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Gr. 8 The Outsider in Me

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The Outsider in MeFocus Questions:  What can we learn about ourselves by closely examining characters in different texts?  How are characters developed?  How can I selectively choose evidence to prove a character's personality?

Students are on a journey to understand themselves better through scrutinizing characters!  

We watched a YouTube video to help us think about what it means to be an outsider:
What It’s Like To Be An Outsider

We completed a free write:  Describe a time when you felt like an outsider.  See Mrs. Anderson's writing below.
Next, we read the short story "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" by Evan Hunter.  Students highlighted 3 big events from the beginning, middle and end.  
They also circled any items that contributed to Andy's Outsider status.
We reviewed Plot Diagram using the Pixar Short Film, "Boundin'".  Students defined plot diagram items and used precise evidence from the story to support their choices.
With a partner we provided feedback…

Gr. 9 Film Techniques in "UP"

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What meaning can we gain from film Techniques?Student Targets were shared for our Up film study.  Click on the link to access "UP Student Targets"
Students watched "UP" this week.  During their viewing we identified memorable scenes and recorded ideas using the organizer below:

To demonstrate what we already know about film techniques grade 9's used Lucidpress, Canva or a Google Slide to create a bumper sticker.  Monday we will complete a gallery walk of our work then fill in any gaps in our understanding.
Student's named the scene, stated the dominant feeling and listed one or two techniques used in the scene that contributed to the feeling.

On Monday LA classes will go through a Google Slide show to better understand the following techniques: FramingProxemics & LightingFilm ShotsEditingAnglesStudents can preview this slide show by clicking on the following Link:  "Film Techniques: What meaning can we gain from film techniques?"

Students will choos…

LA 8: Unit 1: Why is poetry important to people?

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Why is Poetry Important to People?
Students have began to explore this question by: viewing a spoken word poem, "If I should have a daughter," by Sarah Kayreading various poems - one being - "Reading Poetry," by Mary McIvor See some of our interpretations below:
reading and viewing to understanding the Figurative and Literal with "The Fantastic Flying Books..." The student handout is available in Google Classroom


We have been practicing identifying figurative language.  Simile / Metaphor and Personification activities can be found in Google Classroom.

After watching "The Fantastic Flying books of Morris Lessmore" students discussed the symbolism.
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We also discussed the difference between main idea and theme.  Students defined main idea as what the text is mostly about. And theme as the author's message that is based on the main idea.

We determined that the main idea of the story was "relationships with books".

Stude…

GRADE 8: Moving from SEEing to THINKing

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Moving From SEEing (analysing) to THINKing (interpreting)         TO          




Today students used a images to understand the difference between seeing something and thinking about it.  We recognized that we need to look closely at something several times before we begin to understand it.

This the more complicated the text the more purposefully we must examine it before we truly understand the author's intended message.

Grade 8's used an image from the Art Gallery of Hamilton to practice SEEing and THINKing.  Click the link to see the image, "Bruegel-Bosch Bus" by Kim Adams.
Students used their observations to think about what the author's message might be.  See our class ideas below:




GRADE 9: Moving from SEEing to THINKing

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Moving From SEEing (analyzing) to THINKing (interpreting)         TO          




Today students used images to understand the difference between seeing something and thinking about it.  We recognized that we need to look closely at something several times before we begin to understand it.

This the more complicated the text the more purposefully we must examine it before we truly understand the author's intended message.

Students used the chart below to read images and move from SEEing to THINKing about what items in the image mean.


We used "The Surrender" by Griffith to practice.



















We know that we can't truly understand a text until we've "read" it 2 or 3 times.  Then we can begin to understand what the author's claim is or what the message is.

Some of our THINKing is recorded below:



Students wrote a paragraph using their thoughts.  Mrs. Anderson provided a sentence starter for a topic sentence.  We will discuss our ideas next class.
Next, we looked at a poem, …

Gr. 8 Self-assessing My Writing

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Grade 8 Self-assessing My Writing
Today we identified how powerfully we explained our quotes.  We identified our life experience in our writing and drew symbols to represent our 5 senses.  We practiced with Mrs. Anderson's writing below, then we annotated our own writing:


Vivid description will have LOTS of sense symbols and the writing will be assessed as having EXPERT writing quality:



Students then Identified where there writing level was by.  Highlighting 3 examples of vivid and detailed life experience, recording their best on on their rubric and explaining overall the showing quality of the writing.
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We also self-assessed the conclusion of our writing by identifying how we thought the quote would influence others.  We decided if our idea about an influence was insightful, thoughtful or predictable.
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Grade 8 Writing explaining meaning of a Quote is Due Tuesday, Oct 6.

Gr. 9 Unit 1: Why Learn?

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Why Learn?
We started a new unit today and our focus question is:
What would you change about education and the school system to improve your future?
We defined two key terms today; "education" and "school system".  Here's what grade 9's thought:
Education is a personal collection of knowledge acquired through learning, research and life experiences.
A School system is how a group of schools operate under the guidance of the superintendent, principals and teachers using curriculum and schedules to help students graduate from one level to the next.

We used a discussion strategy to generate lists of differences between education and schools.



Here are a few ideas from Grade 9's:


We watched Suli Breaks' video, "Why I love education but hate school" to think about our opinions about school and education.
We have analysed (SEEing) and interpreted (THINKing) this poem in small groups.  Using a 1st, 2nd, 3rd draft reading of the poem.  See the image below: