Story Recap and Genius Hour: Friday, November 7th, 2014

Class started with the students taking turns sharing images they created of various vocabulary words from lesson 8 as if they were trying to teach them to an elementary school student.  Thereafter, we delved into a recap of yesterday’s lesson.  We spent the first part of today’s class discussing the differences between the telling of “The Tell-Tale Heart” in a written versus a short film format.  That spawned a very interesting and detailed conversation about some of the liberties taken by the filmmakers in adapting Edgar Allen Poe’s story for the screen.  Why did the filmmakers choose to show this, omit that, or include this?

The last half of class was dedicated to work on the students’ Genius Hour projects.  They are to have their Annotated Bibliographies filled with at least 5 sources by 11:59 p.m. tonight.

I also created a page entitled “Genius Hour” that can be found linked in the tabs at the top of this blog.


  • Read for 60 minutes.
  • Finish whatever was not finished in class.


Revisiting Theme-September 4th, 2014

Themes are an integral part of effective storytelling.  Today, we reviewed themes through several short films.  For those still stuck in figuring out how to find a theme, I shared the following video.

After sharing the themes they each found in the stories they have been reading at home, the students practiced applying what they had re-learned theme to the following short films:

The stories we did not reach today will be used in class tomorrow.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes in preparation for our next Alternative Book Report (ABR) submissions.  These ABRs will be due after the September break.

PowerPoint: 9.4.14 Reviewing Theme