Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February 19/22, 2010

February 19/22, 2010

More pre-reading activities for Ice Story --

Write about cold.
Write about a time when you were cold. Where were you? When was it? How long were you cold? How did you get warm? I should be shivering by the time I finish reading this!

Form groups of three (perhaps a couple of groups of four) -- sit together  -- fill out packets -- numbered -- decide roles: timeline, glossary, who's who (lined paper to be clipped to packet).

Introduce the ship's log (for keeping track of group scores).  

Book pass for text features.  Here  is a chart of some External Text Features.

Video introduction -- We watched part of the A&E production of Shackleton, starring Kenneth Branagh -- from the time they get underway on the ship until the Endurance is beginning to get stuck in the ice.

If time -- Begin reading Ice Story -- Whole class  -- We didn't have time on B-Day.
   Pauses for groups to list needed information for timeline, glossary, who's who.

Important note:  Please check your scores on MYAccess.  Many students still need to revise and edit their work on the Theme in Literature essay (your January Book-of-the-Month assessment)  and the Persuasive essay (based on The Giver).   A few still need to do one or more of these assignments. 

-- The last day to work on either of these assignments for credit is March 12. However, if you do not submit before March 4, you will not be able to receive points for revising.
-- Your user name is your first name and student number.  Your password is 999 with your last name.
-- Check messages and comments on PowerSchool and when you log into MYAccess.

Reminder of spelling test on February 25/26:
Spelling words based  on the suffix "-tion":
-tion means act or state
Words: attention, population, operation, transportation
Extra Credit:  
trans = across
port = to carry

at = to 
"tend" = bend or stretch
oper = to work

populare  = people, to inhabit