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

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

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

14th: We caught up on reading Hatchet today. No homework.

13th: Quiz.

Kahoot to study for your quiz on Thursday on tone/mood words.

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: Kahoot game to study for the quiz tomorrow. Tone of poetry. Homework: use the Kahoot link and directions to help you study for the quiz tomorrow.

11th: The answers to the positive/neutral/negative tone words:
10th: For those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah today, we worked on tone in literature using iPads. Use this document to complete the assignment: Literature Analysis Agency Memorandum Click on the Finding Tone link above to go through the class. You may do this tomorrow after school. No homework.

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

6th: Get in your groups. Write 1 or 2 sentences for an exposition. Decide on three events that drive the plot for your rising action. Decide what the climax of the story is. Choose 3 falling action events that drive the plot and 1 or 2 sentences for a resolution. Turn in at the end of class. No homework.

5th: The Most Dangerous Game, analyze the given story and where each section should go on a plot diagram. No homework.

4th: Elements of a plot video, Compare and contrast definitions for exposition, climax, and resolution. Decide which definition goes with the plot of a story. No homework.

If you need to complete classwork you did finish in class and do not have your own copy of Hatchet, you may view a rtf version here: Hatchet.

Use this power point to study the vocabulary section of your test next Thursday, 8/23.  HatchetVocab1,
Use this link for the test questions: Test Question on Chapters 1 – 4

29th: Media Center for 10 minutes. Discussed the biome project. DirectionsRubric for Biome ProjectAC. Homework: Read the directions and think about what you are going to do for the project. It is due Friday at the end of class, but you may have the weekend to finish it with permission from me ahead of time.

27th: Group work.  Students were assigned chapters according to their position in their group. They were to scan their assigned chapter and make a bulleted list of natural resources, challenges, potential risks, and descriptions of the setting in the text. Students compared notes and made a list on butcher paper. We used the butcher paper to chart changes in the setting and to create a master list for our biome project on Thursday. 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: Test on Chapters 1 – 4

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

21st: Read Chapter 5 focusing on repetition, metaphor, simile, and descriptive language, particularly how Paulsen uses it to build tension in the story. Annotate with elbow partner. Then, whole group share. Homework: Use the links above to study for your test on Thursday.

20th: Flocabulary video on Character. The class worked in pairs to form definitions/notes using the lyrics for the video and we went over the key points when everyone was finished. The class then worked in pairs to compare their annotations of Chapters 1 – 4 and added any annotations on repetition, metaphors, similes, alliteration,  foreshadowing, and descriptive language (labeling with a V) and searched for passages that show Brian’s personality (label with an !). I handed out a direct/indirect characterization sheet on Brian. (Due tomorrow at the end of class). Homework: Use the links above to study for your test on Thursday.

17th: Read Chapter 4 and annotated. No homework.

16th: 5 Elements of a Story and Foreshadowing videos from Complete the Vocab/Foreshadowing sheet. Read Chapter 3.

15th: Media Center for 20 minutes to check out books. Read Chapter 2 in Hatchet. Hand out Foreshadowing and VocabPracticeWk1 and put them in your binder in the Unit section. No homework.

14th: Set up journal page. 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 Hatchet. We focused our annotation on Brian’s emotions in Chapter 1. Set up a Notes page in your binder if you are going to use one of my books  No homework.

13th: Use the Ralston article to fill out the Mental/Physical Strength chart. Turn in the chart when you are finished. HatchetVocab1 You will have a quiz on the vocabulary words on Friday. Use the power point link to study. Go over the words at least twice a night.

10th: Finished Ralston article with annotation.

9th: Aron Ralston video, Aron Ralston article. We read the first 3 pages and annotated as a class. No homework.

8th: Media Center Orientation. No homework.

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.