Friday, May 18
- Poetry Unit: We started writing our dedication paragraph for our poetry portfolio. Expectations on Google Classroom!
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: Chapter 18 and a reflection in Google class.
Homework: Finish dedication; do not click ‘turn in’ on assignment as portfolio will be printed.
Thursday, May 17
- Poetry Unit: We started REVISING our top 3 favorite poems for the Poetry Portfolio (expectations are in Google Classroom); this project is due Friday, May 25th (the day of the poetry campfire).
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: Chapter 17 and a reflection in Google class.
Homework: Catch up with any poems. Continue revising your top 3 poems for your portfolio (due Friday, March 25). Think of drawings/borders you can add to each of these poems in your portfolio. Continue to bring donations for the campfire!
Wednesday, May 16
- Poetry Unit: We started the Poetry Portfolio (expectations are in Google Classroom); this is due Friday, May 25th (the day of the poetry campfire).
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: none today
Homework: Catch up with any poems. Start revising your top 3 poems for your portfolio (due Friday, March 25).
Tuesday, May 15
- Poetry Unit: Poetry checklist
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: none today
Homework: Catch up with any poems. You will have 7 rough drafts by now: sensory, appreciation, narrative, perspective, lyric, found, and group setting.
Monday, April 30
- Argument Unit: Trade Show – Amazing Job!!!
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: Nothing new today.
- Poetry Unit: We reviewed literal vs. figurative language and practiced finding more examples of figurative language in our Google notes.
Homework: Keep reading!
Wednesday April 18
Today we did our last edits of our argumentative letter in class. It is due tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 10
- Argument Unit: We wrote a rough draft of our argumentative letter’s body paragraph #1 in Google classroom.
- Argument Unit: We looked at sample body paragraphs.
- A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: Nothing today due to shortened schedule!
Homework: Keep reading each night! Finish a rough draft of your argument letter body paragraph. If you fell behind with the letter, please catch up! We are writing body paragraph 2 of our argument letter tomorrow!
Today we continued working on our brainstorm for our upcoming writing, an argumentative letter. Students should have finished their brainstorm, which can be found on Google Classroom.
Homework: Revise your brainstorming sheet.
Tuesday, March 13
- Spelling Zone: homophones (their, there, they’re, to, too, your, you’re).
- Argument Unit: We read “Your Favorite Drinks Can Wreck your Body” and prepared for tomorrow’s Philosophical Chairs activity.
- Writing Review – We continued our crocodile children’s books to review the key elements of writing.
Homework: Camp is in one week! Collect items and see us with any questions.
Monday, March 12
- Foreign Word Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – forte
- Argument Unit: We took notes on ethos, pathos, and logos.
- Writing Review – We wrote the beginning of our crocodile children’s books to review the key elements of writing.
Homework: Camp is in one week! Collect items and see us with any questions.
Thursday, March 8
- Grammar Time –none today
- Argument Unit: learned about the elements of an argument, CROCS. We annotated a CROCS style paragraph as a class and students began annotating one on their own
Homework: Grammar Quiz on Friday! (Commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, sentence types (simple, compound, complex), run-ons, fragments). All in your OneNote. Finish annotating your paragraph!!!!!
Wednesday, March 7
- Grammar Time – none!!!!!!!!!!
- Argument Unit: We went over some basic vocabulary for our new unit.
Homework: Grammar Quiz on Friday! (Commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, sentence types (simple, compound, complex), run-ons, fragments). All in your OneNote.
Semicolon and colon
Friday, March 2nd
- Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal)
- Informational Unit – Rehearsal of research presentations (Groups; clever way to share your top 5-8 facts)
- Iqbal Novel Study – nothing today
Homework: Monday we will start presentations, be ready! Practice your lines and prepare any visuals or props.
Friday, February 23
- Grammar Time – none today
- Informational Unit – Last big day to work on the Weebly website.
- Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 13 of Iqbal. Class activity related to book.
Homework: English benchmark on Monday! Weebly websites due Tuesday!
Thursday, February 22
- Grammar Time –None today
- Informational Unit – Writing of our Action plans and continuing to work on our websites. Due Tuesday.
- Iqbal Novel Study – We read ch 12 and did various review activities.
Homework: Calling all artists! If you would like to be an illustrator for our narrative book, please turn in all drawings (in black ink) by Monday. Weebly due Tuesday.
Tuesday, February 20
- Grammar Time – Fragment and run-on review
- Informational Unit – Introduction of our research website (through Weebly); we created our url and searched/saved pictures for tomorrow’s design day.
- Iqbal Novel Study – We finished our Iqbal freedom kites.
Homework: Calling all artists! If you would like to be an illustrator for our narrative book, please turn in all drawings (in black ink) by Monday. Keep exploring Weebly!
Thursday, February 15
- Grammar Time – Comma castle
- Informational Unit – We had one final time period to revise our research papers and then we turned them in.
- Iqbal Novel Study – We read Chapter 11 and started an Iqbal freedom kite.
Homework: Have a great weekend!
don’t —–> do not or shouldn’t ——> should not
2. Change all second person (you) to appropriate synonyms.
you —-> one, people, individuals, citizens, society, the community…
3. Erase all obvious, mundane facts or revise to make them
4. Make sure your are not randomly placed in your paragraph.
5. Be sure that your quote fits your idea and belongs in your paragraph.
Monday, February 12
- Grammar Time – Nothing today!
- Informational Unit – We reviewed conclusion paragraphs (TAG) and wrote the conclusion for our research paper.
- Iqbal Novel Study – We finished Chapter 8 and read a poem titled “Courage” that we compared to the novel.
Homework: Finish typing your conclusion into Google Class. Make sure you are caught up with the rough draft of the research paper (you should have the introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion typed in Google Class). The research paper is due this Thursday!!!
Today we typed our body paragraphs and reviewed the concluding sentence
Homework: Please have body paragraph #1 typed on your google doc.
Thursday, February 1
- Grammar Time – Nothing today.
- Informational Unit – Introduction paragraph for our research paper.
- Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 5
Homework: Finish the research introduction and type it in Google Classroom. See google classroom for examples of paragraphs and thesis. REVISE your notes. See me if you want to turn in for a new grade.
Grammar review games:
Tuesday, January 30
- Grammar Time – Punctuation Bowl (Family Feud game)
- Informational Unit – Taking Cornell notes on our research question #3 (15-20 facts in paraphrased words and one direct quote).
- Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 4 and reflection in One Note (no One Note? Use Google!)
Homework: Finish your research notes for question #3. All notes should be done by tomorrow! (Ample time was given in class; this should be more for absences).
Monday, January 29
- Grammar Time – Fixing punctuation in Iqbal.
- Informational Unit – Taking Cornell notes on our research question #2 (15-20 facts in paraphrased words and one direct quote). Looking for video sources.
- Iqbal Novel Study – Reading informational texts about child slaves.
Homework: Finish your research notes for question #2. (Ample time was given in class; this should be more for absences).
Wednesday, January 24
- Informational Unit – We reviewed paraphrasing and set up research notes. We continued searching for credible sources (in Destiny Discover and Google) and pasting information into our OneNotes.
- Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 2
Homework: Have a completed bibliography sheet (at least 5 sources) and gathered facts in your OneNote. (Please catch up at home if you are behind). The punctuation quiz is tomorrow! Turn in your pink camp form (health info).
Tuesday, January 23
- Grammar Time – Punctuation Review Game
- Informational Unit – We continued searching for credible sources (in Destiny Discover and Google) and pasting information into our OneNotes.
- Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 2
Homework: Have a completed bibliography sheet (at least 5 sources) and gathered facts in your OneNote. (Please catch up at home if you are behind). The punctuation quiz is now on Thursday! Turn in your pink camp form (health info).
Today we picked a strong research topic, and came up with a text structure and 3 research subtopics to help organize our research we will begin soon.
Wednesday, January 10
- Grammar Time -Comma review with Kahoot.
- Informational Unit – Writing question 1 of our informational book report. The prompts and samples are in Google Classroom.
Homework: Start question 1 of our informational book report. Write your main idea and 2 supporting details.
Monday, December 11
- Grammar Time – We reviewed compound sentences and practiced combining sentences in 3 different ways.
- Informational Unit – We learned how to write a main idea sentence – topic and author’s opinion – and identified the main idea in an article about teens helping to warm the hearts of senior citizens.
Homework: Start reading an INFORMATIONAL BOOK for our upcoming book report. Any topic is fine!
Tuesday, December 5
- Grammar Time: We learned about the parts of a sentence (subject/predicate) and practiced writing sentences in 3 descriptive ways.
- We learned more about our informational/Knowledge is Power unit and read about teen activists who used information to make a difference in their world.
Homework: If you were absent, please get the notes for Types of Sentences from Google classroom and copy into your One Note (title it Types of Sentences under Conventions). English benchmark Thursday. No studying required.
Monday, December 4
- We started Grammar Time by reviewing the eight parts of speech (copy the notes bellow into your One Note under Conventions).
- We wrapped up our narrative unit.
- We launched into our informational unit by comparing “Arctic Wolf” to “The Wounded Wolf.”
Homework: Keep reading! The reading log is due January 23rd (7 books and 5 informational articles required). If you were absent, gather the notes for parts of speech (see above)!
Wednesday, November 29
- We participated in a figurative language review Kahoot.
- We gave feedback on another peer narrative.
- We started our Narrative Promo slide to share a snippet of our story with the class starting tomorrow.
Homework: Look at your rubric and continue revising and editing your narrative. Have a friend, a parent, or an older sibling give you some suggestions! The final narrative is due on is now due Friday! Extra time to revise and edit! Do your best! This is worth 50 points!
Tuesday, November 28
- We worked on creating titles and adding in more figurative language to our narratives.
- We looked at the grading rubric and gave feedback to a peer.
Homework: Look at your rubric and continue revising and editing your narrative. Have a friend, a parent, or an older sibling give you some suggestions! The final narrative is due on Thursday.
- We took the Narrative Test (reading comprehension and figurative language).
- We looked at “re-envisioning” our story and had time to revise our rising action/climax.
Homework: Make sure you have a 1 1/2 pages of your personal narrative complete. Remember, this is not a summary. It is a detailed narration filled with senses, figurative language, action, and emotion.
1. Add transitions (suddenly, when I turned..), especially near the climax. (Look at your transition sheet)2. Add short sentences for dramatic spots.3. Add important dialogue or internal thoughts to add more emotion.
4. Add sensory details and figurative language, especially similes and metaphors. When finished, your narrative should have at least one example of EACH type of figurative language.
Monday, November 13
- We learned important dialogue rules (saved to our OneNote).
- We revised our plot mountains and did a “flashdraft” of our narrative essay.
Homework: If you were absent, please don’t forget to turn in your fiction book report. Finish your plot diagram for your own personal/realistic story. Fiction quiz this Thursday, November 16th! (Review all items related to story elements, including figurative language).
Wednesday, November 8
Today we read a sample narrative “The Catfish” to view a model for our own upcoming narrative essay. We practiced mapping the plot to see how the conflict was built. We will plot our own stories tomorrow!
Homework: The book report is due tomorrow! A paragraph response to ONE prompt (all listed in Google class) with a creative element to add in some art to our class!
Tuesday, November 7
Socratic Seminar on conflict, reflection on process in Google Classroom, and brainstorming for our narrative essay (one protagonist, one conflict…only a 2 page short story).
Homework: The book report response (one paragraph with a creative element) is due this Thursday! Please remember you are answering one of the prompts listed on Google Class and then adding a creative piece: an image, watermark, a scene from the setting, a plot diagram, or a 3D representation. Thank you for reading this. Tell me the secret password at the door for a treat: Chewbacca.
Monday, November 6
Today we had time to revise our book report and exchange our writing with a partner for feedback. We brainstormed for a Socratic Seminar (what is the best trait to have in the midst of conflict) and planted ideas for our narrative essay (a two-page story based on realistic events).
Homework: The book report response (one paragraph with a creative element) is due this Thursday! Please remember you are answering one of the prompts listed on Google Class and then adding a creative piece: an image, watermark, a scene from the setting, a plot diagram, or a 3D representation.
Today students had inclass time to write their prompt for their book reports and we reviewed figurative language.
Homework: Come with your rough draft of your paragraph for peer editing. See Google classroom for prompts and example paragraphs.
Tuesday, October 31
Today we learned about sensory details and figurative language and practiced our research skills with an online Halloween scavenger hunt.
Homework: Bring your fiction book (for your book report) to class. Happy Halloween! Be safe!
Monday, October 23
Today we reviewed literary devices (foreshadowing and repetition) and located examples in the narrative “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros. We then listened to the story being read and contrasted it to our experience reading the story ourselves.
Homework: Turn in the “Wounded Wolf” flyer if you were absent. Please read.
Thursday, October 19
Today we learned about how setting affects plot and started our setting travel flyer on “The Wounded Wolf.” This is a partner activity.
Homework: Keep reading!
What to include:
- Creative Title
- Travel Company Name
- Team member names
- Title and author of book
- At least one image
- Quality CERT answers to the following 3 questions:
- How does the setting create conflict in the story?
- How is the setting helpful to the protagonist?
- What is the significance or importance of the line, “This is the season of starvation?”
Wednesday, October 18
Today we completed a creative setting project. Working in teams, students used a google doc to write a poem describing the setting of an image. A few teams presented their idea to the class.
Homework: Read please. Return any missing camp forms!
Tuesday, October 17
Today we took notes on setting and applied this knowledge to the narrative “The Circuit” (all notes were in our English OneNote). We also read “The Wounded Wolf” in our orange literature books to prepare for our setting studies.
Monday, October 16
Today we took the Lexile Reading Inventory to learn more about our reading levels. Students had the opportunity to write down titles of books at their level. We then finished our commonalities poster to find similar themes, conflicts, and character traits across three different texts.
Homework: Read 20 minutes! Please see me for practice with writing on Thursdays.
Thursday, October 12
Today students wrote an on-demand prompt proving the theme in “The Lion and the Boar.” We created an online notebook (OneNote) and practiced printing resources to this virtual binder.
Homework: Keep reading 20 minutes each night.
Wednesday, October 11
Today we read “The Lion and the Boar” by Aesop and completed a brainstorming sheet (with peer support) to prepare for tomorrow’s on demand writing prompt. (One complete body paragraph proving the theme). We also reviewed transition words and students practiced choosing correct transitions in an online practice.
Homework: Read 20 minutes. Make sure you have a complete brainstorming sheet to prove the theme for “The Lion and the Boar.”
Today we read another narrative, “The Circuit” pg 66. We then analyzed a few questions about the story and talked about the theme. In groups, they worked to write a theme statement, and find evidence and write commentary to prove the theme.
Homework: Please turn camp forms in!
We are writing a prompt Thursday!
We have a capitalization and character trait mini quiz this Wednesday. Please review your notes from your binder. We will also be reviewing in class.
Friday September 29
Today we continued work on posters identifying and proving character traits of characters from narratives we have read this year. Students also read “Aarons Gift” on pg 112 of their orange literature textbook.
Homework: Start your plot analysis diagram for “Greyling”.
Tuesday, September 26
Today we reviewed the five main conflicts and learned about the series of events in plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution).
Homework: See me if you missed Friday’s essay review quiz. Read 20 minutes. If you did not already do so, read “Greyling” on page 291 of your orange literature book.
Tuesday, September 19
Today students printed their shades of me essays and had some time to work on a group inspirational quote based on the first weeks readings.
Homework: Read 20 minutes.
Monday, September 18
Thursday September 14th
Today we revised our shades of me essays one more time, had time to work independently, and read and annotated an informational article.
Homework: Make sure you turned in your pink forms for computer use! Shades of me due on Tuesday! We will start typing in class tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 5
Today we brainstormed a symbol for our Shades of Me essay and started the brainstorming sheet.
Homework: Finish and extend your Shades of Me brainstorming sheet. The more info, the better!