Month: August 2016

August 29-September 2, 2016

Monday, August 29th

  • Pass back graded work. Organize binders.
  • Review annotations from this weekend’s reading.
    • building of suspense (53-55), why Cherry might love Dally (59), why Dally sounds like Darry (60), the church (61), gold/country (63), why greasers don’t fit in (63)
  • Homework= Turn in book order money by September 8th. Chapters 4-6 quiz is this Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 30th

  • Introduce Gone with the Wind and the word “gallant”
    • Gone with the Wind= a classic novel published in the 1930’s  about the South during the Civil War in the 1860’s. It glorified the Southern plantation life and presented the Southern gentleman and Confederates as gallant fighters standing up for the rights of their country.
    • gallant= (adj) bold, brave, self-sacrificing
    • Watch clip:
  •  Journal in Writer’s Notebook: Write thoroughly what YOU think about Dally being gallant. Explain your reasoning. Think about what you watched about Gone with the Wind, Dally’s behavior, Johnny’s hero-worship of Dally, and your experience/judgement about all that.
  • Study poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”: It’s one big metaphor, just like “The Road Not Taken.” In nature, seasons change. In life, people/things/circumstances, change. In what moments of your life have you experienced big changes?
  • Begin reading chapter 6.
  • Homework: Finish chapter 6. Chapters 4-6 quiz is tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Discuss chapter 6, including the symbolism of fire (renewal, change) and Darry’s reaction to seeing Ponyboy in the hospital.
  • Journal in Writer’s Notebook: How might the fire change, shape, or mold the characters Ponyboy, Dally, or Johnny? (You may choose one character to write about.) Think beyond their physical injuries…
  • Take quiz on chapters 4-6.
  • Read chapter 7, annotating the news about Johnny’s condition, the possibility of foster care, and Randy the Soc.
  • Homework: Finish reading chapter 7 and annotating.

Thursday, September 1st

  • Complete passage analysis (2016 Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7 ).
  • Read chapter 8, annotating Johnny’s mother, Darry=Soc?, and Cherry/Bob.
  • Homework: Finish reading and annotating chapter 8.

Friday, September 2nd

  • Journal in Writer’s Notebook: Look at your Outsiders anticipation guide #s 5 and 15. Now think about Darry and his social class. Why is he a greaser? Explain.
  • Journal in Writer’s Notebook: Explain why you agree/disagree with this statement: The rumble will solve the problems between the Socs and greasers.
  • Read chapter 9, annotating why each one fights, Darry vs. his past, and someone’s last words.
  • Homework:
    • Annotate chapters 9 and 10. For chapter 10, annotate who Dally loved and the use of the word gallant.
    • Ch. 7-10 quiz on TUESDAY.
    • Book orders are due next week!

Book Orders!

Hey, y’all, it’s time to order our class novels for the year. We’re reading 2 more books, the next being Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at the beginning of October.

The blue order form and  money ($11.50 total) are due to me by Tuesday, September 6.

The beauty of this situation is that by ordering you’ll have all needed books in advance, stored in my classroom, for the entire year–no losing them in your locker, no out-of-stock issues, no delayed Amazon orders. That being said, this order is not a requirement. Second and Charles has great discounted prices.


  • Do NOT use an e-book. Physical books are best.
  • DO use the same edition that we’re using, so we can all literally be on the same page. See the pictures and ISBN’s below.
  • DO ask me in advance for a free copy, if needed. I don’t have many.

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (ISBN 9780062073488) for $6.50

2015 ATTWN Edition

No Fear Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ISBN 9781586638511 ) for $5

AMND Cover 2016

August 22-26, 2016

Monday, August 22nd

  • Journal in Writer’s Notebook: Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult decision. How did you decide what to do?
  • Discuss the poem “The Road Not Taken” by picking apart each stanza:
    • 1st Stanza: point of view= first person, setting=woods, conflict= speaker is trying to decide which path to take
    • 2nd Stanza: The speaker is torn because both paths look the same.
    • 3rd Stanza: The speaker chooses the second path and knows that he will never be back to this spot again.
    • 4th Stanza: The speaker “sighs” when thinking about his decision. Is this a sigh of relief or discontent? Is the speaker happy with his decision?
    • This poem is an extended metaphor because it compares a fork in the road to the decisions we make in life.
  • Journal in Writer’s Notebook: Why do you think the title of the poem is “The Road NOT Taken”? How does this title influence the meaning we make?
  • Write ACE paragraph about the poem:
    • A= In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the poet uses the extended metaphor of two paths to develop the thematic idea of choice.
    • C= Frost writes, ” (write direct quote here)” (line #).
    • E= This  line shows (write something about the human condition and the thematic idea of choice).
  • Homework: Finish filling out the ACE model if you did not finish in class. We start The Outsiders tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 23rd

  • Turn in ACE paragraphs from yesterday.
  • Complete anticipation guide for The Outsiders (Anticipation Guide for The Outsiders ).
  • Begin reading chapter one of The Outsiders:
    • Annotate point of view and character descriptions.
  • Homework: Finish reading chapter one if needed. Quiz on chapters 1-3 is this Friday.

Wednesday, August 24th

  • Check out books from the Media Center.
  • Read chapter two:
    • Annotate evidence of that Johnny and Ponyboy are dfiferent than other greasers
    • Greaser rules (29)
    • Flashback about Johnny (31-34)
    • Cherry’s views on life (34-35)
    • Foreshadowing, “I know better now” (36)
  • Pass out textbooks. Take your textbooks home, and store them in a safe place.
  • Homework: Finish reading chapter two if needed. Quiz on chapters 1-3 is Friday. Sacred Reading Time starts Friday.

Thursday, August 25th

  • See sub agenda sheet: Sub Agenda Sheet_august25
  • Homework: Quiz on chapters 1-3 is Friday. Sacred Reading Time starts tomorrow–Bring your book!

Friday, August 26th

  • Take quiz on chapters 1-3.
  • Read article about the 1950s/1960s.
  • Complete writing assignment (America in the 1950s and 1960s).
  • Homework: Read chapters 4-5 this weekend. Annotate the following:
    • Chapter 4: Mark 3 OMG moments for you (or for our characters), repeating images/ideas, hints of foreshadowing
    • Chapter 5: hair and pride (71), gallant–aka bold, brave, self sacrificing–and hero worship (76), the poem (77), the gun (83), the spy (84)


August 15-19th

Monday, August 15th

  • Turn in reading inventories if needed.
  • Check supplies for bonus.
  • Complete learning mindset survey (LearningMindsetSurvey2015).
  • Study info graphic on growth mindset.
  • Listen to Dyson interview, and watch Austin’s Butterfly video: Make connections to growth mindset.
  • Homework: The Outsiders is due this Friday!

Tuesday, August 16th

  • Bell Ringer: New seats!
  • Wrap up “Austin’s Butterfly” by sharing findings.
  • On an index card, list the following information about a famous person who experienced failure before success:
    • his/her name & why he/she is famous
    • his/her unexpected hardship or failure
    • how failure was overcome to achieve success
    • web site
  • Set up writer’s notebook (3 sections: Journal, Ideas, Google It).
  • Homework: The Outsiders is due this Friday!

Wednesday, August 17th

  • In the journal section of your writer’s notebook, respond to the following prompt:
  1. Write today’s date.
  2. Go down to the next line.
  3. Answer: Why have humans written literature (poems, songs, stories, plays) for thousands of years? What’s the point?
  • Read a children’s story about a mother’s love for a child.
  • Discuss the human condition by going over this sheet (Thematic Ideas_Abstract Nouns The Human Condition ). This sheet should be kept in a page protector and kept in your toolbox section of your binder.
  • Identify thematic ideas that the children’s book demonstrated, like love, family, and trust. Look at an excerpt from Harry Potter and identify other thematic ideas, like fear, love, loyalty, evil/good, etc.
  • Study the following image: Dust Bowl
  • In our writer’s notebook, respond to the following prompt:
  1. Write today’s date.
  2. Go down to the next line.
  3. Answer: List any stand-out details, emotions, thematic ideas, or inferences about the photograph.
  • Homework: The Outsiders is due this Friday!

Thursday, August 18th

  • Write ACE statement about Dust Bowl Image. Below is an example:

A= In the photo “Migrant Mother,” the photographer captures the thematic idea of fear.

C= The details of the woman’s worried expression and the hiding children in the photo

E= show that the photographer wants us to understand that we fear what we can’t control.

If you were absent today, you will need to write out the above ACE template and fill in the blanks with your own information about the image.

  • Read chapter, “One Story”: Annotate evidence of the human condition and the definition of “one story”
  • Begin t-chart. If you were absent, see me for more information.
  • Homework: The Outsiders is due this Friday!

Friday, August 19th

  • Check for The Outsiders. If you don’t have one on Monday, it is a pink slip.
  • Wrap up yesterday’s discussion about “One Story”.
  • If you were absent, you will need to write a twenty word summary about “one story” and its connection to the human condition.
  • Read poem, “The Road Not Taken” (TheRoadNotTaken): Begin annotating.
  • First Reading: Use the following key to make your annotations (* important; ? confusing; 0 setting; ! something you recognize)
  • Second Reading:Write the notes in the left margin, AND highlight the lines/phrases that provide the evidence for your notes.

    1st Stanza: Jot down point of view, setting, and the speaker’s conflict.

    2nd Stanza: Answer, Why is the speaker torn about this decision?

    3rd Stanza: Answer, What is the speaker’s decision?

    4th Stanza: Answer, What does the speaker think about/reflect on?

  • Homework: Continue to bring The Outsiders to class. Open House is Monday.

August 8-12th

Welcome Back!

Tuesday, August 9th

  • Get to know your new ELA teacher, classmates, and classroom.
  • Discuss classroom syllabus (Acton 2016-2017 syllabus).
  • Exit Slip: On an index card, tell me anything you want me to know about you as we begin the new year.
  • Homework:
    • Signed syllabus is due Thursday.
    • Supplies are due Monday, 8/15 for bonus points.
    • Code of Conduct quiz is Friday.
    • S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is due Friday, 8/19. See page about class novels for more info.

Wednesday, August 10th

  • Read and annotate the poem, “Where I’m From.”
  • Discuss and annotate major points in this year’s Code of Conduct.
  • Homework:
    • Fill in blanks in “Where I’m From” activity.
    • Signed syllabus is due Thursday.
    • Supplies are due Monday, 8/15 for bonus points.
    • Code of Conduct quiz is Friday.
    • S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is due Friday, 8/19. See page about class novels for more info.

Thursday, August 11th

  • Write final draft of “Where I’m From” poem.
    • Write on colored paper.
    • Write in ink (marker or pen).
    • Write poem neatly on paper.
    • Draw one symbolic image or illustration representative of your poem.
    • Write name and class period on the back.
    • Turn in to the tray.
  • Review Code of Conduct for tomorrow’s quiz.
  • Homework:
    • Final draft of poem is due tomorrow.
    • Supplies are due Monday, 8/15 for bonus points.
    • Code of Conduct quiz is Friday.
    • S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is due Friday, 8/19. See page about class novels for more info.

Friday, August 12th

  • Take Code of Conduct quiz.
  • Complete reading inventory.
  • Share poems if time allows, and turn in final drafts.
  • Homework:
    • Supplies are due Monday, 8/15 for bonus points.
    • S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is due Friday, 8/19. See page about class novels for more info.