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 Language Arts 2, 4, & 5        Literature 1 & 3    
             
 Date Assigned  Assignment  Date Due    Date Assigned  Assignment Date Due 
             
 11/24/14

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

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