Today our grammar lesson focused on gerunds (Gerunds and Egyptian Mythology and 2 – Gerund Phrases Notes and Practice); this material, along with some review from our previous grammar lessons, will make up your quiz on Monday. (There won’t be any vocabulary on the quiz.)
We also got about halfway through your reading together (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 10) — please finish up the rest on your own and have it ready for class tomorrow. (And please remember to write legibly!)
Today we spent all of our time reading and talking about the book. We got through most of Chapter 9 together and discussed questions 1-3, so you really should only have about four pages to read and one question to answer (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 9).
Today we took the Renaissance Lexile Assessment mandated by the district. If you weren’t here, please see me about taking that tomorrow.
Homework is Chapter 8 of Dracula (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 8).
Today in class we took our vocabulary and grammar quiz; if you were absent, please come make it up Friday during lunch.
Homework for tonight is to read Chapter 7 and complete the reading guide (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 7).
There won’t be an after school extra credit movie this week, but you can watch one at home for the same amount of credit. Here is the viewing guide (Nosferatu Viewing Guide), and below is the movie:
In class, we are doing a short multiple choice exercise over a poem (“La Belle Dame Sans Merci”), so if you were absent, please come make it up Friday during lunch.
Homework for tonight is Chapter 4 of Dracula (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 4).
Today we read Chapter 3 together in class and answered most of your questions (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 3) — please finish whatever you didn’t get a chance to complete at home and turn it in tomorrow!
On these days in class, we took a break from our usual routines and spent some time looking at the 1931 version of Dracula — we analyzed how the director used lighting, special effects, framing, and costumes in storytelling, and we also considered how the actors used the different tools available to them to craft a convincing performance.
If you weren’t with us, no worries — this isn’t something that you have to have to move forward next week.
No homework. I hope that you all are able to get some rest over this long weekend and enjoy some time with your friends and family.
Today in class, we:
- took your Dracula List 1 vocabulary quiz.
- looked at a brief section from the 1931 Universal version of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi — we considered how the director chose to depart from the novel, and what effect those choices had on the narrative, as well as how film as medium differs from text in the options available for storytelling.
- talked about how Dracula as a character has been depicted in the almost 100 years of cinematic portrayal and compared that to the text.
- began RG 2 (Dracula Reading Guide – Chapter 2), which is due tomorrow.
Tomorrow we will also be going over List 2, so please make sure to bring your blue books!