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Daily Announcements and Homework

Tuesday, February 14, 2017; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we formed opinions about the topic of violent role-playing games (perilous or diverting?), gathering evidence by looking at several sources from the Text Set. We also discussed expectations for the Argument Essay that we will be writing for this unit.
Homework:
1) Argument Essay due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 03/07
2) Write a solid, specific thesis statement (claim) that includes either "perilous" or "diverting" (see the Course Pack Section 4, p. 26-29 for help!) due 02/15
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/27
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we continued forming the Group Script for the Short Story Movie Trailer Project. We also started to think about filming.
Homework:
1) Hiroshima reading/packet work due 3/7
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/27

Wednesday, February 8, 2017; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we analyzed a sample piece of Argument Writing for its claim, evidence, counterclaims, rebuttals, and structure.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we shared our Individual Scripts and began forming the Group Script for the Short Story Movie Trailer Project.
Homework:
1) Portfolio # 2 Submission (Critical Lens Essay from Short Story Unit) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 2/9
2) Hiroshima reading/packet work due 3/7
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Tuesday, February 7, 2017; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we defined basic terms of Argument Writing and identified Argument Writing Techniques/Goals; we then analyzed an exemplar (RFK's speech on the death of MLK) to annotate the parts of an argument and some persuasive techniques.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we took the quiz on Short Story Packet B.
Homework:
1) Portfolio # 2 Submission (Critical Lens Essay from Short Story Unit) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 2/9
2) Hiroshima reading/packet work due 3/7
3) Individual Movie Trailer Scripts due 2/8
4) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Monday, February 6, 2017; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we started a new unit on Argument Writing. We read an article about a debatable/ethical issue called "High-Jinks: Shoot-Out" and practiced arguing two different sides of the issue.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed expectations for the Short Story Movie Trailer project. We also signed out copies of John Hersey's Hiroshima.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Portfolio # 2 Submission (Critical Lens Essay from Short Story Unit) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 2/9
3) Hiroshima reading/packet work due 3/7
4) Individual Movie Trailer Scripts due 2/8
5) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
6) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Friday, February 3, 2017; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we provided partner feedback for Section 1 Notes of the Spring Book Report; then we had time for independent reading.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we provided partner feedback for Section 1 Notes of the Spring Book Report; then we had time for independent reading and/or revising the Short Story Critical Lens Essay for Portfolio Submission # 2.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Portfolio # 2 Submission (Critical Lens Essay from Short Story Unit) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 2/9
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Thursday, February 2, 2017; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we watched a video clip of Twelve Angry Men.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Portfolio # 2 Submission (Critical Lens Essay from Short Story Unit) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 2/9
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Wednesday, February 1, 2017; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we finished reading Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men and then watched a segment of the 1957 film.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/2
- Short Story Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Tuesday, January 31, 2017; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/2
- Short Story Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Monday, January 30, 2017; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was a set-up day for Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Toni Cade Bambara's "Raymond's Run."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/2
- Short Story Packet B Quiz 2/7
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 2/13

Friday, January 27, 2017; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was an Independent Reading Day.
Homework:
1) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Elliott Merrick's "Without Words" and then had our Independent Reading Day.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Thursday, January 26, 2017; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was our Mystery Hat Discussion for S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 41-49 for The Outsiders for 1/27
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/27
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Wednesday, January 25, 2017; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 12 (the last chapter) of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. Tomorrow will be our Mystery Hat Discussion of the book.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 41-49 for The Outsiders for 1/27
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we worked on Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds," in preparation for our discussion tomorrow.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/26
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/27
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Monday, January 23, 2017; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapters 10-11 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. We also analyzed Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay."
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 41-49 for The Outsiders for 1/27
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we took the quiz on Short Story Packet A, and then we had some time for independent reading (Packet B and/or Fiction Indep. Rdg.).
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/26
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report:
- Sharing of Section 1 Notes through Google Docs (with Mrs. Delmage and Reading Partner) - Deadline 7:00 PM 2/1
- Complete Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Friday, January 20, 2017; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was an Independent Reading Day.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 41-49 for The Outsiders for 1/27
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was an Independent Reading Day.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- SHORT STORY PACKET A QUIZ 1/23
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/26
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Thursday, January 19, 2017; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 9 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- SHORT STORY PACKET A QUIZ 1/23
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/26
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Wednesday, January 18, 2017; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 8 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Check of Feedback on Fiction Book Report # 1 (turnitin) by 7:00 PM 1/18
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Dancing Men."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- SHORT STORY PACKET A QUIZ 1/23
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
- "Without Words" reading/annotating and packet work 1/26
- "Raymond's Run" reading/annotating and packet work 1/30
- "The Yellow Wallpaper" reading/annotating and packet work 1/31
- "The Scarlet Ibis" reading/annotating and packet work 2/6
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Tuesday, January 17, 2017; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 7 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Check of Feedback on Fiction Book Report # 1 (turnitin) by 7:00 PM 1/18
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/18
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/30

Friday, January 13, 2017; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was our first Independent Reading Day for Fiction Book Project # 2. The Checkpoints for this project were distributed today, along with new copies of the yellow Notes Pages. (Students were also permitted to read The Outsiders, chapter 6, if they needed to catch up.)
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was our first Independent Reading Day for Fiction Book Project # 2. The Checkpoints for this project were distributed today, along with new copies of the yellow Notes Pages.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/13 (discussion on 1/17)
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
2) Spring Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 4/26
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Thursday, January 12, 2017; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we discussed Chapters 1-5 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 7, 8, and 15-30 for The Outsiders for 1/13
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/13
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Tuesday, January 10, 2017; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 5 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 7, 8, and 15-30 for The Outsiders for 1/13
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit:
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Monday, January 9, 2017; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 4 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. We also discussed reasons people would want to belong to a "gang" (or organized group).
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 7, 8, and 15-30 for The Outsiders for 1/13
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we took a passage quiz on John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Homework:
1) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/10
2) Short Story Unit:
- "The Most Dangerous Game" reading/annotating and packet work 1/10
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Friday, January 6, 2017; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 3 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 7, 8, and 15-30 for The Outsiders for 1/13
2) Complete packet pages 31-39 for The Outsiders for 1/20
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men quiz 1/9
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/10
3) Short Story Unit:
- "The Most Dangerous Game" reading/annotating and packet work 1/10
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Thursday, January 5, 2017; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 2 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 5-13 for The Outsiders for 1/6
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/6
3) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM TONIGHT!
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men; then we wrote questions for the Mystery Hat Discussion of this text.
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men quiz 1/9
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/10
3) Short Story Unit:
- "The Most Dangerous Game" reading/annotating and packet work 1/10
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Wednesday, January 4, 2017; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Chapter 1 of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.
Homework:
1) Complete packet pages 5-13 for The Outsiders for 1/6
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/6
3) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we continued to review the Elements of Fiction for the Short Story Unit.
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/10
3) Short Story Unit:
- "The Most Dangerous Game" reading/annotating and packet work 1/10
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Tuesday, January 3, 2017; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we were introduced to S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. We also selected our reading preferences for this Stations Unit.
Homework:
1) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/6
2) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we were introduced to the Short Story Unit.
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
2) Select Fiction Book for 2nd Book Report for Check-in on 1/10
3) Short Story Unit:
- "The Most Dangerous Game" reading/annotating and packet work 1/10
- "Witness for the Prosecution" reading/annotating and packet work 1/12
- "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" reading/annotating and packet work 1/17
- "Harrison Bergeron" reading/annotating and packet work 1/19
- "The Birds" reading/annotating and packet work 1/25
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 1/17

Thursday, December 22, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we continued to work on Portfolio # 2 (a critical lens essay from the Short Story Unit); we also watched Rod Serling's "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" and The Simpsons' version of "The Tell-Tale Heart."
Homework:
1) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we worked on the Decades Presentation Self-Evaluation. Then we independently read John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Wednesday, December 21, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we worked on polishing up and typing one critical lens essay from the Short Story Unit (this is Portfolio Submission # 2).
Homework:
1) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1980s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Tuesday, December 20, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was the Short Story Unit Test.
Homework:
1) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 2000s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Monday, December 19, 2016; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we discussed expectations for Portfolio # 2 (one polished Critical Lens essay from our Short Story Unit) and then watched "The Last Leaf."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Test 12/20 - Check out the Quizlet and work on your Review Sheet
2) Portfolio # 2 due on www.turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1990s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Friday, December 16, 2016; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we worked on the Critical Lens Essay and Comprehension Questions for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Test 12/20
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we independently read John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Decades Presentations will resume on Monday (the 80s group will present on Wednesday).
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Thursday, December 15, 2016; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read, analyzed, and discussed Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Test 12/20
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1970s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Wednesday, December 14, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we viewed the A&E Biography of Edgar Allan Poe, completing the guiding notes in the packet.
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Test 12/20
2) Enter the vocabulary for "The Tell-Tale Heart" (p. 112-116; definitions can be found on p. 12) due 12/15
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1960s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Tuesday, December 13, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read about the real Dr. Crippen (on whom Dr. Loxley is based) and wrote the critical lens essay for "Man in Hiding."
Homework:
1) Short Story Unit Test 12/20
2) Check of Feedback on Writer's Notebook Portfolio # 1 on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 12/13
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1950s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Monday, December 12, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we finished reading Vincent Starrett's "Man in Hiding."
Homework:
1) Comprehension Questions, p. 105 due 12/13
2) Short Story Unit Test 12/20
3) Check of Feedback on Writer's Notebook Portfolio # 1 on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM on 12/13
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the 1940s Decades Presentation!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/21

Thursday, December 8, 2016; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we started reading Vincent Starrett's "Man in Hiding."
Homework:
1) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was a Rehearsal Day for the Decades Presentation (2000s). Presentations begin Monday!
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - 12/12 - 12/20 - See calendar for your specific presentation date!
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Wednesday, December 7, 2016; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we analyzed and discussed Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"; we worked on the Critical Lens Essay and the Comprehension Questions.
Homework:
1) Comprehension Questions, p. 82 due 12/8
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was a Rehearsal Day for the Decades Presentation (1990s and 1950s).
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal! Implement your rehearsal feedback to improve your work.
2) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Tuesday, December 6, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."
Homework:
1) Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM TONIGHT!
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was a Rehearsal Day for the Decades Presentation (1980s and 1960s).
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal! Implement your rehearsal feedback to improve your work.
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM TONIGHT!
3) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Monday, December 5, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we highlighted our Critical Lens essays to show all the parts of the HIDDEN Writing Strategy. Then we did some pre-reading prep for "The Lottery."
Homework:
1) Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was a Rehearsal Day for the Decades Presentation (1970s and 1940s).
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal! Implement your rehearsal feedback to improve your work.
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Of Mice and Men reading and packet work due 1/5
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Friday, December 2, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we worked on the Critical Lens essay and the Comprehension Questions for Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace."
Homework:
1) Finish Short Story Packet pages 67-69 due 12/5
2) Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal!
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Thursday, December 1, 2016; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we finished reading Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" and worked on the Short Story Analysis pages.
Homework:
1) Finish SSA for "The Necklace" p. 65-66 due 12/2
2) Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal!
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Wednesday, November 30, 2016; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we started reading Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace."
Homework:
1) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Presentation - Be prepared by the date of your rehearsal!
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Tuesday, November 29, 2016; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we reviewed Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper" and wrote a Critical Lens essay.
Homework:
1) Finish Critical Lens, p. 48-49 due 11/30
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
2) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Monday, November 28, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read, analyzed, and discussed Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper."
Homework:
1) Finish Short Story Packet, p. 45-47 due 11/29
2) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
3) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
2) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 12/12

Tuesday, November 22, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we took the quiz on List U (Short Story Unit) vocab, and then we had some time to do some pre-reading prep for Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper."
Homework:
1) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
2) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we we worked in groups to prepare for the Decades Presentation.
Homework:
1) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
2) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Friday, November 18, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we worked on the Critical Lens essay for "Strangers in the Fog."
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) List U Quiz 11/21
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today was the Overview for the Decades Group Presentation.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
3) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Thursday, November 17, 2016; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was our introduction to the Critical Lens genre of writing; we looked at a sample essay, highlighting it to show the parts of HIDDEN, and then we started writing a response to Bill Pronzini's "Strangers in the Fog."
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) List U Word Study due 11/18
3) List U Quiz 11/21
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we evaluated our progress with the Decades Research Product and then had some class time for planning.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
3) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Wednesday, November 16, 2016; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we finished reading Bill Pronzini's "Strangers in the Fog"; we discussed the story and started working through the Short Story Analysis pages.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Review your HIDDEN Common Theme Response feedback on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/16
3) List U Word Study due 11/18
4) List U Quiz 11/21
5) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
6) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we shared ideas for the Decades Research Product and then had some class time for planning.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
3) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Tuesday, November 15, 2016; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we started reading Bill Pronzini's "Strangers in the Fog," after reviewing the story vocabulary and annotation guidelines.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Review your HIDDEN Common Theme Response feedback on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/16
3) List U Word Study due 11/18
4) List U Quiz 11/21
5) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
6) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we reviewed expectations for the Decades Research Product and then had some class time for planning.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
3) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Monday, November 14, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read the About the Author page on Bill Pronzini, in preparation for the first story of our Short Story Unit. We then took the quiz on List I.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Review your HIDDEN Common Theme Response feedback on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/16
3) List U Word Study due 11/18
4) List U Quiz 11/21
5) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
6) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we discussed expectations for the Decades Research Product. We received a packet of calendars and discussed the plan for the rest of the Decades Research Unit.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Individual Research Report with Works Cited List due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/29
3) Decades Individual Research Product due (on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM for the song or story) 11/29
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/28

Thursday, November 10, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we practiced List I and then reviewed the Elements of Fiction for the Short Story Unit. We had some time to work on List U (Short Story Unit Vocab).
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) List U Word Study due 11/18
3) List I Quiz 11/14
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we were in the library for Independent Research Time for the Decades Project.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Wednesday, November 9, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we started the Short Story Unit by defining elements of fiction and fictional genres.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) List I Word Study due 11/10
3) List I Quiz 11/14
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we were in the library for Independent Research Time for the Decades Project.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Tuesday, November 8, 2016; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we took the Poetry Unit Test.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) List I Word Study due 11/10
3) List I Quiz 11/14
4) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we took the Poetry Unit Test.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
3) Fall Fiction Independent Reading Book Report (all 7 sections) due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 12/6
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Monday, November 7, 2016; Day 6

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we took the quiz on List H and had some time to review for the Poetry Unit Test via Quizlet.
Homework:
1) List I Word Study due 11/10
2) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
3) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test TOMORROW!
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we took the quiz on List H and had some time to review for the Poetry Unit Test via Quizlet.
Homework:
1) Portfolio Submission #1 due on turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 11/21
2) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
3) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test TOMORROW!
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Friday, November 4, 2016; Day 5

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we did a peer review of Section 2 Notes for the Fiction Book Report; books went home today for the remainder of the project (due 12/6).
Homework:
1) List I Word Study due 11/10
2) List H Quiz 11/7
3) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we did a peer review of Section 2 Notes for the Fiction Book Report; books went home today for the remainder of the project (due 12/6).
Homework:
1) List H Quiz 11/7
2) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
3) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
4) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Thursday, November 3, 2016; Day 4

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we read, analyzed, and discussed Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, noting references to poems we've studied in class.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we were in the library for Independent Research Time for the Decades Project.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Wednesday, November 2, 2016; Day 3

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we studied the differences between cliches, puns, and idioms, also talking about when to use them and when to avoid them.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we talked about the Decades Research Project; we received the overview packet and the research graphic organizer.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Decades Research Graphic Organizer due 11/14
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Tuesday, November 1, 2016; Day 2

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today was a writing workshop day; we wrote silly sonnets.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we differentiated among cliches, puns, and idioms; then we wrote silly sonnets.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Monday, October 31, 2016; Day 1

ENGLISH 8A (periods 3, 5, 7, 8):

Today we wrote silly spooky stories and then took the List G quiz.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14
SP ENGLISH 9 (period 1)
Today we completed Preference Forms for the upcoming Decades Research Project and then took the List G quiz.
Homework:
1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3
2) List H Word Study due 11/4
3) List H Quiz 11/7
4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Unit Test on 11/8
5) Two-Week Calendar is due with signatures on both sides 11/14

Friday, October 28, 2016; Day 6

Today was an Independent Reading Day with Chrome Books for typing Section 2 of the Book Report.

Homework:

1) Share Section 2 of your Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00PM 11/3

2) List H Word Study due 11/4

3) List G Quiz 10/31

4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Test on 11/8

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Thursday, October 27, 2016; Day 5

Today we did a close reading of "Jabberwocky." We also reviewed the 8 parts of speech and defined the expression "artistic/poetic license."

Homework:

1) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27 (TONIGHT!)

2) List G Word Study due 10/28

3) List G Quiz 10/31

4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Test on 11/8

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Wednesday, October 26, 2016; Day 4

Today we continued our close reading of "The Raven." We also received the Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet and talked about the format/content of the test.

Homework:

1) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27 (TOMORROW!)

2) List G Word Study due 10/28

3) List G Quiz 10/31

4) Study terms on Poetry Unit Test Review Sheet in preparation for the Poetry Test on 11/8

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31


Tuesday, October 25, 2016; Day 3

Today we started a close reading of "The Raven."

Homework:

1) Complete Poetry Packet page 39 for 10/26

2) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27

3) List G Word Study due 10/28

4) List G Quiz 10/31

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Monday, October 24, 2016; Day 2

Today we took the quiz on List F and then we had some time to work on List G/HIDDEN Common Theme Response/Independent Reading.

Homework:

1) Complete Poetry Packet pages 37-38 for 10/25

2) Review your "I Am From..." Poem feedback/score on Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/24

3) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27

4) List G Word Study due 10/28

5) List G Quiz 10/31

6) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Friday, October 21, 2016; Day 1

Today was an Independent Reading Day; we also practiced for the List F Word Study.

Homework:

1) Review your "I Am From..." Poem feedback/score on Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/24

2) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27

3) List G Word Study due 10/28

4) List F Quiz 10/24

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Thursday, October 20, 2016; Day 6

Today was a writing workshop day, as we continued to work with the HIDDEN Common Theme Response.

Homework:

1) Review your "I Am From..." Poem feedback/score on Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/24

2) HIDDEN Common Theme Response Assignment due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/27

3) List F Word Study due 10/21

4) List F Quiz 10/24

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Wednesday, October 19, 2016; Day 5

Today was a writing workshop day, as we worked with tone and the concepts of discrimination, prejudice, and/or stereotyping in the poems "The Cold Within" and "Still I Rise."

Homework:

1) List F Word Study due 10/21

2) List F Quiz 10/24

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Tuesday, October 18, 2016; Day 4

Today was a writing workshop day, as we worked with tone and the concept of perseverance in the poems "Mother to Son" and "Still I Rise."

Homework:

1) List F Word Study due 10/21

2) List F Quiz 10/24

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Monday, October 17, 2016; Day 3

Today we took the quiz on List E; we also read "The Road Not Taken."

Homework:

1) Complete Poetry Packet pages 56-57 10/18

2) List F Word Study due 10/21

3) List F Quiz 10/24

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/31

Friday, October 14, 2016; Day 2

Today we did a Peer Review of Section 1 of the Fiction Book Report, and then we continued with our Independent Reading Day.

Homework:

1) List F Word Study due 10/21

2) List E Quiz 10/17

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Thursday, October 13, 2016; Day 1

Today we learned the H.I.D.D.E.N. Strategy for written responses.

Homework:

1) Share Section 1 of Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00 PM 10/13

2) List E Word Study due 10/14

3) List E Quiz 10/17

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Wednesday, October 12, 2016; Day 6

Today we analyzed and discussed the following poems: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "Mother to Son," and "Still I Rise."

Homework:

1) Share Section 1 of Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00 PM 10/13

2) "I Am From..." Poem due on Turnitin.com by 7:00 PM TONIGHT!

3) List E Word Study due 10/14

4) List E Quiz 10/17

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Tuesday, October 11, 2016; Day 5

Today we took the quiz for List D, and then we had some time to work on List E and/or some of the other homework items (see below).

Homework:

1) Questions, Poetry Packet p. 55 10/12

2) Share Section 1 of Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00 PM 10/13

3) "I Am From..." Poem due on Turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 10/12

4) List E Word Study due 10/14

5) List E Quiz 10/17

6) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Thursday, October 6, 2016; Day 4

Today we started typing Section 1 of the Fiction Book Report, to share with Mrs. Delmage and our Reading Partners by 10/13.

Homework:

1) Share Section 1 of Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00 PM 10/13

2) "I Am From..." Poem due on Turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 10/12

3) List E Word Study due 10/14

4) List D Quiz 10/11* (This is Tuesday, not Monday)

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Wednesday, October 5, 2016; Day 3

Today we reviewed poetry terms (connotation, denotation, rhyme, rhyme scheme, the building blocks of poetry) and had a Writer's Workshop (SWBST story development and/or "I Am From..." poem development).

Homework:

1) Share Section 1 of Fiction Book Report with Mrs. Delmage and with your Reading Partner using Google Docs by 7:00 PM 10/13

2) "I Am From..." Poem due on Turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 10/12

3) List D Word Study due 10/6* (This is Thursday, not Friday)

4) List D Quiz 10/11* (This is Tuesday, not Monday)

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Tuesday, October 4, 2016; Day 2

Today we discussed the definitions for Poetry and Free Verse Poetry, and then we started working on the "I Am From..." Free Verse Poem assignment, which is due to Turnitin.com by 7PM on 10/12.

Homework:

1) "I Am From..." Poem due on Turnitin.com by 7:00 PM 10/12

2) List D Word Study due 10/6* (This is Thursday, not Friday)

3) List D Quiz 10/11* (This is Tuesday, not Monday)

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Monday, October 3, 2016; Day 1

Today we took the quiz on List C, and then we had some time to work on List D.

Homework:

1) List D Word Study due 10/6* (This is Thursday, not Friday)

2) List D Quiz 10/11* (This is Tuesday, not Monday)

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/17

Friday, September 30, 2016; Day 6

Today was an Independent Reading Day.

Homework:

1) List D Word Study due 10/6* (This is a Thursday, not a Friday)

2) List C Quiz 10/3

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Thursday, September 29, 2016; Day 5

Today we took the STAR Reading Assessment and then had some time for independent reading.

Homework:

1) List C Word Study due 9/30

2) List C Quiz 10/3

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3


Wednesday, September 28, 2016; Day 4

Today we reviewed the Glossary of Literary Terms/Devices and analyzed devices at work in cartoons and a video clip.

Homework:

1) Show Me in a Picture # 2 due 9/29

2) List C Word Study due 9/30

3) List C Quiz 10/3

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Tuesday, September 27, 2016; Day 3

Today we reviewed the Glossary of Literary Terms/Devices and then expanded our SWBST stories with these devices in mind.

Homework:

1) Show Me in a Picture # 1 due 9/28

2) List C Word Study due 9/30

3) List C Quiz 10/3

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Monday, September 26, 2016; Day 2

Today we took the quiz on List B, then we had some time to work on List C, Show Me in a Picture # 1, and/or Independent Reading.

Homework:

1) Show Me in a Picture # 1 due 9/28

2) List C Word Study due 9/30

3) List C Quiz 10/3

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Friday, September 23, 2016; Day 1

Today was our first Independent Reading Day!

Homework:

1) List C Word Study due 9/30

2) List B Quiz 9/26

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Thursday, September 22, 2016; Day 6

Today we looked at the Independent Reading Book Report Model Notes Pages and Sample Reports. We also spent time analyzing the Glossary of Literary Terms. All of these documents are in the Course Pack, Section 1.

Homework:

1) List B Word Study due 9/23

2) List B Quiz 9/26

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Wednesday, September 21, 2016; Day 5

Today we discussed Annotation Guidelines (Course Pack Section 2, pages 3-4) and practiced annotating the first chapter of The Hunger Games. We also connected the types of notes we take for the Fiction Independent Reading Book Report to these Annotation Guidelines.

Homework:

1) List B Word Study due 9/23

2) List B Quiz 9/26

3) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Tuesday, September 20, 2016; Day 4

Today we discussed expectations for the Fall Fiction Book Report, going over the four types of notes, the number of sections, sample notes, and a sample report.

Homework:

1) School-Family Compact due to English teacher 9/21

2) List B Word Study due 9/23

3) List B Quiz 9/26

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Monday, September 19, 2016; Day 3

Today we took the quiz for List A and had some time to work on List B.

Homework:

1) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for Check-in only 9/20

2) School-Family Compact due to English teacher 9/21

3) List B Word Study due 9/23

4) List B Quiz 9/26

5) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 10/3

Friday, September 16, 2016; Day 2

Today we practiced List A, looked at a sample Word Study quiz in preparation for Monday's List A Quiz, and distributed List B packets. Then we wrote a baseline essay for the On-Demand Argument Pre-Assessment.

Homework:

1) List B Word Study due 9/23

2) List A Quiz 9/19

3) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for Check-in only 9/20

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 9/19

Thursday, September 15, 2016; Day 1

Today we started our Poetry Unit with Bio-Poems. We also visited the Book Fair during class.

Homework:

1) List A Word Study due 9/16

2) List A Quiz 9/19

3) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for Check-in only 9/20

4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 9/19

Wednesday, September 14, 2016; Day 6

Today we assembled our Course Packs (remember, these house handy reference materials for each of the units we study -- such as sample sentences for the Word Study!). We learned how to send emails with attachments. We also learned more about Turnitin.com, submitting our first written assignment (Somebody Wanted, But, So, Then -- a creative short story).
Homework:
1) List A Word Study due 9/16
2) List A Quiz 9/19
3) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for Check-in only 9/20
4) 2-week calendar is due with signatures on both sides 9/19

Tuesday, September 13, 2016; Day 5

Today we familiarized ourselves with MLA formatting and practiced typing a short story in MLA format (Somebody Wanted, But, So, Then...).

Homework:

1) Course supplies (1-subject notebook, pen/pencil - blue or black ink only, unshared 3-ring binder (1.5 inch), and folder, *optional - highlighters) due 9/14

2) List A Word Study due 9/16

3) List A Quiz 9/19

4) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for check-in 9/20

5) Two-week calendar due with signatures on both sides 9/19

Monday, September 12, 2016; Day 4

Today we reset our network password, created an account on Turnitin.com, joined courses on Schoology, navigated the class website, and browsed the fiction book selection in the library.
Homework:
1) Course supplies (1-subject notebook, pen/pencil - blue or black ink only, unshared 3-ring binder (1.5 inch), and folder, *optional - highlighters) due 9/14
2) List A Word Study due 9/16
3) List A Quiz 9/19
4) Independent Fiction Reading Book due for check-in 9/20
5) Two-week calendar due with signatures on both sides 9/19

Friday, September 9, 2016; Day 3

Today we reviewed the two-week calendar system (remember, you've got a copy of the help guide to help you and your parents navigate this important document). We also had time to begin working on our first academic vocabulary list.

Thursday, September 8, 2016; Day 2

Today we reviewed the course syllabus; please share with parents, sign, and return this document. We also discussed the idea of active learning. In addition to gathering your course supplies, please find a fiction independent reading book.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016; Day 1

It was nice to meet you today. Please start gathering your course supplies (1-subject notebook, pencil/pen - blue or black ink only, unshared 3-ring binder (1.5 inch), and folder; *optional - highlighters).