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Thursday, December 14

 

Wednesday, December 13

  • Grammar Time – We reviewed the types of sentences and wrote paragraphs incorporating sentence variety.
  • Informational Unit – We reviewed main idea and supporting details by reading an article on a teen activist, Kelvin Doe, and building a main idea “house.”

Homework:  Keep reading an INFORMATIONAL BOOK  for our upcoming book report.  Any topic is fine! 

Tuesday, December 12

  • Grammar Time – We learned about complex sentences and practiced on padlet.
  • Informational Unit – We reviewed main idea and supporting details.

Homework:  Keep reading an INFORMATIONAL BOOK  for our upcoming book report.  Any topic is fine! 

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! 

Friday, December 8

  • Grammar Time – We learned two more ways to write compound sentences and practiced these in our OneNote.
  • Informational Unit – We learned about the 5 main text structures of nonfiction (took notes in OneNote).

Homework:  Start reading an INFORMATIONAL BOOK  for our upcoming book report.  Any topic is fine! 

Thursday, December 7

  • We took the English Benchmark today.
  • We had a class spelling bee.

Homework:  Keep reading!  Find an informational book to read for the upcoming book report.  Any topic. (These books are usually much shorter than narrative novels).

Wednesday, December 6

  • Grammar Time:  We learned about compound sentences and the use of coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS).
  • We learned about informational reading strategies and took notes in our OneNote.
  • We practiced the strategy of skimming and scanning.

Homework:  PICK an INFORMATIONAL BOOK TO READ for our upcoming book report.  Any topic is fine!  If you were absent, please practice writing compound sentences in your OneNote and copy the THIEVES (informational reading strategies) into your OneNote.

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 from Google class 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)!

Friday, December 1

  • We presented the final Narrative Promos.
  • We learned about the narrative book cover contest.
  • We enjoyed a reading session with Flashlight Friday!

Homework:  All narratives were turned in.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 30

  • We had our final Writer’s Workshop for our narrative.
  • We began presenting our Narrative Promos.

Homework: Final revising and editing!  The narrative is due tomorrow!

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.

Monday, November 27

  • We reviewed our grades and received our book reports back.
  • We learned the difference between active and passive voice and made revisions to our narrative to make our writing more powerful.
  • We learned when and why to add paragraphs to a narrative and organized our own stories.
  • We reviewed the difference between revising and editing to prepare for this week’s Writer’s Workshops.

revise and edit

Homework:  Make sure you have a 2 page rough draft of your personal narrative complete for tomorrow.  Remember, this is not a summary.  It is a detailed narration filled with senses, figurative language, action, and emotion. The final narratives is submitted on Thursday.

Thursday, November 16

  • 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.

Wednesday, November 15

  • We revised our exposition in our narrative (about a half a page that describes the setting and conflict)
  • We learned strategies for writing intense rising action and started writing the rising action up to the climax (about a page).

Homework:  Finish your rising action and climax in your personal narrative.  You should have 1 1/2 pages of a rough draft in Google classroom. Don’t fall behind! 

Tuesday, November 14

  • We reviewed dialogue and practiced writing with speech tags.
  • We learned about leads in narratives and wrote the exposition in our personal/realistic narrative.

Homework:  Finish your lead (exposition) to narrative in Google Classroom.

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 Wednesday, November 15th!  (Review all items related to story elements, including figurative language).

Thursday, November 9

  • We turned in our creative book reports (with a gallery walk first). 
  • We mapped the plot for our own narrative (our current project).  This project will be a two-page narrative with a major conflict, developed rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and theme. 
  • We looked at another student sample and noted it did not have strong development.

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.

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.  

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.

Friday, November 3

Today we started our fiction book report analysis (one prompt answered in a CERT body paragraph).  Samples are in Google Classroom.

Homework:  The book report (one prompt with a creative element (watermarks, images, 3D display) is due Thursday, November 9th – If you are out Thursday, please turn in Wed.

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 30

Today we finished our group “All-American Slurp” collage.  We read “Shaving” and practiced annotating using the one-word summary strategy.

Homework:  Read!

Friday, October 27

Today we participated in a Socratic Seminar on “The All-American Slurp” and completed a “collage” of the narrative’s key story elements:  character trait, conflict, point of view, setting, and theme on a Google slide.

Homework:  Please select the book you will use for your fiction book report.  Bring that book with you to class on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 26

Today we read “The All-American Slurp”, played a review Kahoot game, and prepared for our Socratic Seminar.

Homework:  Finish the brainstorming sheet for the Socratic Seminar.

Wednesday, October 25

Today we reviewed pronouns and antecedents, continued our project of rewriting using new narrators, and looked at etiquette around the world to prepare for our new narrative tomorrow.

Homework:  Please read.  Please choose a fictional book to use for the upcoming book report.

Tuesday, October 24

Today we took notes on narrators (first and third) in our One Note, practiced identifying types of narrators, and then started a group project to rewrite scenes from new points of view.

Homework:  Please read.  Please choose a fictional book to use for the upcoming book report.

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.

Friday, October 20

Today we finished our partner travel flyer to analyze the setting in “The Wounded Wolf.”  We then took notes (in OneNote) on two literary devices: foreshadowing and repetition and read “Eleven” in our orange literature book.

Homework: Read!  Read the story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros if you were absent.

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! 

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.  Each team 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.

Homework:  Keep reading every night!  Read “The Wounded Wolf” (page 482 in your orange literature book) if you were absent.

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 Tuesdays.  If you received a 7 or 6.5 on your writing prompt, you can earn up to a B- (8 out of 10) if you come in and REVISE and edit.

Friday, October 13

Today we set goals after reflecting on our P1 grades, reviewed annotation strategies, and worked as a team to find commonalities between three texts with similar topics.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  Please bring back camp forms!

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.”

Tuesday, October 10

Today we read the narrative “The Circuit” by Francisco Jimenez (page 66 in your orange literature book) and practiced finding themes and proving them with evidence and reasoning.

Homework:  Keep reading 20 minutes (bring your book to class also!).  Please turn in green camp forms!  Also, we are writing an on-demand prompt in class on Thursday.  Brainstorming is in class tomorrow!

Monday, October 9

Today we completed a PBnJ organization overhaul.  We cleaned out binders, backpacks, and jars of tools.  There will a PBnJ check this week that goes onto your new citizenship!

We reviewed theme and practiced proving a theme in “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”  The biggest struggle is with reasoning/commentary/ explanation.  PLEASE SEE ME AFTERSCHOOL ON TUESDAYS IF YOU NEED MORE HELP.

Homework:  Please read 20 minutes each night.  See me for extra help with explaining evidence if you are stuck!  We will have a writing prompt this week!!

Wednesday, October 4

Today we took the character/capitalization quiz, read independently, and created an Active Inspire slide on the character Roger’s transformation in the narrative “Miss Awful.”

Homework:  Read 20 minutes. Turn in the green camp form ASAP.

Tuesday, October 3

Today we completed a writing reflection and set goals after looking at our first essay comments.  We played a game to review for our quiz tomorrow.  We read “Miss Awful” to prepare for a discussion on dynamic characters and how they change throughout the plot.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  Review for the character/capitalization quiz tomorrow.

Monday, October 2

Today we completed a practice on-demand writing to prove a character trait.  We also reviewed capitalization rules and character vocabulary.

Homework: Read 20 minutes! (Reading in class is not a part of this). Please turn in the green camp form as soon as possible.  Review for the character/capitalization quiz on Wednesday. 

Thursday, September 28

Today we learned about 8 important vocabulary terms, practicing identifying character traits, and started a partner activity to prove a character’s trait.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes!  (Reading in class is not a part of this).  Please turn in the green camp form as soon as possible.

Wednesday,  September 27

Today we played Kahoot to review plot and conflict and we completed a plot diagram on Greyling to keep as a sample in our binder.

Homework:  See me if you missed Friday’s essay review quiz.  Read 20 minutes. 

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).  We read the narrative “Licked” by Paul Jennings and practiced identifying the parts of plot.

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.

Monday, September 25

Today we learned about conflict in narrative and read “Greyling” by Jane Yolen. 

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  If you were absent, read “Greyling” on page 290 in your orange literature book.

Friday, September 22

Today we reviewed context clues, took a essay structure quiz on Google, and finished our inspirational posters.  Happy Friday! 

Homework:  Keep reading 20 minutes each night.  See me if you missed the quiz.

Thursday, September 21

Today we reviewed the structure of an essay and the main genres of fiction. 

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  Be prepared for tomorrow’s essay structure quiz on Google.  Bring your charged computer!

Wednesday, September 20

Today we played Kahoot to review the structure of an essay, we introduced and discussed the three main types of genres:  narrative, informational, and poetry, and we had a short reading time.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes.  Please turn in any missing essays.

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

Today we learned how to organize online file folders, how to type a professional Microsoft Word document, and brainstormed common themes between the texts we have read to summarize the end of our first unit.

Homework:  Finish typing your Shades of Me essay.  Due tomorrow!  Read your essay aloud. Make MORE revisions and edits!  We are aiming for ACE work:  Attention to detail, catchy and appealing, and error-free.

Charge your computer.  See your first period teacher for computer issues.

Friday, September 15

Today we read the article “Katie’s Krops” and worked with teammates to brainstorm a common theme between all the texts we have read in the “Who Are We” unit.  We also retrieved our laptops and went through computer care rules.

Homework:  Bring your rough draft for typing on Monday. Bring a CHARGED computer!

Thursday, September 14

Today we finished our second drafts of Shades of me, played an essay structure review game, and completed peer editing.

Homework:  Bring your full rough draft to class tomorrow for credit.  Keep reading 20 minutes each night!  Computer forms need to be in – we get computers tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 13

Today was a minimum day, so we had time to begin our rough drafts (on lined paper) of our Shades of Me essays.  Revisions to vocabulary, details, and over flow should be made on this second draft.

Homework:  You will have 15 minutes to finish your rough draft in class.  If you are behind, work on writing up part of your draft at home tonight.  (You should try to have the introduction and body written).

Tuesday, September 12

We learned about conclusion paragraphs (TAG:  Thesis again, abbreviate main reason, grab the reader one last time) and discussed ways to “spicify” our writing with more precise adjectives and verbs.

Homework:  Finish your conclusion paragraph.  We will write a rough draft on lined paper tomorrow and begin revising and editing.  The final paper will be typed on Monday with the new computers.  PAPERS are due on Tuesday, September 19th.

Monday, September 11

We spent another session on developing our Shades of Me body paragraph.  Students should have a rough draft of the introduction and body paragraph.

Homework:  Catch up on any parts of your Shades of Me essay (introduction and body paragraph).

Wednesday, September 6

We reviewed our brainstorming sheet for the Shades of Me essay and began to explore synonyms for commonly used words.

Homework:  Read 20 minutes. Revise your brainstorming sheet to make it more detailed.  We will begin the introduction tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 5

Today we brainstormed a symbol for our Shades of Me essay and started the brainstorming sheet.  We tested our knowledge of vocabulary with a quick Family Feud, and exchanged numbers with study buddies.

Shades of Me Info Sheet

Homework:  Finish and extend your Shades of Me brainstorming sheet. The more info, the better!

Friday, September 1

Today we finished our mind mirrors and started brainstorming our own symbols for the Shades of Me paper we will start on Tuesday.

Homework:  Brainstorm an idea for your own symbol.  Keep reading for your reading log. (You log a book once you have finished it).

Thursday, August 31

Today we reviewed symbolism and how people can be represented by ordinary objects.  We read “Charles” and analyzed the main characters internal traits.

Homework:  Begin reading 20 minutes each night.  You need to read 7 books and 5 informational nonfiction articles semester 1.

Wednesday, August 30

Today we reviewed the class reading log and read two poems to prepare for our first paper essay about symbols and character traits (More info to follow).

Homework:  Begin reading 20 minutes each night.  You need to read 7 books and 5 informational nonfiction articles semester 1.

Tuesday, August 29

Today we played a name game, reviewed class procedures, and checked out the class library.

Homework: Please bring an independent reading book to class by Thursday.

Monday, August 28

Welcome to the English block!  In this class, we will have ample time to explore English, but we will also include many elements of technology, art, and creativity.  Today we learned about class expectations (including the word apathy) and we participated in activities such as Hello Bingo to learn more about each other.

Homework:  Please read through your syllabus packet and return the last page to your FIRST PERIOD TEACHER.

 

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