All Work is Due Friday, Notebooks Thursday!

2 Apr

Notebooks are due on Thursday!  Write about whatever you want, as long as it isn’t work for another class, and you will get credit.  #easy100 

Any missing or revised work is due Friday.  Please keep in mind, I am allowing you to make up and fix anything #anothereasy100

Go on eSchool Parent Portal, review your work, make sure you have grades you are satisfied with.  Revise pieces on Kidblog.  

How well do you want to do this quarter?

End of the Quarter Approaches

31 Mar

Notebooks will be checked on Thursday 4/3.

Make sure you have all of your writing pieces in and posted on Kidblog.

Period 1,5,6: currently we are reading “The Lady or the Tiger”

Period 2: currently we are reading “A Sound of Thunder” Page 317 in the Red Literature books.

Period 8: On Monday we read “A Sound of Thunder” Page 317 in the Red Literature books and answered the questions on page 326. These questions will be turned in at the end of the period.

Last Week’s Worksheets

24 Mar

Here are the last worksheets for our books:

9th Grade Speak: Part 4 Questions

10th Grade Tuesday s With Morrie: P 160-end

Why Marking Quarter Averages are Inaccurate on eSchool

13 Mar

Often students will ask why their average on eSchool is what it is.  I respond with the same answer each time: “Ignore it, it isn’t accurate.”  Instead students should focus on the various assignment grades and whether or not they turned in each assignment to receive a grade.  This is the most accurate indication of progress.

Why the Marking Quarter Averages are Inaccurate

There are many assignments that are due at the very end of the quarter: Notebooks, Participation, and Writing Pieces.  Most damaging to the credibility of the marking quarter averages is the Writing Pieces grade.

The Writing Grade is a holistic grade and not made up of the average of individual writing pieces. To indicate the quality of each writing piece, I assign a grade of 0, 1, 2, or 3.  3 being a very well done high quality writing piece, 2 is a decent piece, 1 barely acceptable, and 0 indicating the assignment was not completed.

All pieces may (and should be) revised throughout the quarter, before they are analyzed in determining the final Writing Pieces grade.  Based on this averaging system on eSchool, a decent writing piece graded as a 2, is averaged to be 66%.  In reality a 2 is probably in the neighborhood of high 70s to 80s.  The eSchool grading system will therefore inaccurately calculate an average which will lower student Marking Quarter Averages.

So  How Should You Read the eSchool Gradebook?

For the most part ignore the quarter average.  Instead pay attention to each individual assignment and the grade received on it.  Any missing work will negatively impact your grade.  Low grades on any assignment will do the same.  If you are unhappy with any grade, you can revise it.  I try to make every opportunity for students to succeed in class.  Many of our grades are effort based.  The notebook is based on total number of pages; write in it often, it is worth 20% of your grade.  Revise pieces and do all class assignments.  These are aspects of your grade you have direct control over.

The marking quarter averages on eSchool are inaccurate, but they are not entirely wrong.  The number they display may not be exact, but they suggest a direction your grades are going.  If the grade is exceedingly low, it is probably due to missing or poorly done work.

I hope that clears things up a bit.  If not, feel free to speak to me anytime, before or after class, or send an email to .

Reading Questions and Assignments

11 Mar

9th Grade:

On Monday, we completed these questions on Speak Part 3 Questions.

Upcoming Assignments:

-Finish the book for Monday!
-Homework for Wednesday is to write a 100 word quick write on why you think the novel is titled Speak.

10th Grade:

On Monday, we completed these questions for Tuesdays with Morrie Morrie p 100-159

Upcoming Assignments:

-Finish the book for Monday!
-Writing Piece Due Friday on Kidblog: Lessons from Morrie.  Write a paragraph about a lesson you learned from the book, a paragraph about a lesson you learned from the Ted Koppel Nightline interview with Morrie (watch below), and a paragraph about how you can apply these lessons to your life.

Reading Questions and Writing Pieces

5 Mar

9th Grade: On Monday we worked on these questions for “The Second Marking Period” in Speak Part 2 Questions

Our next writing piece is the Extended Metaphor piece in which you compare yourself to something else.  Due Monday!

Read the “Third Marking Period” in Speak for Monday.  We will be working on these assignments in class, so be prepared.


10th Grade: On Monday we worked on these questions for Tuesdays with Morrie Morrie p 62-99

Our next writing piece is the Life Philosophy piece.  Be sure to include a quote and an anecdote, which is a short little story that helps prove a point. Due Friday on KidBlog!

Read up to page 152 in Tuesdays with Morrie for Monday.

Winter Break Work!

14 Feb IMG_3785

I hope you all enjoy your winter break! To help you do so, we will be reading our books and answering some questions! These questions are due the Monday we return.

9th Grade: Read Speak up through page 46 (first marking period) and answer these questions Part 1 Questions

10th Grade: Read Tuesdays With Morrie up to page 62 and answer these questions Quiz 1st 50 pages

We will spend Tuesday and part of Wednesday finishing speeches. So if you haven’t gone, you must be ready to go on the Tuesday we return.


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