måndag 11 december 2017

Christmas story in Scratch

Have you ever tried programming?
Today I want you to try Scratch and create a Christmas Story.

1. Work together in pairs and help each other. First of all, you need to create a mind-map of your story. The story starters below can help you start writing:

 - As Ellen closed her bedroom curtains, she looked out of her bedroom window at the snowman she had built. To her surprise, the snowman smiled and waved at her...

- Santa Claus suddenly opened his eyes. "Oh dear, it is Christmas day today and I have forgotten"...

- I was a normal school day until an elf showed up in our classroom...

- Your own choice!

2. What you need to do:
- Write a script so you know your story.
Where does the story take place?
Who is the main character?
What is the problem?
How is the problem solved?
What happened at the end?

Write maximum one A4 page size 12 and hand in your script in Google Classroom. Remember to include a dialogue, since I want the characters you write about to speak. 

3. Go to https://scratch.mit.edu/ log in and then start creating your story. You will get your account in Google Classroom.
When you create your account I want you to choose English as your language. I want you to record your voice and let your characters speak.

4. Deadline: Tuesday 19th of December. (It is OK to work at home if you want to!)


måndag 27 november 2017

Two Stars and a Wish

Before you start working today you need to watch this video on how to give qualitative response: 







What to do?
Take a look a the rubric in the film above and use it as checklist.  Go through the checklist and look at the text you have. Use Google Document and comment the text. I will show you when we see each other.
Remember to be polite when you write your comments. You can use the phrases below to help you improve the text.

(The phrases below are made by Mia Smith and her pupils year 9  Herrgårdsskolan, Gothenburg)

STARS

Variation and vocabulary

 Your language is varied.
 You vary your language well.
 Your vocabulary is very varied.
 Your language felt very much alive.
 You have a varied language and don’t repeat yourself.

 Clarity and coherence 

 Your text has good flow.
 It’s easy to understand your text.
The content of your text was clear with good details.
The content was very clear.
 Your text has a clear line of argument.
 There was a clear line of argument in your text, making it easy to understand.
 Your text is coherent and clear.
 You reason with good arguments to support your point.

 Adaption 

 Your writing is well adapted to your theme.
 You adapt your language to different genres.
You adapt your text to the receiver and situation.
 Grammar and spelling Good sentence structure and descriptions.  
You write with good grammar.

 WISHES

Variation and vocabulary 

 You could vary your vocabulary more.
 You could use more difficult words and sentences.
 Try to read more difficult text to learn how to write like that.
 You need to expand your vocabulary.
 Try to make your language come alive more.

 Clarity and coherence

 Your text could have better flow.
 You could develop your reasoning more.
 Try to make your text more coherent.
 Next time you write a text, make sure it has a clear line of argument.
 You can work on clarifying your text.

 Adaption

You could adapt your language more to your theme.
 You can think about adapting your text to the receiver and situation.
You should try to adapt the language to your genre.
You could adapt your language more to the purpose.

 Grammar and spelling
 You can improve the grammar in your text.
 You need to improve the sentence structure.
 There are some spelling mistakes, read through your text once more to find them.
 Think about what tense you use (verbs).

onsdag 15 november 2017

Newspaper article - #stopplasticpollution

Yesterday you met a scientist and the research focus is #stopplasticpollution .

Imagine that you are a journalist and you make an interview with the scientist.
You are very interested in taking care of our planet and you write articles for the National Geographic and newspapers that buy your texts.
You have been on vacation and you found out that it was impossible to swim in the ocean. You found dead animals on the beach, covered in oil, and you also saw a lot of waste on the beach and in the ocean. You met the scientist at the hotel and you started talking.
You decided to write an article about the situation. 

Watch the video below to understand how you write a newspaper article:




When we see each other on Tuesday, week 47, I want you to be ready to start writing.

You need to prepare:
- A mind map
- Make sure you answer the 5 W- questions:
  • Who was involved?
  • What happened?
  • Where did it take place?
  • When did it take place?
  • Why did that happen?
Some authors add a sixth question, “how”, to the list:
  • How did it happen? 

Don't write your text at home. Only prepare your mind- map with a few supportive words. I want you to write in the classroom

It is ok to be creative - you need to use your imagination when it comes to who the scientist is, but you need to stick to the truth when you write about the facts. You have many examples here: 

Examples of how to write: 

Mrs Bruun means that overfishing is a huge problem and Peter Darwin states the same thing in his text: The Caudallure 

If there are any problems, feel free to contact me. I will the in the US, but I answer when I have time. 

/ Sara 












måndag 13 november 2017

Character spotlight

Character Spotlight


In pairs, read about your character. Write down supportive words. Be able to tell your friends about your character. 

Who was he or she?
Where did he/she live?
What happened to him/her?

Emmanuel Driggus

Mum Bett

Harriet Jacobs

Jupiter

Maria Stewart

Nat Turner 

John Punch

Robert Smalls 

2. Read the text together.
To the right, you can see a box with questions.
Click on the headline: Assessment and answer the questions. Take notes and help each other.
Above the box, you see different symbols. If if you would like to listen to the text just click the play button. If you need to translate a word click the symbol that looks like a book.
Gather words you don't understand and make a wordlist.

THE NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS: EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1

Homework for Tuesday week 47: 

Watch the film:




1. You are a journalist that secretly meets one of the slaves that we have read about. You are now able to write a newspaper article and report to the world what has happened to the person you have met.
You make an "interview" with the person and when you write your article you include quotations from the interview. You want your article to be a clickbait so think carefully about your headline!

You need to plan your text before you start writing. Follow the instructions in the video. You don't need to write the whole text at home. Only plan it.
You will write when we see each other on Tuesday.

/ Sara


















onsdag 8 november 2017

Slavery - Crash Course US History

Here is a  crash course:



1. We will watch the video above together since he speaks pretty fast. I will help you

2. Read the text together in your groups.
To the right, you can see a box with questions.
Click on the headline: Assessment and answer the questions. Take notes and help each other.
Above the box you see different symbols. If if you would like to listen to the text just click the play button. If you need to translate a word click the symbol that looks like a book.
Gather words you don't understand and make a wordlist.


THE NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS: EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1

For Tuesday:
Watch the video and write a short summary (10 sentences). What is the video about?


söndag 5 november 2017

Fanfiction - year 7

Writing fanfiction

Before we start working with fanfiction we need to know what it is. For Thursday I want you to read about how you write Fanfiction. Shortly, you can describe it as:
You pretend to be someone in a famous book or movie and you re-write parts of the story.
You may as well take your favorite character and put in a completely different movie or book. Let's say you put Frodo into Spiderman. What do you think would have happened?

For Thursday:
1. Read about Fanfiction
2. Decide what film or book you would like to write about (Pick a famous one!)
3. Decide which character you would like to be
4. Choose your favorite scene in the movie that you would like to re-write

Together are we going to create our first story. We work together and help each other so you all know what to do. Which film or book do you think we should work with? Tell me!

Homework for Thursday is to watch the two videos below:

PS. You don't have to write at home. We do everything in class. Just watch the videos and start thinking! See you soon.










/Sara






måndag 16 oktober 2017

Slavery and the Making of America




1. For today, your homework was to find out where the slavery took place.
We will take a look at a map of the US and talk about it.

2. Go to the web page above.  Take notes and make sure you understand. Look up words if you need to.

- Group 1: take a look at the information about what happened during the 17th century.
- Group 2: take a look at the 18th century
- Group 3: take a look at the 19th century.

3. Form new groups with members from the different centuries.
Start with the 17th century and tell your friends what happened during that time.
Another group member continues with the 18th century and you finish with the 19th century.
4. Together in your groups decide which occurrences you think were the most important on the way towards freedom. Tell the whole class about them.

5.   Go to The Underground Railroad and play the game. Work in pairs and help each other. Look up words you don't know.



6. Character Spotlight 

Individually, read about your character. Write down supportive words. Be able to tell your friends about your character.

Emmanuel Driggus

Mum Bett

Harriet Jacobs

Jupiter

Maria Stewart

Nat Turner

John Punch

Robert Smalls

/ Sara