Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 18 - September 22

English Composition/English Literature

The selection test on "Two Kinds" will be on Friday.  Click on the hyperlink to view the study guide.  It's never too early to start preparing! "Two Kinds" Study Guide

The sentence types/parts test in English Composition will take place on Tuesday.  I had originally scheduled it for Friday (9/15), but I felt the students had more to learn before the assessment.  Your students actually became teachers and prepared mini lessons to share with the class on this topic.  We will finish presenting student lessons tomorrow.  They have done a great job thus far!  They gave me some great ideas to use in the future.  The pictures below are from their presentations.

Please note the following important dates:
  • "Two Kinds" First Read 4-Square is due by the end of the day on Tuesday (if not already turned in)
  • "Two Kinds" Storyboard is due by the end of the day on Tuesday (if not already turned in)
  • CDT tests are due September 22nd (if not already completed)
  • Beginning-of-the-year testing (Pearson) is due September 29th (if not already completed)
Click on the hyperlinks for some extra practice leading up to the test on Friday.  Students do not have to complete these exercises, however, it is highly recommended.

There will be a reading strategy quiz on Thursday.  This week's strategy will be visualization.  Students should study the bell ringers from week 3 days 1-4 leading up to the quiz.  Updated Reading Strategy PowerPoint

Reminder: The last day for the doubling code for our Donors Choose project is on Thursday.  Up until Thursday, Donors Choose will double donations of up to $50 when you use the promo code LIFTOFF.    I'm excited to announce that WYLN is coming to do an interview about our project early this week!  Keep your eyes out for the broadcast.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 11 - September 15

September 11 - September 15

We have a special project going on!

Mrs. Leib and I are extremely excited to announce that we created a Donors Choose project in order to raise funds to purchase tablets for our classrooms! Pearson has a phenomenal online component.  Having these tablets would allow us to differentiate for all of our students based on their need for support and/or enrichment.  Additionally, we would be able to access such resources as Study Island and Google Classroom on the devices.

You can make a donation to our project now, and it'll be applied as soon as the project is published. Even better, when you enter the code LIFTOFF at checkout, your donation (of up to $50) will be matched from now until 7 days after the project is officially published after review by the Donors Choose team!  Use the link below to make your donation.  Please help us achieve our goal by spreading the word and/or making a donation.  Our students deserve this opportunity!

 We are reading an excerpt from Two Kinds.  You can find this selection on page 13 of the textbook or online in the unit 1 whole group area.  Students are working collaboratively to conduct a first read.  Students are to read for comprehension and fill out a 4 square organizer.  This is a longer selection, so the first read will be done over the course of today and tomorrow.  We will conduct a close read on Wednesday.  This means that we will start to analyze the craft and structure of the text.  Expect a test on this selection sometime next week.  I will let you know the exact date as we move closer and email out a study guide.

Students will have a quiz in English Literature on Thursday.  In order to prepare for the quiz, students should review the Week 2 bell ringers, Days 1-4.  We are focusing on making connections with the text. Bell Ringer Powerpoint with Strategy Introductions

There will be a quiz in English Composition on Friday.  The English Composition quiz will focus on simple, compound and complex sentences.  Students will also need to know when/where to insert a comma in these sentences.  Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Practice  To learn the sentence parts and types, students have been taking part in activities where they stand up and represent the sentence parts/types.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 5 - September 8

English Literature/English Composition


We have been spending a lot of time learning about how a reader can monitor his/her comprehension as he/she reads.  Any time we read during class, I require students to highlight and make notes in the margin.  If a reader only highlights, he will not remember why he highlighted when he returns to the text in the future.  Making notes for your future self is crucial!  If a student comes upon something unfamiliar, he should highlight it and write a question mark.  The student can ask questions and/or look it up after he finishes reading.  Finally, students should finish each section by telling what it was about in his/her own words.  2-3 sentences should suffice.

I ask that you try to get your student to use these reading strategies in other subject areas as well.  I can guarantee you will see an increase in achievement.  If a student cannot write in their textbook, you can have them fold a piece of notebook paper in half and place it to the side of the book.  In one column, he can write the page number.  In the other, he can write important words/passages, vocabulary, the main idea, unfamiliar or confusing things, etc.  Reading Strategies

In addition to learning about how to be a better reader, we learned some academic vocabulary and roots.  Students created 4-square organizers that will serve as study guides when preparing for a future test.  Click on the link to view the vocabulary: Unit 1 Academic Vocabulary

This week we will perform a close read on the launch text, "Grounded."  After reading the text, students will complete stations to help deepen their understanding.

Thursday and Friday will be spent in the computer lab completing the mandated Classroom Diagnostic Testing.

Please note that we will have a reading quiz every fifth day.  Students can study their reading bell ringers to prepare.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28 - September 1

English Composition Course Syllabus
English Literature Course Syllabus
Parent Letter
Home Connection Letter- Unit 1
Access our online textbook:
Instructions for accessing online text

English Literature/English Composition

If your student has me for class, he/she will have me twice a day.  English Literature is a reading class, and English Composition is a writing class.  Both courses use the same textbook and are closely related.  We will be covering unit 1 in both classes during the first marking period.

Today your student received a course syllabus, home connection document, and a parent letter.  Please sign and return the bottom of the parent letter.  Other than that, there will be no homework this week.

Please consider allowing your student to bring an electronic device to school.  Our textbook has an online component that I would like to utilize during class.  The online tool is very engaging.  Best of all, feedback is instantaneous, so your student will know his/her grades right away.  This tool allows me to assess your student's individual needs and create assignments on an individual basis.  I do have Ipads reserved for the month of September; however, there are not enough Ipads on the cart for the entire class.

We will take the beginning-of-the-year benchmark test this week so I can assess your student's strengths and weaknesses.  This will allow me to better meet his/her needs as we begin the year.

Thank you!
Mrs. Fowler

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 29 - May 31

Periods 1, 4, 6, 8

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Period 6 Final Exam

Wednesday: Knoebels Trip

Period 2

No school on Monday

No class on Tuesday

Wednesday: Knoebels Trip

Career Exploration
Periods 3 and 7

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Wrap-up

Wednesday: Knoebels Trip

May 22 - May 26

Periods 1, 4, 6, 8

Students will review poetry this week and take a test on Wednesday.  Students received a study guide on 5/18.

Periods 4 and 8 will take finals on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Period 1 will take their final exam on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Period 6 will take their final exam on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Period 2

Students will read silently from bell to bell.  SSR students do not take a final exam.

Career Exploration
Periods 3 and 7

Students will learn about the I-9 and the W-4 and read articles about various jobs.

May 15 - May 19

Periods 1, 4 6, 8

Students will continue the poetry unit this week.  Students will learn about narrative poetry, limerick, and sensory poems.

*No homework

Period 2

Students will read silently from bell to bell

Career Exploration
Periods 3 and 7

Students will learn about wages and pay stubs.  Students will also work on budgets based on different potential salaries.