Category Archives: ELA

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Today in class, we did our Session #2 mini-lesson of the literary analysis unit. If you are absent, need any extra help, etc., remember to visit the link Class Notes.  While this link is inside the Literary Analysis folder, once you visit it, it should save inside Google Drive/Google Slides!

After you applied this mini-lesson on your own, you had the opportunity to either visit the LMC to get a copy of the book for your partnership OR explore No Red Ink using the “practice tab.”

Things to expect for tomorrow’s Level-6 Character Trait Quiz:

Question Style #1: Write one complete sentence using TWO proposed Level-6 Trait words showing you know the meaning (ex: forlorn and uncooperative)

Question Style #2: List two people who might be described as (ex: forlorn)

Question Style #3: Using what you know about the word FORLORN, look at the following words below to find its pair and decide if they are synonyms or antonyms:

  • aggravated
  • alarmed
  • happy

Answer: Forlorn and happy = antonyms

Question Style #4: Choose a sentence where the Level 6-Character Trait word is INCORRECTLY used.

Question Style #5: Think about a character from Seedfolks or Thank You, Ma’am that you could describe using a Level-6 Character Traits

Homework:

  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by Thursday night; Quiz Friday
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday, 1/25)
  • Fishbowl Group #4: Work on written portion and book review (Due Friday)

 

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2018

Today was the day you all had been waiting for you. You learned about our new Workshop-Style block structure. While this isn’t too far from what we have done in the past, it was nice to see everyone’s excitement to learn about reading partnerships (especially your partner) and how it would replace February Fishbowls.

You then had the chance to meet with your partner(s) and decide on a book that most interests you. If you didn’t get the chance to get a copy of the book yet, remember that you need to have a copy of this book by Friday!

Homework:

  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by Thursday night; Quiz Friday
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday, 1/25)
  • Fishbowl Group #4: Work on written portion and book review (Due Friday)

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Today in class, you were introduced to a new website called No Red Ink which focuses on sentence structures, grammar, mechanics, and more. You all had the chance to select topics that interested you and soon learned that the practice that you would be doing on this site would contain sentences based on your interest. No Red Ink will be your best friend in that you get to practice areas based on your level.

We also did our first mini-lesson of the literary analysis unit. If you are absent, need any extra help, etc., remember to visit the link Class Notes.  While this link is inside the Literary Analysis folder, once you visit it, it should save inside Google Drive/Google Slides!

Homework:

  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by Thursday night; Quiz Friday
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday, 1/25)
  • Fishbowl Group #4: Work on written portion and book review (Due Friday)

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Today in class, you followed a “working” Workshop Schedule. The order of the independent tasks you completed all depended on your Fishbowl group.

ELA 1/2

ELA 8/9

If you were absent, please ask for a hard copy of Stray tomorrow. You will make-up those annotations at another time. However, you should be able to complete all the other requirements. Stick to the same time frame. Level-6 Character Trait visual representations do not need to be fully finished.

Homework:

  • Reading Interest Survey (Due tomorrow morning)
  • Fishbowl Group #2-3: Work on written portion and book review (Due tomorrow morning)
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday, 1/25)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2018 OR Wednesday, January 18th, 2018

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Today in class, we read another great mentor text, Your Move. Once again, you completed an effective process to see the value in the characters of this short story. We first read it as a whole-class, and you listened carefully. You then were encouraged to annotate for specific Level 6 Character Traits, and then shared the character trait you claimed to describe a character well.

You learned about visual representations as an effective studying technique. This will help you prepare for the Level 6 Character Traits Quiz (next Thursday) and apply to your other subject areas as well!

Homework:

  • Fishbowl Group #2 and #3: Written explanation and book review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • NO Membean
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday 1/25)
  • Reading Interest Survey (Due Friday) – link available on our course homepage

 

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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Note: This will apply to ELA 8/9 students TOMORROW!

Today in class, we read another great mentor text, Your Move. Once again, you completed an effective process to see the value in the characters of this short story. We first read it as a whole-class, and you listened carefully. You then were encouraged to annotate for specific Level 6 Character Traits, and then shared the character trait you claimed to describe a character well.

You learned about visual representations as an effective studying technique. This will help you prepare for the Level 6 Character Traits Quiz (next Thursday) and apply to your other subject areas as well!

Homework:

  • Fishbowl Group #2 and #3: Written explanation and book review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • NO Membean
  • Level-6 Character Traits Quiz (Thursday 1/25)
  • Reading Interest Survey (Due Friday) – link available on our course homepage

 

 

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Today in class, we read another great mentor text, Your Move. Once again, you completed an effective process to see the value in the characters of this short story. We first read it as a whole-class, and you listened carefully. You then were encouraged to annotate for specific Level 6 Character Traits, and then shared the character trait you claimed to describe a character well.

You completed another 12 Minute Study Strategy, an effective studying technique to help you learn the Level 6 Character Traits and apply to your other subject areas as well!

Remember to complete the Reading Interest Survey. The link is in Schoology.

HW:

  • Reading Interest Survey (Due Wednesday)
  • Fishbowl Group #2: Written explanation and book review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by Thursday night; Quiz Friday

Friday, January 12th, 2017

Today in class, we spent some time analyzing valuable quotes. Whether they were quotes that related to the plot to Thank You, Ma’am or Martin Luther King Jr., you found yourself reflecting a lot on the meaning behind the quotes. You were introduced the expectations for reflecting individually on one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous quotes. Please visit the Schoology page’s MLK Jr. Discussion post for specific directions. All the required information is attached there!

HW:

  • Finish MLK Jr. Reflection discussion post
  • Read!

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Today in class, you continued and finished the on-demand writing prompt. You were encouraged to spend time to be sure you did your best to address each of the bulleted items and then proofread for sentence fluency and conventions. This was the perfect opportunity to show that you can use a variety of sentence structures and beginnings in your writing!

Afterwards, we read another great mentor text, Raymond’s Run. Although it was filled with run-on sentences, you completed an effective process to see the value in the characters of this short story. We first read it as a whole-class, listened carefully, and annotated plenty. It was wonderful to hearing your reasoning for Squeaky’s action. This will be concluded tomorrow!

HW:

  • Fishbowl Group #1: Written explanation and book review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by tonight; Quiz tomorrow

 

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Today in class, we spent some time discussing our new writing unit- a literary analysis. You learned that it not only ties into argumentative writing, but it encourages you (as a writer) to argue a particular point based on textual evidence. Now will be your opportunity to use your strengths as readers IN your writing too. I have a feeling I will be very impressed!

We began class brainstorming a list of potential Level 6 Character Traits to describe our main characters in Thank You, Ma’am. You then had the chance to review the text for potential evidence to support those claims.

After we discussed the requirements for your on-demand writing prompt, you spent some time brainstorming/planning the best way to respond to the prompt. Many of you then began writing! This is your chance to show what you know about argumentative writing – your strengths and areas needed for improvement.

Absent students: Please follow these directions.

  • Make a new Google Drive folder inside your ELA folder called Argumentative – Literary Analysis
  • Make a new Google Doc inside the folder called On-Demand

HW:

  • Fishbowl Group #1: Written explanation and book review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Membean (3 days x 10 minutes each = 30 minutes) by Thursday night; Quiz Friday