Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 11-15

READING 7:
We are continuing our practice with text structure this week. There will be an open-note quiz to ensure that students have the correct notes from the Google Doc. We will work in rotations and will conclude our practice with a quiz on Friday.

ENGLISH 9:
We are continuing our work with Romeo and Juliet, diving into Act 2 this week. The majority of work will be completed in class. Any work not finished in class will become homework.

Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4-9

READING 7:
We will begin our week with whole-group instruction on text structure on both Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday will be spent in the computer lab completing CDT tests. All students will earn 10 points for completing their CDT as well as an additional 5 bonus points for showing growth.
TUESDAY HW: Finish text organization notes packet.

ENGLISH 9:
This week, we will continue reading Romeo and Juliet by wrapping up Act 1 on Monday and completing text analysis as an open-book Act 1 quiz on Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday will be spent in the computer lab completing CDT tests. All students will earn 10 points for completing their CDT as well as an additional 5 bonus points for showing growth.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 27-December 1

READING 7:
MONDAY: No school.
TUESDAY: Author's purpose, position, & POV rotations day 1. HW: Finish anything not completed in class.
WEDNESDAY: Author's purpose, position, & POV rotations 2. HW: Finish anything not completed in class.
THURSDAY: Author's purpose, position, & POV rotations day 3. HW: Finish anything not completed in class.
FRIDAY: Author's purpose, position, & POV quiz!

ENGLISH 9:
This week, we will continue our work with Romeo and Juliet Act 1. We will review Scenes 1 and 2 on Tuesday then complete our reading of Scene 3. On Wednesday, we will read Scene 4 and will work with Mercutio's Queen Mab speech on Thursday to work with imagery. Friday we will continue with Scene 5. Please expect one-question quizzers every day this week (with the exception of Tuesday). If you are absent, please make sure you are catching up on the reading and study guide questions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20-24

READING 7:
This week we will be completing our second benchmarks on Study Island. The benchmarks are expected to be completed by Wednesday. If you feel that you need extra time, please see me for a pass to work on them during AC prep! :) Students showing growth from the first benchmark to the second will receive 5 bonus points. As you finish benchmarks, you will have a list of work you can complete: missing TDAs, Key Ideas & Details test corrections, check-in letter, silent reading, or enrichment activities. There will be no homework this week.


ENGLISH 9:
We will begin reading Act I of Romeo and Juliet this week. Study guides and margin notes will be completed as we read. There will be no formal homework this week, but if you are absent, please catch up on the reading. Wednesday will be our "Globe Theater Beauty Contest." If you want to participate, be sure to turn in your finished Globe Theater by Wednesday!

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13-17

READING 7:
MONDAY: Key ideas & details in informational text unit test - multiple choice.
TUESDAY: Key ideas & details in informational text TDA.
WEDNESDAY: Group instruction on author's purpose, point of view, and perspective.
THURSDAY: Rotations day 1
FRIDAY: Rotations day 2
Any work not completed in class on Thursday and Friday becomes homework.


ENGLISH 9:
We will finish Elizabethan England presentations on Monday. The remainder of the week will be spent learning context for Romeo and Juliet. This week we will cover topics such as Elizabethan English language and vocabulary, sonnet structure, tone, puns, and oxymorons. Any homework will be work not completed in class.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 6-10

READING 7:
Monday will be our final day of rotations for analyzing interactions among elements of nonfiction. Tuesday will be a five question quiz. Wednesday and Thursday will be review days for the unit test and Friday will be an in-class text-dependent analysis. The unit test will be MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13. A link to the Study Island review will be posted on your Study Island homepage's on Wednesday. Practice as much as you need!


ENGLISH 9:
Monday and Tuesday of this week will be spent in the library continuing work on our Elizabethan England presentations to set the context for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In the library, you are either researching information, putting information onto your presentation, or working on note cards for your presentation. Presentations will begin on WEDNESDAY, November 8, and should continue throughout the rest of the week.

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30-November 3

READING 7:
We'll kick off this week with a break from informative nonfiction, spending the first two days of the week moving our inferences and generalizations practice to a short story. On Wednesday, we will start our new topic of study and will begin rotations days 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday. Any homweo


ENGLISH 9:
This week, we begin working on our nonfiction narratives in class. The deadlines for elements of planning and completion are as follows:
Monday 10/30 - Revision & evaluation
Tuesday 10/31 - Final draft submitted via Google Docs
We will be in the library on Monday and Tuesday to work.

Beginning Wednesday, we will continue in the library for work on presentations to begin introducing our study of Romeo and Juliet.

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23-27

READING 7:
This week, we move into practicing with inferences, generalizations, and textual evidence. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be rotation days, either working on Study Island or two nonfiction articles. You will have a quiz on Thursday and Friday will introduce analyzing interactions among elements of nonfiction texts. Any work that is not completed in class will become homework.


ENGLISH 9:
This week, we begin working on our nonfiction narratives in class. The deadlines for elements of planning and completion are as follows:
Wednesday 10/25 - Prewriting
Friday 10/27 - First rough draft & peer edit
Monday 10/30 - Revision & evaluation
Tuesday 10/31 - Final draft submitted via Google Docs
We will be in the library beginning Wednesday, 10/25, and you must have something to work with.

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16-20

READING 7:
We will continue our work with central idea as we finish working through our three rotations. There will be a review on central idea with a quiz on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, depending on the progress made on Monday and Tuesday. If you want extra practice, continue working with Summary or begin working on Central Idea on Study Island. We will continue our study of key ideas and details by turning the focus to inferences, generalizations, and textual support at the end of the week.


ENGLISH 9:
We will begin working with the narrative "American History" to gain an understanding of the elements of a narrative prior to beginning our personal narrative assignment this week. Assignments scheduled are:
MONDAY: Read the narrative, complete comprehension check on page 45.
TUESDAY: Close read the narrative, complete analyze the text on page 46.
WEDNESDAY: Review the author's use of conflict and its impact on the narrative, complete craft and structure on page 47.
THURSDAY: Review the author's use of vocabulary and its impact on tone and mood, complete vocabulary work on page 48.
FRIDAY: Review the conventions of the narrative (focus on prepositions) and complete the conventions practice on page 49. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 10-13

READING 7:
We will begin our work with central idea and supporting details in informational texts this week. Students will be working in small groups to complete a series of three different tasks. Because of the shortened week and several special schedules, this week's assignments will carry into next week.
TUESDAY HW (ALL classes):  Finish Study Island benchmark by tonight. (Username is lunch number@ns (1234@ns) and password is abc123). We'll take a look at your scores during Wednesday's classes! :)
FRIDAY HW (ALL classes): Rewrite TDA (if you need to) - due Friday. Also finish Study Island benchmark if you have not done so already. Benchmarks will be 1/2 credit at this point.



ENGLISH 9:
We will spend our week continuing to work on our comparative analysis of the diction in Quindlen and Kennedy's texts found on pages 13 and 23 of the textbook respectively. Students are expected to be working on their essays outside of class as well as in class with the guidance of the teacher. Final essays are due at the beginning of class on Friday, October 13 either as a hard copy or in Google Docs.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 2-6

READING 7:
This week, we will be wrapping up our introduction to TDA writing. Students will work on completing their third TDA on "The Body's Clock" and begin to prepare for an individual assessment on THURSDAY. Prior to our individual TDA, we will review "Minding our Ps and Qs" and the TDA rubric. Nearly all work should be completed in class this week and any homework will be posted here at the end of the day.
TUESDAY HW FOR PD. 3: Finish blue organizer for "The Body's Clock." / PD. 5: Finish blue organizer & copy into a final copy.
WEDNESDAY HOMEWORK (ALL CLASSES): Finish "The Body's Clock" TDA if not finished in today's class. The final copy of the TDA must be submitted at the beginning of class tomorrow and will not be accepted late.
FRIDAY HOMEWORK (ALL CLASSES): Finish Study Island benchmark by Tuesday. (Username is lunch number@ns (1234@ns) and password is abc123). We'll take a look at your scores during Wednesday's classes! :)



ENGLISH 9:
This week, we will wrap up our study of "The Immigrant Contribution" by looking at the Kennedy's use of persuasive appeals and diction. We will also take some time to dive back into "A Quilt of a Country" to review the use of diction by Quindlen. Our studies will lead us to our first writing piece of the year -- a comparative analysis of the diction used by Kennedy and Quindlen. Work will be completed in class and any homework will be posted at the end of each class period.

December 11-15

READING 7: We are continuing our practice with text structure this week. There will be an open-note quiz to ensure that students have the c...