Assignments and Classwork Fall 2014, semester 1

Each week’s assignments are found below along with in-class activities. The most recent week is found on top.

To access all worksheets, presentations, and handouts, click here! Otherwise, documents are linked directly below. Simply click/right click on the underlined name of the assignment.

  • Students may retake any quiz or test once they have completed all prep assignments such as reading/study guides. Proof of completion is necessary, i.e. bring the assignments to your test re-take appointment.
  • Late work is accepted for partial credit and will be graded by the end of the semester.

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CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK December 1-5, 2014UNIT: Argumentative research

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!

 

Date In Class Homework
12-1-14 1.    Snow Day ·
12-2-14 1.    Read “Harrison Bergeron” pages 132-139 in Elements of Literature, 3rd Course2.    Annotate as you read

3.    Complete the expanded annotations for the sign posts for 1 of each type of annotation (total of 8 expanded annotations a, b, c, d, e)

 

·        Complete annotations and finish reading “Harrison Bergeron”
12-3-14 1.    20 minutes: Questions over annotations and text2.    Rest of Class: Discuss “Harrison Bergeron”, annotations, and apply the terms ·
12-4-14 1.    Read and annotate “Reading – Red Raptor” and answer the questions after each selection ·
12-5-14 1.    Discuss “Reading – Red Raptor” questions ·

 

CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK of November 3-7, 2014UNIT: Grammar – Parts of Speech

  • ALL EXERCISES on Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs are DUE ON MONDAY, November 10, 2014If your student needs to check out the green Elements of Literature, 3rd Course textbook, please have them approach me after class!
  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!

 

Date In Class Homework
Nov 3, 2014
  1. Turn in Animal Research papers – due by 5pm today via Google Classroom, flash drive, or email (smithL@fox.k12.mo.us)
    1. students may use in class computers to turn in work if necessary (and they are working)
    2. students may NOT complete the work in class as we have another assignment to complete
  2. Read page 465-469 (Nouns) of Elements of Writing (green classroom textbooks)
  3. Complete exercises:
    1. page 466 Exercise 1
    2. page 467 Exercise 2
    3. page 467-8 Exercise 3
    4. page 468 Exercise 4
Nov 4, 2014
  1. NO SCHOOL
  2. ELECTION DAY – encourage your adults to exercise their right to vote!
  3. Professional Development
Nov 5, 2014
  1. Read pages 469-477 (Pronouns and Adjectives) of Elements of Writing (green classroom textbooks)
  2. Complete Exercises:
    1. page 470 Exercise 6
    2. page 471 Exercise 7
    3. page 473-4 Exercise 8
    4. page 477 Review A
Nov 6, 2014
  1. Read pages 477-485 (Verbs) of Elements of Writing (green classroom textbooks)
  2. Complete Exercises:
    1. page 477 Exercise 11
    2. page 481 Exercise 13
    3. page 481 Exercise 14
    4. page 483 Exercise 16
    5. page 484 Exercise 17
Nov 7, 2014
  1. ALL EXERCISES on Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Verbs are DUE ON MONDAY, November 10, 2014
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK October 6-10, 2014UNIT: Short Stories/Argumentative research

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!

 

Date In Class Homework
10-6-14
  1. View Gattaca
    1. Annotations: complete the annotation guide as you watch
    2. Complete the viewing guide as you watch

 

  • Both assignments due Wednesday!
10-7-14
  1. Complete  Gattaca
    1. Annotations: complete the annotation guide as you watch
    2. Complete the viewing guide as you watch
  2. Reaction paper: Complete a quickwrite (3-5 minutes) of your reaction to the film.
  • Both assignments due Wednesday!
10-8-14
  1. Discuss Gattaca
  2. Discuss annotations and viewing guide
    1. due at the end of the hour
  3. Choosing a Topic: Themes in Gattaca
10-9-14
  1. End of the Quarter make-up day
    1. make up quizzes
    2. work on missing assignments
    3. bring in work from other classes if need be!

 

10-10-1
  1. Research Notes: Sources
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: September 29- October 3, 2014UNIT: Short Stories

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!
Date In Class Homework
9-29-14
  1. Annotations: Words of the Wiser
    1. Notes
    2. practice using excerpts from Riding Freedom
9-30-14
  1. Annotations: Again and Again
    1. Notes
    2. practice using excerpts from Hatchet
10-1-14
  1. Annotations: Memory Moment
    1. Notes
    2. practice using excerpts from Hope was Here
10-2-14
  1. Journal: Anticipation Guide checklist
  2. View Gattaca
    1. Annotations: complete the annotation guide as you watch
    2. Complete the viewing guide as you watch
10-3-14
  1. View Gattaca
    1. Annotations: complete the annotation guide as you watch
    2. Complete the viewing guide as you watch
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: September 22-26, 2014UNIT: Short Stories

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!
Date In Class Homework
9-22-14
  1. No School, PD Day
9-23-14
  1. Present ASOT Ads for Time Safari, Inc.
9-24-14
  1. Read page 89 “Meet the Writer”
  2. Read page 80 “Before You Read: Poison” – pay special attention to the “Background” section
  3. Do quickwrite
  4. Read silently “Poison” pages 81-89
  5. Reading Skills and Strategies: Asking Questions: Jot down questions that come up as you read
  6. Read silently “hate” page 90
  • Page 91
    • Reading Check a-e and #s 1-9 and 10

 

9-25-14
  1. Present ASOT Ads for Time Safari, Inc.
9-26-14
  1. Present ASOT Ads for Time Safari, Inc.
  2. Review annotations already learned
  3. Take notes on remaining annotations for use next week
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: September 15-19, 2014UNIT: Short Stories – Media Messages, Annotations

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!
Date In Class Homework
9-15-14
  1. Journal Entry: Our Effect: Shaping Events
  2. Microsoft Publisher Training (for “ASOT Ad Project”)
9-16-14
  1. In room 216 to work on project
9-17-14
  1. In room 216 to work on project
  • FINISH PROJECT, DUE FRIDAY, presentations on Monday/Tuesday
9-18-14
  1. Review Contrast and Contradictions
  2. Read “Thank You, Ma’m” by Langston Hughes for contrasts and contraditions
    1. Annotate on the paper itself!
    2. ?=confusing parts or questions
    3. IV=inner voice (personal thoughts)
    4. CC=Contrast/Contradictions
    5. ______=important elements (characters, setting, etc)
9-19-14
  1. Aha! Moment notes/mini-lesson
  2. Read “Excerpts from Crash” to practice finding Aha! Moments
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: September 8-12, 2014UNIT: Short Stories

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!
Date In Class Homework
9-8-14
  1. Review vivid verbs on page 31 and practice using vivid verbs in class.
    1. Circle and count the number of verbs (action/to be words) in your story.
    2. Write the number by your name at the top of your paper
    3. Choose 10 verbs to revise into vivid verbs (see page 31 for a reminder on vivid verbs)
    4. Write the verbs down on a new sheet of paper
    5. Write a new verb that MEANS THE SAME THING but is more vivid
    6. Staple your final draft, your 10 revised verbs, and your scoring guide together and turn it all in!
  2. Read silently “A Sound of Thunder” and Annotate (alternate text without pictures)
 Finish “A Sound of Thunder.
9-9-14
  1. Comprehension quiz over “A Sound of Thunder”
  2. “Breaking it Down” assignment using “A Sound of Thunder”
9-10-14
  1. Review and correct our “Breaking it Down” over “A Sound of Thunder” and discuss
9-11-14
  1. Continue reviewing and correcting our “Breaking it Down” over “A Sound of Thunder” and discuss
9-12-14
  1. Advertising/Mass Media Techniques powerpoint
  2. Commercial cruising – examining messages in commercials
  3. Create your own commercial/ad for Time Safari, Inc.!
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: September 1-5, 2014UNIT: Short Stories

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!
  • Links to stories online below – click on the name of the short story!
Date In Class Homework
9-1-14
  1. No School, Labor Day
9-2-14
  1. Finish listening to and reading “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
    1. continue to Dialogue with the Text (reference: p 3 and “The Sniper in the textbook)
  2. quiz over “The Most Dangerous Game” on Thursday 9/4
  • Finish reading and study for your quiz on Thursday
9-3-14
  1. Journal: Complete the “Reading Check” on page 29 of the textbook (a-d). Use complete sentences and proper conventions.
  2. Discuss “Making Meanings” questions on pabe 29 of the text.
9-4-14
  1. Quiz over “The Most Dangerous Game”
  2. Grade quiz
  3. Powerful verbs: page 31 in textbook
    1. read “Powerful Verbs” and look at “Some of Connell’s Verbs” in the sidebar
    2. Complete the “Try It Out” together
  4. Creative Writing: “The Next Chapter” due Monday, 9/8/14
9-5-14
  1. Work on “Creative Writing: The Next Chapter” due Monday
  •  Finish your creative writing.
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: August 25-29, 2014UNIT: Introduction to LA1/Short Stories

  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!

 

Date In Class Homework
8-25-14
  1. Get textbooks
  2. Receive “Textbook Scavenger Hunt” to complete as homework
  3. Library Orientation visit
8-26-14
  1. Journal: Reading Strategies
  2. Grade “Textbook Scavenger Hunt”
    1. correct answers if wrong
    2. review text features such as Table of Contents, levels of organization, chapters, captions, etc.
8-27-14
  1. Journal: Read page 3 of Lit book – “Reading Skills and Strategies – Reading Short Stories: Making Meanings”
  2. Teacher Model: Dialogue with the Text from page 3 using “The Sniper” page 4
  3. Read “The Sniper” pages 4-10
    1. silently on own
    2. as you read, dialogue with the text on your own paper
8-28-14
  1. Journal: Contrasts and Contradictions
  2. Comprehension Quiz over “The Sniper”
  3. The Most Dangerous Game
    1. listen and read along to “The Most Dangerous Game” pages 12-13
    2. as you read, dialogue with the text
8-29-14
  1. Journal: Predict the ending of “The Most Dangerous Game”
  2. Finish “The Most Dangerous Game” pages 13-28
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: August 18-22, 2014UNIT: Short Stories Unit

  • QUIZ OVER SYLLABUS AND LITERARY TERMS on Friday!
  • Late work is accepted for 70% credit and is graded by the end of the semester. Example: A 100 point assignment turned in late and is B (80%) quality work: 70%x80%=56% (F!).
  • Late work is better than no work, but on-time work is the best!

 

Date In Class Homework
8-18-14
  1. Journal: What is a successful high school student? (Looks Like/Sounds Like)
  2. Collect Contact Sheet from syllabus
  3. “Formal Introductions” Pre-assessment essay due
  4. Self-Assessment of “Formal Introductions” Pre-assessment essay – DUE BY THE END OF THE HOUR
8-19-14
  1. Class Notes: Literary Elements and Terms
    1. watch video for reference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s22HX18wDY)
    2. handout: “Literary Elements and Devices”
    3. powerpoint: “Literary Terms and Devices”
  • Study Terms because there’s a quiz on Friday over the literary terms! Matching words to definitions
8-20-14
  1. Finish notes from Tuesday
  • Study Terms because there’s a quiz on Friday over the literary terms! Matching words to definitions
8-21-14
  1. Practice identifying literary terms: The films I’ve seen

 

8-22-14
  1. QUIZ OVER SYLLABUS AND LITERARY TERMS
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK: August 14-15, 2014UNIT: Introduction to LA1

  • Please return all forms by Monday 8-18-2014

 

Date In Class Homework
8-14-14First Day of Classes
  1. Fill out “Introduction Cards”
  2. Public Speaking: Introduce yourself
  3. “Feels” – compile list on board of “How I feel right now” to compare and contrast how people feel on the first day of school
8-15-14
  1. Receive Syllabus
    1. Go over syllabus together
    2. QUIZ over syllabus on Friday, 8/22/14
    3. Contact Form due Monday, 8/18/14
  2. Receive “Formal Introductions” assignment
    1. Students will write a short pre-assessment essay about themselves
    2. Students will self-evaluate, peer-evaluate on Monday, 8/18/14
  • Complete “Formal Introductions” essay due Monday
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3 thoughts on “Assignments and Classwork Fall 2014, semester 1

  1. Hello, I LOVE this page! C.D. 8th hour already had to utilize this… her daddy’s dog actually chewed up her “Literary Terms Poster Project” paper and together we found it and printed a new one. Thank you for making this class info available online. You have no clue how excited we are this year! I can honestly see why Fox Sr. High have you on board, you are awesome!
    ~I am one very involved, pleased momma~ Jen

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