The Week Ahead: September 24 – 28, 2018

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This is the LAST week before your summative assessment for your respective units. This means if you have work that you owe me from 1984 or Of Mice & Men it must be turned in by FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 3PM or it will REMAIN a zero in the grade book forever as per my syllabus!



Pardon that interruption, now onto our regularly scheduled weekly breakdown:

9th Grade

Day 1:

  • It is time to finish this book! So, in class today, we will read Chapter 5, and discuss as we go. You will have the option to also complete reading questions. But they will not be required.
  • You will also have a pre-test for spelling list number four! As in the past, the practice & test will be on Day 4 of this week. This week the test will include word meanings!
    • ascend
    • association
    • athlete
    • bankruptcy
    • basically
    • beneficial
    • benefited
    • bicycle
    • breathe
    • brilliant
  • There will be no homework unless we do not finish reading in class.

Day 2:

  • We will FINISH Of Mice & Men in class! Are you ready for an epic ending?!?!?!
  • For homework you will need to create three discussion questions for the socratic seminar that we will have on Day 3. These three questions need to be different types, as outlined on the “Effective Questions for Effective Discussions” worksheet found on Google Classroom. (i.e., you should not have three evaluate questions!) You will post these questions on Google Classroom in the appropriate document and have them handwritten for class.
  • As you prepare for the socratic seminar, you may want to think about the following questions:
    o   What was learned on this journey by the main characters?

    o   How was this a journey?

    o   How does conflict divide individuals?

    o   How do individuals overcome obstacles?

    o   What is empathy?

    o   How can a positive/negative community help/hurt a member of it?

Day 3:

  • Just as we did on Day 3 last week, we will have a socratic seminar, but this time it will cover the ENTIRE book!
  • Your homework will be to reflect on the socratic seminar. This will be found on Google Classroom.

Day 4:

  • We will use our final class day as a review day for the unit test that you will have on Monday. Look here later in the week to find a study guide.

As always, IF you have ANY questions or concerns, reach out to me via email, at lunch/break, before school, or after school!

12th Grade/British Literature

We will use as much class time as possible this week to finish 1984! There will be minimal reading at home!

Day 1/Monday:

  • We will start class with your Citizenship presentations! I cannot wait to see your products!
  • Then we will begin reading Book 3: Chapter 1. What we don’t finish in class will be homework.

Day 2/Tuesday:

  • We will Tackle Book 3: Chapter 2 together in class!
  • For homework you need to remember to show up to the library on Thursday for class.

Day 3/Thursday:

  • We will use the ambiance of the library to help us read Book 3: Chapter 3 together!
  • For homework I am asking that you read Book 3: Chapter 4, which is a whopping 6 pages…real hard…I know.

Day 4/Friday:

  • And finally, we will read Book 3: Chapter 5…the final chapter!

As always, IF you have ANY questions or concerns, reach out to me via email, at lunch/break, before school, or after school!


The Week Ahead: September 17 to September 21, 2018

Here we go with week 5 of school!


9th Grade

If you have any QUIZ or TEST make ups, I will be in my room at lunch on TUESDAY for these make ups! Make sure to stop by! 

Day 1: We will start the week by making adjustments and edits to your assignment from Friday: A Day in the Life. This assignment was supposed to be a bit more extensive than most of you thoughts – so I am giving you CLASS time to make edits. You will also have a chance to start reading Chapter three of OMM and answer the reading questions. This will be homework if not finished in class. All is to be submitted on Google Classroom.

Day 2: You will start the class off with a quiz on Chapter 3! This will be just like the quizzes for chapters 1 & 2. Then we will take some time to answer any questions you have about the book so far.

We will also spend some time in class to discuss the Banned Book Independent Reading Directions so that you can move forward with your reading.

Any time that is left in class will be for you to start reading chapter 4 and annotating. This is homework for the next day. Annotations will be checked by the end of the week.

You will also need to do a small amount of pre-reading about socratic seminars to prepare for Day 3 for homework, and create two questions about chapters 1-4. Check Google Classroom for these directions on that day.

Day 3: We will spend the day discussing chapters 1-4 of Of Mice & Men via a Socratic Seminar. Your homework will be to write a reflection about the discussion.

Day 4: We will be reading and engaging with a CommonLit article to expand our knowledge of the text Of Mice & Men and to gain further perspectives of the characters. This will be released at the end of the week. There will be NO homework for the weekend!

12th Grade/British Literature

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Day 1/Monday: We will begin our week by taking a quiz (successfully) on Book 2, chapters 1-7 of 1984. We will then begin reading chapter 9 together. The homework is to read chapters 9 & 10 and create two discussion questions for tomorrows class discussion. These questions should be posted to Google Classroom in the appropriate question/assignment.

We also will begin reading “52 Cups of Coffee” as a mini side project of anecdotes and writing throughout the rest of the school year.

Day 2/ Tuesday: We will discuss all of Book 2 in class on Tuesday and talk about what might happen in Book 3 to finish off the novel. We are also going to work to make connections to the world around us based on the events of Book 2.

Day 3/ Thursday: We will begin to discuss what it means to be a citizen and I will introduce your 1984 Good Citizen Multi-Media Project that will be continued through the rest of the week. It will be due Sunday evening by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. You will present your project in class on Monday September 24th.

*We also watching this TedTalk about what it means to be a global citizen, and filled out this document.

Day 4/ Friday: ^ see above…


The Week Ahead: September 11 to 14, 2018

Here we go, finally. After a chaotic start on Friday and no school yesterday, everything is a bit topsy turvy….plus I will not be in class Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week due to a death in my family. But, do not despair. We will get back on track and you will be 100% OK to proceed with all of our work with me from afar!

When there is a substitute in my classroom, I expect students to be able to guide themselves and complete all work assigned. Don’t forget the guidelines of our classroom: be respectful, be accountable, be purposeful, and be present. You should be respectful to your substitute, your peers, yourself, and me! You should be accountable for all of the work that you are required to complete on time and in full. You should be purposeful with your time by getting your work done in class and not procrastinating. And lastly, you should be present while in class, working on English work in English. Not working on other class work, not watching videos, not getting off topic. Hold each other accountable since I am not there to remind you!

Please note, at the bottom of this post is our 4 day schedule. You will have each class 3x this week….but we will have Independence day celebrations on Friday, so that schedule may be a bit different. 


9th Grade

Day 1: Over the weekend you should have read the first chapter of “Of Mice & Men” and should therefore be prepared to take a quiz on the first chapter. We will also complete reading guide questions on Google Classroom. For homework you will read chapter two (pages 17 – 37). There will be a quiz given in class the next day.

Day 2: Again, you will come in and take the chapter 2 quiz for “Of Mice & Men.” Then, you will work in mini groups to complete the reading guide for chapter two together.

Day 3: You will complete an activity called “Day in the Life” and step into the shoes of the migrant workers. This assignment will be released on Google Classroom later this week.

Note that you have almost NO homework this week! If you get the work done in class, there will be no homework beyond reading Tuesday evening! 

British Literature

Day 1 (Tuesday): You will continue to draft your essay on 1984 & government surveillance in today’s world.

Day 2 (Wednesday): You will edit and finalize your essay and submit it by 11:59pm.

Day 3 (Friday): Read Book 2, chapters 5-8 and complete reading questions as you go in the Google Classroom assingment. These will be due Sunday evening by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

Here is our schedule for the week:

1 – Tuesday

2 – Wednesday 3 – Thursday

4 – Friday (will be adjusted for celebrations)

A (8:00-8:55) G (8:00-8:55) E (8:00-8:55) C (8:00-8:55)
B (9:00-9:55) A (9:00-9:55) F (9:00-9:55) D (9:00-9:55)
  Assembly/Senior Speech   Assembly/Senior Speech

Break (9:55-10:20)

C (10:25-11:20) B (10:25-11:20) G (10:25-11:20) E (10:25-11:20)
D (11:25-12:20) C (11:25-12:20) A (11:25-12:20) F (11:25-12:20)

Lunch (12:20-12:55)

E (1:00-1:55) D (1:00-1:55) B (1:00-1:55) G (1:00-1:55)
F (2:00-2:55) Elective (2:00-2:55) Day 2 or 3 Early Dismissal Student Council

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