Monday, May 7: Read and Track Your Thinking

Click HERE for the Among the Hidden Unit 9 website.

Learning Targets: Track your thinking with cognitive strategies. Refer to the text. Elaborate on your responses.  Revise your work.

Announcements:

  • Book Talks Schedule
  • Mini-quiz 1 Tomorrow!
  • Quarter 4 Reading Ladder Reflection May 21

 

1) #060 Agenda

Open assignment #060 in Google Classroom and find the Unit Calendar (or click HERE). Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar. When you finish, press MARK AS DONE.

 

2) Read and #058 Thought Log

Continue reading Among the Hidden (from Page 42). Track your thinking as your read.

Take a few minutes to practice your reading fluency. See the graphic below for tips.

Voice Actors Wanted

After reading for 25 minutes, open #058 Thought Log in Google Classroom.

Write today’s Thought Log entry.  Work on elaborating your response. Say more than you normally would.  Spend two minutes revising what you wrote.

 

3) Debrief

 

Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Continue Reading Your Self-Selected Reading Book

Monday, April 9: STAR Reading Test

Goals: Plan your week by writing assignments in your agenda. Monitor your reading progress (STAR Reading Test). Read.

 Announcements:

  • SBAC Testing–Practice over the next two weeks. Multiple-choice ELA test starts April 16. Practice Performance Task on Wednesday.
  • 4th Quarter Booktalk will count for an assessment grade. Click HERE to sign up.
  • MARK AS DONE or TURN IN everything in Google Classroom.
  • Substitute Tomorrow: Read and respond to article assigned on CommonLit.org–>Login with school Google account.

Agenda:

1.  #042 Agenda: Open the Unit Calendar in Google Classroom. Write this week’s assignments in your Agenda. MARK AS DONE.

 

3. #043 STAR Reading Test

Go to gvjh.org . Click on the STUDENTS tab. Click on STAR Test Student Log In. Please WAIT quietly for further instructions.

NOTE: If you are absent, you will be called to the library to make-up this test.

 

4. Read

 

3. Debrief & Exit: Two Truths & a Lie!

 

Homework: Read 30 minutes, charge iPad

Tuesday, April 3: Reflecting & Relating

Goals: Check all of your grades and comments on NEO. Write a reflection about your own scholarly progress and set goals for 4th quarter.

Announcements:

  • SBAC Testing–Practice over the next two weeks. Multiple-choice ELA test starts April 16.
  • SBAC Testing–Do you have your state ID number?
  • 4th Quarter Booktalk will count for an assessment grade. Click HERE to sign up.
  • Are you missing work from Unit 7 (Poetry)? Please finish the assignments and Request a Regrade.
  • MARK AS DONE or TURN IN everything in Google Classroom.

Agenda:

1. #034 Starter: Complete today’s starter in Google Classroom. See your classmates’s responses. MARK AS DONE.

If you missed class today, you can see the #TerrificTuesday video HERE. Respond with the cognitive strategy Revising Meaning.

2. #035 Agenda: Open the Unit Calendar in Google Classroom. Write this week’s assignments in your Agenda. MARK AS DONE.

3. #036 Check Your Grades in NEO & Reflect on Your Progress: Open the #036 Check Your Grades Doc in Google Classroom. Check your NEO grades and reflect on your progress as a scholar. TURN IN to Google Classroom.

4. #037 Weekly Pages 13 (Due Thursday): Start the Weekly Pages on the top of your English Journal. Include today’s date (aligned left) and the title Weekly Pages 13. Click HERE for writing ideas.

5. Debrief & Exit: Two Truths & a Lie!

Homework: Read 30 minutes, charge iPad, Weekly Pages 13 (Due Thursday)

March 12: Meet in the Library for a Poetry Read-Around

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Image: Christy Birmingham via Flickr

Learning Targets: Read. Participate in book talks. Read a few poems from different poetry anthologies.

Announcements:

  • Absent Friday? Check the blog, Make-Up Speech, Turn in Argument Draft to G Classroom
  • Make-Up: Monitor & Discuss Assessment
  • Regrade for Written Argument: Revise based on my feedback. Request a regrade (lower than 3).
  • Congrats to Argument Speech Winners! (Stay Tuned)

1)  Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

3) Book Talks

4) Make-Up Argument Speeches & Congratulations to the Winners!

5) Poetry ReadAround

Spend about 4 minutes with each book. If you like one, you can check it out.

6) Browse & Checkout or Renew Library Books

After you finish browsing and checking out books, sit down and read.

6)  Exit & Debrief

Socrative / ENG7RM402–> EVALUATING: What book are your reading? Why did you choose it?

Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Revise Argument from Feedback, LATE written arguments

Tuesday, January 2: Welcome Back!

Goals: Participate in a community circle. Review The Outsiders Unit Goals. Revise and publish one of your close reading responses.

Announcements:

  • Still waiting for 4 students to publish the instruction guides to happiness. Meet with me today.
  • No Weekly Pages while we read The Outsiders. Instead, each response should be at least paragraph length.
  • Because we missed a week and a half of school, there will be no mid-year writing portfolio assessment. There will still be an end-of-year writing portfolio.
  • If you are finished reading The Outsiders, be sure you have another book to read. Reading Logs are still turned in in Fridays.
  • To work ahead on The Outsiders unit, visit the website: bit.ly/staygoldGV

1) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the month view, click HERE.

Agenda Jan. 2

2) Community Circle

Today’s circle will have two rounds. Click through the slide deck below to read about circle norms and to see today’s questions.

Before you complete the second round of the circle, watch this “Terrific Tuesday” motivational video. As you watch, use the cognitive strategy Analyzing Author’s Craft.

Analyzing Author's Craft_Sentence Stems

3) How to Write a High-Quality Close Reading Response

  • Click HERE to open the assignment in Google Classroom.
  • Read the feedback on your responses from Ch. 1 to 3.
  • Reread how to earn an A and look at the sample responses from The Hunger Games.

TEACHER EXAMPLE–DIRECTIONS AND HOW TO EARN AN A

HIGH QUALITY STUDENT EXAMPLE

  • Scroll down to see the list of transitions and transitional expressions. Be sure to use at least one in each response. Highlight the transition so that I can find it easily.

4)  Revise Your Close Reading Responses and Publish Your Favorite on Socrative.

 

HOMEWORK: Outsiders Ch. 1 – 6, At Least 6 Close Reading Responses, Done with Outsiders? Read Another Book

Monday, November 13: Reading Workshop & How to Be Happy When…

Open book and reading workshop text

Goals: Read. Track progress. Participate in book talks. Read the prompt for the explanatory writing task. Brainstorm writing ideas.

Announcements:

  • Absent Thursday? Happiness Graphic Organizer in Google Classroom
  • If you did not finish the graphic organizer, please finish it for partial credit.

1) Read

2) Book Talks

  • As you listen, keep track of what you hear on your Next Reads list (in Notes).
  • Sign up for a book talk (right sidebar).

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

3) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your GV agenda. You can see the full month by clicking Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

4) Instruction Guide to Happiness ROAD MAP

words-about-happiness via PublicDomainPictures.net

  • Click HERE to go to the How to Be Happy When… assignment in Google Classroom.
  • Follow the roadmap to—
    • Read the Prompt
    • Read the sample by Ms. Ferrer
    • Brainstorm ideas on a Google Form.
    • Read your classmates’ ideas.

5) Finished?

  • Click HERE to find the Happiness Graphic Organizer in Google Classroom.  You need 5 details (left column) and 5 explanations (right column).
  • Start drafting your guide in your English Journal.

Homework: Read. Bring book Monday. Charge iPad. (Late) Happiness Graphic Organizer

Monday, November 6: Reading Workshop & “Study: High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness”

Open book and reading workshop text

Goals: Read. Track progress. Participate in book talks. Read and annotate an article about happiness. Take notes on the definitions of happiness.

Announcements:

  • Sign up for book talks (right sidebar)
  • Class preparation = bring book, bring iPad, bring pen or pencil, r/w notebook stored here
  • Narrative grades: See comments in 3 places–on the Doc, Classroom, and our blog. You are encouraged to revise and request a regrade
  • Absent Friday? Update reading log

1) Read

2) Book Talks

  • As you listen, keep track of what you hear on your Next Reads list (in Notes).
  • Sign up for a book talk (right sidebar).

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

 

3) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your GV agenda. You can see the full month by clicking Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

4) Commonlit.org: “Study: High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness”

  • Go to commonlit.org or click HERE.
  • Press log in.
  • Choose Google and sign in with school Google Account.
  • Add Commonlit.org to your home screen–> In Safari, press the 3 dots. Choose share button (square with arrow). +Add to home screen.
  • Click the assignment that is due today: “Study: High Incomes Don’t Bring You Happiness.”
  • Read the directions at the top and get started!

NOTE: As you read, try out the different tools, including the highlighter and dictionary.

If you finish early, start on the  “Happiness Graphic Organizer” assignment available in Google Classroom. We will use that organizer for the next two weeks to keep track of what we read.

happiness organizer

Homework: Read. Bring book Monday. Charge iPad.