November 3

November 3rd, 2017

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

  1. DGP
  2. Read the short story The Elevator 
  3. Took notes on charcterization
  4. Exit Ticket-  Students were to pick one character from The Elevator to characterize using the SOSAA Strategy


S– Speech (What does the charcter say that provides insight to the type of person the character is? This can be dialogue with other characters or the character’s internal dialogue.)

O– Other’s view of the character (How do other chahracters view the character?)

S– Self view (How does the character view him or herself? What are the charcter’s strengths, fears and weaknesses?)

A– Actions (What actions does the character do that provides information on the character?)

A– Appearance (What does the character look like?)


November 1

November 1st, 2017

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

-Daily Grammar Practice (DGP)

Homework– Answer the following question regarding The Monkey’s Paw: 

At the end of the story, why did the knocking at the door stop so suddenly? Explain in complete sentences.



October 26

October 26th, 2017

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

-Practiced clauses, subjects and predicates

-Took Notes on Sentence Types (see below)

***HOMEWORK- Both sides of the 4 Sentence Types Practice Sheet 

 QUIZ MONDAY 10/30 – Clauses and Sentence Structure


4 Sentence Types 






-Are made of one independent clause and therefore form a complete thought.

Example- Connor and Risa left school.


– -Are made of two independent clauses. 

In dependent clauses can be combined with one of three following methods:

1.A coordinating conjunction with a comma

2.A  semicolon with a conjunction

3. A semicolon only


I like to dance, but J.C. likes to sing.

Madison is sick; therefore, she did not attend practice today.

Tad has benefitted from regular exercise; he is slim and energetic.


—contains one independent and one subordinate (dependent) clause

—the subordinate clause begins with a subordinate conjunction

—the clauses can appear in any order


After the sun  set, we built a bonfire.

We built a bonfire after the sun set.

Compound Complex

—contains one subordinate (dependent) clause in addition to two or more independent clauses


Since we wanted to have fun, my mom and I went to Six Flags yesterday, and we rode every ride.

Sammy, who was a pretty snake, lived a peaceful life, but sometimes, hawks cramped his style because they ate his kind.



October 23

October 23rd, 2017

Dr. Schmid visited our class today for a guidance lesson.



Please read the following announcement from the HTMS Counseling Department:

Learn about growing issues in the East Cobb Community:

Parent Information Night

October 26th at 6:30 PM in the HTMS Theater

Please join us for an interactive discussion with Jeff Dess, coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center of Cobb County Schools. Additionally, he is an author and inspirational speaker for young people and adults alike. He has been effectively working with kids, teens, and adults for over 25 years.

Mr. Dess will be at HTMS to address current trends facing our teens and to answer questions from parents on topics such as:

  • Bullying Behavior, Cyber-Bullying and Violence Prevention
  • Music and the Media
  • Stress
  • Suicide and Depression
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Drug Prevention
  • Internet Safety/Social Media


October 11

October 11th, 2017

Today’s in class agenda included bell work, a visit from Dr. Schmid (8th grade counselor) and subject complements practice.

Please see the important message from Ms. Myler regarding the PSAT:

All students will take the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, 10/18, starting promptly at 9:15. Due to the College Board return procedures, there will be no make-up testing for this test, so please ensure your student is present on testing day. Contact Joni Myler if you have any questions: [email protected].

October 10

October 10th, 2017

We took notes on Subject Complements.

**Students are to complete page 22 of the verb packet this evening for homework.**


Subject Complements Notes

◦The purpose of subject complements is to give an extra detail about the subject itself, linked to it by a linking verb.

◦Remember the “tricks” to determining if the verb/verb phrase is a linking verb:

◦Replace the verb with a “am/is/are/was/were” or an “=“.

◦If the meaning of the sentence is the same or the “equation” is still balanced, you have a linking verb.


Two Type

  1. Predicate Adjectives


◦What kind?

◦Which one?

◦How many/much?

◦Tell an extra detail about the subject.

2) Predicate Nominatives

◦Give an extra detail about the subject by telling what the subject is.

◦It will be a person, place, thing, or idea.

◦Some people also call this a Predicate Noun.