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WEEK OF MONDAY, 3/23

Mon., 3/23

Due:  Pages 103-203 by the beginning of class today

In Class:  Journal; Discuss Journal; Read in class if there is time

Homework:  Pages 203-298 by the beginning of class Fri., 3/27; If you have finished reading The Lions of Little Rock, you must bring a book to read to every class period

Lions of Little Rock Journal #3-Written in class on Mon., 3/23

Respond to the following in your composition notebooks:

Facing one’s fears is a major theme throughout the story. Marlee says, “I was really scared of flying and it turned out OK. No, not Okay. Great. For the first time I was thinking out loud. And it was fun. I think it might be time to try some other things I’m afraid of (163).”

Has there ever been a time when you have been afraid of something and it “…turned out OK?” What was it you were afraid of? How did you overcome your fear? Has that experience made it so that you would not be hesitant to try things that you were initially afraid of?

If you have not had this kind of experience, you may respond to the following Journal prompt:

Marlee draws upon her strengths in math class to calm her down when she is nervous or worried. She counts by prime numbers and thinks of square roots. Marlee encourages Liz to draw on her strengths in words by writing down the words she’s likely to say when she is angry. How might people’s strengths help them overcome their challenges? Use specific examples in your response.

Follow the Rubric and write your name, date, hour and teacher in the upper left hand corner of the page

Your response should be 3 paragraphs in length

Label your Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Use examples from the text (you do not have to use quotes)

Tues., 3/24

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  This is a reading day-make sure to have your books in class

Homework:  Pages 203-298 by the beginning of class Fri., 3/27; If you have finished reading The Lions of Little Rock, you must bring a book to read to every class period

Weds., 3/25; Thurs., 3/26

Due:  Bring your books to class; If you have finished reading your book, bring another book to class

In Class:  Criterion testing in Lab 501; bring your book to class

Homework:  Pages 203-298 by the beginning of class Fri., 3/27; If you have finished reading The Lions of Little Rock, you must bring a book to read to every class period

Fri., 3/27

Due:  Pages 203-298 by the beginning of class; bring your book to class

In Class:  Wrap up The Lions of Little Rock; Discuss important themes which exist in the novel, Discuss any remaining questions

QUICK JOURNAL QUESTION:

Friendship is a major theme in the novel. The friendship between Marlee and Liz withstands threats of violence to them and to their families. Write about the risks and rewards of their friendship.

Homework:  Nothing

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 3/16

Mon., 3/16

Due:  Pages 1-102 of The Lions of Little Rock

In Class:  Respond to the following Prompt in your composition notebooks:

“We are not just a town of racists, but those of us who believe in integration…’ He [Marlee’s father]shook his head. ‘We can’t seem to find our voice(75).'”  Follow the Rubric for Journal writing; give specific examples (between pages 1-102) when people showed courage and “found their voices” about integration.

Follow the Rubric and write your name, date hour and teacher in the upper left hand side of the page

Your response should be 3 paragraphs in length

Label your Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Use examples from the text

Homework: Read pages 103-203 in the Lions of Little Rock by the beginning of class Mon., 3/23

Tues., 3/17

Due:  Late Journals 1 and 2

In Class:  Student Led Conference Portfolios for those students who have not completed them yet; read pages 103-203 in Lions of Little Rock

Homework:  Read pages 103-203 in The Lions of Little Rock by the beginning of class Mon., 3/23

Weds., 3/18; Thurs., 3/19 (Conferences Weds., 3/18 5-8 pm; Thurs., 1-4 pm., 5-8 pm)

NOTE:  1/2 DAY THURSDAY. 3/19 ONLY

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Pre-test on Elements of a Short Story (in preparation for our Mythology Unit); continue reading in class

Homework:  Read pages 103-203 in The Lions of Little Rock by the beginning of class Mon., 3/23

Fri., 3/20

Due:  Nothing

In Class: Respond to the following Journal prompt in your composition notebook using your Journal Rubric:

Marlee draws upon her strengths in math to calm her down when she is nervous or worried.  She counts by prime numbers and at times thinks of square roots.  Marlee encourages Liz to draw on her strength in words by writing down the words she likes to say when she is angry.  How might people’s strengths help them overcome their challenges?  Use specific examples using characters from the book as well as examples from your own life as examples. 

Follow the Rubric and write your name, date hour and teacher in the upper left hand side of the page

Your response should be 3 paragraphs in length

Label your Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Use examples from the text and examples from your life

Homework:  Read pages 103-203 in The Lions of Little Rock by the beginning of class Mon., 3/23

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 3/9

Mon., 3/9

Due:  Make sure any late Brochures with Rubrics are turned in!

In Class:  Begin The Lions of Little Rock; The Driving Question is:  How did the social, political,  and economic environment of the 1950s shape the events which occurred during the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas?; Before beginning to read the book, respond to the following 6 Word Essays in your composition notebooks in class:

1.  What do you notice on the front cover of the novel?

2.  What does the front cover tell you about what the novel will be about?

Then, pass out books and begin reading.

Homework:  Pages 1-102 of The Lions of Little Rock must be read by the time class begins on Mon., 3/16

Tues., 3/10

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on Student-Led Conference Portfolios in order to get ready for Conferences (which are Weds., 3/18 from 5-8 PM and from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM Thurs., 3/19); always bring your novel to class in case there is time to read

Homework:  Pages 1-102 of The Lions of Little Rock must be read by the time class begins on Mon., 3/16

Weds., 3/11; Thurs., 3/12

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  NWEA testing; Bring your novel to class in case you finish the test with time to read

Homework:  Pages 1-102 of The Lions of Little Rock must be read by the time class begins on Mon., 3/16

Fri., 3/13

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  You will have a Journal response to complete in your COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK  at the beginning of class; then there will be time to read in class; The Journal Question you will respond to in class is:

WHAT DO THE LIONS REPRESENT IN THE NOVEL SO FAR? USE EXAMPLES FROM THE NOVEL IN YOUR RESPONSE. FOLLOW THE RUBRIC FOR JOURNAL WRITING AND USE THE INTRODUCTION, BODY, CONCLUSION FORMAT, AND GIVE EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT IN THE BODY OF YOUR RESPONSE.

Homework:  Pages 1-102 of The Lions of Little Rock must be read by the time class begins on Mon., 3/16

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 2/9

Mon., 2/9

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduction to our Expository 1950s Research Project (for the reading of The Lions of Little Rock novel); Give an overview of the Rubric; Meet with Mrs. Truesdell in the Media Center to go over how to use Easybib and researching tools for our 1950s Tri-fold Brochure Project; DRIVING QUESTION:  How did the social, political, and economic environment of the 1950s shape the events which occurred during the integration attempts in Little Rock, Arkansas?

Homework: Nothing

Tues., 2/10

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Review Rubric more thoroughly; Choose partners (as much as possible 7th and 8th grade students will be partnered together); Introduce Expository/Explanatory Thesis Statements (Claim); Log onto Easybib under one partner’s name (but you MUST share the user name and password for Easybib so that you both ave access to the project); Create NEW PROJECT and title it “1950s Trifold Brochure Project”

Homework:  Information for Front Cover of Brochure including source, Title and  picture, along with all required information included in Rubric due Weds., 2/11, Thurs., 2/12

Weds., 2/11; Thurs., 2/12

Due:  Information for Front Cover of Brochure including source, Title and  picture, along with all required information included in Rubric

In Class:  Begin researching for the Introduction section of the Brochure; Select one source to use to create the 8-10 sentence paragraph text draft and picture for this section of the Brochure; SUMMARIZE OR PARAPHRASE the information in this section (NO QUOTATIONS!) on one Easybib notecard (with attached bibliography; Review handout on Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Homework:  Introduction section with photograph, 8-10 sentence paragraph with bibliography for the one source used (in black and white-you will print in color ONLY for your final copy of the Brochure) for this section due Fri., 2/13

Fri., 2/13

Due: Nothing

In Class:  Continue working on the Introduction section of the Brochure; Select one source to use to create the 8-10 sentence paragraph text draft and picture for this section of the Brochure; SUMMARIZE OR PARAPHRASE the information in this section (NO QUOTATIONS!) on one Easybib notecard (with attached bibliography; Review handout on Paraphrasing and Summarizing.  The Introduction should be on one color-coded Notecard.  Also on the Notecard should be the Expository Thesis Statement, the 8-10 sentence paragraph introducing the social, political, and economic environment of the 1950s, the photograph should be on one of your partner’s h drive, the caption for the photograph should be on the Notecard along with the one source that you used; the website of that source should also be on the bibliography of easybib.

Homework:  The Introduction Notecard  including the source on easybib’s bibliography and the photo saved on one partner’s h drive is due on Tues., 2/24.  You will have time to work on the Introduction in class on Fri., 2/13 and Mon., 2/23

HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE MID-WINTER BREAK!

WEEK OF MARCH 2

Mon., 3/2

Due:  Political Environment Easybib.com Notecard

In Class:  Work on Economic Notecard on Easybib.com with your partner

Homework:  Economic Notecard on Easybib.com; Your Brochure (printed in color) on the 1950s in America is due at the end of class Fri., 3/6

Tues., 3/3

Due:  Economic Notecard on Easybib.com

In Class:  Begin putting your 1950s in America Brochure together using Microsoft Publisher or whatever software you feel is best

Homework:  Your Brochure (printed in color) on the 1950s in America is due at the end of class Fri., 3/6

Weds., 3/4; Thurs., 3/5

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on putting together your Brochure on the 1950s in America using Microsoft Publisher or whatever software you feel is best

Homework:  Your Brochure (printed in color) on the 1950s in America is due at the end of class Fri., 3/6

Fri., 3/6

Due:  Your Brochure (printed in color) on the 1950s in America is due at the end of class Fri., 3/6

In Class:  Continue working on putting together your Brochure

Homework:  Nothing

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WEEK OF JANUARY 26

Mon., 1/26

Due:  Draft typed, printed Titles and Introductions of Memoirs

In Class:  Check in, share and peer edit (WITH CONFERENCE SHEETS) draft typed printed Titles and  Introductions; edit and revise Titles and Introductions

Homework:  Revised Titles and Introductions due Tues., 1/27; Unit 10 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 1/30; Final Test on all Prefixes/ Suffixes Units Fri., 2/6; Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class

Model Memoir Title and  Introduction: (Don’t forget to put in your Heading and your PASS KEY!)

   Stealing!

     I will always remember when my girlfriends Susie, Barbara, and I went to Northland Mall which is in Southfield.  We were all in about 7th grade and went to Norup Junior High School.  It was a Saturday morning in the fall, and we often liked to go to the mall and walk around and shop.  One of our moms would drop us off and one would pick us up.  The mall was outdoors and it was huge.  There was a Hudson’s (now Macy’s), and a J.C. Penny’s and a lot of smaller fun stores like Kresges.  There were fountains and statutes and it was pretty and lively.  There were always people milling around and shopping, and we could hear them talking as we walked by them.  There were many restaurants there.  There was a coney island, and you could smell the hot dogs being grilled and the smell of french fries as we walked by.  We felt as if we could taste lunch already even though it was only 10:30 in the morning.  We especially liked shopping in Kresege which had so many small and inexpensive things for sale like make-up, socks and other things that we could afford.

Tues., 1/27

Due: Revised Typed Titles and Introductions

In Class:  Review Rubric on Body with Narration and Dialogue and begin drafting Body; REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST HAVE 8 LINES OF DIALOGUE AND 5 WHATS (Review The Whats sheet and Dialogue formatting)

Homework:  Draft typed, printed draft of Body due Weds., 1/28; Thurs., 1/29; Unit 10 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 1/30; Final Test on all Prefixes/ Suffixes Units,  Fri., 2/6; Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class

Model Body of Memoir:

            We walked into Kresge and decided to go to the make-up counter right away.  Susie said she wanted to look for mascara.  Barbara wanted some lip gloss, and I wanted to look for eye shadow.

Barbara exclaimed, “I love the shade of pink. I really, really want pink lip gloss!” as she walked up and down the aisles looking for pink lip gloss.  What #7, Dialogue #1

Susie told Barbara, “You should totally get pink and nothing else. It is a great color on you. I’d like to get it too. Would you mind?” she squealed as she rummaged through a bin of lip glosses. What #6, What #7, Dialogue #2

“I’ve decided that I want to get an eye shadow that’s light pink.  What do you think about that?” I asked them as I thought, “I bet they are thinking I’m copying Barbara’s choice of color!” What #2, Dialogue #3

I decided not to buy anything, since I didn’t find the color of eye shadow I liked.  Barbara and Susie didn’t buy anything either.

We walked out of the store together and stopped to talk at a fountain nearby.  Barbara and Susie began to giggle.  I had no idea what was going on.

I spoke up to them and said, “What’s so funny?” as I heard people in the background talking as they were walking by us. What #3, What #5, Dialogue #4

Barbara and Susie couldn’t stop giggling.  I had no idea what that was about!  I repeated, “What?? Come on… what’s going on!?” as I am sure my face was turning red. What #1, Dialogue #5

Susie whispered, “We’re not going to tell you because you’ll get mad at us,” What #6, Dialogue #6

Barbara continued, “Yeah, we know how you are. You’re such a scaredy-cat,” sounding catty. What #6, Dialogue #7

“Oh, just tell me!  Don’t be like that,” I spoke harshly to them. I thought they were acting mean, like they were so often. What #2, What #6, Dialogue #8

“We stole from Kresge!”  Susie said ecstatically. What #6, Dialogue #9

“Yeah!”  Barbara bragged.  “We got Susie her mascara and lip gloss. We got my pink lip gloss, and your pink eye shadow.  Aren’t you happy?  We didn’t have to pay at all!” Barbara beamed. What #1, Dialogue #10

I was so upset!  I couldn’t believe what they had done.  I had known these girls my whole life, and they had done many things that weren’t nice, but this was something I really didn’t want to be a part of.  They had stolen, I was with them, and I didn’t even know it!

I cringed and told both of them, “I don’t want that eye shadow, or any part of how you got it.” What #1, Dialogue #11

I just knew that I wouldn’t have much to do with Barbara and Susie anymore, even though I would see them every day at school and when I was doing things with friends we had in common.  So it wasn’t worth getting into a fight with them.

Weds., 1/28; Thurs.,1/29

Due:  Typed, printed draft of Body

In Class:  Check in, share and peer edit (WITH CONFERENCE SHEETS) draft typed printed Body with Narration,  8 lines of Dialogue and 5  Whats; Begin editing and revising

Homework:  Draft typed, printed Body of Memoir including narration, 8 lines of dialogue, and 5 Whats due Mon., 2/2; Unit 1o Prefixes/Suffixes Unit 10 due Fri., 1/30;Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class;  Final Test on all Prefixes/ Suffixes Units,  Fri., 2/6

Fri., 1/30

Due:  Prefixes/Suffixes Unit 10

In Class: Check in and review Unit 10 Prefixes and Suffixes; Test Review for Prefixes/Suffixes Test

Homework:  Body of Memoir including narration, 8 lines of dialogue, and 5 Whats; Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class; Final Test on all Prefixes/Suffixes Units on Fri., 2/6

WEEK OF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Mon., 2/2

Due:  Body of Memoir including narration, 8 lines of dialogue, and 5 Whats

In Class:  Review Rubric on Conclusion; Begin working on your Draft Conclusion; Remember that you must SUMMARIZE the BODY, include a CHARACTER TRAIT, and include a LESSON LEARNED

Homework:  Draft typed, printed Conclusion of Memoir due Tues., 2/3;  Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class; Final Test on all Prefixes/Suffixes Units on Fri., 2/6

Tues., 2/3

Due:  Draft typed, printed Conclusion of Memoir

In Class:  Check in, share and peer edit (WITH CONFERENCE SHEETS) draft typed printed Conclusion (with summary of Body, Character Trait, and Lesson Learned); begin editing and revising

Homework:  Complete draft of Memoir due Weds., 2/4; Thurs., 2/5; Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class; Final Test on all Prefixes/ Suffixes Units,  Fri., 2/6

Weds., 2/4; Thurs., 2/5

CONCLUSION OF MEMOIR:

My mom picked us up from the mall that day. She knew I was upset about something.

I told my mom what happened that day because we were close and I knew that I could talk to her and tell her that I was upset with my friends.  She was very supportive and proud of the way I handled the situation.  I didn’t bow to peer pressure.  It’s amazing the things you learn about other people…and yourself from being in certain situations. That day I learned to use better judgment about the people I chose to spend time with.

Due:  Complete draft of Memoir

In Class:  Check in, share and peer edit (WITH CONFERENCE SHEETS) draft typed printed Memoir; edit and revise Memoir

Homework:  Final Memoir with Rubric due Fri., 2/6 at the very beginning of class; Final Test on all Prefixes/ Suffixes Units,  Fri., 2/6

Fri., 2/6

Due:  Final typed Memoir with Rubric and Conference Sheets for Introduction, Body, and Conclusion

In Class:  Collect Final typed Memoir with Rubric and Conference Sheets for Introduction, Body, and Conclusion; Final Test on Prefixes and Suffixes

Homework:  Nothing

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WEEK OF MONDAY, 1/5

Mon., 1/5

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Wrap up Seedfolks; work on Journal on Seedfolks:  Write about 3 things you learned about Memoir from reading Seedfolks.  Use examples (from the memoirs in the book) and be specific! Make sure to write out the question at the top of the page;  write out your name, the date, your class period, and my name at the top, left hand side of the page;  and write the Journal in 3 paragraphs-an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion (and label them I, B, C).

Homework:  Unit 5 Prefixes/Suffixes was due Fri., 12/12; Unit 6 Prefixes/Suffixes was due Fri., 12/19;Unit 7 Prefixes/Suffixes is due Fri., 1/9; Journal on Seedfolks due Tues., 1/6

Tues., 1/6

Due:  Journal  on Seedfolks

In Class: Check in and discuss Journal on Seedfolks; Introduce Memoir Unit;   Review and work on “An Effective Memoir…;” Review and work on “Questions for Memoirists”

Homework:  Unit 5 Prefixes/Suffixes was due Fri., 12/2; Unit 6 Prefixes/Suffixes was due Fri., 12/19;Unit 7 Prefixes/Suffixes is due Fri., 1/19; Bring in a photo of yourself when you were younger-due Weds., 1/7; Thurs., 1/8

Weds., 1/7; Thurs, 1/8

Due:  A photo of yourself when you were younger

In Class:  Hand in and hang up photos and share; Finish Questions for Memoirists and share; Fill out “Who am I? What has made me who I am?;” Fill out Neighborhood Map;

Homework:   Neighborhood Maps due Mon., 1/12

Fri., 1/9

Due:  Unit 7 Prefixes and Suffixes and any Units 1-6 not yet checked in

In Class:  Check in and review Unit 7 Prefixes and Suffixes and any past due Prefixes and Suffixes Units; go over and begin working on Unit 8 Prefixes and Suffixes

Homework:  Neighborhood Maps due Mon., 1/12; Unit 8 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 1/16

WEEK OF MONDAY, 1/12

Mon., 1/12

Due:  “Who am I” sheets and Neighborhood Maps

In Class: Check in “Who am I” sheets and Neighborhood Maps and discuss

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 1/13

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce and work on Narrowing It to One Idea sheets connecting it to a Character Education Trait for your Lesson Learned

Homework:  Narrowing It to One Idea sheet connected to a Character Education Trait for your Lesson Learned due Weds., 1/14; Thurs., 1/15

Weds., 1/14; Thurs., 1/15

Due:  Narrowing It to One Idea sheet connected to a Character Education Trait for your Lesson Learned

In Class:  Check in and share Narrowing It to One Idea sheet connected to a Character Education Trait for your Lesson Learned; Review The Whats sheet; Begin The Whats Activity incorporating ALL 7 WHATS

Homework:  The Whats Activity incorporating ALL & WHATS due Tues., 1/20

Fri., 1/16

Due:  Prefix and Suffix Units 3- 8 due

In Class:  Check in all Units 3-8; Review Unit 8; Begin working on Unit 9

Homework:  The Whats Activity incorporating ALL & WHATS and each What labeled by # due Tues., 1/20; Unit 9 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 23

WEEK OF MONDAY, 1/19

Mon., 1/19

NO SCHOOL-MLK DAY

Tues., 1/20

Due:  The Whats Activity incorporating ALL & WHATS and each What labeled by #

In Class:  Check in and share The Whats Activity incorporating ALL & WHATS and each What labeled by #; Review the Memoir Rubric; Review and begin the Story Map in class

Homework:  Story Maps due Weds., 1/21; Thurs., 1/22; Unit 9 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 23

Weds., 1/21; Thurs., 1/22

Due:  Story Maps

In Class:  Check in and share Story Maps; Review and begin working on Writing Dialogue activity; Begin drafting typed Heading, PASS Key, Title, and Introduction with Flashback and Scene Setting

Homework:  Typed Heading, Pass Key, Title, and Introduction with Flashback and Scene Setting due Mon., 1/26 (Remember to keep this on your file at school or to email it to yourself so that you can work on this at school!!); Unit 9 Prefixes and Suffixes

Fri., 1/23

Due:  Unit 9 Prefixes and Suffixes

In Class:  Check in and review Unit 9 Prefixes and Suffixes; Begin to work on Unit 10 (Our LAST Unit!)

Homework:  Typed Heading, Pass Key, Title, and Introduction with Flashback and Scene Setting due Mon., 1/26 (Remember to keep this on your file at school or to email it to yourself so that you can work on this at school!!); Unit 10 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 30

 

 

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WEEK OF 12/1/14

Mon., 12/1

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce Memoir; What is Memoir?; Hand out “Writing Memoirs;” Our class read will be Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman; students will read and work (parts of speech, journal writing, strategic dialogue and responding, figurative language, Literary Terms and Elements of a Story) much of the time as partners; Hand out “Dialogue Strategies:  Responding” sheet ; If there is time, begin reading “No place for a garden” and “Kim” with partners.

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 12/2

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Hand out Figurative Language informational sheet and worksheet; Literary Terms and Elements of a Story informational sheet; Finish reading “No place for a garden,” “Kim,” “Ana,” and “Wendell” (pages 1-16); Discussion prompt for homework:  Discuss the place where Kim goes to plant her seeds.  Why do you suppose Kim chooses this place?  Each student must respond to this prompt individually.  Your partner will respond to your prompt in one 3-5 sentence paragraph in YOUR composition notebook on the date the prompt is due.

Homework:  Journal Prompt for reading on “Kim,” “Ana,” and “Wendell” is due Mon., 12/8.

Tues., 12/2 (Character Connections at the end of the day, so there is a special schedule today.)

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Hand out and discuss Figurative Language handout and worksheet; Hand out and discuss Literary Terms and Elements of a Story handout; these handouts and worksheets will be used throughout our study of Seedfolks

Homework:  Journal Prompt for reading on “Kim,” “Ana,” and “Wendell” is due Mon., 12/8.

Weds., 12/3; Thurs., 12/4

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Criterion assessment for all 7/8 grade Language Arts students.

Homework:  Journal Prompt for reading on “Kim,” “Ana,” and “Wendell” is due Mon., 12/8.

Fri., 12/5

Due:  Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes

In Class: Check in and review Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes Unit 4; Review and begin working on Unit 5 Prefixes and Suffixes Unit 6

Homework:  Journal Prompt on the story “Gonzales” is due Mon., 12/8; Unit 6 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 12/12

WEEK OF MON., 12/8

Mon., 12/8

Due:  Journal Prompt for reading on “Kim,” “Ana,” and “Wendell”

In Class:    Each partner will respond to his/her partner’s prompt in one 3-5 sentence paragraph in YOUR composition notebook; you will both read and discuss both partners’ responses; Begin to read “Gonzalo,” and “Leona”  with your partner; respond to the prompt, How did Gonzalo learn to speak English?  Does this surprise you?  Why or why not? Explain. This prompt is due on Mon., 12/8.

Homework:  Journal Prompt on the story “Gonzales” is due Tues., 12/9

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 11/3

Monday, 11/3

Due:  Nothing

In Class: Read “Homeless” by Anna Quindlen; begin to work on worksheets on “Homeless”

Homework:  Complete “Homeless” (if not completed in class); complete worksheets on “Homeless” due Weds., 11/5; Thurs., 11/6; Unit 1 on Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/7; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17

Tues., 11/4

NO SCHOOL-ELECTION DAY!

Weds., 11/5; Thurs., 11/6

Due:  “Homeless” (if not completed in class); complete worksheets on “Homeless;” Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class.

In Class:  Discuss “Homeless” (if we have not done so before); check in and go over “Homeless” worksheets; read the short story “Names/Nombres;” begin the worksheets on “Names/Nombres” in class

Homework:  Worksheets on “Names/Nombres” due Mon., 11/10; Unit 1 on Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/7; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17

Fri., 11/7

Due:  Unit 1 on Prefixes/Suffixes

In Class:  Check in and Review Unit 1 Prefixes and Suffixes; Go over and begin working on Unit 2 Prefixes and Suffixes

Homework: Worksheets on “Names/Nombres” due Mon., 11/10;  Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/14; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17

WEEK OF 11/10

Mon., 11/10

Due:  Worksheets on “Names/Nombres”

In Class:  Check in and review worksheets on “Names/Nombres; Read short story “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry; Begin Journal prompt on Question #5 on page 161 of our textbook (use our regular heading and write out the Question; write and label an Introduction, Body and Conclusion, using details and examples in your response)

Homework:  Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/14; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17; Journal response is due for 1st and 2nd Hour Weds., 11/12; for 3rd, 5th and 6th Hours Tues., 11/11; Classroom Spelling Bee for 1st, 3rd and 5th Hours Weds., 11/12; Spelling Bee for 2nd and 6th Hours Thurs., 11/13

Tues., 11/11

Due:  Journal response for Hours 3, 5 and 6 for “After 20 Years;”

In Class: Check in and share Journal responses for “After 20 Years;” begin reading from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X; You will write a 25 word essay on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

Homework:  Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/14; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17; Journal response for “After 20 Years”  is due for 1st and 2nd Hour Weds., 11/12;  Classroom Spelling Bee for 1st, 3rd and 5th Hours Weds., 11/12; Spelling Bee for 2nd and 6th Hours Thurs., 11/13

Weds., 11/12; Thurs., 13

Due:  Journal response for “After 20 Years” is due for 1st and 2nd Hour Weds., 11/12; Spelling Bee today!!

In Class:  SPELLING BEE!!; Check in and share Journal responses for “After 20 Years” for 1st and 2nd Hours

Homework:  Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/14; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17; Journal for “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” due Tues., 11/18

Journal on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X:”

What part might education play in a person’s rehabilitation?  does education guarantee that someone will turn away from a life of crime? Why or why not? Use examples and details from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

Make sure to use the following:

The proper heading

Question at the top of the page

Must be written in your composition notebook

Intro, Body, Conclusion-labeled and must be separate paragraphs

3/4-1 page long

Fri., 11/14

Due:  Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes

In Class:  Check in and go over Unit 2 Prefixes/Suffixes; Go over and begin working on Unit 3 Prefixes/Suffixes

Homework:  Unit 3 Prefixes/Suffixes due Fri., 11/21; Bring your book for your At Home Read to class with you every day to class-it must be completed and the worksheet that goes with it completed by the time you walk into class Mon., 11/17

WEEK OF 11/17

Mon., 11/17

Due:  At Home Read worksheet

In Class:  Check in and review At Home Read worksheets; students work together in groups sharing their At Home read worksheets; talk as a whole class about the books that the students have read

Homework:  Journal on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” worksheet due Tues., 11/18; Unit 3 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 11/21

Tues., 11/18

Due:  Journals on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

In Class:  Check in and go over Journals on “The Biography of Malcolm X;” Begin reading Nelson Mandela’s Memoir “from Long Walk to Freedom on page 732

Homework: Unit 3 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 11/21

Weds., 11/19; Thurs., 11/20  (REMEMBER:  WE HAVE 1/2 DAYS OF SCHOOL WEDS., 11/19 AND THURS., 11/20 DUE TO CONFERENCES!)

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Finish reading “from Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela and discuss

Homework:  Unit 3 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 11/21

Fri., 11/21

Due:  Unit 3 Prefixes and Suffixes

In Class:  Check in and go over Unit 3 Prefixes and Suffixes; Review Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes and begin working on Unit 4 in class

Homework:  Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 12/6

WEEK OF 11/24

Mon., 11/25

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Discuss the importance of using detail in narrative writing; Read “The Important Book” by Margaret Wise Brown; complete a writing activity using objects in the classroom, discuss and share

Homework:  Finish the writing activity if it has not been finished in class; Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 12/6

Tues., 11/25

Due:  Writing activity if it was not finished yesterday in class

In Class:  Writing activity outside of the classroom, discuss and share with the class

Homework:  Unit 4 Prefixes and Suffixes due Fri., 12/6

Weds., 11/26, Thurs, 11/27, Fri., 11/28:  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 

 

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/20

Mon., 10/20 (NOTE CHANGES!)

Due: Nothing

In Class:  Quia Pre-Test on Prefixes and Suffixes; Affixes assignment in class-we will work on this today and tomorrow in class and go over it tomorrow in class

Homework:  Final 5 Paragraph Essay with Rubric, drafts and editing sheets due at the beginning of class Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Tues., 10/21

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Finish and review Affixes assignment in class

Homework:  Final 5 Paragraph Essay with Rubric, drafts and editing sheets due at the beginning of class Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Due:  Final 5 Paragraph Essay with Rubric, drafts and editing sheets due at the beginning of class; LA Game Day for the rest of class!!

Homework:  Bring LA textbooks and Composition Notebooks to class each day beginning Fri., 10/24

Fri., 10/24

Due:  Bring LA textbooks and Composition Notebooks to class each day

In Class:  Prefixes and Suffixes (We will be working on a new Prefixes and Suffixes Unit each Friday in class.  The homework for the Unit will be due the following Friday, which in this case will be Fri., 10/31, so for this Unit, Unit One will be due 11/7.

Homework:  Prefixes and Suffixes Unit One due Fri., 11/7

WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/27

Mon., 10/27

Due:  LA textbooks and Composition Notebooks each day to class

In Class:  Introduce “Learning From Experience” Unit; Introduce Focus Questions; Introduce At Home Novel Read for this Unit (tied to the theme “Learning From Experience”). This book must be completed Mon., 11/14 ; Write a Six Word Essay on: “What do we learn from other people’s experiences?”

Homework:  Prefixes and Suffixes Unit One due Fri., 11/7; At home read for Learning from Experience Unit due Mon., 11/14; Bring red textbooks and composition notebooks every day

Tues., 10/28

Due:  Red textbooks and composition notebooks everyday!

In Class:  Read the short story “7th Grade” and discuss; complete Vocabulary worksheet for “7th Grade” and discuss; go over biographies, autobiographies, personal essays and memoirs; read background information on Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography by William Jay Jacobs

Homework:  Read Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography by William Jay Jacob on page 89 in your red textbook and complete the first column on page 49 of the worksheet ad well as the Follow-Up and all of page 50, due Weds., 10/29; Thurs., 10/30; (5th Hour:  Check in and review “7th Grade” worksheets which are due on Weds., 10/29); Prefixes and Suffixes Unit One due Fri., 11/7; At home read for Learning from Experience Unit due Mon., 11/14; Bring red textbooks and composition notebooks every day; Name of book you have chosen for your At Home Book Read written on the Summary sheet due Weds., 10/29; Thurs., 10/30

Weds., 10/29; Thurs., 10/30

Due:  Name of book you have chosen for your At Home Book Read written on the Summary sheet due Weds., 10/29; Thurs., 10/30; Read Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography by William Jay Jacob on page 89 in your red textbook and complete the first column on page 49 of the worksheet ad well as the Follow-Up and all of page 50, due Weds., 10/29; Thurs., 10/30; (5th Hour:  Check in and review “7th Grade” worksheets which are due on Weds., 10/29)

In Class:  6 Word Essay on “Biography;” Review Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography; check in and review worksheets on the story (5h Hour:  Check in and review “7th Grade” worksheets which are due Weds., 10/29); Hand back work which has been graded and set up Portfolios

Homework:  Prefixes and Suffixes Unit One due Fri., 11/7;  At home read for Learning from Experience Unit due Mon., 11/14; Bring red textbooks and composition notebooks every day

Fri., 10/31

Happy Halloween!  Special Schedule all day!

 

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/6/14

Mon., 10/6

Due:  One Paragraph Draft Essays

In Class:  Go over Three Paragraph King Arthur Essay Rubric; Peer Conference One Paragraph King Arthur Essays

Homework:  Revise One Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Final Typed  One Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Mon., 10/13; Draft Typed Three Paragraph Essays due Fri., 10/10

Tuesday, 10/7

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Thoroughly review Three Paragraph King Arthur Essay Rubric; Begin working on Typed Draft Three Paragraph Essay and/or work on Typed Final One Paragraph King Arthur Essay

Homework:  Final Typed  One Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Mon., 10/13; Draft Typed Three Paragraph Essays due Fri., 10/10

SAMPLE INTRODUCTION (written in collaboration with all of Ms. Share’s LA students) FOR THE THREE PARAGRAPH KING ARTHUR ESSAY (this includes background information about the King Arthur Tales-think WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW). REMEMBER THAT THE THESIS STATEMENT IS THE LAST SENTENCE OF YOUR INTRODUCTION!  REMEMBER THAT YOUR INTRODUCTION SHOULD BE 4-6 SENTENCES LONG . :-)

INTRODUCTION:

The King Arthur tales took place between the 5th and 6th Centuries.  King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were said to have lived in the Realm of Logres, which was located in Britain.  Some of the characters included in the King Arthur tales were King Arthur, Sir Gawain, who was King Arthur’s nephew, and the Green Knight.  YOUR THESIS STATEMENT IS THE LAST SENTENCE OF YOUR INTRODUCTION.

BODY

The Body must be 6-9 sentences long.

You should use the 3 quotes that you used in your One Paragraph Essay.

You must explain your quotes using 1 or 2 sentences of explanation. This will give you 6-9 sentence in the BODY of your Essay.  3 Quotes + 1-2 sentences of explanation = 6-9 sentences.

You MUST use transitions in this paragraph, such as:

For instance,

As is shown by,

Another example is,

Sir Gawain shows bravery (or whatever your descriptive word is)when he says,

The Green Knight shows that he is fearless (or whatever your descriptive word it) when he,

For example,

CONCLUSION

Your Conclusion should be 4-6 sentences long.

1 sentence should be restating your Thesis Statement using different words. The RESTATEMENT OF YOUR THESIS STATEMENT CAN BE PLACED ANYWHERE YOU WOULD LIKE IN YOUR CONCLUSION.

The other sentences should summarize your 3 quotes and your explanations of those quotes.

This should easily allow you to write 4-6 sentences.

REMEMBER:  YOU MUST NOT WRITE IN 1ST PERSON.  NO I, ME MINE, MY, WE TO BE USED IN THIS PAPER. This is an expository essay.

 

Weds., 10/8; Thurs., 10/9

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  This is a work day.  Students will be working on the Typed Final Drafts of their One Paragraph King Arthur Essays and their Typed Drafts of their Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Teacher edit One Paragraph Final Essays and assist and edit Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays.

Homework:  Final Typed  One Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Mon., 10/13; Draft Typed Three Paragraph Essays due Fri., 10/10

Fri., 10/10

Due:  Draft Typed Three Paragraph Essays

In Class:  Check in, peer edit, teacher edit, and revise Typed Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays

Homework:  Final Typed  One Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Mon., 10/13; Typed Final Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Weds., 10/15; Thurs., 10/16

WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/13

Mon., 10/13

Due:  Final Typed One Paragraph King Arthur Essays

In Class:  Check in Final Typed One Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Continue peer editing, teacher editing, and revising Typed Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays

Homework: Typed Final Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Weds., 10/15; Thurs., 10/16

Tues., 10/14

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Go over Five Paragraph Essay Rubric for Five Paragraph King Arthur Essay; Continue working on peer and teacher editing and revising Typed Draft of Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays

Homework:  Typed Final Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Weds., 10/15; Thurs., 10/16

Weds., 10/15; Thurs., 10/16

Due:  Typed Final Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays

In Class:  Check in Typed Final Draft Three Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Return King Arthur Shields and set up student Portfolios; Begin working on Typed Drafts of Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays if there is time in class

Fri., 10/17

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  This is a work day.  Students will work on drafting their Typed Draft Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Teacher edit and assist drafting process

Homework:  Typed Draft Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Mon., 10/20

Mon., 10/20

Due:  Typed Draft Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays

Check in, peer and teacher edit, and revise Typed Draft Five Paragraph Essays

Homework:  Final Typed Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Tues., 10/21

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  This is a work day; peer and teacher edit, and revise Typed Draft Five Paragraph Essays

Homework:  Final Typed Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays due Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Weds., 10/22; Thurs., 10/23

Due:  Final Typed Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays

In Class:  Check in and collect Final Typed Five Paragraph King Arthur Essays; Ms. Share’s classes’ have LA Game Day!

Homework:  Nothing

 

 

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