September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015
Sep 28th, 2015 by admin

Click here to Quizlet https://quizlet.com/94953118/jumping-frogno-talent-kid-flash-cards/

Vocabulary Quiz: Friday, 10/2

Click here for worksheet version of  Vocabulary List  Vocab List 2 page 1 / Vocab List 2 page 2

Monday (9/28)

1.  We listened to Oh MY Stories! and tried to guess the real story.  We didn’t finish, so we’ll hear the rest next class period.

2.  Submit your final highlighted copy (Oh MY Story!) by Wednesday, 9/30.

3.  Check your on-line grade; see me before Friday if you did not pass the vocabulary quiz last Friday.

Tuesday (9/29)

It seems as if each class is at a different point in curriculum as reading and responding to OhMYStory! is taking longer that I planned.

Keep working on the vocabulary sheet!

Wednesday (9/30)

periods 3,5,6

1.  Vocabulary words were reviewed.

2. “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was read aloud by me.

3.  A youtube retelling in Legos was viewed.

4.  We began to identify the Literary Elements.

5. Continue studying vocabulary words.


Thursday (10/1)

1.  All classes have read and identified the literary elements of “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain.

2.  Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow!


September 21, 2015 to September 25, 2015
Sep 21st, 2015 by admin

Vocabulary Words: Vocabulary List 1   Click here for sheet distributed in class


Vocabulary Quiz: Thursday for 6th period;  Friday for 3rd, 4th, 5th periods.

Monday (9/21)

1.  I sure hope you enjoyed “The Open Window” as much as I did (despite that cunning Vera).  Click here for an on-line copy of the story:  http://resources.mhs.vic.edu.au/shortstories/downloads/The_Open_Window.pdf

2.  If you didn’t complete the question+answer sheet in class, it must be finished for homework.  Click here for it: The Open Window Q+A

Due: Tuesday 4th and 6th;  Wednesday 3rd and  5th

Tuesday (9/22)

1.  Another great at ACMS room 216, don’t you agree?!!  We filled out a form to be used tomorrow during science class when Ms. Snapp will get you started on a computer program called Naviance.   A letter was e-mailed to your parents about it.  Ask them if they got it.

2.  In periods 4 and 6 engaged in two pre-writing activities for a narrative piece called Oh My Story!  A rough, rough first draft is due Thursday for 6th period and Friday for 3rd, 4th, and 5th periods.

3.  I think I exported your grades successfully.  Check them please.


Wednesday (9/23)

1.  Periods 3 +5, you are writing a rough, rough draft of the accident/injury story your group selected today.  Draft should be about a page long.  Due tomorrow Thursday, 9/24.

2.  Periods 4+6, you learned/reviewed 4 Elements of Fiction:

  • dialogue
  • blocking
  • interior monologue
  • setting

We identified and highlight examples in a student paper titled “Sacramento.”

Now you are to incorporate these four elements in Oh My Story! paper.  This should be your second draft, which is due tomorrow Thursday 9/24 for 6th period + Friday 9/25 for 4th period.

Thursday (9/24)

Happy National Punctuation Day!

1.  Most classes today worked on composing their Oh MY Story! narrative. Click for a description of the required Elements of Fiction

Elements of Fiction

Due:  Periods 3,4,6 Monday (9/28) ; period 5 (9/29)

2. Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow (9/25)


Friday (9/25)

1.  Today in periods 3, 4, and 5 we reviewed the rules for punctuating dialogue because your Oh MY Story! requires dialogue.

2. All periods have taken the first vocabulary quiz, which I will score this weekend.

3.  Oh MY Story! composing continued.  Click here for the requirements and the scoring guide Oh MY Story! Prompt and Scoring Guide

Due Monday (9/28) Typed copy of Oh My Story!

  • Size 12 or 14 font
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • dialogue
  • blocking
  • interior monologue
  • setting details

I am experiencing tech trouble exporting grades.  So I’ll try to get them up to date by Monday afternoon.



September 14, 2015 to September 18, 2015
Sep 13th, 2015 by admin

Vocabulary Words: Vocabulary List 1   Click here for sheet distributed in class


Monday (9/14)

1.  New vocabulary words : i. tacit  ii. malicious  iii. swagger  iv. imminent  v. sustenance  vi. infirmity  vii. haggard  viii. engulf  ix. bravado  x. endeavor  xi. pariah  xii. self-possessed  xiii. prim   xvi. matronly  xv. cumbersome

  • Study the words on QUIZLET using the link above

  • Quiz Friday, 9/25

2.  If you did not  complete the cut-n-paste of literary terms in your INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK, finish it for homework.

Due:  Tuesday (2/15)  for periods 4 + 6 ; Wednesday (9/16)  for periods 3 + 5


Tuesday (9/15)

1.  Reading and analyzing Odes was the content-of-the-day. 

2.  Pre-writing began with  of list of favorites recorded in the Interactive Notebook on these topics: Places I love, Clothing/shoes I love, Food/drinks I love, and Objects I love.

No new homework assigned for periods 4 and 6.

Wednesday (9/16)

1.  Periods 3,4, and 5 are to work on your sketch of the subject of their Ode poem.  This should be on page 13 of your Interactive Notebook.  You’ll have about 15 minutes of class time to work on it.

2. Sixth period students must type their Ode started in class today.  The criteria we established is listed below.

  • 35 + lines
  • inside and outside descriptions
  • 4 examples of different poetic/literary devices
  • one use of brand or specific name

Odes are due on Friday, 9/18


Thursday (9/17)


1.  Third, fourth, and fifth period students, you worked thoughtfully, creatively, and efficiently on the Ode prewriting sketch and brainstorm activity; which probably is why you got so much composing done on paper or on the computer before you left class today.  I’m a lucky teacher!


Due tomorrow, Friday (9/18), ODES


  • 35 + lines

  • 4 different poetic/literary devices

  • 1 brand name

  • type

  • size 12 or 14 font

  • 1.5 line spacing



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