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November 5th - December 20th (3rd Six Weeks)

posted Nov 26, 2018, 11:19 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

Monday 11/5 & Tuesday 11/6:
  • Book Response Work Time 
  • Group Reflection

Wednesday 11/7 & Thursday 11/8:
  • Finish Book Response Project!
  • Reminders: Kayla Olson Project!
    • Get a copy of This Splintered Silence or The Sandcastle Empire by November 15th / 16th
      • Talk to Ms. Kepner if you'd like to borrow a copy
    • Go to Author Kayla Olson's book release at BookPeople on Saturday, December 17th! 
      • 6:00pm
      • Free and open to the public!
  • Begin YA Fantasy Film adaptation (if time)

Friday 11/9 & Monday 11/12:
  • SUBMIT Book Response Project!
  • Reminders: Kayla Olson Project!
    • Get a copy of This Splintered Silence or The Sandcastle Empire by November 15th / 16th
      • Talk to Ms. Kepner if you'd like to borrow a copy
    • Go to Author Kayla Olson's book release at BookPeople on Saturday, December 17th! 
      • 6:00pm
      • Free and open to the public!
  • YA Fantasy Film adaptation

Tuesday 11/13 & Wednesday 11/14:
  • YA Fantasy Film Adaptation (continue)
  • Reminders: Kayla Olson Project!
    • Get a copy of This Splintered Silence or The Sandcastle Empire by NEXT CLASS!
      • Talk to Ms. Kepner if you'd like to borrow a copy
    • Go to Author Kayla Olson's book release at BookPeople on Saturday, December 17th! 
      • 6:00pm
      • Free and open to the public!

Thursday 11/15 & Friday 11/16:
  • Finish YA Fantasy Film Adaptation
  • Intro: Kayla Olson Project!
    • Handout & Discuss Project
    • Reminder: Ms. Olson will be visiting our class on Friday, December 7th, during B5. If you're an A1 student, speak to your teachers about attending this event. 
    • You should have a copy of This Splintered Silence or The Sandcastle Empire with you today...begin reading!
      • Talk to Ms. Kepner if you'd like to borrow a copy
    • Go to Author Kayla Olson's book release at BookPeople THIS Saturday, December 17th! 
      • 6:00pm
      • Free and open to the public!

Monday 11/19-Friday 11/23:
NO SCHOOL! THANKSGIVING BREAK!

Monday 11/26 & Tuesday 11/27:
  • Collect Splintered Sandcastle release forms
  • Reading Time
  • First posts!

Wednesday 11/28 & Thursday 11/29:
  • Continue to collect release forms...
  • Reading Time
  • Post #2

Friday 11/30 & Monday 12/3:
  • Vote on YA Film Adaptation
  • Reading Time
  • Post #3

Tuesday 12/4 & Wednesday 12/5:
  • Reading Time
  • Final Post!
  • Olson Visit Preparations:
    • Questions
    • Bookmarks
    • Discussion
  • Handout: BookPeople Project(s)
    • Book Recommendation Cards
    • Teen Press Corps (optional)
    • Selections

Thursday 12/6 & Friday 12/7:
  • A Day = Work Time / Conference with B5 teachers, communication with Advisory teacher
  • B Day = Kayla Olson Visit!!!
    • 7:45am-9:15am
    • Questions, etc.

Monday 12/10 & Tuesday 12/11:
  • Thank You card for Kayla Olson
  • Return Kayla Olson books to Ms. Kepner
  • BookPeople Project Work Time:
    • Book Recommendation Cards [REQUIRED] (rough drafts due at the start of next class)
    • Teen Press Corps [OPTIONAL] (rough drafts due at the start of next class)

Wednesday 12/12 & Thursday 12/13:
  • BookPeople Project Work Time:
    • Book Recommendation cards [REQUIRED] -- rough draft check & revision
    • Teen Press Corps [OPTIONAL] -- rough draft check & revision

Friday 12/14 & Monday 12/17:
  • BookPeople Project FINAL DRAFTS due today, midway through class...
    • Book Recommendation Cards [REQUIRED]
    • Teen Press Corps [OPTIONAL] 
  • Begin YA Film Adaptation

Tuesday 12/18 - Thursday 12/20:
  • Plus-Delta Charts
  • Bring home mugs!
  • YA Film Adaptation
    • Last-minute submission / collection...

Thank you for a wonderful semester in Teen Storytelling! 
I hope you had as much fun as I did. I'll miss all of you in 2019...
make sure to stop by Room 210 and say hello!




October 1st - November 2nd (2nd Six Weeks, 2018)

posted Sep 30, 2018, 12:59 PM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 8:45 AM ]

Monday 10/1 & Tuesday 10/2
  • Finish YA Realistic Fiction Film Adaptation: Everything, Everything
    • Complete small-group response
  • BookPeople Field Trip Preparations:
    • Reminders:
      • Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. 
      • Bring a filled water bottle. 
      • Bring additional cash (if desired) for in-store purchases. 
      • Bring a LUNCH.
      • Bring a small drawstring bag (only bring the essentials for the first half of A1 and last half of A4).
      • Meet in Room 210 by 8:15am -- we depart at 8:30am!
    • Work-time and check-in for A-Day classes


Wednesday 10/3
BookPeople Field Trip!
REMEMBER!
  • Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. 
  • Bring clothes you're okay getting wet ... and maybe an umbrella!
  • Bring a filled water bottle. 
  • Bring additional cash (if desired) for in-store purchases. 
  • Bring a LUNCH. 
  • Bring a small drawstring bag with your essentials for the trip. 
  • You can leave all other belongings in Ms. Kepner's classroom, if needed. (Her sub will keep the door locked.)
  • Meet in Room 210 at 8:15am -- we depart at 8:30am!
    • Ms. Kepner plans to make an announcement at 8:10am, but be sure to let your A1 teacher know and keep an eye on the clock!
  • Ms. Kepner is keeping a close eye on the weather. If she has to cancel due to rain, she'll announce ASAP in the morning.
  • JUST IN CASE...Bring everything you need for your "A Day" classes!!! Remember, you can leave things in Room 210 for safe keeping. 

Thursday 10/4
  • Work time and check-in for A-Day classes missed on Wednesday
  • Texas Teen Book Festival Preview 
    • Bookmark Creation!

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, 10/8!
Columbus Day -- Teacher Work Day


Friday 10/5 & Tuesday 10/9
  • Field Trip Make-up Work
  • Texas Teen Book Festival Preview
    • Bookmark Creation!
  • Look Ahead: Select new novel!

Wednesday 10/10 & Thursday 10/11
  • Finish Thank You card for BookPeople
  • Texas Teen Book Festival Recap
  • Book Club:
    • Select / finalize new novel
    • SSR
    • Group Response: Book Intros

Friday 10/12 & Monday 10/15
  • Book Club:
    • Finish Book Intros (if needed)
    • SSR
    • Group Response: Characterization

Tuesday 10/16 & Wednesday 10/17
  • Book Club:
    • SSR
    • Group Response: Conflict

Thursday 10/18 & Friday 10/19
  • Review Class Policies & Procedures
    • Snack
    • Restroom
    • Cell Phone
    • Beginning / Ending
    • Website Use
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Quidditch
  • Book Club: 
    • SSR
    • Group Response: Symbol

Monday 10/22 & Tuesday 10/23
  • Book Club:
    • SSR
    • Group Response: Title & Theme
    • Handout: Group Response Project

Wednesday 10/24 & Thursday 10/25
  • Book Club:
    • SSR
    • Group Work Time: Group Response Project
      • Begin brainstorming and work time!
  • Texas Book Festival Preview / Reminder (this weekend!)

Friday 10/26 & Monday 10/29
  • SSR
  • Group Work Time: Group Response Project (check-in grade)


Tuesday 10/30 & Wednesday 10/31
  • View My So-Called Life, "Halloween":
    • Response
  • Reminder: Get a copy of This Splintered Silence and/or The Sandcastle Empire by November 13th!
    • Let Ms. Kepner know if you need to borrow a copy.
  • Project Work Time (due Monday / Tuesday!)



Thursday 11/1 & Friday 11/2
  • SSR
  • Project Work Time (due next class!)
  • Reminder: Get a copy of This Splintered Silence and/or The Sandcastle Empire by November 13th!
    • Let Ms. Kepner know if you need to borrow a copy.



Congratulations on completing the 2nd Six Weeks!
Come back soon to see what we'll be doing for the 3rd Six Weeks, finishing out our semester together!

1st Six Weeks (August 20th - September 28th)

posted Aug 19, 2018, 3:03 PM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 2:19 PM ]

Monday 8/20 & Tuesday 8/21
  • Table Tents, Attendance, Class Photo
  • Parking Lot:
    • Your Favorite Books
    • What do your reading choices reflect about who you are?
    • What are your hopes and expectations for this class?
  • Handout: Course Syllabus & Description
  • Film Adaptations
    • Brainstorm
    • Trailers
    • T-Chart: Which of these have you seen? Which have you read?
    • Discuss...
Wednesday 8/22 & Thursday 8/23
  • Review Attendance & Seating Chart
  • Class Scavenger Hunt
    • Complete 
    • Discuss
  • Book Club Day 1:
    • School Library Visit
    • Browse Classroom Library
    • Select a book!
    • SSR
  • Discuss class format / overview -- tea, cocoa, breakfast...
Friday 8/24 & Monday 8/27
  • Who is Ms. Kepner? (slideshow)
  • Handout & Discuss: Reading Log
  • Breakfast Sign-up / food allergy discussion
  • Book Club Day 2:
    • SSR
    • Share your book with the class
Tuesday 8/28 & Wednesday 8/29
  • Review Attendance & Seating
  • Important Dates for the Semester:
    • BookPeople Field Trip (October 3rd)
    • Texas Teen Book Festival (October 6th)
    • Texas Book Festival (October 27-28)
    • Author Visit (December 7th [tentative])
  • Book Club Day 3
    • Reading Log
    • SSR
Thursday 8/30 & Friday 8/31
  • Preview:
    • Book Response Project
    • BookPeople Field Trip
    • Author Visit
  • Book Club Day 4
    • SSR
    • Reading Log
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 9/3 -- LABOR DAY!

Tuesday 9/4 & Wednesday 9/5
  • Handout & Discuss:
    • BookPeople Field Trip Letter / Permission Form
    • Book Response Project Assignment 
  • Book Club Day 5
    • SSR
    • Reading Log 
Thursday 9/6 & Friday 9/7
  • Collect Field Trip Permission forms and payment (due Sep. 18th & 19th)
  • Book Club Day 6
    • SSR
    • Reading Log
    • Finish Book, if possible!
Monday 9/10 & Tuesday 9/11
  • Collect Field Trip Permission Forms and payment (due Sep. 18th & 19th)
  • Book Club Day 7:
    • SSR
    • Book Response Project Work Time
Wednesday 9/12 & Thursday 9/13
  • Collect Field Trip Permission Forms and payment (due Sep. 18th & 19th)
  • Book Club Day 8:
    • SSR
    • Book Response Project Work Time
Friday 9/14 & Monday 9/17
  • Collect Field Trip Permission Forms and payment (due next class!)
  • Handout: Kwame Alexander Invitation
    • Monday, October 8th at 7:00pm
    • Special Invitation -- 20 tickets for Teen Storytelling students! Must RSVP!
    • Central Presbyterian Church, Austin
    • Return form to Ms. Kepner!
  • Video: John Green sponsored the Austin Torch! Check out Ms. Kepner's socks!
  • Book Response Project Work Time
Tuesday 9/18 & Wednesday 9/19
  • Collect Field Trip Permission Forms and payment (due today!)
  • Collect Kwame Alexander event RSVPs
  • Book Club Day 10:
    • SSR
    • Book Response Project Work Time
      • Work time grade recorded
Thursday 9/20 & Friday 9/21
  • Any last minute field trip permission forms / payments?
  • Any last minute Kwame Alexander event RSVPs?
  • Book Club Day 11:
    • SSR
    • Book Response Project Work Time
      • Rough Draft Check
      • Final Draft due next class!
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 9/24 -- DAY OF INNOVATION (TEACHER WORK DAY)

Tuesday 9/25 & Wednesday 9/26
  • Book Club Day 12:
    • Book Response Projects due today!
      • Present / Submit
Thursday 9/27 & Friday 9/28
  • Book Club Day 13:
    • Select and begin new book
    • School Library, Class Library, etc.
    • Book Talks and Sharing
END OF 1ST SIX WEEKS! 
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU MADE IT!
Come back soon for updates for the 2nd Six Weeks...

November 3 - December 19 (3rd Six Weeks)

posted Nov 7, 2017, 2:11 PM by Colleen Kepner

Friday 11/3:
  • Discuss the Texas Book Festival 
    • This weekend, Saturday & Sunday
    • At the Texas State Capitol
    • Free! Open to the public!
    • www.texasbookfestival.org
  • Teen Press Corps Project Work Time

Tuesday 11/7:
  • Submit / Share Teen Press Corps Project
  • Young Adult Film Adaptation (Fantasy):
    • The Princess Bride

Thursday 11/9:
  • Young Adult Film Adaptation (Fantasy):
    • The Princess Bride
    • Discussion Questions & Response

Monday 11/13:
  • Independent Reading Book
    • Select your novel (prioritize books by Jessica Lee Anderson if possible -- www.jessicaleeanderson.com)
    • Handout Log #1

Wednesday 11/15:
  • Independent Reading Book
    • Submit Log #1

Friday 11/17:
  • Independent Reading Book
    • Handout Log #2
    • Student Chefs!

Saturday 11/18 - Sunday 11/27:
NO SCHOOL! THANKSGIVING BREAK!

Tuesday 11/28:
  • Independent Reading Book
    • Submit Log #2
    • Handout Log #3
  • Prepare for author visit next class -- Jessica Lee Anderson
    • Questions, etc.
  • Vote on Young Adult Film Adaptation (Science Fiction / Dystopian)

Thursday 11/30:
AUTHOR VISIT -- JESSICA LEE ANDERSON!


Monday 12/4:
  • Author Visit Recap & Thank You Cards
  • Independent Reading Book
    • Submit Log #3
  • Handout & Discuss: 
    • Book Recommendation Cards

Wednesday 12/6:
  • Book Recommendation Cards
    • Rough Draft Check / Edit

Friday 12/8:
  • Book Recommendation Cards
    • Work Time
    • Final Drafts due at the end of next class

Tuesday 12/12:
  • Book Recommendation Cards
    • Final Drafts due at the end of class

Thursday 12/14 & Monday 12/18:
  • Begin Young Adult Film Adaptation (Science Fiction / Dystopian)
  • Final due date for Book Recommendation Cards
  • Plus-Delta Charts

Farewell, Teen Storytelling Students!
Have a wonderful, restful winter break. 
Come visit Room 210 in 2018!


October 2nd - November 3rd (2nd Six Weeks)

posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:46 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Tuesday 10/3:
  • Finish LITTLE WOMEN
    • Handout & Complete: LITTLE WOMEN Response
  • Begin WITCHTOWN
  • Sign BookPeople Thank You letter!

Thursday 10/5:
  • Discuss BookPeople collaborations moving forward
    • Book Recommendation Cards
    • Teen Press Corps
    • Texas Teen Book Festival (website: https://texasteenbookfestival.org/) 
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Handout: Reading Log #1

Monday 10/9: NO SCHOOL
Columbus Day


Tuesday 10/10:
  • Texas Teen Book Festival Recap!
    • Here are Ms. Kepner's recommendations following the festival:
      • Miles Morales and Ghost by Jason Reynolds
      • North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
      • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
      • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
      • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
      • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
      • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Submit Reading Log #1
  • DONATIONS WELCOME! 
    • We're running low on herbal tea and cocoa mix for the classroom. Feel free to contribute if you're able!

Thursday 10/12:
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Handout: Reading Log #2

Monday 10/16:
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Submit Reading Log #2

Wednesday 10/18:
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Handout: Reading Log #3

Friday 10/20:
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Submit Reading Log #3
  • Student Chefs bring breakfast!
  • Vote of YA Film Adaptation: FANTASY

Tuesday 10/24:
  • Witchtown Reading
    • Class Discussion
    • Bookmark Creation (for a grade)
    • Questions for Cory...
  • Prepare for Author Visit next class: Cory Putman Oakes (Witchtown)

Thursday 10/26:
  • Author Visit!
    • Cory Putman Oakes, Witchtown
    • Presentations, Questions, Comments, Book-signing
    • Submit Witchtown bookmarks


Monday 10/30:
  • Author Visit Recap & Thank You Letter
  • My So-Called Life "Halloween"
    • Handout & Complete: Response
  • Handout: Teen Press Corps Project (if time)

Wednesday 11/1:
  • Teen Press Corps Project 
    • Discuss Assignment
    • Rough Draft Responses due at the end of class


Friday 11/3:
  • Teen Press Corps Project
    • Peer Editing & Revision (3rd Six Weeks grade)
    • Final Draft due at the end of class (electronic submission -- 3rd Six Weeks grade)
  • Discuss the Texas Book Festival: https://www.texasbookfestival.org/
  • Student Chefs!


End of 2nd Six Weeks!
Come back soon to see updates for the 3rd Six Weeks...

August 21st - September 29th (1st Six Weeks)

posted Aug 18, 2017, 10:01 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 11:26 AM ]

Monday 8/21:
WELCOME!
  • Table Tents / Attendance / Class Picture
  • Ice Breaker: "What does your favorite book say about you?"
  • Handout: Class Description
  • T-Charts: YA Books Adapted for the Screen
    • Trailers
    • Which books have you read?
    • Which movies have you seen?

Wednesday 8/23:
  • Review Attendance & Seating
  • Brainstorm: What would YOU like to do in this class?
  • Handout: Ms. Kepner's Class Scavenger Hunt
    • Complete & Discuss
  • Book Club Day 1
    • Discuss Format
    • Visit School Library
    • Browse Ms. Kepner's Library
    • Select a book?

Friday 8/25:
  • Book Club Day 2:
    • SSR 
    • Reading Logs
    • Report back to the class on your book...
    • How many days do we need?

Tuesday 8/29:
  • Book Club Day 3:
    • SSR
    • Reading Logs
    • Breakfast Bunch!

Thursday 8/31:
  • Book Club Day 4:
    • SSR
    • Reading Logs
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • Handout: BookPeople Field Trip Letter / Permission Form

Monday 9/4: NO SCHOOL!
(Labor Day)


Tuesday 9/5:
  • Book Club Day 5:
    • SSR
    • Reading Logs
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • Sign-up for Friday Breakfasts
  • Discuss BookPeople Field Trip
    • Questions?
    • Collect Forms
    • Reminder: Permission / Payment due by Sep. 13th

Thursday 9/7:
  • Book Club Day 6
    • SSR
    • Reading Logs
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • Reminder: Breakfast Sign-up
  • Reminder: BookPeople Field Trip Permission / Payment due by Sep. 13th
    • Collect forms & payment

Monday 9/11:
  • Book Club Day 7
    • SSR (finish your book if possible)
    • Reading Log
    • Brainstorm possible projects
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • BookPeople Field Trip:
    • Permission / Payment due next class!

Wednesday 9/13:
  • Book Club Day 8
    • SSR (if needed)
    • Breakfast Bunch
    • Handout: Book Response Project
      • Work Time
    • Reminder: BookPeople Field Trip on Sep. 21
Friday 9/15:
  • Book Response Project Work Time
  • Breakfast Bunch -- signed-up food

Tuesday 9/19:
  • Book Response Project Work Time (draft / planning grade)
    • Check-in Grade
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • Field Trip Preparations / Make-up Work / Teacher Meetings
  • Brainstorm and Vote on film adaptation: Realistic / Contemporary
  • BookPeople Field Trip Preparations
    • If you're staying at KMS (not coming on the trip), you'll be in class with Ms. Kepner's substitute. You may read from Ms. Kepner's library or the school library, work on your Book Response Project, and/or work on assignments for other classes. 
    • If you're coming on the field trip...
      • Be sure to dress in comfortable clothing and shoes. We'll be walking to and from the bus stop, spending a good bit of time outside!
      • Bring a small bag/backpack with a sack lunch, water bottle, and cash if desired for book or cafe purchases. You may also want to bring sun protection (such as a hat, sunglasses, and/or sunscreen.)
      • We will leave Kealing at roughly 7:45am and arrive back at school in time for A4 at 1:15pm. If we get delayed for any reason, students will not be held responsible for lateness.
      • You may bring cell phones with you, but only take them out for brief moments and for appropriate reasons. 
      • You may leave some materials in Ms. Kepner's class if absolutely necessary, but keep in mind that the classroom will not be locked while we're gone. 
      • We'll spend the first 90 minutes - 2 hours inside BookPeople, discussing the YA Literature Industry and previewing the Texas Teen Book Festival. We'll also have time to tour the store and browse the inventory. LUNCH will be on the deck just outside the store at 11:00am.  
      • Students should STAY WITH THE GROUP at all times, especially when traveling and transitioning between locations. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS and MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW WHERE MS. KEPNER IS at all times!
      • Be respectful and gracious toward the BookPeople staff and bus drivers. Say please and thank you. Ask thoughtful questions. 

Thursday 9/21:
  • BOOKPEOPLE FIELD TRIP!
    • Meet in the classroom at 7:30am (as usual)
    • Depart at 8:00am for the Capital Metro bus
    • Bring a lunch & drink, light bag/backpack, good walking shoes, appropriate clothing
    • Students not attending will stay with Ms. Kepner's substitute teacher for the remainder of class. You may read silently or work on your book response project.

Monday 9/25:
  • Book Response Project Work Time (work time grade)
    • Due next class!
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • BookPeople Field Trip Makeup Day -- visit with teachers, submit work, etc.

Wednesday 9/27:
  • Book Response Projects due!
    • Present / Submit
    • Breakfast Bunch
  • Begin YA Film Adaptation (realistic contemporary)

Friday 9/29:
  • Finish YA Film Adaptation (realistic contemporary)
  • Breakfast Bunch (signed-up food!)


END OF 1ST SIX WEEKS!
Check back soon to see what we'll be doing for the 2nd Six Weeks...


3rd Six Weeks: November 9th - December 17th

posted Nov 7, 2015, 9:26 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 7:31 AM ]

Monday 11/9
(Short Class -- MOY Testing Schedule)
  • Fantasy Unit
    • Fantasy Maps Work Time
    • View Once Upon a Time
    • Handout: Fantasy Family Tree
    • Handout: Post-Apocalyptic "Opt-Out" Form
Thursday 11/12
(Long Class -- MOY Testing Schedule)
  • Fantasy Unit
    • Fantasy Maps Work Time - due by the end of class!
    • View Once Upon a Time
      • Fantasy Family Tree - due by the end of class
Monday 11/16
  • Gallery Walk: Fantasy Maps
  • Introduce Post-Apocalyptic Unit
    • Slideshow
    • Begin The Hunger Games
Wednesday 11/18
  • Post-Apocalyptic Unit
    • Hunger Games
    • Slideshow
    • Brainstorm Post-Apocalyptic Books (select yours!)
    • Handout: Projects, Part 1 & 2
Friday 11/20
  • "Your Apocalypse" Work Time (Unit Part 1)
  • Read your selected book

Tuesday 11/24
  • "Your Apocalypse" Work Time (Unit Part 1)
  • Read your selected book

Wednesday 11/25-Sunday 11/29: NO SCHOOL
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Tuesday 12/1
  • "Your Apocalypse" - Rough Draft Check & Peer Edit
    • Final Draft due Monday, November 7th at the end of class
  • Read your selected book
  • Prepare for Author Visit next class -- P.J. Hoover

Thursday 12/3
Author Visit - P.J. Hoover!
Check out the "documents" page for a picture of this visit!
  • "Your Apocalypse" Work Time (if available) -- Due next class!
  • Read your selected book (if time)

Monday 12/7
  • "Your Apocalypse" due today (by the end of class)
  • Author Visit (P.J. Hoover) - Recap & Thank You Cards
  • Watch "Pilot" Episode -- The 100

Wednesday 12/9
(Short Period -- Finals Testing Schedule)
  • Post-Apocalyptic Unit Part 2:
    • Develop YOUR "Post-Apocalyptic Challenge," based on your selected book
    •  Develop order/groups for challenge
Friday 12/11
(Long Period -- Finals Testing Schedule)
  • Post-Apocalyptic Unit Part 2:
    • Complete YOUR "Post-Apocalyptic Challenge," based on your selected book
    • Check your plans with Ms. Kepner
    • Finalize order/groups for challenge
Tuesday 12/15
  • Set up "Challenges"
  • Complete Whole-Class Challenge!
  • Begin Post-Apocalyptic Movie

Thursday 12/17
  • Finish Post-Apocalyptic Movie
END OF SEMESTER!
Have a wonderful, restful Winter Break!
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2nd Six Weeks: October 5th - November 6th

posted Oct 2, 2015, 11:00 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 5:40 AM ]

Monday 10/5:
  • Problem Novel Project:
    • Handout
    • Watch The Outsiders
  • Reminder: EKA Pre-Orders due next class (optional)

Wednesday 10/7:
  • Problem Novel Project:
    • Discuss assignment
    • Discuss The Outsiders
    • Read & Discuss Veronica Mars ("Pilot")
    • Begin drafting Character Map (if time)
  • Reminder: EKA Visit on Oct. 14th
  • Handout: Renaissance Festival Permission Form

Friday 10/9:
  • Problem Novel Project:
    • Character Map Creation
    • Presentations
  • Reminder: EKA Visit on Wednesday
  • Collect RenFest Forms & Payment

*NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH (COLUMBUS DAY)*


Wednesday 10/14:
  • Author Emily Morse (E. Kristen Anderson) visit!
    • If you wish to purchase a book, bring the necessary payment on this day.
  • Collect RenFest forms and payment
Friday 10/16:
  • Thank you notes for Emily Morse
  • Recap and discussion about E. Kristen Anderson's visit
  • Collect RenFest forms and payment
  • Handout: Fantasy Map / Response
    • Begin The Princess Bride
Tuesday 10/20:
  • Finish The Princess Bride
    • Submit response page
  • Collect RenFest forms & payment - last-minute submissions?
  • Handout & Work Time:
    • Fantasy Map Project

Thursday 10/22:
  • Fantasy Map Project Work Time (Paragraphs due)

Monday 10/26:
  • Fantasy Map Project Work Time

Wednesday 10/28:
  • Fantasy Map Project Work Time (Rough Draft Due)

Friday 10/30:
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Halloween"
    • Response: How is this genre "fantasy"? (Handout, complete, submit)
Tuesday 11/3:
  • Work on Fantasy Map Project (Final Draft submission option)
  • Discuss plans and details for Renaissance Festival on Wednesday!
  • Prepare for field trip -- WORK TIME ON OTHER CLASSES 
    • Visit with teachers from other "A Day" classes
    • Begin work you'll miss on Wednesday

FIELD TRIP -- RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL! -- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH:
  • Students on the field trip will meet in Ms. Kepner's classroom (210) PROMPTLY at 7:20am. This will include the Harry Potter class and students from Ms. McClellan's classes who are also attending the trip with us.
  • Chaperones will also meet us at that time and location.
  • Remember - you should either bring MONEY to buy lunch at the festival, or BRING A SACK LUNCH.
  • You may receive extra credit for dressing up in Renaissance or fantasy-themed clothing. 
  • Be aware of the weather and bring the necessary clothing/jackets/umbrellas/sunscreen/sunglasses/etc..
  • We will return to Kealing by 4:45pm so that students can catch the late bus. WHEN WE RETURN, you will need to either get directly in your parents' car or on the late bus. NO WAITING FOR RIDES!

Thursday 11/5:
  • Fantasy Map Final Draft due by the end of class (if not already submitted) -- 3rd Six Weeks Grade
  • RenFest Recap
  • Make-up work day!
    • Complete work you missed on Wednesday
    • Visit with teachers you didn't see on Wednesday (submit work, ask questions, etc.)

*END OF 2ND SIX WEEKS!*
*COME BACK TO SEE WHAT'S UP NEXT IN THE 3RD SIX WEEKS!*

August 24th - October 2nd (1st Six Weeks)

posted Aug 19, 2015, 2:16 PM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

Tuesday 8/25
  • Table Tents/Attendance
  • Class Description (Handout)
  • Class Scavenger Hunt (Handout)
  • Film Clips: "The Teen Experience"
Thursday 8/27
  • Continue Discussion -- Film Clips & The Teen Experience
Monday 8/31
  • Dear Teen Me
    • Book Trailers
    • Read Letters
    • Create Posters (in groups)
Wednesday 9/2
  • Finish & Present Dear Teen Me posters
Friday 9/4
  • Handout: BookPeople Field Trip Form!
    • DUE BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH!
  • View: The Wonder Years Pilot 
    • Compare/Contrast with Dear Teen Me
  • Write Messages: "Dear Grown-up Me"
Dear Grown-up Me Messages (From Back-to-School Night):
https://youtu.be/P1CpjEDuuvc
(Copy and paste the link to view our "movie"!)

Wednesday 9/9
  • Collect BookPeople Field Trip Forms & Payment 
    • DUE BY THIS FRIDAY!
  • Draft & Edit Dear Grown-up Me Letters
  • Research & Report back on Texas Teen Book Festival 

Friday 9/11
  • BookPeople Field Trip Preparation:
    • Collect Field Trip Forms & Payment (DUE BY THIS AFTERNOON!)
    • Brainstorm Questions for Meghan & Topher
    • View Texas Teen Book Festival website -- authors & books you're excited about?
    • Discuss field trip:
      • Meet in Ms. Kepner's Classroom at the start of Advisory on Tuesday, return by 2:30pm (in time for the buses)
      • Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.
      • Bring cash for book and/or food purchases, if desired.
      • Bring a LUNCH (no glass containers)
      • Bring a small drawstring or messenger bag for your lunch, books, etc. (no backpacks necessary; you can leave them in Ms. Kepner's room)
      • Questions?
  • Finalize Dear Grown-up Me Letters (email to Ms. Kepner)
  • View: My So-Called Life Pilot (if time)
    • Compare/Contrast with Dear Teen Me
Tuesday 9/15
BOOKPEOPLE FIELD TRIP!

Thursday 9/17
  • Field Trip Make-up Day:
    • Visit your teachers to see what you missed, submit work, get handouts, etc.
    • Study & Work Time
  • View: My So-Called Life Pilot (if time)
    • Compare/Contrast with Dear Teen Me
Monday 9/21
  • Texas Teen Book Festival Preparation/Assignment:
    • T-Shirts
    • Bookmarks
Wednesday 9/23
  • TTBF Project:
    • T-Shirts & Bookmarks (Rough Draft Check)
    • Read selected books
Friday 9/25
  • TTBF Project:
    • T-Shirts & Bookmarks (FINISH - Final Draft Check)
    • Read selected books
    • Reminder: TTBF TOMORROW!
      • Handout: Schedule/Program
      • What are you going to see?
Tuesday 9/29
  • TTBF Recap & Discussion
  • Problem Novel:
    • Slideshow & Assignment
    • Clips & Excerpts
    • Character Map (Rough Draft Check)
Thursday 10/1
  • Problem Novel:
    • Submit/Present Character Maps
    • Introduce BookPeople Notecards Project (TTBF or BookPeople book)

**END OF 1ST SIX WEEKS!!!**

Update: All Student Work due by 3:30pm on 12/17/14!

posted Dec 12, 2014, 6:45 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Dec 16, 2014, 7:32 AM ]

Per school / district requirements, I will be submitting 3rd Six Weeks grades at 4:00pm on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014.

I'll still be holding my regularly-scheduled office hours that day, but I encourage students to submit late work, make-up work, quiz recovery, etc. by 3:30pm (at the latest!) to ensure that it's included in their overall average.

Email me at colleen.conrad@austinisd.org with questions!

Thanks,
Ms. Conrad

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