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WestingGamefulltext (use at home for homework, or in class on your device)

10th: Read Ch. 8/9. Then we looked at the main events so far and put them in the appropriate location on a plot diagram graphic organizer.  If you didn’t copy it all in class, use the graphic to the left to fill it in. We haven’t gotten to the Climax yet. Put one important event from the Exposition, and one from the Rising Action in the example column.  Homework: Study for your test tomorrow. (Online practice test)

5th: Media Center,

4th: Groups worked on characterization using this graphic organizer (Characterization) They filled in the physical characteristics and personality traits of characters we have met in Chapters 1 – 3. Some characters on the chart they will have to add to later in the book. Scan the text for the character’s name, read the sentence before and the sentence after as well to get an idea of any physical/personality traits, and continue scanning. Students also worked on vocabulary for Chapters 1 – 3 (VocabCh1-3) and should be finished for homework if not finished in class.

3rd:In this unit, students are in groups of 2 and 3.  WestingGamefulltext (if you want to read on your device), we read Chapters 1 – 3 and groups filled out a graphic organizer for Sunset Towers (SunsetTowersGraphicOrganizer with answers). This will help keep the characters straight. No homework.

30th: 3 Minute Reading. Students were given a book that was either new to the Media Center or something not quite as popular but still a good read. They read for 3 minutes, checked off if they liked it or didn’t like it, and handed it to the student to the left. This exercise is to help students discover new books/genres they might not pick on their own. No homework.

29th: Licked_by-Paul-Jennings,  story read in class. Licked Critical Thinking, students worked on the writing activity in class and should finish the sheet for homework if they didn’t finish in class.

28th: Media Center day. All Summer in a Day story read in class. All Summer in a Day Questions to be finished for homework if not finished in class.

27th: Ms. Hamer met with all classes today for Career Cruising. No homework.

26th: Priscilla and the Wimps pdf, We read through the story as a class. Students annotated for figurative language and idioms with their Clock Partner (position 4) then shared their annotations with their position 6 Clock Partner to compare/contrast and add to their annotations. We discussed hyperbole (extreme exaggeration) and allusion (reference to a well-known person or event to make a point). Students should have started a page in the Unit section of their binders to answer the following questions: Priscilla and the Wimps Questions. Finish for homework if not finished in class. You will turn it in on Friday with the rest of the responses this week.

16th: Poetry Quiz, Periods 1 and 2 complete the Metaphor/Simile answer sheet below. Periods 3 and 4 create a concrete poem. You may use this website if you don’t want to do it by hand: Visual Poetry  Type your poem into a device, copy and paste it into the TEXT line of the poem generator, and draw the figure that goes with the poem using the mouse/touchpad. No homework.

15th: Flocabulary video on rhyme scheme. Six poems are around the room. Pair up with your #3 Clock Partner to answer PoetryResponses and turn in. Take MetaphorSimilePoems and answer the questions MetaphorSimileAnswerSheet and finish for homework if you don’t finish in class.

14th: We were in the Media Center all class period setting up Biblionasium. Reading logs will be online from now on. You will log your PAGES read, not the minutes read. In the comments section for each book, write a summary and tell me what the theme of the book is. You may log your pages on your phone or tablet by downloading the Destiny Discover app. When you open Destiny Discover, click on the three lines to the left of the search bar then click on Biblionasium. No homework.

13th: Quizlet for poetry terms  (quiz on Friday), poetry introduction, group work. No homework. Poem from class: Tamara’s Opus/video of Joshua Bennett performing Tamara’s Opus  Poetry Response questions: Why do you think Joshua Bennett chose to write his feelings about his sister in poetry rather than prose?/How does the video enhance or detract from the meaning of the poem?

 What Is a Poem Article  poetry response questions (answered in pairs)

  • What is similar about the two texts? How are the two texts structured/organized differently?
  • Which one do you find to be more appealing? Explain why.
  • Which of the two taught you more about poetry? Explain using details from the text.

Poetry response closing question: What did you learn about poetry today?

5th: Read, Theme analysis, work on Mind Map (due Friday). No homework.

2nd: Literature Circle, work on Mind Map. No homework.

1st: Read, Work on Discussion Roles for Literature Circle tomorrow. Homework: Finish your role sheet if you didn’t finish in class.



31st: Media Center. Read novel. Work on Mind Map. No homework.

30th: Work on Mind Map all class period. No homework.

29th: Review of plot diagram using a Disney movie, Read, Day 7 Activity, Introduction to Mind Map activity. Directions for Mind Map. No homework.

26th: Literature Circles. No homework.

25th: Help Group, Read, Work on roles for tomorrow’s discussion. Homework: Finish role for tomorrow if needed.

24th: Media Center, review of direct/indirect characterization, ‘I Am’ Poem (write the poem as a character in your book, cite evidence of what you use) Homework: Finish the poem if you didn’t finish in class.

23rd: Review of direct/indirect characterization, peer help on discussion roles, read 15 minutes, Day 6 activity. No homework.

22nd:  Tonight, join Padlet if you haven’t already. We will be using it this unit. You can download the free app to make it easier. The links/QR Codes are on a dedicated page to the left. Homework for tonight is to make a quiz question about characterization of your main character. Those who are reading Fly Girls or Night Witches pick a pilot. Post it on Padlet. IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH PADLET AT HOME, WRITE IT ON PAPER AND TURN IT IN AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS TOMORROW.

19th: Literature discussion. No homework.

18th: Work on discussion roles. Homework: Finish discussion roles if you didn’t finish in class.

17th: Book Fair/Return books, checkout. No homework.

16th: Read 15 minutes. Complete Day 4 activity sheet. Homework: Finish activity sheet if you didn’t finish it in class. Remember Days 1 – 4 activities are due tomorrow at the beginning of class.

15th: Read 15 minutes. Complete Day 3 activity sheet. Homework: Finish activity sheet if you didn’t finish it in class. Remember Days 1 – 4 activities are due Wednesday, 10/17.

12th: 20 minutes to complete literature discussion roles. 20 minutes for literature discussion. Rotate roles for next week. Adjust reading schedule if needed. No homework

11th: Early Release. Quiz. Work on roles for literature discussion tomorrow. No homework.

10th: Media Center for 15 minutes. Hand out novels. Each group will make their own reading schedule. Homework: Study for your vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

9th: Practice literature circles using Boar Out There in the literature textbook. We will practice roles the group will have during novel study. Homework: Study for your vocabulary quiz on Thursday.

8th: Vocabulary words for the Holocaust unit. We made flashcards for a matching game to help you study for the quiz on Thursday, 10/11. Put the words across a table or on the floor. Match the definition with the word. Go through it until you get 100% twice each night until the quiz.

4th: Picture books about the Holocaust. No homework.

3rd: Media Center, Teens Against Hitler. No homework.

1st and 2nd: Use the link on the right for the Holocaust WebQuest. The webpage has links that will help you answer the questions you were given.

21st: Greek/Latin Prefixes   Webster’s Dictionary

19th: Word on the choice board. Due at the end of class today. (If you are out for Yom Kippur, it is due Friday at the beginning of class.)

18th: Work on the choice board. Due tomorrow at the end of class.

17th: Powtoon on time management on long term assignments. Choice Board – The Cay. Due Wednesday, 9/19 at the end of class.

14th: Read The Cay Ch. 13 – to end. No homework.

13th: Quiz. Vocabulary activity for Chapters 13 – 17. VocabCh13-17. No homework.

Kahoot for The Cay Chapter 9 – 12 quiz on Thursday. Here are the directions to play at home by yourself:

  • Click on the link above.
  • Click PLAY (purple button)
  • Click CLASSIC (green button)
  • Open a second window/screen and go to
  • Type in your game pin from the other window and select your nickname
  • You will need to click between screens to be able to play

12th: Media Center. Kahoot game to study for the quiz tomorrow. Homework: use the Kahoot link and directions to study for the quiz.


10th: Intro to Theme. We reviewed this video and worked on short stories to find the theme. There were 3 different stories handed out. Groups worked on one story. (Cemetary Path, Three Questions, or The Fun They Had) No homework.

7th: We caught up on reading The Cay today. No homework.

6th: Taking what we did yesterday, the class got into groups and divided up the chapters. Each student made bullet points on the main events that happened in their chapter and the group got together to come up with one plot diagram. No homework.

5th: Elements of a plot video, then analyze the given story, decide on the logical order, and where each section should go on a plot diagram. No homework.

4th: We had a mini lesson on how to use a dictionary. The class looked up describe and analyze and talked about the difference between the two. Each student put the standards for this week in their own language. Introduction of plot diagram. No homework.

 If you need to complete any classwork you didn’t finish in class and need the book, a full copy can be viewed here: The Cay

29: Media Center for 10 minutes. Read Chapter 8. We added to the master list we made yesterday and discussed the biome project. Here are your directions and the rubric: DirectionsRubric for Biome Project. The project is due at the end of class on Friday. You may have until the beginning of class on Monday with permission from me first. Homework: Read over the directions and rubric and decide on your visual for the project.

28: Read Chapter 7. Group work. Students worked together to come up with a list of natural resources from the book (Chapters 4 – 7). The groups shared their list and the class made a master list. Homework: Send me your learning styles survey results if you haven’t already.

27: Warmup: change the time or place of the story and tell me how it affect the characters. Read Chapter 6. Answer this question: What affect does setting have on the story and its characters? and turn in. Homework: Take the Learning Styles Survey and email or text me through Remind your results. All I need are the percentages. You may also print your results out and hand them to me at the beginning of class.

23rd: Chapter 1 – 4 test.

22nd: Media Center. Use devices or iPad cart to study for your test tomorrow. Homework: Go over both links at least once tonight.

21st: Read Chapter 4. Finish Characterization for both characters and turn in by the end of class. Homework: Use the links above to study for your test on Thursday.

20th: We checked annotation of Chapter 3 by a think aloud. I read the chapter to the class and we stopped when needed to check annotations. I handed out Characterization for Phillip and Characterization for Timothy. Bring both back tomorrow to finished in class. Homework: Use the links above to study for your test on Thursday.

16th: Flocabulary video on 5 Elements of a story, ClozeNotesOn5Elements. In case you missed any of the notes, 

Review of Chapters 1 and 2 students worked in pairs using the book to complete in class.  Check your answers for the review of Chapters 1 and 2: Review of Chapters 1 and 2 Answers Homework: Use the quizlet link above to study for the test next Thursday.

15th: Media Center for 20 minutes to check out books. Read Chapter 2 of The Cay and annotate focusing on the family. Find evidence of how each are feeling under the tension of the war and how it is affecting their relationship. No homework.

14th: Set up Journal page in notebook.  Writing prompt: Think of a time when you were left on your own for the first time or were lost in a crowd. How did that make you feel? What was the most frightening part of the experience? How did you react? How was it resolved?
Do not rewrite the question but restate it in your answer like the example above. Read and annotate the first chapter of The Cay.  We focused on evidence on how the U-boats in the area affected Phillip’s family and the fearlessness of Phillip vs the fearfulness of his mother. Set up a Notes page in your binder if you are going to use one of my books   Annotations for The Cay Ch 1  This power point is a walk through of Chapter 1’s annotations we went over in class. No homework.

13th: Open binder quiz on the survival articles from last week. You could use anything in your binder to help you answer the questions. Text to Self Connection/Vocab Anticipation Guide. We will have a quiz on the vocabulary words on Friday. The Cay Vocab (to help you study). Go over the vocab words at least twice a night.

10th: Hurricane Katrina play. No homework.

9th: Lost in the Maine Wilderness, you should have the article in your notebook and we annotated it in class. Periods 3 and 4 completed Sections B and C on the comprehension sheet. Period 1 has not received the comprehension sheets. Period 2 completed Section B. No homework.

8th: Media Center Orientation. Homework: finish the Lost in Death Valley During/After Reading sheet. (Needs to be done by Monday, 8/13)

7th: Lost in Death Valley videoLost in Death Valley ArticleAnnotationSymbolsBookmark (download during/after reading sheet if you lost yours). No homework.

6th: Reading Inventory in the computer lab. You need to set up dividers for this class in a 1″ notebook. Please do them in this order: Unit, Reading Log, Graded Work, To Keep, Paper. The Unit section will hold everything you need for the current unit. Reading logs look like a postcard and are for your independent reading. You need to read 5 books per quarter. A book is considered 150 pages. You may read anything that interests you, fill out the reading log, and turn it in to your period box. Once I grade it, I will return it to you for you to put in your Reading log section of your notebook. Graded Work will contain anything I hand back to you that is graded. I would like you to keep it there until the end of the quarter. To Keep is for anything you will be using all year long such as annotation symbols. Paper is pretty obvious. No homework.

3rd: Pre-test (This is over everything we will cover during the year. We do this so I will know how much I should cover and at what depth.) After the pre-test, you will have time to finish your poster or read. Bring a book for independent reading. Remember you have to read 5 books per quarter. No homework.

2nd: Journal entry: What was the best thing that happened yesterday? What was the worst? Answer in at least 4 complete sentences and turn in. Book excerpts of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Middle School. Each row got a different section and each student made a poster of the one piece of advice they thought was most important. If the poster was not finished and turned in during class, students will have time to complete it tomorrow after the pre-test. No homework.

1st: How to pronounce my name (Pronounciation power point), Would You Rather game (get to know you activity), Learning Contract (you signed and I’ll copy and give it back to you. These are the expectations for class.) 5 Rules for the Classroom (5 Class Rules)The syllabus has a link to the right if you would like to read over it. We’ll read through it in class tomorrow. No homework.


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