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English 8

Syllabus >>

Welcome to 8th Grade English!

*  Exit Interviews are May 21-25th.  Refer to the handout of questions and the grading rubric handed out in class for more information.   

Week: May 14 - 18, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Read chapters 16-20 (including 20) of To Kill a Mockingbird  by Friday, May 18.

2.  There is a quiz this Friday on main ideas in chapters 16-20 and on vocabulary words from chapters 1-20.

3.  Practice for your Exit Interview. Interviews begin next Monday!

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend! 

Week: May 7 - 11, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Read chapters 11-15 (including 15) of To Kill a Mockingbird  by Friday, May 11.

2.  There is a quiz this Friday on main ideas in chapters 11-15 and on vocabulary words from chapters 1-15.

3.  Optional promotion speech tryouts are tomorrow at 3:00.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend! 

 

Week: April 30 - May 4, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Review all vocabulary words for chapters 1-10 of To Kill a Mockingbird for a quiz on some of them this Friday.

2.  Read chapters 6-10 of To Kill a Mockingbird  by this Friday, May 4th.

3.  There is a quiz this Friday, May 4 on main characters and main events in chapters 1-10.

4.  Exit Interviews are May 21-25.  You will have class time to write responses to the questions and to practice your interview. You should also practice at home.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: The quiz on chapters 1-10 and vocabulary from chapters 1-10 is tomorrow!

 Friday: Have a good weekend! 

 
Week: April 23 - 27, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Get plenty of sleep and come to school ready to do your best work on English state testing all this week.

2.  Read chapters 1-5 of To Kill a Mockingbird  (TKAM) by Monday, April 30th.

3.  Complete reading guide questions for TKAM by Monday, April 30th.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend! 

Week: April 16 - 20, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Read chapters 1-5 of To Kill a Mockingbird  (TKAM) by Monday, April 30th.

2.  Complete reading guide questions for TKAM by Monday, April 30th.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend! 
Week: April 9 - 13, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Finish the "Analyze a Sample Argumentative Essay" handout by tomorrow.
2.  There is a multiple choice/ short answer test on argumentative essay writing this Friday.
3.  The optional (extra credit) promotion speech tryouts are Tuesday, May 8th at 3:00 in Mrs. Lapajne's room.
 Tuesday:
1.  same as above
2. Finish Tasks #2 and 3 by tomorrow. (Handouts given in class.)

 Wednesday:  
1.  Finish the "Penny Performance Task" by Friday. (Handouts given in class.)
2.  Test Friday on argumentative essay writing

 Thursday: same as Wednesday
 Friday: Have a good weekend! 

Week: March 19 - March 23, 2018

 Monday: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes or more.
* Period 2 only: the typed, printed out final draft of your argumentative essay with Works Cited page is due tomorrow!
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good spring break! 

Week: March 12 - March 16, 2018

 Monday: 1.  The field trip homework (drawing, sketch or photo printed out) is due this W/Th, March 14/15.

2.  The rough draft of the 5-paragraph argumentative essay is due W/Th, March 14/15.  (This is a new due date!)  You don't need to print it out.  It should be saved in your school Google account.  

3.  Bring the green Performance Assessment Booklet to class if you haven't yet.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
1.  The REVISED, GREATLY IMPROVED, typed, double-spaced, Times or Arial 12 point font, printed out final draft of your argumentative essay, with a Works Cited Page and the rubric stapled to the back, is due this Friday, March 16.  (100 points possible!)

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
 


Week: February 26 - March 2, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Bring in your signed field trip slip tomorrow if you haven't yet.

2.  Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes or more.

 Tuesday: If you were absent today, the class work was to read pages 235-243 and answer #1-6 on page 244 and answer #1-4 on page 246.  Students turned in this work at the end of class today, so turn in this work when you return.

 Wednesday:  
The completed "Argumentative Essay Topic Approval Form" is due Friday.

 Thursday: same as Wednesday

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
 

Week: February 19 - February 23, 2018

 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1.  Bring your signed field trip permission slip to school tomorrow if you haven't yet.
2.  The final test on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is tomorrow/Thursday.
3.  Bring your book to class tomorrow/Thursday to return it.
4.  Book Club is tomorrow/Thursday!
5.  Bring the 4 "End of Novel" responses to class tomorrow/Thursday.

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: Turn-in your field trip slip if you haven't yet!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
 
Week: February 12 - February 16, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Signed field trip permission slip due this Friday, Feb. 16

2.  Finish  the book (chapters 16-20 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) by this Friday.

3.  Complete the "End of Novel Review Book Club Questions" by next W/Th (Feb. 21/22).

4.  Book Club = W/Th (Feb. 21/22)

5.  Final test on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is  next W/Th (Feb. 21/22).

 Tuesday:
same as above 

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
Week: February 5 - February 9, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Review Spelling List #8 for a quiz this Friday.

2.  Finish chapters 11-15 (including chapter 15) of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Friday.

 Tuesday:
same as above 

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: Tomorrow is the spelling quiz on list #7 words!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!



Week: January 29 - February 2, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Review Spelling List #7 for a quiz this Friday.
2.  Finish chapters 6-10 (including chapter 10) of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Friday.
3.  There is a quiz on main characters/main ideas in chapters 1-10 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on Monday, February 5, 2018.
4.  Research Presentations are due this W/Th, January 31/ February 1.
 Tuesday:
same as above 

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: Tomorrow is the spelling quiz on list #7 words!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week: January 22 - January 26, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Review Spelling List #6 for a quiz this Friday.
2.  Finish chapters 5 and 6 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Friday.
3.  Your research topic is due tomorrow.
4.  The Mini Research Report and Speech is due W/Th, January 31/ February 1.
 Tuesday: same as above 

Also, finish Part One, #2 and #3 of the Mini Research Report and Speech by tomorrow.

 Wednesday:  
Finish Part Two of the Mini Research Report and Speech by Friday.

 Thursday: Tomorrow is the spelling quiz on list #6 words!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:   January 15 - 19, 2018

 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1.  Review Spelling List #5 for a quiz on it this Friday, 1/19.

2.  Read and highlight important information in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) article handed out in class Tuesday.  Bring the highlighted article to class Friday for our open-note quiz on MLK.  You may also use the notes you take in class from the documentary on Friday's MLK quiz.  Bring those notes to class on Friday so you can use them during the open-note quiz.

3.  Read chapters 1, 2 and 3 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Friday.

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above 

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!

Week:   January 8 - 12, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Review Spelling List #4 for a quiz on it this Friday, 1/12.
2.  The revised, typed, printed-out paragraph with rubric stapled to the back is due this Friday, 1/12.  (It must be printed out when class starts Friday.)

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above 

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!

 
Week: December 18 - December 22, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Review Spelling Lists #1, #2, and #3 for the final exam.
2.  Review all vocabulary words for the final exam.
3.  Study your Character Log for the final exam, and bring it to class to turn it in on your final exam day.
4.  Review Act II of The Diary of Anne Frank for the final exam.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as above 

 Friday: Have a wonderful winter break!


Week: December 11 - December 15, 2017

 Monday: 1.  There is a spelling List #2 quiz this Friday, December 15th.
2.  Review all vocabulary words for the final exam.
3.  Finish your Book Club book by this W/Th and bring it to class this W/Th for Book Club.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
1.  Study for Friday's spelling quiz.
2.  Study your vocabulary words.
3.  Update your Character Log.

 Thursday: same as above 

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
 
Week: December 4 - December  8, 2017

 Monday: 1.  There is a spelling List #2 quiz this Friday.
2.  There is a quiz on Act One of The Diary of Anne Frank tomorrow.
3.  Finish your Book Club book by this W/Th and bring it to class this W/Th for Book Club.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
1.  Study for Friday's spelling quiz.
2.  Study your vocabulary words.
3.  Update your Character Log.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  November 27 - December 1, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night. The  Book Club due date is Dec. 6/7 (W/Th).
2.  Study your class notes and vocabulary grid for the Holocaust Background Quiz  this W/Th, Nov. 29/30.
3.  Spelling Quiz on List #1 is also this W/Th, Nov. 29/30.
4.  Finish the assigned class reading of The Diary of Anne Frank, Act One, if you don't finish it during class.  There is a quiz next Monday on Act One.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
1.  Update your Character Log for Act One.
2.  Study the vocabulary words for Act One.
3.  Quiz Monday on Act One.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!


Week:  November 20 - November 24, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night. The  Book Club due date is Dec. 6/7 (W/Th).
2.  Study your class notes and vocabulary grid for the Holocaust Background Quiz W/Th, Nov. 29/30.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
no homework

 Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

 Friday: NO SCHOOL

 

Week:  November 13 - November 17, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night. The new Book Club due date is Dec. 6/7 (W/Th).
2.  Decorated "Power of Words" card is due W/Th.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
1.  same as last night
2.  The Holocaust Background Quiz is W/Th, November 29/30.  Study your vocabulary grid and class notes for the quiz.
 Thursday: same as last night

 Friday: NO SCHOOL
Week:  November 6 - November 10, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night. The new Book Club due date is Dec. 6/7 (W/Th).
2.  Bring The Giver and your yellow pre-writing grid to class tomorrow for the last day of in-class essay writing.  You may ONLY work on your essay during class time.

 Tuesday: 1.  Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night.       
2.  Bring The Giver to class tomorrow so you can return it to the library.                          
 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as last night

 Friday: NO SCHOOL
Week:  October 30 - November 3, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your SSR book for 20 minutes or more each night. The new Book Club due date is Dec. 6/7 (W/Th).
2.  The 2-3 page, typed, double-spaced, 12 point, Times or Arial font scary narrative is due at the beginning of class on Halloween (tomorrow!)  Don't forget to staple the grading rubric to the back.

 Tuesday: Read your Book Club book for 20 minutes or more each night.                                  
 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as last night

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  October 23 - 27, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your SSR book for 20 minutes or more each night. The new Book Club date will be announced soon!
2.  Study the 20 words on the Vocabulary Quiz #2 Study Guide for a quiz this Friday.  Know definitions and how to use words in sentences that show you understand the meanings of the words.
3. The 2-3 page, typed scary narrative is due Monday, October 30th.

 Tuesday: same as last night                                     

 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as last night; quiz tomorrow!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!


Week:  October 16 - 20, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Finish your Book Club book by October 18th/19th, and bring the book to class on October 18th/19th for Book Club. 
2. Read chapters 15-17 of The Giver by tomorrow.
3. Complete JQ #16 by tomorrow.
4.  The "Cause and Effect" worksheet and the entire packet are due Friday.
5.  There is a reading quiz this Friday on chapters 15-23, so be sure to finish the novel by Friday.
 Tuesday: 1.  same as last night     
2.  Read chapters 18-20 by tomorrow/ Thursday.
3.  Complete JQ #19 by tomorrow / Thursday.                                

 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: 1.  Finish the book by tomorrow for a reading quiz tomorrow on chapters 15-23.
2.  Finish the "Cause and Effect" handout by tomorrow and bring the entire completed packet to class tomorrow.

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  October 9 - 13, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your SSR book for 20 minutes or more each night. The Book Club due date is October 18th.
2.  Refer to The Giver Schedule (handout) for all due dates. 
3. Quiz Friday on ch.s 9-14 and vocabulary words for chapters 1-14.
4.  "Inferences #2" worksheet due Friday.
5. Read chapters 9-14  of The Giver by Friday.

 Tuesday: same as last night                                     

 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as last night; quiz tomorrow!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
Week:  October 2 - 6, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Read your SSR book for 20 minutes or more each night. The Book Club due date is October 18th.
2.  Refer to The Giver Schedule (handout) for all due dates. 
3. Quiz Friday on ch.s 5-8.
4.  "Inferences #1" worksheet due Friday.
5. Review vocabulary a little each night for a quiz on October 13.

 Tuesday: same as last night                                     

 Wednesday:  
same as last night

 Thursday: same as last night; quiz tomorrow!

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  September 25 - September 29, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Finish reading chapter 1 of The Giver by tomorrow.

2.  Bring The Giver to class every day.

3.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night.  The  new Book Club due date is October 18th/19th (block days).

 Tuesday: 1.  Finish reading chapters 2 and 3 of The Giver by tomorrow.

2.  Study vocabulary words nightly.  There will be a quiz on Oct. 13 on the words from chapters 1-14.

3.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night.  The  new Book Club due date is October 18th/19th (block days).

 Wednesday:  
1.  Finish reading chapter 4 of The Giver by Friday. There will be a quiz this Friday on main ideas from chapters 1-4.

2.  Finish the Character Traits handout by Friday.
 Thursday:
same as Wednesday 

 Friday:  Have a great weekend!


Week:  September 18 - September 22, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Bring your black Close Reader workbook to class all week.

2.  The decorated classroom portfolio is due Wednesday.

3.  Read for at least 20 minutes each night.  The Book Club due date is October 11th/12th (block days).

 Tuesday: 1.  same as above
2.  Finish reading pages 3-8 in the black Close Reader workbook.  Answer questions 1-10 on these pages by tomorrow.

 Wednesday:  
Bring the black Close Reader workbook to class Friday.

 Thursday: no school / no homework

 Friday:  Have a great weekend!

Week:  September 11 - September 15, 2017

 Monday: 1.  Be ready to deliver your speech to the class this Thursday!  Bring 2 paper print-outs of the final draft of your speech, your hand-made award, and the grading rubric to class this Thursday. 

2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night. The Book Club assignment is due October 11th.

 Tuesday: Practice delivering your speech! Make your hand-made award; it is due this Thursday.


 Wednesday:  
Speeches are due tomorrow! Bring 2 paper print-outs of the final draft of your speech, your hand-made award, and the grading rubric to class tomorrow! 


 Thursday: Practice delivering your speech if you haven't presented yet.

 Friday:  Have a great weekend. We will finish speeches Monday.


Week:  September 5 - September 8, 2017

 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1.  The rough draft of your Summer Reading Awards Ceremony Speech (5 paragraphs, typed) is due Monday, September 11th.  No paper print-out is needed. Just be sure it is in your smmk12 Google doc.s account. You should be able to get most of this completed during class.

2. Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above 

 Friday:  The 5-paragraph Summer Reading Awards Ceremony Speech is due Monday (in your smmk12 school Google account).

Week:  August 28-September 1, 2017

 Monday: 1.  SSR book due Friday
2.  Finish your "About Me" sheet by tomorrow if you haven't already.
3.  Please DO NOT work on your summer essay at home. This is class work ONLY.  You DO NOT need to bring a printed out version to class.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: Bring your SSR book tomorrow.

 Friday: Have a great weekend.

Week:  August 21-25, 2017
 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1. The signed syllabus is due Friday. There will be a brief quiz on main ideas from the syllabus on Friday.
2. Class supplies are due Monday. (Check the syllabus for details.)

 Wednesday:  
1. same as above
2. The signed MHS Laptop Guidelines sheet is due Friday. 

 Thursday: 1. There will be a brief quiz tomorrow on the main ideas from our class syllabus.
2. The signed syllabus and signed MHS Laptop Guidelines sheet are due tomorrow.

 Friday: 1.  We will have an in-class essay on Monday on one of your summer reading books. (You choose which one.)  Bring your summer reading book Monday if you have it. You may also bring any notes you took on the book over summer.
2.  Class supplies are due Monday.



English 9


Syllabus >>

Welcome to 9th Grade English!  

Week: May 14 - 18, 2018

 Monday: 1. There is a quiz tomorrow on chapters 1 and 2 in Of Mice and Men.  

2.  Read chapter 3 by Wednesday and chapter 4 by Friday.

3. Finish answering questions about John Steinbeck by the end of class on Wednesday.

 Tuesday: 1.  There is a quiz this Friday on chapters 3 and 4.

 Wednesday:  
same as above
 Thursday:
same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!

Week:  April 30 - May 4, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Finish The Old Man and the Sea by tomorrow.  Be ready to discuss main characters and main ideas in a Socratic Seminar setting tonorrow.

2. Bring your notes from the Socratic Seminar and your novel to class this Wednesday for the in-class final writing test on The Old Man and the Sea.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes or more tonight. 
 Thursday:
Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes or more tonight.

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  April 23 - 27, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Read pages 43-84 of The Old Man and the Sea by this Friday.  Be ready to discuss main characters and main ideas then.

2.  Practice presenting your speech if you haven't presented yet.  Please bring TWO printed out copies and your grading rubric.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above
 Thursday:
same as above

 Friday: same as above
 
Week:  April 9 - 13, 2018

 Monday:  The topic for your 4-5 minute speech (for approval) is due Wednesday. The speech should be roughly 550-700 words. Consult handouts from class for more details.

 Tuesday: The rough draft of your speech is due Tuesday, April 17.  You will have class time to work on it, but you should also work on it for homework.

 Wednesday:  
same as above
 Thursday:
same as above

 Friday: same as above

Week:  March 19 - March 23, 2018

 Monday:  Bring your notes/outline, book and essay prompt to class tomorrow for day #2 of in-class essay writing.

 Tuesday: The printed out essay is due tomorrow. Follow MLA format guidelines. We will submit it to Turnitin.com tomorrow in class.

 Wednesday:  
Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes or more.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful spring break!

              
Week:  March 12 - March 16, 2018

 Monday: 1.   Review R&J vocabulary words for a quiz this Wednesday, March 14.

2.  Finish reading Act V by Wednesday.

3.  Create notes/outline for the in-class essay on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20. 

4.  Finish "Analyze Text" questions #1-3 on page 480 in Volume 2 textbook by the end of class this Wednesday.

 Tuesday: 1.  Bring questions you have about Act V to class tomorrow.
2.  same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!  Bring your notes/outline and book to class Monday for the in-class essay.


Week:  March  5 - March 9, 2018

 Monday: 1.   Review R&J vocabulary words for a quiz on March 14.

2.  Finish reading Act IV by Thursday.

3.  Quiz this Friday, March 9, on main characters and main ideas in Act IV of R&J.  

4.  Finish "Analyze Text" questions #1-3 on page 463 in Volume 2 textbook by the end of class this Thursday.

 Tuesday: 1.  Bring questions you have about Act IV to class tomorrow.
2.  same as above
 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: Quiz tomorrow!

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Week:  February 19 - February 23, 2018

 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1.   "Pages Read #3" is due Tuesday, February 27th.

2.   Review R&J vocabulary words for a quiz on March 14.

3.  Quiz tomorrow, February 21, on main characters and main ideas in Act I of R&J.  

4.  Finish reading Act II by Friday, February 23.

5.  Finish "Analyze Text" questions #1-3 on page 421 in Volume 2 textbook by the end of class on Feb. 23.

6.  Quiz Monday, February 26, on Act II.

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
  
Week:  February 12 - February 16, 2018

 Monday: 1.   "Pages Read #3" is due Tuesday, February 27th.

2.   Review R&J vocabulary words for a quiz on March 14.

3.  Quiz Wednesday, February 21, on main characters and main ideas in Act I of R&J.  

4.  Finish "Analyze Text" questions #1-3 on page 397 in Volume 2 textbook by the end of class on Feb. 16.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above
 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Week:  February 5 - February 9, 2018

 Monday: 1.   "Pages Read #3" is due Tuesday, February 27th.

2.   The "Shakespeare Research Assignment" is due tomorrow!  Don't forget note cards so you can elaborate on information on your PP slides, the grading rubric, the 3-question quiz with answer key and your self-reflection. (Consult the grading rubric for details.)

 Tuesday: 1.  Read for "Pages Read #3".  

2.  Study for the 20 point quiz this Friday on important information from pages 366-372 in the textbook and from classmates' PP presentations.

 Wednesday:  
same as above
 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!

Week:  January 29 - February 2, 2018

 Monday: 1.   "Pages Read #3" is due Tuesday, February 27th.

2.  Finish reading pages 366-372 in your textbook.  Take notes on these pages by tomorrow.

 Tuesday: 1.  Read for "Pages Read #3".  

2.  The typed, printed out, proofread paragraph based on "Shakespeare's 5 Act Structure" is due tomorrow. Staple the grading rubric to the back.

 Wednesday:  
1.  Read for "Pages Read #3".
2.  The Shakespeare Research Assignment is due Tuesday, February 6.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
 


Week:  January 22 - 26, 2018

 Monday: 1.   Pages Read #3 is due Tuesday, February 27th.

2.  The Poetry Presentation is due this Wednesday.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
 

Week:  January 15 - 19, 2018

 Monday: 1.  Return your Lord of the Flies book to school if you haven't yet.

2. Pages Read #3 is due Tuesday, February 27th.

3.  Bring a leaf to class tomorrow.

4.  Poem for approval (from the "101 Famous Poems" anthology) due tomorrow.

5.  Poetry Memorization presentation due next Wednesday, January 24.

 Tuesday: 1.  Return your Lord of the Flies book to school if you haven't yet.

2. Pages Read #3 is due Tuesday, February 27th.

3.  Poetry Memorization presentation due next Wednesday, January 24.

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!
Week:  January 8 - 12, 2018

 Monday: 1.   Return your Lord of the Flies book to school if you haven't yet.

2. Pages Read #3 is due Tuesday, February 27th.

3.  Finish all of the "I Have a Dream" work by Friday (pages in volume one textbook and the handout).

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful weekend!

Week:  December 18 - December 22, 2017

 Monday: 1.   Bring your Lord of the Flies book to school this Friday so we can return it to the library.

2. Refer to the Final Exam Study Guide for details about how to prepare for the final exam this Friday.

 Tuesday: same as above


 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a wonderful winter break!

Week:  December 11 - December 15, 2017


 Monday: 1.   Finish reading chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies and chapter questions by tomorrow.
2.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.

 Tuesday: 1.   Finish reading chapter 10 of Lord of the Flies and chapter questions by tomorrow.
2.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.


 Wednesday:  
1.   Finish reading chapters 11 and 12 of Lord of the Flies (finish reading the novel) and chapter questions for chapters 11 and 12 by Friday.

2.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
 

 
Week:  December 4 - December 8, 2017
 Monday: 1.  The typed and printed out "Pages Read" #2 assignment is due tomorrow!  Be sure to staple the rubric to the back.
2.   Finish reading chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies and chapter questions by Friday.
3.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.
4.  Bring your favorite, revised, typed, printed out, original poem to class Wednesday.  This is for the Poetry Slam on Monday, December 11th.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!

Week:  November 27 - December 1, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.   Finish reading chapters 7 and 8 of Lord of the Flies and chapter questions by Wednesday.
3.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
1.  Update your vocabulary log and character log as you read. 
2.  There is a reading quiz on chapters 5-8 this Friday, December 1.
3.  There is a vocabulary quiz on words from chapters 1-8 this Friday, December 1.  

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
Week:  November 20 - November 24, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.   Finish reading chapters 5 and 6 of Lord of the Flies and chapter questions by Wednesday.
3.  Update your character log and vocabulary log as you read.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
1.  Update your vocabulary log and character log as you read.
2.  There is a reading quiz on chapters 5-8 on Friday, December 1.
3.  There is a vocabulary quiz on words from chapters 1-8 on Friday, December 1.  

 Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

 Friday: NO SCHOOL 
 
Week:  November 13 - November 17, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.   Finish reading chapters 3 and 4 of Lord of the Flies and the chapter questions by Wednesday.
3.  Quiz this Friday on chapters 1-4.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
1. same as above
2.  Update your vocabulary log and character log as you read. 

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a good weekend!
Week:  November 6 - November 10, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.   Finish reading chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies and chapter 1 questions by Wednesday.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
1.  Finish chapter 2 and chapter 2 questions by next Monday.
2.  Update your vocabulary log and character log as you read. They will be checked next Monday for chapters 1 and 2.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: NO SCHOOL TODAY

Week:  October 29 - November 3, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.  The 5 paragraph Odyssey essay (MLA format) is due at the beginning of class tomorrow. Please staple your rubric to the back of your essay.
 Tuesday: Read at least 20 minutes for "Pages Read."

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend! 

Week:  October 23 - October 27, 2017
 Monday: 1.  "Pages Read" #2 is due December 5, so read nightly.
2.  Complete #1-4 on the "Defining a Hero" handout and type one paragraph based on this handout by Wednesday.
 Tuesday: 1.  Read for "Pages Read."
2.  The 5 paragraph Odyssey essay (MLA format) is due Monday, October 30th (or earlier is fine).


 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!  The essay is due Monday!
 
Week:  October 16 - October 20, 2017
 Monday: 1. The typed and printed out Pages Read assignment, with rubric stapled to the back, is due tomorrow.
2. Bring your textbook to class all week (volume 2).

 Tuesday: The typed and printed out PTSD paragraph is due tomorrow. Staple your prewriting to the back.

 Wednesday:  
Typed and printed out poem DUE THIS FRIDAY. (You will start working on it in class.)

Use "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood as your model to create your own poem.  Choose one of the individuals that Odysseus meets on his journey and write a poem from this character's perspective.  Tell this character's true story of how he/she views life, role in society, etc. The poem must be at least 4 stanzas and it does not need to rhyme.  Take time to find strong, interesting words that accurately reflect how the character would most likely feel and think.  Be ready to read your poem to the class and to have peers guess your character.  


 Thursday: same as above
 Friday: Have a great weekend!
Week:  October 9 - October 13, 2017
 Monday: 1. The Literature Reflections Entry is due October 11 (this Wednesday).  Please complete the entry form and be sure to have a parent sign it.
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  
The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16.
3.  Finish reading pages 609 - 616 in your textbook (Volume 2) and answer #1-3 on page 617.
4.  We will have an in-class writing assignment on Part 2 of The Odyssey tomorrow.
 Tuesday: 1. Your Reflections entry is due tomorrow!
2.  The vocabulary quiz #2 is Thursday.

 Wednesday:  
Finish class work by tomorrow. (Read the graphic novel excerpts and the Joseph Campbell interview, pages 624-629 and pages 661-663).  Answer #1-3 on page 630, #1-4 on page 632 and #1-4 on page 663).

 Thursday: Work on Pages Read. It is due October 16th.

 Friday: Have a great weekend!


Week:  October 2 - October 6, 2017
 Monday: 1. The Literature Reflections Entry is due October 11 (next Wednesday).  
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  
The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16.
3.  Finish reading pages 595-601 in your textbook (Volume 2) and answer all of the Close Read questions by tomorrow.
4.  The gods/goddesses quiz is tomorrow.
 Tuesday:  
The vocabulary quiz #1 is tomorrow.

 Wednesday:  
Read pages 603-608 by Friday and answer all Close Read questions on those pages by Friday.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!

Week:  September 25- September 29, 2017
 Monday: 1. The Literature Reflections Entry is due October 11.  
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  
The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16.
3.  Finish reading pages 563-576 of The Odyssey (in your textbook) and answer all of the Close Read questions in the margins of pages 566, 571 and 574.  All of this is due Wednesday.
4.  Research presentations are due TOMORROW!  Be ready to present!
 Tuesday: 1.  The decorated portfolio is due tomorrow.
2.  Review your notes from the class presentations for a short quiz this Friday on main ideas from the presentations.

 Wednesday:  
1. Read pages 576 - 589 (finish Part I of The Odyssey) by Friday.  While you do not need to answer the Close Read questions, come to class prepared to discuss your reading on Friday.
2.  Review your notes from the class presentations for a short quiz FRIDAY on main ideas from the presentations.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!

Week:  September 18 - September 22, 2017
 Monday: 1. The Literature Reflections Entry is due October 11.  
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  
The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16.
3.  Finish reading pages 552-557 in your textbook (Volume 2).  Then answer #1-5 (given in class today) by tomorrow.
4.  Bring the Volume 2 textbook to class every day from now on.
 Tuesday: 1.  The Greek god/goddess research project is due Tuesday, September 26.

2. The vocabulary sheet is due this Friday.


 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: no school / no homework

 Friday: Have a great weekend!

Week:  September 11 - September 15, 2017
 Monday: 1. The Literature Reflections Entry is due October 11.
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  

3.  The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16th.

4.  Finish class work.
 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!


Week:  September 5  - September 8, 2017
 Monday: 1.  A printed-out, final draft of your Newspaper News assignment is due Monday, September 11th.
2.  Read your SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night and bring it to class daily.  
3.  The "Pages Read" assignment is due Monday, October 16th.

 Tuesday: same as above

 Wednesday:  
same as above

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Newspaper News due Monday!

Week:  August 28 - September 1, 2017
 Monday: 1.  Bring your summer reading book tomorrow for day #2 of in-class essay writing.  Please do NOT work on your essay at home. This is in-class work only. 
2.  SSR book due Friday
3.  Finish your "About Me" sheet by tomorrow if you haven't already.

 Tuesday: same as last night

 Wednesday:  
1. Bring a printed out copy of your summer essay tomorrow.  Staple the prompt/rubric to the back.

2.  Bring an SSR book Friday.

 Thursday: same as above

 Friday: Have a great weekend!


Week:  August 21-25, 2017
 Monday: no school

 Tuesday: 1. The signed syllabus is due Friday. There will be a brief quiz on main ideas from the syllabus on Friday.
2. Class supplies are due Monday. (Check the syllabus for details.)

 Wednesday:  
1. same as above
2. The signed MHS Laptop Guidelines sheet is due Friday. 

 Thursday: 1. There will be a brief quiz tomorrow on the main ideas from our class syllabus.
2. The signed syllabus and signed MHS Laptop Guidelines sheet are due tomorrow.

 Friday: 1.  We will have an in-class essay on Monday on Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  Bring this summer reading book Monday if you have it. You may also bring any notes you took on the book over summer.
2.  Class supplies are due Monday.






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