Classwork & Homework

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.



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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