Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Want to know how the story ends?

If you were intrigued by the excerpt of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, read the short story in its entirety here.

In class, we identified examples of how Oates uses characterization to bring the character of Connie to life. Tonight, as you read your group novel at home, you should be marking examples of characterization in your own book. Little sticky notes work best, but any old bookmark or paper scrap will do!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Group novels

Today we are checking out our group novels. If you are absent today, it's your responsibility to get your novel from the library ASAP. Make sure you are reading each night according to the calendar that you and your group members created. You'll need to bring your novel to class with you each day, as well. Lastly, please bring your sticky notes to class...we'll be using them daily for a few weeks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bring your ID tomorrow!

Tomorrow we will be going to the library to check out the novel that your group chose. You must have your ID to check out a book, so put it in your backpack now!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Article of the Week

Today we did our first Article of the Week. Since we spent a little time explaining the process in class, you may not have had time to write both your summary and reflection. Be sure you have both of these steps completed by the time we meet on Monday. The article we read is linked here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's exit slip

If you ran out of time in class and didn't complete the exit slip today, please complete it tonight as homework. Use the frame below to help craft your paragraph about President Obama's speech.

In his 2013 State of the Union speech, the author, _______(Author)____________, argues/claims/ contends that ____________(Main Idea)_________________.  According to the President, _____________(Supporting Detail 1)______________.  In addition, President Obama states/discusses/claims/suggests _____________(Supporting Detail 2)_______________________. 
Also, President Obama states/discusses/claims/suggests ____(Supporting Detail 3)________.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Tomorrow is textbook checkout day! Be sure to bring your student ID and schedule (don't worry if you lost it). We will also be using our interactive notebook tomorrow, so, if possible, please be sure to have a single-subject notebook that you can use for English only.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Six word memoir

Your six word memoir is due tomorrow (9/4). Remember, it needs to be "presentation ready":
  • Typed or written in dark ink on blank paper (no lines)
  • No errors
  • Approx. 8 1/2 x 11 (the size of a piece of printer paper)
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