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Middle School English

As we move through the units, your middle schooler will develop their: speaking skills; grammar, word choice, and sentence fluency; ability to summarize and write stories and research reports.

  Middle School English- $10/class  minimum suggested donation     Syllabus     Teacher: K. Moody  Contact Info:   keiramoody@questforeducationandarts.com    520-404-3494  (call/text)

Middle School English- $10/class  minimum suggested donation

Syllabus

Teacher: K. Moody

Contact Info:

keiramoody@questforeducationandarts.com

520-404-3494 (call/text)

September 13, 2017

What a wonderful first day! I so enjoyed meeting and spending time with each of you. 

Today we covered:

  • Introductions using descriptive words
  • Syllabus
  • Notemaking & Outlines
  • Literature Response
  • Vocabulary 

Homework:

  • Go over syllabus with parents - get it signed
  • Get supplies as stated on syllabus
  • Look up the answer for where Columbus landed (on p. 14).
  • Practice retelling what we learned about Christopher Columbus using the outline, on p. 15, only. Practice in front of your parents, siblings, and/or grandparents. Give them eye contact as you are presenting.
  • Cut out and study vocabulary words: pillar, prosperity, transfixed, and coax. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  • Read 5-6 chapters of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and complete a Literature Response (see below) on your reading for the week.
  • Look up, in an atlas, where Kit grew up and where she traveled and moved to in the first chapter. Be able to point them out on a map.

Literature Response: This is due at the beginning of class each week - I am tweaking it slightly from what is stated on page 251. Complete the following on ONE college-ruled line paper (include headings for each section):

  • Vocabulary: Under this heading, write TWO words that you came across during your reading this week. They should be words you found interesting or different - words that you may use in the future to enhance your own writing. Include the part of speech and definition of the word (yes, you will need to look it up). Following that, write the sentence and page number where it was used in the book.
  • Dress-Ups: Under this heading, write ONE dress-up that you came across during your reading this week (a strong verb, quality adjective, or -ly adverb). Write the entire sentence in which it was used, and underline the dress-up.
  • Other Style: Under this heading, write ONE decoration or description that you like. Include the entire sentence in which it is used. Dot underline the decoration itself. Decorations include: alliteration, simile, metaphor, and 3sss. You may also include any other literary element of style you know, such as a dual dress-up, triple extension, personification, or onomatopoeia. Extra credit if you write more than one.
  • Summary: I am changing this slightly from what is stated on page 251. You may either write a ONE sentence summary (be careful to not make this a run-on sentence) of each chapter you read, OR you may write a paragraph of ALL 5-6 chapters you read during the week. Be sure to include the most important details.

September 20, 2017

What another great day!!

Today we covered:

  • Using -ly adverbs in our writing
  • Key word outlining
  • Mapping 

Homework:

  1. If you have not already, get supplies as stated on the syllabus.
  2. Look up information about how long Gov. John White was away from the colony before he returned. Write your response on the bottom of p. 20.
  3. Complete p. 22.
  4. Write a summary of "The Lost Colony" using ONLY the outline on page 21. Do not look at the original text on p. 20. :)
  5. Use the checklist on p. 23 for your summary - check everything off along with your mom or dad. 
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: endeavored, resolved, and appalled. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Read 5-6 chapters of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and complete a Literature Response (see below) on your reading for the week.
  8. Look up, in an atlas or an online map, where Roanoke Island AND Jamestown, Virginia, are located. Be able to point them both out on a map.

Literature Response:

This is due at the beginning of class each week - I am tweaking it slightly from what is stated on page 251. Complete the following on ONE college-ruled line paper (include headings for each section):

  • Vocabulary: Under this heading, write TWO words that you came across during your reading this week. They should be words you found interesting or different - words that you may use in the future to enhance your own writing. Include the part of speech and definition of the word (yes, you will need to look it up). Following that, write the sentence and page number where it was used in the book.
  • Dress-Ups: Under this heading, write ONE dress-up that you came across during your reading this week (a strong verb, quality adjective, or -ly adverb). Write the entire sentence in which it was used, and underline the dress-up.
  • Other Style: Under this heading, write ONE decoration or description that you like. Include the entire sentence in which it is used. Dot unlinderline the decoration itself. Decorations include: alliteration, simile, metaphor, and 3sss. You may also include any other literary element of style you know, such as a dual dress-up, triple extension, personification, or onomatopoeia. Extra credit if you write more than one.
  • Summary: I am changing this slightly from what is stated on page 251. You may either write a ONE sentence summary (be careful to not make this a run-on sentence or too vague and short) of each chapter you read, OR you may write a paragraph of ALL 5-6 chapters you read during the week. Be sure to include the MOST important details.

September 27, 2017

Excellent participation today!!

Today we covered:

  • Historical differences from now to Kit's life in The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Jamestown
  • Mapping
  • Key word outlining
  • Incorporating -ly adverbs

Homework:

  1. If you have not already, get supplies as stated on the syllabus.
  2. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything?
  3. Complete p. 28.
  4. Write a summary of "Jamestown" using ONLY the outline on page 27. Do not look at the original text on p. 26. :)
  5. Have your mom or dad edit your summary. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 29.
  6. Use the checklist on p. 29 to check everything off and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. 
  7. Cut out and study vocabulary words: askew, presume, flank, and reverently. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  8. Study for the first vocabulary quiz (all 12 words from the past 3 weeks).
  9. Look up a map and the route that the Mayflower took to get to the New World. Print it out.
  10. Read 5 chapters of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and complete a Literature Response (see below) on your reading for the week.
  11. If you have not already, obtain the book Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. We will start reading it on October 11th.

Literature Response:

This is due at the beginning of class each week - I am tweaking it slightly from what is stated on page 251. Complete the following on ONE college-ruled line paper (include headings for each section):

 

  • Vocabulary: Under this heading, write TWO words that you came across during your reading this week. They should be words you found interesting or different - words that you may use in the future to enhance your own writing. Include the part of speech and definition of the word (yes, you will need to look it up). Following that, write the sentence and page number where it was used in the book.
  • Dress-Ups: Under this heading, write ONE dress-up that you came across during your reading this week (a strong verb, quality adjective, or -ly adverb). Write the entire sentence in which it was used, and underline the dress-up.
  • Other Style: Under this heading, write ONE decoration or description that you like. Include the entire sentence in which it is used. Dot unlinderline the decoration itself. Decorations include: alliteration, simile, metaphor, and 3sss. You may also include any other literary element of style you know, such as a dual dress-up, triple extension, personification, or onomatopoeia. Extra credit if you write more than one.
  • Summary: I am changing this slightly from what is stated on page 251. You may either write a ONE sentence summary (be careful to not make this a run-on sentence or too vague and short) of each chapter you read, OR you may write a paragraph of ALL 5 chapters you read during the week. Be sure to include the MOST important details.

October 4, 2017

I love this class - such an amazing group!!

 

Today we covered:

  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Mayflower
  • Mapping
  • Key word outlining
  • Who-which clauses
  • 5 Senses

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything?
  2. Read page 32 and complete p. 36-37.
  3. Write a 2 paragraph summary of "The Mayflower Mishap" using ONLY the outline on page 35. Do not look at the original text on p. 34. :)
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your 2 paragraph summary. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 38.
  5. Use the checklist on p. 38 to check everything off and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. 
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: hostile, subside, perilous, and secluded. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Finish The Witch of Blackbird Pond and complete a Literature Response (see below) on your reading for the week. Also, complete a final reflection paragraph.
  8. If you have not already, obtain the book Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. We will start reading it on October 11th.

Literature Response:

This is due at the beginning of class each week - I am tweaking it slightly from what is stated on page 251. Complete the following on ONE college-ruled line paper (include headings for each section):

 

  • Vocabulary: Under this heading, write TWO words that you came across during your reading this week. They should be words you found interesting or different - words that you may use in the future to enhance your own writing. Include the part of speech and definition of the word (yes, you will need to look it up). Following that, write the sentence and page number where it was used in the book.
  • Dress-Ups: Under this heading, write ONE dress-up that you came across during your reading this week (a strong verb, quality adjective, or -ly adverb). Write the entire sentence in which it was used, and underline the dress-up as well as identify it.
  • Other Style: Under this heading, write ONE decoration or description that you like. Include the entire sentence in which it is used. Dot unlinderline the decoration itself and identify it. Decorations include: alliteration, simile, metaphor, and 3sss. You may also include any other literary element of style you know, such as a dual dress-up, triple extension, personification, or onomatopoeia. Extra credit if you write more than one.
  • Summary: I am changing this slightly from what is stated on page 251. You may either write a ONE sentence summary (be careful to not make this a run-on sentence or too vague and short) of each chapter you read, OR you may write a paragraph of ALL 5 chapters you read during the week. Be sure to include the MOST important details.
  • FINAL REFLECTION: Please write a reflection paragraph identifying:
    • the "theme" (look it up if you are still unclear what a theme in literature is) of the book is and how/why you think that is the theme of this book;
    • your favorite part of the book and why that is your favorite part
      • Make sure to use the underlined title of the book in your topic sentence of this reflection paragraph.
      • I am looking for depth in this thoughtful reflection.

October 11, 2017

I am so proud of this group of middle schoolers. You are a joy to teach!!

Today we covered:

  • Story Mountain
  • Story Sequence Chart
  • Boston Massacre
  • Key word outlining
  • Alliteration

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything?
  2. Complete pages 44-45.
  3. Write a 3 paragraph rewrite of "The Boston Massacre" using ONLY the outline on page 43. Do not look at the original text on p. 42 until after you have written your draft. :) Also, be sure NOT to change any historical facts of this account.
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your 3 paragraph rewrite. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 47.
  5. Use the checklist on p. 47 to check everything off and print out a final, edited copy of your rewrite. 
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: animosity, provoke, indignant, and audacious. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Read chapters 1 and 2 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
    • A closing/clincher sentence.

October 18, 2017

Thanks for putting up with my antics today!! Ha! Can you just see me growling right now??

Today we covered:

  • Story Sequence Chart
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Banned verbs
  • Key word outlining
  • Vocabulary
  • Alliteration

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? Remember, for each day it is late, you lose 10% of your score.
  2. Complete pages 54-55.
  3. Write a 3 paragraph rewrite of "The Boston Tea Party" using ONLY the outline on page 53. Do not look at the original text on p. 52 until after you have written your draft. :) Also, be sure NOT to change any historical facts of this account.
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your 3 paragraph rewrite. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 56.
  5. Use the checklist on p. 56 to check everything off and print out a final, edited copy of your rewrite. 
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: warily, vehemently, destined, and confront. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Study ALL the vocabulary words for Quiz 2.
  8. Read chapters 3 and 4 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
    • A closing/clincher sentence.
 

October 25, 2017

I love you guys!! What a fun group of middle schoolers!!

Today we covered:

  • Vocabulary review and quiz
  • The dress-up: because clause
  • The decoration: conversation
  • New vocabulary: diligent, squander, waver, and inevitable
  • "The Shot Heard Round the World" - the beginning of the Revolutionary War

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? Remember, for each day it is late, you lose 10% of your score. After ten days it is automatically a zero - no ifs, ands or buts.
  2. Complete pages 63-64.
  3. Write a 3 SECTION rewrite of "The Shot Heard Round the World" using ONLY the outline on page 62. Do not look at the original text on p. 60-61 until after you have written your draft. :) Also, be sure NOT to change any historical facts of this account. You must also include conversation, with proper punctuation, in your rewrite. Remember you indent before and after a new speaker.
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your 3 SECTION rewrite. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 65 as they are editing your paper.
  5. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your rewrite. Be sure to label everything and staple the checklist to your paper.
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: diligent, squander, waver, and inevitable. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Read chapters 5 and 6 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. Variety is best! For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
    • A closing/clincher sentence.
 

November 1, 2017

Super fun today borrowing conflict from other stories!!

 

Today we covered:

  • Alliteration Game
  • Borrowing conflict from another story
  • Creating a new story
  • Vocab: cunning, contemplate, gravity, and persevere

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? Remember, for each day it is late, you lose 10% of your score. After ten days it is automatically a zero - no ifs, ands or buts.
  2. Complete your outline on page 69. This should have a borrowed conflict from another story, but the characters and setting should be early American.
  3. Write a 3 SECTION story based on your outline.
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your 3 SECTION rewrite. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 70 as they are editing your paper.
  5. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your rewrite. Be sure to label everything and staple the checklist to your paper.
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: cunning, contemplate, gravity, and ipersevere. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Read chapters 7 and 8 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. Variety is best! For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
    • A closing/clincher sentence.
 

November 8, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Expanding a sentence
  • Topic sentence and clincher sentence rule
  • Summarizing a source text
  • Vocab: compliant, obstinate, compel, and deliberate

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? Remember, for each day it is late, you lose 10% of your score. After ten days it is automatically a zero - no ifs, ands or buts.
  2. Complete the brainstorm on p. 76.
  3. Write a ONE paragraph summary based on your outline on p. 75.
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your ONE paragraph summary. Make the changes on your rough draft. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 77 as they are editing your paper.
  5. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. Be sure to label everything and staple the checklist (you will need to make a copy of this) to your paper.
  6. Cut out and study vocabulary words: compliant, obstinate, compel, and deliberate. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  7. Read chapters 9 and 10 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. Variety is best! For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
    • A closing/clincher sentence.
 

November 15, 2017

 

Happy Thanksgiving - have a wonderful break!

Today we covered:

  • Topic sentence and clincher sentence rule
  • Outlining a source text
  • Summarizing a source text and including dress-ups and decorations

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? 
  2. Get The Sign of the Beaver by 11/29
  3. Read chapters 11 and 12 of Johnny Tremain and complete a ONE paragraph double-spaced summary of your reading for the week. The summary must include:
    • A topic sentence that includes the underlined title of the book and chapters you are summarizing.
    • ALL the most important details of the two chapters read. Avoid starting each sentence with the subject - try to start with a preposition or an -ly adverb. Variety is best! For those of you who have done IEW before, try starting with a #5 (clause: when, while, where, as, since, if, although, or because)
 

November 29, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Topic sentence and clincher sentence rule
  • Title rule
  • Dress-up: quality adjectives
  • Outlining a source text
  • Summarizing a source text and including dress-ups and decorations

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? 
  2. Start reading The Sign of the Beaver 
  3. Cut out and study vocabulary words: solemn, tyrant, adept, and entrall. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  4. Write a ONE paragraph summary based on your outline on p. 85.
  5. Have your mom or dad edit your ONE paragraph summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 88 as they are editing your paper. 
  6. Make the changes from your edited rough draft.
  7. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. Be sure to label everything and staple the checklist (you will need to make a copy of this) to your paper.
  8. Ask your mom or dad if you can participate in the Secret Santa activity.
 

December 6, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Banned adjectives: pretty, ugly, big
  • NEW Dress-up: www.asia.b
  • Outlining a source text "The Louisiana Purchase"

Homework:

  1. CHECK your Engrade grades. Are you missing anything? 
  2. Keep reading The Sign of the Beaver (finish by 1/8/18)
  3. Cut out and study vocabulary words: amiable, antagonist, distraught, and awestruck. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  4. Write a ONE paragraph summary based on your outline on p. 93.
  5. Have your mom or dad edit your ONE paragraph summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 95 as they are editing your paper. 
  6. Make the changes from your edited rough draft.
  7. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. Be sure to label everything and staple the checklist (you will need to make a copy of this - DO NOT tear it out as we need the other side for class next week) to your paper.
  8. Prepare your Secret Santa gift - wrap it, label it with your secret pal's name, and place it in a white grocery bag.
 

December 13, 2017

Merry CHRISTmas to you all!

 

Today we covered:

  • Quality Adjectives
  • Adjective Poem

Homework:

  1. Finish reading The Sign of the Beaver (finish by 1/8/18)
  2. Finish the rough draft of your America Poem.
  3. Have your mom or dad edit your poem. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 98 as they are editing your paper. And, show them the example poem on p. 234.
  4. Type and make the changes from your edited rough draft.
  5. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your poem. NO labeling this time. :) Attach checklist to back of poem.
  6. Illustrate your poem with colored pencils. :)
 

January 10, 2017

Today we covered:

  • NEW sentence opener: #2 prepositional
  • Outlining a source text "The Trail of Tears"
  • Dress-up brainstorm

Homework:

  1. Create a NEW book cover for The Sign of the Beaver - must include the title, author, and illustration that represents something important to the story/theme of the book. Be prepared to share it and explain why you chose your illustration.
  2. Cut out and study vocabulary words: trite, formidable, obscure, and laden. Put them in a ziplock or on a ring.
  3. Study for the vocabulary test next week.
  4. Write a ONE paragraph summary based on your outline on p. 103.
  5. Have your mom or dad edit your ONE paragraph summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 105 as they are editing your paper. 
  6. Make the changes from your edited rough draft.
  7. Check off everything on the checklist and print out a final, edited copy of your summary. Be sure to label everything (and as you do, check it off on the checklist) and staple the checklist to your paper.
  8. Get the book By the Great Horn Spoon by next class.
 

January 17, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Vocabulary Test #3
  • Sharing book covers
  • Past perfect tense

Homework:

  1. Cut out and study vocabulary words: incessant, zealous, trepidation, and exemplary.
  2. Read chapters 1-6 of By the Great Horn Spoon by next class.
  3. Think about a good story idea based on the three pictures on p. 109. Feel free to look up information about the California Gold Rush. 
 

January 24, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Created a KWO from a sequence of three pictures
  • Brainstormed dress-ups, sentences using a prepositional opener, and decorations
  • Wrote paragraph one together

Homework:

  1. Study vocabulary words (and include them in your story): incessant, zealous, trepidation, and exemplary.
  2. Read chapters 7-12 of By the Great Horn Spoon by next class.
  3. Write a 3-part story, that takes place during the Gold Rush, using the outline on page 109 and the checklist on page 111. 
 

January 31, 2017

Today we:

  • Discussed our literature book By the Great Horn Spoon
  • Learned information about the Underground Railroad
  • Created a KWO from a sequence of three pictures - in small groups

Homework:

  1. Finish By the Great Horn Spoon by next class.
  2. Reread background information about the Underground Railroad on p. 113.
  3. Complete the brainstorm on p. 116.
  4. Write a 3-part story, that tells a story of an escape "on" the Underground Railroad, using the outline on page 115 and the checklist on page 117. No new vocabulary this week so just add 2 past ones of your choice.
  5. Great the book Rifles for Watie.
 

February 7, 2018

Today we:

  • Reviewed dress-ups and sentence openers
  • Learned about onomatopoeia
  • Learned information about the Civil War
  • Created a KWO from a sequence of three pictures - in small groups

Homework:

  1. Complete the brainstorm on p. 122.
  2. Write a 3-part story, that tells a story of a drummer boy during the Civil War, using the outline on page 121 and the checklist on page 123. 
  3. New vocabulary this week: fathom, imperative, impotent, and placidly
  4. Get the book Rifles for Watie.
 

February 14, 2018

Today we:

  • Learned information about the Civil War
  • Created two KWOs from two source texts
  • Created a "fused" outline from the two KWOs
  • Wrote a one paragraph summary based on our fused outline

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 1-11 in Rifles for Watie.
  2. Vocab cards: prominent, privily, affirm, and espouse
 

February 28, 2018

Today we:

  • Learned about the #4 SO (-ing)
  • Created two KWOs from two source texts about Thomas Edison
  • Created a "fused" outline from the two KWOs
  • Banned two adjectives: good and bad

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 12-15 in Rifles for Watie.
  2. Vocab cards: tedious, implement, scrutinize, and potential
  3. Study for vocab quiz #4
  4. RD of Thomas Edison paragraph based on the fused outline created in class
  5. Have Mom or Dad edit it!!
  6. FD of the paragraph using checklist on p. 138
 

March 7, 2018

Today we:

  • Reviewed for and took the vocabulary quiz
  • Created two KWOs from two source texts about Alexander Graham Bell

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 16-18 in Rifles for Watie.
  2. Create a fused outline for Alexander Graham Bell (p. 142)
  3. RD of Alexander Graham Bell paragraph based on the fused outline
  4. Have Mom or Dad edit it!!
  5. FD of the paragraph using checklist on p. 143
 

March 14, 2018

Today we:

  • Discussed Rifles for Watie
  • Created two KWOs from two source texts about the Wright Brothers
  • In pairs, created a fused outline

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 19-22 in Rifles for Watie.
  2. RD of the Wright Brothers paragraph based on the fused outline
  3. Have Mom or Dad edit it!!
  4. FD of the paragraph using checklist on p. 151
  5. Attempt to use www.easybib.com to cite your six sources for all these famous men
 

March 21, 2018

Today we:

  • Discussed works cited using www.easybib.com 
  • Went over the components of an introduction and a conclusion

Homework:

  1. Finish reading Rifles for Watie.
  2. 1 paragraph introduction (hook, background, thesis)
  3. 1 paragraph conclusion (restated thesis, The most..., thought-provoking statement or question)
  4. Come up with a title - include it above your intro (remember it should connect 2-3 key words from your final clincher/thought-provoking statement or question)
  5. Use www.easybib.com to cite your six sources for all these famous men - make sure the citations look like those in the book.
 

March 28, 2018

Today we:

  • went over intros, conclusions, titles, and transitions

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 1-5 of  Hattie Big Sky
  2. Go over p. 154 on how to write #5 sentence openers.
  3. Go over new vocab: aspire, elated, auspicious, and adverse
  4. Edit your introduction, Edison paragraph, Bell paragraph, Wright Brothers paragraph, and conclusion.
  5. Be sure to use transition words in your body paragraphs like we went over in class.
  6. Hand your 5 paragraph draft to your parents to edit.
  7. Revise based on your parent's feedback.
  8. Print a final copy along with your works cited page.
  9. Check everything of on the checklist on p. 188. Make sure it is all marked on your paper.
 

April 4, 2018

Within 24 hours of finding out that my mom was in the ICU critically ill, I was on a plane to Sweden to be there with her and my family. I left basic plans and will be back for the last class. Please make sure you are getting the homework assignments from the substitute teacher or, if you miss class, a friend in class. 

Homework:

  1. Read ch. 6-11 of  Hattie Big Sky
  2. I Am the American Flag paragraph using checklist on p. 178
 

April 11, 2018

 

April 18, 2018

If you do not have the homework, please reach out to a class peer or Mrs. Goodspeed at gfgoodspeed@q.com

As far as I know, it is just the reading assignment.

I will see you all on the last day of class.

Blessings,

Mrs.Moody

 

I am leaving Sweden today, Thursday, and will be back for our last class. I look forward to seeing you all - no formal final on the last day, just your homework assignments. Mrs. Moody

 

Homework:

1. Hattie Big Sky - finish the book (ch. 17-23)

2.Five-paragraph essay on Religious Freedom - use both checklists on p. 183-184. Please make sure your mom or dad has edited your paper and that this represents your very best writing.

 

April 25, 2018

May 2, 2018