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Ford Online Learning Slides

Week in Review

This is where I will put what we are doing each week and post any upcoming due dates. Past weeks will be moved to the "Past Weeks" page.

Homework: Students are expected to read 30 minutes each night. They track finished and abandoned books in their Read and Write for Gold Tracker in Google Classroom. I will hold reading conferences througout the year to assess their progress and comprehension.

Other homework will be listed below, if required.

May 11 - May 15, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford.

There are no new assignments this week because I want each of you to check PowerSchool and take care of any missing or incomplete assignments. You have until Friday, May 15 to complete these. Please email me if you have questions.

Please return library books to the school by May 13.

Instead of our weekly Google Meets, I am going to try having online class parties! How fun is that! There will be three times, so choose whichever you would like to attend, click on the link at the corresponding time, and join us for some fun. You can even bring snacks or treats to munch on because what is a party without treats, right?

10:30 AM-11:00 AM: meet.google.com/yqo-qbqs-oso

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: meet.google.com/wyv-emot-dda

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM: meet.google.com/avh-fakf-ayt





Check out our new optional book club page!

We're reading or listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! Click here for more information.

Google Classroom

Assignments and other important information can be found in Google Classroom. This is accessed through the student's Google account by clicking on the menu and clicking on the Google Classroom icon.

Quill.org

Quill.org assignments from March 23 to the end of the year will be optional and counted as E.L.O. (extended learning opportunity credit) if completed.

MobyMax

From March 30- May 1, the following must be completed on MobyMax each week:

  • 15 minutes in Reading Informational Text
  • 15 minutes in Reading Literature
  • 15 minutes in Vocabulary
  • 15 minutes in Language

This will be included in your grade in PowerSchool each week. This is a guide to using MobyMax. Here is the sign-on link. The school code is ut1046.

Google Meet

On Thursdays, I will be setting up several Google Meet times, so you can ask questions, check in with each other, and see how everything is going. Watch for more information about that.

Past Weeks

This is what we have done in previous weeks.

May 4 - May 8, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford. You can also check my website for more information.

Upcoming Due Dates:

THE PASSION PROJECT WAS DUE MAY 3. MAKE SURE YOU TURN THAT IN.

Due Sunday, May 10, at midnight: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Due Sunday, May 10, at midnight CommonLit.org article, The Worst Birthday from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Sunday, May 10, at midnight:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



April 27 - May 1, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford. You can also check my website for more information.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Due Sunday, May 3, at midnight: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Due Sunday, May 3, at midnight: Google Classroom Assignment: Finish up the Passion Project document found in Google Classroom.

    • Passion Project Full Instructions video here

Due Sunday, May 3, at midnight CommonLit.org article, GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE.” due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Sunday, May 3, at midnight:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



April 20 - April 24, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford. You can also check my website for more information.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Due Sunday, April 26, at midnight: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Due Sunday, April 26, at midnight: Google Classroom Assignment: Finish up the “Research Notes” and “Process April 20-24” sections of your Passion Project document found in Google Classroom.

    • Passion Project Full Instructions video here
    • Research Notes and Process Instructions video here

Due Sunday, April 26, at midnight CommonLit.org article, Lessons From Failure: Why We Try, Try Again, due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Sunday, April 26, at midnight:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



April 14 - April 17, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford. You can also check my website for more information.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Due Sunday, April 19, at midnight: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Due Sunday, April 19, at midnight: Google Classroom Assignment: Complete the “Research Notes” and “Process April 13-17” sections of your Passion Project document found in Google Classroom.

    • Passion Project Full Instructions video here
    • Research Notes and Process Instructions video here

Due Sunday, April 19, at midnight CommonLit.org article, Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push, due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Sunday, April 19, at midnight:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



April 5 - April 9, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford. You can also check my website for more information.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Due Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Due Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.: Google Classroom Assignment: Complete the “Proposal” and “Process April 5-9” sections of your Passion Project document found in Google Classroom.

    • Passion Project Full Instructions video here
    • Proposal and Process Instructions video here

Due Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.: CommonLit.org article, HOW AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY INVENTED THE POPSICLE, due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



March 30- April 3, 2020

This week's video message from Mrs. Ford.

Upcoming Due Dates:

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.: Complete the following on MobyMax.com:

    • 15 minutes of Vocabulary
    • 15 minutes of Language
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Literature
    • 15 minutes of Reading Skills Informational

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.: Google Classroom Assignments: Complete "2020 Passion Project: Finding Your Passion" and "Passion Bracket" assignments. Be sure to watch the videos too:

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.: CommonLit.org article The Value of Being Confused due (Check Google Classroom). PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER EXACTLY WHAT THE SHORT ANSWER QUESTION IS ASKING AND USE COMPLETE SENTENCES.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.:

    • Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.
    • Read every day for 30 minutes.
    • Write an entry in your journal. You can use your own personal journal or the one in Google Classroom entitled Journal.

For further information, check my website and Google Classroom.

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat



March 23- March 27, 2020

All classwork and assignments will be posted. If formal instruction is required, I will post a video of me explaining what you need to learn and know. Each Thursday, I will have a Google Meet for anyone who would like to join. These are optional, and you do not have to join your class period. You may join any of the Google Meets you would like to. The join codes and times are below.

Period 1: 8:20-8:30 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/pqb-qafj-sev

Period 2: 9:10-9:25 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/tfb-diia-xrg

Period 3: 10:00-10:15 am Join URL: https://meet.google.com/xhw-yerf-kzp

Period 5: 12:10-12:25 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/bvf-nmsw-ifw

Period 6: 1:00-1:15 pm Join URL: https://meet.google.com/uda-qcem-fat

Important Dates and Information:

Due Monday, March 30, 8:00 a.m.: MobyMax Reading Level Assessment, Vocabulary Placement Test, and Language Test Due.

The Vocabulary and Language Placement tests pop up the very first time you click on those icons, so most of you have already finished those. I am giving 10 points for each test you finish. Check PowerSchool if you are not sure which ones you need to complete.

Due Monday, March 30, 8:00 a.m.: CommonLit.org article MALALA YOUSAFZAI’S ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS, JULY 2013 due.

Here is a link to a video to show you how CommonLit.org works. **Note** There is not a separate category for CommonLit in Google Classroom as mentioned in the video. I am filing the CommonLit assignments in the week they assigned.

Due Monday, March 30, 8:00 a.m.: Fill in this week's Check-in Google Form here. It will also be posted in Google Classroom.

Read every day for 30 minutes.

Write an entry in your journal. You can use your own personal journal or the one in Google Classroom entitled Journal.



March 9- March 13, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

By popular demand, Quill is now due Sundays at midnight. Students no longer choose which ones to do; they need to do the ones assigned for the week. They should be at the bottom of their Quill assignments delineated by the week's date.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, March 9

We began continued our blended learning rotations. Each student spent 15 minutes reading independently, 15 minutes working on Moby Max, and 15 minutes in small group instruction with me. We read the first two articles here, identified the author's claim, highlighted reasons and evidence to support the claim, summarized those reasons and evidence, and rated them in order of strength.

Tuesday, March 10

We had our second day of blended learning. We finished annotated those two articles.

Wednesday, March 11

Day in the Desert -- Students decided whether they agreed with or opposed daylight saving time and filled in this page to support their claim using the articles.

Thursday, March 5

Day in the Desert -- Students decided whether they agreed with or opposed daylight saving time and filled in this page (Argument Card) to support their claim using the articles.

Friday, March 6

Students participated in a philosophical chairs debate of their claim on daylight saving time. The Argument Card was due at the end of the period.

March 2- March 6, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

By popular demand, Quill is now due Sundays at midnight. Students no longer choose which ones to do; they need to do the ones assigned for the week. They should be at the bottom of their Quill assignments delineated by the week's date.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, March 2

We began continued our blended learning rotations. Each student spent 15 minutes reading independently, 15 minutes working on Moby Max, and 15 minutes in small group instruction with me. We read and annotated an article about standards-based grading. No assignment were due today.

Tuesday, March 3

We had our second day of blended learning. In small group instruction, we found the claim and counterclaim for yesterday's article and highlighted reasons and evidence to support each side. No assignments were due today.

Wednesday, March 4

Students prepared for the philosophical chairs debate about standards-based grading.

Thursday, March 5

Students participated in a philosophical chairs debate. Both grading articles needed to be highlighted, summarized, have a thesis written, and handed in by the end of the period.

Friday, March 6

Students did a claim quiz on Moby Max and spent the period working on Moby Max and Quill.

February 24 - February 28, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

By popular demand, Quill is now due Sundays at midnight. Students no longer choose which ones to do; they need to do the ones assigned for the week. They should be at the bottom of their Quill assignments delineated by the week's date.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, February 24

We began our blended learning rotations. Each student spent 15 minutes reading independently, 15 minutes working on Moby Max, and 15 minutes in small group instruction with me. We read and annotated an article about student absences. No assignment were due today.

Tuesday, February 25

We had our second day of blended learning. In small group instruction, we found the claim and counterclaim for yesterday's article and highlighted reasons and evidence to support each side. No assignments were due today.

Wednesday, February 26

Students worked on determining claim and reasoning (thesis) of an argument.

Thursday, February 27

Students continued working on determining claim and counterclaim.

Friday, February 28

Students took an assessment on claim and counterclaim and worked on Quill.org (02/25-03/01 Commonly Confused Words) due on Sunday.

February 17 - February 21, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

By popular demand, Quill is now due Sundays at midnight. Students no longer choose which ones to do; they need to do the ones assigned for the week. They should be at the bottom of their Quill assignments delineated by the week's date.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, February 17

No school

Tuesday, February 18

Students will continue to work on their holiday assignment. They will finish a poster describing the holiday they and their group created.

Wednesday, February 19

Students will present their holidays to the class.

Thursday, February 20

We learned strategies to overcome procrastination and practiced those by working on Quill.

Friday, February 21

The students were introduced to Moby Max, a new program we are using as part of blended learning. A video about it can be found here. We will be using this program every Monday and Tuesday in class.

February 10 - February 14, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

No Quill due this week.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, February 10

The students read an article about the origins of Valentine's Day and visited the library.

Tuesday, February 11

The students created and answered questions based on the article we read yesterday. These were due at the end of class and will be the first grades entered in for third trimester.

Wednesday, February 12

The students completed the R.I. (Reading Inventory) test to determine their Lexile levels.

Thursday, February 13

The students worked as groups to create a new holiday, a poster to go along with it, and an oral presentation.

Friday, February 7

The students continued working as groups to create a new holiday, a poster to go along with it, and an oral presentation.

February 3 - February 7, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

Tuesday, February 4 -- Invention Google slide presentation due.

Friday, February 7 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 50 for the trimester so far). Last day to turn in any late work.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, February 3

The students continued writing a RACER paragraph for each of the three research questions they have been researching about the invention they chose. These paragraphs should be typed on the Google Classroom document entitled "Invention RACER Paragraphs Draft."

Tuesday, February 4

The students continued working on their invention research project. The final product is on Google Classroom under the title "Invention Google Slide Presentation." Instructions are in that assignment and the completed assignment is due in Google Classroom at 4:00 PM today.

Wednesday, February 5

This is a work day to catch up on any missing work.

Thursday, February 6

We worked on a reading comprehension activity.

Friday, February 7

We completed the reading comprehension activity and worked on Quill. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 50 this trimester). This is the last day to turn in any missing assignments.

January 27 - January 31, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

Thursday, January 30 -- Research Vocabulary Words Quiz (See Google Classroom for a list of the words)

Friday, January 31 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 45 for the trimester so far)

Tuesday, February 4 -- Invention Google slide presentation due.

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, January 27

The students began writing a RACER paragraph for each of the three research questions they have been researching about the invention they chose. These paragraphs should be typed on the Google Classroom document entitled "Invention RACER Paragraphs Draft."

Tuesday, January 28

The students participated in a book pass in the library.

Wednesday, January 29

The students did a close read to celebrate International LEGO Day.

Thursday, January 30

The students finished typing their RACER paragraphs and revised them. They also began creating their Google slide presentation about their invention. This Google slide presentation is due on Tuesday, February 4.

Friday, January 24

The students made a "Works Cited" slide and continued working on their slide presentation. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 45 this trimester).

January 20 - January 24, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

Friday, January 24 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 40 for the trimester so far)

Read every day for 20 minutes. We read every day in class for 10, so that brings the total to 30 minutes each day.

Monday, January 20

No school

Tuesday, January 21

The students learned how to use Utah Online Library to research the inventions they chose.

Wednesday, January 22

The students practiced assessing the validity of websites using the C.R.A.A.P test. They also continued researching the inventions they chose. They are taking notes on paper or on Google Classroom.

Thursday, January 23

Students continued researching the inventions they chose.

Friday, January 24

Students continued researching and began composing their R.A.C.E.R. paragraphs for each research question. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 40 this trimester).

January 13 - January 17, 2020

Upcoming Due Dates:

Friday, January 17 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 35 for the trimester so far)

Monday, January 13

Each student chose an invention to research. We created three research questions, and wrote them on the Invention Research Notes (which can be found on Google Classroom).

Tuesday, January 14

We learned how to assess the credibility of a website using the C.R.A.A.P. method. Students received a Research Guide to help them in their online research of their chosen inventions. That is also on Google Classroom.

Wednesday, January 15

Students were given the RISE benchmark assessments for editing and informational reading. They also began their online research for their chosen invention.

Thursday, January 16

Students took another RISE benchmark and continued their research.

Friday, January 17

Students continued their research. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 35 this trimester).

December 16 - December 20 , 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

Tuesday, December 17 -- Open note vocabulary test. Storyboards are due.

Thursday, December 19 -- Online Book Babble due.

Friday, December 20 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 20 for the trimester so far)

Monday, December 16

We watched Staves 4 and 5 of A Christmas Carol, and worked on the Compare/Contrast chart for the movie and the book. We also worked on the storyboards.

Tuesday, December 17

We took the A Christmas Carol vocabulary test and worked on Quill.org.

Wednesday, December 18

We practiced writing a RACER paragraph (restate the question, answer the question, cite evidence, elaborate, and restate the question) about how Scrooge changed over the course of the story.

Thursday, December 19

Students wrote a RACER paragraph comparing the book to the movie versions we watched.

Friday, December 20

We had our Fezziwig party! 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 25 this trimester).

December 9 - December 13 , 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

Friday, December 13 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 20 for the trimester so far)

Monday, December 9

We filled in synonyms for Stave 4 vocabulary words, read the first two pages of Stave 4, drew the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and wrote on the Scrooge character outline how Scrooge treated that ghost differently.

Tuesday, December 10

We practiced our Stave 4 vocabulary words and read to page 100 (on the online version -- see Google Classroom) of Stave 4.

Wednesday, December 11

Students finished reading Stave 4 on their own or in pairs and worked on their storyboard.

Thursday, December 12

Students read Stave 5 on their own or in pairs. They worked on their storyboards and added a sentence explaining each box.

Friday, December 13

The students took their Stave 4/5 quiz and went to the library to check out a book. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 20 this trimester).

December 2 - December 6 , 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

Thursday, December 5 -- Stave 3 Quiz

Friday, December 6 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 15 for the trimester so far)

Monday, December 2

I will assign roles for the Stave 3 reader's theater, practice reading with expression and phrasing, and sketch the Ghost of Christmas Present. We also learned talked about service opportunities we can take to free Marley from his chains.

Tuesday, December 3

The students began performing the reader's theater version of Stave 3. I will post this in Google Classroom for their reference.

Wednesday, December 4

We finished reading the Stave 3 reader's theater and added a square to our storyboard depicting the most important event or experience that caused the greatest change in Scrooge that stave. We also added more examples of how Scrooge changes to our Scrooge outline paper.

Thursday, December 5

The students took a comprehension quiz for Stave 3. We watched the Stave 3 from A Muppet Christmas Carol and added more examples to our compare and contrast chart.

Friday, December 6

The students read books of their choice and began book babbles (book conferences) with me. 5 more Quill activities are due today (for a total of 15 this trimester).

November 18 - November 22, 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

Friday, November 22 -- 5 Quill.org activities due (Total of 10 for the trimester so far)

Monday, November 18

We will take a comprehension quiz for Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol and watch the first stave of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. We will then use the Compare/Contrast Chart (found in Google Classroom) to compare and contrast the book to the movie.

Tuesday, November 19

The students will fill in synonyms for the second stave vocabulary. We will learn about symbols and create chain links symbolizing the things holding us back from being who we want to be. We will read Stave 2 through page 38 and sketch the Ghost of Christmas Past on our storyboard.

Wednesday, November 20

The students will write story starters using the vocabulary words from Stave 2. We will begin filling in the Scrooge character paper (there is a copy on Google Classroom) and we will read pages 38-42 of A Christmas Carol (click here to read it online).

Thursday, November 21

The students will read to page 52 of Stave 2 and work on our storyboards.

Friday, November 22

The students will finish Stave 2, take a short comprehension quiz about Stave 2, read their reading books, and participate in reading conferences.

November 11 - November 15, 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

Friday, November 15 -- 5 Quill.org activities due

Monday, November 11

We analyzed the poem, "In Flanders Fields" and wrote thank you letters to veterans.

Tuesday, November 12

We saw Guys and Dolls at Desert Hills High School and also worked on vocabulary for Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol.

Wednesday, November 13

The students filled in the vocabulary chart for Stave 1 and began reading Stave 1. This chart can be found on Google Classroom. There is a print copy and audio copy of A Christmas Carol on Google Classroom as well.

Thursday, November 14

The students continued reading Stave 1.

Friday, November 15

The students finished reading Stave 1.

November 4 - November 8, 2019

Upcoming Due Dates:

NO QUILL THIS WEEK.

Monday, November 4

We typed a self-evaluation/reflection about the things we learned during the past trimester. This can be found on Google Classroom and is due on Tuesday, November 5.

Tuesday, November 5

We reviewed dialogue punctuation and took the Quill intermediate diagnostic.

Wednesday, November 6

The students learned about the background necessary to understand Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Thursday, November 7

The students continued learning about the background necessary to understand A Christmas Carol.

Friday, November 8

We visited the library for a book tasting.

Supplies list

  • A section in a binder with one divider labelled “Language Arts (can share a binder with other subjects)*
  • College ruled paper*
  • Composition notebook (not spiral-bound)*
  • Blue or black ink pens*
  • Sticky note tabs*
  • Novel/reading book*
  • School planner*
  • Red pen
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters (2 colors)
  • Optional:
    • Post-it notes
    • Colored pencils
    • USB wireless mouse
    • Wired headphones (not bluetooth)

* Indicates daily use of these materials.