DAILY ASSIGNMENT TRACKER!

*A DAILY LOG OF WHAT WENT ON (AND WHAT WAS ASSIGNED) IN THE ENGLISH 7 AND ADVANCED READING CLASSES:

(Missed worksheets are available in the classroom or under “Make-Up Assignment Archive” on this blog, and textbooks are available for check-out, if necessary,  for missed textbook assignments.)

4th Quarter

(Mar. 17)

*English 7: New seating chart; assign new class jobs for 4th Qtr.; switch stuff around in our classrooms folders; get new Reader Response Form due date (May 19) and go over the new Response Form; get the Book Talk assignment (due May 12). Mrs. Wood did some example book talks for us.

*Adv. Reading: We got the new independent reading requirement– read 3 books and fill our 3 Reader Response Forms by May 19. We went over the Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form to make sure everyone understood how to fill it out. Then we got a “genres” requirement for 4th quarter, and we were given a Genres Passport in which we are to keep record of 6 different books from 6 different genres that we read this quarter. We also got a list of the literary genres, and we discussed them all to make sure that everyone understood what classifies a novel as a particular genre. We filled out the first page of our Passports, and we left them in the box in the classroom. Then we read.

Mar. 18

English 7: Today we began reading the novel Okay For Now. We read up to p. 21 in the novel. We briefly discussed the 1960’s. We also discussed John James Audubon and his bird paintings.

Adv. Reading: Today we read for Daily Reading Points (DRP).

Mar. 21

English 7: We read in Okay For Now up to p. 45.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Mar. 22

English 7: Read in Okay For Now up to p. 70.

Adv. Reading: Primary voting for SBOs. Then read in I Am the Cheese up to p. 168, and do Response #7 in Response Journal.

Mar. 23 (Late-Start Day)

English 7: Read in Okay For Now up to p. 92, and write in the study guide about how Doug personally relates to the pictures of the Red-Throated Divers and the Arctic Tern.

Adv. Reading: Read in I Am the Cheese up to p. 183.

Mar. 24

English 7: Read in Okay For Now up to p. 120, and write in the study guide about how Doug relates to the picture of the Puffins.

Adv. Reading: SBO election- skits assembly; vote for SBOs; read for Daily Reading Points.

Mar. 28:

English 7: We reviewed what we’d read about in the previous chapter. We read in our study guides about Audubon’s “Art and Methods” and about the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Then we read in the novel to p. 134.

Adv. Reading: Finish reading I Am the Cheese, and write Response #8 (final response) in our response journals.

Mar. 29

English 7: Read up to p. 147 in the book, and write about how Doug relates to the picture of the Gull, about what he’s learning in all of his classes in school, and also answer questions C., D., and F. in the study guide.

Adv. Reading: Discuss the ending of I Am the Cheese, and hand in our response journals. Read our own books for Daily Reading Points for the rest of the period. Remember: Your Book of Choice is to be finished and brought to class this Thursday!!!

Mar. 30

English 7: Review Explanatory-Essay writing for upcoming SAGE Writing Test. Write an explanatory essay on “Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall,” and hand it in. Then review the requirements of an effective Argument Essay, and begin reading articles and taking notes on “Bigfoot,” in preparation for writing an Argument Essay on “Is Bigfoot Real?”

Adv. Reading: Discuss how to write an effective book review. Read a couple of examples of book review and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Get Book Review assignment (see handout for requirements) to write an effective book review and be ready to type it in the lab by April 14 and hand it in to Mrs. Wood for editing before posting onto her blog.

Mar. 31

English 7: We reviewed the components of an effective Argument Essay. Then we used our notes we took on the “Bigfoot” article in the Monsters Critical Reading Series set, along with two new articles we got today, to write an effective Argument Essay on “Is Bigfoot Real?” We handed in the essay.

Adv. Reading: We brought back our book-of-choice (House of the Scorpion, Tisha, or Lost in the River of Grass) and participated in a Book Forum group-discussion activity, filling out a question/answer form about the book and handing it in. We also handed in the book.

April 1

English 7: Lesson #19 Vocabulary/Editing/Writing Prompt worksheet.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

———–Happy Spring Break!!!!————-

April 11

English 7:  Review SAGE site and tips for tomorrow’s Language Arts Writing Assessment, and take a 15-question oral review quiz on argument and explanatory writing.

Adv. Reading: DRP!  Reminder: Book Review is due this Thursday!

April 12

English 7:  SAGE Language Arts Writing Assessment!

Adv. Reading: Discuss Mysteries / Detective Mysteries genres. Check out and begin reading new novel, Murder on the Orient Express! Read the first chapter in PART 1. Also get a “Language Translator” bookmark to use in reading the book and a Mysteries Brochure for keeping notes / theories in, as we read. Now everyone is to be up to Part 2 by next Tuesday.

April 13

English 7: SAGE Language Arts Writing Assessment!

Adv. Reading: DRP!

April 14

English 7: SAGE Language Arts Writing Assessment!

Adv. Reading: Go to the lab to type and hand in our Book Review to Mrs. Wood for editing.

April 15

English 7:  Read in Okay For Now to p. 177, and  in our study guide, answer question E.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!  Also make corrections to our Book Reviews, and then email them to Mrs. Wood for posting on the class blog. Remember to be done with Part 1 of Murder on Orient Express by Tuesday!

April 18

English 7: Read in Okay For Now to p. 202, and write in our study guide about how Doug relates to the paintings of the Yellow Shank and the Snowy Heron.

Adv. Reading: DRP! Be done with Part 1 of Murder of the Orient Express by tomorrow!

April 19

English 7: Read the article about the Vietnam War in the study guide, and then read in Okay for Now to Ch. 7.  *Your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form is due in 1 month!

Adv. Reading:  Discuss Part 1 of Murder on the Orient Express.  (Now be up to Ch. 9 of Part 2 by next Thursday!)   *Your 3 Reader Response Forms are due in 1 month!

April 20

English 7: Discuss the upcoming Language Arts READING testing (April 28-29), and take the English 7 Review Quiz.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

April 21

English 7: Correct the English 7 Review Quiz.  Begin Reading-Test-Practice #1.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

April 22

English 7:  Periods 2 and 4– Life Skills Conference.   Periods 6 and 7– Vocabulary #21 Worksheet.

Adv. Reading:   Life Skills Conference.

April 25

English 7: Finish and correct Reading-Test-Practice #1.

Adv. Reading: DRP!

April 26

English 7: Complete Reading/Grammar Practice Test #2.

Adv. Reading:  In keeping with the challenging language from the novel we are currently reading (Murder on the Orient Express), today we  had a fun activity and completed the “Inflated English” exercise, using our vast (!) vocabulary and root-word knowledge to decipher some difficultly-worded famous sayings.

April 27  (Late-Start Day)

English 7:  Discuss tomorrow’s SAGE Reading/Language Arts Test, and correct and hand in Reading Practice Test #2.

Adv. Reading: DRP!

April 28

English 7:  SAGE READING / LANGUAGE ARTS TESTING!

Adv. Reading:  Discuss the first 8 chapters of Part 2 of Murder on the Orient Express. Now everyone is to be done with Part 2 by next Thursday!

April 29

English 7:  SAGE READING / LANGUAGE ARTS TESTING!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

May 2

English 7:  We read in Okay For Now up to p. 253, and we wrote about how Doug relates to the picture of the Fork-Tailed Petrels.  Reminder:  Your Book Talk (speech) is due May 12, and your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form is due May 19!!!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!  And we also discussed the Book Talk (speech) assignment, which is due May 17 for 100 points.   Reminder:  Be up to Part 3 in Murder on the Orient Express by Thursday!  Your Genres Passport is due May 12, and your 3 Reader Response Forms are due May 19!

May 3

English 7:  Get the English 7 Portfolio assignment (due May 16 for 100 points), and start organizing all of the pieces we’ve been keeping in our classroom portfolio folder for that.  Also read Judith Viorst’s poem “If I Were in Charge of the World,” and write our own version of the poem, to put into our Portfolios when finished.

Adv. Reading:  In keeping with the challenging language from the novel we are currently reading (Murder on the Orient Express), today we  had another fun activity (like last week’s “Inflated English” exercise) using our vocabulary and root-word knowledge, trying to figure out the individual definitions for a long list of phobias!

May 4

English 7: Reading in Okay for Now to p. 278, and writing in our study guide about how Doug relates to the picture of the Brown Pelican. Also reading and discussing the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Note:  ALL Qtr. 4 make-up work is due by May 19!!!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

May 5

English 7: Reading in Okay For Now to p. 302, and answering question B & C. in the study guide.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

May 6

English 7:  Review Book Talk requirements.  Then read in Okay For Now to p. 324, and write about how Doug relates to the picture of the Great Esquimaw Curlew.  Reminder: Your Book Talk is due May 12, your Portfolio is due May 16, and your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form is due May 19, along with ALL make-up work from this quarter.

Adv. Reading:  Discussing the second half of Part 2 of Murder on the Orient Express. Now everyone is to be finished with the novel by next Wednesday!!!   Then DRP!  Reminder:  Your Genres Passport is due May 12, your Book Talk is due May 18, and your  3 Reader Response Forms are due May 19, along with ALL make-up work from this quarter.

May 9

English 7: Read in Okay for Now at least up to p. 346.  *Bring markers or colored pencils tomorrow!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

May 10 

English 7:  Watch a power point on Audubon and Okay For Now, to the music of Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”  Finish reading Okay For Now. Review well-constructed paragraphs, and answer the three essay questions on the back of the study guide. Hand in the study guide. Color an Audubon bird picture. Reminder: Book Talks are on Thursday!

Adv. Reading: DRP!  Be done with Murder on the Orient Express by tomorrow!

May 11

English 7:  Lesson #23 Vocabulary worksheet.  Take home working folder, and put your Okay For Now study guide in your Portfolio, which is due Monday!!!!   BOOK TALKS are TOMORROW!!!

Adv. Reading: Discuss the ending of Murder on the Orient Express. Write the final essay on the back of the Mysteries brochure, and hand it in. Hand in the novel. Reminder:  Genres Passports are due tomorrow!!! Book Talks due next Tuesday!!!

May 12

English 7:   Book Talks!!

Adv. Reading: Turn in Genres Passports!  Ice cream sundaes!  Start watching the film version of Murder on the Orient Express!

May 13

English 7:  BOOK TALKS!  Portfolios due Monday!!!

Adv. Reading:  Watching Murder on the Orient Express. Book Talks due next Tuesday!!!

May 16

English 7:  Turn in English 7 Portfolios!!  Complete a lesson in the “Monsters” Critical Reading Series set.  In some classes, more Book Talks were presented. Your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form is due Thursday!!!  ALL Qtr. 4 make-up work is also due by Thursday!!!

Adv. Reading: Watching Murder on the Orient Express.  Your Book Talk is due tomorrow!!!  And your 3 Reader Response Forms are due Thursday!!!

May 17

English 7:  Finish presenting Book Talks!  Then Mrs. Wood gave a few Book Talks, and she reminded everyone:   1) Pay your fines!   2) Clean out your lockers!    3) Your Reader Response Form and ALL make-up work is due by Thursday!!!

Adv. Reading:  Finish watching Murder on the Orient Express.  Then present BOOK TALKS!!!  Remember that your 3 Reader Response Forms are due by Thursday!!!

May 18

English 7:  Learn about the author Jack London and some of his books.  Begin watching the movie version of Jack London’s novel White Fang.  (Your Reader Response Form and all makeup work is due by tomorrow!)

Adv Reading:  BOOK TALKS!  (Reader Response Forms are due tomorrow!!!)

May 19

English 7:  Watching White Fang.  Your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form and ALL 4th Qtr. make-up work is due TODAY!!!

Adv. Reading:  BOOK TALKS!  Your 3 Reader Response Forms are due TODAY!!!

May 20 –( Lagoon Day!)

English 7:  Make-up work.

Adv. Reading:  We finished a couple of Book Talks, discussed how to download the Overdrive app on your phone for checking out and reading library books all summer, and we discussed the importance of making the commitment to be a “lifelong reader.” Then we started watching the movie version of Louis Sachar’s novel Holes.

May 23

English :  Watching White Fang.

Adv. Reading: Watching Holes.

May 24

English 7:  Finishing White Fang.

Adv. Reading:  Finishing Holes.

May 25

English 7:  Checking out with the librarian, and checking out of our English class.

Adv. Reading:  Checking out of our Advanced Reading class.

May 26–    SIGNING YEARBOOKS!!!

——- HAVE A GREAT SUMMER, EVERYBODY!!!!——-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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