G9: Writing to Review

Grade 9 will be writing reviews on the books they chose to read, and they will post their reviews to Amazon.com.  So, if you’re looking for a recommendation on what book to read, you can check out the reviews on Amazon!

Here is a link to the podcast: Can We Still Be Friends?.  Check it out to hear reviews on the movie Gladiator.

I look forward to reading your reviews!



G9: New Unit!

Grade 9 students finished their unit on poetry, and they impressed me greatly.  I think that we all enjoyed it, the ‘treasure-hunting’ in poems, and the students did outstanding work in their presentations.  I hope that this inspires them to continue reading and writing poetry!

We’ve had a content-heavy year so far, and we’re all ready for our next unit, which is a media unit on action-adventure films!  The overarching goal of the unit is to learn to have a critical and thoughtful eye regarding the media that we consume on a daily basis.  I believe strongly that media units such as this are not only useful for providing life skills, but that it is necessary to be media-literate in a critical manner for success in most fields today.

Here you can find our unit overview: Action Overview.  And here you can find our basic glossary for cinematic terminology: Action Film Glossary

I assigned homework yesterday, and the students asked me to post it on the blog so that their parents would believe them.  I want to have one film that everyone in the class has seen, so that we can use it as a reference for our discussions throughout the unit.  The film I chose is Die Hard, because it is a quintessential action film, and it encompasses everything we will be analyzing.  The students were asked to watch the film before class on Wednesday.  Based on a survey completed in class, the students said their parents would allow them to watch the movie.  If this is not the case, however, and you do not want your student to watch the film, then please advise them to watch the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I am excited about this unit, and I know the students are too.  I’m looking forward to exploring this medium together!

G9: Poetry

Today began an exciting new unit on poetry!  This is the year when we begin to learn how to analyse poetry, and when we learn to think in a new, creative, subtle way.  I can’t wait for it!  It’s like a treasure hunt– we read a poem and then together, we dig out all the gold.  If you want to know what’s going on for this unit, check out the unit overview: Poetry Overview.

If you enjoyed today’s poem as much as I did, Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou, here is the clip we watched of her reading the poem:

This is also a reminder that your indie reading and interview questions are due on Monday, don’t forget!  Parents, I look forward to seeing you at conferences on Friday.

Snow Arrangements

I hope everyone enjoyed their long snow weekend!  School for the secondary students is back on today and we only have a couple days before our break for Christmas.  So, here is the schedule for Ms. Barlow’s English classes:

Grade 6

Our only lesson this week is on Thursday.  On that day you will be expected to turn in 1) Your Poetry Anthology (printed in color) and 2) Your Independent Reading Bookmark and explanation.  During this lesson you’ll have a chance to share your work with your classmates.  I had planned on giving you a party before Christmas, so if you want, you can bring snacks and drinks to share with your classmates to celebrate the holidays and all of the good work you’ve done!  When you return from the break we will do review for the exam, but don’t worry, you don’t need to study because it is an exam that assesses skills, not content.

Grade 9

Please bring a printed copy of your story on Wednesday morning.  You will have the lesson to peer-edit, so you MUST have your story with you!  Your story will be due by 2:30, hard-copy, on Thursday.  Period 1 on Thursday I will introduce something new, and if all goes well then we will have a party in our afternoon lesson!   When you return from the break we will do review for the exam, but don’t worry, you don’t need to study because it is an exam that assesses skills, not content.



Grade 9 Autobiography

Grade 9 has been learning how to write descriptively and it’s been a lot of fun! This is my favorite unit to teach, especially the lesson where I give the students candy bars but don’t allow them to eat it until they describe it using all of their senses!

The overview for the unit can be found here: Autobiography Overview and the assignment sheet can be found here: Autobiography_assignment.

The students have completed their first drafts of the story and last lesson the students edited their stories.  Many students were gone on the Arabic field trip, so for those students here are the guidelines for the self-editing: auto self edit.  This editing is critical, as this is what will make sure your story is descriptive and interesting to read.  Take it seriously and do it thoroughly!

We will continue to work on and perfect our stories in class this week.  The final story will be due next Wednesday, December 18.  For this assignment I will not accept anything late.

Keep writing and editing.  I can’t wait to read all the stories!

Integrating Quotations into an Essay

This post is for all grades– it is a power-point that explains how to integrate quotations into an essay.  Every good essay needs support for its arguments, and this shows you how to include your supporting quotes most effectively.  If you follow everything outlined in this power-point, you will have an excellent argument and paper!

Save this to your own files so that you can use it whenever you need to write a paper!