Big thank you to Farmer’s Insurance rep, Mr Neville and reminder about due date

The “Hollywood Producer” project is due on April 26.  Students have been told the due date daily and it is posted in the classroom.  Most books require 5 to 10 hours of concentrated time to read depending upon the student’s reading rate.  Students were given the assignment and brought to the library to find a book prior to Spring Break.  No other assignments have been given since.  Students have been given 2 hours of clock time to read in class over the course of the last month.  In addition every child has a 20 minute study hall during lunch class.

 

It may seem trivial when you first hear of it.but when at a recent meeting  Mr. C. Neville, of Farmer’s Insurance, asked the faculty what he could do for us or get for us I thought a second and asked for Jolly Ranchers.  Why?  I reward my students for cleaning and for acts of kindness with the candies.  Money for candy comes out of my pocket. So while everyone laughed, I was hoping he would take me seriously.  He did and the next day 4 large  bags were delivered.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Project due 4/26

Students were given guidelines for choosing their novel for the next project.  They have also been instructed to get approval from me to read the book they have chosen  and given library time to find books.

I shared instructions with them in Classroom — yeah me

Here is the link to copy paste or use https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rQHpSR7qD8t7h6W2SpG_QDqpIiJO-t-HVW8_O2BQwAY/edit

 

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Next assignment due 3/23

 

Assignment due 3/23

Reading assignment:   705-732

This is part of the screenplay,  Phantom Tollbooth.  It is a little harder for kids to read so you should plan ahead to be able to read through it twice if not 3 times to understand it.  It is not “back of the cereal box” reading.

Vocabulary words:   Blue words on 706  and 2 extra which are lethargy and whether

For each vocabulary word write 2 sentences.  One of the two must be a complex sentence.  Underline the vocab words once and all subordinate clasuses twice

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Next week’s assignment date changed–extra night Due Wed. 3/15

The assignment originally due Tuesday will be due on Wednesday, March 15. because we did not have agenda time on Thursday before dismissing.

Those of you who check the blog have 5 nights extra to complete the assignment for next Wednesday.

ReaD 839,842-844, AND 847-852

Write one sentence for each blue word on  840 and 846

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New Unit begins: Oral Tradition Universality and Culturally Specific 2 assignment Dates

Please find listed 2 reading and writing assignments and due dates

Pages 824 thru 831 in our yellow lit book cover terms and ideas we will discuss in class.  It is a good idea for you to review these pages several times as you would a study guide.

Next reading  and writing assignments and due dates

Due Wed. March 8:  Read pages 832 to 836.  Pay attention to everything written on the pages.  Write 1 sentence with each vocabulary word from sheet given in class.  Hi-lite or underline the vocab word.

Due Tuesday March 14: ReaD 839,842-844, AND 847-852

Write one sentence for each blue word on  840 and 846

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Poetry and Float

Poetry test

Students were given a packet today that is due Wed. Feb. 22.  It is a very easy review of the elements of poetry we have been studying. In addition students can study pages 550 to 555 in their texts at home and handouts given in class.

 

Book Parade

 

Our book parade will be on Feb. 27.

Because of an event in the media center that was scheduled for us for next week, I am allowing students to complete the platform portion of their floats at home.  When the shoe box is turned upside down the bottom of the shoe box becomes the platform.  Students are to create a scene from their books on the platforms. Boxes can  be spray painted or covered in tissue or wrapping paper –even duct tape.

We will be in the computer lab printing out the paragraphs that go on the back of the float and the slides that go on the front of the float.

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Please do not feel pressured to spend more than a few dollars on items to complete the  float.  As a matter of fact, they can be nicely  done with markers and paper as is  the one on display in my classroom.

 

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New Dates

Due to the massive amount of student absences, OUR POETRY GOLD TEST has been moved to Feb 23.

We will construct our floats on Feb. 24 and 27th.

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Important dates for February

Silver Bio and Vit root words test Feb. 9  

All students have chosen a novel from a collection of historical novels that they should be reading independently  at home independently. Students should not be listening to the novel as someone else reads it to them.  Research shows that just listening does not help with reading comprehension skills though it may help with written and oral communication. However, they may listen to a reading if they are following along word for word.

The due date to have the novel read is Feb 13.  We will be completing in class projects and packets regarding these novels.  Students will need a shoe box with a lid by Feb. 13.  They will be making a float that will include an event or scene from the book.  Please don’t spend a fortune at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  More info will be given as we go.

 

We are studying poetry and poetic devices.  Students were given a study guide and they may also use pages 550-555  in the big yellow books that  they have all been issued.  It is not necessary for students to lug these back breaking books to school as they have been given instructions to leave these at home.  I have extra books in my room that they can use before school and during lunch.

GOLD Poetry Terms Test  : Feb. 15

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!1-3 to 1-13

 

Herbert ELA 6  1-3  to 1-13

Due 1-11 Independent Reading Homework : page 516 517 “Letter from a Concentration Camp”  “Letter from Scottie”

Independent Selection vocabulary: regret, documentation, misery

In your composition book : Write one sentence for each blue vocabulary word.  Each sentence should include an appositive phrase or clause.

 

Academic vocab:craft and structure argument, claim, historical fiction,  primary source, author’s style, author’s purpose,

Figurative language: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, onomatopoeia

 

Due 1-11 Independent Reading Homework: “Letter from a Concentration Camp”  “Letter from Scottie”

Independent

Selection vocabulary: regret, documentation, misery, In your composition notebook, write a sentence for each word.  Each should contain an appositive.

Classroom

reading:short stories, historical fiction “The Bracelet”  and “ Song of the Trees”

Non-fiction:    “Children of Japanese Relocation Camps”  ed.helper essay  reading level 6th

Vocabulary

    :   detainee, ikebana, redress, swampland, relocate, historical, mistrust, amongst, frequently, traditional, failure, towers, poorly, camps, loyalty, reminders
    content words:   Manzanar War Relocation Center, Ansel Adams, Pearl Harbor, World War II, Soviet Union, Great Britain, United States, President Franklin Roosevelt,Japanese Americans, West Coast

Reading fluency Passage 4 p 316 AIO

 

Roots port, miss, mit  =20 words given in class

 

Grammar Only in class:

Recognizing and punctuating appositives and conjunctions

 

Diagramming subjects and predicates  GWB 44-45

 

Troublesome words: There’s, theirs, they’re

 

There will be a gold test on everything covered in class starting on 1-13

 

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Remainder of the Year–test rescheduled

My classes just are not ready for the gold test  Parts of Speech so I am rescheduling for Monday.  It will be combined with a plot development  and characterization quiz.

 

On Friday I was absent and an adult sub gave my students permission to play on their phones and to ignore the assignment that I had left on the board for them.  That same assignment had been explained to my classes on Thursday and students were aware that they were to continue that work on Friday.  In addition, I leave a red binder on my desk marked “Sub” every afternoon with roles and 2 weeks of assignments because you never know…..

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Assignments for week after Thanksgiving

I am very thankful God has blessed me with the opportunity to help you lay your secondary school foundation.  I will hold the door open. Run in!

Due Dec. 2

  1. Read pages 284 to 297 carefully  at least twice.
  2. Write one sentence for each of 6 blue vocab words on p 284.  Each sentence should contain at least one adjective and one adverb.  Box or hi-lite vocab words and underline adjectives and adverbs.
  3. From the story list 5 adjectives and the nouns they describe.

On December 7 we will take a benchmark on the parts of speech and literary terms covered this 9 weeks.

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Test on 11/8

Because of time constraints, tomorrow’s test will be very simple.  Students will be given 3 sentences and they will tell me

which sentence contains an action verb,

which sentence contains a linking verb

which sentence contains a helping verb

They will be given 4 sentences and will tell me what the antecedent in each sentence is.

They will identify literary terms by their definitions.

They will be given a source to cite will tell me whether they should underline or use quotation marks for the title.

 

 

 

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Week of 10-28

The following assignment is due 11/1—the day after Halloween!!!!!!!

Complete all written portions on one piece  of loose leaf paper.

Read page 108.  Then complete Practice A and Practice B

Read page 111 and 112.
Write a good, context clue filled  sentence for each of the words in blue.

We are taking an ACT Aspire test using chrome books on Wednesday.

We will take a test on pronouns, adjectives and adverbs on Friday.

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Week beginning 10/21

Weekly assignment due 10/28

Do not attempt to complete your reading and studying in one night.

1).Read page 373   2) Read page 962  3) Read page 978-986

4) read over Q.1-4 page 986  then re-read 978-986 a second  and third time

Vocabulary for this week: diagnosis 981      disinfectant 982   foreshadowing 962

foreshadowing 982   flashback 962

phonic focus: prefixes     ab    ad     de     dif   dis    dys

and the Warm up word lists

This may look like a multitude but most of the vocabulary is familiar to the students.

 

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Congrats and Week of 10/14 to 10/20

Independent reading assignment due 10/20

From your home textbook: read pages 300-314 which includes a short story and definitions for the selection  vocabulary words

Vocabulary for this reading assignment :

endured,    liable    declined    declined     pursuer     abruptly   summit     northern lights

Yukon    yawing   abreast   capsized

In addition, students were given 2 lists of words  and their definitions with the prefixes  pro, il, im, in and ir

The comprehension and vocabulary grades will be separate grades  so that all parties concerned can better understand student strengths and weaknesses.We will be working with the vocabulary in class.

 

Congrats to 7th period for winning the Highest Grade Point Average Contest                      86.75

All class averages were above 84

A list of all kids who made A’s is coming.  There were 64.

 

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Week of 9/30

The story string project is due on the 4th.

I am enjoying reading the “Elder Experience” essays.  May I suggest you have your students print them at home and share them with their elders.  They are heartwarming– which is making it tough to grade them.

We will have a 9 week review test next Friday.  I gave the kids a list of terms we have covered.  There is no study guide to be handed in.

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Week beginning September 23

The Story String project is due on the 4th of October.

There is no yellow book independent reading assignment this week. Students should be reading their novels and working on their story strings.

There is a test on the ject and sect vocabulary words next week on the 28th.

The Story Strings project is due on the 4th of October. I have added a page to this blog that students were given in class.

 

Be sure to watch Saturday’s game and pull for the tigers.

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Week beginning 9/17

Due Tuesday: read “Why Monkeys Live in Trees” p.74

Answer in your composition book: 2 to 3 complete sentences Why do you believe the passage is fiction?

QUIZ Ject and Sect  on 9-28

NEW DUE DATE  for String Project is 10/4

 

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Weeks beginning 9/2 and ending 9/15

Carefully read pages 496 thru 506.  Answer questions 1-4 on 506  into composition books.  Answer in complete sentences using proper capitalization and punctuation.   There will be a vocabulary and phonics focus test on 9-14 using  Word lists A and B from our Monkey unit  and the dict and spec lists.  Copies of these words were provided in class.

There are no sentences due as the assignment p[aired with the independent reading is written.

A “Story String” project is due on September 30 for a gold grade.  Students will be reading a novel independently to complete this project.

The class is reading The Westing Game   Please do not read ahead.

 

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Week beginning 8-26

Friday 8-26  in class: phonics focus silver test on ped and man, manu  Only on spelling the words hi-lighted.  No sentences for this.

DUE on Tuesday: context clue sentences for  words in blue on page 30    Underline or hi-light the vocab word in the sentence.  Then, circle the nouns and box the verbs.  The vocabulary word must be correctly spelled in order to get any credit for the sentence. There must be proper punctuation at the end of the sentence and the first word of the sentence and proper nouns must be capitalized in order to get credit.

Wed: test on fiction, non-fiction, plot and plot parts, internal and external conflict, author’s purpose, point of view.  For this review the following pages: 3, 4, 5, 21, 43

Due on Thursday: read p 30-38

 

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