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8-26 to 8-30 First day stuff
Introductions
Discuss last year
This week
Writing sample
Choose prompt from list
Share and hand in
Hand out books--sign and record
Review annotation
Read in class
Annie Dillard p2 in old text
Annotate and discuss
Grammar diagnostic
Review parts of speech and parts of a sentence
What is reading?
How do we read?
Why do we read?
Correct Sentences
Read and annotate "The No Talent Kid" in class
Begin together--finish individually
Exchange annotations and discuss
No HW (unless you need to finish the reading)
9-2 to 9-6 Labor Day
No school
This week
Sentences
Reading qz
Read and annotate  "Raymond's Run" pp 21-27
Begin together
Sentences
Reading qz
Discuss
Read "Top Man" pp 51 to 66
Begin together

Sentences
10 minutes to finish story if necessary
Reading qz
Impromptu Speaking
Read "The Street" pp 47-49
Sentences
Students lead discussion of "The Street" and give me a quiz
Impromptu speaking
Which of the first three stories works best for you? Why?
No HW
9-9 to 9-13 This week
Sentences
Intro to Antigone--the Oedipus story
Begin reading together
HW "Antigone" 68-70
Sentences
Reading qz
Discuss
Intro to "A Cap..."
HW "A Cap for Steve" 78-85
Sentences
Reading qz
Discuss
Intro to "The Apprentice"
HW "The Apprentice" 88-96
Sentences
Reading qz
Discuss
Read "old age sticks" together and interpret
Look at other poetry examples
No HW
Hand in sentences
Sentence test
Read "Gentleman of Rio..." together--practice annotation
No HW
9-16 to 9-20 This week
Sentences
Write description of image--share
Intro to reading
HW "My Friend Flicka"
Sentences
Intro to 5 paragraph essay "You are the king of the school. What 3 rules should every student obey? Why"
Write a rough draft
HW Edit rough draft and bring final draft to class on Wednesday
Sentences
Collect final drafts--share
Reading qz
Intro to "Gettysburg..."
HW "Gettysburg Address" and "Captain My Captain"
Impromptu speaking
Sentences
5 paragraph informative essay part 2
Choose topic and research briefly
Discuss how to handle quoted material
Begin rough draft
Use two direct quotes
HW Finish rough draft
Sentences
Reading quiz
Show me rough drafts
Edit rough drafts--10 minutes
Impromptu speaking
No HW
9-23 to 9-27 This week
Hand in sentences
Sentence test 2
Finish editing rough drafts or begin final draft
HW Finish essay
Hand in essays
Hand out Of Mice and Men
Intro to novel and read together
pages 2-6 in grammar
HW Ch 1
Reading quiz
Discuss
HW Read Ch2 for Friday
Writing day
Prompt "In what way does where you are raised affect who you become?"
Due at the end of the period
Reading quiz on Ch2
Discuss
Pages 7-11 in grammar
Impromptu speaking
No HW
9-30 to 10-4 This week
pp 12-14 in grammar
Read together
HW 39-52
pp 15-18 in grammar
Round robin writing
Impromptu speaking
HW finish Ch3
Test on complete sentences, subjects and verbs
Read together
HW Ch 4
Writing Day
Seven sentence paragraphs
create and share 2
Impromptu
No HW
Reading qz through Ch 4
Discuss reading
3rd seven sentence paragraph
pp 24-30 in grammar
No HW
10-7 to 10-11 This week
pp 31 to 38 in grammar
Time to read
HW Ch
5
pp 38 to 43 in grammar
Impromptu-- 2 minutes (30 seconds prep)
Read individually
HW Finish book
Discuss book in small groups--hand in questions
Discuss answers together
No HW
Review for MM test
pp 43 to 46 in grammar
Quiz on nouns, pronouns and adjectives
Impromptu
HW Study for test
MM essay test
Collect Of Mice and Men
Hand out Lord of the Flies
Talk about Romeo and Juliet

No HW
10-14 to 10-18 On the computer, find and write down at least 10 facts about surviving on a desert island to share in tomorrow's class.
Begin reading individually.
HW Ch1
Mr. Snape gone
Shakespeare in Reed Point
This week
Share research from yesterday.
Discuss reading.
HW Ch 2
Reading quiz
Discuss
50 to 57 in grammar
Impromptu--2 minutes
HW Ch 3
MEA
No school
MEA
No school
10-21 to 10-25 This week
Split into two groups--each group acts out a short (1 to 2 minute) scene from the novel.
Read together
HW Ch 4
Reading quiz Ch 2-4
Discuss
Writing prompt--Write a letter to the future you at age 25. Use alliteration. (15 minutes)
Grammar 61 to 66
HW Ch 5
Read together
Class time to read indiv.
Impromptu
HW Ch 6
Haiku poetry--show examples--write 2 and share
Grammar 66 to 69
HW Ch 7
Descriptive writing practice--look at examples. Write 2, peer review, revise, share.
Impromptu
No HW
10-28 to 11-1 This week
Non-fiction reading passage. Read, annotate and answer questions.
Begin Ch 8 together
HW Ch 8
Writing prompt--Write about a childhood toy. Use personification. (15 minutes)
Grammar 69 to 72
HW Ch 9
Group discussion on Ch 1-9 for a grade.
Impromptu
HW Ch 10
Read together
Class time to read indiv.
Grammar 72 to 74

HW Ch 11
Reading quiz
Quiz on parts of speech
Look at and discuss poem by Billy Collins "Introduction to Poetry"
Impromptu
No HW
11-4 to 11-8 This week
Writing prompt--Describe an enjoyable holiday. Convince others to join you and have fun. Share.
Look at Billy Collins poem.
Read together and ind.
HW Finish LOTF
Discuss reading and intro to Notes.
Grammar Quiz (re-test) on parts of speech (review before quiz)
Time to read
HW read notes section
Review for test
Hand out poetry packet and discuss assignment.
Look at first poems.
Hand out lit. terms. and discuss page 1.
HW Study
LOTF test
No HW

Quiz on pg 1 of lit. terms
Discuss poems in packet.
Begin work on poetry book.
No HW
11-11 to 11-15 This week
What is science fiction and speculative fiction?
Quiz on lit. terms page 1
Grammar 78-81
Hand out F 451 and intro and vocab words
Read together
HW 3-14
Re-test on lit. terms p 1
Grammar 80-83
Discuss reading
Impromptu
HW 14-24
Poetry book day.
Discuss poems from packet.
Discuss lit. terms page 2
Work ind.
HW 24-40
Reading and vocab. quiz
Discuss
Grammar 83-85
Quiz on lit. terms page 2
Read indiv.
HW 40-63
Poetry book day.
No HW
11-18 to 11-22 This week
Discuss lit. terms page 3
Grammar 85-86
HW 63-75
Reading and vocab. quiz
Discuss
Grammar 87-88
Impromptu
HW 75-91
Reading quiz
Poetry book day.
Discuss poems from packet.
Work ind.
HW 91-110
Reading quiz
Discuss
Quiz on lit. terms page 3
Quiz on subject complements
HW 113-129
Reading quiz
Poetry book day.
Discuss poems from packet.
Work ind.
No HW
11-25 to 11-29 This week
Last poetry book day.
Discuss ind. reading book
HW Finish poetry book.
HW Finish F. 451 including "Afterword" and choose individual reading book
No Class



Science Olympiad
PIR
No school
Thanksgiving break
No school
Thanksgiving break
No school
12-2 to 12-6 This week
Grammar review subject complements p 92
Ind. book title for a grade
Begin ind. reading
HW Poetry book
Review for 451 test
Poetry book due.
Share 1 original poem
Begin sentence diagramming 472-474
HW ind. reading
Review 451 vocab.
Grammar 475-477
Impromptu
HW study for test
Test on F. 451
HW ind. reading
Assessment for ind. book?
Grammar 477-478
Ind. reading in class
12-9 to 12-13 This week
Writing prompt--contrasting paragraphs
share
Grammar 478-480
HW ind. reading
Grammar 480-482
Writing prompt--contrasting paragraphs
share
HW ind. reading
Grammar 95-97
Writing prompt
Peer review, edit and share
Impromptu (2 minutes prep--2 minute speech)
HW ind. reading
Writing prompt for a grade
Revise, share, hand-in
Grammar 97-100
HW ind. reading
Ind. reading in class
HW ind. reading
12-16 to 12-20 This week
Grammar 101-103
HW ind. reading
Impromptu for a grade--verbal tics
Grammar 105-108
HW ind. reading
Ind. reading assessment
Tests and presentations
No HW
Round-robin writing
Share
Second semester
No HW
End of semester 1
No quiz
No test
No HW
Merry Christmas!
12-23 to 12-27 Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
12-30 to 1-3 Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
Christmas break
No school
1-6 to 1-10 This week
Second semester plan
Grammar 101-104
Read together 403-406
HW "The Glorious Bird" p 407
Check annotations
Reading quiz
Grammar 105-108
Impromptu for a grade
HW "The Dog That Bit People" p413
Check annotations
Reading quiz
Writing prompt--support your opinion
Grammar 108-111
HW "They Called Her Moses" p 419
Check annotations
Reading quiz
Quiz on verbals
HW "Cub Pilot on the Mississippi" p428
Check annotations
Reading quiz
Writing prompt--support your opinion
Grammar 112-114
No HW
1-13 to 1-17 This week
Grammar Review phrases p 114
HW "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" p. 437
In-class POL competition
Reading quiz
Diagram phrases
Quiz on phrases
Impromptu
HW "A Time of Begginings" p. 443
Reading quiz
Grammar 119-121
My intro to poetry
HW Intro to poetry p. 454-456

8th period POL competition for class winners in English room
Reading quiz
Look at examples outside of book
Grammar 121-123
Define speaker in poetry
HW 457-459
Writing day
No HW
1-20 to 1-24 This week
Grammar 124-127
Define diction
HW 461-464
Write examples of imagery
Grammar 127-130
HW 465-467
Discuss figurative language
Grammar 130-132
HW 468-473
Quiz on identifying subordinate clauses
Practice marking rhyme scheme
HW 474-481
Writing day
No HW
1-27 to 1-31 This week
Grammar quiz on clauses
Read together
HW 482-485
Reading quiz
Impromptu
Read together and indiv.
HW 486-495
War of the Worlds
HW 496-500
Reading quiz
Grammar review diagramming
Read together
HW 501-503
Reading quiz
Grammar 480-482
Read together
No HW
2-3 to 2-7 This week
Grammar 482-485
Read together and indiv.
HW 504-511
Grammar 485
Intro to the Epic
Read together
HW 610-619
Quiz on characteristics of epics
Discuss Gilgamesh and other epics
Grammar 486-488
HW 619-623
Reading quiz
Impromptu
Grammar 488-489
Read together
HW 624-631
Writing prompt
No HW
2-10 to 2-14 This week
Grammar review clauses p 135
Impromptu
Read ind.
HW 632-643
Reading quiz
Grammar clause quiz identify and diagram
Read ind.
HW 645-654
Reading quiz
Grammar sentence structure diagnostic p138
Read ind.
HW 656-662
Test on diagramming
Discuss research paper requirements
Look at examples
HW 662-668
Reading quiz
Writing prompt
No HW
2-17 to 2-21 This week
Test on epics
Check annotations
What is a mock epic?
Brainstorm your own mock epic. Work in pairs. Present and act out in pairs. 3-5 minutes
Hand out 15 One-Act Plays
HW Choose and read the one-act play to present to class
Discuss reliable websites and search methods
Work on research
HW Read your one-act play
Grammar 140-141
Look at examples of research papers
Rehearse mock epics
HW  "The Lottery" p100
No school No school
2-24 to 2-28 This week
Discuss reading
Watch video clips of Lottery
Grammar 142-144
Hand out Fellowship of the Ring
Intro to Fellowship...
HW Ch 1
Present mock epics.
Grammar 145-146
Lottery quiz
Read together
HW Ch 2
Grammar 147-150
Work on research paper
Read together
HW Ch 3
Grammar 151-153
Grammar quiz in pairs
Work on research paper
HW Ch 4
Present one-act plays
Read together
HW Ch 5 and 6
3-2 to 3-6 This week
Max presents play
Reading quiz
Grammar 154 diagnostic
Read together
HW Ch 7
Reading quiz
Grammar 155-158
Impromptu
HW Ch 8
Work on research paper
Examples of thesis statements and outline
HW Ch 9-11
No school
No school

3-9 to 3-13 Mr. Snape gone
This week
Work on research paper
Outline due at end of period
HW Ch 12
Mr. Snape gone
Work on research paper
HW Part 2, Ch 1
Mr. Snape back
Rough draft of research paper due (note: due date changed to Tuesday, 3/17)
Grammar 158-159
Video clips from Fellowship...
HW Ch 2 and 3
Ski/swim day
No class
PIR
No class
Instructions for 3-23 to
3-27
8th grade--the grammar is in your folder. Keep reading Fellowship according to schedule. The rough draft of your paper is due today. Please share it with me on Google Docs. The grammar is in your folder. The reading quiz will be posted on Google Classroom. Submit it immediately after you finish it. The grammar is in your folder. On Google Classroom post why good versus evil is a likely theme for FOTR. Your grammar is in the folder. Your writing prompt will be posted on GC. Please put your response there too. Please don't take more than 45 minutes to complete this.
3-23 to 3-27 This week
Impromptu
Grammar 160-162
Work on paper
HW Ch 4 (1st half)
Rough draft of paper due
Discuss reading
Grammar 163-166
HW Finish Ch 4
Reading quiz
Discuss
Grammar 166-171
HW Ch 5
Lord of the Rings theme--good versus evil
Grammar 171-173
HW Ch 6
Writing prompt
No HW
Instrctions for 3-30 to 4-2 I may be a little late in getting some of these back today, but I will try to have them all done by this evening.
Keep up with your reading, and ignore the grammar. We will pick it up again when we get back together.
No grammar. Work on revising your rough draft. No grammar quiz. Your reading quiz is on Google Classroom. Post your answers there too. No grammar. Work on revising your paper. Your reading quiz is on Google Classroom. Post your answers there too. Your writing prompt is posted on GC. Put your response there.
3-30 to 4-2 This week
Hand back rough drafts and discuss
Grammar 173-176
HW Ch 7
Work on research paper
Grammar 176-180
HW Ch 8
Reading quiz
Grammar Quiz on agreement
HW Ch 9
Grammar Verbs diagnostic 184-185
Work on research paper
HW Finish book
Reading quiz
Writing prompt
No HW
Instructions for 4-6 to 4-9 There will be no new assignments this week. If you are missing anything from the previous weeks, use this time to get caught up.        
4-6 to 4-9 This week     Spring break
No school
Spring break
No school
Instructions for 4-13 to 4-17 This week you have two things to do: take your test on Fellowship of the Ring (due by midnight on Friday) and work on the final draft of your research paper. The paper is due on Monday 4-20. The test will be posted on Google Classroom. Put your answers there too.        
4-13 to 4-17 Spring break
No school
Work on paper Work on paper Work on paper Fellowship of the Ring test is due by midnight tonight.