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….

9th

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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12th

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

THANK YOU!

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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 TurnItIn.com 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.

The Final Week Ahead of 2018: December 3 – 14, 2018

Can you believe that this is the final blog post of 2018?

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If any of my old BRCHS students are checking in, keep chugging along! You have a little bit longer to go and I know you can do it! Don’t forget, you can still email me with questions and updates!

For my current CDS students, the final true countdown is on! Days 1 & 2 this week are the final content days, while days 3 & 4 are review days.

If you want to stay after school or come in early to prepare for exams, work on my projects, or anything else, then let me know and I will be there to open my classroom for you to study.

All late work – for Freshmen and Seniors – is due to me by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 5, 2018!

9th Grade

Remember, your independent reading project is due by 11:59pm on December 3, 2018 – that is Monday! If it is not submitted on time, it is a 0, For – Ev – Er! (Who can get my movie reference?)

Also, the written portion of your AMSND Body Biography Midterm Assessment is due on 11:59pm to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com on Sunday, December 9, 2018. This CANNOT be late!

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Day 1: We will use Monday to watch the final 40 minutes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then you will complete a CommonLit activity for a story titled “Was it a dream?” It has a video adaptation paired with it.

For homework,  you will finish the CommonLit assignment and create two discussion questions to bring to class for a Socratic seminar. The questions can cover anything from Acts 1 -5 of the play and what we have learned about Shakespeare! This is our final conversation about the play! Let’s make it really good. How can you connect the play to your life today? What lessons have you learned?

Day 2: If you read everything from Day 1, you will know that we will use day 2 to have a Socratic seminar in class. The goal is to answer all those questions we didn’t answer throughout our reading, but also to bring the play into our lives today.

For homework, you will complete a conference sheet. This will be due either on day 3 or 4 depending on when your conference is scheduled with me. Click here to see the schedule. The goal of the conference is to see where you are at, how you have grown, and what you want to show me in your midterm.

Day 3 & 4: So again, if you read Day 2, you know that day 3 & 4 will be used for student/teacher conferences. While you are not conferencing with me, you will be working on your midterm project. Click here for your midterm assessment directions.

For homework, you will be finishing the written portion of your midterm which is due on Sunday, December 9, 2018, by 11:59PM to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com.

PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS ALL IN CLASS! IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!

If you missed my tutorial on the exam or on how to use TurnItIn – look on Google Classroom for the powerpoint (I could not get it to upload here). Ask for help EARLY! While this is your midterm, I can still help you!

The week of 12/10 to 12/14 is exam week! You will present your project during your exam period. You will have 3-5 minutes to present the most important parts of your project to your class. Remember, dress to impress! Here is a video that discusses body language to help inspire you to practice and explain why I want you to dress to impress!

British Literature

You will be spending most of the week working on your British Literature Midterm Multimedia Project in class! Your presentations will be occurring on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, in class. Your exam period is from 8am to 10am.

If we haven’t finished the film yet, we use some of Monday to do so!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, be sure to reach out!

 

Finals Week Schedule

Date 8am to 10am 11am to 12pm
Monday December 10 Period A Period D
Tuesday December 11, 2018 Period B Period E
Wednesday December 12, 2018 Period C Period F
Thusday December 13, 2018 Period G Make-Ups
Friday December 14, 2018 Make-Ups —–

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The Week Ahead: November 26th to 30th, 2018

Alert! Alert! Alert!

We have 15 days of school until winter break.

That includes exam days…so in reality, we have 6 learning days to go and two review days and one midterm exam day left in English.

This should seem exciting and scary.

It is not a lot of time and there are some days that you, specifically Freshmen, need to be aware of:

  1. Independent reading project for freshmen is due on Monday, December 3, 2018. There will be NO late assignments accepted for this assignment.
  2. All late work is due by Wednesday, December 5, 2018. After this date, no work other than your midterm and your conference papers will be accepted (more to follow on the conference).
  3. The freshmen written midterm document is due by 11:59PM on Sunday, December 9, 2018, to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com. You will learn about TurnItIn.com next week.

These dates are written in stone. They are final. Unless you have a doctors note, you may not submit anything outside of these deadlines.

If you have ANY questions, comments, or concerns, make sure you come and talk to me! Ask me questions! Ask for help!

Time to move on to what is up this week….

English 9

Day 1:

We will start Monday by finishing the film A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then we will start reading Act IV, Scene 1.

Day 2:

We will continue to read Act IV, Scene 1, and hopefully Scene 2. What we do not finish in class will be homework.

Day 3:

We will begin class on Day 3 with a quiz of Act IV. I highly recommend studying for this quiz! At this point, you should know if you need to meet with me for extra help or how to find resources to help you prepare.

After the quiz, we will begin Act V.

Day 4:

We will end the week by finishing Act V, hopefully. If not, we will finish it on Monday of the following week.

 

British Literature

Monday: We will finish reading Act V of Othello. We will FINALLY finish the play! For homework, you will use the essential questions to lead a mini discussion in class on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tuesday & Thursday: We will look at our essential questions and you will work together to lead a discussion on the book. The guidelines for this will be shared with you on Monday.

Friday: We will use our final day of the week to finish watching the film version of the play.

The (Next Two) Week(s) Ahead: November 12 -21, 2018

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of Writing the World with Miss K!

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Thank you Friends for this hilarious Thanksgiving theme GIF!

Since I know that many students and families will be making their way out of town for Thanksgiving, I want to make sure you have the information you need to be able to succeed in my class!.

If a student is absent November 19th, 20th, or 21st, they are still responsible to make up the work. So, please read carefully below to know what we will be completed in class over the next two weeks!

9th Grade

 

(November 12 – 16)

Day 1: We will read Act 2, Scene 2 in class. For homework, you will read & watch (or listen) Act 3, Scene 1. As you read & watch (or listen), please annotate your text. I will check your annotations in class on Day 2. You will also have a quiz on the scene in class also on Day 2!

Note: I highly recommend watching this scene to help you fully understand it! The link that I have provided you to watch is a snippet of a high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is not perfect, and there are some line changes due to the nature of theater and human error. But, it does follow the play line for line. I recommend watching it and reading at the same time. Maybe read the play first, then watch and read along, to help with comprehension! 

Day 2 – 4: After your quiz, we will read Act 3, Scene 2. This will take us through to Day 4. When we are done reading Scene 2, we will read a CommonLit article together and address how it connects to what we have been reading.

(November 19 – 21)

All Week: We will watch the first three acts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Michael Hoffman. This film can be found on Amazon Video and Itunes. We will watch the first 50 minutes of the film and will write a compare and contrast response, which will be posted on Google Classroom on November 16th. If not finished in class, the essay will be due when we return from the Thanksgiving Break on November 26, 2018.

 

12th Grade

(November 12 – 16)

Day 1 & 2: After reviewing your homework from the previous weekend, we will begin to read and discuss Act 3, Scene 3 of Othello. This reading and discussion will take us two days. For homework on Tuesday (due Thursday in class), you will read two CommonLit pieces. These will be passed out in class on Tuesday. You will come to class with one discussion question for class on Thursday in addition.

Day 3: Based on your reading from the homework, we will have a discussion and make connections to the play! Think about what essential questions we have been discussing that could be answered through this discussion.

Day 4: We will finish Act 3 on Friday by reading Act 3, Scene 4.

(November 19 – 21)

All Week: We will be watching Othello Act 3 of the film in class, and again, I will be asking you to compare and contrast the film vs. the play. This time the focus will be on the director’s purpose – why do you believe the director chose to make these changes?

The Week Ahead: November 5 – 9, 2018

Both British Literature and English 9 are in a deep dive in their Shakespeare plays!

This makes our week simply on paper, but it also means that we will be having  a lot of discussions IN CLASS that are VERY important. Do you best to NOT miss class!

9th Grade

Remember, one of our major goals for this unit is to be able to make a claim and support it with evidence and explanation. We will work through this some more this week on a small scale. By the time we reach the end of the semester, you will be ready to write a full blow essay again!

Day 1: Together we will continue to read Act 1, scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For homework, you will watch this video of Act 1, scene ii. As you watch, you will annotate your text and you will also look for similarities and differences. I HIGHLY recommend taking notes as you watch!

Day 2: Based on your viewing and reading of the night before, you will be writing a compare and contrast analysis of Act 1, ii in the text and in the video you viewed for homework. I will be giving you guiding questions to help you complete this writing task. I will be grading your writing on both the ability to use CEE and for grammar!

Day 3 &4: We will move back to the play, and we will listen to Act 2, scene ii! Moving right along. 

UPDATE: On Day 3 & 4, we will read Act 2, scene i. When we are done, your goal will be to answer the following question: “In Act 2, scene i, how do the two worlds (human & fairy) interact?” You will be required to write a short essay, using CEE. These directions will be posted on Google Classroom along with a rubric.

Brit Lit/12th Grade

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Monday: We will watch Act 2 from the 1995 Baz Luhrman version of Othello. As you watch, you will take notes and prepare to write an essay on how the movie compares to the original play.

Tuesday & Thursday: You will work on your compare & contrast essay in class!

Friday: We will move into Act III, i-ii. It may seem like a lot to tackle in a single period, but we will survive!