Wed. 9/20 – Kindness

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Have a restful long weekend.  Be kind!  Make sure you are ready for the summer reading assessment next Thursday/Friday.  Also, report to Library on Monday.


DO NOW: Take out your notebook and write today’s heading, “9/20 – Kindness”

Part 1: Video – “Giving is the Best Communication” followed by 10 Minute Notebook Response

After watching the video, respond to the following prompt:

  • Why is kindness important in a community? 
  • Consider examples of kindness you have witnessed or experienced in your daily life as a student in the Roslyn Middle School community.  Share a few real examples, large or small.
  • Does an act of kindness have to be a large one to have a large impact?  Explain.

Part 2: Warm Fuzzies – A Year-Long Project

Warm Fuzzies…

  • are positive…they are written acts of kindness.
  • make us feel welcome
  • make us feel safe
  • encourage us
  • inspire us to share more Warm Fuzzies.

Write a few warm fuzzy statements in your notebook after your video response.  Select one to write on your Post-It, and stick it on the board.

Next Week: Thursday/Friday – Summer Reading Assessment.  

You have read two books this summer: The Misfits, and a book you chose from the 7th Grade Summer Reading List (link).

Next Thursday and Friday, you will complete a writing assessment about the book you chose.  Take some time in the next seven days to brush up on the details of that novel.  

Tue. 9/19 – Prepositions

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Optional – complete a Prepositional Poem for enrichment credit.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO learn about prepositions.


Part 1: Open your Grammar for Writing book to p. 211. 

Part 2: Get ready to complete your Prepositions Page (link, here).  Have a pen or pencil ready.

Part 3: Prepositions Practice – Complete Exercises 1 and 2.

Enrichment: Write your own prepositional poem.

  • Think about a person, place, thing, or idea that is fascinating to you. 
  • Place your subject in a particular place, time, and/or situation, so that we can “discover” its location through your words.
  • If you prefer, you can take the subject somewhere (for example, a ball in a sporting event is taken through the defense, toward the goal, or over the fence).
  • Almost every line should begin with a preposition. The prepositions will provide us with information such as location, position, and direction.


Mon. 9/18 – Editing and Submitting Written Work

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK:  If you have not finished your Character Building Narrative and Reflection, you must do so!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish typing your assignment, edit and revise, save a copy to the Huntley folder in the MS Student Dropbox, AND submit your Checklist.

DO NOW: Log in, open your assignment, and locate your English Handbook.

Here’s what will happen today:

  1. Finish typing your Character Building Narrative and Reflection
  2. Re-read carefully, correcting any obvious errors
  3. Improve word choices: use the synonyms feature in Word, or use
  4. Improve transitions: use the lists on p. 7 in your English Handbook
  5. Make sure you have a proper heading (p. 5 in your English Handbook)
  6. Consider a personal title for the assignment.  If not, make sure it has a title.
  7. Complete your checklist.  Make any additional changes to ensure your assignment is your best effort.
  8. Work with someone else who is finished with #1-7.  Read someone else’s assignment and provide specific feedback.  Use the checklist as your guide.
  9. Repeat #8 with one or more other students.
  10. Make any changes to your checklist.
  11. Save your document in your own folder.
  12. Save a COPY (“Save as”) in the Huntley folder in the MS Student Dropbox.
  13. Submit your checklist.

Finished? Read a novel, or work on an assignment for another class.

Th.-Fr. 9/14 & 15 – Writing Process: Drafting and Revising

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Continue your revision work, if you need to.  You must have a completed typed draft saved to the Huntley folder in the MS – Student Dropbox by the end of the period Monday. [File name includes your last name, period number, and title “Character Piece”]

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO follow a revision checklist and type another draft of your Character Building Narrative and Reflection.

DO NOW:  Prepare for revision.  Open your notebooks to your draft.  Locate your English Handbook and open to page 11.

Your HANDBOOK will help you revise and submit your writing.

  • Review “Revising Your Writing” and “Editing Your Writing” on page 11.
  • Review “Submitting Written Work” on page 6.
  • Review “Transitions” on page 7.

The CHECKLIST must be submitted when your assignment is complete.

  • Use the checklist to help you organize and revise your Character Building Narrative and Reflection

After you receive/log in to your laptop…

  • Open a new Microsoft Word document
  • SAVE the document with the title, Last Name First Initial Period Number character piece…which would look something like this: Huntley J 2 character piece 
  • When you are ready to type, add a proper heading (Handbook, pg. 5) and your title first.
  • Save as you go.
  • Consider backing up your work.  You can save it to a usb, or you can save a copy in the “MS -Student Dropbox” in the “Huntley” folder.
  • When you are finished, refer back to page 11 in your handbook.  Monday you will complete and submit your checklist for the assignment.

Wed. 9/13 – Character Building Narrative and Reflection

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Complete the draft of your Character Building Narrative and Reflection.  It should include all required elements and be written in your notebook.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO select a topic about character-building and draft an extended narrative and reflection.

DO NOW: Turn to a new notebook page.  Write the heading, “9/13 – Character Building Narrative and Reflection”

Open your notebook to last night’s homework paragraphs and look over your responses.  Your reflections there may help you choose a topic from the list.  Keep them in mind as you review the choices.

When you receive the topic sheet, read the topic choices carefully.  When you make your choice, write the topic at the top before beginning. 

Your Character Building Narrative and Reflection should include:

  • An introduction to the topic/person, providing background and your personal connection
  • A description and discussion of the specific character qualities you value
  • Stories as examples to “show” your reader
  • Any other details that are part of the topic assignment
  • A conclusion in which you reflect on your feelings and understanding about the topic

You should finish your draft in class, or if necessary, for homework.

Topic sheet link, here.

Tues. 9/12 – Building Character

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Complete your personal character building inventory.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO discuss the characteristics of heroism, and explore how you identify with some of them.


When you receive your loose leaf, write your name and period number at the top.  Write the heading, “Grammar Inventory.”  Then number 1-10, skipping lines.

For numbers 1-10, write down the requested part of speech from the sentence provided.

      1. Write the noun:  I play football.
      2. Write the proper noun:  I live in Roslyn.
      3. Write the pronoun: We are in English class.
      4. Write the verb:  We must use the technology.
      5. Write the linking verb:  English class is thrilling.
      6. Write the adjective: Enjoy the gorgeous weather.
      7. Write the adverb: He quickly finished the assignment.
      8. Write the preposition: Go to your locker.
      9. Write the conjunction:  I will eat broccoli or carrots.
      10. Write the interjection:  Wow!  You finished!

DO NOW: Open your notebooks to your homework – five character statements about Welles Crowther – and your personal reaction. 

DISCUSSION: Have your pen or pencil ready.  As you listen to people share character qualities, add more to your own list.

TODAY’S WORK:  Look over the list of character qualities shared today.  Which of these qualities do you see in yourself?  Circle, underline, highlight them in your notebook.

Then, add a break (a line, a new page, your choice) and write the heading…


Answer the following questions completely and thoughtfully.  Each response should be a paragraph that includes specific personal details to support your choices.  You may complete them in any order.

1) Who has taught you positive character qualities?  Which traits?  Share an example when and how.

2) What memorable experiences have you had that helped you develop positive character qualities?  Which traits?  Share an example when and how.

3) What qualities possessed by Welles Crowther or the fictional Luella Bates Washington Jones do you admire and want to possess yourself?  How can you acquire these qualities?









Mon. 9/11 – Characterizing Heroism

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: In your notebook, complete five character statements and your personal reaction to “The Man in the Red Bandana.”

DO NOW: Take out your Portmanteau/Six Word Memoir assignment to be collected.  Open your notebooks to the next page and write today’s heading, “9/11 – Characterizing Heroism”

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO learn about one of the many, many individuals who sacrificed their own lives on September 11, 2001, so that others could survive.  343 New York firefighters, 23 police officers, and 37 Port Authority officers were killed in their efforts to save lives on that day.  In addition to these first responders, a number of civilians took action to help others.  Today you are going to learn about one of those individuals.

  • You will be watching a video called “The Man in the Red Bandana.”  As you view it, list descriptions and actions presented in the video that reveal what kind of person Welles Crowther was.

  • Following the video, you will examine a slideshow about Welles Crowther’s life.  Continue to add to and elaborate upon your list of qualities describing him.

Slideshow: Welles Crowther, The Man in the Red Bandana

Discussion Share some of the words that you wrote down to characterize Welles Crowther.  Again, add to your own list as you hear others share.

Analysis Examine your list carefully.  Circle, highlight, underline the words you believe are Welles Crowther’s most important character qualities.  Select at least five.

SynthesisFor each word you have chosen, write a statement to explain the character quality, and include a specific example of the quality. Your examples do not have to all be from Welles Crowther’s life if you have other personal examples.

Reflection.  Write a personal reaction to the story you heard today.  The reaction can be brief but should identify some specific details to support your thoughts and feelings.  You can discuss details beyond Welles Crowther’s story.

Come prepared tomorrow to share one of your statements with the class.

Friday 9/8 – Portmanteaus and Six Word Memoirs


TODAY’S GOAL IS TO (1) invent a new word, a portmanteau, that reveals something unique about you, and (2) write a six word memoir that expresses who you are at this moment in time.

DO NOW: Take out your homework to be collected. Open your notebook to the next page.  Write today’s heading, “9/8 – Portmanteau and Six Word Memoir.”

Personality Words handout

Portmanteau Examples

  • CRONUT (croissant + donut)
  • FRAPPUCCINO (frappé + cappuccino)
  • BRUNCH (breakfast + lunch)
  • TURDUCKEN (turkey + duck + chicken)
  • CHILLAX (chill + relax)
  • FRENEMY (friend + enemy)
  • THREEPEAT (three + repeat)
  • SHARKNADO (shark + tornado)
  • STAYCATION (stay home + vacation)

Portmanteau and Six Word Memoir sheet, with instructions

Six Word Memoir Examples

  • Yeah, I know I am weird.
  • Learning to accept my own flaws.
  • I need more than 24 hours.
  • Xbox doesn’t want me to study.
  • Math books make really good pillows.
  • Acted first, thought second. Regrets? None!
  • School starts again. Take me away!
  • Picked last. I surprised them all.
  • Stole my stuff, not my memories.

Thurs. 9/7 – Thanks, Again!

WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK: Finish your “Thank You, M’am” Final Reflection (LONG PARAGRAPH of 7-10 sentences…at least a half written page).  It will be collected, so do not write it in your notebook!

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue analyzing the short story, “Thank You, M’am”


  • Locate your English Handbook and open to page 2 for the homework check.
  • While your signature is being checked, open your notebook to the next page.
  • Write today’s heading, 9/7 – “Thank You, M’am” discussion.
  • Respond to the following prompt: How does Langston Hughes’ poem, “The Dream Keeper” relate to his short story, “Thank You, M’am”? Share (and cite) a detail from the poem and a detail from the story in your response.

Dream Keeper – Langston Hughes

  1. Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamer,
  2. Bring me all of your heart melodies 
  3. That I may wrap them in a blue-cloud cloth
  4. Away from the too-rough fingers of the world.


  • Be prepared to provide a story summary detail
  • Be prepared to share a vocabulary definition
  • Be prepared to share an example of VERNACULAR
  • Be prepared to describe either Roger’s or Mrs. Jones’ character
  • Add to your notes as needed to make sure your work from yesterday is complete.



5) Analyze the moment when Roger begins to change.  Identify the paragraph(s) and explain the details that reveal his change.

INDEPENDENT WORK – Answer questions 6 and 7.  Each statement should include a reason that provides evidence from the text.

Your homework is Part 4:  Cross out questions 8-15 as a reminder that you do not have to complete them!

Wed. 9/6 – Thank You!


TODAY’S GOAL IS TO (1) Receive your English Handbook and go over some details about this class, and (2) read and discuss a short story titled “Thank You, M’am,” written by Langston Hughes.

DO NOW: Locate your English Handbook and open to page 4.  While you wait to begin, you should review pp. 4 & 5.

ABOUT THE ENGLISH HANDBOOK: We will refer to your handbook many times this year.  It is chock-full of useful information about English class.

  • It will help you be prepared for writing assignments.
  • It will help you use your notebook effectively
  • It will help you with grammar and usage
  • It contains important academic vocabulary
  • It provides you with writing enrichment opportunities.

…and much, much more!


Know the purpose for your reading and writing.

  • Look over the questions you will answer
  • Questions to help you focus on the task: Why are we reading this?  What is the lesson?  Are we learning about craft?  About a theme?  About character?  About a topic?  All of the above?


CHARACTER can be an individual’s (1) mental and moral qualities, (2) interesting or unusual qualities, (3) inner strengths, or (4) good reputation

VERNACULAR is language used by ordinary people.  It often changes from place to place or through time.   (Example: ain’t)

MOTIVATION is a character’s reason for his or her actions in the story

As we read:

  • Keep all materials — story, questions, and notebook — on your desk
  • Stay focused and follow along
  • Do not read ahead…stay with the class, in the moment
  • No breaks or off-topic interruptions

Tue. 9/5 – Welcome Back!

DO NOW:  Please sit anywhere.  When the bell rings, wait quietly for instructions.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO (1) learn a little bit about English 7, and (2) complete a 15 minute writing assignment about a “Summer Moment”


  • Mr. Huntley and Mrs. Covino are the Team 72 English teachers
  • Our extra help will be held in this room, Rm. 110.
  • Mr. Huntley has a website,, which you are looking at right now.  Be sure to bookmark/favorite the site on your computers/tablets/phones.
  • Mrs. Covino has a website,, which will list homework for all core subject areas for most teachers on Team 72.  Be sure to bookmark/favorite the site on your computers/tablets/phones.
  • We will be discussing English class in more detail tomorrow, when we have time.  

WRITING ASSIGNMENT.  Make sure you have a sheet of loose leaf and pen/pencil ready to write.

FIRST, write a proper heading at the top:

  • Name
  • Date
  • Period
  • English 72 – Huntley/Covino

NEXT, write a title for your assignment.  If you can’t think of one, write “Summer Moment”

THEN, write about a meaningful moment you experienced this summer.  It should be a MOMENT in time, not a day, a whole trip, etc.  Your moment should include:

  1. details that reveal your strong emotions about the moment
  2. details about the setting for your moment
  3. dialogue/conversation that occurred
  4. some reflection (your thoughts) on what made this moment special for you

Your writing should SHOW more than it TELLS, so that the reader can experience your moment, not just know about it.