5.26.17 - Aim: To continue gathering research for the Feature Article project. HW: By Monday, you should have a definite topic chosen, and have collected and read through some research.
5.25.17 - Aim: To understand the Feature Article assignment, and continue doing some research. HW: Continue researching. Find some topics that interest you. Bring in your copy of The Outsiders, and the rubric sheet for the essay.
5.23.17 - Aim: To complete and submit the final draft of the essay. HW: Meet in the library tomorrow. Bring your Chromebook with you.
5.22.17 - Aim: To continue the rough draft and/or begin editing and revising to create the final draft. HW: The final draft is due this Wednesday at 8:40 AM. If you feel you will not be done by then only working in class today and tomorrow, then you must work on the essay from home.
5.17.17 - Aim: To continue the rough draft. HW: Independent reading. Thinking about essay. Working on essay (optional).
5.16.17 - Aim: To begin the rough draft of the essay. HW: Continue independent reading. Devote some thought to how you might continue your essay tomorrow.
5.10.17 - Aim: The final SRI of the year! Then, when you are done, silently work on the graphic organizer for the essay.
5.9.17 - Aim: We will begin the pre-writing phase of the essay on The Outsiders. HW: Re-read the documents I posted today. Make sure you fully understand this assignment. If anything is unclear, ask me about it next class.
5.8.17 - Aim: We will review the study guide for chapters 10-12. HW: Complete the study guide and quote journal for chapters 7-12 by tomorrow.
5.4.17 - Aim: We will read the final chapter in The Outsiders. HW: Due TUESDAY, May 9th - Complete the study guide for chapters 10-12, and the quote journal for chapters 7-12.
5.3.17 - Aim: We will read chapter 11, and continue the quote journal.
5.2.17 - Aim: We will finish reading chapter 10, and begin the quote journal work.
4.27.17 - Aim: We will review the chapter 8 study guide, then begin chapter 9. HW: Finish reading chapter 9, and complete the study guide and quote journal by Monday
4.25.17 - Aim: We will review Ch. 7, and begin Ch. 8 if time allows. HW: Study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz (chs. 7-9 words). Complete chapter 8, study guide and quote journal by Thursday.
4.24.17 Aim: We will read chapter seven in The Outsiders. HW: Complete the Ch. 7 study guide and quote journal (you may have to unsubmit to continue working on the document). Study for vocabulary quiz on WEDNESDAY!
4.20.17 - Aim: We will review for tomorrow’s major test. HW: Study for the test, and turn in the Qtr. 3 reading log.
4.19.17 - Aim: We will review the vocabulary homework, and begin the test review if time allows. HW: Study for Friday’s test. Reading logs due Friday.
4.18.17 - Aim: We will work on the next round of vocabulary words. HW: Complete the vocabulary assignment if necessary, study for Friday’s major test on The Outsiders
4.17.17 - Aim: We will read chapter six. HW: Complete the study guide (Google Classroom), and the quote journal for chapter six. Turn in both on Google Classroom. AND Independent reading due by Friday
4.5.17 - Aim: We will review Ch. 5 and catch up on the quote journal. HW: Complete the ch. 5 quote journal if necessary.
4.4.17 - Aim: We will present our social justice slideshows. HW: Read chapter 5, and complete the study guide. You do not have to complete the quote journal tonight, but you will eventually.
3.30.17 - Aim: Continuing the Social Justice project. HW: For Monday: read chapter 4, complete the study guide and quote journal. Expect a reading check quiz.
3.29.17 - Aim: Continuing the Social Justice project. HW: Ind. Rdg.
3.28.17 - Aim: We will begin a project on heroes of social justice. HW: Continue independent reading.
3.27.17 - Aim: We will review chapter three of The Outsiders. HW: Catch up on independent reading, and/or anything you might be behind on.
3.24.17 - Aim: Review ch. 2 & study guide, and quote journal chs. 1 & 2. HW: Read chapter three, complete study guide and quote journal. Expect a reading-check quiz.
3.23.17 - Aim: We will begin chapter two of The Outsiders. HW: Finish reading chapter two, and complete the study guide and quote journal.
3.22.17 - Aim: We will create visualizations of the main characters in The Outsiders. HW: Catch up on independent reading.
3.21.17 - Aim: We will review Ch. 1, the study guide, and the quote journal. HW: Complete the Ponyboy Graphic organizer if necessary.
3.15.17 - Aim: To prepare for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz with a fun activity. HW: Study for tomorrow’s quiz
3.9.17 Aim: We will view background notes on the author of The Outsiders, as well as the novel itself, and begin the next vocabulary assignment. HW: By Monday, complete the vocabulary assignment for chapters 4-6 of the novel.
3.3.17 - Aim: We will take a listening quiz on S.E. Hinton, the author of The Outsiders. HW: Have a good weekend, and remember to read something.
3.2.17 - Aim: To express our thoughts and feelings on a few controversial topics. HW: Complete the handout if necessary. Study for Tuesday’s vocabulary quiz.
3.1.17 - Aim: We will finish the presentations, then review yesterday’s vocabulary assignment. HW: Study the vocabulary words for a quiz next Tuesday. If you borrowed your Literature Circle book, please bring it in to return tomorrow.
2.28.17 - Aim: To complete a vocabulary activity for chapter one of The Outsiders. HW: Complete the vocabulary assignment. Turn in through Google Classroom.
2.14.17 - Aim: We will continue creating the Literature Circle Presentation Project. HW: Turn in presentations, and be ready to present, by Friday.
2.10.17 - Snow Day
2.8.17 - Aim: To continue the early work on the Literature Circle Project. HW: Have your literature circle books with you every day. Finish the literature circle worksheets, as well as the book itself, by next Monday.
2.7.17 - Aim: To continue the early work on the Literature Circle Project. HW: Have your literature circle books with you every day. Finish the literature circle worksheets, as well as the book itself, by next Monday.
2.2.17 - Aim: To review the midterm, and share our homework responses. HW: Have Literature Circle book on Monday. Finish reading Literature Circle books by Monday, Feb. 13th
2.2.17 - Aim: To analyze an aspect of the short story, “The Third Level.” HW: Complete the writing assignment if necessary.
2.1.17 - Aim: To read, analyze, and understand a short story. HW: Complete the reading and questions if necessary.
1.31.17 -Aim: To analyze an aspect of “The Open Window.” HW: Finish today’s writing if necessary. Using evidence from the text of “The Open Window,” analyze the character of Vera. What kind of person is she? How does she successfully trick Framton Nuttel? In your opinion, is Vera justified in her treatment of Mr. Nuttel. Use at least two quotes from the story. Highlight quotes in yellow. Write your response in the document provided on Google Classroom.
1.20.17 - Aim: Completing the midterm review HW: Independent reading logs due next Friday, Jan. 27th.
1.19.17 - Aim: To prepare for the first section of the midterm. HW: Independent reading logs due next Friday, Jan.27, on Google Classroom.
1.13.17 - Aim: A Literature Circle activity, and independent reading. HW: Independent Reading. Be sure to have your IR and your Chromebook on Tuesday, the next SRI will be taken.
1.06.17 - Independent reading.
12.01.16 - Aim: (Pds. 1,2,6) We will conduct the spelling bee! OR: (Pd. 7) We will go to the book fair, and then complete the word root project. HW: IR
11.29.16 - Aim: We will continue the word root project.
11.28.16 - Aim: We will return to our roots. Our word roots, that is. HW: Continue independent reading.
11.21.16 - Aim: We will spend one final class period working on the final draft of the personal narrative essay. Complete the final draft, and turn ONLY the final draft document in through Google Classroom. If you have any confusion about this, I posted a video showing you how to do it. ALSO:Tomorrow, be sure to have the grading rubric, with your name clearly written at the top of it, to hand in to me.
11.18.16 - Aim: We will work independently and in pairs on completing an essay revision checklist. HW: Keep working on revising your rough draft. Final draft due by Tuesday of next week. If you truly feel your final draft is complete, you may turn in the essay, HOWEVER, please first, watch the video on how to turn in the essay that I posted in Google Classroom. Also, you will turn in the final draft to a newly posted assignment, not the one from the beginning of the week. Click here for the video file download, or Click the following link for the YouTube version of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFe0j9w8tfE.
11.17.16 - Aim: We will continue writing the rough draft of the personal narrative essay. HW: Continue working on rough draft. Rough draft is due tomorrow. Student who are out tomorrow for the Career Cafe, or any other reason, must still finish the rough draft, and complete the revision checklist for Monday.
11.15.16 - Aim: We will continue writing the rough drafts of the personal narrative essay. HW: Continue working on rough draft. Rough draft is due on Friday.
11.14.16 - Aim: We will check our outlines and prepare to begin writing the essay. HW: Continue writing the rough draft. Watch the video that is posted on our classroom page, it will be about writing the essay. Bring headphones for tomorrow in case you’d like to view the video again, and/or listen to music while you write.
11.10.16 - Aim: We will understand sensory language, and use it to improve our writing on the personal narrative essay. HW: Complete the essay outline graphic organizer handout. This will be given to you in class and posted in G.C, along with a quick video in which I explain how to fill it out.
11.9.16 - Aim: We will learn how to write an effective “hook,” and create hooks for our personal narrative essays. HW: Reading logs due tomorrow. Be sure to have them printed out, with parental signatures. ALSO: Have some ideas about your personal narrative written down.
11.07.16 - Aim: We will brainstorm and organize ideas for the personal narrative essay. HW: Continue independent reading, continue thinking about the essay.
11.04.16 - Aim: Looking at another personal narrative, and seeing our actual assignment. HW: Make a list of at least five possible essay topics. Continue independent reading.
11.03.16 - Aim: We will read examples of personal narrative essays to help us learn how to write our own. HW: Enjoy family night!
11.02.16 - Aim: What is a personal narrative essay? HW: Continue independent reading. Reading logs due Thursday, Nov. 10th.
10.31.16 - Aim: Reviewing for tomorrow’s quiz. HW: Study for tomorrow’s quiz. You must have your Chromebook to take the quiz. Make sure the battery is charged.
10.26.16 - Aim: Imitating sentences. Homework: Activity 4, Part Two - Pgs. 21-22 (5 Sentences) This assignment is posted in G.C. Create a new Google Doc to write your sentences in, rename the doc with your full name and the words “Activity 4, Part 2,” and submit the doc when you are done.
10.25.16 - Aim: Imitating Sentences HW: Completing Activity 3: 1. Write out the scrambled parts in the correct order as a full sentence. 2. Create your own sentence that follows the “chunking” pattern of each of the unscrambled sentences. Remember to place commas in the exact same spots as the model sentence.
10.20.16 - Aim: What are the parts of a sentence? HW: In Google Classroom, complete activity 4 on page 9 of the sentence writing packet.
10.14.16 - AIM: HOW CAN AN OBJECT BE THE INSPIRATION FOR A POEM?
10.13.16 - Aim: How can we turn ordinary writing into extraordinary writing? HW: Finish the poem if necessary.
10.07.16 - Aim: We continue to learn from established writers. HW: Continue Independent reading
10.06.16 - Aim: What can we learn from established writers? HW: (Google Classroom) ONE-PARAGRAPH RESPONSE: IF YOU COULD MEET AND SPEND TIME WITH ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? WHAT WOULD YOU DISCUSS?
9.30.16 - Aim: How can we apply our knowledge of word roots in writing? HW: Complete today’s classwork if it’s not finished in class.
9.29.16 - Aim: We will continue learning about root words. HW: (Google Classroom) Create six new sentences; two roots, two prefixes, two suffixes.
9.27.16 Aim: Summer reading essays HW: Continue independent reading.
9.26.16 - Aim: We will begin writing the summer reading essays. Students who created a summer reading video may begin work for another class or read independently. HW: Have Chromebooks and independent reading. Think about what you will write to finish the essay during tomorrow’s class.
9.23.16 - Aim: We will take the literary terms quiz. HW: Prepare for summer reading essay on Monday. Have your Chromebook, the book, notes, and independent reading with you.
9.22.16 - Aim: We will review for tomorrow’s literary terms quiz. HW: Have your Chromebooks. Study for the quiz. Have independent reading with you for after the quiz. The literary terms packet can be found here.
A Quick Note on the Summer Reading Essay:
You are allowed to have the book with you, as well as any notes you might have taken while reading. The Summer Reading assignment packet included several pages of note sheets (pgs. 15-22) which would be ideal to have completed copies of as a resource on the essay. The packet can be found on the POBMS home page, and on my teacher website.
9.21.16 - Aim: What is the literary element of Theme, and how can we identify it in a work of literature? HW: Complete “Theme” handout if necessary. Continue studying for Friday’s literary terms quiz (have Chromebooks on Friday).
9.20.16 - Aim: How are the conflicts of “Broken Chain” resolved? HW: Complete conflict chart (if necessary), study for Friday’s quiz.
Conflict (Five Kinds)
Irony (Three Kinds)
9.14.16 - Aim: To continue the literary terms art projects. HW: Join our Google Classroom. Continue independent reading. Summer reading videos are due by Friday.
HW: Log in to your GAFE account and join our Google Classroom.