This Week in LA: May 22 – 26

We continue our work with Warrior’s Don’t Cry this week – Melba and other Little Rock students are stuck in legal limbo as the courts debate their attendance at Central HS.

Lesson #1:  Introduce Sketchnotes; read and respond to WDC chpts 5 and 6.

Lesson #2:  Update Character notes; read and respond to Chpt 7.

Lesson #3:  Intro Amazing Kid project.

Lesson #4: Read and respond to Chpt 8. Booklets will be due at the end of class on Tuesday, 5/30!

This Week in LA: May 8 -12

Welcome! This week, we will finish the Mental Health Persuasive papers and begin our novel study around a non-fiction memoir, Warriors Don’t Cry. This will be our last novel study for this year!

Lesson #1:  Finish and submit Mental Health Persuasive paper. All papers must  be turned into Classroom by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 9th.

Lesson #2: Check out copy of Warriors Don’t Cry. Begin Jim Crow Stations.

Lesson #3:  Finish Jim Crow Station notes.

  • Please note – this week is A-B-C-TEST-D.  You will be taking the State Math test on Thursday afternoon. Be sure to get enough sleep and have a good lunch that day!

This Week in LA: May 1 – 5

Welcome to May! We’ve finished reading Challenger Deep, and will spend our time this week finishing the test and a final persuasive essay.

Lesson #1: Finish CD test; work on Analyzing Persuasive Writing

Lesson #2: Discuss types of persuasive writing; begin turning Mental Health Outline into own persuasive paper. Directions are in google classroom.

Lesson #3: Continue persuasive paper. Due at the end of class on Tuesday, 5/9 for all classes.

Please note – Smarter Balance testing begins this week. Be sure to eat breakfast and get a good night’s sleep before the test!

This Week in LA: April 24 – 28

This is the week that we’ll finish Challenger Deep!  It’s been interesting listening to your predictions as to how the novel ends – we’ll see who was correct as we finish.

Lesson #1:  Write RR #12 (Yes, we skipped 11.)  Review through Chpt 148. Group read Chapters 149 – 152.

Lesson #2: Vocab Quiz.  Take Smarter Balance Practice test – Smarter Balance testing begins next week.  Read THROUGH Chaper 156.

Lesson #3: Finish the novel!   Write RR #13. Turn in completed RR Journal.

Lesson #4: Challenger Deep test. (This will be open book, but not open note!)  Begin work on final CD essay.

This Week in LA: April 17- 21

Welcome to 4th quarter! You are all now just 9.5 weeks away from being HS freshman – use this last quarter to be as prepared as possible for that transition!

Lesson # 1

Write Reading Response # 10. Catch up on Chapter Tracker – through Chpt 133. Share and turn in Character self-portraits. Assign CD Vocab List #5. Terms are on quizlet:

 Quiz will be Tues 4/25 (Per 4/5) and Wed  4/26 (Per 3/6.)

Lesson # 2

Read Chpts 134 and 135 aloud; discuss Caden’s merging realities. Read 136 – 139 on own. Finish RR 8-10; turn in.

Lesson #  3

Read Chpt 140 aloud; Class discussion. Read 141-144 on own; catch up on Chapter Tracker. Write RR # 11.

Lesson # 4

Read Chpts 145 – 148; Write RR # 12.

This Week in LA: April 10-14

Welcome to the last week of 3rd quarter! Grades are updated daily this week – be sure to check in if you have any questions!

Lesson #1: Review CD Chpts 100 -120. Review Vocab List #4 terms. Work on Tracking Character 2

Lesson #2:   Take Vocab Quiz #4.  Finish Tracking Character 2; write RR #9.

Lesson #3:  Learning about Allusions. Read Chapters 121 – 134.

Lesson #4:  The Art of Schizophrenia



This Week in LA: April 3-7

Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed your Spring Break!

We finish our mini-study on Mental Health issues this week, and will use that information to write an outline on mental health issues. We’ll also read more of Challenger Deep – Caden’s life in the hospital and his alternate life aboard the ship are beginning to converge.

Lesson #1:  Finish Mental Health posters.  Review CD through Chpt 100. New vocab  terms today – they are here:

Lesson #2: Take notes on Mental Health posters;  read CD Chapters 101-110.

Lesson #3:  Work on Mental Health outline – the assignment is in Google Classroom.

Lesson #4:  Finish and submit Mental Health outline.  Read CD through Chapter 120.

  • The Vocab quiz over CD List # 4 will be next week:
  • Per 4 and 5 = Tuesday, 4/11.
  • Per 3 and 6 = Wednesday 4/12.

This Week in LA: March 6 – 10

You all have been having great conversations about Caden and his struggles – this week, we finally see those struggles explained. Be sure to pay attention to clues as we read!

Lesson #1:  Return AB essays.  Assign new vocab –  terms are here:   Read CD Chpt 60; view TED Talk:


Lesson #2:   Write CD RR #3.  Read Chapter 62 – 70.  Work on Warning Lights chart.

Lesson #3:  Read CD 71-77. Write RR  #7.  Finish Warning Lights chart.

Turn in RR #3,6, and 7.

Vocab Quiz will be next week  – Tuesday 3/14 for 4 and 5, Wed 3/15 for 3 and 6.


This Week in LA: Feb 27-March 3

This is the week where we start to figure out what’s going on with Caden in Challenger Deep – you have been doing some great thinking and hypothesizing!

Lesson #1: Catch up on Character and Chapter Tracking Charts.  Read Chapter 40 in CD. Turn in Reading Responses 1,2,4, and 5. ( Yes, we’re still skipping three.)

There is new vocab this week:  terms are:  The quiz will be on Friday, 3/3.

Lesson #2:  Practice vocabulary.  Read CD Chpts 41- 49; write RR #6.

Lesson #3: Discuss and collect examples of warning signs.   Read Chpts 50-54.

Lesson #4:  Vocab quiz!  Read CD Chpts 55-59



This Week in LA: Feb 21 – 24

We really dive into Challenger Deep this week – I’ve been enjoying the classroom conversations as we try to figure out what is going on with the novel and with Caden.

Lesson #1: Write RR #4.  Read CD Chpts 2- 26; work on Caden/Caden Sketches

Lesson #2:  Write “Mall Stories.”  Read CD Chtps 27-34. Finish  Caden/Caden.

Lesson #3:  Read Mariana Trench.  Read CD Chpts 35-39. Work on RR #5.  Turn in Caden/Cade.