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.

Monday, October 31: Monster Experiment (Part 2)

Goals: Visualize your monster and use descriptive language to describe it.

1) Copy the week’s assignments in your GVJH agenda.

Week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 Agenda

 

Writing Workshop

2) Complete Today’s Starter

Tapping Prior Knowledge

Open the Starter form in Google Classroom

Answer Today’s Question: What are sensory details?

3) Finish the Monster Experiment (Parts 2 & 3)

Visualizing CBO

Visualizing

  • Click HERE for a sensory details word list. You should also have this in your English folder.
  • Click HERE to see my example.

4) Publish!

Analyzing Craft

Analyzing Craft

  • Place Sheets #1, 2, and 3 together, face up.  They should all be about YOUR monster.
  • Walk around to see what other students created.
  • Think about how some monsters look more similar than others. Notice what kinds of writing made visualizing easier for the reader.

5) Debrief: What did you learn as a writer? As a reader?

Reflecting and Relating

Reflecting and Relating

Homework: Read. Charge iPad.