Project Work and Presentations

English I Honors students began working on their first song for the soundtrack project: “Decoration Day.” We planned three Schaffer paragraphs (of which we will be writing two) and worked in partners fleshing things out a bit further.

Notes from class are available below for download.

English 8 students presented their habits from Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • RI-6.1 Provide an objective summary of a text with two or more central ideas; cite key supporting details to analyze their development.
  • C-1.1 Prepare for and engage in conversations to explore complex ideas, concepts, and texts; build coherent lines of thinking.
  • C-1.2 Participate in discussions; share evidence that supports the topic, text, or issue; connect the ideas of several speakers and respond with relevant ideas, evidence, and observations.
English I Honors

  • RL-5.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text; identify multiple supported interpretations.
  • RL-8.1 Analyze how characters or a series of ideas or events is introduced, connected, and developed within a particular context.
  • W-1.1 a. Write arguments that introduce a precise claim and differentiate between the claim and counterclaims;
  • W-1.1 g. Write arguments that quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation;


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read Romeo and Juliet 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 over break;
    • optional: work on “Decoration Day” paragraphs.
Class Notes

Notes for the day's classes are available here.

Please note that this is a composite file including notes from all classes, though occasionally it might only be one or two classes. I don't differentiate in the file; that is up to you to do.

Final Day and 3.1

English I Honors had a whoosh through 3.1 of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare is starting to turn the screws increasingly tighter, making things more and more challenging for our young lovers. We’ll be starting our culminating writing project on Monday, so students need to read the song lyrics in the homework to be prepared for Monday.

English 8 students had their final day of planning for their Seven Habits presentations Monday. Outlines are due when the presentations are due.

100% Club

We had a couple of first-time members in the 100% club this week.

Fifth period
Sixth period


Eighth-grade students went to the Roper Mountain  Science Center for a presentation on waves and stars. Most classes did not meet. Homework from yesterday stands.

Penultimate Prep Day and a Test

English I Honors had their act 2 test. We’ll begin act 3 after our field trip tomorrow.

English 8 began with their article of the week. We went over some annotations they should have completed at this point.

Afterward, they had their penultimate (next-to-last) preparation session with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. They’ll be presenting Monday.


When have you heard a song as perfect as this?