Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20 - November 22

English Lit/ English Comp

This week students will be completing the ELA Study Island Benchmark 2.  It is my hope that each student will show growth from the first time it was taken in September.  Students should not be discouraged if they do not score advanced.  We have a little over one marking period in, so there is still a lot to learn.  It's all about growth!

In composition, students are working on argumentative writing.  They are learning how to persuade someone using evidence, warrants, backing, and counterarguments.  I have  been impressed with what I have seen thus far!


Make it a great week!
Mrs. Fowler


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 13 - November 17

English Lit/ English Comp

This week we will be finishing "Danger!  This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!"  We will continue to practice the skills associated with this selection (text analysis, text structure, action/linking verbs, and word study) throughout the week.  The test on this selection will be on Thursday.  Students should complete the study guide to prepare for the test.  In addition to completing the study guide, I recommend studying the closure quizzes from throughout the unit and completing the additional practice for any area that students are having trouble with.  Rereading the selection the day before the test is also helpful.

Study Guide 
Action and Linking Verbs Additional Practice
Text Structure Additional Practice
Vocabulary Additional Practice
Additional Practice Answer Key

Have a great week!
Mrs. Fowler

Monday, November 6, 2017

November 6 - November 10

English Lit/ English Comp

At the beginning of this week,  students will be working on some cold reads and Study Island.

Toward the middle/end of the week, students will begin the short story, "Danger!  This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!"  We will focus on the characteristics of informational writing, vocabulary, action and linking verbs, and text analysis.

The test will be next Thursday.
"Danger! This Trip to Mars Could Bore You to Death!" Study Guide
Additional Practice Word Study
Additional Practice Craft and Structure
Additional Practice Action and Linking Verbs
Additional Practice Answer Key

Another great way to prepare for the test is to review the skill sections that appear after the story in the textbook.  Many of the questions that appear on the text are taken from these sections.


Photos from our story snowball fight:






Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30 - November 3

English Lit/ English Comp

This week we will continue to work through the short story, "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed."  We will continue to focus on vocabulary, comparisons using adjectives and adverbs, figurative language, and comparing/contrasting the text and the radio play.

Please note that our next test is on Friday.  Each student has a study guide.  The questions that appear on the study guide also appear on the test.  As always, the test is open-book since the students need to find textual evidence to support their answers.  Students should start filling out their study guides ASAP.  Additionally, I recommend completing the additional practice available on my homework blog.

"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" Study Guide
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" Additional Practice Answer Key
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" Adjectives and Adverbs Additional Practice
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" Figurative Language Additional Practice
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" Vocabulary Additional Practice

Students are completing Venn diagrams in class comparing/contrasting the short story and the radio play.  The information in the Venn diagrams WILL be on the test.



Students will also be working on short story elements this week, and they will be writing a fictional narrative.

Students did a great job with the 4-corner debate last week.  Their opening statements were fantastic!  I have uploaded a few for your viewing pleasure.







Jack Maziekas is the winner of our 2 sentence story contest!  His classmates cast their votes last week.  His "scary" story:
I thought I was eating a chocolate chip cookie.  It turned out to be oatmeal raisin.

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23 - October 27

English Lit/ English Comp

This week students will be moving into unit 2.  We are starting with the launch text, "Leaving Main Street."  Students were given a statement: We should stop exploring space because the money spent on space missions could be put to better use here on Earth.  Students were to strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.  Students were grouped based on their choice and tasked with reading "Leaving Main Street."  Groups were to gather evidence from the text to support their position.  Students will present their arguments tomorrow in a debate format.


After completing the launch text, students will move into "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed."  Students will read the story and listen to the radio play.  We will be comparing and contrasting the two.  Students will also focus on vocabulary, figurative language, and comparisons using adverbs and adjectives.  Below you will find the study guide and the additional practice. As of now, I am going to tentatively schedule the test for November 1st.  That is subject to change.


Students will also complete vocabulary squares this week.

Rough drafts of the narratives that students have been working on in English Comp are due on Wednesday.  

The rest of our tablets are scheduled to arrive this afternoon!  As always, thank you for your support!













Make it a great week!
Mrs. Fowler



Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16 - October 20

English Composition/ English Literature

Due to the in-service day last Monday, the two-hour delay on Wednesday, and the condensed schedule on Friday, I am going to move the "An Invisible Thread" selection test to October 20th.
"An Invisible Thread" Study Guide
"An Invisible Thread" Additional Practice Answer Key
Adjectives Additional Practice
Narrative Point of View Additional Practice
Vocabulary Additional Practice
*Please note that students can also practice grammar using www.noredink.com.  I can also assign Study Island practice upon request.

This week we will continue to focus on close reading the text/providing textual evidence, narrative point of view, and adjectives.  Students will also finish writing a nonfiction narrative in which one generation learns from another.

Requirements for "An Invisible Thread" 4-Square Organizer:

Extension questions: answering questions using textual evidence.  1A:
"An Invisible Thread" Extension Questions - Answer to 1B

To practice varied sentence structure/establishing a content and point of view, students wrote two-sentence scary stories on Friday.  We will be voting on the best story this week.


Last week, students participated in a dialogue swap.  Below you will find some photos:



Make it a great week!
Mrs. Fowler



Monday, October 9, 2017

October 10 - October 13

English Literature/ English Composition

Reminder: "A Simple Act" selection test is on Tuesday, October 10th

This week we will be reading "An Invisible Thread" from unit 1 in our textbook.  We will be focusing on narrative point of view, adjectives, and vocabulary.

Some additional topics that will be covered in our composition class are correctly integrating dialogue into a narrative and beginning a nonfiction narrative with dialogue in order to establish a context and point of view.
Beginning a Narrative with Dialogue

Students will take the "An Invisible Thread" selection test on October 18th.  I highly recommend completing the additional practice to prepare for the test, but it is not required.
"An Invisible Thread" Additional Practice- Vocabulary
"An Invisible Thread" Study Guide
"An Invisible Thread" Adjectives Additional Practice
"An Invisible Thread" Narrative Point of View Additional Practice
Additional Practice Answer Key
"An Invisible Thread" Test Practice

Students will take a dialogue quiz on Thursday.  We are going to be using the website www.noredink.com to practice our grammar skills.  I will introduce the grammar skill, and students will complete their independent practice on the site.  This site provides differentiated instruction, adjusting questions based on each student's needs.  When learners get stuck, interactive tutorials pop up to help students correct their mistakes and keep going.  Students can utilize the site to practice and prepare for quizzes/tests.  There are even short quizzes for students to test their mastery of each grammar skill.
Make it a great week!
Mrs. Fowler