Homework

 Welcome to English Language Arts on Team 7.1!
 
Our focus: the essential practices of prewriting, drafting, and revision, extended reading comprehension of and responding to fiction and non-fiction texts, strategies for vocabulary acquisition, and the identification and appreciation of author's craft.


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Current Assignments

Wednesday, 1/18:
Read/listen to chapters 11 and 12 of The Giver. Prepare FOUR ‘Pertinent Passages’ entries on your sheet. Remember, tomorrow is Discussion Day, in which students will lead discussion about chapters 8-12!

Tuesday, 1/17:
Review Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10 of The Giver for tomorrow’s assessment; you may use your notes!

Thursday, 1/12;

For Tuesday...
Read Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of The Giver and complete FOUR “Pertinent Passages” boxes. Remember, you may listen to the chapters and follow along in your book using YouTube.
Also, have a thorough (complete) paragraph plan or graphic organizer prepared for our new writing 
assignment.


Wednesday, 1/11:

Read Chapter Seven and complete a Chapter Tracker. Remember, you may listen to the chapters and follow along in your book using the YouTube link on GC.

Tomorrow, the following Chapter Tackers will be checked: 4 or 5, 6, and 7.

Tuesday, 1/10:
Read Chapter Six of The Giver, and complete a Chapter Tracker. Remember, you may listen to the chapters and follow along in your book using the YouTube link on GC.

Monday, 1/9: Read Chapters 4 and 5; remember, you may listen to the chapters and follow along in your book using the YouTube link on GC. Then, complete a Chapter Tracker worksheet for either chapter 4 or 5.

Friday, 1/6:
Reread Chapter One and carefully read Chapters 2 and 3 of The Giver. You are encouraged to take notes as you read; you may use these notes on Monday’s Google quiz! Remember, you may listen to the chapters and follow along in your book using the YouTube link on GC.

Thursday, 1/5:

Finish reading Chapter One of The Giver and complete 3 entries on the chart in your Writer’s Notebook. You may listen to the chapter and follow along in your book using the YouTube link on GC.


This will be checked tomorrow: In your Writer’s Notebook, list five things you value/cherish/appreciate in our community and/or society. Then, draw a quick symbol or sketch for each idea on your list.

Wednesday, 1/4:
In your Writer’s Notebook, list five things you value/cherish/appreciate in our community and/or society. Then, draw a quick symbol or sketch for each idea on your list.

Tuesday, 1/3:
Complete Vocabulary Boxes for all 14 terms from The Giver: List One.

Friday, 12/23:
Be sure your Hero's Journey assignment is in by 3pm! Enjoy your break!

Thursday, 12/22:

“Examining The Hero’s Journey through Film” typed assignment is due into GC by 3 pm tomorrow. Please make a copy of the document and type your responses directly on the copy. Also, begin studying for our vocabulary quest which is scheduled for after break. See my Quizlet study set for review.


Wednesday, 12/21:
At this point, you should have completed Steps/Stages 1-6 on the Edward Scissorhands Hero’s Journey worksheet. Typed assignment is due into GC by 3 pm Friday. Please make a copy of document and begin typing tonight. Also, if you haven’t already, check your synonyms for List 1 vocabulary terms against mine using my Quizlet study set. Begin studying for our Quest after break.

Tuesday, 12/20:

At this point, you should have completed Steps/Stages 1-5 on the Edward Scissorhands Hero’s Journey worksheet. Also, if you haven’t already, check your synonyms for List 1 vocabulary terms against mine using my Quizlet study set. Begin studying for our Quest after break.


Monday, 12/19:
Choose a book or movie with which you are familiar and identify each of the seven Character Types according to its definition. Also, if you haven’t already, check your synonyms for List 1 vocabulary terms against mine using my Quizlet study set. Make your own copy and edit if you wish!

Friday, 12/16:
Check your synonyms for List 1 vocabulary terms against mine using my Quizlet study set. If you wish, make your own copy and edit to make definitions/synonyms easier to understand.

Thursday, 12/15:
See yesterday's post.

Wednesday, 12/14:

Provide two synonyms for each of the vocabulary words included in List 1 on the “Essential Vocabulary from The Giver” sheet. Students are encouraged to use online resources such as thesaurus.com.


Tuesday, 12/13:

Your short fiction assignment is due tomorrow! This includes: cover art, essential questions, one rough draft, final copy and grading slip.

Monday, 12/12:
On Wednesday, your short fiction assignment is due! This includes: cover art, essential questions, one draft, final copy, and grading slip. We will not have any more class time to work on this.

Friday, 12/9:
Your Short Fiction piece and the final copy of your Cover Art is due Wednesday, 12/14; see requirements on GC. We will have Monday’s class to work on both. See Ms. Russo for a writing conference if you wish.

Thursday, 12/8:

Artistic Theme poster is due tomorrow; see requirements on GC. Also, your Short Fiction piece and the final copy of your Cover Art is due Wednesday, 12/14; see requirements on GC. See Ms. Russo for a writing conference if you wish.


Wednesday, 12/7:

Artistic Theme poster is due Friday. We will have tomorrow’s class to work on it, but you are welcome to do some work on it at home; see requirements on GC.

Also, your Short Fiction piece and the final copy of your Cover Art is due Tuesday, 12/13; see requirements on GC. See Ms. Russo for a writing conference if you wish.

Tuesday, 12/6:

Draft your Artistic Theme poster; see requirements on GC. Also, for those students who did not submit last night: Type and upload your “Ratty Poem” to GC. Pay careful attention to spelling, creative word choices, and use of simile/metaphor.


Monday, 12/5:
Type and upload your “Ratty Poem” to GC by 9 p.m. Pay careful attention to spelling, creative word choices, and use of simile/metaphor.

Friday, 12/2:

After reviewing the assignment on GC, compose a draft of your “Ratty Poem” in your writer’s notebook.

ALSO, be sure you have completed the draft of your short story artwork cover and completed the three questions on your “Short Fiction Essential Questions” worksheet.

Thursday, 12/1:
Healthy Choices Day-see Tuesday's post.

Wednesday, 11/30:
To prepare for Friday's quest, you should know at least two synonyms for each vocabulary term. Also, prepare notes for your chosen short essay question.

Complete the draft of your short story artwork cover for Friday and respond to the three questions on your “Short Fiction Essential Questions” worksheet for Friday as well.

Tuesday, 11/29:

Study “TSK” vocabulary terms for our upcoming quiz on Friday, 12/2. The link to the Quizlet flashcards study set is located on GC.


Choose a short essay question (of the six listed) for “TSK” and begin to prepare notes on it; you may use these notes when you compose your response on Friday’s quiz!


Complete the draft of your short story artwork cover for Friday and respond to the three questions on your “Short Fiction Essential Questions” worksheet for Friday as well.


Monday, 11/28:
Study “TSK” vocabulary terms for our quiz on Friday, 12/2. The link to the Quizlet flashcards study set is located on GC. Also, begin to edit and revise typed draft of your short fiction story. Concentrate on: repairing run-ons and fragments, proper capitalization, strong “showing” description, and sophisticated work choices.

*Reminder: There will be no English classes on Wednesday due to a technology lesson by Mrs. Walden. Also, Thursday is Healthy Choices Day, so you will have NO regular classes.

Tuesday, 11/122:

Typed draft of your short fiction story was due today! Also study “TSK” vocabulary terms for an upcoming quiz on Friday, 12/2. The link to the Quizlet flashcards study set is located on GC.


Monday,11/21:

Typed draft of your short fiction story is due tomorrow, 11/22! Also, study “TSK” vocabulary terms for an upcoming quiz. The link to the Quizlet flashcards study set is located on GC.


Friday, 11/18:

-Continue to type your short fiction story; see brainstorming questions and assignment requirements on GC. Typed draft is due Tuesday, 11/22.

-Study “TSK” vocabulary terms for an upcoming quiz. The link to the Quizlet flashcards study set is located on GC.

Thursday, 11/17:

-Check your vocabulary synonyms against mine on Quizlet to be sure yours are accurate. The link to the study set is located on GC.

-Continue to type your short fiction story ("C" class should BEGIN typing since we did not have class today); see brainstorming questions and assignment requirements on GC.

Wednesday, 11/16:

-Check your vocabulary synonyms against mine on Quizlet to be sure yours are accurate. The link to the study set is located on GC.

-Optional...IF you have some time tonight, begin to type your short fiction story; see brainstorming questions and assignment requirements on GC.

Tuesday, 11/15:
-In your Writer’s Notebook, compose at least one page of your short fiction story; see brainstorming questions and assignment requirements on GC.

Monday, 11/14:

-Provide two synonyms and one antonym for each of our new vocabulary terms from “Three Skeleton Key.” Be sure terms are color-coded to indicate part of speech.


Friday, 11/11:
-Due today posted in GC by 3 pm: State one difference between the short film and the original text of “Four O’Clock.” THEN, explain the effect of this change/addition.

Thursday, 11/10:

-Due tomorrow posted in GC by 3 pm: State one difference between the short film and the original text of “Four O’Clock.” THEN, explain the effect of this change/addition.

-Be sure you have completed your paragraph plan for the "What Motivates Mr. Crangle?" writing assignment. The link to the story is located on GC.

-For those students who have not already presented “Billy’s Last Letter,” rehearse your letter so you can read it smoothly in front of the class tomorrow.

Wednesday, 11/9:
See Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11/8:
-Complete your paragraph plan for the "What Motivates Mr. Crangle?" writing assignment. The link to the story is located on GC.
-For those students who have not already presented “Billy’s Last Letter,” rehearse your letter so you can read it smoothly in front of the class this coming week.

Monday, 11/7:

-Complete your Motivation Chart that we began in today's class.

-For those students who have not already presented “Billy’s Last Letter,” rehearse your letter so you can read it smoothly in front of the class this coming week.

Friday, 11/4:

-Your “Why, Billy?” response, is due by 3 pm today!

-Over the weekend, listen once again to the short story “4 o'clock” and post your public response on Google Classroom by 9 p.m. Sunday night. Read the assignment's task carefully.

-For those students who have not already presented “Billy’s Last Letter,” rehearse your letter so you can read it smoothly in front of the class this coming week.

Thursday, 11/3:
See Wednesday.

Wednesday, 11/2:

-Rehearse "Billy's Last Letter" so that you can read/perform it fluently (smoothly) for the class.

-Type and color code your “Why, Billy?” response, which is due by 3 pm Friday. We will have no more class time to work on this assignment, so you must finish and submit on your own.


Tuesday, 11/1:

-Rehearse "Billy's Last Letter" so that you can read/perform it fluently (smoothly) for the class.

-Type lead, thesis, and first main point of your “Why, Billy?” response.

Monday, 10/31:

-Plan your “Why, Billy?” response using the paragraph organizer on the back of the assignment sheet.

-"Billy's Last Letter" will be checked tomorrow. Be sure you have included and highlighted at LEAST SIX examples of foreshadowing.

-Did you post your film response on GC?? It was due Sunday by 9 p.m.


Friday, 10/28:

Finish "Billy's Last Letter" in your writer's notebook; be sure to include at LEAST SIX examples of foreshadowing from your worksheet. This will be checked Monday.
Also, post your homework response on GC by 9pm Sunday!


Thursday, 10/27:

Finish "Billy's Last Letter" in your writer's notebook; be sure to include at LEAST SIX examples of foreshadowing from your worksheet. Also, our vocabulary quiz will be tomorrow. You must know two synonyms and the part of speech for each word. Try Ms. Russo's Quizlet flashcards by searching her username: krusso123 or accessing the link on GC.


Wednesday, 10/26:

Finish "Billy's Last Letter" in your writer's notebook; be sure to include and highlight at LEAST SIX examples of foreshadowing from your worksheet. Also, our vocabulary quiz will be on Friday. You must know two synonyms and the part of speech for each word. Try Ms. Russo's Quizlet flashcards by searching her username: krusso123 or accessing the link on GC.


Tuesday, 10/25:

Three assignments will be checked tomorrow:

    *Sentence Variety Worksheet (this side only)

    *Synonym Puzzle Worksheet (this side only)

    *15 Flashcards (2 synonyms each and part of speech)


Monday, 10/24:

Complete your handmade or virtual flashcards for tomorrow's class. Vocabulary quiz will be on Friday. You must know two synonyms and the part of speech for each word.


Your FIVE EXCELLENT Reader’s Observations were due into Google Classroom by Friday, 10/21 at 3 pm.