Month: February 2017

ELA Week of 2/27-3/3/2017

Monday, February 27th

  • Introduce Week 8 roots:
    • super-: above, better than normal; supernatural
    • semi-: half; semicircle
    • hemi-: half; hemisphere
    • mit: send; transmit
    • mis: send; missile
    • ped: foot, feet; pedestrian
    • pod: foot, feet; tripod
  • Get back poetry essay.
  • Continue the research process:
    • Self-check and peer review outlines. Make revisions as needed. *See me if you were absent.
    • Brainstorm character traits for your person. Make sure those traits are threaded throughout your paper (topic sentence, transition sentence, so what?, and all explanation sentences.)
  • Homework: 
    • I will check your outline tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Tuesday, February 28th

  • Review roots.
  • I checked outlines today.
  • Begin drafting your research paper based on your outline. A teacher sample paper is posted in Google Classroom. Your template for the final paper is in your research folder. You do not need to finish the whole draft by tomorrow. We will continue to work on it all week.
  • Homework: 
    • Book Fair tomorrow!
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Wednesday, March 1st

  • Review roots.
  • Focus on paragraph one of your paper. It needs to be done by tomorrow.
    • Look at this doc for a highlighted teacher sample: CopyofExampleTeacherPaper
    • Look at the list below of some self checking we did for the first paragraph. Make sure you have all of these items:
      • How many quotes should you have in your first paragraph?
      • So, how many parenthetical citations ( ) should you have in your first paragraph?
      • So, how many explanation sentences should you have in your first paragraph? Where are they located?
      • Are your quotes in chronological order?
      • Do you have context for each quote?
      • Do you use the phrase “the best of us” or “the best of humanity” in your topic sentence?
  • Homework: 
    • First paragraph due tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Thursday, March 2nd

  • Review roots.
  • Focus on paragraph two of your paper. It needs to be done by Tuesday.
  • Remember you have access to a teacher example paper, a teacher example outline, and some various versions of the “so what?” in Google Classroom. Use these resources!
  • Look at the list below of some self checking we did for the second paragraph. Make sure you have all of these items:
    • How many quotes should you have in your second paragraph?
    • So, how many parenthetical citations ( ) should you have in your second paragraph?
    • So, how many explanation sentences should you have in your second paragraph? Where are they located?
    • Do you have context for each quote?
    • Do you have a “so what?” at the end of your paragraph? Is it 2 sentences?
    • Do you have a transition sentence at the beginning of your paragraph?
  • Homework: 
    • Bring your device tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Friday, March 3rd

  • Complete 3rd 9 Weeks Benchmark Study Guide. I had to remove the key. If you need a copy, let me know.
  • Play Kahoots to review all 9 weeks roots.
  • Homework: STUDY YOUR ROOTS AND BENCHMARK STUDY GUIDE. TESTS MONDAY!
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/8

ELA Week of 2/20-24

Tuesday, February 21st

  • Introduce Week 7 Roots:
    • over-: too much; overcast
    • under-: too little; underestimate
    • meter; measure; thermometer
    • min; little, small; minimum
  • Model easybib.com *If you were absent, you will need to get me or a buddy in class to show you how to do this for citing your sources correctly.
  • Finish finding your 3 sources, finish citing them, and begin annotating them.
  • To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.”
  • Homework: BY THURSDAY, finish finding all 3 sources, and annotate at least 2 of your 3 sources. 

COME SEE ME IN THE MORNING IF YOU NEED EXTRA HELP!!!!

Wednesday, February 22nd

We took a “day off” from research because Mrs. Acton had to attend a meeting in the second half of the day. See sub plans below.

  • Complete root review sheet (all assignments): RootsReview_SubPlans
  • Complete research reflection: On an index card, record the following–1) your person’s name     2) 2 personality/character traits that make your person remarkable or “the best of us”   3) 3 facts that you have learned from your research that support those traits
  • Homework: BY THURSDAY, finish finding all 3 sources, and annotate at least 2 of your 3 sources. To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.”

Thursday, February 23rd

  • Today, we finished annotating our 3 sources. To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.” Use this question to help you: What personality or character traits does this fact reveal? (courage, strength, bravery, integrity, determination, loyalty, serving others, etc.)
  • Then, we began outlines. You will find your outline template with directions on it in your research folder in Google Classroom. Also, in Google Classroom, I posted a teacher example outline. I would keep that teacher example up on your screen as you work on your own outline.
  • Homework: Outlines are due Monday. If you are behind in the research process, do your best to catch up now, so you can progress with the class. Feel free to come see me in the morning if you want to use a Chromebook or need some individual help.

Friday, February 24th

  • Today, we worked on outlines for the whole class period. Remember, the template and teacher sample are on Google Classroom.
  • THINK:
    • First Paragraph: WHO YOUR PERSON IS/WAS (childhood, background, family, education, historical context, life)
    • Second Paragraph: WHO YOUR PERSON TRIED TO BE (actions, influence, works, speeches, beliefs, contributions)
  • I also checked each student’s 3 sources (completion of source docs, 3 MLA citations, and 1 comment with character trait) for a 20 pt. silver grade.
  • Homework: Completed outlines are due Monday.

February 13-17, 2017

Monday, February 13th

  • Introduce Week 6 Roots:
    • re-: again   Ex. replay
    • pre-: before  Ex. predict
    • fore: before  Ex.  foreshadowing
    • ject: throw   Ex. eject
  • Go over rubric for paper: Poetry Essay Rubric 2017 (1)
  • Go over final draft requirements: skipped lines, blue/black ink only, MLA heading
  • Write final draft.
  • Homework: Final drafts are due tomorrow when you walk in the door. We will also take the interim assessment for English tomorrow. Roots quiz coming up this Friday.

Tuesday, February 14th

  • Review roots.
  • Turn in poetry papers. This is a 40 point gold grade. If you were absent today, you will need to turn it in tomorrow morning.
  • Join Google Classroom. If you were absent today, you will need to join tomorrow. Mrs. Hutchings will have a copy of all of my codes.
  • Take the English interim assessment.
  • Begin pre-researching people for our research project. Select 5-6 people off of the list below, do a basic Google search to find out who they are/were, what they are known for, and what causes they supported or what impact they have had on others. In your writer’s notebook, write down 1-3 names of people off of the list that interested you and why.
  • LINK TO RESEARCH OPTIONS: People for “The Best of Us” Research Paper 2017
  • Homework: Tomorrow, you will meet in the Media Center with Mrs. Howton and Mrs. Hutchings to learn about finding credible sources. Go straight to the Media Center.

Wednesday, February 15th

  • Meet in the media center to participate in a lesson with Mrs. Howton and Mrs. Hutchings about finding credible sources. I will post information you will need as soon as I get it from Mrs. Howton.
  • Information from Mrs. Howton: Hutchings and Acton Research **Use this information to learn about how to find the best sources for your paper.
  • Homework: Roots quiz coming up Friday. Pick a person to research by tomorrow. List of Options: People for “The Best of Us” Research Paper 2017

Thursday, February 16th

  • Review roots for tomorrow’s quiz.
  • We picked research topics, listing a first and second choice. *If you were absent, you will need to make a selection tomorrow.
  • Participate in pre-research lesson about Sojourner Truth.
  • Homework: Study for your roots quiz tomorrow! We begin finding sources tomorrow.

Friday, February 17th

  • Take roots quiz. *If you were absent today, plan on taking it Tuesday.
  • Go over research assignment. See your Research Folder in Google Classroom for all documents that you need.
  • Begin finding sources. *If you were absent, fill out at least one source document in your research folder. These documents are labeled Source #1, Source #2, and Source #3.
  • Reminders:
    • You will have 3 sources total. 1 source must be from AVL.
    • You will fill out a source doc (in your research folder) for each source
    • It is fine to use bio.com and history.com
    • Other domains to look for are .edu, .gov, and .org
    • Don’t use Wikipedia articles
    • Avoid blogs and biased sites
  • Homework: None unless you need to catch up with research. We will finish up finding sources on Tuesday.

February 6-10, 2017

Monday, February 6th

  • Introduce Week 5 Roots:
    • de: reversal, removal      Ex. desensitize
    • geo: earth      Ex. geographer
    • graph: write, draw     Ex. photograph
  • Go over last week’s poetry test results. If you need to make this test, you need to do so by Wednesday. 
  • Respond in your writer’s notebook to this prompt: Tell me about a time when you felt misunderstood, ignored, or even invisible. What happened? What did you do in response?
  • To prepare for an upcoming writing assignment, we are going to work through one final poem together. We are focusing on the poem’s literal and figurative meaning. We did not have time to finish notes, so I will post them tomorrow.
  • Homework: Be thinking of which poem you want to write about for your next writing assignment. You may choose any poem (except “Not Waving But Drowning” that we have discussed in class formally or informally. 

Tuesday, February 7th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Go back to the poem from yesterday. Today, we are focusing on the poem’s figurative meaning. Here are the completed notes: SCAN0016
  • Look at these memes about social media culture: Social Media Memes Respond to this journal prompt in your writer’s notebook: How does what we have talked about today connect to our social media culture?
  • Choose a poem from the provided list for your writing assignment. Options: choices for poetry essay. Then, explicate the poem by responding to the following prompts:
    • Write the title and poet of the poem that you have chosen.
    • Identify and explain what thematic idea you think is explored in the poem.
    • Identify a strong image that is present in the poem.
    • Identify the poetry type, and list one accurate reason for why you know it is that type.
    • Journal: What is this poem about literally? What do you think this poem is about figuratively?
    • List any poetry terms that you see present in the poem: imagery, alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor, refrain, free verse
  • Homework: Be planning for your paper!

Wednesday, February 8th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Options for poem paper: choices for poetry essay
  • Review your chosen poem from yesterday. Continue to work on your explication:
    • Write the title and poet of the poem that you have chosen.
    • Identify and explain what thematic idea you think is explored in the poem.
    • Identify a strong image that is present in the poem.
    • Identify the poetry type, and list one accurate reason for why you know it is that type.
    • Journal: What is this poem about literally? What do you think this poem is about figuratively?
    • List any poetry terms that you see present in the poem: imagery, alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor, refrain, free verse
  • Dissect a teacher example paper. Here is a color-coded version of the paper: NWBDSamplePaper
  • Draft a human condition statement. Turn in for a silver grade. Leading Questions to Help: LeadingQuestions
  • Homework: None

Thursday, February 9th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Options for poem paper: choices for poetry essay
  • Sample paper: NWBDSamplePaper
  • Today, we revised human condition statements after getting individual feedback.
  • We then picked our 2 pieces of evidence and drafted our explanations of each piece of evidence. See teacher sample: SCAN0017
  • Homework: Finish filling in evidence and explanations if you did not finish in class. See teacher sample: SCAN0017

Friday, February 10th

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Options for poem paper:  choices for poetry essay
  • Sample paper: NWBDSamplePaper
  • I checked that everyone completed explanations for a bronze grade. *If you were absent, make sure I check off yours on Monday.
  • We wrote first drafts today.
  • Homework: Finish your first draft if needed. It should be completely done by Monday beginning of class. Final drafts are due Tuesday.

Poetry Session Links

“The Real Story Behind Nursery Rhymes”

Use the following links to help you research your information. If you need to do a basic Google search to find a copy of the poems, that’s fine.

Link One: http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Nursery-Rhymes/

Link Two: http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/more-nursery-rhymes/

Link Three: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150610-the-dark-side-of-nursery-rhymes

“Messing with Words”

“Jabberwocky” Audio

“Staff Picks”

1.)  “A Coat” by William Butler Yeats

2.) “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

3.)  “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

4.)  “Having a Coke with You” by Frank O’Hara

5.)  “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou

6.) “Dreams” by Langston Hughes

7.) Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

“Art and Poetry”

“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by artist Peter Bruegel