The poem "From the Headland" and the questions that follow were taken from a released EOG. The poem was difficult to read and the questions posed issues in deciding the BEST answer. Two questions that most students missed will be explained below. Students are advised to refer to this feedback to help them learn from things they may have missed when doing this assignment.
Which quotation best supports the inference that the speaker is uninspired by the surroundings on the way to the sea? The two best answer choices are B & D, but only one can be correct.
Choice B: "There is no show of beauty to delight/ The vision her, or strike the electric chord"
This is a great option because when the author acknowledges there is not beauty in the scenery it could communicate that the author is uninspired. The choice assumes that the author is inspired by beauty.
Choice D: "Down to the whispering rushes in the marsh./ And this is all, until I reach the cliff,"
This is also a great option because in these lines the author gives an example of what my be uninspiring by comparing it to what is to come. When the author says, "and this is all" we as the audience can see that they are see the same thing for a distant and that it isn't going to change until the next part of the line. "Until I reach the cliff," is great for recognizing that the this ongoing marsh will continue until they arrive at the cliff where we know the author spends a lot of time admiring the landscape. This is the stronger answer because its use of the phrase "this is all until" and the contrast the author presents in the lines.
Which impact does the imagery in lines 32-34 have on the poem? The best answer choices are between A and B.
Choice A: "The imagery illustrates the beauty of the sea."
This is a good option because the immediate thought behind imagery is also to give us a picture and if it is something pretty, we can assume that it will help give us a pretty picture in our minds. Choice B is better.
Choice B: "The imagery illustrates the diversity of the sea."
When looking at questions about imagery we must let go of our inclinations to attach explanations to beauty alone. The author does describe beauty, enormity of the sea, and the force of the sea, but she does that more in other lines. The last thing we must remember when looking for the answer is that we are looking for the impact on the poem as a whole. Which is why in these 3 lines it is crucial to see the author describe different aspects of the view to share the differences presented by the time of day and parts of the sea (as in at the shore and far out). The author gives us very explicit examples in other lines for answer choices A, C, &D.
Now blue and silent as a noonday sky- Describing the sea's color and calmness
At twilight now the pearly rollers shake- Giving us the image of the white foam at the end of a wave.
The sunset's trail of violet and gold- The light on the water changes as the day goes to night.
The diversity of the images are more compelling the the beauty described.
This week we will be working on a new unit for the first day and then a benchmark to see where students are at this point in the year. The latter part of the week will be spent doing remedial activities in lieu of the DC field trip taking place on Thursday and Friday.
Tuesday: Mock Benchmark
Wednesday: Mock Benchmark
Extra Puzzle #2
It is finally the week of track out! This will be a much needed and deserved break for both teachers and students. On Monday a letter will be going home to with any student that has missing work in ELA. They will have until Friday to turn it in. If they do not turn it in before then, the grade will be a zero with no other opportunities to do the assignments. In addition, students in my 4th period class have been offered an alternate assignment if they would like to replace the grade on the "Comparison Chart" in the grade book. The information for that assignment has been posted in google classroom.
This weeks agenda:
Monday: Magic Monday! We are working on specific standards through MobyMax, an online application.
Tuesday: Working on interviews
Friday: (EARLY RELEASE)
Link #6 (start after 4:30)
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The last couple of weeks have been extremely difficult with wisdom teeth giving me everything they have. I'm hopeful that I am in the safe zone now, but one can only hope.
We are still adjusting the scheduling of things from the snow, but hopefully this snapshot will give a little insight as to our goals!
Tuesday: Students will be working on MobyMax to gain some background knowledge with the standard RI 8.7. This is great to practice at home!
Wednesday: Students will work on evaluating different mediums on the same topic. They will look at a bio of President Obama, then two different readings of a poem, and the final part will be them comparing the Diary of Anne Frank with the Diary of a Young Girl.
Thursday: Students will likely need class time to finish the comparisons from yesterday.
Saturday: Because we don't have a lot of time to read the story. Students will have the opportunity to listen to the Diary of Anne Frank for class that day. If your child will not be present I'd encourage you to show them the video!
Please stay tuned to wcpss.net for when we will go back to school. Because of this unique situation we will make some modifications to our instruction this week to make sure the most important things get taken care of. The day after we come back we will have our first quiz on the list of stem words that were given out on Wednesday.
Day 1: Students will start working on a quarterly pre-assessment to influence how the standards are taught this quarter. Before you move on, enter your answers here. When they finish they will start working on some guided notes on Anne Frank.
Day 2: Students will take the Stem Quiz #1. When they finish they will continue working through the guided notes on Anne Frank.
Day 3: Students will get to discuss what they've learned about the Holocaust and then they will start reading from the play "Diary of Anne Frank."
Stem Quiz #1- This week
Stem Quiz #2- Next week, 1/19