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WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK – Complete all “Flowers for Algernon” notebook work. Refer to your handout to check (link)
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish the short story, “Flowers for Algernon” and continue our discussion and analysis.
DO NOW – Take out your vocabulary packet for the homework check.
Write today’s notebook heading – “11/20 – Flowers for Algernon Part 5”
Today you will continue to analyze and reflect on Charlie Gordon’s story.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Vocabulary Packet due Monday; Vocabulary Quiz Tuesday, 11/28
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading, analyzing, and reflecting on “Flowers for Algernon.”
DO NOW – Write down today’s notebook heading: “11/17 – Flowers for Algernon, Part 4”
As you read/listen today, focus on the analysis and reflection topics for Part 4 on your Algernon Notebook handout. You will have time in class to complete all four topics.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Algernon vocabulary packet due Monday 11/20; Quiz Tuesday, 11/28
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading “Flowers for Algernon” and analyzing and reflecting on the story.
But first…a Grammar Bytes challenge!
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/16 – Flowers for Algernon, Part 3”
As you read, consider the prompts in Part 3 of your Algernon Notebook handout. You will have time to write your responses in class.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Algernon vocabulary packet due Monday.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue reading, analyzing, and reflecting upon the story of Charlie Gordon in “Flowers for Algernon.”
But first…a Grammar Bytes challenge!
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/15: Flowers for Algernon, Part 2”. Take out your homework to be submitted.
Listen and read. Then, analyze and reflect. Respond to the prompts for Part 2 on your Algernon Notebook Assignments (link) handout. You will be given time to write, but you should be thinking and preparing as you read.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Outsiders Review due tomorrow.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO begin reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes
But First…a Grammar Bytes Challenge!
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/14 – Flowers For Algernon, Part 1”
As you read/listen today, you will be responding to a set of questions/prompts on your Algernon Handout (link).
There are TWO ANALYSIS paragraphs and TWO REFLECTION paragraphs. Your responses together should be at least one notebook page in length (longer, if you write large and sloppy).
Look back at yesterday’s writing. You have an example for each type of response.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Outsiders Review due Wednesday
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO take a quiz and reflect on the value of intelligence.
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/13 – Rorschach Tests and Intelligence”
Number 1-5 in your notebook to prepare for the quiz.
What did the Rorschach Test reveal about the human brain? Explain, using at least one of the images you saw to illustrate how the test works. Be sure to discuss the role of intelligence in a person’s response to the test.
What would you be willing to do to increase your intelligence? Would you take a drug or volunteer for an experimental operation? Would you be more or less likely to do the same to alter your appearance or improve your athletic ability? Discuss how much you value intelligence compared to other personal qualities.
NO SCHOOL TODAY.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Outsiders Review/Analysis Due Wednesday
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish the film, read about S.E. Hinton, and begin outlining a review of the film, novel, OR a comparative analysis of both.
DO NOW – Open your notebook to the work you have been doing during the past three days.
As you watch today, finish up any notes you have been gathering about similarities and differences between the film and the novel, and your likes/dislikes chart.
Your assignment: CHOOSE ONE
This assignment is worth 30 points.
Due date: Wednesday, November 15
Should be one page, typed, single spaced, or neatly written in pen.
Choose the assignment that you have the strongest opinions about and/or for which you have the most information (notes in your notebook).
The review (movie OR novel) should include the following:
The comparative essay (movie AND novel) should include the following:
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue watching “The Outsiders” movie with a critical eye.
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: 11/8 – Assessment of “The Outsiders” Movie
Today we will get close to finishing the movie adaptation of The Outsiders. As you watch today, you will begin evaluating Francis Ford Coppola’s film version.
Set up a T-chart to identify what you like and dislike about the film. Consider casting of characters, acting performance, camera work/staging of scenes, music and sound, and ultimately, how it matches up against the novel.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue watching “The Outsiders” with an eye on how faithful the movie is to the spirit and detail of the novel.
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/7 – Film and Novel similarities (what the director got right)”
As you watch the film today, note where the film has gotten the characterization, tone, mood of the setting, and any other details right.
Do not just write down SIMILARITIES. Identify any parts of the film that feel just right as an adaptation of the novel.
Today’s work can be a running bulleted list of observations.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO begin watching the film adaptation of The Outsiders and compare the story you imagined to the story on the screen.
DO NOW – Write today’s notebook heading: “11/6 – The Outsiders I imagined vs. the film.”
As you watch the film today, you will take notes on the ways the story you imagined while reading is different from or similar to the story that appears on film. Consider:
You may want to set up a T-chart to help you set up your contrast.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review the literary elements of The Outsiders novel and match quotes from the novel with the characters who said them.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review Core Workout #1 and set expectations for the next one.
DO NOW – Take out your Core Workout assignment and locate the written responses in your notebook.
Short Response 1 Example:
In “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, life on Venus is similar to and different from Earth. On one hand, it is different because it rains on Venus all the time, while on Earth we have different weather, including rain, sun, or snow. Furthermore, the author describes how the sun only comes out on Venus every seven years for an hour or so: “They were all nine years old, and if there had been a day seven years ago when the sun came out for an hour and showed its face to the stunned world, they could not recall.” On the other hand, life on Venus has its similarities to life on Earth. For example, all the kids go to school. The author writes, “They had read in class about the sun…and they had written small stories or essays or poems about it.” The planet Venus in Ray Bradbury’s story is a very different but also very familiar place for humans.
Short Response 2 Example:
In the story “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, Margot reacts to the other children in ways that reveal details about her character. One example of her reaction is when William asks her, “What’re you looking at?…Speak when you’re spoken to.” When Margot said nothing, “she felt them go away. And this was because she would play no games with them in the echoing tunnels of the underground city.” Margot’s reaction reveals that she is aloof and distant from the other children, probably because she is not happy living underground on Venus. Another example of her reaction to the other children is when the children make a decision to be cruel: “’Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a closet before the teacher comes!’ ‘No,’ said Margot, falling back.” Her reaction to the other students was to plead and protest, but not to try to stop them physically. This reveals Margot’s low self-esteem. Margot did not even try to struggle against the other students. Overall, Margot had a difficult experience living on Venus due to her inability to interact with the other children and her unwillingness to stand up for herself.
Short Response 3 Example:
Ray Bradbury uses many examples of figurative language in the story, “All Summer in a Day.” The author uses metaphor to describe the very heavy, endless rain on Venus: “They closed the door and heard the gigantic sound of the rain falling in tons and avalanches, everywhere and forever.” Bradbury also uses simile to describe the sensation of the sun on the children’s faces. When the children go outside, they are “running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron.” A third use of figurative language is personification. After the children lock Margot in a closet so that she cannot see the sun’s brief appearance, they saw the door “tremble from her beating and throwing herself against it.” The use of the word tremble makes the door seem alive, as if it is also upset that Margot is stuck in the closet. This makes the scene even more upsetting to the reader. All of these examples of figurative language enhance the extreme experiences depicted in the short story.
Short Response 4:
In the short story, “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, the main character Margot is bullied by the other students. They don’t like her because she is the only one in the class who remembers seeing the sun. On Venus, the sun only appears briefly every seven years. For the rest of the time, it rains continuously. Margot lived for four years on Earth, unlike the others, who grew up on Venus. As a result, she is bullied during the story. First, a boy shoves her, saying “Get away!” because he wants to exclude her from the group. One reason they children do not like Margot is because they are jealous of the fact that she remembers the sun. They decide to hurt her in the most painful way possible—by preventing her from seeing the fleeting appearance of the sun. “Hey everyone, let’s put her in the closet before the teacher comes.” One aspect of bullying is that bullies do not empathize with their victims. When they are able to understand the victim as a person, they often will regret their actions. In this story, once the children experienced the incredible sight and feeling of the sun, and realized what they had taken from Margot, they became “solemn and pale” and “could not meet each other’s glances.” It is clear, at the end, that the bullies are very uncomfortable having to face their victim.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review how to identify sentence fragments and correct them.
DO NOW – Open your notebooks and write today’s heading: “11/1 – Sentence Fragments”
Write down the following reminders:
1) A SENTENCE FRAGMENT is an incomplete sentence.
2) How to fix a sentence fragment:
Subordinate clauses begin with words or phrases like the ones below (you do not need to copy them down right now)
Practice: Open your purple Grammar for Writing book to page 33.
Complete Exercises 1 and 2 in your notebook. Correct the fragments where necessary.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO take the Outsiders Unit 2 Vocabulary Quiz
DO NOW – Clear your desk of everything except a pen or pencil
After the quiz….
If you are in Period 2, 8, or 9, you can work on an Outsiders writing enrichment. Consider the following:
If you are in Period 5 or 6, you will continue working on your essay.
WRITE DOWN TODAY’S HOMEWORK – Study for the vocabulary quiz.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish your Outsiders Essay, edit and revise using the checklist, and save a copy to the Huntley folder in the MS Student Dropbox.
DO NOW – Get right to work. Re-read your writing from last week to get back into the analysis.
WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR DRAFT:
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Vocabulary Quiz Tuesday (Packet Answer Key, Here)
YOUR GOAL FOR THE NEXT THREE CLASS PERIODS IS TO draft, revise, and submit your Outsiders Essay.
DO NOW – Get set up to work on your essay.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO wrap up our discussion of The Outsiders and prepare to write an essay
DO NOW – Open your notebooks to your quotes about climax, falling action, and resolution
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read Ch. 12 and identify details of the climax, falling action, and resolution.
DO NOW – Open your notebook and write today’s heading, “10/24 – Falling Action and Resolution”
As we read the final chapter of The Outsiders, your assignment is to think about the falling action and resolution of the story. To review, falling action includes details that bring the story back down to a normal level of conflict and tension. The resolution is the way in which the protagonist’s conflict has been resolved.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read Chapters 10 and 11 in The Outsiders, with an eye on the climax of the novel and the falling action.
DO NOW: Take out your Core Workout assignments to be collected. Open your notebooks and write today’s heading – “10/23 – Climax and Falling Action”
If we do not finish Chapter 11, finish it for homework.
Looking ahead: Wednesday, be prepared for your next notebook check. Here’s what you need to show…
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Core Workout #1 Due Monday
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read Chapters 8 & 9 in The Outsiders
DO NOW – Open your notebooks and write the heading for Thursday and Friday: “10/19-20 – Chapters 8 & 9”
As you read, select two quotes from each chapter and explain what important insights or details they reveal about the novel.
By the end of the period Friday, you should have two quotes selected and analyzed for Chapters 4 through 9.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO discuss chapters 6 & 7 and analyze elements of irony in the novel.
DO NOW – clear your desks and be prepared for a reading check. Write your name, period number and number your paper 1-4.
After the reading check…Write down today’s heading – “10/18 – Chapter 7 and Irony”
Then, write down the following definition:
IRONY – In literature, a situation is ironic when the outcome is contrary to what is expected.
Chapter 7 Quote: the newspaper headline, “Juvenile Delinquents Turn Heroes” (p. 107)
What situation is the headline referring to?
What is unexpected about what happened?
Write a short quote analysis paragraph. (1) Share the quote. (2) Describe the incident it refers to. (3) Explain why this situation is ironic, using one or more of the examples above in your discussion. Be sure to discuss how the situation contradicts expectation (goes against what most people would expect.
Your second quote for Chapter 7 can be your choice (it does not have to be about irony)
Continue to think about irony as we read the novel.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO complete Vocabulary Quiz 1 and then read Chapter 7 silently. OR, you can work on the Core Workout.
DO NOW – Clear your desks for the quiz. You need a pen or pencil. Have a copy of The Outsiders ready to read when you are finished.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read Chapter 6 in the Outsiders and write about emerging themes in the novel.
DO NOW: (Handout HERE)
1) Read Chapter 6.
2) As you read, select two additional quotes from the chapter and write them in your notebook, including the page number. Be sure to explain why you consider them important to the novel. Including chapters 4, 5, and 6, you should have SIX quotes in your notebook.
3) Answer the questions on the back of your handout. You may use your book.
4) When you finish, look over the list of themes you copied into your notebook on Friday. Here they are again, if you need to copy them:
5) Select one of the themes above. Write a long paragraph (7-10 sentences…kind of like the paragraphs in your summer reading essay) in which you
6) Study for tomorrow’s vocabulary test and/or read Chapter 7 (Due Wednesday)
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Study for Tuesday’s vocabulary quiz.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO finish Chapter 5 in The Outsiders and discuss emerging themes.
DO NOW: Add “and Fri. 10/13” to yesterday’s notebook heading. You will continue to select quotes from the chapter and explain their significance. Choose at least 2.
Emerging Themes in The Outsiders
Write down the following list of themes that are developing as we read The Outsiders.
Circle at least one that you can analyze with the support of evidence from the novel.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Study for Tuesday’s Vocabulary Quiz.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO complete the homework check for Chapter 4, discuss significant quotes, and begin Chapter 5.
DO NOW – Write your name on the Post-It note on your desk.
You will have 5 minutes to answer the questions.
Significant Quotes: Share the quote by reading it aloud, then explain why you selected it.
Chapter 5 Notebook Work: Today’s heading is “10/12 – Nothing Gold Can Stay”
As you read, find two more significant quotes, copy them down, and explain why they are important to remember.
We will continue Chapter 5 tomorrow.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Finish Chapter 4 and your quote selections. Be prepared for a brief quiz tomorrow.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO check the answers for your vocabulary packets and continue reading The Outsiders.
DO NOW: Take out your vocabulary packet and check your answers. Then, write down today’s heading – “10/11 – This Can’t Be Happening”
Warm-up: 5 Questions about Chapter 3 – A quiz preview
Notebook work as you listen to and read Chapter 4 today…
Select at least two quotes that seem to be significant to the story. Copy them down as you read, or later, with page numbers. Explain why the quotes seem to have such impact.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Vocabulary Unit I packet due tomorrow. Quiz in one week!
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO discuss why it is important to live your life following certain principles.
DO NOW: Take out your “Groups” assignment that is due today (if you haven’t already submitted it). Write down today’s heading, “10/10 – Codes and Principles” and copy down the following terms:
For example, Cherry Valance believes that everyone should watch sunsets (principle), because it is important to appreciate the small things in life (code).
The greasers believe that groups should stick together and that fights should be fair (no weapons). How might you describe their code?
2 Minute Writing: What is ONE principle that would be a part of your personal “code”? Why? If you need help, consider the “Greaser Code” that we discussed in class.
Chapter 3 Reading: Finish reading the chapter in class. If you finish early, study your vocabulary.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK:
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read Chapter 2 independently and consider some important ideas presented in the novel.
If you finish your reading and notes, you can begin working on the vocabulary packet.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – “Groups” reflection due Tuesday.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO continue developing an understanding of the characters in The Outsiders.
DO NOW – Open to your Outsiders Characterization Charts. Review the details you have added so far. When you are called on, be prepared to share a detail to include in the charts.
THEME: LOSS OF INNOCENCE
An experience or period in a young person’s life that makes him or her aware of the cruelty or unfairness of the world.
For Johnny Cade, this happens when…
For the Curtis Brothers…
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Groups writing reflection final draft due Tuesday. Expand into a 1-page discussion.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO begin reading The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, and become acquainted with the main characters, known as “greasers.”
DO NOW: Take out your homework assignment. Take out your notebook and write today’s heading on the next FULL PAGE. You will need three pages to create the following charts:
Today we will begin reading the novel, The Outsiders. Some interesting details about the novel:
The Outsiders is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where S.E. Hinton grew up.
As we read,
Pay close attention to the details about characters as they are introduced.
Listen to Ponyboy Curtis narrate the story, and draw some conclusions about him as well
Jot down details you learn about “greasers” and “socs” as well.
WRITE DOWN THE HOMEWORK – Write or type a final draft of your “Groups” assignment from last night.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO analyze the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” by Robert Frost, and make thematic connections between the poem and the short story, “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” by Evan Hunter.
DO NOW: Write today’s heading – “10/3 Nothing Gold Can Stay”
10 Minute Notebook Discussion and Writing
Consider the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” by Robert Frost as you recall the story of Andy, the Royal, in “On the Sidewalk Bleeding.”
Discuss and write about one or all of the following prompts:
Write an EPITAPH to Andy. An epitaph is a statement made in memory of someone, usually found on a gravestone or memorial. Use the imagery and main idea of the poem in your epitaph.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK (you can abbreviate the details and refer to the topic instructions on huntleywriters.org)
In your notebook, write about a group you “belong” to. Share specific details about people, activities, and experiences/memories. In your response, be sure to discuss:
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read the short story, “On the Sidewalk Bleeding ” by Evan Hunter.
DO NOW: After you write down today’s homework, open your notebook and write today’s heading – “10/2 – On the Sidewalk Bleeding and Mood” When you receive a copy of the story, look over the questions on the back page.
AS YOU READ you will be responsible for jotting down words and phrases that help you sense the MOOD of the story.
These details can be:
Work on the questions at the end of the story. Write all responses in your notebook.
NO HOMEWORK THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY’S GOAL IS TO write your Summer Reading Assessment.
DO NOW: Prepare your workspace.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Review your novel and Plot Outline handout for the Summer Reading Assessment. You will be writing tomorrow and Friday.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO rehearse writing a long paragraph response for the assessment.
DO NOW: Open your notebook and write today’s heading, “9/27 – Summer Reading Assessment Prep.” Also, (1) take out your Plot Outline handout and (2) your “Seventh Grade” story.
Part 1: Using your notes on “Seventh Grade” and the story itself, write a response to the following prompt:
Just like real people, characters in fiction have positive and negative traits. Discuss ONE way in which Victor can be admired, AND ONE way in which he is flawed. In your response, be sure to provide specific textual evidence as support.
Write a DETAILED and meaningful PARAGRAPH with a target length of at least 7 sentences.
Base your responses and analysis on SPECIFIC references from the book:
Be prepared to share part of your response during the discussion. Consider copying down the full sample written response or editing your own to reflect an acceptable response.
Part 2: For the remainder of the period…
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK: Complete the Plot Outline handout for your summer reading book.
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO review the elements of a story by discussing the short story “Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto.
DO NOW: Open your notebook and write today’s heading, “9/26 – Seventh Grade Story Elements”
As we discuss the short story, be prepared to share some of your findings from last night’s reading.
Here are more story elements you need to remember before analyzing your summer reading book. Stories follow this general structure:
Authors begin with EXPOSITION or establish the way things are (think of the curtain opening at the beginning of a play)
5) EXPOSITION: Describe the way things are at the beginning of “Seventh Grade”
Authors establish a CONFLICT that will be the main struggle of the PROTAGONIST or main character.
6) CONFLICT: Describe Victor’s main struggle.
Authors develop RISING ACTION or tension — the results of choices made, actions taken, and experiences — which cause the story to become more complicated.
7) RISING ACTION: How does Victor’s story get more complicated?
Authors build a story to reach a CLIMAX, or turning point, when the protagonist gets to face his or her conflict and is usually changed in some way. This climax usually occurs near the end of the story.
8) CLIMAX: What turning point leads to the resolution of Victor’s story?
Authors, having designed the story to lead up to the climax, will now quickly bring the tension back down to “normal” in the FALLING ACTION and reveal to the reader how (and if) the conflict has reached a RESOLUTION.
9) FALLING ACTION & RESOLUTION: How does Victor’s story wind down in the final paragraphs? What has he resolved/fixed/figured out?
Begin working on your Plot Outline for your novel. Finish it for tomorrow.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Finish reading “Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto, and color-code the details you find:
TODAY’S GOAL IS TO consider hurtful names and celebrate kind ones.
DO NOW – Open your notebook to a new heading: “9/25 – Name-Calling is Bullying”
Consider the following quotes from The Misfits. Respond to ONE of them, explaining your point of view about the statement. If you finish before the discussion, respond to other quotes.
So does being cool mean you get to go around calling other people names? Skeezie, The Misfits, p. 91
It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been called a name, it still hurts – and it still always comes as such a surprise that I never know how to respond. Or maybe I do, but I’m afraid. Bobby, The Misfits, p. 131
Another thing I think about names is that they DO hurt. They hurt because we believe them. We think they are telling us something true about ourselves, something other people can see even if we don’t. Bobby, The Misfits, p. 250
Below your response, make a list of names you have been called. Create a chart, and categorize the names as kind or hurtful.
After you have made your list, consider all of the names. Which ones stand out to you as most kind, or most hurtful?
Anyway, I do not want you thinking that I or Addie or Joe or Skeezie feel sorry for ourselves. We do not. Other people may call us names or think we’re weird or whatever, but that does not mean we believe them. We may be misfits, but we’re okay. Leastwise, in our own eyes we are, and that’s all that really matters. Bobby, The Misfits, p. 14
The point is that being a minority isn’t only about the color of your skin or your religion. it’s about not fitting in, being on the outside. Bobby, The Misfits, p. 137
Because when you get down to it, thinking of somebody as 100% human seriously gets in the way of hating them. Bobby, The Misfits, p. 46
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.