Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10 - December 14


*Selection test is Friday
*Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization are due on Tuesday

The essential question for unit 3 is: What can cause a sudden change in someone's life?  As we read the first act of A Christmas Carol, we will explore this question.

During the first half of the play, students will work on comprehension, analysis, vocabulary, dialogue in a drama, and subject-verb agreement.

Below you will find the study guide, additional practice, and an answer key.  It is never too early to start preparing for a selection test.  Simply completing your work inside of class is not enough.  You need to study outside of class for each test.

A Christmas Carol Act I Study Guide
Additional Practice Concept Vocabulary
Additional Practice Craft and Structure
Additional Practice Conventions
Additional Practice Answer Key

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3 - December 7


This week students will complete benchmark testing.  The results of these tests will help me individualize/ guide my instruction for the next few months.  Students last took benchmarks during the first week of school, so I am looking at growth, areas of strength, and areas of need.  

Please urge your student to do his/her best on this very important test.  The results help determine his/her individualized instruction as we move forward.

When we finish with benchmarking, we will begin reading A Christmas Carol.  The selection is located in unit 3 of the textbook.

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27 - November 30


This week we will be wrapping up "Danger!  This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!"  Students reread the story today and did a written analysis using the ICE (introduce, cite, explain) method.  The selection test is on Friday.  Please make sure that your student studies throughout the week.  The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often referred to as "silly season," and some students need an extra push to keep them going in the right direction.

"Text Structure Individual Session" is due on Thursday.  Students had about 30 minutes to work on it during class today.  All students should strive to earn a 100% between now and the due date.

Last week we completed an escape room based on the short story "The Landlady."  The students had a lot of fun!

They won again!

Students in my 5th/6th period brought in decorations and decorated the classroom for the holiday season on the early dismissal before break.  Thank you to Michael Spotts and Mekenzie Evans for coordinating this effort!  The room looks great!

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19 - November 23


*Please note that there is an early dismissal on Wednesday, and no school Thursday-Monday.

The snow days really derailed my plans!  I am going to put "Danger!  This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!" on hold until after Thanksgiving break.  It is relatively short, so we will reread when we get back and go from there.

Students will review plot on Monday and complete the Study Island individual session.  This assignment is due on Wednesday.  Students have an unlimited number of attempts on this assignment.  Please urge your student to strive for a 100%.

Back by popular demand is the escape room!  Students will read/annotate a short story called "The Landlady," and complete a set of challenges that correspond with the selection.

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

"The Landlady" Escape Room

"The Landlady" Escape Room- Input answers here
"The Landlady" PDF

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12 - November 16


Monday- Act 80 Day

On Tuesday, students will read/annotate "Danger!  This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!". Our next test will be on this selection.  Due to the uncertainty surrounding the weather forecast for Thursday/Friday, I am not going to set a date for the test yet; however, students received the study guide and may begin preparing for the selection test.  We will spend the week working through action and linking verbs, vocabulary, analysis, comprehension, and text structure.  

"Verbs Individual Session" is due on Wednesday.  Please encourage your student to redo the session if he/she does not earn a 100%.  These sessions help increase their grades and help master the content that they will be faced with on the test.

"Danger! This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!" Study Guide
Craft and Structure Additional Practice
Word Study Additional Practice
Conventions Additional Practice
Additional Practice Answer Key