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In this language arts class, "...students [will] learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas...[T]he skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace...[S]tudents who meet the Standards develop the skills...that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language" (commoncorestandards.org).





School Calendar- Elk Ridge Middle School

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What we did in class today

  • 2/7 Agenda
    Language Arts

    Starter--What do you think about books that are adapted into movies? Some recent examples include: The Lightning Thief, Catching Fire, Harry Potter, and Twilight. Which version of a story do you think tends to be better? Why do you think that is?
    Posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:39 AM by Elise Orgill
  • 2/5 Agenda
    Language Arts

    Starter: Last week, we talked about the horrors of slavery. From what you remember, what were some of the things slaves had to endure?


    Posted Feb 6, 2014, 6:44 AM by Elise Orgill
  • 1/31-2/4 Agenda
    1/31 Agenda--
    Language Arts--Continue practicing test writing
    Reading--Musical preview assembly, DEAR time

    2/3 Agenda--
    Language Arts--We went to the computer lab to type up our Celebrity Role Model essay
    Reading--We read an article about some boys who fought against Hitler's propaganda during WWII, and we also started on an assignment to accompany it.

    2/4 Agenda--
    Language Arts--Computer lab again
    Reading--We began watching a DVD called The Resistance Movement about the boys who fought against Hitler's propaganda during WWII. Students worked on the assignment we started yesterday while watching the movie.

    2/5 Agenda--
    Language Arts--Frederick Douglas--Life of a Slave, compare two texts assignment
    Reading--The Resistance Movement DVD

    2/7 Agenda--
    Language Arts--The Lazy Editor: "Taken By the Sea" as a class.
    Reading--The Resistance Movement DVD; finished

    Posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:14 PM by Elise Orgill
  • 1/30 Agenda
    Language Arts

    Starter--Psychologists say that humans often mirror the behavior they see others doing. Who are some of your own role models? What behaviors do they perform that you tend to mirror? This can be the way they dress, they way they style their hair, the things they say, etc...

    Today, we are practicing test writing. We spent today working on reading the documents and writing a rough draft. We will do the same thing tomorrow. We will be in the computer lab on Monday and Tuesday to type the essay onto My Access. Because we are practicing writing with a time-limit, I do not want students spending more than 3 1/2 hours on this particular essay. 

    Reading--Students were given time to finish the assignments from yesterday. We then began moving onto a new text about some boys who rebelled against the Nazis in WWII, but we didn't get that far.
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 1:11 PM by Elise Orgill
  • 1/29 Agenda
    Language Arts

    No Starter

    We went to the computer lab again to work on the Manned Mission to Mars essay. This is the last day students will be able to work on this assignment in class. It is now homework and it will be due February 9. This is a Sunday, but students submit it online.

    Reading--Finished "Suzy and Leah." Students answered Critical Thinking Questions on page 124 of the textbook. They also have to write a 2 paragraph (5-7 sentences) comparison/contrast essay response on the characters Suzy and Leah, using textual evidence to support their details.
    Posted Jan 29, 2014, 1:11 PM by Elise Orgill
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