Homework

Homework and Homework Resources

For each night until further notice: hero stories (making edits/revisions/finishing draft/finishing cover). Every student should be done with the rough draft and should have a cover. Work on research.

4/24-4/30: work on hero stories. You should have a complete rough draft on Monday, May 1st. The full revised draft (which will be a major grade) is due on May 10th.

4/6: write your essay, as much as possible. You should have written through your third paragraph today in class. Tonight, work on your fourth paragraph. Tomorrow in class, you will have half hour (core 1) or about an hour (core 2+3) to complete and submit your five-paragraph essay. See excerpts and the model below.

4/5: write your planned introduction from class today and try to complete your first body paragraph using planning from yesterday (complete with at least one quote and keyword analysis). Write in hero stories as needed. Read as needed. You should have two paragraphs for your essay to stay on track with the writing (intro and body paragraph #1). See resources below for excerpts and a model.

4/4: read and write hero stories, but focus on making sure that you complete as much planning as possible for your hero/gods essay, as you will start writing tomorrow in class. A model is below.
        RESOURCES
        Model Complete Essay

       
Hunger Games Awakening -- Hunting in Woods
        Hunger Games Herald -- Volunteer
        Hunger Games Threshold -- Going to Capital / first figure
        Hunger Games Trials -- Depression, Annihilation, Loss Mentor, Epiphany
        Hunger Games Returns -- Death, Return to setting, gift, settling

3/27 through Monday, 4/3 read and complete an individual response choice from week 1 (NOT week 2; this was you your original sheet). Write as needed in your hero story. Please note that practice SBAC will be next week. Yearbooks and baby photos absolutely must be in.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


3/24: read and complete the hyphen hardcopy response.
     RESOURCES
     Homework Paper

3/23: read and complete the hardcopy response for the most sophisticated word used in the text by the author. Write as needed in hero story.
     RESOURCES
     Homework Paper

3/22: read and respond. Core 1&2: narrative structure worksheet. Core 3: personal choice response. Write as needed in hero story.

3/21: read and respond. Core 1: hardcopy sheet identifying a song for a character. Include a quote. Core 2&3: personal choice response (you should have five total tomorrow in core 2 and four total tomorrow in core 3). Write as needed in hero story.

3/20: read for twenty minutes at least, according to your plan. Complete in your composition book one of the personal response options. See the attached packet (you also received a hard-copy for any questions about terms). Do your best. Include the Book Title and an introduced, cited, and explained quote. Be sure to address all questions parts. WRITE AS NEEDED. You should be writing your rising action for the hero story.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


3/16, 3/17, 3/18: read for twenty minutes at least, according to your plan. Complete in your composition book one of the personal response options. See the attached packet (you also received a hard-copy for any questions about terms). Do your best. Include the Book Title and an introduced, cited, and explained quote. Be sure to address all questions parts. WRITE AS NEEDED. You should be writing your rising action for the hero story.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms



3/13: read for twenty minutes at least, according to your plan. Complete in your composition book one of the personal response options. See the attached packet (you also received a hard-copy for any questions about terms). Do your best. Include the Book Title and an introduced, cited, and explained quote. Be sure to address all questions parts. WRITE AS NEEDED. You should be writing your rising action for the hero story.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


3/8: read and complete a response. Core 1: complete in your composition book one of the personal response options on your yellow sheet of paper. Core 2+Core 3: Complete the hardcopy sheet asking for you to identify a theme song for an antagonist or protagonist. Explain using a quote and a specific from the song why/how the two relate. WRITE AS NEEDED (YOU SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE MORE THAN A PAGE)
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


3/7: read and complete the hardcopy sheet about round characters and flat characters. A round character is multi-dimensional and has a rich background and multiple motivations / traits. A flat character is one-dimensional with no background primarily filling a role / purpose instead of showing traits. For homework, explain a round character and how s/he is affected by a flat character. GRADES CLOSE TODAY. You should be all set with SEMR reflections and all recorded scores. You had most of today as a workshop day to complete assignments as needed and to ask any questions.
        RESOURCES
        Hard Copy of H.W.


3/6: continue writing your creative hero story. You should have approximately one page and feel like you have introduced your conflict, character, and setting. GRADES CLOSE TOMORROW.

3/3: read and apply a new vocabulary word to your SEMR book. See the sheet with sentence starters below. Use the Useful Links-->Vocabulary-->Unit 7 for your new words if not in your notes. STUDY FOR RETAKE/MAKE-UP ACTIVE/PASSIVE IF YOU ARE RETAKING. The blank, old test and answers are below as a way to study. Work on hero stories if needed (you should be approaching one page of writing to be on track).
        RESOURCES
        Hard Copy of H.W.
        Blank Copy of Test to Retry
        Answers to Test to Check New Attempts



3/2: read and identify an active voice sentence. Explain its purpose / effectiveness. Rewrite the sentence into the passive and explain the change in purpose / effectiveness. If you want to retake the active/passive test, resources are below, review your notes and practice, try redoing the test, or use Google Classroom links to NoRedInk.com.
        RESOURCES
        Hard Copy of H.W.
        Blank Copy of Test to Retry
        Answers to Test to Check New Attempts


2/28 and 3/1: read and pick a new personal response option (from that sheet with your name at the top and five questions personalized to you using STAR as a basis). Be sure to use a Book Title, an introduced/cited quote, and to address all parts of the question. BRING IN BABY PHOTOS THIS WEEK OR EMAIL THEM.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


2/27: read and pick a personal response option (from that sheet with your name at the top and five questions personalized to you using STAR as a basis). Be sure to use a Book Title, an introduced/cited quote, and to address all parts of the question. BRING IN BABY PHOTOS THIS WEEK OR EMAIL THEM.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


2/24: complete hero creative story planning on provided sheet. Have a strong sense of what you can start writing for an exposition.

2/23: core 1&2-->complete your second personal response and study for active/passive test. Core 3-->complete the active/passive study guide, check answers online, and read.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms
        Go to Google Classroom and click on noredink link for additional active/passive practice
        Answer Key for Study Guide

2/22: read and select a personalized option (out of the five provided) to answer for tonight. This is the same option sheet you were given over a week ago where you get to pick a personal craft, structure, connection, and inference prompt to answer. Be sure to include an underlined Book Title; introduced, cited, and explain quote; and a full address of all question parts. Do your best. Look at previous responses for feedback.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms

2/17: read and select a meaningful literary device (see your hard copy packet with a list, or look online). Introduce, quote, and cite your device. Explain how this device affects the text or reader.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms

2/16: read and complete the dynamic character sheet on hard copy provided. You were asked to identify a dynamic character or a character whom you predict will be dynamic. What character traits needs to change (ex.: shy, not confident, not a good team player, etc.)? What event occurred or will need to occur to create change in this character for this trait? Include a quote with a citation to support your answer. QUIZ TOMORROW IN VOCABULARY. STUDY.

2/15: read and the substitute assigned you to do an active reading strategy of your choice on white-lined paper (predict, figure out, clarify, question, visualize, or connect). Include a text specific and page number.

2/14: read according to your plan. Complete a brief Valentine Day card from one character to another for your book characters. This can be from one character to another as a thank you, a go-out-with-me request, a note of appreciation or encouragement, or even a sarcastic or mocking note depending on your characters' conflicts. You should have a graphic or text on the front, a short message on the inside, and a quote/specific with a page number on the back to help support the reason/motivation for the card.

2/13: read according to your plan. Fill out the diary entry / poem from the view point of a character. Use one quote from the book to explain which event you used for your inspiration. Cite your quote correctly.
       RESOURCES
       Extra of H.W.

2/3-2/8: every school night on your personal choice sheet (differentiated for you individually based on STAR scores), pick one response to do. Be sure to include an introducing phrase, quote, and citation to support your response. Have at least three sentences exploring the topic. Address as much of the overall topic as possible. Include a proper, direct L.A. term in the response.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms


2/2: read according to your plan. Pick one of your responses to answer. Be sure to use a quote, introductory phrase, and a citation. Core 3: answer the question what part of your book would be the best for filming for T.V. or a movie. Explain with a quote and citation.
        RESOURCES
        Definitions for Key L.A. Terms

2/1: read according to your plan. Complete a response identifying the point of view of your narrator (1st person = I/me, 2nd person = you, 3rd person limited = one person s/he, 3rd person omniscient = all people at all times with s/he, switching 1st person or 3rd person limited = different chapters from different limited viewpoints). Use a quote to show the perspective and then explain why the author picked it and why it may be effective.

1/31: read according to your plan. Complete a response regarding what human need your character is trying to fill on white-lined paper or in your composition book. You received a worksheet in class with a reminder of what human need theories are available for you to draw from; you only need to draw from one theory or specific need. Use a text specific and page number to show the need. ALSO: complete your individual responses to your two god/goddess questions, started to class, about five to seven sentences per question.

1/30: read according to your plan. Complete both columns of the theme sheet given in class. If you're stuck looking for a theme, look at the list below and pick one that best fits.
        RESOURCES
        Theme List

1/27: read according to your plan. Identify the setting and give two details with a page number.

1/26: read according to your plan. Pick a symbol or object/prop to represent your antagonist. If your antagonist is not a person, pick any other character. What object/prop would your character use to represent him/herself at a talk show or press conference? Explain how your prop represent your character.

1/25: read according to your plan. Pick the three strongest verbs (include page numbers for where you found them). Explain why they are strong verbs--direct, vivid, helps image, creates conflict, adds action, etc.

1/24: read according to your plan. If one of your characters was on a talk show, what is one question that you would ask him/her? Give a brief response of how you believe your character would answer. You do not need a page number or specific, but you should have an idea of why your character is answering in that particular way.

1/23: read according to your plan. Pick the best written sentence in your section of reading. Introduce the quote, quote, and then cite. Explain why you felt this was strong writing.

1/20: read according to your plan and work to wrap up a book if you have not finished one since break (you must have a reflection on a completed book by the end of the upcoming week). Respond in your composition book with three sentences, a page number, and a text specific to the following: Which Greek god or goddess is the most like your main protagonist? You do not need to match genders or all characteristics. Example: a person being bullied for appearances may connect to Hephaestus, or a smart character may connect to Athene.

1/19: read according to your plan and pick an important quote. Use an intro phrase (The author writes,) "quote," and citation (Author #). Give one inference--what does that quote tell you about a character, conflict, author, culture, or all people that you were not directly told by the author? STUDY FOR VOCAB.

1/18: read according to your reading plan. You should finish a 7th book and a response for it by Monday. Tonight, read and then complete a SEMR response regarding a theme or universal theme. What is a lesson learned or something your book shows about all people? You can do this for any point of the book--what does a character learn, what could s/he learn, what would s/he benefit from learning, what does the book show or suggest about all people? Include three sentences, a page number, and a text specific.

1/17: finish work started in class with the substitute.

1/13: SEMR response due Tuesday. Finish the Greek packets (Demeter/Twins) and Greek review packet as needed. Link for the Greek review packet: http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/greek-mythology.

1/10 - 16: FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS AND MONEY ($8.25) DUE TOMORROW! read according to your reading plan (finishing books about every two weeks, should be working on your seventh book if on schedule). Fill in a SEMR composition response using one of the four responses on the hard copy sheet given in class (packet 2 should be at the top). Part of speech posters should be done for tomorrow. SEMR essays should be done and shared.
        RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition
        Permission Slip (digital)


1/9: read according to your plan. Complete a part of speech sheet (fifteen words with page numbers each classified into all of the parts of speech except for interjection). Finish part of speech poster by Wednesday. Finish and share SEMR essay from before break if not shared. Field trip permission slip and $8.25 due by Wednesday. Field trip is Friday.

1/4-1/6: read according to your plan. Complete one SEMR response from the list. Do only one active reading strategy / week. Always include a page number and text specific. Work on your part of speech poster as needed.
       RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition Book

POSTER PROJECT ANSWERS (DUE FRIDAY--WORK ON IN CLASS AND OUT OF CLASS)
Project Description and Rubric
pink = noun
orange = adjective
green = adverb
yellow = preposition
box = conjunction
blue = verb
      Cherokee
      Mayan
      African Bushman

12/19-12/22: read according to your plan. Your sixth book should be complete by the end of the break, January 2nd. Each night, select a different reading response to put in your composition book (three sentences, one page number, and one specific). Only do ONE active reading response this week. If you do more than one, you will lose a point; you should do one active reading strategy and then the other three options at some point this week in your responses.
RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition Book

12/16: read for twenty to thirty minutes, in accordance with your reading plan. Chose one of the reading responses on the provided sheet. Answer in your composition book, including three sentences, a page number, and a text specific.
        RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition Book

12/15: read for twenty to thirty minutes, in accordance with your reading plan. Chose one of the reading responses on the provided sheet. Answer in your composition book, including three sentences, a page number, and a text specific.
        RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition Book

12/14: none on account of the winter concert.

12/13: read for twenty to thirty minutes, in accordance with your reading plan. Chose one of the reading responses on the provided sheet. Answer in your composition book, including three sentences, a page number, and a text specific.
        RESOURCES
        Reading Response Prompts for Composition Book

12/12: plan specifics for your essay. Come in with ideas, ready to write. You can plan the whole paper on page 8.

12/9: write a creative vocabulary story for "Giddy." Models on the provided sheet. Should be approximately fifty words.

12/8: Write a thesis from your free write and plan at least three paper points (claims for three body paragraphs).

12/7: read both sides of the provided national winners from the past two years for the essay contest. At the bottom, write two strengths of each essay. These are models; you will write essays next week with a similar aim. DEBATE PAPERS SHOULD BE DONE TOMORROW. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THREE SOURCES THAT YOU HELPED WITH, OUTLINES, AND ANNOTATIONS.

12/6: finish page 3-4 with a brainstorm of what you liked and learned from your chosen text. You should fill a page. The second page is optional; use if you feel inspired or are on a roll with your topic.

12/5: pick the book that you feel has most inspired, motivated, or changed you. If you're stuck, think about what one book you would want to have on a book shelf if you could only have one book. Picking your latest book may be easier, but you may pick anything, including books read outside of this year. You must, however, have access to the book, so make sure you get it from the library or home if you're not doing your current fifth text. Complete page 2 in the essay packet, basically summarizing your chosen book cover to cover. If you're stuck on what is falling action, etc., just summarize the text somewhere on the page.

12/2: read according to your plan. Revise and edit paragraphs. Core 1 and 2 received revision ideas / comments to consider while revising if I received their paragraph drafts on time. Core 3 is revising within their group draft. All body paragraphs must be done by Monday along with all outlining and annotating of bibliographies.
RESOURCES
  Rubric for Test Grade for Persuasive Writing

12/1: read according to your plan. On the provided part of speech sheet, fill in one column with fifteen words. Put the fifteen words in the appropriate row/category (noun, adjective, verb, preposition, adverb, interjection, conjunction). You must have a total of fifteen and at least one example word for each part of speech with the exception of interjection. Your provided sheet included a model. If you are uncertain about a word, look it up in the dictionary.
RESOURCES
  Part of Speech Model - also in your grammar section for "Eleven" and "Theme from English B"

11/30: read according to your plan. Write a response to theme on the worksheet provided. A theme is a lesson you could learn from the text in that section or a lesson that you think a character could learn or should learn or will learn from the problem being dealt with in that section. A list of common theme is listed below. You may choose one of those themes or you may create your own.
     RESOURCES
     List of Common Themes in Literature

11/28: read according to your plan. Write a brief response in your composition books (three sentences, one page number, one text specific/quote) answering: What is one character's trait that you wish you had or had more of? Prepare for debates as necessary. Work on paragraphs as necessary.

11/23: read according to your plan. Finish a second body paragraph about your claim(s). This should elaborate on one of your claims with further support, examples, or evidence. You had the time in class to work with your groups and to start your third paragraphs while revising / revamping your second.
      RESOURCES
      Model for outline and paragraph
      Rubric for final paper and checklist for paragraphs

11/22: read according to your plan. Finish a second body paragraph about your claim(s). This should elaborate on a second support idea, example, or topic that supports your claim. Elaborate and try to prove your second support until you feel that a topic has been exhausted. Tomorrow, you will revise and draft a third and last paragraph.
*REMINDER: EACH DAY THIS WEEK, YOU WILL DRAFT ONE BODY PARAGRAPH.
      RESOURCES
      Model for outline and paragraph
      Rubric for final paper and checklist for paragraphs

11/21: read according to your plan. Finish one body paragraph about your claim. This should start with a transition like "For starters," and then should have your first claim support. Elaborate and try to prove your first support until you feel that a topic has been exhausted. Tomorrow, you should have one drafted paragraph to support your claim.
      *REMINDER: EACH DAY THIS WEEK, YOU WILL DRAFT ONE BODY PARAGRAPH.
      RESOURCES
      Model for outline and paragraph
      Rubric for final paper and checklist for paragraphs

11/18: read according to your plan. Create a writing outline that starts with your claim(s) and then lists all of the support you've found from sources. If needed, find additional sources and just list the www. URL with the information. You do not need to outline or do annotations for additional sources beyond the three you started with. Have an outline that you believe will allow for three full body paragraphs.

11/17: read according to your plan. Pick one quote from your book that shows how the characters are different or similar to you. Include a page number and brief explanation.

11/16: read according to your reading plan. Write one paragraph about the claim that you picked in class for your group. You may do additional research for the claim if needed to better elaborate. You do not need to do outlines or annotations for further sources (but be sure that you have three outlines and annotations done). This skit should be a paragraph and should use a graph, chart, or image to help make its point. The goal is to be persuasive and get the audience's attention. This will be filmed with Mrs. Levesque tomorrow and will be the opening statements for the debate on the 29th. You only need to do one paragraph, even if you have more than one claim. Talk about both claims in the paragraph. You may do two paragraphs if it's easier to organize.

11/15: read according to your reading plan. Write one quote that inspires you or teaches you a lesson about yourself, others, or the world. If you are stuck, consider looking at where a character is inspired to do something, motivated to make a change for better or worse, or should or could or does learn a lesson. Also continue research work as needed.

11/14: read according to your reading plan. Finish your work on the three source outlines that you've been working on in class for three weeks. Have complete citations, outlines, and annotations for the three sources correctly labeled in the Google Drive.

11/10: read according to your reading plan. Write about one quote that inspires you or teaches you something about yourself, others, or the world. Continue research as needed if you are not done with your three sources.

11/9: read according to your reading plan. Consider something in your text that inspires you.

11/7: read according to your reading plan.  Study for your active reading test.

11/4: read according to your reading plan. Complete an active reading strategy for questioning in your composition book. Be sure to ask a good discussion-type question, a question without an immediate, definite answer in your text. Example: you can ask why or how questions or what if questions.
      RESOURCES
      Steps for Questioning Responses with Models
 
    Model of response (should be in your reading section)


11/3: read according to your reading plan. Complete an active reading strategy for connection in your composition book. Be sure to connect and explore feelings that help you empathize with the character and better understand how the character feels. You can also connect to a different text or movie and consider what the similarities or differences say about life or people in general. STUDY FOR VOCABULARY QUIZ.
       RESOURCES
      Steps to follow for Connection Responses
     Model of response (should be in your reading section)

    
Quiz Sample Sentences Practice


11/2: read according to your reading plan. Complete an active reading strategy response for figuring out in your composition book. Be sure that you figure out something that the author did not directly tell you or hint at purposely. You can "figure out" why someone did something or a character trait or motive. You can figure out a setting or a plot point or why the author named a chapter what s/he did or did something earlier in the text the way that s/he did. It should be a light bulb moment, a moment where you feel that you confidently have understood something or someone in the text in a new or deeper way.
       RESOURCES
      Steps to Follow for Figuring Out with Quiz Models

      Model of response (should be in your reading section)


11/1: read according to your reading plan. Complete an active reading strategy response for clarifying in your composition book. Be sure that you clarify something by trying to come up with possible answers or explanations for something that confused you in the text.
       RESOURCES
      
Steps to Follow for Clarifying with Quiz Models
       Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/31: read according to your reading plan. Complete an active reading strategy response for prediction in your composition book. Be sure that you predict something for the future of your characters and that you explain why this is a valid possibility using the text that you read. If you are at the end of your book, you can predict something for your characters five years from now or in a sequel.
        RESOURCES
        Steps to Follow for Prediction with Quiz Models

        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/28: finish your fourth book. Complete an active reading strategy response for visualization in your composition book. Be sure that you identify a visual moment in your text with a page number and go the next step to identify how this visual was important in your text; identify how the image shows a conflict or character trait or how it creates an important reader feeling.
       RESOURCES
       
Steps to Follow for Visualization with Quiz Models
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/27: read according to your plan. Complete a response for suspense or humor on the worksheet. Put a quote with suspense or humor in one box. Explain what was suspenseful or funny about it in the other and why the other wanted to create this feeling for the reader.
       RESOURCES
       Blank Worksheet with Humor v. Suspense
       Model Sample with Humor v. Suspense

10/26: read according to your plan. Complete the response on the worksheet. If you are halfway done or almost done with your book, you will identify a dynamic character (someone who changed from the beginning of the book). You will explain a trait s/he had in the beginning and how that trait changed, including the catalyst/cause for the change. Use a page number and specific to show the trait/explain the change. If you have just started a book, predict which character will be a dynamic character. Explain one trait that you've seen so far with a page number and specific and explain how this trait/character may change and what catalyst/cause may help this character to change.
       RESOURCES
       Worksheet for Dynamic Character

10/25: read according to your plan. Complete a most important word response. Be sure to include the denotation of the word in addition to explaining how the connotation of the word is important in the context of your text. Include a page number and text specific to explain how the word is significant/important in your text. Your word must be different than earlier in the week unless your word's connotation in the text has drastically changed.
        RESOURCES
        Model of a Most-Important-Word Response
        Prompt describing the response


10/24: read according to your plan. Explain your protagonist, antagonist, and whether the conflict is external (man v. nature, man v. other, etc.) or internal (man v. man). You received a piece of paper defining these terms and with area for you to write. You can tape this into your composition book.
      RESOURCES
     
Protagonist v. Antagonist

10/21: read according to your plan. Complete a most important word response. Be sure to include the denotation of the word.
        RESOURCES
        Model of a Most-Important-Word Response
        Prompt describing the response


10/19 or 10/20: read according to your reading plan. In your composition book or on white-lined paper, analyze what human need theory best applies to a character action. In other words, pick one character action. What important thing did a character do? Now look at the three theories of human needs. Which need best explains why the character did this action? You only need to apply one theory/one need. Your response should be at least three sentences with a page number and specific. If you did a response yesterday, you do not need to do a response again.
        RESOURCES
        Basic Notes and a Model (please refer to your individualized prompt for your skill-specific considerations)


10/18: read according to your reading plan and analyze the very first sentence in your book, no matter how short. What does the line tell you about the book or the author's style? How did it hook you?

10/12-10/17: read according to your reading plan and complete an active reading strategy every night to prepare for the quiz.
       RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/11: read according to your reading plans and categorize fifteen words from your SEMR book into the part of speech boxes (all must have at least one example from your SEMR book with a page number with the exception of interjection).
RESOURCES
  Part of Speech Model - also in your grammar section for "Eleven" and "Theme from English B"

10/7: read according to your reading plans and work on your second projects.

10/6: read according to your reading plans. Respond to one active reading strategy, but it must be different than the one you responded to yesterday for homework. Think about what project you would like to do for your second book, due Tuesday.
        RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/5: read according to your reading plans. Respond to one active reading strategy of any type. Think about what project you would like to do for your second book, due Tuesday.
        RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


10/4: read according to your reading plan. Respond to the P.O.V. (point of view) sheet. If you do not have your composition book, respond on the sheet of paper. You need to identify the point of view, use a quote demonstrating the point of view, and then explain how the point of view affects your story.

10/3: read according to your reading plan. Pick any one active reading strategy and respond in your composition book. You should have a project done for next week for your last completed book--be sure to submit with a one-paragraph, proofread explanation that includes title, author, one quote, and an explanation for why you created this project the way that you did.
         RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)


9/30: read according to your reading plan. Write one commendation and one critique to your story. A commendation is a positive aspect that you liked (include a page number and specific), and a critique is one aspect that could be improved or that you did not like (include a page number and a specific).

9/29: read according to your reading plan. Pick one aspect of setting that you believe to be important and explain why it is important to your story in three lines. Use the worksheet provided to help you select a topic. Use a page number and specific regarding setting to explain.

9/28: CURRICULUM NIGHT FOR GRADE 8 STARTS AT 7:17 IN MS. RYCHLING'S ROOM--FOLLOW SIGNS). read according to your plan (your second book should be done by Monday). Identify fifteen parts of speech, at least one for all parts of speech except interjection. Categorize them in the part of speech column with a page number. You should have the grid in your grammar section. You may write on white-lined paper if you can't find this and did not take an extra while in class.
        RESOURCES
  Part of Speech Model - also in your grammar section for "Eleven" and "Theme from English B"

9/27: read according to your reading plan (your second book should be done by Monday). Respond to the following prompt: Who in your text would you best describe as a leader? What leadership traits does s/he show? Use three sentences, a page number, specific/quote, and thoughtful address of the question.

9/26: read according to your reading plan (you should be more than half way through your second book). After reading, find your single most important word and respond in your composition book defining and explaining why this was the most important word. This must be new word unless you're understanding of the previously used word has changed. Be sure that your project with an explanatory paragraph has been turned in.
        RESOURCES
        Model of a Most-Important-Word Response
        Prompt describing the response

9/23: read according to your reading plan. You should be at least half way through your second book (great if you're ahead; catch up if you're behind). Pick any one active reading strategy and respond in your composition book. You should have a project done for next week for your last completed book--be sure to submit with a one-paragraph, proofread explanation that includes title, author, one quote, and an explanation for why you created this project the way that you did.
         RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)
          SEMR Project Choices and Rubric

9/22: read according to your reading plan. In your composition book, pick one action of a character and explain which of the human needs we studied in class was most driving this action. You all received a worksheet with the human need models, a prompt at the bottom, and a model on the back. Different students received different worksheets with slightly different wording (this is based on STAR results and suggested skill areas). Please be sure to address the prompt on your sheet. Do your best! Requirements are the same as always: three sentences, one quote/specific, page number, and thoughtful address of topic.
     RESOURCES
     Basic Notes and a Model (please refer to your individualized prompt for your skill-specific considerations)

9/21: read according to your reading plan and pick the most important single word that you read. In your composition books, write a response in which you both define your most important word (use the Oxford English Dictionary if possible--link below) and explain why it was so important in your text. The requirements are the same as for all homework responses: three sentences, one quote/text specific, one page number, and thoughtful address of the topic. Use the model from class for ideas.
        RESOURCES
        Model Response of Most Important Word
        Prompt Directions and Checklist for Requirements
        Oxford English Dictionary Link

9/20: read according to your reading plan and fill in one column on the part of speech sheet. There should be fifteen words overall, at least one word in each box except for interjection. Pick the most important fifteen words that represent parts of speech.
        RESOURCES
Part of Speech Model - also in your grammar section for "Eleven" and "Theme from English B"

9/19: read according to your new reading plan and write a last active reading strategy response in that little folding worksheet. If you can't find the worksheet, write directly in your composition books. You should be done with your first book and starting your second at this point. Your first SEMR project is due Monday, September 26. If you need to finish your first book, do so as soon as possible, as you're officially behind your reading schedule.
        RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/16: read and be sure to come in on Monday with one book finished (it's been two weeks since we started the SEMR program). Complete the second active reading strategy in the folding worksheet that I gave you. This should be a new strategy and not the same one that you did last night.
        RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/15: STUDY FOR YOUR VOCABULARY QUIZ and read according to your reading plan and complete one active reading strategy per night (Thursday night, over the weekend, and Monday night). Each night, pick a different strategy. This is being completed in the booklet/folding worksheet that you received today.
        RESOURCES
        Model of response (should be in your reading section)
        Vocabulary Studying: go to Useful Links
        Vocabulary Studying: look at your returned and graded pre-quiz sentences

        Vocabulary Studying: review model sentences from students

9/14: Read according to your reading plan and complete the next column on your part of speech sheet given today in class. We filled at least fifteen part-of-speech words for "Eleven" and covered all parts of speech except for interjection. Do the same for your SEMR text in the next column. A model is below.
RESOURCES
Part of Speech SEMR Model.pdf For definitions of parts of speech, go to Useful Links, Grammar, Parts of Speech

9/13: Read according to your reading plan and complete a three-sentence response about what genre your book is. Use your genre notes (also below). Include a quote and page number to demonstrate your genre element and support your categorization.
​RESOURCES
Genre Types Notes Filled In.pdf

9/12: Read according to your reading plan and complete a three-sentence response (minimum) in your composition books using an unused reading strategy. Ex: Predicting, visualizing, figuring out, clarifying, connecting, or questioning. You must use one of these unused strategies. Vocabulary quiz is Friday. Make sure you study as needed.
RESOURCES Model of response (should be in your reading section)
        Vocabulary Studying: go to Useful Links


9/9: Continue to read as needed to catch up on your reading plan or to get ahead of your reading plan if desired (there is no required response). Remember, the goal is to finish a book by the end of the coming week, so you should be at least half way through your book unless you have just started a new one. DECORATE  your composition book (at least three images that represent you) and DECORATE your bookmark (something that inspires you--an image like a car, tree, sport's team, quote, or animal).

9/8: read according to your reading plan (at least twenty to thirty minutes, at least twenty pages) with a complete, concise three-sentence response. Your response should explain how you used one active reading strategy, and you should use a different reading strategy than the one you used yesterday. For example, if you used "visualizing" as a strategy yesterday, you cannot "visualize" again in writing tonight. Pick predicting, clarifying, questioning, figuring out, or connecting instead. Write your response in your composition book.
RESOURCES Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/7: read according to your reading plan (at least twenty to thirty minutes, at least twenty pages) with a complete, concise three-sentence response. Your response should explain how you used one active reading strategy, and you should use a different reading strategy than the one you used yesterday. For example, if you used "visualizing" as a strategy yesterday, you cannot "visualize" again in writing tonight. Pick predicting, clarifying, questioning, figuring out, or connecting instead. Write your response in your composition book.

RESOURCES Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/6: read according to your reading plan (at least twenty to thirty minutes, at least twenty pages) with a complete, brief, concise three-sentence response. Your response should explain how you used one active reading strategy. Write your response in your composition book.
RESOURCES Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/2: read according to your Monday reading plan and complete a brief, concise three-sentence response in your composition book. Bring the composition book and the reading book to class on Tuesday.
RESOURCES
Model of response (should be in your reading section)

9/1: have a parent/guardian review policies and procedures. S/he should sign to show that they reviewed the information. Adult-level lit permission form is included but optional.
RESOURCES
Course Policies (also in rubric section)

8/31: on the back of the "Theme for English B" poem from Langston Hughes, write a ten-line poem about what is "true" to you. If you get stuck, just free write ten lines worth of likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, or other information that helps define or create you. On the back, write a three-sentence biography: for what are you or will you be famous?
RESOURCES
Theme From English B.docx (the assignment, should be in writing section)
Theme for English B Model.pdf (the model, should be in writing section)
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/theme-english-b (more about the poet/poem)

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