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Sherry Owens
English Teacher 
This is my 21st year in the GJPS district.  I have taught a variety of courses during my tenure, and this is my fourth year teaching at the middle school level. I am excited about the opportunities that come with working at Gahanna Middle School South, and I look forward to providing a variety of learning options for your student that will help him or her become solidly equipped to function successfully, not only in academic endeavors but in the 21st century as well. 

Daily Schedule
1st period - Academic Connections 
(99.9% of work happens in class)
2nd period - Study Hall 
3rd period - Conference
ZONE 
4th period - English 8
5th period - Lunch 
6th period - English 8
7th period - English 8 
8th period - English 8
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Weekly Reminders/Big Ideas
The House of the Scorpion begins the week of October 17
Students need to bring an Independent novel to class every day. They are always allowed to read their book during stamina rounds after they have finished their assigned work. They will also need this book during Zone. 
Tuesdays with Morrie begins 9/7/16
As we are working through the Argument and Informational Writing Units, there are two resources that will get you through every MLA situation: 

English 8 - Period 7 - As always, the following is subject to minor tweaks and adjustments.
Pool Party Permission Slips are due            Friday, May 12. 
5/15 - 5/19
We will finish-up A Midsummer Night's Dream on Monday and review for Tuesday's test. Wednesday - Friday, we will watch the 1938 version of the play. I have touched base with students who have outstanding assignments and HAC is updated through Friday's work. 
5/1 - 5/5
On Monday, 5/1, thank you letters, an addressed stamped envelope, and shadowing interviews and reflections are due for the students who are in town. Also, we're still on track with NoRedInk.com. The first four lessons are due on Tuesday, 5/2. A Midsummer Night's Dream will begin Wednesday, 5/3. 
Shadowing Permission Slips are due Tuesday, 4/18.
4/24 - 4/28
Shakespearean sonnets are due Monday. Additionally, this week we will be working through a grammar program called NoRedInk.com. Students took a diagnostic assessment during class on Friday that highlighted areas where review would be helpful. As soon as our 13 classmates return to class, from Washington D.C. on 5/3, we will jump into Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
April 17 - 21
We finish up Outliers this week and will begin some background on Shakespeare. We have AIR science testing this week and three days of make-ups.  
April 10 - 14
Outliers team presentations begin this week, with Monday as the final in-class workday. Students have Math testing on Wednesday and Thursday and we do not have school on Friday. 
April 3 - 7
We will continue discussion through Tuesday and then students will be assigned to teams through a random lottery draw during class. Students will Jigsaw the second half of Outliers, which focuses on Legacy. Students will have time to meet with their teams, to plan their attack, on Thursday, Friday, and Monday (4/10).
March 27 - 31
Students will dive into Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers this week. Class will consist of daily discussion and in-class reading time. We will keep this structure throughout most of the book, as I do not want students to have much (if anything at all) to do outside class time, as testing is coming-up and I have zero desire to add to the stress these two-and-a-half weeks of the spring bring. I will touch base with the class on Monday, 3/27, to get their input on the unit's exact structure. 
March 13 - 17
We will be finishing up the argumentative writing unit and completing in-class opportunities for revision. Additionally, students will complete an in-class exercise over pronoun/antecedent agreement and two reading passages that are Common Core aligned with AIR-like questions that accompany each passage. Students will also be given in-class time to complete a brief anticipatory activity on Friday for Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. If students do not complete the activity during class, it will be their only homework over break. 
 
March 6 - 10
The kids have a busy week ahead and I am aware of this. I have built in a day for planning and an extra in-class writing day to alleviate some of their stress. Ultimately, draft #1 (all 6 paragraphs properly formatted and parenthetically cited) of their Argument essay over child soldiers is due Monday, 3/13. 
February 27 - March 3
We will be taking a look at the Common Assessment scores and moving on to position paper #2, as the first one is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, 3/1. Our second paper is over the topic of whether child soldiers should be tried as criminals or should be granted amnesty. The topic is a hotly debated one and lends itself to mature conversation and insightful writing. We will begin exploring the topic and taking notes this week. 
*Note: I have sent 2 Remind 101s recently. I tell you this because Remind 101 provides a report that shares who has read the notifications and who has not. The report tells me that only 4 or 5 people have received each message, but the students assure they all have. I am just making sure everyone knows they are still being sent. 
February 21 - 24
This week we will be revising and editing the video/role-playing game essay. Our focus will be on powerful word choice, writing a sound conclusion, and Works Cited creation. 
February 13 -16
This week we are powering through the violence in video games position paper. Kids will have in-class writing time and nightly expectations as well. When they come back after the long weekend their properly formatted draft, complete with parenthetical citations is due. 
February 6 - 9
The argument unit begins. We will be exploring our first topic of violence in video and games on Monday and Tuesday, and then taking the Common Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday. 
January 30 - February 3
This week winds-up the Greek Mythology unit and the Comparative Essay assignment. Students have a 45 point test over myths on Tuesday, and their essay is due Wednesday. We will jump into the Argument Writing unit next! 
January 23 - 27
We are continuing the independent reading of Greek myths and the revision and editing of the Comparative essay, Students are aware that the major writing assignment is due next Wednesday, Feb. 1 and the assessment over Greek myths is Tuesday, Jan.31.  
January 17 - 20
This week we will take a look at the first draft of the comparative essay and begin revision and editing. Students will also continue their independent reading of Greek Myths. 
January 4 - 6(revised)
We will take the Wednesday to catch-up on questions concerning the Comparative Essay and specifically discuss the introduction and thesis. Because of the field trip on Friday, we are going to use both Thursday and Friday as in-class writing days. On Monday, the kids should have through paragraph 5 drafted. 
December 12 - 21
We will finish-up reading Great Expectations this week. We will take the test over content on Friday. The following Monday, 12/19, we will begin planning and drafting the comparative essay and then will have our survival celebration on Wednesday, 12/21 :o) 
November 28 - December 2
We will continue on with Great Expectations. We having been battling with technology, so we still have not watched beyond chapter 12. It would be ideal to be able to watch, to review, on Monday and then discuss following viewing. I am not sure what Monday will bring as far as precise use of class time. In regards to reading, the calendar is accurate. We will read and discuss chapters 22-36 this week. A quiz is scheduled for Thursday.
November 21 - 22
Monday is the quiz over chapters 1-12 of Great Expectations. We will also take time to discuss chapters 13-15.  On Tuesday, we will watch Great Expectations through where chapter 15 ends and continue our daily discussions. 
November 14 - 18
We have come pretty close to finishing-up background information for Great Expectations and will begin reading the novel this week. Students already have a daily reading calendar, a study guide (to be completed in teams of their choice), and an understanding of our basic plan of attack :o) The study guide is through Google Docs, and copies of everything is attached to my portal. I think we're ready to roll!
November 8 - 11
We have quite a bit on our plates this week:
  • HOS Thematic Essay is due at the end of class on Friday, 11/11
  • AOW Quiz (Standards-based) on Friday
  • Great Expectations background information - Slide due Friday
  • Opinion Survey Due Sunday
October 31 - November 4
This week in English 8, the plan is to:
  • Review ideas for The House of the Scorpion Literary Analysis on theme and begin drafting (A draft of a block-out sheet is attached to the documents page.)
  • Hold two-day final discussion over The House of the Scorpion 
  • Take The House of the Scorpion Test on Thursday - 50 points
October 24 - 28
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • Finish The House of the Scorpion
  • Discuss themes and symbolism 
  • Begin Pre-writing Theme essay
October 17 - 21
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • Begin House of the Scorpion
  • Continue with vocabulary collection using bookmark 
RNB #1: Copy and Paste into your browser and share with me and your team -
https://docs.google.com/a/gjps.org/document/d/
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RNB #2: Copy and Paste into your browser and share with me and your team - https://docs.google.com/a/gjps.org/document/d/
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RNB #3: Copy and Paste into your browser and share with your team - 
https://docs.google.com/a/gjps.org/document/d/
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October 11-14
Please remember to secure a copy of House of the Scorpion for next week! 
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • revise and edit TWM Lit. Analysis #2 - Share with sherryowens03@gmail.com by the end of class on Tuesday.
  • begin implementing new vocabulary strategies during independent reading
  • work through AOW #8
  • watch and analyze TWM movie vs. the book
October 3-7
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • draft, revise, and edit TWM Lit. Analysis
  • continue with new vocabulary strategies
  • work through AOW #7
  • take the Common Assessment on Thursday and Friday

September 26 - 30
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • continue prep for TWM Essay Test on Wednesday
  • introduce new vocabulary program
  • implement new vocabulary program using TWM vocab
  • work through AOW #6
  • participate in small group discussion and RNB check for TWM
September 19 - 23
This week, in English 8, our plan is:
  • finishing the reading of Tuesdays with Morrie 
  • catching up on all RNB activities and preparing for final discussion
  • working through AOW 5 (due Friday)
  • putting the final touches on The Application Essay, which is due Thursday, 9/22. 
  • assessing RNBs for understanding and completion of daily assignments.
September 12 - 16
When it comes to English 8, we are:
  • conferencing about the Application Essay.  Final Copy is due Thursday, September 22. 
  • continuing Tuesdays with Morrie. Students should be through page 140 when they come to class on Friday, have finished RNB questions #3 and be defining the accompanying vocabulary along the way. 
  • working our way through AOW #4, which is due on Friday.
September 6 - 9

When it comes to English 8, we are:
  • finishing up the drafting portion of the Application Essay and beginning writing conferences at the end of the week. 
  • beginning Tuesdays with Morrie on WednesdayWe will read and discuss pages 1-79 this week and complete the accompanying vocabulary words through #22 and Reader's Notebook question sets 1 and 2. 
  • completing Literary Terms Page 3
  • completing AOW #3, which is relevant to our study of Tuesdays with Morrie. 
Weekly Work includes:
~ALS Info sheet - (Due Wed.)
~Literary Terms #3 - (Due Next Monday)
~AOW #3 - (Due Friday)
~Draft #1 - (Due Thursday)
     
English 8 - Periods 4, 6, 8 - As always, the following is subject to minor tweaks and adjustments.
Pool Party Permission Slips are due 
Friday. May 12. 
5/15 - 5/19
We finished-up A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday with the test and have begun our final unit of the year which is the This I Believe essay. Students only homework over the weekend was to consider all the mentor text and decide what they wanted to write about for their essay. We also asked them to choose an electronic picture of themselves to accompany the essay. If students use their time wisely over this next week, they should have little-to-nothing to complete for English class outside of the school day. 
*Additionally, I have touched base with students who have outstanding assignments and HAC is update through Friday's work.* 

5/1 - 5/5
On Monday, 5/1, thank you letters, an addressed stamped envelope, and shadowing interviews and reflections are due for the students who are in town. We will continue with A Midsummer Night's Dream this week. 
Shadowing Permission Slips are due Tuesday, 4/18.
4/24 - 4/28
We finished Act II of A Midsummer Night's Dream on Friday and will be taking a quiz on Monday. It is open note. The kids really seem to be enjoying the play and beginning to understand Shakespeare's wit and writing style. We will continue moving forward this week.

April 17 - 21
We move forward with Shakespeare this week. On Monday we will be wrapping up Act I and beginning Act II. Additionally, we have AIR science testing this week and three days of make-ups.  

April 10 - 14
In class reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream beings this week. Students have Math testing on Wednesday and Thursday and we do not have school on Friday. 
April 3 - 7

This is AIR Testing week for English. We will be keeping our work to school hours only. We will be introducing Shakespeare and writing one Shakespearean sonnet. We will begin reading A Midsummer Night's Dream next week. 

March 27 - 31

We will be completing daily in-class review of testing strategies. We will also review writing structures that we KNOW AIR will be asking the students to use on the writing portion of the ELA assessment. While this week will not be the most exciting we've ever had, it will be useful to students if they can hunker down and use their mental stamina muscles to make the most of it. We have dissected former tests and compiled information released from the AIR to make this week-long boot camp of review as meaningful as possible. 

March 13 - 17
We will be finishing up the argumentative writing unit and completing in-class opportunities for revision that directly align with AIR writing style tips released by the ODE last week. The awesome news is: NONE OF THIS IS NEW :o) We have been integrating these strategies all year.  Additionally, students will complete two reading passages that are Common Core aligned with AIR-like questions that accompany each passage. 
March 6 - 10

I know many of the kids have an incredibly busy week ahead of them and we have built in quite a bit of in-class time for note-taking and essay planning. When they come in next Monday, 3/13, they should be prepared to draft paragraphs 1-4 of their child soldiers essay. The only homework students will have this week is whatever they do not finish in class, and we have kept our lessons short so they will have the maximum amount of time to knock-out what they need to during the class period. 

February 27 - March 3
We will be peer editing on Monday and moving on to position paper #2, as the first one, over whether students should be allowed to play role-playing games, is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, 3/1. Our second paper is over the topic of whether child soldiers should be tried as criminals or should be granted amnesty. The topic is a hotly debated one and lends itself to mature conversation and insightful writing. We will begin exploring the topic and taking notes this week. We did some intense reviewing and reteaching during the first paper writing process, so we will be taking a step back during this second round of writing to see what the students can complete on their own. We look forward to seeing how much our students have grown. 
*Note: I have sent 2 Remind 101s recently. I tell you this because Remind 101 provides a report that shares who has read the notifications and who has not. The report tells me that only 4 or 5 peoplhave received each message, but the students assure they all have. I am just making sure everyone knows they are still being sent. 

February 21 - 24
This week we will be revising and editing the video/role-playing game essay. Our focus will be on powerful word choice, writing a sound conclusion, and Works Cited creation. 

February 13 -16
This week we are powering through the violence in video games position paper. Kids will have in-class writing time and nightly expectations as well. When they come back after the long weekend, their properly formatted draft, complete with parenthetical citations is due. 
February 6 - 9
The argument unit begins. We will be exploring our first topic of violence in video and games on Monday and Tuesday, and then taking the Common Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday. 

January 30 - February 3
This week winds-up the Greek Mythology unit. Students have a 45 point test over myths on Tuesday, and if they have chosen to write a myth and create a likeness of the god or goddess who plays the main role in their story, that piece of writing is due on Wednesday, 2/1.  We will jump into the Argument Writing unit next! 
January 23-27

We are finishing up the Greek myths unit this week and will take the assessment next Tuesday 1/31. Students have been given an opportunity to show their understanding of Greek myths through various activities, one being the writing of a myth and the creation of a god or goddess. If students are completing the writing assignment it is due next Wednesday at the beginning of class. Students should complete jots, their master list of main characters, and the recording and defining of new vocabulary in their 3 subject notebook each day. These notes will be helpful to them as they prepare for next week's assessment. 


January 17 - 20
We will continue reading Greek Myths this week. We are working on Quick Writes, Stamina, and Independence. 


January 4 - 6
We will begin a Greek Mythology unit this week. We will begin with Creation Myths of the world. We will also work on Quick Writing skills. As we are getting back in the swing of things, I will only ask that kids read for pleasure during the evenings. There will be no specifically assigned homework. 

December 12 - 16
The literary analysis over The House of the Scorpion is due on Monday. I hope all parents and guardians received the email concerning this assignment on Friday. We will read two short pieces this week and will draft a comparative response on Thursday and Friday.  

November 28 - December 2
Monday we will review author's craft and vocabulary for The House of the Scorpion. On Tuesday, students will take the second half of their test and we will move on to writing a thematic literary analysis for The House of the Scorpion. 

November 21 - 22
Monday we will review in teams for the content test we will take on Tuesday. 

November 14 - 18
In English 8 this week, we will be:
  • Finishing up The House of the Scorpion
  • The House of the Scorpion test will be given in two parts - 
    • 11/22 - Objective Content 
    • 11/29 - Short Answer over author's craft and vocabulary
  • As I have said before, I am at school early every morning. If a student needs help or additional time, all he or she has to let me know when he or she would like to come in. As long as I do not have a duty or meeting that morning, students are always welcome to come to my room early. 

November 8 - 11
In English 8 this week, we will be:
  • Reading Chapters 20 - 26 in The House of the Scorpion and completing RNB question sets 12-15
  • Identifying themes as we read
  • Completing an AOW and taking a Standards-based quiz on Monday, 11/14

October 31 - November 4
This week in English 8, the plan is to:
  • Discuss the symbol of the scorpion and identify which of the characters in The House of the Scorpion fit the mold thus far
  • Work our was through reading chapter 13-19 and complete Reader's Notebook Question sets 8-11
  • Continue our daily discussions over theme and author's craft as we encounter them

October 24 - 28
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • Continue The House of the Scorpion
  • Discuss themes as they develop 
  • Continue with comprehension questions
  • Take quiz over Chapter 1 - 9 on Friday

October 17 - 21
This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
  • Discuss and practice TWM literary analysis structure and content
  • Analyze and discuss "All Summer in a Day." It will serve has mentor text as we move in to House of the Scorpion on Wednesday, 10/19.

    October 11-14
    Please remember to secure a copy of House of the Scorpion for next week! 
    This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
    • take the TWM test on Tuesday and Wednesday
    • work through AOW #8
    • watch and analyze TWM movie vs. the book
    October 3-7
    This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
    • finish reading TWM 
    • finish all RNB work
    • work through AOW #7
    • take the Common Assessment on Thursday and Friday
    • begin preparing for next week's TWM test
    September 26 - 30
    This week, in English 8, our plan is to:
    • continue reading and discussing TWM (pgs. 123- 179)
    • continue RNB work (question sets 8-10)
    • work through AOW #6
    • participate in small group discussion and RNB check for TWM

    September 19 - 23
    This week, in English 8, our plan is:
    • continuing Tuesdays with Morrie , pages. 80 - 141
    • completing RNB question sets 6-8
    • working through AOW 5 (due Friday)
    • defining vocabulary throughout the book
    • putting the final touches on The Application Essay, which is due Thursday, 9/22. 
    • assessing RNBs for understanding and completion of daily assignments.

    September 12 - 16
    When it comes to English 8, we are:
    • conferencing about the Application Essay. Final Copy is due Thursday, September 22. 
    • continuing Tuesdays with Morrie. Students should be through page 61 when they come to class on Thursday, have finished RNB questions #4 and should have defined vocabulary words through #12.  
    • finishing up Common Literary Terms List #3, which is due Thursday.
    • working our way through AOW #4, which is due on Friday.

    September 6 - 9

    When it comes to English 8, we are:
    • finishing up the drafting portion of the Application Essay and beginning writing conferences at the end of the week. 
    • beginning Tuesdays with Morrie on WednesdayWe will read and discuss pages 1-47 this week and complete the accompanying vocabulary words through #8 and Reader's Notebook question sets 1-3. 
    • completing Literary Terms Page 2
    • completing AOW #3,  which is relevant to our study of Tuesdays with Morrie.  
    Weekly Work includes:
    ~ALS Info sheet - (Due Wed.)
    ~Literary Terms #3 - (Due Next Monday)
    ~AOW #3 - (Due Friday)
    ~Draft #1 - (Due Friday)

    August 29 - September 2

    In English 8, we are going to
    • begin collection strategies for the Application Essay
    • review some basic Literary Terms
    • give a summative assessment over The Elevator and
    • hand-out AOW 1.
    • reinforce our expectations for stamina
    • remind kids that we will be beginning Tuesday's With Morrie next week.
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