October 31, 2011

English 9 & 10:  The students took notes on creating an outline for a paper.  The students were then assigned to write an outline for their Halloween narrative paper.  Students that didn’t finish their outlines in class need to finish them for homework.

Have a great Halloween!

 

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October 27, 2011

English 9:  The students read an excerpt from Seabiscuit: An American Legend.  The students were assigned several writing prompts that force them to critically examine the story, as well as, the post-reading questions.  For homework, the students need to write three descriptive paragraphs re-creating the Santa Anita Handicap in the first person point of view.  The students are to write as if they are a jockey that is competing the race, and need to include: their name, their horse’s name, and describe the race using sensory details (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.) 

English 10:  The students were given the hour to complete their rough drafts of their persuasive diary entry.  The students need to finish their rough drafts for homework if they didn’t finish in class.

October 26, 2011

English 9:  The class finished watching Seabiscuit and began working on their vocabulary worksheet and sentences, which are homework if they did not finish in class.

English 10:  The class discussed possible diary entry topics for each of the four formats they will need to complete in their Crucible projects.  The students need to finish their Descriptive diary entry rough draft for homework.

October 24, 2011

English 9:  The students continued watching Seabiscuit today, and will begin reading the excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit: An American Legend tomorrow.

English 10:  The students completed their five paragraph narrative story on one of the following topics: an embarrising experience, a disastrous date, a frightening experience, or an experience of being lost.  The students will practice writing persuasive paragraphs tomorrow.

October 21, 2011

English 9:  The students discussed what biographies and autobiographies are and what purpose they serve.  The students began watching Gary Ross’s film adaptation of Seabiscuit.  We will begin reading an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Seabiscuit: An American Legend next week.

English 10:  The students completed their practice work on descriptive writing by completing one paragraph for each of the following topics: a close friend or family member, a memory from a trip or vacation, a personal belonging that holds special significance, an accident scene, and a police chase.  The students will practice writing narrative paragraphs, persuasive paragraphs, and reflective paragraphs next week.

October 20, 2011

English 9:  The students finished their The Rights to the Streets of Memphis vocabulary activities (definitions, sentences, and fill in the blank answer worksheet.)  The students also completed their free-write describing their plan on completing their D.E.A.R. Projects, which are due next Monday (24th.)

English 10:  The students received their Crucible Diary Project assignment sheet.  The project is due November 2, 2011 (Wednesday.)  The project is worth 10% of the student’s marking period grade, so maximum effort will be required.  Projects must be typed, size 12, Times New Roman font, and must have a cover (front and back.)  The students began their project proposals today, which required them to list the main events they would like to discuss in their diary entries, and why they chose the character they will complete the project on.

October 18, 2011

English 9:  The students completed their grammar work covering prepositions.  There is no homework for tonight.

English 10:  The students completed their grammar work covering conjunctions.  If the students did not finish their ten sentences (five coordinating, five subordinating,) they must finish them for homework.

October 14, 2011

English 9:  The class completed their review and test over the literary techniques that we’ve studied thus far: foreshadowing, suspense, situational irony, and allusion.  There is no homework to complete over the weekend.

English 10:  The students completed their Act Four test, and turned in their Crucible books.  There is no homework over the weekend.

*****EXTRA CREDIT:  The students are to write two paragraphs describing what their favorite book is and why.  The paragraphs must include: book title, author, plot description (characters, conflict, resolution,) and why the student’s enjoy the book.  The paragraphs must be typed and printed to turn in Monday at the beginning of class (Oct. 17.)  IF students are unable to print their papers, they can e-mail me (mstead@tps.k12.mi.us,) or place the file in my high school inbox folder (Stead.)  To receive credit, the paragraphs MUST be typed.*****

October 13, 2011

English 9:  The class completed their D.E.A.R. illustration and paragraph summary based on their book’s climax or most suspenseful event/scene that they have read.  Most students have finished the D.E.A.R. books they chose at the beginning of the year, and those that still need to finish need to do so quickly so they can begin their project (due October 24th) as soon as possible.  There is no homework for tonight.

English 10:  The class completed their Act Four review, and will take their final Crucible test tomorrow.  There is no homework for tonight.