Archive | January, 2017

STEAL Charts Due; Grade Reports

12 Jan


2nd Quarter Grades So Far…

Today you will get your quarter grades thus far. Bring home the letter with your grade and get it signed for a homework assignment.

Don’t forget! Notebooks are due Wednesday 1/18!

9th Grade:

We finished chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men. I will check your STEAL Charts for George and Lennie.

Define the following words and write a sentence and draw a picture for each word.

  • Recumbent
  • Scowl
  • Pantomine
  • Contemplate
  • Anguish
  • Laden
  • Mollify
  • Pugnacious
  • Ominous
  • Derogatory
  • Contort
  • Complacent
  • Euthanasia

12th Grade:

Today we will finish the Into the Wild film. I will check your STEAL Chart for the main character.

Continue Reading; STEAL Chart

11 Jan

Here’s an example of what a good STEAL Chart looks like, using Curley from Of Mice and Men as an example. Notice how it contains specific quotes and page numbers, as well and a short explanation of what that says about the character.



We will continue reading our books.

Continuing Our Books; STEAL Chart

10 Jan

9th Grade:

Today we began chapter two of Of Mice and Men.

Remember to complete a STEAL chart for George and Lennie.

12th Grade:

We continued Into the Wild.

Remember to complete a STEAL chart for Chris aka Alex Supertramp

STEAL Charts

9 Jan

Today in class you will create STEAL Charts for the following characters…

9th Grade: George and Lennie

12th Grade: Chris McCandless aka Alex Supertramp

S.T.E.A.L. : Exploring Characterization…

6 Jan


Today you will be asked to look for and find evidence of Characterization.

9th Grade:

Quick Write: Describe your dream life. What will it look like? Where will it be? Who will be there? What will you be doing?

We will finish chapter one.

Classwork Assignment

How does John Steinbeck develop the characters of George and Lennie in chapter one of Of Mice and Men? Create a S.T.E.A.L. chart for both characters and be sure to give specific examples for each character. Find evidence for each letter in the S.T.E.A.L. method.

12th Grade:

We will continue watching the film Into the Wild.

Classwork Assignment

As we watch, pay attention to how the character of Chris is developed.

In your notebook, create a S.T.E.A.L. chart in which you discuss how the filmmakers have characterized Chris. Use specific examples of Chris’ words and actions to back up your answer. Find evidence for each letter in the S.T.E.A.L. method.

Read/Discuss Our Novels

5 Jan

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9th Grade:

Today we will continue reading the first chapter of Of Mice and Men.

As we read, focus on characterization. In your notebooks, create a T-Chart. In one column write about George’s personality and in the other, write about Lennie’s. Look for evidence, in writing, that show each character’s personality.

12th Grade:

Today we are discussing the theme of Life Path. Consider the following questions…

  • What are the expectations we put on how we live our lives?
  • What do people expect your life to look like?
  • Do you think this is the best path for you?
  • Do you know people that wake up every day and hate what they do? Why do they do it? Will this happen to you? Why not?


Of Mice and Men; Into The Wild

4 Jan


Today we will begin studying a novel.

9th Grade: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men –Full-text online.

Today there will be notes on the Great Depression of-mice-and-men-time-period and then we will begin reading the story.

12th Grade: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild – Full-text online.

Quick Writes:

  • If your house was burning down, everyone and the pets have gotten out ok, and you could only grab three possessions, what would they be?
  • What is the life path you are expected to follow?