Announcement for Advanced class ONLY

On Monday, November 26th our advanced reading students will be attending a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Dallas. Students MUST turn in their permission form by THIS FRIDAY -NOVEMBER 16TH!

WE WILL LEAVE BRIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY MORNING AT 7:15!! SO DON’T BE LATE!

The museum admission is paid for but students will need to bring money for lunch at Corner Street Bakery.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

Lesson Plans November 12-16

Monday-Students will be introduced to a technology unit on Google Slides. Students will also be given receive a list of vocabulary words to study for the week. There will be a test on Friday. Make Corrections on STAAR packet from last week.

Tuesday- Make corrections to homework.

Wednesday-Continue Homework Corrections

Thursday-Continue Reading “Freak the Mighty”

Friday- Field Trip to New London

ADVANCED CLASS

Monday-Students will be introduced to a technology unit on Google Slides. Students will also be given receive a list of vocabulary words to study for the week. There will be a test on Friday. Make Corrections on STAAR packet from last week.

Tuesday- Make corrections to homework.

Wednesday-Continue Homework Corrections

Thursday-Continue Reading Holocaust novels.

Friday- Field Trip to New London

 

Weekly Plan

Beginning this week students will receive a STAAR Reading packet to work on. I will give them out on Monday and they will be due on Friday. They will have one every other week. The week they don’t have a packet, they will have vocabulary words to study and practice with a test on Friday.

I believe it is important to see the structure of STAAR questions and get used to them so by the time May rolls around, the test is no big deal. Students are also week on vocabulary, typically because they do not read much. I am going to try and expose them to as many words as possible this year in hopes that they will have a larger vocabulary and therefore be more successful.

I have told the students if they need help with anything in the packet, they can come see me before school, during enrichment, during 8th period and after school and I will be glad to help them. This means they can’t wait until Thursday night to complete it.

Lesson Plans November 5-9

Monday-Students will be introduced to a technology unit on annotating articles digitally. Students will also be given a STAAR reading packet that will be homework and due on Friday.

Tuesday- Students will complete technology lesson

Wednesday- Continue Reading “Freak the Mighty”

Thursday- Continue Reading “Freak the Mighty”

Friday- Read and analyze an expository article on the New London school explosion in preparation for our Field Trip next week. *Homework Due

ADVANCED:

Monday: Students will be introduced to a technology unit on annotating articles digitally. Take vocabulary test. Students will also be given a STAAR reading packet that will be homework and due on Friday.

Tuesday- Students will complete technology lesson

Wednesday- Continue Answering questions over “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

Thursday- Read “Once”.

Friday- Read and analyze an expository article on the New London school explosion in preparation for our Field Trip next week. *Homework Due

 

Great Final Projects

Students in my regular classes just finished creating a one page summary about an Edgar Allan Poe story of their choosing. They found symbols to represent theme, characters, setting or conflict. They illustrated it and included favorite lines from the story! I was very impressed with end results. I only had a few who did not turn theirs in yet, so hopefully they will turn it on Monday so they don’t receive a zero.

Students in my advanced class had a mock trial and had to decide if the villain in “The Tell-Tale Heart” was guilty of first degree murder or not guilty by reason of insanity. The lawyers on both sides did a great job, but the jury sided with the prosecution and decided the villain was guilty! It was a fun week and I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did!

Enjoy looking at all the great work turned in!

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6th period

Vocabulary Homework

We will be having a vocabulary test tomorrow (11/2) over words from chapters 10-25 of Freak the Mighty. I have given students a practice page to use to study. If they didn’t finish it in class, they need to finish it for homework.

Their one-pager is also homework if they do finish it in class today.

Lesson Plans October 29-November 2

Monday: Students will choose an Edgar Allan Poe story or poem to research. They will be looking for theme and symbols of his story. They will also be looking to identify what stories the symbols in our crime scene represent.

Tuesday: Students will create a project based on the story they chose. They will include two symbols from the story, the theme and two quotes.

Wednesday: Students will complete their projects and share them on Flipgrid. (Half Day for Students)

Thursday: Some classes will be finishing up projects. We will read Freak the Mighty and review Vocabulary for Chapters 9-25

Friday: Students will have a test over the vocabulary from Freak the Mighty chapters 9-25. We will read Freak the Mighty.

 

ADVANCED:

Monday: Students will be placed in groups to prepare for a Mock Trial of the villain in “Tell-Tale Heart”. They will begin preparing the case and preparing for the trial.

Tuesday: Students will continue preparing for trial.

Wednesday: We will begin the trial of the Villain

Thursday: Continue trial if needed.

Friday: Discussion/Comparison of our two Holocaust Novels.

 

Lesson Plans October 22-26

Monday: A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED! Students will be investigating the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe.

Tuesday: We will continue with our investigation into Poe.I will introduce Mood and Suspense and we will preview “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Wednesday:Students will read a play version of “Tell-Tale Heart” and discuss the characters and plot. We will continue discussing mood and suspense. We will also read a chapter from our class novel.

Thursday:Students will complete handouts over “The Tell-Tale Heart”. (anything not completed in class will be homework due Friday) We will read a chapter from our class novel.

Friday:Students will read various Poe stories and decide on a specific work to research. Vocabulary Test over Ch. 9-25. Students will begin analyzing a chosen poem or story to prepare for a project. (All instructions will be on a hyperdoc shared in Google Classroom)

Advanced

Monday: A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED! Students will be investigating the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe.

Tuesday: We will continue with our investigation into Poe.I will introduce Mood and Suspense and we will preview “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Wednesday:Students will read a play version of “Tell-Tale Heart” and discuss the characters and plot. We will continue discussing mood and suspense.

Thursday:Students will complete handouts over “The Tell-Tale Heart”. (anything not completed in class will be homework due Friday). Answer questions over “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”.

Friday: Vocabulary Test over the first 25 words of the 100 words every middle schooler should know. Continue Reading “Once”.

 

Lesson Plans October 15-19

Monday: Students will identify character traits and characteristics of Freak from our novel. Students will begin Figurative Language Stations to practice how an author uses figurative language in their writing. They will focus on personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. They will also complete a quiz over the first 10 chapters of “Freak the Mighty”.

Tuesday: Students will continue their station rotation.

Wednesday: Students will continue their station rotation.

Thursday: Students will finish up any work that they have not completed. Any missing assignments need to be turned in today.

Friday: Student Holiday

ADVANCED:

Monday: Students will write a skit as a group over a type of irony.

Tuesday: Students will perform their Irony Skits

Wednesday: Students will practice using Oxymorons.

Thursday: Test over Chapters 3-5 chapters of “Once” and Irony.

Friday: Student Holiday