• Please utilize Canvas page!

    CLICK HERE: www.cbsd.org/canvas

     

    I am looking forward to seeing you all again! This is going to take a few times to get used to, but we can do this. :) 

    • When you get onto Teams, make sure you have your microphone on mute until you have a question.  There is a weird echo that occurs if more than one person is speaking at a time.
    • We  will not be using the chat feature. Instead, we will use Canvas discussion boards at times to do this. 
    • All class periods that are on Teams will be recorded.
    • Specifcially for our class, we will be using the "meet now" feature.  I will post on Canvas weekly as to when each period will meet. The schedule is posted below as to the times I will be meeting with every class.

    Monday:

    Period 1

    9:30-10:00 Office Hours--> Any individual or small group can schedule a meeting to meet with me during this time.

    10:00-10:30 Teams meeting/live learning on Canvas 

    Period 2

    12:00-12:30 Office Hours--> Any individual or small group can schedule a meeting to meet with me during this time.

    12:30-1:00 Teams meeting/live learning on Canvas

    Tuesday:

    Period 4

    12:00-12:30 Office Hours--> Any individual or small group can schedule a meeting to meet with me during this time.

    12:30-1:00 Teams meeting/live learning on Canvas

    Wednesday:

    Period 5

    9:30-10:00 Office Hours--> Any individual or small group can schedule a meeting to meet with me during this time.

    10:00-10:30 Teams meeting/live learning on Canvas 

    Period 6

    12:00-12:30 Office Hours--> Any individual or small group can schedule a meeting to meet with me during this time.

    12:30-1:00 Teams meeting/live learning on Canvas

    Thursday:

    12:00-12:30 Office hours--> Please email to schedule!

    Friday: 

    All Classes Independent Reading 

     

     

     

    Tuesday, March 31 

    Overview: 

    Day 3:  Poetry Madness: Tournament of Greats(Part 2) 

    Review poems from yesterday’s lesson (5minutes)  

    Perform a dramatic reading or write your own poem (15 minutes) 

    Independent Reading (10 minutes) 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing various poems of various styles and themes. Some we have read before, some fresh, in order to narrow down some of the best poetry around. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    An ode is a type of lyrical poem enthusiastically praising a person or event. 

    Tasks: 

    Re-read both poems: “An Ode to Whataburger” and “This is Just to Say” 

    Choose to write (or perform) your own ode to a favorite food OR perform a spoken-word poem (dramatic reading) of “This is Just to Say” 

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Email 

     

    Monday, March 30 

    Overview: 

    Day 3 of Poetry Madness: Tournament of Greats (Part 1) 

    Review 2 different poems (10 minutes)  

    Reflection/vote (5 minutes)  

    Independent Reading (15 minutes) 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing various poems of various styles and themes. Some we have read before, some fresh, in order to narrow down some of the best poetry around. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    An ode is a type of lyrical poem enthusiastically praising a person or event. 

     

    Tasks: 

    Read both poems: “An Ode to Whataburger” and “This is Just to Say” 

    Vote for the poem you prefer 

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Email 

     

     

    Thursday, March 26 

    Overview: 

    Poetry Response Choice Activity 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    Choose from 3 options to respond to the poems we read last Wednesday (3/18) or yesterday, Wednesday (3/25). 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    You can re-read the poems by following Wednesday’s (3/18) assignment in Canvas and yesterday’s assignment in Canvas. 

    Your final product will be uploaded to Canvas 

    Tasks: 

    Select one of the given activities to complete in response to any of the four poems you read in the first two Poetry Madness match-ups.  Your options include a Poem Mash-Up, Blackout Poetry, or Free Writing.  Be creative and enjoy! 

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvas 

     

     

     

     An incredible opportunity is happening today! (Link on Canvas) Author Joelle Charbonneau will be visiting via Microsoft Teams at 11 a.m. 

    I hope everyone is doing well! Miss you all! -Ms. Sufrin

    Wednesday, March 25 

    Overview: 

    Day Two of Poetry Madness: Tournament of Greats 

    Review 2 different poems (10 minutes)  

    Reflection/vote (5 minutes)  

    Activity – Complete one of two options (15 minutes) 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing various poems of various styles and themes. Some we have read before, some fresh, in order to narrow down some of the best poetry around.  We will also be responding to these poems through a variety of activity options. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Poetry can be interpreted in various ways, readers-response theory insists that the text only matters because of the reader, thus every interpretation is valuable.  

    Tasks: 

    Read both poems, “We Wear the Mask” and “Richard Cory.  Take a few minutes to analyze the messages that tell us that what people show others sometimes differs from what a person is experiencing internally Vote for your favorite via Forms link.   Then, select one of the two activities to complete as a response to the poems for today.  Activity options linked on Canvas. 

    Links/Activities: 

    Please visit your English Canvas course for more details and all necessary links. 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvas/Email  

     

     

     

    Tuesday, March 24 

    Overview: 

    Applying the Elements of Fiction: Point of View 

     

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    Choose a book you are reading, a tv show/movie you are watching, or a videogame you are playing and identify the point of view.  

     

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Remember, if your book, movie, show, or videogame is in first person, the narrator will be the main character of the story. If the narrator is not a character in the story, then the point of view is in third person. Also, if it is third person, think about if it is limited or omniscient. Look back to yesterday’s PowerPoint if you need a better understanding of these terms.  

    Tasks: 

    1. Identify the book/tv show/movie/game you will be using. 

    Then identify the point of view. If it’s in first/third person, how do you know? What qualities help you understand which point of view your book/show/movie/game is in 

    2. You will be doing this twice! In doing this, choose another story telling example (book, movie, game, tv show, etc.) and explain the point of view. What qualities help you understand which POV your book/show/movie/game is in? 

     
    3. Then, you will contrast the two. For example, what makes the third person narration in Shrek different from the first person POV from the song/music video of “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift? - (see PowerPoint from yesterday for these examples). What does it make you feel as the viewer/reader? Do you prefer one over the other? Explain. 

     

    Answer the first two questions in at least 2-3 sentences. Then answer the third in 4-6 sentences.  

     

      

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvas 

     

     

    Monday, March 23 

    Overview: 

    Review Elements of Fiction: Point of View (10 minutes) 

     

    Independent reading: 20 minutes  

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes  

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing elements of fiction as they pertain to your reading, gaming, and viewing lives. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Different types of point of view: first person, third person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. 

    Tasks: 

    Review the different types of point of view and view a select few videos for your reference.  

     

    Links/Activities: 

    Please visit Canvas to view the PowerPoint. 

     

    Method of Communication: 

    Email

     

    Friday, March 20 (Please Read!)--> this is also located on Canvas

    Ms. Sufrin’s Life Lesson: I will still be posting assignments throughout this time we have off, but you do not need to post anything today! We will continue to do work starting on Monday. 

    Unfortunately, I will only be "grading" it on a complete/incomplete basis, meaning there are no points. I really do highly suggest completing them. I know that many times, we love getting our work done for the grade. Who doesn't? It's an automatic reward of our hard work. But sometimes in life, we will come across situations where we may not get EXTERNALLY or IMMEDIATELY rewarded for doing the right thing, or doing things that benefit us / those around us. Sometimes in life, we still do the right thing, make the right choice, benefit ourselves and each other, without getting that external reward. As we approach 10th-12th grade (9th for my 8th graders), this is a great time to learn that sometimes the "right thing" or doing the thing that can benefit you most, comes INTERNALLY, from within. Sometimes we do not see the reward right away. Sometimes we don't see that reward until years down the road. I understand the frustration for many of you completing these assignments, and not being able to get graded on the work you have completed.  You guys know I don't do much without a caffeinated green tea in my hand lol. But, a silver lining (and trust me, I wish I learned this lesson sooner too...) is that you are now learning how to be internally motivated - something that no grammar lesson, TDA essay, or novel will be able to teach you. You all know I want you to learn English ... but what I want even more is that you all are able to go into this world when you are my age and be functioning, kind, internally driven human beings. Take this news as a lesson, take some time to go back-and-forth with yourself about completing these assignments, and we will move forward together. Hope you are all safe & contact me if you need me. Miss you all! 

    -Ms. Sufrin 

      

    Thursday, March 19 

    Overview: 

    Applying the Elements of Fiction: Setting 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    Choose a book you are reading, a tv show/movie you are watching, or a videogame you are playing and identify the setting. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Setting is more than just the generic time and place. 

    Geographical location, time period, socio-economics, and specific locations as well as other context clues help creators design an authentic setting. 

    Tasks: 

    Identify the book/tv show/movie/game you will be using. 

    Analyze it for setting. Be as specific as possible with your analysis (details!!). Basically, how do you know what you’re saying is valid? 

    Use the PowerPoint from Tuesday as a model. 

    You must use THREE elements from the PowerPoint slide. Your response will be 4-5 sentences long. You may include images or video clips in your response. 

    You will submit this through Canvas through an assignment called “Thursday, March 19”. 

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvas 

     

     

    Wednesday, March 18 

    Overview: 

    Day One of Poetry Madness: Tournament of Greats 

    Review 2 different poems (15 minutes)  

    Reflection/vote (5 minutes)  

    Independent Reading (10 minutes)  

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing various poems of various styles and themes. Some we have read before, some fresh, in order to narrow down some of the best poetry around.  

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Poetry can be interpreted in various ways, readers-response theory insists that the text only matters because of the reader, thus every interpretation is valuable.  

    Tasks: 

    Read both poems, “Mother to Son” and “To a Daughter Leaving Home”. Take a few minutes to analyze the message that is given from each of these parental figures. Then pick the one the relates most to you. Vote for your favorite via Forms link.  

    Links/Activities: 

    Canvas 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvas/Email  

     

     

    Tuesday, March 17: all classes (8th and 9th) 

    Overview: 

    Review Elements of Fiction: Setting (10 minutes) 

    Independent Reading (20 minutes) 

    Estimated Time: 

    30 minutes 

    Explanation: 

    We will be reviewing elements of fiction as they pertain to your reading, gaming, and viewing lives. 

    Quick Things to Know: 

    Setting can include time and place of a story. 

    Tasks: 

    Review the definitions of setting and view the video.  

    Links/Activities: 

    Please visit Canvas to access the PowerPoint. 

    Method of Communication: 

    Canvashttps://cbsd.instructure.com/courses/22694 

    Email address: asufrin@cbsd.org