REMINDER: The last day of first semester is 1/20. Please have all late work in by Tuesday 1/17.
LA 9 (Per. 1 &4)
Students have concluded their mid-year reading comprehension assessments and their results will be shared on IEP progress reports. We have concluded our Unit on "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and today we began "Things Fall Apart." This novel ties in with the 9th grade studies in in World History class on Africa. You can find the introductory slideshow here:
Things Fall Apart Slideshow
This will be referenced on the Unit test and provides important background on the novel. We will begin reading Chapter 1 Tuesday 1/10.
LA 10-12 (Per. 6)
Students have concluded their mid-year reading comprehension assessments and their results will be shared on IEP progress reports. We have concluded out "The Great Gatsby" unit and today began "Of Mice and Men." This novel ties in nicely with 11th grade American History studies about the Great Depression. You can find the introductory slideshow here:
Of Mice and Men Slideshow
This slideshow will be referenced later on the unit test and provides important background to the novel. We are currently reading Ch. 1 and students received their first set of vocabulary words.
Reading/Writing Lab and Learning Strategies
Students are busy getting in all of their work before semester end and studying for finals next week. Reminder: Quarter 2 GPA graphs are due next Tuesday 1/17.
LA 9 (Per. 1 & 4)
Students have completed their reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time." Essays are due at the latest by 12/20.
On Monday and Tuesday 12/19 we will be practicing Reading Fluency and charting progress as well as completing a critical reading passage and questions.
LA 10-12 (Per 6)
Monday we will be reading Ch. 8 of "The Great Gatsby" and reviewing for our vocab quiz.
The words on Tuesday's (12/20) vocab quiz will be:
For extra study, students can review the words on our class Quizlet site:
Quizlet Gatsby Vocab Ch. 5-9
If students will be gone Monday and Tuesday they may make up their quizzes when we are back from break in January.
This week we are continuing to read "The Great Gatsby" and have just finished Chapter 5.
We will be finishing up the movie along with the book this week and next.
GATSBY SCAVENGER HUNT
Click the link below to complete the online scavenger hunt.
Do questions 1-11 (Skip #12) Write or type your answers on a separate sheet of paper.
Due Friday 12/2.
Students are continuing with their reading of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, completing ongoing comprehension questions and engaging in discussion of the novel. We are also starting our first formal essay this week.
Monday: Curious Incident reading, discussion and questions.
Tuesday: Curious Incident reading, discussion and questions.
Wednesday: Reading Fluency practice & Essay overview, pick your prompt, begin pre-writing.
Thursday: Essay Drafting
Friday: Essay Drafting
Students continue to do the daily routine and grade check/GPA graph each week. I am impressed with many of these students' dedication and ability to effectively communicate with their teachers. We will be reviewing the November Reading Comprehension task this week and charting progress.
Students are continuing to complete their Daily Activity/Planning sheets and grade check/GPA graph each week. This week we will be talking about Thinking Traps, gratitude and identifying things we are grateful for.
Students are currently reading The Great Gatsby (Chapters 3 & 4) and completing ongoing comprehension questions and discussion. We are watching chunks of the most recent Gatsby movie as we go. This has been helpful for students to visualize what is happening the story while reading.
Monday: Gatsby Ch. 3, discussion and questions.
Tuesday: Gatsby Ch. 4, discussion and questions/vocabulary review (Quizlet).
Wednesday: Gatsby Vocabulary Quiz # 1
Thursday: Essay Drafting
Friday: Essay Drafting
Students are now completing 2 pages each day in their Edge Writing and Grammar Practice Workbooks when they arrive in class. We are continuing to read "House on Mango Street" and work on reading comprehension, fluency and writing.
Along with their weekly grade check assignment, and support for gen ed classes, students will be completing a reading comprehension skills practice assignment. The results of this will give information about how they are doing on progress toward their IEP goals.
Students will complete a Learner Profile Survey along with their weekly grade check, study strategies and support for gen ed classes.
Students are now completing 2 pages each day in their Edge Writing and Grammar Practice Workbooks when they arrive in class. We are continuing to read "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and work on reading comprehension and writing.
All assignments are updated regularly in Skyward (Family Access) and I will mark them as 0 credit/missing until they are turned in. Please email me with any questions or concerns. First semester ends 1/20/17. Students may complete any missing assignments until 1/20/17 for full credit. After that date, first semester late assignments will no longer be accepted.
We will continue to read, analyze and discuss "House on Mango Street." We will also begin a structured body paragraph in order to practice harvesting and embedding quotations from the text.
We will also begin reading fluency exercises.
We continuing our novel study on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." We will also begin a structured body paragraph in order to practice harvesting and embedding quotations from the text.
Monday 9/12 will be Drill practice day due to last week's postponement.
It was wonderful to meet all the parents who were able to make it out to Curriculum Night last Thursday! School Clubs are holding their first meetings, be sure to attend if you are interested. Friday 9/16 is our first home football game!
Learning Strategies and R/W Lab:
This week we will have mini lessons on good study habits and strategies. Students are also finishing up Transition surveys.
We are starting our novel study on "House on Mango Street."
We are starting our novel study on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
I hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend.
Tuesday is Drill Day! We will be participating in school wide practice of emergency drills.
Thursday evening is curriculum night, see you all there.
LA - 9 & LA 10-12
Tues/Wed: Edge Placement Assessments and Writing Benchmark
Thurs/Fri: Begin work in Edge Curriculum at appropriate levels and first Novel unit of the year.
Learning Strategies & Reading/Writing Lab
Remember to have your planner out at the beginning of class.
Tues: Grade Day! Check all grades in Skyward, record them on your Daily Activity Sheet and write a goal for the week. Then graph your GPA.
Wed/Thurs: Transition surveys.
Fri: Skills practice (Self Advocacy)
I'm excited to get our year going next week and meet all of my students! Here is a brief explanation of what I would like to cover our first two days together.
9/1 We will go over classroom expectations and norms along with daily routines. To get to know ourselves as learners, we will complete a survey on Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligences Theory 1983).
Picture and forms day! Don't forget your required forms!
English 9 & 10-12: We will take our first reading comprehension assessment to get a baseline to start from.
Learning Strategies and R/W Lab: Getting connected: First planner check! Students will have time to establish a way to save work accomplished during class, check their teacher websites and do goal setting for the year. Additionally, students with reading goals in their IEPs will be taking their first reading comprehension assessment.
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