Date Due Assignment
5/7 Complete vocabulary and questions for chapters 14-20 of the Fever
4/9 Literary Term Assessment
3/22 Final draft of argument essay due. Be sure you include a Works Cited page. The paper must be printed out (all black ink) and double spaced. Be sure to include a title as well!
3/21 Read and annotate "Scarborough Fair Fantasy." Answer the multiple choice and short response questions that follow.
3/20 Read and annotate "Ode to Family Photographs." Fill in the chart, answer the multiple choice questions, and write the short response. Because the poem is difficult to read on the handout, I have copied it below:Ode to Family Photographs by Gary Soto This is the pond, and these are my feet. This is the rooster, and this is more of my feet. Mama was never good at pictures. This is a statue of a famous general who lost an arm, And this is me with my head cut off. This is a trash can chained to a gate, This is my father with his eyes half-closed. This is a photograph of my sister And a giraffe looking over her shoulder. This is our car's front bumper. This is a bird with a pretzel in its beak. This is my brother Pedro standing on one leg on a rock, With a smear of chocolate on his face. Mama sneezed when she looked Behind the camera: the snapshots are blurry, The angles dizzy as a spin on a merry-go-round. But we had fun when Mama picked up the camera. How can I tell? Each of us is laughing hard. Can you see? I have candy in my mouth.
3/19 Read handout on refuting an argument. Be prepared to explain what that means AND how it could apply to your argument essay.
3/18 Short response to "To Honor" due
3/8 Draft of body of argument essay (three paragraphs) due.
3/6 Boxes and Bullets due in writer's notebook. Be sure to have each of your three boxes on its own page. Include at least three bullets under each box.
2/14 Vocabulary Packet for Nightjohn
is due. (Be sure to bring it to class!) Also, be prepared for an assessment on sentence patterns.
2/13 Short Response to question on "A Man Who Had No Eyes"*All students should have an understanding of the eight parts of speech by now. Students should have memorized the definitions of the eight parts of speech and should be able to identify them in a sentence. Please see me during extra help if you are still struggling with this.
2/11 Final draft of informational book is due. Be sure to include the following in the final draft:
Informational Book: Final Draft1) Cover page (title, author, period)2) Table of Contents3) Introduction4) 5-10 Chapters (may or may not be organized into parts)5) AT LEAST one organized paragraph per chapter6) Text Features7) 2-3 In-Text Citations8) Conclusion9)Work Cited PageOptional (index, glossary)
2/4 First draft of informational text is due.
1/30 Read through Chapter 5 of Nightjohn
. Continue to draft your informational text.
1/24 Read through Chapter 3 of Nightjohn
. Complete your short response (paragraph) to one of the questions on "The Pedestrian."
1/14 Grammar Assessment (Parts of Speech)
1/11 In your writer's notebook: Write for 15 minutes. You should have a list of subtopics by now. Write long on one or more of your subtopics.
1/10 In your writer's notebook: Write for 15 minutes using strategies to narrow down your topic and/or write long on one or more of your subtopics.
1/7 Continue to blurb about and/or create Table of Content subtopics on possible topics for your informational text.
12/19 Grammar Assessment (Parts of Speech, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement, Capitalization and Punctuation of Titles Rules)
12/12 Read through Chapter 19 of The Misfits
12/10 Final Draft of Realistic Fiction due. Papers should be stapled and in the following order from top to bottom: Rubric, Final Draft, Peer Editing Sheet, First Draft. (Don't forget a title!) Also, you should have read through Chapter 17 of The Misfits
12/5 Read through Chapter 11 of The Misfits
12/4 First draft of Realistic Fiction Due. Read through Chapter 10 of The Misfits
12/3 Read through Chapter 8 of The Misfits
11/29 Begin drafting your realistic fiction. First draft will be due Tuesday.
11/28 Read through Chapter 3 of The Misfits
. Feel free to begin drafting your realistic fiction.
11/27 Read through Chapter 2 (page 21) of The Misfits
. Also, be able to define the following terms and identify them in your realistic fiction: setting, protagonist, antagonist, conflict, climax, resolution, and theme. You should also be able to identify the qualities of narrative writing, memoir writing, and realistic fiction writing.
11/26 No HW, but... it can't hurt to spend some time working on writing scenes for your realistic fiction in your writer's notebook :) Happy Turkey Day!
11/20 No HW unless you have not completed your scrapbook!11/19 Community Scrapbook (title page, prologue, 8 artifact pages, creative component)
11/16 If you did not write at least one page in your writer's notebook during class, write another entry tonight or continue writing long on the "trouble moment" you selected in class.
11/15 Creative Component for Scrapbook
11/14 First Draft of Prologue for Scrapbook
11/8 Writer's Notebook: Write for 10-15 minutes creating one or two more story mountains.
11/7 Outline and Artifact Sheet for Community Project will be checked. (They should have been completed last week.)
11/6 Writer's Notebook: Write for 10-15 minutes generating more ideas and/or write long (explain) one or more of the social issues you identified.
10/30 Outline for Community Project Due
10/29 Artifact Sheet Due
10/25 Writer's Notebook: Continue working on generating ideas through Social Issue/Story About chart. (10-15 minutes)
10/25 Complete Community Project Brainstorm Sheet (front and back)
10/24 Writer's Notebook: Complete another mind map/web to generate ideas and/or summarize one or two social issues. (10-15 minutes)
10/23 Be sure to bring your writer's notebook to class.
10/12 Be prepared to present your Seedfolks
Citizenship Award Project.
10/11 Bring the materials so you will need to work on your Citizenship Award Project. If I do not have your symbol that you created in class, bring that as well. Be sure your planning page for the presentation is complete.
10/10 Be sure to bring your completed Seedfolks
chart on characters and theme. If you did not turn in the second printed copy of your memoir, print one out (no heading- your name and the title only) and bring it to class.
10/9 Memoir Due
. (Be sure the following are stapled
and in order from top to bottom: Rubric, Final Copy of Memoir, Peer-Edit Checklist, First Draft). Don't forget to print out a second
copy without a heading, only your first and last name!
Also, read through page 87 of Seedfolks
. Complete the chart through Florence.
10/4 Read through page 72 of Seedfolks
. Complete chart through Maricela. Finish Conflict Handout if you did not finish it in class.
10/3 Read through page 58 of Seedfolks
. Complete chart through Curtis.
10/2 Read through page 44 of Seedfolks
. Complete Seedfolks
chart through Leona.
10/1 Draft of memoir due.
9/28 Read through page 16 of Seedfolks
9/25 Begin to draft your memoir. Spend at least 15 minutes working on a first draft.
9/21 Complete chart on two poems ("Losing Steps" and "Blackberry-Picking"). You do not have to write out the answer to the question at the bottom of the page, but you might want to think about it!
9/20 In Writer's Notebook: Write long on one event that you need to add or stretch. Continue to think about the purpose of each event and how it contributes to conveying the theme of your memoir. (10-15 minutes)
9/19 In Writer's Notebook: Write long. Try practicing one of the strategies we learned in class to show rather than tell. (10-15 minutes)
9/14 In Writer's Notebook: Be sure to complete Event/Purpose Chart. If you completed this in class, write long on at least one of the events.
9/13 In Writer's Notebook: Continue writing long. Try out today's teaching point: Help to convey the emotion of one of the characters by describing facial expresions, gestures, and/or posture of that character.
ALSO: Final draft of Summer Reading Movie Poster is due. Use your rubric to check it over!
9/12 Summer Reading Movie Poster (Please complete this on a sheet of 8x11 1/2 sheet of copy paper, not poster board.)
9/11 In Writer's Notebook: Work on a setting that reflects the mood of one of your narrative moments. Think about how it might also reflect the big idea (theme) of your memoir.
9/10 In Writer's Notebook: Write long on one idea you came up with using the generating strategies. Begin to think about a big idea or message about life (theme) connected to your writing. (10-15 minutes) Also, bring summer reading book (if possible) and all required supplies.
9/7 In Writer's Notebook: Continue working on Experience/Big Idea Chart OR write long on one idea. (10-15 minutes)