Reading Practice Contract
November 3-7, 2008: Welcome to Term 2!
Monday, November 3
- Journal #4: The second term is now underway. What did you learn during
the first term that you didn't know when school started? What worked
well for you and what are you going to do differently this term? (90+
- Hall Passes, Reading Contracts,
- Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #4
- Word Cells List #3: Vocabulary
Activity (due Thursday)
Tuesday, November 4
- Grammar Punk Review: Check the Hall of
Fame to make sure your packet is up to date.
- Journal #5: Copy this into your journal in your neatest handwriting:
"The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog." Describe your
handwriting? Do you think it is a reflection of your abilities or intelligence?
Is handwriting important in a world in which keyboards and keypads seem
to be the predominant forms of text generation? What good does it do
to have legible or very fancy handwriting? Discuss handwriting. (90+)
- Return Mythology Grid & Research Worksheet (Don't lose 'em!)
- Begin Research Paper:
Statements & Areas of Focus (Refer to Mythology
Research Worksheet for ideas.)
- Review of Heroes & Other Significant Characters
(Look for points of comparison with your own research topic!)
Wednesday, November 5
- Journal #6: Everyone has his/her own ideas about a place called "Heaven".
Describe yours. (90+)
- Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #5
- Book Walk: Welcome to the Massive
Thursday, November 6: A Day Without Transitions
- Takin' Care of Old Business...
- Finish Book Walk
- Score Word Cells Vocabulary Activity #3
- Journal #7: What is a hero? What qualities are heroic? Who is your
hero? Why? Discuss and give examples.(90+)
- Return/Share Character Sketches: Put 'em the Portfolio!
- Tomorrow we'll begin the Research Paper....
Friday, November 7: Computer Lab
November 10-14, 2008
Monday, November 10
Tuesday, November 11
- I read to you: Why Mythology?
- You read to me (one paragraph each): Epic and Myth (Background for
The Odyssey, MPT, pp. 639-646)
- Begin The Odyssey: Homer's Prayer to the Muse
- How to read epic poetry: To the punctuation, not line-to-line
- Do you understand it?
- Summarize each stanza of the introductory invocation.
Wednesday, November 12: Computer Lab
- Research Paper: Answering
the Essential Question
- Here's a Sample: You are writing
something like this.
- Here's a Template! (It's
already in Word, so just download it and begin!)
- Complete necessary research on your subjects of comparison.
- Update Works Cited Page: Use Citation
- Capitalize Works Cited Entries Correctly!
- Google is not a source; it's a search engine to find sources!
Thursday, November 13: Computer Lab
- Finish Draft of Research
Paper: Task List
- Write (type) research paper first draft organzied in the standard
- Intro Paragraph captures attention, retells (briefly) your myth, and
statement (i.e., the answer to your essential
- Body Paragraphs contain clear topic sentences and supporting details
and examples to prove your thesis statement.
- Conclusion Paragraph restates thesis and main points, concludes with
a memorable final sentence.
- Title your paper following this format:
Topic: Descriptive phrase (not a complete sentence)
Example: Orpheus: Downfallen Lover
- If you have time, start adding the parenthetical
- Compare your draft to these
requirements; make last-minute improvements.
- Save and print research paper draft.
- Update Works
Cited Page to include all the sources you've used.
(Alphabetize entries! Use Citation
- Save and print Works Cited Page.
- Turn them in.
Friday, November 14
- Quiz: Word Cells List #4
- Calypso, The Sweet Nymph (pp. 651-654)
- Journal #9: Listen to the song "Calypso" by Suzanne Vega
(lyrics on page 655). What is the tone of the song? Does it help you
understand the story? What does it tell you that the song was inspired
by a story that is more than 3000 years old? What timeless themes are
addressed? (90+ words)
- The Odyssey: I am Laertes' Son, The Lotus Eaters (pp. 655-659)
November 17-21, 2008
Monday, November 17
- Journal #10: Read page 715 in The Massive Purple Text. Write
suitable descriptive epithets for ten people you know, including yourself.
- Review Quiz:
Last Friday, I read pages 655-659 (MPT) aloud to the class.
Using the text as a resource, answer the questions to prove you "get
- The Odyssey: The Cyclops (pp. 660-670)
Tuesday, November 18
Wednesday, November 19: Computer Lab
Thursday, November 20
- Journal #11: If you were invisible for one day, what would you do?
- The Odyssey: Circe the Enchantress, The Land of the Dead,
The Sirens, Scylla and Charibdis (pp. 673-683)
Passage Summaries Worksheet: Choose two of the above sections to
Friday, November 21: Research Paper due!
November 24-28, 2008
Monday, November 24
Grammar Punk: Hall of Fame
Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #9
Summaries Worksheet: The Meeting of Father and Son (pp. 691-694)
The Beggar and the Faithful Dog (pp.694-696, on your own!)
Tuesday, November 25
- Journal #12: Write 100 words about the things you are thankful for.
- Finish The Odyssey: The Test of the Great Bow, Death in the
Palace Odysseus and Penelope (pp.698-709)
- Quiz: The Odyssey Review (open book)
Wednesday, November 26
- Thanksgiving Recess: No School
Thursday, November 27
- Thanksgiving Recess: No School
Friday, November 28
- Thanksgiving Recess: No School
December 1-5, 2008
Monday, December 1
- Journal #13: Would Odysseus be a hero by today's standards? Why or
- The Day of the Hero: All of today's work is to be completed in your
journal under the heading HEROES.
Answer (in writing) the Questions on page 724 of the Massive PurpleText.
- Bring completed Mythology Grid &
all mythology notes tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 2: Mythology Test
Wednesday, December 3: Last Day for Midterm Extra Credit Reading
- Review Mythology Tests
- Grammar Punk: Comma Rule #11
- Begin The Odyssey Movie & Study Guide
Thursday, December 4
Friday, December 5
December 8-12, 2008
Monday, December 8
- Return/Discuss Scored Research Papers
- Portfolios: Keep Research Papers and Mythology Exam (scantron)
- The Odyssey Movie & Study Guide
Tuesday, December 9
Wednesday, December 10: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, December 11
- Journal #1: Copy (parts of) "Ithaca"
into your journal.
- Grammar Punk: Semicolon Rules #2 & #3
- Writing Trait #3: Voice
- Voice Lessons: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Friday, December 12: Computer Lab
Monday, December 15
Tuesday, December 16
Wednesday, December 17: Computer Lab
- Online Essay Scoring: Baseline Essay
- Using Word, write an essay on this topic: In an effort to save
money, your local school board is considering eliminating elective subjects
such as art, band, and auto mechanics. What is your position on this
issue? Write a letter to the school board stating your position and
supporting it with convincing reasons. Be sure to explain your reasons
- Save your essay, but don't close it.
- Login to the Online Textbook.
- Select "Online Essay Scoring" >>> "Next"
>>>"Persuasive">>> Topic #8.
- Copy your essay from Word and paste it into the box.
- Select "Get Your Score"
- Read the evaluations.
- Log out.
More to come on persuasive essays....
- Got Time: Check the Grammar Punk Hall of
(We did adjectives on Monday.
Yesterday we did adverbs and
Thursday, December 18: Holiday Assembly
Friday, December 19
- Grammar Punk: Parts of Speech -- Concrete
Nouns, Abstract Nouns,
Grammar Rock: "A
Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing" (Concrete & Abstract)
- Journal #5: Setting/Voice Sentences (The Last Assignment of the Year!)
- Roll the bones! (Grammar Punk dice).
- Select a setting (from the list on the board).
- Write three (3) sentences that take place in that setting and
that fulfill the dice requirements, but write each sentence in a
(List of voice options is also on the board.)
- Annotate the sentences to show that you've actually met the dice
requirements, and identify which Grammar Punk-tuation rule you've
- Green T Rap: Christmas Cut (for winning Penny
January 5-9, 2009
Monday, January 5
- Journal #6: How was your holiday break? What did you do? Are you rested
and ready to return to school? Any New Year's resolutions? (100+)
- Word Cells List #6 (CRT Review List)
& Vocabulary Activity (due Thursday)
- Begin Nothing But the Truth: 1-13
Tuesday, January 6
"...students today are not what
they used to be. There is no love of literature...Young people
don't read at all today -- outside of school requirements. They
come to literature reluctantly at best, fighting me every inch
of the way. It's not as if they aren't bright. They are. And I
like them and their capacity for independence. But the other side
of that independence is a lack of caring for anything beyond themselves."
--Miss Narwin, Nothing But the Truth (p. 8)
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the
man who can't read them.
--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- Journal #7: Copy these quotations into your journal. Is Miss Narwin
correct about most of today's teenagers? Why or why not? Are you a typical
teen in this respect? Do you see any danger for a culture that doesn't
read? Discuss. (100+)
- Nothing But the Truth: 14-39
Wednesday, January 7: Book Reports due today!
- Journal #8: "The Star-Spangled Banner" (Show your work!)
- What's a Bad Sign?
- Bad Signs #1: Which Grammar Punk rule does this
sign violate? Correct it.
- Nothing But the Truth: 39-60
Thursday, January 8
- Check Vocabulary Activity #6
- Journal #9: "Honesty is the best policy." Is this always
true? Are there times when lying serves a greater good? What is your
personal philosophy on lying? Relate an example from your own experience
that illustrates this philosophy. (100+)
- Bad Signs: Which Grammar Punk rule does this
sign violate? Correct it.
- Grammar Punk: Roll the bones and race!
- Nothing But the Truth: 61-78
Friday, January 9
January 12-16, 2009
Monday, January 12
- Journal #10: "The Right to Privacy"
Write a response to Betsy Hart. Maintain appropriate voice, a clear
sense of purpose, and effective word choice for this audience. (100+)
- Bad Signs: Check out this, this,
and this. Yikes! (Fix 'em!)
- Grammar Punk: Update GP Primer
(All sentences should be filled in by now! Don't lose the packets
because you will get to use them on the test during the third term.)
- Nothing But the Truth: 100-112
Tuesday, January 13: Extra Credit
due today! (Sub. Day)
- Word Choice Activity: "Get Out!"
- Nothing But the Truth: 113-120
Wednesday, January 14: IR Reading Points due today!
- Journal #1: "Our society is always asking schools to do what
is not done at home." --Miss Narwin (p. 90)
Is this true? Consider the many
things schools are expected to do today. Is Miss Narwin correct?
Why or why not? Do schools take on too much responsibility? Discuss.
- Nothing But the Truth: 121-150
Thursday, January 15
Friday, January 16: Last Day of the Semester!
- Finish Subjective Test: Character Values Chart
& Your Verdict
- Grade Conference with Green T: Turn in hall passes for extra credit!
- Journal #2: Write a letter to your (future) self as you will be during
the last week of this school year. Ask yourself if you accomplished
your goals for the last semester of junior high (and name the goals
specifically in the process.). Amuse yourself. Congratulate yourself
for a job well done. (100+)
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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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