Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blocks 1, 2, 3, 5: Today in class you had time to complete the group story that you started yesterday in class. Your graphic organizers should have included the five steps in active reading: predicting, questioning, clarifying, summarizing, and visualizing.

HW 1, 2, 3, 5: None

Block 4: Today in class we read and discussed chapter 3 in our novel. Tomorrow you will answer the questions for the chapter with text evidence.

HW 4: Vocabulary test over the first set of words next Tuesday, 9.5.17

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Blocks 1, 2, 3, 5: Today in class we reviewed prefixes/suffixes/roots and checked our worksheet together. You should have made any corrections on your sheet that were needed since this is one of the resources you will use tomorrow on the quiz. Afterward, we reviewed denotation/connotation, literal/figurative, synonyms, and antonyms. You will need your notes pages with you in class tomorrow for the quiz as well.

HW 1, 2, 3, 5: Read over your notes. Bring them with you to class tomorrow for the quiz. Here is the link to the video we watched in class today (I hope it works!)


Block 4: Today in class we discussed direct and indirect characterization. Then we started reading chapter 1 of our novel (yay, finally!)

HW 4: None

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blocks 1, 2, 3, 5: Today in class we discussed roots, prefixes, and suffixes. You worked on a class assignment looking for prefixes/roots/suffixes. if you did not finish this in class today, you will have time tomorrow before we go over it.

HW 1, 2, 3, 5: None

Block 4: Today in class we discussed connotation and denotation and how author word choice can make a reader feel positive/negative about a subject. Then you had time to work on your definitions.

HW 4: None


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blocks 1, 2, 3, 5: Today in class we discussed connotation, denotation, literal, figurative, synomyms, antonyms. You took notes on your graphic organizer and then used the notes to help you complete a practice sheet determining positive/negative connotation and looking for figurative language.

HW 1, 2, 3, 5: None

Block 4: Today in class we discussed Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games. We looked at her biographical sketch on her website and then you saw two short video clips of an interview with her. She explained in the videos where she got her inspiration for writing the book. Afterward, you wrote a summary of what you had learned about her from the notes you took during the discussion and video clips. This should have been turned in today. Then you started working on the definitions for the first set of vocabulary words from the novel.

HW 4: None, unless you need to finish your summary

Monday, August 21, 2017


Blocks 1, 2, 3: Today in class you listened to two folk tales (one from England and one from Africa) about eclipses. As you listened, you visualized (drew) what you “saw” as you heard the story.

HW 1, 2, 3: None

Block 4: Today in class you watched the NASA feed of the eclipse as it progressed from Oregon through Wyoming.

HW 4: None

Block 5: Today in class we went to the auditorium to watch the live feed of the eclipse from Kennesaw Mountain High School.

HW 5: None

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

To all my classes: I miss you all! Please continue to be the amazing students I’ve already discovered that you are for my sub.

This week all classes are continuing their study of time management and setting goals. Yesterday you should have finished all your presentations about study strategies for the classes to take notes. Today you should have discussed and analyzed your time that you recorded. Tomorrow you will take notes on goal setting and then will devise a goal for yourself. We have a test scheduled for Friday, but I’m thinking we will reschedule that for a later date. I want to make sure we review everything you need before we take the test.

HW all blocks: None –