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Welcome to World Lit!

Hello everyone and welcome back to a new semester and your 10th grade World Literature class!!

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will learn the classroom rules and procedures and begin composing a letter of introduction.

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Ok, like I said, welcome to World Literature! My name is  Mrs. Bristow and along with my partner in crime Mr. Carlson, we will be taking you on a journey through the ages this semester as we read amazing books, write awesome compositions, and create beautiful artwork. Sound cheesy enough for you? Then you’ll LOVE my icebreaker game, Two Truths and a Lie!!!

I’ve got a little welcome to class powerpoint that gives you the lowdown on our game and on our classroom rules and expectations, as well as general info about this blog, the phone policy, and so on. Welcome to World Literature!!

We’re going to go over that PowerPoint today and then begin our first little writing assignment, a letter of introduction. Here’s the skinny:

Letter of Introduction

Write a letter to us telling about yourself.  Be sure to include today’s date.

Paragraph One: What are you like as a student?  How do you usually behave in class?  How would you describe your personality?

Paragraph Two: Tell me about yourself as a reader.  Do you like to read?  What kinds of books interest you?  What books have you read during the past year?  What did you like about those books?  If you don’t read much, why not?

Paragraph Three: Describe your writing/composing abilities.  Do you consider yourself a good writer?  What kinds of things do you like/hate to write about?  What are your strongest and weakest skills in English?  What areas would you like to improve in?

Paragraph Four: Think back to the last few years in English classes.  Describe assignments or activities that you loved and those that you hated.  What would you like to accomplish in this class?

Paragraph Five: What are your interests/talents/skills/hobbies?  What accomplishments in school or out of school have made you proud?

Paragraph Six: What can I do that will be most helpful to you?  Is there any other advice you would like to give me?  Is there anything else you feel I should know about you?

Sign your name.

 

I have printed copies if you need them, just let me know!!! While you guys are writing your letters of introduction, I’ll be up here writing my own to share with you. I can’t wait to get to know everyone this semester! Welcome back, guys – it’s gonna be great!

Differentiation: Varied length of letters of introduction, appeal to multiple learning styles (visual, auditory).

Assessment: Letters will be graded

HAPPY FIRST DAY!!!

Standard: SL.9-10.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

Learning Target: Students will be introduced to each other, the teacher, and the class.

Activator: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo

Welcome back to school, everyone! I hope you’re all excited for the 2014-2015 school year, because I know I am!

We’re going to start off this school year with a little introductory game I like to call Two Truths and a Lie. The rules are pretty simple – you make up three statements, one of which is a lie. You share them with the class and then we have to guess which statement is the lie. Make sense? Great! Here’s mine:

  1. I got married last year.
  2. I had a baby last year.
  3. I bought a house last year.

Tough one, right? I’ll share the answer with you after you guys take a guess.

Anyway, after we finish with our little introductory game, I would like to give you all the opportunity to introduce yourselves to me a little more formally via a letter of introduction . One thing you guys should know about me is that I always try to write when you write, so as you are working on your letter, I will be writing my own to you.

I will finish me letter at home tonight and share it with you tomorrow! And also tomorrow, I would like for you all to share your letters with the class. I try to write back to you, too :) So if you didn’t finish your letter in class, make sure you do so for homework.

Happy first day, everyone!!

Welcome to 2014!

Welcome to the last semester of your sophomore year, everyone!

My name is Ms. Spiceland, and I’ll be teaching you in World Literature this semester. We’re planning a pretty awesome year for you guys! Our World Lit course is what’s called a thematic course, rather than just going in chronological order. That means that instead of reading REALLY OLD stuff first, and working our way up to the only-kinda-old stuff, we’re going to read stuff of all different ages, but with similar themes. Does that make sense? No? Well, we’ll work on it together. In the meantime…

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will be introduced to the curriculum of Tenth Grade World Literature and Composition, and will write a letter of introduction about themselves.

Activator: Buffalo buffalo buffalo

So, I hope you guys are intrigued so far :) We’re kicking off the semester by introducing ourselves, because otherwise how will we know what we’re getting into? So, here’s my first PowerPoint of the year for you guys:)

 Welcome!

After our rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie, and hearing all about your guys and your interesting winter breaks, I think it’s time for some writing. YAY, WRITING! (Get used to it, you’ll write ’til your arms fall off in here!) Let’s write a letter of introduction, shall we?

Letter of introduction instructions!

Hey, wanna hear something cool? I’m making a commitment to you guys to always do the work that I assign you. So on that note, I’ve got my own letter of introduction :) Here you are, for your reading pleasure:

My Intro Letter!

And that’s everything for today, gang! I hope you guys are psyched up about a great semester in world lit. I know I am!

Happy First Day of School!!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year, everyone!!

My name is Ms. Spiceland, and I’ll be teaching you in World Literaturethis semester. We’re planning a pretty awesome year for you guys! Our World Lit course is what’s called a thematic course, rather than just going in chronological order. That means that instead of reading REALLY OLD stuff first, and working our way up to the only-kinda-old stuff, we’re going to read stuff of all different ages, but with similar themes. Does that make sense? No? Well, we’ll work on it together. In the meantime…

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will be introduced to the curriculum of Tenth Grade World Literature and Composition, and will write a letter of introduction about themselves.

Activator: Buffalo buffalo buffalo

So, I hope you guys are intrigued so far :) We’re kicking off the semester by introducing ourselves, because otherwise how will we know what we’re getting into? So, here’s my first PowerPoint of the year for you guys:)

 Welcome!

After our rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie, and hearing all about your guys and your interesting winter breaks, I think it’s time for some writing. YAY, WRITING! (Get used to it, you’ll write ’til your arms fall off in here!) Let’s write a letter of introduction, shall we?

Letter of introduction instructions!

Hey, wanna hear something cool? I’m making a commitment to you guys to always do the work that I assign you. So on that note, I’ve got my own letter of introduction :) Here you are, for your reading pleasure:

My Intro Letter!

And that’s everything for today, gang! I hope you guys are psyched up about a great semester in world lit. I know I am!