Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 19 - Feb 23

English Lit/ English Comp

The Silent Spring test is on Tuesday.  It is an open-book assessment.  Students may use any/all worksheets, closure quizzes, study guide, etc.  On Wednesday, students will read Al Gore's Nobel located in unit 4 of the textbook.  The focus will be on vocabulary, comprehension, analysis, gerunds, and infinitives.  Students will also learn about using appeals to emotion, authority, and reason.

As always, it is never too early to begin preparing for the next test.

Study Guide Nobel Speech
Additional Practice Infinitive Phrases and Gerund Phrases
Additional Practice Craft and Structure
Additional Practice Vocabulary

Study Island:

  • Figurative Meaning - due Thursday
  • Setting - due Thursday
  • Author's Point of View - due Friday
  • Sensory Details - due Friday

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 12 - Feb 16


*"The Bells" essay is due on Monday (Feb. 12) for periods 5&6.  The essay is due on Tuesday for period 2.
*"Meaning and Tone" and "Sound and Structure" are due Monday.
*"Theme" is due Tuesday.
*"Literary Point of View" is due Wednesday
*"Figurative Meanings" is due Friday

This week students will be reading "Silent Spring."  Students will focus on imagery, verb mood, comprehension, vocabulary, and analysis.

Students will also complete a text dependent analysis (essay) at the end of the week.  See page four for assignment.
Text Dependent Analysis pg. 4

The "Silent Spring" test is tentatively scheduled for Monday.  There is a high likelihood that we will have to push it back a day or two.

As always, it's never too early to begin preparing for the test.
"Silent Spring" Study Guide
Imagery Additional Practice
Verb Mood Additional Practice
Vocab Additional Practice
Additional Practice Answer Key

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 5 - February 9

Lit/ Comp

It is difficult to say what we will get done this week because of yesterday's cancellation and the impending storm.  Cancellations or not, the Study Island topics "Meaning and Tone" and "Sound and Structure" are due on Friday.  

Students are writing an essay in response to the following prompt: Authors often use sound and structure to convey meaning in poetry.  How does Poe use sound and structure to create meaning in "The Bells"?  

I cannot give a due date for the essay assignment yet.  I want to wait and see what happens Wednesday and Thursday.  Students will work on the essay in class with a partner.  They must hand in a graphic organizer (bug) with their final copy.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 29 - February 2

Literature / Composition

This week students will read Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Bells."  Students are going to focus on sound devices and structure and how these elements contribute to meaning.  To complement these skills, students will be required to complete Sound and Structure on Study Island.  We will finish the week with students writing an essay about how the sound in the poem contributes to its meaning.

Students will also learn about how authors use tone.  As part of this lesson, students will read an excerpt from King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."  Students will be tasked with determining what tone is created by the words and phrases that King chooses to use in his writing.  To complement this lesson, students are required to complete Tone and Mood on Study Island.

*Students must earn a blue ribbon to pass their Study Island assignments

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22 - January 26

English Lit / English Comp

This week we are going to try to wrap up everything that we started before all of the snow last week. 

We will finish researching/outlining our arguments and present our findings during a debate. 

Additionally, we will be reviewing prepositional phrases, fragments and run-ons

Below you will find some pictures of students collecting data.

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15 - January 19

English Lit/ English Comp

Required Study Island topics for 2nd marking period (due by midnight January 17th):
Central Ideas
Multiple Meaning Words
Connotation and Denotation
Elements of Plot
Textual Evidence
Context Clues

Students will take the "Thank You, M'am" selection test on Monday. 

Throughout the week, students will learn to evaluate arguments by tracing and evaluating the claims in a text and assessing whether or not the reasoning is sound and the evidence is sufficient to support the claims.  This work will culminate in a debate.

Students will also work on a literary analysis paper examining how particular elements of a story interact.

Hopefully the weather doesn't derail my plans this week!

Students playing prepositional phrase bad day charades/ participating in stations:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9 - January 12

English Lit / English Comp

Hello!  It seems like we can't catch a break lately in terms of weather.  Because of delays, cancellations, and early dismissal, the "Thank You, M'am" selection test will be on Monday.  We will spend the rest of the week preparing for the test by reviewing the elements of plot, multiple meaning words, and prepositions.  We will also be working on a literary analysis paper.

As always, it is never too early to start preparing for the selection test.  Below you will find the study guide and some additional practice.

Plot Additional Practice
Prepositions Additional Practice
"Thank You, M'am" Study Guide
Vocab Additional Practice
Additional Practice Answer Key

Required Study Island Topics for 2nd marking period (due January 17th):
Central Ideas
Multiple Meaning Words
Connotation and Denotation
Elements of Plot
Textual Evidence
Context Clues

Thank you!
Mrs. Fowler