Happy Sunday Everyone! It’s been a crazy weekend (and WEEK for that matter) but I’ve had some time today to catch up since the Saints are playing tomorrow night. Don’t worry about a late game since tomorrow’s Victory Freebie will be a forever freebie!
And now for A Peek at My Week!
My 8th graders are still working through The Wednesday Wars. If we don’t finish up this week though, we’ll come close. Chapter 9 is May and one of my favorites. We’ll start by discussing atomic bomb drills in schools and I’ll introduce them to Bert.
Then we’ll watch this video clip of an actual atomic bomb Civil Defense Film shown in schools during the 1950’s and 60’s. Go ahead and click play! This is one of my favorite video clips I show, and it’s truly priceless.
Then, I’ll do a simulation where my kids have to jump under their desks and assume the position demonstrated in the video. And, for the rest of the week, I’ll randomly hold fake atomic bomb drills in class. My students eat this stuff up.
I’m also assigning my Shakespeare Quote assignment. I pulled several Shakespeare quotes from the novel and assigned them to students. They will have to memorize and recite each quote in front of the class at the end of next week, using proper eye contact, volume, diction, and voice inflection. They’ll also have to write a paragraph that tells which play the quote is from, what it means in plain English, why it is important to the Shakespeare play, and the significance of the quote in The Wednesday Wars.
It makes me very happy knowing that by the time my students are introduced to Shakespeare in high school, they will already have some meaningful background knowledge! You can download my Shakespeare Quote Rubric through Google Docs here.
My 7th graders are finishing up our figurative language review unit. I’ve added 2 new types of figurative language to the mix – idioms and allusions. To teach idioms, we did the lesson from my Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks. After using the Adele song to introduce idioms and making the interactive notebook page with pockets, I gave each of my 7th graders 2 idiom cards from this awesome free product I found on TpT from Jenna Rayburn last year.
Even though it was closer to Halloween last year when I introduced idioms, I decided the season was timely enough to use it now and my students did not object. So, my 7th graders had to take their 2 idiom cards home and on the back of the card write 1) a definition for the idiom and 2) a sentence that uses the idiom properly. I made this a homework assignment since many of my students did not know or weren’t certain of the meaning of the idioms and they were able to ask their parents or Google. The following day, each student chose one of their idioms and stood at their desks reading the idiom, the definition, and the sentence. After doing all of that, my students will easily recall the activity when trying to remember what an idiom is.
My allusion lesson was the same one I posted free through Google Docs over the summer for Tunes Tuesday, so click here to view that post if you don’t have this lesson yet. You can download it through Google Docs by clicking the thumbnails below:
Of course, I’ve included the answer key for you as always.
After reviewing figurative language and introducing the last two, my students will be ready to begin The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963.