About js32bps

This is my 8th year teaching Language Arts at BCS. I am so fortunate! I graduated from the University of Michigan where I majored in American Studies and Art History. I then graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and practiced law until my two children Matthew and Elyse were born. (Matthew now lives in Boston and has a job in finance and Elyse is a junior at the University of Michigan). After they were both in school, I practiced law part-time, and later continued to do so while I went back to school to earn my teaching certificate in both English and History. This now allows me to do what I love best-teach!

Novel Unit-Witness

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2

Mon., 11/2

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce novel study for the novel Witness; What does it mean to be a witness?  In your composition noteboooks answer the question:  Have you ever been a “witness” to something that made you uncomfortable? Who was involved? Did you feel obligated to become a participant? What was the outcome?

Homework:  Finish Journal Question due Weds., Thurs; 11/4; 11/5

Tues., 11/3

No School-Election Day

Weds., Thurs., 11/4, 11/5

Due:  Journal Question on Witness

In Class:  Check in and discuss Witness Journal; Introduce Inspiration Mini-Project on Background Knowledge; choose a partner from the other grade level with whom to work; class discussion about evaluating sources (page 70a in teacher text); pass out Inspiration assignment and review packet; Begin working on Timeline in class (Day 1)-each partner needs to keep his/her copy of the Building Background Knowledge.

Homework:  Timeline due Mon., 11/9

Fri., 11/6

Due:  Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:  Check in  and review Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots; go over and begin working on Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots

Homework:  Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/13; Timeline Building Background Knowledge due Mon., 11/9 (remember-each student MUST have his/her own Timeline

Mon. 11/9

Due:  Timeline

In Class:  Check in and review Timelines; Review and begin Inspiration Diagram; Review Rubric; Begin working with your partner on Inspiration project

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Homework:  Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/13; Inspiration project due Mon., 11/16

Tues., 11/10

Due:  Nothing

In Class:   Work on Inspiration project

Homework: Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/13; Inspiration project due Mon., 10/16

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

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on Inspiration project

Homework:   Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/13; Inspiration project due Mon., 10/16

Fri., 11/13

Due:  Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:   Check in  and review Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots; go over and begin working on Unit 4 Greek and Latin Roots

Homework:  Unit 5 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/20; Inspiration project due Mon., 10/16

WEEK OF MONDAY, 11/16

Mon., 11/16

Due:  Inspiration project

In Class:  Check in and share Inspiration projects

Homework:  Unit 5 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/20

NOTE:  WE ARE BEGINNING OUR NOVEL STUDY AT THIS POINT.  I WILL BE PASSING OUT A SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS WHICH ALL STUDENTS MUST KEEP IN THEIR BINDERS FOR REFERENCE. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING THE NOVEL WITNESS  AS WE LISTEN TO EACH CHARACTER READ THEIR PARTS ON CD IN CLASS. ALL STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR VOCABULARY ASSIGNMENTS, JOURNAL ENTRIES,  THEME AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ASSIGNMENTS, AND EXTENSION ACTIVITIES FOR EACH ACT IN THE NOVEL. DUE DATES ARE GIVEN IN THE SCHEDULE AS THEY ARE ON MY HOMEWORK BLOG.  THERE MAY BE CHANGES TO THESE DUE DATES WHICH WILL BE REFLECTED IN MY STUDENTS’ PLANNERS AND ON MY HOMEWORK BLOG, BUT WE WILL TRY TO ADHERE TO THE SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS AS CLOSELY AS POSSIBLE.  I HOPE THAT MY STUDENTS ENJOY THE NOVEL WITNESS AS MUCH AS I DO!

Tues., 11/17

Act I:  Pages 1-31

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Pass out novels; Discuss free verse; Free verse is written with no particular rhyme scheme, meter, or pattern. It does not follow traditional grammar rules; Discuss alternating points of view; discuss Historical Fiction genre; pass out characters’ pictures; make predictions about the  characters’ personalities in small groups and discuss; pass out Witness Overview packet and discuss.

Homework: Unit 5 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/20

Weds., Thurs.; 11/18, 11/19-CONFERENCES-BOTH DAYS 1/2 DAYS

Due:   Nothing

In Class:  Review and start Vocabulary for Act I in class; Begin novel-read along /listen to audio for Act I

Homework:  Vocabulary Assignment for Act I due Mon., 11/30; Unit 5 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/20

Fri., 11/20

Due:  Unit 5 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:  Check in and review Greek and Latin Roots; Review Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots; work on Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots; work on Vocabulary Assignment for Act I; Finish listening/reading along stopping at Act 1; Continue working on Vocabulary for Act 1; Begin working on Extension Activity#1; Begin working on Theme and Character Development Activity for Act 1

Homework:   Vocabulary, Extension Activity, and Theme and Character Development Assignments for Act I due Mon., 11/30; Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23

Mon., 11/23-8TH GRADERS TO SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL FOR HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on  Vocabulary, Extension Activity, and Theme and Character Development Assignments for Act I; Work on Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots

Homework:  Vocabulary, Extension Activity#1, and Theme and Character Development Assignment for Act I due Mon., 11/30; Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

Tues., 11/24-8TH GRADERS TO GROVES HIGH SCHOOL FOR HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on  Vocabulary, Extension Activity, and Theme and Character Development Assignments for Act I; Work on Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots

Homework:  Vocabulary, Extension Activity#1, and Theme and Character Development Assignment for Act I due Mon., 11/30; Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

HAVE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING BREAK!!

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30

Mon., 11/30

Act II:  Pages 33-62

Due:  Vocabulary, Extension Activity, and Theme and Character Activities for Act 1

In Class:  Check in Vocabulary for Act 1; Check in Theme and Character and Theme for Act 1 and post quotes on the wall chart for Act 1; Check in and discuss Extension Activity#1 in table groups; listen/read along to Act II

Homework:  Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

Tues., 12/1

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Read/listen to the end of Act II; Write  3 paragraph (Intro, Body, Conclusion) response to Journal Entry #1:

Journal Entry #1:  At one point in the novel, Sara Chickering  says of the Klan, “There’s a kind of power they wield, a deceptive authority.”  What does she mean by “deceptive authority?” Why does the Klan burn crosses and hide their identity behind hoods and sheets?

Homework:  Journal Entry #1 due Weds, Thurs; 12/2, 12/3; Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

Weds., Thurs; 12/2, 12/3

Due:  Check in and discuss Journal Entry #1

In Class:  Work on Vocabulary Activity, Extension Activity#2, and Theme and Character Development for Act II

Homework:  Vocabulary Activity for Act II due Mon., 12/7; Extension Activity #2, and Theme and Character Development for Act II due Mon., 12/7; Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/4

Fri., 12/4

Due:  Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class: Pass out Spelling Bee lists;  Check in and correct Unit 6 Greek and Latin Roots; Review Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots; Work on Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots,  Vocabulary for Act II, Extension Activity #2 and Theme and Character Development for Act II

Homework:   Vocabulary for Act 2, Extension Activity #2 and Theme and Character Development for Act II due Mon., 12/7; Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/11; Classroom Spelling Bees on Weds., Thurs.; 12/9, 12/10

WEEK OF MONDAY, 12/7

Act III:  Pages 63-96

Mon., 12/7

Due:  Vocabulary for Act 2, Extension Activity  for Act 2,  and Theme and Character Development for Act 2

In Class:  Check in Vocabulary for Act 2, Theme and Character Development for Act 2 and post quotes on the wall chart for Act II; Discuss Extension Activity #2 in groups; read/listen to Act III

Homework:  Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/11; NOTE:  Classroom Spelling Bees on Weds., Thurs.; 12/9, 12/10

Tues., 12/8

Due:  Nothing

In class:  Read/listen and finish Act III; Write  3 paragraph (Intro, Body, Conclusion) response to Journal Entry #2:

Why did the author choose to tell the story in many different voices?  How did this enhance your experience of the story?How would your experience of the story be different if it were only told from the point of view of Leanora? Esther?  Merlin? Sara Chickering? Use evidence from the novel to support your answer.  Directly cite or paraphrase (and use page numbers). Journal Entry #2  due Weds., 12/9; Thurs, 12/10

Homework:   Journal Entry  #2 due Weds., 12/9; Thurs, 12/10; Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/11; Classroom Spelling Bees on Weds., Thurs.; 12/9, 12/10

Weds., Thurs; 12/9, 12/10

Due: Classroom Spelling Bees; Journal Entry #2

In Class:  Classroom Spelling Bees; Check in and discuss Journal Entry #2;  Work on Vocabulary for Act III, Theme and Character Development Assignment and Extension Activity#3 for Act III

Homework:Vocabulary Assignment Act III due Mon., 12/14; Theme and Character Activity for Act III and Extension Activity #3 due Mon., 12/14; Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 12/11

Fri., 12/11

Due:  Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:  Check in and review Unit 7 Greek and Latin Roots; Review Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots;  Work on Vocabulary Assignment Act 3; Theme and Character Development for Act 3, and Extension Activity  Act 3

Homework: Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 1/8/16; Vocabulary Assignment Act 3, Theme and Character Development for Act 3, and Extension Activity 3 all due Mon., 12/14

WEEK OF MONDAY, 12/14

Act IV:  Pages 97-128

Mon., 12/14

Due:  Vocabulary Assignment  for Act 3, Theme and Character Development for Act 3 and Extension Activity for Act 3

In Class:  Check in Vocabulary Assignment for Act 3,  Theme and Character Development for Act 3, and post quotes on wall chart; Discuss Extension Activity for Act 3 with table groups; Read/listen Act IV

Homework:  Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 1/8/16

Tues., 12/15

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Read/listen to the end of Act IV; Write  3 paragraph (Intro, Body, Conclusion) response to Journal Entry #3:

Consider the characters of Leanora and Esther. In what ways are they similar?  In what ways are they different?  Go beyond the obvious.  Directly cite or paraphrase (and use page numbers).  Due Weds., Thurs., 12/16, 12/17

Homework:  Journal Entry #3 due Weds., Thurs., 12/16, 12/17; Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 1/8/16

Weds., Thurs., 12/16, 12/17

Due:  Journal Entry #3

In Class:  Check in and discuss Journal Entry #3; Work on Vocabulary, Theme and Character Development, and Extension Activity #4 for Act IV

Homework: Vocabulary, Theme and Character Development for Act IV, and Extension Activity #4 all due Mon., 1/4/16; Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 1/8/16

Fri., 12/18

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Class Parties

Homework:   Vocabulary, Theme and Character Development for Act IV, and Extension Activity #4 all due Mon., 1/4/16; Unit 8 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 1/8/16

WEEK OF Monday, 1/5/16

Act v:  Pages 129-161

Mon., 1/5

Due:  Vocabulary for act IV

In Class:  Check in and review Vocabulary for Act IV; Check in Theme and Character Development for and post quotes on the wall chart for Act IV; Discuss and share Extension Activity with table groups; Read/listen Act V

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 1/6

Due:  Nothing

In class:  Read/listen to finish Act V; Write  3 paragraph (Intro, Body, Conclusion) response to Journal Entry #4:

While there are some residents of the town who respond to the Klan’s hate message, there are others who find themselves exhibiting new-found courage in resisting the Klan.  Which of the characters do you feel exhibits the true courage?  What lessons do we learn from the novel Witness about ways to counteract prejudice and mistrust of people who are different than us?  Use evidence from the novel to support your answer.  Directly cite or paraphrase (and use page numbers).  Due Weds., Thurs.; 1/6, 1/7

Homework: Journal Entry #4 due Weds., Thurs.; 1/6, 1/7

Weds., Thurs.; 1/6, 1/7

Due:  Journal Entry #4

In Class: Check in and discuss Journal Entry #4; Work on Vocabulary, Theme and Character Development, and Extension Activity #5 for Act V

Homework:  Vocabulary for Act V due Fri., 1/8; Theme and Character Development Assignment and Extension Activity #5 for Act V due Mon., 1/11

WEEK OF  MONDAY, 1/11

Due:  Theme and Character Development Assignment and Extension Activity #5 for Act V

In Class:  Check in Theme and Character Development and post quotes on the wall chart for Act V; Discuss and share Extension Activity with table groups

Homework:  Nothing

 

 

 

 

Narrative Unit

WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/19

Mon., 10/19

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue with Narrative Unit; read memoir and discuss

Homework:  Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 10/23

Tues. 10/20

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue with Narrative Unit; continue reading memoir and discuss imagery and figurative language, work on vocabulary connected with the story

Homework:  Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 10/23

Weds., 10/21; Thurs., 10/22

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on Vocabulary, Greek and Latin Prefixes, and Active and Passive Voice; Begin working on Journal on the memoir “The Latehomecomer:”  Which of the author’s 3 experiences seem to have the greatest effect on her? Why? Give specific reasons and cite specific evidence from the story.  You must have a separate Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, and they must be labeled.  Your Journal must be 3/4-1 page long not counting the Question which must be written out at the top of the page.

Homework:  Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 10/23; Journal on “The Latehomecomer” due Mon., 10/26

Fri., 10/23

Due:  Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:  Check in and review Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots; Review and work on Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots.

Homework:  Journal on “The Latehomecomer” due Mon., 10/26; Greek and Latin Roots Unit 3 due Fri., 11/6

WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/26

Special Schedule-CSI Presentation

Mon., 10/26

Due:  Journal on “The Latehomecomer”

In Class:  Check in and go over Vocabulary, Greek and Latin Prefixes, and Active and Passive Voice; Check in and review Journals on “The Latehomecomer.”

Homework:  Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri.,  11/6

Tues., 10/27

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Read and listen to “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

Homework:  Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/6

Weds., Thurs; 10/28, 11/29

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Return This I Believe Essays; LA Game Day!

Homework:  Unit 3 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 11/6

Fri., 10/30

Halloween  celebrations-Schedule change-no academics

 

 

 

 

 

THIS I BELIEVE-NARRATIVE ESSAY

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28

Mon., 9/28

Due:  Any late work including journals and worksheets

In Class:  2nd Hour:  Check in and go over Harriet Tubman worksheets; Introduce “This I Believe” narrative writing assignment; give background/history of the project; read examples of “This I Believe” essays.

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 9/29

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce Values and Activity worksheet and complete in class; review and discuss.

Homework:  Important Moments worksheet due Weds., 9/29; Thurs.,10/1

Weds., Thurs., 9/30; 10/1

NOTE:  Weds., 9/30 is a LATE START DAY; THURS, 10/1 WILL BE A SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO THE 8TH GRADERS TAKING THE PSAT.

Due:  Values worksheet due Weds., 9/29; Thurs.,10/1

In Class:  Introduce Important Moments worksheet/activity and complete in class; review and discuss; Introduce the RUBRIC; read more “This I Believe” essays, both published original essays and those by BCS 7/8 LA students; remember that this essay is about your core beliefs and values-follow the Rubric; your first typed draft should be typed over the weekend, following the Rubric and correct essay format with the heading (name, date, hour, teacher and PASS KEY in the top, left hand corner of your essay.

Homework: Nothing

WEEK OF 10/5

Mon., 10/5

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Review Rubric and begin typed draft of This I Believe Essay

Homework:  Typed Draft of This I Believe Essay due Tues., 10/6 (If you did not finish this, you will do so in class Tues., 10/6

Tues., 10/6

Due:  Typed Draft of This I Believe Essay

In Class:  Review Rubric of This I Believe Essay in class; Review some previous students’ Essays in class; work on Draft This I Believe Essays in class

Homework:  Typed 1st Draft of This I Believe Essay due Weds., 10/7; Thurs., 10/8; Typed, printed Draft #2 This I Believe Essay Due Mon.,  10/12

Weds., 10/7; Thurs, 10/8

Due:  Typed 1st Draft of This I Believe Essay

In Class:  Peer conference Typed Draft This I Believe Essays using Rubrics as checks (you must have at least 2 students peer edit your Essays); edit and revise your own Essays

Homework:  Edited and Revised Typed and Printed Draft #2 This I Believe Essays due in class Mon., 10/12; Final This I Believe Essay with Rubric due Weds., 10/14; Thurs., 10/15

Fri., 10/9

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce and begin Greek and Latin Roots Unit-we will be working on this Unit for 8 Lessons; We will work on Lesson 1 in class today

Homework:  Greek and Latin Roots Lesson 1 due Fri., 10/16

WEEK OF MONDAY, 10/12

Mon., 10/12

Due:  Printed, typed Draft #2 of Essay

In Class: Edit and revise Draft #2 of Essays

Homework:  Final typed, printed Essays with Rubrics due Weds., 10/14; Thurs., 10/15; Greek and Latin Roots Lesson 1 due Fri., 10/16

Tues., 10/13

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continuing on with our narrative unit including short stories, personal essays, and memoirs, and culminating in writing a narrative essay

Homework:  Journal on “Bonne Annee” due Weds., 10/14; Thurs., 10/15; Final typed, printed Essays with Rubrics due Weds., 10/14; Thurs., 10/15; Greek and Latin Roots Lesson 1 due Fri., 10/16

Weds., 10/14; Thurs., 10/15

Due:  Journal on “Bonne Annee;” Final typed, printed Essays with Rubrics

In Class:  Check in Journals on “Bonne Annee” and discuss; Check in Final, typed Essays; share “This I Believe” Essays with the class and share; continue with narrative reading

Homework: Greek and Latin Roots Lesson 1 due Fri., 10/16

Fri., 10/16

Due:  Unit 1 Greek and Latin Roots

In Class:  Check in and correct Greek and Latin Roots; review Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots and begin working on Unit 2

Homework:  Unit 2 Greek and Latin Roots due Fri., 10/23

 

 

 

WELCOME TO THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR!!

NOTE:  PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD USE HIS/HER PLANNER AT ALL TIMES.  ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSIGNMENT DATES NOTED ON THIS BLOG MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON OUR PACING IN CLASS.  YOUR CHILD’S PLANNER WILL REFLECT ANY CHANGES.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”  Ursula K. La Guin

**Student Spotlight**

Once a month, a BCS student will be highlighted on the school website and possibly on the district website. If you are interested in being the Student Spotlight for BCS, please click BCS Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by the indicated deadline. Selection will be done by a random draw. Parent/Guardian permission is required on the form.

 WEEK OF MONDAY, 9/7

WELCOME BACK!!

Mon., 9/7

NO SCHOOL-LABOR DAY

TUES., 9/8

NOTE:  SPECIAL SCHEDULE!

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Welcome to our classroom!; Attendance; Seating Chart; About me; Connector; Physical setting of the classroom; classroom expectations

Homework:  Binders, dividers, looseleaf paper, writing utensils, Composition Notebooks (ALWAYS BRING THESE!) due Weds, Thurs; 9/9, 9/10; Syllabus Response Slips due Tues., 9/15 (NOTE CHANGE from Mon., 9/14); Summer Packet response and photo of your significant person due Weds., Thurs., 9/9, 9/10

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

Due: Binders, dividers, looseleaf paper, writing utensils, Composition Notebooks; Summer Packet response and photo of your significant person

In Class:  Introduce yourself in a 6 Word Essay and go over them; Put Binders together using binders, dividers, looseleaf paper, writing utensils, Composition Notebooks, along with handouts.  Label dividers Homework, Handouts, Novel Studies, Miscellaneous, and Compositions and Projects; Have class photo taken.

Homework:  Always bring Composition Notebooks!; Summer Packet responses and photo of your significant person due Fri., 9/11

Fri., 9/11

Due: Always bring Composition Notebooks!; Summer Packet responses and photo of your significant person; Signed Syllabus Response slips due Tues., 9/15

In Class:  Group work on Summer Packet responses and photo of your significant person; Share answers to Summer Packet responses in your groups and have one person per group report to the class; turn in Summer Packet responses; glue photo of your significant person onto handout and fill in.  Share with your group and have a different person report to the class.  Hang all handouts in the hallway.

Homework:  Signed Syllabus due Tues., 9/15

WEEK OF 9/14/15

Mon., 9/14

NOTE:  Today is Rosh Hashana-the Jewish New Year-there is no homework. I will be out today.

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Textbooks will be passed out to those students who have not received them yet; Introduction to Voices in History Unit; discuss characteristics of biography and autobiography; Begin reading the narrative poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” beginning with background information, including what is a narrative poem, and information about the author William Wadsworth Longfellow.

Tues., 9/15

Due:  Signed Syllabus Response Slips

In Class:  Collect signed Syllabus Response Slips; Continue reading “Paul Revere’s Ride” and discuss (How does the poem relate to the Voices in History Focus Questions?); Begin background information on “Lincoln:  A Photobiography” and read.

Homework:  5th Hour must finish reading “Lincoln:  A Photobiography since we did not quite finish reading in class.

Weds., 9/16; Thurs., 9/17

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  NWEA Reading Testing for all 7/8 LA classes

Homework:  Nothing

Fri., 9/18

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Field Trip to Oakland County Court House.

Homework:  Nothing

WEEK OF MONDAY, 9/21/15

Mon., 9/21

Due:  5th Hour must have finished reading the story “Lincoln:  A Photobiography” in the green textbook since we did not finish in class; REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BRING YOUR BINDERS, COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS, GREEN TEXTBOOK AND SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH TO CLASS.

In Class:  Read the poem “O Captain! My Captain” by Walt Whitman and learn about the poet; in your Composition Notebooks, respond to Question #4 on page 781 in your textbooks using the Journal Rubric in the Handouts section of your binders.  If you do not finish this Journal in class, it will be homework due Tuesday, 9/22.

Homework:  Journal on the poem, “O Captain! My Captain!” in your Composition Notebooks due Tuesday, 9/22

Tues., 9/22

Due:  Journal on the poem, “O Captain! My Captain!” in your Composition Notebooks

In Class:  Check in and go over Journals on the poem “O Captain, My Captain;” Begin reading short story on Harriet Tubman and her involvement on the Underground Railroad along with Background Information about the story including information about the author.

Homework:  None

Weds., Thurs., 9/23; 9/24

NOTE:  Wednesday is Yom Kippur. I will be out and there will be no Homework

Due:  Nothing

In Class: Finish the Tubman short story if not completed; begin working on worksheets in class and go over in class. Begin preparation for “This I Believe” narrative essay if there is time.

Homework:  Nothing

Friday, 9/25

Due:  Nothing

In Class:   Preparation for “This I Believe” narrative essay; We  will write three 6 Word Essays about your life-these will be specific and we will share them with the class; Listen to other people’s “This I Believe: narrative essays

 

WEEK #3 OF MYTHOLOGY READING AND JOURNALING

WEEK OF MONDAY,  MAY 11

Mon., May 11

Due:  Reading pages 55-145 and Journals #5-#8

In Class:  Check in Journals #5-#8; Begin reading pages 146-204 (finish the book) and working on Journals #9-#12

Homework:   Pages 146-204 in Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths and Journals #9-#12

Tues., 5/12

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue checking in Journals #5-#8; continue reading pages 146-204 (finish the book) and working on Journals #9-#12

Homework:   Pages 146-204 in Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths and Journals #9-#12

Weds., 5/13; Thurs., 5/14

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Begin watching the movie Hercules

Homework:  Pages 146-204 in Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths (finish the book) and Journals #9-#12

Fri., 5/15

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue watching the movie Hercules (if necessary); continue reading pages 146-204 (finish the book) and working on Journals #9-#12

Homework:  Pages 146-204 in Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths (finish the book) and Journals #9-#12

WEEK OF  MONDAY, MAY 18

Mon., 5/18

Due:  Pages 146-204; Mythology Journals 9-12 (REMEMBER TO USE THE PROPER FORMAT THAT WE HAVE GONE OVER IN CLASS; REMEMBER ALSO TO USE THE PROPER INTRODUCTION, EXAMPLES IN THE BODY, AND WRITE A PROPER CONCLUSION, ALL AS WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN CLASS.)

In Class:  Check in Journals 9-12; Review Journals 9-12; Discuss Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 5/19

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduce Children’s Myth Rubric and review; Pass out and review “List of all Greek Gods & Goddesses-The Olympians,” Characteristics of Myths,” and “Story Map” and review; Show sample Story Maps;  Begin working on Story Maps in class-USE YOUR SHORT STORY PACKETS! Be sure  to include ONE CHARACTERISTIC OF MYTHS for each category in your Story Map.

Homework:  Story Maps due Weds., 5/20; Thurs., 5/21; Bring colored pencils to class on Tues., 5/22

Weds., 5/20; Thurs., 5/21

Due:  Story Maps with ONE “CHARACTERISTIC OF MYTHS” (see handout) FOR EACH CATEGORY IN YOUR STORY MAP

In Class:  Conference Story Maps with whole class; revise Story Maps as necessary; begin TYPED DRAFTS OF 3-5 page CHILDREN’S MYTHS-with dialogue and narration-You will be handwriting and illustrating these Myths (if you have any issue with this, please speak to me).

Homework:  3-5 page Typed Draft of Children’s Myth using the Rubric as your guide due Tues., 5/26; Bring colored pencils to class on Tues., 5/22

Fri., 5/22

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Work on 3-5 page Typed Drafts of Children’s Myths with dialogue and narration using the  Rubric as your guide

Homework:   3-5 page Typed Drafts of Children’s Myths with dialogue and narration using Rubric as your guide due Tues., 5/27; Bring colored pencils to class on Fri., 5/22

WEEK OF MONDAY, 5/25

Mon., 5/25

MEMORIAL DAY

Tues., 5/26

Due:  3-5 page Typed Drafts of Children’s Myths with dialogue and narration using Rubric as your guide; colored pencils

In Class:  Peer and teacher editing of Typed Drafts of Children’s Myths with dialogue and narration; Begin working on your Children’s Myth book with dialogue, narration and illustrations using colored pencils for your illustrations

Homework:  Your completed Children’s Myth with Rubric (using the Children’s Greek Myth Rubric) is due Tues., 6/2

Weds., 5/27; Thurs., 5/28

Due:  Nothing

In Class:   Work on your Children’s Myth book with dialogue, narration and illustrations using colored pencils for your illustrations

Homework:  Your completed Children’s Myth and Rubric (using the Children’s Greek Myth Rubric) is due Tues., 6/2

Fri., 5/29

Due:  Nothing

In Class:   Work on your Children’s Myth book with dialogue, narration and illustrations using colored pencils for your illustrations

Homework:  Your completed Children’s Myth and Rubric( using the Children’s Greek Myth Rubric) is due Tues., 6/2

WEEK OF MONDAY, JUNE 1

Mon., 6/1

Due:  Nothing

In Class:   Work on your Children’s Myth book with dialogue, narration and illustrations using colored pencils for your illustrations

Homework:  Your completed Children’s Myth and Rubric (using the Children’s Greek Myth Rubric) is due Tues., 6/2 (I WILL ACCEPT NO LATE MYTH BOOKS WITH RUBRIC AFTER WEDS., 6/3 FOR HOURS 1,3, AND 5; AND THURS., 6/4 FOR HOURS 2 AND 6 AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF CLASS.)

Tues., 6/2

Due: Children’s Greek Myths with Rubrics

In Class:  Share Children’s Greek Myths; turn in Children’s Greek Myths with Rubrics

Homework:  Nothing

Weds., 6/3; Thurs, 6/4

Movie in LA

Band/Orchestra Assembly

Fri, 6/5

7th and 8th grade Portfolios in class

WEEK OF MONDAY, 6/8

Mon., 6/8

MOVE-UP DAY!

Special Schedule

Tues., 6/9

LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS PARTIES

Regular Schedule

Weds., 6/10

Character Connections and Wacky Recess

Thurs., 6/11

Cedar Point

Fri., 6/12

LAST 1/2 OF SCHOOL

7/8 BREAKFAST

DISMISSAL AT 11:30

 

Mythology and M-Step

WEEK OF MONDAY, 5/4

NOTE:  7th Graders will be taking the M-Step with Ms. Share all week this week.  8th Graders will be working on Week #2 Mythology with Mrs. Cruz in her classes.

Mon. 5/4

Due for 7th Graders:  Nothing

Due for 8th Graders:  Read up to page 53; Journals 1-4 (Week #1)

In Class for 7th Graders:  ELA M-Step Classroom Activity

Homework for 8th Grade: I will check in Journals #1-#4 for my 8th grade students;  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11

Homework for 7th Grade:  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11 (remember to follow the Journal format)

Tues., 5/5; Weds., 5/6 (Weds./Thurs. Block schedule)

Due:  Nothing

In Class for 8th Grade:  Work on Week #2 Homework-Reading pages 55-145 and writing Journals #5-#8

In Class for 7th Grade:  ELA M-Step testing for all of 7th Grade

Homework for 8th Grade:  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11

Homework for 7th Grade:  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11

Thurs., 5/7; Fri., 5/8 (Weds./Thurs. block schedule)

Due:  Nothing

In Class for 8th Grade:  Work on Week #2 Homework-Reading pages 55-145 and writing Journals #5-#8

In Class for 7th Grade:  ELA M-Step testing for all of 7th Grade

Homework for 8th Grade:  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11

Homework for 7th Grade:  Reading for Week #2-Read pages 55-145; Journals #5-#8 due Mon., 5/11

Greek Mythology Continues

WEEK OF APRIL 27

NOTE:  7TH AND 8TH GRADERS WILL BE TAKING THE M-STEP TEST ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY THIS WEEK.  THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES HELD ON THOSE DAYS.  THERE WILL BE REGULAR CLASSES HELD ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK.

Mon., 4/27

No ILD today

Homework:  Heroes, Gods and Monsters from the Greek Myths reading up through page 53 and Journals #1-#4 for 7th Graders; Nothing for 8th Graders

M-Step testing for 7th and 8th graders today-no LA classes scheduled today.

Tues., 4/28

Week #1 of Greek Mythology for 8th Graders

Week #2 of Greek Mythology for 7th Graders

Due:  Heroes, Gods and Monsters from the Greek Myths reading up through page 53 and Journals #1-#4 for 7th Graders; Hubris worksheet for both 7th and 8th graders

In Class: 8th Grade:   Introduce reading and Journals read to page 53 and respond to Journals #1-#4(Week #1); check in Hubris worksheets; 7th Grade: Check in and review Journals #1-#4; review new homework-read pages 55-145 and respond to Journals #5-#8 (Week #2); Check in Hubris worksheets.

Homework:  8th Grade Week #1:  Read to page 53 and Journals #1-#4 due Mon., 5/4;  7th Grade  Week #2:  Read pages 55-145 and Journals #5-#8 due Mon., May 11

Weds., 4/29; Thurs., 4/30

Week #1 of Greek Mythology for 8th Graders

Week #2 of Greek Mythology for 7th Graders

Due:  Nothing

In Class: 8th Grade:  Work on reading to pages 53 and Journals #1-#4 (Week #1); 7th Grade: read pages 55-145 and respond to Journals #5-#8 (Week #2).

Homework:  8th Grade Week #1:  Read to page 53 and Journals #1-#4 due Mon., 5/4;  7th Grade  Week #2:  Read pages 55-145 and Journals #5-#8 due Mon., May 11

Fri., 5/1

M-Step testing for 7th  graders today-no LA classes scheduled today.

In Class:  8th Grade Week #1:  Read to page 53 and Journals #1-#4 due Mon., 5/4

Homework:  8th Grade Week #1:  Read to page 53 and Journals #1-#4 due Mon., 5/4;  7th Grade  Week #2:  Read pages 55-145 and Journals #5-#8 due Mon., May 11

 

Greek Mythology Week #1

WEEK OF MONDAY, 4/20

NOTE: ALL BCS 8TH GRADERS WILL BE TAKING THE M-STEP TEST ALL WEEK WITH MRS. CRUZ.  I WILL BE TEACHING ALL BCS 7TH GRADERS OUR 1ST WEEK OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

Mon., 4/20

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  What you will need in class during this Unit:  Planners, Composition Notebooks, a writing utensil, Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths (our book for this Unit), and Mythology Journal Questions; go over Journal Questions #1-4 for this week; Review Myths students will read for this week.

Homework:  ALL DUE TUESDAY, 4/28:  Journals 1-4 IN YOUR COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS and Myths Zeus-Aphrodite (up to page 53 in your book).  REMEMBER TO USE THE PROPER FORMAT FOR YOUR JOURNAL RESPONSES.  ALSO REMEMBER TO USE WHATEVER REFERENCE MATERIALS YOU HAVE FROM CLASS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ANSWER THE JOURNAL QUESTIONS (HANDOUTS INCLUDING THE ELEMENTS OF A SHORT STORY PACKETS, AND THE HANDOUTS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS UNIT).

Tues., 4/21; Weds., 4/22 (NOTE THAT THERE IS A SPECIAL SCHEDULE AND TUES. AND WEDS. ARE ACTUALLY FOLLOWING A WEDS./THURS. BLOCK SCHEDULE (CLASSES 1, 3, 5 WILL MEET).

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Read our mythology book; respond to Journal questions.

Homework:  ALL DUE TUESDAY, 4/28:  Journals 1-4 IN YOUR COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS and Myths Zeus-Aphrodite (up to page 53 in your book).  REMEMBER TO USE THE PROPER FORMAT FOR YOUR JOURNAL RESPONSES.  ALSO REMEMBER TO USE WHATEVER REFERENCE MATERIALS YOU HAVE FROM CLASS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ANSWER THE JOURNAL QUESTIONS (HANDOUTS INCLUDING THE ELEMENTS OF A SHORT STORY PACKETS, AND THE HANDOUTS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS UNIT).

Thurs., 4/23; Fri., 4/24

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Read our mythology book; respond to Journal questions.

Homework:  ALL DUE TUESDAY, 4/28:  Journals 1-4 IN YOUR COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS and Myths Zeus-Aphrodite (up to page 53 in your book).  REMEMBER TO USE THE PROPER FORMAT FOR YOUR JOURNAL RESPONSES.  ALSO REMEMBER TO USE WHATEVER REFERENCE MATERIALS YOU HAVE FROM CLASS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ANSWER THE JOURNAL QUESTIONS (HANDOUTS INCLUDING THE ELEMENTS OF A SHORT STORY PACKETS, AND THE HANDOUTS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS UNIT).

GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

NOTE:  CHECK PLANNERS AS DUE DATES MAY CHANGE AT THE LAST MINUTE!

WEEK OF APRIL 13

Mon., 4/13

Due:  Study for Post Test Elements of a Short Story

In Class:  Post Test Elements of a Short Story

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 4/14 (Hours 1, 3, 5); Weds., 4/15 (Hours 2 and 6) NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE!!

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Introduction to Greek Mythology:  An Overview, Map Handouts (Greece and Europe), Greek Gods and Goddesses Family Tree;  Notes on Let’s Talk Myths; discuss Notes.

Homework: Nothing

Thurs., 4/16 SCHEDULE CHANGE ALL DAY FOR ALL 7/8 STUDENTS

All 8th Graders  M-Step test in CAT MATH GROUPS:

Cruz 8th Grade CAT:  Creative Station

Brown 8th Grade CAT:  Staff Development Room 2

Mixon 8th Grade CAT Group:  Staff Development Room 1

Weage 8th Grade CAT Group 501 Lab

All 7th Graders on Field Trip to HENRY FORD MUSEUM/IMAX THEATER

Fri., 4/17

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Complete “Hubris” worksheet in class and go over

Homework:  If “Hubris” worksheet is not complete, due on Mon., 4/20

 

 

Week of 3/30/15

I have been out this week ill with the flu.  My students have been learning about Elements of a Short Story using their Elements of a Short Story packets, a crossword puzzle, worksheets and a practice test that they completed (or will complete).  Their test will be on MONDAY, 4/13/15, and will be very much like their test review.  They had some time to study in class on Weds., 4/1; Thurs., 4/2.

Have a happy and safe break!