Monday, October 31, 2016

Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd

Goals-To write a literary analysis using textual evidence.


Finish prewriting and template
Template is here
Submit your two-chunk to (FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS IN CLASS) Make sure you review the Dos and DON'Ts of Academic Writing!
Watch Monsters are Due on Maple Street

Friday, October 28, 2016

Monday, October 31st

Happy Halloween!

Goals: To analyze the theme of a play and find and analyze textual evidence to support that theme.


1) Finish Monsters are Due on Maple Street
2) Brainstorm topics for theme statements
3) Tell Mrs. K your writing partner. If you don't have a preference, she will choose one for you.
4)  Write a theme statement with your partner. Get it approved by the teacher.  Use this format:

In the teleplay_______________________by_______________________the author uses the topic of_______________to reveal the theme that__________________________________.

5) Fill out this form and get approved by Mrs. Karney.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th

Goals-Continue practicing close reading strategies. To focus theme and symbolism as we read Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

1) Finish  Article on mob mentality-mark the text
Decide on ten most important words and four claims

2) Vocabulary in Context

3)  Begin reading the teleplay. Focus on symbolism and theme as you read.

Here is a link to the play if you're absent
Monsters are Due on Maple Street

4) We will be writing a two-chunk paragraph on a theme from the play. You will be writing it with a partner. We will create a template together.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th

Goals-To continue to work on skills that will improve our writing. To learn about symbolism and learn to identify symbols, as well as their significance in literature. To consider potential themes and symbols in Monsters are Due on Maple Street


1) Review yesterday's lesson about vivid verbs and specific language

2) Practice revising sentences for more powerful verb choices. If you are absent, the worksheet will be on the back counter. 

3) Symbolism-Notes and practice

4) Article on mob mentality-mark the text

5)  Begin reading the teleplay. Focus on symbolism and theme as you read.

Here is a link to the play if you're absent
Monsters are Due on Maple Street

Friday, October 21, 2016

Monday, October 24th

Goals: To look at specific ways to improve our writing by using powerful verbs and more specific words.  To learn to write sentences with a variety of structures.  


1) Vivid Verbs

2) Sentence Surgery

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 22nd

Goals: To apply our knowledge of theme to a creative project using technology.


1) Review rubric for project

2) Continue working on theme project on Storyboard That

3) Watch and evaluate projects

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tuesday, October 19th and Wednesday, October 20th

Goals-To assess your ability to write a strong theme statement and support it with textual evidence.  To apply your knowledge of theme to your own creative story using the technology of Storyboard.


1)  Take theme assessment. Click on the link below to begin.

Period 1 Assessment

Period 3 Assessment

Period 2 Assessment

2)  Introduction to Storyboard assignment!

Directions and Rubric

3) Begin Project

Monday, October 17th

Monday , October 17th

3) Read "Thank You, Ma'am"

4) Theme-Brainstorm topics and use to create your own theme statement using the template

5) Look for two pieces of evidence from the story to support your theme.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thursday and Friday October 13th and 14th

Goals: To assess student knowledge of creating a theme statement.  To learn from common errors on last writing assignment.

1) Finish reading "The Bargain"
2) Discussion Questions in Groups 1) Generate topics related to "The Bargain"
Remember-topics are generally one word
Each Table Create a Theme Statement


Period 1 Theme Statements
Period 3 Theme Statements
Period 2 Theme Statements

2)  Dos and Don't of Formal Writing (Take Notes) You will then look over your rubric score and comments on your most reading assignment

3) Read "Thank You, Ma'am"

4) Theme/Storyboard That (Introduction)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday October 11th and 12th

Goals: To assess student knowledge of capitalization rules


Formative assessment on Go Formative on capitalization rules.

Period 2 Assessment
Watch "Rikki-Tikki Tavi"
Theme-Notes and Video
Short Story-"The Bargain"
Terms to know for story
Link to story
Discussion Questions

We probably will not finish all of these things today!

Monday, October 10th

Goals: Practice capitalization rules


Play a Kahoot on capitalization to review for assessment on block day


Paragraph about RTT due by 10PM tonight.  Capitalization assessment on block day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Thursday and Friday, October 6th and 7th

Goals: To learn to seamlessly blend quotes into a literary analysis and provide thoughtful commentary on the evidence we provide.  To successful write a two-chunk literary analysis paragraph.


1) Pass out FBG sheet (available on the right hand side of this blog if you lose it)
2) Watch videos on how to blend quotes in a literary analysis.  You can watch them again here:

Blending quotes 1

Blending quotes 2

3) Complete template for two-chunk paragraph

Two-Chunk Template for "RTT"

4)  Begin typing your paragraph and conference with Mrs. K as needed


Your paragraph must be submitted to NO later than Monday, October  10th at 10PM.  The sooner you turn it in, the better!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday October 4th and 5th

I am out today (Tuesday) for a meeting.  I will miss you and look forward to seeing next class.

1)  Capitalization Rules

Each table will receive several magazine pages.  Your job is to skim over the pages and identify words that are capitalized and EXPLAIN the rule.  You will then write the example and rule on the butcher paper.

2) When finished, you may play these practice games on Quia.  Feel free to search for others.

  Game #1

 Game #2

3)  Read this article and mark the text

Teens and their Phones

4) Identify key words and author's claims

Homework-Bring your Rikki-Tikki sheet next block day. We will be writing our paragraphs.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday, October 3rd

Can you believe it's already October AND the SIXTH week of school!  :)
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Goals: To find textual evidence to support a claim. To be able to analyze that evidence and explain its context.


1) List words to describe Rikki in the story. Focus on words traits that help him accomplish his goal and resolve the conflict.

You will then pick two DIFFERENT traits to focus on for your next writing assignment.

Mrs. Karney will model what you will be doing in groups today.

2) Group #1 Work to find evidence to support your trait #1, analyze it, and explain its context.

2) Group #2 Work to find evidence to support your trait #2, analyze it, and explain its context.

Chart to complete in groups today


Make sure your chart is complete and bring it next class period.  VERY important!