Lesson Plans

LESSON PLANS WEEK of 12/15/14-12/19/14...


Monday, December 15...

QUICK WRITE - None until after Christmas

PLANS - Students will watch and discuss DVD short of “Daedalus and Icarus.” This short DVD can be viewed on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzBKxpYinFE

HOMEWORK - My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. - None until after Christmas


Tuesday, December 16...

QUICK WRITE - None until after Christmas

PLANS - Students will watch and discuss DVD short of “Orpheus and Eurydice.” This short DVD can be viewed on Youtube at: will be posted soon. Quiz on today's DVD short.

HOMEWORK - My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. - None until after Christmas


Wednesday, December 17...

QUICK WRITE - None until after Christmas

PLANS - We will be going to the high school in the morning to see the band concert. Classes that I see will be given time to work on their My Access essays.

HOMEWORK - My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. - None until after Christmas


Thursday, December 18...

QUICK WRITE - None until after Christmas

PLANS - Students will watch and discuss DVD short of “Perseus and the Gorgon.” This short DVD can be viewed on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr9RYn18cYc

HOMEWORK - My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. - None until after Christmas


Friday, December 19...

QUICK WRITE - None until after Christmas

PLANS - Students will watch and discuss DVD short of “Theseus and the Minotaur.” This short DVD can be viewed on Youtube at: will be posted soon.

HOMEWORK - My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. - None until after Christmas





LESSON PLANS WEEK of 12/8/14-12/12/14...

Monday, December 8...

QUICK WRITE - Students are to design and produce a Holiday Card to be sent to military personnel through Operation Gratitude. The note inside should start with “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Hero.” Inside the students should express their thank for the military members’ selfless service as well as share something about themselves (a funny thing that happened to the student, something about who they are and where they are from, etc.). In the closing of the letter, include your first name only along with the class period that you have English followed by Panther Valley Middle School, P.O. Box 40, Lansford, PA 18240. These are due Friday of this week.

PLANS - Vocabulary Lesson 10 packet will be collected and corrected for a grade. Read pages 16 through 43 in "Daulaire's Mythology." As students read they are to create a bullet outline of the important information

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocab. 10 test on Friday. Continue to work on cards for Operation Gratitude. My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Tuesday, December 9...

QUICK WRITE - Students are to design and produce a Holiday Card to be sent to military personnel through Operation Gratitude. The note inside should start with “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Hero.” Inside the students should express their thank for the military members’ selfless service as well as share something about themselves (a funny thing that happened to the student, something about who they are and where they are from, etc.). In the closing of the letter, include your first name only along with the class period that you have English followed by Panther Valley Middle School, P.O. Box 40, Lansford, PA 18240. These are due Friday of this week.

PLANS - Read and discuss pages 44-69 in "Daulaire's Mythology."

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocab. 10 test on Friday. Continue to work on cards for Operation Gratitude. My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Wednesday, December 10...

QUICK WRITE - Students are to design and produce a Holiday Card to be sent to military personnel through Operation Gratitude. The note inside should start with “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Hero.” Inside the students should express their thank for the military members’ selfless service as well as share something about themselves (a funny thing that happened to the student, something about who they are and where they are from, etc.). In the closing of the letter, include your first name only along with the class period that you have English followed by Panther Valley Middle School, P.O. Box 40, Lansford, PA 18240. These are due Friday of this week.

PLANS - Students will watch and discuss DVD short of “Perseus and the Gorgon.” This short DVD can be viewed on Youtube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr9RYn18cYc

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocab. 10 test on Friday. Continue to work on cards for Operation Gratitude. My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Thursday, December 11...

QUICK WRITE - Students are to design and produce a Holiday Card to be sent to military personnel through Operation Gratitude. The note inside should start with “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Hero.” Inside the students should express their thank for the military members’ selfless service as well as share something about themselves (a funny thing that happened to the student, something about who they are and where they are from, etc.). In the closing of the letter, include your first name only along with the class period that you have English followed by Panther Valley Middle School, P.O. Box 40, Lansford, PA 18240. These are due Friday of this week.

PLANS - Students will complete a scavenger hunt to find products in the modern world that use Greek and Roman Mythology names

(http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/D~TERMN8RS(grade8team)/Mythology-Brands.pdf). This is for bonus points for the marking period. Netbooks will be used to assist with this worksheet.

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocab. 10 test on Friday. Continue to work on cards for Operation Gratitude. My Access online writing assignments due online no later than January 9.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Friday, December 12...

PLANS - Students will take Vocabulary test for Chapter 10. They will then receive vocab. lesson 11 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCABULARY PRACTICE online at...

HOMEWORK - Compete vocabulary sheets for Monday. My Access online writing assignments due no later than January 9!





LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/17/14-11/21/14...

Monday, November 17...

QUICK WRITE - Choose a title from page 58 of the vocabulary lesson 9 packet. Write a story using at least 5 other vocabulary words. Underline the vocabulary words used in your story. Due Thursday.

PLANS - Notes on Reflexive Pronouns, Intensive Pronouns, and Demonstrative Pronouns. Students will then complete exercise A on page 235 and exercise B on page 236 as part of their notes.

NOTES -

Reflexive Pronouns refer to the subject.

Intensive Pronouns emphasize a noun or pronoun.

Demonstrative Pronouns point out a particular person, place, or thing.

first person, singular = myself

second person, singular = yourself

third person, singular = himself, herself, itself

first person, plural = ourselves

second person, plural = yourselves

third person, plural = themselves

HOMEWORK - Study for next Tuesday’s grammar test and Friday's vocab. 9 test.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Tuesday, November 18...

QUICK WRITE - Choose a title from page 58 of the vocabulary lesson 9 packet. Write a story using at least 5 other vocabulary words. Underline the vocabulary words used in your story. Due Thursday.

PLANS - Notes on Indefinite Pronouns plus exercise C on page 238 as

part of notes.

NOTES - An indefinite pronoun does not refer to any particular person,

place, thing or idea.

Singular: all, another, any, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either,

everybody, everyone, everything,

most, much, neither, nobody, none, no one, nothing, one, some, somebody,

someone, something, such

Plural: all, any, both, few, many, most, none, several, some

HOMEWORK - Study for next Tuesday’s grammar test and Friday's vocabulary 9 test.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Wednesday, November 19...

QUICK WRITE - Choose a title from page 58 of the vocabulary lesson 9 packet. Write a story using at least 5 other vocabulary words. Underline the vocabulary words used in your story. Due Thursday.

PLANS - Notes on antecedents. In-class work as part of notes exercise A on page 228 and exercise B on page 229.

NOTES - An antecedent is the noun or nouns to which a pronoun refers. A

pronoun agrees with its antecedent in person (1st, 2nd or 3rd person from

the chart given Thursday), number (whether it's singular or plural), and

gender (whether it's male, female or neuter/neutral).

HOMEWORK - Study for next Tuesday’s grammar test and Friday's vocabulary 9 test.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Thursday, November 20...

QUICK WRITE - Choose a title from page 58 of the vocabulary lesson 9 packet. Write a story using at least 5 other vocabulary words. Underline the vocabulary words used in your story. Due today.

PLANS - Review for Tuesday’s test on nouns, appositives, pronouns, and antecedents.

NOTES - Review all notes in binder on the topics above.

HOMEWORK - Study for next Tuesday’s grammar test and tomorrow's vocabulary 9 test.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

VOCAB. PRACTICE located online at...


Friday, November 21...

PLANS - Students will take Vocabulary test for Chapter 9. They will then receive vocab. lesson 10 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCABULARY PRACTICE online at...

HOMEWORK - Compete vocabulary sheets for Monday. Study for Tuesday’s grammar test on nouns, appositives, pronouns, and antecedents.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/10/14-11/14/14...


Monday, November 10…

QUICK WRITE - none

PLANS - We will review nominative and objective case pronouns.

NOTES - Pronouns take the place of nouns in a sentence.

Nominative Case Pronouns (replace the subject)

1st person, singular, nominative case = I

2nd person, singular, nominative case = you

3rd person, singular, nominative case = he, she, it

1st person, plural, nominative case = we

2nd person, plural, nominative case = you

3rd person, plural, nominative case = they

Objective case Pronouns (replace the object)

1st person, singular, objective case = me

2nd person, singular, objective case = you

3rd person, singular, objective case = him, her, it

1st person, plural, objective case = us

2nd person, plural, objective case = you

3rd person, plural, objective case = them

HOMEWORK - Study pronoun notes.

VOCAB. WORDS - none


Tuesday, November 11…

QUICK WRITE - none

PLANS - Notes will be given on possessive case pronouns.

NOTES - Possessive Case Pronouns (a better chart is in the book on page 233):

1st person, singular, possessive case = my, mine

2nd person, singular, possessive case = your, yours

3rd person, singular, possessive case = him, her, hers, its

1st person, plural, possessive case = our, ours

2nd person, plural, possessive case = your, yours

3rd person, plural, possessive case = their, theirs

HOMEWORK - Study pronoun notes.

VOCAB. WORDS - none


Wednesday, November 12…

QUICK WRITE - none

PLANS - More drill on pronouns.

NOTES - none

HOMEWORK - Study pronoun notes.

VOCAB. WORDS - none


Thursday, November 13…

QUICK WRITE - none

PLANS - pronoun quiz covering nominative, objective, and possessive case pronouns.

NOTES - none

HOMEWORK - Study pronoun notes.

VOCAB. WORDS - none


Friday, November 14...

PLANS - Students will receive lesson 9 worksheets to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 9 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/3/14-11/7/14...


Monday, November 3…

QUICK WRITE - The plot of “Joe’s Reward” (which will be provided in print form) is driven by specific events that take place. Write an essay analyzing how the passage draws on elements commonly found in myths. Use evidence from the passage to support your response.

Writer’s Checklist...

PLAN before you write

• Make sure you read the question carefully.

• Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully.

• Think about how the question relates to the passage.

• Organize your ideas on scratch paper. Use a thought map, outline, or other

graphic organizer to plan your essay.

FOCUS while you write

• Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay.

• Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response.

• Use precise language, a variety of sentence types, and transitions in your essay.

• Organize your paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

PLANS - Notes on nominative and objective case pronouns. Students will

then complete ex. A and C (using modified directions) as part of their notebook.

NOTES - Pronouns take the place of nouns in a sentence.

Nominative Case Pronouns (replace the subject)

1st person, singular, nominative case = I

2nd person, singular, nominative case = you

3rd person, singular, nominative case = he, she, it

1st person, plural, nominative case = we

2nd person, plural, nominative case = you

3rd person, plural, nominative case = they

Objective case Pronouns (replace the object)

1st person, singular, objective case = me

2nd person, singular, objective case = you

3rd person, singular, objective case = him, her, it

1st person, plural, objective case = us

2nd person, plural, objective case = you

3rd person, plural, objective case = them

HOMEWORK - Complete pronoun worksheet and study for Friday's

vocabulary test. Work on quick write due Friday.

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write.

VOCAB. WORDS - translation, transplant, transition, transit, transaction, transmission, convey, consolation, conspiracy, congregate, constrict, convention

VOCAB PRACTICE -


Tuesday, November 4…

QUICK WRITE - The plot of “Joe’s Reward” (which will be provided in print form) is driven by specific events that take place. Write an essay analyzing how the passage draws on elements commonly found in myths. Use evidence from the passage to support your response.

Writer’s Checklist...

PLAN before you write

• Make sure you read the question carefully.

• Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully.

• Think about how the question relates to the passage.

• Organize your ideas on scratch paper. Use a thought map, outline, or other

graphic organizer to plan your essay.

FOCUS while you write

• Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay.

• Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response.

• Use precise language, a variety of sentence types, and transitions in your essay.

• Organize your paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

PLANS - We will take a step back to nouns today and the rest of the week based on last week’s writing assignment and the quiz given last week on nouns. Students will review techniques to identify nouns on the board followed by completing Extra Practice Page 10 (in the back of the book) exercise B in their notebooks.

NOTES - will be posted on Monday

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write due Friday.

VOCAB. WORDS - translation, transplant, transition, transit, transaction, transmission, convey, consolation, conspiracy, congregate, constrict, convention

VOCAB PRACTICE -


Wednesday, November 5…

QUICK WRITE - The plot of “Joe’s Reward” (which will be provided in print form) is driven by specific events that take place. Write an essay analyzing how the passage draws on elements commonly found in myths. Use evidence from the passage to support your response.

Writer’s Checklist...

PLAN before you write

• Make sure you read the question carefully.

• Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully.

• Think about how the question relates to the passage.

• Organize your ideas on scratch paper. Use a thought map, outline, or other

graphic organizer to plan your essay.

FOCUS while you write

• Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay.

• Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response.

• Use precise language, a variety of sentence types, and transitions in your essay.

• Organize your paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

PLANS - We will take a step back to nouns today and the rest of the week based on last week’s writing assignment and the quiz given last week on nouns. For today and tomorrow we will cover proper nouns, capitalization, possessive nouns and abbreviations of nouns. Page numbers from the book will follow on Monday for each day.

NOTES - will be posted on Monday

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write due Friday.

VOCAB. WORDS - translation, transplant, transition, transit, transaction, transmission, convey, consolation, conspiracy, congregate, constrict, convention

VOCAB PRACTICE -


Thursday, November 6…

QUICK WRITE - The plot of “Joe’s Reward” (which will be provided in print form) is driven by specific events that take place. Write an essay analyzing how the passage draws on elements commonly found in myths. Use evidence from the passage to support your response.

Writer’s Checklist...

PLAN before you write

• Make sure you read the question carefully.

• Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully.

• Think about how the question relates to the passage.

• Organize your ideas on scratch paper. Use a thought map, outline, or other

graphic organizer to plan your essay.

FOCUS while you write

• Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay.

• Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response.

• Use precise language, a variety of sentence types, and transitions in your essay.

• Organize your paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

PLANS - We will take a step back to nouns today and the rest of the week based on last week’s writing assignment and the quiz given last week on nouns. For today we will cover proper nouns, capitalization, possessive nouns and abbreviations of nouns. Page numbers from the book will follow on Monday for each day.

NOTES - will be posted on Monday

HOMEWORK - Study for tomorrow's vocabulary test and work on quick write due tomorrow.

VOCAB. WORDS - translation, transplant, transition, transit, transaction, transmission, convey, consolation, conspiracy, congregate, constrict, convention

VOCAB. PRACTICE -


Friday, November 7...

PLANS - Quick write will be collected. Students will take vocabulary lesson 8 test. They will then receive lesson 9 worksheets to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 9 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/27/14-10/31/14...


Monday, October 27…

QUICK WRITE - THIS QUICK WRITE WILL BE DUE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30! YOUR TOPIC: Imagine you could team up with a scientist or an inventor from any time in history to make a new discovery. Who would you choose and what would your experiment or invention be? Would you hunt for radioactive elements with Marie Curie? Maybe you would partner with one of the Wright Brothers and build a new type of flying machine? Be creative! In your essay, tell why you selected this person and describe your findings or creation. Also explain why this scientist or inventor would be a good partner and describe, in detail, what you would do together. Your final essay must be 300-500 words. You must hand in your webbing, hand-written rough draft, and a final copy completed in ink using proper MLA format (if typed...double spaced with one inch margins using size 10-12 text in Times or Courier font). Monday and Tuesday = proofreading/editing days, and final papers are due Thursday!

PLANS - Simple vs. compound sentences. Students will then complete exercise B on page 40 as part of their notes. We will then discuss sentence fragments and run-on sentences. Students will complete exercises A, B, and C from pages 42-43 of the text.

VOCAB. WORDS - excede, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write due Thursday.


Tuesday, October 28…

QUICK WRITE - THIS QUICK WRITE WILL BE DUE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30! YOUR TOPIC: Imagine you could team up with a scientist or an inventor from any time in history to make a new discovery. Who would you choose and what would your experiment or invention be? Would you hunt for radioactive elements with Marie Curie? Maybe you would partner with one of the Wright Brothers and build a new type of flying machine? Be creative! In your essay, tell why you selected this person and describe your findings or creation. Also explain why this scientist or inventor would be a good partner and describe, in detail, what you would do together. Your final essay must be 300-500 words. You must hand in your webbing, hand-written rough draft, and a final copy completed in ink using proper MLA format (if typed...double spaced with one inch margins using size 10-12 text in Times or Courier font). Monday and Tuesday = proofreading/editing days, and final papers are due Thursday!

PLANS - Notes on Kinds of Nouns...common, proper, concrete, abstract, and collective. Students will then complete exercise A on page 74 (evens only). Notes on plural and possessive nouns. Students will then complete ex. B on page 83 (odds only) and ex. B on page 85 (evens only) as part of their notebook.

NOTES - A noun names a person, place thing or idea. There are several kinds of nouns...

common nouns...names any person, place, thing, or idea

proper nouns...names a particular person, place, thing, or idea and begins with a capital letter

concrete nouns...names a thing that can be seen, smelled, tasted, felt or heard

abstract nouns...names an idea, a quality, or a feeling that cannot be experienced with the senses

collective nouns...names a group of people, things or animals

Singular nouns represent 1 person, place, thing or idea (car, school, boy). Plural nouns represent 2 or more people, places, things or ideas.

VOCAB. WORDS - excede, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write due Thursday.


Wednesday, October 29…

QUICK WRITE - THIS QUICK WRITE WILL BE DUE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30! YOUR TOPIC: Imagine you could team up with a scientist or an inventor from any time in history to make a new discovery. Who would you choose and what would your experiment or invention be? Would you hunt for radioactive elements with Marie Curie? Maybe you would partner with one of the Wright Brothers and build a new type of flying machine? Be creative! In your essay, tell why you selected this person and describe your findings or creation. Also explain why this scientist or inventor would be a good partner and describe, in detail, what you would do together. Your final essay must be 300-500 words. You must hand in your webbing, hand-written rough draft, and a final copy completed in ink using proper MLA format (if typed...double spaced with one inch margins using size 10-12 text in Times or Courier font). Monday and Tuesday = proofreading/editing days, and final papers are due Thursday!

PLANS - Quiz on the types of nouns. Notes on appositives. Students will complete exercise A on page 86 and exercise C on page 87 in the English book.

NOTES - Appositives = a word or phrase that renames the subject of the sentence. For example:

Mr. Jones, a local singer, will entertain us. Mr. Jones is a noun and the

subject of the sentence. "A local singer" is the appositive that tells you

who Mr. Jones is.

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday's vocabulary test and work on quick write due Thursday.

VOCAB. WORDS - captor, unlawful, mistreat, ancestry, ambassador, authorize, chronicle, doctrine, humane, populate, barter, strife

VOCAB. PRACTICE - excede, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite


Thursday, October 30… Many students did not have their writing assignment completed for today do I gave them the opportunity to finish the assignment in class. Those who had it completed and ready to hand in at the beginning of class will receive an automatic 100% for having it done on time.Today's scheduled lesson plan will be used Monday, November 3.

QUICK WRITE - THIS QUICK WRITE WILL BE DUE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30! YOUR TOPIC: Imagine you could team up with a scientist or an inventor from any time in history to make a new discovery. Who would you choose and what would your experiment or invention be? Would you hunt for radioactive elements with Marie Curie? Maybe you would partner with one of the Wright Brothers and build a new type of flying machine? Be creative! In your essay, tell why you selected this person and describe your findings or creation. Also explain why this scientist or inventor would be a good partner and describe, in detail, what you would do together. Your final essay must be 300-500 words. You must hand in your webbing, hand-written rough draft, and a final copy completed in ink using proper MLA format (if typed...double spaced with one inch margins using size 10-12 text in Times or Courier font). Monday and Tuesday = proofreading/editing days, and final papers are due Thursday!

PLANS - Notes on nominative and objective case pronouns. Students will

then complete ex. A and C (using modified directions) as part of their notebook.

NOTES - Pronouns take the place of nouns in a sentence.

Nominative Case Pronouns (replace the subject)

1st person, singular, nominative case = I

2nd person, singular, nominative case = you

3rd person, singular, nominative case = he, she, it

1st person, plural, nominative case = we

2nd person, plural, nominative case = you

3rd person, plural, nominative case = they

Objective case Pronouns (replace the object)

1st person, singular, objective case = me

2nd person, singular, objective case = you

3rd person, singular, objective case = him, her, it

1st person, plural, objective case = us

2nd person, plural, objective case = you

3rd person, plural, objective case = them

HOMEWORK - Complete pronoun worksheet and study for Friday's

vocabulary test.

VOCAB. WORDS - excede, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

VOCAB. PRACTICE -


Friday, October 31...

PLANS - Students will receive vocabulary lesson 8 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 8 for Monday.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/20/14-10/24/14...


Monday, October 20…

QUICK WRITE - None this week since My Access is due on Wednesday of this week.

PLANS - Notes on what a sentence is and the 4 kinds of sentences. Students

will then complete exercise C on page 29 (http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird/4-Kinds-of-Sentences-WS.pdf) as part of their notes.

NOTES - A sentence is a complete thought which begins with a capital letter and ends in a period, question mark, or exclamation point...4 kinds of sentences:

declarative - makes a statement; ends in a period,

interrogative - asks a question; ends in a question mark,

exclamatory - shows emotion; ends in an exclamation point,

imperative - gives a command; ends in a period.

VOCAB. WORDS -New vocabulary Words will be given Friday, October 24.

HOMEWORK - Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class).


Tuesday, October 21…

QUICK WRITE - None this week since My Access is due on Wednesday of this week.

PLANS - Pop quiz on the 4 kinds of sentences. Notes will be given on natural order versus inverted order sentences. Students will then complete exercise C on page 35 http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird/Inverted-Worksheet.pdf as part of their notes.

NOTES - Natural Order = a sentence where the subject comes first and the verb comes after

example = The man swam away from the island.

Inverted Order = when the verb comes BEFORE the subject

example = Away from the island the man swam.

VOCAB. WORDS - New vocabulary Words will be given Friday, October 24.

HOMEWORK - Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class).


Wednesday, October 22…

QUICK WRITE - None this week since My Access is due on today.

PLANS - Simple vs. compound sentences. Students will then complete exercise B on page 40 as part of their notes. We will then discuss sentence fragments and run-on sentences. Students will complete exercises A, B, and C from pages 42-43 of the text.

VOCAB. WORDS - New vocabulary Words will be given Friday, October 24.

HOMEWORK - Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due TONIGHT BEFORE MIDNIGHT...only 3 due for my period 1 class).


Thursday, October 23…

QUICK WRITE - None this week since My Access was due yesterday.

PLANS - Notes on Kinds of Nouns...common, proper, concrete, abstract, and collective. Students will then complete exercise A on page 74 (evens only). Notes on plural and possessive nouns. Students will then complete ex. B on page 83 (odds only) and ex. B on page 85 (evens only) as part of their notebook.

NOTES - A noun names a person, place thing or idea. There are several kinds of nouns...

common nouns...names any person, place, thing, or idea

proper nouns...names a particular person, place, thing, or idea and begins with a capital letter

concrete nouns...names a thing that can be seen, smelled, tasted, felt or heard

abstract nouns...names an idea, a quality, or a feeling that cannot be experienced with the senses

collective nouns...names a group of people, things or animals

Singular nouns represent 1 person, place, thing or idea (car, school, boy). Plural nouns represent

2 or more people, places, things or ideas.

VOCAB. WORDS - New vocabulary Words will be given Friday, October 24.

HOMEWORK - none


Friday, October 24 ...

PLANS - Students will receive vocabulary lesson 7 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - excede, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 7 for Monday.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/6/14-10/10/14...

Monday, October 6…

PLANS - We will be using class time to work on My Access Monday through Thursday this week. Students may also use this class time to make up any English work or tests owed for the first marking period.

VOCAB. WORDS - inclination, bearings, controversy, qualification, aptitude, stature, intensive, eligible, substantial, laborious, adverse, priority

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/52471203/word-explorer-lesson-6-vocabulary-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 15. 


Tuesday, October 7…

PLANS - We will be using class time to work on My Access Monday through Thursday this week. Students may also use this class time to make up any English work or tests owed for the first marking period.

VOCAB. WORDS - inclination, bearings, controversy, qualification, aptitude, stature, intensive, eligible, substantial, laborious, adverse, priority

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/52471203/word-explorer-lesson-6-vocabulary-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 15. 


Wednesday, October 8…

PLANS - We will be using class time to work on My Access Monday through Thursday this week. Students may also use this class time to make up any English work or tests owed for the first marking period.

VOCAB. WORDS - inclination, bearings, controversy, qualification, aptitude, stature, intensive, eligible, substantial, laborious, adverse, priority

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/52471203/word-explorer-lesson-6-vocabulary-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 15. 


Thursday, October 9…

PLANS - We will be using class time to work on My Access Monday through Thursday this week. Students may also use this class time to make up any English work or tests owed for the first marking period.

VOCAB. WORDS - inclination, bearings, controversy, qualification, aptitude, stature, intensive, eligible, substantial, laborious, adverse, priority

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/52471203/word-explorer-lesson-6-vocabulary-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 15. 


Friday, October 10 ...

PLANS - Students will take vocabulary test 6. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - exceed, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 7 for Monday. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 15. 



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/22/14-9/26/14...


First Quarter Renaissance Project located online at

http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/RenaissanceProject


Monday, September 22…

QUICK WRITE - This quick write will be a grade for both English and Science class. The paper must be handed in ON TIME to receive credit in science class. How does technology effect society? Choose three choices from the word bank and write a minimum 5 paragraph essay giving examples and showing situations of how computers have effected society for each of your choices. It needs to be at least 5 paragraphs because you need an introduction, three body paragraphs (one for each word bank choice), and a concluding paragraph. Period 3 will have slightly modified assignment requirements. Monday = Pre-Writing Day! Tuesday = Rough Draft Day! Wednesday = Proofreading Day! Thursday = Begin Final Copy Day! Friday = Final Copy Due with your rough draft in proper MLA format!

PLANS - We will start watching the movie EXCALIBUR. We will get through time marker 00:26:00.

VOCAB. WORDS - draft, confirmation, reproduction, animation, ferret, rivet, virus, confer, neutral, utility, attribute, articulate

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/49882066/word-explorer-lesson-4-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete page 23/25 (handout) of vocabulary lesson 4 for tomorrow. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project final project due Wednesday, October 1.


Tuesday, September 23…

QUICK WRITE - This quick write will be a grade for both English and Science class. The paper must be handed in ON TIME to receive credit in science class. How does technology effect society? Choose three choices from the word bank and write a minimum 5 paragraph essay giving examples and showing situations of how computers have effected society for each of your choices. It needs to be at least 5 paragraphs because you need an introduction, three body paragraphs (one for each word bank choice), and a concluding paragraph. Period 3 will have slightly modified assignment requirements. Monday = Pre-Writing Day! Tuesday = Rough Draft Day! Wednesday = Proofreading Day! Thursday = Begin Final Copy Day! Friday = Final Copy Due with your rough draft in proper MLA format!

PLANS - We will continue the movie EXCALIBUR from time marker 00:26:00 through 00:52:30.

VOCAB. WORDS - draft, confirmation, reproduction, animation, ferret, rivet, virus, confer, neutral, utility, attribute, articulate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - http://quizlet.com/49882066/word-explorer-lesson-4-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project final project due Wednesday, October 1.


Wednesday, September 24…

QUICK WRITE - This quick write will be a grade for both English and Science class. The paper must be handed in ON TIME to receive credit in science class. How does technology effect society? Choose three choices from the word bank and write a minimum 5 paragraph essay giving examples and showing situations of how computers have effected society for each of your choices. It needs to be at least 5 paragraphs because you need an introduction, three body paragraphs (one for each word bank choice), and a concluding paragraph. Period 3 will have slightly modified assignment requirements. Monday = Pre-Writing Day! Tuesday = Rough Draft Day! Wednesday = Proofreading Day! Thursday = Begin Final Copy Day! Friday = Final Copy Due with your rough draft in proper MLA format!

PLANS - We will continue the movie EXCALIBUR from time marker 00:52:30 through 01:22:00.

VOCAB. WORDS - draft, confirmation, reproduction, animation, ferret, rivet, virus, confer, neutral, utility, attribute, articulate

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/49882066/word-explorer-lesson-4-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project final project due Wednesday, October 1.


Thursday, September 25…

QUICK WRITE - This quick write will be a grade for both English and Science class. The paper must be handed in ON TIME to receive credit in science class. How does technology effect society? Choose three choices from the word bank and write a minimum 5 paragraph essay giving examples and showing situations of how computers have effected society for each of your choices. It needs to be at least 5 paragraphs because you need an introduction, three body paragraphs (one for each word bank choice), and a concluding paragraph. Period 3 will have slightly modified assignment requirements. Monday = Pre-Writing Day! Tuesday = Rough Draft Day! Wednesday = Proofreading Day! Thursday = Begin Final Copy Day! Friday = Final Copy Due with your rough draft in proper MLA format!

PLANS - We will continue the movie EXCALIBUR from time marker 01:22:00 through 01:45:10.

VOCAB. WORDS - draft, confirmation, reproduction, animation, ferret, rivet, virus, confer, neutral, utility, attribute, articulate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - http://quizlet.com/49882066/word-explorer-lesson-4-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project final project due Wednesday, October 1.


Friday, September 26...

PLANS - Quick Write will be collected. Students will take vocabulary test 4. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - operation, institute, detour, volley, resignation, staple, breach, recruit, liberal, diversion, imperative, patronize

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 5 for Monday. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project final project due Wednesday, October 1.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/15/14-9/19/14...


First Quarter Renaissance Project located online at

http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/RenaissanceProject


Monday, September 15…

QUICK WRITE - No QW this week.

PLANS - Students will independently work on a worksheet “The Process of Arthur Becoming King” citing page numbers from the book to support their answers.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE-

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).


Tuesday, September 16…

QUICK WRITE - No QW this week.

PLANS - Students will worksheets on “What Say Ye” and “The Character of Arthur” in class.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE -

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).


Wednesday, September 17…

QUICK WRITE - No QW this week.

PLANS - Will be posted Monday.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE-

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).


Thursday, September 18…

QUICK WRITE - No QW this week.

PLANS - Will be posted Monday.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS -

VOCAB. PRACTICE -

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).


Friday, September 19...

PLANS -Students will take vocabulary test 3. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 4 for Monday. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/8/14-9/12/14...


First Quarter Renaissance Project located online at

http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/RenaissanceProject

Monday, Sept. 8...

QUICK WRITE - If you had a time machine, what famous moment in history would you like to witness? Explain, in detail, what happens and WHY you would want to witness this event in history. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofreading/editing day, Thursday = final dopy due in pen in proper MLA format (or emailed or on flashdrive).

PLANS - Vocabulary lesson 2 will be corrected. We will then read the beginning of the story of King Arthur and how he became king.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS - tireless, acquire, sufficient, admission, contribute, departure, somber, interpret, remote, impulse, effective, tribute

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/25811657/vocabulary-word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project rough draft due Wednesday, Sept. 10 (final project due Oct. 1).


Tuesday, Sept. 9...

QUICK WRITE - If you had a time machine, what famous moment in history would you like to witness? Explain, in detail, what happens and WHY you would want to witness this event in history. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofreading/editing day, Thursday = final dopy due in pen in proper MLA format (or emailed or on flashdrive).

PLANS - We will finish reading how King Arthur became king. Discussion will follow.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS - tireless, acquire, sufficient, admission, contribute, departure, somber, interpret, remote, impulse, effective, tribute

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/25811657/vocabulary-word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project rough draft due Wednesday, Sept. 10 (final project due Oct. 1). I made a mistake on the date of the Ren. Project rough draft due date when I place it on the board on Monday. I will honor the date I had on the board. The Ren. Project rough draft is now due on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!


Wednesday, Sept. 10… These lesson plans will be moved to Monday, September 15. Today we will continue reading the story of King Arthur.

QUICK WRITE - If you had a time machine, what famous moment in history would you like to witness? Explain, in detail, what happens and WHY you would want to witness this event in history. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofreading/editing day, Thursday = final dopy due in pen in proper MLA format (or emailed or on flashdrive).

PLANS - Students will hand in their rough drafts for their Renaissance projects for comments and grading. While project rough drafts are being checked, students will independently work on a worksheet “The Process of Arthur Becoming King” citing page numbers from the book to support their answers.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS - tireless, acquire, sufficient, admission, contribute, departure, somber, interpret, remote, impulse, effective, tribute

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/25811657/vocabulary-word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project rough draft due Wednesday, Sept. 10 (final project due Oct. 1). I made a mistake on the date of the Ren. Project rough draft due date when I place it on the board on Monday. I will honor the date I had on the board. The Ren. Project rough draft is now due on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!


Thursday, Sept. 11… These lesson plans will be moved to Tuesday, September 16. Today we will finish reading the story of King Arthur.

QUICK WRITE - If you had a time machine, what famous moment in history would you like to witness? Explain, in detail, what happens and WHY you would want to witness this event in history. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofreading/editing day, Thursday = final dopy due in pen in proper MLA format (or emailed or on flashdrive).

PLANS - Students will worksheets on “What Say Ye” and “The Character of Arthur” in class.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS - tireless, acquire, sufficient, admission, contribute, departure, somber, interpret, remote, impulse, effective, tribute

VOCAB. PRACTICE - http://quizlet.com/25811657/vocabulary-word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project rough draft due Wednesday, Sept. 10 (final project due Oct. 1). I made a mistake on the date of the Ren. Project rough draft due date when I place it on the board on Monday. I will honor the date I had on the board. The Ren. Project rough draft is now due on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!


Friday, Sept. 11...

PLANS -Students will take vocabulary test 2. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 3 for Monday. Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class). Renaissance Project pictures due Friday, Sept. 19 (final project due Oct. 1).



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/1/14-9/5/14...

First Quarter Renaissance Project located online at

http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/RenaissanceProject

Monday, Sept. 1...NO SCHOOL... HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Tuesday, Sept. 2...

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week. Students should begin working on their My Access essays.

PLANS - Vocabulary lesson will be corrected. Renaissance Project will be introduced. Notes on the author of "Le Morte D'Arthur", Sir Thomas Malory, and information about the person who finally published the legend, Caxton. We'll also discuss why the new calendar year began in March during the Renaissance times. Period 8 will get a handout to complete their Code of Chivalry notes from last Thursday.

NOTES - Sir Thomas Malory...

- born 1420 in Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, England..died March 14, 1470

(actually 1471 in our [Gregorian] calendar since the calendar year in that time started around March 22...Gregorian Calendar compared to Julian

Calendar which was used in Ren.)

- parents names...John and Phillipa Malory

- little is known about Sir Thomas Malory

- As a young man of 23, records reveal that he was a respectable country landowner with a growing interest in politics

- Malory was knighted in 1441

- married Elizabeth Walsh 1442

- obviously an educated man who could read both English and French

- he is called the prisoner-knight

- by 1443 he had become a violent, lawless individual who committed a series of crimes, including poaching, extortion, robbery, and murder.

- Most of his life from 1451 was spent in prison

- he escaped from prison at least twice

- he did most of the writing of Le Morte D’Arthur while in prison

- Le Morte D’Arthur was written while he was in prison but not published until 1485 by Caxton, the first of English printers

- this book is the earliest production of English prose

VOCAB. WORDS - collide, attentive, hasty, incredibly, reluctant, worthwhile, dwindle, efficient, ominous, majestic, altitude, strategy

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/47286776/word-explorer-lesson-1-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes, work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class) and start thinking about your Renaissance Project (due Oct. 1).


Wednesday, Sept. 3...

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week. Students should begin working on their My Access essays.

PLANS - Pop quiz on Malory's life! Notes on the steps to becoming a knight. We'll then read part of Malory's version of the knighting of Arthur and discuss similarities and differences between Malory’s account and historical account.

NOTES - Steps to Becoming a Knight...

Becoming a Page:

A boy, usually of nobility, was chosen for knighthood, but not always. A boy started on his way to knighthood at about the age of seven or eight. At this time, he was sent to a Lord's castle to be trained for knighthood. This young trainee was known as a page. During his time as a page, he learned about horses, armor and weapons. Because hunting was so important, a page had to learn

how to handle hawks and falcons, as well as “dressing” a deer for venison. Since a page was also expected to serve the meals at the knight's table, they had to learn how to carve the meat properly before becoming a knight.

Pages practiced fighting with a sword against a wooden stake, or "pell" to develop muscles needed in becoming a strong knight. A page had to learn to skillfully use a bow and arrow for hunting and often practiced this skill by competing with others. Pages also had to clean the coats of mail by rolling it in a barrel filled with sand.

A knight not only had to know how to fight in battle, but he also had to learn how to be courteous. The lady of the castle taught a young page manners and social graces. He would learn how to sing, play instruments and dance from the lady. The lady would also teach him to read and write. A priest would give the page religious training and he would often teach the page how to read and write.

Becoming a Squire:

At the age of fourteen the page became a squire. Squires had to follow their master on the battlefield to protect him if he would fall. From the 13th century, squires fought on the battlefield beside their knight. A squire was responsible for dressing the knight for battles and tournaments. He was the knight's assistant and the only one allowed to help the knight. The squire was responsible for taking care of the knight's armor and weapons. He had to become skilled in the use of the armor as well as the weapons. A squire had to get used to wearing the armor so it would be second nature to him when worn. A squire had to become skilled in using the lance, spear, or sword. He had to practice so that the lance did not run back through his fingers when he struck the knight. He practiced against a wooden dummy called a quintain. A quintain was a heavy weighted sack or dummy in the form of a human. It was hung on a wooden pole along with a shield. The squire had to hit the shield in it's center. When hit, the whole

structure would spin around and around. The page had to move out of the way quickly without getting hit and knocked off his horse by the weighted bag!

Knighting Ceremony:

When considered ready, generally between the ages of eighteen and twenty, a squire was dubbed a knight. This was often performed by the knight who trained him. On the eve before becoming a knight, the squire confessed his sins to a priest. He was given a symbolic bath and then he fasted, cleansing his soul. Dressed all in white he prayed and kept watch over his armor and his weapons in the chapel all night. The next morning he would be dressed in symbolically colored clothes - red (for his blood), white (for purity), and brown (for the return to the earth when he died). Gilded spurs were attached to his ankles and he was "girded" with a sword. By a tap on each shoulder with a sword, he was dubbed a knight, thus reminding him of his vows he promised to uphold. If a knight broke his vows or was dishonorable, he was stripped of his knighthood in another ceremony to bury him, because in the Middle Ages, " a knight without honor is no longer alive."There were two other ways for one to become a knight. If there was a battle and the King needed additional men, he would knight a number of squires to have enough men to fight. Also, one could become a knight for showing bravery and courage in battle.

VOCAB. WORDS - collide, attentive, hasty, incredibly, reluctant, worthwhile, dwindle, efficient, ominous, majestic, altitude, strategy

VOCAB. PRACTICE- http://quizlet.com/47286776/word-explorer-lesson-1-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete exercise on creating a sentence that includes all 26 letters of the alphabet. You may use some letters more than once. Students may NOT use the brown fox sentence. This was a typical exercise Renaissance children did as part of their school work. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes, work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class) and start thinking about your Renaissance Project (due Oct. 1).


Thursday, Sept. 4...

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week. Students should begin working on their My Access essays.

PLANS - Students will review the parts of armor and how these pieces of metal protected the knights.

NOTES -

helmet - protects the head

visor - protects the face

gorget - protects the neck

pauldron - protects the shoulder

cuirass - protects the upper arm

couter - protects the elbow

____  - protects the chest

gauntlet - protects hand and upper arm

cuisse - protect the thigh

poleyn - protects the knee

greave - protects the shin

sabaton - protects the foot


VOCAB. WORDS - collide, attentive, hasty, incredibly, reluctant, worthwhile, dwindle, efficient, ominous, majestic, altitude, strategy

VOCAB. PRACTICE - http://quizlet.com/47286776/word-explorer-lesson-1-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for tomorrow’s vocab. test. Review notes, work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class) and start thinking about your Renaissance Project (due Oct. 1).


Friday, Sept. 5...

PLANS -Students will take vocabulary test 1. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

HOMEWORK - Complete the vocabulary lesson for Monday. Review notes, Work on your MyAccess papers at http://www.myaccess.com (4 due by October 22...only 3 due for my period 1 class) and start thinking about your Renaissance Project (due Oct. 1).



LESSON PLANS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/25/14 thru 8/29/14

Monday, August 25...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to this year’s English class. We will talk about what will be covered as well as classroom expectations. Students will receive a rules letter to take home and sign along with their parents. This must be signed and returned by Friday, August 29. Students will also complete a welcome questionnaire so I can learn about the students in my classes. Exit slips completed and handed in on the way out of classroom.

NOTES - none

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the prewriting for the quick write. Due Friday.


Tuesday, August 26...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to the various websites we will use during 8th grade year and will be given their usernames and passwords to keep in their English binder. These websites include teacherweb.com (lesson plans, notes, etc.), Accelerated Reader (part of reading class), quizlet.com (for studying weekly vocabulary lessons), My Access (online writing program which contain 4 assignments per marking period), and quizstar.4teachers.org (an online testing program I use for weekly vocabulary testing). Exit slips completed and handed in on the way out of classroom.

NOTES -

teacherweb for lesson plans, notes, etc. - http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird

Accelerated Reader for reading class - https://hosted29.renlearn.com/706748

quizlet for vocabulary study - http://quizlet.com

My Access for online writing assignments - http://www.myaccess.com

quizstar for weekly vocabulary tests - http://quizstar.4teachers.org

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the rough draft for the quick write. Due Friday.


Wednesday, August 27...

We did not get through all of the notes today. We will finish the notes on Code of Chivalry on Thursday, August 28. The quick write paper is still due this Friday!

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Discussion on "What is a Code of Honor?" Students will then be given the definition of Code of Honor. We will review the knight's Code of Chivalry and compare that code to the definition of Code of Honor. Students will then brainstorm how they should behave, how others should be treated, and a code of ethics for during tests. We will then create a classroom Code of Honor from the ideas brainstormed.

NOTES - Code of Honor = a set of rules or principles governing a community based on a set of rules or

ideals that defines what constitutes honorable behavior within that community.

Code of Chivalry =

1. Thou shalt believe all that the church teaches and shalt observe all its directions.

2. Thou shalt defend the church.

3. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

4. Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.

5. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

6. Thou shalt make was against the Infidel without cessation and without mercy.

7. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they not be contrary to the laws of God.

8. Thou shalt never lie and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

9. Thou shalt be generous and give largess to everyone.

10. Thou shalt be everywhere & always the Champion of Right & the Good against Injustice & Evil.

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the proofing/editing for the quick write. Due Friday.


Thursday, August 28...

Today we will finish the notes on the Code of Chivalry and the lesson plans below for today will be moved to Tuesday, September 2. The quick write paper is still due TOMORROW!

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Notes on the author of "Le Morte D'Arthur", Sir Thomas Malory, and information about the person who finally published the legend, Caxton. We'll also discuss why the new calendar year began in March during the Renaissance times.

NOTES - Sir Thomas Malory...

- born 1420 in Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, England..died March 14, 1470

(actually 1471 in our [Gregorian] calendar since the calendar year in that

time started around March 22...Gregorian Calendar compared to Julian

Calendar which was used in Ren.)

- parents names...John and Phillipa Malory

- little is known about Sir Thomas Malory

- As a young man of 23, records reveal that he was a respectable country

landowner with a growing interest in politics

- Malory was knighted in 1441

- married Elizabeth Walsh 1442

- obviously an educated man who could read both English and French

- he is called the prisoner-knight

- by 1443 he had become a violent, lawless individual who committed a

series of crimes, including poaching, extortion, robbery, and murder.

- Most of his life from 1451 was spent in prison

- he escaped from prison at least twice

- he did most of the writing of Le Morte D’Arthur while in prison

- Le Morte D’Arthur was written while he was in prison but not published

until 1485 by Caxton, the first of English printers

- this book is the earliest production of English prose

HOMEWORK - Students are to complete their final copy for the quick write which is due tomorrow.


Friday, August 29...

QUICK WRITE - Essays will be collected at the beginning of class.

PLANS - Students will receive the worksheets for vocabulary lesson 1. We will review the exercises to be completed. Students will be given class time to start working on the vocabulary lesson. I will be available to answer any questions.

VOCABULARY WORDS - will be posted by Monday afternoon

VOCABULARY PRACTICE - will be posted by Monday afternoon

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary worksheets. These worksheets are due on Monday. Many times I collect the worksheets to be graded!