Trimester 1

Seventh Grade English



Monday, November 29, 2010

Tonight's homework is the first draft of your winter composition. It should be three or more paragraphs. OK?

Photographs: If you don't like the photograph I posted of you, give me another one and I'll put it up instead. (But you may have to remind me repeatedly until I get it done.)

Old ornaments and cards: If you have tree ornaments that you are going to throw away, bring them in for class and maybe we'll be able to use it for our new display. Same with old Christmas and other holiday cards that have no sentimental value. If you're planning on the throwing them away, bring them in to class. We might be able to use them.

Extra credit quizzes can be found below. Send me an email if you are having any difficulties. Also, let me know what your browser is. My programming might need to be tweaked.

Remember the structure of a good composition:

  • * Say what you're going to say.

  • * Say it.

  • * Say what you said.

Here's some information on your winter composition (which might be posted.) You must use one of the 26 titles.

Pick one of the following titles for your winter composition.


Your composition should have a clear introduction, middle and end.


Don't start with the the words, "My topic is..." or "I'm going to talk about...." Don't use the word "conclusion" in your conclusion.  Your first paragraph should be introductory. Your last paragraph should be the conclusion. Have it at least one paragraph in the body.


Don't indent paragraphs. Skip a line between them.


Your first draft should have your name, date and period in the upper right hand corner. Your second draft should have nothing in the upper right hand corner. Your first and last name in you second draft should only be in your byline. Remember, no colons after the byline and be sure to capitalize the "B" in byline.


Extra credit is given if you email me your second draft in addition to submitting a paper copy.


Photographs and other graphics are encouraged because your work will be posted. Remember, you probably won't get photographs back so don't submit any originals.

  1. Gifts

  2. The Best Gift a Person Can Give

  3. On Giving

  4. The Best Gift I Ever Gave

  5. The Best Gift I Ever Received

  6. Charity

  7. The Christmas I'll Always Remember

  8. Mercy and Benevolence

  9. Helping Others

  10. Family

  11. A Time for Giving

  12. We Don't  Own Anything Unless We Share It

  13. What Scrooge Learned

  14. Commercialism This Time of Year

  15. What Makes People Happy

  16. If I Had Been Rudolph

  17. Winter Celebrations Around the World

  18. How I Celebrate This Time of Year

  19. My Plans for Winter Break

  20. My Plans for Hanukkah

  21. My Plans for Eid Al Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice

  22. My Plans for Kwanzaa

  23. My Plans for Chinese New Year

  24. My Plans for New Year's Eve

  25. My Plans for Three Kings Day

  26. My Plans for Winter Solstice



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Remember that tomorrow your reading log is due. OK?



Be alert! (The world needs more lerts.) The annual Morrill Spelling Bee is about to begin. Get your word list soon! OK?

GoatsForPeace would love your plastic bottles and cans you accumulated during the break. Bring them in before homeroom, sorted or not, and we'll be a step closer to getting 
Goat Number 3.

An interesting lecture from a writer on writing fiction. She's from Turkey.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Santa is your friend, yes, but if you don't know him personally, think twice about taking any candy from him. Here's a nice, double-edged message from him. Be good. Or else. 

Santa Speaks


It could mean extra credit.


Friday, November 26, 2010

A joyful holiday message from your beloved teacher in the happy spirit of goodwill, merry benevolence and good cheer:


Take the Happy Thanksgiving  subject and predicate quiz!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Take the drama test! (You might pass even if you've never had drama.)


Friday, November 19, 2010

Your homework is to complete your reading log for the week of November 15 through November 21.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tonight's homework is the new proofreading half-sheet you got in class today.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today we worked on proofreading 1/2 sheet 13B and that is what you'll turn in tomorrow for homework.

(Tomorrow is the last day for submitting optional photographs for your compositions.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You have a sub today, Ms. Pham, because I have to see the doctor again about falling backwards during the assembly last year.

Don't turn in 
"Literature p. 134, #1-11." I'll collect it tomorrow.
Also due tomorrow is work you started in class today with the title,  

"Scope, Nov. 8."


For this homework, you are to rewrite the three paragraphs found on pages 2-3 of the Scope Magazine the sub gave you. Then you are to do the FIND IT/ FIX IT from page 11. Then write a paragraph of 50 to 100 words expressing an opinion on Michael Vick (after reading p. 12-13.) Be sure your paragraph starts with a good topic sentence. Finally, draw a chart of six boxes and to put in the right words from page 16.


If you have photographs to give me, please wait until tomorrow.


Monday, November, 15, 2010

Homework: 

"Literature p. 134, #1-11"


Friday, November 12, 2010



Thursday, November 11, 2010

No school.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today we recorded the short book speeches.

We may have to record them again, so don't forget them!

For your weekend homework, complete your reading log and if you didn't give your speech yet, that's something you can practice.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Homework:

1. Speech, 20-45 seconds in length.

Start by saying, "Hello, my name is ________  _________. I want to talk to you about the book ____________ .

It must be about a book you read this year.

The speech must be memorized.

2. "Scope p. 10-14, 15" 

You are to write down 10 similes from the story and then write a chart of six boxes for page 15.

3. Fill out the student/parent email form.



Monday, November 8, 2010

Your homework for tonight is:

1. Make up work if you have any to do.
2. Media Release Form--if you didn't turn it in yet (signed or unsigned.)
3. "Scope 9-20-10, p. 2, 3, 9"


Sunday, November 7, 2010

I went to the recycling center this afternoon and unloaded the cans and bottles you've been saving. And guess what? We have enough to buy our second goat! For details, go to www.goatsforpeace.com.

YouTube Video



Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekend homework:

1. Reading Log.

2. Media Release Form (signed or unsigned.)

3. On a sheet of paper titled "Scope--October," answer the following:

        1. Where is the little town of Sleepy Hallow?
        2. How did the basketball team The Knicks get their name?
        3. Rewrite the three celebrity paragraphs from p. 2-3.
        4. Answer the first two questions in the blue box in the lower
         
                right corner of page. 9
        5. Answer the first two questions in the blue box in the lower
                 right corner of page 11.
        6. Answer the questions on page 21.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Today in class we did silent sustained reading while I checked over second drafts and then we played the number game.

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 116, #2-7"

If you didn't turn in a second draft yet, submit it as soon as possible.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I wasn't at school today so you had the pleasure of enjoying the experience of a substitute teacher.

Tomorrow, your first and second drafts are due.

On Friday, 

"Literature p. 116, #2-7"  will be due.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tonight's homework is to write about one of the papers you proofread in class today or to write about your A.R. book. This must be done on a half-sheet of paper.

Due Thursday will be the first and second draft of your composition.

The first draft is to be signed by a parent.

The second draft must be typed or written neatly by hand in ink on unlined white paper.

Do not put your name date and period in the upper righthand corner of your second draft;  your name will only be in your byline.

Pictures and drawings with your second draft are fine, but it probably won't be returned.

For extra credit, send your second draft to me via email.

In your email, put your first and last name in the subject title.

Your typed second draft must not have tabs, centering or indenting. Everything must be left justified. Skip a line after the byline and between paragraphs.

When you turn it in on Thursday, do not staple the two drafts together.

Remember that your second draft might be posted.


Monday, November 1, 2010

We bought our first goat today with all of the cans and bottles that students have brought in.

Also, we're halfway to getting Goat Number Two. For more info, go to goatsforpeace.com.

Tonight's homework is to complete your composition that you started in class, "What I'm Thankful For." It's to be three or more paragraphs. Please skip lines between paragraphs.




Today in class we watched, "The Woodcutter" story.

I didn't collect the grammar homework today because I want students to check over their work to be sure it was done correctly. 

"Grammar p. 38-40, Ex. B & C"

I will collect it on Monday along with your reading log.


Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Today in class we watched a video interpretation of the the Lucille Fletcher play.

Tonight's homework is worth double credit so do a good job. It is "Grammar p. 38-40, Ex. B & C"


Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Today in class we read the radio play The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher.

Homework:  "Grammar p. 37-38, Ex. 9 & 10"


Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Today we heard the poem The Raven, a story by Kevin Kling, the story Clinkity Clink, and a  "found sound" tape. We also read several short accounts from a packets.

Homework for tonight:

"Grammar p. 36-37, Ex. 7 & 8"

For extra credit, you may summarize a story you read or heard in class today.

For more extra credit, you may write a report--in your own words--about Edgar Allan Poe and how his life may have had an influence on his writings.


Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Today in class we watched as student video on The Cask of Amontillado and we watched part of an A&E biography of Edgar Allan Poe.

For tonight's homework, take 10 of the most difficult words from The Cask of Amontillado story and write the definitions.


Friday, Oct. 22, 2010

Today in class we read The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.

Your weekend homework is:

1. Reading Log.

2. Underline all the words in the story you're unfamiliar with.


Thursday, Oct 21, 2010

Today in class we talked about the many different kinds of pronouns. We covered pages 30-33 of the grammar book.

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 33-34."


Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Today in class we worked in small groups on the plays from Scope.

Tonight's homework is:

"Grammar p. 29"


Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Tonight's homework, 

"Grammar p. 26, ex. 2; p. 28, ex. 4"

"Scope p. 3 & 10"

Free answers for grammar:

Ex. 2:

9. Mark--proper;  instruments--common; display--common

E. 4:

6. years--common; Marian Anderson--proper; limelight--common



Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Tonight's homework is to write a summary of a story you heard in class or of an article you read in the Sept. 6 issue of Scope Magazine.
Summaries must be a minimum of a half page in length.




Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Today in class we started to hear the story of The Box.

Weekend homework:

1. Reading Log
2. "Grammar p. 25, Ex. 1"

For extra credit, you may title a paper "The Box" and write your own ending to the story.


Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Today we watched the old video production of The Monsters are Due on Maple Street. The aliens were added at the end of the story so Rod Serling wouldn't be accused of producing something that was controversial. At the time it appeared, there was a nationwide witch-hunt for Communists in America. It was called the Red Scare and it resulted in a lot of good people losing their jobs because of finger-pointing and fear. With the aliens appears at the end of the story, Serling was able to say, "It's only science fiction."

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 90, 93, 97, 99 & 100"


Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Today you heard a true story about my ex-student, Stacey. (Yesterday, for some unknown reason, this website had a different name posted.)

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 88, #1-4, 7, 9 , 10"

Please write your answers with complete sentences.



Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Today we finished the Rod Serling play.

And yes, the monsters are in ourselves.

Tonight's homework:

"Grammar p. 22, #41-50"

"Literature p. 78, # 1-6, 9 & 11"


Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Today in class we corrected the proofreading half sheet 13A and most students did well.

Then we started in on The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street in small groups.

Tonight's homework is "Literature p. 61 & 65"


Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

Homework for the weekend:

1. Reading Log
2. Proofreading half-sheet 13A
3. "Literature p. 60, #1-6 and 9"


Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Today we finished "Three Skeleton Key."

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 40, #1-4 & 1-5; p. 47, #1-5"


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today we took the Cornerstone Survey.

Tonight's homework is:
"Literature p. 36, #1-5, 7, 9, 10; p. 37, #1-5"


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tonight I'd like you to read again and have it documented in your reading log and I'd like you to complete the literature assignment titled,  "Literature p. 14, #1-4; p. 18, #1-6 & 1-4; p. 19, #1-4."

Also, please return your 
signed progress report tomorrow.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Today in class we started reading "Three Skeleton Key."

For tonight's homework, read your A.R. for 10 minutes to an hour, or longer, and have this documented in your reading log which you will show me tomorrow.

Today I announced some assignments that you can get a head start with.

 Due Wednesday:
"Literature p. 14, #1-4; p. 18, #1-6 & 1-4; p. 19, #1-4"

Due Thursday:
"Literature p. 36, #1-5, 7, 9, 10; p. 37, #1-5"

Due Friday:
"Literature p. 40, #1-4 & 1-5; p. 47, #1-5"


Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

I have to go back up to Stanford hospital to get my head examined, all because I was running backwards last year. Sheesh. So you had the fine sub Mr. Pascual who had the drama students read a play by Arthur Miller, Grandpa and the Statue, and the 7th grade English students read p. 15-35 of the literature book. 

On Monday, you'll turn in what you were going to give me on Friday plus your reading log.

Please note the chalk art that some F students drew. 


Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Homework for tonight:

On a half sheet of paper, write about how Tom Sawyer and Bart Simpson are both similar and different. Title your half sheet "Compare and Contrast."

For extra credit, you may draw a Venn Diagram on another half sheet of paper.




Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Tonight's homework is to rewrite the three faulty quotes from pages 2-3 in your Scope Magazine.


Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 21, #1-40"

Several free answers were given in class today.

Remember to follow my instructions that matched how we did the free answers and not the instructions in the book.


Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Homework:

1. "Grammar p. 19 & 20" on a full sheet of paper.
2. "Five Perfect Sentences" which we started in class. Subjects need to be underlined once and predicates need to be underlined twice.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Homework for the weekend:

1. Reading Log.
2. Grammar p. 17
3. Grammar p. 18
4. Memorize the members of the To Be family.

We did several problems together in class today for page 17 and 18.

Remember, you will just write the simple subjects and predicates of those sentences on your half sheets. You will not follow the instructions in the book.

The To Be family members are:

    is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been.

P. S. It was a great pleasure meeting your parents last night.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Homework:

"Grammar p. 16, ex. 11, #1-10"


Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Today we acted out simple sentences to visualize the subjects and predicates and then we took another short test. Students generally did better. It's always best to figure out the predicate first and then the subject. We also touched on the difference between a subject and an object.

Homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 16, ex. 10"



Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Your homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 14-15"



Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Today in class we had SSR and we sang along with
http://vimeo.com/6746927 instead of taking a test.

For homework tonight:

"Grammar p. 11 and 12"
"Five Perfect Sentences" (I'm collecting them tomorrow, ready or not.)


Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Your homework for the weekend is to complete your reading log.


In addition to that, complete your Five Minute Writing.

Also,  please do these:

1. Subjects and Predicates. Online Quiz Number One.
Test you ability to find the subject and predicate of a sentence...   Just Click Here! 

2. Subjects and Predicates from Science.
Yep. Here is another one with a science flavor to it. Try it. You might like it.



Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

Homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 9-10."

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Homework:

1. Green sheet take-home test on subjects and predicates.

2. "Grammar p. 8"

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

Today we went over the grammar homework.

I recited the helpful poem, "In phrases that tell when or where, you'll find no subject or predicate there."

We started a take-home test today on simple subjects and predicates.

1. People are very funny.
2. We went to Grandma's yesterday
3. The boy hit the ball.
4. The ball hit the boy.
5. Birds fly.
6. People from Sweden like to play chess.
7. Under the table, the cat slept.
8. I like pizza.
9. After Sally went home, the roof leaked.
10. In California, fish is expensive.

Underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.

Also for homework, read p. 4-13 in your literature book and then do "Literature p. 13, #1-5"


Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

Your homework for tonight is
Grammar p. 4, Oral Practice; p 6, #11-20; p. 7, #1-10
We did the first two problems of each assignment in class.
For page 6, only items 6 and 8 and more than one word answers.
If you check back later, there might be some free answers.


Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Homework for this weekend:

"Grammar p. 2-3"

This is to be done from your grammar handbook.

For Section B on page 3, underline the predicate once instead of twice.

On Monday, I'll be looking for four things on your desktop when class begins:

1. Reading book.
2. Five Perfect Sentences
3. Reading log.
4. Grammar p. 2-3



Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

Today for new homework we have a full sheet titled,

Grammar From History, p. 154

1. adjective
2. adjective
3. adjective
4. helping verb
5. proper noun
6. an infinitive
7. past participle
8. present participle or a gerund
9. concrete noun
10. abstract noun
11. a form of "to be"
12. a form of "to be"
13. Define plague.
14. Define famine.
15. Define immoderate.

Tomorrow, remember to bring your Five Perfect Sentences and your reading book.

PS: "To be" family members are:

is
am
are
was
were
be
being
been


Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Today in class we exchanged and read 15 minute writings.

Homework tonight:

1. Finish "Five Perfect Sentences." Remember, each sentence has to be at least 8 words.

2. From your history text book, copy down 10 nouns and 10 verbs from page 147.


Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Today we took a reading test, Jasper's Mask.

For tonight's homework, you are to write a 15 minute writing on any one of these four topics:

1. How did you spend the three day weekend?
2. How did you spend a different weekend that you remember?
3. What would you like to be when you grow up?
4. What would you like to do this coming weekend?

Your writing should not exceed one page. (No writing on the back, please.)

Monday, Sept. 6, 2010

No school. Labor Day.


Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

Today students got magnetic strips to put on the back of their index cards so they can be refrigerator magnets.

Weekend homework:

1. Complete your reading log.
2. Send or provide a photograph or a drawing of your refrigerator with the classroom refrigerator magnet on it.

(Random inspections of refrigerators will start taking place the last week of September.)



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today in class we had a five minute writing using two of the vocabulary words.

Students must keep "Vocabulary Sheet #1" in their binder.

For tonight's homework, students are to make a colorful refrigerator magnet on an index card that has the following information:

That the classroom website, my email address, and the homework hotline number which is 923-1800, ext. 4267.

Tomorrow, students will get magnetic tape to put on the back of their cards.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy September!

September is when school used to start in the olden days. It now feels like school for old guys like me.

Your homework for tonight is to write the definitions for these ten words and use each in a sentence.

1. expletive 
2. tautology 
3. voracious
4. heliocentric
5. pachyderm
6. abstruse
7. obtuse
8 adamant 
9. aberrant
10. affinity

If you are in D period, you got the proofreading half-sheet day and that will be due tomorrow too.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today in class we finished our introductions.

We talked about the words "tautology" and "expletive" in some of our classes.

Tonight's homework is to do the proofreading half sheet 15B.

Use these symbols only:  Proofreading Symbols

D period class did not get this assignment yet so all D periods need to do is read a little bit for the reading log.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Today in class we continued with our introductions.

Nobody as yet has violated the speech rule of "eating final words." That's good--and amazing.

We talked in some classes that it is immature and rude to say, "Who's that?" aloud when a student is called on.

Tomorrow, we'll finish up all of the introductions.

Tonight's homework is to make or runoff a new reading log and to read anywhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours. Have your new reading log signed and show it to me tomorrow.

Remember to bring your reading book and your bookmarker.

Remember the rule that you need to have a book "on deck." That is, have your next book ready to read once you finish the one you're on. Otherwise, there will be lag time and you'll be penalized for it. For two or three books "on deck" if you like, but at least have one.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Today we videotaped some of the introductions.

We talked about the importance of eye contact, natural posture, good voice volume and clarity. We also talked about how to end a speech--not with the word "yeah" or the words "the end." It's also substandard form to say "in conclusion...."  It's OK to say "thank you," which is common, but still should be avoided when possible. A clear ending is communicated by the choice of words and the lower tone at the end of the final sentence.

We also talked about how both laughing and moving around excessively are natural reactions to try to relax muscles that tense up with nervousness. 

On Monday, we will tape introductions we didn't get to today.

Reading logs are due on Monday. Be sure to document at least one hour of reading.

And, of course, remember to bring your reading book.




Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today was a short day, it being Thursday. We watched a 10 minute video called Beatrice's Goat from 60 Minutes about how a goat changed the life of a girl from the African nation of Uganda.

Cans and bottles that are recycled in the classroom go to "Goats For Peace" which donates goats through heifer.org.

For the remainder of the period, we practiced our introduction presentations.

Tonight's homework is to practice the presentations.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today in class we worked on our introductions.

Tonight's homework is to secure your reading book and bring it to class tomorrow and to prepare for your introductions which must be at least 30 seconds in length and less than 45 seconds if possible.

Tomorrow we present our introductions.

During class today, one student got on the wrong side of Mr. Stick and this was the result. Don't let this happen to you.

Mr. Stick Takes Action



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today in class I collected the parent signature sheet.

There were reminders about classroom rules.

Students are urged to contribute cans and bottles to Goats For Peace.

Today we went over the the reading log and the bookmarker samples sheets. Unfortunately, the penciled instructions were hard to read. A clearer version can be seen on these links:

Reading Log Sample and instructions

Bookmarker Sample and instructions

Tonight's homework is to complete your first Reading Log form and to put at least your name on your index card bookmarker.

You must start bringing your reading book to class on Thursday.

Your first Reading Log will be due on Monday but this time I will only require documentation that you read an hour. Starting the next week, my expectations wills be what's listed on the sample sheet, e.g., "A" students should read at least 5 hours per week.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Your homework for tonight is get a reading book (if you can) and get the parent signature sheet signed by a parent.

Today in class you received the Classroom Management Plan, letter about videos. I also prattled long and hard about all the rules and procedures like for bathroom passes, gum, tardies, and what happens to you if you violate any rules.


Homework every day is Rule Number One.
 
Remember, instead of periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, we are going to call ourselves periods A, B, C, D, E and F.

When I ask for your period, put the letter.



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dear Parents,


I plan to show a video of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, a teleplay thats in our literature text and other video shorts produced by the textbook publisher.


I also plan to show the 1952 version of A Christmas Carol and perhaps a few "After School Specials" such as The Wave and A Childrens Story.


Later in the year I might show a few A&E biographies of famous authors; Dickens, Poe, Hemingway, etc.


As it relates to the curriculum, I might show excerpts from videos from the following list  "Romeo & Juliet" (Leonard Whiting), "Reduced Shakespeare," "West Side Story," "Shakespeare--Standard Deviants", "Of Mice and Men," "Eye of The Beholder," "Bartleby," "The Garden Party," "The Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge," "Poetic License," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Our Town," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Akeelah and the Bee,"Titus Andronicus," an expurgated version of "Shakespeare in Love," "Time Out of War," "The Time of Your Life," and "The Ox Bow Incident."


I might also show short video clips from PBS on poetry and educational videos relating to concepts in literature, grammar, vocabulary, acting and classical theater.



Robert Wright

Morrill Middle School



Friday, August 20, 2010

Mr. Wright's 

Classroom Management Plan

Seventh Grade English

2010-2011


Communication


It's important that students, teachers and parents all work together so good communication is essential. 


The best way to contact me is via email at mr.wright@roomC6.com. You can also call me at 923-1800 ext. 4036.


To stay informed about homework, visit the classroom website at roomC6.com.  You may also call the homework hotline at 923-1800, ext. 4267 (once the new phone system reactivates it.)


Homework


We have homework every day, five days a week.


The minute class begins, every student should have on his desk the homework that was assigned the day before. (If a student is absent the previous day, he displays the homework that was assigned the last day he was in class.)


Though students may often begin working on their homework during class, they may never turn it in early. It has to go home before it can be turned in. Parents will have the opportunity every evening to check the homework due the next day. In fact, parents are strongly encouraged to check the homework to be sure it is neat, complete, and reflects the child's best effort.


Late Work


Late work may be turned in one day late for half credit. After that, late work will not be accepted.


Students do not have to make up work that was assigned during an excused absence (though there are some rare exceptions.) . Students returning from an absence will turn in what was assigned on the last day they were in class. 


Extra Credit


Students may make an appointment to see me after school to discuss current grade status and extra credit opportunities. Extra credit is an effective way to raise a poor grade but the work will be twice as demanding and it should be undertaken well in advance of the grading cut-off date.


Reading


Your child is required to bring to school a reading book every day. Please help your child select a book that is both high interest and challenging. 


Please review and sign the weekly reading log which is due every Monday.


Grading


Grading is based on effort and academic progress toward meeting district standards. It breaks down this way:


    Homework                              = 50%

    Reading                                    = 20%

    Class work and participation = 10%

    Tests                         = 10%

    Special Projects                       = 10%



Discipline


Students are held to a high standard of behavior. They are expected to arrive on time, stay seated, keep their hands to themselves and pay attention. Students are also expected to be courteous and to treat each other with respect. The classroom will be free of bullying and verbal ridicule of any kind. It will be an environment that is both physically safe and emotionally safe. 


Students who chew gum or arrive late to class late will serve detention. Students who are out of uniform will be referred to the vice principal.


Only materials required for the lesson will be allowed on the desktop. Backpacks must remain on the floor and students may not access them unless directed to do so.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

It looks like I'm teaching two periods of drama and three periods of English. English is what the younger teachers call Language Arts.

I taught drama for a couple years when I first started teaching at Morrill, 35 years ago in what is now Mr. DeMayo's room.

Ah, but that might be too much information.

Some of my students have turned in their summer homework and I'm amazed by how good their compositions are. If you are a student I had last year, you only have until Monday to email it to me, if you haven't done so already.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I went to a meeting at school and found out that Mr. Mosely was named Administrator of the Year. It was really nice to hear because it's an honor he really deserves. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him on Monday.






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Mr. Wright's Room at Morrill Middle School in San Jose                             
Seventh Grade English



Monday, November 29, 2010

Tonight's homework is the first draft of your winter composition. It should be three or more paragraphs. OK?

Photographs: If you don't like the photograph I posted of you, give me another one and I'll put it up instead. (But you may have to remind me repeatedly until I get it done.)

Old ornaments and cards: If you have tree ornaments that you are going to throw away, bring them in for class and maybe we'll be able to use it for our new display. Same with old Christmas and other holiday cards that have no sentimental value. If you're planning on the throwing them away, bring them in to class. We might be able to use them.

Extra credit quizzes can be found below. Send me an email if you are having any difficulties. Also, let me know what your browser is. My programming might need to be tweaked.

Remember the structure of a good composition:

  • * Say what you're going to say.

  • * Say it.

  • * Say what you said.

Here's some information on your winter composition (which might be posted.) You must use one of the 26 titles.

Pick one of the following titles for your winter composition.


Your composition should have a clear introduction, middle and end.


Don't start with the the words, "My topic is..." or "I'm going to talk about...." Don't use the word "conclusion" in your conclusion.  Your first paragraph should be introductory. Your last paragraph should be the conclusion. Have it at least one paragraph in the body.


Don't indent paragraphs. Skip a line between them.


Your first draft should have your name, date and period in the upper right hand corner. Your second draft should have nothing in the upper right hand corner. Your first and last name in you second draft should only be in your byline. Remember, no colons after the byline and be sure to capitalize the "B" in byline.


Extra credit is given if you email me your second draft in addition to submitting a paper copy.


Photographs and other graphics are encouraged because your work will be posted. Remember, you probably won't get photographs back so don't submit any originals.

  1. Gifts

  2. The Best Gift a Person Can Give

  3. On Giving

  4. The Best Gift I Ever Gave

  5. The Best Gift I Ever Received

  6. Charity

  7. The Christmas I'll Always Remember

  8. Mercy and Benevolence

  9. Helping Others

  10. Family

  11. A Time for Giving

  12. We Don't  Own Anything Unless We Share It

  13. What Scrooge Learned

  14. Commercialism This Time of Year

  15. What Makes People Happy

  16. If I Had Been Rudolph

  17. Winter Celebrations Around the World

  18. How I Celebrate This Time of Year

  19. My Plans for Winter Break

  20. My Plans for Hanukkah

  21. My Plans for Eid Al Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice

  22. My Plans for Kwanzaa

  23. My Plans for Chinese New Year

  24. My Plans for New Year's Eve

  25. My Plans for Three Kings Day

  26. My Plans for Winter Solstice



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Remember that tomorrow your reading log is due. OK?



Be alert! (The world needs more lerts.) The annual Morrill Spelling Bee is about to begin. Get your word list soon! OK?

GoatsForPeace would love your plastic bottles and cans you accumulated during the break. Bring them in before homeroom, sorted or not, and we'll be a step closer to getting 
Goat Number 3.

An interesting lecture from a writer on writing fiction. She's from Turkey.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Santa is your friend, yes, but if you don't know him personally, think twice about taking any candy from him. Here's a nice, double-edged message from him. Be good. Or else. 

Santa Speaks


It could mean extra credit.


Friday, November 26, 2010

A joyful holiday message from your beloved teacher in the happy spirit of goodwill, merry benevolence and good cheer:


Take the Happy Thanksgiving  subject and predicate quiz!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Take the drama test! (You might pass even if you've never had drama.)


Friday, November 19, 2010

Your homework is to complete your reading log for the week of November 15 through November 21.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tonight's homework is the new proofreading half-sheet you got in class today.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today we worked on proofreading 1/2 sheet 13B and that is what you'll turn in tomorrow for homework.

(Tomorrow is the last day for submitting optional photographs for your compositions.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You have a sub today, Ms. Pham, because I have to see the doctor again about falling backwards during the assembly last year.

Don't turn in 
"Literature p. 134, #1-11." I'll collect it tomorrow.
Also due tomorrow is work you started in class today with the title,  

"Scope, Nov. 8."


For this homework, you are to rewrite the three paragraphs found on pages 2-3 of the Scope Magazine the sub gave you. Then you are to do the FIND IT/ FIX IT from page 11. Then write a paragraph of 50 to 100 words expressing an opinion on Michael Vick (after reading p. 12-13.) Be sure your paragraph starts with a good topic sentence. Finally, draw a chart of six boxes and to put in the right words from page 16.


If you have photographs to give me, please wait until tomorrow.


Monday, November, 15, 2010

Homework: 

"Literature p. 134, #1-11"


Friday, November 12, 2010



Thursday, November 11, 2010

No school.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today we recorded the short book speeches.

We may have to record them again, so don't forget them!

For your weekend homework, complete your reading log and if you didn't give your speech yet, that's something you can practice.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Homework:

1. Speech, 20-45 seconds in length.

Start by saying, "Hello, my name is ________  _________. I want to talk to you about the book ____________ .

It must be about a book you read this year.

The speech must be memorized.

2. "Scope p. 10-14, 15" 

You are to write down 10 similes from the story and then write a chart of six boxes for page 15.

3. Fill out the student/parent email form.



Monday, November 8, 2010

Your homework for tonight is:

1. Make up work if you have any to do.
2. Media Release Form--if you didn't turn it in yet (signed or unsigned.)
3. "Scope 9-20-10, p. 2, 3, 9"


Sunday, November 7, 2010

I went to the recycling center this afternoon and unloaded the cans and bottles you've been saving. And guess what? We have enough to buy our second goat! For details, go towww.goatsforpeace.com.

YouTube Video



Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekend homework:

1. Reading Log.

2. Media Release Form (signed or unsigned.)

3. On a sheet of paper titled "Scope--October," answer the following:

        1. Where is the little town of Sleepy Hallow?
        2. How did the basketball team The Knicks get their name?
        3. Rewrite the three celebrity paragraphs from p. 2-3.
        4. Answer the first two questions in the blue box in the lower
         
                right corner of page. 9
        5. Answer the first two questions in the blue box in the lower
                 right corner of page 11.
        6. Answer the questions on page 21.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Today in class we did silent sustained reading while I checked over second drafts and then we played the number game.

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 116, #2-7"

If you didn't turn in a second draft yet, submit it as soon as possible.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I wasn't at school today so you had the pleasure of enjoying the experience of a substitute teacher.

Tomorrow, your first and second drafts are due.

On Friday, 

"Literature p. 116, #2-7"  will be due.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tonight's homework is to write about one of the papers you proofread in class today or to write about your A.R. book. This must be done on a half-sheet of paper.

Due Thursday will be the first and second draft of your composition.

The first draft is to be signed by a parent.

The second draft must be typed or written neatly by hand in ink on unlined white paper.

Do not put your name date and period in the upper righthand corner of your second draft;  your name will only be in your byline.

Pictures and drawings with your second draft are fine, but it probably won't be returned.

For extra credit, send your second draft to me via email.

In your email, put your first and last name in the subject title.

Your typed second draft must not have tabs, centering or indenting. Everything must be left justified. Skip a line after the byline and between paragraphs.

When you turn it in on Thursday, do not staple the two drafts together.

Remember that your second draft might be posted.


Monday, November 1, 2010

We bought our first goat today with all of the cans and bottles that students have brought in.

Also, we're halfway to getting Goat Number Two. For more info, go to goatsforpeace.com.

Tonight's homework is to complete your composition that you started in class, "What I'm Thankful For." It's to be three or more paragraphs. Please skip lines between paragraphs.




Today in class we watched, "The Woodcutter" story.

I didn't collect the grammar homework today because I want students to check over their work to be sure it was done correctly. 

"Grammar p. 38-40, Ex. B & C"

I will collect it on Monday along with your reading log.


Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Today in class we watched a video interpretation of the the Lucille Fletcher play.

Tonight's homework is worth double credit so do a good job. It is "Grammar p. 38-40, Ex. B & C"


Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Today in class we read the radio play The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher.

Homework:  "Grammar p. 37-38, Ex. 9 & 10"


Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Today we heard the poem The Raven, a story by Kevin Kling, the story Clinkity Clink, and a  "found sound" tape. We also read several short accounts from a packets.

Homework for tonight:

"Grammar p. 36-37, Ex. 7 & 8"

For extra credit, you may summarize a story you read or heard in class today.

For more extra credit, you may write a report--in your own words--about Edgar Allan Poe and how his life may have had an influence on his writings.


Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Today in class we watched as student video on The Cask of Amontillado and we watched part of an A&E biography of Edgar Allan Poe.

For tonight's homework, take 10 of the most difficult words from The Cask of Amontillado story and write the definitions.


Friday, Oct. 22, 2010

Today in class we read The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.

Your weekend homework is:

1. Reading Log.

2. Underline all the words in the story you're unfamiliar with.


Thursday, Oct 21, 2010

Today in class we talked about the many different kinds of pronouns. We covered pages 30-33 of the grammar book.

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 33-34."


Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Today in class we worked in small groups on the plays from Scope.

Tonight's homework is:

"Grammar p. 29"


Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Tonight's homework, 

"Grammar p. 26, ex. 2; p. 28, ex. 4"

"Scope p. 3 & 10"

Free answers for grammar:

Ex. 2:

9. Mark--proper;  instruments--common; display--common

E. 4:

6. years--common; Marian Anderson--proper; limelight--common



Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Tonight's homework is to write a summary of a story you heard in class or of an article you read in the Sept. 6 issue of Scope Magazine.
Summaries must be a minimum of a half page in length.




Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Today in class we started to hear the story of The Box.

Weekend homework:

1. Reading Log
2. "Grammar p. 25, Ex. 1"

For extra credit, you may title a paper "The Box" and write your own ending to the story.


Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Today we watched the old video production of The Monsters are Due on Maple Street. The aliens were added at the end of the story so Rod Serling wouldn't be accused of producing something that was controversial. At the time it appeared, there was a nationwide witch-hunt for Communists in America. It was called the Red Scare and it resulted in a lot of good people losing their jobs because of finger-pointing and fear. With the aliens appears at the end of the story, Serling was able to say, "It's only science fiction."

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 90, 93, 97, 99 & 100"


Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Today you heard a true story about my ex-student, Stacey. (Yesterday, for some unknown reason, this website had a different name posted.)

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 88, #1-4, 7, 9 , 10"

Please write your answers with complete sentences.



Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Today we finished the Rod Serling play.

And yes, the monsters are in ourselves.

Tonight's homework:

"Grammar p. 22, #41-50"

"Literature p. 78, # 1-6, 9 & 11"


Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Today in class we corrected the proofreading half sheet 13A and most students did well.

Then we started in on The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street in small groups.

Tonight's homework is "Literature p. 61 & 65"


Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

Homework for the weekend:

1. Reading Log
2. Proofreading half-sheet 13A
3. "Literature p. 60, #1-6 and 9"


Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Today we finished "Three Skeleton Key."

Tonight's homework is:

"Literature p. 40, #1-4 & 1-5; p. 47, #1-5"


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today we took the Cornerstone Survey.

Tonight's homework is:
"Literature p. 36, #1-5, 7, 9, 10; p. 37, #1-5"


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tonight I'd like you to read again and have it documented in your reading log and I'd like you to complete the literature assignment titled,  "Literature p. 14, #1-4; p. 18, #1-6 & 1-4; p. 19, #1-4."

Also, please return your 
signed progress report tomorrow.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Today in class we started reading "Three Skeleton Key."

For tonight's homework, read your A.R. for 10 minutes to an hour, or longer, and have this documented in your reading log which you will show me tomorrow.

Today I announced some assignments that you can get a head start with.

 Due Wednesday:
"Literature p. 14, #1-4; p. 18, #1-6 & 1-4; p. 19, #1-4"

Due Thursday:
"Literature p. 36, #1-5, 7, 9, 10; p. 37, #1-5"

Due Friday:
"Literature p. 40, #1-4 & 1-5; p. 47, #1-5"


Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

I have to go back up to Stanford hospital to get my head examined, all because I was running backwards last year. Sheesh. So you had the fine sub Mr. Pascual who had the drama students read a play by Arthur Miller, Grandpa and the Statue, and the 7th grade English students read p. 15-35 of the literature book. 

On Monday, you'll turn in what you were going to give me on Friday plus your reading log.

Please note the chalk art that some F students drew. 


Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Homework for tonight:

On a half sheet of paper, write about how Tom Sawyer and Bart Simpson are both similar and different. Title your half sheet "Compare and Contrast."

For extra credit, you may draw a Venn Diagram on another half sheet of paper.




Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Tonight's homework is to rewrite the three faulty quotes from pages 2-3 in your Scope Magazine.


Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Tonight's homework is "Grammar p. 21, #1-40"

Several free answers were given in class today.

Remember to follow my instructions that matched how we did the free answers and not the instructions in the book.


Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Homework:

1. "Grammar p. 19 & 20" on a full sheet of paper.
2. "Five Perfect Sentences" which we started in class. Subjects need to be underlined once and predicates need to be underlined twice.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Homework for the weekend:

1. Reading Log.
2. Grammar p. 17
3. Grammar p. 18
4. Memorize the members of the To Be family.

We did several problems together in class today for page 17 and 18.

Remember, you will just write the simple subjects and predicates of those sentences on your half sheets. You will not follow the instructions in the book.

The To Be family members are:

    is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been.

P. S. It was a great pleasure meeting your parents last night.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Homework:

"Grammar p. 16, ex. 11, #1-10"


Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Today we acted out simple sentences to visualize the subjects and predicates and then we took another short test. Students generally did better. It's always best to figure out the predicate first and then the subject. We also touched on the difference between a subject and an object.

Homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 16, ex. 10"



Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Your homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 14-15"



Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Today in class we had SSR and we sang along with
http://vimeo.com/6746927 instead of taking a test.

For homework tonight:

"Grammar p. 11 and 12"
"Five Perfect Sentences" (I'm collecting them tomorrow, ready or not.)


Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Your homework for the weekend is to complete your reading log.


In addition to that, complete your Five Minute Writing.

Also,  please do these:

1. Subjects and Predicates. Online Quiz Number One.
Test you ability to find the subject and predicate of a sentence...   Just Click Here! 

2. Subjects and Predicates from Science.
Yep. Here is another one with a science flavor to it. Try it. You might like it.



Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

Homework for tonight is "Grammar p. 9-10."

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Homework:

1. Green sheet take-home test on subjects and predicates.

2. "Grammar p. 8"

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

Today we went over the grammar homework.

I recited the helpful poem, "In phrases that tell when or where, you'll find no subject or predicate there."

We started a take-home test today on simple subjects and predicates.

1. People are very funny.
2. We went to Grandma's yesterday
3. The boy hit the ball.
4. The ball hit the boy.
5. Birds fly.
6. People from Sweden like to play chess.
7. Under the table, the cat slept.
8. I like pizza.
9. After Sally went home, the roof leaked.
10. In California, fish is expensive.

Underline the simple subject once and the simple predicate twice.

Also for homework, read p. 4-13 in your literature book and then do "Literature p. 13, #1-5"


Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

Your homework for tonight is
Grammar p. 4, Oral Practice; p 6, #11-20; p. 7, #1-10
We did the first two problems of each assignment in class.
For page 6, only items 6 and 8 and more than one word answers.
If you check back later, there might be some free answers.


Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Homework for this weekend:

"Grammar p. 2-3"

This is to be done from your grammar handbook.

For Section B on page 3, underline the predicate once instead of twice.

On Monday, I'll be looking for four things on your desktop when class begins:

1. Reading book.
2. Five Perfect Sentences
3. Reading log.
4. Grammar p. 2-3



Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

Today for new homework we have a full sheet titled,

Grammar From History, p. 154

1. adjective
2. adjective
3. adjective
4. helping verb
5. proper noun
6. an infinitive
7. past participle
8. present participle or a gerund
9. concrete noun
10. abstract noun
11. a form of "to be"
12. a form of "to be"
13. Define plague.
14. Define famine.
15. Define immoderate.

Tomorrow, remember to bring your Five Perfect Sentences and your reading book.

PS: "To be" family members are:

is
am
are
was
were
be
being
been


Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Today in class we exchanged and read 15 minute writings.

Homework tonight:

1. Finish "Five Perfect Sentences." Remember, each sentence has to be at least 8 words.

2. From your history text book, copy down 10 nouns and 10 verbs from page 147.


Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Today we took a reading test, Jasper's Mask.

For tonight's homework, you are to write a 15 minute writing on any one of these four topics:

1. How did you spend the three day weekend?
2. How did you spend a different weekend that you remember?
3. What would you like to be when you grow up?
4. What would you like to do this coming weekend?

Your writing should not exceed one page. (No writing on the back, please.)

Monday, Sept. 6, 2010

No school. Labor Day.


Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

Today students got magnetic strips to put on the back of their index cards so they can be refrigerator magnets.

Weekend homework:

1. Complete your reading log.
2. Send or provide a photograph or a drawing of your refrigerator with the classroom refrigerator magnet on it.

(Random inspections of refrigerators will start taking place the last week of September.)



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today in class we had a five minute writing using two of the vocabulary words.

Students must keep "Vocabulary Sheet #1" in their binder.

For tonight's homework, students are to make a colorful refrigerator magnet on an index card that has the following information:

That the classroom website, my email address, and the homework hotline number which is 923-1800, ext. 4267.

Tomorrow, students will get magnetic tape to put on the back of their cards.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy September!

September is when school used to start in the olden days. It now feels like school for old guys like me.

Your homework for tonight is to write the definitions for these ten words and use each in a sentence.

1. expletive 
2. tautology 
3. voracious
4. heliocentric
5. pachyderm
6. abstruse
7. obtuse
8 adamant 
9. aberrant
10. affinity

If you are in D period, you got the proofreading half-sheet day and that will be due tomorrow too.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today in class we finished our introductions.

We talked about the words "tautology" and "expletive" in some of our classes.

Tonight's homework is to do the proofreading half sheet 15B.

Use these symbols only:  Proofreading Symbols

D period class did not get this assignment yet so all D periods need to do is read a little bit for the reading log.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Today in class we continued with our introductions.

Nobody as yet has violated the speech rule of "eating final words." That's good--and amazing.

We talked in some classes that it is immature and rude to say, "Who's that?" aloud when a student is called on.

Tomorrow, we'll finish up all of the introductions.

Tonight's homework is to make or runoff a new reading log and to read anywhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours. Have your new reading log signed and show it to me tomorrow.

Remember to bring your reading book and your bookmarker.

Remember the rule that you need to have a book "on deck." That is, have your next book ready to read once you finish the one you're on. Otherwise, there will be lag time and you'll be penalized for it. For two or three books "on deck" if you like, but at least have one.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Today we videotaped some of the introductions.

We talked about the importance of eye contact, natural posture, good voice volume and clarity. We also talked about how to end a speech--not with the word "yeah" or the words "the end." It's also substandard form to say "in conclusion...."  It's OK to say "thank you," which is common, but still should be avoided when possible. A clear ending is communicated by the choice of words and the lower tone at the end of the final sentence.

We also talked about how both laughing and moving around excessively are natural reactions to try to relax muscles that tense up with nervousness. 

On Monday, we will tape introductions we didn't get to today.

Reading logs are due on Monday. Be sure to document at least one hour of reading.

And, of course, remember to bring your reading book.




Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today was a short day, it being Thursday. We watched a 10 minute video called Beatrice's Goat from 60 Minutes about how a goat changed the life of a girl from the African nation of Uganda.

Cans and bottles that are recycled in the classroom go to "Goats For Peace" which donates goats through heifer.org.

For the remainder of the period, we practiced our introduction presentations.

Tonight's homework is to practice the presentations.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today in class we worked on our introductions.

Tonight's homework is to secure your reading book and bring it to class tomorrow and to prepare for your introductions which must be at least 30 seconds in length and less than 45 seconds if possible.

Tomorrow we present our introductions.

During class today, one student got on the wrong side of Mr. Stick and this was the result. Don't let this happen to you.

Mr. Stick Takes Action



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today in class I collected the parent signature sheet.

There were reminders about classroom rules.

Students are urged to contribute cans and bottles to Goats For Peace.

Today we went over the the reading log and the bookmarker samples sheets. Unfortunately, the penciled instructions were hard to read. A clearer version can be seen on these links:

Reading Log Sample and instructions

Bookmarker Sample and instructions

Tonight's homework is to complete your first Reading Log form and to put at least your name on your index card bookmarker.

You must start bringing your reading book to class on Thursday.

Your first Reading Log will be due on Monday but this time I will only require documentation that you read an hour. Starting the next week, my expectations wills be what's listed on the sample sheet, e.g., "A" students should read at least 5 hours per week.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Your homework for tonight is get a reading book (if you can) and get the parent signature sheet signed by a parent.

Today in class you received the Classroom Management Plan, letter about videos. I also prattled long and hard about all the rules and procedures like for bathroom passes, gum, tardies, and what happens to you if you violate any rules.


Homework every day is Rule Number One.
 
Remember, instead of periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, we are going to call ourselves periods A, B, C, D, E and F.

When I ask for your period, put the letter.



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dear Parents,


I plan to show a video of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, a teleplay thats in our literature text and other video shorts produced by the textbook publisher.


I also plan to show the 1952 version of A Christmas Carol and perhaps a few "After School Specials" such as The Wave and A Childrens Story.


Later in the year I might show a few A&E biographies of famous authors; Dickens, Poe, Hemingway, etc.


As it relates to the curriculum, I might show excerpts from videos from the following list  "Romeo & Juliet" (Leonard Whiting), "Reduced Shakespeare," "West Side Story," "Shakespeare--Standard Deviants", "Of Mice and Men," "Eye of The Beholder," "Bartleby," "The Garden Party," "The Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge," "Poetic License," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Our Town," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Akeelah and the Bee,"Titus Andronicus," an expurgated version of "Shakespeare in Love," "Time Out of War," "The Time of Your Life," and "The Ox Bow Incident."


I might also show short video clips from PBS on poetry and educational videos relating to concepts in literature, grammar, vocabulary, acting and classical theater.



Robert Wright

Morrill Middle School



Friday, August 20, 2010

Mr. Wright's 

Classroom Management Plan

Seventh Grade English

2010-2011


Communication


It's important that students, teachers and parents all work together so good communication is essential. 


The best way to contact me is via email at mr.wright@roomC6.com. You can also call me at 923-1800 ext. 4036.


To stay informed about homework, visit the classroom website at roomC6.com.  You may also call the homework hotline at 923-1800, ext. 4267 (once the new phone system reactivates it.)


Homework


We have homework every day, five days a week.


The minute class begins, every student should have on his desk the homework that was assigned the day before. (If a student is absent the previous day, he displays the homework that was assigned the last day he was in class.)


Though students may often begin working on their homework during class, they may never turn it in early. It has to go home before it can be turned in. Parents will have the opportunity every evening to check the homework due the next day. In fact, parents are strongly encouraged to check the homework to be sure it is neat, complete, and reflects the child's best effort.


Late Work


Late work may be turned in one day late for half credit. After that, late work will not be accepted.


Students do not have to make up work that was assigned during an excused absence (though there are some rare exceptions.) . Students returning from an absence will turn in what was assigned on the last day they were in class. 


Extra Credit


Students may make an appointment to see me after school to discuss current grade status and extra credit opportunities. Extra credit is an effective way to raise a poor grade but the work will be twice as demanding and it should be undertaken well in advance of the grading cut-off date.


Reading


Your child is required to bring to school a reading book every day. Please help your child select a book that is both high interest and challenging. 


Please review and sign the weekly reading log which is due every Monday.


Grading


Grading is based on effort and academic progress toward meeting district standards. It breaks down this way:


    Homework                              = 50%

    Reading                                    = 20%

    Class work and participation = 10%

    Tests                         = 10%

    Special Projects                       = 10%



Discipline


Students are held to a high standard of behavior. They are expected to arrive on time, stay seated, keep their hands to themselves and pay attention. Students are also expected to be courteous and to treat each other with respect. The classroom will be free of bullying and verbal ridicule of any kind. It will be an environment that is both physically safe and emotionally safe. 


Students who chew gum or arrive late to class late will serve detention. Students who are out of uniform will be referred to the vice principal.


Only materials required for the lesson will be allowed on the desktop. Backpacks must remain on the floor and students may not access them unless directed to do so.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

It looks like I'm teaching two periods of drama and three periods of English. English is what the younger teachers call Language Arts.

I taught drama for a couple years when I first started teaching at Morrill, 35 years ago in what is now Mr. DeMayo's room.

Ah, but that might be too much information.

Some of my students have turned in their summer homework and I'm amazed by how good their compositions are. If you are a student I had last year, you only have until Monday to email it to me, if you haven't done so already.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I went to a meeting at school and found out that Mr. Mosely was named Administrator of the Year. It was really nice to hear because it's an honor he really deserves. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him on Monday.









You can send email to me at Mr.Wright followed by the "at" symbol, which we all know is @, followed by RoomC6, which is our room, followed by dot com, and by dot we mean a period, which of course you know, but a bot might not.


Reading Log instructions


Reading Log as a pdf you can print out and use.

Bookmarker Sample and instructions.
(Index cards are kept by the TV.)




The Children's Story by James Clavell







You can send email to me at Mr.Wright followed by the "at" symbol, which we all know is @, followed by RoomC6, which is our room, followed by dot com, and by dot we mean a period, which of course you know, but a bot might not.


Reading Log instructions


Reading Log as a pdf you can print out and use.

Bookmarker Sample and instructions.
(Index cards are kept by the TV.)




The Children's Story by James Clavell





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