Today was a shortened block because of the Remebrance Day Ceremonies. Students had time to read their novels and then had to make connections between objects found in a "goody bag" (cards, candles, various toys, etc.) and find ways to connect them to their novels. Each student was responsible for completing at least one individual connection and then students worked in their novel groups to create as metaphorical connections as possible.
Today we listened to a presentation by Anne Tenning on Aboriginal veterans. Anne mentioned some very specific conditions that applied to Aboriginal soldiers who chose to fight for Canada despite being denied the rights of basic citizens. Anne's presentation is relevant as next Tuesday is Remembrance Day, but it was also particularly important for those students reading "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden which specifically deals with two Aboriginal soldiers in the First World War.
After Anne's presentation students continued to work on their Literature Circle Assignments.
Yes, we had pancakes today (and well deserved pancakes both for the performers at last night's dinner and for the rest of the class who have been so cooperative! More importantly today we officially got going on the literature circle unit. Students are reminded that they should be aware of the following assignments due now or very soon:
1. Initial Response (due ASAP)
2. Sticky Notes (ongoing, but at least 2 should be completed)
3. First Lit Circle Assignment (Due Nov. 12th)