The Week Ahead: March 25th to 29th, 2019

9th Grade

A Few Announcements

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  • All late work for Q4 must be submitted by May 31st at 3pm. No exceptions. I am giving you months notice!
  • You have a grammar mastery challenge on Khan Academy. You must get to mastery by April 10th – the day before spring break begins. You will have any down time in class to work on this, but no scheduled time to work on it. Start checking it out now.
  • You will have a group presentation on April 8th. If you/your family are planning to be out of town, you must tell me ASAP! I will need to create an alternative assignment for you starting next week.

Day 1: Monday will be the FINAL work day for your ALWG summative essay. You essay is due Monday March 25th to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com by 11:59pm.

Day 2 & 3: The rest of the week will be spent working on a web-quest about the Islamic Revolution from 1979. This will lead us into our reading of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. All details will be posted on Google Classroom.

Day 4: Once again, our last day of the week will be devoted to independent reading. We will meet in the library and you will have the opportunity to choose any book you would like….but, you will have 6+ weeks to read the book, so I highly encourage you to challenge yourself! If you finish your book before the end of the quarter, you will be required to start reading a second book! As always, I can make suggestions on what books to read, but you have also gotten tons of recommendations in quarters 1, 2, and 3.

 

12th Grade

IT’S FINALLY TIME RECORD! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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We will meet in the library each day and your goal is to have a rough recording of your podcast by the end of the week. Make sure you have Anchor App downloaded!

On Friday, we will continue our discussion about Little Bee, with a focus on chapters three and four. This week you must bring a current event with you (or post as the directions state) to share with the group!

The Week Ahead: March 18 to March 22, 2019

WELCOME TO QUARTER FOUR!

We made it! We are officially in the final descent of the school year!

It is NOT time to start slacking off; it is time to start working harder!

9TH

Day 1 & Day 2: You should enter class on Monday with an outline of your thesis and main topics (or sub claims) of your body paragraphs! It’s time to write, and write, and write some more. Last week we spent a lot of time learning about our ALWG summative assessment, which can be found on Google Classroom. By the time you enter class on Day 3, you should have a completed draft!

Day 3: PEER EDITING! This is SUPER important, so make sure you come to class with a draft to share!

Day 4: This will be your final in-class writing day! Your essay is due Sunday by 11:59pm to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com.

12th 

Monday: Guess what? You’ll be writing and scripting! I will also be handing out your new book and the reading procedures for it!

Tuesday: You will share your script with a peer so that you can get feedback! Your homework will be to edit it based on the feedback that you receive.

Thursday: Time to finally start recording…hopefully!

Friday: We will have a mini coffee house discussion and then you will have the rest of class to work on recording your podcast! Your goal is to have a rough recording by next Thursday, March 28th!

The Week Ahead: March 11 to 15, 2019

And that’s a wrap! This week closes out quarter three!

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All late work (for freshmen and seniors) is due to me by 3pm on March 13th, 2019. I WILL NOT accept anything after that point. It will be a zero. This is a non-negotiable.

Freshmen, if you have a grammar quiz that you would like to make up, sign up using this link. Please understand that if you want to take a quiz, you must sign up in advance, and if you don’t show up at the designated time, then you DO NOT get to take the quiz. Also recognize that if you did not complete the practice on time for any of the sets of commonly confused words, then you forfeited your right to take a makeup quiz.

9th:

Day 1:

  • Read Chapters 20 & 21 together of A Long Way Gone in class.For homework, you will complete a reflection on Google Classroom.

Day 2:

  • You will be learning about our summative assessment for A Long Way Gone and we will start brainstorming your topics. For homework, you will choose a prompt that you will respond to through your summative assessment.

Day 3:

  • We will continue to discuss the summative assessment and how to research for evidence. For homework, you will brainstorm how to connect your topic to the book.

Day 4:

  • You will be researching and outline your summative assessment in class.

 

Note: Specifics for the project will be posted on Google Classroom on Monday. 

 

12th:

On Monday, we will be looking at how to brainstorm sounds and then how to incorporate them. You will also continue to outline and story map your podcast. Your goal will be to start writing out a script by Tuesday or Thursday. I would love if we can start recording by Friday, but we will take it day-by-day and see how the week goes!

 

The Week Ahead: March 4th to 8th, 2019

Let’s jump right in this week….

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9th

Day 1:

We will start class on Monday with a quiz on your second list of commonly confused words. I emailed many of you because you had not started your practice yet on NoRedInk. Make sure you are working on it! After you finish, you will take a diagnostic for your final list of commonly confused words.

The rest of the class will be spent working on your independent reading project. This is due on Wednesday by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. Late assignments will not be accepted!

Day 2:

We will move into conclusion paragraphs on day two! We are almost ready to put together a WHOLE essay.

We will finally get to talk about your PSAT scores and I am going to give you some tools for what you can do to prepare for your next PSAT in the fall.

Your homework will be to read chapters 18 & 19 in ALWG. No roles this time. Just read and be prepared to talk about it!

Day 3:

Since you will have read 18 & 19, you will be ready to read 20 & 21 together in class. We will read and discuss the end of the book together!

Your homework will be to PRACTICE for your independent reading PRESENTATIONS!

Day 4:

We will wrap up the week by listening to everyone’s book presentations! I cannot wait to add some new books to my list of books to be read one day!

12th

Monday & Tuesday: Work days for your annotated bibliography. It is DUE on Friday, March 8th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom & TurnItIn.com!

Thursday: We will start planning out your podcast structure. I will give you strategies and ideas on how to plan and structure your podcast.

Friday: You will use the class time on Friday to continue planning and outlining your podcast!

The Week Ahead: February 25th to March 1st, 2019

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Friday marks the first day of March! Can you believe that we are already into our third month of the year? Let’s see what this week has in store:

 

9th

Day 1:

We will start the week with a quiz on the first list of commonly confused words. Remember, if you received a 100% on the diagnostic, you are exempt from the quiz. Once you finish the quiz, you will transition into taking the diagnostic for the second list of commonly confused words. Both of these will be on NoRedInk.

Once you are done with NoRedInk, you will move into your final day of independent reading. Remember, your book should be finished by Friday! Your project is due NEXT Wednesday! Did you lose your directions? Follow this link to get a digital copy.

Your homework will be to:

a. Take notes on this weeks word list for grammar – it will be checked the next day in class!

b. Complete the summative assessment for introductory paragraphs. Click here to see a preview of this assessment. This assessment will be due on Wednesday February 27th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. It is SUMMATIVE and there will be NO late work accepted! If you need an extension, you MUST ask me by 8am on Wednesday. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Day 2:

This week we will be complete 2 literature circles. The first one will occur on day 2 of the week and will cover chapters 13-15! Be sure to be on top of your planning to make sure you are prepared. Remember, you can find digital copies of the role sheets here.

Day 3:

We will be moving from the introduction paragraph to conclusion paragraphs this week! We are almost ready to write an essay from beginning to end! Your summative assessment for A Long Way Gone is coming up quick! The notes for conclusion paragraphs will be posted to Google Classroom after the lesson.

We will also take a bit of class to discuss your PSAT scores and what you can do to prepare for PSAT 10 next year.

Day 4:

We will wrap the week up with a second literature circle that will focus on chapters Again, Be sure to be on top of your planning to make sure you are prepared. Remember, you can find digital copies of the role sheets here.

Your homework for the weekend is to start working on your independent reading project! You WILL NOT be able to do this in a single night. It is also a summative assessment so you WILL NOT be able to submit the work late. All documents must be submitted to Google Classroom by March 6th at 11:59pm. Presentations take place on March 7th and 8th depending on your class period.

 

12th

Monday & Tuesday: Research and working on your annotated bibliographies! These are due at the end of the week! These are your last work days in class. Directions and the rubric can be found on Google Classroom. Your annotated bibliography is due on Friday, March 1st by 11:59pm to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com.

Thursday: FINISHING SERIAL…but only if you show me you are making progress in your annotated bibliographies.

Friday: If all goes well on Thursday, we will wrap up with letters to Adnan.

The Week Ahead: February 19 – 22, 2019

The return after a long weekend is always hard even if we are supposed to be refreshed and rejuvenated. However, we have a lot to tackle this week, but it will be different than our ‘normal’ weeks.

Remember that when we return on Tuesday, we will be starting G period, as if it was a regular Tuesday with a regular Monday before it. Confused yet?

9th

Day 1 & 2:

We will be starting our mini-unit on commonly confused words, so be ready to take some notes!

Once the notes have been taken, we will move into looking at themes this far into the book. This will lead us into Day 2. Day 2 will end with you and your group providing me with an introduction paragraph and an outline of an essay on the theme assigned to your group!

FYI: If you are absent on Day 1 of the week this will become an individual activity.

Day 3:

We will spend day three of the week in your literature circle groups. This will cover chapter twelve.

 

12th 

Tuesday: We will spend some time discussing how to create an annotated bibliography and how to move forward with your research process.

For homework, you will listen to episode 10 of Serial

Thursday: Together we will listen to episode 11 with an activity to correspond…but I am not letting cat out of the bag yet.

Friday: You will a class day to work on research with me there to help. Your annotated bibliography will be due NEXT Friday.

The Week Ahead: February 11 – 15, 2019

 

 

9th Grade

Day 1:

  • As we have the past three weeks, we will begin the week with a grammar quiz. This week it will be on clauses and coordinating conjunctions.
  • Then we will move into a study of run-on sentences.
    • Please note: Due to the upcoming long weekend, we will be having our grammar quiz in class on Day 4 this week.
  • If time allows, we will review our notes from last week on introduction paragraph hooks and analyze some together.

Day 2:

  • Continuing the trend, the beginning of class will be devoted to practicing our grammar skill of the week.
  • Then we will have our third literature circle of the semester which will focus on all of chapters 9 & 10. Therefore, be sure to read through to the end of chapter 10 this week!

Day 3:

  • Continuing the trend, the beginning of class will be devoted to practicing our grammar skill of the week. {Do you see the trend yet?!}
  • For the rest of the class, we will be returning to introduction paragraphs and how to create them. We will analyze a few and then you will begin writing your own.
  • Your homework will be to write your own introduction paragraph using the ABC format. I will give you the topic in class.

Day 4:

  • We will start class with a GRAMMAR QUIZ on RUN ON SENTENCES!
  • The rest of the class period will be devoted to silent sustained reading! You should be making some big progress in your books at this point! Expect to conference with me and give me an update on your reading.

UPDATE: Your homework over the weekend will be to read Chapter 11 of A Long Way Gone for class on Tuesday. 

12th Grade

Monday: We will use the class to finish our Coffee House discussion from last week. Whatever time is left will be devoted to discussing research questions and your brainstorm from the weekend. Your homework will be to listen to episode seven of Serial and to analyze the various techniques that Sarah Koenig uses through the podcast. What is the effect of these techniques?

Tuesday: We will move on to episode eight of Serial and also discuss rhetorical appeals, which I believe will be a review for you. Your homework will be to prepare for your FINAL coffee house of the unit! To give us more time to discuss and to share thoughts, the Coffee House will be taking place on Thursday & Friday this week.

Thursday & Friday: See homework for Tuesday…..

Homework for the weekend – yes, I’ve got to give it, but at least we will learn more of the mystery: Listen to episode nine of Serial and complete the character traits activity that I will share on Google Classroom.