Archive for October, 2016

Here are some answers to questions you may have about the criteria for the video project due on Monday.

Time requirement: (each student must have relatively equal speaking time).
2 People: minimum 2 minutes
3 People: minimum 3 minutes

Scoring Criteria

The A video will exhibit sincere, believable acting. Students will demonstrate an intricate understanding of the characters’ motivation, and the presentation will exceed the time limit. Students will also use setting and stage directions to enhance the presentation. Dialogue between characters should move seamlessly and naturally, and by all measures will serve to interest the viewer and maintain that interest. In addition, the characters reference the text and analyze it. This is a study in character, after all. The A video’s creativity and clear conception will strikingly manifest themselves. All details are pertinent and based on factual textual evidence.

The B video will exhibit mostly sincere, mostly believable acting that may drop off at points. Students will demonstrate a clear, if limited, understanding of the characters’ motivation, and the presentation will meet the time requirement. Students’ use of setting and stage directions are evident, but they do not serve to enhance the presentation effectively enough. Dialogue flows, but with some inconsistencies and achieves some level of viewer interest. In addition, the characters reference the text. While creativity is certainly evident, the piece does not full convey a clear conception of the task. Details may not always be pertinent.

The C video exhibits acting that lacks believability—the students exhibit difficulty achieving a sense of character. The characters’ motivation is unclear, and the presentation may or may not meet the time requirement. Students’ use of setting and stage directions are unclear, sparse, or lack depth; they do not serve to enhance the presentation effectively enough. Dialogue is stiff and does not flow well. There are obvious inconsistencies. The piece lacks creative depth and its conception is not clear. Details are only sometimes pertinent.

In the D video, students’ acting is not believable; they may laugh. Characters’ motivation is often unclear, and the presentation does not meet the specified time requirement. Students will demonstrate a clear, if limited, understanding of the characters’ motivation, and the presentation will meet the time requirement. Students’ use of setting and stage directions are evident, but they do not serve to enhance the presentation effectively enough. Dialogue flows, but with some inconsistencies and achieves some level of viewer interest. In addition, the characters reference the text. While creativity is certainly evident, the piece does not full convey a clear conception of the task. Details are largely not pertinent.

7th Grade Essay Organizers

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Home

Just in case you’ve lost your organizers:

frolio writing Paragraph Organizer body 1frolio writing Introductory Paragraph Organizerfrolio writing conclusion organizerfrolio writing How a paragraph works

Make-Up Logistics for the Week

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Home

7th grade:
1). Letter to Juliet–deadline Wednesday, Oct. 26th
2). Mid-Trimester Journal–Thursday , Oct 27th

8th grade:
1). Vocabulary test–deadline Thursday, Oct 27th
2). Mid-Trimester Journal–Thursday , Oct 27th

7th Grade: the Purdue OWL page…

Posted: October 20, 2016 in Home

Here is a link to the Purdue OWL page on close reading: Close reading

Attention all 8th graders! Your Gothic video projects are due on Monday, October 31st!

8th Grade Chocolate Words!

Posted: October 12, 2016 in Home

Learn them! Use them!

Incredulous
Juxtaposition
Macabre
Melancholy
Suspenseful

7th Grade Chocolate Words!

Posted: October 6, 2016 in Home

Use them in class discussion intelligently and correctly:

Juxtaposition
Mistrust
Inevitably
Specify
Ironically