Week of September 24 – September 28, 2018

Mon., 9/24

  • Due:
    • One-Paragraph Word-Processed “Rogue Wave” Essay (Printed out BEFORE the start of class)
    • Bring Seedfolks novel to class.
  • In Class:
    • Collect One-Paragraph Word-Processed “Rogue Wave” Essay
    • Introduction/review of elements of a short story (packet).  Introduction/review of Seedfolks journals (handout). Introduce journal rubric (handout).
    • Mini-lesson on Character and Characterization (p. 3 of Elements of Short Story pkt.)
    • Read Seedfolks, Kim and Ana – (p. 1-10)
  • Homework:  
    • None

Tues., 9/25

  • Due:  
    • Nothing
  • In Class:
    • Go to your Google Classroom. Read the directions for completing journal #1.
    • Teacher Guided Journal #1: Character and Characterization. Kim and Ana – pages 1 – 10 . . . Define character and characterization.  Discuss how the author makes use of direct and indirect characterization to communicate his characters to the reader.  Reference one or more of the stories read today. Give specific details from the story/stories to support your response.
    • Copy and paste the first two paragraphs of journal #1 from the document in Google Classroom. Complete the third paragraph. Label is directed.
    • Journal #1 for Seedfolks. See directions in Google Classroom/Below.
      Please copy and paste the text from the attached assignment (Journal #1) into your own GoogleDoc and complete it and label it. See directions below.
      Directions:
      1.) Complete the third paragraph in your own words. Include a restatement of your thesis, a brief summary of the main points, but the most important part is the SYNTHESIS.
      2.) Print out a hard copy.
      3) Using a pen or pencil, label the following:
      a. In the margin, bracket and label the introduction, the body and the conclusion
      b. Underline and label all of the background sentences in the introduction with “B”
      c. Underline and label the thesis statement with “Thesis”
      d. Underline and label each body/evidence quotes with “Q”
      e. Underline and label each reasoning/elaborating sentence for each quote with “RES”
      f. Underline and label you conclusion sentences: restated thesis, summary and SYNTHESIS.
  • Homework
    • Journal #1: Character and Characterization – Printed copy with third paragraph completed and ALL labeled as instructed in GoogleClassroom; due. Wed., 9/26 or Thurs., 9/27

Wed., 9/26 or Thurs., 9/27

  • Due:
    • Journal #1: Character and Characterization
  • In Class:
    • Check in and identify journal requirements in Journal #1: Character and Characterization
    • Mini-lesson on Conflict and Story Structure (p. 4 of Elements of Short Story pkt.)
    • Reading:  Wendell and Gonzalo pages 11 – 22
    • Teacher Led Journal #2: Conflict and Story Structure.  In your composition notebook . . . Define conflict.  What are the categories of story conflicts? Choose one of the stories read today and comment on how the author develops the story structure.  In your discussion, be sure to discuss the four basic elements of story structure: exposition, complication, climax, and resolution. Give specific details from the story to support your response.
  • Homework:
    • Journal #2: Conflict and Story Structure – due Fri., 9/28

Fri., 9/28

  • Due:  
    • Journal #2: Conflict and Story Structure
  • In Class:
    • Check in Journal #2:  Conflict and Story Structure
    • Identify journal requirements, discuss and peer share.
  • Homework:
    • None

 

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Week of September 17 – September 21, 2018

Mon., 9/17

  • Due:
    • Nothing
  • In Class:
    • Introduce “Bold Actions” unit.  What do we mean by “Bold Actions”?
    • Watch motivational video: consider the essential questions for the unit:  1. Why do people take risks to face challenges? 2. How can facing challenges produce rewards and costs?  3. What does it mean to face challenges fearlessly even if it means failing at the attempt? Discuss.
    • Pass out “Bold Actions” unit overview.  Review.
  • Homework:
    • None

Tues., 9/18

  • Due:
    • Nothing
  • In Class:  
    • Watch motivational video: consider the essential questions for the unit:  1. Why do people take risks to face challenges? 2. How can facing challenges produce rewards and costs?  3. What does it mean to face challenges fearlessly even if it means failing at the attempt? Discuss.
    • Begin reading of “Rogue Wave” (p. 3 – 14) from Collections. Introduce Close Reading, “First Read: Focus on key ideas and details with the goal of understanding the big ideas and themes.”
  • Homework:
    • None

Wed., 9/19 or Thurs., 9/20 – 9/20 CURRICULUM NIGHT 6:00 – 8:45

  • Due:
    • Nothing
  • In Class:  
    • Watch motivational video: consider the essential questions for the unit:  1. Why do people take risks to face challenges? 2. How can facing challenges produce rewards and costs?  3. What does it mean to face challenges fearlessly even if it means failing at the attempt?
    • Finish first read of “Rogue Wave” (p. 3-14)
      • Identify short story elements (p. 15)
    • Introduce Close Reading, “Second Read: Focus on how the text works, honing in on a chunk of text to analyze.”
      • Analyze text (p. 16: 1-4)
  • Homework:  
    • None

Fri., 9/21

  • Due:  
    • Page 16 (1-4).
  • In Class:
  • Discuss Page 16 (1-4). Collect.
  • Review “Rogue Wave” Page 16 (1 – 4). Please correct for: Quotation marks and page number in parentheses and adequate explanation as we discuss. Use a different color pen or pencil than the original work.
  • Introduce Close Reading, “Third Read: Focus on integration of knowledge and ideas, with the goal of deeper analysis/synthesis.”
    • Analyze text (p. 16: 7) in CERS one-paragraph format: thesis/claim, quote/evidence, elaboration/reasoning, and wrap up sentence/synthesis
    • Reference model one-paragraph outline.
    • Each student, log into a laptop, and open a new Googledoc.  We will work on the format together and I will review how to compose this piece, referencing the outline provided.
    • Wrap up close reading protocol, “Close Reading is the careful, precise, and purposeful re-reading of a text, searching for deeper meaning.”
  • Homework: One-Paragraph “Rogue Wave” Essay – due Mon., 9/24 PRINTED out BEFORE the start of class on Monday.

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Week of September 10 – September 14, 2018

Mon., 9/10/18

  • Due:
  • Signed Course Description and binder, dividers/tabs, paper and pencils, COLLEGE-RULED composition notebook
  • In Class:
  • Collect signed Course Description.
  • Put together binders. Pass out and review remainder of Beginning of the Year handouts.
  • Review Classroom Procedures handout, Grading Scale handout, Nut-Free Classroom handout, and How to Format an Essay handout. Place hole–punched copy under “Handouts” tab in binder.
  • Review Required 7/8 LA Summer Packet Independent Novel Read Assignment
  • LINK: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/cms/lib/MI01908619/Centricity/Domain/1885/78Summer%20Packet%202018-19.pdf
  • Homework:
  • Bring in the Required 7/8 LA Summer Reading Independent Novel that you read and reflected on over the summer – due Tues., 9/11/18

Tues., 9/11/18 . . . Special Schedule for MSU Soccer Coach Speaker

  • Due:
  • Summer Reading Independent Novel
  • In Class:
  • Check in Required 7/8 LA Summer Reading Independent Novel.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom. See Google Classroom under Assignments to Complete. and introduce Book Tea Assignment/Activity.
  • Google Form for 7/8 Summer Required Independent Novel Reading – Be sure this is completed. PRINT OUT BEFORE NEXT CLASS.
  • GOOGLE FORM LINK:
    https://goo.gl/forms/6f8qtN2rJt8xNN8J2
  • Spreadsheet Recording of Summer Independent Novel – Be sure that you have recorded your summer reading novels on this spreadsheet.
  • SPREADSHEET RESPONSE LINK:
    https://goo.gl/EBAAsy
  • Homework:
  • Complete Required 7/8 LA Summer Reading Independent Novel Google Form and the Spreadsheet PRINTED OUT – due Wed., 9/12 or Thurs., 9/13

Wed., 9/12/18 OR Thurs., 9/13/18

  • Due:
  • Completed 7/8 LA Summer Packet Reading Independent Novel Google Form (PRINTED OUT BEFORE THE START OF CLASS) and Spreadsheet Assignment
  • In Class:
  • First 15 minutes of class, go to media center for media center orientation
  • Wednesday:  C-1: 9:35 – 9:50; C-3: 11:05 – 11:20; C-5: 2:00 – 2:15
  • Thursday: C-2: 9:35 – 9:50; C-4: 12:10-12;25; C-6: 2:00-2:15
  • Novel Book Tea Activity with 7/8 LA Summer Reading Independent Novel.
  • Review your Google Reflection Form for one summer novel and Part 2 Discussion Questions to share during the Novel Book Tea.
  • Homework:
  • Bring novel checked out from media center earlier this week – Fri., 9/14/18

Fri., 9/14/18

  • Due:
  • Bring novel from media center checkout to class.
  • In Class:
  • Pass out/assign Seedfolks novel.
  • Pass out LA Site, Resources, UN and Passwords handout and all UN and PW. Fill in this handout and tape in your composition notebook.
  • Read from media center novel checked out earlier this week or read from one of the two Junior Scholastic magazines given to you last week/earlier this week.
  • Homework:
  • None.

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Week of September 3 – September 7, 2018 . . .Welcome back! 2018 – 2019 School Year

CRUZ AC LAB/ILD

  • Due:
  • Wed., 9/5 Start bringing in . . .  Community Service Projects and  Goal Setting Postcard Draft (parent signed)

Mon., 9/3/18. . . Labor Day.  No School.  See you tomorrow!

Tues., 9/4/18 . . . Special Schedule – First Day 1/2-Day Schedule . . . AL (8:18-8:50); C-0 (8:55 – 9:25); C-1 (9:30 – 9:45); C-2 (9:50 – 10:05); C-3 (10:10 – 10:25); C-4 (10:30 – 10:45); C-5 (10:50 – 11:05); C-6 ( 11:10 – 11:30)

  • Due:
  • None.
  • In Class:
  • Welcome. Attendance.  About me.
  • Tour of the classroom.  Assignment board.   Homework blog at http://www.bcscruz.wordpress.com.
  • Take out planner and record homework.
  • Pass out and review Course Description.
  • Homework:
  • Signed Course Description and binder, dividers/tabs, paper and pencils, COLLEGE-RULED composition notebook – due BY Mon., 9/10/18

Wed. 9/5/18 or Thurs., 9/6/18 . . . Normal Schedule

  • Due:
  • None.
  • In Class:
  • Assign and sign in to computer and join new LA Google Classroom.
  • AL/ILD Google Classroom Join Code: c7v5gcx
  • C-2 ELA Google Classroom Join Code:  ea76wd0
  • C-3 ELA Google Classroom Join Code:  w8ugyxs
  • C-4 ELA Google Classroom Join Code: jumdgfo
  • C-5 ELA Google Classroom Join Code: ool3q5b
  • Pass out textbook and close reader.
  • Explore Google Classroom with a partner. Complete Partner Interview, and “Submit” assignment in Google Classroom.
  • Present Partner Interview. Use Interview page as notes to reference.
  • Homework:
  • Signed Course Description and binder, dividers/tabs, paper and pencils, COLLEGE-RULED composition notebook – due BY Mon., 9/10/18

Fri., 9/7/18

  • Due:
  • None.
  • In Class:
  • Class pictures.
  • ELA Puns and Amzng Englis!
  • Classroom environment. 3 E’s LIVE in ELA classroom.
  • 1. Copy #1. See last year’s Classroom Norms handout. Where do these fit under the three E’s.  Cut them up and tape them to the “correct” E on the large paper. Discussion.
  • 2. Copy #2. Do any of these need to change? Make revisions on the paper. Discussion.
  • Homework:
  • Signed Course Description and binder, dividers/tabs, paper and pencils, COLLEGE-RULED composition notebook – due BY Mon., 9/10/18.

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