Friday, December 8, 2017

Inching our way to winter break

Thank you so much from me and my family for the many notes of condolence and kindness following the death of my father. I have been surrounded by love, making this difficult time much easier to navigate.

We complete the mystery/suspense genre this week by finishing the Mystery Box project, which is due by the end of the day on Thursday. I will distribute the next novel, which you are expected to read over the break. Additionally, we will take a Field Trip to the Carlos Museum that will give you an opportunity to see REAL Mesopotamian artifacts as well as identify similarities between the experience of the Maccabees and South American natives.

You should be reviewing EACH evening for midterm assessments. Your yellow study guide is a suggested calendar of review. Use your grammar notebook, previous worksheets and tests and links on the class blog to help you practice grammar concepts. I am available before school and during study hall to answer any questions you may have.

Day 1: Pronoun Test, when completed, work on Mystery Box
Day 2: Work on Mystery Box, receive the next novel
Day 3: Finish Mystery Box. If completed, you may enjoy a fun app called Murder Files on the iPads. I will also be reviewing diagramming (for midterms) for those who need the review.
Day 4: Field Trip to Carlos Museum

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Post-Turkey Post

If you understand the humor in the title of this post, CONGRATULATIONS! It is supposed to be funny. Many of you remember the Mystery Box project from when you visited for Shadow Days last year. I will introduce it this week. We work quickly and efficiently on getting the newspaper articles written. I will answer many of your questions in class. Additionally, we will continue the pronoun unit with additional practice this week and next. Finally, on Friday will be a lesson on diction - using the correct word for the situation. Sometimes students make errors in spelling homophones, sometimes in understanding the meaning.

DAY 1: Intro to the Mystery Box project, work on newspaper article basics/questions
DAY 2 and 3: Rotations of pronoun practice, newspaper article, mystery box research
Day 4: Diction

Homework this week: No journal entry - work on a fabulous newspaper article! Read your mystery/suspense novel, finish NO LATER THAN 12/8.

I will provide information about Membean, roots, and midterms on Monday in class.
See you soon!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Week

I hope you each have a relaxing week, filled with gratitude and family. Please speak with your parents about the person you wish to interview, and try to get it done over the break, if possible. Enter the name on the Google Classroom document, so that we don't have multiple students interviewing the same person. Please work on reading your mystery/suspense novel, and annotate for clues and characterization.

Here is the video we watched in class which demonstrates foreshadowing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Alma Short Film from keytoon Animation Studio on Vimeo.