What's new and what's due, including homework and handouts -- Ms. Johnson's English Classes

   ( If you are looking for my College Crew class -- 12th Graders ONLY -- go to https://classroom.google.com/c/MjE5NTYzNTI1  ) 

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Questions?  Email me at dana.johnson@atcschool.org, or text me on your Remind.com account.
  Look at this Column for 7th Grade English:
(Longer-term homework makes it here; short-term is on the board and in your planner.)


1. Here is a link to the syllabus.  Have a look at what we are going to do this year:      



Please click on the above link. 


3. REMIND.COM -- Parents AND students:   Please sign up for Remind.com to receive occasional reminders from me. You can receive messages by text, email, or app.  Here is the link for the 7th grade classes.  Please make sure to put first and last name so that I recognize you, otherwise I may delete you. No one can see your information, including me, so no worries.

Parents, please put (parent of ------) as part of your name.  

                                    https://www.remind.com/join/777-777  
                              (copy and paste that link to your browser).  
                                Or, if asked for a code, use: @777-777
            This is a grade -- an easy A! --   It takes one minute to sign up.

For more info:  Remind.com and how to use it 

4.  Object Presentation!
See the board for details!   Due Friday (but may take a month)

5.  Freak the Mighty!
Finish reading chapters 4 and 5 for a QUIZ on Wednesday, Aug 23rd.

Reading quizzes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  
These are simple quizzes to check that you are reading, so they are an easy A
if you are reading.  They also require that you remember what you read.  If you have issues with that, this is the time to practice.  

6.  Learn to fix comma splices so that you write correct sentences.
This has been class work for two days, and we will be reviewing. 
Here is a powerpoint if you need to review.  
Comma splice and runons are sentence mistakes, and will count off on paragraphs and essays, so make sure you get this.  Here is a powerpoint to help you review:  
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THE PAST -- in case you want to know what we've been doing, or you missed something:

For later:

Slam Poetry Coming Up Later!
To practice slamming your poem, try this first.  Here is a list of nursery rhymes and their words; we practice with these because you will be less nervous reciting something you already know, and that you didn't write yourself.  In groups of 3, pick one and SLAM it with your group for fun!  You will need to change the usual childish attitude to one of a storyteller with strength and purpose.  
http://www.nurseryrhymes.org/nursery-rhymes.html
(This is a great site, lots of old rhymes and songs in alphabetical order.)

Quarter 3:  (More info on this at the time.)
There are Twelve Independent Reading Assignments, due every two days or so, over a month.  Parents, please sign the upper right-hand corner of your student's copy (which should be in the literature section of their binder.)
Click here if you have lost your handout:
Assignments will also be posted on Google Classroom.  Show your parents your assignments if they are interested!

PRINT Set 1 and Set 2 when those are due, as well as posting them.  This is necessary for grading purposes.  



Creative Stories!
This is a longterm project.
The final story will be at least 10 pages long, due 2nd or 3rd quarter.  
Every so often, students have time to work on their stories, and they are given a task to accomplish. Required:
1) half of a page of imagery (description) in one chunk.
    Label this.  You decide what to describe in great detail.
2) one whole page of dialogue in one chunk.  When showing dialogue, each new speaker is a new paragraph. 
3) at least one element of suspense
4) a certain number of pages written by various due dates.
5) every assigned task above needs to be
            -- IN BOLD
            -- LABELED IN BRACKETS, like this:
                  [DIALOGUE]
6)  And obviously, you can include a lot more than this -- these are the minimum requirements

REVIEW -- Spelling, Definition, Part of Speech
Part of speech is noun, verb, adjective, and adverb.  If you can't remember what these are, you didn't write them down in class, etc., google them now.  You are not meant to memorize which word is which part of speech, but to figure it out from how the word is used in a sentence.
The 10 words, plus 2 extra credit words, are on your handout, which is kept in the Vocab section of your binder.
Students looked up definitions in the dictionary, and then they worked in large groups to write stories using the words.  
If you still have questions, you can ask me or use Merriam Webster online dictionary, or of course a paper version.  
Study 10 minutes twice a day -- research shows this is much better than two hours the night before, because the words get to your longterm memory instead of just your short-term memory. 

 1. Do your work! (No zeros)
2. Turn in all work on time. ATC has a very strict late policy.
3. Never skip an assignment!  A zero really drags your grade down.
4. Study for quizzes.  
5. Read your book when assigned.
6.  Establish a homework routine -- when, where, and for how long each day?  Draw out a chart of your homework times.  
7.  Check grades weekly with parents on PowerSchool.
8.  Get interested -- think about what connects you to what you are studying.  We all learn best if we have some passion or curiosity about the subject.  

 LINKS:

Grammar presentations with attitude! 
http://www.chompchomp.com/presentations.htm



 Look at this Column for 10th Grade English:
(Longer-term homework makes it here; short-term is on the board and in your planner.)

Welcome to Sophomore English!

World Literature and World Wisdom


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SEE ALL 7 assignments or more below:


1. Here is a link to the syllabus.  Have a look at what we are going to do this year:                                 


Please click on the above link.   -- Due Monday, Aug 21st

                        GRADE for binder, dividers, paper, and sharpener


3.  Please sign up now for Remind.com (even if you signed up last year).

Parents are encouraged to sign up too.  

The code for 10th grade announcements is:              @10-10-10

Or you can go directly to https://www.remind.com/join/10-10-10


For more info:  Remind.com and how to use it 


                                                                Due Monday, Aug 21st 


4.  DONE -- Class work on "The Storyteller," by Saki.  Due at the end of classes on Thursday and/or Friday.


5. DONE -- Read "The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a short story of 4 pages, handout picked up on Wednesday.          


Reading issues?  Here is the book read to you on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdblD4o5AEg

(If you can read it on your own, embrace the challenge, because you will need to do this on standardized tests, etc.  But if you are struggling, it does raise your reading level to listen to a good reader!  Look at the words at the same time to learn the vocab.)


Be ready for a basic quiz to prove you read. The story read aloud takes 15 minutes.  You have time to read it twice!

                                                    Due Friday, Aug 18th


6. DONE -- Read "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silko for Monday, Aug 21st.  Then -- 


        Quiz #2 Monday to check your reading.  

 (Remember that reading homework can be given any night, and that as your grade increases, so do the expectations. Having said that, this is not a long reading at all.)


7.  CLASS WORK (not homework, though may be later)  

GEOGRAPHY GAMES!

Monday we will play geography games using sheppard software.  

World Literature and World Wisdom require an understanding of geography!

Here is the link:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/South_America_Geography.htm


Choose the countries column, and do Level L (Tutorial) and Level 1. 

Get to 100% on level 1 -- This is Central and South America.  


                                    Eventual quiz to be announced.  Currently just class work.


8.  TYPED DRAFT #2 of formal paragraph on "A Man to Send Rain Clouds"

 due FRIDAY posted on GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  For the codes, see Remind.com. (You were required to sign up for Remind by Monday. See above if you need directions.)


The details are there on Google Classroom.  


9.  FINAL PARAGRAPH due posted by WEDNESDAY, August 30th.

This will be a draft that has been edited and peer-edited. 

See handout on paragraph structure.  



Which of your short stories does this illustration remind you of?
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Resources for this class:


Literature Analysis Essay Hints: How to Interpret a Story, vs Summarize

http://www2.isu.edu/success/writing/handouts/plot-interpretation.pdf



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