This week, we'll start writing our Hero's Journey Narrative. Before we do so, we'll tackle a few important writing skills, including using descriptive detail and dialogue. We'll also practice and check our learning on the unit vocabulary. Here's what our schedule will look like: The following assignments are scheduled to be due or assigned this … Continue reading ELA Week of 9.24.18: Setting Off on a Heroic Writing Journey
This week, we'll take an in-depth look at what makes a good story. We'll start with point of view and then think about plot. Along the way, we'll also wrap up our first Gravana lesson and spend some time drilling the vocabulary from Unit 1. Here's what our schedule will look like: The following assignments … Continue reading ELA Week of 9.17.18: Putting Together a Story
This week, we'll spend a lot of time unpacking stories of heroes, and we'll end the week by working to give shape and form to the heroes we'll create for our Hero's Journey Narrative. Here's a look at our blocks for the week. Keep in mind that we'll have shorter class periods on Friday due … Continue reading ELA Week of 9.10.18: Building a Hero
This week, we'll start to unpack what it is that makes a good hero story. We'll think about the ways in which "Hero's Journey" stories tend to follow the same pattern. Then, we'll use our knowledge to find as many examples as we can of this same pattern (Hint: It's repeated over and over again in … Continue reading ELA Week of 9.3.18: The Hero’s Journey
This week, we talked a lot about the Power of Words, and why it's important to have a good command of the English language. You shouldn't think of ELA as a class that teaches you a bunch of rules. You should think of it as a class that fills up your communication toolbox, because if … Continue reading ELA Week 1: The Power of Words
I hope you are as excited as I am about the start of the 2018-2019 school year! I'm also excited to be teaching ELA this year, and getting to work with some of you in a new context. Just like last year, I will post regular updates about what we're working on in class on … Continue reading Welcome to 8th ELA!