Friday, December 30, 2016

Tuesday, January 3rd and Wednesday, January 4th

Welcome back everyone!

Goals: To gain a better understanding of subjects/predicates.  To address one of the essential questions from the novel.


1)  Welcome back
2) Prepositions (in order to understand subjects)
3) Read
4) Begin addressing essential question:

Compare the Socs and Greasers
How does Ponyboy's view of the Socs evolve throughout the novel?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16th


Read in Outsiders

Have a wonderful break!  See you next year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th

Goals:  To create an audience for our writing and build a writing community in our classroom. To assess our knowledge of subjects and predicates.


1) GO FORMATIVE-Assessment of Subjects and Predicat

When you finish, go to YESTERDAY'S blog post and practice our vocabulary words on the Quizlet that I made. :)

Today I will give you time to post these items to our classroom blog:

1) Interview Partner-Two Chunk Paragraph
2) All other two-chunk paragraphs
3) "Who Made That?" Informational Essay
4) Your six-word memoir (you may have to make a copy of your slide)


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monday, December 12th, Tuesday, December 13th

Goals:  To learn new vocabulary words.


Today you will finish and print your interview with your word.   You will interview the other words in the class.  You will fill in the sheet below.  You are responsible for knowing these words, as well as the words I gave you previously.

Chart to Fill Out

Words to Know (Please note the changes from the original chart)  Sorry!
bleak bare, desolate, and often windswept:
without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary:
aghast  struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror:
They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.
to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account:
to exploit a business opportunity.

to use selfishly for one's own ends:
employers who exploit their workers.
to advance or further through exploitationpromote:
He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way:
Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.

to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
dogged- persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious:
a dogged worker.

grimace-a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval,pain, etc.

verb (used without object)grimaced, grimacing.
to make grimaces.

menace-something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat:
Air pollution is a menace to health.
a person whose actions, attitudes, or ideas are considered dangerous or harmful:
When he gets behind the wheel of a car, he's a real menace.
an extremely annoying person.

conform-to act in accordance or harmony; comply (usually followed by to):
to conform to rules.
to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc.,of society or a group:
One has to conform in order to succeed in this company.

wary; suspicious (usually followed by of):
I'm leery ofto act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc.,of society or a group: his financial advice.

stupor suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:
He lay there in a drunken stupor.

.wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc.:
suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:She was delirious with joy at the news.

cocky-arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited:
He walked in with a cocky air.

acquitted-to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty:
They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still thinkshe's guilty.

divert-to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.

contemptuous-showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.

stifle-to quell, crush, or end by force:
to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
to suppress, curb, or withhold:
to stifle a yawn.



Study your vocabulary words as much as you can.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th

Goals:  To learn to create a works cited page. To expand our vocabulary.

Goals: To expand our vocabulary and continue reading in  The Outsiders. To create a works cited page.


Create a works cited page. 

Read in book

Interview a Word-I will give you and a partner a word and definition. You will interview the word using the questions provided below.  I am also including an example from some of my last yearÅ› students.

Questions for Interview

Student Example

December 6th and 7th


We will continue to work on our informational essays today in class. That way I can answer questions and assist you as needed.  Your essay should:

  • introduce sources (use handout I provided)
  • be organized in chronological order
  • be about 1 1/2 to 2 pages long
  • contain a picture (this doesn´t count for length
  • be carefully proofread
  • follow the dos and don´ts for academic writing
  • be written in your OWN words unless you quote/cite source
We will also read in The Outsiders for a few minutes.


Your essay must be submitted by 10PM tonight unless you have made arrangements with me.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Monday, December 5th

Goals:   To learn to introduce sources properly in our writing. To begin writing our informational essays.


1) Introducing sources (keep this handout forever)

2) Work on essays. Make sure to look at RUBRIC in BEFORE you press submit.

Your essay is due:

In your essay:

1) Look at examples again (in my blog posts). Your job is to inform AND entertain. Use your own words unless quoting.
2) Make sure to have a good hook!
3) Let your personality and voice shine through. Remember your audience! Use your best vocabulary.
4) Focus on how the item came about and evolved over time
5) End with a bang!  
6) Proofread carefully
7) 1 1/2 to 2 pages
8) Pictures are great
9) Introduce sources using the handout I provided!
9) Works cited page