Classwork & Homework


Reading Counts! Goal No. 4 due THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Be sure to get your Reading Counts! Progress Report signed by a parent/guardian.

Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 4-8 June 2018


Monday - Wednesday
We will continue to analyze poetry. If you are absent, be sure to copy the notes from a classmate or from my notes.
Print out your Reading Counts! Progress Report and have a parent/guardian sign it. Staple it on top of your Signature Verification page and then them in as soon as possible.

Thursday
This is the last day to take Reading Counts! quizzes.
Turn in your signed Reading Counts! Progress Report and Signature Verification page.

Friday
We will write a poem with a theme using figurative language. 


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 28 May - 1 June 2018

Tuesday
We will read and students who were absent Thursday will take the SRI test.

Wednesday and Thursday
We will analyze and annotate poetry "Mooses" by Ted Hughes.

Friday
We will analyze and annotate "Graduation Morning" by Pat Mora.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 21 - 24 May 2018

Monday
We will read and catch up on assignments.

Tuesday - Wednesday
We will learn to analyze and annotate poetry.
The first poem will be "The Bat" by Theodore Roethke.


Thursday
Students will take the last SRI test of the year and read.

Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 14 - 18 May 2018

Session 1: Monday/Tuesday

We will write the rough draft of your Water Crisis Letter. This is due Wednesday. 
All documents and samples of parts of your letter are on the Documents tab of this website.

Session 2:  Wednesday/Thursday
We will peer edit the Water Crisis letter and work on the final draft.

Session 3:  Friday
The final draft of your Water Crisis letter is due.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 6 - 10 May 2018

Monday & Tuesday 
Students will be testing in language arts in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Wednesday - Friday 
Students will complete the Teacher Letter of Appreciation.
Students will start the Water Crisis Letter. Students will receive a grading rubric and outline.
These documents are on the Documents tab on this website.


Week of 30 April - 4 May

Students will be testing in language arts in both morning and afternoon sessions. Not all classes will meet this week. Periods 3, 4 & 5 will meet for a regular class this week. All classes will meet Friday, 4 May. 
  • Monday through Thursday: We will complete the group presentations of the Figurative Language Rap. 
  • Students will also start working on a Teacher Letter of Appreciation.
  • Friday: We will work on the Teacher Letter of Appreciation.


Monday, 23 April

  • Work in small groups to memorize the Figurative Language Rap.
  • Read.

Tuesday, 24 April

  • Meet in the library to check out, renew, and return library books.
  • Work in small groups on memorizing the Figurative Language Rap.
  • Read. 


Wednesday, 25 April

  • Prepare your small group Figurative Language Rap presentation.
  • Read.


Thursday, 26 April

  • Prepare your small group Figurative Language Rap presentation.
  • If any groups are ready to present, they may do so today.
  • Read.

   

Friday, 27 April

  • Your group will present the Figurative Language Rap.
  • Read. Reading Counts! is due June 7.



Figurative Language Rap Presentation Grades

30 points = You have the rap memorized and present it with style. You project your voice and have gestures to go along with the rap.

25 points = You have the rap memorized, but your presentation lacks style. You project your voice, but you may not have gestures.

22 points = You have the rap memorized, but the class has trouble hearing you.

20 points = You do not have the rap memorized and you need to read the lyrics while presenting.



Monday, 16 April

  • Annotate “Smartphone Addiction Could Be Changing Your Brain” article. Circle words and terms you do not know. Write synonyms and/or definitions that you understand. Highlight and write at least two notes on each page. 
  • Complete “Smartphone Addiction” Spiderweb Discussion Notes worksheet.
  • Read.

Tuesday, 17 April

  • Spiderweb Discussion on “Smartphone Addiction Could Be Changing Your Brain.”
  • Turn in your annotated article and SWD notes.
  • Read. 

Wednesday, 18 April

  • Complete the Open House handout.
  • Read.

Thursday, 19 April

  • Watch the Figurative Language Rap and start memorizing the lyrics.
  • Annotate the Figurative Language Rap.
  • Read.  

Friday, 20 April

  • Complete and turn in Figurative Language Examples worksheet.
  • Read. Reading Counts! is due June 7.



Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 16 April 2018

Monday, 9 April

  • Update Classroom folders.
  • Complete Research SBAC IBA.
  • Read.

Tuesday, 10 April

  • Complete Monday’s assignments.
  • Read. 

Wednesday, 11 April

  • Complete Language and Vocabulary Use SBAC IBA.
  • Read.

Thursday, 12 April

  • Read article for Spiderweb Discussion
  • Read. 

Friday, 13 April

  • Annotate Spiderweb Discussion article.
  • Read. 


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 09 April 2018


Monday, March 26

  • Work on SBAC Practice & Review worksheet.
  • Read.

Tuesday, March 27

  • Work on SBAC Practice & Review worksheet.
  • Read. 

Wednesday, March 28

  • SBAC Practice.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

Thursday, March 29

  • Turn in SBAC Practice & Review worksheet.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.  

Friday, March 23

  • No school. First day of Spring Break.
  • Read. This is a great time to get reading done to meet your June 7 goal.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 19 March 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 3 due FRIDAY!

Turn in signed RC! Progress Report Friday.


Monday, March 19

  • SBAC Practice
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due Friday.


Tuesday, March 20

  • SBAC Practice
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due Friday.


Wednesday, March 21

  • Print out your RC! Progress Report. The signed report is due Friday
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, March 22

  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Friday, March 23

  • Turn in signed RC! Progress Report.
  • This is the last day to take RC! quizzes for Goal 3.

SBAC Practice Test

Logon to http://www.caaspp.org/

  1. Click on Practice and Training Tests.
  2. Click on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests.
  3. Please Sign In should say “Guest.
  4. Is This You? Choose Grade 7 and select “Yes.”
  5. Select Start Grade 7 ELA Practice Test.
  6. Choose Settings:  Click on Select.
  7. Is This Your Test? Click on Select.
  8. Sound and Video Check: Press the play button. Click on I could play the video and sound.
  9. Instruction and Help: BE SURE TO REVIEW Overview of the Test Site for Smarter Balanced Assessments. Click on BEGIN TEST NOW.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 13 March 2018


Reading Counts! Goal 3 Due Date:  23 March 2018


Tuesday, March 13

  • Annotate Comma Functions on Comma Worksheet 3.
  • Complete the comma worksheet.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

Wednesday, March 14

  • Write 11 sentences, one for each of the Comma Functions on Comma Worksheet 3.
  • Good sentences may be used on this Friday’s Comma Quiz! 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

Thursday, March 14

  • Turn in Comma Quiz Sentences.
  • Watch Bethany Hamilton and Helen Keller videos.
  • Write a 7-9 sentence paragraph on page 449.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.   

Friday, March 15

  • Take the Comma Quiz.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.



Monday, March 5

  • Annotate the top half of Commas from “The Circuit” worksheet. 
  • Write 1-2 notes on each page of the autobiographical story. 
  • Complete the Close Reads. 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

 

Tuesday, March 6    Analyze the Text

  • Complete Analyze the Text, Nos. 1-3. Write two complete sentences. Include citations.
  • On the same page respond to this question. Francisco Jimenez originally titled his story “Cardboard Boxes.” Which title do you think is best for this story? Why? Write two sentences.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Wednesday, March 7 Concept Vocabulary

  • Annotate Why These Words? on page 478.
  • Complete Practice, Nos. 1-6. Write complete sentences. With your group, be prepared to make a short performance, demonstrating the meaning of each Concept Vocabulary word.
  • Words Study: Annotate Old English Suffix: -ly and complete Nos. 1 and 2. Write complete sentences.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, March 8 Commas

  • Work on Comma worksheets.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

    

Friday, March 9 Conventions: Commas

  • Annotate the top half of page 479.
  • Complete Read It and Write It. Use complete sentences.
  • Turn in Commas from “The Circuit” and Commas worksheets.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.



Monday, February 26

  • Annotate page 468 and Background, page 469.
  • Complete the Concept Vocabulary chart.
  • Pre-read the Concept Vocabulary Definitions, footnotes, and Close Reads, pages 469-474.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

 

Tuesday, February 27Read “The Circuit” by Francisco Jimenez, pages 469-474.

  • Complete the Comprehension Check, page 475. Write one complete sentence for each question (Nos. 1-4) and include citations. Use pen or type.
  • Start Spiderweb Discussion Notes for Thursday’s Spiderweb Discussion. Use pen or type.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Wednesday, February 28

  • Complete Research to Clarify, page 475. Do a Google search for Migrant Workers in California and find facts and information that you did not know. Write a 7-9 sentence paragraph. Use pen or type.
  • Complete the Spiderweb Discussion Notes. Use pen or type.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, March 1

  • Spiderweb Discussion in class today. Bring your completed Notes to class. 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

    

Friday, March 2

  • Write 1-2 notes on each page of the autobiographical story. 
  • Complete the Close Reads. 
  • Turn in your Spiderweb Discussion Notes, pages 471 and 472.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.



        Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 20 February 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 3 due 23 March 2018



Tuesday, February 20  Meet in the Library

Check out, renew, and return library books.

Annotate this week’s assignment sheet.

Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Wednesday, February 21

Review the Close Reads, pages 459-460.

Annotate Author’s Style -- the top half of the page.

Complete Practice, No. 1 and No. 3 (2 complete sentences).

Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, February 22

Complete Concept Vocabulary, Notebook. Write one sentence for each of the Concept Vocabulary words. Be sure to review how the words are used in The Grapes of Wrath excerpt before writing your sentences.

Words Study: Annotate Old English Suffix: -less. Complete Nos. 1, 2, & 3.

Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

      

Friday, February 23

Review all work for The Grapes of Wrath. Names will randomly be chosen and you will show your work on the document camera. Make sure everything is complete and neatly written or typed.

Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.



        Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 13 February 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 3 due 23 March 2018



Tuesday, February 13

  • Annotate page 456 and Background, page 457.
  • Begin writing Dust Bowl Thoughts (back of this page). Due Friday.
  • Pre-read the Concept Vocabulary Definitions, footnotes, and Close Reads, pages 457-460.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Wednesday, February 14

  • Read from The Grapes of Wrath, pages 457-460
  • Complete Comprehension Check, page 461, Nos. 1-3.
    • Nos. 1 & 2: Write 2 complete sentences and include citations.
    • No. 3: Write 1 complete sentence. Include a citation.

  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, February 15

  • Annotate Close Read the Text, page 462.
  • Complete the Close Reads, pages 459-460.
  • Complete Analyze the Text, page 462, Nos. 1-4. Write two sentences for each answer and be sure to include citations. 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

    

Friday, February 16

  • Share your Dust Bowl Thoughts Story.
  • Turn in Dust Bowl Thoughts Story
  • Review this week’s work.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Tuesday, February 13:  Dust Bowl Thoughts Story  Due Friday

On the back of this paper or in Google Docs, write a creative paragraph addressing the following writing prompt. If you are handwriting, this must be completed in blue or black ink.


Imagine that you are a member of a family that has been farming the same land in Oklahoma for over 50 years. Your parents and grandparents all lived in the same farmhouse and were able to live comfortable lives. First the Great Depression happened, which didn’t affect you much since you were able to grow your own food and raise animals for milk, eggs, and meat. Your family wasn’t hungry and you were even able to give food those who didn’t farm. Now the dust storms have been coming regularly and you can no longer grow food. Many of your animals have died. Your family has made the decision to move to California. Selling the farm, the equipment, and your possessions is difficult since no one wants to, or can, buy them. Write a creative paragraph in which you express your thoughts the day you and your family have to pack only as much as will fit in the car and leave everything behind to go to an uncertain future in California..


        Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 5 February 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 3 due 23 March 2018



Monday, February 5

  • Begin Adverb Clauses Test Review worksheet. Test Thursday.
  • Review “The Dust Bowl” videos.
  • Complete Comprehension Check, Nos. 1-4, page 454. Be sure to boomerang the question in your answer and write two complete sentences for each question. 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Tuesday, February 6

  • Review Comprehension Check, page 454.
  • Complete Close Review, page 455: Analyze the Media 1-3 (3 sentences each).
  • Complete Media Vocabulary, page 455 1-3 (3 sentences each.)
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

 

Wednesday, February 7

  • Review Close Read and Media Vocabulary.
  • Study for Thursday’s Adverb Clauses test.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Thursday, February 8

  • Adverb Clauses test today. Turn in Adverb Phrases and Clauses Review worksheet.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018. 

   

Friday, February 9

  • Review this week’s work.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.



        Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 22 January 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 3 due 23 March 2018




Monday, January 29

  • Update class folders.
  • Review your new Reading Counts! goal.
  • Start Adverb Phrases and Clauses Review worksheet. Due Friday.
  • Complete Great Depression Research Project. Due tomorrow.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.


Tuesday, January 30

  • Group Chat: Discuss Reading Counts!. Be prepared to state one positive aspect of RC! and one (potential) difficulty that you have in meeting your goal.
  • Update your LA binder: Facing Adversity unit (pages 441-538).
  • Turn in Great Depression Research Project.
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

 

Wednesday, January 31

  • Annotate Comparing Media to Text, page 452.
  • Watch The Dust Bowl videos.
  • Complete Comprehension Check, Nos. 1-4, page 454. Be sure to boomerang the question in your answer and write two complete sentences for each question. 
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

 

Thursday, February 1

  • Review Comprehension Check, page 454.
  • Complete Close Review, page 455: Analyze the Media 1-3 (3 sentences each).
  • Complete Media Vocabulary, page 455 1-3 (3 sentences each.)
  • Read. RC! Goal 3 due 23 March 2018.

    

Friday, February 2

  • Review this week’s work.
  • Turn in Adverb Phrases and Clauses Review worksheet.




Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 22 January 2018


Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Thursday


Monday, January 22

  • Work on Adverb Clauses in the Middle of Sentences. Due Friday.
  • Start Great Depression Research project. Due Tuesday, January 30.
  • Read.


Tuesday, January 23 Meet in the library

  • SRI Testing: Your grade is based on your highest SRI score.
  • Print out your Reading Counts! Progress Report and staple it to your Signature Verification page.
  • Have a parent/guardian sign your RC! Progress Report & Signature Verification page.

Wednesday, January 24 Meet in the library

  • Last day to turn in late assignments.
  • Read and take RC! quizzes.
  • Check out, renew, and return library books.

Thursday, January 25

  • Last day for RC! quizzes.
  • Work on Great Depression Research Project
  • Turn in signed RC! Progress Report & Signature Verification page.

    

Friday, January 26

  • Turn in Adverb Clauses in the Middle of a Sentence worksheet.

  • Work on Great Depression Research Project.

  • Read.



Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 16 January 2018


Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018

 

Tuesday, 16 January

We will hold a Post-Essay Reflection Conference. Be prepared to show me your current Aeries grade, current Reading Counts! Progress Report, and a website that can help you with future writing assignments. Your Post-Essay Reflection Conference paper should be filled out completely.

 

Wednesday, 17 January

We will continue with Post-Essay Reflection Conferences.


Thursday, 18 January

Meet in the library. Check out, renew, and return books.

Read. RC! Goal 2 is due 25 January.

     

Friday, 19 January

Take RC! quizzes!


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 9 January 2018


Generations Unit Work due Friday, 12 January 2018

Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018

 

Tuesday, 9 January

  • Review 2 handouts: Post-Essay Reflection Conference Sheet & Generations Unit Work Grading Sheet
  • Review the Generations essay.
  • Complete the Post-Essay Reflection Conference Sheet. Individual conferences begin tomorrow. Be prepared to discuss what you did well and are proud of, what you need to work on, and what strategies you will use to improve your writing.
  • Review work on Generations pages 4 - 49. Final work on these pages is due Friday, 12 January.
  • Read. RC! Goal 2 is due 25 January.

 

Wednesday, 10 January

Work on Generations Unit Work. Due Friday.

Begin individual Post-Essay Reflection Conferences.
Read. RC! Goal 2 is due 25 January.


Thursday, 11 January

Finish working on Generations Unit Work. Complete the pink Unit Work page (self-score & write 2 reasons why you earned your self-score). Due Friday.

Continue individual Post-Essay Reflection Conferences.

Read. RC! Goal 2 is due 25 January.


    

Friday, 12 January

Turn in Generations Unit 2 with completed self-score on pink Generations Unit Work page.

Complete individual Post-Essay Reflection Conferences.

Read. Remember that Reading Counts! Goal 2 is due January 25.



Assignments are listed for each week until Winter Break.

Please scroll down to see previous weeks assignments.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 18 December 2017


The final draft of the Generations essay is due Wednesday.

Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018

 

Monday, December 18

Start peer editing the essays.Be sure to have someone outside of class edit your essay.

Read.


Tuesday, December 19: The Final Draft of your Generations essay is due tomorrow.

Finish peer editing the essays.

  • Be sure to have someone outside of class edit your essay.

Read.

 


Wednesday, December 20

Turn in your annotated final draft. Please have your essay printed before you come to class. Print at home, in the library, or in my class before or after school or during break or lunch.

Read.

 


Thursday, December 21

TBA.

Read.


    

Friday, December 22

Enjoy the first day of Winter Break.

Read. Remember that Reading Counts! Goal 2 is due January 25.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 11 December 2017


Write one paragraph a day for your Generations essay.

While writing your rough draft, use the following:

THINK SHEET

TRANSITIONS & EVIDENCE AND ANALYSIS SENTENCE STARTERS SHEET

WRITING A QUOTE SHEET


Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018

 

Monday, December 11

Write the introduction paragraph for the Generations essay.

Read.


Tuesday, December 12

Write paragraph 2.

Read.

 


Wednesday, December 13

Write paragraph 3

Read.

 


Thursday, December 14

Write paragraph 4.

Read.

 

    

Friday, December 15

  • Write the conclusion paragraph.

  • Read.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 4 December 2017


Monday, December 4

  • Write notes for our second SWD: What Can One Generation Learn from Another?

Be sure to use the vocabulary for this unit: perseverance, resilience, generosity.

Either complete the handout or type your notes. Due tomorrow.

Read.


Tuesday, December 5

Spiderweb Discussion: What Can One Generation Learn from Another?

  • Turn in your SWD Notes at the end of class.

Read.


 

Wednesday, December 6

Receive the What Can One Generation Learn from Another essay packet with the grading rubric.

  • Read a sample literary analysis essay.

  • Learn how to correctly include a quote in an essay. Learn how to not “plop” a quote.

Read.


 

Thursday, December 7

Start the Think Sheet for the Generations essay

Read.

 

    

Friday, December 8

  • Complete the Think Sheet by the end of class.

  • Read.


Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 27 November 2017


Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018

 

Monday, November 27

  • Hand back assignments and update classroom folders.
  • Discuss upcoming assignments (SWD and What Can One Generation Learn from Another? essay)

  • Read

Homework:

Read.


Tuesday, November 28

  • Annotate page 42.

  • Read “from An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, pages 43-44.

  • Complete the Close Read on page 43.

  • Comprehension Check, page 45: Answer questions 1-5 in complete sentences. Include citations.

Homework:

Complete any unfinished assignments.

Read.

 


Wednesday, November 29

  • Analyze the Text, page 46: Answer questions 1-5 in multiple sentences.

Homework:  

Complete any unfinished assignments.

Read.

 


Thursday, November 30

Analyze Craft and Structure, page 47: Annotate the top half of the page. 

  • Practice: Answer 2 & 4.

Homework:

Complete any unfinished assignments.

Read.

 

    

Friday, December 1

  • Concept Vocabulary, page 48: Annotate Why These Words?. Answer No. 1

  • Practice: Answer 1 & 2.   and  Word Study: Answer 1 & 2.

Homework:

  • Complete any unfinished assignments.

  • Read.





Class Assignments and Homework: Week of 13 November 2017


Reading Counts! Goal No. 2 Due Date: 25 January 2018


Monday, November 13

Watch a video of a Spiderweb Discussion (SWD).

  • Read the article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” by Amy Chua. The link is in your school email. Complete the following notes and questions to prepare for tomorrow’s SWD.

  • Write 3-5 notes about “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.”

  • Write 2 notes about what the article and the short story “Two Kinds” have in common.

  • Write 2 questions you have about the article and the short story.

Homework:

Complete any unfinished classwork. Be prepared for tomorrow’s Spiderweb Discussion.

Read.

 

Tuesday, November 14

We will have our first class Spiderweb Discussion about the article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” by Amy Chua and the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan.

Homework:  

Read.

 

Wednesday, November 15

  • Annotate page 32.

  • Read “A Simple Act” by Tyler Jackson, pages 33-35. Write 2 notes on each page.

  • Complete the Close Read on page 34.

  • Comprehension Check, page 36-37: Answer each Questions 1-6 in two complete sentences. Write a citation for each answer.

Homework:

Complete any unfinished classwork.

Read.


    

Thursday, November 16

Review last night’s homework. Be prepared to show your work on the document camera

  • Analyze the Text, page 38. Answer questions 1-3 in at least three complete sentences. Write citations for 1 and 2.

Homework:

  • Complete any unfinished classwork.

  • Read.


Friday, November 17

  • Conventions, page 41. Annotate the top half of the page.
  • Complete Read It 1 & 2.

Homework:  None



6 - 10 November 2017


Reading Counts! All quizzes must be taken by Thursday.

Tuesday: “Two Kinds” assignments: Students will be randomly chosen to show their work on the document camera from any of the assignments related to this story.


Monday, November 6

Concept Vocabulary (page 28)

  • Complete Practice (write one complete sentence for 1-6)
  • Word Study: Complete 1 & 2.

Homework:

  1. Complete any unfinished classwork. This includes all four Close Reads (14, 15, 17, 20) and pages 25, 27, and 29.  

  2. Reading Counts! Is due this Thursday.

 


Tuesday, November 7

  • We will review all assignments from “Two Kinds.”
  • Print out your Reading Counts! Progress Report and staple it on top of your Verification page. (If you take any quizzes after you print the report, handwrite it on this page and have me initial it.)

Instructions: Login to your Reading Counts! Account (under For Parents and Students on the school website. Choose Check Your Progress. Print this report. Highlight your name, class period, and your goal. Draw a straight line next to your goal (use a straight edge). Number each of the quizzes that you passed. Put that number next to the teacher’s signature on the Verification page. Have a parent/guardian sign on the line on the Verification page.

Homework:  

Have a parent/guardian sign your RC! Progress Report.

 

Wednesday, November 8

  • Introduce the Spider Web Discussion model.

Tomorrow we will have a class discussion of the Generations unit Essential Question: What can one generation learn from another?

Homework: Have a parent/guardian sign your RC! Progress Report.

    

Thursday, November 9

  • Turn in your signed Reading Counts! Progress Report and Verification page.

  • We will have our first Spider Web Discussion with the Generations unit Essential Question: What can one generation learn from another?

Homework: Complete any unfinished classwork.

Read for 20-30 minutes.

 

Friday, November 10, Veterans Day -- No School

Homework: None.

30 October - 3 November, 2017

Monday, October 30

  1. Write two notes on each page of “Two Kinds.”
  2. Complete the Comprehension Check (page 25). Each answer should include at least two sentences. Be sure to “boomerang” the question in your answer. 

At the end of each answer, write the citation.

For example, if you found the answer on page 20, paragraphs 53-55, write at the end of your sentences the following: (Tan 20.53-55). (Tan is the author’s last name, 20 is the page, and 53-55 are the paragraphs.)

Homework:  Read for 20-30 minutes.

Complete any unfinished classwork.

 

Tuesday, October 31    

  1. Complete the Close Reads (pages 14, 15, 17, 20). 

Homework:  Read for 20-30 minutes.

Complete any unfinished classwork.

 

Wednesday, November 1

  1. Analyze Craft and Structure (page 27): Annotate the top half of the page.
  2. Practice (page 27): Complete 1-4 in at least two complete sentences.

No. 5: Answer this is at least four sentences.

Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.

Complete any unfinished classwork.

    

Thursday, November 2

Concept Vocabulary (page 28)

  1.     Complete Practice (write one complete sentence for 1-6)
  2.     Word Study: Complete 1 & 2.

Homework: Complete any unfinished classwork.

Read for 20-30 minutes.

 

Friday, November 3

  • Conventions: Annotate the top half of the page.

  • Complete Read It and Write It. (page 29).

Homework: Reading Counts! is due in six days.  Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 23 - 27 October
Reading Counts! is due 9 November.

All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Need extra help or just time to work because you're busy? I am available before and after school and during lunch almost every day. (Occasionally I have a meeting so I won't be there.) If you have a quick question, you can see me during break.

Monday
Read pages 10-11. Add at least one Whole-Class Learning Strategy to the 4 strategies on page 10.
Write one note in each of the three boxes for "Two Kinds," "A Simple Act," and from An Invisible Thread.
Page 12:
Annotate "About the Author" and "First Read Fiction."
Concept Vocabulary: Rate your knowledge of the words.
Pre-read "Two Kinds." Read the notes at the bottom of the pages and in the margins of the story.
 Homework:  Read for 20-30 minutes. 
Revised essays are due Wednesday. If you choose to revise your essay for a higher grade, be sure to make changes, print a new copy, and highlight all changes. Staple this to the top of your original essay packet. On the grading sheet, write "RW" (for rewrite) next to the line of the element of your essay that you revised. Essay rewrites are due Wednesday.


Tuesday: 
Read "Two Kinds" (pages 13-24).

 Homework:  Read for 20-30 minutes. 
Revised essays are due Wednesday. If you choose to revise your essay for a higher grade, be sure to make changes, print a new copy, and highlight all changes. Staple this to the top of your original essay packet. On the grading sheet, write "RW" (for rewrite) next to the line of the element of your essay that you revised. ESSAY REWRITES ARE DUE TOMORROW.

Wednesday:  Essay Rewrites are due today.
Complete the Close Reads for "Two Kinds."
Write at least 2 annotations on each page of the story.

Comprehension Check:  Complete each answer in at least two complete sentences. Be sure to include the question in your answer. Also, write in parentheses where you found your evidence for the answer. For example, if you found the answer on page 20, paragraphs 53-55, write at the end of your sentences the following: (Tan 20.53-55). (Tan is the author’s last name, 20 is the page, and 53-55 are the paragraphs.)

HomeworkRead for 20-30 minutes.
Complete Close Reads and annotations. (You must have at least 2 annotations on each page of the story.)
Complete the Comprehension Check.
     

Thursday

Analyze Craft and Structure (page 27): Annotate the top half of the page.

Practice (page 27): Complete 1-4 in at least two complete sentences.

No. 5: Answer this is at least four sentences.

Homework: Complete any unfinished classwork.

Read for 20-30 minutes.
     


Friday
Concept Vocabulary (page 28)
    Complete Practice (write one complete sentence for 1-6)
    Word Study: Complete 1 & 2.
Homework: Reading Counts! is due in 13 days.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 16 - 20 October

All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Need extra help or just time to work because you're busy? I am available before and after school and during lunch almost every day. (Occasionally I have a meeting so I won't be there.) If you have a quick question, you can see me during break.

Monday
Summary, page 8: Write a summary of "Grounded" (p. 6-7). Be sure to not use "I" or "you" statements.
Homework:  Read for 20-30 minutes

Tuesday: 
Review the summary paragraphs on page 8. 
Review how Reading Counts! works and how to check your progress.
Review how to use Book Expert Online to check the lexile and number of points for books.
HomeworkRead for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday:  
Essays will be returned to students. If you choose to revise your essay for a higher grade, be sure to make changes, print a new copy, and highlight all changes. Staple this to the top of your original essay packet. On the grading sheet, write "RW" (for rewrite) next to the line of the element of your essay that you revised. Essay rewrites are due next Wednesday.
HomeworkRead for 20-30 minutes.
    Work on your essay rewrite. 

Thursday
Academic Vocabulary: Nonfiction Narrative (page 5): Annotate the directions on page (highlight, or underline, key instructions and write notes).
Complete the chart. 
Helpful Websites: kids.wordsmyth.net    membean tree list    thesaurus.com
HomeworkRead for 20-30 minutes.
    Work on your essay rewrite. 


Friday
QuickWrite, page 9: Complete the quickwrite. Your paragraph must be 7-9 sentences and you must use 2 Academic Terms from page 5.
Homework: Reading Counts! is due in 20 days.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 10 - 13 October

All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Need extra help or just time to work because you're busy? I am available before and after school and during lunch almost every day. (Occasionally I have a meeting so I won't be there.) If you have a quick question, you can see me during break.

Monday
No School

Tuesday:  Reading day 
Students who were absent last week will work on their essays.

Homework: Work on your final draft. 
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday:  Organizational day
We will set up classroom folders and binders with myPerspectives.
Homework: Complete your final draft. Print out and annotate the final draft.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Thursday
Turn in the annotated final draft of your Fall of Rome essay.
Complete pages 2 - 5 in myPerspectives.
Homework: Complete any unfinished work on pages 2-5.
Read for 20-30 minutes.

Friday
Read "Grounded" (pages 6-7) and complete the Summary on page 8. You must write at least five complete sentences.
Homework: Complete your final draft. Print out and annotate the final draft.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 2 - 6 October 2017
All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Binder needed Wednesday, 11 October. 

Reading Counts! is due 9 November 2017. All students must take quizzes in the language arts classroom under a teacher's supervision. 

This Week:  Students will complete a five-paragraph essay in the language arts class on the Fall of the Roman Empire using notes, documents, and the Think Sheet from their history classes.

Need extra help or just time to work because you're busy? I am available before and after school and during lunch almost every day. (Occasionally I have a meeting so I won't be there.) If you have a quick question, you can see me during break.

Monday
Complete the conclusion paragraph of the Fall of Rome essay. 
  • Write a mini-topic sentence with a transition. 
  • Re-state each main point in separate sentences
  • Write an ending, creative statement.
Homework: Make sure your rough draft is complete by Tuesday. 
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Tuesday:  Meet in the Library
Check out, renew, and return library books.
Start peer editing the rough drafts.

Homework: Work on your final draft. 
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday
Peer edit essays.

Homework: Complete your final draft. Print out and annotate the final draft.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Thursday
Turn in the annotated final draft of your Fall of Rome essay.

HomeworkRead for 20-30 minutes.

Friday
Free reading day. 

Homework: Complete your final draft. Print out and annotate the final draft.
    Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 25 - 29 September 2017
All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Need extra help or just time to work because you're busy? I am available before and after school and during lunch almost every day. (Occasionally I have a meeting so I won't be there.) If you have a quick question, you can see me during break.

Reading Counts! is due 9 November 2017. All students must take quizzes in the language arts classroom under a teacher's supervision. 

This Week:  Students will write a five paragraph essay in the language arts class on the Fall of the Roman Empire using notes, documents, and the Think Sheet from their history classes.

Monday 
1) We will finish reading "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry.
  • Students will turn in the story with their annotations. 
  • Students who were absent should see me before or after class or during break and lunch to review the notes they missed. They may also ask a friend in class. If they do ask a friend, they should verify that the student has all the correct notes.

2) We will set up the Fall of the Roman Empire essay on Google Docs. 
  • Students will receive a grading rubric, a list of transitions, and evidence sentence starters.
  • Students will annotate the grading rubric for the essay.
  • Students will share their document with their History Teacher (Mrs. Shoemaker or Mrs. Teitelbaum) and with me on Google Docs.
  • Students will start writing their introduction:
            Hook (a quote that transitions to the background information)
            Background Information
            Thesis 

Homework: Work on the introduction 
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Tuesday
1) Complete the Introduction
2) Start Paragraph 2 (Reason A)
        Topic Sentence with a transition
        Evidence from the documents
        Concluding, Wrap-Up Sentence

Homework: Complete Paragraph 2 
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday
Start Paragraph 3 (Reason B)
        Topic Sentence with a transition
        Evidence from the documents
        Concluding, Wrap-Up Sentence

Homework: Complete Paragraph 3
    Read for 20-30 minutes.

Thursday
Start Paragraph 4 (Reason C)
        Topic Sentence with a transition
        Evidence from the documents
        Concluding, Wrap-Up Sentence

Homework: Complete Paragraph 4
    Read for 20-30 minutes.          


Friday
Start Paragraph 5 (Conclusion) 
        Topic Sentence with a transition
        Re-State (re-phrase using different words) Reasons A, B, C
        Strong Concluding Sentence 
        
Homework: Complete Paragraph 3
    Read. Don't forget that the due date to complete your goal for RC! is November 9. 


Week of 18 - 22 September 2017
All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Reading Counts! is now ready! All students must take quizzes in the language arts classroom under a teacher's supervision. 

Coming Up:  Students will write a five paragraph essay in the language arts class on the Fall of the Roman Empire using notes from their history classes.

Monday through Friday
Students will annotate the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry. We will focus on how O. Henry developed the protagonist and structured the plot. This story will be read aloud in class every day. Absent students should see me before or after class or during break and lunch to review the notes they missed. They may also ask a friend in class. If they do ask a friend, they should verify that the student has all the correct notes.
Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.

Period 4: Special Note 
Due to the first fire drill of the year, winning a pizza party, and technology issues, this class is a couple of days behind the other classes. We will work to catch up to the other classes this week.


Week of 11 - 15 September 2017
All students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Students will present their slideshows about themselves. Students will practice being good audience members by taking notes about their classmates' presentations and turn them in at the end of the week for a grade. 
Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.

Tuesday
Students will take an SRI reading lexile test in the library. 
Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.

Friday
Students will begin pre-read vocabulary from the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry. We will begin reading and taking notes on the exposition of the story.
Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.

Period 4: Special Note 
Due to the first fire drill of the year, winning a pizza party, and technology issues, this class is a couple of days behind the other classes. We will work to catch up to the other classes this week and early next week.


Week of 5 - 8 September 2017
Starting Wednesday, September 6, all students are required to have a reading book in class every day.
Students should be in their desks, reading, when the bell for class begins.
Students should read 20-30 minutes each day at home.

Tuesday
Students will browse books in the library with Mrs. Bell, our district librarian. They will make a list of books they would like to read this year.
Homework: Complete your slideshow. Presentations begin tomorrow, Wednesday. Read for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday - Friday
Students will begin each class by reading. Students will present their slideshow to the class, practicing public speaking skills. 
Homework: Read for 20-30 minutes.


Week of 28 August - 1 September 2017
Thursday is Back-to-School Night. We hope to see you there.

Monday
Working in groups, students will brainstorm the seven conflicts in stories (short stories, novels, movies). This is a group assignment.
Homework:  None

Tuesday - Friday
Students will design a slideshow in their Google Drive account of 5-10 slides that represents themselves. They will present their slideshow to the class, practicing public speaking skills. Presentations may start this Friday.
Homework:  Work on your slideshow if needed.


Week of 23-25 August 2017

Wednesday 
Class Introduction
Learn the Plot Diagram: By the end of the period, you should have the Plot Diagram memorized!
Homework:  None

Thursday
Review Plot Diagram.
Begin Discover Who I Am Worksheet.
Homework:  None

Friday
Review Plot Diagram.
Turn in Discover Who I Am Worksheet.
Homework:  None