Friday, December 19, 2014

Good Luck Mr. McDermott

Objective:  The students will view a video and analyze how it is an allusion to something that we have read in class.

1.  Get handout.
2.  Define the two terms using your phones.
3.  Watch video
4.  Complete the assignment for 100 points.

Homework over the holiday.  NONE!  Hug your family.  Enjoy friends.  Eat some great food.  Exercise so that you don't gain weight.  Maybe read a good book.  Put the phone away for a few hours.  Oh yeah... and watch Oregon beat Florida State on New Year's Day!  Have a great holiday!

Warren :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LotF Final Day

**Take out a pencil and clear off your desk**

Make sure your answer document has your name on it before you start marking it. You have the entire class period to finish the test.

**When finished: place your test in the white basket and bring your answer document to Mr. McD so he can score it**


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No More LotF Reading!!!

Objective:  The students will present the RESOLUTION of the book.

1.  Get your folders
2.  Ch. 12 Presentation
3.  LotF Review Worksheet

If you borrowed a copy of LotF, please return it by tomorrow so they can be checked back in to the library!!!

Best Something Extras: Folk Song by Justin Johnson (have him sing it for you) & LotF movie trailer by Kayla Pina (on youtube)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two MOre Days

Objective:  The students will present the CLIMAX of the book.

1.  Get folders and LOTF
2.  Chapter 11 Presentation
3.  Finish the Book. 

If I see phones out playing that STUPID QUIZ game I will destroy them!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Good Morning Everyone!

Objective:  The students will present the chapter before the CLIMAX of LotF.

1.  Get folders and LotF books.
2.  Chapter 10 Presentation
3.  Read Chapter 11 (the climax)

Week Plan:  Mon:  Chapter 10
                    Tues:  Chapter 11
                    Wed:  Chapter 12

                    Thurs:  LotF 300 point test
                    Fri:  LotF Simpson's Allusion Video

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ch. 8 Presentation and Discussion

Objective: The students will present their assigned Chapter from Lord of the Flies

 Grab you folders, a copy of LotF, and pull out your WP and a quiz paper to be ready for the presentation. Those that are presenting come up to the computer and prepare your presentation.

Your "Listening" grade is in effect right when the bell rings!!!

1. Ch. 8 Presentation
- Quiz
-Dialectical Journal Discussion
-"Something Extra"

2. Discuss key parts of Chapter as a class.
3.. Read some of Ch. 9

Template for Dialectical Journals (remove existing text)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ch. 7 Presentation

Objective: The students will present their assigned Chapter from Lord of the Flies

 Grab you folders, a copy of LotF, and pull out your WP and a quiz paper to be ready for the presentation. Those that are presenting come up to the computer and prepare your presentation.

Your "Listening" grade is in effect right when the bell rings!!!

1. Ch. 7 Presentation
2. Read some of Ch. 8

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Presentation 2

Objective:  The students will present their assigned chapters of Lord of the Flies.

1.  Get folder and LotF novel.
2.  Presentation 2:  Chapter 6 Group.
3. Read Ch. 7

Remember:  You are getting "Listening and Participation Points" for being in the audience.  From now on the projects will be graded a little tougher and so will the "Listening and Participation Points".

Monday, December 08, 2014

Presentation 1

Objective:  The students will present their assigned chapters of Lord of the Flies.

1.  Get folder and LotF novel.
2.  Presentation 1:  Chapter 5 Group.

Remember:  You are getting "Listening and Participation Points" for being in the audience.  Positive points are added to your 100 points for good questions and comments, and points will be deducted for negative behavior.

3.  Read Chapter 6.  The BEAST comes!

Need Extra Credit???  The play Miracle Worker begins on Wednesday.  Attend and then do a 1 page MLA typed critique of the play for up to 100 points.  (I need proof that you attended.  Take a photo of you in your seat).

Friday, December 05, 2014

Get Ready for your Presentations!!!

Objective: Students will have their LotF projects modeled for them before they start presenting them.

Grab your folders and a copy of Lord of the Flies

1. LotF Ch. 4 Part 2 Quiz
2. WP # ??
3. Ch. 4. Dialectical Journals Discussed
4. Begin reading Ch. 5
5. Meet with your group!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Debate Time!

Objective: Students will practice rational thinking and reasoning similar to what the kids from the novel experienced.

Grab your folders, a copy of LotF, a blank piece of paper, and check your poster for your grade!

1. LotF Quiz Ch. 4 (so far)
2. Read rest of Ch. 4
3. "Who Will Survive" Debate

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

LotF Ch. 4 and Group Work

Objective:  The students will finish their group project for "Who Will Survive?" and Read Ch. 4

1.  Get folders, LotF book and your Dialectical Journals Ch. 3
2. Discuss Dialectical Journals
3. Read Ch. 4 up until Pg. 68 "Come back! Come back!"
4. Finish "Who Will Survive?" Activity

**No more Dialectical Journals- except for your assigned chapter**

**ALL WORK not picked up from folders by the end of the day today will be THROWN AWAY TOMORROW**

Monday, December 01, 2014

Already December!

Objective:  The students will discuss the symbols from LotF so that can follow their development throughout the novel.

1.  Get folders and a LotF book.
2.  Notes on Symbols
3.  Discuss Reading/Presentation Schedule
4.  Complete Chapter 2 Reading and Dialectic Journal

Note:  Use this website for full text of Lord of the Flies

Friday, November 21, 2014

Who Will Survive?

Objective: Students will engage in group debate concerning the important qualities necessary to survive on an island in reference to Lord of the Flies.

Grab your folders and a copy of LotF

Good Morning Students and Mr. McD from Oregon!


1. WP #27
2. Quick Reading Ch. 2
3. Allegory Notes
4. Who Will Survive? Activity

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Finish Ch. 1 LotF

Objective: Students will continue reading and completing their corresponding Dialectical Journals in Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies.

Grab your Folders and a LotF book from the front

1. WP #26
2. Continue reading and doing journals for Chapter 1
3. Discuss Survival IQ test

Survival IQ Test

Journals to be used as Template for Group Project

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Starting Lord of the Flies

Objective: Students will begin their new novel and be introduced to their final project.

Grab your folders, a LotF book (unless you have one already), and a handout

Turn in your vocab. No corrections

1. Review Final Project
2. Discuss Dialectical Journal format
3. Read LotF Ch 1:
All the way up to Pg. 17 "Ralph took the shell away from his lips. 'Gosh!' "

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Golding Background Info

Objective: Students will learn about William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, that will contribute to their understanding of the text.

Grab your folders

1. Review last 4 Vocab words
2. Author Background Presentation and Notes
3. Finish Vocab Chart and Activity, correcting it tomorrow

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finish most MC movie


Sit down, relax, and watch the rest of the Monte Cristo movie.

Longer it takes the more work you will have this week.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Projects Due

Good Morning!

Objective:  The students will evaluate the most recent Hollywood adaptation of Monte Cristo compared to the actual book.

1.  Turn in projects.
2.  Video.

Homework:  Go to Volleyball Game at King Saturday at 7 PM.....  Nothing!!!  Relax.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lord of the Flies Start

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for the first half of Lord of the Flies.

1.  Get folders and vocabulary packet.
2.  WP #25
3.  LOTF Vocabulary Exercise
4.  Video

Projects due tomorrow.  Rubrics on (click on Justice and Monte Cristo link)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Exam Day

Objective: Students will take their Count of Monte Cristo final exam to demonstrate their understanding of the novel.

1. Everything on the floor except for a pencil.
2. Make sure the name on your bubble sheet is yours.

Bubble each answer in dark, so the scanner can read your answers.

Question 15 the answer is A.
Question 30 the answer is A.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monte Cristo Jeopardy

Objective: Students will participate in a class-wide Jeopardy game in order to review for their Monte Cristo final

1. Grab your folders
2. WP #24
3. Jeopardy!!!

Remember: Test is on Wednesday and your Projects are due Friday!!!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Poor Valentine.... Dead? What is Max gonna do?

Objective:  The students will discuss the theme of "Catch the Moon" and explain through a discussion how they determined it.

1.  Get folders
2.  WP #23
3.  Discuss "Catch the Moon" assignment.  I am looking for a GREAT critique/challenge paragraph with specifics!!!
4.  Last day to work on projects.

Monday:  Review activity for Monte Cristo.  Wednesday Test.  Friday Projects.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

What? Monte Cristo died from drinking the red elixir?

Objective:  The students will complete a short analysis of the short story, "Catch the Moon."

1.  Get your lit books and folders.
2.  Grab a handout from the front desk.
3.  Finish reading the story from page 238, top right column (they had sat down at the table together)
4.  Monte Cristo projects or reading.  You should be at chapter 65 by now.

Please don't wait until the last day to read. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A "Cute" Story today.... nothing depressing... well kinda.

Objective:  The students will read a pretty good little story about a troubled teen, and they will try to figure out the theme.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  WP #22
3.  Correct and hand in vocabulary.
4.  Notes
5.  Read the story.  Page 234 of lit book.

Homework:  Finish Monte

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

You guys did GREAT yesterday with Stump the Teacher!

Objective:  The students will have a nice, relaxing day and work with imprtant vocabulary for tomorrow's story.

1.  Get folders and lit books.  Get the two handouts for vocabulary.
2.  WP # 21
3.  "Catch the Moon" vocabulary (due first thing tomorrow.
4.  Read the rest of Monte Cristo or work on projects.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Stump the Teacher Day

Objective:  The students will try to get as much extra credit as they can by asking HARD questions from Chapters 51-60 of Monte Cristo.

1.  Get your folders and put your questions on your desk.
2.  I will come around and see that they are done.  If they aren't, you get to write an essay today.
3.  Very short quiz.  If you pass, you get to play.
4.  Stump the Teacher Activity.
5.  Over the next week, finish reading Monte Cristo.  Final 300 point test next Wednesday and Projects due November 14.  That's a Friday.

Friday, October 31, 2014

I will not be negative.... I will not be negative...

Kinda bummed right now. Last night I sat down and planned a cool fun activity for my students. Bought a video. Made something fun, but educational for Halloween.
Then, after having a sub yesterday (I was at a meeting) I return to the grossest, messiest room in my career. Empty water bottles, trash, two fruit chews dropped and smashed on the floor. And worst of all, TWO pieces of chewed gum that were just spit out and left under desks. How can any person think this is OK?
I always hate when a group of people are punished due to the actions of a few. Or how a group is lumped into a negative statement like "Kids today just don't care...."
So I will refrain from punishing the whole class.
But I am really disappointed .

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Discuss the Great Secret!

Objective: Students will use their close reading of "The Great Secret" to address the beginnings of an essay writing prompt

1. Grab your folders and a copy of "Still I Rise"
2. Theme/Figurative Language Notes
3. "The Great Secret" essay prompt- 2 paragraphs
4. "Still I Rise" close reading assignment

Homework: Finish "Still I Rise" close reading and theme questions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The Great Secret"

Objective:  The students will complete a mid-term review of the important elements of literature that we have discussed by completing a short story reading and outline.

1.  WP #20
2.  Turn in WP Packet 11-20
3.  "The Great Secret" Close Reading and Outline.  On this outline, you can be "succinct" (This week's Wolf Academic Vocabulary Word).  I don't expect full blown paragraphs, but succinct notes that you could use to write a great paragraph or essay.
4.  Stump the Teacher Chapters 55-56

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monte Cristo: 2 Weeks until Done. Projects are due 3 days afterward.

Objective:  The students will discuss "The Secret Lion" and the author's creative and original use of voice and diction.

1.  WP # ______
2.  Discuss and Turn in "The Secret Lion"  PUT ALL PENS DOWN.
3.  Monte Cristo Project Work
4.  Monte Cristo Stump the Teacher Chapters 53-54 (if you are smart and want to keep to schedule!)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Learn how to "Stump the Teacher"

Objective: Students will be introduced to their upcoming assignment and work on completing their "The Secret Lion" assignment

1. Grab your folders
2. Turn in MC Study Guide 41-50
3. MC Quiz 48-50
4. Monte Cristo 51-60- "Stump the Teacher"

5. "Stump the Teacher"- You will write 2 questions (with their answers) from each of the chapters 51-60 for a total of 20 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. You want to make them as hard as possible. If you pass the quiz next Monday you will participate in "Stump the Teacher" to have the chance for extra credit. IF YOU DO NOT PASS THE QUIZ, YOU MAY NOT TURN IN YOUR QUESTIONS OR PARTICIPATE. Instead, you will complete a study guide during the class period.

6. Finish "The Secret Lion" activity

Friday, October 24, 2014

Essay Day!

Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to write an expository essay in the First Quarter District Assessment.

1. Pull out 3 Pieces of blank paper and your Essay prompt

** Only write on one side of the paper**
**Use only blue or black ink**

Homework: Read Ch. 50 and questions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Essay Planning

Objective: Students will read and analyze the District Quarter Assessment Prompt and the Articles to be used on the essay.

Grab an Essay Packet from the Front

1. Prompt Breakdown
2. Article #1
3. Article #2

Homework: MC Ch. 49 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What is the Secret Lion?

Objective: Students will further investigate the literary devices and nuances of "The Secret Lion"

Get your folders

**Per. 3 Survey- Remind Me**
1. Monte Cristo  Quiz 46-47
2. Monte Cristo Discussion
3. Finish "The Secret Lion" close reading
4. "The Secret Lion" writing activity

Homework: Tonight: Read Monte Cristo Ch. 48
Tomorrow: Monte Cristo Ch. 49.
Friday: Monte Cristo Ch. 50
Study Guides due Monday!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The Secret Lion"

Objective: Students will read the short story "The Secret Lion" and analyze it for examples of Point of View and Voice/Diction.

Get your folders and both sheets of "The Secret Lion"

1. WP #__
2. Correct Vocab
3. Notes: Voice and Diction
4. Active Reading: "The Secret Lion"

Homework: Monte Cristo Ch. 47

Monday, October 20, 2014

I hope you all had a GREAT weekend!

Objective:  The students will know how author's use voice and diction to create different point of views.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  WP Number ______
3.  Monte Cristo Quiz Chapter 45
4.  Point of View/Narrator Notes
5.  "Point of View" assignment.
6.  Monte Cristo Chapter 46

Secret Lion vocab due tomorrow at beginning of class.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Let's see what we did right, and what we need to improve on for the next District Assessment.

Objective:  The students will understand why the passedd, or why they may have fallen short on district writing test.

1.  Discuss Chapters 43-44.  I hope we all read!  Period THREE!!! and FOUR!!!!
2.  District Writing Prompt (Do what you would do if we were taking the test again today)
3.  SOAPStone for the prompt.
4.  Go over prompt and what it SHOULD LOOK LIKE!
5.  Go over SOAPStone.

So what is the paper looking for in order to pass with a 4 or higher?  What should you have done?

6.  Look at your papers.  Figure out why you got the score you did.

Homework:  Chapter 45....  A GREAT CHAPTER!!!!!!!  The Summer Ball

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We have some work to do on Argumentative Essays!

Objective:  The students will discuss the important new characters in Monte Cristo and think about their projects.
1.  Characterization:  You are going to Pre-Grade it for me.  Take out a highlighter, and highlight and label the three parts:  TWA of Character, TWA of Other, and Physical Description. 

2.  Discuss the new characters in the book:  Nortier, Valentine, Major Cavalcanti and Young Cavalcanti.  Also discuss the beginning of Danglars' Destruction.

3.  Project work.

4.  Chapters 43 and 44

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shift Focus: Point of View

Objective: Students will become familiar with unknown vocabulary from their next set of short stories.

Get your Lit Book and Folders

1. Turn in Monte Cristo Study Guide 31-40. Pick up new one
2. WP #16
3. Vocabulary "Secret Lion"
4. Start tonight's reading

Homework: Read MC 41-42. Characterization assignment due tomorrow. TYPED MLA FORMAT

Monday, October 13, 2014

Be Creative, Be Be Creative

Objective: Students will continue their practice on dialogue by writing a creative writing piece.

Get folders

1. WP
2. Work on/Finish Creative Writing Characterization

Homework: MC Chapters 39-40

Friday, October 10, 2014

UCLA vs THE DUCKS tomorrow!!!

Objective:  The students will create a GREAT character using indirect characterization.

1.  Folders
2.  WP Test #1
3.  Discuss Chapters 33,34,35,36,37 and 38.  Quickly, but thoroughly.  I know it's getting complicated!!
4.  Discuss Two Kinds questions and symbolism.
5.  Character Sketch (our next piece of writing)  ONE DRAFT ONLY!!!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

"Two Kinds" of what?

Objective: Students will finish reading "Two Kinds" and begin analyzing the story's characterization.

Get your lit books and folders

1. Exchange and Correct Vocabulary
2. WP
3. Finish Reading "Two Kinds"
4. "Two Kinds" Comprehension Questions

Homework: Read MC Ch. 37-38

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Short Day... More Meetings!

Objective:  The students will begin reading this week's story titled "Two Kinds."

Please get your lit book and folders.

1.  Quick Found Quote Quiz:  Chapters 33-34.
2.  WP
3.  Go over vocab word meanings for story.
4.  Read first part of "Two Kinds" which is a short anecdote from the novel called The Joy Luck Club
Page 99.
5.  Read Chapters 35-36 (15 pages)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Projects? What Projects? We have Projects?

1.  Get folders.
2.  Monte Cristo Chapter Discussion (Those were some GREAT chapters as far as literature!)
3.  MC Song Quiz
4.  Project Discussion
          1) Use an old CD case for package.
          2)  Be sure songs are burned in order chronologically as well as how they are presented in the information booklet.
          3)  Make sure songs actually play.
5.  MC Chapters 33-34.

Monday, October 06, 2014

I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Objective:  The students will complete a vocabulary activity for this week's featured story.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  Get all three handouts.
3.  Turn in Every Day Use Characterization Chart and MC Study Guide 21-30.
4.  Get Vocabulary Words.
5.  Work on Vocab or Finish Poster from Friday.

Homework:  MC Chapters 31-32

Friday, October 03, 2014

Please don't mention the game last night.... unless you want to see a grown man cry....

Objective:  The students will use word connotations to create a found poem.

1.  Get folders
2.  Discuss Connotation
3.  Video
4.  Handout Discussion
5.  Complete 100 point activity.

Homework:  No reading.  If you haven't finished Study Guide....  do it.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Finish the Last Study Guide Questions

Objective:  The students will complete analyzing the characterization and local setting used in "Everyday Use."

Get lit books and folder

1.  Correct Vocabulary
2.  Quiz
3.  WP
4.  Complete Assignment Handout.
5.  Read Monte Cristo Chapters 30

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"Everyday Use" Practice

Objective: Students will apply their knowledge of Characterization to describe the characters in the short story "Everyday Use"

1. Get folders/lit books
2. Finish individually reading "Everyday Use", where ever we left off
3. Fill out the "Everyday Use" character chart and "Setting/Local Color Review"
4. Finish Vocab activities for "Everyday Use"

Homework: Read MC Chapter 29 & Vocab Sheets due tomorrow

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Starting new short story

Objective: Students will learn about different ways to develop characters in literature.

1. Get Lit Books and Folders
2. WP #11 (new packet)
3. Characterization notes
4. Read a long: "Everyday Use"
5. Work on Vocab Activities

Homework: Read MC Ch. 28

Monday, September 29, 2014

I hope you had a relaxing weekend and enjoyed Homecoming!

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for this week's story.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  WP #10
3.  Turn in WP Packet 1-10
4.  Go over Baptism Symbol
5.  "Everyday Use" vocabulary
6.  Read Chapters 26-27

Friday, September 26, 2014

Essays Due

You guys have worked pretty hard for the last week.  Good job!

Objective:  The students will look at the main symbol for the first half of the book.... Dantes' Baptism.

1.  Turn in your essay.  No need for prompt on top.
2.  Discuss Chapter 25
3.  Get a Baptism Symbol Handout.
4.  Use Chapters 16-20 to analyze how Dantes' Escape is a Symbol of a Baptism.

Homework:  Nothing.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

District Writing Test

Objective:  The students will put all that we have talked about and practiced over the last month to use today to write a GREAT in class essay for the district.

1.  Get out three sheets of paper.
2.  Get prompt.  Put name and period on all papers.
3.  Read prompt:  Highlight what you need to do in order to pass.
4.  Briefly plan. (Summarize the author's argument.  Discuss if you agree or disagree with it, using strong examples from text and life).  TITLE??????????
5.  Write.

Homework:  Print, Proof, Edit, and Re-print essay to be turned in tomorrow.

MC Chapter 25.  The Fifth of September

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Finish that Essay

Objective:  The students will use class time to finish their essay, proof read, edit, and make it an A paper that Mr. Warren and Mr. McDermitt can read in less than 2 minutes!

1.  MC Quiz Chapters 21-24 and discuss any questions that you have.
2.  Finish all parts of the essay.

Body 1:  Story Explanation 1
Body 2:  Story Explanation 2
Body 3:  Argument:  Which story is most likely to come true using an informational article as support of your thoughts.
Close:  Apply what you have proven to the bigger picture.

No reading tonight.  Just read your essay and catch the easy errors so that Mr. Warren has a nice weekend and doesn't want to throw things through his window!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rhetorical Appeals- 4th Paragraph

Objective: Students will learn how to use ethos, pathos, and logos in their argumentative essays.

1. Get your folders/lit books
2. Ethos, Pathos, Logos presentation
3. Write your 3rd body paragraph and Conclusion

Homework: Read Monte Cristo Ch. 23-24. Essay DUE ON THURSDAY

Monday, September 22, 2014

Essay Writing Day 2

Objective:  The students will write their body paragraphs.

login is student number   password is your birthday....  2/2/1965  (no zeros needed)

it will say 2012 homecoming, but it's 2014..
1.  Get your folders.
2.  Go over Study Guide and turn in for points.  Get the new study guide for 21-30.
3.  Write paragraphs 2 and 3 (the expository paragraphs for the stories).

Monte Cristo Chapters 21-22 (Dantes confronts (kinda) Caderousse).

Friday, September 19, 2014

If you are not getting into Monte Cristo.... Check your pulse!

Objective:  The students will write their first two paragraphs of their expository/argumentative essay.

1.  Get your lit books and folders.
2.  Discuss Chapters 16-17 (Those were GREAT chapters!!).  What does Dantes look like now?
3.  Discuss Writing Prompt and write your thesis that you are going to prove.  "Yes, but so"
4.  Write the intro (follow the inverted triangle format for a perfect intro)
5.  Write the first body paragraph (what paragraph would be most logical to put first?)

Homework:  read Chapters 18-20 (that's only 11 pages!!)  Sit by the pool, relax, read a GREAT book!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Don't tell me that you don't like to write!!! I know how much you guys text and stuff!

Objective:  The students will begin their second essay.  This one will be an expository/argumentative essay. 

1.  Get lit books and folders.  I KNOW IT'S HOT!!!  I am so sorry, but we have to work.
2.  Monte Cristo Quiz 13-15
3.  Finish "Long Way Home" assignment.
4.  Writing Prompt
5.  Write the intro paragraph.

Homework:  Chapters 16-17  Monte Cristo!  The Escape!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What "Archetype Hero" quality has Dantes met.... although he doesn't know it yet?

Objective:  The students will read a new story, with a different view of what the future may hold for us.

1.  Get folders.
2.  WP #9
3.  MC Quiz Chapters 11-12
4.  "Long Way Home" close reading and assignment.
5.  Monte Cristo Chapter 13.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I hope you had a great weekend.

Objective:  The students will continue working with specific word choice and connotation to change the tone/mood of a piece of literature.

1.  Get your folders and lit books please.  Turn in Syllabus if you have it today.
2.  WP #8
3.  Monte Cristo:  Chapters 11-20 Study Guide.  Discuss characters/actors for poster.
4.  Complete "The Pedestrian" assignment with one final paragraph tone change.
5.  Monte Cristo Chapters 11-12 and study guide.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Relax and Enjoy Your Weekend!

Objective:  The students will work with connotations and how words can create a perfect tone in writing.

1.  Get lit books and folder.  Turn in Signed Syllabus for 100 points.
2.  WP #7:  Connotations
3.  Discuss Monte Cristo Chapters 9-10
4.  The Pedestrian Activity
5. Complete "the Pedestrian" assignment.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Finish the exposition

Objective:  The students will work with "The Pedestrian" and then read Chapters 9-10 of Monte Cristo.

1.  Get folders and books
2.  WP #6
3.  MC Quiz/Discussion
4.  Complete "The Pedestrian" assignment:  Here is the link:  Handout
5.  Monte Cristo Chapters 9-10

Homework:  Print, Read and Sign Syllabus
 Download and sign Class Syllabus.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dantes is betrayed!

Objective:  The students will read the cautionary tale called "The Pedestrian."

Get lit books and Folders
1.  Chapter 4-6 Quiz
2.  Plot Notes
3.  Read "The Pedestrian"
4.  Complete "The Pedestrian" Assignment

Homework:  Monte Cristo Chapters 7-8 (only 12 pages).
Download and sign Class Syllabus.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

So Did You All Understand What Dantes Did, What He Has, and How He Might Get in Trouble?

Objective:  The students will prepare to read a cautionary story by Ray Bradbury that will be part of our next essay.

1.  Get Folders  (CORRECT VOCABULARY very quickly!)
2.  WP #5
3.  MC Quiz 1-3 and Discuss
4.  The Pedestrian Assignment (Before Reading)

Homework:  Read Chapters 4-6 of MC (19 more pages)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Well... The Essays Took Me a Bit Longer Than Expected!

Objective:  The students will be introduced to The Count of Monte Cristo and the Final Projects.

1.  WP for Period 4
2.  The Count of Monte Cristo Intro
3.  The Count of Monte Cristo Project Intros
4.  Monte Cristo Chapters 1-3
          Monte Cristo Study Guide Questions 1-10
5.  Complete "The Pedestrian" Vocabulary.

Homework:  Read those first three chapters.

Final Performance Tasks
Monte Cristo Soundtrack Project
Monte Cristo Movie Poster Project
Monte Cristo Theme Analysis Essay

Friday, September 05, 2014

Get Monte Cristo

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for two short stories.

Get Folders and literature book.  Staple paper together.  Put in white basket.

1.  Library Book Check
2.  WP (for period 4 or 5)
3.  The Pedestrian Vocab.

Bring Monte Cristo EVERY DAY!!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Essay... Due Tomorrow

Objective:  The students will share their first two body paragraphs and then complete the writing of the essay.  The paper will be turned in tomorrow.

1.  WP # _____
2.  Share one or two student essays.  Be brave... volunteer.
3.  Closing Paragraph Discussion:  Apply what you have proven to the "Bigger Picture."
4.  Finish Essay.  Read it and edit.  Print out.  Edit again.  Print it again for me.

Remember:  MLA.  Heading.  Title.  Double Space.

Bring ID Cards tomorrow to check out Monte Cristo

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Let's Write!

Objective:  The students will see some examples of how to start the essay and then write some of the body.

1.  Student Examples of Intros.
2.  Body Paragraphs:  How do you use a quote?  Quote Sandwich!
3.  Write Body.  Outline First the three body paragraphs/Topic Sentences.

Homework:  Complete at least paragraph 2 and 3 of the essay!  I will need more examples tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A New Visitor: Meet Mr. McDermott

Objective:  The students will begin writing their essays and will learn the easiest way to write an intro paragraph.

1.  Seating Chart
2.  Intro to Student Teacher:  Mr. McDermott
3.  Haiku and Google Docs
           User Name:  firstname+lastname+ last three digits of ID
           Password:  Welcome1 (first time, then change it)

This will get you into Google Docs where you can compose your essay.

4.  New essay prompt.
5.  How to start an essay.  The Inverted Triangle Format.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Already a 3 Day Weekend!

Objective:  The students will discuss "The Education of Frank McCourt" and how it could be used in their upcoming essay and then read two more short pieces that can also be used as info in their writing.

1.  WP #3  (Put folder and Lit book on desk with names on spine of each)
2.  Some Stuff to Address:
              a)  Food and Drinks Policy:  King Kids Against Cancer and Softball Game.
              b)  Trash and Cleanliness in class and around campus.
              c)  Outside Reading:  We will begin an outside book after Monte Cristo
3.  Discuss "The Education of Frank McCourt":  What influenced him to be what he became?
4.  "Home from the Heart" and "No Irish Need Apply"

Homework:  Relax and Watch Some Football!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First 100 Point Assignment Due

Objective:  The students will Close Read an article about the author of Typhoid Fever looking for things that will help them write the essay.

1.  Roll
2.  WP #2
3.  Discuss End Notes (Interpret, Extend, Challenge) from the reading.  Turn in for points.
4.  Close Read "The Education of Frank McCourt"

Typhoid Fever Packet 

Homework:  Folder, Lit Book and all supplies (except outside reading book) DUE TOMORROW!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today is gonna be crazy at lunch!

Objective:  The students will finish Close Reading of Typhoid Fever by doing the three Higher Level Reading Skills and begin reading the article about the author.

1.  Roll
2.  WP #1
3.  Angela's Ashes Higher Level Reading Skills
4.  Begin Reading "The Education of Frank McCourt"

Homework:  Just get those supplies ready for Friday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Did you do your homework?

Objective:  The students will discuss the writing prompt for the essay we will complete with this piece of literature and then complete Close Reading of "Typhoid Fever"

1.  Roll
2.  Webpage Quiz
3.  Discuss Writing Prompt
4.  Go over pages 5-7 of "Typhoid Fever" and vocabulary.
5.  Complete Close Reading of story.

Homework:  Finish Close Reading for points tomorrow.  Due at the beginning of class.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day Sophomores!

Objective:  The students will begin their first CLOSE READ of the first piece of lit that we will discuss and write about this year.

1.  Sit anywhere (where you will be tempted to be a screwball).
2.  Intro and Roll.
3.  Supplies Needed ASAP.
4.  Close/Active Reading Notes
5.  "Typhoid Fever" Close Read

Homework:  Go to my website. and read all info.  There will be a quiz on it tomorrow.

1.      One inch three-ring binder
2.      5 dividers:  Handouts, W.P.s, Notes, Assignments, Tests/Quizzes
3.      Highlighters
4.      Blue or Black Pens
5.      Pencils for tests
6.      Outside Book from Honors Book List
7.  Bring Your Lit Book with a Cover to store in class

Friday, June 06, 2014

Last Full Day with You Guys! I'm Bummed!

Objective:  The students will show that they read and understood their outside books.

Get your folders.  Take them home (or out of this room).  If you leave it in here, I will minus 1454 points from your grade.

1.  If you are sure that you finished the whole book, bring it up, put your report inside it, and lay it on the desk by me.  Put your name on the inside of the book.

2.  I will read it, then call you up.

3.  Movie continue.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Three Days til Book Report!

Objective:  The students who are done reading their outside books will watch the Americanized Modern Version of LOTF (edited) while the others will rush to read their outside book (I am going to ask the hardest questions ever, so read the whole book and do not skim or use Spark Notes).

1.  Video or read.
2.  Work on Book Report. 
3.  Return LOTF at assigned times.

Note:  If anyone plagiarizes this last assignment, I will fail you at semester no matter what your grade is at this point of time!  Even if you have a 104%.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Book Report!!! Last thing you have to do!!

Objective:  The students will show that they read and understood all elements of LOTF by passing the final LOTF test.

1.  Outside Reading Book Pages and Final Book Check/Approval.
2.  LOTF Test (300 points).  Use Number 2 Pencil.
3.  Bring LOTF tomorrow in order to return.  Bring any other books you need to return too.

Movie Tomorrow and Friday.  Thursday you have a sub and you will write 4 poems about the dead of LOTF.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Thanks to all of you who donated!! My students alone donated $1070 to the American Cancer Society!

Objective:  The students will present the last chapter of LOTF and prepare for tomorrow's test.

1.  Chapter 12 Presentation.

Book Report Due Friday!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tomorrow: Last Day for Extra Credit! Softball Game for Cancer. Come out and WIN a cool prize.

This Year's Raffle Prizes

Two Great seats at a Dodger Game
Two View Seats at an Angel Game
Two Free Passes to Knott's Berry Farm
Two Passes Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Two Free Rounds with cart at Glen Ivy
Two Free Rounds with cart at Glen Ivy
Two Free Rounds at Jurupa Hills
Two Free Rounds at Indian Hills
Four Free Brunches at Taps Fish House and Brewery
Two Night Stay at Aquarius Resort Laughlin
$100 in Tutoring at My Learning Studio
Two Night Stay at Avi Resort in Laughlin
Four Mission Grove Theater Passes
$50 in Merchandise from Wal Mart
Two Whale Watching Passes from Davey's Locker
One Half Day Deep Sea Fishing from Davey's Locker
One night stay and Buffet from Morongo Resort
Two Night Stay South Point Las Vegas with dinner
Four Tickets for Wild Child at Fox Theater
Four tickets for Don McLean at Fox Theater
Four tickets for Happy Together Tour at Fox Theater
Four Tickets for Beatles vs Stones at Fox Theater
$10 Gift Card to Cheesecake Factory
$10 Gift Card to Cheesecake Factory
Thirty 30 minute passes to Sky Zone
Two Concert Tickets to Hollywood Bowl
Two Night Stay at Four Queens Las Vegas
Family Pass to Fiesta Village

And over $2000 in electronics
Two Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablets
Two Kindle Fire Tablets
One Go Pro Hi-Def Extreme Video Camera
Two Samsung Chromebook Computers
Three 32 Inch LED Televisions

Chapter 11 Presentation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If you borrowed a LOTF Book from me can I have it back???

Objective:  The students will discuss Chapter 10 and its use of Comic relief.

1.  Chapter 10 Presentation
2.  Read Chapter 11 (Poor Piggy!)

Outside Book:  Due next Friday!!! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Good Luck today Softball!

Remember:  Friday is your last chance for Extra Credit!!!!  Seniors, Staff and Softball Against Cancer game at 3 PM on JV Softball Field.  FREE!!!  Come out and win a great prize for donating.

1.  Chapter 9 Group.
2.  Read Chapter 10

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wow Softball! Yuo didn't play very nice yesterday!

Objective:  The students will continue teaching one another about the important aspects and development in LOTF.

1.  5 minutes to prep.
2.  Chapter 8 Presentation
3.  Read Chapter 9

Note:  We will present Chapter 9 on Tuesday so that we can finish the book next Friday.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Some very good presentations so far!

Objective:  The students will continue teaching one another about the important aspects and development in LOTF.

1.  5 minutes to prep.
2.  Chapter 7 Presentation
3.  Read Chapter 8

Note:  We will present Chapter 9 on Tuesday so that we can finish the book next Friday.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Period 3 Presentersgave a CLINIC on how to present yesterday! Let's seee if someone can match them!

Objective:  The students will present their chapters.  Other groups will listen respectfully and ask questions and participate in discussion of chapters.

1.  Allow 5-10 minutes for set up.
2.  Presentation (Hints:  Speak loudly, smoothly and clearly).  Take your time and relax.If someone asks a question, think it out and answer.  If you don't know the answer, that's OK, I will help with that.
3.  Chapter 7 reading after presentation.

Essays Back:  Graded by 11th Grade AP Students using an AP Nine Point Rubric (attached to your paper).  5-9 is passing.  4 and below is not.

AP Scale:  9=100, 8=95,  7=91, 6=85, 5=80 , 4=75, 3= 70, 2=65, 1=60

My points will be 10 points higher.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Presentations

Objective:  The students will present their chapters.  Other groups will listen respectfully and ask questions and participate in discussion of chapters.

1.  Allow 5-10 minutes for set up.
2.  Presentation (Hints:  Speak loudly, smoothly and clearly).  Take your time and relax.If someone asks a question, think it out and answer.  If you don't know the answer, that's OK, I will help with that.
3.  Chapter 6 reading after presentation.

Monday, May 19, 2014

I bet you missed me!

Objective:  The students will discuss the important details of Chapter 4 of LOTF with the teacher and then go on to chapter 5 (and presenters will make sure that they are ready for tomorrow).

1.  LOTF Quiz Chapters 3-4
2.  CST 26
3.  Discuss chapter 4
4.  Chapter 5

Outside Books are coming quickly!  June 6.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

LOTF Chapter 3

Good Morning!!!

Objective:  The students will complete a dialectic journal for Chapter 3 all by themselves without any help from me.

1.  Dialectic Journal for Chapter 3.  Complete your own.  And we will compare your's to mine afterward.

2.  Turn in Chapters 1-3 Dialectic for 100 points.

4.  Read Chapter 4 Tonight.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hello everyone!

Objective:  The students will discuss the important plot and character developments of chapter 2.

1.  No CST Today.
2.  Chapter 2 Quiz
3.  Discuss Group Project Requirements
4.  Chapter 2 Dialectic

Outside Book due June 6.  Don't forget!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lord of the Flies Groups picked.

Objective:  The students will see how to complete a Dialectic Journal for Lord of the Flies.

1.  CST #25
2.  LOTF Quiz Chapter 1
3.  LOTF Dialectic Journal

4.  Chapter 2

Dialectic Sample Link: 

Sample Dialectic Journal

Monday, May 12, 2014

Our Last Book!

Objective:  The students will know important background information before beginning chapter 1 of LOTF.

Get lit book and folder:

1.  Hand in essay to red basket.
2.  CST #___
3.  Book Checkout and return
4.  Intro Notes
5.  Rad Chapter 1 for quiz and discussion tomorrow.

Friday, May 09, 2014

OK We have spent a week on it. So Finish!

Objective:  The students will finish writing the essay, type it up, edit and publish.

1.  If you need me to read anything, let me know.
2.  It is due TYPED MLA on Monday.

 Bring Night and Lit Books on Monday to return to library.  WE have one last book to go before we're done.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Write it up!

Objective:  The students will finish the essay.

1.  Complete the essay.  Type it.
2.  Due Monday.  And no I won't take it late.  You guys are getting bad about late work.

Lord of the Flies starts Monday

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

How will you convince me? You have to set up a good argument!

Objective:  The students will continue organizing their paper.  Then they will start writing.

1.  Get all your stuff for the essay.
2.  I am purposely not telling you my thoughts on this issue for a reason.  Or how I would argue my point.  I want to to have original ideas and put them into your own argument.

But, here is the way that I would do it:

1.  Think of 3 things that someone who thinks opposite of me would use for their argument.  3 solid things that they would say that would prove their point.  These would be my three CONS that would be my body paragraphs.  Then I would figure out my PROS and refutations that would "SHOOT DOWN" their ideas.

It is actually pretty simple if you look at it that way.  SO GET BUSY.  If I see you wasting time, then it's due Friday.  And we will do something else tomorrow.  YOUR CHOICE.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I know that you can argue verbally, now do it in writing!

Objective:  The students will know how to set up an argumentative essay, see a good one, and then begin to pre-write their essay.

1.  Notes on Argumentative Essay
2.  See a greatargument
3.  Write your thesis
4.  Come up with 3 of the opposing views points
5.  Come up with your opposing point
6.  Come up with your proof (refutation)
7.  Write your intro

Monday, May 05, 2014

No I didn't grade the tests yet!

Objective:  The students will read two articles to use as evidence in this week's essay.

1.  Get the packet.
2.  Read both articles.  Highlight information that you can use in the essay to prove your thesis.

We will begin writing tomorrow.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Ahhhh!!! The weekend!

Objective:  The students will show that they know Night by passing the test.

1.  Turn in your Haiku (typed only!).

2.  Get Test and Answer sheet.  Complete MC and Characters on the back.

3.  Do NOT write on the Test. 

Read some outside book.  The other classes are almost done with LOTF.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Night Due. Test tomorrow.

Good Morning!

Objective:  The students will discuss (in an Extra Credit Game-lke Situation) all parts of Night as a review for tomorrow's test.

Info:  Last Book Report:  June 6.    And NO MORE EXTRA CREDIT...  Except....

1.  Put your packet in this order:

a)  Characters
b)  Vocab
c)  Study Questions
d)  Themes
e)  Social Commentary

2.  Extra Credit Discussion Game:  Left Side V Right Side
3.  Night Final Tomorrow.  Do Not return book.  We will use it for an essay next week.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Post for my Social Media Assignment

I do not have an Instagram, Vine  or a Snapchat account, but I do have and use Youtube, Flickr and Vimeo.

At the end of the year, I assign the students a very simple final project.  The directions are straight forward:  Show me what you have learned this year in my class.

This is an example of what one group did last year.  It was an A.

And on the post below, is a Youtube video that I use to promote my game at the end of the year.

Test Day 2

Objective:  Students will complete all of Night.

1.  Finish any reading or activities for Night.  Packet is due on Thursday.  You will turn them in all together, but you will receive seperate grades for each part.  500 points.  If any part is plagiarized, you fail all parts!
2.  Haiku are due typed on Friday.
3.  Night Test is on Friday.

We have one week between books.  Finish your outside book during that time!!!!

And don't forget the meeting tomorrow for seniors interested in playing in the Seniors, Staff and Softball Against Cancer Game.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Testing Days:Same "plan" for both days.

Objective:  Students will complete all of Night.

1.  Finish any reading or activities for Night.  Packet is due on Thursday.
2.  Haiku are due typed on Friday.
3.  Night Test is on Friday.

We have one week between books.  Finish your outside book during that time!!!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Be GREAT for the sub!!

Objective:  The students will complete reading all parts of Night and complete all activities.

1.  Let the sub take roll.
2.  We have two Chapters of Night left.  They are very short.  Finish reading and complete all parts of assignment:

a)  vocab
b)  chapter questions
c)  character list
d)  Themes Development
e)  Social Commentary Development

f)  Haiku

If sub sees that you are not working, your packet is due tomorrow (even if I don't have your class).  If you work, it will be due on Wednesday.  DO NOT COPY OR CHEAT ON ANT PART OF THIS ASSIGNMENT.  IF I CATCH YOU....  I WILL FAIL YOU AT THE SEMESTER!!!

Oh and have a great day!  Miss you.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Reading Night.... If you don't want to go hug your parents afterward....

Objective:  The students will demonstrate that they can identify 10 symbols in a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

1.  Get folders and lit books
2.  CST
3.  Read Story.
4.  Group Quiz:  Try to identify and explain 10 symbols in groups of 3-4.

Homework:  Take the weekend off of Night (hug your parents!) and do some outside reading.  Have a great, safe weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I was so impressed with the discussions I heard yesterday! You guys are learning to think deeply!

Objective:  The students will PROVE what the main symbols are in "The Beginning of Grief."

1.  Get folders.  Look at Caesar Newspaper grades so you can yell them out to me to put in the computer.
2.  Night Chapter 6 Quiz
3.  10 more minutes to look at story and find specifics to PROVE your thoughts on the symbols.
4.  Night Chapter 7

If I haven't told you lately...  I appreciate all of you!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good afternoon to my favorite class!!!!

Objective:  Students will read a short story with one of the most creative and moving symbol that I have ever read.

1.  Get folders:  CST 22
2.  We are going to take a day off of Night.  Feel free to work on any parts up to chapter 6 that you are behind (Theme and Social Commentary).

3.  Get the story "The Beginning of Grief" and the handout.

4.  Look over the questions first.  Then read the story.  Remember you are going to be asked to "PROVE IT" when I ask you about the responses you have to the questions, so as you read, look for specifics that will help you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What would you do if you were in Elizer's place?

Objective:  The students will discuss Sections 4 and 5.  Then continue working on Section 6.

1.  Get your folders please.
2.  Night CST #21 (yes we are gonna do 10 more)
3.  Quiz Sections 4-5
4.  Continue Section 6.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend.

Objective:  The students will continue working with Night.

1.  Would anyone like to share their symbol?  Anyone especially happy with your "deep" creativity?
2.  Night Chapter 5 and all activities.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blank pages... Time to create.

Objective:  The students will create their own personal symbol in writing.

1.  Get your folders.
2.  Discuss the ten symbols using SPECIFIC DETAIL from the text.
3.  Create your symbol.  Use proper writing rules (have paragraphs, dialogue if needed, etc.)

Have a great weekend.  Relax.  Maybe read some outside book.  Take the weekend off of Night.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The sun is breaking through the mist!

Objective:  The students will complete symbol analysis and read Chapter 4 of Night.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  Complete symbol analysis of "Through the Tunnel"
3.  Read and complete all activities with Night Chapter 4. 

Tomorrow:  Know what concrete thing you want to develop into an abstract personal symbol.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue skies!!!!

Objective:  The students will finish reading the story and analyze all of its symbols.

1. Get lit book and folder.
2. CST 20 (turn in Packet 11-20)
3. Finish story from page 404 and complete symbol analysis.
4. Complete more of Night Chapter 4

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Good Morning!

Objective:  The students will read 1/2 of a story that contains both public and personal symbols.

1.  Get your lit book and folder.
2.  Abstract and Concrete Review
3.  CST #19
4.  Quiz on Chapter 3
5.  Read 1/2 of Through the Tunnel
6.  Night Chapter 4

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wifi now needs a password.... RUSDlearns is it.

Objective:  The students will learn the two types of symbols that authors use and how to figure out if something is a symbol.

1.  CST:  # ___
2.  Symbol Notes
3.  Complete Chapter 3 of Night and all work associated with it.  Don't forget the Haiku!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend.... Relax

Objective:  The students will show knowledge of Chapters 1-2 of Night and continure reading/working with Chapter 3.

1.  CST 17
2.  Chapter 1-2 Quiz
3.  Discuss "Faction"
4.  Chapter 3 (working on all 6 parts of the assignment).

Have a great SAFE weekend!  Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What is social commentary?

Objective:  Students will read the Preface of Night and identify the social commentary that will be addressed in the book.

1.  CST 16
2.  Social Commentary:  Preface.
3.  Read Chapter 2 and work on your self created study guides.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Book checkout, teacher tirade, then read a chapter.

Objective:  The students will understand how MAD I am about the lack of Academic Integrity by MOST students in this class.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Night Checkout.  Go to back library window.  ID Card holders first.  Others behind.
3.  CST #___
4.  Active Reading of Policy.  Highlight key information, new information that you didn't know.  White a GIST statement for each section.
5.  Tirade then Video
6.  Read Chapter 1 and complete Night Unit Requirements for that chapter.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sometimes there is a screwup... and we can get pissed off about it... or we can adapt. We will adapt!

Objective:  The students will watch an Oprah interview with Elie Weisel about his experience at Auschwitz, the Nazi Death Camp.

1.  Keep LOTF Vocabulary in your folder for a couple weeks, until we have enough books to begin the unit.
2.  Get out a piece of paper.  Title it Night Intro Notes.
3.  Watch the interview with the author.  As you watch, jot down a minimum of 10 facts, quotes, observances or details that you may use in a later essay.  (Minimum of 10, but feel free to find more.)

I am sorry about the LOTF mix up, but it wasn't my fault!!!!!!!  We will start it as soon as we can.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for reading the first part of LOTF.

1.  Your book reports are graded.  Get them.  Your 3ed quarter grade is due today at 3 PM.  Check Aeries to be sure that I have everything correct.

2.  LOTF Chapters 1-5 Vocab.

3.  LOTF Book Check Out and Reading tomorrow.

Friday, March 28, 2014

And the Roman Papers are DUE!

Objective:  The students will complete any final work on Newspapers.

1.  Finish up.
2.  Turn in.

Have a great break!  See you in a week!

Note:  We start Lord of the Flies when we get back.  If you want to buy it and Active Read it for Extra Credit, try to have it by MOnday.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Objective:  The students will continue writing, organizing and printing their newspaper for tomorrow's deadline of THE END OF THE PERIOD of your class.

1.  Remember:  And article in a newspaper answers 6 Essential Questions:  Who, What, Where, When, How and Why?  All articles must have a "byline" (which says By Joe Blow).

2.  Remember:  Your paper NEEDS to LOOK like a newspaper like the back board samples.

If you are going to be absent tomorrow (as I hear many of you are going to be... Lough), your paper and your contribution is due.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Newsroom 3

Objective:  The students will use knowledge of play and SOME CREATIVITY to create a Roman Newspaper.

1.  How am I gonna grade these?  Well based on effort that I have seen the last two days by many groups....  I have decided to grade like this...

I will pick the best.  It gets an A.
I will pick the worst:  It gets an F.

The rest will fall in between.  A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, D-.  So you have two chances against the rest of the class for an A. 

Let's see if that motivates you!  :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Newsroom 2

Objective:  The students will continue producing their Roman Newspaper.

1.  If you need to take the test.  Do it.
2.  If I need to see your book.  Bring it up.
3.  If you need the Roman Newspaper Instructions.  Get it up here.
4.  Continue work on newspapers.  I have some samples of real ones on the back with things you need labeled.

Remember:  This project should look like a GROUP worked on it for 5 days.  If it is just thrown together, expect a grade that represents that effort.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Roman Newsroom this week!

Objective:  The students will work collaboratively to create a Roman Newspaper that shows how much we learned from reading of the play.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  Put Book Reports and Outside Book on your desk.
3.  Discuss Project.
4.  Get in groups of 4 or less.  This is your "news team."
5.  Discuss who will do what.  Everyone must write at least one "article" for your paper.  It all will be typed.

I will call you up one at a time for oral questions. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I have a FEVER so I will be out tomorrow....

Objective:  The students will identify Shakespeare's use of poetic devices in JC.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  Tomorrow is the JC test (300 points).  Take home your notes and all 5 Act Reviews and look them over.
3.  Alliteration, Assonance and Personification Handout

Be good for sub tomorrow. 

Note:  Although I know that you are all done with your book reports, DO NOT TURN THEM IN TO THE SUB.  Bring the report and book on Monday.

Monday we begin the JC Newspaper Group Project which will take a week in class to do.  It will all be typed, so if you want to bring a typing device, that would be smart.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

So CHSEE is over

Period 5:

Turn in
1)  Note Packet (make it easy for me to count 18 perfectly marked highlights.
2)  Act V review

Get and complete JC whole play review....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


5th Period Only:

1.  I want all papers in the "Graded Folder" in you folders by end of period.  You Research Papers are graded!

2.  Complete Act V Review and JC Note Packet.  I will collect both tomorow.

3.  Book Report.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Let this day end what the Ides of March started.....

Congratulations to everyone who dressed up Friday.  I had the most students ever participate... 147 of you.  Now just watch what those points do to your grade...  I will have 100 kids with an A+ this quarter (If you complete the book report!)

1.  Notes
2.  Finish play
3.  Complete Act IV Review if you have not yet.  Turn in.

Book Report Friday!

Friday, March 14, 2014

You guys look awesome!

Objective:  The students will begin reading the final act (reslution) of JC.

1.  Notes
2.  Read a bit
3.  Newspaper Card/Read/Money for King
4.  Complete Act IV Review

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tomorrow is Dress Up Day!!

Objective:  The students will complete reading of Act IV and complete Act IV Review and Translation.

1.  Go over notes from yesterday.
2.  Read from 843 to end of Act
3.  Act IV Review

Dress Up Day.  Tomorrow.  Remember....  If I see any American clothing (other than shoes) you will get NO POINTS!  You must be Roman from top to Bottom!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thanks for being such great kids while I am out! I know sometimes I don't show it... But you guys are awesome!

Objective:  The students will complete some reading of Act IV:3.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  CST #14
3.  Act IV: 3 Notes
4.  Read Act IV:3 from 838-843 (I have a student picked in each class to be me.  Listen carefully to what they have to say...)
5.  Complete any of the following:   a)  Act III Review
                                                      b)  Act III and IV Storyboard
                                                      c)  Outside Book (that report is due in 9 days.  Active Reading:      Highlights and Notes/Character Page/3 Chapter Notes)

See you tomorrow.  Good luck BB tonight.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I need someone to be me tomorrow... I know it will be hard, but who wants to do it?

Objective:  The students will review Act III and read a little bit of Act IV.

1.  Get folders and lit book.
2.  CST #13
3.  Notes
4.  Read Act IV: 1-2 (very short reading today.
5.  Act III Review.

How are those togas/tunics coming along?  Are you ready?

And that book?  11 more days!

Monday, March 10, 2014

That was one busy weekend! Good job King in all sports, Theater, Cheer and Pom, and evryone else!

Objective:  The students will read Act III:2, which is the key scene of the play.  The Turning Point!

1.  Notes
2.  Read Act III:2 and 3
3.  Pass back all work in the returned work folder.

Outside Book:  You now have 12 days.  Due Friday March 21st.

Don't forget Extra Credit Ides of March (minus one) Dress Day on Friday.

Here is the POwer POint Link.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Good luck basketball tomorrow. And cheer/pom/dance at Nationals.

Objective:  The students will read and understand Act II:1 of JC.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  CST 12
3.  Notes
4.  Read
5.  Translation 3

Homework:  Outside Book.  2 weeks from today (if you are going to miss for soccer... it's due on Thursday before.)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Poor Caesar!!

Objective:  The students will read up to Caesar's death.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  CST
3.  Notes
4.  Read from 807
5.  Ides of March (minus 1) Dress Up Day Power Point

Homework:  Outside Reading:  Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock ......

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This meeting that I am at right now is TORTURE!!!!!

Objective:  The students will complete Act II Vocabulary and Act I-II Story Board.

1.  Complete Act II Review (both sides).  Remember the table needs 5 specific details to support your rating.
2.  Complete Story Board bottom three squares for Act II.  Remember you need a drawing, word bubble, setting, mood, and description.
3.  Outside Read:  No I am not getting points today.... so bring it tomorrow (Jenna!)

See you tomorrow!  Be good for Coach Greenwalt.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Research Papers: I got 3 classes done yesterday. Sorry Period 4 and 5. But if you think about it, I read 105 papers, each about 5 pages long, so yesterday I read and marked up over 500 pages in 12 hours. That's all the reading you have to do in a semester. So give me a little more time...

Objective:  The students will review Act II and go over the soliloquy translation.

1.  Get lit books and folders.
2.  Go over yesterday's scenes that you read without me.  Add additional notes to timeline.
3.  Go over yesterday's soliloquy.  See how you did without my help.  Make changes if necessary.
4.  Act II Review.

Homework:  Outside book.  I read 500 pages yesterday...  How far are you?

Monday, March 03, 2014

I am just down the hall if you need anything.

Objective:  The students will finish reading Act II as if I were here.

1.  Turn in Vocab.  Staple all sheets together.  Proper Heading and all.
2.  CST # ___
3.  Notes
4.  Read then fill in blanks on notes.
5.  Act II Soliloquy Translation (If the sub sees a phone being used, you fail the assignment).

Homework:  Outside book is due in 18 days.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Turn in Next Year's Registration Day: I hope you didn't forget!

Objective:  The students will read Act II:2 and get a glimpse of Caesar's arrogance.

1.  Get out lit books and folders.  And your Registration Sheet.
2.  Go to Counselor's Office and do what you need to do.  Take your outside book with you and read while you're waiting.
3.  Copy Act II:2 Notes
4.  Read Act II:2

Have a great weekend.  It is perfect weather to cozy up in a blanket, put on some jammies and slippers... And read!  HAAAAAA!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I will miss you.... HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for Act III of JC.

1.  Get your folders and lit books (some of the words are in the book in the right margin)
2.  Get all three sheets of paper for vocabulary (I messed up).
3.  Complete vocab.  Do everything we always do.  Due tomorrow at the end of the period.

Be good for Coach Greenwalt. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today we have to read a lot... I am out again tomorrow at a meeting!

Objective:  The students will read and discuss Act II: 1.

1.  Notes
2.  Read
3.  Visualize Power Point
4.  Notes
5.  Read

Book Check today:  25 points!!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Good morning (afternoon for period 5)

Objective:  The students will read some of Act II, up to where Brutus makes his decision and joins the conspiracy.

1.  Get folders and lit books.  Sign up for roles.
2.  CST #9
3.  Act II:1 Notes
4. Read Act II:1 up to page 788.
5.  JC Act I-II Story Board

Homework:  read.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Does everyone have their outside book? We will see....

Objective:  The students will complete reading Act I today of JC.

1.  Get your folder and lit books. (sign up for extra credit roles)
2.  Turn in your Soliloquy TRanslation #1
3.  Act I:3 Notes
4.  Read Act I:3
5.  Act I Review

Homework:  Outside Reading Book

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gonna use today to catch Period 1 up with the rest of us.

Objective:  The students will read the end of Act I:2 and complete the first soliloquy translation.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  CST #8 (Period 1 just write FREE POINTS)
3.  Notes on Act I:2
4.  Read Act I:2
5.  Soliloquy Translation #1 (100 points)

\Homework:  READ, READ, READ.  You have only about 4 weeks of no homework, then we start LOTF and you will have it again!)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Yesterday's "Drill" has thrown my plans off!

Objective:  The students will continue read Act I of JC.

1.  Get folders and books.  Sign up for extra credit roles.
1.5  CST#7
2.  Notes
3.  Read Act I:2
4.  Outside Book (I want your outside book here with you each day from now until March 21.  I need to see that you are reading the book.  I will have a random 100 point day sometime in the future.  100 points if you have it here, 0 if you don't).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congratulations to Villanova University's new Verbal commit Jordan Olivarez! And Thanks for the cools shirt!

Objective:  The students will read the beginning of the play and understand the "internal conflict" that the Roman commoners have.

Get Lit books and folders.Sign up for extra credit roles/reading.

1.  Correct vocab and turn in.
2.  CST #6
3.  Julius Caesar Act I Notes
4.  Read Act I:1

Homework:  Outside Book

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Julius Caesar Official Start Today

Objective:  The students will know important information and vocabulary for reading of ct I.

1.  Please get your folders.  Turn in your research paper (put the name of your editor on the top).
2.  CST #
3.  Julius Caesar Timeline Notes
4.  Act I Vocabulary

Homework:  Outside Book:  Book Report 3 is due  March 21.  Are you reading or are you going to wait until the last minute?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I am so happy to be back! That was a trip from heck!

Objective:  Students will complete any assignment from the last three sub days for full credit.

This is what I was stuck in for two days.

1.  Make up and turn in any work from the last three days for full credit.
2.  Turn in final copy of Research Paper (all parts:  Intro - Works Cited):  Put the name of your "main" editor on the first sheet.  Everyone should have their name on a paper!!
3.  Outside Book.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Last Day to make it perfect!

Objective:  The students will use this last day to present their entire paper to their editor for final peer edit.

1.  Get your entire paper (from Anecdotal intro through Works Cited page out for final edit and 50 points.
2.  Give paper to editor.  Spend all period looking at the following...
  • format.  heading, header, margins, spacing, citations, parenthetical citations and works cited.
  • writing:  grammar, thesis, info (did they prove their thesis?  Is there enough info?  Does each paragraph have a citation?  Are paragraphs began properly?
3.  Your final draft (after editing and revising) is due to me on Thursday of next week. 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Part IV: The Conclusion and Works Cited

Objective:  The students will learn how to conclude their research paper and make a works cites page using

1.  Show me part 3 for 50 points.
2.  Edit Part 3.  Editors:  Make sure that EACH paragraph of information has a citation (either a sentence citation or a parenthetical).
3.  Part IV:  The closing:  It is one paragraph:  Either aplly what you have proven to "the bigger picture" (which is the future, or all people, etc.)
                   The Works Cited page.:  Use  Watch me for example.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Part III: Prove your thesis. Facts, Specifics, Quotes... and Cite!

Objective:  The students will use this period to write Part III of their paper.

1.  CST #4
2.  Write Part III (Due tomorrow for 50 points and editing)

Homework:  Finish Part III.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Felling Much Better! :)

Objective:  The students will peer edit Part II of the research paper.

1.  CST #3
2.  Get out the Part II Typed section of your paper for 50 points.
3.  Discuss my sample and the notes that I made on it.
4.  Peer Edit:  Make sure there are citations, parenthetical citations, etc.  NOTE:  Wikipedia is NOT A SOURCE!!!  Why did I come in today and see Wikipedia in this computer's history?
5.  Begin work on Part III.  It will be due on Thursday.

Monday, February 03, 2014

I am sick.... cough, cough... So be good.

Objective:  The students will complete Part II of the Research Paper.

1.  Get sample. Read it while the sub takes roll.
2.  Look over the sample and the notes that I wrote on it.  This is the Bio Section of your paper.
3.  It should be about 1-2 pages of background info.  You must cite your source.

This is DUE TYPED AND PRINTED TOMORROW!!!!  50 points or NO points.

Have a good day!  I will see you tomorrow.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Peer Editing Day I

Good Morning! 

Objective:  The students will peer edit Part I of the Research Paper.

1.  Get out (or print out) your Anecdotal Intro.
2.  Look at some samples on the big screen.

How to edit:  It is worth 30 points for writing and 30 points for format.

Format:  10 for heading/header.  10 for spacing.  10 for margins.  If any part is wrong= 0

Writing:  Anecdote:  if good, give them 20.   Thesis:  10. 

Find and circle all mistakes.

How start looking through your printed info and highlight all info that will go into the Bio section.

NOTE:  If your essay copies the order and format of your source... that is plagiarism.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Writing Part I

Objective:  The students will see an awesome example of an anecdotal intro and then they will write their own.

1.  Get folder, writing prompt and all info from research.
2.  Discuss Part I:  Anecdotal Intro: 

Anecdote:  A short story that has a point.

Heading:  Margins:  Header:

3.  Write and type Part I:  Due tomorrow for Peer Editing;  If you don't have it, you can not edit, you lose 50 points and fall behind everyone else.  (NO LATE PAPERS WILL GET POINTS BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO DO IT!)

If I see phones used for anything bird related, it is mine for the day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Research Day II

Good Morning Everyone...

Sorry I got a little frustrated with some of you by the end of the day yesterday, but it just seems like I am talking to myself in the classroom lately.  Here is an example of just one of the ridiculous questions that I answered yesterday:

Brett:  "Mr. Warren, would Rosa Parks be a good subject for the paper?"
Me:  "What?  Brett... What's the title of the research paper you're working on?"
Brett:  "I don't know."

So, for that reason.  If I see a phone out while I am talking, for ANY reason, I will take it (yes, I know that I am not allowed to... TRY ME!).  And I will give it back after we call your parents on it!

Objective:  Students will complete Day II of research for POY for 2013.

Note:  What do you want to have by the end of the day:
1)  Information for "History or Bio Section" on your person. (1-2 pages of info)
2)  2013 information for the bulk of your paper. (2-4 pages of info)
3)  3 sources of info.  (one a periodical)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Research Day 1: So who did you pick?

Objective:  The students will begin initial research on the POY.

1.  Turn in Man in the Water
2.  Discuss Person you chose.
3.  Discuss "Credible Source"
4.  Discuss EBSCO site for printed periodical.
5.  Library.

Homework:  I have not approved all outside books yet.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A New Week!

Objective:  The students will synthesize (combine two or more things to create a new, complex thing) the opinions presented in "The Man in the Water" and "Nothing Man" into an intro paragraph for their research paper.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Discuss Nothing Man
3.  Go over Research Paper Writing Prompt
4.  Complete "Man in the Water" questions to turn in tomorrow.

Tomorrow and Wednesday we will be in the library.  KNOW WHO YOU ARE GOING TO RESEARCH!!

Friday, January 24, 2014


Objective:  The students will analyze (look deeply and carefully at) an awesome, but also very ambiguous poem.

1.  Get folders.
2.  CST #2
3.  Poem Analyze Activity:  AMBIGUOUS= No clear meaning or interpretation. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Man in the Water... Probably my favorite essay ever.

Objective:  The students will analyze the essay titled "Man in the Water."

1.  Discuss Reading for the semester.  New students:  Book List is there.  THERE WILL BE NO BOOKS ACCEPTED THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST UNLESS OK BY ME!!! 

2.  Paragraph Writing:  Using yesterday's notes.  Write a PERFECT informational paragraph using your notes that you took yesterday.  Perfect = 10 Extra Credit Points.

3.  Go over vocabulary words.

4.  Active Read the Essay and answer questions on attached page.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Who would you name Person of the Year for 2013? Start thinking!

Objective:  The students will read a GREAT essay and see two short videos about a man and what he does to become a hero.

1.  Get folders and Lit Book.  Clean out everything.  You may want to save notes and book report sample and book list.  DO NOT TOSS YESTERDAY's VOCAB!
2.  CST #1
3.  Correct Vocab.
4.  Video Notes
5.  Read the essay on page 272 and the Black Box transcript.

Outside Book:  Same requirements as First Semester.  We will not read a class novel until after Julius Caesar, so you have plenty of time to read a decent sized book.  We will read 2 novels the last quarter... so choose carefully.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Semester

Objective:  The students will know important vocab for this week's literature and for the research paper.

1.  Sit anywhere.
2.  Get folders
3.  Discuss "Grade"
4.  Vocab. ass.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Report II

Good morning.

1.  Yes, you can print your report. 
2.  Get book and report out and ready to be called up for Oral Question.
3.  Remember the 3 things that I am looking for in the AR.
4.  Final Study Guide:  I went through the District Final.  It's CRAZY LONG.  I made a list of all things that are on the test.

How the Final Works:   A on the Final:  Grade up 3%
                                     B on the Final: Grade up  1%
                                     C on the Final:  Grade stays the same
                                     D on the Final: Grade down 1%
                                      F on the Final: Grade down 3%

So you study as you see fit.