The special Mr. Funk Memorial Day Offer concludes at the end of school today, Thursday May 26th!
That’s right folks, if you did not turn in any assignment during the fourth quarter, Mr. Funk will be waving the No-Late-Work Policy for one final day!
Pick yourself up off the floor of certain failure, dust yourself off, and turn in that missing work!
Offer ends today!
***Special Bonus! Class will be held in the Library so you can print out anything you are missing! (Period 1 go to D114).
Today in class we will do reading assignment 2. Here is the task:
- Identify a Central Idea or Theme from your book. Explain.
- Give a specific event or example from your book that illustrates the Central Idea or Theme. Be specific. Talk of actual things that happened in the book.
- Identify an example of a literary device or skill the author uses. Give a specific example.
- Explain how this literary device or skill helps to develop the Central Idea or Theme of your book. Be specific.
Remember Turn in Missing Work Tomorrow!
Don’t forget! I’m giving everyone a special offer! Turn in any missing work and I will give you half credit. Work must be in Thursday, before Memorial Day Break.
Today we will have time (Again!) in class to do some reading, revise any work you want a better grade on, or make up any work you missed for half credit.
If you are unsure about any of the assignments, look to the right of this post. I have a link that will take you to any posts about our 4th quarter work.
Tomorrow we will do a Reading Assignment
Referring to your Independent Reading, I will be asking you to do the following, in class tomorrow:
- Identify a theme or central idea in your book
- Give a specific event or situation in your book that deals with this theme, explain.
- Identify a Literary Device or Skill the author uses at some point in the book.
Turn in Letters to Ninth Graders
Today our Letters to a Ninth Grader is due. Label your skills and fill out the rubric.
Work on Independent Reading and Any Missing Work
Today I am giving everyone a chance to work on their independent reading or any work they are missing or would like to revise. As a special second chance, I will allow anyone to turn in work they did not complete by Thursday for half credit. This is a great chance to pick your grade up!
We are nearing the end, here are some important dates:
Wednesday 5/25: Reading Assignment 2: I will ask you to write about an important theme or central idea in your book, and identify any literary device that helps develop that theme or central idea.
Thursday and Friday 6/2-3: In Class Final Essay. We will be reviewing/preparing on Wednesday 6/1.
Monday 6/6: 9th Grade Multiple Choice Final.
Tuesday 6/7: Notebook Check and All Revisions Due.
Wednesday 6/8: Final Portfolios Due.
Today we continued working on our song to the 9th graders of next year. I must say I am impressed! All of my classes have built solid song structures and written great lyrics. Tomorrow we record them! So warm up your vocal chords!
Don’t forget! You are also writing an actual letter to a ninth grader. Think about the experiences you have had. Tell them a story that resulting in an important lesson. Think about what you wish someone would have told you before entering high school. This piece is due Friday!
Letter to Ninth Graders
This week’s writing assignment will be to write a letter to next year’s incoming 9th graders. For the piece be sure to use specific examples and details. Tell them what you wish you knew when you were their age.
Some quick writes to think about:
-What are some important lessons you’ve learned?
-Think about sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and sounds you hear in the building.
-What are common things people (students and teachers) say?
-What are some Rules they should know?
-Give some advice or warnings.
-What are some lies people are told about high school?
Creating a Song for the 9th Graders
In class we will be creating a song for our new 9th graders. We will do this as a group and everyone will get to participate in some way. If you are a musician, bring in your instrument! Even a one note recording can be useful. Here are our class topics so far:
Period 1- Expect the Worst
Period 4- It’s Not That Hard
Period 5- Stay Classy Sachem East
Period 8- It’s Not That Easy
We will write and record the song in class. It’s an exercise in cooperation, lyric writing, team work, and fun. Feel free to include any ideas from the song in your letter to the 9th grader.
PS If you haven’t turned in your Life Philosophy Piece, you have until Tuesday with your extension. (Progress Reports are due this Wednesday!)
Today we will be in the Library (period one D114) to work on our Life Philosophy Piece.
Some things that may help you develop your piece:
-Think about important events in your life. How have they shaped who you are?
-Think of important people in your life. How have they shaped who you are? What are qualities they possess that you admire? Think about their words, actions, and the way they treat others.
-Are there any movies, songs, or pieces of art that inspire you?