English I Honors students began the grammar portion of the To Kill a Mockingbird unit. We’ll be focusing on phrases: prepositional, participial, gerund, infinitive, and appositive. Today’s focus was prepositional phrases, including an examination how they act as adjectives or adverbs. (See the notes section for a downloadable copy of what we did on the Promethean Board.)

English 8 students had Friday work on Thursday.


  • English 8 Studies: continue working on the vocab work on Quizlet (see previous days’ updates for the link).
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the Romeo and Juliet project, making sure you have an electronic copy on Google Drive for turn-in on Tuesday;
    • check that I assessed all of your responses to the Romeo and Juliet discussion forum (linked there);
    • continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird, completing chapters 5-8 by next Thursday (February 22);
    • continue working on the vocab work on Quizlet (see previous days’ updates for the link);
    • complete the prepositional phrase practice by Wednesday (you can work on it over the long weekend if you wish).
December Friday

English I Honors students had their act 1 test on Romeo and Juliet.

English 8 students did their Friday inference work.

And here are this week’s Dojo 100% Clubs

Friday Work and Love Connections

English I Honors students looked at a few passages in Romeo and Juliet to determine various characters’ views of love. Working in groups, students examined Capulet’s, Benvolio’s, and Romeo’s views on love in the first act.

English 8 students began with their 100% club pictures.

Fifth period
Sixth period

Afterward, we did our typical first-semester Friday work (lesson plan at right) on inferences and article of the week, with the added bonus of a bit of gamified stems practice


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read 1.3.
Donaldson Center

All students went to the Donaldson Center today, which threw English I Honors off a bit: third period didn’t meet at all, so fourth period did some critical thinking exercises instead of getting ahead.

Students learn how to roll fire hoses

English 8 students, having done such fantastic work this week, will have a surprise tomorrow, so we did our Friday work today.