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March 28 - April 1, 2005

Monday, March 28: Fourth Term Begins!

  • AR Contracts/Hall Passes/New Seats
  • Journal #1: Thoughts on your final term of junior high. (90 words)
  • Poe-cabulary: In-class Assignment (due tomorrow)
  • Memorable Teacher Writing Assignment due Thursday!

Tuesday, March 29

Wednesday, March 30

Thursday, March 31

  • Memorable Teacher Writing Assignment due!
  • Poe-cabulary Quiz
  • Poe Biography: Who is this guy?
  • Notes

Friday, April 1

  • Review Poe-cabulary Quiz
  • Finish Poe Biography & Notes / "Amotillado" Quiz

April 4 - April 8, 2005

Monday, April 4

  • Correct "Cask of Amontillado" Quiz/Hand in with Notes
  • Textbook Poe: Informational Text (pp. 183-190)
  • Assignment: Pages 191 & 192 (In class)
  • Homework Handout: Related Vocabulary Assignment

Tuesday, April 5

Wednesday, April 6

  • AR Contracts Due
  • Vocabulary Assignment (from Monday) Due
  • Online Textbook Assignments:
    • Log in. (You'll need your username/password.)
    • Review Test Practice Assignment (pp.191-192).
    • Go to "View Assignments."
    • Take Online Quiz on Textbook Readings (pp. 183-190)
    • .
  • Finish Poe-try Search (if not done yesterday)
  • 7th Period: Read some popular "Poe-ms"

Thursday, April 7

  • "The Black Cat"

Friday, April 8

  • "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Review)
  • "Heavy Metal" (Poe Satire)

April 11 - 15, 2005

Monday, April 11

  • Journal #2: Editing Activity (Practice for CRT)
  • Vocabulary List #6
  • Assignment: Define each word; give the part of speech; write a sentence that correctly uses the word and illustrates that you know its meaning.

Tuesday, April 12

  • Journal #3: Editing Activity (Practice for CRT)
  • Reading Comprehension Practice (Textbook)

Wednesday, April 13

  • Finish/Analyze Reading Comprehension Practice Test

Thursday, April 14

  • Computer Lab: Prep for CRT
    • Go here: UTIPS
    • Choose the link called "CRT Practice Test II."
    • Type your first and last names in the field for "Name."
    • In the field for "Teacher Username," type mrthompson .
    • Click "Start."
    • Take the online test (47 questions) and click "Submit" when complete.
    • Your score will be sent to me automatically.
    • (Yes, it will go on your grade.)

Friday, April 15

  • Journal #4: Passage Analysis (Practice for CRT)
  • Vocabulary Quiz #6
  • Review Most Frequently Missed Questions on Yesterday's Practice Test

April 18 - 22: Spring Break

Want some extra credit?

  • Do some reading over the break and get all your AR points by April 26th!


  • Click here!
    • Choose the link called "CRT PRACTICE EXTRA CREDIT."
    • Type your first and last name in the field for "Name."
    • Click "Start."
    • Take the test (50 questions)
    • If it doesn't submit automatically, click "Submit forced response" when complete.
    • If you score above 70%, I will award extra credit at midterm.
    • Unlike on the last practice test, you will only have one chance to get each answer correct, so read the questions carefully.

April 25 - 29, 2005

Monday, April 25

Tuesday, April 26: Midterm

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Journal #6: Discuss Censorship. Summarize your findings from yesterday.
  • Begin Reading Fahrenheit 451: Montag Meets Clarisse (pp. 1-10)

Wednesday, April 27

  • Journal #7: DOL
  • Fahrenheit 451: Hello Mildred! (pp.11-21)

Thursday, April 28

  • Journal #8: Briefly describe Montag, Clarisse, and Mildred (90 words)
  • Fahrenheit 451: The Dandelion (21-22)
    The Mechanical Hound (pp. 22-28)
    Clarisse's Life: The Society of Fahrenheit 451 (pp.28-31)
    Captain Beatty & The History of the Fire Department (pp.31-35)

Friday, April 29: Sub. Day

  • Semicolons: CRT Prep.
  • Elements of Language Textbook, pages 668-675
  • Write the four semicolon rules (23a, 23b, 23c, 23d: They're written in red.)
  • Study the examples under each rule.
  • Assignment:
    • Exercise 1, p. 669 (odds only; write sentences out completely)
    • Exercise 2, p. 671 (evens only; write sentences out completely)
    • Review Exercise A, p. 672 (all; follow instructions carefully)
    • Review Exercise B, p. 673 (all; follow instructions carefully)
    • Review Exercise C, p. 674 (all; follow instructions carefully)

May 2 - 6, 2005

Monday, May 2

  • Semicolon Quiz
  • Fahrenheit 451: Assign Books
    The First Alarm (pp. 35-41)
    Montag's Doubts: Mildred & Her "Family" (pp.41-48)

Tuesday, May 3

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Journal #9: F451 Issue #1
    Beatty's Lecture: The Happiness Boys (pp. 48-63)

Wednesday, May 4

  • Journal #10: Outline an Essay in Response to Issue #1
  • Assign Books: Bring them Every Day!
  • Read to End of Part 1: Montag Reads (pp. 63-68)
  • Update Study Guide/Hand in Journals

Thursday, May 5

  • Punctuation Review for CRT
  • Fahrenheit 451: The Sieve and the The Sand
    Montag Thinks...and Remembers (pp.71-75)
    Montag's Dilemma (pp.75-77)
  • Journal #1: Montag's Dilemma: Which book would you save? Why?

Friday, May 6

May 9 - 13: End-of-Level Testing

Monday, May 9

  • State-Mandated End-of-Level Criterion-Referenced Test
    (Man, that was a mouthful!)

Tuesday, May 10

  • State-Mandated End-of-Level Criterion-Referenced Test
    (It wasn't my idea! Don't blame me!)

Wednesday, May 11

  • Fahrenheit 451
    Mildred's Friends and Family (pp. 91-102)
  • Finish Study Guide Through Part 2
  • Outline Issue #2 (in journal): Due Monday!

Thursday, May 12

  • State-Mandated End-of-Level Criterion-Referenced Test
    (Oh, honestly! Isn't this just ridiculous?)
  • F451: Montag's Last Alarm (pp. 102-110)
    Read this section silently when you finish the test.

Friday, May 13

  • State-Mandated End-of-Level Criterion-Referenced Test
    (They call it U-PASS. I think they misplaced the hyphen.)
  • Whew! Back to some learning....finally....
  • Need Extra Credit? Try this: "Dover Beach Assignment"

May 16 - 20, 2005

Monday, May 16

  • Journal #3: How do you think you did on the EOL test last week? Why?
  • Grade Printouts: Don't forget AR is due next Wednesday, May 25th.
  • Fahrenheit 451: Begin "Burning Bright"
    Montag Confronts Beatty (pp.113-121)
    Montag on the Run (pp.121-139)
  • Begin Final Page of Study Guide

Tuesday, May 17

  • Fahrenheit 451
    The River and the Tracks (pp. 139-145)
    Granger and the Books (pp. 145-155)
  • Issue #3: Outline/Draft Essay in Journal (Journal #4)

Wednesday, May 18

  • Finish Fahrenheit 451
    Montag Finally Remembers (pp. 155-160)
    Starting Over (pp. 160-165)
  • Journal #5: Fahrenheit 451 Character/Fire Symbols
  • Finish Study Guide (4 pages)

Thursday, May 19: Computer Lab

  • Fahrenheit 451: Literary Skills Test (NOT the AR test!)
  • Final Writing Assignment
  • Homework Assignment: Find an inspirational poem (or write one of your own) to share with your classmates on Friday, May 27

Friday, May 20

  • Fahrenheit 451: Final Issues
  • Meet Clarisse's Uncle: "The Pedestrian"
  • Journal #6: "The Pedestrian" Study Questions (on board)
  • Why Read?

May 23 - 27, 2005

Monday, May 23

  • Journal #7: Tracing Montag's Development Through Fire in Fahrenheit 451
  • Submit Journals for Scoring
  • Turn in Novels
  • Homework Assignment: Find an inspirational poem (or write one of your own) to share with your classmates on Friday, May 27

Tuesday, May 24: Computer Lab

Wednesday, May 25: Substitute Today

  • "The Seven Ages of Man": Read it; analyze it; imitate it
  • Life Metaphor Poem
  • Citizenship grades will weigh heavily on your behavior today. Be nice!

Thursday, May 26: Falcon Finale

  • Poetry: Free Verse from Text

Friday, May 27

May 30 - June 3, 2005

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day

  • No School

Tuesday, May 31: Ninth Grade Dance

  • Last Day of Class for Ninth Graders
  • Completing the Circle: Sign My Yearbook
    Was it everything you thought it would be?

Wednesday, June 1: Lagoon Day

  • No Classes for Ninth Graders

Thursday, June 2: Yearbook Day

  • School's Out!

Friday, June 3

  • Have a great summer!
  • Enjoy high school!

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