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Drafting Tuesday!


  • ELACC9-10WHST4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • ELACC9-10WHST5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

Learning Target: Students will draft their “Who gets the heart” essay.

Daily Video:

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone! Today you’re going to be drafting your first essay! I’ve got a drafting sheet for everyone. There’s a brainstorming section on the front, but since we did the brainstorming yesterday, you don’t need to use that section if you don’t want to. If you DO need any scratch paper, that’s what the brainstorming box is for, so use that space to help you organize, write out words to see if they look like they’re spelled write, jot down ideas for later so you don’t forget, and so on.

You’ll have the whole class period to draft. Remember, tomorrow we are in the lab to type this up, so if you get your writing completely done today, you have a pretty easy day coming your way tomorrow. Good luck today, you’ll  be awesome!

Oh, sidenote – you will have your SLO pretest tomorrow! I know that’s really soon at the beginning of the year, but you gotta take the pre-test before you learn a bunch of stuff or it doesn’t really work, kwim?

Differentiation: Process – students will be given an outline / guided draft sheet if needed (scaffolding); product – shortened essay if needed for some students, additional complications to writing scenario for advanced students.

Assessment: Essays will be a major grade.

We’re Going to Have to Reduce Your Rations, Kids.


RL.9-10.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.


Crash Course!

Learning Target

Scholars will read chapters 7-8 of Animal Farm, popcorn style, and reflect on the changes that have taken place at the farm.

Work Session

Not much to say today 🙂 We get an awesome video by John Green, then we’re diving back into Animal Farm! We’re going to read chapters 7-8 today, popcorn style! I like it when we take turns reading aloud 😀

That’s it for today, guys. Wait! I think I have a picture of a piggy!

Closing Session

After we finish our reading today, I want you guys to take a moment to write a short reflection on what has happened so far in the book. Write a short paragraph for me that talks about these changes. What do you think went wrong on Animal Farm? Why did things change when they started out so well? What do you think will happen in the future?


TOTD will be graded


Audio version for students who need it, varied reading strategies

Remediation Wednesday!


Crash Course!




Learning Target

Scholars will remediate the standards in which they have shown weaknesses and do an enrichment activity if they do not need remediation.

Work Session

Welcome to Remediation Wednesday! You know the drill – if I give you a remediation packet, you need to complete that. Otherwise, you can do the class enrichment activity!

We’re going to split into teams and play Online Boggle. You guys will play versus each other and versus me! Winner will earn themselves some extra credit, or maybe maybe a piece of candy 🙂

Good luck and good boggling everyone!




Closing Session

Riddle time! There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?


Remediation activities will be graded.


Students will work on areas where they are specifically weak.

Mandala Tuesday!

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 share their letters of introduction and begin working on their “sun and shadow” mandala.

Activator: Grammar School with Snooki

Welcome back to day 2, everyone! First things first, we’re going to share our letters. This is nothing formal, just go around the room and say your name and share something you wrote. Really, this is just to help me remember your names. When you’re done, turn your letter in. I’ll read it in full and write back to you 🙂

Today we are going to start working on our mandalas. I have made mandalas with my classes before, but this time we’re going to do something a bit different and work on what’s called a “Sun/Shadow” mandala. What the heck am I talking about, you ask? Great question!


Directions: Mandalas are one of the oldest art forms known to humanity. They are one of the oldest symbols in the world and one of the few universal ones. Translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle – a symbol of completeness – the most perfect medium in which to present a picture of yourself. One type of mandala is called the sun-shadow mandala, and it represents, in part, the contrasts between one’s sun qualities – what is visible and projected – and the shadow qualities – what is interior and inward. I. The first step in making a mandala is writing two sets of answers to the questions below. One set represents the sun answers; the other set represents the shadow answers:

Sun-Images: How do you appear on the surface to the world? This is the part of you that is seen or projected to others.

1. What animal are you most like?

2. What plant are you most like?

3. What color are you most like?

4. What shape are you most like?

5. What number are you most like?

6. What mineral or gem are you most like?

7. What natural element are you most like?

Shadow-Images: The part of you that is not shown. The shadow images can be considered the direct opposites to the sun images.

1. What animal are you like internally?

2. What plant are you like internally?

3. What color are you like internally?

4. What shape are you like internally?

5. What number are you like internally?

6. What mineral or gem are you like internally?

7. What natural element are you like internally?


Sun Image – what is visible and projected (what is seen)

Shadow Image – what is interior and inward (what is hidden; the opposite of the sun image)


Once the questions are complete, the next step is to write a sentence for each of your symbols. The most important part of your sentence is the “why” part. Through your sentences you will share why you feel a certain symbol represents you. In the end you will have a total of 14 sentences. Here are some examples:

Sun Sentence Frame:

I am like a/the (sun image), because like the (sun image), I __________________________________.

Ex: I am like poison oak, because like poison oak, I’m harmless until stepped on.

Shadow Sentence Frame:

I am like a/the (shadow image), because like the (shadow image), I ___________________________.

Ex: I am like a Venus flytrap, because like a Venus flytrap, I want to capture you and make you a part of me.


The next step is to write a single sentence containing all of your sun signs; and, a single sentence containing all of your shadow signs. This requires you to get creative. Consider it word play. You may add words necessary to complete your sentence. You will write both of these sentences around the outside perimeter of your mandala.

Sun Sentence: The playful kitten jumped up into the spider plant to stare up at the sky blue heavens with round, amethyst eyes before pouncing back to earth, scratching his claws in the dirt seven times.

Shadow Sentence: The fierce lion roared in agony as he stumbled into a diamond shaped thorn bush, his eyes black with rage and his breath as hot as fire, as his square jaw picked out thirteen painful needles.


Once you have your sun and shadow sentences written, I will give you a template to trace a circle and begin working on your mandala. You should incorporate all of your sun and shadow symbols into your mandala.

We will work on this all day in class, and we will have all day tomorrow for coloring your mandalas in. Enjoy, everyone!