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Week of 5/16
Due Date: 5/19/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: 

  • Journal Entry: Describe the personality of the main character. Give examples from the text to support your choice of character traits.

Tuesday: 

  • Students will read their book club book and sketchnote.

Wednesday:

  • Journal Entry: What hardships did the main character have to overcome? How does this impact the decision they make?

Thursday: 

  • Journal Entry: Make a list of 3-6 key events in the story. Tell why each event is important to the story.

Friday:

  • Students will read their book club book and sketchnote.


Week of 5/8
Due Date: 5/12/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday:

  • Sketchnoting: What is it, and how can we use it? 
  • Students will generate ideas and practice.

Tuesday: Failure letters went home today; ask your student if they received one.

  • Sketchnoting practice using "Seven Things You May Not Know About Cinco de Mayo". 
  • We began our book club books today! Students will read and make notes daily.

Wednesday:

  • Book club focus: Setting and the impact it has on the story.
  • Daily journal entry: Where does the story take place? Describe the setting in detail.

Thursday: 

  • Book club focus: Narrator and Point of View
  • Daily journal entry: Who is the narrator of the story? How can this point of view change the story?

Friday: 

  • Stamina Building Day
  • Students will read, make notes, and share their weekly journal entries. 


Week of 4/17
Due Date: 4/24/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Stations

  • No HW sheet given this week. Students should prepare for their upcoming TNReady tests.

Tuesday: TNReady Writing Assessment

  • During class, students will be selecting their enrichment classes for the 2017/2018 school year.

Wednesday: Writing Stations Continued

Thursday: Grammar Review Stations

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

Any and all late/missing work from the 1st progress report period is due NO LATER than 4/18.

Summer reading forms are due by 4/18. See the "Summer Reading" link on this website for more information.



Week of 4/10
Due Date: 4/17/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Reminders:

  • I'm still missing a lot of Q4 letters, please sign and return ASAP.
  • Summer Reading forms are due April 18th. Book club choices cannot be changed after it has been selected. If you are ordering books from HxMS, the money is due with the form. Even if you do not believe you'll be at HxMS next year, I still must have the form.

Monday: Feelings vs Traits

  • Students will learn that in order to understand how a character feels, as well as their traits, we should look at their actions and speech. 
  • HW: HW sheet was given out today; it is due Monday 4/17.

Tuesday: Indirect Characterization

  • Students read "Oranges" by Gary Soto and used the STEAL method to determine a character's traits. (STEAL = Speech, Thoughts, Effects, Actions, and Looks).
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Wednesday: Characterization

  • Students rotated through stations to practice finding character traits.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Thursday: Quiz on characterization.

  • After the quiz, students will write a journal entry. Think about an incident that happened to you. Write about it, but make it a tall tale by exaggerating about what happened.

Friday: No School



Week of 4/3
Due Date: 4/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

This week's focus: Theme

Monday: Overview

  • Students reviewed theme.
  • Students read a passage and answered the questions. *See below
  • HW sheet was given today; it is due 4/10.

Theme Sheet Theme Sheet

Tuesday: Common theme across texts

  • Students will read a poem, picture book, and a piece of an autobiography to find a common theme.
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Wednesday:

  • Students will complete stations to find theme in a variety of ways.
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Thursday:

  • Quiz on theme.
  • Journal Writing - Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why?
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Friday:

  • Reading Stamina Day
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.


Week of 3/13
Due Date: 3/16/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Poetry Project

  • Students may use any of the forms discussed in class to create poetry (black-out, artistic, cut-out, or written)
  • Students need to make sure that it is neat, creative, and an example of their best work.
  • The top 5 will be on display in the library.

Tuesday: Poetry Project Continued

  • HW: If the project is not completed in class, it must be finished for homework.

Wednesday: Poetry Slam

  • Students will have the opportunity to share their poetry with their class.

Thursday: Reading Stamina Day

Friday: No school for students!

Enjoy your spring break!



Week of 3/6
Due Date: 3/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp

  • Students will learn to identify the type of writing required for different prompts.
  • Students will then take any 2 prompts from the list and create a plan.
  • HW: Finish any class work not completed.

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp

  • Students will be given 1 of 3 available prompts with the coordinating text set. They will have to complete the writing task.
  • HW: Due to STEM night, there will be no additional homework.

Wednesday: Poetry

  • Students will be given a topic and a random page from a book to create their found poetry. 
  • HW: Work on any missing/late work. ***See notes below.***

Thursday: Poetry

  • Students will create a found poem using art.
  • HW: Work on any missing/late work.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

 

***Student progress reports went home on Wednesday. These should be signed and returned by Friday.

***EXTRA CREDIT! The students were told about the extra credit opportunity on Wednesday. They are to take one of the prompts from 3/6 and answer the prompt. The progress report must be signed and returned by Friday in order to have the ability to complete the extra credit assignment. 

All missing, late, or extra credit assignments must be turned in by Monday, March 13th. No assignments will be accepted after this date.



Week of 2/27
Due Date: 3/6/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp: Argumentative Essay

  • Students will learn to break down the prompt and organize their thoughts in an outline.

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp: Argumentative Essay

  • Students will read the articles and answer the prompt from Monday.

Wednesday: School Canceled

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will create a found poem using "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting.
  • They will use the black-out method for finding poetry within the story.

Friday: Read Across America Day

  • Students will participate in stations with various Dr. Seuss texts.

***Homework: The homework sheet was sent home on Monday; it is due 3/6.

***Failure letters were sent home on Thursday. Ask your student if they received one. Please sign and return on Monday, 3/6.



Week of 2/20
Due Date: 2/21/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: No School - President's Day

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp - Narrative Writing

  • Students will break down the prompt, make a checklist, answer the prompt, and check their writing. ***See prompt below.***
  • HW: A homework sheet went home today. This sheet is due 2/28.

Wednesday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will analyze the poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" with their partners. They will then compare it to the poem "Thinking" to find the tie that binds.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will find the meaning of unknown words in "Summer in the South" and determine the poem's meaning.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

 

***Narrative Writing Prompt:

Write a narrative in which you are Sammy. Explain how you eventually returned home. Write from a first-person point of view, using dialogue, description, and chronology to describe your adventures.

Manage your time carefully so that you can:

• Plan your response

• Write your response

Your written response should be in the form of a multi-paragraph narrative story.

Spend about 35 minutes on this response, including the time you spend reading the passage(s), planning, and writing your response.

Trouble for Sammy

By Cindy Stevens

Sammy was so tired. It had been a long night already. First he had been confused. Then he had gotten lost. Sammy was trying to find the beautiful moonlight reflecting off the water. It was supposed to be like a guiding light. Somehow he’d missed it. If it hadn’t been for that nice man, Sammy would still be lost and in trouble. With a kind and gentle voice the older man had said, “Little fella, you seem to be going in the wrong direction. Let me give you a hand.”

Oh, there was the water. He could see the moonlight shining brightly on its surface. Without looking back, Sammy made his way to the ocean. It would be the last time Sammy ever came onto land again. All he had to do was get into the water and swim.

Suddenly, as Sammy was almost into the ocean, a ghost crab came scooting across the sand. Crabs ate sea turtles like Sammy. Sammy’s short life was in danger. He tried to move quicker. The ghost crab moved directly toward Sammy.

 



Week of 2/13
Due Date: 2/19/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp - Informational

  • Students will learn how to attack a writing prompt by reading closely to find what it's asking for, making a checklist, and creating an outline.
  • HW: Read for 20 minutes

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp - Informational

  • Students will demonstrate that they know how to break down a prompt and answer it by reading, marking up the prompt, creating an outline, and writing about it.
    • Prompt: You and a friend are having a conversation about a "popular" group of students. Write an essay sharing your thoughts about popularity in general, and what makes someone popular. Be sure to discuss how society perceives certain types of people and how this may affect their "popularity" status.
  • HW: Homework sheet sent home today. It is due 2/21.

Wednesday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will learn how to analyze a poem by reading "Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes" and filling out the graphic organizer.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will use the graphic organizer to analyze the poem "Thinking" with their partners.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

***No school Monday 2/20 for Presidents' Day!***



Week of 2/6
Due Date: 2/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday:

  • Students will peer review their partner's essay and fill out the peer review sheet.
  • HW: Students should read over the comments given to them during peer review.

Tuesday: 

  • Students will use the ARMS and CUPS strategies for revising and editing their paper.
  • HW: Extra Credit! Students that would like to earn extra credit may write their final rough draft at home on notebook paper.

Wednesday: 

  • Students will type their final paper in class.
  • HW: read for 20 min

Thursday: 

  • Students will use the rubric to check their final essay and submit in Google Classroom.
  • HW: read for 20 min

Friday: 

  • Students will build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.
  • HW: read for 20 min


Week of 1/30
Due Date: 2/3/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Elaboration

  • Students will elaborate on their evidence by connecting it back to their claim. They will ask themselves, "how does this prove my claim?" (See Notes Below)
  • HW: any elaboration not completed in class will be done for homework.

 

Elaboration Notes

Tuesday: Flash draft

  • Today students will get their thoughts on paper by writing a flash draft (1st rough draft).
  • HW: If not completed in class, students will need to do it for homework.

Wednesday: Transitions

  • Today students will revise their paper paying close attention to transitions. (see notes below)
  • HW: Students will finish revising their papers at home.

Transition Examples

Thursday: Expert Vocab

  • Today students will revise their paper paying close attention to expert vocabulary.
  • HW: Students will finish revising their papers at home.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • Students will build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.
  • HW: Any work not completed in class needs to be completed for homework.

Students have had time in class to make notes on these articles; however, if further research is needed, you can find these articles in the "File Manager" section of this website.

  • Click on "File Manager" 
  • Click on "Competitive Sports Articles: Non-Fiction Argument Essay"
  • Click "Download" on the right-hand side

There are more articles in this file than what we are using. The following is a list of the ones we are using in class:

  • "Hard Knocks" by Maggie Mead
  • "Football Concussions: Head Injuries Not Confined to NFL; Youth, High School, College Players at Risk" by Amy Nordrum
  • "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" by Jacqueline Stenson
  • "School Sports: The Pros and Cons" by Raven J Railey
  • "Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today's Sports Climate" by Kirk Mango
  • "Guidelines Issued for High School Sports Safety" by Gary Mihoces


Week of 1/23
Due Date: 1/30/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Students have had time in class to make notes on these articles; however, if further research is needed, you can find these articles in the "File Manager" section of this website.

  • Click on "File Manager" 
  • Click on "Competitive Sports Articles: Non-Fiction Argument Essay"
  • Click "Download" on the right-hand side

There are more articles in this file than what we are using. The following is a list of the ones we are using in class:

  • "Hard Knocks" by Maggie Mead
  • "Football Concussions: Head Injuries Not Confined to NFL; Youth, High School, College Players at Risk" by Amy Nordrum
  • "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" by Jacqueline Stenson
  • "School Sports: The Pros and Cons" by Raven J Railey
  • "Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today's Sports Climate" by Kirk Mango
  • "Guidelines Issued for High School Sports Safety" by Gary Mihoces

 

Monday: What does our research tell us?

  • Students will finish making notes on the articles provided.
  • The students will analyze their notes to determine the point, or main idea, the author is making.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed in class.

Tuesday: Claim and Counterclaim

  • Students will develop their claim and counterclaim using sentence stems provided (see below).
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Claim Statement Sentence Starters

Wednesday: Outline

  • Students will make an outline of their argumentative essay. They will use their claim from Tuesday and build their argument.
  • A copy of the outline may be found in my "File Manager" section along with the articles.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Thursday: SOQ

  • Students will find evidence worth quoting in their argumentative essay. 
  • Students will use the SOQ (Source, Other Words, Quote) method to include them in their paper.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students will learn to build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.

 

 

 



Week of 1/9
Due Date: 1/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Preconceived Notions: Students learn what preconceived notions are and why we need to put them aside while researching.

  • HW: New homework sheet went home; it's due 1/17.
  • Report Cards went home. Please sign the white copy & return it to school

Tuesday: Research - How to find evidence

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Wednesday: How to weigh your evidence against logic using A FOREST.

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Counter-Arguments - students will research the opposing side of the argument to produce a counter argument.

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.


Week of 1/2
Due Date: 1/6/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday & Tuesday - Winter Break!

WELCOME BACK!

Wednesday: ARMS - students will revise their realistic fiction paper they wrote in Google Classroom by using the ARMS strategy.

  • A - Add: add more details, dialogue, action, and character development.
  • R - Remove: remove any unnecessary information.
  • M - Move: move words, sentences, and paragraphs to improve the flow of the paper
  • S - Substitute: substitute the dull, boring words with beautiful words.

Thursday: CUPS - students will edit their realistic fiction paper they wrote in Google Classroom by using the CUPS strategy.

  • C - Capitalization: check to make sure all proper nouns, the pronoun "I", and the beginning of sentences are capitalized.
  • U - Usage: check to make sure the grammar is correct as well as subject/verb agreement.
  • P - Punctuation: make sure you have used correct punctuation in the correct places.
  • S - Spelling: make sure all words are spelled correctly.

Friday: Reading stamina day: students will learn to increase their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time. 



Week of 12/5
Due Date: 12/12/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

***Any and all late/make-up work is due no later than 12/9.***

***Any work not completed in class will need to be completed for homework.***

Over the course of the Fantasy Book Club unit, students have written three different flash drafts (rough drafts) about their book: setting, theme, and archetypes. This week, the students are choosing one to submit for their final paper. Once they have chosen, the students will work on revisions Monday - Wednesday. They will write their final paper in class on Thursday. 

Monday: Introductory Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their introductory paragraphs to include:
    • Title and Author
    • Short Summary
    • Thesis Statement
  • HW: Study guide went home today; it is due on Monday. The test will be on Tuesday 12/13.

Tuesday: Body Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their body paragraphs. They will use the TREE strategy for writing.
    • T - Topic Sentence
    • R - Reason
    • E - Evidence from the text
    • E - Elaboration
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Wednesday: Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their conclusion paragraph so that it wraps-up the story. It should:
    • Restate the thesis statement.
    • Summarize the three main points.
    • Leave the reader with an interesting final impression.
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Thursday: Final Rough Draft

  • Students will rewrite their flash draft including all revisions made this week. This will count as an assessment grade.
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

 



Week of 11/28
Due Date: 12/2/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Archetype Flash Draft *See my "File Manager" section for a flash draft template.

  • Students will take what they have learned about archetypes and combine it with the knowledge of their book club book. Students will then write a flash draft (rough draft) analyzing the archetypes found in their book club book.
  • HW: If the flash draft is not completed in class, students will complete for homework. 

 

Tuesday: Symbolism *Sign into Google classroom to see the web quest.

  • Students will complete a web quest in class to find what the American symbols represent.
  • HW: Complete the HW sheet by 12/6. You can find all of the homework pages in my "File Manager" section.

Wednesday: Symbolism

  • Students will find the symbol in a passage and determine what it represents. 
  • HW: Complete the HW sheet by 12/6.

Thursday: Essay Boot Camp

  • Students will get all of their flash drafts back today.
  • Students will examine their papers and determine how they can improve their paper. They will make notes in their notebook regarding what they will add, change, remove, etc. Then, after examining their papers, they will decide which paper they will use for their final paper next week.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

****Students received a class progress report Friday. See the "announcements" for more detail.

 



Week of 11/7
Due Date: 11/14/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Most Significant Theme in a Story

  • Students read "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. They selected one of the given themes to support with evidence. Students participated in a debate to find the most significant theme.
  • HW: New homework sheet went home today! It is due next Monday (11/14).

Tuesday: Summary to Analysis

  • Students will use "The Lion and the Mouse" to see the difference in a summary and an analysis. 
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Wednesday: Summary to Analysis

  • Students will use their book club book to summarize and create an analysis.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Thursday: Flash draft on theme.

  • Students will create a flash draft (rough draft) on the theme in their book club book.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet. If the flash draft was not completed in class, it must be completed for homework.

Theme Flash Draft Instructions

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/31
Due Date: 11/7/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Happy Halloween! Analytical Reading

  • Students worked with All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury to find all the elements of a story. They then talked about how the elements influence each other and the cause and effect relationship they share.
  • HW: Homework sheet went home today! It is due next Monday. ***See the File Manager section for a copy of the homework.***

Tuesday: Analytical Reading - Application

  • Students worked with their book club group to identify the elements of their story. They were to explain how they influenced each other. They also created a "what if" scenario and indicated what the effect would be from changing one element. 
  • HW: Work on homework sheet that's due Monday.

Wednesday: Theme

  • Students worked with "The Lion and the Mouse" to identify the theme (life lesson) of the story. The students highlighted the evidence they found to support their answer.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Theme

  • Students worked on finding the main idea vs the theme of a story. The students completed task cards to demonstrate their knowledge.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/24
Due Date: 10/28/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Tone and Mood

  • See the file manager section titled "Tone and Mood"
  • Students watched BrainPop, made notes, and looked at examples; students were asked to identify tone and mood.
  • HW: Work on your reading fair project; it is due Tuesday!

Tuesday: Reading Fair and Literacy Night

  • Students will participate in a gallery walk of the projects. They will write about what they see, and how this impacts their reading life.
  • HW: Study for quiz on Thursday on setting, tone, and mood. Come out to Literacy Night from 6-7:30!

Wednesday: Tone and Mood

  • Students will learn more vocabulary associated with tone and mood
  • Students will practice identifying tone and mood
  • HW: Study for quiz tomorrow over setting, tone, and mood.

Thursday: Setting Flash Draft

  • Students will take a quiz on tone, mood, and setting
  • Students will write a flash draft (rough, rough draft) about the setting in their book and how it is impacting their characters and/or plot.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/17
Due Date: 10/21/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Fantasy Book Clubs have begun! 

Monday: Students will learn about the expectations of book club, set reading goals, and make predictions about their assigned books. 

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. More information went home today!

Tuesday: Students will learn how to note their thinking about their readings as well as plot elements using graphics (outlines, flowcharts, timelines, character webs, etc).

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. Information about Literacy Nights went home today.

Wednesday: Students will learn that the setting is very important in fantasy by analyzing the setting and how it affects the characters and plot. We will read All Summer in a Day in class and analyze its setting.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. Our quarterly newsletter was sent home today.

Thursday: Students will practice analyzing setting in two separate stories.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project.

Friday: Students will learn to increase their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time. Students will read their fantasy book and continue to take notes.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project.


Week of 10/3
Due Date: 10/7/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

HW: Students should continue working on their reading fair project!

Monday: Editing

  • Students had a refresher on capitalization and punctuation.
  • Students then used CUPS to edit their paper.

Tuesday: Typing

  • Students are using their rough draft to type their final paper using Google docs.
  • Instructions are located in the "file manager" section on this website.

Wednesday: Typing

  • Students will finish typing their paper and turn it in.

Thursday: Celebration

  • Students will celebrate a job well done. Students may bring a drink that has a lid (no energy drinks allowed).

Friday: No School!

 



Week of 9/26
Due Date: 10/3/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Imagery

***Any class work not completed in class should be done for homework. No Reading Log was sent home this week; students should focus on their paper which will count for a test grade.***

Monday: Rough Draft

  • Students will take all the work we have done on their realistic fiction story and create a rough draft

Tuesday: Peer Review

  • Students will share their paper with someone in their group. They will check each other's work using the provided checklist. You can find a copy of the checklist in my "file manager" section. 

Wednesday: Imagery

  • Students will revise their work so it includes imagery.

Thursday: Revision

  • Students will use the ARMS strategy for revising their paper. 
  • A = Add
  • R = Remove
  • M = Move
  • S = Substitute

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students will build their stamina by reading for extended periods of time. 


Week of 9/19
Due Date: 9/26/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Punctuating Dialogue

***Any work not completed in class is automatically added to their homework for the day.***

Monday: Assessment Day

  • Students will complete the realistic fiction assessment today.
  • HW: New reading logs went home today; five entries are due on Monday.

Tuesday: Leads

  • Students will revise their leads in a way that will draw the reader into their story.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

 Wednesday: Dialogue

  • Students will revise their dialogue to be meaningful and to ensure their characters are believable.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

Thursday: Endings

  • Students will revise their ending to ensure their main point is resolved and the story is wrapped up.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students participated in a Q&A session regarding the reading fair. 
  • Students will build their stamina by reading for an extended time today. Exit Slip: Students should find an example of good dialogue in their book while reading. Students will write the dialogue down then explain what makes it a good example.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.


Week of 9/12
Due Date: 9/19/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Characterization

***Any class work not completed in class should be finished at home for homework.***

Monday:

  • Character Development: Students will put their character into an every day scene (i.e. doing dishes, eating dinner, getting ready for school, eating lunch in the cafeteria, etc). Students will then compare the character on the page to the one they began on Thursday. Do they match? What should change? What else have you learned about your character?
  • HW: New reading log went home today. It is due next Monday. There should be 5 entries on the log for the week.

Tuesday:

  • Plot: Students will develop their story plot by using a graphic organizer. They may use a story arc, outline, timeline, or flow chart to do so. Students will add detail (i.e. character feelings, actions, dialogue, etc) to their graphic organizer once the main events are noted.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log. 

Wednesday: 

  • Flashdraft: Students will transfer their ideas, characters, and plot to create a story. Students are just getting their thoughts on paper. This is to find the "holes" in their story. The students will share their initial story with their partner for feedback.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.

Thursday:

  • Scenes: Students will take one scene from their flashdraft and turn it from 2D to 3D by elaborating and expanding. Students will add dialogue, actions to show feelings rather than telling about them, and additional detail.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.

Friday: 

  • Reading Stamina Day: Students will read their independent book during extended reading time.
  • Students will be required to write a 1-sentence summary about the story they are writing.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.


Week of 9/6
Due Date: 9/9/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Unit: Realistic Fiction

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Context Clues

Monday - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday:

  • Generating Ideas
    • Students generate ideas for fiction stories by looking at small moments in their own life.
    • Students will generate as many ideas as they can. Then, students will write a small "blurb" about three of their ideas.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. 

Wednesday:

  • Generating Ideas
    • Students generated ideas for fiction stories by thinking of stories they wish existed
    • Students were to generate as many ideas as they could. Then they were to pick 3 to write a small "blurb" about.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. The reading logs went home today; they are to make 3 entries. The log is due Monday.

Thursday:

  • Believable Characters
    • Students were to choose a story to write based on their ideas. They were to give the main character traits and emotions by visualizing their character in real life.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. Have 3 entries on your log by Monday.

Friday:

  • Reading Stamina Building Day
    • Students will read to build their stamina. While they are reading, they will focus on the main character of their book. Students will describe the traits of their main character. 
  • Homework: Have 3 entries on your log by Monday.

 

 Character Trait List: This list is in the student notebooks

Character Emotions vs Traits

Examples of Feelings and Traits

 



Week of 8/29
Due Date: 9/2/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Context Clues/Vocabulary

Monday: 

  • Identifying the signposts (putting it all together)
  • Signpost packet to be used as a study guide
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

 

Tuesday:

  • Signpost task cards
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Wednesday:

  • Signpost task cards
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Thursday:

  • Test Day
  • HW: Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Friday:

  • Stamina Building Day
  • HW: reading log due Tuesday

 



Week of 8/22
Due Date: 8/26/2016

Warm-Up Focus for the Week: Context Clues

Homework given out this week! The worksheet must have 5 days worth of work completed in 7 days. Each line on the worksheet is one day worth of work. Students need to find signposts during their daily reading and fill in the line that coordinates with that signpost. The five days can be in any category, but no more than 3 entries in any category. A copy of the signpost reading log has been added to the file manager section if another copy is needed.

***If students need additional assistance, or if you would like to know more about our signposts discussed in class, please feel free to Google "Notice and Note" and the particular signpost in question. You are also more than welcome to contact me.***

Monday: 

  • Tough Questions
  • HW: find a signpost during your reading and fill out 1 line in the organizer

Tuesday:

  • Words of the Wiser
  • HW: find a signpost during your reading and fill out 1 line in the organizer

Wednesday:

  • Again and Again
  • HW: find a signpost during your reading and fill out 1 line in the organizer

Thursday: 

  • Memory Moment
  • HW: Find a signpost during your reading and fill out 1 line in the organizer

Friday: 

  • Reading Stamina Day - Post-it Exit Slip (Classwork grade)
  • HW: Find a signpost during your reading and fill out 1 line in the organizer

 



Week of 8/15
Due Date: 8/22/2016

Monday:

  • Fiction Pre-Assessment
  • HW: Work on your summer reading (due 9/2)

Tuesday:

  • Non-Fiction Pre-Assessment
  • HW: Work on your summer reading (due 9/2)

 Wednesday: Began our Notice and Note mini-unit

  • Contrasts and Contradictions
  • HW: Work on your summer reading (due 9/2)

Thursday: 

  • Aha Moments
  • HW: Work on your summer reading (due 9/2)

Friday:

  • Spelling Test
  • Reviewing the 2 signposts/Reading Stamina

***If students need additional assistance, or if you would like to know more about our signposts, please feel free to Google "Notice and Note" and the particular signpost in question. You are also more than welcome to contact me.***

 

 



Week of 8/11
Due Date: 8/12/2016

Thursday: 

  • Go Over Welcome Letter
  • Policies and Procedures

Homework:

  • Welcome Letter signed by parents
  • Have a book by Monday

Friday:

  • Summer Reading

Homework:

  • Welcome Letter signed by parents
  • Have a book by Monday
  • All About Me Flag


Extra Credit Opportunity!
Due Date: 5/9/2016

***Students MUST complete all regular credit assignments in order to receive any credit for this assignment!***

Students were informed of whether they completed everything or not, and have received their missing assignments if they asked me for them.

Students received the following information on 5/2/16, and it is due Monday 5/9/16:

Before you begin, you need to think of one word (not a phrase, but one word) you would use to summarize your 7th grade year here at Hixson Middle School. Do you have one? If so, you may begin!

You will write a letter to next year’s class. Here’s the twist; in each paragraph, you should introduce a new topic/central idea, but you must use the “one word” in each paragraph. 

It should….

·         be written in friendly letter format

·         have 3-4 paragraphs

·         include a new central idea or topic in each paragraph

·         your one word to summarize the year should be repeated in each paragraph

·         be creative, but positive

·         have proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Ideas for paragraphs:

·         What will students need?

·         What will students learn?

·         What will students do?

·         What life lessons did you learn?

·         What advice do you have to give them?

 



Week of 4/4
Due Date: 4/8/2016

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Editing Sentences and Paragraphs

Monday: Vocabulary in Context - Mainly focusing on prefixes and suffixes

HW: Read for 30 minutes, find at least 3 words with prefixes OR suffixes, and explain the meaning.

Tuesday: Text Structure - Learn and identify the 5 types of non-fiction text structures

HW: Read for 30 minutes

Wednesday: Practice using context clues, prefixes & suffixes, and text structure. 

HW: Complete any work not completed in class

Thursday: Book Club Preview & Information - The information is also available on this website under "Summer Reading List" and "File Manager". The top form is required from every student by April 15th to be able to place your student in the proper book club.

HW: Complete the summer reading form and have your parent/guardian sign the form.

Friday: Spiral Review

HW: Read for 30 minutes and complete the summer reading form



Week of 3/21
Due Date: 3/24/2016

Warm-Up Focus for the Week: Correcting Sentences and Paragraphs

Monday: Central Idea

  • HW: Complete the central idea worksheet 

Tuesday: Supporting Evidence

Wednesday: Making Inferences

Thursday: Publication Celebration!

  • The students did a fabulous job on their papers! It's time for them to share what they've learned and celebrate a job well done. Students are responsible for their own snack to be consumed in Language Arts only.

Friday: Spring Break Begins!

  • Spring Break Extra Credit!
    • Students are able (not required) to write an essay to submit to the Tennessee Department of Education regarding a teacher that has inspired them. You can find more information at http://tnclassroomchronicles.org/im-thankful-teacher-essay-contest-now-open/. If a student would like me to submit it for them, I must have it by Tuesday after spring break in order to get it mailed in time.
  • Spring Break Reading Contest!
    • Students should log their reading time and turn it in when they return to class. The student that reads the most in each class will receive a prize! *Parent signature required!*

 



Week of 3/14
Due Date: 3/18/2016

***TNReady Testing This Week!***

Students will be responsible completing any unfinished classwork at home. Their paper is due March 18th (Friday)! Late papers will receive an automatic 20 point deduction for each day it is late.

Monday: Body Paragraphs

Tuesday: Conclusion Paragraph & Begin Revisions

Wednesday: Peer Reviews

Thursday: Revise & Edit

Friday: Write paper in class (If students fear they will not finish writing it in class, they may begin writing it at home on Thursday evening.)



Week of 3/7
Due Date: 3/11/2016

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Test Preparation & Strategies

Homework: Complete any classwork not completed at home.

Monday: Powerful and Concise Theme Statements

Tuesday: Flash Draft

Wednesday: Organizing Your Essay

Thursday: Introduction Paragraphs

Friday: Peer Review and Conclusions

***Papers are due no later than March 18th!***

Notes for Writing an Introductory Paragraph



Week of 2/22
Due Date: 2/26/2016

***Test corrections due Thursday!***

Monday: Most significant theme in a story

  • HW: Read your book club book & stop and jot regarding the most significant theme in your novel

Tuesday: (teacher was absent) Students complete a reading comprehension packet

Wednesday: Metaphors, imagery, punctuation, and author's word choice - how these illustrate theme and give additional meaning to the text *Due to data gathered from the test, Wednesday and Thursday will include some instruction and practice regarding tone and mood.

  • HW: Read your book club book and stop and jot regarding one of the four items in your book

Thursday: Alliteration, Hyperbole, Onomatopoeia, and Personification - how these illustrate theme and give additional meaning to the text. *Due to data gathered from the test, Wednesday and Thursday will include some instruction and practice regarding tone and mood.

  • HW: Read your book club book and complete any classwork not completed in class

Friday: Figurative Language Stations

  • HW: Read your book club book and complete a stop and jot of your choice.


Week of 2/16
Due Date: 2/19/2016

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Poems/Figurative Language

Homework: Students should stay on their reading schedule for book club. This information should be in their agenda. Please do not allow your student to get ahead or behind as it is critical for all members of the book club to be reading together.

Monday: No School - Presidents' Day

Tuesday: Pivotal moments and how they illustrate theme

Wednesday: Surprises during reading and how they change our thinking

Thursday: Thinking deeply and critically about our reading

Friday: Test Day!

  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Theme
  • Story Elements: Characters, Setting, Plot
  • How the story elements effect each other
  • Any and all information that is in the book club section in their notebook.


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Week of 2/1
Due Date: 2/5/2016

Monday: 

Warm-Up: Rating our group members

Lesson: Relationship among the elements of a story (see notes below)

Homework: Students will read their book club book according to their schedule and stop and jot regarding relationships among the story elements

Tuesday: 

Warm-Up: Vocabulary Quiz! (10 vocabulary words from last week)

Lesson: Applying our knowledge of relationships to our book club books

Homework: Students will read their book club book according to their schedule and update their graphic already completed using the knowledge of the relationships among story elements they have found.

Wednesday:

Warm-Up: Breaking down prompts

Lesson: Balancing comprehension and interpretation

    • Ask yourself "what is going on here?" (comprehension)
    • Ask yourself "what is this story starting to really be about?" (interpretation)

Homework: Students will read their book club book according to their schedule and stop and jot regarding more themes they are finding in their book.

Thursday:

Warm-Up: Breaking down prompts

Lesson: Read aloud of "Harrison Bergeron"

Homework: Students will read their book club book according to their schedule and complete a stop & jot of their choice (prediction, inference, visualization, connections, etc).

Friday:

Warm-Up: Breaking down prompts

Lesson: Literacy centers/stations

Homework: Students will read their book club book according to their schedule and complete a stop and jot of their choice.

 



Week of 1/25
Due Date: 1/29/2016

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Vocabulary - Flocabulary Unit 2

Monday: Unusual settings in Dystopian/Fantasy books and how it affects characters

  • Homework: Stay up-to-date with your book club book reading, and stop & jot regarding your book's setting and characters.

Tuesday: Mood and tone

  • Homework: Stay up-to-date with your book club book reading, and stop & jot regarding your book's mood and tone.

Wednesday: Using graphics to represent our ideas

  • Homework: Stay up-to-date with your book club book reading, and complete your graphic.

Thursday: Author's spotlight

  • Stay up-to-date with your book club book reading, and stop & jot regarding author's spotlight in your book.

Friday: Students will practice the MIST test

  • Stay up-to-date with your book club book reading, and complete a stop & jot of your choice (prediction, character analysis, inference, visualization, etc).

***Students are required to have their assigned book club book with them, in class, every day. If a student does not have their book, their agenda will be signed for being unprepared.

***Students have created a reading schedule for their particular book. They were instructed to write this schedule in their agenda. If you would like to know where the student should be in their reading, please consult their agenda. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at birch_c@hcde.org.



Week of 1/19
Due Date: 1/19/2016

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Vocabulary

Book club books have been distributed! Check your student's agenda for their reading schedule.

Homework: Students should keep track of their reading and do stop and jots (see daily schedule for stop & jot topics).

Monday: No School - MLK

Tuesday: "All Summer in a Day" reading (stop & jot about characters)

Wednesday: How setting effects the characters (stop & jot about the relationship between setting and charcaters)

Thursday: Mood and Tone (stop & jot regarding mood and tone)

Friday: Literacy Centers/Stations



Week of 1/6/16
Due Date: 1/8/2016

Welcome back!

I hope everyone is rested and ready to rock the second half of the year!

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Encouragement and Improvement -  Kid President pep talk videos and how we can apply them to our lives.

Wednesday: We will review our processes and procedures (i.e. library procedures, entering/exiting procedures, expectations for classroom, etc). Review of plot and the plot diagram using picture books. ***See Notes Below***

Thursday: Reivew of character traits, setting, theme, text features, and conflict using picture books.

Friday: On Demand Writing - Compare and Contrast

Plot Diagram Notes

 



Week of 12/7 and 12/14
Due Date: 12/14/2015

Homework: Read for 150 minutes. No weekly Reader's Response. Any classwork not completed needs to be finished for homework. 

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Run-on Sentences

Monday: Self-Assessment Using Checklist

Tuesday: Revision (focus on evidence and elaboration)

Wednesday: Revision (focus on word choice) ***Tutoring is offered this day until 3:30pm***

Thursday: Write Final Rough Draft

Friday: Editing (using CUPS method)

Monday: Typing final copy in computer lab

Tuesday: Typing final copy in computer lab

Wednesday: Publishing celebration

Thursday: 1/2 day for students

Friday: 1st day of Christmas break for students

***Please check with your student to ensure they are not behind in the writing process. We will finish this paper next week and the grade will count for this quarter.***



Week of 11/30
Due Date: 12/7/2015

Homework: Read a total of 150 minutes this week and complete the Reading Response Pages. Any class work not completed in class must be done for homework.

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Grammar Review (Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, and Conjunctions)

Grammar Quiz on Thursday!

Class Work:

Monday: Write the rough draft

Tuesday: How to quote sources in a paper (SOQ Method)

Wednesday: Finding quotes for our argumentative paper

Thursday: Intended audience

Friday: Peer review/critique

***Please feel free to see the articles we are using for our argumentative essay under the "file manager" section of my website. You can download them and read them on the computer or print them for the student's use.***



Week of 11/16
Due Date: 11/23/2015

HW: Read 150 minutes (30 minutes per day for 5 days) and complete the Reading Response sheet sent home. Students are to write their answers to the questions on a separate sheet of paper. Their response should fully answer the question and include evidence from their text. ***Any work not fully completed in class will need to be done for homework.

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Capitalization

Capitalization Test on Thursday (11/19)!

This week will be using the evidence that we have found thus far to start building our paper.  

  • Monday - weigh evidence based on logic and emotion
  • Tuesday - stating our claim
  • Wednesday - pinpointing evidence that supports our claim
  • Thursday - flashdraft (getting our thoughts down on paper)
  • Friday - organizing our paper

***The articles we are using in class can be found on my website under "file manager". If the student needs to read them at home, they may download them on your home computer. They have chosen 5 articles to use for their research. Please feel free to print those 5 if you wish.***



Week of 11/9
Due Date: 11/16/2015

Homework: Read 150 minutes (averages out to be 30 minutes/day 5 days/week) and complete the reading response page sent home. All homework is due the following Monday (11/16).

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Capitalization

We will be working on finding evidence this week using the "A FOREST" strategy. 

A - Anecdote

F - Fact

O - Opinion

R - Rhetorical Question

E - Examples and Experts

S - Statistics

T - Triples (clusters of three)

We will also work with our in-class text sets which contain articles on competitive sports and concussions. If you would like a set to keep at home, or to send to school so your student may mark on them, please feel free to visit my "File Manager" section to print it for your child.

 



Week of 11/2
Due Date: 11/9/2015

Homework: Read 150 minutes total this week and complete the 2-sided reading response sheet sent home on 11/2. On Friday, the students will need to summarize the article discussed in class making sure they are using the author's expert vocabulary.

Grammar Focus this Week: Conjunctions

We are continuing our work on the non-fiction argumentative essays. For a copy of the articles for students to use at home and/or to bring to class so they may write on it, please see the "File Manager" link on this website.

 



Week of 10/26
Due Date: 11/2/2015

Weekly Reading: total of 150 minutes (averages out to 30 minutes per day for 5 days); complete 4 stop and jots

TEST on Tuesday!

Study:

  • Main Idea
  • Supporting Details
  • Expert Vocabulary
  • Preconceived Notions
  • Bias
  • Author's Stance
  • Grammar

Grammar focus for the week: Conjuntions

MIST testing will be completed on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

For a copy of the articles we are using for our non-fiction argumentative essay unit, please visit my "file manager" section. These may be printed at home and used in class or to complete work at home.

 



Week of 10/19 Homework
Due Date: 10/20/2015

Reading Assignment for the Week: 150 minutes (averages out to be 30 minutes per day for 5 days); complete 4 good stop & jots

Preposition Quiz on Thursday 10/22

 



Reading Assignment for the Week of 10/12
Due Date: 10/16/2015

Read 150 minutes (30 min/day for 5 days) 

Complete 4 stop and jots - make sure they are good, improved stop and jots!

 



9/25 Newspaper Activity
Due Date: 9/29/2015

Complete the newspaper activity for conflict:

1) Read the article

2) Highlight the sentences that show conflict (there will be more than 1). Make sure you number them as you go.

3) On the back of the paper (or on a seperate sheet) write the type of conflict for each highlighted section (person vs _____)

4) Explain the relationship of the conflicts identified (think: cause & effect).

This is due Tuesday 9/29

 



Week of 9/21
Due Date: 9/28/2015

Reading Assignment for the Week: 150 minutes (avg 30 min/day for 5 days) along with 4 stop and jots completed outside of class.

Weekly Grammar Focus (Warm-Ups): Adverbs

Monday: Charaterization - STEAL Strategy using "The Other Side"

Tuesday: Characterization Application - Direct and Indirect (STEAL) and Reading Notebook Check

Wednesday: Read Aloud - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (conflict focus)

Thursday: Introduction to Conflict (Notes will be taken)

Friday: Conflict Application



Week of 9/8
Due Date: 9/11/2015
  • Read a total of 150 minutes this week (30 minutes per day for 5 days)
  • Final rough draft of personal narrative due Friday, 9/11. I should see where you have revised (ARMS) and edited (CUPS) this final draft so you are prepared to publish on Friday.
  • Verb Test was returned. You may do corrections to receive some more points. Do not erase or change your anwers. Rather, write the new answer and why it is the correct answer. Do this on the test next to the number missed. This is due Friday - I do not accept late test corrections.
  • Extra Credit opportunity: last Friday, we watched the Week In Rap from Flocabulary. You may choose one topic discussed, research it, and write about it. This is due on Friday - I do not accept late extra credit work.


Read! ***week long assignment***
Due Date: 8/18/2015

Make sure you read for 20 minutes every night this week. You need to log your reading on your reading log bookmark.



Composition Books
Due Date: 8/17/2015

Number both of your composition notebooks. 

  • number both sides of the page (front and back)
  • number in the top outside corner or the bottom outside corner (must be on the outside corner)
  • make sure to check every 5-10 numbers to make sure you have them correct and didn't miss any or duplicate them
  • make sure your name is somewhere on the notebook

You may decorate your writing notebook if you wish. Here are some ideas:

  • Washi tape
  • Colored Duct tape
  • Pictures of family or friends
  • Pictures cut out of a magazine
  • Colored using paint pens or permenant markers
  • Stickers