Language Arts 7, English 10

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MA:  Smith College, Massachusetts
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As announced in class, I no longer allow students to rewrite / type illegible work. I was very nice about that in the first six weeks, but by now you should have developed a neater penmanship or typing habit.  Illegible work receives an F.  

ROPES photos coming soon!


We desperately need standard-sized staples.  Can you

contribute some?
To thank you, we'll put your name in BIG LETTERS LIKE THIS

on our web page.



for beautiful boxes of shiny staples!

We are still accepting more staples!

Every day, we suggest you bring your planner, college-rule paper, black or dark blue ink pens, and outside reading.


Keep in mind:

Late work receives 80% credit if one day late, 70% credit if two days late (no work is accepted three or more days late).

All work must be completed in black or dark blue ink, or via typing, unless otherwise noted.  See me if you need help getting a proper pen or writing paper.

All work must have a full heading in upper right corner: first and last name, date, class period.

Write on fronts of paper only, not on backs. 

Illegible (unreadable) work receives an F.  I no longer permit you to rewrite / type illegible work for full credit. 

Staple multiple pages of an assignment before turning it in; I do not provide secretarial services.

There is no need to ask if I've graded an assignment yet. A grade for the assignment will appear on Illuminate when it has been graded.

Allow two school days for responses to emails, in keeping with SMMUSD staff guidelines.  Students, there is no need to email me questions that you can ask the next day in class.

In keeping with State law, if you're absent, you must ask me for makeup work on your day of return; otherwise no makeup work is available.

There are no bathroom passes available in our class. Your class schedule is designed so that you have a chance for a bathroom break at least every two hours, which is reasonable for a healthy youngster.  If you need more breaks, submit to the nurse a letter from your physician.  Instructional time is highly valued at MHS, and we want you in class during class time.


Our next outside reading book is in the scary/horror/spooky/ghost genre. Your book must have at least 150 pages and no movie tie-in. Book reports written on books with movie tie-ins receive a grade of F/59%.  Visit any public library to choose a book; there's no need to ever spend money on an outside book for our class.  Bring the book to class for my approval on Friday, October 6.  The in-class book report occurs on Monday, October 23.

Thu., 10-12-17  All grades:  bring your outside book tomorrow (Friday). You'll get some hints about the Oct. 23rd book report and can start some note-taking to prepare.
Weds., 10-11-17  7th grade: answer study questions for Langston Hughes' short story, "Thank You, M'am" ... due BOP tomorrow. Also: write half-page about the best parts of your ROPES day, due BOP tomorrow.  10th grade: no class today
Mon., 10-9-17  7th grade:  Bring needed supplies for tomorrow's ROPES field trip!  10th grade: Read chapters 20, 21 of The Catcher in the Rye.
Weds., 10-4-17 and Thu., 10-5-17  7th grade: Read all information on p.63. Read "Thank You, M'am," a short story by Langston Hughes, p.64. Bring your outside book for final approval Friday.  Here's a free online version of "Thank You, M'am":    10th grade: be ready for quiz on RYE Friday. Bring outside book for final approval Friday.
Thu., 9-28-17  7th grade:  Imagine that you are Marta at the end of the story and write a letter (1 page) from Marta to her competitor. Then, imagine you are her competitor and write a letter from her to Marta. Use two separate sheets of paper and staple them together with the "From Marta" letter on top.  This work is due tomorrow (Friday). Here's a free online version of the story: file:///C:/Users/mlyarber/Downloads/The_Scholarship_Jacket%20(1).pdf    Also: bring pleasure reading Friday. 10th grade:  Read chapters 14 and 15 of RYE; bring pleasure reading tomorrow.  All classes: bring pleasure reading tomorrow.
Weds., 9-27-17 7th grade: Read "The Scholarship Jacket," p.217. Answer #1-7 except #4 on p.224 -- due next meeting. Here's a free online version of the story:  file:///C:/Users/mlyarber/Downloads/The_Scholarship_Jacket%20(1).pdf  All classes: bring pleasure reading Friday.
Tue., 9-26-17  10th grade:  Read chaps 13, 14 of RYE. A quiz is possible tomorrow.
Mon., 9-25-17 All grades:  your in-class book report is today.  Bring your sci fi / fantasy novel! Eat a healthy, low-sugar breakfast!
Fri., 9-22-17  All grades: your in-class book report is this Monday.  Bring your sci fi / fantasy novel!
Weds., 9-20-17  7th grade: Read "The Three-Century Woman," p. 242. Answer #1-8, p. 249. Then, list at least 5 inventions or scientific advancements that the main character lived through (1899-2001). Writing task: write about 3 careers that won't exist in 10-15 years; then write about 3 careers that will be NEW in 10-15 years; provide an explanation for each prediction.  Here's a link to a free online version of the short story:
Weds., 9-13-17  10th grade: answer 6 study questions on whiteboard for chapters 10, 11, 12 of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE (due tomorrow)
Thu., 9-14-17  7th grade:  Read the second half of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," p.83 -end.  Here's a free online version of the story:  
Weds., 9-13-17  7th grade: Read and compose 10 highlights for first half of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," pp. 74-82 (due tomorrow). Here's a free online version of the story:    If you're using this link to do highlights, then read and compose highlights for pp 1 through 1st half of p.5 of the free online version.  10th Grade: 
Tue., 9-12-17  7th grade: finish "Brock: 10 Years Later" letter / journal entry (due tomorrow)  10th grade: Read chapters 7 & 8 of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and answer study questions given in class -- due tomorrow.
Thu., 9-7-17  See below (Weds., 9-6-17) for 7th grade.
Weds., 9-6-17  7th grade: Study 5 stages of plot, p. 26. Write at least one page on this topic: A Place I'd Like to Visit; due Friday. Read + compose 12 highlights: "The Last Dog," p.44 in red textbook. A link to free online copy of "The Last Dog":
Fri., 9-1-17  All grades: bring your outside reading book for approval today. Review guidelines above.  Bring the book this coming Tuesday, September 5, also.
Thu., 8-31-17  All grades: bring your outside reading book for approval tomorrow. Review guidelines above.  Bring the book this coming Tuesday, September 5, also.
Weds., 8-30-17:  7th grade:  answer #1 -8, but not #4 or #6, on p.39.  Answer in complete sentences.  Due BOP tomorrow
Tue., 8-29-17 7th grade: 12 highlights for the short story "Seventh Grade" are due tomorrow; there may be a quiz on the story tomorrow. You can find an online copy of the story here:    10th grade: Read and compose 10 highlights for chapters 1 and 2 of The Catcher in the Rye (due tomorrow BOP)
Mon., 8-28-17  7th grade: due tomorrow: "A First Impression" writing task
Tue., 8-22-17 7th grade: bring one of your summer books from the official list to class on Weds./Thurs. You will complete your summer book report in class.  7th & 10th grades: turn in "Summer Moment" essay Weds/Thurs. 

Every 7th-grader's best friend:  page 26, 5 Stages of Plot:

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