Quarter 3 Daily Summaries

6/5/19
We had time to work on our stories.

6/4/19
We finished the book and then had time to work on our stories.

6/3/19
We read pages 133-147 and then worked on our stories (due 6/10 end of class).

5/31/19
We read pages 115-133 and then had time to work on our short stories.

5/30/19
Because so many students were pulled for science testing, we watched Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1955).

5/29/19

We had time to work on the outline for the sci fi short stories that we're developing.

5/28/19
We read pages 107-115 and worked on finding nature metaphors to aid description. We also wrote the warning statement for our own sci fi short stories that we're developing.

5/24/19
We had a catch up day today.

5/23/19
We read pages 98-106 and worked on description.

5/22/19
We finished Bicentennial Man today, and then worked on writing dialogue.

5/21/19
We watched Bicentennial Man today.

5/20/19
We read pages 89-98 in the book and did some brainstorming for our sci fi short stories.

5/17/18
We read pages 76-89 and worked on characterization.

5/16/19
We read pages 67-76 and practiced naming and introducing characters.

5/15/19
We read pages 51-65 in the book and summarized how the world got to be the way it is in the book.

5/14/19
We watched the science fiction animated film Next Gen.

5/13/19
We worked on our animal research project.

5/10/19

We read through page 51 and then wrote a summary of the section. We also started a project to research the symbolism of animals in cultures around the world.

5/9/19
We read through page 37 and wrote our own conflicts.

5/8/19
We read through page 25 and wrote our own inciting incident.

5/7/19
We watched a video on book burning and took notes. Then, we started reading Fahrenheit 451. We read up through the break on page 12.
Book burning video
Book burning notes
Fahrenheit 451 audio

5/6/19
We had a catch up day today. Students' most recent assignments were questions about the short story "Water Scorpions," notes about Area 51, and the questions for Ender's Game.

5/3/19

We finished watching Ender's Game and answered questions about it.
Ender's Game questions

5/2/19
We reviewed the Hero's Journey and started watching Ender's Game.

5/1/19
We finished the documentary about Area 51. Then, we read the short story "Invasion from Outer Space" and filled in our charts (see 4/29 for the chart).
"Invasion from Outer Space" text

4/30/19
We watched the first half of a documentary about Area 51. Then, we read the short story "Water Scorpions" and answered questions about it.
Area 51 doc
Area 51 notes
"Water Scorpions" text
"Water Scorpions" questions


4/29/19
We read "The Hunted" and then watched an episode of The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 35. We filled in our charts for these stories.
"The Hunted" Text
Extraterrestrials chart

4/26/19

We reviewed our notes from the robot stories (see 4/23 for robots worksheet). Then, we wrote a paragraph about robots.
Robot paragraph

4/26/19--During testing
We worked on our movie posters.

4/25/19
We reviewed our answers to the robot lawn mower article and then read an article about taxing robot jobs.
Robot jobs article
Robot jobs questions

4/25/19--During Testing

Movie posters

4/24/19
We read "Robbie" by Isaac Asimov and watched "Robbie" by Neil Harvey. We filled in our worksheets for those stories.
"Robbie" text
"Robbie" audio
"Robbie" video


4/23/19

We reviewed the answers for Mars article and then read an article about robot lawn mowers and answered questions. Then, we took notes on the three laws of robotics and watched an episode of The Twilight Zone: "I Sing the Body Electric." It is available on Netflix. Season 3, episode 35.
Lawn mower article
Lawn mower questions
Three laws of robotics video
Robots worksheet


4/22/19
We read an article about life on Mars and answered questions about it. Then, we read a short story and did a creative response.
Mars article
Mars questions
"If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" text
"If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" audio
"If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" response

4/19/19

We did our presentations! Then, we watched a video about the Cold War and took notes. We watched Season 7 Episode 21 of "The Outer Limits" and talked about what warning each story in the episode conveyed.
Cold War video
Cold War notes/"Outer Limits" notes

4/18/19
We reviewed our paragraphs for "Harrison Bergeron" and then had time to work on our presentations.

4/17/19
We had time to work on our presentations, which are due on Friday.

4/16/19
We reviewed the "Harrison Bergeron" questions and filled out the left side of the chart (see below). Then, we watched the film "2081" and filled out the right side of the chart. Students then completed the paragraph, explaining which version better conveys a warning about the future. They also had time to work on their invention presentations, which are due on Friday. See update for 4/10 for presentation info.
"Harrison Bergeron" Chart
"2081"

4/15/19
We talked about economic and political systems: students can find notes by researching online.
Then, we read/listened to "Harrison Bergeron." Students answered questions about the story. Then, we had time to research for our invention presentations, which will be on Friday, 4/19. See 4/10 for presentation info.
Economic and Political Systems Note Chart
"Harrison Bergeron" Text
"Harrison Bergeron" Audio
"Harrison Bergeron" Questions

4/12/19
We watched the first 3.5 minutes of a video about the Fermi Paradox. Then, we watched two episodes of The Twilight Zone (both are available on Netflix): "To Serve Man" (Season 3, Episode 24) and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" (Season 1, Episode 22). 
Fermi Paradox video (watch through 3:35 or so)
Extraterrestrial Worksheet

4/11/19
We continued our research for our invention presentation. See yesterday's update for more info.

4/10/19
We reviewed the questions for "The Pedestrian," I went through my sample invention presentation, and then we started taking notes on our inventions. Presentations will be Friday, 4/19.
Sample Presentation
Planning for Presentation
Presentation Rubric

4/9/19
We watched a video about TV arriving in the 1950s, then read the short story "The Pedestrian" and answered questions about it, and finally watched a sci-fi short film called "The Last Bookshop." We compared it to "The Pedestrian."
Video about TV (watch 1:56-4:35)
"The Pedestrian" Text
"The Pedestrian" Audio
'The Pedestrian" Questions
"The Last Bookshop"

4/8/19
We started discussing our next unit: Science Fiction! We brainstormed science fiction movies, books, and TV shows and talked about the warnings they convey.

3/28/19
We presented our children's books today!

3/27/19
Same as yesterday.

3/26/19
Same as yesterday.

3/25/19
We had reading time and then more time to work on the final draft, which is due Thursday. Vocabulary words 11-20 are also due Thursday.

3/22/19
We had reading time and then started working on the final draft of the children's book. 

3/21/19
We had reading time and then continued working on the storyboard for the children's book.

3/20/19
We had reading time and then started working on storyboarding (rough draft) of the children's book.
Storyboard

3/19/19
We had reading time and then worked on the expansion of the six sentence frame.

3/18/19

We had reading time and then worked on the six sentence frame (if they remained unfinished from Friday) and then worked on the expansion of the storyline.
Expansion of Six Sentence Frame
*There are four boxes per part of the story, but not all those boxes need to be filled.

3/15/19
We had reading time and then finished up research, read our sources, and created a six-sentence frame for our own children's book, based on the topic we chose.
Six Sentence Frame Worksheet

3/14/19
We had reading time and then had time to find two additional articles about the topic for our individual children's books.
List of topics and students' choices

3/13/19
We had reading time, and then I handed out articles based on the topics students chose for their own children's book. Students need to find two additional articles from a reliable, credible source in addition to the article I provided for them.

3/12/19
Last day to work on vocab and children's book sample. Some students were able to start researching their children's book topic.

3/11/19
We had more time to work ont he vocabulary and children's book sample. We also chose the topic of our own children's book that we'll be completing by the end of the quarter.

3/8/19
We worked on the vocabulary for our independent novel today and also worked on the sample children's book we're building as a class.
Vocabulary List Worksheet

3/7/19
We had reading time, and then we worked on the sample children's book we're building as a class.

3/6/19
We had reading time, and then we had a small lesson on how to draw 3D using perspective and horizon lines, and then we worked on the rough draft of the sample children's book we're building as a class.

3/5/19
We had reading time, and then we determined how we'd want to lay out our children's book and did a rough sketch on a storyboard.

3/4/19

We had reading time, and then we went back through the six sentence frames and expanded our story line for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UDHR Six Sentence Frame 
UDHR Expansion 
*These assignments together make up the UDHR Planning assignment in the gradebook.

3/1/19
We had reading time, and then we had more time to work on the assignment for the independent novel. See yesterday for assignment and examples.

2/28/19
We had reading time, and then we had time to work on the assignment for our independent novels.
Independent Novel Assignment Overview
Samples

2/27/19
1st period: We read several articles about the creation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Articles
2nd period: We reviewed our six frame attempts and redid them.

2/26/19
1st period: Reading time, then we reviewed the notes from the video, read a children's book about Birmingham Children's March. 
2nd period: We read several articles about the creation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Articles

2/25/19
1st period: Reading time, then catch up day.
2nd period: Reading time, then we reviewed the notes from the video, read a children's book about Birmingham Children's March. 

2/22/19

We had reading time and then finished watching the video about the Birmingham Children's March.

2/21/19
We had reading time, and then we watched and took notes on a film about the Birmingham Children's March.
Video
Notes

2/20/19
Repeat of yesterday (with new children's book). 

2/19/19
We had reading time for our nonfiction independent novel. We also had time to work on  an individual analysis of a children's book (see worksheet on 2/15).

2/15/19
We read Ada Twist: Scientist and filled in our story notes sheets and a book review/analysis sheet.
Book Review Worksheet

2/14/19
We reviewed the story notes and had time to work on the current events assignment.

2/8/19
We had time to complete paragraphs and catch up on note-taking. We also started our first current events assignment: Find any two current events (hint: start with Google news) and fill in the information on the worksheet.
Current Events Worksheet

2/7/19

We reviewed the notes from the video, had time to work on our paragraphs (outlline below on 2/6), and then we took notes on story structure.


2/6/19
We watched a video about fixed mindset vs. growth mindset and took notes (see below). We also read an article about fixed vs. growth mindset (see below).


2/5/19
We introduced ourselves today, and spent a bit of time playing educational games.

5 Minute Write Prompts
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