Mr. Scott

English 8 students began their final project for their current unit. English I Honors completed the trial portion of the novel.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapter 20;
    • prepare for stems test tomorrow.
Friday Update

English I Honors students continued working on their very close reading and diagramming of the case against Tom Robinson.

English 8 students completed their normal Friday inference and article of the week work.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the diagramming of Mayella Ewell’s testimony;
    • read chapter 19, Tom’s testimony.

English I Honors students worked on their diagrams of the testimony within the case against Tom Robinson. The first day’s work is available here at the Moodle site for students who were absent.

English 8 students worked on the Harriet Tubman text, with fifth period students working through the material old-school style and sixth period working through the material using lit circles.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete diagramming of chapter 17;
    • read chapter 18;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors continued with the lit circles for To Kill a Mockingbird, looking at two issues (whether or not Atticus made a good decision in representing Robinson considering the potential risk to his family and what the role of Calpurnia is in the novel) in groups that they then shared with partners from the other group.

English 8 students worked on lit circles. Fifth period ended their lit circle cycle, but sixth period will be continuing.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapter 17 (either twice or once taking very good notes).

All classes worked on lit circles today. English I students continued with the Mockingbird circles. We’ll be moving on to the next section of readings shortly, but we’ll be taking them one chapter at a time as we’ve reached the trial scene — the most critical scene in the book.

English 8 students worked on their first lit circles, with a class-wide practice/modeling session for the text we’ll be working on.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: work on article of the week as necessary.

We all had a field trip to Roper Mountain today, so most students didn’t have class. That doesn’t mean they don’t have homework, though.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapters 13-16 of Mockingbird.
MAP Spring 2017

Students took the spring MAP test today, which means almost everyone got a day off: it’s one of the few days that I let kids have a break. What did most English I students do instead of relaxing? Worked on their article of the week. Those who didn’t played chess.

English 8 students had free time in celebration of their great MAP scores, but those who hadn’t completed last unit’s project didn’t get that privilege.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read through chapter 12 in Mockingbird;
    • prepare for your lit circle group.

Spring MAP test tomorrow. Homework for everyone: rest.

English 8 students finished up their practice of determining the main idea of a text. English I Honors students worked on their first lit circle, debriefing in a forum afterward to make sure things improve the next time.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters 5 and 6 for tomorrow;
    • begin preparing for the next lit circle (choosing the job and preparing the material).

English 8 students began a three-day whirlwind MAP preparation by filling in a topic we really hadn’t worked on to this point this year, determining the main idea of a nonfiction text.

English I students, after turning in their narratives, had their first lit circle today for Mockingbird.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare your selected lit circle role for tomorrow.

English I Honors students began a short look at how to create voice in writing by examining the first few pages of To Kill a Mockingbird to look for various elements used to create voice.

English 8 students worked on Friday work (see lesson plan at right).

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters one through four of Mockingbird;
    • complete the narrative as needed.

English I Honors students began To Kill a Mockingbird today, looking at the question of voice in the opening pages after completing our Socratic Seminar.

English 8 students finished up the selection they’ve been reading from Frederick Douglass’s autobiography.

Homework

A reminder to students in English I Honors: if you are not satisfied with your grade for the narrative lessons we had on Moodle, please speak with Mr. Scott about an additional assignment you can complete to supplement that grade.