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September 18-22, 2017

Monday, September 18th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments: 

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Final work day for project is tomorrow. Bring any special materials to class tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 19th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments: 

Tonight’s Homework:

  • You will have 15 minutes to work on your project tomorrow. It is due TOMORROW. 

September 11-15, 2017

Monday & Tuesday= no school due to weather

Wednesday, September 13th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Get new roots. *If you were absent, see the Roots page of the blog to get this week’s roots.
  • Take The Outsiders chapters 11-12 quiz. *If you were absent, make this up ASAP.
  • Introduce group project. If you were absent, read over the directions very carefully. I will help you establish a group tomorrow.
  • Project Instruction Sheet & Rubric: Outsiders Post-Mortem Project
  • Teacher Example of Project Writing: Copy of Randy Example PM

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Roots quiz moved to this Monday.
  • Be thinking of extra supplies to bring for your project. I also encourage brainstorming and rough draft writing outside of school. 🙂

Thursday, September 14th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Roots quiz moved to this Monday.
  • Be thinking of extra supplies to bring for your project. I also encourage brainstorming and rough draft writing outside of school. 🙂

Friday, September 15th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Roots quiz Monday on weeks 1-4.
  • Bring extra supplies for project if needed.
  • Finish rough draft if you did not finish in class.

September 4-8, 2017

Monday, September 4th–Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Issue new roots. *If you were absent, see the Roots page on this blog to get this week’s roots.
  • Take chapters 4-7 reading quiz. *If you were absent, plan to make this up tomorrow morning before school or during advisory.
  • Discuss the possible symbolic representations of fire: purification, warmth, food, destruction, etc.
  • Work on thematic idea assignment: 2016 Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7
  • Here is a class copy that has the first one filled in as an example: Outsiders 6 and 7 Teacher Copy
  • Some thematic ideas we’ve been brainstorming: hardship, rebellion, appearance vs. reality, fear, family/friendship, loyalty, courage, pride, identity, social class, war, good vs. evil, death, heroism, risk, being the same, being different
  • Begin reading chapter 8. Today’s annotations: Johnny’s mother (122-23/93-94), Darry, a Soc?! (126/96-97), and Bob = Dally (129/98).

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish thematic ideas sheet: 2016 Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7
  • Read chapter 8 & annotate: Johnny’s mother (122-23/93-94), Darry, a Soc?! (126/96-97), and Bob = Dally (129/98).

Wednesday, September 6th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Turn in last night’s homework on Thematic Ideas Ch. 6 and 7.
  • Review chapter 8.
  • Complete this writer’s notebook entry prior to reading:  Fully explain why you agree/disagree with my statement: The rumble will solve the problems between Socs and greasers.
  • Read chapter 9 and make annotations: why each fights (137), Darry v. Paul (142), who wins? (145), and stay gold (148)

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish reading and annotating ch. 9 if needed.
  • Chapters 8 and 9 reading quiz tomorrow.

Thursday, September 7th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Take chapters 8 & 9 reading quiz. *If you were absent, you will need to make this up tomorrow.
  • Read and respond to chapter 10. On a sheet of paper, respond to these four questions as you come to each of the pages below:
    • Page 152: Does the scene of the guys post-rumble seem to show evidence that fighting is useful or useless? Why?
    • Page 153: Make a prediction about what is going to happen with Dally.
    • Page 155: Do you think Dally died gallant? Why/why not?
    • Page 160: Do you think the brothers should stay together? Why/why not?

Tonight’s Homework:

None!

Friday, September 8th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Read and annotate chapters 11 and 12.
    • Chapter 11 annotations: Bob’s picture (162/122), Randy’s visit (164/123), and PB’s confusion (165/125)
    • Chapter 12 annotations:
    • the hearing (166-67/127-28), changes in PB (169/128), the broken bottle (171/129-30), and the letter (178/135)
  • Stay Gold Activity: On an index card, write your own version of Johnny’s message “Stay gold” in your own words. On the back side, write the name of a person that you hope will hear or see this message.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Chapters 11 and 12 quiz Monday.

August 28-September 1, 2017

Monday, August 28th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Introduce new roots. See Roots Page for this week’s roots, definitions, and examples.
  • Review characters introduced in chapter 1.
  • Read chapter 2. Annotate (highlight+short note) the following: how Ponyboy and Johnny are different than most greasers, descriptions of the “gang,” greaser fight rules, and the flashback scene.
  • Exit Slip: On a sticky note, list one thematic idea you see present in the book so far. Identify and record one direct quote from chapters 1 or 2 that provides evidence. Use this template: Hinton writes, “_______” (page #).

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish reading & annotating chapter 2.
  • Book orders are due 8/30.
  • First reading quiz (on chapters 1-3) is this Wednesday, 8/30.
  • First roots quiz (on weeks 1 & 2) is this Friday, 9/1.

Tuesday, August 29th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Go to the library to check out personal reading books.
  • Get back  “The Road Not Taken” paragraphs and rubrics. File in page protector in Archive section of binder.
  • Read chapter 3, and make annotations: Cherry’s description of Socs vs. greasers, Ponyboy’s fit about greasers having it rough, Johnny’s threat of suicide, Darry hitting Ponyboy, any repeating images/objects in the book/chapter so far.
  • Exit Slip: In your group, divide a sheet of paper into 4 sections. Choose a repeating image to represent on this page. *If you were absent, you will need to do this assignment too.
    • Section 1: the name of the object/image
    • Section 2: a sketch of the image
    • Section 3: one of the passages where we read about the image + page number of passage
    • Section 4: possible “bigger” meaning of this image

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish reading chapter 3 and making annotations.
  • Chapters 1-3 reading quiz is tomorrow.
  • All book orders are due tomorrow.
  • First roots quiz (on weeks 1 & 2) is this Friday, 9/1.

Wednesday, August 30th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Discuss end of chapter 3 (Darry hitting Pony, and PB & J running away) & symbolism from yesterday’s exit slip (blue mustang=fear, switchblade=protection, rings=violence/fear, sunset=unity/peace)
  • Take reading quiz on chapters 1-3. *If you were absent, you will need to make this up as soon as you return.
  • Read chapter 4. For today’s annotations, mark 3 OMG moments and any possible symbols in this chapter. Hint: Aspects of setting can be symbols.
  • Additional Annotations: how the author builds suspense or leads up to Bob’s death (53-55), why Cherry might love Dally (59), why Dally sounds like Darry (60), symbolism of hiding in a church (61), gold/country (63) and why greasers don’t fit in (63).

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish reading and annotating chapter 4.
  • First roots quiz (on weeks 1 & 2) is this Friday, 9/1.

Thursday, August 31st

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Review this week’s roots and prepare for the roots quiz tomorrow.
  • Read chapter 5, and make today’s annotations: hair & pride (71), gallant (75-76), the poem (77), the gun/heater (83), and the spy (84).
  • Watch clip from Gone with the Wind, and make connections to The Outsiders. Link:  http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=gDF_Aqanefk
  • Exit Slip: 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.

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish reading and annotating chapter 5.
  • Study for your roots quiz tomorrow. All of the roots are on the “Roots” page of the blog if needed.

Friday, September 1st

Today’s Agenda & Assignments:

  • Take roots quiz.
  • Break down Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay”– See class notes: SCAN0020
  • Read and annotate chapter 6: Johnny’s family (87-88), a big OMG moment (90-93), Darry and Ponyboy (98).

Tonight’s Homework:

  • Finish reading and annotating ch 6. Read and annotate ch.7: Johnny’s condition (102), heroes (107), juvenile court (108), Sandy (111), Randy (115-118).
  • Quiz on chapters 4-7 Tuesday!

August 21-25, 2017

Monday, August 21st (Solar Eclipse Day!)

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Respond to today’s bell ringer. *If you were absent, you do not have to make this up.
  • Discuss Friday’s assignment on “The Road Not Taken.” See class notes: 
  • Begin RACE paragraph. See photo for set up: 
  • If you were absent and you are confused, I can meet with you Wednesday during class to help you. Do not stress!

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish today’s paragraph assignment if you did not finish in class.
  • The Outsiders is due this Friday!

Tuesday, August 22nd

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Get yesterday’s paragraphs checked by Mrs. Acton.
  • Introduce this week’s roots. See the Roots Page for a copy of the roots.
  • Participate in Performance testing (a standardized test) for Reading.

Tonight’s Homework

  • The Outsiders is due this Friday. I have NO free copies left!
  • Book forms are due 8/30.
  • Bring a book or something to work on tomorrow. If you have make-up work for my class, you will be able to work on it tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 23rd

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Finish Performance testing for Reading.
  • Complete anticipation guide for The Outsiders–see separate post titled “The Outsiders Anticipation Guide” for the link.
  • Get textbooks, see scores from yesterday, see current grades, check for make-up work (business things).

Tonight’s Homework

  • The Outsiders is due this Friday. I have NO free copies left!
  • Book forms are due 8/30.

Thursday, August 24th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review this week’s roots.
  • Work on revising Monday’s “The Road Not Taken” paragraphs.
  • Everyone needs to do the following to their final drafts:
    • Title: Put in quotes, capitalize first letters, spell correctly– “The Road Not Taken”
    • Author: Write full name, capitalize first letters, spell correctly–Robert Frost
    • Capital first letters and periods for each sentence.
    • Circle thematic idea.
    • Underline human condition part.
    • blue/black ink, name/date/class period, titled “The Road Not Taken,” skipped lines
  • Here is the document that has examples for how to quote lines correctly: Tidy Up Stuff  It also contains sample writing.
  • For your final draft, you also need to include one of the extension activities. The directions for the two options are here: Road Not Taken Final Draft

Tonight’s Homework

  • Final drafts of “The Road Not Taken” paragraphs/extensions due tomorrow!
  • The Outsiders is due this Friday. I have NO free copies left!
  • Book forms are due 8/30.

Friday, August 25th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review roots.
  • Discuss stereotyping and “judging a book by its cover”–We looked at various images of people for our discussion, and we discussed the anticipation guide findings. If you were absent, you do not need to make this up.
  • Turn in “The Road Not Taken” paragraphs–You will turn in your original + final draft. Circle thematic idea; underline human condition statement.
  • Begin reading The Outsiders chapter 1. We began annotating our books. To annotate, we marked important info + wrote a short note in the margin to identify why we highlighted the info.
  • Chapter 1 Annotations: character identification + descriptions, first person point of view, greasers vs. Socs, Pony’s parents, Johnny’s past, brother relationships.

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish reading chapter 1 & making annotations about character descriptions.
  • Book forms are due 8/30.
  • First roots quiz in ONE week.

August 14-18, 2017

Monday, August 14th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Take Code of Conduct quiz (30 point silver grade) *If you were absent today, see me when you return about when to make up the quiz. You may make it up Tuesday morning if you want to come in before school starts.
  • Organize binders–Put your materials in this order:
    • 1st: Writer’s Notebook (your spiral notebook)
    • 2nd: Your blue syllabus in a page protector
    • 3rd: Your divider labeled “Roots” with paper behind it
    • 4th: Your divider labeled “Toolbox” with some page protectors behind it
    • 5th: Your divider labeled “Now” with some paper behind it *Your “Where I’m From” materials should be in this section
    • 6th: Your divider labeled “Archives” with the rest of your page protectors behind it
  • Work on “Where I’m From” poem
    • Review FCAs:
      • 3 examples of strong imagery, underlined
      • 1 illustration of a concrete image with a caption–This can be drawn by hand (with color) or printed off the Internet
      • neat, legible, and balanced use of space
    • Write your revised poem on a LL sheet of paper. Save about 3 fingers worth of space for an image (top, bottom, side, or middle of page). Plan out stanzas, punctuation, your image, and having enough space to write your whole poem down. Tomorrow I will be looking for your poem to be written out on LL paper, your image sketched out, and a balanced use of space overall. I will also be looking for you to underline the 3 examples of imagery.

Tonight’s Homework

  • Final copy of poem is due Wednesday. You will have 10 minutes to work on your poem at the start of class tomorrow, and then you are on your own. If you need to bring in an image or a typed version of your poem tomorrow, that is fine.
  • Open House tomorrow!
  • Don’t forget… The Outsiders is due 8/22!

Tuesday, August 15th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Work on your poems for 10 minutes. Final drafts are due TOMORROW for a silver grade. Remember the following:
    • Your final draft should be typed or handwritten in ink. (You may choose what color ink).
    • Your 3 strong examples of imagery should be underlined on your final draft.
    • You should have 1 illustration of one of the images from your poem. This illustration can be a printed image or something you draw by hand. It should have color.
    • Include a one sentence caption beside/under your illustration. Your caption should identify/explain your illustration.
  • Brainstorm a list of characters/stories that fit common story patterns.
  • Read an informational chapter from Foster’s How to Read Like a Professor for Kids. The title of this chapter is called “One Story.”
  • On a loose leaf sheet of paper, draw a pie chart that has 6 sections. (If you are in 6th period, we just folded our paper to have 6 sections.) Number and label the sections using this key:
  1. Originality
  2. World Wide Web of Writing
  3. Archetype
  4. Aha!
  5. Old Friends
  6. Same Swirl
  • Respond to the questions below. These questions match the 6 sections. Write down the answer + page #.Essential Questions:
    1. Can a writer ever be truly original? Why/why not?
    2. How are all stories connected?
    3. What is an archetype?
    4. Why do these story parts, or archetypes, hang around?

    Challenge Questions:

    1. How is reading a story sometimes like running into old friends?
    2. How do stories help us understand each other?

Tonight’s Homework

  • Final copy of poem is due tomorrow. Come see me in the morning if you need help.
  • Open House tonight!
  • Don’t forget… The Outsiders is due 8/25!

Wednesday, August 16th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Complete first bell ringer entry in Writer’s Notebook. If you were absent, you do not have to make this up.
  • Turn in “Where I’m From” poem. This is a silver grade.
  • Go over findings from yesterday’s chapter. Use this document to check your work: Student Copy One Story Evidence You should include the points in purple in your note sheet.
  • Look at three 3 texts: a children’s story, a famous photograph, and an excerpt from Harry Potter. Identify thematic ideas that are present in the three different texts. Explain what the 3 texts have in common. *If you were absent today, you will not have to make this up. Just see me about the point of the lesson.
  • If you were absent today, you will need to get a copy of the bright pink sheet. It will be in the make-up work folder. This sheet will stay in your Toolbox section in your in a page protector.

Tonight’s Homework

  • The Outsiders is due 8/25!
  • Bring a free reading book tomorrow.

Thursday, August 17th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Complete first bell ringer entry in Writer’s Notebook. If you were absent, you do not have to make this up.
  • Redo “one story” note card. If you were absent today, I will help you with feedback.
  • Fill in this template about yesterday’s texts: In all three texts, the authors show the thematic idea of ___. For example, in the text ___, the author uses the detail/line ___ to show that we humans _____. *If you were absent today, please see me for help.

Tonight’s Homework

  • Remember to bring back your eclipse consent form!
  • The Outsiders is due 8/25!

Friday, August 18th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Complete bell ringer in Writer’s Notebook. If you were absent, you do not have to make this up.
  • Get teacher feedback on “one story” redo index cards and human condition statements from yesterday.
  • Here are some strong examples of human condition statements: Student HC Examples
  • Work on “The Road Not Taken” reading guide. Be sure to follow all directions. They are very explicit! The Road Not Taken 2017

Tonight’s Homework

  • Finish reading guide if you did not finish in class. The Road Not Taken 2017
  • The Outsiders is due 8/25!
  • Bring a towel to sit on for Monday’s Solar Eclipse event.

August 8-11, 2017

Tuesday, August 8th

Welcome Back to School!

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Introduce ourselves.
  • Take a room tour.
  • Go over syllabus, and highlight some key dates and materials needed. Copy of syllabus: Acton Syllabus_2017 2018

Homework

You need to pay attention the following due dates coming up very soon:

  • Signed syllabus is due this Thursday, 8/10
  • Materials are due 8/14 *Please see me by this Friday if you need help getting any supplies.
  • The Outsiders is due 8/22 *I have free (used) copies of this novel if needed.

Wednesday, August 9th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Work through the reading guide for “Where I’m From” (Where Im From)
    • 1st reading: Put a * beside anything interesting or important. Put a ? beside anything confusing.
    • 2nd reading: Listen to the poem in the poet’s voice (http://www.georgeellalyon.com/audio/where.mp3 ). Underline words/phrases that repeat in the poem. Write a summary of what the poem is about in your own words at the bottom of the page.
    • 3rd reading: Using two colors, highlight the strong images that are concrete (things you can touch) one color, and highlight the strong images that are abstract (ideas) using another color.
    • Begin filling in the template.Templates are due Friday for a grade.

Homework

You need to pay attention the following due dates coming up very soon:

  • Signed syllabus is due this Thursday, 8/10
  • Materials are due 8/14 *Please see me by this Friday if you need help getting any supplies.
  • The Outsiders is due 8/22 *I have free (used) copies of this novel if needed.
  • Finish filling in your poem template by Friday.

Thursday, August 10th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Collect signed syllabi.
  • Distribute, go over, and annotate the Shelby County Code of Conduct. *If you were absent, you will need to see me ASAP to get help. 

Homework

You need to pay attention the following due dates coming up very soon:

  • Materials are due 8/14 *Please see me by this Friday if you need help getting any supplies.
  • The Outsiders is due 8/22 *I have free (used) copies of this novel if needed.
  • Finish filling in your poem template by Friday.

Friday, August 11th

Today’s Agenda & Assignments

  • Review for CoC quiz by playing Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_3ld43g
  • Check off poem completion (bronze grade), and work on revising poems.
  • FCAs for poems:
    • 3 strong examples of concrete imagery, underlined
    • 1 illustration of a concrete image with an appropriate caption
    • Final product is neat, legible, and has a well-balanced use of space

Homework

  • Be thinking of an image to draw or print out for your final poem copy. If you want to bring in an image, print it out at home, and bring it to class Monday.
  • Materials are due 8/14 *Please see me by this Friday if you need help getting any supplies.
  • The Outsiders is due 8/22 *I have free (used) copies of this novel if needed.