Farewell!

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Students, 

It’s been a good year. As you move onward in your education, I hope you remember a few things from our time together:

  1. Dante’s 9th Circle (Google it.) is reserved for the treacherous villains that purposefully and maliciously spoil the ending of books for others. Be cool. Don’t spoil it.
  2. If it tastes like bitter almonds, call an ambulance…and probably the police. Someone is trying to do you in. Thanks, landlady!
  3. All literature, art, and music reflects pieces of ourselves. We’re all connected because of it!

Stay gold,

Mrs. Hutchings

ELA: May 21-25, 2018

Monday 5/21

We quickly reviewed the  Hero’s Journey article and the Hero’s Journey Blank Notes before we applied them to Shrek. We started charting the way Shrek follows the hero’s journey on a sheet of loose leaf paper. We’ll finish in class tomorrow and turn it in for a 30 point gold grade.

Homework = Locker clean out is tomorrow. The 8th grade breakfast (free) is Wednesday at 8 a.m. in honor of your last week as middle schoolers!

Tuesday 5/22

We briefly reviewed yesterday’s work of charting the hero’s journey for Shrek. We finished the movie and turned in our 10 step hero’s journey loose leaf for 30 gold points.

Homework = The 8th grade breakfast (free) is tomorrow at 8 a.m. in honor of your last week as middle schoolers! No need for binders in my class tomorrow.

Wednesday 5/23

Had 8th grade breakfast, attended awards ceremony, and hung out.

Homework = None! Can’t believe tomorrow is the last day!

Thursday 5/34

Last day! Dismissed at 1 p.m.

Friday 5/25

Teacher Work Day

ELA: May 14-18, 2018

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NOTE:

THE STUDY GUIDE AND KEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED TEMPORARILY FOR OUR FINAL EXAM. SEE ME FOR A COPY.

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Monday 5/14

Took up textbooks. Issued the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page). Students finished working on the  WHAT IF? Midsummer Project and turned it in by the end of class. Refer to last week’s post to see notes, examples, etc.

Each student got a the OMHS Summer Reading List. 

Homework = Tomorrow is the last day to turn in textbooks without penalty. Our final exam is this Friday.

Tuesday 5/15

Today was field day, and while we did have normal class times for period 2, 3, 5, and 6 (not seeing 1st, 4th, or 7th), there is no makeup work from today.

Homework = Review the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page).

Wednesday 5/16

We reviewed the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page). Then, we took notes on archetypes. We had a lively class discussion about recognizing these archetypes in beloved fairy tales, movies, books, etc. We also had fun watching Silly Symphony’s 3 Little Pigs cartoon, noticing common archetypes.

Homework = Review the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page).

Thursday 5/18

We reviewed the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page).. Then, we took notes on archetypes. We read older, earlier versions of fairy tales–like “Cinderella,” “The Little Snow White,” and “The 12 Brothers”--and noted their similar archetypes.

Homework = Review the study guide for our ELA final exam on Friday (key on 2nd page).

Friday 5/19

Took the final exam (makeups will be Tuesday 5/22). Then, we read a Hero’s Journey article to fill in answers on the Hero’s Journey Blank Notes. We’ll use these notes to complete a final gold grade on Monday/Tuesday.

Homework = We still have 2 more regular work class days ahead! Remember, 8th grade breakfast (free!) given by our loving cafeteria staff in honor of your last week at OMMS is Wednesday, May 23.

ELA: May 7-11, 2018

Monday 5/7

While I was at meetings at OMHS, the sub passed out specifically addressed letters to each student about makeup work for students to complete (MSND quizzes #1 and #2, Blocking 3.2, and MSND Children’s Book). Students also had an optional chance to re-do Shakespeare for Dummies assignment, if they wanted. Lastly, students completed the OMHS play review for A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance.

Homework = Keep bringing MSND until next Monday (when you can donate it to me–optionally, of course). FYI: We start a gold project about MSND tomorrow–and we’ll rough draft on Wed. and Thurs, start a final draft on Friday, and turn it in next Monday.

Tuesday 5/8

We briefly reviewed before taking the final quiz on MSND, which covered Acts 4 and 5 and was 20 silver points. We graded them in class.

We started working on some thing new: WHAT IF? Midsummer Project.  Today, we focused on picking out one “what if” scenario and listing major events and final outcome(s) that would change. Stored notes in our NOW tabs. See below.

  1. Pick one “what if” scenario from the  WHAT IF? Midsummer Project sheet. Pick one you feel like you could explain pretty well.
  2. List 3-5 events that DO happen in the play but would CHANGE if your scenario came true.
  3. Consider who would be most affected by this change and who would not.

Tomorrow, we’ll focus on collecting evidence. Project is due Monday.

Homework = None!

Wednesday 5/9

Today, we gathered textual evidence from the play to support the 3-5 events you listed yesterday. To do that, we first had a mini lesson on paraphrasing, and then, we opened our play to find specific lines of dialogue to record (paraphrasing) on our notes sheet.

Let’s pretend one event is that Helena would not tell Demetrius about Hermia eloping. How did you know Helena was going to do that? SHE SAYS IT, literally. Go find the lines where she says she’ll tell Dem. and write it as a paraphrase on your notes sheet.

Wondering where to find what you’re looking for in the play? Use this link to a list of annotations and the image below to help.

Homework = Finish finding and recording (paraphrasing) evidence. BRING TEXTBOOKS (you have 2, one fat literature and one skinny writing coach) ON FRIDAY to turn in.

Thursday 5/10

While I worked on my National Board Certification, Mrs. Lampkin gave students their 5/10 Student Letter, including my example project, and one sheet of ledger paper (11×17) to hand-write your rough draft on today. Make your 3-5 events chronological.

If you are absent, you can do it on loose leaf. You just might need use front/back or two sheets to fit it all. Email if you have questions.

Even though today was a ROUGH DRAFT day, here’s a peek at two examples of what our final drafts might look like. One is mine, the traditionalist, and the other is Mrs. Acton, the artist. Note that the BOX TEXT is the exact same; it’s just the presentation of it that’s different.

Homework = Behind on this project? Catch up! Yesterday had a link and picture with page numbers to help with evidence. Also, BRING TEXTBOOKS (you have 2, one fat literature and one skinny writing coach) TOMORROW to turn in.

Friday 5/11

I took up textbooks while students continued working on yesterday’s rough draft, following the directions on the 5/10 Student Letter and using my example writing, to fill out the sheet of ledger paper (11×17) that you got yesterday.

We did add the final box–the conclusion. The conclusion is really the “So what?” part of your project. To figure out what to write, consider the plot line your “what if” scenario deals with. What aspect of human nature does it spotlight? Here are some ideas: revenge, obsession, selflessness, selfishness, pride, arrogance, courageous love, arrogance, blind love, etc. If the play were different, like your scenario, what would be NOT learn/observe about one of these ideas?

Homework = By now, all boxes should be filled in and 3-5 of them should have citations. If not, catch up. Monday will be our final work day (appearance, final edits, etc.) and it’s due at the end of class.

FYI: Our ELA final exam (gold) is Friday 5/18. You’ll get a study guide on Monday.

 

ELA: April 30-May 4, 2018

Monday 4/30

While I was away at an ELA workshop, y’all had Mrs. Lampkin as a sub. You read my letter to you and completed Blocking 3.2 assignment. Turned in at the end of class.

BTW, welcome back, band and choir! You and I will chat tomorrow about a makeup quiz from last week. Make sure you’ve read through 3.1.

Homework = We’ll have a quiz Wednesday THURSDAY that covers 1.1- large part of 3.2 (up to page 110 120). Field trip to OMHS on Friday. Check instructions on my board in class.

Tuesday 5/1

We got back the Blocking 3.2 assignment you did yesterday (for 20 silver points). Those who did not finish are welcome to do it–and I’ll re-grade it–on your own time. We also briefly reviewed what happened in our play in that scene, and read/watched/summarized the rest of 3.2.

Behind? Confused? Behind and confused? Shmoop.com has excellent summaries and helpful tips for understanding this play. You should really check it out if you’ve been absent to catch up better.

Homework = We’ll have a quiz Wednesday THURSDAY that covers 1.1- large part of 3.2. Field trip to OMHS on Friday. Check instructions on my board in class.

Wednesday 5/2

I made this announcement: On Monday, all students will get a whole class period to do makeup work (or re-do work). We did a close read (aka, zoomed in our focus on to really specific parts of our play) for these 3 pages, making these 3 notes:

  • Page 112 –  Oberon is mad at Puck for messing up the love flower with the 4 Athenians. Tells him how to fix it with the antidote flower (lines 366-67).
  • Page 114 – They must HURRY to fix this mix up before the sun rises.
  • (FYI: Puck then uses magic/trickery to keep the 4 Athenians from seeing each other–so they won’t beat the mess out of each other!–AND get them all together to fall asleep so he can use the antidote flower on Lysander)
  • Page 120 – Puck is successful! The antidote flower is in Lysander’s eye, and all 4 are sleeping peacefully.

We also were silly as we made three-part Shakespearean Insults (only do the instructions for “How to MAKE an Insult”).

Behind? Confused? Behind and confused? Shmoop.com has excellent summaries and helpful tips for understanding this play. You should really check it out if you’ve been absent to catch up better.

Homework = Tomorrow is a quiz that covers Act 3. Field trip to OMHS is on Friday. Check instructions on my board in class.

Thursday 5/3

We watched all of Acts 4 and 5. If you were absent (or need extra help), go to Shmoop.com for their summaries. We made special note of how all 4 Athenians (and Bottom) feel like their night was a dream rather than reality–specifically making note of Lysander’s speech to Theseus on page 134, lines 144-146. We took notes on loose leaf as we watched about the final outcome for each of our character groups. See image below.

Homework = Field trip to OMHS is tomorrow. Check instructions on my board in class.

Friday 5/4

Today we either went to the play at OMHS, getting yet another dose of Shakespearean goodness before our gold project next week, OR we stayed at OMMS to complete the Midsummer Children’s Book Assignment (instructions and materials were given in class). If you were absent, you will complete this assignment, too.

Homework = Monday is a makeup/catchup/redo day. Tuesday-Friday is our gold project for Midsummer.

 

ELA: April 23-27, 2018

Monday 4/23

We reviewed instructions for COURSE VERIFICATION sheets for 9th grade classes, which you got on Friday with my sub Mrs. Lampkin. We also reviewed the OPT OUT letter, which is due tomorrow. Students who were absent Friday got makeup work.

Final groups presented their Shark Tank Sales Pitch. All grades are now returned to students.

We discussed how we will read this play (contemporary, right hand side of the text, all on odd pages, for Act 1 only) before we read pages 3-7 in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MSND) for Act 1, scene 1 (1.1). We made annotations, read character profiles of the 3 adults we met today, and made connections between characters on our wall diagram.

Homework = The OPT OUT letter is due tomorrow. Bring MSND every single day.

Tuesday 4/24

We reviewed yesterday’s reading of pages 3-9, particularly the relationships between each of the three adults and the four Athenians. We read/acted the rest of 1.1 (see image below for annotations).

Then, we watched 1.2 with the 1999 film version of MSND, noting why the play was being rehearsed, what Bottom’s personality is like, and HOW we know that’s what his personality is like. See me if absent.

Band and choir students got a copy of our MSND Reading Makeup Work for their trip.

Homework = Corrections to you COURSE VERIFICATION sheets for 9th grade classes are due April 30.

Wednesday 4/25

We had a sub for parts of today while I was at a Teacher of the Year luncheon, and all classes completed the items on this Student Letter. Read carefully. You’ll need loose leaf and your copy of MSND.

Homework = We’ll have a reading quiz on Friday covering everything we’ve read up til then. Corrections to you COURSE VERIFICATION sheets for 9th grade classes are due April 30.

Thursday 4/26

We drew a character map of the 4 Athenians, using lines, arrows, hearts, and Xs to show their relationships up to Act 2.1. Then, we read/acted Act 2.2 and adjusted our map with new relationships that unfold. Stored in the NOW tab.

Homework = We’ll have a reading quiz tomorrow covering everything we’ve read up til now (Act 1.1 to Act 2.2). Corrections to you COURSE VERIFICATION sheets for 9th grade classes are due MONDAY, April 30.

Friday 4/27

We reviewed using a fill-in-the-blank summary of our play (answers on second page) before taking a silver quiz on Acts 1.1-2.2. We also read and watched 3.1, noting what happens to Bottom and Titania.

Homework = Corrections to you COURSE VERIFICATION sheets for 9th grade classes are due Monday. Also, next Friday,we’ll go to OMHS to watch their version of MSND. The list of those who are going (who paid and got the permission slip signed last month) and not going (those who chose themselves not to go) are listed in my room.