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    Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!   This tab provides additional information for 11students enrolled in my Advanced English classes.
     
    4.20.18       The Outsiders.  Finish reading the book.  Be prepared to discuss the concerns of Tulsa.
     
    4.13.18      The Outsiders.  Read to p. 130 for Monday, 4/16.
     
     
    4.5.18        Quizizz:   Main Verbs:  479400;        Subject-Verb:  817191
     
     
    4.4.18        Quizizz:    481676
     
    Due 3/28:  The Outsiders.  Read up to p. 67, end of chapter 4.
     
     
    CANCELLED:  Vocabulary quiz scheduled for 3/28.
     
     
     
    1.12.18      For Grammar Test on Jan. 24;  'virtual practice sheets
    Quizizz #s:  Quiz 1-000607 or 535581, Quiz 2-994822, or Quiz 3-532171
    Quizlet:       Set entitled Sentence structure
     
     
    12.12.17   Prewriting Notes to help with Fahrenheit 451 paragraph
     
    REMEMBER:  In order to access commonlit.org, you must sign in or sign up with your student CBSD.org account.  Then use the Access code for the class.  That code is 8NE7N.  
     
     
    11.27.17       Vocabulary List 6.  Access list on Quizlet.com.  Quiz is FRiday, Dec. 1st.
     
    11.27.17      "Burning A Book" by William Stafford.  commonlit.org.  Use Access Code below.  Read using the Guided Questions.  Either print out a copy or save an online copy.  On that copy show BOTH annotation and paraphrase.  DUE 11.30.17.
     
     
    11.27.17    "Allegory of the Cave"  Ted-Ed video by Alex Gendler.  An explanation of the content.  It should be viewed AFTER reading "Allegory of the Cave" on commonlit.org OR access it at www.historyguide.org. 
    DUE 11.28.17.  Be sure to have recorded answers on commonlit.org.  See Access Code below.  As of 11.26.17, I have 36 responses for periods 6 and 7 combined.  That's slightly more than 50% of you.
     
     
    11.15.17   "Allegory of the Cave"   www.commonlit.org     Access Code:  8NE7N  Use the Guided Questions.
     
    10.31.17   Entries 12, 13, 14, and 15
                    Entries 12 and 13:  Paraphrase Eve Merriam's poem "How to Eat a Poem" OR 2 freewrites
     
                    Entry 14:  Purpose:  To write an original poem using Merriam's as a template;  14 lines;  no rhyme
                                    Example:   "How to Sink a 3-Pointer"
                                                      Be grateful Dad made practice a nightly routine.
                                                      Start close, closer than a free throw. 
                                                     
                                                      Feel the motion from toes
                                                      To heels
                                                      Through spine    (5)
                                                      Into core
                                                      Extending into limbs
                                                      Concluding with a flick of a wrist
                                                      A good-bye wave as follow through
                                                      All the while the eyes look just above the rim (10)
                                                      The yellow beast tickles the net.
     
     
                                                      Step further out.  Practice the motion
                                                      Again.
                                                      Again.
                                                      Again.....100 to the 4 power     (15)
     
                                                      Be grateful Dad made practice nightly routine.
                                                      Some of the best times a father and daughter can spend together.
     
                   Entry 15:  Purpose:  to write 1/2 page reflection about 8th grade so far
     
                   REMINDER:  ALWAYS do a freewrite for any missing entries.  Absence is NOT an excuse for leaving an entry incomplete.
                                                
                                                      
     
     
     
    10.5.17    Summer Reading--Personal Choice--Assessment Guidelines
     
     
     
    9.18.17    FORMAT FOR WRITTEN RESPONSES TO LITERATURE
                  
                   A PARAGRAPH RESPONSE SHOULD HAVE:
                   1.  A topic sentence that addresses the question, the literary work, and author, if possible.
                   2.  Each sentence refers to the topic.  (Unity)
                   3.  All sentences are complete.
                   4.  Sentences (supporting details) include specific evidence from text.  Also may include quoted or paraphrased sections or lines of text.
                   5.  A concluding sentence that confirms the topic sentence.
                   6.  Be sure all parts of a question has been answered in the response.
     
    **Strategy:  Creating prewriting notes in any form or per the list above helps improve the logic of the response.
     
    ***Tip:  I always grant extra points to students who show the writing process in their work.
     
     
     
     
    9.11.17    Study Strategies PowerPoint    studyhelp
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Link for Technology Survey: Click HERE
     
     For 5.26.17   DUE:  The Pearl.  Chapter Titles/Main Idea Chart.  Be sure that each section of the chart includes the following:
                 a.  A title in quotation marks
                 b.  An explanation of why the title is appropriate NOT a retelling of what happened in the chapter
                 c.  A title is a main idea.  It is devised based upon inferences made in the text.  It must be accurate yet not too broad (as in representing more than what the section/chapter included) or too narrow (referring only to one specific incident in a section/chapter).
                  d.  30 points formative: 5 points per section/chapter.  
    5 points:  all requirements have been met as discussed in class and reiterated above;   3 points:  most requirements have been met as discussed in class and reiterated in class;  0 points:  partially done or incomplete)
     
    CANCELLED--Vocabulary Quiz 15!
     
     For 5.1.17    Read Ch. 7 and 8 of The Outsiders.  Be prepared for a quiz!
     
     
    4.27.17    Journal Entry for Friday, 4.28.17
                   The Outsiders.  Ch. 5 & 6:  Consider why a setting changes.  What is the obvious reason for the time at Windrixville?   What does that time at the church mean for Pony and Johnny?
     
     
     
     www.sdfo.org/gj/stories/flowersforalgernon.pdf
     
     3.3.17    Journal Entry 50
                  Purpose:  To select a passage of 3 to 5 sentences that provides some piece of advice or interesting point of view about life and handling challenges.  Paraphrase the sentences.  Then make a text-to-world or text-to-self connection to it.  Finally, if possible, make a text-to-text connection.  Structure is passage and 1 well-developed paragraph. 
     
     
    3.2.17     Journal Entry 49
                   Purpose:  To write a letter to the author of your chosen book.  Make comments including compliments about the story, craftsmanship, etc.  Also, ask 5 questions about how the author developed the concept, detailed a character, or incorporated ideas from life or experience.     
     
     
    2.26.17    Literature Circles:  Discussion Question 3
     
    Cause and effect.  As we have discussed before with motivation and conflict, a cause can lead to an effect or multiple effects.  An effect can become then a cause for another action or decision.  For about 10-12 minutes, discuss with your group which character AND which decision or incident has had the greatest impact on the book's protagonist. 
     
     2.23.17    Literature Circles:  Discussion Question 2
     
    Motivation and conflict.  Which one comes first?  Depends upon circumstances.  Motivation can be to succeed or to avoid.  Choices affect motivation and conflict.
     
     Motivation  Conflict  Motivation or Resolution
     
     man vs man
     
       man vs s=nature  
       man vs supernatural/machine  
       man vs. society  
                man vs. self
            External like extrinsic means outside of someone
    Internal like intrinsic means within someone
      Focus on 3 conflicts.  Identify the type, why it happened, and the motivation or lack of motivation to solve it. 
     
     
     
    2.22.17      Literature Circles:Discussion Question 1
     

    Motivation is the consent and desire to do something.  Motivation is the reason or 'why' a character (or a person) acts a certain way.  Hence, the motivation to speak or act a certain way affects the events of a story (or one's life).

     

    Motivaton stems from both extrinsic (external) and intrinsic (internal) rewards.  Extrinsic is food, power, greed, etc.  Intrinsic is pride, confidence, praise, etc.

     

    Choose 3 characters from the novel for your literatue circle.  Discuss and record in phrases the motivations for each.

     
    2.10.17       PowerPoints:  Grammar Test: Parts of a Sentence Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 
                        PartsSent1PartSentenceIIPartsSentenceIII
                        Parts of Speech:  noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, interjection
                        Parts of a Sentence:  subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, predicate word, phrase, clause 
                        Remember that each of these PowerPoints was reviewed in class AND send directly to your student email accounts. 
     
     
     
    10.13.16           Writer's Assignment #1:
     
                        Purpose:  to write a well-developed paragraph about one of the following topics:
                        Audience:  people unfamiliar with the topic
     
                        Topic 1:   Discuss an invention that has harmed or been harmful to society.
                        Topic 2:   Discuss a lesson that you learned from a book, movie, tv, or play.
                        Topic 3:   Provide advice to a historical figure or living person.
                        Topic 4:   Explain why your hometown, vacation home, or neighborhood is a wonderful place.
                        Topic 5:   If life had a delete or re-do button, what incident from your life would you use it.
     
                        Requirements:   Prewriting notes, A well-developed paragraph,  Typed
                                                  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    10.6.16                   Entries 11-15
                                   Purpose:  to create prewriting notes only for the following prompts
     
                                  Entry 11:  Think of an invention that has harmed or harms society.  Identify the effects of it.
                                  Entry 12:  Imagine you can give advice to a living person or a historical figure.  Identify the person, the need for advice, and the advice.
                                  Entry 13:  Books, movies, plays, and tv provided opportunities for people to learn lessons about life.  Select one of these and explain what it taught you.
                                  Entry 14:  Think about a game you enjoy
     
     
     
    10.6.16                   Entries 11-15
                                   Purpose:  to create prewriting notes only for the following prompts
     
                                  Entry 11:  Think of an invention that has harmed or harms society.  Identify the effects of it.
                                  Entry 12:  Imagine you can give advice to a living person or a historical figure.  Identify the person, the need for advice, and the advice.
                                  Entry 13:  Books, movies, plays, and tv provided opportunities for people to learn lessons about life.  Select one of these and explain what it taught you.
                                  Entry 14:  Think about a game you enjoy.  Your audience has never played it but wants to learn.  Describe how the game is played, # of players, rules, and equipment. 
                                  Entry 15:  Explain why your town, neighborhood, or vacation home.  Explain what makes it a wonderful place to live.
     
    9.27.16       Prepositions and Prepositional Phrase Quiz:  Use worksheets and notes done in class.
                            Also: 1. www.englishgrammar101.com, Lessons 1, 4, and 5
                                    2.  www.quiz.com,   Prepositional Phrase Quiz
                                    3.   FLING THE TEACHER Prepositional Phrase Game
                                    4.  My Quizlet page (same as one for vocabulary):  Prepositions and Infinitives 
     
                Adjectives answer:  which one?  what kind? what color?  how many?
                Adverbs answer:  where? when? how? to what extent?
     
                Purpose of a phrase:  to add detail to writing 
                Phrase--a group of words that acts as one part of speech (think of 3 people linking arms to form one group:  in the room  (where--adverb)  from the class (which one--adjective)
                Phrase begins with a preposition and ends with the object of a preposition. 
                The object of a preposition is a noun or pronoun  (ex.  to Peter or to him)
                A prepositional phrase may have more than one object:  (ex. to a barn or a home) 
                If you remove a prepositional phrase(s) from a sentence, you are left with a main sentence. 
     
     
    Welcome to School Year  2016-17!
     
     
     An overview of our curriculum includes:
     
    1. Major Literary works:  The Outsiders, Fahrenheit 451Phineas GageTuesdays with MorrieTwelve Angry Men, "Flowers for Algernon," The Pearl, Million Pound Bank Note; nonfiction articles from various disciplines; poetry
     
    2. Major Writing Pieces:  2 informative pieces, 2 argumentative pieces, Most Valuable Idea, research paper in tandem with science, poetry booklet or small collection,  writer's notebook/journal (100 entries-25 per marking period)
     
    3.  Reading comprehension:   inferential and critical reading skills, fact, inference, and mixed fact and opinion statements; bias; propaganda; cause/effect; comparison;  contrast;  problem/solution;  descriptive;  sequence; figurative language
     
     
    4.  Vocabulary development:  structural analysis, context clues, study strategies
     
    5.  Oral Presentations:  2 formal presentations--1 for The Outsiders and 1 for "Flowers for Algernon" and multiple informal presentations such as poetry reading groups