Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday January 31st

Today we went over last night's homework. We discussed/reviewed complex sentences.
Make sure you know how to define a compound sentence and a complex sentence.

Mastery Review
Page 570 & 571
Part A #1-10 answers only
Part B #11-15 write out the sentences
Part C #21-24 write out the sentences
Part D #31-40 answers only

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday Jan 30th

Today I returned from my conference with a great note from our guest teacher! THANK YOU! You represented yourselves and Shrine very well :) I am proud of your behavior and you should be too!

Exposure Review (due tomorrow) Page 564 PART A #1-10, Part B, write out sentences #12-16
Page 569 Part A #1-5 (write out sentences), Part B #11-14

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday Jan 29th

Today I was not here; you had the Big Wave worksheet to complete with our guest teacher.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday January 28th

Today we corrected some book work from last week.

Next we discussed complex sentences on pages 565/566 and you took some notes. You also tried problems 567 #17 &20, page 568 #34-35 and put those in your notes as well.


Page 566 #1-10, write out sentences and underline according to directions in the book

#21-30--write out sentences and label according to the directions in the book.


Tomorrow I will not be here. You will have Ms. Stefanakis as your guest teacher. Please treat her as a guest in the building and show her what a great class you are!

You will need your Big Wave book in class tomorrow!

Friday, January 25, 2008

January 25th FRIDAY!

Happy Friday!

Today we did some more work with compound sentences.

Page 562 Part A #1-10
Part B--follow the directions
Part C--Follow the prompt as it is given to you. Have a sound topic sentence with at least 8 sentences to clearly support it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Jan 24th

Today we had a shortened class. We discussed your eulogies and the type of writing effort I received. I gave you a reflection paper that you had the class time to write on. With any additional time you had the Big Wave worksheet to work on.

The Big Wave worksheet is due tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday Jan 23rd

Today we corrected last night's homework. Be mindful and sure that you know exactly what makes up a compound sentence.

Next we reviewed the first section of The Big Wave. Make sure that when you are working on the second and third section you are being complete with your answers.

You received sections 2 & 3 of The Big Wave. You had a portion of today, and will have about 15 minutes of class time to work on it. This assignment is due on Friday when you come in. I would wager that you will need to designate some time either tonight or tomorrow to also work on it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday Jan 22nd

Today I collected your Eulogy paper and your Big Wave assignment from the weekend.

Next we discussed the next unit of grammar: compound and complex sentences. You had time to read, take notes, and attempt a few problems beginning on page 556.

Take notes on pages 556/557 & 559
Do problems:
Page 557 #1-10, #11-20, answers only
Page 560 #1-5 write out the sentences
#11-15 write out the sentences

Friday, January 18, 2008

January 18th

Today we discussed a little about Pearl S. Buck and her background.

Next we read a few pages together to start The Big Wave. You had the remainder of the hour to work on the questions and read up until page 17.

  • The questions for The Big Wave worksheet (front and back completed)
  • The final package of your Eulogy. On Tuesday you MUST turn in your rough draft (with signs it has been edited), your final copy, and the rubric (see the blog entry below. Copy and paste in a WORD document and print off a copy). If you do not have a printer or yours is not working, you must bring it to school on a disc so I can print it for you. I will only print off what you bring me.



____/20 main focus is to honor your subject and tell the audience what he/she should be remembered for

____/20 carefully edited and contains about 250 words, (about 1 1/2 pages long), uses proper MLA style heading w/name/date/hour/teacher/class (see your red MLA book if you have questions)

____/10 contains specific details or an anecdote about the subject to illustrate what they are remembered for

____/10 gives a conclusion (does not leave the reader/audience hanging)

____/60 TOTAL

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday Jan 17th

Today you brought in your rough draft of your eulogy. Remember that a eulogy is a usually a speech written in honor of a person who has passed away.

A handful of students chose to share their eulogies aloud with the class. Afterward we took time to critique them. Take those same points of critique and apply them to your eulogy if you chose not to read yours.

  • Does your eulogy center around honoring your subject and telling your audience what he/she should be remembered for? Or does your eulogy go a bit too far creatively and lose that focus?

  • Does your eulogy share anecdotes/short detailed stories to SHOW your audience what he/she should be remembered for? Or is your essay very TELLING in nature?

Remember that there is a word count of about 250 words (a little more or a little less is fine). Also, make sure if the eulogy is about yourself to write it in 3rd person.

I will post a rubric for this assignment tomorrow. Your final package for this assignment (including the rough draft, the final draft and the rubric) is due when you come to school on Tuesday.


Although I am not assigning it or grading it, it would be in your best interest to edit your rough draft thoroughly so you will be able to turn in the best possible paper on Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday Jan 16th

Today we corrected the MLK packet and I colleceted it.

Next we discussed the Eulogy assignment.

Here are some of the requirements and options you have:

  • 250 words (a little less or a little more is fine)
  • includes specific details
  • your main focus should be to celebrate the life of yourself or someone else
  • ask yourself: what do I (my subject) to be known for? what mark did he/she/you make on the world?

You may choose to write a eulogy:

  • about yourself using 3rd person
  • about a family member or someone close to you (they may be living or not)
  • about a famous person you know/care a lot about

You must have a strong connection with the subject so you are able to include vivid, specific details.

Your rough draft is due tomorrow. You MUST have a completed rough draft in class or you will not be able to participate in the editing session. Your rough draft can be handwritten, but it must skip lines. You may also choose to type it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday Jan 15th

Today we watched some video of MLK speeches and saw some powerful images. We discussed his voice and his words and his body language as he spoke.

We also heard a song by Will I Am that was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

Finally we read the last portion of MLK's The Drum Major Instinct Speech that he gave two months before he died. It talked about what MLK wanted to be known for when he passed.

This will lead into a new writing assignment we will begin tomorrow.

Think about the things you want to be known for when you pass away.

Also, complete worksheet Writing Effective Sentences in the packet I handed out on Monday. This should be completed when you come to class tomorrow.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday Jan 14th

Today we began discussing Martin Luther King and his ability to be a powerful orator. We read together one of his speeches, "I See the Promised Land". During this we also discussed Primary Sources, their importance, and why we should question what we hear/read. Why isn't Wikipedia a good source of information? (I gave you a good illustration why :)

Page 106/107 of the worksheet following the Martin Luther King speech you were given. Make sure you have it completed by tomorrow.

Also, make sure you have your $1 for The Big Wave book by Wednesday! Thank You!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday Jan 11th

Today we discussed the topic of survival and what that meant to us individually.

Next you did a writing on "survival" for the remainder of the class period. You were to choose the topic "Surviving ___________" or "The time I survived _______" or a creative title that would be similar of your own.

We will revisit these writings following our reading of The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. Keep this writing piece in your writing folder and bring it to class everyday.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thursday Jan 10th

Today we graded the Mastery Review from last night.

Then you took your test!

No Homework this evening!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Today you worked on a review for the hour to get geared for the test:

Page 549-550
Part A #1-10
Part B # #16-23
Part C -all
Part D-all
Part E - #46-52

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday January 8th

Today we corrected last night's homework.

With the remainder of the hour we began work on conjunctions and interjections. You added today's class/homework to last night's work. I will be checking and collecting all of it tomorrow.

Page 546 notes
Page 547 Part A & B
Page 548 Part A & B

Your test will be on Thursday! Start preparing now :)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Monday Jan 7th

Today we corrected and collected Friday's homework.

Next we continued on with the preposition work.

Page 544 Part A and B
Page 545 Check Point

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday Jan. 4th

Today I read some replies from companies who responded to your business letters! Very impressive!

Next we continued on with the Prepositions Unit we began yesterday.

Page 539 notes
Page 539/540 #1-20

Page 541 notes
Page 542 #1-10

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Welcome back to school! I hope you are all refreshed and ready to get back to work!

We began a new grammar unit today: Prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections on page 537.

You took notes on page 536/537 and we discussed your findings.

**Page 538 #1-10 & #11-20
**Worksheet: Run-ons and Fragments portion