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Literature, Language, and Creative Writing 2014-2015

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 4th September and posted in Uncategorized

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I am really excited about having this great group of students again this year. My blog will consist of topics we cover each week. Since I normally do not give out homework (students will bring home work that wasn’t completed in class.) I will also mention upcoming due dates for major assignments and even funny/clever things the students have done in class.

A new component to the class is a year-long independent reading project. Students will have to read four books (at least one novel) over the course of school year, and complete a project for each book.

My syllabus is available to access on my blog–just check the right side of the page (under “Links”)

My Creative Writing Class is a nine-week class. I have students from other teams in this class, and the goal is acquire new skills to becoming a better, more creative, writer. Most of the work we will do will be done in class. There will be a final portfolio due at the end of the grading period.

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Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 31st January and posted in Uncategorized

I am pleased to welcome Ms. Sarah Foley to my classroom as a student-teacher! Ms. Foley is teaching my classes from January 22-April 18, 2014. The students seem to be enjoying her in the classroom!

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2013-2014 School Year

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 10th September and posted in Uncategorized

Welcome to my class! I am looking forward to teaching and inspiring this year’s “loop” of students on the Navigator Team. Let me explain what you will see on my blog…

1. A brief summary of what we will be working on during the school week

2. Links to enrichment activities

3. Reminders about major assignments that will be due

Please understand that my blog is used as way for you and your parents to get a glimps of what’s happening in my class. I do not post worksheets or rubric. If you have questions about any class work, please see me in person, or call me at 330-687-6702, before 8:30 P.M.

What’s Happening???
We are finishing up our Autobiographical Poster this week and completing some diagnostic testing, just to get an idea of where you are as far as story elements and types of prose are concerned. We are also working on composing our Writing Handbooks, which will contain ideas for writing.

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March 26- March 30, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 28th March and posted in Uncategorized

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the wonderful weather we had and is now relaxed and ready to complete the end of this third grading period.

Before we left for break, the students participated in a variety of activities in class. They completed a short research assignment on the Titanic and were able to present some answers to intriguing questions, while showing me they knew how to cite their sources of information. The students also spent a week in a persuasive writing workshop, and I was able to read several rough drafts to determine their readiness to take the SBA this week on persuasive writing.

This week we continue to prepare for the SBA (it will be given on Thursday and Friday) and finish the third grading period.

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Assignments for the Week March 5-March 9, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 5th March and posted in Uncategorized

Greetings! For the past two weeks, we have been working on learning research skills and how to cite our sources of information as we study the Titanic in literature class. Last week, we spent several days in the library finding answers to our questions about the Titanic. This week, we are taking the results of our findings and preparing for oral presentations! These presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week. There are some other items that are due this week:

1. Grounds for Thought #15–due Tuesday
2. MLA Packet–due Tuesday
3. One graphic organizer–due Thursday

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February 13-February 17, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 15th February and posted in Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! This week is a week filled with lots of writing. The following is a brief overview of what’s happening this week:

Black History Month internet activity is due on 2-17-12

Grounds for Thought #’s 13 and 14 (Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness) are due on 2-16-12

Dailie #3 is due on 2-16-12

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February 6-February 10, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 8th February and posted in Uncategorized

Greetings! This week, we have been working in our Writing Notebooks, adding new words to our “Gems” section, and completing Dailie #2 in class. Our “Grounds for Thought” centers on writing about a childhood memory (based on a discussion we had about Charles Dickens, a famous author who admitted that many of his ideas for writing fiction came from childhood memories.) Vocabulary Lesson #3 is due this coming Thursday, and later this week, we will complete another Black History Month activity–famous African-American men and women.

Please see the new link I have to the right—it is an interesting one that can give the students an opportunity to practice vocabulary words for the OAA test! Notice what happens when the students get 10 correct answers (see link for details!)

Have a good week!

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January 30-February 3, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 30th January and posted in Uncategorized

Greetings! This week ends the first month of the year and takes us into February, which happens to represent Black History Month! I have a several activities in store for the students to commemorate the achievements of African Americans; some will be completed in class, but one of the activitie will be one that the students can complete for extra credit outside of class…

We are working in our Writer’s Notebooks by writing original examples of Smiley Face tricks and completing our first Dailie, which is an unique assignment that integrates writing, grammar, and literature. The students will have the opportunity to read a brief passage and analyze it in terms for its stylistic devices, grammar usage, and literary elements. We begin this technique this semester and continue it throughout the second year of the loop on this team.

Now, back to Black History Month…At the end of this week, the students will be beginning the celebration of Black History Month by completing a scavenger hunt in the library. As the month progresses, we will complete a different activity in class, but for extra credit, the students will be encouraged to see the movie, Red Tails, which is now showing at various theatres; it features the Tuskeegee Airmen. There is a link to the background of the Tuskeegee Airmen on this page (to the right); please see this link before making plans to view the movie. As a culminating assigment to watching the movie, students will write a movie review of Red Tails. Those who are interested in this opportunity should see Ms. Cobb for the guidelines for this assignment. I am hoping all students will be inspired to see this movie and celebrate Black History Month!

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January 23-January 27, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 25th January and posted in Uncategorized

Hello! This week marks the beginning of the second semester–this means we are already half-way through the year! The students were given a little “pep talk” about starting with a “clean slate” and making sure they do their best these next 18 weeks of school.

Students completed SBA #2 this week on business letter writing and will be working in their Writing Notebooks, adding new sections to it. I am excited about these new sections because they will help the students become great writers! By the end of this week, your child could be telling you about Smiley Face tricks writers use to make their readers smile!

Have a good week!

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January 16-January 20, 2012

Posted by Adrienne Cobb on 17th January and posted in Uncategorized

Greetings! This week will be a short one, as we celebrated Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16, 2012. After reading an essay entitled, “Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King,” on Friday of last week, the students completed a “Grounds for Thought” journal entry, writing about what personal dreams and goals they have.

All five business letters are due on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the beginning of class. Once I collect them, the students will be given an opportunity to practice writing a business letter (using no notes!)

Grounds for Thought (MLK one) is due on Thursday, as well as Vocabulary Lesson Five.

Friday will be a half-day, and it is the last day of the second grading period! The first semester will be completed!

Have a good week!

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