This week we are shifting our focus back to dramatic literature and reading the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. On Friday, students received their scores from the Antigone formative assessment. These scores were just for practice, but should give the students an idea of how they’re doing with our three focus areas for drama: understanding dramatic structures, recognizing how a playwright manipulates time, and considering how a character develops over the course of a play. These scores are all recorded as practice (4/3/2/1) scores in MiStar. We will read and discuss the different focus areas all week and then students will complete an assessment on Friday independently. This assessment will count for their grade. Students who are still feeling shaky about their understanding of the skills by Wednesday should plan to come see me in AA for some extra help.
Students will also turn in their final drafts of their monologues or angry letters on Wednesday. Originally, these were due last week, but I pushed the due date back to make sure everyone gets a chance to get feedback on their rough drafts. All students who submitted their drafts online to me received individual comments. We will spend a little additional time in class on Monday revising drafts.
Finally, students should be thinking about the media they plan to use for their end of the unit speech. Students will give a speech analyzing a piece of media (song/tv show/movie/youtube video/commercial/etc) that either challenges or reflects a social norm or value. By the end of this week, I will ask students to share their choices with me so that I may check them for school suitability.
Let me know if you have any questions about what we’re up to! There are a lot of formative scores (not counted) in MiStar right now but there is only one summative (counted) assessment. Looking at the formative scores with your student should give you an idea of which skills your student is mastering and which ones need more work. Please encourage your student to ask for additional help if he or she is struggling with any of the skills we are practicing in class. By next week and as we near the end of the card marking, more summative assessments will start popping up in MiStar.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire