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- Handouts and important links can be found on the Links and Downloads page.
In observance of Rosh Hashanah, school is closed Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22.
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.
TODAY’S GOAL IS KINDNESS.
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:
Part 2: Warm Fuzzies – A Year-Long Project
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.
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 3: Prepositions Practice – Complete Exercises 1 and 2.
Enrichment: Write your own prepositional poem.
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:
Finished? Read a novel, or work on an assignment for another class.
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.
The CHECKLIST must be submitted when your assignment is complete.
After you receive/log in to your laptop…
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:
You should finish your draft in class, or if necessary, for homework.
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.
BUT FIRST: A GRAMMAR INVENTORY
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.
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…
PERSONAL CHARACTER BUILDING INVENTORY
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?
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.
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.
Synthesis. For 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.
WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK:
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.”
Six Word Memoir Examples
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”
Dream Keeper – Langston Hughes
INDEPENDENT WORK – Warm-up
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!
WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK:
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.
…and much, much more!
GETTING READY TO READ CLOSELY
Know the purpose for your reading and writing.
WORDS TO KNOW
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:
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”
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:
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:
Your writing should SHOW more than it TELLS, so that the reader can experience your moment, not just know about it.
Looking forward to seeing you on September 5! Finish those summer reading selections! (Link to the list, here.)