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 Language Arts 2, 4, & 5        Literature 1 & 3    
             
 Date Assigned  Assignment  Date Due    Date Assigned  Assignment Date Due 
             
 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