Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tacky Tourist Day

Objective:  The students will complete the story and begin the characterization chart.

1.  Get folders and lit books.
2.  Quiz
3.  WP
4.  Notes
5.  Finish Story

Homework:  Chapter 25 only

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Homecoming Week: Day 2

Objective:  The students will learn about all the types of characters in lit.

1.  Get folders.  And a lit book from the back.
2.  Correct Vocabulary and turn in for points
3.  Monte Cristo Chapters 21-22 and Study Guide
4.  Character Notes
5.  Everyday Use reading :  Page 77 (ten minutes)

Read Chapters 23-24 and find out how Mr. Morrel, the one person who tried to help Dantes, is doing.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Homecoming Week!! Starts Today!!

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


1.  Get folders.
2.  Turn in essay.
3.  Get both handouts.
4.  Complete Vocabulary assignment.

Homework:  Read Monte Cristo Chapters 21-22.  These are VERY COOL chapters....  A strange white guy shows up at Caderouse's inn....  and it gets pretty intense!

Vote for Homecoming:
Login: Student ID
Password:  Birthday with zeros meaning July 1, 1999 is 07/01/1999

Friday, September 25, 2015

What is Dantes' Escape a Symbol of?

Objective:  The students will work in groups to figure out what The Escape symbolizes.

1.  Get with a group of 3-4 kids.

2.  Brainstorm:  What is Dantes' Escape a symbol for?

Symbol:  Something physical (an object, an action, a place, a name, or dialogue) that represents itself as well as something much deeper.

3.  Complete worksheet.

4.  Essay Parts IV and V (The persuasion part and the close)

Due Monday!!!

What should Part IV look like:  Think Quote Sandwich

     Topic sentence:  After looking deeply into both stories and society today, it becomes obvious that "The Pedestrian" is more likely to be what the future will be like.  

Give two or three examples from today's society that prove that:

Use the non-fiction article to back up your examples.  Use a quote

Analyze the quote 

Close up the paragraph

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Counselor Presentation

Objective:  The students will HAVE COMPLETE the first three parts of their expository essay.

1.  Get folder.
2.  Counselor Presnentation
3.  Write Part 4 (How the future will be.  Must use your article in some way) and a simple close (Apply what you have proven to the bigger picture).

Homework:  Type it.  Edit it!  Proof Read.  Clean it up.  Turn in a GREAT draft tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You have to admit.... THIS BOOK IS GETTING GOOD!!!!

Objective:  The students will share some essay beginnings and learn from seeing other's work.  Then they will complete two more parts of their own.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Monte Cristo Quiz Chapters 17-18 (25 points for 1st period)
3.  Share two or three essays.
4.  Complete Parts 3 (the second story explanation) and Part 4 (The way you think the future will be)

Homework:  Chapters 19-20 (13 pages... The Stranger!!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Writing Our Second Essay!!

Objective:  The students will begin writing the first two parts of the expository/persuasive paper.

1.  WP #11
2.  Do we need to take a quiz on MC Chapters 15-16?
3.  Essay Number 2 Outlining/Planning
4.  Write Part I (Intro) and Part II:  Explain one of the stories.

Homework:  Monte Cristo Chapters 17-18

Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Afternoon!

Objective:  The class will discuss the short story, Long Way Home, and then start writing their second essay of the year.

1.  WP # 10
2.  Turn in WP Packet 1-10 for 100 points.  (If you were a late transfer student, then please make that note on TOP of your paper so that we can give you the correct points.
3.  Discuss "Long Way Home" assignment.  Turn that in too for 100 points.
4.  Writing Prompt.
5.  Pick the article that fits the story that you feel is most possible and CLOSE READ it for your essay.

Homework:  Chapters 15-16.  10 pages....  The Third Attack!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Poly Day

Objective:  The students will work with the theme of The Pedestrian.

1.  WP #9
2.  Extra Credit "Game" Activity:  The Pedestrian Study:  Why Girls Are Smarter than Boys!
3.  Read Chapter 14

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Back to School Night Tonight

Hope to see your parents tonight, but if I don't, here is the information that I will share with them:

Back to School Presentation Slides

Objective:  The students will read a new short story with a different perspective on the future than Bradbury's.

1.  MC Quiz 11-13
2.  Late Passes
3.  Notes
4.  Read "Long Way Home"
5.  Work on assignment for Long Way Home

Homework:  None...  Get caught up in Monte Cristo if you haven't yet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hello everyone!

Objective:  The students will continue the exposition of Monte Cristo.

1.  Get folders.  And any corrected papers in "Returned Work"  folders.
2.  WP #8 Review of denotation and connotation
3.  Get the MC Study Guide for Chapters 11-20
4.  Answer questions from last night's reading.
5.  Read Chapter 13.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

First Set of Chapters done in Monte Cristo. Is everyone getting it?

Objective:  The students will complete all parts of the first 10 chapters of Monte Cristo.

1.  Get folders.  Maybe get some of your corrected work out of the folder.
2.  WP #7
3.  Discuss Chapters 7, 8, 9 10
4.  Monte Cristo Chapters 1-10 Study Guide.  Complete in pairs.  NOTE:  This doesn't mean that I am giving you permission to just copy someone who has it finished.  What it means is that you can work with someone to come up with the correct answers together.

5.  Syllabus

6.  read Chapters 111-12.

7.  Tomorrow I will collect The Pedestrian and we will work with the story a bit.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thanks! The sub said that you were great!

Objective:  The students will work on identifying tone, and then work on how to change the tone of a piece.

1.  Get folders.
2.  WP #6
3.  Monte CRisto Quiz Chaps 4-6 (maybe 7 too)
4.  Go over "The Pedestrian" and add the last part.
5.  Read Chapters 8-10 (Sounds like A LOT, but it's 8 pages).

Homework:  EASY 100 Points!  Download Syllabus, read, sign, and have parents sign.

Here is the link:

Syllabus 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sub Today. I expect greatness from you all!

Objective:  The students will read a cool story by Ray Bradbury and analyze its important plot developments and setting.

1.  Sit respectfully for sub introduction and roll.  Be sure you are in your assigned seat.
2.  There is no quiz today on Chapters 4-6 of Monte Cristo, so if you have any catch up to do... Get on it!
3.  Get both handouts from front desk.  Complete all activities listed.  This should take you only one period.  If the sub doesn't mind, headphones and music are OK.

Homework:  Read Chapter 7 of Monte Cristo.  8 pages!

And have a great weekend.  I will start grading these wonderful essays!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

So did you understand the first three chapters?

Objective:  The students will discuss the first three chapters of the exposition.

1.  WP #5
2.  Monte Cristo Quiz 1-3 (10 points)
3.  Discuss Chapters
4.  Discuss the THREE End Projects that you will complete.
5.  Literature Notes:  Plot and Setting

Homework:  Read Chapters 4-6 (19 pages)

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Starting the BEST BOOK ever!!

Objective:  The students will know important info so that they understand the "exposition" of The Count of Monte Cristo.

1.  Correct Vocab and turn in for points.
2.  Monte Cristo intro notes
3.  Video Clip
4.  3 projects discussion (sign up for a character today.
5.  Read Chapters 1-3 and complete corresponding study guide questions.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Sorry 5th Period! Air is not working!!

Objective:  The students will know important vocabulary for one of this week's texts.

1.  Staple your essay (no need for the prompt on top) into the basket and get both handouts for today's activity.
2.  Library Book Checkout (If you ordered the book and it hasn't come yet, check it out now and return it when your new one comes).
3.  The Pedestrian Vocabulary assignment.

Homework:  Finish Vocab if not done in class.

Friday, September 04, 2015

And... We are done! I have been impressed!!!

Objective:  The students will write their last paragraph of their essay.  Then they will edit and revise.

1.  Get folder.
2.  Let's Discuss Closing Paragraphs!
     a)  What should it do?  BIGGER PICTURE.  What should it do to the reader's brain?
     b)  How long should it  be?
     c)  Teacher secret!  ssshhhh.  Don't tell anyone!
3.  Write close.
4.  Follow these directions to SHARE your essay with me.
    a)  File:  Rename:  1 Last Name
    b)  Right Corner:  Share:  People to Share With:
5.  Come to my front printer and print it.
6.  Take it back to your seat and EDIT, EDIT, EDIT.  Then make changes on your device.

BRIBE:  I need people to buy Monte Cristo:  Now 200 points Extra Credit.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Essay: Now comes the fun part! YOU!

Objective:  The students will complete the final part of the body of their paper.

1.  Follow these directions to SHARE your essay with me.  FIRST:  UNSHARE WITH ME. 
    a)  File:  Rename:  1 Last Name
    b)  Right Corner:  Share:  People to Share With:
2.  Look over what you have so far:  It should be:
     a)  A intro with a clear subject and a stated thesis.
    b)  A good, specific section where Irish Immigration is discussed (with at least one quote)
    c)  A good, specific section where McCourt's life and childhood experiences are discussed.

3.  Now you get to finish the body.  This is where you discuss YOU.  What has influenced your life (good or bad, positive or negative) that will shape who you are as an adult.

So what is due to morrow?  ALL OF THE ABOVE so we can finish this thing.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Part III: McCourt's childhood experiences that led him to teach and write

Objective:  Look at 1 Part II.  Write Part III.

1. No WP.
2.  Volunteer?  Or random "volunteer."
3.  Part III:  McCourt Info.  Still using "quote sandwich" and specific details.

Rest of the week: 
Thursday:  Part IV:  You
Friday:  Close and final revisions. 

Due on Tuesday.  No late papers since we have worked 2 weeks on a 2 day essay.  Monte Cristo starts Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Part II: The Background Info on the Irish Immigration

Objective:  The students will use two texts to write a paragraph (or two) for the body of their paper.

1.  Get folders.
2.  Seating Chart
3.  NO WP, but let's share one or two more intros.
4.  Part II and Using Quotes

a)  Identify what you are going to write about in this paragrapgh. 
b)  Write a solid Topic Sentence that will guide the rest of your paragraph.
c)  Find a good quote that will help you prove the TS
d)  Build your paragraph (Quote Sandwich)