details” in order to reach inductive interpretations –applies to our motif work (it’s a Nabokov quote, but it’s true to Perrine and Agassiz, too)
  • Inductive reading  (Nabokov & Perrine)
  • “Reading with the spine” (Nabokov)
  • Pencil as a reading tool (Agassiz)
  • Memory – irony (Foster)
  • Symbol – irony, vampires (Foster)
  • Pattern – irony, vampires, sonnets (Foster)

A quick reminder, too, that you’ll want to make sure and EXPLAIN the skill. If you simply IDENTIFY it, you don’t score as high on the rubric.


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