Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Writing Good Leads Assignment
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
I was unhappy with the time and effort but into your Birthday party assignments and even more dissappointed at the quality of work produced by some students. Today everyone was given a expected to rewrite on point of view. This rewrite is due tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Today I gave back those Point of View Assignments that we handed into me. We began working on narrative leads. We completed a few activities around leads and what a good lead should do. We also looked at various hooks that writers use to grab the authors attention. We will continue working with leads over the next few days.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Get those assignments into me ASAP! Today we worked on mechanics and grammar. We read through a passage and went over all the errors.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Class 1: Working on our assignment.
Class 2 : SSR
Point of view assignment due tomorrow. The story was be rewritten twice. Once from the point of view of the wife and once from the point of view of the husband. Here the expecations laid out here in the assignment.
Friday, April 11th, 2014
We read the short story "The Accident" and completed several activities. Your written letters were handed into the teacher to be graded. Period 2 was a make up SSR class that we missed during speeches.
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Today we started short stories. We dicussed points of views. We completed one writing activity about witnessing an accident and then we did a big conversation story titled "An interesting tail". Great work today! Wonderful discussions.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
A big thank you to Adael who presented to our class today. It was a very moving and enlightening presentation.
We also heard two more speeches. We start short stories tomorrow.
Monday -Tuesday April 7th-8th, 2014
Speeches are being presented. Thanks to everyone for being cooperative and active listeners. Good job by all. I know it isn't an easy thing to do
but you did it!
Friday, April 4th, 2014
Speeches due on Monday- Be ready to present. Have them written on cue cards and practice practice practice. Pay close attention to the notes I
wrote on your rough draft and the rubric that I will be using to access you.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Speech rough copies was given back. We began practicing our speech, making the changes needed and writing it on cue cards. We will start presenting on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Monday, March 31st, 2014
Worked on our speeches. Rough draft due tomorrow.
Friday, March 26th, 2014
Rough draft to your speeches due on Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Period 1- SSR - Remember Day 7 is Silent reading. Bring your book.
Period 2 - Speech writing in the computer lab. Days in the lab are getting short.
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Period 1 - Working on speech researching and writing.
Period 2 - Finish paper bag assignment presentations.
Friday, March 21st, 2014
Presentations of the paper bag assignments.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Today we continued to work on our speeches. Before the break, we discussed thesis statements and introduction paragraphs. Most people had chosen their topic.
Today we discussed the details of the speech;
- 3-5 minutes long
- needs to be written on cue cards and presented to the class
- a minimum of 5 paragraphs long; intro, 3 body, 1 conclusion.
After we had decided out topic, we wrote three statements to support of thesis statement. These statements would begin each paragraph in the body. Once it was approved, we headed to the lab to gather information for our speeches.
Reminder- Paper bag Assignment due tomorrow. The class will begin presenting tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Worked on our paper bag assignment. Due Friday. Presentations will begin on Friday in random order
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Worked on our paper bag assignment. Due Friday. Presentations will begin on Friday in random order.
Monday, March 17th, 2014
Worked on our paper bag assignment. Due Friday. Presentations will begin on Friday in random order.
Friday, March 7th, 2014
Finish book over March break!
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
A good website with some possible speech topics
Period 1 - SSR paper bag book
Period 2 - Choosing a speech topic and writing a thesis statement.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Period 1 - Read paper bag books
Period 2 - Began talking about speeches and thesis statements and introductions.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Outsiders Assignment due Wednesday!
Paperbag Reading assignment was introduced today. You must have chosen a book by tomorrow and it must be approved
by me. Please begin reading a bit each night. Pick a book you know you can read in 4-5 days.
Friday, Feb 28th, 2014
Worked on Outsiders 5 part assignment
Thursday, Feb 27th, 2014
Today we talked about bullying. I shared a personal story with you and your guys wrote some ideas and thoughts
about your own bullying experiences. We then continued to work our assignments which are due on Wednesday, March 5th.
Please see me if you have any questions.
Wednesday, Feb 26th, 2014
Outsiders test and then introduced Outsiders assignment. Class two was spent working on it. Assignment due on
Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2014
Finished the movie. Test tomorrow.
Monday, Feb 24th, 2014
Test Wednesday. We continued watching the Outsiders movie today.
Friday, Feb 21st, 2014
We began watching the Outsiders movie but ran into some technical difficulties with the soud. We will watch the movie Monday
morning. Test on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Feb 18th, 2014
Today we finished the novel. Chapter 12 questions are due tomorrow. Here are chapter 12 questions in case
you missed class.
Monday, Feb 17th, 2014
Today we read chapter 10, answered and discussed the questions. Only two chapters left to go.. Exciting times!
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014
No homework. Writing assignments were due today. They are late if they are not handed in. Pass them in ASAP.
Chapter 7-9 quiz today.
Wednesday, Feb 12th, 2014
First class was SSR. Second class we worked through chapter 9 questions and discussed them. Then I gave you time
to work on your final draft of Ponyboy's journal. It is due TOMORROW.
Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2014
Today we used our first class to write our final draft for Ponyboy's journal. Final draft and 1st draft are due THURSDAY.
During our second class, we read chapter 9. Only answer odd # of questions on the question sheet.
Wednesday, Feb 5th, 2014
Chapter 8 and chapter 8 questions.
We finished our peer editing today. Each student was expected to make some notes on things they need to change
on their final draft. We began writing our final drafts today.
Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014
Today we got into groups and began peer editing our journal writing piece. A check list was given. Each
reviewer was expected to comment on positive aspects of the writing and suggest things to work on.
The writer also was given a chance to rate their reviewer and comment on whether or not they did a good
job. Make sure handouts are completed. Peer editing handouts.
Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014
Today we read Chapter 7 and answered the questions. We corrected and discussed them as a class. We also
selected our Exploratories for Feb 6th and Feb 8th. We didnt get to peer editing today, but make sure you have your
1st draft ready to go for tomorrow :)
Friday, Jan 31st, 2014
Chapter 4-6 MC quiz. A rubric for Ponyboy's journal entry was given out and we went over expectations. Remember this
be a important piece of writing that will be assessed so please try your best. Finish your rough draft over the weekend.
Thursday, Jan 30th, 2014
We read chapter 6 and answered six questions. We then began our pre-writing strategies for Ponyboy's journal.
This will be a writing piece I will be assessing you on. Don't forget tomorrow you have a quiz on Chapter 4 to 6.
Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2014
Chapter 5 questions. Then we began reading chapter 6. Chapter 4-6 Quiz on Thursday.
Monday, Jan 27th, 2014
Poster assignment due today. We read chapter 5 and began answering questions. We will go over the answers
Friday, Jan 24th, 2014
Because of the snow days on Wed and Thursday, we our Poster assignment is due on Monday. Both drafts and your
Tuesday, Jan 21st, 2014
Mini Wanted Poster Assignment handed out. Rough draft and a final draft. Due Friday.
Monday, Jan 20th, 2014
Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 Reading and Questions. Finish chapter 4 questions at home.
Friday, Jan 17th, 2014
We finished reading Chapter 2 and completed a discussion and questions. We then read chapter 3. Please catch up at home on your reading if you have missed any class time.
Thursday, Jan 16th, 2014
We spent some time working on description of the characters. We looked at Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Two-bit, Steve, Dally and Johnny. We then began reading Chapter 2. We will finish chapter 2 tomorrow. Students are encouraged to try and finish reading it at home.
Wednesday, Jan 15,204
Today we finished reading chapter 1. Finish chapter 1 questions at home.
Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014
Reminder * Cover letter and resume due tomorrow
Today we started our novel study on the "The Outsiders". We completed a starter page and began reading the first
chapter. We only got to paragraph 3 on page 11. Finish reading chapter 1 at home tonight.
Monday, Jan 13th, 2014
Today we finished up Resume and cover letter writing. Cover letter and resume assignments are due on Wednesday.
Today we looked at the format to a cover letter and read an example. Then we looked at job ad's and created a cover letter
for one of the ad's. Rough draft was written in class. We went to the computer lab to finish typing our resumes and cover letters.
Rubric for Cover Letter and resume were given out in class. Pay close attention to what you will be assess on.
Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014
I gave back for rough draft of your resumes. We spent the class in the lab typing up our final draft. Another class will be
provided to finish it.
Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014
Today we looked at some general skills employers are looking for. Then we began creating our own resume. Resume format
was given in class. Rough copies are due tomorrow.
Some of you began writing a cover letter for one of the three job ads we looked at. We will continue tomorrow :)
Tuesday, Jan 7th, 2014
Today we continued to look at the different elements of a good resume. We answered some questions about Trish Sinclair's
sample resume. They must be finished for homework. Here are the questions.
1. What writing techniques did Trish use to capture the attention of the employer?
2. Why would Trish want to make certain words/ word phases stand out?
3. Why is it important to have a well organized resume?
4. Why do you think it is important to keep your resume informative, professional and short (fewer than 2 pages)?
Cover Letter Questions
5. What is one major piece of information that Trish included and the cover letter on page 146 did not? Do you think it is important to include this detail in your cover page? Why or why not?
6. Do you think the Trish’s cover letter was a summary of her resume? Support your answer?
7. Why is it important to personalize your cover letter?
We then began writing down information under the appropriate headings for our own resume. Have this completed for tomorrow's
Monday, Jan 6th, 2014
Today we began looking at resumes and covering letters.
We looked at an example of each on Pg 146-147 of the text.