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Monday 10/21/19
1) Check Vocab Unit #3 note cards
2) Collect "Eleven" Questions
3) Finish annotating Ai's Notebook Sample (done in class together)
4) Check off items in Composition Book.  (Items assigned last week: Small Moments, Flashdraft #1, Life Map, and First/Last/Realized Chart).  I will be checking today and tomorrow.
5) Homework: Annotate "Eleven".  Due tomorrow. Time was given in class to start this activity.  Students read this story last Wednesday.
Look for the following things:

Annotate the text looking for evidence of the following items.  Two examples of each is plenty. For instance, there is no need to identify every example of dialogue.

Annotate for:

  • 1st person narrator
  • Dialogue/Inner thinking
  • Descriptive language
  • Revealing action
  • Shift in tone
  • Similes and metaphors


**This is a tentative plan for the week in Advanced Language Arts. Please refer to your student's agenda for the most updated information**
Vocab Unit #2 Test-- Wednesday 10/2
Summary of "Fears and Phobias" due Friday 10/4
AR Goals due Wednesday 10/9
Monday 9/30/19
1) Introduce Summary of "Fears and Phobias" assignment.  Turn in through Google Classroom.  Due Friday 10/4. Work on Summary in class today.
2) Vocab Unit #2 Context Sentences.  Use your 5 challenge words.  Make sure the sentence has context, 10 ore more words, and underline the words. Due Wednesday 10/2
3) Collect Close Reader pgs. 9-16 from Friday.
Tuesday 10/1/19
1) Pronouns pgs. ______. Due Thursday 10/3
2) Work on Summary in class.
3) Vocab Unit #2 Context Sentences due tomorrow
Wednesday 10/2/19
1) Vocab Unit #2 Test
2) Collect Vocab Unit #2 Context Sentences
3) Pronouns due tomorrow
Thursday 10/3/19
1) Work on Summary
2) Correct and collect Pronouns pgs.______.
Friday 10/4/19
1) Summary Due
2) Read poem: "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"
3) Graphic Organizer for poem due Tuesday 10/8


Scholastic Book Club Orders due online September 26
Monday 9/16/19
1) Collections textbook: Finish reading "Fine?" pgs. 25-32.
2) Complete the first page of the "Fine?" graphic organizer.  Do not do the plot chart yet.  Due Wednesday 9/18.
Tuesday 9/17/19    Guest Teacher
1) Please demonstrate your best behavior with our guest teacher today.
2) Introduce Vocab Unit #2 words and the 5 challenge words.
3) Vocab Unit #2 note cards.  Make a note card for each of the 25 vocabulary words.  Write the work on one side of the card and write the entire definition on the other side.  Due tomorrow.
Wednesday 9/18/19
1) Review "Fine?" graphic organizer
2) Complete the plot chart on the other side of the graphic organizer. Due Friday.
3) Vocab Unit #2 Activity. Due Monday September, 23.
Thursday 9/19/19
1) Finish graphic organizer and plot chart. 
2) Literature questions pg. #1-3.  Complete these questions using the C.E.E. method.  These constructed responses should be at least 3 sentences.  Restate the question in the answer.  Do not start with a pronoun.  Do your best work. Due Monday.
Friday 9/20/19
1) Review and collect "Fine?" questions.
2) Finish checking AR books and reading logs
3) AR book and reading log check.  I am checking to see that you have an AR book with you, and that the book information is written in the reading log.  Be sure to write down the book title, quiz number, book level, book points, and date started. 
4) AR reading.  AR goals are due Oct. 9.


Vocabulary Unit #1 Test-- Tuesday, September 10, 2019
"The Ravine" 10 question (multiple choice) quick quiz-- Thursday, September 12, 2019
Grammar Review Unit #1 quiz (10 multiple choice questions)-- Thursday, September 12, 2019
Monday 9/9/19
1) Collect Conflict, Characters, and Setting Handout.
2) Grammar: Types of Sentences Handout.  Due Wednesday
3) Kahoot! Review for Vocabulary Unit #1 Test TOMORROW
4) Vocabulary Unit #1 Puzzle due tomorrow
5) STUDY for Vocabulary Unit #1 Test
Tuesday 9/10/19
1) Collect Vocabulary Unit #1 Puzzle
2) Vocabulary Unit #1 Test TODAY

Wednesday 9/11/19
1) Correct and collect Grammar: Types of Sentences Handout
2) "The Ravine" Review. Be able to answer the following questions.  You will not be turning this in.
  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • Is it a first or third person narrator?
  • What is the setting of the story?  Why is the setting specifically important to this story?
  • What do these words mean? Conflict, internal conflict, external conflict, characterization (appearance, actions, thoughts, speech), inference, and evidence
  • How does Vinny feel about going to the ravine?
  • What do Vinny’s parents tell him about going to the ravine?
  • What is the legend of the stone goddess? Which character believes this legend?
  • How does Vinny experience peer pressure in this story?
  • How does Vinny change by the end of the story?
Thursday 9/12/19
1) "The Ravine" quick quiz. Use Illuminate on the computer.
2) Grammar Unit #1 Review Quiz. Use illuminate on the computer.
3) AR Reading
Friday 9/13/19
1) Begin reading "Fine?"  Read pages 17-25 stopping after line # 272.


Vocabulary Unit #1 Test Tuesday, Sept. 10 (next week)
Literature Quiz Friday, Sept. 13
Monday 9/2/19     Labor Day Holiday-- No School
Tuesday 9/3/19
1) Collect Close Reader pgs. 3-8 #1-6
2) Grammar: Verb Phrases and Subject/Predicate Review pgs. 7 & 8.  Due tomorrow.
3) Begin reading "The Ravine" in the Collections textbook pgs. 3-12.
4) Literature Questions #1-5.  Use the C.E.E. Method for all questions #1-5.  Due Thursday.
Wednesday 9/4/19
1) Correct and collect Grammar pgs. 7 & 8
2)  reading "The Ravine" pgs. 3-12
3) Literature Questions #1-5.  Use the C.E.E. Method for all questions #1-5.  Due Friday.
Thursday 9/5/19
1) Work on "The Ravine" Literature Questions #1-5. Due tomorrow.
2) Review grades and AR goals.
3) Vocab Unit #1 Puzzle.  Due Tuesday
Friday 9/6/19
1) Collect "The Ravine" Literature Questions #1-5.
2) Character and Conflict. Due Monday


Monday 8/26/19
1) Vocabulary Unit #1 Activity.  Complete parts C & B.  Part C uses the vocabulary words in context sentences.  Students have to circle the correct word for each sentence.  There are only two choices per sentences, so that is why we do part C before part A.  Part A uses the words in context sentences, but the students have to choose from all 20 words. Part A will be introduced tomorrow. Part B uses the vocabulary words with their synonyms and antonyms.  The entire activity is due on Friday (Parts A, B, C, & D).
2) A.R. book and reading log check.  Students are expected to have their A.R. books with them each day and to log in their book information to the reading log.  We went over how to do this on Friday.  This is be graded as a homework assignment.
Tuesday 8/27/19
1) Vocabulary Unit #1 Activity.  Complete parts A & D.  Part A uses the vocabulary words with context sentences.  This is usually the most challenging part of the activity.  Part D has the students read a passage and then answer a few multiple choice questions on the usage of the words in the passage.  The Vocabulary Unit #1 Test will have many questions from this activity!  Vocabulary Unit #1 Activity is due Friday (Parts A, B, C, & D).
2) Vocabulary Unit #1 Sentences are due today. 
3) Vocabulary/Grammar Mash-Up. Before you turn in the sentences, you will copy one of your sentences on a note card. Write your name on your note card.  Trade your note card with a partner.  As a partner, you are going to label the following parts of the sentence: simple subject, complete subject, simple predicate, and complete predicate.
Wednesday 8/28/19
1) Pass out and label Close Reader workbooks.  Students will either keep these in their backpacks or leave them on the shelf in my cupboard.  There will be times when the need to take the Close Reader home to complete work.
2) Close Reader.  Read "The Jumping Tree" pgs. 3-6.  We will read this together in class and discuss it.  This first read is designed to help students understand the basics of the story.
Thursday 8/29/19
1) Close Reader: "The Jumping Tree" pgs. 3-6.  Complete activities/questions #1-6.  Do all parts as explained in #1-5.  Use the C.E.E. Method to answer #6.  Due Tuesday.
Friday 8/30/19     MINIMUM DAY
1) Correct and collect Vocabulary Unit #1 Activity.


Monday 8/19/19

1) Finish Benchmark #1

2) Set AR goals

3) Bring blank note cards for tomorrow


Tuesday 8/20/19

1) Class Charter. Create our class charter together in class.

2) Grammar: pgs. 5 & 6 Due Friday 8/23

3) Bring ID card for Thursday.  We will go to the library on Thursday to check out AR books


Wednesday 8/21/19

1) Introduce Vocab Unit #1.  10 words.  Learn how to pronounce the words and learn the definitions.

2) Make note cards for your 10 vocabulary words.  Write the word on one side of the note card and the definition on the other side. Due Friday


Thursday 8/22/19

1) Visit the school library.  Check out AR books in your ZPD range.


Friday 8/23/19

1) Check Vocab Unit #1 note cards.  Play the note card game.

2) Set up Reading Log

3) Vocab Sentences for 5 challenge words.  Due Tuesday



Welcome to South Pointe Middle School!  It has been quite a busy first week
1) Who Am I? Assignment is due Friday 8/16. Use complete sentences when necessary.
2) STAR Reading Test. We will take this test on Thursday 8/15.  The results of this test will be used to set your AR goals and ZPD.
3) Benchmark #1. We will take this test Friday and Monday. Benchmark results are used to help place students into class and interventions.
Friday 8/16/19
Homework: Bring your pack of blank note cards on Tuesday 8/20.