Classwork & Homework

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