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Sep 19

Google Classroom

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in English 7

Please refer to Google Classroom to find out about current classwork, etc. Thanks!

Sep 14

September 14th — Comparing & Contrasting How Authors Treat the Same Topic Differently

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Assignments

Today, we read the poem, “Icarus’s Flight”, on pg. 40 of the textbook. (You can find this in the online textbook.)

When you finish reading, you will need to complete the table below and submit it in class or through classroom. You will also need to write a paragraph answering the following prompt.

“Explain in a detailed paragraph why you think each author chose to treat the same topic so differently? What effect does this have?”


Icarus Swinebuckle

(The children’s book we read in class)

“Flight of Icarus”

(p. 31 in the Collections textbook)

“Icarus’s Flight”

(p. 39-40 in the Collections textbook)

Compare — What’s the same?
Contrast — What’s different?

We also read the first few pages of The Lightning Thief.

Sep 14

September 13th — In-Class Reading Day and Book Check

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Assignments, IRP

Please use the Google form below to complete your book check. Make sure that you are reserving some time to read your independent novel at home as well.

Mrs. Sorensen’s Book Check 09/13/17

Sep 11

September 11th — The World Will End Tomorrow

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Assignments

1. Read the attached article entitled “Proof That the World Will End Tomorrow”.
2. Take notes while you read. This is called annotating and will count as 1/3 of your grade for this assignment.
3. When you finish, review your notes and the questions from the first article, “How Do You Tell If Something Is True?” by Grammar Girl. (See September 1st & 5th for the first article and critical thinking questions)
4. Write a response comparing both articles that meets the following requirements:
a. Your response must be 1 full page
(Front side of one handwritten page or 1 page double-spaced 12 pt. font typed)

b. Your response must be 3 full paragraphs.
(Do not add spaces between lines or write “The End” as a conclusion. Do indent all paragraphs.)

c. Each paragraph should contain the following information:
i. Paragraph 1 – Discuss similarities between the articles & explain why these occur.
 ii. Paragraph 2 – Explain the differences with specific examples and tell why they matter.
 iii. Paragraph 3 – Tell why this topic & specific examples matter in your life & the world around you.


Proof That The World Will End Tomorrow Article

Sep 8

September 8th – What Did We Do Today?

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Assignments

Today, we took the language pretest. Please use the assignment below this to complete it. You have five school days to finish this if you were absent. We also began our first listening article. You will need to set up a time to come in and do this before or after school.

Sep 8

September 7th

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Assignments

Today, we read the story “The Flight of Icarus” from our textbook. This needs to be completed within the next five school days if you were absent.

You can access the online version of our textbook by going to and clicking the Parents & Students tab. Then, under Programs and Applications, select HMH Collections Online. Your login will be the same as your school email and password.

The story is on p. 31. Pay special attention to the choices the characters make, what conflicts they face, and the lessons you could learn from the story. (Theme) We’ll be comparing this story with “Icarus Swinebuckle” and one other text on Monday in class.

Sep 8

September 6th — What We Did Today

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Assignments

We read the story of “Icarus Swinebuckle” in class today as preparation for our first unit. You will need to set up a time before or after school to come read the book (it’s a short children’s book) or borrow it from the local library. This needs to be completed as soon as possible and within the next five days.

We also went over how to fill out the Elements of Narrative packet for your first IRP (Independent Reading Project.) Remember the first IRP is due on 9/29. You’ll need to print the packet from this assignment or pick up a paper copy from me. Elements of Narrative Packet.docx

Sep 5

September 1st & 5th

Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Assignments

Today we began our first article of the week.

How Do You Tell If Something is True by Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl

As you read, you need to take notes on key details, things you learned, and words you don’t know. These notes will be worth 1/3 of your grade for this assignment.

After you read the text, you need to answer the following questions:

“How Do You Tell If Something is True?” Critical Thinking Analysis

These will be due 9/7/17 with your author comparison.

Aug 31

August 31st — 2 Truths and a Lie Narrative Paragraph

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Assignments

Choose one truth from your 2 Truths and a Lie. Write a paragraph telling me more about it. This is due with bell work on Friday, September 1st.

Aug 31

August 30th — 2 Truths and a Lie — Analyzing Critical Thinking Skills

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Assignments
Analyzing Critical Thinking Skills
1. If you missed class, you will need to find two or three people to share your 2 Truths and a Lie with. (Remember, you wrote these on your bell work last week.)
2. You will need to write the following in a Google doc or on a piece of paper:
The name of the person that you are sharing your information with, their guess, and why they guessed it — what logic did they use?
3. Email or upload the doc here or turn it in in class by Friday, September 1st.