Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Monday, May 18, 2015


Due to unexpected circumstances, I will be moving the Poetry Slam to Friday. We will have the review, originally scheduled for Friday, on Thursday. If we need additional time to complete the Poetry Slam, we will do so on Tuesday. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, May 8, 2015

So much excitement ahead!

REMINDER: Tutorial Tuesday before school for Diagramming practice.

The next two weeks will be filled with activity. You won't want to miss any of it! We continue our unit on figurative language by taking a close look at "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the one and only William Shakespeare. Additionally, we will complete the pronoun unit by Friday, create more poetry, have one last Edmodo Journal Entry, and have our Poetry Slam.

  • You should be using your Study Guide to review a little bit EVERY night for the final exam. We will be reviewing in class the last week of school, but you will need to be refreshing your memory between now and then.
  • Try to learn at least two lines of your poem each night. Once you have it memorized, practice it completely once each day. Work on posture (stand up straight, shoulders back) and expression in your voice.
Monday, May 11:        Antecedents continued, demonstrative pronouns
                                     Introduction to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Act 1, Scene 1

HOMEWORK FOR MONDAY NIGHT: Find examples of figurative language in "A Sound of Thunder."

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12/13: Interrogative and indefinite pronouns
                                       AMND continued

                                     due FRIDAY, May 15

Thursday, May 14:  Complete pronouns, AMND

Friday, May 15: Pronoun Unit Study Guide will be provided in class. There will be no separate Pronoun Unit Test, but the concepts will appear on the Final Exam. Spine Poetry, 5-word story

I will distribute "The Monkey's Paw" on Friday, to be read over the weekend. We will discuss in class on Monday.

Monday, May 18: Pronoun Review, "The Monkey's Paw", AMND if time permits


Tuesday, May 19: "B" Schedule - math assessments in the morning
                               Black Out poetry

Wednesday, May 20: Field Day at the Lower School. 

Thursday, May 21: Poetry Slam! Finals review

Friday, May 22: "B" schedule/ Review for finals  Poetry Slam (will be continued Tuesday if needed)

Tuesday, May 26: "A" schedule/ Review for finals

Wednesday, May 27: "A" schedule/ Review for finals

Thursday, May 28: half day/ final exams

Friday, May 29: half day 

Friday, May 1, 2015

"It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May..."

The title of the post is a line from a song written for Queen Guinevere from the musical "Camelot," which is alluded to in A Wrinkle in Time.

We will continue our unit on pronouns and begin our study of figurative language and creative writing. You will be turning in two copies of your Biome Project. One of the copies will be a written expression grade in language arts. I will be grading ONLY on grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling. PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD! Use the link Mrs. Healan gave you for assistance with dialogue.

TUTORIAL for symbolism/allusion/foreshadowing will be on Monday morning before school (7:25). Edits to your WYRM/AWIT test will be due NO LATER THAN Friday, May 8.

Day 1: types of figurative language, receive study guide for finals
Day 2: pronouns pp. 232-234, 236, Visual Poetry
Day 3: pronouns pp. 237-240, qualities of myths/legends
Day 4: we will read aloud a short story and identify the figurative language used

Homework: Continue reading the myths. Complete four by May 6.
                    Edmodo Journal #13 due May 6
                    Begin reviewing units 10 -12, (including Peak) words and roots for final

NOTE: I will return tests and essays as I complete them. This will take some time. Please be patient.