Mood and “The Lottery”

Good afternoon! An update on what students have been learning this week:

We have reviewed mood and completed a warm-up on it, which you can download here: mood side 1-1ohmmzu

mood side 2-15smrem

We have also finished reading “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. This is a great short story to use when discussing mood. Students need to have their questions finished by the end of class tomorrow. They worked on them today and I will give them time tomorrow. Here is the story and the questions: TheLotteryShortStoryandToneMoodForeshadowIronyQuestions-1uey0ze

I wish I had time to show this short film in class, but we may not get to it. If you would like to view the film from 1969, here it is

Welcome Back–Updates!

I hope everyone had a restful winter break. We’ve gotten through the first week back and I want to share this presentation I gave students on the first day back: GradesExpectations-257r9yw

Important Announcements:
-Reading Counts is now 15% of student’s grade and Warm-ups are 10%. Formative is still 45% and Summative is 30%
-Report Cards were handed out today. Those on the A/B honor roll need to return order forms by January 22nd if they would like a catered lunch (subway or Chikfila).

This week students learned about Author’s Purpose and used the acronym P.I.E. (Persuade, Inform, Entertain). Today they were given a quiz on it.

ALL CLASS PERIODS: Here are the assignments we did this week–
Narrative Non-Fiction: narrative non 1-1swnpmp

narrative non 2-29nqrx2

Author’s Purpose Worksheet: Author’s Purpose-2bbcs5j

Author’s Purpose Activity: authors-purpose-worksheet-1rhyoyf

AC Periods 1st & 3rd: Finish Dead Sea article questions Dead Sea Questions-ynzmx5

Dead Sea Article: The Dead Sea

Unit 3 Non-Fiction

Today we began on Unit 3, which is about Non-fiction. We did a general overview of the types of Non-Fiction texts and will begin reading one tomorrow. Overall, students did well on the Unit 2 Test. I added extra points to every test because there was one question I decided to throw out. Please check Synergy for grades. Also, remember that next Tuesday is the last Reading Counts for this quarter!!!

Here are the types of non-fiction worksheet: IdentifyingNonfiction-uobt2n

Advertisement Project

We are working on persuasive techniques this week and tomorrow students’ advertising project is due! They have the option to work in small groups or individually, but ALL students must turn in the planning sheet attached:

Advertisement Project-16ug5me

Students can make a poster or brochure, but must include THREE persuasive techniques and THREE selling points (specific details about the product or service). The rubric is attached to planning sheet.

Persuasive Techniques to choose from:

-Bandwagon, Testimonial (PlainFolk), Celebrity, Emotional appeal, Logic (Facts/Statistics), Humor, etc.

Born Worker Quiz Friday

Good morning! Yesterday we continued reading the short story, “Born Worker” by Gary Soto. Students have been completing reading questions as we have listened to audio of the text. On Friday, students will take a quiz on the story. It will include recall questions about the story and questions about characterization. It shouldn’t be too difficult as we’ve discussed and answered questions while reading, BUT if students were absent and missed days we read, PLEASE LOOK OVER THE TEXT! (And answer the questions).

Here is a copy of the text: Born Worker

Here is a link to audio recording: audio

On-level (2nd, 4th, 5th) need to finish writing vocab sentences for the vocab in the story and ALL classes worked on guided reading questions.

Attached here: Born Worker Worksheet-2-4-1ksl85d

Inferences and Characterization

We worked on Inferences earlier this week. I have attached the worksheet that was due yesterday.

Periods 1 and 3 did Inferences 3 worksheet
Periods 2, 4, and 5 did Inferences 1 worksheet



When making an inference, know that there is a logical guess based on the evidence. Support your inferences with text evidence!

We’ve been working on characterization yesterday and today. I’ve also attached the worksheet we did today that needed to be completed:


Remember the difference between direct and indirect characterization!

Direct: The writer makes direct statements about a character’s personality and tells what the character is like.
For example: Ms. Bowden is a friendly and helpful teacher. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

Indirect: the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through:
-The character’s Speech
-The character’s Thoughts
-The character’s Actions
-How other characters React or Respond to them: what they say or think about them