Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heading in to May


No 2014 climbing on the Nepal side!

Chag Sameach! I hope you had a meaningful seder with your family, and enjoyed the break from school. For me, the change of scenery was wonderful! Fortunately I took my heavy coat to the beach. My bathing suits and shorts stayed in the suitcase, but I had a delightful time anyway. I spent one of my days at a local Marine Park where I met some new friends:
Sea Turtle
FL friends

I will be entering grades for the essays this evening. Most students should be prepared to revise and resubmit, which I will explain in class. Additionally, I will distribute our next novel, When You Reach Me, and we will begin a unit studying Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream on the iPads.(It will be fun!) How fortuitous that we will begin this unit on William's birthday! Additionally, we get back to our regularly scheduled vocabulary study, and wrap up the unit on adjectives.

Listed here is HOMEWORK ONLY for now.
4/23 "A" Day: Due on Friday: through page 163 in Easy Grammar, begin learning Unit 13 words and roots.
4/24 "A" Day: See 4/23 and begin reading When You Reach Me
4/25: Unit 13 (TWELVE)Sentences are due
4/28: Read through p. 70, review adjectives unit
4/29,4/30,5/1: Study vocabulary and roots, Essay re-write due WEDNESDAY, read When You Reach Me

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tragedy strikes on Everest...again.

Hi everyone!
I am at the beach, watching the deluge of rain while I work on grading your essays. I can't convey my sense of grief as I heard about the most recent tragedy on Mt. Everest. For those of you who mentioned avalanches as a risk of death, this event would certainly support your thesis. Pray for the families of the sherpas.
Everest Avalanche

See you next week,
Mrs. Stein

Friday, April 4, 2014

Week of 4/7

Thank you to each of you for your focus and efforts on the CTP IV tests. I am thrilled by how many of you noticed vocabulary words in the reading and writing sections! We will tackle the last three units of vocabulary after Spring Break. This week, we begin the adjectives unit in Easy Grammar, continue our unit on short stories, and take the trip to Biz Town.

Your Persuasive Essay (2 copies) and your cartoon are both due NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY. Please remember to attach the bibliography and to turn in your pre-writing with your essay. I am looking forward to seeing the efforts of your hard work!

Day 1: Elements of a short story
Easy Grammar - Adjectives (pp. 142, 146, 150)

Day 2: "A Sound of Thunder," comparing myths and short stories

Day 3: Short Story Program

Day 4: Trip to Biz Town

Day 1: E.G. pp. 143, 147, 151 if not completed in class, due Day 2
Edmodo journal entry due Friday

Day 2: E.G. pp. 144, 145, 148, 149, 152, 153

Day 3: Edmodo journal entry due Friday

REMEMBER to turn in your essay (2 copies) and cartoon by WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Essay Information Update

* Please plan on TURNING IN your pre-writing documents with your completed essay.
* I have added a link (see the left side of the blog) to help you with parenthetical annotation, which I explained in class.
* Use EasyBib for the bibliography you will attach as the last page of your essay.

The essay is more important than the myth cartoon. If you cannot complete the myth cartoon by Friday, no worries. Essays are due to me by the end of the day on Friday.