Mansfield Middle School
Mrs. Marcus
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 Language Arts 4 & 5        Literature 1, 2 & 3    
             
 Date Assigned  Assignment  Date Due    Date Assigned  Assignment Date Due 
             
 2/3/16

Celebration Friday - bring items for which you signed up

Complete definitions for words #10-20 in spelling unit 3 list

Date changed - W 2/10

 

Date changed - W 2/10

       
 2/1/16 Spelling Unit 3 Test 1 - roots, homophones, words #1-9  Wed 2/3    2/4/16

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Organization Journal due - make a connection to Twain's organizational strategies in Tom Sawyer

 Date changed - now due Th 2/11 or F 2/12
 1/27/16

Please define the first nine words on the back of the page for Unit 3 Spelling.  Also, write sentences for the six homophones on the front of the page.

Completed in-class midterm due

 Mon 2/1

 

 

Fri 1/29

   1/28 or 1/29/16

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Conventions Journal #2 due

 Date changed - now due Th 2/4 or F 2/5
 1/25/16

 Third quarter begins! :)

Please complete the roots and alphabetizing on the front of the worksheet for Spelling Unit 3

 Wed 1/27    1/25/16

Third quarter begins! :) 

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Conventions journal due - use same format as before with same rubric

 Thurs 1/28 (1 or 3) or Fri 1/29 (2)
 1/20/16

Late CWP entries due - partial credit

Website validity and 2 sources due in Google Classroom

 All by Friday 1/22, beginning of class    1/20/16  

 Read 20+ minutes nightly

Review grades in Portal and assignments in Google Classroom; revise assignments for better grades.  Make sure to identify changes and email Mrs. Marcus to notify her which assignments to grade.

 Lit 1, 3 - Thursday 1/21

Lit 2 - Friday 1/22

 1/15/16

Quiz on last three roots and #11-25 on unit 2 list

CWP entry and form due

Website validity and 2 sources due in Google Classroom

 Wed 1/20

 

Wed 1/20

 

Fri 1/22

       
 1/13/16

Selection for Person of the Year midterm due in writing.  Available in Google Classroom.

Finish #11-25 on unit 2 list; study!!! 

Complete contest entrance form for CWP; print or email your typed entry to Mrs. Marcus.  Link to entry form is above this table if you lose yours.

Due Fri 1/15 

Quiz Wed 1/20

Contest form/entry due Wed 1/20

   1/14/16

 Read 20+ minutes nightly

Review grades in Portal and assignments in Google Classroom; revise assignments for better grades.  Make sure to identify changes and email Mrs. Marcus to notify her which assignments to grade.

 Grades close next Thursday 1/21
 1/8/16 Study roots #1-3 and words #1-10 in Spelling/Vocabulary unit 2 for 30 minutes 

 Mon 1/11

Quiz will be Wed 1/13

 

 1/7/16

1/8/16

Write choice journal entry in Google Classroom - two examples   Date changed! Th/1/14 or Fri 1/15
 1/6/16 Brainstorm a list of people to use for our Person of the Year midterm (5+)   Friday 1/8    1/5/16 Write choice journal entry in Google Classroom - only use one example.   Th 1/7 or Fri 1/8
 1/4/16 Editing checklist given out in class and also put on Google Classroom - edit 20 minutes nightly and be ready to turn in at the end of class on Wed 1/6   Wed 1/6 end of class    1/4/16 Choose 4 topics to mark examples in your book with 4 sticky notes; bring book and sticky notes to class   Tues 1/5 beginning of class
 12/23/15

Be prepared to edit story when we return; you will turn it in after vacation! 

Revision checklist is available on Google Classroom.  Please use it to revise before you return on 1/4.

 Final story due Wed 1/6    12/22/15 READ at least one book during vacation.  Be prepared to write about it when you return!   Mon 1/4
 12/18/15

Revise 20+ minutes nightly

Answer question about fiction rubric in Google Classroom

 Story due Wed for revisions

Question due Monday

   12/17/15  Complete a choice journal entry in Google Classroom.  Make sure it is on a different topic than you did last time.   Tuesday 12/22
 12/14/15

Write three leads in Google Classroom

Revise story if you have extra time - use suggestions on checklist

 Wed 12/16    12/14/16

Essay on "Jumping Frog" due Tuesday 8AM

Complete a choice journal entry in Google Classroom by Thursday.  Make sure it is on a different topic than you did last time.   Also, make a connection to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

 Essay due Tues 8AM 

Choice Journal due Thurs 12/17

 12/7/15

Finish character sketch

Revise story 20+ minutes nightly

 Tues 12/8

Nightly - TBA

       
 12/3/15 Complete character builder worksheet   Mon 12/7    12/3/15 Read Twain's short story, "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"   Mon 12/7 for 2 or Tues 12/8 for 1 and 3
 11/30/15

Finish draft of fiction story - be ready to revise on Thursday in class

Complete, revise and submit object narrative in Google Classroom

 Thursday 12/3

 Friday 12/4

   11/30/15 Complete a choice journal entry in Google Classroom by Thursday.  Make sure it is on a different topic than you did last time.   Thursday 12/3
 11/20/15 Continue drafting and planning your story.  Draft deadline to be announced after Thanksgiving vacation.       11/19/15

Read!

Response to Warriors Don't Cry performance in Google Classroom

Return permission slip and ten dollars to homeroom teacher for Mark Twain House field trip 12/9

 Response and permission slips due Tuesday 11/24
 11/16/15

 Study spelling, definitions, parts of speech, and use in sentences for unit 1, words #11-25 

Plan/draft fiction story for 40 minutes

 Quiz Friday 11/20

40 minutes due Friday 11/20

   11/16/15  

Finish Google Slides if assigned by Ms. Harrington

Review notes on Twain for Quiz

 

DUE DATE CHANGED: 

Slides/quiz on Thursday 11/19 (1,3) and Friday 11/20 (2)

 11/13/15 Study spelling, definitions, parts of speech, and use in sentences for unit 1, words #11-25   Quiz Friday 11/20    11/12/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Finish Google Slides if assigned by Ms. Harrington

Review notes on Twain for Quiz

DUE DATE CHANGED: 

Slides/quiz on Thursday 11/19 (1,3) and Friday 11/20 (2)

 11/9/15

Study spelling, definitions, parts of speech, and use in sentences for unit 1, words #1-10

Bring literature homework novel to LA on Friday 11/13

 Quiz Friday 11/13

Novel due Fri 11/13

   11/10/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Choice journal entry - select topic/lens and write entry in Google Classroom.  Use same rubric and outlines.

 Entry to Thurs 11/12 for 1 & 3 and Fri 11/13 for 2
 11/6/15
     11/5/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Final theme essay due in Google Classroom 

EXTRA CREDIT - Go see Midsummer Jersey at EO Smith this weekend.  Write a 1-2 paragraph review in Google Classroom.  Due next week.

Essay due Tuesday 11/10 
 11/4/15 Continue revising and editing - use the links and suggestions in Google Classroom   Final due Friday 11/6 end of class    11/3/15 Finish rough draft of theme essay in Google Classroom - 20+ minutes nightly   Draft due at beginning of class Thursday (1,3,) or Friday (2)
 11/2/15

  Revise draft and works cited page for 20+ minutes nightly in Google Classroom. Make sure you are using the right assignment. 

Focus on eliminating wordiness and correcting your in-text citations and Works Cited page.

 40 minutes of revision due Wed 11/4    11/2/15  Complete theme triangle chart for your novel - use book that you've finished and may use for a theme essay.  Document is also in Google Classroom.  Tues 11/3
 10/30/15  Revise draft and works cited page for 20+ minutes nightly in Google Classroom. Make sure you are using the right assignment.   40 minutes due Monday 11/2    10/29/15  Complete character charts for theme in theme packet or on Google Classroom for two of the characters in Remember the Titans  Mon 11/2
 10/28/15 Revise draft and works cited page nightly in Google Classroom.  Make sure you are using the right assignment.   Daily in class - no deadline yet    10/27/15 Complete character chart for theme either in paper packet or on Google Classroom 

Thursday 10/29 (Lit 1 and 3) 

Friday 10/30 (Lit 2)

 10/26/15  Continue writing rough draft and works cited page draft 20+ minutes nightly - be sure to turn it in before class  Beginning of class on Wed 10/28    10/26/15 See 10/22 below - be sure to put the entry in Google Classroom  Tues 10/27
 10/23/15 Continue writing rough draft and works cited page draft 20+ minutes nightly   Beginning of class on Wed 10/28    10/22/15

Journal entry on setting or conflict (whichever one you didn't do yet) due next week

Read 20+ minutes nightly

 Tues 10/27
 10/21/15 Continue writing rough draft 20+ minutes nightly Daily in class

Outlines for setting and conflict development journals are here
 10/20/15

Finish introduction 

Start rough draft of body paragraphs of essay; write 20+ minutes nightly

 Daily in class this week    10/20/15

Finish "Scholarship Jacket" worksheet

Complete 1 (NOT 2) journal entry on either setting or conflict development - your choice.  The other will be due next week.

 WS due Wed 10/21

Journal entry due Th (1, 3) or F (2)

 10/19/15

Start introduction in Google Classroom

Video here with suggestions for lead/hooks

     10/19/15 Start one journal entry in Google classroom as listed below   
 10/14/15 Write outline for informational research essay in Google Classroom.   Mon 10/19    10/14/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Skip reading on two nights to complete two journal entries IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM.  If you haven't joined the class yet, please do so.  The codes are linked above and will download when you click on them.

One entry is on setting development, and the other entry is on conflict development.  More information is in Google Classroom.

 Lit 2 - Friday 10/23

Lit 1 and 3 - Thursday 10/22

 10/9/15 Write thesis statement for informational research project.  Wed 10/14        
 10/7/15 Three sources and ten note cards will be due during class on Friday 10/9       10/8/15  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Skip 2 nights of reading and complete your worksheet instead on text structure/organization.  You started this in class last week, and you need to use four stories that you should bring home:  "The Lottery," "Raymond's Run," "Charles," and "On the Bridge."  Students are completing ten of the twenty questions: #1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and then #4-5 for "Charles."

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

 Lit 2 - Wed 10/14; Lit 1 an 3 - Thurs 10/15
 10/5/15 Three sources and five note cards will be due at the end of class on Wednesday 10/7       10/6/15 Read!  No journal due.   
 10/2/15

No homework!

You may begin note-taking on your selected topic, but it is not required.

     10/2/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Skip 1 night of reading and complete your journal instead on text structure/organization.  Use two of the examples from your last homework (organization chart) to write the entry.  It should have the same format:  craft/effect, 2 examples with connection to craft/effect, evaluation, presentation and preparation.  You may use the fluency outline below (9/24) and just change it to organization; the outline is still the same format.

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

 Tues 10/6
 9/30/15 Complete column for source #1 on your Evaluating Resources worksheet in your informational writing packet.  Remember the resource validity/reliability lesson we did in class (thedogisland.com and save the pacific northwest tree octopus!).  No wikipedia!  You can use eosmith.org   Friday 10/2    9/29/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Make list/chart of organizational strategieswith examples from your homework novel - use your pink packet!

 Thursday 10/1
 9/25/15 Choose the topic you'd like to research for our informational writing unit on future allusions.  Explain why on your index card.   Monday 9/28    9/24/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Skip 1 night of reading and complete your journal instead on text structure/sentence fluency

Today's fluency notes:  Lit 1      Lit 3

Sample chart and fluency journal entry is here

Sample fluency journal entry is here

 Tuesday 9/29
 9/21/15 We are starting our informational writing unit and allusions!  Complete the allusions blog assignment.  You must identify the reference/source and meaning for five allusions to get full credit, and you may do more to earn extra credit.  Identify which ones you know(K), looked up using the internet (I), or had to ask someone (A).   Friday 9/25    9/21/15  See 9/17 below  Tues 9/22
9/16/15

Your poems are done!  They should be turned in through Google Classroom for a completion grade.

Work on your revision log for 20+ minutes nightly.  You'll have to unsubmit your poem in order to use your revision history.

Make sure you have materials in class on Friday to put on your poster.

Revision log and poster due at the end of class on Friday 9/18
9/17/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

Your next journal entry will again focus on Character Development.  You can write a new entry or revise the one due today.  See me with any questions.

 Character development journal entry should include:  author's craft and effect, 2 strategies for character development plus two examples, and a complete evaluation of the author's development of the character.  Sample outline here.  Eight Ways to Reveal Character worksheethere for reference to the eight ways.  Worksheet is not to be done for homework.


Tuesday 9/22
 9/15/15 Same as below - we will spend all our class time on Wednesday finishing the revision of our poems, editing our poems, completing our revision logs and starting work on our posters.         9/15/15  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

Your next journal entry will focus on Character Development and be due on Thursday 9/17 or Friday 9/18

 Character development journal entry should include:  author's craft and effect, 2 strategies for character development plus two examples, and a complete evaluation of the author's development of the character.  Sample outline here.  Eight Ways to Reveal Character worksheet here for reference to the eight ways.  Worksheet is not to be done for homework.

 Journal entry due Thurs 9/17 for Lit 1 and 3; Friday 9/18 for Lit 2
 9/14/15 Same as 9/11 below       9/14/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

Your next journal entry will focus on Character Development and be due on Thursday 9/17 or Friday 9/18

 
 9/11/15

Revise poem 20+ minutes nightly; you should spend some time making suggestions and comments on your partner's poem as well.

Bring decorations for your poster.

Final poem due next week

Final poster and revision log due next week

Daily next week

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 9/16

 

Friday 9/18

   9/10/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Revise/fix/redo your language use/word choice journal due this week.  The new grade will replace the old one.  Find a model of a journal entry here as well as a student sample here.  Remember to use the bookmarks and packet given to you in class as a guideline.  Notes below for 9/8 still apply.

 Monday 9/14
 9/9/15

Revise poem 20+ minutes nightly; Mrs. Marcus will check the revision history in your Google Classroom document

Bring decorations for poster

 Daily - Fri 9/11 and next week    9/8/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Write journal entry (one page) about language use/word choice.  Use the bookmarks and packet given to you in class as a guideline.  Find packet here.  An assignment has also been created in Google Classroom if you'd prefer to complete it online.

Bring novel, binder, and journal entry to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

Lit 1, 3 - Thurs 9/10

Lit 2 - Fri 9/11

 9/4/15

Revise poem 20+ minutes nightly

Use shared Google doc to comment with Mrs. Marcus

Bring decorations for poster

Daily next week - Wed and Fri     9/3/15

Complete brief write about "good literature" and "The Lottery"

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

Tuesday 9/8

   Join Google Classroom!      9/1/15  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal to class daily

Join Google Classroom!

 Daily
 8/31/15 Work on draft/start writing poem 20+ minutes nightly   Progress checked Wednesday    8/31/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal to class daily

Bring novel to use for pre-assessment journal tomorrow

 Tues 9/1
 8/28/15

Continue working on brainstorm/draft for poem - 20+ minutes nightly

Brainstorm questions are here

 Progress checked Monday 8/31    8/27/15 and 8/28/15  

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal to class daily

Think about deliberate decision made by author for Monday's assignment

Deliberate Decisions Lit 1

Deliberate Decisions Lit 3

Deliberate Decisions Lit 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 8/26/15

Bring possession/artifact for class on Friday connected to your self-identity brainstorm                       

 

 

 Friday 8/28   8/26/15 and 8/27/15

Read 20+ minutes nightly

Bring novel, binder, and journal to class daily

 

 

Daily