Friday, December 14, 2018


Objective:  The students will show that they have learned proper writing and grammar rules by paying attention to all of the WPs that we have done.

1.  WP Semester Final

2.  Read Act 3

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Act II

Objective:  The students will read Act II

1.  WP:  Tomorrow we will have a 100 point test.

2.  Read Act 2

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mini Mini Unit

Objective:  The students will read Act 1 of Twelve Angry Men

1.  Character Description Close Reading.

2.  Read Act 1:  Extra Credit to those who read parts (5).  Extra Extra if you ACT (10)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Report Day!!!

Objective:  Prove you read the book.

1.  Put your report and book on desk.

2.  I will call you up one at a time for your oral question....  Don't be scared.  👿

3.  Complete Twelve Angry Men Vocab.

Monday, December 10, 2018

One more day. Book Report tomorrow. DO NOT TURN IN WED.

Objective:  The students will show that they know and understand Animal Farm.

1.  Put the Animal Farm close reading packet on your desk.  Also turn in the historical connection packet to the basket (you may want to look it over real quick)

2.  Take the Animal Farm Final.  Put your name on the answer sheet.  Put the test number next to it and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.  Do not write on the test.  If you do, it's 10% off your grade.

3.  Complete Book Report.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

It's so satisfying when you finish a book!

Objective:  The students will finish reading Animal Farm and complete the historical connection packet.

1.  Read Chapter 10

2.  Complete Character/Historical Connection Packet

I will not be here tomorrow.  Mr. Le will not be here tomorrow.  You will have an easy review assignment for 100 points.  Be good, complete it quickly, then read your outside book.

Remember.  I will not accept ANY LATE Reports or Close Reading of books.  I know that at least two of you will test this....  You will find out the hard way that I am being truthful.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Wet but nice!!!! we need it.

Objective:  The students will read and discuss Chapter 9 of the book.  It's sad!!

1.  Chapter 7-8 Quiz

2.  Read Chapter 9.  You only have to annotate the sad part.

3.  Discussion.  We need a great discussion (or we can write a short essay).

Homework:  Outside Book.  Tuesday.  Tuesday!!!!!!!  Tuesday

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Love this weather! It's so nice outside!

Objective:  The students will read and analyze the allegorical connections in Animal Farm.

1.  WP 30

2.  Turn in Packet

3.  Read Animal Farm Chapter 8

Tuesday is approaching so fast!!!!  Are you reading your book every chance that you get????  Did your mom and dad talk to you last night???

Monday, December 03, 2018

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish kids.

Objective:  We will finish this book!!

1.  WP 29

2.  Read Chapter 7.  We will have a quiz tomorrow.

Outside Book.  You have one week.  I am getting pretty tired of emails from or about kids who have waited until the last minute!!!  You have known about this requirement for 4 months and you are just getting the book??????  NO LATE PAPERS!  NO EXCUSE. 

Everyone look at your grade right now....

I am going to input the 650 points for this requirement now.  And click "grading complete."  This is what your grade will be if you do not complete the reading requirement (close reading, oral question and report) by December 11.  PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR PARENTS!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Finish up Literature Circles

Objectives: Students will complete literature circle packets so that can engage in small group discussion to prepare for a larger class discussion of chapter 6 in Animal Farm.

1. Begin literature circle small group discussions.
   note: Take brief notes of what your group members have to share!

2. Share any ideas or questions you have from chapter 6.

3. Begin a close reading of chapter 7.

HW: Read your outside readings books.  Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Literacy Circles!

Objective: Students will read individually but work collaboratively to complete the different literacy role tasks for chapter 6 of Animal Farm.

1. Take out Animal Farm booklet.

2. Form groups of 5 for the literature circles and assign roles.

3. Discuss chapter 5 of Animal Farm using literacy circle.

4. Individually read chapter 6 and work on assigned task as you read.

5. Discuss with your literacy groups what you found.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Objective:  The students will work through Chapter 5 of AF.

1.  Pulled Quote Quiz Chapter 4.

2.  Close Read Chapter 5.  And complete character and historical connection packet.

Outside Book

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Let's Get This Book Read!

Objective:  The students will close read Chapter 4 of Animal Farm.

1.  WP # _____

2.  Close Reading of Chapter 4 and complete character/history packet as you go.

Outside Book

Monday, November 26, 2018

Welcome Back. That was a nice break!

Objective:  The students will review Animal Farm chapters 1-3.

1.  Get your graded book reports.  I have the projects graded too.  I need the scores for them.

2.  Animal Farm Review Handout.

Outside Reading:  It's getting close....  How are you doing??

 650 points!!!!  Due Dec. 11.

Close Reading:  Highlights and annotations, character page, and three chapter end notes.
Oral Question:  You have 3 chances.  If you don't know them all, ZERO out of 650.
250 points for pages.
200 points for book report.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Time for a Break

Objective:  The students will complete close reading of Chapter 3 of Animal Farm.

1.  Close Read Animal Farm Chapter 3

Over Break:  Outside Book.  You would be smart to get into the novel.  Don't wait til the last minute!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

One day til break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Objective:  The students will write a great paragraph with PROPER integrated quotes.

1.  Animal Farm Quiz Chapters 1-2

2.  Examples of good and mostly BAD quotes from book reports.

3.  Integrated Quotes Writing Practce

4.  Close Read Chapter 3 of Animal Farm.  We will finish this tomorrow.  If you are not going to be here tomorrow, make sure you have it finished by the time we return from Thanksgiving Break.

Homework:  Outside Book Reading

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Animal Farm Day 2

Objective:  The students will complete analysis of Chapter 2.

1.  WP 27

2.  Close Read Chapter 2.  Complete character analysis while reading.

Homework:  Outside Reading

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We begin Animal Farm today.

Objective: Students will be able to identify the connection between historical content to the novel content.

1. Pass out Animal Farm Books

2. Begin and complete Chapter 1 of Animal Farm.
                   Fill out Animal Farm Packets as you read.

Note: There will be quiz on Chapter 1 tomorrow.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Last Day of Presentations

Objective: Students will complete presenting Animal Farm slides.

1. Animal Farm Presentations

HW: Choose your outside reading book by Tuesday! For those of you that have...get started.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Animal Farm Presentations

Objective:  The students will present important historical information about Russia and Communism.

Get your folder/binder.  Find your district writing test.

1.  Scan Sheets for District Scanning.  When called, come forward and bubble in your score.

2.  WP Test (100 points). 

3.  Presentations 1-6

Homework:  Outside Reading

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Finish Animal Farm Slides

Objective: Students will complete their presentations in preparation for tomorrow.

1. Turn in Satire Packets!

2. WP #26

3. Complete your Google slides for will be presenting.

Note: You all should be reading your outside books starting now!

650 points!!!!  Due Dec. 11.

Close Reading:  Highlights and annotations, character page, and three chapter end notes.
Oral Question:  You have 3 chances.  If you don't know them all, ZERO out of 650.
250 points for pages.
200 points for book report.

You can not turn it in late.  It will ruin your grade if you don't do it or cheat.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Next Unit

Objective:  The students will begin research to present topics in their first oral presentation.

1.  Turn in book report on Monte Cristo.

2.  WP

3.  Research Presentation Discussion and Work

Homework: Turn in Satire Packets tomorrow! 

Monday, November 05, 2018

Projects Due

Objective:  The students will complete the movie and the nook report.

1.  Turn in CD case to box.

2.  Movie

3.  Book Report Due tomorrow

Friday, November 02, 2018

Happy Friday Kids!

Objective:  Let's relax and enjoy the movie.  Some of us have worked very hard during the Monte Cristo Unit

Period 3:  Must do this Gallop Survey:

1.  Monte Cristo Tests Graded:  I really like this test.  I think it shows how you read.  If you read less than 70% of the book, that's probably the grade that you earned.

2.  District Writing Tests:  Here how scores translated into points:
     1= 0-49 points
     2= 50-59
     3= 60-69
     4= 70-85
     5= 80-95
     6= 95-100 (mostly 100)

3.  Projects Due Monday:  share your link to (not rusdlearns!!)

Put all you members names in the email and add the link.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Introduction to Satire!

Objective: Students will be able to identify a satire, what it means and what techniques are used to create it.

1. Satire Notes

2. Analyze Satire "Dirty Laundry" and "Short People" worksheets.

Homework: Monte Cristo Book Report and Part 3 of Satire worksheet

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monte Cristo Book Report

Objective:  The students will see an example of a book report that they will complete for The Count of MC.

1.  Discuss tomorrow's test.  You will not be able to look at any notes, so I would look over your timeline and character page map.

2.  Get the handout example of the Book Report.

3.  Discuss expectations of the Book Report that you will complete for the Count of MC.

4.  Begin writing your book report.  This is due next Tuesday.

Mon:  Discuss Book Report and MC Final
Tues:  MC Final:
Wed:  Monte Cristo Movie
Thursday:  Mr. Le Observation Lesson
Friday:  MC Movie and Projects due.

Monday:  Finish Book Report
Tuesday:  Turn in book report.  Done with all Monte Cristo.  On to Animal Farm.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Monte CRisto Test.... Don't forget. Finish the Book!

Objective:  The students will discuss yesterday's symbol and work on group projects that are due on one week.

1.  Discuss "The Beginning of Grief"

2.  Group Work:  MOnte CRisto Soundtrack.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

So what is the symbol??

Objective:  The students will work together in order to figure out the DEEP meaning of The Beginning of Grief.

1.  WP 24
2.  Notes on Symbol
3.  Complete story analysis.

Make sure you are reading the end of MC.

Tuesday:  300 point test
Friday:     200 point project

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Great, but Sad Short Story

Objective:  The students will read a short story to analyze the point of view, characters and a tough symbol.

1.  WP Number I Don't Know.

2.  "The Beginning of Grief"

Homework:  Finish Monte Cristo

Project:  You still need make a CD/DVD case.  You still need a song booklet (lyrics and explanations).  But you do not have to make the CD.  You can share a song list with me on Spotify,

My user name: Rod Warren

Name your song list:  Monte Cristo Your Name Period 3

Monte Cristo Jon Dietz Period 3

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

OK Let's See What I Remember...

Objective:  The students will quiz the teacher on Chapters 51-60.

1.  Share some voice writing.  Turn in for points.

2.  Quiz to see who gets top participate in Stump the Teacher.

3.  Stump the Teacher Activity.

Monte CRisto Reading:  Finish Monte Cristo on your own by next Tuesday.  300 point test.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Stmp the Teacher tomorrow.... It will be a fun day... or it will be an essay! It's up to you.

Objective:  The students will practice writing in several different voices.

1.  Voice Handout

2.  Complete your reading of Monte Cristo Chapters 51-60.  Write TWO questions and answers for each chapter.  Know the chapters for tomorrrow's EASY quiz.

Stump the Teacher tomorrow.... or an essay.

Friday, October 19, 2018

It's Friday!

Objective: The Students will complete their reading of "The Secret Lion"

1. WP #22 (last one on "The Secret Lion" I swear)

2. Allusion Notes

3. Finish "The Secret Lion" 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Begin "The Secret Lion"

Objective: Students will complete a close reading the story "The Secret Lion" and complete a comprehension activity.

1. Begin a silent close read of "The Secret Lion." 

2. Complete the before, during and after reading activity for "The Secret Lion."

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Welcome back!

Objective: Students will complete vocabulary worksheets for "Secret Lion" and "The Beginning of Grief"

Note: Turn in Monte Cristo Study Guide & Permission Slips 

1. WP #21

2. Vocab Packet for the "Secret Lion" and "The Beginning of Grief"

3. Monte Cristo "Stump the Teacher" Questions
For Chapters 51-60, students will write their own study guide questions and answers (2 per chapter) to ask the teacher in one week.

Tues: 51-52
Wed: 53-54
Thurs: 55-56
Fri: 57-58
Mon: 59-60
Tues: "STUMP THE TEACHER" Activity!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I am going away.... so be GREAT!!!!!

Objective:  The students will prep for writing the district essay.

1.  WP #20.

2.  Turn in WP Packet 11-20

3.  Period 4 needs Point of View and Voice Notes.

4.  Writing Prompt Discussion.  How I am going to grade it.  What you can write about.

Sub tomorrow.  Be great!!!!!

Keep up with reading schedule.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Begin Point of View Unit

Objective:  The students will know the three major types of point of view and be able to identify them.

1a)  Survey
1b)  Mr. Le permission slip signed by parent (10 extra credit points) bring by Thursday or Friday.

1.  WP #19

2.  MC Quiz 41-42 (add new characters to character list)

3.  Point of View Notes

4.  Monte Cristo Chapters 43-44

Tomorrow I will not see you probably, but you still need to read Monte Cristo.  Chapters 45-46.  You will have extra time during the PSAT and you will not have access to phones, so READ!!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Monte Cristo.... we have to get through.

Objective: The students will have the entire period to get through today's reading and study guide questions.

1.  Get study guide for 41-50

2.  Read Chapters 41-42.  Answer study guide questions as you read.

Get all corrected work out of folder and into your folder.

Reading for the week:

Mon:  41-42
Tues:  43-44
Wed:  45-46 (you will have extra time after the PSAT!!!!)
Thu:  47-48
Fri:  49-50

Friday, October 05, 2018

Nothing Man Activity: I like this one!

Objective:  The students will read and analyze voice, theme, tone and characters in a piece of lit.

1.  Discuss Chapter 40.

2.  Turn in Study Guide 31-40

3.  "Nothing Man" close reading activity

Homework:  No Monte Cristo this week.  We have 3 weeks left.  That's it.  You may want to work on your projects.  We have decided that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE A CD.  You will make the cover and the booklet as described before, but you will SHARE a songlist with me on Spotify.

Also, you may want to buy your outside book.  That starts in 3 weeks too. 

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Almost Friday

Objective:  The students will complete MC Study Guide 31-40.

1.   WP #1

2.  MC Quiz Chapters 38-39

3.  Read Chapter 40 and complete Study Guide due tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Short Day

Objective:  The students will analyze that characters in Two Kinds

1.  Get lit book and folders

2.  Get handout and complete.  Practice using integrated quotes.

Homework:  MC 38-39

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

It was.....

Objective:  The students will read a new story and analyze the characters.

1.  WP #18

2.  MC Quiz Chapters 34-35

3.  "Two Kinds" reading with CD

4.  Finish vocabulary if not complete.  Due tomorrow.

5.  Homework:  Monte Cristo Chapters 36-37

Monday, October 01, 2018

District Test

Objective:  The students will take the district test in preparation for next year.  We will smile and HAVE FUN!!!! 

1.  Get a Chromebook.  DO NOT SIGN IN!!!!!!!

2.  Open the Air Secure App:  Do not do anything until I say.  This is new to me so be patient!!!

3.  Do the best that you can.

4.  When done, be sure to log out of the testing session.

Homework:  Read Chapter 34 (Haydee) and 35 (The Morrell Family)

Friday, September 28, 2018

If you sang in the choir last night.... AWESOME!!!

Objective:  The students will analyze one of the metaphors in Monte Cristo.

Monte Cristo Quiz:  

1.  Chapter 32 and 33 discussion.  Analyze the passage.

2.   Two Kinds Vocab.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Work Day

Objective:  The students will complete their character sketch.

THANKS Period 3 for the great lesson yesterday during my observation... enjoy a snack on me.

1.  Discussion:  Find textual proof from Chapter XXXI "The Presentation" that Mercedes never stopped loving Dantes even when she was married to Fernand.

2.  Complete Character Sketch (due typed tomorrow.  Make sure you use all three methods).

3.  Monte Cristo Study Guide 31-40 and Read Chapters 32-33.  The Count now meets Danglars.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Monte Cristo Soundtrack.... Here is an awesome example!

Objective:  The students will analyze the tone and theme of a piece of literature and apply it to a different genre.

1.  WP #16

2.  Chapter 31 Discussion:  Did Mercedes Recognize Dantes?  How do you know?  What is your textual evidence?

Close Read the passage:  Find and highlight textual clues that prove your answer.  Also, identify the TONE of the passage.

3.  Monte Cristo Song Quiz:  Get out your Timeline.  We are 1/2 way done with the book.  It is time to really start thinking about your project, so here is MY A+ example....  Using an 80's-90's Rock Theme.

4.  Group Project Work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Did You Read???

Objective:  The students will complete a character sketch where they use all three methods of Indirect Characterization.

1.  WP

2.  Quiz

3.  Direct to Indirect Writing

Directions:  Type.
                    Use all three methods.  Each must be more than just one sentence.
                    This will have dialogue.  Properly format it.
                    Edit.  But Writing Rules 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monte Cristo Chapter 30

Objective:  The students will complete Characterization and Local Color Work from Everyday Use

1.  Discuss Monte Cristo 28-29

2.  Complete Everyday Use Characterization

3.  Read Monte Cristo Chapter 30 and complete study guide (due tomorrow).  You need to add some questions to the back from Chapter 30.  I will put them on the board.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Powder Puff Game.... Come Out and Have Fun

Objective:  The students will analyze the characters in Everyday Use.

1.  No Quiz today:  Discuss and Fill in New Characters on your list.

2.  Everyday Use Characterization

3.  Read Chapters 28-29 of Monte Cristo

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Monte Cristo: On to Part 3

Objective:  The students will read a short story that is great to teach symbolism and local color.

Note:  Get green lit books from behind whiteboard.

1.  WP 14

2.  Characterization Notes

3.  Read "Everyday Use"

4.  Monte Cristo  Chapters 27-27 (Note:  It is now 10 years later after Dantes helped Mr. Morrel.  Dantes is now 42 years old).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Objective: This Chapter Ends The Goodness in Dantes....

Objective:  The students will know how authors create characters.

1.  WP 13

2.  Unit 2 Notes:  Character and Characterization

3.  Read only Chapter 25.  That marks the end of Part 2 of the book.  From here on it gets crazy!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

OK.... Was Caderouse Really Regretful?

Objective:  The students will discuss two GREAT chapters and complete vocabulary for tomorrow's story.

1.  MC Quiz 21-22.

2.  MC Study Guide Handout.

3.  Complete Vocab for Everyday Use

4.  Read MC Chapters 23-24.....  And another mysterious white guy appears.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dantes is Rich and Focused!!!!

Objective:  The students will discuss the Baptism Symbol in MC.

1.  WP 12
2.  Baptism handout.
3.  Everyday Use Vocab
4.  HW:  Read Chapters 21-22.  The First Mysterious White Guy Appears.....

Friday, September 14, 2018

Read Monte CRisto Chapter 20

Objective:  The students will complete MC Study Guide.

1.  Grade Check today.

2.  Rewrites due Monday.

3.  Complete Chapter 20 and study guide.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Escape

Objective:  The students will show that they have read the novel.

1.  Active Shooter Training

2.  MC Quiz 15-17

3.  Study Guide Questions

4.  Reading Monte Cristo and Project  Chapter 18-19

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Treasure

Objective:  The students will complete analysis of Long Way Home.

1.  WP #11

2.  Discuss Chapter 14

3.  Complete and Turn in Long Way Home

4.  Discuss Monte Cristo Project

5.  Read Chapter 15,16, and 17.  That's 18 pages so plan your day.  THE ESCAPE!!!!!

I need all the work in the back folder passed out!!!!!

Monday, September 10, 2018

All the essays are done. You have a week from today to rewrite.

Objective:  The students will read a great short story that focuses on free will for our unit.

1.  WP #10.  Turn in WP Packet 1-10

2.  Turn in The Pedestrian Assignment (Story, Questions, Paragraph)

3.  Close Read "Long Way Home" by Charles Waugh.

Homework:  Chapter 14.  It is confusing.  It's where the Abbe tells Dantes about a great treasure that he has hidden.  Just read it and get the GIST of the chapter)

Friday, September 07, 2018

And the Exposition of Monte Cristo is DONE!

Objective:  The students will work together to complete the Monte Cristo Study Guide.

1.  WP #9

2.  Monte Cristo Quiz Chapters 11-12

3.  Complete Study Guide Questions for Chapters 11-12.

4.  Read Chapter 13.

Finish Pedestrian Paragraph

Have a Great Weekend!  No Homework!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Work Day

Objective:  The students will do some creative writing.

Turn in MC Study Guide 1-10

1.  WP #8

2.  Complete "The Pedestrian" close reading and assignment.

3.  Complete the Creative Paragraph Rewrite on your own paper.  Copy the entire paragraph.

Homework:  Read Chapters 11-12

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The Pedestrian Tone Analysis

Objective:  The students will complete analysis of Bradbury's "The Pedestrian"

1.  WP #7  Intro Paragraph Review

2.  Notes (Setting and Tone)

3.  Read "The Pedestrian" again along with the CD

4.  Complete Handout.

Homework:  You have the day off from Monte Cristo.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Hope you had a great weekend!

Objective:  The students will read another story about free will or fate... with a slight twist.

1.  WP #6

2.  Monte Cristo Quiz 6-8

3.  The Pedestrian Assignment

4.  Collect Pedestrian Vocab

Homework"  Monte CRisto Chapters 9-10

Friday, August 31, 2018

Long Weekend

Objective:  The student will discuss Monte Cristo and complete review/study guide questions for Chapters 1-6.

1.  Late Passes

2.  Honors Book List

3.  Lit Notes: Irony

4.  Monte Cristo Study Guide 1-10

5.  Read Chapters 6-8

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I Messed Up!!!

Objective:  The students will complete vocabulary for reading of tomorrow's story.

1.  I messed up in describing yesterday's reading:  I said read Chapters 3-4.  And I said it was 7 pages.  Well that was wrong and confusing.  So today, just read Chapter 5.  We will have a quiz tomorrow on Chapters 3-5.

2.  Digital Awareness Assessment:
 Here are the answers:

1.              4.  Behaviors
5. Avatar
6.  = Four answers
7. Uninhibited
8. Three correct
9. Three correct
10. Online communication = sites with similar interest/friend list
11. Two answers each two not used
14. Three answers each
15. All of them
18. #4 stop
19. Positive = 4   Risky = 4 

3.  Complete The Pedestrian Vocab.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Let's See Who Read...

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

1.  WP #5 "The Pedestrian"
2.  Monte Cristo Chapter 1-2 Quiz
3.  Discuss Chapter 1-2 and the 4 characters that were introduced.
4.  The Pedestrian Vocab

Homework:  Read Chapters 3-4 (that's 7 whole pages!!!)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Start Monte Cristo Today!

Objective:  The students will learn background information to read Monte Cristo.

1.  Mr. Le's Student Survey (use your phone)

2.  Digital Assessment tomorrow when I get the cart.

3.  Book Checkout

4.  Monte Cristo Intro.