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Friday, February 16, 2018

February16

All Periods Announcement:

  1. Current progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.
  2. Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.
  • Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.
  • Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.

Where: Walton Theater

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name:

Last name A-L, 6pm

Last name M-Z, 7pm

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we continued reading and annotating Part 3 “Burning Bright” in Fahrenheit 451. We read pages 119-130 – stop at the quote “He ran very fast away from the house, down toward the river.”

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 3 “Burning Bright” – Vocabulary Quiz – Tuesday, February 27th. NO homework assignment will be turned in for this quiz. It is up to you to study the words!

Fahrenheit 451 – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students took their Chapters 11-23 Vocabulary quiz from The Giver. The students completed and discussed a Chapters 18 & 19 Response assignment. In addition, we discussed an analyzed Chapter 21 together.

Announcement:

The Giver – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd. The students received the study guide today. The study guide will be due on Friday, March 2nd.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

February15

All Periods Announcement:

  1. Current progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.
  2. Spring Picture Day is Friday, February 16th. Students received order forms last week. Pay must be made directly to the photographer at the time your child’s picture is taken. Thank you in advance for supporting Dickerson’s Spring Picture Day!
  3. Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.
  • Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.
  • Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.

Where: Walton Theater

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name:

Last name A-L, 6pm

Last name M-Z, 7pm

 

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we began reading and annotating Part 3 “Burning Bright” in Fahrenheit 451.

1st Period – stop on page 119 at the quote – “…they shrieked along the boulevards or as suddenly, leapt back into the air, continuing their search.”

2nd Period – stop on page 116 at the quote – “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, oh God, sorry…”

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 3 “Burning Bright” – Vocabulary Quiz – Tuesday, February 27th. NO homework assignment will be turned in for this quiz. It is up to you to study the words!

Fahrenheit 451 – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students took a learning check on Chapters 18 & 19 in The Giver. In addition, the students read and annotated Chapter 21.

Homework:

The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Announcement:

The Giver – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd. The students received the study guide today. The study guide will be due on Friday, March 2nd.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February14

All Periods Announcement:

  1. Current progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.
  2. Spring Picture Day is Friday, February 16th. Students received order forms last week. Pay must be made directly to the photographer at the time your child’s picture is taken. Thank you in advance for supporting Dickerson’s Spring Picture Day!
  3. Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.
  • Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.
  • Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.

Where: Walton Theater

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2 Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name:

Last name A-L, 6pm

Last name M-Z, 7pm

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students finished a writing assignment using Inner Dialogue, a skill that students are asked to use when writing a narrative piece. The students wrote an inner dialogue piece that focuses on Mildred’s reaction at the start of Part 3 – “Burning Bright.”

Announcements:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 – Part 3 “Burning Bright” – Vocabulary Quiz – Tuesday, February 27th. NO homework assignment will be turned in for this quiz. It is up to you to study the words!
  1. Fahrenheit 451 – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students reviewed how the choice of a word can change the connotation that creates feelings within a reader. In addition, the students read and annotated Chapter 20.

Announcement:

  1. The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th
  1. The Giver – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd. The students received the study guide today. The study guide will be due on Friday, March 2nd.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February13

All Periods Announcements:

  1. Current  progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.
  2. Spring Picture Day is Friday, February 16th. Students received order forms last week. Pay must be made directly to the photographer at the time your child’s picture is taken. Thank you in advance for supporting Dickerson’s Spring Picture Day!
  3. Parents/Guardians of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School’s Rising 9th Grade Information Night on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In order to make the best use of time and to provide the most informative, curriculum based presentation, we are hosting two identical presentations that evening.
  • Parents of students with last name A-L will meet in the Walton Theater at 6pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center, where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 6:45-7:30pm.
  • Parents of students with last name M-Z will meet in the Walton Theater at 7pm. After the curriculum presentation, these parents will have the option of going to the Information Center where Walton’s academic department chairs and counselors will be available for questions from 7:45-8:30pm.
  • Where: Walton Theater – When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Identical Parent/Guardian Sessions by last name: Last name A-L, 6pm –  Last name M-Z, 7pm

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students took the test for Part 2 – “The Sieve and the Sand” of Fahrenheit 451 (text and vocabulary).

In addition, the students began a writing assignment using Inner Dialogue, a skill that students are asked to use when writing a narrative piece. The students are writing an inner dialogue piece that focuses on Mildred’s reaction at the start of Part 3 – “Burning Bright.” We will continue this assignment in class tomorrow.

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students discussed the role that love plays in the novel The Giver. In addition, students read and annotated Chapters 18 & 19.

Homework: Complete the Philosophical Chairs Discussion Make-up assignment if you were absent in class yesterday.

Announcements:

The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

 

The Giver – Final Test – Friday, March 2nd. The students received the study guide today. The study guide will be due on Friday, March 2nd.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

February12

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9. 

 

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we began a writing assignment using Inner Dialogue, a skill that students are asked to use when writing a narrative piece. We learned about techniques for writing Inner Dialogue, and read an excerpt from The Pony Express where the students worked in groups to create an inner dialogue piece that fulfilled a writing prompt.

Homework:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students participated in a Philosophical Chairs Discussion during class where they were given a statement reflecting an opinion of the novel or an opinion of ideals in the dystopian society in the novel. The students chose to agree, disagree, or sit in a neutral zone of thought.

Homework: Complete the Philosophical Chairs Discussion Reflection page. Remember, that everything is written in complete sentences with adequate explanation of ideas.

Announcement: received The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

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Thursday, February 8 & Friday, February 9, 2018

February9

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Thursday, February 9, 2018

Fahrenheit 451 Assignments:

  1. Read Pages 102-110 – until the end of Part 2 and Annotate the text. Be ready to discuss tomorrow. Mark quotes and sections that you would like to discuss.
  2. Part 2 – “The Sieve & the Sand” – Discussion Questions
  3. Part 2 – Test – Tuesday, February 13th – Test Guide – Analysis Questions

Add to the Character Chart – Use your Direct & Indirect Characterization (S.T.E.A.L.) Keeper.

 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Today, we continued to discuss the events in Part 2 – The Sieve and the Sand. The students completed a summary of the pages they read in class yesterday on a piece of paper and turned it in for a grade. In addition, we discussed and analyzed the events at the end of Part 2. In addition. we added characteristics to our class charts of how our main character, Guy Montag, fulfills the role of an anti-hero in the novel.

Finally, the students completed a Character Comparison Chart of Montag vs. Beatty.

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Thursday, February 9, 2018

  1. Learning Check – Chapters 15-17 – Open Book
  2. Chapters 15 & 16 Response Assignments
  3. Short Constructed Response “Course of Action”
  4. Vocabulary Practice – “Assuage” & “Obsolete

 

Friday, February 9, 2018 

The students discussed and shared their answers to the Chapter 15 & 16 Response Assignments from yesterday. In addition, we discussed student annotations for Chapters 16 & 17. Finally, the students were given an overview of the activity we will complete in class Monday – Philosophical Chairs.

 

Announcement:

The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February7

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

 

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we continued to discuss the events in Part 2 – The Sieve and the Sand. We analyzed the effect of Bradbury inserting the poem “Dover Beach – Sea of Faith” into this part of the novel and why the poem has a certain effect on the ladies. In addition, we looked at the characteristics of an Anti-Hero and how our main character, Guy Montag, fulfills the role of an anti-hero in the novel.

The students responding to the following quickwrite: “Dover Beach – Sea of Faith” – Why do you think this poem brings the women to tears? What is it saying? Discuss some key words, phrases, or ideas that show deeper meaning.

 

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word).

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students discussed the difference between honor and power and how each look in the society in The Giver.. In addition, we read Chapters 16 & 17 and the students made personal annotations.

Announcement: 

Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February6

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we discussed the events in the beginning of Part 2 – The Sieve and the Sand. We began by discussing Faber and his role in this part of the novel. We also discussed the three areas that Faber says are missing from society with the reason for books, 1. Quality of information; 2. Leisure time to process the information; 3. The right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of 1 &2. We compared how Bradbury predicted this an how it is a warning for our society.

We read and annotated pages 76-98 together. We stopped at the quote, “Fool, Montag, fool, fool, oh God you silly fool…”

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students took an open book Learning Check on Chapters 11-14. In addition, we looked at the character chart for the novel and added direct and indirect characterization about important characters. We discussed the annotations and important moments in Chapter 14. In addition, we read Chapter 15 and the students made personal annotations.

Announcement: received The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

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Monday, February 5, 2018

February5

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, we discussed the events in the beginning of Part 2 – The Sieve and the Sand. Specifically, we discussed the symbolism of “The Sieve and the Sand” in relation to Montag’s memory as well as the events occurring to Montag in this part of the novel. Also, we discussed the conversation that Montag has with Mildred about “love” and her reaction, and how the blasting of the advertisement on the train radio interferes with Montag trying to process what he is reading in the book he has stolen.

We began reading and annotating pages 76-81 together.

Homework:

AC Archetype Project –We have talked about different types of archetypes and what they can mean or represent. You are going to select a novel or movie from the list below (with parental permission) and analyze the characters, plot, symbols, etc. for deeper meaning. If you have a movie or novel that you would like to use that is not on the list, you should clear it with me before using it. The final assignment is due Tuesday, February 6th.

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Quickwrite: “The Memory Keepers” – In our society, who carries the memories of the past? What do the people with memories have to offer us? Do you care when they try to pass them down to you? Should we listen to them? If we don’t listen to them, how might it impact our lives?

We discussed the annotations and important moments in Chapter 13. In addition, we read Chapter 14 and the students made personal annotations.

Announcement: received The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23 – Assignment and Quiz – Friday, February 16th

Remember, you may turn in the packet OR you may create notecards using the required information from the hand-out. (Word, Part of Speech, Definition, Picture/Image, and sentence using the word)

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Friday, February 2, 2018

February2

All Periods Announcement:

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

 

1st & 2nd Periods:

Today, the students received their vocabulary list for Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and the Sand.” The vocabulary assignment will be due on Tuesday, February 13th. In addition, the vocabulary words will be part of the Part 2 “The Sieve and the Sand” test which will also be on Tuesday, February 13th.

The students worked on an assignment that went along with “The Great Imagination Heist” article and discussion from yesterday. They have a choice in assignment.

Homework:

  1. Finish “The Great Imagination Heist” choice activity – Writing can be between 6-8 sentences.
  2. Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 – Pages 67-76 (small book – 71-80). Stop at quote, “The train vanished in its hole.”

AC Archetype Project –We have talked about different types of archetypes and what they can mean or represent. You are going to select a novel or movie from the list below (with parental permission) and analyze the characters, plot, symbols, etc. for deeper meaning. If you have a movie or novel that you would like to use that is not on the list, you should clear it with me before using it. The final assignment is due Tuesday, February 6th.

Announcements:

Fahrenheit 451 – Part 2 “The Sieve and Sand” – Vocabulary assignment and Part 2 vocabulary and text Test – Tuesday, February 13th.

 

 

3rd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Today, the students received The Giver – Vocabulary Part 2/Quiz 2 – Chapters 11-23. The students previewed the words and began finding definitions. I will announce the date of quiz next week. In addition, we read Chapter 13 in The Giver and the students made personal annotations.

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