The Week Ahead: January 28th to February 1, 2019

Can you believe it is almost February?!?!?!

Where did January go?

This past week everyone did a great job getting back into the school groove and finding the rhythm again.

The challenge that I have brought up in ALL of my classes is to READ MORE! The seniors started their coffee house discussions this week and the freshmen started to explore options for their quarter three independent reading projects. Remember, reading helps to improve your vocabulary and understanding of the English language. Keep going! Find a book you like! And READ IT!

Onwards to the week ahead….


Day 1:

We will begin our week off with a quiz on verb types: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs. STUDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Check out the study pack for this week!

From there we will start to learn about apostrophes!

We will end the class period learning more about the quarter three independent reading project and settling into our new books. As soon as the rubrics are created (#strugglebus) I will post all of the directions and rubrics on to the Q3 tab on this site.

Day 2:

To practice apostrophe’s for possession, we will use this BBC Bitesize activity. A key thing to note about this webpage is that they do not want you to use a period or it will mark it as incorrect.

After we practice quickly, then you will participate in your first literature circle. Remember to pick up your role sheet and read chapters 2, 3, & 4!

For homework, you will read chapter five of A Long Way Gone.

Day 3:

We will complete a practice on apostrophes through Google Classroom. This link will become available that day on Google Classroom and eventually in the study pack!

Then we will move on to track the themes of ALWG in Chapters 1-5. The plan is to do this in small groups 🙂

Day 4:

As always, we will start the class by practicing our grammar of the week. We will focus on contractions on this day!

Then we will move into our first day of silent sustained reading. You MUST have your book for quarter three with you! We will spend a few minutes checking our reading schedules too, but most of the time will be all about reading! Even me!

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Monday: We will be spending the day finishing our discussions from Friday! They rocked and I cannot wait to listen to the final two!

Any extra time we have will be spent discussing the research process and what you already know about it!

Tuesday: Back to Serial! We will listen to episode three and discuss authors craft! Make sure you are caught up all the way! Your homework will be to listen to episode four!

*Warning – Heads Up: You WILL have a QUIZ on episodes 1-5 on Friday*

Thursday: Serial again! We will listen to episode five and map out the day of Hae’s death…be ready to be an investigator!

Friday: We will start class by taking a quick quiz on episodes 1-5 to make sure you are understanding everything we are listening to. Then, we will have our second coffee house! I cannot wait to see what everyone brings to the table!

Here is some feedback from our first coffee house to keep in mind:

  • As others are speaking, we need to be paying attention – not on our computers and phones!
  • Give people time to think when you ask questions – love the awkward silence, it gives people time to think and encourages them to talk
  • Make sure we are giving people a chance to speak and not speaking over them – allow people to finish their thought 🙂

The Week Ahead: January 21st – 25th, 2019


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You made my first week back one to be remembered. You worked HARD and created some great stories and presentations. I cannot wait to see how this semester continues!

In both 9th & 12th grade English, we accomplished a lot and the same will go with this upcoming weeks, so buckle up and get ready to ride!


9th Grade

Day 1

  • We will begin class with a QUIZ on nouns. We spent a lot of time last week learning about nouns and how they are used in sentences. Now it is time to show me how much you learned.
    • You can find study materials by either following this link or by going to CDS 9 > Grammar Study Packs > Study Pack: Nouns
    • ^ You’re welcome! The plan is to make a TON of these are we move through grammar this year.
  • Then we will learn about verbs and the different types of verbs you can find, i.e., helping, linking, and action verbs1
  • Finally, we will finish the class with a mini Socratic seminar based on your reading of the joint statement from the United Nations on ending the use of child soldiers.

Day 2

  • Just like last week, we will start the last three days of class with grammar activities. So, on Day 2, we will focus on actions verbs by completing a NoRedInk assignment!
  • Then we will learn about our new book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. You will get your copy of the book and also find out the members of your literature circle.
  • Follow this link to find the homepage for our book study! This includes a copy of your book, a link to a listening option, and all of your literature circle documents.
  • For homework, you will number the first 50 pages of your book.

Day 3

  • When you walk in, you will practice action & linking verbs through a race of sorts. Come prepared with a notebook and a pen, and an understanding of these two verb types!
  • Then we will FINALLY begin reading our new book. The plan is to listen to chapter one and to make predictions about how the story will play out in the coming weeks.

Day 4

  • Another day, another grammar practice. This week you will end the week by completing a worksheet on helping verbs.
  • Then I will introduce you to our Independent reading project for this quarter. Your goal will be to walk out of class with a book and a reading plan. By Monday, you will need to submit a reading plan to Google Classroom.
    • As we get further into the week, details will be found on the quarter three independent reading page found via this link. OR by going to CDS 9 > Quarter Three Independent Reading.
  • You will also need to study over the weekend and begin reading for your first literature circle which will happen on day 2 of next week.


12th Grade

Seniors! It’s time to start Serial…finally!

Monday we will complete a set of stations to get you into the mind of the characters. Then on Tuesday, we will listen to the first episode. Depending on how quick we start on Tuesday, you may have a few minutes to finish for homework. You will also write a reflection that will be due on Thursday when you return to class. On Thursday we will listen to episode two, which you will finish listening to for homework.

Friday will be our FIRST Coffee House! I cannot wait to hear about your books and all that you are learning! Remember, the rubric, directions, template, and prompts are on Google Classroom!

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The Week Ahead: January 14 to 18, 2019

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Welcome back CDS students! 

It’s time to get back to work and back on track!

9th Grade

Day 1:

  • We will start the year by reviewing our policies and what we need to do to succeed in English with Miss K!
  • Then we will begin our Grammar Bootcamp! This we will focus on nouns. Click  here to find the notes we will review in class. Use these notes throughout the week as you practice on NoRedInk and to prepare for the quiz on Monday, January 21st.
  • Finally, we will end the class period creating vision boards for 2019 to help us set intentions. Directions will be posted in class and on Google Classroom.
  • Homework: Finish 2019 intentions/vision boards

Day 2

  • When you enter class you will log into NRI and begin the practice on concrete nouns and common nouns for the first 10 minutes of class. What you don’t finish will be for homework.
  • After 10 minutes, we will begin a creative writing group project. Be prepared to think outside of the box! These directions will be available on Google Classroom.

Day 3

  • Again, you will work on NRI and complete some more practice. This time it will be on pronouns and collective nouns. What you don’t finish will be for homework.
  • After 10 minutes of working on grammar, you will move back into your groups and finish working on your creative writing project. By the end of class, you should be ready to present. Be sure to practice!

Day 4

  • It’s the last day of NRI practice of nouns. You will focus on regular plural nouns, possessive nouns, and the difference between others and each other. Again, it will be the first ten minutes of class. What you don’t finish will be homework.
  • All grammar work is due by Sunday evening!
  • The rest of class will be spent watching the groups present their creative writing story.
  • For homework over the weekend, you will read this article, and then you will prepare to participate in a socratic seminar. As we get later in the week, you will find directions and specifics on Google Classroom.


12th Grade

Monday: It’s 2019 and it’s also time to set some goals and intentions for the year! So, that is what we are going to do! We will spend some time learning about how to set goals and how to help you to be more successful.

Tuesday: We spoke a lot about this coming semester and so we will spend the day choosing your independent reading books and making a reading schedule. We will also run through how the podcast project will work and what to expect this semester. We will also set up your accounts.

Thursday: It is time to learn about podcasts and how they work. We will spend the day learning and exploring various podcasts. For homework, you will find and listen to a podcast and analyze it. You will come to class on Friday ready to discuss what you noticed and learned.

Friday: We will use the class period to discuss and continue to explore podcasts. Your homework over the weekend will be to start reading your independent books.