Homework

 

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Remember - you need to be reading your independent reading book for at least two hours per week.  There will be required responses to be written in your reading journal each week.  Independent Reading is your homework every night!  Check the "Reading Responses" Category if you were absent or you lost your responses. 

If you are absent - be sure to check the documents link as directed! in the homework post.  Remember - being absent is not an excuse!  You are still responsible for the work.

     Writing journal entries can be found... Documents Link - Category - "Writing Journal Entries" - find the prompt that is listed within the homework for the day you are absent. It will start with "WJ - Genre - Title" - example = WJ - Personal Narrative - "Old People"  Go ahead and complete your journal entry in your writing journal using the heading given on the prompt listed in the homework for that day.

     Independent reading response prompts can be found... Documents Link - Category - "Reading Journal Entries" - find the listing for the week you are missing - It will start with "Reading Response Prompts" and the week - example = Reading Response Prompts - 9/12-16.  You can download and print the prompt and glue it into your reading journal or handwrite the prompt with the complete heading directly in your reading journal.   

     For other assignments / documents you may have missed - just need to follow the path that is listed within the homework assignment for that day if there is a document required. 

Please note - all missing / late assignments are due by Wed. June 21st for second semester credit!!!

Homework Week of June 26-27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 - Per. 1, 2, 3 played "Heracles Charades" and worked on a mythology word search.  Per. 5 and 6 finished the myth analysis for The Twelve Labors of Heracles.

Homework Week of June 19-23, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017 - Today we finished reading The Twelve Labors of Heracles and the literature analysis.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - Read p. 228-241 in myth book and answered questions 6-11 from the literature analysis.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Read p. 213-227 in the myth book and worked on questions 1-5 from the literature analysis.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - We finished watching the Hercules movie and finished the movie response guide.  Reading responses for the week of 6/12-16 were checked off.  HW - Remember - all missing assignments and updated book log are due tomorrow.

Monday, June 19, 2017 - We began watching the Hercules movie and worked on a movie response guide to determine how the movie is different from the text and why a movie producer would make such changes.  HW - Reading responses for the week of 6/12-16 will be checked off tomorrow.  All missing work and book log are due Wednesday. 

Homework Week of June 12-16, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017 - Today we revised, edited, and saved our narrative stories.  HW - Reading responses for the week of 6/12-16 are due Monday.  All missing assignments and updated book logs are due Wednesday, June 21.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Narrative stories should be pretty well finished today!  Tomorrow you will be guided through an editing / revision process, refine the format, and save the final stories to be graded!  The grading rubric can be accessed on the documents link - Writing Documents - "Narrative Story Writing Rubric." HW - Reading responses for 6/12-16.  Get the book log updated and turn in missing assignments by Wednesday, June 21.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Continued working on Narrative stories.  Tomorrow will be the last day you will have time for working on the story other than editing, formatting, and saving.  HW - Reading responses for 6/12-16.  All late / missing assignments are due Wednesday, June 21.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - We continued working on the narrative stories which will be due on Thursday.  Friday will only be used for editing, polishing up the format, and saving your stories.  See the documents link - Writing Documents - "Narrative Writing Assessment Directions" if you need to be reminded of the details of the assignment.  HW - Complete reading responses for the week of 6/12-16/17. 

Monday, June 12, 2017 - Reading responses for the week of 6/5-9 were checked off the response prompts for the week of 6/12-16/17 were handed out. These are due on Monday, June 19, 2017.  We began writing the rough draft for the narrative assessment which will be due on ThursdayIt needs to be at least two full typed pages - size 12 print font with 1.5 line spacing.  Here are the directions that were on the Smart Board:

 

Narrative Writing Assessment (real or imagined!)

Draft a "narrative story" based on a "moment in time" or a "slice of life" including the elements of a narrative:

setting

characters

(protagonist, antagonist, minor)

plot  (includes exposition, rising and falling action, conflict, climax, resolution)

dialogue

theme

mood

literary devices  (foreshadowing, flashback)

literary language  (figurative, sound, imagery)

 

Homework Week of June 5-9, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017 - We  began our last assigned writing prompt - WJ - Personal Narrative - "Embarrassing Moment".  See the documents link - writing journal entries for a copy of the prompt.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours and completed your responses for the week of 6/5-9/17 by Monday.  See the documents link - Reading journal entries for the prompts if you lost yours.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Today we began writing a narrative story using an assigned prompt - WJ - Personal Narrative - "One Morning..."  See the documents link - Writing Journal Entries.  HW - Independent reading and responses.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - Listened to a short story - "Dear Marsha" to try to find examples of foreshadowing which might reveal the plot twist. Go to "Links" to find a link to a pdf document of the story if you are absent.  Progress reports were handed out to all students with missing assignments.  These need to be signed by a parent and returned by Friday.  All missing assignments are due by June 21st.  HW - Independent reading and responses.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Working with group partners to answer questions about "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" in order to see how an author uses time and develops characters through dialogue, actions, and narration.  We also wrote another writing journal entry -WJ - Personal Narrative - "The Unexpected.  See the Documents Link - and filter to Writing Journal Entries for a copy of the prompt.  HW - Independent reading.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - Reading responses for the week of 5/29-6?2/17 were checked off.  Responses for the week of 6/5-9/17 were added to the reading journals for this week.  We completed a writing journal entry - WJ / Personal Narrative / "Treasure."  See Documents - Writing Journal Entries for the prompt. We listened to and read "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" to identify the author's development of characters and use of literary language. Go to "Links" to find a pdf of the story - "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" by Walter Dean Myers.   HW - Read for two hours this week and complete the responses for 6/5-9/17. Please remember - all missing assignments for 4th quarter are due by Wednesday, 6/21/17.

Homework Week of May 30-June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017 - Today we made sure the poetry collection is complete.  There should be eight poems saved on the S-Drive - Required Poems - Simile Poem, Metaphor for a Family, Metaphor Emotion Poem, Personification Poem, Alliteration Poem, Limerick, Cinquain, Haiku.  Label each poem and be sure they are in the order listed here.  See the documents link - Poetry category to find a sample of each poem.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours and completed your responses for 5/29-6/2/17.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Per. 1, 2, 3 only - finished cinquains and began writing haiku.  Began typing up poetry collection to be turned in.  If samples / direction for each poem are needed - they can be found on the documents link in the Poetry category.  Required Poems - Simile Poem, Metaphor for a Family, Metaphor Emotion Poem, Personification Poem, Alliteration Poem, Limerick, Cinquain, Haiku.  Label each poem and be sure they are in the order listed here.  HW - Independent reading.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Per. 5 & 6 only - finished cinquains and began writing haiku.  Began typing up poetry collection to be turned in.  If samples / direction for each poem are needed - they can be found on the documents link in the Poetry category.  Required Poems - Simile Poem, Metaphor for a Family, Metaphor Emotion Poem, Personification Poem, Alliteration Poem, Limerick, Cinquain, Haiku.  Label each poem and be sure they are in the order listed here.  HW - Independent reading.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Today we finished up the "Personification Poems" and the "Alliteration Poem."  We also wrote a "Limerick Poem" and began the "Cinquain Poem."  Check Documents - Poetry if you need samples / patterns.  Reading Responses for the week of 5/22-26 were checked off and the responses for the week of 5/29-6/2 were handed out.  HW - Make sure you read for two hours this week and work on the Reading Response Prompts for 5/29-6/2/17.

Homework Week of May 22-26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017 - We finished up writing poems using figurative language by adding a "Personification Poem" and began writing poems using Sound Language by writing an "Alliteration Poem" Directions and samples are all on SWIFT Documents in the Poetry category.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours and completed your responses for 5/22-26 by Tuesday, May 30th.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Per. 1, 2, 3 continued working on the poems using figurative language.  HW - Work on independent reading and the responses.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Worked on poetry using figurative language. See the documents link - filter to "poetry" category and select the "Simile Poem Assignment," "Metaphor Poem Assignment," and the "Personification Poem Assignment" to find the poem directions / pattern and a sample of each poem if you need it. HW - Read and respond!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Per. 5 & 6 only - we practiced using similes and metaphors and the created poems.  See the documents link - filter to "poetry" category and select the "Simile Poem Assignment"  and the "Metaphor Poem Assignment" to find the poem directions / pattern and a sample of each poem if you need it. .  The reading responses for the week of 5/15-19 were checked off.  HW - independent reading and responses.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - Listened to and followed along with the story "The Banana Tree" and identified the author's use of figurative language.  Reading Response Prompts for the week of 5/22-26/17 were handed out.  HW - Read for two hours and complete the responses for 5/22-26 by Monday.

Homework Week of May 15-19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 - We took notes about Figurative Language, Imagery, and Sound Language on a Literary Language Organizer.  See the Documents Link - Writing Documents - "Literary Language Notes" and "Literary Language Organizer (Blank)" if you were absent.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours and completed the responses for 5/15-19/17 by Monday.

Thursday, May 18, 2018 - Per. 1, 2, 3 began work on a short story - a first person point of view narrative story - see the documents link - "Writing Journal Entries"  - WJ- Narrative Story - "Crush." Read the prompt carefully because there are two options!!  HW - Independent reading.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - Per. 1, 2, 3 - listened to "Liverwurst and Roses" on tape and began working on a literature analysis to review the elements of a short story.  Per. 4 & 5 began work on a short story - narrative about a "crush."  If you are absent - the prompt is on the documents link - "Writing Journal Entries"  - WJ- Narrative Story - "Crush." Read the prompt carefully because there are two options!!  HW - Per. 1, 2, 3 - finish the literature analysis if you did not finish in class. If you need the story to finish the Literature analysis for Liverwurst and Roses - go to "Links" and find "Liverwurst and Roses by Ellen Conford" for a copy of the story.  Make sure you are working on the independent reading and responses for this week.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Per. 1, 2, 3 took the SBA.  Periods 5 and 6 listened to "Liverwurst and Roses" on tape and began working on a literature analysis to review the elements of a short story.  HW - Independent reading.  If you did not finish the Literature analysis for Liverwurst and Roses - go to "Links" and find "Liverwurst and Roses by Ellen Conford" for a copy of the story.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - Today we took the practice test for the SBA C A T - (Computer Adaptive Test) which we will be taking tomorrow.  Reading responses for the week of 5/8-12 were checked off and new response prompts for the week of 5/15-19/17 were handed out.  HW - Read for two hours this week and complete the responses for the week of 5/15-18/17 by next Monday.  Be sure to get a good night of sleep!

Homework Week of May 8-12, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Monarch Day.  Today was your last chance to make up or redo any part of your Argumentative Essay Summative Assessment.  If you are absent today - you may show me your work on Monday for credit.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours and completed your responses for the week of 5/8-12/17.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Today we took a look at a sample Explanatory Performance Task to practice finding the "gist" of the texts.  HW - Independent reading and responses.  If you want to look at any of the sample performance tasks for the SBA - go to LINKS and check out "Argumentative Performance Task Practice", "Explanatory Performance Task Practice", and "Narrative Performance Task Practice."  Each one has a sample of the entire performance task with a scoring rubric and exemplar answers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Today we worked on a "Game Plan"  for "attacking the performance task.  See "Documents" - "Writing Documents" - "SBA Performance Task Process Checklist" for some notes.  HW - Independent reading.  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Today we compared a narrative performance task to an argumentative performance task in preparation for the ELA SBA. In the "Links" link - go to the link for "Narrative Performance Task Practice" for a PDF of a sample narrative performance task. Reading responses for the week of 5/1-5/17 were checked off. HW - Read and work on responses for 5/8-12/17.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - Today we worked on the I-Ready Growth Check and appropriate lessons in preparation for the SBA and I-Ready tests.  HW - Reading Responses for the week of 5/8-12/17 were handed out.  Be ready to have the responses for the week of 5/1-5/17 checked off in class tomorrow. 

Homework Week of May 1-5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 - conclusion paragraphs for the argumentative essays were graded.  Used writing journal to brainstorm ideas for dialogues in narrative writing.  HW - Make sure you have read for two hours this week and completed the responses for the week of May 1-5.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - continued with argumentative essay assessment.  Body paragraphs and counter-claim were graded.  Conclusion will be graded tomorrow. HW - Read and respond to the prompts for 5/1-5.  If your conclusion to your argumentative essay is not complete - make sure it is finished by tomorrow.  Make sure you have your independent reading book with you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - continued working on the argumentative essay assessment.  Body Paragraphs were graded today and we worked on the counter-claim paragraphs which will be graded tomorrow.  We also went to the library to check out new 4th quarter books. HW - If you have not completed your introduction, two body paragraphs and the counter-claim paragraph - please complete them for homework. Remember - you can go to Documents; filter to writing documents, select "Writing for Argument Notes" if you need help.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - continued working on argumentative essays.  Introduction paragraphs were scored. HW - Independent reading.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Began writing argumentative essay.  Reading responses for 4/24-28 were checked off.  New response prompts for the week of 5/1-5 were handed out.  HW - Read for two hours this week and work on Reading Response Prompts for 5/1-5/17.  Be sure laptop is fully charged.

Homework Week of April 24-28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 - Did I-Ready practice lessons! HW - Make sure your laptop is charged and ready to go on Monday because we will start writing the Argumentative Essay.  Make sure you have read for two hours and completed the responses for 4/24-28.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Finished analyzing questions associated with the practice Performance Task, watched a video source for the penny argument and completed the argument organizer. If you are absent - go to "links" to find the link called "Should We Keep the Penny?"  This will take you right to the video.  Use your organizer to record the position and claims. HW - Independent reading.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Writers Workshop Wednesday.  We worked on creating a setting with great detail.  HW - Independent reading.  Make sure you have your Performance Task packet and laptop in class tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - More work on the SBA Practice Performance Task.  We continued working on the annotations and answering the short answer questions.  HW - Independent reading.  Honors - be sure your Holocaust Writing Contest essay is in the S-Drive by 7AM tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - We continued working through the SBA Performance Task packet and started reading and annotating the texts.  Reading journal entries for the week of 4/17-21 were checked off.  New reading response prompts for the week of 4/24-28 were handed out.  Honors worked on the Holocaust Writing Contest entries.  HW - Read two hours and finish Reading Journal Entries 4/24-28/17 by Monday, May 1st.