Wednesday, January 10: Nonfiction Connections

Outsiders Website: 

Goals: Make a connection between a topic in an nonfiction article and themes in The Outsiders


  • Absent yesterday? Make sure you turn in close reading responses to Google Classroom and your movie permission to the completed work box.
  • Some students still need to respond with “Thank you” or another question or comment in Google Classroom (Studying the Outsiders assignment). Please Turn In your responses if you are done.
  • Tomorrow in class: STAR Reading Assessment

1) Starter

Click HERE to open the starter in Google Classroom.

Wake Up Wednesday Motivational Video

WEDNESDAY (TAPPING PRIOR KNOWLEDGE): Watch the “Wake Up Wednesday” motivational video. For the starter, type one positive or motivational thing you could say to a classmate about getting through a test, a da, or a week. NOTE: You will say this out loud too.

2) Planning and Goal Setting (Think / Pair / Share)

Read today’s workshop priorities. Think about what you need to accomplish in order to finish the Outsiders project by Friday.

  • What do you need to finish today in class?
  • What do you plan on finishing after school?
  • What help do you need?

3) Workshop

Read the following checklist for today’s workshop priorities. Whatever you do not finish is homework.


4) Exit Routine

Before you leave, complete the routine outlined below:

Wednesday, November 6: Wake Up Wednesday and Outsiders Ch 6

Goals: Read Outsiders Ch. 6. Write 1 – 2 close reading responses. Practice adopting an alignment with people in a short video.


  • Substitute Tomorrow: Read Outsiders and work on close reading responses. If you are finished with the book and all 15 responses, start on the Newsela assignments or No Red Ink.
  • Apps to Download from Self Service: Google Chrome and Newsela
  • Make sure all Docs in your English folder in Drive have “offline access”

1) Starter

Click HERE to answer the starter question in Google Classroom.

2) Newsela: Outsiders Nonfiction

  • Click HERE for how to get started with Newsela.
  • Take a few minutes to log in and see the three assigned nonfiction articles. All three relate to The Outsiders. You can read them in any order. As you read, highlight and annotate with cognitive strategy responses. When you are done, write to the prompt and take the quiz.
  • When you finish the three required articles, you can earn bonus points for reading other articles in the Outsiders Text Set. Click HERE and scroll to Go Beyond for directions.

3) Outsiders Ch. 6 &  Close Reading Response

  • Click HERE to open the assignment in Google Classroom.
  • Click HERE to open the audiobook resources in Google Classroom. You may listen and read along OR simply read.
  • Check the Find the Chapter chart to locate your place in the audiobook. If you are keeping up with the reading, you should be on Chapter 6 or beyond.
  • Use the Cognitive Strategies Booklet (see below) to help you craft high-quality responses.

3) If You Finish Early Choose One of the Following Activities:


HOMEWORK: Read Ch.6, 1 – 2 Close Reading Responses

Wednesday, November 29: The Outsiders Chapter 1

Goals: Read Outsiders Ch. 1. Respond with Planning and Goal Setting.


  • If you did not finish the Outsiders research yesterday, please complete it on your own. You can find your copy in Google Drive.
  • Congratulations! 10 Students have publish their explanatory writing (Instruction Guide to Happiness). If you have not published, points will be subtracted beginning today.

1) Starter

Click HERE to answer the starter question in Google Classroom.

Watch the “Wake-Up” Wednesday video and use the cognitive strategy Making Predictions to respond.


2) Read Outsiders Ch. 1

3) Close Reading Response

Click HERE to read about how to respond to what you read in The Outsiders.

For your own copy of the assignment, go to Google Classroom (click HERE).

4) Workshop Time

  • Finish your Instruction Guide to Happiness
  • Finish your Outsiders Research
  • Finish reading Ch. 1 or start reading and annotating your first nonfiction article in Newsela. Click HERE for directions on getting started.


Homework: Outsiders Ch. 1, Close Reading Response

Wednesday, November 15: Talk Safely Online

Goals:Understand rules for safe online messaging, and feel empowered to deal with uncomfortable situations when communicating online.


  • ABSENT YESTERDAY? Draft your instruction guide for Weekly Pages 7 (Due Tomorrow)

1) Starter

Click HERE to answer the starter question in Google Classroom.

Watch the “Wake-Up” Wednesday video and use the cognitive strategy Forming Interpretations to respond.

2) Talk Safely Online

This lesson uses the slide show embedded below. Use these slides to follow along or review what we practice in class today.

On Slide 7, there is a video on “Perspectives.” Watch that video and annotate the Safe Online Talk handout in Google Classroom. Click HERE to go to the assignment.

3) EXIT TICKET: Talk Safely Online QUIZ

You have the last 8 to 10 minutes of class to take the quiz. It will be enabled in Google Classroom at the end of this lesson.

Homework: Read. Charge Your iPad. Complete Weekly Pages 7 (Due Tomorrow)