NO-NAME EPIDEMIC: There is a terrible epidemic taking over all of my classes. Students are not putting their names on their assignments! Many of you will notice you have zeros in the gradebook… you may be thinking, “Hey! I know I turned that assignment in!” Well, it’s extremely possible that you simply neglected to put your name on your paper! Ask me to see the pile of sad, no-named assignments!
Week at a Glance:
Monday: Students reviewed the steps of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) by watching “Geri’s Game” and completing a plot diagram. (NOTE– this was originally assigned last week, but due to time we finished it today!) Additionally, students read “Daedalus and Icarus” in their SpringBoard and analyzed the different parts of plot within the text. HOMEWORK- finish answering questions 1-5 on page 65 if you did not finish in class (most students finished!).
Tuesday: Students will examine what makes an effective exposition in a short story by focusing on the exposition in “Daedalus and Icarus.” Students will complete the chart on page 66 of their SpringBoard. Additionally, students will analyze how important varied sentence structure is to writing by completing the activity on page 67. HOMEWORK- finish the exposition chart (#6) on page 66 and #7!
Wednesday: Students will change their focus to conflict, rising action, and climax in a short story by reading Sandra Cisneros’ “Eleven” on page 68. Students will answer the text-dependent questions on page 70-71 (1-7). HOMEWORK- finish any questions you did not finish in class! 3rd period- you only have to do #1 and #3. All classes- please exclude #2.
Thursday-Friday: Students will examine the importance of a resolution in a story and the use of figurative language by reading “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers. This is a longer short story (despite it being a short story!), so the assignments and work with this particular passage will most likely go into Friday as well. HOMEWORK- tbd
Note– parents and guardians, on Monday, September 18, a conference week letter was sent home with all students. You will only conference with your child’s first period teacher during conference week. The letter that was sent home allows you to pick the type of conference that works best for you! Please send the completed form back with your student ASAP so teachers can honor your conference preference. Thank you!
Personal Narrative Announcement: I have FINALLY graded and entered ALL personal narratives into the online gradebook. If you see a “50” in the gradebook for your personal narrative, you did not turn one in. I have 2 or 3 without names that are waiting to be claimed!