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Afterschool Assistance is on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:15.  See me if you need writing assistance or need to make up work from absences.

Tuesday, March 22

  • Poetry Unit:  We continued revising our dedication and poems for the Poetry Portfolio (expectations are in Google Classroom). We printed items to begin adding our artistic borders, images, etc.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: We brainstormed the TOP 10 Challenges of A Long Walk to Water and watched a video to prepare for tomorrow’s Lost Boy speaker.

Homework:   Continue revising your top 3 poems and your dedication for your portfolio (due Friday, March 25). Print and add drawings/borders to each page to FILL UP the pages. Practice the poem of yours you will be sharing on FRIDAY.

Monday, March 21

  • Poetry Unit:  We continued revising our dedication and poems for the Poetry Portfolio (expectations are in Google Classroom). We also started printing items to begin adding our artistic borders, images, etc.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit: We read an article about the Lost Girls of Sudan.

Homework:   Continue revising your top 3 poems and your dedication for your portfolio (due Friday, March 25). Print and add drawings/borders to each page to FILL UP the pages.

Friday, March 18

  • Poetry Unit:  We wrote our dedication 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 18

Homework:   Continue revising your top 3 poems and your dedication for your portfolio (due Friday, March 25).  Think of drawings/borders you can add to each of these poems in your portfolio.

Thursday, March 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.

Wednesday, March 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, March 15

  • Poetry Unit:  Group setting poem (based on the novel A Long Walk to Water)
  • 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, March 14

  • Poetry Unit:  Found poem (using a piece of text to find powerful words that can be turned into poetry)
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We finished and turned in the journey dolls.

Homework:  Catch up with any poems.  You will have 6 rough drafts by now:  sensory, appreciation, narrative, perspective, lyric, and found (done today).

Friday, March 11

  • Poetry Unit:  Poem in a pocket; Revision time for poetry.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Read Chapter 16 and answer the prompts in Google Classroom.

Homework:  Catch up with any poems.  You will have 5 rough drafts by now:  sensory, appreciation, narrative, perspective, and lyric.

Thursday, March 10

  • Poetry Unit:  Lyric poem (song, ode, or I Dream).
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  None today.

Homework:  Catch up with any poems.  You will have 5 rough drafts by now:  sensory, appreciation, narrative, perspective, and lyric.

Wednesday, March 9

  • Poetry Unit:  None today.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Journey dolls.

Homework:  Catch up with any poems.  You will have 4 rough drafts by now:  sensory, appreciation, narrative, and perspective.

Tuesday, March 8

  • Poetry Unit:  None today.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read chapter 15 and started a journey doll to draw symbols that represented Nya or Salva.

Homework:  Catch up with any poems.  You should have 4 rough drafts by now:  sensory, appreciation, narrative, and perspective.

Monday, March 7

  • Poetry Unit:  We wrote a perspective poem.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read chapter 14.

Homework:   Finish a rough draft of a perspective poem.  It should include 3+ poetic devices and have at least 3 stanzas (12 lines).

Thursday, March 3

  • Poetry Unit:  We learned how to analyze a poem (in Google Class), dissected the poem “Abuelito Who,” and wrote our own appreciation poem.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read chapter 13 and completed a reflection in Google Class.

Homework:   Finish a rough draft of an appreciation poem.  It should include 3+ poetic devices and have at least 3 stanzas.

Wednesday, May 2

  • Poetry Unit:  We learned about poetry organization (lines, stanzas, line breaks) and wrote our first sensory poem (in Google:  Poetry Compilation).
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We played a Kahoot to review chapters 1-12.

Homework:   Finish a rough draft of a sensory poem (connected to the 5 senses).  It should include 3+ poetic devices and have at least 3 stanzas.

Tuesday, May 1

  • Poetry Unit:  We read 4 different poems and completed a “yelp” review to give our opinion (in Google class).
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Chapter 12 – Reflection in Google Classroom:  Write a diary entry from Salva’s perspective.  What would one day have been like in the Itang camp?

Homework:   Keep reading!

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!

Friday, April 27

  • Argument Unit:  We continued prepping our booths for our trade show.  Remember, your station should include 2 of the persuasive techniques we learned, your product, and some gimmicks to grab the class’ attention.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 11 and tried to summarize the chapter in 20 words or less.
  • Poetry Unit:  We looked at a few slides to preview poetry and answered a discussion question in Google. 

Homework:   Keep reading! Prepare your booth for Monday’s trade show.

Thursday, April 26

  • Argument Unit:  We continued prepping our booths for our trade show.  Remember, your station should include 2 of the persuasive techniques we learned, your product, and some gimmicks to grab the class’ attention.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read another survival story and compared it to Salva’s experience (Google Class reflection).

Homework:   Keep reading! Prepare your booth for Monday’s trade show.

Wednesday, April 25

  • Argument Unit:  We started our trade show, a way of practicing persuasive techniques in a fun way.  Create a product (or bring back a forgotten product) to advertise to the class.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We finished chapter 9 and read chapter 10.  We answered a reflection question in Google.

Homework:   Keep reading! 

Tuesday, April 24

  • Argument Unit:  We practiced our persuasive speeches one last time and presented to the class.
  • Persuasive Techniques:  We learned about 6 persuasive techniques (or propaganda) that advertisers use in order to prepare for our own “trade show”
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read half of chapter 9. No reflection question in Google.

Homework:   Keep reading! 

Monday, April 23

  • Argument Unit:  We practiced our persuasive speeches.  I am looking for use of the persuasive techniques I taught last week:  strong voice, change of tone, pauses, repetition, short powerful sentences, etc.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We wrote questions for a hot seat in our novel reflection sheet (in Google class) and participated in a class hot seat.

Homework:   Keep reading!  The persuasive speeches are Tuesday. Dress to impress.

Friday, April 20

  • Argument Unit:  We continued writing our persuasive speeches, and wrote independent lines on an index card to think about our own parts.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Independent reading of Chapter 8. Students answered two writing prompts in the Google Classroom chart.

Homework:   Keep reading!  The persuasive speeches are Tuesday. Dress to impress.

Thursday, April 19

  • Argument Unit:  We turned in our papers and began brainstorming ideas for a group persuasive speech (using the techniques of repetition, rhyme, and connection).
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Chapter 7. We finished presenting our Expert Group Google Slides.

Homework:   Keep reading!

Wednesday, April 18

  • Argument Unit:  We completed a peer editing activity and continued to revise/edit our argumentative letters.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  No chapters.  We presented our Expert Group Google Slides.

Homework:   Continue revising and editing your argumentative essay. The final essay is due this Thursday!

Tuesday, April 17

  • Argument Unit:  We reviewed revising/editing and made at least 5 changes to our argument letter (our revisions ideas were posted in a Google Classroom assignment).
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 6 and continued our Expert Group Google Slide. Presentations are tomorrow!

Homework:   Continue revising and editing your argumentative essay. The final essay is due this Thursday!

Monday, April 16

  • Argument Unit:  We added the bibliographic sources to the bottom of our argument letter.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 5 and started an Expert Group Google Slide.

Homework:    You should have a full rough draft of the argument letter. The final essay is due this Thursday!

Friday, April 13

  • Argument Unit:  We wrote a rough draft of our argumentative CONCLUSION in Google classroom.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 4 and completed a reflection in the Long Walk to Water Assignment in Google Classroom.

Homework:    Finish a rough draft of your argument letter CONCLUSION in Google Class (samples and organizers are in Google Classroom).

Thursday, April 12

  • Argument Unit:  We wrote a rough draft of our argumentative body paragraph 2 in Google classroom.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 3 and completed a reflection in the Long Walk to Water Assignment in Google Classroom.

Homework:    Finish a rough draft of your argument letter body paragraph #2 in Google Class (samples and organizers are in Google Classroom).

Wednesday, April 11

  • Argument Unit:  We wrote a rough draft of our argumentative body paragraph 1 in Google classroom.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  Nothing new today.

Homework:    Finish a rough draft of your argument letter body paragraph #1 in Google Class (samples and organizers are in Google Classroom. If you fell behind with brainstorming, please catch up!

Tuesday, April 10

  • Argument Unit:  We wrote a rough draft of our argumentative introduction in Google classroom.
  • Argument Unit:   We looked at a sample introduction of a previous student whose argument idea was recognized at school.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We sculpted cows out of clay (to connect to the Dinka tribe traditions). We read Chapter 2 of the book.

Homework:   Keep reading each night!  Finish a rough draft of your argument letter introduction (grab, explain the context, and thesis/claim).  If you fell behind with brainstorming, please catch up!  We are writing body paragraph 1 of our argument letter tomorrow!

Monday, April 9

  • Argument Unit:  We finished our argumentative letter brainstorming in G. Classroom and exchanged our ideas to receive peer feedback.
  • Argument Unit:   We looked at sample introductions and reviewed what is needed in a strong introduction:  A hook (setting a scenario), explanation of topic, and a clear claim.
  • A Long Walk to Water Novel Unit:  We read Chapter 1 of the book.

Homework:   Keep reading each night!  If you fell behind with the argument brainstorming letter, please keep searching for strong reasons and evidence.

Wednesday, April 4

  • Spelling Zone:  teaching your shoulder partner 2 new sets of homophones.
  • Argument Unit:  Teams finished their CROCS statements about the music articles.
  • Argument Unit:   We read the article, “Are Video Games Bad for Us?” and practiced commentary or explanation of evidence (In Google Class chart).

Homework:   Keep reading each night!  Make sure you have a strong (something you can research) argument idea for our upcoming paper.

Tuesday, April 3

  • Spelling Zone:  a lot/ allot
  • Argument Unit:  We read and annotated music article #2 (in Google Class – save to your English folder) to evaluate its strength.
  • Argument Unit:   Team captains opened a link to analyze the two articles in a chart and write a team CROCS proposal on which music article was the best.
  • Writing Review – We started sharing our “crocodile” writing stories to review before our next argument letter.

Homework:   Keep reading each night!  Make sure you have a strong (something you can research) argument idea for our upcoming paper.

Monday, April 2

  • Spelling Zone:  except/accept; lose/loose
  • Argument Unit:  How to judge an argument: CARS (is it credible, accurate, reasonable, and supported?).  We read and annotated music article #1 (In Google Classroom) to evaluate its strength.
  • Writing Review – We started sharing our “crocodile” writing stories to review before our next argument letter.

Homework:   Keep reading each night!  Make sure you have a strong (something you can research) argument idea for our upcoming paper.

Thursday, March 15

  • Spelling Zone:  none today
  • Argument Unit:  How to judge an argument: CARS (is it credible, accurate, reasonable, and supported?).
  • Writing Review – We finished our crocodile children’s books to review the key elements of writing.
  • We reviewed camp procedures, packing, etc.

Homework:   Camp is on Monday!  Drop off your two bags (with the tags) to the west parking lot before coming to your first period class.

Wednesday, March 14

  • Spelling Zone:  homophones (affect/effect).
  • Argument Unit:  Philosophical Chairs
  • 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.

Tuesday, March 13

  • Spelling Zone:  homophones (their, there, they’re, to, too, your, you’re).
  • Argument Unit:  We read “Should Everyone Earn a Trophy” 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.

Friday, March 9

  • Grammar Time – Grammar Test
  • Argument Unit:  Nothing today; short class periods because of the play.

Homework:   Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, March 6

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – ad lib
  • Informational Unit – Finishing research presentations
  • Argument Unit:  Compare/contrasting informational to argumentative; switcharoo debate – learning the importance of knowing both sides of an argument!

Homework:   Grammar Quiz on Friday! (Commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, sentence types (simple, compound, complex), run-ons, fragments).  All in your OneNote.

Monday, March 5

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – carpe diem
  • Informational Unit – Research presentations
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Reread your favorite chapter and write a response. 

Homework:   Grammar Quiz on Friday! (Commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, sentence types (simple, compound, complex), run-ons, fragments).  All in your OneNote.

Friday, March 2

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – bona fide and a la carte
  • Informational Unit – Planning of research presentations (Groups; clever way to share your top 5-8 facts) 
  • Iqbal Novel Study – None today

Homework:   Weebly websites should be turned in.  Research presentations are on Monday.

Thursday, March 1

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – aficionado
  • Informational Unit – Planning of research presentations (Groups; clever way to share your top 5-8 facts) 
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Freedom Hero video

Homework:   Weebly websites should be turned in.  Research presentations are on Monday.

Wednesday, February 28

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – pièce de ré·sis·tance
  • Informational Unit – Planning of research presentations (Groups; clever way to share your top 5-8 facts) 
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 15 (last chapter).

Homework:   Weebly websites should be turned in.  Start gathering any props you need for Monday’s research presentations.

Tuesday, February 27

  • Grammar Time – foreign word (in starter journal) – faux pas
  • Informational Unit – Review of benchmark  writing response; Weebly turn-in and feedback.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 14

Homework:   Weeblys should be turned in.  Go to Google class and paste in the link.

Monday, February 26

  • Grammar Time – none today
  • Informational Unit – English Benchmark and Weebly time
  • Iqbal Novel Study – None today

Homework:   Make final touches on on your Weebly website!  It is due tomorrow!  An advanced weebly will have additional flare:  a slideshow, logo, personal drawing, link to a video or site, etc.

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 – fixing research paper mistakes
  • Informational Unit -Writing our actions plans for our Weebly website.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We finished our Iqbal freedom kites.  Chapter 12 Iqbal and a debate.

Homework:   English benchmark on Monday!  Weebly websites due Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 21

  • Grammar Time – none today
  • Informational Unit -Weebly design day.  The website is due by Tuesday. (Friday is last main day in class).
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We finished our Iqbal freedom kites.  Chapter 12 Iqbal.

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.  Work on your 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!

Wednesday, February 14

  • Grammar Time – Nothing today!
  • Informational Unit – We peer revised using the research paper rubric.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We read Chapter 10.

Homework:   The research paper is due this Thursday!!!

Tuesday, February 13

  • Grammar Time – Nothing today!
  • Informational Unit – We learned how to format our sources in a bibliography or works cited.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We read Chapter 9.

Homework:   The research paper is due this Thursday!!!

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!!!

Research Grading Rubric 2017-18

Friday, February 9

  • Grammar Time – “Well, I Know…”review game.
  • Informational Unit – We gave feedback to peers and revised our body paragraphs.  Much more to revise!
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We found strong examples of writing in Iqbal and read part of Chapter 8.

Homework:   Make sure you are caught up with the rough draft of the research paper (you should have the introduction and three body paragraphs typed in Google Class).

Thursday, February 8

  • Grammar Time – Nothing today!
  • Informational Unit – We worked on body paragraph #3.  We gave peer advice on one of our body paragraphs.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We read Chapter 7.

Homework:   Finish typing a rough draft of body # 3 in Google Class.  Begin revising!

Wednesday, February 7

  • Grammar Time – We reviewed a few new transitions to include in our writing, and watched a “Flocabulary” on transitions.
  • Informational Unit – We worked on body paragraph #2.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We participated in a “hot seat” activity to demonstrate our understanding of the characters in Iqbal.

Homework:   Finish typing a rough draft of body # 2 in Google Class.  Begin revising!

Tuesday, February 6

  • Grammar Time – Nothing new today.
  • Informational Unit – We reviewed concluding sentences and finished typing body #1.  Those ahead of the game began body # 2.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We practiced commentary/reasoning by analyzing characters through textual evidence.

Homework:   Finish typing a rough draft of body # 1 in Google Class (you should have the introduction and body #1 completed to be up-to-date).  Begin revising!

Monday, February 5

  • Grammar Time – Nothing new today.
  • Informational Unit – We reviewed transitions, how to transition smoothly into a direct quote, and how to organize our research facts into a logical order.  Then, we wrote body paragraph #1 of our research paper (you can choose to type your rough draft directly into Google class if you prefer).
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We read Chapter 6 and viewed the carpets we designed on Friday.

Homework:   Finish typing a rough draft of body # 1 in Google Class (you should have the introduction and body #1 completed to be up-to-date).

Friday, February 2

  • Grammar Time – Lunch Lady Punctuation – we revised an argumentative letter by adding in correct punctuation.
  • Informational Unit – We wrote our topic sentences for our 3 research body paragraphs and organized our Cornell notes to label facts that may work well together in compound/complex sentences.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We designed our own “carpet” in Active Inspire and explained our definition of beauty (connection to Chapter 5 of the novel).

Homework:   Finish any topic sentences for your research body paragraphs (there will be 3 body paragraphs).

Thursday, February 1

  • Grammar Time – Collective sentences – we practiced punctuation by creating sentences around the room.
  • Informational Unit – Introduction paragraph for our research paper.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 5

Homework:   Finish the research introduction and type it in Google Class. REVISE your notes. See me if you want to turn in for a new grade.

Wednesday, January 31

  • Grammar Time – Grammar games online
  • Informational Unit – Revising notes for our research project (Make sure you have at least 10 detailed facts, facts that CONNECT or answer your research questions, a direct quote for each question, and facts that are more than 1-2 words (expand and add detail).
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Discovery Workshop – we researched products related to child laborers around the world and shared our paraphrased ideas with our table team.

Homework:   REVISE your notes.  See ideas above. If your notes are incomplete or do not connect to the research topic, they will earn a C/D.

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).

Friday, January 26

  • Grammar Time – Finding strong punctuation examples in Iqbal.
  • Informational Unit – Taking Cornell notes on our research question #2 (15-20 facts in paraphrased words and one direct quote).
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Writing a dialogue between Iqbal and his parents.

Homework:   Finish your research notes for question #2. (Ample time was given in class; this should be more for absences).

Thursday, January 25

  • Grammar Time – Those who struggled with the punctuation quiz were given a form to revise answers to earn back some points.
  • Informational Unit – Taking Cornell notes on our research question #1 (15-20 facts in paraphrased words and one direct quote).
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Nothing today.

Homework:   Finish your research notes for question #1. 

Wednesday, January 24

  • Grammar Time – Punctuation Quiz
  • Informational Unit – We continued searching for credible sources (in Destiny Discover and Google) and pasting information into our OneNotes; we did a quick mini-lesson on paraphrasing to prepare for our research notes.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 3 (In period 4/5)

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). 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 tomorrow! Turn in your pink camp form (health info).

Monday, January 22

  • Grammar Time – Punctuation Screencasts were reviewed and we celebrated strong examples.
  • Informational Unit – We continued searching for credible sources (in Destiny Discover and Google) and pasting information into our OneNotes.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Chapter 1

Homework:   Have a completed bibliography sheet (at least 5 sources) and gathered facts in your OneNote by the end of Tuesday’s class. (Please catch up at home if you are behind).  The reading log is due January 23rd. The punctuation quiz has been moved to Wednesday, January 24th.

Friday, January 19

  • Grammar Time – Punctuation Screencasts were finalized and uploaded into Google Class.
  • Informational Unit – We received a bibliography sheet and began finding 5 reliable sources for our project.  As we were researching, we copied and pasted parts of websites to use for note-taking later this week.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – Nothing today. 😦

Homework:   The reading log is due January 23rd. The punctuation quiz has been moved to Wednesday, January 24th.

Thursday, January 18

  • Grammar Time – Punctuation Screencast (with a partner)
  • Informational Unit – We revised our research topics into 3 subtopics and posted onto padlet (in Google class) for a grade.
  • Iqbal Novel Study – We read the introduction and discussed child laborers around the world.

Homework:   The reading log is due January 23rd. The punctuation quiz has been moved to Wednesday, January 24th.

Wednesday, January 17

  • Grammar Time – Punctuation Screencast (with a partner)
  • Informational Unit – We narrowed our research topics into 3 subtopics and posted onto padlet (in Google class) for a grade.

Homework:  The punctuation quiz is next Tuesday, January 23rd.  The reading log is also due January 23rd.

Tuesday, January 16

  • Grammar Time – Apostrophes (notes are in the punctuation sheet in our OneNote; we merely wrote examples for each rule)
  • Informational Unit – We selected our research topics and began to gather credible sources.

Homework:  The punctuation quiz is next Tuesday, January 23rd.  The reading log is also due January 23rd.

Friday, January 12

  • Grammar Time – Colons (notes are in the punctuation sheet in our OneNote; we merely wrote examples for each rule)
  • Informational Unit – We peer edited each others’ informational reports and turned them in.

Homework:  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 11

  • Grammar Time – Dashes and hyphens (notes are in the punctuation sheet in our OneNote; we merely wrote examples for each rule)
  • Informational Unit – Writing question 2 of our informational book report.  The prompts and samples are in Google Classroom.

Homework:  Finish question 2 of our informational book report. We will turn in the two paragraphs tomorrow.  Keep reading. The reading log is due January 23rd.  We also have a punctuation quiz (all punctuation in your OneNote) on Tuesday, 1/23.

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:  Finish question 1 of our informational book report.

Tuesday, January 9

  • Grammar Time -Comma rules 4-6 (we added examples to our Punctuation Rules One Note).
  • Informational Unit – Students presented their my hero projects to the class (grades based on visuals, facts, and speaking standards).

Homework:  Finish your informational book.  Bring it to class Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The reading log is due January 23rd! Take the grammar quiz if you were absent!

Monday, January 8

  • Grammar Time -Comma rules 1-3 (we copied the notes from Google Class and added our own examples).
  • Informational Unit – Students continued the myhero.com project with their team.

Homework:  Finish your informational book.  Bring it to class Wednesday and Thursday. The reading log is due January 23rd! Take the grammar quiz if you were absent!

Friday, January 5

  • Grammar Time – Kahoot as review and the grammar (sentences) quiz on Google class.
  • Informational Unit – Each student was assigned a different everyday hero from the website myhero.com to research and take notes.  Teams will then find more sources, combine information, and present their hero to the class next week.

Homework:  Finish your informational book.  Bring it to class Wednesday and Thursday. The reading log is due January 23rd! Take the grammar quiz if you were absent!

Thursday, January 4

  • Grammar Time – Grammar review for quiz.
  • Informational Unit – Viewing 3 different sources to understand an informational topic.  After reading the article on Malala, you read her a part of her autobiography, and saw her in a video.  You compared the power of each source.

Homework:  Finish your informational book.  The reading log is due January 23rd!

Wednesday, January 3

I am out ill until possibly Friday, but I thank you for reading this (and noticing the compound sentence!)  Please tell me the password “Boogie wipes” for a treat when I return!

  • Grammar Time – You reviewed sentence types (simple, compound, and complex).
  • Informational Unit – You reviewed the difference between fact and opinion and applied this knowledge to an informational article on Malala, a brave girl from Pakistan.

Homework and Upcoming: 

  1. There is a grammar quiz this Friday (parts of speech, sentence types, independent and dependent clauses, and run-ons/fragments). 
  2.  Make sure you have finished (and have in your possession) the informational book you will be using for our quick book report by Monday.

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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