Monday, March 19, 2018

Quiz chapters 5- 8 is tomorrow, Tuesday!

Link to the full text of the book, A Long Way Gone:

The study guide questions for chapters 5-8 are posted on the blog for Friday. Scroll down to find them if you need them. 

Today in class…

1. We discussed the quiz and went over a few of the study guide questions. The quiz is all multiple choice.

2. I explained writing the investigator literature circle role and its connection to the research students did in class last week. I reviewed the writing directions and format, and I modeled writing the paragraph.
3. Students wrote their investigator literature circle roles in class.

Directions for Writing – THE DIRECTIONS FOR WRITING THE ANALYSIS-1nm202i

Example – Investigator-158oea7

4. Students worked on the study guide questions after completing the writing.



Friday, March 16, 2018

The quiz for chapters 5-8 has been changed to TUESDAY. It will NOT be on Monday. 

Study Guide for the quiz for chapters 5-8.

I will also offer copies of the questions in class on Monday.

chapter questions – chapter 5-24sd97o

chapter questions – chapter 6-2njv40y

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  1. Students will watch the documentary, Bling.
  2. Click on the link below to find out information about the documentary and its connection to the book, A Long Way Gone, that we are reading in class.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

1.We finished watching the  interview with Ishamel Beah. See yesterday’s blog post. We answered the Part 3 research questions that go with the interview.

2. Read chapter 8 and complete vocabulary.

Link to the online text:
3. Research child soldiers and complete the questions.

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Here’s the website to use today for Part 4.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1.Read chapter 6 and complete the vocabulary.

Here’s the link to the book:

2.Research Civil War/Blood Diamonds and complete the questions. This is part 2 of the webquest or the second page. This research is much more involved than what you worked on yesterday. Read carefully!

Here is the link to the site to use to answer the questions:


Monday, March 12, 2018

1. Read chapter 5 of the book and complete vocabulary.

Here’s the link to  the online textbook if you need to catch up at home:
2. Explain the web quest that students will complete in class. I will give them a copy to write their answers and show them the location of the websites on my blog for easier access.
3. Quiz chapters 1-4
4. Work on part one of the research comparing and contrasting memoirs and autobiography.

Revised LWG-webquest-applied-2017 2018-qy4toc

Web site to use today for Memoirs vs. Autobiographies

Friday, March 9, 2018

Essays were due today!

Vocabulary Chapters 1-4 – Due Monday

Quiz chapters 1-4 – Monday

Link to the book online –

1.Explain the connection between the civil war in Sierra Leone and blood diamonds to introduce the documentary.
2. Students will watch at documentary that explains the blood diamonds.

3. After the video, students will work together to answer review questions for chapters 1-4. The questions are the study guide for the quiz on Monday.

Chapter 1 Study Guide-27y8yis

Study Guide Chapter 2-2mee73g

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Study Guide Chapter 4-1m4dr6v

March 8, 2018

1.Explain the passage finder role for literature circles and share an example with students.

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2. Read chapter 4 with the audio of the book.
3. After reading, students will choose a passage from the chapter that they think is important, write the passage and cite textual evidence, explain why the passage is important, and complete the vocabulary for chapter 4.

Passage Finder Example-wsvdss
4. Students can use the rest of the period to complete their essays.

Final day to turn in essays is tomorrow. You may turn them in today if they are completed. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1.Watch “Why I Wrote My Book,” an interview with Ishmael Beah where he explains that the purpose of the book is to show how the violence of war changed his culture.
2. Explain the “passage finder” assignment that students will complete after we read chapter 3.
3. Read chapter 3 with the audio of the book.

Link to full text copy of the book:
4. After reading, students will choose a passage from the text that helps explain how Ishmael Beah has been personally affected by war, write it on the graphic organizer, and complete the vocabulary.

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5. Review how to write the conclusion of the essay.
6. Share an example of a conclusion for the essay with students.

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7. Students will write the conclusion for their essays.