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  ) 


Thank you to Sarah Gibson and Siri Burkman, 7th grade website engineers!



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Most work is posted on Google Classroom, so a lot of our work is explained there.  
(Parents, your student will show you these now.)

Here are two links you may need:    Perfecting the Paragraph 1, 2, 3 (includes how to weave your quote)
How to Write an Introduction and a Conclusion: 

Questions?  Email me at dana.johnson@atcschool.org, or text me on your Remind.com account (though if under 13, Remind won't let me text you, so you should use email).

  Look at this page for 7th Grade English:
(Longer-term homework makes it here; short-term is on the board and in your planner.)

See below for what to study for exams.
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1.  Memorize Puck's speech.  Use the handout to help you memorize it!   This sounds hard, but actually is really fun, and nearly all of my students can recite it, even in future years!

2.  Familiarize yourself with the play (from the movie).  Know the names of the characters, understand the story, and recognize (from written quotes) who said what to whom. (See #4.) Examples:  

Who said, "The course of true love never did run smooth"?  To whom?  Why? What does it mean?

Who said, "Lord, what fools these mortals be"?  

Who does Hermia really love?  Who is king of the fairies?

3. Read the SUMMARY of A Midsummer Night's Dream on the handout.
       OR Click here:  ShakespeareAMidsummerNightsDreamSummary  
Shakespeare plays have several plots, so it is important to understand who's who.  

4.  Recognize and understand 20 famous quotes in this play.   See the handout.EXAM REVIEW including Midsummer Night in 20 quotes; Puck speech, and Shakespearean language.doc 

5. For extra credit, memorize Shakespearean insults or compliments, or any Shakespeare from any play or sonnet:
Or, if you can't open that powerpoint, use this:  
Your insult should be 2 adjectives and a noun, and looks like this:
"Thou art a beef-witted, beslubbering barnacle!"  
"Thou art a saucy, swag-bellied knave!" 
6.  If you miss class during Shakespeare or just want to review, read the section you missed below, or see the movie, info below.  This website with the full script gives a modern-day translation on one side, and Shakespeare's words on the other.  

7.  CANCELED!    You will be writing a short essay for one of your exams.  You will need to remember how to write the Paragraph 123 format, which we practiced all year, and how to write an introduction and conclusion. 
Here are two links you may need if you can't remember:    
                Perfecting the Paragraph 1, 2, 3 (includes how to weave your quote)
                     and      How to Write an Introduction and a Conclusion: 

 8.  DRAMATIC READING of part of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Shakespeare.    
   With a group, choose part of a scene.  Practice performing the scene.  You do not have to memorize the words, because you can 
hold your book to the side and glance at the words when necessary, but be very familiar with the lines so that the audience can hear 
you state them with confidence.  Your groups will perform on exam day #2.  We have costumes that you can use! 

This will be a fun way to end the year!  

9.  How to write a sentence:  subject, verb, and how to avoid a runon, COMMA SPLICES, apostrophes.    

Puck:  "Lord, what fools these mortals be."
Puck:  Lord, what fools these mortals be!

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy about the silliness of romantic love, 
complete with fairies, magic, and a complicated love triangle.  
I make Shakespeare fun! 

Shouting Shakespeare
Shouting Shakespeare Relay Races
Shakespearean Compliments - Memorize and practice!
Shakespearean Insults -- Memorize and practice!   Thou knave. Thou beetled-headed, beef-witted barnacle!   Thou puny, fly-bitten, measle!   

The play (movie) with SUBTITLES -- these are Shakespeare's words 

Shakespeare was meant to be seen, not read, but the subtitles help us to understand the words.


This is the movie that we use in class, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline.
See below for how to rent or purchase!

Make sure you choose the English subtitles -- those are Shakespeare's words!
We study them as we watch the play. 
Shakespeare was meant to be SEEN as a play, not read as a book, and the subtitles let us have the best of both worlds.
You can watch it instantly for $3 (you have 24 hours), or buy it for $7 on youtube.  Search for "purchase A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Here is the powerpoint presentaton that we look at in class about Shakespeare:     ShakespearePowerPointPresentation
                                                                                    (Open with Google Slides)

Shakespearean Compliments and Insults can be found in that powerpoint as well!

                                Here is the full text in case you need to look up quotes or parts.  


The Power of One, a novel by Bryce Courtenay
Click here for this unit:

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CREATIVE WRITING -- Write 2 pages single-spaced, telling the story from Nanny's point of view.  This is class work for two days, and then homework due on FRIDAY, April 20th. Post to Google Classroom

CHAPTER 9 Quiz is on Monday, April 23rd  -- No more quizzes on the novel!   Socratic seminar on Wednesday, May 2nd!

ANY LATE ESSAYS  were due on Monday, April 23rd.
You are unlikely to pass this quarter if you do not write this 4 paragraph essay.  See Google Classroom for all of the directions.  This was mostly class work with some homework. 

In class, with a partner:
PRACTICE responding to a PARCC question by planning the answer that you WOULD write if you had this question:

Write an essay that identifies a similar theme in each text and compares and contrasts the approaches each author takes to develop that theme.  Support your answer with evidence from both texts.

Use The Power of One and Freak the Mighty
You do not need to write the essay, but you need to write an outline of what you would write if you about to write this essay.  What would the similar theme be?  What would the evidence be from each text?

If you are writing a timed essay, start with ONE example from each text.  Use a separate paragraph to discuss each text.   
Make sure your writing is clear, and that you are answering all of the questions in the prompt.  
Then, if time, you can go back and add second examples.  

When we are finished with PARCC and The Power of One, you will be done with reading quizzes!  We can watch the movie of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and you can act out scenes from the play in class.  

This novel and our author:
Bryce Courtenay grew up in South Africa and eventually emigrated to Australia. He is one of Australia's best-selling authors. This is a coming-of-age story set in South Africa that explores the themes of the horrors of prejudice and bullying, striving for excellence, the joy of learning, and rising above the hardships that life will throw in your path.

Remember that reading quizzes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  

The reading schedule will be on the board.

Introduction to South Africa!  If you missed the powerpoint in class, view it here (copy and paste to your browser):

THE PAST -- in case you want to

 know what we've been doing, or

you missed something:


Forest Kindergarten in Denmark 
If you missed class on March 9th, here is the video
First state what the video teaches or explains.  Then, your opinion/experiences/ideas.  
One page total.  

PARCC standardized testing takes place in early April, so off and on we will practice skills to make testing less stressful.   Here are some notes from me on PARCC.    

Why should you care, and why do we?   Not only is PARCC required for graduation in 11th grade (!!!), but being able to do your best on any standardized test will help you with the SAT, the ACT, and your AP exams, and all of these will help you get into college and receive money from that college.  This is huge, and now is your time to practice.

Is the PARCC a good test?  Yes!  It replaced a test that was too easy for ATC students.   And learning to do well on it will actually improve the way you read and understand.  

There has been a lot of fear in the community about this test, probably because it was introduced very suddenly without discussion.  In spite of the bungled introduction of the test to New Mexico, this is a test that allows you to show that you can read several articles, know the difference in the opinions or facts they present, and understand what they say.  (WHY would you not want to be able to do that?)  You will need those skills the rest of your life.  Do you want to understand what you read on the internet and in the newspaper?  Do you want to be able to read about medicines you and your family may need?  Do you want to understand what politicians are saying?  Science?  Cooking?  Yes, you need these skills, and you need to be able to show that you have these skills for many, many kinds of jobs and universities.  The last thing you need is negativity; that will cause you anxiety, and very likely lower your scores.  Therefore, do not fall into the trap of "standardized testing is stupid so I'm going to purposely do badly."  You are shooting yourself in the foot, and very probably your bank account!  Always use testing as a learning opportunity. You can actually have a good experience. 

ATC does put your PARCC scores on your report card, because you have been learning these skills all year, and you deserve the credit for getting a good score.  The scores may also be reflected in your final semester grade -- that decision is forthcoming.  Again, when you are working hard on these skills, it makes sense to reflect them in your exam or semester grade.  

Students can try interactive computer-based skills using the PARCC Practice Tests (below) and Tutorials (below).

These are each 13 questions:

7th grade ELA/Literacy Unit #1:  https://parcctrng.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=17EL07PTOE01010100&password=PCPRACTICE

7th grade ELA Literacy Unit #2:   https://parcctrng.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=17EL07PTOE01010200&password=PCPRACTICE

7th grade ELA Literacy Unit #3:   https://parcctrng.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=17EL07PTOE01010300&password=PCPRACTICE

7th grade TUTORIAL -- how to navigate through the PARCC and play with, I mean use, all the different tools:  https://parcctrng.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=PCPTELA_6-8_ST&password=PCPRACTICE

Examples of past tests for all grades and subjects can be found at the Partnership Resource Center, but here are the specifics:

    7th grade test examples list (copy and paste to browser bar):  https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items?title=&field_subject_tid=&field_grade_level_unlimited_tid=13&field_released_item_type_tid=&field_release_year_value=2016

How did seventh graders do first semester?

32 A's

17 B's

18 C's

 5 D's

  5 F's 

You too can earn an A!  

Pay attention in class -- that is where it's all happening! 

Make sure you never have a zero.  

Use your planner OR a running list of all homework assignments.  

Take a photo of the homework board before or after class if that is helpful.

Schedule time to do the work over a period of time -- not at the last minute.

If you need to memorize any information, several 10 minute periods a day is much better than an hour all at once.

Really focus in class.  Ask questions.  Connect this subject to other subjects.  Discuss.  

Here is a link to the syllabus.  Have a look at what we are going to do this year:     
The Independent Reading Project 

Assignment 10                                    Wednesday, Jan 31st
Assignment 11                                    Wednesday, Feb 7th -------------- THIS IS AN EXTENSION
Assignment 12                                    Wednesday, Feb 7th ---------------THIS IS AN EXTENSION            
Read a book (or two) of your choice!
(You will practice analyzing literature while you do.)   

Here are the directions:

***Note that for #6, 1 page is single-spaced for the summary, or 2 pages double-spaced.

Here are the due dates (subject to change):

Assignments 1 and 2                      Friday, Jan 5
Assignment 3                                  END of class on Tuesday, Jan 9
FINISH THE FIRST 1/4 of YOUR BOOK        Wednesday, Jan 10
Assignment 4                                   Wednesday, Jan 10
Assignment #5                                Friday, Jan 12
                                                             (with an automatic extension to Monday if needed)

FINISH the FIRST HALF OF YOUR BOOK            Wednesday, Jan 17th
Assignment #6                                                            Wednesday, Jan 17
Assignment #7                                  Friday, Jan 19th
FINISH 3/4 OF YOUR BOOK            Wednesday, Jan 24th
Assignment 8                                    Wednesday, Jan 24th
Assignment 9                                    Friday, Jan 26th
                                                                 (with an automatic extension to Monday if needed)
Assignment 10                                    Wednesday, Jan 31st
Assignment 11                                    Wednesday, Feb 7th -------------- THIS IS AN EXTENSION
Assignment 12                                    Wednesday, Feb 7th ---------------THIS IS AN EXTENSION
The assignments are explained in great detail at the link above. 
It is important to follow the directions very carefully. 

Here are the directions again:

Independent Reading Assignments, Directions 2018, Twelve Ways to Analyze Lit

 For CharacterAnalysis -- personality

Here is a list of personality traits 



Introducing the poetry of Ogden Nash!

We spent Tuesday reading and analyzing "Custard the Dragon,"  "The Shrimp," and continue this week.  

Here are the poems:

Poetry, Ogden Nash, 7th.pdf

Make a list of these poetry terms under "literature" in your binder:

stanza = a poem paragraph

meaning = state the meaning of a line, stanza, or the whole poem

message or theme = universal messages about life 

rhyme scheme = the pattern of rhyme, such as ABAB

repetition = a common technique in poetry and lyrics 

diction = word choice 

    include vocabulary (new or made-up) 

alliteration = Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

metaphor = a comparison of very unlike things, without using like or as:

        a grip of steel;  death-ray eyes;  she's the bomb; a broken heart.

simile = similar to a metaphor but using like or as:

        You run like the wind!  

        He's as changeable as a chameleon, as brave as a lion.  

personification = That cake is calling my name.  

        Fear clawed its way out of my stomach. 

imagery = what the author helps you see, smell, taste, touch, or hear

tone = mood, attitude, or atmosphere

slam! = poetry delivered as a performance 

rhythm or meter = the beat 

onomatopoeia = meow, wham!, screech, purr 

Have all terms in your notes under "literature" in your binder.

Use them to discuss and write about the poems we are looking at, poems you bring in, and poetry of your own. 

For a break from 1-12, here is something you can use for creative writing:

Read all of these first (we will read them aloud too).  

Write down the opening sentence from the novel that you are currently reading for your independent reading project.

Start with SETTING.

Think of three completely different opening sentences for three completely different stories.  

You can post them on Google Classroom later. 

Independent Reading Book Choice! -- PARENT SIGNATURE NEEDED (overdue)

Students' Book choice for the independent reading unit was due before the break.

You were given a form for PARENT or Guardian TO SIGN, which is here:


After winter break, you will have assignments to complete in your chosen book or books. 

I have parents sign off on the book(s) because I cannot read all books, so parents are asked to supervise this choice.  It should be something the student wants to read; something at an appropriate reading level for that student; and finally, not have content that you would find inappropriate this this student. 

Read the handout above (and in your child's binder) for more information and many suggestions; the novel does not have to be on our lists.  Horror and graphic novels will not work for this assignment; they have not allowed students to be successful in the past (but that doesn't mean you can't read them in your spare time).    

                    PARENT signature (of approval) 

                                        --  due Monday, Dec 11th


                    Book in Hand 

                            (from public library, classroom library, Amazon, 

                                a book store, or borrowed from a friend)

                                       -- due the day you return from winter break

2.  BOOK IN HAND -- Tuesday, day after the break 

A reminder was sent on Remind.com.

What to study for the exam:


                   Exams are important because they count as 

                           20% of your semester grade. 

      Show that you have mastered the skills of this semester.

                                         EXAM #1

1. How to write a "perfect paragraph," using the same format you've used for the last 18 weeks.  Here are the directions that you should also have in your English binder under Essays:  

                Perfecting the Paragraph 1, 2, 3  


2.     How to weave a quote into your own sentence

Directions here:   Weave a quote into your own sentence

Review these skills before the exam. 

You will need to write one of these paragraphs on Rikki Tikki Tavi.  The exam question is given on exam day.

3.     Make sure that you finished reading Rikki Tikki Tavi.

We read the short story here over two class periods, and students who did not finish were instructed to finish for homework.  The entire story takes 30 to 45 minutes to read aloud, according to Audible.com.  Here is the link (Copy and paste to your browser):


If you are a struggling reader, you can find the story read to you on youtube.   

                                                EXAM #2   

4. Review the punctuation that you have learned this year -- how to identify and correct:



Comma Splices

Apostrophe Errors

AND How to identify: 

Parts of speech -- noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, prepositional phrase, pronoun, definite article, indefinite article

Dependent clauses

Independent clauses 

Check your notes from the last 18 weeks to remind yourself of all the rules and to see the examples from class work, including from the last two weeks of review.  If you didn't take notes, can't remember, or still don't understand, you can check out an English Essentials book, and/or you can GOOGLE what you need to review.  Do you need a new explanation of how to fix a comma splice? Google it!  Remember, until you personally decide to learn these rules, no amount of teaching will be able to affect you.  You are learning to be independent learners.  That is actually the most important thing to learn -- how to learn!  

Here are some Kahn Academy videos that may help:

Meet the Comma (video) | Khan Academy

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David and Paige introduce you to the superhero of the punctuation world: the comma! Practice this yourself on ...

Commas and introductory elements (video) | Khan Academy

Uploaded by Khan Academy
Prepare with these 6 lessons on Punctuation: the comma and the apostrophe. ... In English, you use commas ...

Punctuating a list (video) | Khan Academy

Uploaded by Khan Academy
Learn how to use commas to punctuate a written list of people, things, actions, or 

Punctuation: the colon, semicolon, and more | Grammar | Khan Academy

Colons and semicolons are two valuable pieces of punctuation that separate sentence elements from each other. Learn more about how to use them here!

Introduction to the apostrophe (video) | Khan Academy

Uploaded by Khan Academy
David and Paige, KA's resident grammarians, introduce a new piece ofpunctuation: the apostrophe! ... ++ to ...

Another homework assignment (Rikki Tikki Tavi questions)

 has been moved to below: 

(overdue homework) Rikki Tikki Tavi , a great short story by Rudyard Kipling

We read the short story here over two class periods, and students who did not finish were instructed to finish for homework.  The entire story takes 30 to 45 minutes to read aloud, according to Audible.com.  Here is the link (Copy and paste to your browser):


Advanced students and speedy readers, if you finish Rikki Tikki Tavi, please read these in order:

Chapters one and two of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

                   This is also about India and Britain

                    The books are on the shelf to the left of the windows, 4th shelf down.

Even more advanced students and insatiable readers:  

      Any or all of the short stories by Ernest Hemingway, at this link:


We are practicing skills with short readings because there is not time to start a novel before winter break.  Exams coming up on the basic skills you've learned this semester.


Make sure that you have read all of Rikki Tikki Tavi and understood it. We read it in class on Thursday and Friday, so you should be finished.  

The play takes 30 to 45 minutes to read aloud, and you have spent at least an hour on it in class.

Then, answer the questions assigned to your class.  

Period 1 should answer 7, 17, and 20.

Period 2 should answer 8, 9, 11, and 19.

Period 5 should answer 6, 7, 16, and 18.

Google any words you don't understand.  If you don't do the work, it will be a zero. 

Please hand-write answers neatly to turn in on Wednesday.  

6. Why is Rikki-tikki careful not to eat too much at meals?

7. What lines in the story foreshadow a conflict between Rikki-tikki and the cobras? (List at least two lines.) If you don't remember what foreshadow means, google it now. You can use Merriam Webster online, and it will give you examples.

8. What kind of situation causes Rikki-tikki’s eyes to grow red and his tail to fluff up?

9. What motivates Nag and Nagaina to threaten...

• animals in the garden?

• Rikki-tikki?

• the human family?

10. Why is Chuchundra, the muskrat, afraid to tell Rikki-tikki any information?

11. How does Rikki-tikki discover the cobras’ plan to kill the family?

16. Why does Rikki-tikki say that Nagaina “will be worse than five Nags”?

17. Why is Darzee’s wife willing to help Rikki-tikki crush the cobra eggs, while Darzee is not?

18. Why doesn’t Rikki-tikki crush the last cobra egg? How does this turn out to be helpful?

19. Why doesn’t Rikki-tikki allow Nagaina to “go away and never come back,” as she says she will?

20. What causes the animals to believe Rikki-tikki is finally dead?gun a

1.  (OVERDUE)  -- 5 Paragraph Essay on Emma Watson's speech to the United Nations

The video:


The transcript (a transcript is a written copy of a speech):


We are listened to the video twice in class.

Wednesday, students listed 20 pieces of evidence by copying and pasting from Watson's speech.

Thursday, students wrote an outline.

(Done)  THE OUTLINE was due FRIDAY morning by 9 am (if you didn't finish in class).  Spend half an hour on it Thursday night.  This is the most important part of your essay.  

Thesis statement (We have given examples of the thesis statement.  You can perfect yours later, but it must state Emma Watson's MAIN IDEA.)

Introduction -  We will write this after the body paragraphs

    includes the thesis at the end.

    A THESIS is a bold statement you are about to prove in your essay. 

    The thesis for this essay states the main idea of Emma Watson's speech.

1.  Body paragraph -- Write a topic sentence that proves your thesis --

In other words, choose one of the general categories on the board, which you can find below.  For example:    Watson discusses  (fill in the blank)______________.

        a.  Evidence #1 (quote) 

        b.  Evidence #2 (quote)

2.. Body paragraph #2

        a.  Evidence #1 (quote) 

        b.  Evidence #2 (quote)

3.  Body paragraph #3

         a.  Evidence #1 (quote) 

        b.  Evidence #2 (quote)


       (You will work on this later; see handout later)

[The general categories on the board, provided by your classmates, include

her personal story; men's issues; the future; girls' education; global issues; and gender stereotypes.  You can choose three of these, or you can come up with your own.  These become your topic sentences.]

All of your three topic sentences are proving your thesis, which is a statement of Emma Watson's main idea.

You only need 6 pieces of evidence total, not all 20 in your list of evidence.

SEE ALSO the notes where you post each paragraph  --  on GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

Three body paragraphs in 123 format were due before Thanksgiving, posted to Google Classroom.

We will start the introduction and conclusion after Thanksgiving, but if you are ready to work on it now, see the handout of directions in your binder under Essays, OR have a look at the link above the homework column.  

(Mr. Mathis is giving time on this as well in his class on Friday, Nov 17th.)

THE FINAL ESSAY is due the Friday after Thanksgiving.  

. (Done)  Vocabulary Work

Students wrote great stories using their new vocab words.

See the HANDOUT that is in your binder in the Vocabulary section for the 20 words.

Know meanings and spellings by 

                                Thursday, Nov 2nd for a quiz

(Quiz postponed from Wednesday in case of trick-or-treating Tuesday night.)

Extra credit to native Spanish speakers for adding a Spanish synonym (a translation into Spanish) to any of the words.  

Flock Fright!

  1. morph - v- to transform into something else

                                                                    (from metamorphosis, or    en espanol, metamorfosis)

  1. predator -n- a preying animal who lives by eating other animals

  1. imminent - adj- about to happen (En espanol: inminente  )

  1. naïve – adj – innocent, in the way that someone does not know how bad things really are in the big, wide world

  1. mutant - n -  an organism with altered DNA

  1. implode - v - to burst inward

  1. catapult - v – to be thrown as if by a catapult (an ancient machine like a see-saw)

  1. shrapnel - n -   fragments from an exploding shell or bullet; injured by shrapnel

  1. invincible - adj - incapable of being defeated

                                                                            (en espanol:    invencible)

  1. unfurl - v -  to open or spread out, such as wings or a flag

  1. wry – adj – drily humorous:  wry humor or a wry smile

                                                                                 (en espanol:  ironico)

  1. mischief – noun – the trouble that a child gets into

  1. mischievous [Note that this word has 3 syllables, not 4.]

                       – adj – tending to get into trouble; naughty

  1. noun – a person, place, or thing     Concrete Noun -- you can touch it

Abstract Noun -- you can’t: democracy, love, honesty

  1. verb – an action word             

Verb Phrase -- a group of words acting as a verb:  off-roading

  1. adjective – a word that describes a noun, such as tall, beautiful, or annoying

  1. adverb – a word that describes a verb, such as happily, playfully, or tomorrow

Adverbial Phrase:  a group of words that acts as an adverb:

                    They learn on the job.  We competed well for beginners.

  1. gene -- a unit of DNA that controls the appearance and growth of a living thing (En espanol: un gen)

  1. genetic engineering – the science of physically altering genes to create new or different organisms

                                                                                (En espanol: Ingeniería genética)

  1. asphyxiate, page 13  -- to become unable to breathe


  1. nemesis  -->  Find the definitions in the 10th grade column -->   -->

  1. aloof

  1. oblivious

  1. irony

  1. melee

3.  Quiz on Parts of speech = noun, verb, adjective, and adverb

You must be able to identify these 4 parts of speech.  You can learn them all in 1/2 hour if you have never learned them before.  

Nouns -- A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. Practice here:

Identifying nouns (practice) | Khan Academy

Verbs -- action words -- Practice here:

Identifying verbs (practice) | Khan Academy

Adjectives -- An adjective describes a noun -- practice here:

Meet the adjective (practice) | Khan Academy

Adverbs -- An adverb describes a verb.  Practice here:

Meet the adverb (practice) | Khan Academy

Flower used as a noun:    There is a flower in the vase.

Flower used as a verb:     Plum trees flower in May. 

Be able to look a simple sentence like this and label which is the adverb, adjective, verb, and noun:

The tiny bird sang sweetly.

Happy students danced wildly.  

An excited team ran excitedly onto the field.

preposition review from last month:

The cat is ON the table, UNDER the table, BESIDE the table, etc. 


4.    Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

by James Patterson 

A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting science fiction thriller.  We wil
In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...

The Reading Schedule:
Reading quizzes are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (as always)
Check the board to see which chapters to read, because
 these page numbers are put up according to how much is read in class.

Finish chapter 115 by Monday, October 30th 
Finish chapter 125 by Friday, Nov 3rd
(Chapters are 2 pages long and double-spaced.)

We will be finishing the novel soon!

Grateful thanks to parents who contributed books to our class -- you made a huge difference!  I am able to replace many disgraceful books that were missing pages.
 Learn to fix comma splices so that you write correct sentences.
This has been class work, 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 so that you don't get points off on essays, and your writing is correct.  All of these rules apply to both Spanish and English:  
Punctuation PowerPoint

 Overdue - Story (creative writing) about a flood 

Due Friday, October 6th
We are working on it Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so this is 2.5 hours in class, plus it is homework for Wednesday and Friday, so that is another 1 hour at home.  You have also worked on it in class about 4 hours since the 2nd week of school!  Many students had 5 pages weeks and weeks ago.  (Some students inexplicably have nothing; if this is you, are you throwing your work away each time we write?)
Here are the requirements:

5 pages
Double-spaced, font size 12, with 1 inch margins (This is MLA format.)
        Points will be taken off for larger fonts and larger margins. 
                (Teachers are on to that kind of thing...)
5 elements labeled, all of which have been worked on in class:
  • 1/2 page of conversation 
    • Label it beforehand like this:  [DIALOGUE]
    • This is together in one section, not scattered throughout the story
    • Yes, you can have more than this, whenever  you want to add conversation.  Conversation or dialogue is very important to a story, keeping it in real time, so adds excitement and intimacy.
  • 1/4 page of description 
    • Label it beforehand like this: [DESCRIPTION]
    • Description (or imagery) is what you want your reader to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel (physical feelings, not emotional) in order to really experience your story!
  • Show a character's personality with
    • something they say 
      • Label this [PERSONALITY #1]
    • something they do
      • Label this [PERSONALITY #2]
    • something that someone else says about them
      • Label this [PERSONALITY #3]
HAVE FUN!   This is YOUR story, your characters, your events!  It can be funny, exciting, fantastical.... your characterrs can be realistic, from Mars, or a herd of purple rabbits.  All that matters is that you have fun telling a story.  

Here is a giant list of words that you can use instead of "said."  Contributed by Zoe McDonald!

                           DUE FRIDAY, October 6th POSTED TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM
                                    Draft posted on Wednesday to Google Classroom
                            PRINTOUT also due, extension to Monday for a printout               


(No longer accepted) Analyzing the movie, The Mighty

Answer these questions:

What scenes did the director add that show the spirit of Freak the Mighty? How do they show that spirit

Follow this format:

Choose three new scenes of any length.

First, describe each scene in 2 sentences ONLY.

Then, explain how and why this shows the spirit of Freak, of Max, or of the team, Freak the Mighty.  You can probably do this in three sentences as long as you are clear and you explain what part of Freak, Max, or the team of Freak the Mighty­­ is captured in this new scene.

See the example below.

(Important: A simple list of differences between­­­ the book and the movie is a ZERO because you have not ­followed directions. Do not list differences. This is an analysis. See the example below.)

USE EACH OF THESE WORDS AT LEAST ONCE:  director, scene, chivalry (the moral code of the ideal knight; the qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak), chivalrous, King Arthur, Arthurian legend, love, friendship.

Chivalry:  the spirit, ways, or customs of knighthood, such as behaving honorably and helping other people.

En espanol: chivalry es la caballería, la caballerosidad o la cortesia.

Here is an EXAMPLE of one of your three paragraphs:

The director adds a scene in which Max turns into a Zombie.  When people see him, they run screaming in all directions, while Max eats random people one by one.  

The director added this scene to show the spirit of Max.  Max is basically a mean, brutal, ruthless human being who doesn’t care about anyone but himself.  Eating other people for breakfast reflects his complete inability to feel sympathy for others.  When it comes to Max, chivalry is dead.

(Obviously, you would not say any of this about Max, because it does not describe him at all! Nor were there any zombies in this movie.  What is wrong with you?  Have you been staying up too late?  ;-)

This is classwork and homework. We will finish the movie on Monday. --

   Due:   WEDNESDAY, SEPT 27th

Ten Famous Knights :


                 Know spelling and meaning, using the definitions below  

You have a handout of words -- By Friday Sept 29,
        1)  copy these definitions onto the handout
        2)  write a sentence with each word that SHOWS that you understand the meaning of the word.   Here they are:

to vanquish = to defeat
ornithopter = mechanical bird (think ornithology, the study of birds + helicopter)
demeanor = a person's facial expression and body language
           The prisoner had an angry demeanor.  
to converge = to come towards each other
        The trains converged at a point in Santa Fe.
cavalry = soldiers on horseback 
steed = a horse, especially a trusty one that carries a knight
to seek = to look for      Do you want to play hide and seek?
sought = the past tense of seek            I sought fame and fortune.
unique = unlike anything else                a unique way of building a bridge
fair (as in fair maiden) = beautiful 
            Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

Extra credit:
an aberration = something that is abnormal 
            The white buffalo is a genetic aberration.  
a manifestation =  a physical form of something
            The many Hindu gods are all manifestations of the one creator god.  
to manifest as = to take the form of something  
            Feelings of anger finally manifested as a shouting match between sides.

                                DEFINITIONS AND SENTENCES DUE FRIDAY, Sept 29th
                      QUIZ ON DEFINITION AND SPELLING, MONDAY, October 2nd 

Freak the Mighty!
Perfecting the Paragraph 1,2,3 -- SEE THE HANDOUTS

Students have just revised their first paragraph using the 1,2,3 method of proving a topic sentence, citing a quote, and weaving the quote into their own sentences.

SEE THE DIRECTION ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM AS WELL, WHERE YOU ARE POSTING YOUR WORK.  That shows the work you did in class, or should have finished in class. 

          If you did not finish the edits in class, 
                                      post on Google Classroom by FRIDAY, Sept 29th

Please click on the above link. 

Binder Grade is based on this list.  The labels for your binder are listed in the above materials list. 

3.(overdue) 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.  

                              (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 

(Mostly done)   Object Presentation!
See the board for details!   (These may take a month)

7.  (Overdue, but can be turned in LATE through Tuesday, Sept 5th for up to a 60%)      HANDOUT of questions on Freak the Mighty -- How to Infer
To infer is to use hints and facts from the story, PLUS your own emotional intelligence, understanding of how humans' minds work (psychology), and your understanding of what has happened to the characters -- to give an answer at a higher level than just reading what is on the page.

The last 3 questions in particular require you to INFER, interpret, go deeper, etc.  

If you don't get those right, I give the paper back to you to try again. 

Extension on this to                         MONDAY -- August 28th.  

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.  
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.  
(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.  

            -- LABELED IN BRACKETS, like this:
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. 
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
 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.  

Grammar presentations with attitude! 

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