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August 24-28, 2015: Welcome Back!
Term 1: "Why?" and "How to..."

  • This term you will learn HOW TO...
  • ...ask questions.
  • ...keep an amazingly organized English Notebook.
  • ...write on demand every day for a variety of purposes.
  • ...develop an argument: evidence, reasoning, counterclaim/rebuttal, conclusion.
  • ...put a book on trial.
  • ...write a text-based informational essay.
  • ...close read and annotate text.
  • ...deduce the meaning of an unfamiliar word by recognizing its "cells.".
  • ...define and classify words according to their parts of speech.
  • ...recognize & define various ACT vocabulary words.
  • ...accept responsibility.
  • ...ace the English section of the Explore Test.
  • ...analyze the elements of fiction in various texts.

So, let's get started!
Monday, August 24: A Day
Tuesday, August 25: B Day

  • Objective Test: The Yearling
  • Poem o' the Day: "Invitation" by Shel Silverstein
  • Word Study: "In the beginning was the Word...."
  • Suffixes that refer to people: -ant / -ar / -ard / -arian / -ee / -ent / -er / -ess / -eur / -ier/yer / -or / -ist
  • Samples: servant, liar, wizard, librarian, payee, resident, painter, countess, chauffeur, cashier, lawyer, doctor, biologist
  • Assignment I
  • Prewrite: List some words that end in these suffixes that describe yourself.
  • I am a....
  • Invitation Assignment: Do it now!
  • Assignment II: So, what're we in for?
  • Reading/Literature -- QAR: Definitions/Stems, Prompts
  • Textual Evidence #1: Letters from Last Year
  • Textual Evidence #2: Disclosure
  • Textual Evidence #3: Q&A (Don't do these things.)
  • Finish this (including the paragraph on a separate page) by next time.
  • Homework:
  • 1) Discuss everything we talked about today with your parent(s) and have one of them sign the form.
  • 2) If you didn't finish the assignment today, do so. It will be collected next time.
  • 3) If possible, have a three-ring binder (for this class only) with you on Friday/Monday.


Wednesday, August 26: A Day
Thursday, August 27: B Day

  • Seating Chart: Choose a seat to call your own.
  • Turn in Homework: signed disclosure and the QAR assignment.
  • Poem o' the Day: "Did I miss anything?" by Tom Wayman
  • Website Review: Look around for a few minutes.
  • Policies, Protocols, Procedures
  • Hall Passes: You get one per term. Use it wisely.
  • Write now! Right now!
    Write for ten minutes. Introduce yourself! How is ninth grade different than eighth grade? What did your do over the summer? How was the first week of school? What you write about is not as important as the fact that you write a coherent and complete reflection, story, or description. You may be called upon to share parts of this entry aloud.
  • Word Study: Vocabulary List #1 (All together now!)
  • Argumentative Paragraph Self-Assessment
  • You have one more chance....
  • Homework:
  • 1) Argumentative Paragraph: Last Chance!
  • 2) Why do we (close) read literature?
  • 3) Vocabulary List #1 Assignment due September 1/2

Friday, August 28: A Day

  • Turn in Argumentative Paragraphs
  • Discuss "Why do we read literature?"
  • Three-ring Binder (in class today!): Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions
  • Journal Entry #1: Discuss "Why do we read literature?", which you are to have close read by now. Did reading The Yearling make you smarter and nicer like the article claims? If so, how? If not, why not? Do you think it is the literature itself that causes these effects, or is it the willingness of the reader to be improved by reading? What is the most powerful experience you have ever had with literature? Fill the page! (Keep the article in the notebook with your written response for future reference.)
  • Poem o' the Day: "Sea Fever" by John Masefield
  • Treasure Island Intro -- Chapters 1 & 2 for next time!
  • Reading Schedule
  • Reading/Literature -- Literary Concepts to Review and Watch For:
    Setting, First-Person Narrator
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #1
    In the Grammar/Conventions section of your notebook, title a page Explore Test Prep. Keep all your responses to the exercises we do in class over the next month on this page.
  • Homework:
  • 1) Finish Vocabulary List #1
  • 2) Read Chapters 1 & 2 of Treasure Island.


August 31-September 4, 2015

Monday, August 31: B Day

  • Turn in Argumentative Paragraphs
  • Discuss "Why do we read literature?"
  • Three-ring Binder (in class today!): Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions
  • Journal Entry #1: Discuss "Why do we read literature?", which you are to have close read by now. Did reading The Yearling make you smarter and nicer like the article claims? If so, how? If not, why not? Do you think it is the literature itself that causes these effects, or is it the willingness of the reader to be improved by reading? What is the most powerful experience you have ever had with literature? Fill the page! (Keep the article in the notebook with your written response for future reference.)
  • Poem o' the Day: "Sea Fever" by John Masefield
  • Treasure Island Intro -- Chapters 1 & 2 for next time!
  • Reading Schedule
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #1
    In the Grammar/Conventions section of your notebook, title a page Explore Test Prep. Keep all your responses to the exercises we do in class over the next month on this page.
  • Homework:
  • 1) Finish Vocabulary List #1
  • 2) Read Chapters 1 & 2 of Treasure Island.


Tuesday, September 1: A Day
Wednesday, September 2: A Day

  • Word Study
    • Turn in/Discuss Vocabulary List #1 (Sample Test)
    • Hand out Vocabulary List #2 (due Sept. 8/9)
  • Reading/Literature
    • Literary Concepts to Watch for in Treasure Island:
      Setting, First-Person Narrator, Foreshadowing
  • Treasure Island: Chapters 1 & 2 "Quiz"
  • Answer each question with a quotation from the novel.
    • Why does Jim Hawkins keep the location of Treasure Island a secret from the reader?
    • Describe the captain. How do the patrons of the inn feel about his presence at the Benbow?
    • Why does Jim dream of a one-legged man?
    • How does Dr. Livesey send the captain to his seat "like a beaten dog"?
    • Find foreshadowing in the first paragraph of Chapter 2.
    • Describe Black Dog. Why do you think the author gives both Black Dog and the captain obvious physical flaws?
    • Does Black Dog's behavior towards Jim prove he is immoral and wicked, or does it illustrate that he has some redeeming qualities?
    • Why does the doctor think Bill's tattoo is prophetic?
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #2
  • Poem o' the Day: "Do you have any advice for those of us just starting out?" by Ron Koertge
  • Journal: Advice
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule: Chapters 3-4

Thursday, September 3: B Day (Computer Lab -- Full Session)
Friday, September 4: A Day (Computer Lab -- Full Session)

  • Welcome to the Computer Lab: Our Home Away from Home!
  • Seating Chart
  • SRI #1
  • Poem o' the Day: "Writer Waiting" by Shel Silverstein
  • Wiki Setup: Start Here!
  • All the instructions are on the Honors Home Page of the Wiki!
  • Assignment due Saturday @ 6:00 P.M.


September 7-11, 2015

Monday, September 7: Labor Day

  • No School: Labor Day Holiday
  • Poem o' the Day: "What Work Is" by Philip Levine

Tuesday, September 8: A Day
Wednesday, September 9: B Day

  • Turn in Vocabulary List #2 / Quiz
  • Composition -- Treasure Island: Part I Essay
  • Prompt: Using textual evidence from Chapters 1 and 6, write a multi-paragraph essay in which you compare the old sea captain (i.e. Billy Bones) to Squire Trelawney. Remember that compare means to show likenesses as well as differences. Your comparison may address any aspect(s) of characterization on the Literary Concepts handout: 1) physical appearance, 2) speech and actions, 3) the character’s inner thoughts, 4) others’ opinions of the character.
  • Poem o' the Day: "Writing" by Howard Nemerov
  • Close read and annotate it. (Models)
  • Do YOU actually close read stuff, Thompson?
  • (Is yours something like this?)
  • Journal: Handwriting (Write Now!)

Thursday, September 10: A Day
Friday, September 11: B Day

  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #3 (nine minutes!)
  • Close Reading & Handwriting, Continued....
  • Journal: Handwriting (Finish!)
  • Review: Close Read an assinged Handwriting article for information.
  • On one side of a paper like this, write a 2-3 sentence summary of the article. (Use these if you need to.)
  • New Close Reading Strategy: SOAPSTone
  • On the other side of this paper, SOAPSTone your assigned article.
  • In the remaining space, write an arguable claim of your own about cursive handwriting.
  • Review/Discuss Vocabulary Assignment #2
  • Vocabulary List #3 (due September 16/17)
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule: Chapters 9-10 for next time!




September 14-18, 2015

Monday, September 14: A Day
Tuesday, September 15: B Day

  • Self-check: Review this in terms of the Part I Essay.
  • How would you score on the pre-AP rubric?
  • Reading/Literature: Treasure Island (Chapters 9-10 "Quiz"): Using textual evidence from these chapters, describe the relationship between Captain Smollet and Mr. Trelawney. Why does Jim tend to agree with Trelawny? What do you think? Why? [Here is an annotated model for reference.]
  • Composition: On Friday/Monday (Sept. 18/21), we will be going to the lab for half an hour, during which time you will write a short essay developing a claim about cursive handwriting. To support your claim, you may use any/all of the articles we have looked at in class, as well as the information on this website. You should review it. Maybe outline your essay... Just sayin'...
  • Poem o' the Day: "Thoughts in a Zoo" by Countee Cullen
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #5 (Yes, I know we skipped one! We'll come back to it!)
  • Homework: Speaking of Writing: Analyze this cartoon/Argumentative Paragraph Analysis.
  • Finish Vocabulary List #3 & Study for the Quiz
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule: Chapters 11-12 for next time!

Wednesday, September 16: A Day
Thursday, September 17: B Day

  • Vocabulary List #3 Quiz
  • Composition: Write a detailed SOAPSTone of this in the Composition section of your English notebook.
  • On Friday/Monday (Sept. 18/21), we will be going to the lab for half an hour, during which time you will write a short essay developing a claim about cursive handwriting. To support your claim, you may use any/all of the articles we have looked at in class, as well as the information on this website. You should review it. Maybe outline your essay... Just sayin'...
  • Poem o' the Day: "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
  • Identify the claim this poem makes.
  • Word Study: Intro to Word Cells
  • Word Study: Ever had pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
  • Podcast on Morphology (Listening + Quiz)
  • Podcast on Etymology (Listening + Quiz)
  • Word Cells o' the Week: Start your lists!
  • Resources: Prefix/Suffix Lists
  • -log- / -ology-
  • -form- / -morph-
  • -chrom-
  • Neologolusion: Creating New Words & Making Sense of Unfamiliar Ones
    • Using your lists of prefixes/suffixes and the Word Cells we've learned so far, create a new word and its dictionary definition. Fill in ALL the blanks!
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #4 & Reading Set #1
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule: Chapters 13-15 for next time!



Friday, September 18: A Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)

  • Computer Lab: 1st Half
  • Utah Compose: Log in > Prompts > Cursive Handwriting > Go!
    [Write your login information on this page in your English Binder.]
  • Submit an essay after 35 minutes of writing.
  • Back in the Classroom
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #4 & Reading Set #1
  • Counselors for Explore Test Info: Last 20 minutes
  • [Thorpe 50]


Saturday, September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day!


  • Avast!
  • Shiver me timbers!


September 21-25, 2015

Monday, September 21: B Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)

  • Computer Lab: 1st Half
  • Utah Compose: Log in > Prompts > Cursive Handwriting > Go!
    [Write your login information on this page in your English Binder.]
  • Submit an essay after 35 minutes of writing.
  • Back in the Classroom
  • Explore Test Prep: English Set #4 & Reading Set #1
  • Counselors for Explore Test Info: Last 20 minutes
  • Stay on the Reading Schedule: Chapters 16-18 for next time!


Tuesday, September 22: A Day [Autumnal Equinox]
Wednesday, September 23: B Day (Midterm)


Thursday, September 24: A Day
Friday, September 25: B Day

  • [2nd Period needs to review all previous Explore Reading Practice Sets]
  • Explore Test Prep: Reading Set #3 and/or #4
  • Turn in Treasure Island Parts III & IV quiz!
  • Poem o' the Day: "Alexander Throckmorton" by Edgar Lee Masters
  • Journal: Copy the poem onto the next blank page.
  • SOAPSTone it.
  • Summarize the poem.
  • Paraphrase the poem.
  • (Do you know the difference?)
  • Now Fill the Page: You know you're an adult when _______________. Consider what it means to be "young" or "old." Do these words represent a physical state of being or an attitude? Have you ever known a very young old person or a very old young person?
  • English Binder [Organization] Check: Does yours have all the stuff mine does...in the same places?
  • Word Study: Neologolusion -- Put the definition of your new word from last week in the first spot on this handout.
  • Word Cells o' the Week: -gram-/-graph-, -scrib-/script-, -dict-,
    -string- / -strict- / -strain-
  • Using your lists of prefixes/suffixes and two of the Word Cells we learned today, create two new words and their dictionary definitions. Fill in ALL the blanks! The front of the handout is now finished!



September 28-October 2, 2015

Monday, September 28: A Day
Tuesday, September 29: B Day


Wednesday, September 30: A Day [PT Conferences]
Thursday, October 1: B Day [PT Conferences]


Friday, October 2: A Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)



October 5-9, 2015

Monday, October 5: B Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)



Tuesday, October 6: A Day
Wednesday, October 7: B Day


Thursday, October 8: A Day
Friday, October 9: B Day

  • POEm o' the Day: "Alone"
  • STYLE (Review MPT 496-7)
  • Massive Purple Text: Narrator and Voice (pp. 148-149)
  • "The Cask of Amontillado" (pp. 172-181)
  • Style Analysis: Using the worksheet, analyze the style of this Poe story. (Work together!)
  • [Remember "The Tell-Tale Heart"? Are the same narrative elements at work here?]
  • Journal #3: Are you a vengeful person? Have you ever sought revenge on someone who wronged you? Tell the story. If not, why not? What experiences could lead someone to seek revenge? How could an obsession with vengeance lead to tragedy? Is revenge ever necessary or good? Consider all the dangers and advantages of getting even. Fill the page!
  • Homework: Finish Treasure Island (Objective Test next time!)
  • Start working on the term paper! (Due October 13th!)


Sections of the English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

October 12-16, 2015

Monday, October 12: A Day
Tuesday, October 13: B Day [A and B days: Term Paper due!]

  • Treasure Island Objective Test
  • Poem o' the Day & Close Read/Analysis Assignment: The Raven
  • Read, Listen, and Translate!
  • Ask your questions now!
  • Style Analysis: What stylistic simimlarities do you see between "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Raven"?
  • Paraphrase your assigned section.
  • Should be written in the first person -- I, me, myself – as though you are the narrator
  • Should include all the details: setting, description, quotations, what happened, etc.
  • Does not include any rhyme or repetition
  • (Finish this part for next time! You will be sharing them aloud.)
  • Word Cells o' the Week: -rupt-, -fer-, -port, -lat-, -mort-
  • Neologolusion: Creating New Words & Making Sense of Unfamiliar Ones
    • Using your lists of prefixes/suffixes and the Word Cells we've learned so far, create a new word and its dictionary definition. Fill in ALL the blanks! Turn it in!


Wednesday, October 14: A Day


Thursday, October 15: Fall Recess
Friday, October 16: Fall Recess

  • No School


Sections of the English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

October 19-23, 2015

Monday, October 19: B Day


Tuesday, October 20: A Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)
Wednesday, October 21: B Day (Computer Lab -- Half Session)


Thursday, October 22: A Day
Friday, October 23: B Day

  • Vocabulary Quiz #4
  • Finish the "Hop Frog" Assignment: RACE/QAR Strategies (Six questions, multiples of 3, work together)
  • Begin the Style Analysis: Using the terms and definitions on the handout you completed earlier, write a RACE response to this prompt: What stylistic similarities do you see in all of Poe's writing? Support your response with textual evidence from at least four of Poe's works. (Suggestion: Zero in on one or two stylistic elements that are clearly visible in all the texts you select.)
  • Perilous and Prodigious Packet of Poe due next time:
  • Hey, Thompson! Is there anything we can study for the term test?
  • Yes. Remember all those handouts I told you never to lose?
  • First Term Word Cells
  • Elements of Literature
  • Parts of Speech
  • SOAPSTone
  • Elements of Argumentation



Sections of the English Binder: Journal, Word Study, Composition, Reading/Literature, Grammar/Conventions

October 26-30, 2015

Monday, October 26: A Day
Tuesday, October 27: B Day

  • Poe-m o' the Day: "The Bells" (another interpretation)
  • Term Test: Did yuou study?
  • First Term Word Cells
  • Elements of Literature
  • Parts of Speech
  • SOAPSTone
  • Elements of Argumentation
  • Journal: First Term Reflection
  • Perilous and Prodigious Packet of Poe due now:
  • MPT (pp. 181-190) Poe Readings + Notes
  • Biographical Info: The Facts/Timeline of Poe's Death (pp. 181-183)
  • Read Rabies Theory (Objective Newspaper Article, pp. 184-186)
  • Identify the claim, three pieces of textual evidence from the article that support the claim.
  • [2nd Period] Read Letter to the Editor #1, p. 189
  • Identify the counterclaim this article offers to the first readin and two pieces of textual evidence to support it.
  • Read Letter to the Editor #2, p. 190
  • Identify the rebuttal to the counterclaim, two pieces of textual evidence to support it.


Wednesday, October 28: A Day
Thursday, October 29: B Day

  • Turn in Hall Pass for extra credit.
  • INFORMATIONAL WRITING
  • View the first 40 minutes of a biography of Poe.
  • Answer the questions on the handout.
  • MPT (pp. 181-190) Poe Readings + Notes, continued
  • [5th Period] Read Letter to the Editor #1, p. 189
  • Identify the counterclaim this article offers to the first readin and two pieces of textual evidence to support it.
  • Read Letter to the Editor #2, p. 190
  • Identify the rebuttal to the counterclaim, two pieces of textual evidence to support it.
  • Informational Text Outline: Draw three conclusions about the life of Edgar Allan Poe based on 1) the biography, 2) the readings in the Massive Purple Text, and 3) his stories and poems. State the conclusions as separate claims on the handout, and fill in the textual evidence and reasoning to support them. Synthesize all this information to create a thesis statement that addresses this prompt: How would you describe the life of Edgar Allan Poe? Was he a victim of fate or did he cause his own troubles?
  • Poem o' the Day: "Halloween" by Mac Hammond
  • See you next term!

Friday, October 30: Professional Day
(No School for Students)


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