Friday, November 20, 2015

Wrapping up your final slides assignment

Your final slides assignment is due today. Use your class time to finish up. If you finish early, you have a few options:
  • read silently (your next book review will be Monday November 30 -- don't forget to review the "book review resources" in our shared Google folder)
  • talk to me about making up a quiz/test you were absent for 
  • revise an assignment that you want to earn a better grade on (the last day I'll accept revisions for the next progress report is Wed. 12/2)
  • return your group novel to the library

OR, for extra credit, you can enter into one of the following ESSAY CONTESTS:
  1. If you identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, there is an essay contest you can enter. The essay requirements are short (500 words) and there is an opportunity to win cash and prizes. If you choose to enter this contest, submit a copy of your essay to me, as well as the contest, so that I can award the extra credit.
  2. This contest, sponsored by The Flying Leathernecks Marine Aviation, requires an essay based on the character traits of honor, courage, and commitment. If you choose to enter this contest, you'll submit the essay to me, and I will take care of the entry. You can win up to three cash prizes.
  3. This one is not exactly a contest, but rather an opportunity to be published in San Diego Family Magazine. Articles are submitted to the magazine via email. Be sure to copy me ( on the email submission to earn your extra credit.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

District Interim Assessment

Today we will be taking a district assessment. The test is multiple choice and will be taken online. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to: 
  2. Login with your district username and password, the same one you use to login to the netbooks. 
  3. You should see Pending Assessments on the right.
  4. Choose Literacy Interim Assessment -Grade 9.
  5. Read the directions carefully as you work through the assessment. 
  6. Read your book or work on your novel slides when you finish.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tell me about your book

Your next book review is Monday November 30 (in class). Use this Google form to tell me what book you are currently reading and plan to write about.

THEN, continue working on your slides assignment.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Reading the novel unit exam

Today you will be taking the end of unit exam.


When you are done, you may silently:
  • read independently (you have a book review coming up!)
  • ask me if you can go to the library for a new book
  • work on your slides assignment

Friday, November 13, 2015

Unit test on Tuesday 11/17!

We are wrapping up our novel reading unit this week! That means that we will have our unit test next Tuesday (Nov. 17). In order to prepare for the test, review your notes in your English notebook (hint: you may be able to use them on the test!). The test will be a mixture of multiple choice and short response questions based on both your class novel, as well as a new reading passage. Click Read More below to see some practice questions that will help you familiarize yourself with the format of the test questions (the answer key is a the bottom). Even if you did not read Saint Iggy, you can still get a feel for what the questions will look like. On the day of the test, you will need to bring your class novel.

Final group novel assignment

Let's begin with a quiz! Click here to take the final novel reading quiz.

**If you were absent, you have one week to come in and make up the quiz.
For your final group novel assignment, you and your group members will be creating a Google slide deck highlighting the most important scenes in your book. This assignment is due November 20.

CLICK HERE for the assignment details.