September 18, 2017 to September 22, 2017
Sep 18th, 2017 by admin

Parts of Speech Retest is tomorrow during class (Friday, 9/22)

 Thursday (9/21)

  1.  Opening:  Activities + mini-lesson on PRONOUNS

2. Reading:  Every Soul a Star

  • Jot down this info from pages 10 – 57
  • What’s the difference between a maze and a labyrinth?
  • List the 6 Unusuals.
  • What do the following mean?  SD2, SD3, Peggy, Eta, Glenn
  • DUE tomorrow: Friday, 9/22


Wednesday (9/20)

1.  Journal entry:  author imitation/ Wendy Mass author of Every Soul a Star

2.  Conventions:  Mini-lesson on Prepostitions

  • If you were absent, you need to get this paper from the Day-to-Day Handouts bin.



Tuesday (9/19)

  1.  Check your on-line grade.  Let me know if I made any data entry errors or if you have a question.

  2. Make sure you  click “turn in” to submit your Personal Narrative in Google Classroom.


  • Journal entry:  Write about celebrity look-alikes.  There is a connection to our ALL SCHOOL READ novel, Every Soul a Star.


  • Read around of quotes taken from Every Soul a Star.  Predict characters, setting, and plot points.
  • Fold Doodle Journal.


  • Every Soul a Star pages 1-9.

Monday (9/18)


  • Practice punctuating dialogue using Quotation Maze.  Click here for a copy:Quotation Maze
  •  Make punctuating dialogue corrections in oval NOT part of route through maze.
  • With tablemate, compose 4 punctuation dialogue rules.


  • Highlight the following in personal narratives:
  • setting=yellow
  • dialogue=pink
  • blocking=orange.

Check dialogue for correct punctuation.

Self-assessment rubric: Personal Narrative rubric

DUE:  Personal Narratives MUST be submitted in Google Classroom by 11:59PM TODAY (9/18)!


September 11, 2017 to September 15, 2017
Sep 11th, 2017 by admin

Click here for opening letter: Opening letter 2017

Click here for course syllabus:  Syllabus 2017-2018docx

QUIZLET: quizlet.com/220753170/parts-of-speech-flash-cards/

Vocabulary QUIZ = Friday (9/15)

Thursday (9/14)

  1.  Vocabulary words (8 parts of speech) review. Click here for copy: parts of speech practice
  2. Practice quiz:  Given 16 words, sort them according to appropriate part of speech.  How you fared on this practice quiz should guide you in the amount of time you need to spend prepping for tomorrow’s quiz.
  3. Twenty-five to thirty minutes alloted to composing personal narrative.  Mrs. Etheredge gave feedback to majority of students (I’ll get to the rest of you tomorrow).

Due:  Personal Narrative: Person who influenced the formation of my character or worldview.  Focus on literary elements setting, dialogue, and blocking= Monday (9/18)

Wednesday (9/13)

  1.  Journal entry:  Sorting and arranging a list of adverbs.
  2. Reading/Pre-writing:  Highlighting setting details, dialogue, and blocking in “Thank You, Ma’am.”
  3. Pre-writing:  Partner story telling of narrative sketch.
  4. Signing into Google Classroom.

Due:  Seventy-five words of personal narrative to be composed in Google Classroom=Thursday (9/14)

Tuesday (9/12)

  1.  Journal entry:  List people who have influenced the formation of your identity or worldview.  Lists were shared with a partner.
  2. Reading:  “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes.
  3. First independently and then in table groups, copies of story were marked and anotated showing author’s craft.
  4. Students returned to their Journal list to pick a topic for a personal narrative.
  5. Pre-writing  sketches started.

DUE: Narrative Pre-writing sketch= Wednesday (9/13)

Monday (9/11)

  1.  Class began with an activity using VIVID VERBS.
  2. The remaining twenty minutes was allotted to completing the Reading Response Booklets’ cover collages.

DUE:  Collage covers = Friday (9/15)

Vocabulary Quiz = Friday (9/15)


September 5, 2017 to September 8, 2017
Sep 5th, 2017 by admin

Welcome to English/Language Arts 2017-2018

Click here for opening letter: Opening letter 2017

Click here for course syllabus:  Syllabus 2017-2018docx

QUIZLET: quizlet.com/220753170/parts-of-speech-flash-cards/

Friday (9/8)

  1.  The beginning of class was all about nouns: Proper, common, abstract, concrete
  2. We cut colors from magazines to use in a collage that connects with novel we will read later this semester, Piecing Me Together.

Thursday (9/7)

  1.  With sentences pulled from our up-coming All School Read, Every Soul a Star,  glued into Journals, we attempted to identify the part of speech of many of the wordsl.
  2. Next, we highlighted specific word choice + literary devices applied in the I LOVE pieces.
  3. Writing was shared in small groups.
  4. Vocabulary words were introduced:  click here for the vocabulary sheet:Parts of Speech Vocab

DUE: Write Quizlet definitions into 3rd column of sheet given in class= Friday (9/8).F

Wednesday (9/6)

  1.  Today we entered words onto a Personal Word Collection chart, which should be stowed in the Word Collection section of binders.
  2. We looked at one more example of a I LOVE piece and identified topic specific word choice.
  3. Thirty minutes + was alloted to drafting individual I LOVE pieces.
  4. I LOVE requirements
  • repetition
  • specific words
  • cumulative sentences
  • literary devices other than repetition (alliteration, sensory imagery, hyperbole, metaphor, etc.)
  • size 12 font
  • 1.5 line spacing

DUE:  I LOVE write + Thursday (9/7)

Tuesday (9/5)

  1. Class opened with a journal entry about using specific word (s).
  2. Working in groups, students anaylzed examples of poetic prose writing.
  3. We compiled a list of features the pieces employed.
  4. Class ended with a pre-writing graphic organizer.  Click here for a copy: I Love graphic organizer

Due:  I Love graphic organizer = Wednesday (9/6)

Binder Dividers:

  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Conventions
  • Word Collection
  • Other

Journals:  A notebook or composition book must be brought to class every day.

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