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Week of March 2-6

Mon-Foreshadowing and Suspense p 189 
Preview vocabulary for story. Read "The Last Dog".
Tues-Continue reading "The Last Dog" and answer reading comprehension questions and make comparisons between Brock and yourself
Wednes-Recognize how a story's setting affects the plot by comparing the setting in "The Last Dog" and our world.
Thurs- Selection Test over the story
Fri- Independent Reading.
       Early Release!
Hope you all have a relaxing spring break!

Week of February 24-28

Mon- Read and paraphrase "First Men on the Moon" Answer questions about the poem.
Tues-Corrections over the questions for the poems
Wed- Connotation and Denotation activity and assignment
Thurs-Connotation and Denotation of the science fiction poems p 184 
Fri-Selection Test ( will be over the 2 poems we read in class, connotation and denotation)
 
 

Week of February 17-21

Monday-No School (Presidents Day)
Tuesday-Writing Benchmark testing
Wednesday-Library Day
Thursday-Identifying Author's Purpose and Message in poetry 
(How does the author use text structure to suggest a message?) Worksheet and notes done as a class
Friday- Read and Paraphrase "Cradlesong" by CS Lewis
 
 

Week February 10- February 14

Dear Family,

In this unit, students will learn about space exploration, considering concepts related to space missions and colonizing other worlds. Students will read a variety of texts and listen to and view media as they discuss the Essential Question for the unit.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

As a class, in small groups, and independently, students will work to answer the question Should humanity’s future lie among the stars? Give your student the opportunity to continue the discussion at home.

 


TALK IT OVER WITH YOUR STUDENT

•  What are some of the ways you could answer the question Should humanity’s future lie among the stars?

•  What do these texts say about space exploration? What obstacles do we need to overcome before we explore further?

•  Why do you think outer space is so popular in the media and in books and films?

Week of February 3-7

Monday- Unit 3 Test 
Tuesday- Finish Unit Test (as needed)
                Library Day
Wednesday- Remediation for Unit Test
Thursday-Test Corrections
Friday-We will begin our next unit: Imagining the Future

Week of January 27- 31

This week we are reviewing for the unit test next week.
 
Monday- We will read "the Holocaust" to observe Holocaust Remembrance week in Texas 
 
Tuesday:Guided lesson over subjective and objective point of view.
 
Wednesday- Lesson over Omniscient Narrator and review how dialogue can show characterization
 
Thursday- Students will read the short story "Thirteen and a Half" and the poem "On Turning Ten" and make connections across texts and analyze the themes of the 2 texts.
 
Friday-Test Review 
 
Unit 3 Test will be on Monday to review topics covered in Unit 3:
(Drama,theme,conflict, elements of plot, rhetorical devices and logical fallacy,and using context to determine the meaning of unknown words.)

Week of January 20- 24

Monday- Student Holiday
Tuesday- Print and Graphic Features Assignment
                Library Day
Wednesday-"Learning Rewires the Brain" Reading using the Jigsaw Strategy and reading questions
Thursday- Latin Root-sign
                  Rhetorical Devices and Logical Fallacies
Friday- Rhetorical Devices and Logical Fallacies Part 2
--Selection Test will be Monday, January 27
 
 

Week of January 7- 10

Dear Family,

In this unit, students will learn about events that alter one’s life, considering what kinds of things can lead a person to make major changes in his or her life. Students will read a variety of texts and view media as they discuss the Essential Question for the unit.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

As a class, in small groups, and independently, students will work to answer the question Can people really change? Give your student the opportunity to continue the discussion at home.

Tuesday- Library Day

Wednesday- Golden Windows Mentor Text

Thursday- Read "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes 

                  Comprehension Questions

Friday- Characaterization Activity for Thank You, Ma'am

 

Week of December 16-20

Mon-Readers Theater "The Gift of the Magi"
Tues-Library Day
Wednes- Readworks.org "Wrapping Up a Little Bit of Trouble"
Thurs- Readworks.org "A Winter's Drive"
Fri-Early Release AR Points Due

December 9-13

Mon-Finish reading the teleplay
         Act 2 Tone and Mood, Vocab, Comprehension Questions, and Types of Conflict
Tues-Continue working on assignments from Monday
Wednes-Check work
               Theme and Omniscient Narrator 
Thurs-Test 
Fri- Watch the Twillight Zone episode
 
AR POINTS ARE DUE DECEMBER 19
 

Mon-Mood and Tone Lesson
     I will post a video in Google Classroom of the lesson for anyone who misses due to absence or participation in Home UIL Events Assignment will be Mood and  Tone Worksheet 1-20
 
Tues- Library Day Bring your Library Books 
 
Wednes-No School (UIL Competition)
 
Thursday-The Monsters are Due On Maple Street Teleplay Act 1 Stop and Jot and Mood and Tone Assignment
 
Fri-The Monsters are Due On Maple Street Teleplay Act 2 Stop and Jot and Mood and Tone Assignment

Week of November 18-22

Monday: One Pager due
I will hand out a review for students to study. We will have the Unit 2 test on Friday. 
Tuesday- Thursday: Students are taking benchmark tests in the morning. Afternoon classes will be on schedule. We will do a variety of thanksgiving related activities related to vocabulary and reading on those 3 days.
Friday-Unit Test
Thanksgiving Break 25-29

Week of November 11-15

This week, students are working on their independent reading selections to end our unit on facing adversity.  They were able to choose a text to read and analyze on their own. After reading the selection, they will create a one pager, which is a visual representation of their understanding of the text. On Friday, they will take the selection test for their chosen text. 

Week of November 4-8

This week we will read a realistic short story, "The Circuit", and an interview, "How This Son of Migrant Farm Workers Became an Astronaut".
 
As students read throughout the week, their focus will be on the influence of setting and place on how characters and plots develop. Students will work with peer groups to discuss the texts and answer questions over the texts each day.
 
There will be a selection test over both selections on Friday. Completing the daily assignments will prepare students for the test.  
 
AR points are due on FRIDAY. 
 
** If you plan to be out of town for the State Band competition, please let me know so that I can give you your assignments before you go.