Lesson Plans

LESSON PLANS WEEK of 1/18/16-1/22/16...


Monday, January 18… No School...MLK Day


Tuesday, January 19...

QUICK WRITE - Students will continue work on the career research paper this week with the second set of notecards due Monday, January 25.

PLANS - Vocabulary 14 packet will be checked for completeness and corrected. The first set of notecards for the career research paper will be collected and graded and handed back. Students will continue their research using the school computers during class today. At least 25 additional notecards will be due by Monday, January 25 bringing their total number of cards to at least 50 (period 6 will need at least 15 additional notecards bringing their total number of cards to at least 30).

NOTES - none today

VOCAB. WORDS - emptiness, nothingness, willingness, restlessness, uneasiness, abundance, maintenance, magnificence, turbulence, grievance, diligence

HOMEWORK - Continue working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 additional notecards (period 6 needs only additional 15 notecards) due Monday, January 25. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Wednesday, January 20…

QUICK WRITE - Students will continue work on the career research paper this week with the second set of notecards due Monday, January 25.

PLANS - Students will be assigned a minor god/goddess or monster from the mythology book. They are to read the story and create an outline of their story.

NOTES - varies according to story assigned

VOCAB. WORDS - emptiness, nothingness, willingness, restlessness, uneasiness, abundance, maintenance, magnificence, turbulence, grievance, diligence

HOMEWORK - Continue working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 additional notecards (period 6 needs only additional 15 notecards) due Monday, January 25. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Thursday, January 21…

QUICK WRITE - Students will continue work on the career research paper this week with the second set of notecards due Monday, January 25.

PLANS - Students will continue to work on story outline. They will then be given a piece of oaktag to create an decorative poster of their outline. This must be done neatly and have graphics that are appropriate to the story. The poster must be in color. All print must be able to be read from at least 3 feet from the poster.

NOTES - Varies according to story assigned.

VOCAB. WORDS - emptiness, nothingness, willingness, restlessness, uneasiness, abundance, maintenance, magnificence, turbulence, grievance, diligence

HOMEWORK - Continue working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 additional notecards (period 6 needs only additional 15 notecards) due Monday, January 25. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, January 22...

PLANS - Students will take the lesson 14 test and then receive lesson 15 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS -

HOMEWORK - Continue working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 additional notecards (period 6 needs only additional 15 notecards) due Monday, January 25. Complete lesson 15 vocabulary packet.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 1/11/16-1/15/16...

Monday, January 11…

QUICK WRITE - Students are being introduced to the career research paper today with the first set of notecards due Tuesday, January 19 so there will be no quick write this week.

PLANS - Students will be given the outline for the career research paper. This is a major academic paper of at least 5 typed pages following proper MLA format about the career they wish to pursue as an adult and what education specifics are necessary to get that particular job through high school and post high school classes/schools. Specifics about this project can be found on this website at http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird/h1.aspx. We will tackle the project in weekly steps so that students don’t become overwhelmed with the project.

NOTES - Specifics for this project which were in part given to the students today can be found on this website at http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird/h1.aspx.

VOCAB. WORDS - know-how, tutor, educator, compute, knowledgeable, recollection, revelation, inquiry, scrutiny, deduce, ascertain, speculate

HOMEWORK - Begin working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 notecards (period 6 needs only 15 notecards) due Tuesday, January 19. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Tuesday, January 12...

QUICK WRITE - Students are being introduced to the career research paper today with the first set of notecards due Tuesday, January 19 so there will be no quick write this week.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 56-63 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 8 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Hades and Persephone...

Hades - lord of the dead

River Styx - river that flows around the underworld

Charon - ferryman of the dead

Cerberus - watchdog of the gates of the underworld

Persephone - queen of the underworld; daughter of Demeter

Demeter - goddess of the harvest

Rhadamanthus - judge of the dead

Pomegranates - food of the dead

Elysian Fields - where heroes were sent after death

VOCAB. WORDS - know-how, tutor, educator, compute, knowledgeable, recollection, revelation, inquiry, scrutiny, deduce, ascertain, speculate

HOMEWORK - Begin working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 notecards (period 6 needs only 15 notecards) due Tuesday, January 19. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test. 


Wednesday, January 13…

QUICK WRITE - Students are being introduced to the career research paper today with the first set of notecards due Tuesday, January 19 so there will be no quick write this week.

PLANS - Students will watch a video short (20 minutes) of the Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Discussion will follow.

NOTES - Orpheus and Eurydice...The great musician, Orpheus, vows to bring back the soul of his beloved Eurydice from the depths of Hades. The task he must complete to reunite with his love turns out to be tortuous. Hades commands that Orpheus not turn around to see Eurydice. He must trust she is behind him. If he turns around to look at her, she will be returned to Hades. As both are almost back to earth Orpheus cannot stand the silence anymore and turns to see his love at which point she is immediately whisked back to Hades.

VOCAB. WORDS - know-how, tutor, educator, compute, knowledgeable, recollection, revelation, inquiry, scrutiny, deduce, ascertain, speculate

HOMEWORK - Begin working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 notecards (period 6 needs only 15 notecards) due Tuesday, January 19. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Thursday, January 14…

QUICK WRITE - Students are being introduced to the career research paper today with the first set of notecards due Tuesday, January 19 so there will be no quick write this week.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 64-69 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 9 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Dionysus...

Dionysus - god of wine; youngest god

Semele - Dionysus’ mother, a mortal

Nysa - valley where Dionysus was raised

Maenads - valley nymphs who cared for the young Dionysus

Hestia - gave her throne to Dionysus

Ganymede - cupbearer to the gods

VOCAB. WORDS - know-how, tutor, educator, compute, knowledgeable, recollection, revelation, inquiry, scrutiny, deduce, ascertain, speculate

HOMEWORK - Begin working on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 notecards (period 6 needs only 15 notecards) due Tuesday, January 19. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, January 15...

PLANS - Students will receive then lesson 13 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - emptiness, nothingness, willingness, restlessness, uneasiness, abundance, maintenance, magnificence, turbulence, grievance, diligence

HOMEWORK - Work on research and notecards for the career research paper. Minimum of 25 notecards (period 6 needs only 15 notecards) due Tuesday, January 19. Complete vocab. lesson for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 1/4/16-1/8/16...


Monday, January 4…

QUICK WRITE - Reflect back on behaviors and habits you exhibited during 2015. What were one or two of your personal weaknesses? What can you do to change some of those behaviors during 2016? This essay is due this Thursday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 30-37 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 5 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade. **NOTES AND WORKSHEET HELD OVER UNTIL TOMORROW.

NOTES - Aphrodite, Ares, and Athena...

Aphrodite - goddess of love and beauty

Cythera - flowering island home of Aphrodite

Three Graces - goddesses of beauty; attendants of Aphrodite

Eros - Aphrodite’s son, also known as Cupid

Ares - god of war

Golden Apple of Discord - caused war when thrown by Eris

Athena - goddess of wisdom, defensive war, arts and crafts

Metis - mother of Athena; goddess of prudence

Nike - spirit of victory

Arachne - turned into a spider for boasting and irreverence

Athens - Athena’s favorite city, famous for arts and crafts

VOCAB. WORDS - None this week. New lesson on Friday.

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Work on this week’s quick write. Those who did not complete their My Access papers online need to finish them on paper for partial credit and hand them in by the end of the day THIS WEDNESDAY!


Tuesday, January 5...

QUICK WRITE - Reflect back on behaviors and habits you exhibited during 2015. What were one or two of your personal weaknesses? What can you do to change some of those behaviors during 2016? This essay is due this Thursday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 38-43 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 6 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade. **NOTES AND WORKSHEET HELD OVER UNTIL TOMORROW.

NOTES - Poseidon and Apollo...

Poseidon - god of the sea

Nereus - old god of the sea; father of the 50 Nereids

Delos - island where Apollo and Artemis were born

Amphitrite - a Nereid, wife of Poseidon

Triton - son of Poseidon and Amphitrite

Leto - mother of Apollo and Artemis

Apollo - god of light, music, and reason

Artemis - goddess of the hunt

Delphi - most sacred place in Greece

VOCAB. WORDS - None this week. New lesson on Friday.

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Work on this week’s quick write. Those who did not complete their My Access papers online need to finish them on paper for partial credit and hand them in by the end of the day THIS WEDNESDAY!


Wednesday, January 6…

QUICK WRITE - Reflect back on behaviors and habits you exhibited during 2015. What were one or two of your personal weaknesses? What can you do to change some of those behaviors during 2016? This essay is due this Thursday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 44-55 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 7 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade. **NOTES AND WORKSHEET HELD OVER UNTIL TOMORROW.

NOTES - Artemis and Hermes...

Artemis - goddess of the hunt

Actaeon - turned into a stag by Artemis

Niobe - Queen of Thebes, had 7 sons and 7 daughters

Otus and Ephialtes - giant sons of Poseidon

Orion - great hunter; constellation; son of Poseidon

King of Chios - tricked Orion into ridding his land of beasts

Hermes - god of merchants, travelers, thieves, shepherds

Maia - Hermes’ mother

Mount Cyllene - where Hermes was born

Lyre - harp-like instrument created by Hermes

VOCAB. WORDS - None this week. New lesson on Friday.

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Work on this week’s quick write. Those who did not complete their My Access papers online need to finish them on paper for partial credit and hand them in by the end of the day THIS WEDNESDAY!


Thursday, January 7…

QUICK WRITE - Reflect back on behaviors and habits you exhibited during 2015. What were one or two of your personal weaknesses? What can you do to change some of those behaviors during 2016? This essay is due this Thursday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 56-63 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 8 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade. **NOTES AND WORKSHEET HELD OVER UNTIL TOMORROW.

NOTES - Hades and Persephone...

Hades - lord of the dead

River Styx - river that flows around the underworld

Charon - ferryman of the dead

Cerberus - watchdog at the gates of the underworld

Persephone - queen of the underworld; daughter of Demeter

Demeter - goddess of the harvest

Rhadamanthus - judge of the dead

Pomegranates - food of the dead

Elysian Fields - where heroes were sent after death

VOCAB. WORDS - None this week. New lesson on Friday.

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes.


Friday, January 8...

PLANS - Students will receive then lesson 13 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - know-how, tutor, educator, compute, knowledgeable, recollection, revelation, inquiry, scrutiny, deduce, ascertain, speculate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - will be posted later this week

HOMEWORK - Complete vocab. lesson for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 12/21/15-12/25/15...

Monday, December 21…

PLANS - Students will finish the math CDT testing for Mrs. Kozuch.


Tuesday, December 22…

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 30-37 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 5 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Aphrodite, Ares, and Athena...

Aphrodite - goddess of love and beauty

Cythera - flowering island home of Aphrodite

Three Graces - goddesses of beauty; attendants of Aphrodite

Eros - Aphrodite’s son, also known as Cupid

Ares - god of war

Golden Apple of Discord - caused war when thrown by Eris

Athena - goddess of wisdom, defensive war, arts and crafts

Metis - mother of Athena; goddess of prudence

Nike - spirit of victory

Arachne - turned into a spider for boasting and irreverance

Athens - Athena’s favorite city, famous for arts and crafts


Wednesday, December 23…

Activity Day...schedule not yet announced. Half day of school!


Thursday, December 24… No School. Christmas Break!


Friday, December 25… MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 12/14/15-12/18/15...

Monday, December 14…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. All 3 My Access essays due before midnight this Friday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 9-15 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 1 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Olden Times, Gaea, The Titans, and Cronus...

Gaea - mother earth

Uranus - father sky

Titans and Titanesses - first children of earth and sky; giants

Cyclopes - one-eyed children of earth and Uranus

Tartarus - the deepest, darkest pit on earth

Cronus - youngest titan; overthrew Uranus

Rhea - wife and sister of Cronus; a Titaness

Zeus - youngest child of Cronus; King of Gods

Crete - island where Zeus was raised

VOCAB. WORDS - spinal, micropscopic, digestion, amputate, fracture, respiration, optical, anatomy, inventory, parasite, dissect, dilate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30961568/vocabulary-lesson-12-word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by this Friday, December 18.


Tuesday, December 15…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. All 3 My Access essays due before midnight this Friday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 16-21 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 2 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Zeus and His Family...

Amaltheia - fairy goat, horns flowed with ambrosia and nectar

Aegis - breastplate of Zeus

Metis - first wife of Zeus; goddess of prudence

Prometheus,Epimetheus - Titans who left to join Zeus in revolt

lightning bolt - Zeus’ weapon; symbol of his power

Atlas - strongest Titan; carries the sky on his shoulders

Typhon and Echidna - monsters sent by Mother Earth to fight Zeus

Mount Olympus - highest mountain in Greece; home of the gods

Iris - fleet-footed messenger of the gods; traveled on a rainbow

Hestia - goddess of the hearth; daughter of Cronus

VOCAB. WORDS - spinal, micropscopic, digestion, amputate, fracture, respiration, optical, anatomy, inventory, parasite, dissect, dilate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30961568/vocabulary-lesson-12-word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by this Friday, December 18.


Wednesday, December 16…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. All 3 My Access essays due before midnight this Friday.

PLANS - Students will read together aloud pages 22-23 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 3 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Twelve Golden Thrones...

Hera - queen of gods

Ares - god of war

Haphaestus - god of smiths and fire

Aphrodite - goddess of love and beauty

Hermes - herald of the gods

Demeter - goddess of the harvest

Poseidon - lord of the sea

Athena - goddess of wisdom

Artemis - goddess of the hunt

Apollo - god of light and music

Dionysus - god of wine

VOCAB. WORDS - spinal, micropscopic, digestion, amputate, fracture, respiration, optical, anatomy, inventory, parasite, dissect, dilate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30961568/vocabulary-lesson-12-word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by this Friday, December 18.


Thursday, December 17…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. All 3 My Access essays due before midnight this Friday.

PLANS - Students will read silently pages 24-29 of the D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology book. They will then complete lesson 4 worksheet which includes a character list, vocabulary to know, and comprehension questions. These worksheets could be collected at any time for a grade.

NOTES - Hera, Hephaestus...

Garden of Hesperides - Hera’s secret garden in the west

Io - Zeus’ bride; he turned her into a white cow

Argus - Hera’s watchman with 100 eyes

peacock - reminder of Argus with 100 eyes on her tail

Bosporus - cow ford

Egypt - country where Io was worshipped as Queen

Hephaestus - god of smith and fire; Aphrodite’s husband

Lemnos - island Hephaestus landed on

Thetis - sea-goddess; nursed Hephaestus to health

Cyclopes - metal smiths; Hephaestus’ helpers

VOCAB. WORDS - spinal, micropscopic, digestion, amputate, fracture, respiration, optical, anatomy, inventory, parasite, dissect, dilate

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30961568/vocabulary-lesson-12-word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by this Friday, December 18.


Friday, December 18...

PLANS - Students will be given an early Christmas present of 100% on the vocabulary Lesson 12 quiz. This is partly due to the fact that I will be helping Mrs. Kozuch by administering the math CDT tests in my room today.

VOCAB. WORDS - no new words until after the Christmas break

HOMEWORK - All 3 My Access essays due before midnight tonight, December 18.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/23/15-11/27/15...

Monday, November 23…

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week

PLANS - Students will review nominative and objective case pronouns covered last Thursday. They will then receive notes on possessive pronouns. Students will then complete exercises A and C on pages 233-234 of the textbook.

NOTES -

Possessive Pronouns...

my,mine

your, yours

his, her, hers, its

our, ours

your, yours

their, theirs

VOCAB. WORDS - adoption, adjustment, advancement, adjoin, adjacent, adhere, excel, expel, exhale, exclude, extensive, exploit

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30960427/vocabulary-lesson-11word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday, Dec. 4’s vocab. 11 test. Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Tuesday, November 24…

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week.

PLANS - We will correct possessive pronoun work from yesterday. Students will then receive notes on reflexive, intensive, and demonstrative pronouns. Exercises A, B, and D from pages 235-236 will be completed in their notebooks

NOTES - Reflexive Pronoun refers to the subject.

Intensive Pronoun emphasizes a noun or pronoun.

Demonstrative Pronoun points out a particular person, place, or thing.

The list of these pronouns is the same, it is how the pronoun is used that determines whether the pronoun is reflexive, intensive, or demonstrative.

myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself,

ourselves, yourselves, themselves

VOCAB. WORDS - adoption, adjustment, advancement, adjoin, adjacent, adhere, excel, expel, exhale, exclude, extensive, exploit

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30960427/vocabulary-lesson-11word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday, Dec. 4’s vocab. 11 test. Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Wednesday, November 25…

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to short week.

PLANS - Activities Day. No schedule has yet to be published.

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - adoption, adjustment, advancement, adjoin, adjacent, adhere, excel, expel, exhale, exclude, extensive, exploit

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30960427/vocabulary-lesson-11word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday, Dec. 4’s vocab. 11 test. Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Thursday, November 26....

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!


Friday, November 27... No school due to Thanksgiving break.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/16/15-11/20/15...


Monday, November 16…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. One My Access essay due by 5pm Wednesday, Nov. 18.

PLANS - Students will review all notes on nouns in preparation for tomorrow’s noun test.

NOTES - Review all nouns notes

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for tomorrow’s test. Study for Friday’s vocab. 10 test. Work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Tuesday, November 17…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. One My Access essay due by 5pm Wednesday, Nov. 18.

PLANS - Noun Test Day!

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. 10 test. One My Access essay due online before 5pm tomorrow night! Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18. 


Wednesday, November 18…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. One My Access essay due by 5pm Wednesday, Nov. 18.

PLANS - Students will be given class time to work on My Access to become more acclimated to the program.

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. 10 test. One My Access essay due online before 5pm tonight! Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Thursday, November 19…

QUICK WRITE - None this week due to My Access essay being due yesterday.

PLANS - Notes on personal pronouns and antecedents. Students will complete exercises A on page 226 and exercise A on page 228 as part of their notes.

NOTES -

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. 10 test. Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.


Friday, November 20...

PLANS - Lesson 10 Vocab. test. Students will receive then lesson 11 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - adoption, adjustment, advancement, adjoin, adjacent, adhere, excel, expel, exhale, exclude, extensive, exploit

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/30960427/vocabulary-lesson-11word-explorer-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 10 for Monday. Continue to work on My Access essays at myaccess.com. All 3 due online by December 18.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/9/15-11/13/15...

Monday, November 9…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. My Access usernames and passwords will be distributed so students can start on their 4 My Access essays for marking period 2. My Access needs to be done as homework. Students can use school computers during period 9 every day or after school Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 if they do not have internet access at home. All 4 essays are due 2 weeks before the end of the marking period.

PLANS - Students will notes on forming singular and plural nouns. We will complete exercise A on page 80 together orally. Any time left will be for students to work on their quick write which is due tomorrow.

NOTES - Guidelines for spelling plural nouns:

  1. Add -s to form the plural of most nouns (tree - trees).
  2. Add -es to form the plural of nouns ending in s, z, x, sh, ch, or ss (branch - branches).
  3. To form the plural of nouns that end in y preceded by a consonant, change the y to i and add -es (agency - agencies).
  4. Add -s to form the plural of nouns that end in y preceded by a vowel (valley - valleys).
  5. For nouns that end in -o, add s is the word ends in o preceded by a vowel or if the word is a musical term (piano - pianos).
  6. For nouns that end in -f or -fe, change the -f to -v and add -s or -es (shelf - shelves).
  7. Add -s to form the plural of nouns ending in -ff (puff - puffs).

VOCAB. WORDS - none this week

VOCAB. PRACTICE - no vocab. lesson this week

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes.


Tuesday, November 10…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. My Access usernames and passwords will be distributed so students can start on their 4 My Access essays for marking period 2. My Access needs to be done as homework. Students can use school computers during period 9 every day or after school Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 if they do not have internet access at home. All 4 essays are due 2 weeks before the end of the marking period.

PLANS - Correct yesterday’s in class work on plural nouns. Quiz on plural nouns. Notes on possessive nouns. Students will then complete exercise C on page 85 as part of their notes.

NOTES - Possessive nouns show ownership or possession. They tell whom or to what something belongs. Examples:

the plane Vince owns...........becomes..........Vince’s plane

the report from the forecaster......becomes....the forecaster’s report

the instruments of the plane..........becomes......the plane’s instruments

Guidelines for forming possessive nouns:

  1. Add an apostrophe and -s to a singular noun. Add an apostrophe and -s to the end of compound words.
  2. Add just an apostrophe after most plural nouns ending in -s.
  3. For plural nouns that do not end in -s, add an apostrophe and -s.
  4. To show possession for things owned by more than one person, add an apostrophe and -s after the last noun.

VOCAB. WORDS - none this week

VOCAB. PRACTICE - no vocab. lesson this week

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes.


Wednesday, November 11…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. My Access usernames and passwords will be distributed so students can start on their 4 My Access essays for marking period 2. My Access needs to be done as homework. Students can use school computers during period 9 every day or after school Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 if they do not have internet access at home. All 4 essays are due 2 weeks before the end of the marking period.

PLANS - We will correct yesterday’s in class exercise. Students will then receive notes on appositives. Students will then complete exercises A and C on pages 86 and 87 of the textbook as part of their notes.

NOTES - An appositive identifies or renames the noun or pronoun that precedes it.

Example : I would like you to meet Ms. Collins, a fine musician.

“a fine musician” is the appositive that renames Ms. Collins

VOCAB. WORDS - none this week

VOCAB. PRACTICE - no vocab. lesson this week

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes.


Thursday, November 12…

QUICK WRITE - None this week. My Access usernames and passwords will be distributed so students can start on their 4 My Access essays for marking period 2. My Access needs to be done as homework. Students can use school computers during period 9 every day or after school Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 if they do not have internet access at home. All 4 essays are due 2 weeks before the end of the marking period.

PLANS - We will correct the exercises from yesterday. Students will then spend the rest of class writing answers only for Unit Checkup numbers 14 through 82 on pages 93-95 of the textbook. We will correct these on Monday as a final review for the noun test which will take place on Monday, November 16.

VOCAB. WORDS - none this week

VOCAB. PRACTICE - no vocab. lesson this week

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, November 13...

PLANS - Students will receive lesson 10 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 10 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 11/2/15-11/6/15...

Monday, November 2…

QUICK WRITE - Choose three jobs/careers you have thought of doing as a grown-up. Write a 5 paragraph essay talking about what you THINK you do in each job, what you THINK you will earn in each job, and what education you THINK you will need for each job. Period 6 is to modify this assignment to talk about 3 student responsibilities instead of jobs. Quick write, COMPLETED rough draft and final copy written in blue or black pen due FRIDAY!

PLANS - Students will work on their new quick write for 10 minutes. Students will then receive notes on capitalization of proper nouns. They will then complete exercise C on page 77. Sentences given in the exercise must be written into student notebooks first THEN the students are to complete the exercise.

NOTES - The following items are to be capitalized:

names and titles of people, languages, countries, counties, heavenly bodies, geographical terms, states, provinces, cities, counties, roads, buildings, bridges, monuments, companies, government bodies, organizations, holidays, historical events, time periods, documents, awards, and trademarks.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103065831/word-explorer-lesson-9-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Tuesday, November 3…

QUICK WRITE - Choose three jobs/careers you have thought of doing as a grown-up. Write a 5 paragraph essay talking about what you THINK you do in each job, what you THINK you will earn in each job, and what education you THINK you will need for each job. Period 6 is to modify this assignment to talk about 3 student responsibilities instead of jobs. Quick write, COMPLETED rough draft and final copy written in blue or black pen due FRIDAY!

PLANS - Notes on abbreviations will be given in class. Students will then complete exercises A, B and D in their notebooks. Items given in the exercise must be written into student notebooks first THEN the students are to complete the exercise.

NOTES - Guidelines for abbreviating:

  1. Use abbreviations for addresses on an envelope but not when writing an address in a sentence.
  2. Do not use periods after abbreviations for organizations.
  3. Use the standard United States Postal Service abbreviations, without periods, for state names.
  4. Use periods after abbreviations for most English units of measure. Do not use periods after abbreviations for metric measures.
  5. Use an abbreviation for a unit of measure only when it has a numeral before it. If the number is spelled out, do not abbreviate the unit.
  6. If you are unsure of how to abbreviate a word or a name, you should check a dictionary.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103065831/word-explorer-lesson-9-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Wednesday, November 4… 1/2 day due to parent conferences

QUICK WRITE - Choose three jobs/careers you have thought of doing as a grown-up. Write a 5 paragraph essay talking about what you THINK you do in each job, what you THINK you will earn in each job, and what education you THINK you will need for each job. Period 6 is to modify this assignment to talk about 3 student responsibilities instead of jobs. Quick write, COMPLETED rough draft and final copy written in blue or black pen due FRIDAY!

PLANS - Students will write the answers to yesterday’s exercises on the board and we will check the items together. They will then be given the remainder of time to work on their quick write since we have shortened class periods today due to parent/teacher conferences.

NOTES - none

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103065831/word-explorer-lesson-9-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Thursday, November 5… 1/2 day due to parent conferences

QUICK WRITE - Choose three jobs/careers you have thought of doing as a grown-up. Write a 5 paragraph essay talking about what you THINK you do in each job, what you THINK you will earn in each job, and what education you THINK you will need for each job. Period 6 is to modify this assignment to talk about 3 student responsibilities instead of jobs. Quick write, COMPLETED rough draft and final copy written in blue or black pen due FRIDAY!

PLANS - Quiz on abbreviations. Notes on forming singular and plural nouns. We will complete exercise A on page 80 together orally. Any time left will be for students to work on their quick write which is due tomorrow.

NOTES - Guidelines for spelling plural nouns:

  1. Add -s to form the plural of most nouns (tree - trees).
  2. Add -es to form the plural of nouns ending in s, z, x, sh, ch, or ss (branch - branches).
  3. To form the plural of nouns that end in y preceded by a consonant, change the y to i and add -es (agency - agencies).
  4. Add -s to form the plural of nouns that end in y preceded by a vowel (valley - valleys).
  5. For nouns that end in -o, add s is the word ends in o preceded by a vowel or if the word is a musical term (piano - pianos).
  6. For nouns that end in -f or -fe, change the -f to -v and add -s or -es (shelf - shelves).
  7. Add -s to form the plural of nouns ending in -ff (puff - puffs).

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103065831/word-explorer-lesson-9-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, November 6... 1/2 day due to parent conferences

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

VOCAB. WORDS - strengthen, purify, revolutionize, restore, modify, reinforce, enrich, enlighten, enhance, renovate, rehabilitate, replenish

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/103064031/word-explorer-lesson-10-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 10 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/26/15-10/30/15...


Monday, October 26…

QUICK WRITE - This week’s quick write covers writing, math, and art. Students will start by following a set of directions and plot points on a graph paper to create a Halloween picture I have created for them. Students will then create their own drawing, plot he graph points, and write a set of directions the a classmate will follow on Friday to see if directions written were clear. These quick writes will be due Thursday for all classes except period 8 which will have theirs due on Friday (they are in a program period 8 Tuesday so will need to catch up).

PLANS - Allow class time to do the model of this week’s quick write. We will also review notes on sentence fragments and run on sentences.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/28611397/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-8-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Tuesday, October 27…

QUICK WRITE - This week’s quick write covers writing, math, and art. Students will start by following a set of directions and plot points on a graph paper to create a Halloween picture I have created for them. Students will then create their own drawing, plot he graph points, and write a set of directions the a classmate will follow on Friday to see if directions written were clear. These quick writes will be due Thursday for all classes except period 8 which will have theirs due on Friday (they are in a program period 8 Tuesday so will need to catch up).

PLANS - Due to assembly program period 8 and 9 all classes meeting today will have the class period to work on their quick write.

NOTES - none

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/28611397/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-8-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Wednesday, October 28…

QUICK WRITE - This week’s quick write covers writing, math, and art. Students will start by following a set of directions and plot points on a graph paper to create a Halloween picture I have created for them. Students will then create their own drawing, plot he graph points, and write a set of directions the a classmate will follow on Friday to see if directions written were clear. These quick writes will be due Thursday for all classes except period 8 which will have theirs due on Friday (they are in a program period 8 Tuesday so will need to catch up).

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 exercise C from page 43 of the text PLUS notes on Kinds of Nouns...common, proper, concrete, abstract, and collective. Students will then complete exercise A on page 74.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/28611397/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-8-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Thursday, October 29…

QUICK WRITE - This week’s quick write covers writing, math, and art. Students will start by following a set of directions and plot points on a graph paper to create a Halloween picture I have created for them. Students will then create their own drawing, plot he graph points, and write a set of directions the a classmate will follow on Friday to see if directions written were clear. These quick writes will be due Thursday for all classes except period 8 which will have theirs due on Friday (they are in a program period 8 Tuesday so will need to catch up).

PLANS - Students will take a short quiz on proper and common nouns. They will then get notes on singular and plural nouns. Students will then complete exercises A and B on pages 80-81

NOTES - 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 - exceed, recede, proceedings, intercede, secede, concede, confinement, indefinite, finality, finale, infinity, finite

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/28611397/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-8-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, October 23 ...

PLANS - Students will take vocabulary lesson 8 test and will receive lesson 9 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 10/19/15-10/23/15...

Monday, October 19…

QUICK WRITE - Essay on the video about Kevin. This essay counts for science and English. Mrs. Powell will collect this essay in science class but we will use time in English class to work on it.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Tuesday, October 20…

QUICK WRITE - Essay on the video about Kevin. This essay counts for science and English. Mrs. Powell will collect this essay in science class but we will use time in English class to work on it.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Wednesday, October 21…

QUICK WRITE - Essay on the video about Kevin. This essay counts for science and English. Mrs. Powell will collect this essay in science class but we will use time in English class to work on it.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Thursday, October 22…

QUICK WRITE - Essay on the video about Kevin. This essay counts for science and English. Mrs. Powell will collect this essay in science class but we will use time in English class to work on it.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review today’s notes. Study for Friday’s vocabulary test.


Friday, October 23 ...

PLANS - Students will take vocabulary lesson 7 test and will receive lesson 8 to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - Will be posted later in the week.

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 8 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/12/15-10/16/15...


Monday, October 12… No school. Happy Columbus Day!


Tuesday, October 13…

PLANS - We will discuss Renaissance Faire etiquette and will go over the packet map and performance schedule for the day. Those students not able to go because of being ineligible or they have chosen not to go will be introduced to their work for Wednesday.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 7 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14.


Wednesday, October 14…

PLANS - REN. FAIRE TRIP!! Students need their own transportation home at approximately 4:30pm.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 7 vocab. test.


Thursday, October 15…

PLANS - We will discuss the Renaissance Faire trip... positives and negatives. We will then review how to properly write a paper using MLA format for a writing assignment to be assigned in science class but will be a grade for science and English.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/55734251/word-explorer-level-h-lesson-7-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 7 vocab. test.


Friday, October 16...

PLANS - Students will take vocabulary test 7. 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 - translation, transplant, transition, transit, transaction, transmission, convey, consolation, conspiracy, congregate, constrict, convention

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/28611397/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-8-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 8 for Monday.




LESSON PLANS WEEK of 10/5/15-10/9/15...

Monday, October 5…

PLANS - Students will receive the study guide for the Renaissance test to complete in class. If there is not enough time to finish and correct in class then it will be finished for homework and corrected in class tomorrow.

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

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

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Study for Renaissance Unit Test which will be given Wednesday, October 7.


Tuesday, October 6…

PLANS - Correct Renaissance Unit study guide. Review parts of armor for tomorrow’s test.

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

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

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Study for Renaissance Unit Test which will be TOMORROW!


Wednesday, October 7…

PLANS - All classes will take and complete the Renaissance Unit Test.

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

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

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14.


Thursday, October 8…

PLANS - We will talk about the Ren. Faire trip. Discussion will include what you can and cannot bring along, what can be used in the faire grounds, assignment to be completed that day by those who go on the trip and those staying behind.

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

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

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14.


Friday, October 9...

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 - to be posted later

VOCAB. PRACTICE - to be posted later

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 6 for Monday. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/28/15-10/2/15...

Monday, September 28…

PLANS - Finish the final chapter of the movie EXCALIBUR. Discuss implications behind Mordred killing Morgana as well as the reappearances of Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/51752494/word-explorer-lesson-5-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 5 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14.  Money and permission slips due by Friday, October 2. Renaissance Unit Test will be given Wednesday, October 7.


Tuesday, September 29…

PLANS - Students will complete front page newspaper article and layouts that were started last week when I was out. These will be collected for grading.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/51752494/word-explorer-lesson-5-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 5 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Money and permission slips due by Friday, October 2. Renaissance Unit Test will be given Wednesday, October 7.


Wednesday, September 30…

PLANS - Renaissance Projects will be handed in!! (I LOVE SEEING ALL OF THESE PROJECTS!) Students will then work on Renaissance vocabulary using a word scramble/definition worksheet. This in-class assignment is to be finished for homework if not completed in class. Period 6 needs to only complete 10 of the 20 definitions.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/51752494/word-explorer-lesson-5-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 5 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Money and permission slips due by Friday, October 2. Renaissance Unit Test will be given Wednesday, October 7.


Thursday, October 1…

PLANS - Students will continue work on Renaissance concepts and vocabulary through an in-class crossword which we will correct together before the end of class.

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

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/51752494/word-explorer-lesson-5-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s lesson 6 vocab. test. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Money and permission slips due by Friday, October 2. Renaissance Unit Test will be given Wednesday, October 7.


Friday, October 2...

PLANS - Students will take vocabulary test 5. 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 - bearings, adverse, laborious, priority, intensive, controversy, qualification, eligible, inclination, stature, substantial, aptitude

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

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 6 for Monday. Renaissance Faire Trip Wednesday, October 14. Money and permission slips due by today! Renaissance Unit Test will be given Wednesday, October 7.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 9/14/15-9/18/15...

Monday, September 14…

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 packet 3 will be collected for grading. We will start watching the movie EXCALIBUR. We will get through time marker 00:26:00.

VOCAB. WORDS - uncanny, dormitory, inevitable, mystify, scant, vulnerable, meander, contraption, tuition, crucial, spunk, urgency

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/92648334/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-3-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s Vocabulary 3 test. Work on Renaissance Project.


Tuesday, September 15…

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 packets will be returned to students. We will continue the movie EXCALIBUR from time marker 00:26:00 through 00:52:30.

VOCAB. WORDS - uncanny, dormitory, inevitable, mystify, scant, vulnerable, meander, contraption, tuition, crucial, spunk, urgency

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/92648334/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-3-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s Vocabulary 3 test. Work on Renaissance Project.


Wednesday, September 16… No School...In-Service Day


Thursday, September 17…

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 continue the movie EXCALIBUR from time marker 00:52:30 through 01:22:00.

VOCAB. WORDS - uncanny, dormitory, inevitable, mystify, scant, vulnerable, meander, contraption, tuition, crucial, spunk, urgency

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/92648334/word-explorer-vocabulary-lesson-3-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s Vocabulary 3 test. Work on Renaissance Project.


Friday, September 18...

PLANS - Quick Write will be collected. 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 - Will be posted Monday

VOCAB. PRACTICE - Will be posted Monday

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary lesson 4 packet for Monday. Work on your Renaissance Project.



LESSON PLANS WEEK of 8/31/14-9/4/14...

Monday, Aug. 31...

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - 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 - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review Renaissance notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. 


Tuesday, Sept. 1...

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - Pop quiz on Malory's life and Steps to Becoming A Knight!  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 - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- 

https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study notes and study for Friday's vocabulary test.


Wednesday, Sept. 2

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - We will read the beginning of the story of King Arthur and how he became king.

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. 


Thursday, Sept. 3...

QUICK WRITE - none this week

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

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. 


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 - stench, novelty, flabbergasted, violation, extinguish, dilapidated, gibberish, optimism, trivial, territorial, ludicrous, hysteria

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/89690003/word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete the vocabulary lesson for Monday. Review notes



LESSON PLANS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/24/15 thru 8/28/15


Monday, August 24...

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 6 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = 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. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." 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 28. Students will also complete a welcome questionnaire so I can learn about the students in my classes. 

NOTES - none

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


Tuesday, 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 = 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. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." 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 3 assignments per marking period), and quizstar.4teachers.org (an online testing program I use for weekly vocabulary testing). We will then review the class Code of Chivalry for each class section.

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 Thursday.


Wednesday, 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 = 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. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." 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 Thursday.


Thursday, August 27...

QUICK WRITE - Will be collected at the beginning of class!

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 - Review notes on Code of Chivalry and notes from today.


Friday, August 28...

QUICK WRITE - none on a Friday

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

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

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