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Course Description and Syllabus

English 9 is a year-long course designed to engage students in high-level reading and writing activities. Students will explore literature and informational texts from multiple cultures and traditions and apply learned techniques to their writing in a variety of genres and styles. This course is aligned with Minnesota English Language Arts Standards.


Classwork and Homework: What did we do today?

Below you will find daily posts about what we did in class. Posts will include learning targets, warm ups/do nows, classwork, assignment descriptions and rubrics, and due dates and deadlines. Use this page and the rest of the website to keep up with your daily work, especially when you have been tardy or absent. Questions? Email Genevieve.Hollerich@mpls.k12.mn.us.

12/13 Wed: Of Mice and Men - film adaptation

posted by Genevieve Hollerich

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can watch Of Mice and Men to support/extend my understanding of the text.


DUE NOW: Simile/Metaphor Handout - Put it in the Homework Tray.


UPCOMING DUE DATE: Character Poster - Thurs 12/14


UPCOMING DEADLINES:

  • Ch. 3 Make Up Quiz: Thurs. after school this week.

  • Review Ch. 4 of OMAM with the guiding question in mind: Who has it worse in life/on the ranch, Crooks, Lennie, Candy, or Curley’s wife? Be able to explain your answer.

  • Finish Of Mice and Men by Mon, 12/18.


CLASSWORK:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Watch Of Mice and Men.

HOMEWORK:

12/12 Tues: Sensory Details, Similes, and Metaphors

posted Dec 12, 2017, 7:16 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can identify sensory details and comparisons.

  • I can identify similes and metaphors.

  • I can rewrite a simile as a metaphor.


UPCOMING DUE DATE: Character Poster - Thurs 12/14


UPCOMING DEADLINES:

  • Ch. 3 Make Up Quiz: Tues. and Thurs. after school this week.

  • Review Ch. 4 of OMAM with the guiding question in mind.

  • Finish Of Mice and Men by Mon, 12/18.


PROCEDURES:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Underline/highlight examples of descriptive writing in the student sample (handout in class)
  • Read "The Willow and Ginkgo"
    • Read poem aloud.
    • Reread and underline similes, then circle the two things being compared.
    • Turn the handout over, write and illustrate a simile, then rewrite it as a metaphor (try writing one you could include in your Neighborhood Narrative).

HOMEWORK:

12/11 Mon: OMAM Character Poster

posted Dec 11, 2017, 9:50 AM by Genevieve Hollerich

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can create a character poster for Of Mice and Men.


LAST CHANCE DEADLINE: Neighborhood Narrative today on TurnItIn.com!


UPCOMING DEADLINES:

  • Ch. 3 Make Up Quiz: Tuesday and Thursday after school this week.

  • Review Ch. 4 of OMAM with the guiding question in mind.

  • Finish Of Mice and Men by Monday, 12/18.


CLASSWORK:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Write the Ch. 4 Guiding Question on your Reading Schedule bookmark: Who has it worse, Crooks, Lennie, Candy, or Curley’s wife? Be able to explain your answer.
  • Below today's Learning Target in your notes, respond to this Think and Write question: Can you be summed up or described in one word? If yes, what word? If no, why not?
    • Share out answers.
  • Read aloud and annotate the Character Poster assignment description and rubric (PDF on the Portal).
    • NOTE: For a “4” you  must show a character as MORE than just one thing. Candy’s not just racist, he also truly loves his dog and he looks out for Lennie. Curely’s wife is not just a “tart,” she’s also a teenage girl who wanted to be a movie star and has no one to talk to on the ranch.
  • Work on your Character Poster OR submit your Neighborhood Narrative on TurnItIn.com while teachers touch base with students who did not turn in a Neighborhood Narrative rubric.

HOMEWORK:

  • Finish your Character Poster - DUE: Thurs. 12/14 DEADLINE: Thurs. 12/21

  • Finish Ch. 5 and Ch. 6 of OMAM by Mon 12/18.

12/8 Fri: Following Directions, Defining Characteristics of OMAM Characters

posted Dec 8, 2017, 6:56 AM by Genevieve Hollerich

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can follow directions.

  • I can construct knowledge of key characters in Of Mice and Men.


LAST CHANCE DEADLINE: Hierarchy of Characters - Put it in the Homework Tray now!


UPCOMING DEADLINE(S):

  • Neighborhood Narrative: Mon 12/11 on TurnItIn.com

  • Read Ch. 4 of Of Mice and Men by Monday, 12/11


CLASSWORK:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Complete the Following Directions assessment (ungraded).
  • Work in pairs to generate a list of real life examples of when not following direction can have negative results.
  • Share out to generate a class list. 
  • Connect to yesterday's Project Success workshop: How does being able to follow directions accurately benefit you?
  • Follow up: Did you follow directions on 12/4 when your teacher asked you to turn in a paper rubric? Make sure you follow directions today for the following activity.
  • Work in groups to add defining characteristics to each character's poster on the wall. NO SPOILERS.

HOMEWORK:

12/7 Thurs: PROJECT SUCCESS!

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:32 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 7:01 AM ]

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can actively and respectfully participate in the Project Success workshop.


UPCOMING DEADLINE(S):

Hierarchy of Characters: Fri 12/8

Neighborhood Narrative: Mon 12/11


HOMEWORK:

12/6 Wed: Ch. 3 Reading Quiz, Jargon and Dated Vocabulary

posted Dec 6, 2017, 7:29 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 7:43 AM ]

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can take the Ch. 3 OMAM quiz.

  • I can create definitions using context clues/textual evidence.


LAST CHANCE DEADLINE: Annotated “Remorse…” transcript - Homework tray

UPCOMING DEADLINE(S):

    Hierarchy of Characters: Fri 12/8

   Neighborhood Narrative: Mon 12/11

CLASSWORK:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance.
  • Review the Quiz Expectations and note the Learning Targets date for the targets you'll have to write on the back of your quiz.
  • When you're done, work on the Jargon and Dated Vocabulary assignment.

HOMEWORK:

12/5 Tues: "Remorse..." Shared Inquiry Discussion

posted Dec 5, 2017, 6:57 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

LEARNING TARGET:
  • I can participate in a graded Shared Inquiry Discussion of “Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.”
ENTRANCE INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Choose your own seat. Do not sit directly next to your BFF.
  2. Take out your “Remorse…” transcript and your “Remorse…” Discussion Preparation Handout.
UPCOMING DEADLINE(S): 
    Annotated “Remorse…” transcript: Wed 12/6
    Hierarchy of Characters: Fri 12/8
    Neighborhood Narrative: Mon 12/11

CLASSWORK:
  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Review Shared Inquiry Discussion Guidelines and Norms:

Website Copy of 2017-2018 "Remorse..." Shared Inquiry Discussion.ppt

  • Actively participate in a Shared Inquiry Discussion.
  • Turn in your Discussion Prep answers and your transcript if it has not yet been graded.

HOMEWORK: 
  • Be prepared for a Ch. 3 Reading Quiz.
  • Read Ch. 4 of OMAM by Mon 12/11

12/4 Mon: Neighborhood Narrative - revise, proofread, edit, submit!

posted Dec 4, 2017, 6:48 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 6:54 AM ]

LEARNING TARGETS
  • I can type my Neighborhood Narrative using MLA formatting rules.
  • I can proofread and edit my work.
  • I can submit it on TurnItIn.com by the end of the hour.
LAST CHANCE DEADLINE: Neighborhood Map - homework tray (unless you need it to write today)

UPCOMING DEADLINE(S): 
    Annotated “Remorse…” transcript: Wed 12/6
    Hierarchy of Characters: Fri 12/8
    Neighborhood Narrative: Mon 12/11

CLASSWORK:
  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Choose and revise one sentence for description: 1. It was cold outside. 2. My neighbor is creepy. 3. The street was quiet. 4. We went in the neighbor’s yard.


HOMEWORK: 
  • Prepare for the “Remorse...” Shared Inquiry Discussion tomorrow. Bring your annotated transcript and your Discussion Prep questions.
  • Read Ch. 4 of OMAM by Mon 12/11.

12/1 Fri: "Remorse..." Shared Inquiry Discussion Preparation

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:34 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 6:49 AM ]

LEARNING TARGET(S):
  • I can reread “Remorse…” and prepare for next week's graded Shared Inquiry discussion.
DUE NOW: OMAM Hierarchy of Characters - homework tray

DEADLINE(S): 
    Neighborhood Map: Mon 12/4
    "Remorse" Discussion Preparation questions: Tues 12/5 (start of class) 
    Annotated “Remorse…” transcript: Wed 12/6
    Hierarchy of Characters: Fri 12/8

CLASSWORK:
HOMEWORK: 

11/30 Thurs: Ch. 2 Reading Quiz, Hierarchy of Characters

posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:21 AM by Genevieve Hollerich   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 6:53 AM ]

LEARNING TARGETS

  • I can complete the summary part of my John Steinbeck Cornell notes.

  • I can take the Ch. 2 Reading Quiz.

  • I can create a hierarchy of characters.


DEADLINES:

Neighborhood Map: Mon. 12/4

Annotated “Remorse…” transcript - Wed. 12/6


CLASSWORK:

  • Write your Learning Targets while the teacher takes attendance. 
  • Take out your John Steinbeck Cornell Notes and complete the summary section. If you were gone today, use this video to help you complete the summary for your notes: Cornell Notes.
  • Review the quiz expectations.
  • Take Reading Quiz #.
  • Complete the Hierarchy of Characters. DUE: Fri 12/1, DEADLINE Fri 12/8.

HOMEWORK:

  • Continue drafting your Neighborhood Narrative DUE: Mon 12/4 on TurnItIn.com by end of class. DEADLINE: Mon 12/11 on TurnItIn.com.

  • Read Ch. 3 of OMAM by Mon 12/4

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