Much of this week was spent with students coming in at lunch or after school to show mastery of concepts by completing projects due over the past weeks. We also got involved with our reading fluency charts on Tuesday and Thursday. A discussion of foreshadowing ensued during and after our reading of “Rain, Rain, Go Away” by Isaac Asimov, and we split into small groups to develop skits driven by a variety of literary devices, including oxymoron, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, synecdoche, alliteration, juxtaposition, flashback/flash forward, idiom, and allusion. Today in class, we are performing skits and taking notes and making comments on other skits to develop our understandings of these writer’s power tools.
The memoirs and personal experiences written by the Viking Team have been by and large amazing and an inspiration. Many funny, powerful, and touching stories from students’ lives have been explored, and the quality of writing is definitely intensified since the last scored writing event.
Students are invited and welcome to come in at lunch or after school to complete projects and assignments.