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    Mr. Prichard

    Seventh Grade Language and Literature


  • Week of May 18 to 22 (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Accelerated Reader - 

    Students need to continue to read AR books and take AR quizzes to work towards their individualized goal for the trimester.  This is a 100-point, trimester-long assignment.  The deadline for earning AR points is Friday, May 29, at noon.

     

    Novel Unit - 

    We are half-way through the Holes novel unit.  If you need it, here is a link to an on-line version of the text plus one for an audio version.  You should be finishing reading the novel this week, with the whole novel test at the beginning of next week.

     

    Monday

    • Do a Level Up Tutorial using our online Collections textbook resources (Category: Analyzing Literature → Tutorial: Historical and Cultural Context).  Then take a five-question quiz on that material using Google Forms.  Make sure to do the Practice tab for that tutorial, so you will ace the quiz.
    • Keep reading Holes.

     

    Tuesday

    • Keep reading Holes.
    • Finish the Smell Search chart (copy down a total of five quotations) - due tomorrow.
    • Utilize these electronic flashcards or your own flashcards to study Holes vocabulary.

     

    Wednesday

    • Turn in the Smell Search chart using Google Classroom.
    • Study Holes vocabulary.
    • Keep reading Holes.

     

    Thursday

    • Take Holes Vocabulary Quiz on Google Classroom.
    • Keep reading Holes.

     

    Friday

    • Listen to a recording of Mr. Prichard discussing Holes.
    • Finish reading Holes; the Test on the whole novel is Tuesday, May 26.
    • Remember that Monday is Memorial Day.

     


     

    Week of May 11 to 15 (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Novel Unit - 

    Last week we began the Holes novel unit.  If you need it, here is a link to an on-line version of the text plus one for an audio version.  If you did pick up a book from school last week, please email me a photo of the cover of the book you got if you haven't already.  There will be a test on Part One (up to page 123) on Wednesday this week.

     

    Accelerated Reader - 

    Students need to continue to read AR books and take AR quizzes to work towards their individualized goal for the trimester.  This is a 100-point, trimester-long assignment.

     

    Monday

    • This is the last day to retake the Beowulf Vocabulary Test (optional).
    • Please review the Level Up Tutorial that you did last week (Category: Analyzing Literature → Tutorial: Imagery).  Then take a five-question quiz on that material using Google Forms.  If you did the Practice tab for that tutorial you will ace the quiz.
    • Keep reading Holes.

     

    Tuesday

    • Keep reading Holes.  Finish page 123 by tomorrow.
    • As you read, be filling in your Smell Search chart.  You will need to copy down a total of five quotations (due May 20).

     

    Wednesday

    • Take the Part One Holes Test through Google Classroom.
    • Keep reading Holes.

     

    Thursday

    • Listen to recording of Mr. Prichard discussing Holes.
    • Finish the Holes Vocabulary assignment (due tomorrow).
    • Keep reading Holes.  Find quotations for the Smell Search as you go.

      

    Friday

    • Turn in Holes Vocabulary on Google Classroom.
    • Keep reading Holes; finish Parts Two and Three (the whole novel) by Friday, May 22.

     


     

    Week of May 4 to 8 (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Novel Unit - 

    This week we will begin a novel unit.  For the next few weeks, we will be reading Holes by Louis Sachar.  I will be providing a link to an on-line version of the text, but I encourage families to stop by Camerado on Monday or Tuesday to pick up a copy of the book.  Here are the details about picking up a book.

     

    Below I will tell about daily activities.  Feel free to adjust the pacing to fit your schedule, but keep in mind deadlines.

     

    Monday

    • Do the Grammar Notes Lesson 1: Correcting Sentence Fragments (Grammar Notes Lessons can be found under Student Resources from the Collections on-line resources).
    • (Optional) Go to school to pick up a copy of Holes.

     

    Tuesday

    • (Optional) Go to school to pick up a copy of Holes.
    • Begin reading Holes (finish reading page 123 by Wed., May 13).

     

    Wednesday

    • Level Up Tutorial: Analyzing Literature → Imagery.  
    • The Smell Search is assigned (Due May 20).
    • Keep reading Holes.  Find quotations for the Smell Search as you go.

     

    Thursday

    • Holes Vocabulary is assigned (Due May 15).
    • Keep reading Holes.  Find quotations for the Smell Search as you go.

     

    Friday

    • Review results of last week’s Cluster Quiz on Reading Informative Text: Craft/Structure.
    • Keep reading Holes; finish Part One by next Wednesday.  Find quotations for the Smell Search as you go.  The test on the first 123 pages (Part One) will be on Wednesday (May 13).

     


     

    Week of April 27 to May 1 (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Last week students began working through the writing process to write a mini-story about the coronavirus crisis (Again, here is the writing prompt).  This week we will complete the writing process and get the final draft turned in.  In addition to the focus on narrative writing, students should continue making progress toward AR goals.  One other learning activity we will have this week is a Fastbridge Cluster Quiz on Reading Informational Text: Form & Structure.

     

    Here I will tell you about daily activities.  Feel free to adjust the pacing to fit your schedule, but keep in mind deadlines.

     

    Monday

    • Turn in rough draft of the narrative on Turnitin.com.  
    • Then do a Peermark task in which you evaluate another student’s writing on Turnitin.com.

     

    Tuesday

    • Review the peer evaluation (Peermark) that another student did of your narrative.  Consider their suggestions and evaluation to make changes. 

     

    Wednesday

    • Continue revising and editing your narrative to improve it.
      • Open two tabs: one for your Google doc, the other for the Turnitin submission.  Use the purple ETS filter (it is a strong spelling and grammar checker) to see what suggestions Turnitin is making for your story.  Then go to the other tab--your Google doc--to make corrections.
      • Also, try to have an adult read over your story.  Then make changes to improve it.
    • The Fastbridge Cluster Quiz window will open.

     

    Thursday

    • Continue revising and editing your narrative to improve it (see above).  The final draft is due tomorrow.
    • The Fastbridge Cluster Quiz window will be open.

     

    Friday

    • Submit your final draft using Turnitin.com. It is worth 100 points.  This is the end of the narrative unit.
    • Log-in to Fastbridge and take the Cluster Quiz on Reading Informative Text: Craft & Structure.  This is the last day that the window will be open for this Cluster Quiz.

     


     

    Week of April 20 to 24 (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    For the past couple weeks, our class has been learning about narrative writing.  This week we will get into an actual writing assignment. In addition to the focus on narrative writing, students should continue making progress toward AR goals.  Also, I will be using Google Classroom more, so be sure to check Google Classroom.

     

    Here I will tell you about daily activities.  Feel free to adjust the pacing to fit your schedule, but keep in mind deadlines.

     

    Monday

    View some lessons that give some tips about narrative writing.

     

    Tuesday

    • Read and unpack the writing prompt to understand what the writing assignment is.  
    • Brainstorm story ideas.  You will turn in on Google Classroom a doc that has three to five brief story ideas.

     

    Wednesday

    Choose one story idea from your brainstorming (or a new idea that you may have come up with), and create a story plan.  Use the provided Planning Notes chart in this pre-writing activity (I will insert a copy into your IB Language and Literature 7 folder).  You will submit it using Google Classroom.

     

    Thursday

    Working from your Planning Chart, create a new doc and begin drafting your narrative.  Be sure to save it in the IB Language and Literature 7 folder of your Google Drive.

     

    Friday

    Continue drafting the narrative.  You will turn in your rough draft on Monday using Turnitin.com.

     


     

    Week of March 30 to April 3  (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Beowulf Brochure

    This was originally scheduled to be due on March 24.  Students started working on this end-of-unit novel project before the school closure began.  Stop working on the artistic parts of the brochure, and just be sure that the writing is done.  Turn in the following writing components of the brochure in Google Classroom.

    • Theme Paragraph (it was due March 24, but you can still turn it in)
    • Character Profile Paragraph (due March 30)
    • Quotation and Response (due March 31)

     

    Interactive Lessons

    • This week you should go through the second three of the Interactive Lessons for Writing Narratives:
      • Narrative Structure
      • Narrative Techniques
      • The Language of Narrative
    • Navigation → These can be found as part of the on-line resources for the Collections ELA textbook.  
      • Log-in through Clever, and go to the Holt McDougal Online Middle School Collections for ELA.  
      • From the dashboard, use the drop-down menu to make sure you are in CA Collections - Grade 7.  
      • Then select the yellow icon “Interactive Lessons.”
      • One of the Writing categories listed on the left is Writing Narratives.  Click Writing Narratives.  Then, on the right, it will list Interactive Lessons as well as Additional Resources.

     

    Sample Narratives

    As we learn about writing a narrative (story), you will study a few sample stories.

    • Last week you examined “Step One”  and “Unseen Story.”
    • This week read through and look closely at these two stories:

     

    Target

    We are learning about story-writing (narrative) through interactive lessons and samples.  After Spring Break, you will be given a story-writing assignment. That is where we are headed.

     

    Accelerated Reader (AR)

    Students are now allowed to take AR quizzes from home.  It is important that you log in through the link that is found on the Camerado Springs website (under the Students tab).  For your convenience, here is the link to the Accelerated Reader log-in page:  https://hosted66.renlearn.com/287107/.  

     

    Make sure to continue reading consistently every day in order to make progress toward your AR goal.  Rember, you can always check your AR progress by logging in through the AR Student/Parent Portal, which is also found under the Students tab of the Camerado Springs website.

     

    Spring Break

    There is NO SCHOOL (and no distance learning activities) during Spring Break, April 4 through April 19.  It is a vacation.

     


     

    Week of March 23 to 27  (Corona Virus Closure)

     

    Beowulf Brochure

    • This was originally scheduled to be due on March 24.  Students started working on this end-of-unit novel project before the school closure began.  With no way to actually collect the brochures, I am going to have students turn in three writing components using Google Classroom.
      • Theme Paragraph -- due Tuesday, March 24
      • Character Profile -- due Monday, March 30
      • Interesting Quote & Response -- due Tuesday, March 31

    Interactive Lessons

    • These can be found as part of the on-line resources for the Collections ELA textbook.  
      • Log-in through Clever, and go to the Holt McDougal Online Middle School Collections for ELA.  
      • From the dashboard, use the drop-down menu to make sure you are in CA Collections - Grade 7.  
      • Then select the yellow icon “Interactive Lessons.”
      • One of the Writing categories listed on the left is Writing Narratives.  Click Writing Narratives.  Then, on the right, it will list Interactive Lessons as well as Additional Resources.
    • This week you should go through the first three of the Interactive Lessons for Writing Narratives:
      • Introduction
      • Narrative Context
      • Point of View and Characters

    Sample Narratives

    • As we learn about writing a narrative (story), you will study a few sample stories.
      • One sample story is the focus of the Introduction interactive lesson, and it is called “Step One.”
      • Also, examine carefully the story “Unseen Story,” which I have shared with you.

    Target

    • We are beginning a story-writing unit.  We will spend a couple weeks learning about writing narratives through interactive lessons and samples.  Eventually, you will be given a story-writing assignment. That is where we are headed.

     


     

    Week of March 16 to 20

    Monday:

    • Staff Development Day
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Corona Virus Closure
    • Beowulf Brochure writing
      • Work on paragraph about a theme in Beowulf

    Wednesday:

    • Corona Virus Closure
    • SBA Preparation - FastBridge Cluster Quiz
      • Reading Informational Text: Ideas & Details
    • Work on Beowulf Brochure

    Thursday:

    • Corona Virus Closure
    • Keep working on Beowulf Brochure

    Friday:

    • Corona Virus Closure
    • Work on Beowulf Brochure (due Tuesday)  ?Not sure when it will be due, how it will be turned in . . .
    • Review Beowulf quizzes, assignments, and notes for a Novel Test on Monday

     


     

    Week of March 9 to 13

    Monday:

    • Finish discussing sample poems
    • Explain riddle assignment (due Friday)

    Tuesday:

    • Assign Beowulf Brochure Assignment (due on March 24)

    Wednesday:

    • Brochure Writing: paragraph about an Interesting Quote
    • HW – Grammar worksheet: Commas in a Series

    Thursday:

    • Correct and collect Commas in a Series worksheet
    • Brochure Writing: Character Profile paragraph

    Friday:

    • Riddle Poems due
      • Students read riddles to class and class guesses answers to riddles
    • HW - Study for re-take opportunity for Beowulf Vocabulary Test on Tuesday.

     


     

    Week of March 2 to 6

    Monday:

    • Turn in Beowulf Character Chart (originally assigned Feb. 6)
    • Discuss more of novel
    • Level-Up Tutorial: Analyzing Literature
      • Universal and Recurring Themes

    Tuesday:

    • Fastbridge Cluster Quiz – SBA Preparation
    • Level-Up Tutorial: Analyzing Literature
      • Elements of Poetry

    Wednesday:

    • Go over Cluster Quiz
    • HW – Grammar worksheet

    Thursday:

    • Correct grammar worksheet
    • Beowulf Vocabulary Test

    Friday:

    • Riddles

     


     

    Week of February 24 to 28

    Monday:

    • Take AR Star Reading Assessment in class
    • Continue working on Beowulf

    Tuesday:

    • Go over Chapters 7-11 of Beowulf

    Wednesday:

    • Make electronic flashcards for Beowulf Part 2
    • Study vocabulary

    Thursday:

    • Open-note Quiz on literary devices in Beowulf
    • Continue working on Beowulf

    Friday:

    • Vocabulary Quiz on Beowulf Part 2
    • View results of literary analysis essay on Turnitin.com
    • HW -- Finish Beowulf Character Chart (due Monday)

     

     


    NEW TRIMESTER


     

    Week of February 17 to 21

    Monday:

    • Presidents Day
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Go over Chapters 1-6; review Quiz 1 of Beowulf

    Wednesday:

    • Correct and collect Reading Detective worksheet

    Thursday:

    • Quiz on Beowulf Vocabulary Part 1
    • Notes: Study Guide for Beowulf Quiz 2
    • Keep reading novel and filling in Character Chart

    Friday:

    • Open-book Quiz on Beowulf Chapters 7-11
    • Turn in any unused Hall Passes for extra credit
    • Due date for the trimester-long AR Goal
    • Last day of the Second Trimester

     


     

    Week of February 10 to 14

    Monday:

    • Lincoln’s Birthday (observed)
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Take notes: Study Guide for Beowulf Quiz on Chs. 1-6
    • Review notes on literary devices and notice examples in Chapter One of Beowulf
    • Keep reading novel and filling in the Character Chart

    Wednesday:

    • Talk more about the study guide and what to expect on tomorrow’s quiz
    • Create electronic flashcards to study Beowulf Part 1

    Thursday:

    • Open-book Quiz on Chapters 1-6

    Friday:

    • Reading Detective worksheet (due Wednesday)
    • Keep reading novel and filling in the Character Chart

     


     

    Week of February 3 to 7

    Monday:

    • Revising/editing essay
      • Viewing student samples
    • HW – Final adjustments to literary analysis essay (final draft due tomorrow)

    Tuesday:

    • Final draft of literary analysis essay due (Turnitin.com)
    • Notes – background of Beowulf

    Wednesday:

    • Go to library to get the novel Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye
    • Begin reading novel

    Thursday:

    • Students get Beowulf Character Chart assignment
    • Time in class to read the novel and work on Character Chart

    Friday:

    • Open-note Quiz on Beowulf Background
    • Study Guide for quiz on Chapters 1-6
    • HW – Be prepared for Open-book Quiz on Chapters 1-6 of Beowulf on Thursday

     


     

    Week of January 27 to 31

    Monday:

    • Pre-writing
      • Unpack the writing prompt
      • Review the text
      • Planning Notes on graphic organizer

    Tuesday:

    • Planning Notes due
    • Begin drafting literary analysis essay

    Wednesday:

    • Continue drafting essay

    Thursday:

    • Rough draft due (Turitin.com)
    • Peer review of essays

    Friday:

    • Revising/editing essay
      • Final draft will be due Tuesday, Feb. 4

     


     

    Week of January 20 to 24

    Monday:

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Notes on how to write titles
    • Sample literary response essay
      • Students mark with colored pencils and highlighters to label specific parts of the essay.

    Wednesday:

    • Student sample of essay on “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (PA 69-73)

    Thursday:

    • Characterization (PA 88-89)
    • Short story, “The Open Window” (PA 90-93)

    Friday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Finish and discuss “The Open Window”

     


     

    Week of January 13 to 17

    Monday:

    • Take notes on writing a literary analysis essay

    Tuesday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Writing Informative Text –
      • Developing a Topic
      • Organizing Ideas (first 3 slides only)
      • Introductions and Conclusions

    Wednesday:

    • Writing instruction:
      • Organization
      • Elaboration

    Thursday:

    • Examine sample essays

    Friday:

    • Staff Development Day
    • NO SCHOOL

     


     

    Week of January 6 to 10

    Monday:

    • Correct “Comparing Versions of A Christmas Carol” Close Reader packet (CR 35-42).

    Tuesday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Writing Informative Text -- Introduction

    Wednesday:

    • Finish Interactive Lesson: Writing Informative Text -- Introduction

    Thursday:

    • Fastbridge Reading Assessment
    • HW – Vocabulary, p. 70: problems 1-4 (Critical Vocabulary) & 1-5 (Vocabulary Strategy)

    Friday:

    • Read and discuss folk tale, “The People Could Fly” (pp. 63-68).
    • Correct Vocabulary homework.
    • Progress Reports are sent home.

     


     

    Week of December 16 to 20

    Monday:

    • Turn in Dynamic Character Chart (Scrooge).
    • Correct in class Literary Analysis worksheet.
    • Discuss themes from A Christmas Carol.

    Tuesday:

    • Test on A Christmas Carol
    • Pass out Close Reader packets (CR 35-42) – Comparing Versions of A Christmas Carol.
    • HW – CR 35-36

    Wednesday:

    • Begin watching A Christmas Carol video.
    • HW – CR 37-39

    Thursday:

    • Continue watching A Christmas Carol video.
    • HW – CR 40-42

    Friday:

    • LAST DAY BEFORE WINTER BREAK
    • Finish watching A Christmas Carol video.
    • The Close Reader packet (CR 35-42) is due on Monday, January 6.
    • HW – Continue reading AR books throughout the holiday.

     


     

    Week of December 9 to 13

    Monday:

    • Chapter Summary due; turn in hardcopy.
    • Begin reading the play A Christmas Carol in class.
    • Distribute Vocabulary List for this play.

    Tuesday:

    • Continue reading A Christmas Carol in class.
    • Begin working on Dynamic Character Chart.
    • HW – Study Vocabulary

    Wednesday:

    • Continue reading A Christmas Carol in class.
    • HW – Study Vocabulary

    Thursday:

    • Finish reading A Christmas Carol in class.
    • HW – Study Vocabulary

    Friday:

    • Take Vocabulary Quiz on vocabulary words from A Christmas Carol.
    • Assign Literary Analysis Worksheet (due Monday).
    • HW – Dynamic Character Chart (due Monday)

     


     

    Week of December 2 to 6

    Monday:

    • Writing instruction
    • HW – Make a list of the top 4 chapters you would like to write a summary of.

    Tuesday:

    • Chapter Summary Assignment

    Wednesday:

    • Use Chromebooks to write a summary of one chapter from The Midwife’s Apprentice.

    Thursday:

    • Core-3 all-day assembly for seventh grade

    Friday:

    • Finish writing Chapter Summary.
    • HW – Print Final Draft; it must be handed in on Monday.

     


     

    Week of November 18 to 22

    Monday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 15-Author’s Note of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Level Up Tutorial: Reading Skills and Strategies –> Summarizing
    • HW - Study vocabulary

    Tuesday:

    • Discuss end of novel
    • HW - Study vocabulary

    Wednesday:

    • Catch up day
    • Work on Interesting Quotes assignment
    • HW - Study vocabulary

    Thursday:

    • Test on the whole novel The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Finish Interesting Quotes assignment

    Friday:

    • **Last day before Thanksgiving Break**
    • Vocabulary Test covering all vocabulary from The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Turn in Interesting Quotes assignment (three paragraphs)

     


     

    Week of November 11 to 15

    Monday:

    • Veterans Day
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • AR STAR Reading Assessment
    • Finish working on Ch. 8 Excerpt Questions (due tomorrow)
    • HW - Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 13-15

    Wednesday:

    • Correct Ch. 8 Excerpt Questions
    • Turn in Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 13-15

    Thursday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 13-15 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Work on Interesting Quotes in class
    • HW - Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 16-Author’s Note (A.N.)

    Friday:

    • Turn in Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 16-A.N.
    • Discuss Chapters 13-15 in class
    • Level Up Tutorial: Reading Skills and Strategies –> Paraphrasing

     


     

    Week of November 4 to 8

    Monday:

    • Level Up Tutorial: Analyzing Literature – Character Motivation
    • Begin to find and copy down interesting quotations from the novel.
    • HW – Complete Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 7-9

    Tuesday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 7-9 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Turn in Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 7-9
    • Assign Ch. 8 Excerpt Questions (due Wednesday, Nov. 13)

    Wednesday:

    • Work on Ch. 8 Excerpt Questions
    • HW – Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 10-12

    Thursday:

    • Correct Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 10-12
    • More time to discuss the novel

    Friday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 10-12 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Correct in class and discuss
    • HW – Ch. 8 Excerpt Questions due on Wednesday

     

     


    NEW TRIMESTER


     

    Week of October 28 to November 1

    Monday:

    • Context Clues Packet due – go over it in class
    • Hand out Study Guide for upcoming quizzes on The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Assign Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 1-3 (due Wednesday)

    Tuesday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 1-3 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Level Up Tutorial: Analyzing Literature – Character Traits

    Wednesday:

    • Vocabulary on Chapters 1-3 of The Midwife’s Apprentice due – correct in class
    • Assign Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 4-6 (due Friday)

    Thursday:

    • Quiz on Chapters 4-6 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Two Level Up Tutorials: Analyzing Literature
      • Methods of Characterization
      • Making Inferences About Characters

    Friday:

    • LAST DAY OF THE TRIMESTER
    • Due date for AR Goal
    • Turn in any unused Hall Passes for extra credit
    • Discuss Chapters 4-6 of The Midwife’s Apprentice
    • Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 4-6 due
    • Assign Vocabulary for The Midwife’s Apprentice, Chapters 7-9 (due Tuesday)

     


     

    Week of October 21 to 25

    Monday:

    • Log in to Turnitin.com
    • Finish drafting Argumentative Essay

    Tuesday:

    • Rough draft is due; submit it on Turnitin.com
    • Peer evaluation/revising

    Wednesday:

    • Work on revising and editing the essay
    • HW – Finish final draft

    Thursday:

    • Final Draft of Argumentative Essay is due; submit it on Turnitin.com
    • Go to library to get the novel The Midwife’s Apprentice

    Friday:

    • Level Up Tutorial: Vocabulary Skills and Strategies –> Using Context Clues
    • HW – Context Clues Packet (due Monday)

     


     

    Week of October 14 to 18

    Monday:

    • Test on Critical Vocabulary from Collection 1

    Tuesday:

    • Packet - Performance Assessment Step 3: Perform the Task (PA 22-30)
      • Do first part together in class
    • HW – Finish reading and interacting with the text through page PA 29 at home

    Wednesday:

    • Review the packet PA 22-30 in class; check for understanding

    Thursday:

    • In class discussion/debate regarding the issue and reasoning in the packet (PA 22-30)
    • HW – Create Planning Notes using the Graphic Organizer

    Friday:

    • Begin drafting Argumentative Essay – rough draft due Tuesday
    • HW - Students should have at least two paragraphs written before Monday (it is a five-paragraph essay).

     


     

    Week of October 7 to 11

    Monday:

    • Correct and collect Sentences for Critical Vocabulary from Collection 1

    Tuesday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Creating a Coherent Argument
    • HW – Study Critical Vocabulary for a test on Monday

    Wednesday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Persuasive Techniques
    • HW – Study Critical Vocabulary for the test on Monday

    Thursday:

    • Performance Assessment pages (PA 3-7): Analyze the Model
    • HW – Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Formal Style

    Friday:

    • Finish Performance Assessment pages (PA 3-7): Analyze the Model
    • HW – Study Critical Vocabulary for the test on Monday

     


     

    Week of September 30 to October 4

    Monday:

    • “Arachne” (CR 17-22) due – Correct and collect

    Tuesday:

    • Assign Critical Vocabulary Sentences for Collection 1 – Due Monday
    • Finish Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Introduction

    Wednesday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – What Is a Claim?

    Thursday:

    • Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Reasons and Evidence

    Friday:

    • Students work independently on Interactive Lessons using Chromebooks: Argumentative Writing
      • Building Effective Support
      • Plus any Interactive Lessons that haven’t been finished earlier in the week
    • HW – Complete the assigned Sentences for Collection 1 Critical Vocabulary

     


     

    Week of September 23 to 27

    Monday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Read Covering Issues in the News
      • Article "Parents of Rescued Teenage Sailor Abby Sunderland Accused of Risking Her Life" (pp. 19-23)

    Tuesday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Read editorial “Ship of Fools” (pp. 24-27)
    • HW – Fact & Opinion Chart for “Ship of Fools”

    Wednesday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Assign workbook pages for “Arachne” (CR 17-22) – due Monday
    • Watch and discuss news clip “Was Abby Too Young to Sail?”

    Thursday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Correct/collect Fact & Opinion Chart for “Ship of Fools”

    Friday:

    • MINIMUM DAY
    • Start Interactive Lesson: Argumentative Writing – Introduction
      • Students take notes
    • HW – Finish workbook pages for “Arachne” (CR 17-22) – due Monday

     


     

    Week of September 16 to 20

    Monday:

    • Finish correcting “Big Things Come in Small Packages” (CR 3-12)
    • Correct I/me worksheet

    Tuesday:

    • Assign reading of “The Flight of Icarus” (pp. 31-35)
    • HW – Vocabulary Exercise on page 37 (1-4 & 1-5)

    Wednesday:

    • Correct Vocabulary from p. 37
    • Do Level Up Tutorial: Types of Literature
      • Prose Forms

    Thursday:

    • Do two Level Up Tutorials: Types of Literature
      • Short Stories and Novels
      • Myths, Legends, and Tales

    Friday:

    • Quiz on “The Flight of Icarus”
      • Correct and discuss in class
    • Read the poem “Icarus’s Flight” (39-41)

     


     

    Week of September 9 to 13

    Monday:

    • Correct Grammar Exercise from p. 18
    • Take Quiz on “Rogue Wave” (including critical vocabulary)

    Tuesday:

    • Begin working on “Big Things Come in Small Packages” from the Close Reader workbook (CR 3-12); work together in class

    Wednesday:

    • Continue working together on “Big Things Come in Small Packages” from the Close Reader workbook (CR 3-12)
    • HW – Do 2-3 more pages of “Big Things Come in Small Packages” (CR 3-12)

    Thursday:

    • Continue working independently on “Big Things Come in Small Packages” from the Close Reader workbook (CR 3-12)
    • HW – Finish “Big Things Come in Small Packages” (CR 3-12): due tomorrow

    Friday:

    • Correct in class “Big Things Come in Small Packages” (CR 3-12)
    • HW – Grammar Worksheet: I & Me

     


     

    Week of September 2 to 6

    Monday:

    • Labor Day Holiday
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Staff Development Day
    • NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday:

    • Begin reading “Rogue Wave” (starting on p. 3 of Collections textbook)
      • Notice features of eBook: hypertext, audio feature, embedded videos
    • HW – Vocabulary from p. 17 (1-5 & 1-4)

    Thursday:

    • Correct and collect Vocabulary from p. 17
    • More reading of “Rogue Wave”

    Friday:

    • Assign Grammar exercises from p. 18 (due Monday)
      • Work on in class
    • Be sure to finish reading “Rogue Wave” -- Quiz on Monday

     


     

    Week of August 26 to 30

    Monday:

    • FASTBridge on-line reading assessment
    • Finish writing Autobiographical Incident Story; rough draft due tomorrow

    Tuesday:

    • Discuss Autobiographical Incident Rubric
    • Revise Autobiographical Incident Story

    Wednesday:

    • Students read Autobiographical Incident Story aloud to the class

    Thursday:

    • Students read Autobiographical Incident Story aloud to the class

    Friday:

    • Students read Autobiographical Incident Story aloud to the class

     


     

    Week of August 19 to 23

    Monday:

    • Assign Poetry Analysis assignment for “The Highwayman”
      • Work on in class
      • Finish for homework – due tomorrow

    Tuesday:

    • Correct Poetry Analysis in class
    • HW – Study “The Highwayman” vocabulary and the literary terms

    Wednesday:

    • Test on “The Highwayman”

    Thursday:

    • Assign Autobiographical Incident Story
      • Explain the assignment
      • Share sample
      • Explain brainstorming
    • HW – Brainstorm 3-6 story ideas

    Friday:

    • Autobiographical Incident Story
      • Share another sample
      • Begin writing in class

     


     

    Week of August 12 to 16

    Monday:

    • Literary Terms – take notes in class

    Tuesday:

    • Vocabulary pre-test for “The Highwayman”
    • Literary Terms – take notes in class

    Wednesday:

    • AR Star Reading Assessment
    • HW – Study vocabulary from “The Highwayman”

    Thursday:

    • Literary Terms – take notes in class
    • Begin reading “The Highwayman” poem in class
    • HW – Review literary terms notes

    Friday:

    • Finish reading and discuss "The Highwayman" poem in class
    • Literary Terms - take notes in class

     


     

    Week of August 5 to 9

    Monday:

    • Summer vacation
    • NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday:

    • Last day of summer vacation
    • NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday:

    • First day of school
    • Class orientation
    • HW – PG Permission Form signature

    Thursday:

    • Classroom expectations
    • Turn in PG Permission Form

    Friday:

    • Classroom expectations
    • Introductions