Today, we started discussing writing, producing, and performing a short (10 minute) play in the style of traditional Japanese Bunraku puppet theatre. We talked about what Bunraku looked like and watched a video about puppet manipulation. We set some parameters for our story:
To foster our story-telling mindset, we reviewed some fundamentals of story telling. We used the very short film, Dot., to talk about structure. Students were given time to construct an idea for our play. We will discuss our ideas on Monday and move forward from there.
Students had time to finish up their workbooks from yesterday. We reviewed some of the big ideas from the last few weeks of Social Studies including:
I was away at a professional development session today. In my absence, students were given time for independent reading and then given time to work on a Social Studies work booklet. I'll be back tomorrow with Spirited Away essay comments/suggestions and we'll have time to finish up that work booklet as well.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the Spirited Away essays returned today. I'll return them tomorrow and provide one class in the Learning Commons to revise.
Today we read independently, analyzed the quality of the writing, and started working on writing a short story.
In Social Studies, we reviewed the Frayer Model of building vocabulary. Each student was assigned a vocabulary word from our Japan unit. HOMEWORK: complete Frayer model handout (clear, detailed, visually engaging) and be ready to explain your word to the rest of the class.
We had our final class for writing our essays today. I'll collect essays tomorrow and return them on Monday with some feedback/suggestions. I'll collect your final drafts on Wednesday. Note: we won't have time in class to make changes to our essays - this work will have to be completed outside of class time. I can stay after school to let students work on the computers in the library on Monday.
Also, we'll be displaying and presenting our science body systems projects tomorrow. Grade 9s will be around to watch your presentations, ask questions, and provide feedback.
Thank you to our parent volunteers for this successful field trip! I've received a lot of positive feedback from our students who had a great time. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as bawdy as it was, but I do think it was a fun and lighthearted introduction to theatre for many of our students.
Tomorrow students will have 1 period to work on their essay (due Friday) and 1 period to continue learning about Edo Japan.
We spent one period today working on our essay which is due Friday.
We spent one period going over the incredible, over-the-top, confusing, and bizarre plot for tomorrow's play Twelfth Night.
Reminder: we'll have a chance to snack before we leave and when we return, but we won't be able to eat on this field trip.
We had a presentation in the gym this morning. A veteran police officer came to speak with our students about staying safe online.
Students had time to work on their essays. The first draft of these essays are due Friday.
Thank you to our parent volunteers. We're all set for our field trip on Wednesday. Tomorrow we'll prepare for our trip by previewing the plot of Twelfth Night in class.
We're still in need of two parent volunteers for Wednesday, February 7th to join us on our trip to Theatre Calgary. If you've already completed the background check and you've been approved to volunteer, please email me at email@example.com. We need a suitable ratio of adults:students to actually go on this field trip. If you're available please email me.
We started today with 10 minutes of reading followed by a quick creative writing exercise.
We continued re-watching Spirited Away. I held a screening after school for those students who had missed the ending.
Today we reviewed the outline and the rubric for the Spirited Away essay.
We also reviewed the format of the essay. An example (using our Fever 1793 essay) is available here.