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Letter to 9th Grade is Due; Quarter Reflections

21 May

Today, make sure you turn in your letter to an incoming 9th grader piece.

In class complete the 4th quarter reflection: 4th Quarter Self Assessment

*******Make sure any missed work or revisions are in by tomorrow.  Seniors, rumor has it some of you may be out tomorrow, make sure you get your work in!  Senior cut day is not a valid excuse!!!

Review Piece; Skill; 4th Quarter Rubric

30 Apr

Today you will get the 4th Quarter Rubric. It is very simple: 50% writing pieces, 50% notebook grade.  The 4th quarter is short; everything we do in class will count significantly!

Skill: Action-Adjectives :

A descriptive phrase that contains an action, in the format of  Noun-Past Tense Verb. Helps create concise and action-packed descriptions. 

Examples:  Sun-kissed hair,  action-packed description, chocolate-covered donut, orange-flavored gum, garbage-filled gymnasium, sauce-drenched chicken, freckle-faced boy….

Review Piece

Today you will have time to work on your Review Piece.  Here is the handout from class: Review Piece Overview.  Start outlining, taking notes, and writing a rough draft in class (this will be part of this week’s notebook grade).  Tomorrow we will meet in A206, where you can start typing.  The piece is due Monday.

Notebook Check Tomorrow

Tomorrow you will earn a notebook grade, based on your work this week.  Here’s what I am checking for:

  • 1 page review on food
  • 1 page review on tv show (Twilight Zone episode-watch here for free on Hulu)
  • notes, outlining, rough draft for your Review Piece

Monday- Thursday: Quarterly and Short Stories

16 Apr

Monday we prepared for the quarterly, which was given on Tuesday.

Wednesday Short Stories:

While reading the your short story, take notes and be sure to cover the following aspects of the story

  • who- characters
  • what- plot
  • when and where- setting
  • why- author’s purpose and the theme

12th Grade Read “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut (p. 7 in Welcome to the Monkey House) – answer Harrison Bergeron Questions

9th Grade Read “The Lady or the Tiger” in our literature books.  Answer the questions in the back.

10th Grade Read “The Monkey’s Paw” in our literature books.  Answer the questions in the back.


Thursday we are discussing the short stories and going over the answers the questions.  You will also get your research paper back!

Song Piece Due Friday; Research Paper Outline Due Monday

19 Mar

Today and tomorrow we will be in the computer lab in room a206.  Here you can work on your Song Piece or your Research Paper’s outline, or both.  I will check notebooks today.  I am just looking for evidence that you’ve made good use of the last 3 days in class (outlines, rough drafts, notes, planning, etc.).  This should be an easy grade!

Song Piece is due tomorrow, printed out by the end of class.

Research Paper Outline is due Monday.  This can be done neatly in your notebook or printed out.

Parenthetical Citations

12 Mar

Today we have notes on Parenthetical Citations, which you must use to give credit to the authors of your research.  Here are those notes: parethetical citations

Tomorrow we will meet in the computer lab a206.  You will have time to find articles and take notes on them in your notebook.  I will be checking to see that you have notes on your articles Monday.

For tomorrow’s notebook check, I will be looking for the following:

  • 1 FULL page of notes on your poem
  • Your research paper Thesis statement and lines from you poem that support it
  • Notes on the article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (2 direct quotes and 2 paraphrases)

You will have time to work on all of this in class today, after our notes.

Shakespeare Group Projects

5 Feb

Today we will discuss our Shakespeare group projects.  You will form your groups and learn what you must cover.  Details in the links below. We will be in the computer lab a206 tomorrow, and in the library using netbooks on Tuesday.  Presentations will begin Wednesday.

10th Grade:Othello Group Project

9th Grade: Romeo and Juliet Group Project

12th Grade: Hamlet Group Project

Reading Reaction Due Tomorrow!

15 Jan

Our second Reading Reaction is due tomorrow.  Today we will be in the computer lab A206 to work on it.  The film for our novels will continue playing as you work.

From yesterday’s post:

For reading reaction 2, you are asked to discuss any social commentary in our class novel (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It should at least a page, double spaced with 12 point font.  Here’s a nice way to organize your response.

Body Paragraph 1:  Discuss any message or lesson the reader can take away from the story that relates to social commentary.  How does the author get across a message about the world we live in.  Give examples from the story.

Body Paragraph 2: Write about how that message relates to the world we live in.  Is it accurate?  What are some examples of events that support/refute the novel’s messages?

Social Commentary: Research and Planning

8 Jan


The Social Commentary will not be due until Tuesday 1/13.  I think a little more time to research and explore the genre and potential topics would be helpful to everyone.  Also, as we finish our class reading (which is due Monday), I want you to think about how the events in the story add to the author’s message and create social commentary.  All of this will help you develop your own social commentary piece.

Today we are in the computer lab A206.  Here is your assignment:

1. Find 3 examples of social commentary on the internet.  This can be pictures, movies, music, articles, etc…. articles about pictures, movies, music etc. Pretty much anything goes.  Look for 3 things that make some sort of statement about society, people, politics, relationships, technology, lifestyle, etc.  (Remember: it is ok if that statement exists primarily in your own mind).

For each example, explain the message and how it is delivered.  Also, discuss whether and why you think the statement is true or false.

2.  In 50 words, explain what you are going to write your social commentary piece about.

3.  Name 3 skills you will use to write your piece (a complete list of skills is on the right hand side of this page).  For each skill, explain how you plan on using it and why it is an effective technique for writing this piece.

Make sure you have this assignment completed and with you in class on Friday!

Here’s an example of what I am looking for in question 1:

This Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is questioning some of the core aspects of education.  Rather than teaching deep understanding, higher level thinking, and application of knowledge, the educational system is placing a growing importance on testing.  Students simply need to memorize information, irrelevant to their lives, long enough to repeat it on a high-pressure examination.  Rather than develop critical thinking, students are learning to game the system. There’s a lot of truth to this statement.  Students are subjected to increasing numbers of high-stakes tests, instead of activities and projects that will have real-world applications.

Found Poetry

18 Dec

Today we will be creating found poems using our class novels.

Found Poetry– creating poetry from collecting and manipulating words that have been collected from somewhere. It’s sort of like random notes written by a kidnapper that is made up of letters and words cut out of newspapers and magazines, except you are taking full words, phrases or sentences.

You will be writing your own poem of seven lines, using words, phrases and/or sentences from our books (Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, or 1984).  Make an attempt to create meaning from what you find, but understand that much of the meaning can be left up to interpretation.

You will make another poem in collaboration with the other people seated in your row.  Write a line, pass it to the person behind you, and repeat until everyone in your row has written two lines.

10th and 12th Grade:  Don’t forget!  Reading is due tomorrow!  Along with the questions!  Download questions below.

To Kill A Mockingbird Ch 11-19

1984 Section Two

Tribute Piece and Reading Due Tomorrow

11 Dec

Today we are in the computer lab a206 to work on our Tribute pieces.  You have a lot of options on how to write it (poem, letter, formal essay…) but you must include 3 different skills.

Also remember that our reading and questions are due tomorrow.  We will be discussing those in class.

12the grade: read the first section of 1984 (approximately page 105) answer these questions 1984 Section One

10th grade: read through chapter 10 (approximately page 100) answer these questions to kill a mockingbird 5-10