Language Arts Weekly Agendas 2013-2014 Semester 1

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CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • Odyssey test Monday 12/16/13
  • Students are expected to do the readings regardless of snow days
  • Looking for Bonus? Odyssey Bonus assignment now uploaded to the Odyssey folder!
Date In Class Homework
12-9-13
  1. 4/6th period:
    1. QUIZ OVER readings from last week
    2. Read “The Cattle of the Sun God” p 922-924
  1. 5/7/8th period:
    1. Listen to/READ “The Cyclops” and annotate at least 4 times for Contrasts and Contradictions. Don’t forget to ask yourself the follow up question! p 899-909       Finish reading if necessary
    2. Read “Circe” p 911-913
    3. Read “The Land of the Dead” p 914-915
    4. Read “The Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis” p 916-922
    5. Read “The Cattle of the Sun God” p 922-924
    6. QUIZ TOMORROW, TUESDAY
  • Finish readings for tomorrow
  • Keep up with reading guide (should have 1-42 completed for tomorrow!!)
  • Keep up with annotations!
12-10-13
  1. Discuss part 1 – make a list of themes together
  2. Read “Coming Home” p 928
  3. Read “Meeting of Father and Son” p 929-13
  • Keep up with reading guide!
  • Keep up with annotations!
12-11-13
  1. Read “The Beggar and the Faithful Dog” p 932-34
  2. Read “The Test of the Great Bow” p 936-40
  • Read “Death at the Palace” p 941-43
  • Keep up with reading guide!
  • Keep up with annotations!
12-12-13
  1. Read “Odysseus and Penelope” p 944-947
  2. Discuss part 2 – make a list of themes together
  • Finish reading guide! Don’t forget the “Keeping Track of the Long Journey Home” portion (timeline) DUE TOMORROW
  • ANNOTATIONS DUE TOMORROW
12-13-13
  1. Review for TEST MONDAY
 
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • Looking for Bonus? Odyssey Bonus assignment now uploaded to the Odyssey folder!
Date In Class Homework
12-2-13
  1. FINALLY finish Troy
  • Finish Troy viewing guide – DUE TOMORROW, TUES. 12-3-13
    • 4th – 7th: 1-17
    • 8th hour: 1-14 & 17 only
12-3-13
  1. Lesson: Contrasts and Contradictions
  2. Examine map on page 888
  3. Listen to reading of “Tell the Story” p 890, annotating for literary elements
  4. Listen to “Calypso” together (5:52), annotating for Contrasts and Contradictions
  • Finish reading if necessary
12-4-13
  1. Listen to “Calypso” p 894 (tone, characterization)
  2. Read “I am Laertes’ Son” p 895-898 together, annotating
  3. Read “The Lotus Eaters” p 898
  • Finish reading if necessary
12-5-13
  1. Listen to “The Cyclops” and annotate at least 4 times for Contrasts and Contradictions. Don’t forget to ask yourself the follow up question! p 899-909
  • Finish reading if necessary
12-6-13
  1. Read “Circe” p 911-913
  2. Read “The Land of the Dead” p 914-915
  • Finish reading if necessary
  • Read “The Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis” p 916-922 QUIZ MONDAY
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • Looking for Bonus? Odyssey Bonus assignment now uploaded to the Odyssey folder!
Date In Class Homework
11-25-13
  1. Go over “The Odyssey: An Introduction” essay reading guide
  • study for test!
11-26-13
  1. Test over Greek gods, “The Odyssey: An Introduction”, and Troy
11-27-13
  1. No School
11-28-13
  1. No School
11-29-13
  1. No School
  •  
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • If you missed a day of grammar (parts of speech) exercises, please see me to check out an Elements of Writing, 3rd Course textbook!
  • We’re starting a Greek Mythology Unit featuring Troy (edited for school) and Homer’s The Odyssey
  • QUIZ OVER GREEK MYTH, TROY, AND “The Odyssey: An Introduction Essay” NEXT TUESDAY
Date In Class Homework
11-18-13
  1. Notes over Greek Mythology, epics and heroes
    1. See http://prezi.com/exybydtowruq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share for the prezi
    2. See THE ODYSSEY folder above for the old PPT version of the notes and a copy of the blank notes for completion by the student
11-19-13
  1. Continue with the notes from Monday
11-20-13
  1. Complete Notes if necessary
  2. Receive Viewing Guide for Troy
  3. Watch Troy, part 1
11-21-13
  1. Assigned reading for homework: “The Odyssey: An Introduction by David Adams Leeming” pages 878-886 of Elements of Literature, 3rd Course text
    1. Complete reading guide for 25 points
    2. Due MONDAY,
  2. Watch Troy, part 2
  3. Complete applicable portions of Viewing Guide for Troy
  • Complete reading assignment
11-22-13
  1. Watch Troy, part 3
  2. Complete applicable portions of Viewing Guide for Troy
  • Study for quiz on Tuesday
  • Complete viewing guide
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • If you missed a day of grammar (parts of speech) exercises, please see me to check out an Elements of Writing, 3rd Course textbook!
Date In Class Homework
11-11-13
  1. Class work time to finish Adverb exercises from Friday
  2. Begin grading Adverb exercises
11-12-13
  1. Finish grading Adverb exercises if necessary
  2. Notes over Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
11-13-13
  1. Exercises to complete in class:
    1. page 492, Exercise 25 Revising Sentences by Using Appropriate Prepositions
    2. Page 494, Exercise 26 Identifying and Classifying Conjunctions
    3. Page 496, Exercise 28 Using Interjections
    4. Page 497, Exercise 29 Identifying Words as Different Parts of Speech
  • CHECK OUT A BOOK IF YOU NEED TO FINISH YOUR EXERCISES FROM THE DAY
11-14-13
  1. Grade exercises from Wednesday 11-14-13
  2. Review: Page 498-9 Review Posttest 1 and Review Posttest 2
11-15-13
  1. TEST OVER PARTS OF SPEECH
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • If you missed a day of grammar (parts of speech) exercises, please see me to check out an Elements of Writing, 3rd Course textbook!
Date In Class Homework
11-4-13
  1. Brief review of adjectives (definition, identification, and use)
  2. Exercises over adjectives (15 miniutes in class)
    1. page 473, Exercise 8 #1-10 Identifying Nouns Used as Adjectives
    2. page 477, Review A #1-10 Identifying Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
  3. Grade exercises for accuracy points
  4. GROUP PRACTICE: page 475, Exercise 9 Revising Sentences by Using Appropriate Adjectives **group competition! Students will anonymously vote on the best responses and the winners get 5 bonus points for awesomeness!*
11-5-13
  1. VOTE for BEST DESCRIPTIVE SENTENCES
  2. Notes on VERBS (continuing Grammar Parts of Speech Notes)
    1. WHOLE CLASS: page 478-9, Exercise 12 (#1-10) Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  3. Notes on LINKING VERBS
    1. WHOLE CLASS: page 481, Exercise 13 (1-10) Identifying Linking Verbs and the Words They Link
    2. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: page 481, Exercise 14 (1-10) Writing Appropriate Linking Verbs
    3. IP: page 482, Exercise 15 (10 sentences total) Writing Sentences with Actions Verbs and Linking Verbs
11-6-13
  1. Notes on VERB PHRASES
    1. WHOLE GROUP: page 483, Exercise 16 (1-10) Identifying Helping Verbs
    2. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: page 484, Exercise 17 (1-10) Identifying Verbs and Verb Phrases
    3. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: page 484-5, Exercise 18 (1-8) Revising Dialogue Using Verbs
  2. In-class work time to finish linking verb exercises (13, 14, & 15) and verb phrases exercises (17 & 18)
  • Check out a book if needed to complete ALL VERB EXERCISES for tomorrow
11-7-13
  1. Grade independent practice verb exercises in class for accuracy
11-8-13
  1. Notes over ADVERBS
  2. Exercises over ADVERBS
    1. page 486, Exercise 19 (1-10) Completing Sentences by Supplying Appropriate Adverbs
    2. page 487, Exercise 20 Identifying Adverbs that Modify Adjectives (find ten adverbs in the nine sentences)
    3. page 487, Exercise 21 (1-10) Revising with Adverb Modifiers
    4. page 488, Exercise 22 (1-10) Identifying Adverbs that Modify Other Adverbs
    5. page 489, Exercise 23 Identifying Adverbs and the Words They Modify
  3. REVIEW: page 490-491, REVIEW B
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
10-28-13
  1. Grade Diagnostic Test: Parts of Speech to self-assess our strengths and weaknesses
  2. Notes over NOUNS and PRONOUNS from Grammar Parts of Speech Notes powerpoint
10-29-13
  1. Noun and Pronoun exercises in class

NOUNS

    1. p 466 Exercise 1 Identifying and Classifying Nouns
    2. p 467 Exercise 2 Classifying Nouns
    3. p 467-8 Exercise 3 Identifying Compound Nouns
    4. p 468 Exercise 4 Identifying Nouns

PRONOUNS

    1. p 470 Exercise 6 Identifying Pronouns and Antecedents
    2. p 471-2 Exercise 7 Identifying Pronouns
  • If students do not finish with the NOUN exercises, it is recommended they check out the Elements of Writing 3rd Course to take home in order to catch up.
10-30-13
  1. 20 minutes: Finish Noun and Pronoun exercises from 10-29-13
  2. Grade Noun and Pronoun exercises in class
10-31-13
  1. Finish Grading Noun and Pronoun exercises
11-1-13
  1. No School: Professional Development Day
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
10-21-13 A+ LAB

  1. Finish research on two additional articles
  2. Choose to write ONE of the following:
    1. Four square
    2. Outline
    3. Rough Draft
  3. Begin typing your final draft if  able
10-22-13 A+ LAB

  1. Choose to write ONE of the following:
    1. Four square
    2. Outline
    3. Rough Draft
  2. FINISH typing your final draft if  able
10-23-13 FINAL DRAFT DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF HOUR

  1. Final Draft self-assessment for MLA formatting
  2. Study/review time
10-24-13 HALF DAY/ PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

  1. Organize folders
10-25-13
  1. NO SCHOOL
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
10-14-13
  1. Go over questions from the “Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raising Ethics Issues” article from Friday
  2. Receive GERM LINE GENE THERAPY ARTICLE ANALYSIS
    1. Complete article analysis for class tomorrow
  • Complete article analysis
10-15-13
  1. Go over Germ Line Gene Therapy Article Analysis focusing on the abstract summary and claims/counter-claims with textual evidence
  2. Receive MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources handout from Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • Complete the MLA portion of the Germ Line Gene Therapy Article Analysis worksheet
10-16-13
  1. View USATestPrep Videos on:
    1. Reliable Sources http://www.usatestprep.com/movies/501/2557/1527
    2. Researching the Web http://www.usatestprep.com/movies/501/2557/1518
    3. Examine “fake” websites:
  1.                                           i.    The Tree Octopus: http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
  2.                                          ii.    Ban DHMO: http://descy.50megs.com/descy/webcred/webcred/dhmo.html
    1. Book Citation http://www.usatestprep.com/movies/501/2557/1510
  1. Answer on own paper 3 comprehension questions after each video
    1. Grade in class
10-17-13And10-18-13 A+ LAB

  1. View USATestPrep Video on MLA: Web Citations at http://www.usatestprep.com/movies/501/2557/1511
  2. Search for 2 articles on the topic of the genetic research we have been reading about
    1. KEY WORDS
  1.                                           i.    Shoukhrat Mitalipov and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University
  2.                                          ii.    Germ line gene therapy
  3.                                         iii.    Leigh’s Syndrome
  4.                                         iv.    Bioethics and Human Rights
  5.                                          v.    Mitochondrial DNA
  6.                                         vi.    United State Food and Drug Administration
  • Complete the GERM LINE GENE THERAPY ARTICLE ANALYSIS for both articles
10-18-13
  1. A+ LAB – see 10-17-13
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
10-7-13
  1. Literary Term Crossword due at the end of the hour
10-8-13
  1. Common Assessment
10-9-13
  1. Common Assessment
10-10-13
  1. Organize folders/return work
10-11-13 LAST DAY OF FIRST QUARTER

  1. Make up work day
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
  • TUESDAY – after school viewing of Gattaca for absences, clarity, and enjoyment!
  • NEXT WEEK: Common Assessment: Fiction (cold read and identifying literary elements)
Date In Class Homework
9/30/13
  1. Check Gattaca worksheet for completion
  2. Begin examining our answers for the Gattaca worksheet, correcting and expanding our answers when necessary with RED PEN
10/1/13
  1. Continue examining our answers for the Gattaca worksheet
10/2/13
  1. “I AM” project (acrostic poem and symbol) DUE THURSDAY
10/3/13
  1. Present “I AM” project
10/4/13
  1. Review Literary Terms (elements and devices)
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
9-23-13
  1. NO SCHOOL
9-24-13
  1. Anticipation Guide: Gattaca
  2. View Gattaca: Part one
9-25-13
  1. Receive Gattaca worksheet
  2. View Gattaca: Part two
9-26-13
  1. View Gattaca: Part three
9-27-13
  1. Finish Gattaca if necessary
  2. Discuss Gattaca
  3. Finish Gattaca worksheet
  • Finish Gattaca Worksheet *will be graded on quality completion answers on Monday
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
9-16-13
  1. Read “Before You Read” page 314
  2. Read “The Scarlet Ibis” pages 314-323 together
    1. Symbolism
    2. Theme
  • Finish reading if necessary
  • Page 325: Reading check a-e, Making Meanings #6 and 7
9-17-13
  1. QUIZ OVER “THE SCARLET IBIS”
  2. Discuss “The Scarlet Ibis” questions from homework
  3. Examine Theme, Symbolism
  4. Complete the “Apply the Terms” worksheet to “The Scarlet Ibis”
9-18-13
  1. Continue “Apply the Terms” worksheet on “The Scarlet Ibis”
9-19-13
  1. Read page 132 “Before You Read”
  2. Read “Harrison Bergeron” pages 132-139 together
    1. Satire
    2. Author’s point of view
9-20-13
  1. Finish reading “Harrison Bergeron”
  2. Discuss questions page 141
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
9-9
  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
    1. Reading Skills and Strategies: Asking Questions: Jot down questions that come up as you read
  5. Read silently “hate” page 90
  • Page 91
    • Reading Check a-e
    • #s 1-9 and 10
9-10
  1. Discuss “Poison” and homework (Reading Check and Making Meanings questions from page 91)
9-11
  1. Write a 5 paragraph (or more) essay on your thoughts regarding hate and prejudice. OR Write a 20 line poem about hate and prejudice  DUE MONDAY
9-12
  1. Continue working on your essay or poem
9-13 SUB – Smith on Yearbook Field Trip

  1. Create a Literary Terms Poster

DUE AT THE END OF THE HOUR

CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
9-3
  1. Read “A Sound of Thunder”
  2. As you read, or after, complete the Breaking it Down: Applying Literary Elements and Devices to Short Stories worksheet for “A Sound of Thunder” (25 points)
  • Complete the Breaking it Down worksheet for review tomorrow
9-4
  1. Go over Breaking it Down worksheet to assist in analyzing the story (focus: PLOT, cause and effect, motivation, conflict, characterization)
9-5
  1. Finish going over Breaking it Down (focus: figures of speech, imagery)
9-6
  1. Notes: Mass Media and Advertising Techniques powerpoint
  2. Assignment (50 points): Create an ad pamphlet for the new Time Safari, Inc. hunting trip!
    1. Planning: create a rough draft of your pamphlet
9-7 IN A+ LAB, across from room 200

  1. Using Publisher, create your ad pamphlet, due by electronic copy either emailed to SmithL@fox.k12.mo.us or saved to the class’s shared drive at school  DUE at the end of the hour
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
8-26
  1. Finish Literary Notes if necessary
  2. Read page 3 – the six things we think about make up Dialogue With the Text
  3. Read “The Sniper” page 4-10
    1. Dialogue with the Text as we read on a piece of paper
  • QUIZ OVER LIT TERMS FRIDAY
  • QUIZ OVER THE SNIPER TOMORROW
8-27
  1. QUIZ OVER “THE SNIPER”
  2. Read page 11 – introduction to Facing Monsters collection
  3. Listen to a reading of “The Most Dangerous Game”
    1. Dialogue with the Text creating a double-journal entry log. Remember,  Dialogue with the Text = connect, question, predict, interpret, extend, challenge
8-28
  1. Continue “The Most Dangerous Game” and Dialoguing with the Text
  • Finish reading the story on own if necessary
  • Homework: page 29 – Reading Check (a-d) and #1-4
8-29
  1. Discuss homework
  2. Review story elements
  3. Apply themes (hunters vs. huntees; murder vs. hunting) and extend to real world
8-30
  1. quiz over literary terms!
  2. grade quiz
  3. SETTING: Create a map of Ship Trap Island from “The Most Dangerous Game” and draw the route Rainsford takes for the MAIN EVENTS that happen in the story  DUE TUESDAY, 9-3
  • Finish map
CLASS NOTES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Welcome back!
Date In Class Homework
8/19/13
  1. Introductory Speeches
    1. Proper presentation skills
    2. Proper active listening skills
8/20
  1. Library Orientation with Mrs. Salas
  2. Time to browse
8/21
  1. Distribute Textbooks
  2. Textbook Scavenger Hunt DUE TOMORROW to grade in class
  • Finish Textbook Scavenger Hunt if necessary
8/22
  1. Grade Textbook Scavenger Hunt
  2. Begin Notes on Literary Terms and Devices
8/23
  1. Continue Notes on Literary Terms and Devices
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