8/30 – Values Brainstorm and Evaluating Sources

Round Table: 1st block:
Quote Du Jour: “You have the capability, the possibility, and even the responsibility to be lights, because that’s who you really are.” -Maya Angelou

Brainstorm values and actions – what do you value most? Create a list of those things.  How do we prioritize? – reorder your list by priority  and Discussion of values

“Famous” by Naomi Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952
The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.

The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe,
which is famous only to floors.

The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it
and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.


English III: 2nd and 3rd blocks:
ACT Practice

7. My familys’s beach house has room for five guests.
b) families beach house
c) familys’ beach house
d) family’s beach house

8. The child’s favorite game was Monopoly.
b) children favorite
c) childs favorite
d) childs’ favorite

9. He spent years trying to
master his mentor’s lessons.
b) his mentors lessons
c) his mentors’s lessons
d) his mentors lesson’s

Evaluating Sources – Livaudais Internet research skills


What are credible sources?

8/29 – Freedom Writers and Essential Questions

Round Table: 1st block:
Quote Du Jour: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Finish Freedom Writers and discussion

Freedom Writers discussion
Miep Gies, the daughter of the family that sheltered Anne Frank is the ‘hero’ of one of the students. She says that all the kids are ‘heroes’. Define everyday heroism. How are you heroic?

What does Erin Gruwell mean when she tells Andre I see you? Why is this so powerful?
Describe how writing in journals helps transform the lives of the students. How does writing “free” the students from their pain?

Discussion questions:
? What practical responsibilities do you have?
? What moral responsibilities do you think you have?

Many of the characters in the film show ‘moral courage’ and do the right thing even when it will cost them something, such as Eva when she tells the court the truth, and Miep, who protected Anne Frank at risk to herself. What other situations can you think of where someone can show moral courage? Write down your ideas.


English III: 2nd and 3rd blocks:

ACT Practice

4. While we went to the store. The other children watched TV.
b) store. All the
c) store, the
d) store. Some of the

5. He did not think it was fair.
b) it. Was fair.
c) it, was fair.
d) it was, fair.

6. John doing the dishes.
b) to do
c) who was doing
d) did


Essential Question:

A truly ‘essential’ research question has the following characteristics:

It has no right or wrong answer

It may start with Should, How, Why, Which, or What if – as opposed to What is

It is open ended and cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no”

It leads us to ask other questions

It requires us to analyze information and make our own judgments, conclusions, or decisions

It deals with issues of great importance to us as human beings, citizens, and/or individuals

It challenges us to make connections between what we learn in various subjects and larger world issues.

Learning how to write a good essential question – EQtraining

8/28 – Freedom Writers and MLA

Quote Du Jour: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” -Marcus Aurelius

Round Table: 1st block:

Watch Freedom Writers

English III: 2nd and 3rd blocks:
ACT Practice

1. A year ago, one of our ?favorite movie stars being Daniel Craig, who visited our school.
b) movie stars was
c) movie stars who
d) movie stars named

2. Ever since he was young, he liked to fix things.
b) who liked to
c) he who liked to
d) liked to

3. The custom each Fourth of ?July, who shoots fireworks.
b) July, when shooting
c) July, which is shooting
d) July is to shoot

How to Answer a Literature Question/Critical Question

How to Answer a Literature Question.

1. Answer the question in a complete sentence – using the ?question as part of the answer.
Ex. What is the importance of symbolism in The Crane?
Answer: The importance of symbolism in The Crane is…..

2. After your sentence, use a quote [a quote is ANY sentence written in the text, NOT just dialogue] from the text to prove your ?answer. Use quotation marks around the quote and at the end put

the author’s name and the page number in parentheses.
Ex. “The sun was my heart and blazed with indignation” (Jones ?32).

3. After the quote, write a sentence or two that explains how the quote supports your answer.
Ex. The sun is a symbol of the character’s heart which was broken by her loss. The symbol is important because it allows the reader ?to understand her rage.

Answer: The importance of symbolism in The Crane is…..[it further illuminates character motivation]. “The sun was my heart and blazed with indignation” (Jones 32). The sun is a symbol of the character’s heart which was broken by her loss. The symbol is important because it allows the reader to understand her rage.

What is MLA: MLA Web PowerPoint

8/27 – First Day Welcome

Round Table: 1st block:
Review Class expectations and room procedures
Fill out student information form on phones: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5JXkOL2j92dZcdEAH0DZ1aGzFlGlaQzARAfradX7HSMCF5w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Sign up for Remind: Block 1: @ livyblk1
Learner’s Profile:


Class brainstorm of unit ideas
Small group creation of class rules
“The World is Too Much With Us”


The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.



English III: 2nd and 3rd blocks:
Review Class expectations and room procedures
Fill out student information form on phones:


Sign up for Remind:
Block 2: @livyblk2
Block 4: @livyblk3
Learner’s Profile: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpsvEO_vly21mLIvOioMXwhXv7ip7X7ESe5u9WmhwTXT1W2A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Sign up for No Red Ink account:
NRI Codes:
Block 2: small lunch 8
Block 3: adorable knot 72

HW: Learning Styles Inventory – bring in your learning style tomorrow: http://bit.ly/1iwl3p8