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English I: 1st Six-Weeks 2017

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Using your tone word handout, assign a tone word for the following paragraph. Write the tone word in your journal as well as text evidence (words that support why you chose that tone word).

“And the trees all died. They were orange trees. I don’t know why they died, they just died. Something wrong with the soil possibly or maybe the stuff we got from the nursery wasn’t the best. We complained about it. So we’ve got thirty kids there, each kid had his or her own little tree to plant and we’ve got these thirty dead trees. All these kids looking at these little brown sticks, it was depressing.”

*** depressing is not an acceptable choice. Try to pick something else.
Copy the following definition:

Tone is the attitude an author expresses toward a subject in their work.

Check your grades on Teams!
Library visits soon
Expository essay next class
Watch something
Homework: Read library book
Day 13: 9/25B 9/26A
Note the difference -


Name these devices in your journal. Don’t forget to explain the why!

Overflow day
Conflict journal
Kahoot fig. lang. review
Quiz over literary terms and plot
Silent reading reflection and reading-20 minutes
Plot diagram
Finish "Flowers" and diagram
Continue reading library book

Day 12: 9/20B - late start

Directions: Add rich adjectives and specific nouns to make the following sentences come to life. Try to use the five senses!

Ex.: The lady had lots of cats. → The wrinkled, decrepit grandmother had countless fluffy, yarn-chasing felines.

1. A person was chewing gum.
2. My shoes rubbed blisters on my feet.
3. The food at Thanksgiving smelled good.

Day 9: 9/13A 9/14B

Day 6: 9/4B 9/5A
Wednesday-Back to School Night

1. Re-read your journal entry describing the beach scene.
2. CIRCLE your verbs.
3. Rewrite your scene in the past tense.
4. Add more description to each sentence.

For example:
The man
→ The man in the red shorts
as his picture was taken.

in the water.
→ Jim
in the water completely unaware of the shark swimming behind him .

Journal: Verb revision

Journal #3: What do you see?
Review verb tense Prezi: past, present, future
Work time: Finish home project
Discuss how home is part of identity - How is a NAME part of your identity? How do both deal with belonging?
Read A House on Mango Street names excerpt
- Go to the library and check out a book.
Start reading library book
Ask your parents why they gave you your name.

“I smiled to myself as I remembered the game that made me a star ten years ago… The rain was pouring down as I stepped out onto the football field. It was the last game of the season, and we had yet to lose a game. Today might be different. We were playing the state champions, and they were undefeated. I took a deep breath and fastened my helmet.”

What is the conflict in this selection? Provide evidence to support your answer.

Definitions in journal (back page): Simile, Personification, and Alliteration - write the following definitions and examples in the literary terms section of your journal.
Noun Lesson (ppt) and handout
Work on Origami Home Project - due day 5
Work on paragraph
Peer Edit
Create origami/illustration (due next class for major grade!)
Origami Project due day 5

Day 4: 8/28B 8/29A

JOURNALS! – Define "house" and "home" in your own words. What is the difference between these two words? Write 5-6 places where you feel at home.
Connotation vs. Denotation discussion
Watch video on the meaning of home.
Introduce Origami Home Project - begin working on paragraph
Origami Home Project - due day 5

Day 3: 8/24B 8/27A


Turn in signed papers and set up journals
Warm-up: "High School"
Read "The Circuit" author biography and discuss: https://www.learner.org/workshops/tml/workshop8/authors2c.html
Watch author video
Read "The Circuit"
Create class expectations

Day 2: 8/22A 8/23B

Receive first day handouts
Warm up (next slide)
"New Boy" lesson with Venn diagram
"I Am" poem
Discuss revision

HW: Return signed forms next class.
Day 1: 8/20A 8/21B
(alpha homeroom)
Write a 1-page reflection on what your experience has been so far in English class. Here are some questions and thoughts to consider:
Look back at your first few journals (first day at Anderson, goals for the year). How have those things changed? Is Anderson what you thought/hoped? Are you any closer to reaching those goals for this class?
What have you learned that you didn’t already know?
What are you struggling with?
What method of learning seems to work best for you? (audio, visual, hands-on, etc.)
What has been your favorite lesson so far?
How can you work to be more responsible or pay better attention?


Day 15: 9/28 B

Day 14: 9/27B

Copy the following definitions:
Figurative language
: devices that go beyond the literal to convey meaning.
r: a comparison between two things without using ‘like’ or ‘as’.
: an object that represents something beyond itself.
: details that help paint a picture in the reader's mind.
Sensory Imagery
: images that appeal to the human senses.
: a word that is spelled the way it sounds.

Literary Terms

Day 11: 9/18B 9/19A
Journal #5: Spice it up!
Finish "Fish Cheeks" one-pager
Short answer strategy – APE (notes - keep these!)
Read and discuss "The Lottery"
Continue reading library book
Imagine you are on the phone with a friend. How would you describe what you see in this picture? Identify the various types of nouns in this scene and describe what each noun is doing. (Ex.: Phil is surfing - proper noun; the sun is shining - common noun; there is joy - abstract; etc.)

Warmup: High School

1st Six Weeks

English I
Directions: Write your answers to the following questions in complete sentences. This should be written in paragraph form.

What responsibilities do you have outside of school (extra-curricular activities, jobs, etc.)?
What are your interests and hobbies?
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years (college, military, work)?
What questions do you have for me?
Is English your first language? If not, what is?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
What is your favorite school subject?
What is your least favorite subject?
What is your favorite book/magazine/comic?
Where did you go to middle school?
Day 1
Warm-up: Tell Me About Yourself!

Last 10 minutes - enjoy the show!
Day 5: 8/30B (pep rally 5th) 8/31A

Journal #3: What do you see?
Origami Home Project due!
Journal #4: Names
Using your laptop, research your name. Answer the following questions in your journal:
What does your name 'mean'?
Do you think this fits with your actual identity? Explain.
Who are some famous people with your name?
Why did your parents name you what they did?
Do you like your name? Would you change it?
Do you think you'd be a different person if your name was different?
Present Home projects
Introduce BLEND
Continue reading library book
Day 7: 9/6B 9/7A

Action verbs
-(sometimes referred to as "dynamic verbs") usually describe actions we can take, or things that happen.
Example: play, hit, melt
Write in back of journal:

describe/modify nouns. Adjectives usually answer one of a few different questions: "What kind?" or "Which?" or "How many?"
Day 10: 9/14B 9/17A
Journal: "Conflict"
Day 8: 9/10A 9/11B
SSR: 30 minutes
Journal on Verbs
Write definition in your journal: MOOD: atmosphere of a piece that affects the emotions of the reader (mood=me)
Short answer practice with Selena in journal
"Fish Cheeks" reading and one-pager
Finish "Fish Cheeks"
Read library book
Welcome! Pick up papers and find your assigned seat.
Journal: Spice it Up
Tone and irony journal
Silent reading and short answer on Blend-Quiz grade!
Work time:
Late work
Homework: continue reading library books
"When the bus stopped in front of the school, I felt very nervous. I looked out the bus window and saw boys and girls carrying books under their arms. I put my hands in my pant pockets and walked to the principal’s office. When I entered I heard a woman’s voice say: "May I help you?" I was startled. I had not heard English for months. For a few seconds I remained speechless. I looked at the lady who waited for an answer. My first instinct was to answer her in Spanish, but I held back. Finally, after struggling for English words, I managed to tell her that I wanted to enroll in the sixth grade. After answering many questions, I was led to the classroom. "

Read the following selection from "The Circuit" by Francisco Jimenez:
Turn to a partner and discuss:
1. How do you think the main character feels? How do you know?
2. Why do you think he hasn't heard anything but Spanish for months?
3. Have you ever felt out of place? When? How?

1. Draw a circle on the first page of your journal
2. Put numbers at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions (as if it were a clock)
3. Draw lines out from each number (just 12, 3, 6 & 9)
4. Get up, mingle, and find a partner for each time

Partner Clocks
Connotation - Connotations are the associations people make with words that go beyond the literal or dictionary definition. Many words have connotations that create emotions or feelings in the reader.

Denotation - Dictionary definition.
Directions - Turn to the LAST page of your journal and copy the following definitions in your journal:

A. The team is undefeated.
B. The team is playing the state champions.
C. It is raining.
D. The game made the narrator a star.

Verbs are doing words. A verb can express a physical action, a mental action, or a state of being (
"to be" verbs - I am, You are, etc
How does the director create mood for viewers in the clip
Give specific examples to support your answer.
In the film clip from Selena, the director creates a ______ mood through his use of _________. For example, ____
This shows that ___________________________.
Journal: "Conflict"
Plot Diagram notes: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/teaching-plot-structure-through-401.html?tab=4
Diagram "Interlopers"
Read Alice Walker's "Flowers"
Discuss conflict and the plot diagram.

Finish APE/"The Lottery"
Add "adjective" to glossary in journal
Journal: What is a tradition? What are some traditions you value?
Begin "Interlopers" unit
Introduce conflict

Continue reading library book
Journal #7: Scream
Write FIVE mood words that you associate with this famous painting.
Write PROOF/CONCRETE EVIDENCE from the painting that supports each mood word.
For example: panic - fast strokes of paint make it look chaotic
He whiffed the aroma of brewed coffee.
What is Irony?

Irony is a technique that writers of all kinds use, sometimes for laughs, to create an outcome that is contrary to what was expected.
"Ladies and Gentlemen," said the ballerina, reading the bulletin. She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous" (Vonnegut 3)

Frustrated - "We complained about it."
Gloomy - "I don't know why they died, they just died."

Possessive Nouns Practice
1. The room was full of
(Elvis's or Elvis')

2. On stage, the ten

or performer's)
props are organized by last name.

3. I only see one
(athlete's or athletes')
gym bag on the bus.

If you read a novel (or novels!) over the summer, you may use the book to complete this OPTIONAL assignment. You may also use a book that you are reading this six weeks. It must be submitted on Blend. It will replace a low daily grade with a 100 (if done correctly).

Class Expectations:
In your journal, write down THREE expectations you think are fair for this class. Put a star by the most important one. Be ready to share.

Consider the following for your comparison/contrast:
How is the information presented in the two pieces?
What emotions are presented in the video? What about the graphic?
What difference is there in large numbers and percentages versus single person stories?
How would you classify the information given in each?
Which is more impactful? Why?
Which is more informative? Why?
Any other similarities or differences you see!
Interview with Francisco Jiminez
"Fingers to the Bone: Child Farmworkers in the US"
In your journal, write about the emotion you felt when you were out of place. How did it make you feel physically? Did you overcome it? Do you feel at home there now or not? What are good ways to make yourself feel more comfortable?
Day 3: 8/25A 8/28B - Raymond
Log into BLEND and begin survey (go to Calendar and click on today's date and "Learning Survey")
When finished with survey, close computer and open journal. Prompt is below.
JOURNALS! (#2) – Define "house" and "home" in your own words. What is the difference between these two words? List 5-6 places where you feel the most at home.
Given the recent event that has displaced thousands of Texans, write 3-4 sentences about what makes a home a HOME. Consider how those with damaged homes can find a renewed sense of "home".
Connotation vs. Denotation discussion
Watch video on the meaning of home.
Introduce Origami Home Project - begin working on rough draft paragraph in journal
HW: Origami Home Project - due day 5 (next Wed)
Khawaja Day 8: 9/11 and 9/12

SSR: 25 minutes with summary sheet (for a grade!)
Journal #5: Mood
Write definition in back: MOOD: atmosphere of a piece that affects the emotions of the reader (mood=me)
Short answer practice with Selena in journal
"Fish Cheeks" reading and one-pager
Finish "Fish Cheeks"
Read library book
Warm-up: Independent Reading
"Between Swimming and S'Mores"-Blend
Finish one-pager-Khawaja's Classes
Begin "Legal Alien" by Pat Mora

Khawaja's Day 11: 9/19B 9/20A
Journal: Conflict
Plot Diagram Notes
Read Library Books
1) List all the books, magazines, blogs that you've read during silent reading time in my class.
2) Next to each title, write "I would recommend" or "I do not recommend" and a brief reason why.
3) Are you HONESTLY using this time to read?
Free write
Timed Write-1 hour.
Fill the page!
Silent reading and reading log.
Last chance for late work!
HW: Bring library books to next class. We will go to the library to renew and check out new books.
last A day of the six weeks
last B day of the six weeks
introduce new six weeks? read? write?

New Boy
"I Am From" Poems
What kinds of things does Blake use to show where she is from in her poem?

What type of figurative language/sound devices does she use?
What kinds of things does Gordon use to show where she is from in her poem?

What type of figurative language/sound devices does she use?
Brainstorm writing territories for your "I Am From" poem:
Items from your house/neighborhood/yard
Names of people you are close with
Sayings you’ve heard over and over in your life
Foods you eat often or are special to your family
Places you’ve been
Write your "I Am From" poems as a WNB Entry.

Use figurative language and sound devices EFFECTIVELY
Link the phrase “I am From” in a poetic way that works for you
Be creative and have fun with it!

1. Describe where you live. What does it look like? Describe your favorite spot in this place. What are the various smells of your home?

(This could be your actual house, or it could be another place that represents where you are from another country, perhaps, or place where you were born.)
2. What objects or belongings can be found in your home or room (list at least three).

Think of objects that are meaningful or specific to you. Give the objects a physical description.
3. What are the names of people in your “family.”

They could be alive or deceased; they do not need to be blood-relations. Do they have a nickname?
4. What phrases, words, sayings, or mottos are important to you or to members of your family?
5. What foods are important to you or your family? Describe the aromas and features of this food.
6. List 2 or 3 important childhood memories.
8. What do people do for relaxation, adventure, or boredom where you are from?
7. Describe the weather where you are from.
Swartz 9/4-5:
Library visit
Introduce Blend
Names excerpt, research, and journal
Read library books
Conflict Journal:
Think about “Flowers,” “The Interlopers,” and “The Lottery” and the conflicts that exist in those stories. Write about a time when you dealt with a conflict (either man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, or man vs. society) and how you resolved that conflict.

Write at least one full page!
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