August 27-31, 2007
Monday, August 27: Teacher Prep. Day
Tuesday, August 28: Teacher Prep. Day
Wednesday, August 29: Welcome Back!
Thursday, August 30
- Letters from Last Year: The Advice of Your Elders
- Prewrite: List all the things (related to Language Arts) you hope
we do in this class and all the things you hope we definitely don't
do in this class.
Rosenstein for Pres!
- The Usual Handouts:
Hall Passes, Independent Reading Requirements,
IRContracts (due September
- Writing Assignment #1: Sign My Yearbook! Pretend that it is now the
last day of school and you just finished the best year of your life.
Everything was great, especially this English class. Sign my yearbook
and tell me all the fabulous things you enjoyed about the class. (Use
the prewrite to get you started.) Sign your signature legibly, using
the name you want me to call you for the rest of the year. Due tomorrow!
Friday, August 31: School Pictures (during math classes)
- Disclosures: Signed
- Turn in "Sign My Yearbook!"
- Write Something! (10 minutes' worth)
- Writing Trait #1: Ideas
- Specific vs. General: Defining
- Non-example: What Does Baby Mickey Find?
- Evaluate the ideas and content of what you wrote. Turn it in.
- *Homework: Have class materials and a reading book in class
September 3-7, 2007
Monday, September 3: Labor Day
Tuesday, September 4: Materials and Reading Book in Class!
- Morning Assembly: Shortened Classes
- Choose Your Own Seat!
- Journals: Pick one! Write your name on it...everywhere.
- Copy this quotation inside the front cover of your journal:
"You learn to write by writing. The only way to learn to
write is to force yourself to produce a certain number of words on a
Copy these on the first blank page in the journal.
- Date every entry and assignment.
- Number all journal entries.
- If other non-journal assignements are to be done in the journal,
title and date them. Do not number them.
- Skip only one or two lines between entries. Do not
put each entry on a separate page!
- Write on only one side of the paper.
- Do not copy the topic. Just respond with complete sentences.
- Never remove any pages from your journal, even after they
have been scored
- Journals are to remain in the classroom at all times!
- Journal #1: How is 9th grade treating you so far? Give examples! Be
specific! (80+ words)
- The Pigman: Narrative Voices
- Chapter 1 (Meet John!): Read the first couple pages.
Wednesday, September 5: Computer Lab 137
Back-to-School Night, 7:00 P.M.
- Journal #2: Who makes the best friends, those of the same sex or those
of the opposite sex? Why? What are the advantages and disadvantages
of each? (80+ words)
- Review the answers to the Computer
Lab Review Assignment
- Create a spot in your English notebook called "The Pigman
Pages." All of the assignments, vocabulary lists, and literary
concepts related to our study of this novel will go in these pages,
and they will be collected all together at the end of the unit.
- Pigman Pages: Pigman Vocabulary List
- Finish Reading Chapters 1 & 2 (Meet Lorraine!)
- Narrative Voices:
John and Lorraine
- Journal #3: What is the best day of the week? Why? (80+ words)
- Humorous Devices in The
- Pigman Pages:
- Based on his narrative voice in Chapter 1, describe John.
- Based on her narrative voice in Chapter 2, describe Lorraine.
September 10-14, 2007
Monday, September 10
Journal #4: Are you a good liar? Why or why not? (Give an example of
a time you either lied very well and got away with it or lied poorly and
got caught.) Is there ever a time when it is right to lie? Explain. (90+
The Pigman: Read Chapters 3 & 4
The Pigman Pages: Study Questions
(Answer with complete sentences.)
Pigman Pages: Pigman
Vocabulary List #2
Tuesday, September 11: Computer Lab 137
Wednesday, September 12
- Journal #5: Are you afraid to die? Why or why not? What is your attitude
about death? Is it a natural part of the life process, or is it something
to be avoided at all costs? Discuss. (80+ words)
- Literary Concepts in The Pigman
+ Literary Concepts Worksheet
(Complete the worksheet as we read the novel. Don't wait until the
- The Pigman: Read Chapters 5 & part of 6 (to page 45)
Thursday, September 13: Honors English Meeting, 3:00 P.M.
- Counselors: Prep for Explore Testing
- The Pigman: Finish Chapter 6 (pp. 45-53)
- Honors English Meeting: 3:00 P.M., Computer Labs 137 & 138
Friday, September 14
- (Quickly finish Chapter 6 if you didn't do so yesterday!)
- The Pigman Pages: Vocabulary List #3
- The Pigman: Read Chapter 7
- Writing Assignment: Write a Character
Sketch on one of the main characters in The Pigman.
- Sample Character
Sketch: Something like this is what you will be doing!
- Handout: Prewrite
for Character Sketch due next Wednesday (Sept. 19)
September 17-21, 2007
Monday, September 17
- Journal #6: Do you like to shop? Why or why not? How do you prefer
to shop: Online? In a mall? Department stores? Alone? In a group? Discuss
your feelings on shopping. (80+ words)
- The Pigman: Read Chapter 8
- Vocabulary List #4
- Read Chapter 9
- Work on Literary Concepts Worksheet
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 19: Testing Schedule
Thursday, September 20: Testing Schedule
Friday, September 21: Sub.
September 24-28, 2007
Monday, September 24
- Journal #8: You know you're an adult when....(80+)
- Speaking of Banned
Books: Finish The Pigman
- The Pigman Pages are due tomorrow!
- Themes and Lessons in The Pigman
Tuesday, September 25
- Journal #9: Copy these quotations into your journal.
Explain which quotation best applies to the last chapter of The Pigman
and tell why.
"It is not only for what we do that
we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do."
--John Baptiste Moliére
"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment,
and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility."
"When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own
ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of
"A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms
with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards
and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your
ultimate success depends on the choices you make."
- Finish/Turn in The Pigman Pages
- Organizing a Character Sketch
Wednesday, September 26: Computer Lab 137
Thursday, September 27: Computer Lab 137
- Finish Character Sketch
it this way.
- What's a transition? Try these links: A,
- Use this rubric to evaluate your essay
before you print it.
- It should look about like this
one on the page before you print it.
- Staple your evaluation to your printed essay and turn it in.
Friday, September 28
- (Your journals have now been scored for the first time. After looking
at your score, go back to the first page of the journal where you copied
the Journal Guidelines. Read them and see if you are still following
all of them. If not, start doing so now.)
- Journal #1: What did you think of your ninth grade picture/ID card?
Do you look as good as you'd hoped? Did your parents buy a picture packet,
and if so what is going to happen to those photos? What is your philosophy
of pictures? Explain. Discuss. Pontificate. Elaborate. (90+ words)
- Writing Trait #2B: Organization Handout (Never Lose!)
- Popsicle Sticks: Let's Color!
October 1-5, 2007
Monday, October 1: It's Banned
- Journal #2: What does it mean if you describe someone as "interesting"?
Describe an "interesting" person you know. (90+)
- Begin Term Writing Assignment: This is a long-term,
multi-step process that will be completed over the next two weeks or
so. You will be given the opportunity to complete much of the work in
class, but if you choose to waste that in-class time, you are going
to have a lot of homework! Failure to complete the term writing assignment
almost guarantees a poor term grade. Do not ignore this assignment,
and do not fall behind!
Tuesday, October 2
- Journal #3: Midterm grades went home yesterday. How were yours? How
did the first half of the term go for you? What, if anything, are you
going to do differently for the second half?
- Continue working on Term Writing Assignment:
- Examine samples of good character sketches...lots of 'em!
- Choose the character from your web
on which you want to focus.
- Review the Four Methods of Characterization.
- Fill in a focused web on the person
of your choice. (It's due tomorrow!)
Wednesday, October 3: Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Journal #4: Today and tomorrow are parent-teacher conferences. Write
the dialogue you think I would have with your parents. (80+ words)
- Outline your character
sketch following the standard
- Review Thesis
& Transitions: A,
- Turn in outline and prewrite webs.
Thursday, October 4: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 5
October 8-12, 2007
Monday, October 8
- Journal#6: Do you think the world will be a better place or a worse
place 100 years from now? Why? Discuss your view of the future. (90+)
- Grammar Punk: Packet (NEVER LOSE!) & Intro
- Grammar Punk (GP) Sentences are to be written at the end of the journal
entry. Here are today's dice rolls:
- 2nd period: G E 3 ; adjective sports
- 3rd period: J U 5 : adjective music/movies
- 4th period: W E 2 ( ) interjection sports
- 5th period: D E 3 " " interjection religion
- 6th period: T I 3 ? interjection religion
- 7th period: R A 3 " " conjunction music/movies
- Finish Word "Cells" #1 Dictionary
Tuesday, October 9: Computer Lab 137
- Term Writing Assignment: Type Draft #1
- Before you print, do these things:
- Put a proper heading in the upper-right corner.
- Center an appropriate (non-Bubba) title at the top.
- Compare to the Assignment Guidelines,
make final changes.
- Spell check, grammar check.
- Ask yourself if this is an example of your best work, and be sure
that you don't mind reading it aloud...because you will be doing
- Finish Word "Cells" #1
Dictionary Activity using an online
Wednesday, October 10
- Journal #7: List all the "jobs" you have ever been assigned
and/or paid to do. What is the hardest "work" you have ever
done? What kind of tasks are the most difficult for you and why? Is
there any work you would not do even for huge sums of money? Why or
why not? (90+)
- Grammar Punk Sentence o' the Day!
- 2nd: K U 3 : conjunction sports
- 3rd: P A 4 ( ) interjection religion
- 4th: D E 3 " " preposition animals
- 5th: B O 3 ( ) pronoun religion
- 6th: C O 5 " " prepostition religion
- 7th: C O 5 , conjunction sports
- Read-Around-Groups: Share your first draft (aloud) in groups
Strategies to Consider
- Annotate your paper with revision suggestions.
Thursday, October 11: Computer Lab 137
- Word "Cells" List #1 Quiz
- Journal #8: If you were the "god/goddess" of something,
what would it be? Which aspect of the world or of human life would you
like to control? Why? What would your symbol be? What would you wear?
How would all of us mere mortals recognize your work? Explain. Discuss.
Elaborate. Pontificate. (90 + words)
- Grammar Punk (3) Sentences o' the Day: Colon Rules 3-5
- The Mythology Grid
- Begin Meet the Olympians Video
Monday, October 15
Tuesday, October 16
- Journal #9: What makes you furious? Why? Describe the last time you
were so mad you couldn't think straight. What purpose does your anger
serve? Discuss rage. (90+)
- Grammar Punk Sentence o' the Day!
- 2nd: L U 3 adv. ; religion
- 3rd: E F 3 adj. " " food/drink
- 4th: R O 2 pro. " " animals ("Organize gators,"
- 5th: E W 3 adj. ; movies/music
- 6th: L O 3 adv. ? movies/music
- 7th: O T 3 adj. " " sports
- Why Mythology? (Identify thesis and main
points of essay.)
- Introduction to the Mythology Project:
Wednesday, October 17: Computer Lab 137
Thursday, October 18: Computer Lab 137
- Research for Mythology Project Presentation:
Today collect source information for the most useful web sites.
Machine: Works Cited Made Easy!
- Create a folder on your "H: drive" in which to save all
- How to find/save/import graphics for PowerPoint shows
(You must include source information from web sites where you get pictures!)
- Time left? Study for the Word Cells
#2 Quiz tomorrow!
October 22-26, 2007
Monday, October 22
- Journal #1: In this time of changing seasons, as we move from first
term into second, how do you see yourself changing? How are you different
now than you were on the first day of school? How have you changed since
entering junior high school? Do you change because you want to or are
you changed by circumstances and the passage of time? Discuss change.
- Grammar Punk Sentences o' the Day! (Comma Rules #2 & #3)
- Score Word Cells Quiz #2
- Finish Mythology Research
worksheet with Library Books & Hamilton's
Tuesday, October 23: Computer Lab 138
Wednesday, October 24: Computer Lab 137
Thursday, October 25
- Journal #2: As Halloween approaches, with all its creepy imagery and
spooky decorations, it seems an appropriate time to ask this: What scares
you? Is there a difference between genuine fear and the kind you experience
while watching a horror movie? Discuss fears. (90+)
- Grammar Punk Sentences o' the Day (Comma Rules 4 & 5)
- Complete the Mythology Grid
- Save PowerPoints to Common File
Friday, October 26: Sub.
- Book Walk: Welcome to the Massive
October 29-November 2, 2007
Monday, October 29: Fall Recess
Tuesday, October 30: Fall Recess
Wednesday, October 31: Independent Reading Points due Today!
- Journal #3: What are you going to be for Halloween? Will you be Trick-or-Treating?
Why or why not? Discuss your thoughts on being someone (or something)
different for a day. (90+ words)
- Flash Presentation: What is a Sentence?
- A Little Halloween Fun: "The Ravine"
- End-of-Term Poem for the Nervous Nellies
Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 2: Last Day of 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.
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