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    Office hours: 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

    I will be available at this time to answer any questions you may have. Please email me at coakes@cbsd.org

    During this time I will review your essays, give feedback on any assignment or project.

    For Important Distance Learning Information:

     Distance Learning Schedule, Grades, Technology, Assignment Submission

    PDF of Novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time can be found here: http://www.metropolitancollege.com/curious.pdf

     May 20, 2020

    Comprehension Questions 5 pages 124-220

    Assignment. Due 5/25/20 Complete novel reading and complehension questions set 5. We will start our third paragraph for our Character analysis on Monday May 25.



    May 11, 2020

    Good Morning Class.

    I have posted the Graphic Organizer for the second paragraph of your character analysis. There are three questions to help guide your thinking about Christopher's conflicts and discoveries. Your second paragragh will include a topic sentence, a statement of one of the discoveries Christopher makes, the conflict that results, and the choice that Christopher makes to deal with the conflict, with a quote supporting this from the book. Then you will do the same for the second discovery, the conflict, and the choice that Christopher makes with a second quote to support this. Conclude with a general statement about Christopher's ability to deal with conflict.

    Discoveries Essay Paragraph 2 Graphic Organizer



     May 6

    You should now have read through page 124 (Chapter 167). At the end of this section Christopher makes 2 important discoveries that change his life.

    Assignment: Reading Response #3 Due Monday May 13. Please submit by email, either word document or photo of a handwritten paragraph.

    Write a two paragraph response to these discoveries. Tell what 2 discoveries Christopher makes, how he finds out these 2 things and his response to each one. Explain why he responds in the way he does (what about his previous thinking causes him to respond this way).

    Then write a short paragraph about your response to these discoveries. Were you surprised? If this happened to you, how would you have responded to these events and why?



     May 4

    Conflicts Chart 

    Happy Monday!

    For your reading assignment read pages 90-124, Chapters 149-173. This section is "The Discovery." What are some things that Christopher discovers and how does this affect him? We will talk about this on Wednesday.

    I have attached a Graphic Organizer about the conflicts that Christopher faces in the novel. In the organizer for next Monday you need to have added at least 2 additional conflicts with explanations. Mrs. Schumacher and I can help with quotes if you can not find the ones you want.


    Theme quote GO



    April 22, 2020

    Hi everyone!

    The assignment for next Monday is to read pages 50-90, chapters 83-139. This section is about the “investigation” in which Christopher tries to discover who killed Wellington.

    When you have finished reading this section start a Word Document titled “Journal Responses.” This will be journal response #1. Please include the date as well. You will add further journal responses to this document.


    For Journal Response #1, write your thoughts about the following:

    Why does Christopher like/admire Sherlock Holmes? What purpose does the connection with Sherlock Holmes serve in teaching us about Christopher? Based on the following quotes about Sherlock Holmes and what you remember from our two stories about SH, in what ways is Christopher like/unlike Sherlock Holmes?


    Quotes about Sherlock Holmes:

    “My dear Watson,” said he (Holmes), “I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is a much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.”


    “It was not that he (Holmes) felt anything akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind.”


    “Holmes, who loathed every form of society…remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books…”


    Some words you may not know:

    Modesty: humility

    Virtues: behavior showing high moral values: goodness

    Logician: expert or student of logic

    Underestimate: think of something as smaller or less important than it is

    Exaggerate: make something larger, better, worse than it actually is

    Akin: like

    Abhorrent: hateful, disgusting

    Loathed: hated


    We will meet again on Monday at 10:00. You should be submitting your paragraph about Christopher in a word document by Friday. I will provide feedback for you. Until then email me with any questions or concerns. As always, all of this information and all past lessons are on my website under the “Distance Learning” tab if you need to review any information.


    Have a nice weekend, and stay safe and healthy!

    Mrs. Oakes


    Character quotes


    Good morning, Happy Monday!

    I hope you all had a nice weekend!

    I am attaching the character chart again with the quotes about Christopher.


    I am sorry if you were not able to attend our class this morning. I should have send a reminder yesterday. Our next meeting is Wed. at 10:00. I hope everyone can be there.


    The reason I am giving you this chart with the quotes is so that you do not have to spend time looking for quotes about Christopher yourself. These should help you with your paragraph. If you have already finished the paragraph with your own quotes, that’s great! If not, I am providing these to help you. Most of them are clearly talking about some character trait of Christopher. They should help you identify his character traits and be able to explain in your paragraph what Christopher is like at the beginning of the book.


    Here is a possible topic sentence starter if you are having trouble getting started:


    “In the beginning of the novel, Christopher is 15 years old, but he is not like other typical teen-age boys for the following reasons.”

    Then you will give your three reasons why he is not like other boys, which will tell us what type of boy Christopher is and use quotes to explain why you think he is like that.

    If you have already written your paragraph and did not talk about how he is different from other boys, that is perfectly fine as long as you explain what he is like.


    This paragraph will be your first body paragraph. We will talk about the introductory paragraph later when we have finished the book, because the introductory paragraph will include a brief summary of the book and a thesis statement about how Christopher changes over the course of the novel.


    Our second body paragraph will explain the challenges that Christopher faces in the middle of the book and how he reacts to those challenges.


    Our last body paragraph will discuss the changes in Christopher from the beginning to the end of the novel.


    We will write a conclusion paragraph when we write the introduction, because these two paragraphs are very similar.


    I will go over all of this in our session on Wednesday. For now do your best to write that paragraph, finish reading to page 50 and do the questions pages 22-50!


    As always, I am here to answer any questions and will meet with any of you individually if you would like.


    Mrs. Oakes


    Good Morning Class.

    Your next assignment will be Writing Assignment #1. 1 Paragraph analyzing what Christopher is like in the beginning of the novel. I have attached a word document to help with your thinking about various aspects of Christopher's character.

    Writing Assignment #1


    4/7/20 Happy Tuesday!

    Happy Tuesday! It was great to see you yesterday!

    First: We will not be meeting tomorrow in Teams. We will also not be meeting next Monday because it is your Easter Break. Teachers have the day to work on lesson plans. So the next time we meet will be Wednesday, April 15. I will send an invitation for that meeting.


    For today and tomorrow here is the assignment:

    1. Read pages 34-50 (chapters 67-79.
    2. Add 2 quotes to your chart of Christopher’s character. Remember to write what the quote tells you about Christopher’s character. So then you should have at least 5 quotes on that chart (including the ones I added).
    3. Add 2 quotes to your theme chart. You can add 2 to one of the themes or 1 for each theme (lies/deceit or love/forgiveness).
    4. Complete the questions in your packet for pages 22-50.

    When we meet a week from tomorrow we will go over these and share our quotes with each other on Teams.

    Until then, I am available any time you need me. Just email and if you need to talk about any questions you have, send me an email and I can invite you to a Teams meeting.

    I am attaching a copy of the questions in case you didn't get them.

    Miss you!

    Mrs Oakes

    Questions 22-50


    4/6/20 Good Morning class!

    Happy Monday!

    I am attaching a character chart for Chris. Please save this as your own document so you can add to it. I have also attaching a list of character traits to help you talk about Christopher.

    For today read pages 22-34 and add one quote that tells you something about Christopher’s character. At the end of the book you will need this to write a character analysis of Christopher. You will need to tell what Christopher is like at the beginning of the book, what challenges he faces in the middle of the book, and how that changes him as a person at the end of the book.

    I will see you at 10:00.

    Mrs. Oakes

    Character Traits

    Character Chart for Christopher



    Comprehension Questions Chapters 2-41


    4/1 Happy April Fool's Day!

    Try not to play too many tricks on your parents!

    Assignment: complete the first set of reading questions for The Curious Incident in your folder. These questions cover pages 1-21 in your book or chapters 2-41.   I have attached a copy in case you cannot find yours although they should be in your folder. You can download and type in the set I have attached or type your answers in a Word document.

    Due tomorrow 4/2 by 2:00.

    I hope to see everyone during our teams meeting tomorrow from 9:30-10:00. You can check in anytime. See you then.

    Mrs. Oakes.


    3/31 Good morning all!Quotes Graphic Organizer

    I hope you have had time to read pages 1-21 of the Curious Incident. I am eager to get your thought on this story. For today, the assignment is to finish reading those pages (1-21 or chapters 2-41) if you have not done so already and do 2 things:

    • Write a short one paragraph of your thoughts on the story so far. What do you think of Christopher? What is the problem so far? How does the title of the book relate to the story? And any other thoughts you have.
    • Find one quote about lies and one about love/forgiveness. I have attached a graphic organizer to get you started. You can save and type in this one or start your own. These quotes will help you with the final theme essay.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Mrs. Oakes


    Happy Monday!

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, are staying healthy, and are ready to begin our book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

    For today, I would like all of you to read pages 1-21 or chapters 2-41 if you are using the online version. You should read for 45 minutes (does not need to be all at once, you can certainly take breaks). Let me know about 2:00 how far you have gotten and what questions you have after reading.


    Some things to help you with reading:


    Notes on the chapters:

    • Notice how the chapters are numbered. Christopher will explain this in chapter 19.
    • This book is written in an alternate chapter format. Every other chapter will tell what is happening to Christopher currently, starting with chapter 2. The alternate chapters will give background on Christopher’s thoughts, feelings, personality, happenings in the past, etc.



    There are many themes in this book, but we will be focusing on two: lies and deceit, and love and forgiveness. You will be writing a theme essay at the end on one of these themes so be thinking about these two themes as you read. Later we will begin to record quotes related to these two themes to that you will have them for your essay. I will send you a chart to begin to record them tomorrow.


    This story takes place in England. Christopher lives in a small town outside of London, England, called Swindon. This website will take you to a page with information, or you can Goggle it yourself. https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk03WHhSxZQo5HMl0db0xS2oJEKYCXQ%3A1585577817906&ei=Wf-BXo_8NpiwytMPhL2aoAU&q=where+does+christopher+boone+live&oq=Where+does+Christopher+Boone&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQARgAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgYIABAWEB4yBggAEBYQHjIGCAAQFhAeMgUIABDNAjIFCAAQzQIyBQgAEM0COgQIABBHOgkIABBDEEYQ-QE6BQgAEIMBOgcIIxDqAhAnOgQIIxAnOgQIABBDOgUIABCRAjoKCAAQkQIQRhD5AVDY_1dYj85YYNDgWGgCcAJ4A4ABig2IAcZNkgETOS4xMS4xMC4yLjEuMC4zLjAuMZgBAKABAaoBB2d3cy13aXqwAQo&sclient=psy-ab

    The vocabulary in this story is not difficult, but if there are words you don’t know, you can look them up or ask me.

    Some English words or phrases you may not know:

    Chapter 2. (page 1) Garden fork: what we would call a pitch fork. A long handle with three long sharp prongs.

    Chapter 3. (page 2) Siobhan is pronounce Shiv-on with the accent on the on.

    Chapter 17. (page 9) lose my rag. This means the police officer will lose his temper and be very angry. Take-away chips. In England, chips are French fries. Take-away refers to take-out.

    Chapter 23. (page 13) Number 5 of the things Christopher has in his pockets: This money is One pound 47. The British money system is based on pounds not dollars. The p refers to pence which are like pennies. Mobile phone is the same as cell-phone.

    Chapter 29. (page 16) apocryphal means something that is spread around as being a true story, but probably is not true. Christopher is saying that although many people believe the story of St. Christopher carrying Christ across the water, it probably never happened.

    Chapter 31 (page 18) give a caution: give a warning

    Chapter 37 (page 19) bosom: chest or breast. Ready Brek, Shreddies: breakfast cereals

    Chapter 41 (page 21) orange squash: orange soda, snooker: similar to the game of pool (not swimming pool)


    Have a great day and stay healthy!

    Mrs. Oakes


    3/25. Hi Everyone!

    Happy Wednesday!

    Objective: Build background for novel. Asperger's

    Today you should read the article in your folder “How Autism Freed Me to be Myself” by Rosie King. If for any reason you do not have the article or the folder, I have attached it here.

    If you wish to also listen to Rosie’s speech on Youtube I have included the address below:



    After reading/listening to the article please answer all questions in the packet. Probably best to type your answers in a word document and then you can attach and send it to me that way for feedback and grading.


    This lesson will be for today and tomorrow. I think you will need to read or listen to the article a couple times to answer all questions. So there will not be a new lesson tomorrow. I will check in to see how you are all doing. Please let me know if anything is unclear or if you have questions.


    Don’t forget to send your Autism power point if you have not done that as well!


    Have a nice day and stay healthy!

    Mrs. Oakes


    March 23, 2020

    Lesson 2.

    Objective: Build Background for Novel: Autism.

    Materials: Article "How Autism Freed Me to be Myself."

    Website to listen to Rosie King give this speech in person.


    Read article (or listen and follow along) and answer all questions in the packet.


    3/19. Thursday.

    Good Morning! I hope everyone is well and enjoying your time at home!

    Continue working on your slides for Silver Blaze. I assume that by this time your have read the conclusion! What did you think? Were you surprised?

    What connection did you see between "Midnight Killer" and "Silver Blaze?" Send me a quick email with your impressions.

    The slides that I have seen are very impressive! Keep up the good work!

    Looking forward to hearing from each of you.

    Mrs. Oakes




    3/18. Wednesday Good Morning class! I want to note that the dates below for the assignments are just a breakdown so you do not think you have to do the entire assignment in one day. Because of the varying circumstances that each of you encounter at home, it may not be possible to do an assignment on the day I have listed, so those due dates are not a requirement, only a suggestion to help you chunk the assignment.

    If you have any questions, or issues, let me know at once. I can also provide an alternate assignment or modify based on your situation.

    Also, please check your email daily. I may send attachments out to you via email in case you have trouble accessing my teacher site.



    3/17. Tuesday. Good Morning, class! I hope you are all enjoying your time at home!

    Today you will be working on a plot analysis (pyramid) for "Silver Blaze" like we did for "The Midnight Killer." However you will be completing this as a power point presentation (or poster). I have broken this assignment up into 3 days with slides due each day (see below). If you do not have the story, I have attached the website to a PDF of the story. This website also contains an audio version of the story. Please reread (listen) to the entire story including the ending. We will be discussing the climax of the story tomorrow so keep this in mind as you read. I would like each of you to email me a short sentence telling me what you think the climax is before you complete that slide in your power point.

    I am happy to answer any questions that you may have. My email is coakes@cbsd.org.

    Also, I have 3 copies of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. If you were not in class last Thursday and do not have a copy, let me know and I will send it to you in the mail along with a folder of the materials you will need.

    Have a nice day!

    Mrs. Oakes



    Objective: Analyze literature for plot elements.

    Lesson: Plot Elements Analysis. Submit your work each day by email, or send photo of your poster.

    Previous in class instruction: Plot Pyramid for “Midnight Killer”

    Materials: Short Story “Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle. A PDF of the conclusion of the story will be emailed to you or you can read/listen to the conclusion at the following website:

    Website for PDF of full version of story including audio version


    **Create a power point, prezi, or poster to show the elements of the plot pyramid. Must include the following elements

    • Title slide with title of story, author, and your name
    • Setting, main characters, problem
    • Exposition (event that gets the story going).
    • Rising Events: must include at least 5 in order that occur before the climax
    • Climax (point of highest tension)
    • Falling Events: must include at least three in order that occur after the climax
    • Solution/Conclusion
    • All slides must include at least one picture or graphic, posters must be illustrated

    Complete today: Slides 1-3 and email to me for review and feedback. If you choose to do a poster, email me a photo of the work you have completed each day.



    Objective: Analyze literature for plot elements.

    Continue with “Silver Blaze” plot analysis powerpoint.

    Complete today: Slides 4-6 and email to me for review and feedback

    If you choose to do a poster, email me a photo of the work you have completed each day.



    Objective: Analyze literature for plot elements.

    Continue with “Silver Blaze” plot analysis powerpoint.

    Complete today: Slides 7-8 and email to me for review and feedback.

    If you choose to do a poster, email me a photo of the work you have completed each day. ___________________________________________________________________________



    Unit 3. Novel.


    Objective: Build background: Asperger syndrome

    New Learning: Asperger’s syndrome is a form of Autism. The student we will be reading about in our novel is a young teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. This site will help you learn more about what Asperger’s Syndrome is and what the challenges and strengths a person with Asperger’s may have.

    Lesson: 5-7 slide Power point presentation

    Go to the above website “Autism Speaks.” On the site, under the first tab at the top, click on ASPERGER SYNDROME. Create a power point presentation with 5-8 slides. Use bullet points to share the following information in your own words.

    • What does Asperger’s generally involve
    • Strengths
    • Challenges
    • Therapies that may help
    • How it was identified in 1944

    Due by 2:00. Email to me for review and feedback.