DAILy schedule and assignment
DAY ONE - 1/30 (Speed Day)
TIMED WRITING: Students completed a timed writing within the first 38 minutes of class.
AOW#1 - These articles were given to you last quarter
AOW#2 - These articles were given to you last quarter
AOW#3 - These articles were given to you last quarter
Homework: Please have your three AOWS from last quarter for next class!
DAY TWO - 1/31
Blank Vocabulary Sheet - Please fill this out every single class. Once we have completed ten vocabulary words, you will complete a vocabulary test, and this sheet will be turned in for points. Please fill out the word, the definition, example sentence, and your own created sentence.
Vocabulary Word #1 - Terse
Article of the Week Assessment - If you were absent, it is your responsibility to schedule a make-up exam with me for next seminar.
AOW #1 for this month - "Raising the Dropout Age" from the NY Times. You will need to complete a Close and Critical Reading in regards to this article. Please follow the Close and Critical Reading Rubric as well.
ACT Cheat Sheet - Please use this for helpful tips on the ACT.
ACT Reading Breakdown: This is a video made by Kaplan to help you prepare for the reading portion of the ACT.
ACT Grammar Breakdown: This is a video made by Kaplan to help you prepare for the grammar portion of the ACT.
Personal Goal Sheet: You will complete this personal goal sheet in order to ready yourself for the ACT. It MUST be signed by a parent!
Homework: Please have your Personal Goal Sheet completed and signed by a parent for next class.
DAY THREE - 2/2
Vocabulary #2 - Coerce
Timed ACT Reading and English - If you were absent, it is your responsibility to schedule a make-up exam with me for next seminar.
Homework: You do not have any homework! Have a GREAT WEEKEND!
DAY FOUR - 2/6
Vocabulary Word #2 - Coerce
AOW #2 for this month - "Challenge to Schools: Embracing Digital Textbooks". You also needed to work on a Close and Critical Reading in regards to this material.
Understanding the Writing Portion of the ACT - Students were given an ACT writing prompt, along with five sample essays from students. Your assignment is to give each essay a score using the rubric provided. You also need to write down what you thought was both good and bad about each essay. Each response should be about 1/4 each.
HW: ACT Essay Scores Due on THURSDAY
DAY FIVE - 2/8 (Speed Day)
Students wrote a sample ACT Persuasive essay in class. They were given 30 minutes.
DAY SIX - 2/9
Vocabulary Word #3 and #4 - Diverse and Abate
Paragraph Organization Activity
DAY SEVEN - 2/13
Vocabulary Word #5 - Abide
AOW #3 for this month - "Where Cars Meet Politics, A Clash". You also needed to work on a Close and Critical Reading in regards to the material.
Rhetorical Skills #2 - Misplaced Modifiers: We discussed and did an activity based on how to fix misplaced modifiers.
HW: Finish your CCR from AOW #3
DAY EIGHT - 2/15
Vocabulary Word #6 - Gambit
I handed back your ACT Writing Scores - Please remember to work on oppositions!
Rhetorical Skill - STYLE: Today we talked about how to determine style. Please click on the STYLE CHECKLIST along with the ERMA BOMBECK READING.
HW: We will finish the ERMA BOMBECK piece in class next week.
DAY NINE - 2/21
Vocabulary Word #7 - Jaunt
The class took an ACT Reading Test for Practice
AOW #4 for this month - "With Syria's Rebels: A Visit to a Bombmaker's Factory". You also needed to work on a Close and Critical Reading in regards to the material.
HW: Finish your CCR from AOW #4
DAY TEN - 2/23
Vocabulary Word #8 - Frank
Collected CCR from AOW #4
Practice English ACT Test
ACT Reading Strategies
HW: Take the ACT Reading Packet and Pick the toughest passage. Answer the following questions for EACH (10) question: 1) What do YOU think is the right answer. 2) Why is it the right answer? 3) Why are the other answers incorrect?
DAY ELEVEN - 2/27
Collected ACT Reading Assignment
Finish Practice ACT
AOW #5 for this month - "Does Obama's Consumer Bill of Rights Get the Job Done?". You also needed to work on a Close and Critical Reading in regards to the material.
HW: FINISH CCR #5 AND You also need to work on practice ACT Questions from the English Test
DAY TWELVE - 2/29 (LEAP DAY)
Practice ACT English AND Reading Test (#3)
DAY THIRTEEN - 3/2
Final ACT Prep!
HW: Study for ACT Exam
DAY FOURTEEN - 3/8
Introduce the film, Empire of the Sun with Study Questions
HW: Review Study Questions and Notes
Day Fifteen - 3/12
Continue Watching Film - Empire of the Sun. You MUST take notes during the movie to assist you with your questions.
HW: There will be a vocabulary test on Wednesday.
Day Sixteen - 3/14
Take Vocabulary Quiz
Finish Watching "Empire of the Sun"
S.M.A.R.T. Goals for the Upcoming Unit - You need to know these goals, as you will be tested on them for your final.
Focus Question #1 Assignment - Using the anchor texts of "Empire of the Sun" and 'Who Moved My Cheese?" you are going to develop a paper based on a common theme.
HW: Notes and Questions from "Empire of the Sun" are due NEXT class.
DAY SEVENTEEN - 3/16
AOW #1 for this term - "The Cleveland High School Shooting". Please remember to annotate these notes using our CCR notetaking skills from class.
Who Moved My Cheese? - We read this story in class and took notes (using CCR style)
Character Descriptions from Who Moved My Cheese? - This assignment must be worked on while you read the story.
HW: Students will finish "Who Moved My Cheese?" along with the Character Description Sheet
DAY EIGHTEEN - 3/20
Vocabulary #1- Gullible
AOW #2 for this term - "Is the Army responsible for the Afghan Massacre?". Please remember to annotate these notes using our CCR notetaking skills from class.
Focus Question #1 Draft #1: For this draft, you are to write an essay that shows a parallel theme between "Empire of the Sun" and "Who Moved My Cheese?". We began to brainstorm in class.
HW: First Draft of Focus Question is due NEXT CLASS!!!!
DAY NINETEEN - 3/22
Vocabulary #2 - Mawkish
We learned the importance of ReOrdering Your Paper
Connecting Outside Sources - For this assignment, you need to connect your three outside sources (from the menu) to the theme that you created on your previous rough draft assignment
HW: Three Sources (CCR'd) due on Monday!!!!
DAY TWENTY - 3/26
Vocabulary #3 - Raffish
Please take my online survey about writing
AOW #3 for this term - "Easter Egg Hunt Canceled Due To Aggressive Parents". Please remember to annotate these notes using our CCR notetaking skills from class.
We worked on our outside sources by creating three new paragraphs
Citing your Sources - Please use the PURDUE OWL for assistance.
HW: Rough Draft of FINAL PAPER DUE NEXT CLASS!!!!!