Homework

Friday, April 11
Today was Creer Day - students turned in the English homework during homeroom. There were no classes today. There is no homework over break. Students received report cards today.
 
Thursday, April 10
Students turned in the worksheet with two questions that was due. We finished watching The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Students were given another worksheet with two questions to answer (long and thoughtful answers are expected, using specific examples for support). This assignment will be turned in during homeroom tomorrow (posted under "Handouts").
 
Wednesday, April 9
Students continued watching the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Students were given a written assignment to do for homework tonight (posted under "Handouts").
 
Tuesday, April 8
Today students began watching the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. We will continue this (with some written work) tomorrow. There is no homework tonight.
 
Monday, April 7
Students took the Anne Frank test. There is no homework.
 
Friday, April 4
Students turned in last night's homework worksheet (5 questions on two diary entries). Classes did an activity examining a piece of artwork depicting the Holocaust. Homework is to study for Monday's Anne Frank test, including the packet, the vocab, and the timeline (major events only).
 
Thursday, April 3
Students showed completion of the Anne Frank packet and we reviewed the answers. Homework is to read in the literature book pages 855-863, and complete the worksheet passed out in class (also found under "Handouts"). Study for Monday's Anne Frank test, including the packet, the vocab, and the timeline (major events only).
 
Wednesday, April 2
Mrs. Hartenstein is out - Mrs. Mazzarella is substituting. Students finished reading The Diary of Anne Frank. The completed packet is due tomorrow.
 
Tuesday, April 1
Today was the SBAC ELA Performance Task, so the only classes that met were those period 4. Students should be preparing for the Anne Frank test: study the packet and review the play, vocab from Holocaust literature part I, and the Holocaust timeline.
 
Monday, March 31
Students read in The Diary of Anne Frank
A: p.832-p. 839 second column        B: p. 833- end of p. 842        C: p. 835-p.end of Act II scene 3 p. 843        D: p. 834- end of Act II, scene 3 on p. 843
Homework is to keep up with the packet on Anne Frank, and bring an SSR book for tomorrow.
**Test on Monday, April 7th on The Diary of Anne Frank (study the packet and review the play), vocab from Holocaust literature part I, and the Holocaust timeline.
 
 
Friday, March 28
Students read in The Diary of Anne Frank
A: p.  829-p. 832 first column        B: p. 829- p. 833 first column        C: p. 829-p.835 end of page        D: p. 829-p. 834 second column
The packet will be due when we are finished reading, so keep up with filling it in!
 
Thursday, March 27 - Newport field trip - no classes
 
Wednesday, March 26
Because of SBAC testing, only D class met today. They showed completion of their packets to the end of Act I in The Diary of Anne Frank, and then students read aloud from page 819 - to the end of Act II, scene 1 on page 829. There is no homework due Friday. Tomorrow is the Newport field trip.
 
Tuesday, March 25
Because of the SBAC testing this afternoon, Class D did not meet. Classes A, B, and C showed completion of their packets to the end of Act I in The Diary of Anne Frank, and then students read aloud from page 819 - to the end of Act II, scene 1 on page 829. Remember to bring an SSR book for period 1 tomorrow.
 
Monday, March 24
All students read from where their classes left off last week to the end of Act I. Homework tonight is to complete to the end of Act I in their packets (will be checked tomorrow).
 
Friday, March 21
Students turned in the homework due today (Peter's diary entry). Classes discussed the symbolism of Mrs. Van Daan's fur coat. Classes read in the play:
A: p.796-800        B:p.796-798        C:p.796-798        D:p.796-801
 
Thursday, March 20
Mrs. Hartenstein is out, Mrs. Mazzarella is substituting. Classes are 20 minutes because of the early dismissal for professional development. Students took the vocabulary quiz and then worked on homework. The homework assignment is a worksheet where the students must write a diary entry from Peter's point of view (posted under "Handouts").
 
Wednesday, March 19
Mrs. Hartenstein is out, Mrs. Mazzarella is substituting. Students in all class read the play The Diary of Anne Frank in the literature book through the end of page 795, Act I scene 3. Students also fill in their Anne Frank packet to the end of Act I scene 3. Homework is to complete whatever was not finished in class, and to study for the vocab quiz tomorrow on Holocaust literature vocabulary packet I.
 
Tuesday, March 18
We read The Diary of Anne Frank in the textbook. We discussed the sybolism of the yellow star that Peter and Anne were removing from their clothing(as well as the significance of the shadow of that patch that remained on the clothing). We also discussed what is accomplished by the playwrights' creation of a scene where Mr. Frank gives Anne her diary as a gift (as this did not happen in real life in the same way). Homework is to study Holocaust literature vocab packet 1 for the quiz on Thursday 3/21.
Today we read:
A: p. 776-786        B:p. 770-780        C: p. 769-776        D: we are still on page 779 (we also spent time reviewing the answers to the vocab packet). 
 
Monday, March 17
Students in A, B, and C classes went over their vocab packets and reviewed the answers. There will be a quiz on the Holocaust literature vocab packet 1 on Thursday, March 20. Students in D class will receive this back tomorrow. Classes continued reading in the play The Diary of Anne Frank. Homework is to study for the quiz on Thursday.
 
Friday, March 14
Students began reading the play in our textbook The Diary of Anne Frank. Class A read pages 761 to 766, and all others read pages 761 to 764 or 765. Mrs. Hartenstein passed out a packet to go along with our reading of this play (posted under "Handouts"), but there is no homework this weekend.
 
Thursday, March 13
Today is a half day for parent conferences. Students were introduced to the story of Anne Frank and looked at images of the Anne Frank House (museum in Amsterdam). There is no homework tonight. Tomorrow we will begin reading the Hackett and Goodrich play based on The Diary of Anne Frank.
 
Wednesday, March 12
Students turned in the vocabulary packet due for today for homework. Students continued filling in the timeline about the Holocaust. Most classes finished this. There is no homework tonight. 
 
Tuesday, March 11
Students turned in the online hunt worksheet due today. Students worked to fill in a timeline. We will finish this in class tomorrow. Homework is to complete the vocabulary packet for Holocaust literature part I (posted under "Handouts").
 
Monday, March 10
Students were in the library today to work on the computers, completing a worksheet called "Holocaust online hunt" (found posted under "Handouts" for March 10). This should be finished for homework.
 
Friday, March 7
Students in class B did the vocabulary exploration activity that the other classes did Wednesday and Thursday. Most classes received a copy of the timeline and map, but we did not begin filling this out. This is NOT homework. Monday we will be in the library to do a webquest. There is no homework this weekend.
 
Thursday, March 6
Students completed watching the video overview of the Holocaust from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website (this can be viewed at home - posted under "Useful Links"). Some classes had time for brief discussion/ question and answer. There is no homework tonight.
 
Wednesday, March 5
Students turned in the final Fahrenheit 451 essay due today. Students in classes A, C, and D worked with the introductory article about the Holocaust (class B will do so tomorrow). This article is posted under "Handouts." Students also began watching a video overview of the Holocaust from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website (this can be viewed at home - posted under "Useful Links"). We will finish viewing the video tomorrow. There is no homework tonight other than to study for the quiz on roots from unit 3 (unless you have already taken this quiz in writing class).
 
Tuesday, March 4
Students reviewed the different types of "point of view" or "voice" that can be expressed in narration (first person, second person, third person, third person limited, and third person omniscient). We practiced identiyfing different types of narration with samples passages. Students in classes A&C also read an introductory article about the Holocaust, in preparation for our next unit of study. The final typed essay on Fahrenheit 451 is due in class tomorrow 3/5.
 
Monday, March 3
Students showed their most recent draft of the Fahrenheit 451 essay. Mrs. Hartenstein walked students through creating a title as well as some more revision tips. The final typed draft of this essay is due in class on Wednesday, March 5. We will NOT be working on the essay in class tomorrow.
 
Friday, February 28
The schedule is adjusted as the Morgan guidance counselors speak to students today about high school class schedules. Students showed the next clean draft of the essay today. In class, we completed a second type of peer editing activity. See this sheet under "Handouts." Students should use the information gained from this exercise to complete the next draft. This next clean draft is due on Monday, March 3.
 
Thursday, February 27
Students did some editing on each other's papers. See this first editing guide under "handouts." Make changes and bring a clean typed copy to class tomorrow. 
 
Wednesday, February 26
Students learned about using in-text citation, and embedding textual support into their writing. This will help with the essay assignment. The rough draft of the F451 essay is due in class tomorrow.
 
Tuesday, February 25
Students completed a cloze exercise for data collection. Students received an essay assignment on Fahrenheit 451 (description and graphic organizer can be found under "Handouts"). The complete rough draft of this assignment is due in class on Thursday, Feb. 27. If possible, please type this, but if necessary, a handwritten rough draft is acceptable.
 
Monday, February 24
Students took a quick quiz to check that they did the reading. We discussed the end of Fahrenheit 451. Students asked questions about the end of the book.
 
Friday, February 14
Students had a delayed opening today. Students received back their vocabulary quizzes from parts 1-3 of Fahrenheit 451 and we read aloud from the book in class.  Homework over break is for students to complete reading the novel Fahrenheit 451. There will be an assignment in class the Monday we return from break to ensure that all students have closely read the ending of the book.
 
Thursday, February 13
Snow Day - No School
 
Wednesday, February 12
Mrs. Hartenstein was at a curriculum meeting - Mrs. Milner substituted. Students took the vocabulary quiz on parts 1,2, and 3 of Fahrenheit 451. Homework tonight is to read from page 123 to the middle of page 130. Write a minimum of 6 sticky notes for this section - you may ask questions but these don't "count" for the minimum required.
 
Tuesday, February 11
Students practiced using some of the vocabulary for Fahrenheit 451  and asked questions about tomorrow's quiz/test. In class we read and discussed pages 115-123 , some classes all together and some in small groups of three.  For homework, all students should finish reading in Fahrenheit 451 to page 123 (the middle - at the end of the scene). Also, be prepared for tomorrow's quiz/test on all of the vocabulary packets from Fahrenheit 451
 
Monday, February 10
Mrs. Hartenstein collected homework due today (figurative language worksheet). Class was in the computer lab today to become familiar with the SBAC test that will occur in March. Students used the ELA practice test to explore the features of the test that they will be taking. Homework is to study for the Fahrenheit 451 vocab quiz on all 3 packets, which has been moved to Wednesday, February 12.
 
Friday, February 7
Students did some writing about Fahrenheit 451 for their opener. Students were asked to make a judgement about whether or not Montag should continue his fight. Then they were asked to examine Montag's motivation for his behavior. We reviewed the answers to the vocab packet #3 for F451.  Mrs. Hartenstein reviewed the instructions for the homework - a worksheet on figurative language in Fahrenheit 451 (cannot be posted online). 
 
Thursday, February 6
Students showed completion of the vocab packet 3. Students were given a copy of their current grades. Students read and discussed in Fahrenheit 451 page 107 to
A- p. 112
B- p. 111
C&D - p. 115
Homework is to study for the vocab quiz/test on all three packets of the vocabulary for Fahrenheit 451.
 
Wednesday, February 5
Snow Day - No School
 
Tuesday, February 4
Student showed completion of the 8 sticky notes due for the weekend reading. Students completed a very brief quiz to check that they did the reading. Mrs. Hartenstein introduced the Fishbowl activity, along with the rubric. Homework is to complete the vocabulary packet for section 3 in Fahrenheit 451 (due Thursday, 2/6), and prepare for a vocabulary quiz/test on all three sections in class next Tuesday, February 11.
 
Monday, February 3
Snow Day - No School
 
Friday, January 31
Students did an opener to prove that they did last night's reading. Students turned in the homework due today. Mrs. Hartenstein showed the answers to last night's homework.  Homework this weekend is to read pages 88-106 (finish part 2) and make at least 8 sticky notes throughout the reading. There will also be a quick quiz on Monday to check that students have done the reading.
 
Thursday, January 30
We spent time going over the homework for tonight and looking up "Caesar's praetorian guard." We read and discussed Fahrenheit 451 to about page 83. For homework, students need to read to the end of the scene at the top of page 88. Also, complete the worksheet called "The Man in the Park," interpreting the meaning of Faber's figurative language. 
 
Wednesday, January 29
As a class we reviewed the vocabulary packets turned in yesterday, examining the sentences from our text containing these words,  reviewing the meaning and part of speech for each, and then determining appropriate synonyms for these words. Classes also read a bit further today in the text.
A&B- page 80
C- page 78
D-page 79
There is no homework tonight.
 
Tuesday, January 28
Students turned in the vocab homework due today. We read and discussed Fahrenheit 451
A&B - to page 79
C - to page 76
D - to page 78
There is no homework tonight.
 
 
Monday, January 27
Students turned in the double sided worksheet due today for homework. We read and discussed Fahrenheit 451 pages 67-73 (Classes C&D only read to p. 71). Homework due tomorrow is the vocab packet for Fahrenheit 451 Part 2 (posted under "Handouts").
 
Friday, January 24
All classes met today for a shorter time because of the math midterm this morning. Students learned about narrative voice. Homework is to complete the two sided worksheet on narrative voice and Montag as a dynamic character (begun in class).
 
Thursday, January 23
Classes A, B, and C met today. Students reviewed the end of the first section in Fahrenheit 451 and started making predictions for the next section of the book. Students took the social studies exam today. Homework is to prepare for the math exam tomorrow.
 
Wednesday, January 22
Students had a delayed opening. Students took the English midterm. Only class D met today. Homework is to study for the social studies and math midterms. Students may get rid of English class material from their notebooks EXCEPT Fahrenheit 451 materials, and they should also keep writing class materials.
 
Tuesday, January 21
Mrs. Hartenstein was out in the morning, Mrs. Abbatello substituted. Students read in Fahrenheit 451 pages 60-65. Students had an early dismissal. Homework is to study for the English midterm tomorrow. Wednesday is also the last day to turn in the grammar poem (a quiz grade on second quarter).
 
Monday, January 20
No school - MLK, Jr. Day holiday
The midterm exam study guide is found under "Handouts"
Friday, January 17
Mrs. Hartenstein checked the sticky notes that students were to write for last night's homework. We discussed Fahrenheit 451 pages 50-55. Homework is to study for the midterm on Wednesday, and to complete and turn in the final grammar poem by Wednesday (it's a quiz grade!).
 
Thursday, January 16
Students had shorter classes because of the half day for professional development. Classes finished going over the reading we have done up to page 49 in Fahrenheit 451. Homework tonight is to read pages 50- 60 and to write at least 5 sticky notes.

Wednesday, January 15
Classes wrote about and discussed the potential significance of Guy Montag's name. We continued to discuss Fahrenheit 451 and to write sticky notes about particular points made in our discussion. Homework is to study for the midterm.
 
Tuesday, January 14
Students turn in the worksheet done yesterday for class and finished last night for homework. Students do "pair and share" to discuss the reading from the weekend and the sticky notes they wrote. Mrs. Hartenstein explains the "Tower of Babel" allusion on the bottom of page 35. Homework is to study for the midterm.
 
Monday, January 13
Mrs. Hartenstein is grading district writing prompts today, so Mrs. Abbatello is substituting. Students turn in the "Foil" worksheet due for homework today. Students read pages 37-bottom of page 49 and answer questions on a worksheet. Finish this for homework tonight. Worksheet is posted under "Handouts."
 
Friday, January 10
Mrs. Hartenstein checked the sticky notes done for last night's reading. Students discussed what the character of Clarisse does for the story and therefore, for the reader. Students discussed what a literary foil is. Homework is to complete the worksheet on foil that we started in class (cannot be posted on the website - was handed out), to read Fahrenheit 451 pages 29-37 and write at least 5 sticky notes, and to study 20-30 minutes for the midterm.
 
Thursday, January 9
We reviewed the vocabulary words and students asked questions for clarification. Students discussed last night's reading and asked questions. For homework, read in Fahrenheit 451 pages 25-29. Write at least 3 sticky notes which ask questions, make observations, or make connections to history or literature. Also, study 15 minutes for the midterm.
 
Wednesday, January 8
Students answered questions and discussed last night's reading. Students learned what it looks like to use higher level, critical thinking to answer these questions. Students showed completion of vocab packet - we will review these answers tomorrow. Homework is to read in Fahrenheit 451 bottom of page 21 to the middle of page 25. Get a pack of sticky notes to use during our reading, and study for midterms 20 minutes.
 
Tuesday, January 7
Students received a study guide for the midterm. Students reviewed last night's reading. We read and discussed in class. Homework is to complete the Fahrenheit 451 vocab part 1 packet for tomorrow. Also, complete reading to the bottom of page 21 in Fahrenheit 451.
 
Monday, January 6
Students were issued copies of Fahrenheit 451. We began reading in class. Homework - read pages 1-9. Complete the vocab packet by Wednesday, 1/8 (see under "Handouts").
Midterm study tip: Be able to name and use the 4 steps to answering a question about a piece of literature.
 
Friday, January 3 - Snow Day - no school
 
Thursday, January 2
Students began unit on Fahrenheit 451 by brainstorming about a quote and connecting its meaning to predictions about the novel. Students also watched a video interviewing Ray Bradbury. Homework is to read the handouts given out in class today (found under "Handouts").
Midterm study tip: Locate and try to redo the "Monkey's Paw" paraphrase worksheets.
 
 
Friday, December 20
Students viewed each other's glogs on Ray Bradbury. Homework over break is to study for midterms.
Midterm study tip: Practice explaining the three different types of irony. Be able to provide an example of each type of irony from one of the stories we have read so far this year.
 
Thursday, December 19
Students were in the computer lab again today working on the Glogster EDU project about Ray Bradbury (see under "Handouts"). This assignment is to be completed and saved in Glogster EDU by the time of class tomorrow.
Midterm study tip: Practice explaining the three different types of irony. Be able to provide an example of each type of irony from one of the stories we have read so far this year.
 
Wednesday, December 18
Class was in the computer lab today, and students were instructed on how to create an online poster using glogster EDU. Mrs. Hartenstein handed out an assignment description, and students were able to work on this poster using the "Ray Bradbury sources" link on the left. We will continue working on this assignment tomorrow. It is due by class time Friday.
Midterm study tip: Identify the 5 parts of plot (on a plot diagram), and be able to give an example of each part using the short story "Harrison Bergeron."
 
Tuesday, December 17
Students worked with identifying verbs and what type of verbs they are in sentences. Students brainstormed a bit about the US in 1951 (the year Ray Bradbury wrote "The Pedestrian"), and then we read "The Pedestrian" as a class, stopping to make observations about the society he imagines in 2053.
Midterm study tip: Identify the 5 parts of plot (on a plot diagram), and be able to give an example of each part using the short story "Harrison Bergeron."
 
Monday, December 16
Students worked to fix run-on sentences. Students learned more about the project we will be working on Wednesday and Thursday using the Web2.0 tool Glogster. Students read and discussed the short story "The Gift" by Ray Bradbury.
Midterm study tip: Practice writing answers to questions where you lost points on the "Flowers for Algernon" test.
 
The entire propaganda project (including the written component) is due in class Friday, December 13
 
Friday, December 13
Students looked at English midterms from previous years to have an idea of what the exam may look like. Students were given information abotu choosing appropriate study methods and prioritizing study time. Student sturned in the propaganda project due today. We watched student videos in class. Homework is to organize study material for the midterm by date (study oldest material first and for a longer time).
Midterm study tip: Continue to study "Flowers for Algernon" for the midterm. Use the words in sentences, retake your old quiz, and make a quiz for a friend to take (then grade it).
 
Thursday, December 12
Students spent some time today asking questions about the English midterm, which will be on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Students reviewed the answers to the gallery walk packet on propaganda completed last week.
Midterm study tip: Tonight, study "Flowers for Algernon" for the midterm. Use the words in sentences, retake your old quiz, and make a quiz for a friend to take (then grade it).
Students must have the written portion of the project to turn in tomorrow in class. The video must already be in the Dropbox at school
 
Wednesday, December 11
Students had their last day in the computer lab working on the propaganda project. The due date for the project has been moved to Friday, December 13 because of yesterday's snow day.
 
Tuesday, December 10 - Snow Day
 
Monday, December 9
Students were in the computer lab again to work on the propaganda project. We have two more days in the lab for this assignment.
 
Friday, December 6
Students were in the computer lab, continuing to work on the propaganda proejct. We have three more days in the computer lab and using the video cameras. The entire project is due in class on Thursday, December 12.
 
Thursday, December 5
Students worked on their propaganda projects and learned about Windows Live Moviemaker. Videotaping should be done tonight or tomorrow in class. The entire propaganda project (including the written component) is due in class Thursday, December 12.
 
Wednesday, December 4
Mrs. Hartenstein is out today. Students took a quiz on propaganda. Students continued working on the gallery walk. Continue working on the propaganda project, which is due Thursday, 12/12/13.   
 
Tuesday, December 3
Students received a handout about the Propaganda project (there is no due date yet). Our first day in the computer lab is Thursday 12/5, so have the planning sheet completed before then (Planning sheet also posted under "Handouts").  Students began a gallery walk about propaganda (posted under "Hadnouts"), which will be finished tomorrow after the quiz. Homework is to study the 7 types of propaganda for the quiz tomorrow.
 
Monday, December 2
The class spent some time looking at the PBS Kids website called "Don't Buy It." Students were introduced to the project on propaganda we will be working on later this week, and we watched some examples of projects done by past students. Homework tonight is to study the 7 types of propaganda for a quiz on Wednesday, December 4.
 
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving break - no school
 
Wednesday, November 27
Healthy Choices Day - only workshops - no classes!
 
Tuesday, November 26
Students finished taking notes on propaganda, and some classes began exploring a PBS Kids website about being a smart consumer. Students turned in the essay due today on "The Veldt." Tomorrow is Healthy Choices Day and there is no homework. 
 
Monday, November 25
Students began a new unit of propaganda and persuasion. Students took notes and began discussing how we are persuaded to "buy, believe, and behave." Mrs. Hartenstein answered some questions about the essay on "The Veldt." Homework is to complete the final draft of this essay to be handed in during class tomorrow. Students will also return the book containing "The Veldt."
 
Friday, November 22
Mrs. Hartenstein is at a conference. All classes are in the computer lab, and Mrs. Walden is giving a lesson on "digital citizenship." Students should be working on their essays due Tuesday, November 26th.
 
Thursday, November 21
Mrs.Hartenstein is at a conference. All classes are in the computer lab to work on a writing assignment. The description can be found under "Handouts," and is due in class on Tuesday, November 26. Today is the only day that students will work on it in class.
 
Wednesday, November 20
Students discussed impressions of "The Veldt," and compared it to the Deadmau5 song "The Veldt" and the accompanying video. Students began the homework assignment in class, which is the worksheet comparing George and Lydia Hadley to the House, gathering evidence of each acting as a parent. This assignment is posted under "Handouts."
 
Tuesday, November 19
Students were issued copies of the story "The Veldt" and continued reading and discussing. Homework is to complete reading the story and to answer the questions on the worksheet handed out, using the 4 step process. This is also posted under "Handouts."
 
Monday, November 18
Students practiced some subject-verb agreement. Then, we read "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury, discussing some of the figurative language. There is no homework tonight.
 
Friday, November 15
Students turned in the final "Perfect Parent" drawing and written explanation. Classes discussed what parents likely want most for their children when raising them. Students took brief notes on the short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury. Some classes just began reading the story. There is no homework this weekend.
 
Thursday, November 14
Classes were 20 minutes each today because of parent conferences. Students showed completion of the draft of the "perfect parent" creation. Homework is to complete the final draft of the drawing. At the bottom, attach a typed explanation of each feature that has been labeled on the drawing. Remember that each feature must be related in some way to being a parent. This assignment was passed out yesterday and is posted under "Handouts."
 
Wednesday, November 11
Students went over last night's homework and then took a quiz on identifying and writing concluding sentences, as well as writing a structured response to a question about a piece of writing. Homework is to complete the worksheet on creating the "Perfect Parent."
 
Tuesday, November 10
Students finished working on identifying good, strong concluding (closing) sentences for paragraphs. Students also saw examples of well-written answers using the four steps to answering a question about a piece of writing. As a class, we color coded some sample answers to identify the different parts of an answer. For the quiz tomorrow, students should be able to: choose the best option for a concluding sentence when given a variety of possibilities, write effective concluding sentences for paragraphs, name the four steps in the process of answering questions about pieces of writing, and demonstrate application using the four steps to answer a question about a piece of writing. Homework is a worksheet that emphasizes the connection between the topic sentence and the concluding sentence in a paragraph. This worksheet cannot be posted online, but was handed out in class.
 
Monday, November 9
Students continued working on answering questions about the article in the Backpack Reader ("Branded Beauty") using the four steps. There is a quiz on Wednesday about concluding sentences and using the four steps.
 
Friday, November 8
Students worked to earn the "approval" initials of Mrs. H on their concluding sentences to five different paragraphs. Once this was done, students moved on to using a structured, four step process to respond to questions about a nonfiction piece; there is a focus on writing clear and effective concluding sentences. There will be a quiz on concluding sentences on Wednesday, 11/13.
 
Thursday, November 7
Students turned in the "Concluding sentences" worksheet due for homework. Students practiced writing more concluding sentences. Once these sentences were "approved," students were able to move on to practicing answering questions about a nonfiction article, incorporating the use of well-structured concluding sentences.
 
Wednesday, November 6
Students worked on the classwork we began yesterday. Each concluding sentence needs to have Mrs. H.'s signature of approval before moving on to the next assignment. Tonight's homework is a worksheet of five paragraphs; write concluding sentence for each paragraph. This worksheet cannot be posted on my website.
 
Tuesday, November 5
Students continue practicing writing good concluding sentences. Students complete a 2 sided worksheet which we will use in class tomorrow. Homework is to complete this worksheet if not done in class (found under "Handouts").
 
Monday, November 4
Students turned in the homework due today. Students took notes on writing concluding sentences. We practiced identifying poor concluding sentences in paragraphs and writing stronger sentences. There is no homework tonight.
 
Friday, November 1
Students took notes on the four steps to follow when answering a question about literature. Students took the vocab quiz on "The Monkey's Paw" and on "The Tell-Tale Heart." Homework the worksheet on "The Tell-Tale Heart" (found posted under "Handouts").
 
Thursday, October 31
Students listened to and read "The Tell-Tale Heart," using the iPad app on the SMARTboard to aid reading comprehension. Homework is to study for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz on "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Monkey's Paw."
 
Wednesday, October 30
Students went over "The Tell-Tale Heart" vocab. Class B began reading the story today. Homework is to continue studying for the vocab quiz Friday 11/1 on "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
 
Tuesday, October 29
Mrs. Hartenstein is out sick - Mrs. Milner substitutes. Students finished reading the nonfiction Poe article in the literature book and answered questions which were turned in at the end of the class period. Homework is to continue studying for the vocab quiz Friday 11/1 on "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
 
Monday, October 28
Students turned in the "Diction, Tone, Mood" worksheet due today. Students watched two different videos to introduce Edgar Allan Poe, and began reading a nonfiction article about him. We started to note the different ways that the information about him was presented, identifying the tone of the pieces. Homework is to complete the vocab packet for "The Tell-Tale Heart," and to study for a big vocab quiz this Friday November 1st on "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" packets. Both packets are posted under "Handouts."
 
Friday, October 25
Students worked more with the concept of diction building tone, which builds mood. Students watched a brief BrainPOP video reviewing this concept, and then we worked together on an example of how the homework should be done. Students spent the rest of class working on this assignment (posted under "Handouts") called "Monkey's Paw diction tone mood." To help, students received a sheet with tone and mood words (posted under "Handouts"). Students also received their vocab packets for "The Tell-Tale Heart" (posted under "Handouts) which must be completed for Tuesday's class. There is a vocab quiz next Friday, November 1st on the vocab for both "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
 
Thursday, October 24
Students reviewed the answers to their paraphrase worksheets. There is no homework tonight.
 
Wednesday, October 23
Students turned in the "Monkey's Paw" paraphrase worksheet #2 due today. Class read and discussed the rest of the story "The Monkey's Paw" in the literature book. There is no homework tonight.
 
Tuesday, October 22
Students turned in the paraphrase worksheet due today. Students received back their vocab packets and compared answers to each other, and asked questions about some words. We read "The Monkey's Paw" in our literature book pages 254-256. Homework is the second paraphrase worksheet given out today (found posted under "Handouts").
 
Monday, October 21
Students turned in "The Monkey's Paw" vocab packet due today. In class we read and discussed "The Monkey's Paw" pages 249-top of 254. Homework is the paraphrase worksheet (found under "Handouts").
 
Friday, October 18th
Students turned in the "Flowers for Algernon" essay due today. Students took notes on denotation, connotation, tone and mood to prepare for our next short story "The Monkey's Paw." Homework is to complete the vocab packet for "The Monkey's Paw" posted under "Handouts."
 
Thursday, October 17th
Today was the school Walkathon - classes B&C met today and did peer editing. The final "Flowers" essay, typed, is due in class tomorrow.
 
Wednesday, October 16th
Today there was a schoolwide DRP test. Classes A&D did peer editing with their rough drafts of the "Flowers for Algernon" essay. Classes B&C worked on the computers for one more day and will do peer editing tomorrow. All typed, final drafts of the "Flowers for Algernon" essay are due this Friday, October 18.
 
Tuesday, October 15
Students in classes A, B, and D worked in the computer lab on rough drafts of the essay due Friday, Class C did not meet today because of an assembly about the Vo-Ag program. Homework is to keep up with the timeline of due dates outlined on the handout for the essay assignment. Classes A&D have the typed rough draft due in class tomorrow (it must already be printed out!), where we will peer edit. Classes B&C have one more day with the computers. All final drafts are due Friday, 10/18.
 
Monday, October 14
 - No school - Columbus Day holiday
 
Friday, October 11
Students worked in the computer lab to type rough drafts of the essay on "Flowers for Algernon". Work on it over the weekend!
 
Thursday, October 10
Classes completed watching the film today, and received several pieces of information about the essay on "Flowers for Algernon" that we will work on for the next week, until the final copy is due Friday. See all assignment information, the rubric, and the organizer under "Handouts". Homework is to complete the essay organizer for tomorrow. Bring in your flashdrives for the next week while we work on this assignment!
 
Wednesday, October 9
Classes are almost done watching the Flowers for Algernon movie. We will finish tomorrow and begin working on a graphic organizer for the essay we will be working on in class and for homework. That essay will be due next Friday (more information will be provided tomorrow in class). Students should be bringing their flashdrives to school. 
 
Tuesday, October 8
Students had shorter classes because of the district writing assessment. We continued watching the movie Flowers for Algernon today to examine and evaluate choices made in creating a dramatic interpretation of the story. There is no homework tonight.
 
Monday, October 7
Students began watching the movie Flowers for Algernon today to examine choices made in creating a dramatic interpretation of the story. There is no homework tonight.
 
Friday, October 4
Students took the test on "Flowers for Algernon" today. Some students have homework this weekend if they were instructed to fix their assignments on the plot diagram due today. These "re-do" worksheets are due Monday.
 
Thursday, October 3
Students worked on the plot diagram worksheet (posted under "Handouts"). Complete this for homework and study for the test tomorrow.
 
Wednesday, October 2
Students discussed the end of the story, and took notes on the literary allusion on page 706 referring to Paradise Lost. We also discussed the character changes we see in Charlie, and what happens to him at the end of the story. There was some interesting discussion in classes regarding the potential significance of the the title of the story. THE TEST HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd! Spend this extra time studying!
 
Tuesday, October 1
THE TEST HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd! Spend this extra time studying! During class most students finished reading "Flowers for Algernon." Those that did not finish need to do so for homework.
 
Monday, September 30
Classes completed the Pair and Share activity. Some classes were able to read during class time - all students need to read pages 704&705 tonight. Also, study for the "Flowers for Algernon" test on Thursday, 10/3. Study vocab, notes, the irony quiz, homework, and class work. Try using vocab in original sentences, and practicing with writing answers to questions in the textbook, or explaining to a friend or family member the class discussions we had from notes we took off the board.
 
Friday, September 27
Students worked on the Pair and Share activity, which we will finish on Monday. Homework is to begin studying for the "Flowers for Algernon" test on Thursday, 10/3. Study vocab, notes, the irony quiz, homework, and class work. Try  using vocab in original sentences, and practicing with writing answers to questions in the textbook, or explaining to a friend or family member the class discussions we had from notes we took off the board.
 
Thursday, September 26
Students viewed some examples of submissions from the Reflections program in past years. Students are encouraged to submit a piece to this year's Reflections program sponsored by the Clinton PTA. See the website for more information on this year's theme "Believe, Dream, Inspire."
 
Students also continued with their class work from yesterday. Tomorrow we will share what we learned from our discussions. Homework tonight is to complete the writing assignment on conflict in "Flowers" (found posted under "Handouts").
 
Wednesday, September 25
Students turned in the homework due today. Students were paired up in new seats to do a "Pair and Share" exercise developing critical thinking by engaging with the text to examine more closely the author's intent and its effect on the audience, as well as conducting meaningful dialogue with a partner regarding the text. We are also practicing lower level thinking in building comprehension. The Pair and Share questions about "Flowers for Algernon" are posted under "Handouts," but are NOT to be done for homework. We will continue this work tomorrow in class.
 
Tuesday, September 24
Classes took notes on literary allusions in "Flowers for Algernon," focusing on the Biblical allusion to Adam and Eve on page 697. We walked through the story and then made a T chart comparing Charlie's story with Adam's and Eve's. Homework is to read to the end of page 703 and to complete the "Before and After" chart that students began last week. If students have lost this, they must redo the entire assignment. Only completed charts will be accepted tomorrow (a new copy can be printed - they are posted under "Handouts").
 
Monday, September 23
Students took the quiz on irony. Students continued reading in "Flowers for Algernon." Homework is to read to the end of page 699.
 
Friday, September 20
Students wrote about and discussed how our story "Flowers for Algernon" would look if Charlie was in 8th grade. Classes then did more practice identifying types of irony and providing an explanation for each. Homework is to continue preparing the quiz on Monday 9/23 on the three types of irony, and how to explain examples of each of them.
 
Thursday, September 19
Students in classes A&C read and discussed in "Flowers for Algernon" pages 691-693. Students in classes B&D finished up the nonfiction article assignment from yesterday, and we began reading "Flowers" pages 691-692. Homework is to begin preparing for a quiz on irony on Monday 9/23, being able to explain what each of the three types are, being able to recognize what is being used in a given situation, and explain what makes it ironic.
 
Wednesday, September 18
All students needed to turn in the literary allusion worksheet today.
    Class A: Students corrected their own punctuation worksheets (turned in yesterday), using the answer key on the SMARTboard. Then students completed the nonfiction article assignment from yesterday. We also read and discussed "Flowers" pages 691-692. There is no homework tonight.
 
    Class B: Students corrected their own punctuation worksheets (turned in yesterday), using the answer key on the SMARTboard. Students received a nonfiction article entitled "Recreating 'Flowers for Algernon' With a Happy Ending". Students received a worksheet about the article which they completed in class. There is no homework tonight.
 
    Class C: Students corrected their own punctuation worksheets (turned in yesterday), using the answer key on the SMARTboard. Then students completed the nonfiction article assignment from yesterday.  Students also worked on a lesson about irony in a Common Core workbook. There is no homework tonight.
 
    Class D: Students corrected their own punctuation worksheets (turned in yesterday), using the answer key on the SMARTboard. Students received a nonfiction article entitled "Recreating 'Flowers for Algernon' With a Happy Ending". Students received a worksheet about the article which they completed in class. There is no homework tonight.
 
 
Tuesday, September 17
Students turned in the punctuation worksheet due today.
             Classes A&C: Students received a nonfiction article entitled "Recreating 'Flowers for Algernon' With a Happy Ending". Students received a worksheet about the article which they completed in class.
            Classes B&D: Students worked on spelling and punctuation using an opener about "Flowers for Algernon." Students reveiwed yesterday's reading to page 682 in "Flowers," discussing textual structure and character development.
Homework for ALL classes is the worksheet on literary allusion (front AND back).
 
Monday, September 16
Mrs. Hartenstein was out the first half of today. Students worked in class to read aloud and discuss "Flowers for Algernon" to the end of page 686. Homework is to complete reading to the end of page 686 (if your class did not finish), and to complete the worksheet on "Flowers" punctuation (found posted under "Handouts").
 
Friday, September 13
Students turned in the homework due today, and we reviewed potential answers for where irony appears in the beginning of the text. The class read and discussed "Flowers for Algernon", though each class reached a different point in the text. For homework, all students should read to the end of the entry for April 3rd on page 682 in the textbook, and complete the "Before" column ONLY on the "Before and After chart" passed out in class. This is also found posted under "Handouts". Be sure to include specific examples and/or quotes from the text!
 
Thursday, September 12
Students received stickers with their usernames and passwords for the online literature textbook. Mrs. H. demonstrated how to use the online textbook. Students are also offered regular textbooks if online access may be a problem outside of school. We listened to part of "Flowers for Algernon" read aloud from the online book, and then made inferences about Charlie's character. Homework is to read to the end of Progress Report #4 on the middle of page 676 and complete the worksheet on irony in "Flowers" (look under "Handouts").
 
Wednesday, September 11
Students took the vocabulary quiz on the words from "Flowers for Algernon". Students took brief notes on the 3 types of irony (situational, verbal, and dramatic), and saw a presentation illustrating each of these. There is no homework tonight, but tomorrow the textbooks will be available to students online and there will be reading at night. Be sure to ask for a textbook to be issued if internet access may be a problem.
 
Tuesday, September 10
Students discussed the advantages and disadvantages of ignorance. Students took notes in preparation to read "Flowers for Algernon." Students observed a visual demonstration about the concept of IQ. Homework is to study the "Flowers for Algernon" vocabulary for the quiz tomorrow.
 
Monday, September 9
Students compared and contrasted the short story "Harrison Bergeron" with the film 2081 using a Venn diagram. We discussed possibilities for why a director would make choices in changing some of the orginal story, as well as how to identify the climax in the film, and the ways in which the director communicated certain feelings and opinions. Students then did a group review of their vocab packets for "Flowers for Algernon." Homework is to study for the vocab quiz on the "Flowers for Algernon" words on Wednesday, September 11. Students should study by practicing using the words in different types of sentences. Simply memorizing definitions will not be effective studying.
 
Friday, September 6th
All students turned in the homework due today. After the opener, all classes watched the dramatized version of "Harrison Bergeron" called 2081. On Monday students should be prepared to discuss similarities and differences to the original story by Vonnegut, and to give thoughtful possibilities for why the director may have made these choices. There is no other homework this weekend.
 
Thursday, September 5th
Classes A&B completed plot diagrams for "Harrison Bergeron" but didn't begin the short film. Classes C&D completed their plot diagrams and began watching the short film based on the story. Homework for ALL students is to complete the worksheet on writing about the theme for "Harrison Bergeron" (found posted under "Handouts").
 
Wednesday, September 4th
Students in classes A,B, and D finished reading "Harrison Bergeron". All classes worked on creating a plot diagram in the "Notes" section of our notebooks, specific to "Harrison Bergeron." Students in classes A,B, and C also received back their pretests on literary terms, and recorded their progress by coloring in data strips. Homework is to complete the entire "Flowers for Algernon" vocab packet for tomorrow (found posted under "Handouts"). For the vocab packets, remember that "Context Sentence" means using the word in a sentence that demonstrates your understanding of how to use the word.
 
Tuesday, September 3rd
Students in classes A,B, and D finished looking at the anticipation guide and then the class created a list of expectations for "Harrison Bergeron" as well as a rough idea of where some of these ideas may fall in the plot structure. Students in class C finished reading the short story "Harrison Bergeron", while students in A, B, and D will finish tomorrow. Homework is to complete the vocabulary packet for "Flowers for Algernon" by Thursday's class. Please find it attached under the "Handouts" section.
 
Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day Holiday
 
Friday, August 30
Today students in classes A,B,and D looked at the trends in our answers to the anticipation guide, and made inferences using those answers. Class C began reading "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. but didn't finish. There is no homework for students this weekend, but remember that the book chat is taking place next Friday, September 6th.
 
Thursday, August 29
Students turned in the anticipation guide due today. Students took a pretest on literary terms - this will not be "counted" in their grades. Class C then looked at trends in the class's answers to the anticipation guide, while all other classes will do this tomorrow. Homework is to be sure to turn in the summer reading assignments to homeroom teachers by tomorrow.
 
Wednesday, August 28
Students practiced classroom routine by turning in homework and doing an opening exercise in the notebooks. Students took a brief quiz on class expectations and procedure. Students were introduced to the "Anticipation Guide" to the short stories we will be reading next. Homework is to complete this worksheet (found under "Handouts") and to complete the Summer Reading by Friday, August 30th.
 
Tuesday, August 27
Students learned about class procedure and received a sheet on "class expectations".  Homework is to have this sheet signed by a parent and returned to class tomorrow. There will be a quick quiz tomorrow on these expectations. Summer reading assignments are to be turned in by Friday to your homeroom teacher. Summer reading assignments are scored and become a test grade for English class.