Hello everyone!  I hope that you are all doing well (staying healthy and safe).  I wanted to give you some activities so that you can continue to practice your ELA skills while you are spending time at home.  In addition to the resources provided by Lafourche Parish (see the Lafourche Parish School District website for more information), other activities that you can work on are the following:
1.  Complete TeenBiz assignments.
2.  Keep a daily journal in which you write about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
3.  Creative Writing- create a short story (see below for ideas), poem, song lyrics, comic book, etc.
4.  Complete writing assignments.  I have listed several topics below in case you need some ideas, or you can come up with your own topics (Free Writes).  Use the resources in your ELA Resources folder ("keep folder") to help you with your writing (transition words, RACERS, rules for dialogue/capitalization/punctuation, etc.).  You can also create illustrations for your writing.

Expository Writing:
1.  What is your favorite room in your home?  Why?  
2.  Describe your best day ever.
3.  If you could be any character (in a book, movie, television show, video game), who would you be and why?  What would you do as this character?
4.  What do you think makes a good friend?
5.  Describe and design (make a drawing of) your dream bedroom.
6.  Create your own holiday.  What would you celebrate?
7.  Write about a time when someone helped you or you helped someone else.  How did it make you feel?
8.  Write about someone you care about and why they are so important to you.
9.  Think about your favorite thing that you own.   Describe this item using words that explain how it looks, smells, tastes, or feels (adjectives).
10.  Imagine that you could interview any character from a book, movie, television show, or video game.  What would you ask them and what would the character say? 
11.  If you got the chance to be a teacher, principal, or parent (or all of them) for a day, what would you do?
12.  Who do you admire the most in history?  Why?
13.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why would you pick this place?
14.  What job or career do you want when you grow up?  Why?
15.  What is your greatest accomplishment and why do you feel like it is your greatest accomplishment?
16.  Describe your favorite hobby.  Write about why you enjoy it so much.
17.  Write about the funniest experience you have ever had.
18.  Describe at least one thing that you do really well.
19.  If you could have any animal in the world for a pet, what you pick?  Why?
20.  Describe your favorite season of the year.  Why is it your favorite season?

Narrative Writing (Story Ideas): *Remember to include dialogue (characters talking to each other, use "  "), characters, setting, and a plot (story events) in your story.  Your story should have a beginning, middle, and end.  
1.  You (or any other character) wake up one day to find out you were turned into a dog (or any other animal).
2.  You are walking along the beach and find a message in a bottle.  The message provides the directions to something special-follow the directions.
3.  You wake up one day and you are 6 inches tall or 15 feet tall.  Write about your day.
4.  You dig a hole in your backyard and find a treasure.  What is the treasure and what will you do with it?
5. You are a detective trying to uncover a crime:  someone stole grandmaw's apple pie when it was cooling on the windowsill.
6.  It was the third week in a row that Jimmy hadn't cleaned his room.  He was about to get into a lot of trouble, until...
7.  "You're our 10,000th customer-so everything you buy today is free!" the cashier shouted excitedly.
8.  I heard them call my name, but my body froze.  I couldn't believe that I had just...
9.  This was the strangest zoo in the world...
10.  It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my ________ came into my room and said...

I miss everyone!  I am looking forward to seeing you all again when we return to school.

Take care,
Mrs. Pineno
  




















March 9-13, 2020                                                   
Monday-review poetry; read "The Road Not Taken;" answer text dependent questions
Tuesday-introduction to The Witch of Blackbird Pond; read Chapter 1; complete setting graphic organizer
Wednesday-read Chapter 2 of The Witch of Blackbird Pond; complete plot episodes and character response graphic organizer
Thursday-read Chapter 2 of The Witch of Blackbird Pond; complete plot episodes and character response graphic organizer
Friday-read Chapter 2 of The Witch of Blackbird Pond; complete plot episodes and character response graphic organizer
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

WELCOME BACK!!

March 2-6, 2020                                                   
Monday-reread "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination;"complete central idea evidence chart for Culminating Writing Task
Tuesday-review "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination;" complete prewriting graphic organizer for Culminating Writing Task
Wednesday-drafting of essay (Culminating Writing Task)
Thursday-drafting of essay for (Culminating Writing Task)
Friday-revising/editing of essay (Culminating Writing Task); Culminating Writing Task essay is due today for a major grade.
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

February 17-21, 2020                                                   
Monday-read informational text/answer text-dependent questions
Tuesday-view videos on Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison
Wednesday-read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"/answer text-dependent questions
Thursday-prewriting/drafting of narrative
Friday-drafting/revising/editing of narrative; Narrative is for a major grade.
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

February 10-14, 2020                                                   
Monday-review "Our Beautiful Macaws and Why They Need Enrichment"/complete Body 3 on practice RST outline
Tuesday-complete introduction for practice RST essay/write a conclusion/begin drafting essay
Wednesday-finish drafting RST practice essay; **Study the practice essay for the RST (Thusday & Friday)
Thursday-District Assessment (Unit 2 RST)
Friday-District Assessment (Unit 2 RST)
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

February 3-7, 2020                                                   
Monday-read "The Stripes Will Survive"/answer text dependent questions
Tuesday-read "The Zoos Go Wild"/answer text dependent questions/**BOOK REPORT DUE TODAY. THIS IS A MAJOR GRADE.
Wednesday-read "Our Beautiful Macaws and Why They Need Enrichment"/answer text dependent questions
Thursday-review "The Stripes Will Survive"/complete Body 1 on practice RST outline
Friday-review "The Zoos Go Wild"/complete Body 2 on practice RST outline
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class


Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:   **Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.  Write the questions on the poster.

  • What are the years of the person’s birth and death? (If the person is still alive today, state that the person is still living.)
  • Why is this person famous?  (Write at least three sentences.)
  • What are some interesting facts about the person?  (Write at least five sentences.)
  • What do you admire most about this person?  (Write at least two sentences.)
January 27-31, 2020                                                   
Monday-write a narrative (Write a story about what happens the day after Casey strikes out.  Tell the story from Casey's point of view); **This will be for a grade.
Tuesday-read "The Story of David and Goliath;" answer text dependent questions
Wednesday-read "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination" (Cold-Read Task); answer text dependent questions
Thursday-review text structure/practice; Narrative due for a grade
Friday-review text structure/practice
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class/Work on book report (See below for a copy of the rubric).

Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:   **Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.  Write the questions on the poster.

  • What are the years of the person’s birth and death? (If the person is still alive today, state that the person is still living.)
  • Why is this person famous?  (Write at least three sentences.)
  • What are some interesting facts about the person?  (Write at least five sentences.)
  • What do you admire most about this person?  (Write at least two sentences.)



January 20-24, 2020                                                   
Monday-MLK Day-No School
Tuesday-Professional Development Day-No School
Wednesday-read "Casey at the Bat;" complete plot and characters handout
Thursday-read "Casey at the Bat;" complete plot and characters handout
Friday-review "Casey at the Bat;" analyze language and word choice; complete words and phrases chart
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class/work on book report (See below for a copy of the rubric).

Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:   **Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.  Write the questions on the poster.

  • What are the years of the person’s birth and death? (If the person is still alive today, state that the person is still living.)
  • Why is this person famous?  (Write at least three sentences.)
  • What are some interesting facts about the person?  (Write at least five sentences.)
  • What do you admire most about this person?  (Write at least two sentences.)

  

January 13-17, 2020                                                   
Monday-Library visit to check out a biography (for 3rd 9 weeks book report)/discuss rubric 
**The book report is for a major grade and is to be completed at home. Students received a rubric in class today.  See below for another copy of the rubric.
Tuesday-reread "Overcoming Obstacles:  How Your Biggest Failure Can Lead to Your Success"/complete summary, central idea, and point of view handout
Wednesday-reread "Overcoming Obstacles:  How Your Biggest Failure Can Lead to Your Success"/complete summary, central idea, and point of view handout
Thursday-complete SOAPSTONE handout
Friday-complete SOAPSTONE handout
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class/work on book report.

Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

January 20-24, 2020                                                   
Monday-MLK Day-No School
Tuesday-Professional Development Day-No School
Wednesday-read "Casey at the Bat;" complete plot and characters handout
Thursday-review "Casey at the Bat;" analyze language and word choice; complete words and phrases chart
Friday-read "The Story of David and Goliath;" answer text dependent questions
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class/work on book report (See below for a copy of the rubric).

Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:   **Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.  Write the questions on the poster.

  • What are the years of the person’s birth and death? (If the person is still alive today, state that the person is still living.)
  • Why is this person famous?  (Write at least three sentences.)
  • What are some interesting facts about the person?  (Write at least five sentences.)
  • What do you admire most about this person?  (Write at least two sentences.)

  

January 13-17, 2020                                                   
Monday-Library visit to check out a biography (for 3rd 9 weeks book report)/discuss rubric 
**The book report is for a major grade and is to be completed at home. Students received a rubric in class today.  See below for another copy of the rubric.
Tuesday-reread "Overcoming Obstacles:  How Your Biggest Failure Can Lead to Your Success"/complete summary, central idea, and point of view handout
Wednesday-reread "Overcoming Obstacles:  How Your Biggest Failure Can Lead to Your Success"/complete summary, central idea, and point of view handout
Thursday-complete SOAPSTONE handout
Friday-complete SOAPSTONE handout
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class/work on book report.

Biography Book Report

Due Date:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents the person in the biography.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:   **Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.  Write the questions on the poster.

  • What are the years of the person’s birth and death? (If the person is still alive today, state that the person is still living.)
  • Why is this person famous?  (Write at least three sentences.)
  • What are some interesting facts about the person?  (Write at least five sentences.)
  • What do you admire most about this person?  (Write at least two sentences.)

  

WELCOME BACK!!
January 6-10, 2020                                                   
Monday-review Wilbur Wright's letters/analyzing Wilbur Wright chart
Tuesday-answer questions about Wilbur Wright's letters 
Wednesday-read "Mindset for Achievement"/complete Cornell Notes (main idea, details, summary)
Thursday-review "Mindset for Achievement"/answer post reading questions
Friday-read "Overcoming Obstacles:  How Your Biggest Failure Can Lead to Your Success"/complete summary & central idea handout
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class


December 16-20, 2019                      HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS BREAK!!
Monday-summarizing/text dependent questions on Wilbur Wright's letters
Tuesday-claim, reason, and evidence chart/Wright Brothers text/text dependent questions
Wednesday-analyzing Wilbur Wright chart; Folders/Notebooks due for a major grade
Thursday-"Miracle Worker" (Helen Keller story) movie
Friday-"Miracle Worker" movie
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

December 9-13, 2019
Monday-read "Mother to Son"/complete TP-CASTT graphic organizer
Tuesday-review "Mother to Son"/complete TP-CASTT graphic organizer
Wednesday-District Assessment Test-Cold Read
Thursday-District Assessment Test-Cold Read
Friday-Sentence and Fragment test
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class

Welcome Back!!
December 2-6, 2019
Monday-review/write a summary of Steve Job's Commencement Address (each story)
Tuesday-write an evidence-based claim for each story of Steve Job's Commencement Address
Wednesday-write an evidence-based claim for each story of Steve Job's Commencement Address
Thursday-read "To Failure"/complete TP-CASTT graphic organizer
Friday-review "To Failure"/complete TP-CASTT graphic organizer
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

November 18-22, 2019
Monday-"Famous Failures" video/discussion
Tuesday-read Steve Job's Commencement Address/discuss how failure can lead to success
Wednesday-analyzing word choice/tone in Steve Job's Commencement Address
Thursday-read "In Which the Autumn Provides Food and Loneliness"/answer text dependent questions
Friday-read "In Which We Learn About Halloween"/answer text dependent questions
Happy Thanksgiving!!

**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

Fiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) advertising a book. 

Front of the poster:

Title

Author

Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:

Characters

Setting(s)

Plot:  At least 7 events from the story that includes the conflict and resolution

Opinion:  Write 3-5 sentences telling why you liked/disliked the book



November 11-15, 2019
Monday-brainstorming graphic organizer for CWT (Culminating Writing Task)
Tuesday-drafting of CWT
Wednesday-drafting of CWT
Thursday-revising/editing of CWT
Friday-read Steve Job's Commencement Address/discuss how failure can lead to success
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

Fiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) advertising a book. 

Front of the poster:

Title

Author

Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:

Characters

Setting(s)

Plot:  At least 7 events from the story that includes the conflict and resolution

Opinion:  Write 3-5 sentences telling why you liked/disliked the book


November 4-8, 2019
Monday-review Chapter 19 & Epilogue of Hatchet/answer text dependent questions
Tuesday-explain directions for Culminating Writing Task (CWT)/begin brainstorming graphic organizer
**The CWT will be for a major grade.
Wednesday-brainstorming graphic organizer for CWT
Thursday-brainstorming graphic organizer for CWT
Friday-write a narrative based on Hatchet
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

Fiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) advertising a book. 

Front of the poster:

Title

Author

Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:

Characters

Setting(s)

Plot:  At least 7 events from the story that includes the conflict and resolution

Opinion:  Write 3-5 sentences telling why you liked/disliked the book



October 28-November 1, 2019
Monday-Library visit (fiction book for book report)/discuss rubric
**See below for another copy of the rubric.
Tuesday-read Chapter 18/answer text dependent questions
Wednesday-read Chapter 19 & Epilogue/answer text dependent questions
Thursday-write a continuation of Hatchet (narrative)
Friday-read a survival story (informational text)-"Boy, Nine, Survives Wilderness Thanks to Tips from Bear Grylls"/answer text dependent questions/writing assignment 
**Daily homework is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

Fiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Assignment:  Design a poster (1/2 sized) advertising a book. 

Front of the poster:

Title

Author

Pictures related to your book (hand-drawn or from the computer)

Back of the poster:

Characters

Setting(s)

Plot:  At least 7 events from the story that includes the conflict and resolution

Opinion:  Write 3-5 sentences telling why you liked/disliked the book

 

October 21-25, 2019
Monday-review text structure/answer text dependent questions
Tuesday-read Chapter 15 of Hatchet; answer text dependent questions
Wednesday-review Chapter 15; complete graphic organizer
Thursday-read Chapter 16; answer text dependent questions
Friday-read Chapter 17; answer text dependent questions
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

October 14-18, 2019
Monday-FALL BREAK-NO SCHOOL
Tuesday-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY-NO SCHOOL
Wednesday-read & annotate Chapter 12 of Hatchet/answer text dependent questions
Thursday-read Chapters 13 & 14 of Hatchet/answer text dependent questions
Friday-review text structure/answer text dependent questions
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

October 7-11, 2019
Monday-complete narrative/capitalization test, if needed; complete editing practice
Tuesday-Unit 1 Narrative Writing Task (District Assessment)
Wednesday-Unit 1 Narrative Writing Task (District Assessment)
Thursday-read Chapters 9 & 10 of Hatchet'/annotate about Brian's survival skills/answer text dependent question/**Folder & Notebook due today for a major grade
Friday-review theme/complete theme handout on Hatchet/read Chapter 11 of Hatchet

**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

September 30-October 4, 2019
Monday-annotate Brian's changing point of view; complete graphic organizer; complete text dependent question
Tuesday-write a narrative (prewriting)
Wednesday-write a narrative (drafting)
Thursday-write a narrative (revising/editing/publishing)/NONFICTION BOOK REPORT DUE
Friday-capitalization test (study Power Point that was given in class; see bottom of page for attachment if another copy is needed)
**The narrative is for a major grade, and it is also practice for the District Assessment next week.
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class and to work on their Nonfiction Book Report Project (**This is for a major grade).

Nonfiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2019

**Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents your book topic.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (at least 4 pictures)

Back of the poster: Label all sections

  • KWL chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned); include at least five sentences in each column (written in complete sentences)
  • Five interesting facts about your topic (written in complete sentences)
  • Vocabulary-Find five or more new words in your book and define them

September 23-27, 2019
Monday-read "What Would Peter Do?"/complete graphic organizer
Tuesday-review "What Would Peter Do?"/write CER paragraph
Wednesday-read Chapters 6 & 7 of Hatchet/complete text dependent questions
Thursday-read Chapter 8 of Hatchet; annotate & summarize the text
Friday-annotate Brian's changing point of view; complete graphic organizer; complete text dependent question
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class and to work on their Nonfiction Book Report Project 
(**This is for a major grade).

Nonfiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2019

**Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents your book topic.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (at least 4 pictures)

Back of the poster: Label all sections

  • KWL chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned); include at least five sentences in each column (written in complete sentences)
  • Five interesting facts about your topic (written in complete sentences)
  • Vocabulary-Find five or more new words in your book and define them

September 16-20, 2019
Monday-Library visit for nonfiction book for book report project; see below for copy of rubric (students were given a rubric in class)
Tuesday-read Chapter 5/annotating/word choice/text dependent questions
Wednesday-reread Chapter 5/annotating/writing claims (using CER paragraph frame)
Thursday- Open Book Hatchet test (Chapters 1-5)
Friday-read "What Would Peter Do?"/annotating/text dependent questions
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class and to work on their Nonfiction Book Report Project (This is for a major grade).

Nonfiction Book Report Project

Due Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2019

**Design a poster (1/2 sized) that represents your book topic.

Front of the poster:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Pictures related to your book (at least 4 pictures)

Back of the poster: Label all sections

  • KWL chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned); include at least five sentences in each column (written in complete sentences)
  • Five interesting facts about your topic (written in complete sentences)
  • Vocabulary-Find five or more new words in your book and define them

 

September 9-13, 2019
Monday-review Chapter 2 of Hatchet/add annotations to WAT chart/complete evidence graphic organizer/text dependent questions
Tuesday-read Chapters 3-4 of Hatchet/annotating
Wednesday-review Chapters 3-4/text dependent questions
Thursday- write claims (using CER paragraph frame)/text dependent questions
Friday-read Chapter 5/annotating/word choice/text dependent questions
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

September 2-6, 2019
Monday-Labor Day-No school
Tuesday-Professional Development Day-No school
Wednesday-read chapter 1 of Hatchet/annotating on WAT chart
Thursday- read chapter 2 of Hatchet/annotating on WAT chart/word usage/text dependent questions
Friday-read chapter 2 of Hatchet/annotating/evidence graphic organizer/text dependent questions
**Homework each night is for students to complete any assignment that they did not finish in class.

August 26-30, 2019
Monday-complete essay (practice for District Assessment)
Tuesday-District Assessment (Unit 1 LAT)
Wednesday-District Assessment (Unit 1 LAT)
Thursday-introduction to Unit 1; read chapter 1 of Hatchet/annotating/WAT chart
Friday-read chapter 1 of Hatchet/answer text dependent questions

August 19-23, 2019
Monday-review theme; read "The Tail"/identify theme and story elements
Tuesday-review story elements; identify how parts of the text develop and contribute to the plot/text dependent questions
Wednesday-review RACERS/essay structure/writing assignment-Write an essay that compares and contrasts how each character (in "Stray" and "The Tail") responds to responsibility/complete brainstorming
Thursday-continue essay/write introduction and body paragraphs
Friday-complete essay/write conclusion paragraph/revising & editing

August 12-16, 2019
Monday-read "The Wounded Wolf"/ review story elements/parts of a plot
Tuesday-read "The Wounded Wolf"/ identify story elements/parts of a plot
Wednesday-review how parts of a text contribute to plot development ("The Wounded Wolf")
Thursday-read "Stray"/ identify & discuss story elements/parts of a plot
Friday-read "Stray"/ identify theme                                         

August 8-9, 2019
Thursday-class welcome/discuss class rules & procedures
Friday-review story elements



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



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Crystal Pineno,
Sep 29, 2019, 2:55 PM