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August 22-26, 2005

Monday, August 22: Teacher Prep. Day

  • No School for Students

Tuesday, August 23: Teacher Prep. Day

  • No School for Students

Wednesday, August 24: Welcome Back!

Thursday, August 25

  • Sign My Yearbook: Expectations for the Year
  • The Usual Handouts:
    Hall Passes, AR Contracts
  • Sign My Yearbook! (Expectations Realized)
  • First Term Reading Project: Biography/Autobiography

Friday, August 26


August 29- September 2, 2005

Monday, August 29

Tuesday, August 30: Computer Lab

Wednesday, August 31: Back-to-School Night (7:00 P.M.)

Thursday, September 1: Computer Lab

Friday, September 2: Honors English Applications due!

  • Word Cells List #1: Quiz next Thursday
  • Writing Trait #2 (Organization): In-class Assignment
    Ten Minutes Only: Write a story containing lots of specific descriptions and actions. The story must have a coherent plot (beginning, middle, end), and it must take place in a span of time NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES LONG. All the action has to happen in that short time span. Use lots of transtions to keep the action organized so your reader can make sense of it.)

September 5-9, 2005

Monday, September 5

  • Labor Day: No School

Tuesday, September 6

  • Online Essay: Baseline Score
    Given everything you have learned and reviewed about the first two writing traits (Ideas/Content and Organization), submit a persuasive essay to the Online Essay Scoring system. You may choose your topic from any of those presented when you log in. (You will need your login name and password. I told you not to lose it!) Type up and save the essay in another word processing program and then copy/paste it into the Online scoring field before clicking "Submit Essay for Scoring."
  • Don't forget your AR contracts tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 7: AR Contracts due!

  • Journals: Pick one! (Put your name on it too!)
  • Journal #1: How is ninth grade treating you so far? Discuss. (75+ words)
  • Note: Journals do not leave the classroom.
  • The Pigman: Literary Elements

Thursday, September 8: Honors English Meeting (3:00 P.M.)

  • Journal #2: Who make the best friends--those of the same sex or those of the opposite sex? Why? What advantages are there to each?
  • Word Cells List #1 Quiz
  • The Pigman: Meet John (Chapter 1)

Friday, September 9: Have Auto/Biography in class!

  • The Pigman: Meet Lorraine (Chapter 2)
  • Journal #3: Study Questions
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4

September 12-16, 2005

Monday, September 12

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

  • The Pigman: Motifs and Foreshadowing
  • Read Chapter 7
  • Study Question/Matching Activity (in journal)
  • (Finish study questions from yesterday if not done.)

Thursday, September 15

Friday, September 16


September 19-23, 2005

Monday, September 19

Tuesday, September 20

  • The Pigman: Chapters 11 (aloud)
  • Journal #5: You know you're an adult when.... (75 words)
  • Chapter 12 (silently)
  • Study Questions (in journal)

Wednesday, September 21

  • The Pigman: Chapters 13 & 14 (aloud)

Thursday, September 22

Friday, September 23: Computer Lab


September 26-30: Test Week

Monday, September 26

Tuesday, September 27: Last Day for AR Extra Credit

  • Outlines due!
  • Computer Lab
  • Pigman Essay

Wednesday, September 28: Testing Day (30-minute classes)

  • Begin Pigman In-Class Final Exam (Use your notes!)

Thursday, September 29: Testing Day (30-minute classes)

Friday, September 30

  • Word Cells Quiz #2
  • Preliminary Research: Write 10 questions you can't answer (in journal).

October 3-7, 2005

Monday, October 3: Biography Notes due Friday!

  • Journal #1: How was the first half of the term? (90 words)
  • Cells List #3: Quiz Thursday!
  • Communication: Defining the Terms (Writing Notes: Never Lose!)
  • Homework: Bring in some functional text tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 4

  • Check/Discuss functional texts (homework)
  • Journal #2: I need help with__________. (Complete the thought and discuss the things you need help with.)
  • I-Search: Beginning the Process (pp.207-209/Language Text)
  • Sample I-Search: Pages 196-199/Language Text)

Wednesday, October 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • New Seats
  • Journal #3: Write the dialogue you wish I'd have with your parent(s).
  • Early Research: Summarizing (pp. 200-202)
  • Assignment: Worksheet on Writing a Summary

Thursday, October 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Journal #4: Write the dialogue you think I would actually have with your parents.
  • Word Cells List #3 Quiz
  • Summarize "The Creation According to Mythology"

Friday, October 7: Biography Notes due!


October 10-14, 2005: Ribbon Week!

Monday, October 10: ETI Meeting (7:15 A.M.)

Tuesday, October 11: Budget Committee Mtg. (3:15 P.M.)

Wednesday, October 12: SOM Breakfast (7:15 A.M.)

Thursday, October 13

  • Journal #5/Discussion: What did you think of yesterday's assembly? Did students behave appropriately? What was the MAIN problem? (Consider the following: Purpose, Expectation, Timing, and Logistics.)
  • Word Cells Quiz #4
  • Finish Olympians PowerPoint
    (Click the above link only if you have PowerPoint on your computer!)
  • Have you voted today?

Friday, October 14


October 17-21, 2005

Monday, October 17: Computer Lab

Tuesday, October 18: Computer Lab

Wednesday, October 19: Biography Essays Due!

  • Turn in Term Project: Bio Essay+Six-trait Evaluation+First Draft+Notes
    (If you have not turned in notes previously, make a note next to your name on the front page so I can be sure to score them.)
  • Mythology Project: Last day to work on it during class
    (Due Next Wednesday, Oct. 26)
  • Check your grade
    (AR Points are figured in now! You have until next Wednesday to get more!)
  • Have you voted today?

Thursday, October 20: Vote all night! Sleep all day!

Friday, October 21: Vote all night! Sleep all day!


October 24-28, 2004

Monday, October 24

  • WORD CELLS QUIZ #5 IS TOMORROW!
  • Journal #6: What are you passionate about? Discuss.
  • Bio Essay Six-Trait Feedback/Scores
  • Issues of Concern: Comma Splices, Run-ons, and the Difference Between a Narrative Book Report and a Character Sketch
  • Flash Presentation: What is a Sentence?
  • Have you voted today?

Tuesday, October 25

  • Journal #7: What do you think of the AR program? Why?
  • Word Cells Quiz #5
  • Literature Text: Epic and Myth (pp. 639-646)
  • Mythology PowerPoint Presentations must be delivered to me today!
  • Have you voted today?

Wednesday, October 26: AR Points due!

Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28: Last Day of the First Term


"Did I miss anything?" This is the most annoying question students who have been absent can ask. My usual sarcastic reply is something like this: "Oh, heck no! We knew you were gone, so we just sat around all day and looked at each other. You don't really think I'm going to assign work on a day you're not here, do you?" So, in order to keep everyone (students and their parents) apprised of what exactly is going on each day in class, I am going to put it here. Check back often!


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