Fall Semester Free Choice Project due November 29, 2017

  • Click HERE for project information.

  • Choose and acquire your book of choice by September 27, 2017. Please bring a copy of your book of choice to class next week.  You will be asked to write down your choice and show your book.


Homework due Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Reading

Read the rest of Jim the Boy.  Annotate as you read.  You are looking for instances of conflict.  

Writing

  • In your journal, make a list of 5-10 ideas for a short story.  Not 4 ideas;  not 11 ideas.  Stay within the parameters of the assignment.

  • Write a paragraph in response to the author talk by Tony Earley.  What did you find most interesting during the interview?  (If you were absent, you are not expected to complete this assignment.)

    • Remember to include a topic sentence (topic and main point), at least 3 detail sentences, and a closing sentence.  Make sure to indent and use the margins on your paper.  

  • SUBMISSION:  If you arrive for first block, place your journal in the white basket at the top of the stairs.  If you arrive for second block, you can turn your journal in at the end of class.  Journals will be available for pick up on the sign-out table at the end of the day.  You are responsible for picking up your journal.  

 


 


Homework due Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reading

Read "Book III" of Jim the Boy. In my edition that's pg. 73-136.  Annotate as you read;  you are looking for examples of conflict in the story.  Include icons with your annotations, to help you easily locate passages for discussion in class.

Use the conflict chart in your notebook to help you decide what type of conflict each example represents.  You may wish to add a few words to your annotation to bump your memory later.

SUBMISSION:  Bring your annotated text to class.  

 

Writing

  • Write a paragraph explaining an example of one type of conflict found in your reading of Jim the Boy this week.  Use the table titled "Types of Conflict" in your journal to help you identify conflict as you read this week.  Use my example paragraph to guide your thinking.  You will need to include a quote from the text in your paragraph this week.  Look at my example paragraph to see how to cite the quote.  Click HERE for a Hamburger Paragraph Organizer to help organize your thoughts before you write.  If you choose to use the organizer, please turn it in with your journal.

  • SUBMISSION:  Place your journal in the basket upon arriving at WEB for first block.  If you don't attend first block, I will take your journal after class and return it to you on the sign-out table at the end of the day.

  • NOTE: Some students left their journals in the basket on the sign-out table yesterday.  If that is the case, please do your work on a sheet of paper that we can glue into your journal on Wednesday.  I will put links to the handouts below so that you will have them to complete your work.  Please get into the habit of checking the basket at the end of the day.

  • Types of Conflict Chart

  • Example Paragraph by Mrs. Hayes

 


Homework due Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Writing:

  • Choose one of the paragraphs in your journal to rewrite.  Choose the paragraph that could use the most improvement.  Rewrite it in your journal using THIS RUBRIC (the one you glued into your journal during class) to check your work.  This paragraph will be graded based on the criteria in the rubric.

  • If you feel that your paragraph was off topic, look below at the past three assignments to make sure your paragraph is addressing the assignment.  Remember to include the two parts of a topic sentence when beginning your writing. 

  • Use this STOPLIGHT DIAGRAM for help with color coding.

  • SUBMISSION:  Place your journal in the basket upon arriving at WEB for first block.  If you don't attend first block, I will take your journal after class and return it to you on the sign-out table at the end of the day. 

 

Reading:

  • Use the feedback you received in your peer review to improve and finish your Poem for Two Voices.  Refer to the notes on your rubric for areas that need your attention.  If you want me to look over your work before you turn it in, please send me a copy by email no later than noon on Sunday, September 10.

    SUBMISSION:  Bring three copies of your poem to WEB on Wednesday.  Put one copy in the basket on the homework table when you arrive.  Bring the other two copies with you to class to use in your recitation.  

  • Read Jim the Boy, from the "Prologue" through the end of "Book II:  Jim Leaves Home".  In my edition, that's pages 1-70;  your edition may vary.  Annotate as you read.  You are looking for passages where the author takes a position on this statement:  "You alone are responsible for your success in life."   Every passage you mark must have an icon with it that indicates why you marked it.  Bring your annotated text to class to use in discussion.


Homework due Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Reading:

  • Read the rest of Seedfolks.  Continue annotating your text.  You do not need to transcribe your annotations;  your text markup is all that is required for class.

  • Write the first draft of your Poem for Two Voices, following the process we covered in class.  Use material from the text as your framework, but feel free to adjust it to suit the needs of your poem.  If you need a copy of the instructions, click HERE.   Feel free to email me if you need any help.

SUBMISSION:  Place your poem with the rubric in the designated basket when you arrive on Wednesday.  If you do not come for 1st block, please find me as soon as you arrive and turn in your work to me personally.  Make sure your name is on every page in case they get separated.

 

Writing:

  • Read "From Seed to Seedfolks" located in the back of your copy of Seedfolks or click HERE to read it online.

  • Write a paragraph in your journal explaining what you found interesting about Paul Fleischman's process and inspiration for writing Seedfolks.  Remember to refer to your hamburger paragraph structure and to include the two parts of a topic sentence. 

SUBMISSION:  If you arrive for 1st block, place your journal in the basket at the top of the stairs.  I will review your work during first block.  If you arrive for 2nd block, I will collect your journal after class and review it during 3rd block.  After review, journals will be placed on the sign out table downstairs.  You will be responsible for collecting your journal when you sign out.  


Homework due Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reading:

Read the next five chapters of Seedfolks ("Sam" through "Nora").  Continue annotating your text.   Look for the same details as last week (age, nationality/ethnicity, how they got involved, what they contributed).  For the new chapters you are also looking for information on what effect the characters have on each other and on the garden.  

You do not need to transcribe your annotations;  your text markup is all that is required this week.  If you need an Annotation Bookmark, click HERE.  There are two on the page;  cut out one and fold it vertically, so that the icons are on one side and the citation guide is on the other.   

SUBMISSION:  Place your annotated text in the designated basket when you arrive on Wednesday.  If you do not come for 1st block, please find me when you arrive and turn in your text.  Make sure your name is on your book, so you get back your own copy.

REMINDER:  If you have questions about any part of your assignment, please contact me sooner rather than later. You may download a refresher on how to write an email by clicking HERE.   The email should come from you, rather than your parent or guardian.  However, you may copy your parents/guardians on the message so that they will be in the loop.

 

Writing:

After completing your reading assignment for this week, write a paragraph about your favorite character (so far) in the book Seedfolks.  Make sure to include details that explain why you connected with or liked this character. Your paragraph should be 5-8 sentences long.  It should include a topic sentence and closing sentence.  Click HERE for help organizing your writing.  We will talk more about paragraph structure in class next week. 

Remember to use your rubric to help organize your work in your journal. Click HERE to see a copy of the rubric.


Homework due Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Reading:

Read the first five chapters of "Seedfolks".  As you read, annotate your text according to the procedure we discussed in class;  use your Annotation Bookmark for reference.  The items you are looking for are:

  • The age of the main character of each chapter.

  • The nationality/ethnicity of thIS character.

  • The reason this character gets involved in the garden.

  • This character's contribution to the garden.

You will use your markup to facility your group discussion in class.

Please also familiarize yourself with the poem "Grasshoppers", for discussion in class.  You may download a copy of it by clicking HERE.

Writing:

Decorate the cover of your composition notebook.  This will be your Writing Journal.

  • Use fabric, ribbon, magazine clippings, photos, etc. to decorate your journal.

  • Your name should be clearly placed on the front of your journal.  

  • Your journal should tell me something (or many things) about you!  Make it your own!

Write a five sentence paragraph explaining what your journal cover says about you.

  • Skip the first three pages of the journal to be reserved for the table of contents.  We will set up the table of contents next week in class.