Month: January 2017

January 30-February 3rd

Monday, January 30th

  • Introduce Week 4 roots:
    • dis-: not, opposite of; disagree
    • dict: speak, tell; indicate
    • duct: lead; conductor
    • duce: lead; produce
    • Your next roots quiz is this Friday on weeks 1-4!
  • Finish narrative poetry notes (epic and ballad): Epic Samples     SCAN0015
  • Review poetry terms. Here are the direction sheets from today: DirectionSheetsforGoogleSlides
  • Homework: 
    • Poetry Quiz is Wednesday.
    • Pink and Blue course forms are due Wednesday.
    • Roots quiz 1-4 is Friday.

Tuesday, January 31st

Wednesday, February 1st–HS Counselors Back to Collect Blue and Pink Forms

  • Take poetry quiz. *If you were absent, you may take it on Monday.
  • Turn in blue forms to the high school counselors.
  • Sign up for poetry sessions, and set up poetry response sheets.
  • Homework: Roots quiz 1-4 is Friday. Remember, I will be out Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, February 2ndMrs. Acton Out on Personal Leave

Friday, February 3rdMrs. Acton Out on Personal Leave

 

ELA Week of 1/23-27

Monday, January 23rd

  • Introduce Week 3 Roots:
    • il; not, opposite of; illogical
    • ir; not, opposite of; irresponsible
    • cept; take; accept
  • Go over roots quizzes and verbals tests from last week.
    • If you made a 44 or below on the verbals test, you may retake it.
    • You have until THIS FRIDAY to retake.
    • If you still have not made up the verbals test due to an absence, you have until this Wednesday to take it.
  • Set up poetry notes (5 sheets of loose leaf paper stapled together).
    • Title the first page “Limericks.”
    • Take notes on example poems. *If you were absent, you will need to glue in the poems from today. Here are the notes we wrote: SCAN0012
    • Begin homework.
  • Homework:
    • Write one limerick by Wednesday. Follow the rhyme scheme (aabba) and syllable structure (9,9,5,5,9) that we discussed in class. It’s perfectly fine to manipulate words to make them work just as our example poems did. Your content may be silly but not offensive.
    • High school registration tomorrow in ELA class–don’t be absent!
    • Next roots quiz is next Friday, 2/3.
    • Poetry quiz is next Wednesday, 2/1.

Tuesday, January 24th

High School Registration Day

Homework: Write one limerick by Wednesday. Follow the rhyme scheme (aabba) and syllable structure (9,9,5,5,9) that we discussed in class. It’s perfectly fine to manipulate words to make them work just as our example poems did. Your content may be silly but not offensive.

Wednesday, January 25th

  • Review all roots.
  • Edit and revise limericks: Students will make sure sure poems had the correct rhyme scheme, syllable structure, and content. *Turn in for a silver grade.
  • Take notes on haiku poetry. *If you were absent, you will need to glue in the poems from today. Here are the notes we wrote: SCAN0013
  • Begin homework.
  • Homework: 
    • Write one haiku. The requirements are 3 lines, 5/7/5 syllable structure, and large scale to small scale imagery. Due tomorrow.
    • Next roots quiz is next Friday, 2/3.
    • Poetry quiz is next Wednesday, 2/1.
    • Verbals test retakes are due this Friday.
    • Blue and pink course selection forms are due 2/1.

Thursday, January 26th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Turn in haikus. *Turn in for a silver grade.
  • Begin notes on sonnets and lyrics. *If you were absent today, I will have the completed notes posted tomorrow. We did not finish today.
  • Homework: 
    • Next roots quiz is next Friday, 2/3.
    • Poetry quiz is next Wednesday, 2/1.
    • Verbals test retakes are due this Friday.
    • Blue and pink course selection forms are due 2/1.

Friday, January 27th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Take a pop quiz on poetry notes. *If you were absent today, you will take it during Sacred Reading Time on Monday. It is a 10 point bronze grade.
  • Finish poetry notes on sonnets and lyrics from yesterday. See attachment: SCAN0014
  • Take notes on narrative poetry. *If you were absent today, we only took about half of the notes. I will post the completed notes on Monday.
  • Homework: 
    • Next roots quiz is next Friday, 2/3.
    • Poetry quiz is next Wednesday, 2/1.
    • Blue and pink course selection forms are due 2/1.

January 16-20th

Monday, January 16th

No school, MLK, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th

  • Record new roots in roots list. The roots, definitions, and example words are listed below. Be sure to label this week as Week 2.
    • im-; not, opposite of; impossible
    • in-; not, opposite of; indirect
    • astro; stars, heavens; astrodome
    • bio; life; biography
  • Participate in group competition identifying different verbals (not for a grade).
  • Begin gerunds vs. participles: 2016 ger or part classwork *This will be an 18 point silver grade tomorrow.
  • For your explanations, follow these directions:
    • For gerunds, write “It is a ____.” Fill in the blank with DO, OP, PN, or S.
    • For participles, write, “It is describing the word ____.” Fill in the blank with the noun/pronoun the participle is describing.
  • Tips for identifying differences:
    • A lot of times, participle phrases are set off by commas.
    • You can do the “it” test. If you can replace the whole verbal phrase with “it” and the sentence makes sense, it is a gerund. If not, it is a participle.
    • Remember, gerunds are NOUNS, and participles are ADJECTIVES.
  • Homework: Finish the gerund or participle worksheet. It is located on the back of you participle wkst from last week, or there is a fresh copy posted above. Remember, your verbals test is Thursday, and your first roots quiz is Friday.

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Review all roots for this Friday’s quiz.
  • Check yesterday’s work on gerunds/participles. Grade it for an 18 point silver grade.
  • Complete study guide for verbals test tomorrow: 2017 Verbals Review (1) *This is not for a grade.
  • If time allows, review independently using Quizlet. Link: https://quizlet.com/_2zn5hg
  • Homework: Study for your verbals test tomorrow. Roots quiz is Friday.

Thursday, January 19th

  • Take verbals test. * This is a 70 point gold grade. If you were absent today, you may make it up Friday morning.
  • Review for roots quiz tomorrow.
  • Homework: Roots quiz is tomorrow.

Friday, January 20th

  • Take roots quiz.
  • Begin poetry unit.
  • Homework:

January 9-13th

Monday, January 9th

  • Go to the library to check out new books.
  • Introduce root study.
    • Add these roots to your list:
      • un-: not, opposite of    Example: un
      • non-: not, opposite of    Example: nonnegotiable
      • aud: hear         Example: auditorium
  • Review infinitives from last week and grade homework (20 point silver).
  • Homework: None

Tuesday, January 10th

  • Review roots for this week.
  • Create a cheat sheet to review complements.
  • Introduce next verbal, gerunds.
    • Watch introductory video.
    • Take notes: gerunds_2017
    • Begin practice if time allows: gerund-practice-2017
    • Plan of attack: img_0092 These steps will not work for every single sentence every single time, but it should help you if you are confused!!
  • Homework: Finish gerund practice.

Wednesday, January 11th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Go through a flow chart for attacking gerunds: img_0092 * After looking at this again, I would switch the first two questions. Ask yourself, “Does the gerund come right after a preposition?” FIRST. Then, ask yourself the subject question. Remember, prepositional phrases can go anywhere in a sentence, so it is possible for an OP to come before the main verb.
  • Revise yesterday’s homework if needed. Grade it for a 20 point silver grade.
  • In groups, imitate example sentences using gerunds and infinitives: copyofclasssentencesforwednesday
  • Homework: None

Thursday, January 12th

Friday, January 13th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Grade last night’s homework for a 23 point silver grade.
  • Participate in “Painting with Participles” to improve our writing using participles. Read through this ppt: Painting with Participles_2017
  • If you were absent, follow these directions:
    • Choose a suspenseful topic to write about (haunted house, the woods at night, murders in ATTWN, etc.)
    • “Paint” your sentences with participles and participle phrases by including them in your writing.
    • Underline each participle/phrase used in your writing.
    • Write at least 3 sentences with participle phrases.
    • You will turn all 3 sentences in.
  • Homework: No school Monday. Your verbals test will be Thursday. Roots quiz is 1/20.

January 4th-6th

Wednesday, January 4th: Welcome Back!!

  • Review “The Oak Mountain Way” by talking about dress code expectations.
  • Organize ELA binders: Keep literary terms notes, grammar notes, and thematic ideas list (all in Toolbox section). Keep anything in your Archives section. Toss ATTWN materials and grammar worksheets.
  • Take parts of speech pretest as preparation for our next grammar unit.
  • Homework: None

Thursday, January 5th

  • Discuss results of yesterday’s pretest.
  • Create a cheat sheet about nouns, adjectives, and verbs as preparation for today’s lesson.
  • Introduce verbals. Take notes on infinitives: infinitives_2017
  • Begin infinitive practice: infinitive-practice-2017
  • Homework: Finish infinitive practice.

Friday, January 6th

  • Grade last night’s homework (20 points, silver).
  • Watch gerund video:
  • Take notes on gerunds: gerunds_2017
  • Begin gerund practice: gerund-practice-2017
  • Homework: Finish gerund practice.