After we discussed the latest section of The Hot Zone, students had a choice to 1) work on the podcast homework, 2) begin the next reading guide, which will be due the Tuesday after we return from Spring Break (The Hot Zone Reading Guide 4), or 3) experiment with Plague, Inc. to see in action the dynamics that we talked about in Ebola’s mutation in the game.
Today in class, we are talking about the difference in the pronouns “who” and “whom” (Who vs Whom). Afterwards, students need to write 10 sentences using Hot Zone vocabulary words and submit it through Turnitin.com:
Choose 10 words from our Hot Zone vocabulary lists (you can choose from both 1 and 2) that you like. Write five sentences correctly using the pronoun “who” and five sentences correctly using the pronoun “whom.” Underline your vocabulary word in the sentence; highlight the word “who” or “whom.”
Finally, some of you wanted to get a head start on your homework for tomorrow; it’s this podcast (Radiolab Patient Zero Podcast Questions), and here is the link to listen to it. This will be due on Friday.
Today we took our Hot Zone List 2 quiz. Afterwards, students finished their STAAR practice exams (I know… I’m sick of it too). Please remember to have your Hot Zone Reading Guides 2 tomorrow!
We continued taking our Mock STAAR exam over these two days. On Thursday, we briefly discussed your Hot Zone Reading Guide 1. Your next one will be due on Tuesday (The Hot Zone Reading Guide 2).
On Monday, you will have a quiz over The Hot Zone Vocabulary List 2 (with review words for #1). Your only homework due on Monday, then, is Vocabulary.com (this is not optional, and it will be a grade).
Happy Last Day of February!
Today we took the first part of our mock STAAR exam. I know that it’s not exactly riveting, but I appreciate your good efforts. No new homework — please just make sure that you finish the first reading guide for The Hot Zone.
Happy Tuesday! Today students wrote their grammar sentence — if you were absent, please come make those up on Friday. We also went over Hot Zone Vocabulary List 2; students worked on the practice quiz in the back of their books.
The extra credit movie for the week is Contagion.
Homework (due on Thursday) is the Hot Zone Reading Guide 1 (The Hot Zone Reading Guide 1
Today we will be taking our Dracula critical reading exam. After you are finished/for homework, please complete this viewing guide (In the Shadow of Ebola Rhetorical Analysis Viewing Guide) and view this film. **Note — at the 15:10 to 15:45 mark, there is a scene in which a boy is shot because of the quarantine. I would recommend skipping this.
On these days, we acted out some sections for the play version of Dracula. Thank you so much to both our actors and audience — I had a blast, and I hope that you did too.
Please remember to complete your last Dracula reading guides — 26 and 27. On Tuesday, we will be starting The Hot Zone. And on Monday, of course, we will have a Dracula-themed critical reading multiple choice exam. As I said in class, it will involve STAAR- and AP-style questions over poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. This is an assessment of skills, not content, so I don’t recommend spending a lot of time trying to study.
On Wednesday, we went over the sentence styles you will need to be able to demonstrate next Tuesday (without notes or assistance, for a grade): Sentences Feb 27.
Homework was Chapter 25 of Dracula: we’re almost finished!