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.

ELA Week of 12/12-12/16

Monday, December 12th

  • Take active/passive voice test.
  • Finish Friday’s cartoon and turn in to the tray.
    • 4-6 boxes
    • holiday themed
    • 2 examples of active voice (underlined in red)
    • 2 examples of passive voice (underlined in green)
  • Check for missing work.
  • Homework: Finish cartoon if needed. Benchmark is Wednesday. Study guide: 2nd9weeksbenchmarkstudyguide

Tuesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 14th

  • Take the benchmark.
  • Work on any missing work.
  • Homework: None
  • 5th period: Bring in sweet items for our party Friday!!

Thursday, December 15th

Friday, December 16th

Happy Holidays!! I hope you enjoy your two week break!



December 5-9, 2016

Mrs. Acton took back over this week. See her about any questions! See Mr. Parsons about any remaining ATTWN work.

Monday, December 5th

  • We are beginning a new grammar unit on Active and Passive Voice. This will be a one-week unit. The test is a week from today!
  • We took handwritten notes. See attached: scan0009
  • We used this handout to help us with notes: scan0010
  • We also watched this video about Active and Passive Voice. For a bronze grade exit slip, everyone explained 1) a major difference between active and passive voice 2) the “by zombie” rule. 


  • Homework: None. If you were with NJHS today, you will need to write down the notes and complete the exit slip. Feel free to come do this in the morning. Test Monday.

Tuesday, December 6th

Wednesday, December 7th–Mr. Parsons’ Last Day!

  • We checked yesterday’s Ratatouille activity for a bronze grade.
  • We revised questions #8,11,13, and 19 from yesterday’s practice sheet (identifying-active-and-passive) for a silver grade.
  • We discussed how passive voice can have its place in authentic writing and speaking experiences. We read and analyzed Ray Watts’ statement about ending football at UAB and an excerpt from MLK, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and reflected on why these two speakers used passive voice sentences in parts of their writing.
  • If you were absent today, you need to complete the Text #1 side of this document and turn in for a grade. Document: activeandpassivevoiceinauthenticpieces
  • We said goodbye, thank you, and good luck to Mr. Parsons!
  • Homework: Test Monday.

Thursday, December 8th

  • We reviewed for Monday’s test by completing the following activities:
    • AP Revision Practice: ap-revision_2016 (We checked Part One in class/ no grade. Students should turn in Part Two by the end of class today for a silver grade. For Part 2, only do #1, 5, and 9.) Revise in chunks!!
    • We did a human sentence activity in groups–no need to make up if you were absent.
  • Homework: Test Monday.

Friday, December 9th

  • Complete study guide (active-and-passive-voice-review-2016).
  • We went over the study guide in class.
  • We began a holiday cartoon that uses active and passive voice. The requirements are listed below:
    • Your cartoon must be 4 or 6 boxes.
    • It must contain text and a picture/illustration in each box.
    • 2 of your sentences must be written in active voice (underlined in red).
    • 2 of your sentences must be written in passive voice (underlined in green).
    • Color your cartoon, and create a title.
  • Homework: The cartoon is not homework. We will finish it after the test Monday. Test Monday! Benchmark 12/14.

November 28-December 2, 2016

Monday, November 28th

Tuesday, November 29th

  • Pass back papers and discuss grades.
  • Start “Tombstone Project” guidelines
  • Begin working on rough draft of the tombstone

Homework: Finish your rough draft and bring it to class (rubric and examples available here)

Project Rubric: soldier-island-cemetery_revised-rubric-2016

Tombstone Example front: marstontombstone_front

Tombstone Example back: marston-tombstone_back

Wednesday, November 30th

  • Peer edit rough draft of project,
  • Correct and finalize any changes to your rough draft.
  • Begin working on and decorating final draft of project
  • Finish and turn in final draft of project.

Homework: If you wish to further decorate your tombstone at home, you may do so, but it is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Thursday, December 1st

  • Present and turn in Tombstone Projects
  • Watch first section of ATTWN (1945)

Friday, December 2nd

  • In groups, complete the first section of the ATTWN film worksheet
  • Watch the ending of ATTWN film
  • Complete 2nd half of the movie worksheet with your group.

November 14th- 18th


  • We read the “Message in a Bottle” section of the novel
  • We reviewed characters such as Hugo, Fred and Cyril
  • We finished filling out our character charts
  • We completed a jigsaw activity with the last section of the novel.
  • Jigsaw activity: jigsaw-reading-of-the-manuscript

Homework: Study for tomorrow’s character quiz


  • Take Gold-level character quiz
  • Group activity- ACE writing reinforcement
  • Start discussing paper

Homework: Brainstorm character to pick for paper

Characters you can chose: Justice Wargrave, Vera Claythorne, Emily Brent, General MacArthur, Dr. Armstrong


  • Discuss paper Rubric and ACE paper parts
  • Sample paper: teacherattwnpaper
  • Outline and draft for paper: write frame sentence for beginning, find context, evidence and explanation for appearance, transition to reality. Find 2 pieces of evidence for reality, with context, quotes, and explanations for both. Make sure to transition between the two quotes.
  • Write conclusion sentence about how your character says something about human nature.

Homework: Finish any part of the outline not done, write down your evidence for tomorrow.


  • Continued to work on outlining
  • Started rough draft work
  • When done with rough draft, mark the following parts:

Topic Sentence: Highlight

Context for quote: Bracket []

Quote: Circle

Explanation for quote: Underline

Transitions: Box

Conclusion: Highlight

  • Homework: Finish your rough draft and bring it with you to class


  • Edit, mark and revise rough draft
  • Write final draft in class
  • Final draft is due at the end of class
  • If you are not going to be in class Friday, then your paper is due the MONDAY that we return from Thanksgiving Break. Failure to do so will result in a point deduction. No exceptions unless discussed already.

Homework: Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!

Paper instructions
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Paper instructions 2

Paper instructions 3



November 7th-11th


From Mr. Parsons:

  • We reviewed chapter 13
  • Took chapter’s 12 and 13 quiz
  • Read and annotate Chapter 14

Annotations: Lombard as wolf (228), Vera’s thoughts (230), Someone there? (234), Where’s Armstrong? (241)

Homework: Finish Chapter 14


From Mr. Parsons:

  • Review Chapter 14
  • Read and annotated Chapter 15

Annotations: Yes, the weather again! (243), Lombard’s revolver  (245), A red herring (247), Trusting each other  (253), Vera’s admission  (254), Blore’s death  (255), Armstrong’s body (259)

Homework: Finish reading Chapter 15 if not done


From Mr. Parsons:

  • Read and annotate Chapter 16
  • Read and complete the questions on the agenda sheet: student-agenda-sheet
  • Complete Appearance/Reality face activity

Homework: Finish any tasks that you could not complete in class


– We reviewed Chapter 16 and annotations

– We turned in work that was not completed yesterday

– We read the Epilogue and discussed the change in point of view and mood

Homework: Study for Tuesday’s character quiz.