Week 13 (Oct 30-Nov 3)

Happy Halloween, Spartans!

This week we’re knee deep in Nancy Farmer’s incredible YA novel The House of the Scorpion. The story is getting more and more intense as our main character grows older and has to learn to deal with his circumstances. Matt is having to contend with his life as a clone and the interpersonal relationships between his friends and family and those who would do him harm.

Springboard Activities This Week

Activity 2.5

Upcoming Events

Student Holiday – Tuesday, November 7th

Multicultural Night – Thursday, November 9th

Have a stupendous week!

Elon Musk

“Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”
Elon Musk

Week 12 (Oct 23-27)

This week we’re getting into our class novel for Unit 2, Nancy Farmer’s excellent dystopian YA novel The House of the Scorpion. This book tells the story of a young boy who is the clone of a ruthless, tyrannical ruler. It ties in with our second unit, “The Challenge of Utopia” as we ask ourselves such essential question as “is a utopia possible” and “what can cause a dystopia to occur?” We’ll be comparing the world of our fiction to reality and doing a character study of the protagonist, Matt.

Springboard Activities This Week

Activity 2.4

Upcoming Events

Red Ribbon Week – Wednesday Oct 25th through Tuesday October 31st

Have a sensational week!

George Bernard Shaw

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

 

Week 9-10 (Oct 2-13)

Hopefully your Fall Break was a pleasant one! These two weeks are all about gearing up for and completing Embedded Assessment 2 (pg. 99 in the Springboard textbook).

In Week 9 students will be focusing on organization techniques, transitions, and the elements of an introduction all in the service of writing a better essay.

Week 10 is a jam packed one, focusing on drafting EA2 itself. Most of the week will be focused on that, so it is imperative that students do not miss classes. We will be drafting this essay entirely on the laptops, so there will also be some cursory education in Microsoft Word – it’s astounding how simple things in that elderly program can be so difficult to newbies! Luckily we’re all here to work through it together.

Additionally, I want to implore students and parents to come to Curriculum Night on October 10th. It will be a good time with prizes, snacks, and of course the ability to see what is actually going on within these hallowed halls.

Upcoming Events

Curriculum Night – Tuesday, October 10th @ 6:00 PM

PSAT Testing – Wednesday, October 11th

Early Release Day – Thursday, October 12th

Conference Week – Next Week!

Have a great week!

Gerard Way

“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”
Gerard Way

Fall Break

I have not given any express homework assignments over the break, however there are assignments that we did this week that you may need to finish. Those assignments are:

From Monday: Pg. 64, Activity 1.11 – Read “A Man” and answer questions 1,2,4

From Tuesday: Pg. 64, Activity 1.11 – Read “Soldier Home After Losing Leg in Afghanistan” and answer questions 5-9

From Wednesday: Pg. 71, Activity 1.12 – Read “Where I Find My Heroes” and answer questions 5-8

From Thursday: Pg. 77, Activity 1.13 – Read “White House Funeral Sermon” and “O Captain! My Captain!” and answer questions 1-6.

From Friday: Pg. 77, Activity 1.13 – Read “Frederick Douglass” and “The Narrative of Frederick Douglass” and answer questions 7-9, 11

Reminder: You can find instructions for how to access Springboard online at the link in the top right of the blog. Some notes: Springboard does NOT function on mobile devices. It may function on larger tablets, but a laptop or desktop computer are preferred. Also, ensure that you are attempting to access the correct Springboard website (Googling “springboard” brings you to the login for another state, so just click the link on my blog to get there). Remember to type in the password exactly as shown, capitals, lowercase, number, and exclamation.

If you have trouble accessing the site or with any of the work, send me an email ([email protected]) and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Hopefully you did enough work in class so that you have nothing left to do! Enjoy your break!

Week 8 (Sep 18-22)

One more week to go until break! We’re diving right into the second half of Unit 1 this week, working our way towards Embedded Assessment 2. This week students will be analyzing a poem and looking at strategies they can use to help craft their definition essay in three weeks.

A new thing you might notice is a new page in the top right of the blog entitled How to Access the Online Textbook. Our book is entirely available online now so students may end up bringing home work that they can access wholly on their computers. It’s a fantastic program and I’m excited to go digital here in ELA!

Readings This Week

A Man by Nina Cassian

Soldier Home After Losing His Leg in Afghanistan by Gale Fiege

Where I Find My Heroes by Oliver Stone

Upcoming Events

Magnet School Informational Meeting – Tuesday, September 19th @ 6:30 PM

Fall Break – Monday, September 25th through Friday, September 29th

Have an uncanny week!

Oscar Wilde

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde

Week 7 (Sep 13-15)

Welcome back!

Hope you’re all doing okay after the storm kept us out for a few days. This week we’re focusing on getting started with the second half of Unit 1 and building towards the second embedded assessment. We will also be setting up our Springboard Online accounts this week so that we can access our textbook anywhere in the world! There will be a page on this blog added soon to give further instructions for access.

Upcoming Events

$1 Team Hat Day – Friday, September 15th

Magnet School Informational Meeting – Tuesday, September 19th @ 6:30 PM

Fall Break – Monday, September 25th through Friday, September 29th

Have a stupendous week!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Week 6 (Sep 5-8)

Welcome back! I hope your Labor Day weekend was exciting!

This week we are finishing Embedded Assessment #1. Students will have one final day to work in class followed by a few days to prepare and present their stories to the class. I’m excited to read and hear what you’ve all completed!

Upcoming Events

Progress Reports – Wednesday, September 6th

Have a great week!

Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Week 5 (Aug 28-Sep 1)

This week we are coming to our first Embedded Assessment, which is important as it will be the first big grade of the unit! Students will be tasked with writing a narrative steeped in the Hero’s Journey. To that end, I created a small guide which should help remind you of the steps of the Hero’s Journey and how it all fits into a cycle.

Download the Hero’s Journey Guide here!

Additionally on Wednesday we will have a midpoint formative assessment to see where some of you stand on revising your work, so be sure to show up for the half day!

Reading For This Week

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle

Upcoming Events

Early Release – Wednesday, August 30th

Spirit Wear Day – Friday, September 1st

Labor Day (No School) – Monday, September 4th

Have a stupendous week!

Ruskin Bond

“A merry heart does more good than any medicine.”
Ruskin Bond, Funny Side Up