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Week of November 13, 2017

Hello! It’s time for our annual canned food drive. If you can donate any non-perishable items, that would be awesome! I will give Learnball points to your team for each item you bring.

Tomorrow is the county spelling contest… Good luck to Cooper and Cesar!

This year, we have no school at all during Thanksgiving week, and when you come back, there will be four weeks until our winter break. Not bad! 🙂

Here’s the homework for the week for periods 1-3, English:

  • Monday-Finish adding poem (from the blue sheet of creepy poems) to your lit log. On that same page, write a paragraph (5+ sentences) about the poem, explaining why you like it, what appeals to you, what it’s about, etc.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Preposition WS
  • Thursday-Reading Slip

And here’s the homework for periods 5-6, Pre-AP English:

  • Monday-Answer questions on Jack London’s “Love of Life” story. Work on peace essay.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip. Work on peace essay.
  • Wednesday-Finish Classwork (if necessary) and work on peace essay.
  • Thursday-Reading Slip AND two copies of peace essay due  tomorrow (one for me with an MLA heading, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, etc., and the other without a heading for the contest.)

Have a good week!

 

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Hello! I feel like I have been confusing about the peace essay contest, or maybe it’s just because so many people were gone on the field trip yesterday, but I feel the need to spell things out, just in case you’re confused at all!

  1. Numbers 1-3 of the graphic organizer planning worksheet were due yesterday (Tuesday). Most of you have shown those to me now.
  2. The rest of the graphic organizer WS was due today (Wednesday). Most of you have shown those to me, but a few are going to show them to me tomorrow with a late pass or Renaissance card.
  3. The rough draft is due tomorrow (Thursday). This can be hand-written or typed, and I need a hard copy.
  4. There is no school on Friday. I will read your rough drafts over the weekend, comment on them, and return them Monday or Tuesday.
  5. You will revise your narratives and submit final drafts by Friday. Earlier is better, in case I see a problem… You will submit two copies:
    • One with a proper MLA heading (for me to grade) and with your rough draft attached so I can verify you made changes and improvements
    • One without a heading (no name, etc.) to send off to the contest (with the half-sheet contest entry form attached)
  6. It is not required (or even wanted) that you include your planning worksheet with the final drafts.

I’m looking forward to reading your stories!!

 

 

 

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Week of November 6, 2017

Hello! Happy Almost Veteran’s Day! Both of my grandfathers were veterans (of World War II), and I appreciate their service. My Hawksworth grandfather joined the army the day after graduating from high school, hoping to see the world, but he never left California! He spent the whole war in this state.

Note: There’s no school on Friday, in celebration of Veteran’s Day on Saturday.

I had a super-busy weekend and haven’t updated grades yet, but I will do that tomorrow night. Tonight I plan to finish up some grading (in preparation for entering more grades).

Here’s the homework for the week in periods 1-3, English:

  • Monday-Finish reading “The Outsider” on p. 21 in your Close Reader. Answer all questions and complete all activities.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Finish summary of “What is the Horror Genre?”
  • Thursday-No HW

And here’s the homework for periods 5-6, Pre-AP English:

  • Monday-Research Country for Peace Essay
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Finish Peace Essay Rough Draft
  • Thursday-No HW

Have a good week!

 

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Week of October 30, 2017

Ahem… Sorry for my tardiness in posting information this week! Monday totally got away from me, and to use my mom’s favorite idiom, I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Hmmm… That’s kind of gruesome! But hey, it’s Halloween today!

Congratulations to the champions of the OJHS Spelling Contest! Last Friday, approximately 40 finalists competed, with third place going to a seventh grader (Jessica B), and second place going to Cesar GS (an awesome student in period 2). Cooper H (an amazing student in period 5) won first place . My students don’t always win (because even Pre-AP students are not necessarily good spellers), so I am super-excited to have two of my students going on to the county competition on November 14. Cooper and Cesar, I had nothing to do with your exceptional spelling abilities, but I’m proud of you anyway! 🙂

Here’s the homework for the week in English, periods 1-3:

  • Monday–Watch the 29 minute movie for “The Monkey’s Paw” on You-tube. (Click on the link in Google Classroom.)
  • Tuesday–Reading Slip
  • Wednesday–Define all 8 words in “The Outsider” on pages 21-30 in your Close Reader. We will read the story and complete the other activities on another day.
  • Thursday–Reading Slip

Here’s the homework for the week in Pre-AP English, periods 5-6:

  • Monday–Make two gravestones for bad writing habits that need to die… (Repetition, floating quotes, forgetting to include the title and author in the topic sentence, incorrect citations, etc.) Include your name. Be creative with wording, epigrams, design, etc. Refer to previous LAPs and summaries to get ideas of what YOU need to work on.
  • Tuesday–Reading Slip
  • Wednesday–Read “The King of Mazy May” by Jack London (available online but I also have hard copies)
  • Thursday–Answer questions #1-15 for “The King of Mazy May” (The questions are on the back of the packets. Use a separate answer sheet.)

Have a great week, everyone!

 

 

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Week of October 23, 2017

Hello! Happy Red Ribbon Week!

Here are the dress-up days:

  • Monday-Red
  • Tuesday-Jerseys
  • Wednesday-Drugs Stink, Wear Pink
  • Thursday-Pajamas
  • Friday-Dress for your Dream Job

Top Spellers, don’t forget that the school spelling competition is this Friday at lunch in my room, D7. Bring your lunch and show up promptly! Good luck!

Here’s the homework for the week in English periods 1-3:

  • Monday-Make sure all pages completed in Lit Log.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Finish page 96 in textbook.
  • Thursday-Reading Slip

And here’s the homework for the week in Pre-AP English periods 5-6:

  • Monday-Orange Review Vocab Chart
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Conflict WS
  • Thursday-Reading Slip

We have lots of students with colds right now, and I’m running out of tissues. If you can donate a box or two, that would be awesome. Students who bring in tissues will get a Late Work Pass or an Assignment Pass as a thank you. 🙂

Have a good week!

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Top Spellers

Congratulations to the winners of our class spelling contests! The top two from each class will move on to the school competition which takes place one week from today, on Friday, October 27, during fourth period in my room. Third place winners will serve as alternates in case one of the others can’t make it.

Period 1: Jessi R, Jonathon K, Abby C

Period 2: Jacob G, Cesar GS, Andy W

Period 3: David C, Alyssa M, Maria P

Period 5: Claire C, Cooper H, Ceasar G

Period 6: David D, Morgan D, Reagan O

 

 

 

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Extra Credit for Periods 1-3 Only

If you need extra credit in my class, you may read “Museum Indians” on page 13 of your Close Reader and complete all of the activities. Thoughtful and complete responses could earn up to 15 points extra credit. This is due by Monday.

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