October 25, 2016 – LA Update

After our little detour at the end of last week everyone seems to be back on track.  8W, 8LC and 8M will have all handed in their final two assignments for “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” by the end of classes today.writing-task

The next classroom focus will be a writing task which asks students to use a completed Quick Writing Activity as the prewriting for what will become a “publishable” piece of work . 8W began this today but 8LC and 8M will not start until tomorrow so I’ll keep the complete details a secret until everyone has gotten started🙂


October 20, 2016 – LA Update


In last night’s post I mentioned my plan was to pass out a pair of assignments during class today but, as is often the case, that did not happen as I had hoped.  Classes spent more time examining conflict in Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and so:

  • 8W and 8M will receive both the Elements of Fiction Form and  the Plot Organization Chart tomorrow in class.
  • 8LC will receive the work on Monday (they do not have class with me tomorrow)

* See yesterday’s update for links to both of these assignments

October 19, 2016 – LA Update

Character traits have been discussed and Character Maps completed so classes have now turned their attention to reviewing the Elements of Fiction.

This review will lead to come too of a pair of assignments which should be handed out tomorrow:

  1. The Elements of Fiction Form – a handout which will allows students to share their knowledge of of the Elements of Fiction as they apply to the novel we have read.
  2. Plot Organization Chart – a chart which organizes the main actions involved in the plot of our novel.

October 17, 2016 – LA Update

As mentioned last week, our work with “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” continues…

Today’s classwork for 8LC and 8W centered around understanding what Character Traits are and then applying that knowledge to a character in the novel by completing the Character Map Assignment as seen below. 8M will complete this work in class tomorrow.

Also, a reminder to students that the book review which was assigned last week is due tomorrow

October 13, 2016 – LA Update

I can’t believe that, following the  long weekend, it has taken this long to provide an update.

This week started on Tuesday  with a vocabulary quiz and some comprehension work for the section of the novel which we had read last week. this allowed us to use class on Wednesday and again today to plow through to the end of the novel.

What remains of our novel study now is to complete some comprehension work and a couple of assignments concerning the characters and plot of the book – work which will begin tomorrow and continue into next week.

Book Review Assignment was handed handed out today and is due next Tuesday

Other work will include (but not be limited to):