Brit Lit Plans

9th Literature Plans

January 23-27

​Planning your week:
***Parents, please grant permission for an Office 365 account if you have not done so; instructional videos and information are under the Classroom Materials heading on this blog.***
Thursday, January 26—“I Aspire to Be Me” due
Friday, January 27—First literary letter due

Monday, January 23 

LG: Write an argument using reasons and evidence. Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary. Demonstrate command of conventions through grammar practice.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSEW1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Caught Ya—editing
  2. Poem of the Day
  3. Introduce “CEI” format: claim, evidence, and interpretation. View CEI PowerPoint presentation and complete guided notes.
  4. Begin filling in graphic organizer of “I Aspire to Be Me.” Brainstorm personal strengths and character traits. Relate to the top three results from the survey. Due Friday, January 27.
  5. Reading Workshop

Homework: Finish graphic organizer for “I Aspire to Be Me” essay. Read 20 minutes of book.

Tuesday, January 24
LG: Write an argument using reasons and evidence.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSEW1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Caught Ya—transitions
  2. Introduce TPFASSTT
  3. Poem of the Day–title
  4. Annotate sample essay for CEI
  5. Writing workshop—gathering evidence
  6. Reading Workshop

Homework: Read 20 minutes of book.

Wednesday, January 25
LG: Write an argument using reasons and evidence. Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary. Demonstrate command of conventions through grammar practice.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSEW1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Caught Ya—word choice
  2. Poem of the Day–paraphrase
  3. Annotate body paragraphs in sample essay for CEI
  4. Writing Workshop—interpreting the evidence
  5. Reading Workshop

Homework: Read 20 minutes. Finish “I Aspire to Be Me” draft.

Thursday, January 26
LG: Respond to art as an inspiration for writing using figurative language and nuances in meaning. Make and support a claim that demonstrates understanding of figurative language and meaning. ELAGSE9-10L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  1. Caught Ya
  2. Poem of the Day—Figurative language
  3. Writing Workshop—peer revision of “I Aspire to Be Me”
  4. Introduce Literary Letters (assignment related to book students chose to read)
  5. Reading Workshop

Homework: Read 20 minutes.

Friday, January 27
LG: Write an argument using reasons and evidence. Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary. Demonstrate command of conventions through grammar practice.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSEW1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Caught Ya—final draft
  2. Poem of the Day—attitude/tone
  3. Typing final copy of “I Aspire to Be Me”
  4. Write a literary letter
  5. Reading Workshop

Homework: Read 40 minutes.

Brit Lit Schedule

9th Lit Plan through 1-20-17

Welcome! Take a look at what we are doing in class:

Thursday, 1/5  We will go over the syllabus, classroom expecations and procedures.

Friday, 1/6  LG: Learn how to be successful in this class. Reflect on personal qualities and characteristics that will guide study habits.  ELAGSE-R17: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively.

  1. Gather signed syllabi.  Receipt payments for vocab books.
  2. What do good writer’s do? Writing Expectations–partner work
  3. Mini-lesson: The Rule of So What?
  4. Letter to Self writing sample

9th Lit & Comp
January 11-13, 2016    

Planning Your Week:
By Friday – Gather the rest of listed supplies from syllabus. Return signed syllabus.  Bring $10 for vocabulary book.
Friday, 1/13 – Letter to Self due

Wednesday, January 11
LG: Learn how to be successful in this class. Reflect on personal qualities and characteristics that will guide study habits. ELAGSER17: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively.  ELAGSE9-10L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Use a colon to introduce a list or quotation.

  1. Gather signed syllabi. Receipt payments for vocab books.
  2. Caught Ya–colons

3.   What do readers do?
4.   Booktalk The 13 Clocks
5.   Look at YALSA website and Peach Award booklists
6.   Reading survey/reading territories

Homework: Work on “Letter to Self” assignment. Compile the rest of required materials for class (see “Mrs. Hood’s Supply List” under the Classroom Materials heading above).

Thursday, January 12
LG: Learn how to be successful in this class. Reflect on personal qualities and characteristics that will guide study habits. ELAGSER17: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively. ELAGSE9-10RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.)
1.  Gather signed syllabi. Collect vocab book money ($10).
2.  Caught Ya—word choice/diction
3.  Lab 516—SRI
4.  Booklist ideas

Homework: Finish “Letter to Self” essay. Compile the rest of required materials for class (see “Mrs. Hood’s Supply List” under the Classroom Materials heading above).

Friday, January 13
LG: Learn how to be successful in this class. Reflect on personal qualities and characteristics that will guide study habits. ELAGSER17: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively.

  1. Caught Ya—final draft
  2. Gather signed syllabi. Collect vocab books money ($10).
  3. Media Center Orientation and Scavenger Hunt
  4. Find a book

Homework: Read 30-40 pages of the book chosen in the media center before Tuesday.


January 16-20, 2016

***Parents, please note that homework assignments include reading from a book that each student chose from the library. Students will be expected to complete analysis assignments associated with their chosen text in the coming weeks. 

Planning Your Week:
Each night–read at least 20 minutes from book
Tuesday—Have your dividers ready to label.
Mini-me due.
​                  Bring in song lyrics.

Monday, January 16

NO SCHOOL- MLK Holiday

Tuesday, January 17

LG: Make and support a claim that demonstrates understanding of figurative language and meaning.  ELAGSE9-10L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  1. Caught Ya—edit (Mon) and categorize errors (Tues)
  2. Organize literature binder (Bring in your dividers, so that you can label them.)
  3. Read Billy Collins’ “Introduction on Poetry.” Introduce CEI.
  4. Go over metacognitive markers. Annotate song lyrics.
  5. Mention Poetry Out Loud (POL) Contest held school-wide, Tuesday, Jan. 24, to students who are interested. Everyone will be assigned a condensed version of the POL contest during tomorrow’s class period. Watch POL samples.
  6. Lexile.com
  7. Reading Workshop

HOMEWORK: Read novel for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, January 18
LG:  Respond to art as an inspiration for writing using figurative language and nuances in meaning.  Make and support a claim that demonstrates understanding of figurative language and meaning.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSE9-10L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  1. Visit bookroom if called.
  2. Caught Ya—grammar focus; annotate an Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cummings poems
  3. Character Strengths Survey
  4. Pick out “Poetry Out Loud” poem from database
  5. Reading Workshop

HOMEWORK: Find a poem on POL website. Start memorizing your poem. Read novel for 20 minutes.

Thursday, January 19
LG:  Respond to art as an inspiration for writing using figurative language and nuances in meaning.  Make and support a claim that demonstrates understanding of figurative language and meaning.  ELGSEL9-10 W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. ELAGSE9-10L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  1. Visit bookroom if called
  2. Caught Ya—word choice/diction; listen to a song and its remix and discuss the changes and how it affects the song; change tone of Caught Ya by changing word choice
  3. Watch POL sample for word choice.
  4. Introduce PORTFOLIO long-term assignment (due April 28th).
  5. Introduce “I Aspire to Be Me” essay (Due Wednesday, Jan 25)
  6. Annotate sample essay.
  7. Reading workshop.

HOMEWORK: Read novel for 20 minutes. Continue working on POL Assignment. Essay due next Wednesday.

Friday, January 20
LG: Write an argument using reasons and evidence.  ELAGSEW1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Last call–Gather signed syllabi. Receipt payments for vocab books.
  2. Caught Ya–final draft
  3. Booktalk–Rocket Boys​ by Homer Hickam
  4. PSAT Score Report Review Day:
    1. Read Does the PSAT Really Matter? Then, complete Journal #2: According to Dan Edmonds, author of Does the PSAT Really Matter, what is the main claim about the importance of the PSAT? What textual evidence does Edmonds provide to support his claim about the significance, or lack of significance, of this test?
    2. Go over scores.
    3. Navigate students through Khan Academy, USATestPrep, and College Board sites.

3.  Writing Workshop—“I Aspire to Be Me” essay
4.  Reading Workshop
HOMEWORK: Read novel for at least 40 minutes over the weekend. Continue working on POL assignment. Essay due next Wednesday.

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