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A big thank you to Ms. Czaplinski for all her hard work teaching you this semester!  We will miss her.

 

 Language Arts 2, 4, & 5        Literature 1 & 3    
             
 Date Assigned  Assignment  Date Due    Date Assigned  Assignment Date Due 
             
 5/28/15 Write!  Work on draft of spoken word poem.  Partial draft due Monday - full draft due Friday!

Monday 6/1

Friday 6/5

   5/28/15 Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book.  Read the article by Isaac Asimov, "Why Read Science Fiction?"  Write a journal response that summarizes the main points in the article and includes your response to them.  You also must connect the article and your response to your homework novel as well as Fahrenheit 451 and our class discussions with specific examples.  Responses should be 1/2 - 1 page in length.  Tuesday 6/2
 5/26/15

Write! Work on draft of spoken word poem.

Spelling Unit 5 Test 2 on roots 4-7 and words 12-23 next Thursday

Drafts due daily in class 

Test Thursday 5/28

   5/26/15 Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book.  No journal due Thursday.  HW due next week - stay tuned.   
 5/22/15 Spelling Unit 5 Test 2 on roots 4-7 and words 12-23 next Thursday  Thurs 5/28    5/21/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book.

Journal entry due Tuesday - write about character development in your book.  In addition to your usual identification, examples and analysis, and evaluation, please answer why you think the author created this character and included him/her in the book.  Be specific.

 Tues 5/26
 5/20/15 Spelling Unit 5 HW #12-23 definitions, parts of speech, and sentences (for extra credit)   Fri 5/22        
 5/19/15 Test on roots 1-3, homophones, and #1-11   Wed 5/20    5/18/20  

Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book - see Mrs. Marcus if you're not sure if your book qualifies!

Journal entry due Thursday - write about what makes your book dystopian.  Use the same format of identifying the author's craft, including two examples, and evaluation.

Use your notes on science fiction and dystopian literature!

 Thurs 5/21
 5/13/15

Spelling Unit 5 HW - #1-11 definitions and parts of speech; sentences for extra credit

Test on roots, homophones, and #1-11

HW due Fri 5/15

Test Wed 5/20

   5/14/15

Extra credit news article on modern censorship

Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book - see Mrs. Marcus if you're not sure if your book qualifies!

Journal entry due Tuesday - word choice or organization (whichever one you didn't do last Thursday!)

 

EC due Mon 5/18

Journal due Tues and Thurs weekly

 5/11/15

Keep writing!

Spelling Unit 5 HW - page one roots and commonly misspelled words

Daily

Wed 5/13

   5/11/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly in your dystopian science fiction book - see Mrs. Marcus if you're not sure if your book qualifies!

Journal entry due Thursday - word choice or organization

 Thurs 5/14
 5/7/15 Start writing!  Stay tuned for specific details....  Daily in class    5/8/15  Read!  Library book talks on Monday  Mon 5/11
 5/4/15

LA 2 - no HW

see below for LA 4 and 5

     5/4/15

Costume rendering project due

 

Character chart packet due

Shakespeare quiz - study his biography/background, character charts/notes, plot of play, four corners activity, and figurative language (no translations)

Lit 1 - Tues 5/5; Lit 3 Wed 5/6

  

Chart - Fri 5/8

 Quiz- Fri 5/8

 5/1/15 Reflection from debates; 3-5 paragraphs in Google Drive (see below) 

LA 4 - Tuesday 5/5 for students finished debating

Friday 5/8 for students finishing debate on Tuesday

   5/1/15 see below   
 5/1/15 Top ten list of things I (you, the student) should have learned by now 

LA 2 - Monday 5/4

LA 5 - Tuesday 5/5

LA 4 - stay tuned

 

       
         4/30/15

"Everything Old is New Again" - worksheet on translating lines from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays into modern English

 Use writing prompt on a character's quest to help you finish the costume rendering project!

 Worksheet due Monday, 5/4 - Project due Tuesday, 5/5
 4/29/15

LA 2 - 3-5 paragraph reflection on your debate experience. (Don't worry about making it perfect - it's the style of a Lit journal and is more for you to be able to think deeply about your experience!)

Remember to address the following:

-What do you think you did well in the debate?
-What do you think that you could improve upon for the next debate?

-What moment in your debate turned the tide in the winning side's favor? What happened that either won or lost the debate for your team? Go into detail on this and how you could possibly replicate this or overcome it in the future.

 5/1/15   4/28/15 - 4/29/15

1. Costume rendering project due next Tuesday (Lit 1)/Wednesday (Lit 3)

2)Finish writing prompt from class:

In our viewing of Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” yesterday, which character did you focus on? What journey did this character go on? In your prompt, be sure to respond to:

1.       Who is the character?

2.       Where is the character going?

3.       What is the stated reason that the character is going there?

4.       What are the challenges and trials the character faces along the way?

5.       What is the real reason the character is going there?

Use textual evidence to support your reasons! Use at least two quotes from scenes that are key in your character’s quest. (Whole play available on http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html)

 


 Writing prompt due Thursday(Lit 1)/Friday (Lit 3)

Costume rendering project due Tuesday (Lit 1)/Wednesday (Lit 3)
 4/24/15  If your team has not finished debating or has not debated as of yet, make sure you are prepared and ready to debate next week!  4/27/15    4/27/15  While you are watching "A Midsummer Night's Dream tomorrow, choose one character to focus on - see if you can figure out their quest!

4/28 (Lit 3)

4/29 (Lit 1)

 4/22/15

Practice your speeches, cross-ex questions, and rebuttals for debates! Put them in the format that you need to in order to read them during the speech!

 ***Make sure to print all of your materials to use during the debate!

 4/24/15    4/23/15  Fill out your character chart for each character we have encountered so far, #s 1-4.  4/27/15
 4/21/15

Practice your speeches, cross-ex questions, and rebuttals for debates! Put them in the format that you need to in order to read them during the speech!

 Debates start TOMORROW!

 4/22/15    4/21/15

Choice journal due Thursday!

 

Study for quiz on iambic pentameter, sonnet form, heroic couplets and monologues on Thursday!

 4/23/15
 4/20/15

Practice your speeches, cross-ex questions, and rebuttals for debates! Put them in the format that you need to in order to read them during the speech!

 

Debates start on Wednesday!

 4/22/15    4/20/15

Choice journals are due tomorrow!

A second choice journal is due Thursday.

 4/21/15
 4/10/15  No formal homework, but practice your speeches, cross-ex and rebuttals for debate! We will be debating after break.  4/20/15    4/9/15

No homework over break!

The next choice journal will be due the SECOND day we are back (Tuesday, April 21st).

 4/21/15
 4/8/15

Keep working on editing and revising your debate speeches and templates! Use the comments from your peers to help guide your revisions.

 Keep working on the cross-examination and rebuttal documents on Google Drive.

 For Friday - turn in the final drafts of your debate first speeches, second speech templates, cross-examination and rebuttals at the end of class.

 4/10/15 at the end of class    4/7/15

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" vocabulary worksheet due Thursday

 Journal on main character's quest due Thursday

 4/9/15
 4/6/15

Work on editing and revising your debate speeches and templates tonight using the rubrics on the judges' specifications we did today in class.

 

For Friday - turn in the final drafts of your debate first speeches, second speech templates, cross-examination and rebuttals.

 

LA 2 rubric

LA 4 rubric

LA 5 rubric

 Revise for Wednesday, everything due on Friday 4/10/15    4/6/15  Choice journal due tomorrow!  4/7/15
 4/1/15

Rough drafts for the first affirmative and negative speeches as well as the templates for the second negative and second affirmative speeches are due at the start of class on Monday!

Please print these out! - be ready to revise and edit on Monday!

 4/6/15    4/2/15

Webquests are due on Monday at the start of class  -they must be printed out and all set to hand in!

 

Another choice journal is due on Tuesday of next week!

4/6/15 (webquest)

 4/7/15

(choice journal)

 3/30/15

Work on the rough drafts of your first speeches and the templates for your second speeches! These templates are on Google Drive.

 This is due by the end of class on Wednesday!

 4/1/15    3/31/15  Choice journal due Thursday!  4/2/15
 3/27/15

Work on the rough drafts of your first speeches and the templates for your second speeches! These templates are on Google Drive.

 This is due by the end of class on Wednesday!

 4/1/15    3/26/15

Read your choice book 20 minutes a night!

If you were away at Fly-Up, make sure to turn in your choice journal on Monday.

 The next choice journal will be due next Tuesday (3/31).

 3/31/15
 3/23/15  Work on your outline at home! It is due at the end of class on Wednesday.  3/25/15    3/24/15

Read your choice book 20 minutes a night!

 

Choice journal due Thursday!

 3/26/15
 3/20/15 Work on your outline for Monday! It is due at the end of class on Wednesday.  3/25/15    3/23/15

Read your choice book 20 minutes a night!

 

-Choice journal due Thursday!

 3/26/15
 3/18/15

All research is due by the beginning of class on Friday! (3/20)

You need your own copy of notes and (minimally) the author, title, and date of access from at least:

- 1 book

- 3 online/packet articles

-1 video

 3/20/15    3/19/15

-Make sure you have your "connections" notes finished from the "To Kill a Mockingbird" movie packet!

-You can do the short answer questions at the end for extra credit.

-Final projects are due at the beginning of class on Monday!

 3/23/15
         3/12/15

Lit 1: Essay prompt on "The Children's March" due next Tuesday

 Both classes: Final project due 3/23!

 3/17/15
 3/11/2015 Do the Drone Vocabulary worksheet  Homework due Friday, 3/13    3/10/15

 Lit 3: Write a one-page journal reflection on how you think you did in our practice discussion - what went well? What will you do better for next time?

 Lit 1: Do the "Guiding Question" worksheet - did your question change after our discussion? What evidence from the text or from what others said made you change your mind?

 

Work on your final project - due on March 23rd!

Homework due Thursday, 3/12

Project due 3/23

 3/9/15

Look over your debate research packet and begin to highlight points that may be important to either the affirmative or negative arguments!

 To help you organize, write an "A" next to facts that help out the affirmative side and an "N" next to facts that help out the negative side.

 3/11/15    3/9/15

Finish your literature circle book for tomorrow!

Work on your "Seek First" worksheet - come up with connections between "Seek First" and the other things we have studied in this unit!

Work on your final project - it's now due on Monday, 3/23!

 3/10/15
 3/6/15 Enjoy your weekend.  No homework for Monday.      3/5/2015

- Work on your final project over the weekend! Rubrics for the movie poster, the soundtrack album, the connection to today, the first-hand account, and the challenge essay can be found here.

-Finish reading your literature circle novel for next Tuesday!

Project due 3/23/2015.

Literature circle novel due/finished for 3/10/2015.

 3/4/15 Get ready for rebuttals on Friday!  You'll also turn in your written task.  Friday 3/6        
 3/2/15 Practice your part in the debate.  Finish your written task to turn in on Wednesday.  Wednesday 3/4    3/3/2015

Read the next few chapters in your literature circle book and fulfill your final role!

 Start working on your final project!

3/5/2015

Final project due Thursday, 3/12/2015

 2/27/15 Finish writing debate speeches/cross examination questions/rebuttals.  Practice them using the rubrics.  Prepare for class debate on Monday.   You will turn in written pieces after the debate.  Monday 3/2    2/26/15

1) Found Poem due Monday! For instructions, please see the PowerPoint from class today.

2) Read the next few chapters that you and your literature circle have decided on!

Fulfill your next literature circle role! Remember to follow the guidelines set in the rubric packet I gave you!

 

Found Poem due Monday, 3/2

Lit Circle reading and roles due Tuesday, 3/3

 2/25/15

Review/study second half of roots, words, and all easily confused words.  Test Friday.

Continue working on debate

 Friday 2/27    2/24/15

Theme journals completed in class - if incomplete, turn in tomorrow to avoid a late grade

Read the next few chapters that you and your literature circle have decided on!

Fulfill your next literature circle role! Remember to follow the guidelines set in the rubric packet I gave you!

W 2/25

Lit circle role due Thursday 2/26 with reading

         2/23/15 Finish theme planning sheet - journal due date to be determined   Tues 2/24
 2/20/15 Finish the spelling homework for Unit 4 - roots, definitions, and sentences/parts of speech for extra credit.  Wed 2/25    2/19/15

Read the next few chapters that you and your literature circle have decided on!

Fulfill your next literature circle role! Remember to follow the guidelines set in the rubric packet I gave you!

 2/23/15
             
 2/18/15

Great writing celebration today!  Thank you to all the writers for sharing their pieces and all the classmates for providing positive feedback.

Spelling Unit 4 test for roots 1-3 and words 1-13 next Friday 2/20

Read purple debate packet and complete scavenger hunt 

 Test and scavenger hunt due Friday 2/20
   2/18/15

Read the next few chapters that you and your literature circle have decided on!

Fulfill your next literature circle role! Remember that one person must be the Discussion Director and one person must be the Passage Pinpointer!

 2/19/15
 2/13/15

Writing celebration on Wed 2/18!  Practice reading your essay in preparation!

Spelling Unit 4 test for roots 1-3 and words 1-13 next Friday 2/20

Read purple debate packet and complete scavenger hunt 

 Test and scavenger hunt due next Friday 2/20        
             
 2/11/15

Writing celebration on Wed 2/18!  Stay tuned!

Spelling Unit 4 - define roots 1-3 and words 1-13.  Parts of speech and sentences are extra credit.

HW due Friday 2/13     2/12/15

- Read the next set of assigned chapters of your literature circle book.

-Fulfill a role of your choice for your set of literature circle chapters.

-"Asking Good Discussion Questions" worksheet - come up with 5 questions for your next set of chapters and fill in the chart on the back!

 2/18/15 (next Wednesday)
 2/10/15 Final essays still due tomorrow at the beginning of class!  See instructions below.  Paperclips will be delivered when you get to class.     Wed 2/11 beginning of class    2/10/15

Lit 1 & Lit 3:

- Read the first assigned chapters of your literature circle book.

-Fulfill the Discussion Director role (write five thought-provoking questions about the reading and answer them)

 Lit 3 Only:

-4 D's of being an upstander video worksheet

Access the rubrics for the literature circle roles here!

 Thurs. 2/12 beginning of class
 2/6/15

Continue revising and editing your personal essay.  You need to complete the checklists started in class on Friday - find checklists here.

Included here is the list of editing strategies we put on the whiteboard today.  Use these too.

Personal essay rubric is here:  you need to use the rubric for revision and editing and then complete the middle column yourself to turn it in on Wednesday.

To turn in, from top to bottom, paperclipped:

rubric, final essay, checklist, self revision questions, peer revision questions, important moments/planning sheets, values notes/planning

 Final essay due Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the beginning of class    2/5/15

Choose one of the two Teaching Tolerance scenarios we worked on in class. Decide who was the bystander, the perpetrator, the victim, and the upstander in the situation. If you cannot find a person in the scenario who filled one of these roles, write what someone could have done in that position - for example, if no one acted as an upstander, what could an upstander have done?

 This should be completed in your new, blue Lit journals and be about a page long.

*If you did not complete the reflection on whether or not you witnessed an injustice and what you did in the situation, write a paragraph responding to that prompt in your journal. This can be a private journal entry - if you would like for me not to read it, write "private" on the top of the page.

Click Here for the PowerPoint with the Bystander Term Definitions

 Monday, 2/9/15
 2/4/15

Continue to revise/edit your essay 20+ minutes nightly.  Worksheets to guide you are in your Google Drive LA folder.  You will also find the list we made of criteria for the rubric in that folder.

Final essay, printed before class, with papers organized and rubric completed, paper-clipped together - due Wed 2/11 at the beginning of class

 Final essay due Wed 2/11 at the beginning of class    2/3/15 Six Traits journal on "Integration" - only Lit 1   Thursday, 2/5
 1/26/15 Continue to revise your essay 20+ minutes nightly!  Find here some worksheets for self-and peer revision.  Daily in class    1/26/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

 Daily in class
         1/22/15

Finish reading Ch. 4 on the Freedom Riders

Complete worksheet on firsthand and secondhand accounts from the video

 Monday 1/26
 1/20/15

Happy beginning of third quarter!

Continue writing/planning essay for 20+ minutes nightly

 Daily in class    1/20/15

Happy beginning of third quarter!

Finish Venn diagram - at least five bullet-points in each section

 Thursday 1/22
 1/16/15 Write/plan for one hour on essay   Tues 1/20 for LA 2; Wed 1/21 for LA 4 and 5        
             
 1/14/15 Continue planning - complete the five explanations for the values you chose.  Use the yellow sheet with questions a-d to fully plan one of those five values.   Friday 1/16    1/15/15  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal on your choice of the six traits:  include identification of author's deliberate decision regarding one trait, give at least two examples, and evaluate if the author incorporates this decision well.

Optional Twain Challenge assignment:  Notes packet, essay, and book due

 Tuesday 1/20
 1/13/15 LA 2 - Finish definitions of values.  Select top 5 most important to you.  Identify personal experiences that made those values of the most importance to you.   Wed 1/14    1/13/15

FinishTom Sawyer six traits notes packet and characterization of Tom worksheet (text can be found online for free at projectgutenberg.com) - Lit 1 does first side of Tom characterization sheet

Read Civil Rights timeline; highlight/select at least five essential events from this timeline

 Thurs 1/15 for TS assignments and timeline
 1/9/15 READ MORE ESSAYS! :)          
 1/7/15

Turn in late midterms!

Go to the This I Believe website.  You must choose five essays to read.  On a piece of paper, please list the following for each of the five essays:

1.  Title of essay

2.  Author of essay

3.  Belief statement as written in essay

Send written piece for CWP contest submission electronically to Mrs. Marcus or print a copy.  Bring form with parent/guardian signatures to class as well as other information completed.  

 All HW due Friday 1/9/15    1/8/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly for Monday

Continue work on challenge assignment - deadline extended until Tuesday, 1/20

 Tues 1/20 for Challenge
 1/5/15

Turn in late midterms!

Continue/finish brainstorm of ideas regarding beliefs and identity - what do you believe?  What is your identity?  What does identity mean?  How do you identify yourself and others?

 Explore This I Believe ​website

 Tues 1/6 for LA 2; Wed 1/7 for LA 4 and 5    1/5/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal on your choice of the six traits:  include identification of author's deliberate decision regarding one trait, give at least two examples, and evaluate if the author incorporates this decision well.

Optional Twain Challenge assignment:  Notes packet checked daily in class in lieu of journals and essay due next week

Journal due Th 1/8

 

Challenge assignment with notes packet, finished book, and essay due Th 1/15

 12/17/14 Spelling/Vocabulary Unit 3 Test #2, roots pend and pos, words 10-20, and six easily confused words - study! 

Friday 12/19

   12/18/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Optional - challenge assignment for Tom Sawyer

 Challenge due in January TBA
 

Sites for Person of the Year research:

E.O. Smith High School resources including the MLA citation page

Online Newspapers from USA and world

TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2014

 

         
 12/12/14

Choose piece for contest submissions - information below

Scholastic contest account information and signed forms are due Tuesday 12/16

Complete spelling homework for Unit 3 words #10-20 and the last 6 easily confused

Unit 3 HW #2 due Wed 12/17        
 12/10/14

Continue reviewing pronoun agreement

Study spelling and vocabulary for words #1-9 and roots

Choose piece for contest submissions - information below

 Spelling/Vocab test Friday 12/12    12/11/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Complete journal on conventions - please write this on a separate piece of paper or type it.

You may use these notes on conventions if necessary.

 Tuesday 12/16
 12/8/14

See spelling assignments below

Review pronoun/antecedent agreement

     12/8/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Complete theme journal.  

You must include:

1) Identify the theme topic.

2) Write the theme statement.

3) Identify the ways (2) in which the author develops that theme statement.

4) Include at least two examples to illustrate that theme statement from your text (examples or quotations).

5)  Evaluate how well the author developed the theme and why - do not tell if you liked the theme or not.

Thurs 12/11

 12/5/14

Spelling Unit 3 - define roots and words on the back, #1-9

Test on roots and #1-9

Submit entries to one of two contests:

Connecticut Student Writers 2015

Scholastic Arts and Writers Contest 2015

Wed 12/10

Fri 12/12

Contest entries due next week

   12/4/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Complete theme journal planning sheet

 Mon 12/8
         12/2/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Review theme packet if you didn't yet

Finish sentences in Context Clues packet

 Thurs 12/4
 12/1/14

Continue editing your story and your partner's - remember to use the suggesting feature in Google Docs instead of editing

20+ minutes nightly editing

Class rubrics and checklists will be distributed on Wed 12/3

Word Choice and Economy of Language suggestions

 Final story with all papers due Friday 12/5 at the beginning of class - do not print in class    12/1/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Review theme packet

Finish "Jumping Frog" assessment if you did not finish it in class

 Tues 12/2
 11/24/14

Finish revision - we will edit on 12/1 and assign points to our rubric then

Suggestions for titles (don't worry about the line breaks)

See information below

 Revised draft - ready for word count adjustment and editing! - due Mon 12/1    11/25/14 READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   
 11/21/14

Continue revising flash fiction story 20+ minutes nightly using checklist

Focus on word choice, economy of language, dialogue, vivid images, organization with suspense and a twist, and everything else in the proposed rubric

See rubric proposals below in 11/17

 Updated drafts due Mon 11/24 at beginning of class    11/20/14

Finish reading "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County"

Illustrate 8 scenes from the story from beginning to end

 Tues 11/25
 11/17/14

Revise flash fiction story 20+ minutes nightly

Focus on leads, allusions, and character development

Use class rubric to guide revision (rubrics are currently guidelines with no point values)

LA 2 rubric

LA 4 rubric

LA 5 rubric

 Bring revised draft to class on Friday 11/21    11/18/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal response based on your choice of topic connected to the six traits.  Be sure to:  identify the author's craft/deliberate decision, at least 2 examples, and evaluate the author's craft.

Thursday 11/20 
 11/14/14

Review notes on different ways to bury the preamble

Write three different beginnings/paragraphs for your story draft.  Use three different ways to bury the preamble from your notes.  Refer to the rubric to make sure you complete these paragraphs correctly.

 Beginning of class on Monday 11/17    11/14/14

Finish reading Twain's essay, "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences"

Finish your notes on the 18 Offenses

NO JOURNAL DUE TUESDAY

Beginning of class on Tuesday 11/18

 11/13/14 See 11/7 below      11/13/14 See 11/6 below  
 11/7/14

Complete planning sheets and write first draft of flash fiction piece.

Study for spelling unit 2 test on words #11-25 and the last three roots.

 Friday 11/14    11/6/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal response based on your choice of topic connected to the six traits.  Be sure to:  identify the author's craft/deliberate decision, at least 2 examples, and evaluate the author's craft.

Bring in Mark Twain House field trip permission slip and $10 as soon as possible! 

 Journal entry due Friday 11/14
 11/3/14

Spelling Unit 2 - define words #11-20 and write sentences for the five words at the bottom of the page.  Parts of speech and sentences are extra credit for #11-20.

Plan for fiction piece - small idea, setting, and characters

 Friday 11/7    11/4/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal response based on your choice of topic connected to the six traits.  Be sure to:  identify the author's craft/deliberate decision, at least 2 examples, and evaluate the author's craft.

Bring in Mark Twain House field trip permission slip and $10 as soon as possible! 

Thursday 11/6

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 11/6 at the latest!

 10/31/14

Spelling Unit 2 Test on roots and words #1-1

Spelling Unit 2 - define words #11-20 and write sentences for the five words at the bottom of the page.  Parts of speech and sentences are extra credit for #11-20.

Monday 11/3

 

Friday 11/7

   10/30/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal response based on your choice of topic connected to the six traits.  Be sure to:  identify the author's craft/deliberate decision, at least 2 examples, and evaluate the author's craft.

 Tuesday 11/4
 10/28/14 Spelling Unit 2 Test on roots and words #1-10   Monday 11/3   10/28/14 

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal response based on your choice of topic connected to the six traits.  Be sure to:  identify the author's craft/deliberate decision, at least 2 examples, and evaluate the author's craft.

 Thursday 10/30
 10/27/14 Spelling Unit 2 - define roots and find 2-3 words that are derived from those roots.  Define words #1-10 on back of the page.   Wednesday 10/29    10/27/14 See assignment below on 10/24   Tuesday 10/28
 10/24/14 No homework if you turned in your final essay today!  Yay!      10/24/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Second theme journal due Tuesday - use instructions below

***If you earned a 90 or higher on the first theme journal, you don't have to do another.

***If you earned an 89 or lower, you can either write a second theme journal or fix the first for a higher grade.

 Tuesday 10/28
 10/22/14

Continue revision and editing 20+ minutes nightly.  Use your checklists and questions to guide you as well as the sample essay.  Remember to put your essay into the proper format!

Editing checklist is here

 Final due at end of class on Friday 10/24    10/22/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write theme response in journal or on a separate piece of paper.  You must include:

1) Identify the theme topic.

2) Write the theme statement.

3) Identify the ways in which the author develops that theme statement.

4) Include at least two examples to illustrate that theme statement from your text (examples or quotations).

5)  Evaluate how well the author developed the theme and why - do not tell if you liked the theme or not.

 Thursday 10/23
 10/21/14  Continue revision - 20+ minutes nightly - use Ms. Czaplinski's questions and the revision checklist as well  Daily in class    10/21/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Continue working on theme in your novel - complete the worksheet (p.7) in the theme packet where you develop three theme statements based on the characters' thoughts, actions, and dialogue. 

Helpful video on theme - remember not to use SHOULD and not to write a moral! 

http://youtu.be/p4qME64SkxM

 

 Wed 10/22
 10/20/14 Continue revision - 20+ minutes nightly   Daily in class    10/20/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Select 2-3 topics/subjects for the theme of your novel

 Tues 10/21
 10/15/14

20+ minutes of revision nightly on Wed and Thurs; 40 minutes total due Monday 10/2

Final draft due next week either Wed or Fri - stay tuned

 Mon 10/20    10/16/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Read theme packet by Monday

Theme journal due Thursday 10/23 - stay tuned for more information

Mon 10/20 for reading

Journal due Thurs 10/23

 10/8/14

20+ minutes writing on informational article; rough draft due in class on Friday

Rough draft rubric here

You can begin work on your works cited page; we will finish it in class on Wednesday 10/15

 Friday 10/10 end of class - rough draft of article due    10/9/14 See 10/7 below.  Continue to work on the six traits review worksheet - 2 questions per day.   Thursday 10/16
 10/7/14 20+ minutes writing on informational article  Daily in class     10/7/14

Complete six traits review worksheet using four stories:  "The Lottery," "Raymond's Run," "Charles," and "The Scholarship Jacket." 

If you complete 2 of the 18 questions each day, you will finish this assignment on time.

 Thursday 10/16 - so be thorough and come ask questions!
 10/6/14 20+ minutes writing on informational article  Daily in class    10/6/14 See below - word choice journal entry   Tues 10/7
 10/3/14

Write thesis statement and 3+ subtopics on index card

LA 2 informational essay notes

LA 4 informational essay notes

LA 5 informational essay notes

 In class Friday 10/3 or at the beginning of class on Monday 10/6        
 10/1/14 No homework for Friday!  Dream about thesis statements!       10/2/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a deliberate decision about WORD CHOICE made by the author in your novel.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops the word choice.  Include the effect this has on the text and your experience as a reader.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

 Tuesday 10/7
 9/29/14

Study for Spelling/Vocabulary Unit 1 Part 2 test

Finish notecards for mythological allusion unit:

10+ total cards

3+ sources (1 book, 1 internet, 1 your choice)

~3 different topics of information

Include information about existing allusions!

Test Wed 10/1

Index cards due Tues (LA 2) and Wed (LA 4 and 5)

   9/30/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a deliberate decision about ORGANIZATION made by the author in your novel.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops the organizational strategy.  Include the effect this has on the text and your experience as a reader.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

 Thursday 10/2 
 9/26/14

Spelling/Vocabulary Unit 1 Part 2 test - study!

These links are good for mythological research:

www.pantheon.org (just check the information on other sites too to verify)

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/collection?collection=Perseus:collection:Greco-Roman

www.theoi.com (just check the information on other sites too to verify)

www.loggia.com/myth/myth.html (just check the information on other sites too to verify)

www.pacifica.edu/lib/mythref.html

www.crsd.org/Page/38703 (this has links to a lot of other resources, so be sure to check their reliability and validity before using the information.  Check other sites/books to verify the information.)

www.mythencyclopedia.com (just check the information on other sites too to verify)

 

 These sites are good for modern uses of mythological information:

 Infoplease - mythological allusions

 Greek Mythology Today (this has links to a lot of other resources, so be sure to check their reliability and validity before using the information.  Check other sites/books to verify the information.)

Quizlet - mythological allusions (just check the information on other sites too to verify)

 

 

Test on Wednesday 10/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 9/24/14  Spelling/vocabulary unit 1 homework:  Complete the second column on the back.  For extra credit, add the parts of speech and use the words in sentences on the back.   Friday 9/26    9/23/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify the narrator's voice in your novel.  Explain at least two ways the author develops the narrator's voice.  2)  Give at least two examples or quotations that illustrate/show the author's development of the narrator's voice.  3) Explain whether you think the author did this well or not, specifically whether the development of the narrator's voice was effective and why.

Lit 1 Voice notes

Lit 3 Voice notes

 
 9/22/14  Spelling/Vocabulary Unit 1 Part 1 test - study!  Test Wednesday 9/24    9/22/14 See assignment from 9/18 below   Tuesday 9/23
 9/19/14

Spelling/Vocabulary Unit 1 Part 1 test - study!

Decide your topic for the mythological allusion research unit - write it with the reason on an index card

Test Wednesday 9/24

Index card due Monday 9/22

       
 9/17/14 Spelling/vocabulary unit 1 homework:  Complete the front of the page and the first column on the back.  For extra credit, add the parts of speech and use the words in sentences on the back.   Friday 9/19    9/18/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a specific scene/page/paragraph in your novel that has deliberate decisions by the author regarding fluency.  Then explain what you think those deliberate decisions are.  2)  Give at least two examples or quotations that illustrate/show the author's deliberate decisions regarding fluency.  3) Explain whether you think the author did this well or not, specifically whether the decision to make it fluent or not was effective and why.

Lit 3 Fluency Brainstorm

Lit 1 Fluency Brainstorm

 Tuesday 9/23
 9/17/14 Spelling Unit 1 HW  Friday 9/19     9/16/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a specific scene/page/paragraph in your novel that has deliberate decisions by the author regarding fluency.  Then explain what you think those deliberate decisions are.  2)  Give at least two examples or quotations that illustrate/show the author's deliberate decisions regarding fluency.  3) Explain whether you think the author did this well or not, specifically whether the decision to make it fluent or not was effective and why.

Lit 3 Fluency Brainstorm

Lit 1 Fluency Brainstorm

Thursday 9/18

 9/12/14 Extra credit allusions assignment   Wed 9/17    9/15/14

Journal due tomorrow - see 9/11 below

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

 

Squeaky character development chart due Tuesday

 

 Tues 9/16
 9/10/14 No homework! :)            

 

   9/11/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a character and trait determined by the author of your novel.  Then identify two ways that the author developed that character.  Use the 8 Ways to Develop Character list.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops that character's trait.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

 Tues 9/16
 9/8/14

Poem due at the beginning of the next class, Tues or Wed; turn in rubric, self-scored, final poem, all drafts, and answers to original questions

 

Poem due Tues 9/9 or Wed 9/10

Poster due Wed 9/10 during class

   9/9/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a character and trait determined by the author of your novel.  Then identify two ways that the author developed that character.  Use the 8 Ways to Develop Character list.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops that character's trait.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

 Thurs 9/11
 9/5/14  

Revise draft of poem 20+ minutes nightly - show evidence of revision! 

Try some of the revision suggestions we listed in class, including title and line breaks.

Bring magazines, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts for poster

Final, typed, revised poem due at the end of class on Monday 9/8

  

 

Poster decorations are due on Monday 9/8

   9/4/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a DIFFERENT deliberate decision made by an author in your novel.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops that deliberate decision.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

Deliberate decisions Lit 1

Deliberate decisions Lit 3

 Tuesday 9/9
 9/2/14

Revise draft of poem 20+ minutes nightly - show evidence of revision!  Try to add metaphors and specific details.

Bring magazines, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts for poster

Revisions due daily in class

Due end of this week/beginning of next week

   9/2/14  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a DIFFERENT deliberate decision made by an author in your novel.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops that deliberate decision.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

Deliberate decisions Lit 1

Deliberate decisions Lit 3

 Thursday 9/4
 8/29/14

Bring magazines, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts for poster

First draft of poem due in class (you will get 15-20 minutes to work on it) [original poem here]

Due next week

Draft due Tues 9-2/Wed 9-3

   8/28/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly (80 minutes total for Tuesday 9/2)

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Write 1 page journal entry including: 1) Identify a deliberate decision made by an author in your novel.  2) Give at least two examples that illustrate how that author develops that deliberate decision.  3)  Explain whether you think the author did this well or not and why.

Deliberate decisions Lit 1

Deliberate decisions Lit 3

 Journal entry due Tuesday 9/2

 8/27/14

Bring magazines, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts for poster           

 

 

 Next week   8/27/14

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel and journal to class daily

Prepare extra credit book talk for tomorrow

1 page journal entry

 

  Book talk due Thurs 8/28

Journal due Tues 9/2