Homework will be updated weekly; however, sometimes it will change due to the needs of the class. Please also refer to the student planner for the most up-to-date homework information.
WEEKLY HOMEWORK UPDATES
SEPTEMBER 9/16 - 9/20 - We will spend the majority of this week working on the formative assessment for this unit, which is an analysis paragraph for the short story "The Sniper." On Monday, we will analyze the techniques in the story and on Tuesday students will use their ideas to create a graphic organizer to show how purpose, techniques, and audience imperative are related in this story. Then they will have all period on Wednesday and Thursday to write, revise, and edit their paragraphs with the ability to work collaboratively. They will repeat this same process, but for a different short story, the following week for the summative assessment in this unit. Then on Friday, we will lean about the different types of irony and how they can be used to have an intended impact on the audience. Homework: If students do not finish their formative paragraph for "The Sniper" in class on Thursday, they are allowed to finish for homework (it is due Friday morning). Other than that, they should be reading from their independent reading book for at least twenty minutes for three days of the week.
9/9 - 9/13 - We will spend the first half of the week working on a paragraph for the poem "Mother to Son" that analyzes how the concepts of author's purpose, techniques, and audience imperatives are all interrelated. On Monday, we will work collaboratively as a class to create a graphic organizer and then we will work together on Tuesday and Wednesday to write the analysis paragraph. Since this is our first time with this type of prompt/writing, we are going through the whole process together so that we can model how to think like writers and the types of choices that we should make in our paragraphs. Then on Thursday, we will spend class reviewing plot and how authors can use aspects of plot to elicit a specific response from the reader. Finally, on Friday we will read they short story "The Sniper," as this will be the text that we use for our next analysis paragraph next week. Homework: The homework for the week will mainly be finishing up what they don't finish in class, so if they are productive and focused during class time, they should have much homework outside of independent reading. On Monday, they may need to finish-up their graphic organizers and on Wednesday, they may need to finish up their paragraphs. Besides that, they should be reading from their independent reading book for at least twenty minutes for three days of the week.
9/3 - 9/6 - On Monday, we will analyze the author's purpose for writing the poem "The Ballad of Birmingham," identify the techniques that were used, and then analyze how the use of these techniques impacted the audience. On Tuesday, students will put together a two-point analysis paragraph for the poem so that they have a resource in their notebook to use throughout this unit when they start writing their own paragraphs. Then we will spend the end of the week applying these concepts to the poem "Mother to Son." We will read and analyze the poem as a class and then set-up a graphic organizer that we will use to write a two-point analysis paragraph next week. Homework: The final draft of their I Am From poems, either printed out or written in ink, is due when they come to class on Tuesday. As long as students stay productive during class, the only homework for the week is to read from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for three days a week (they get to read two days in Study Hall to hit the five day total). This is very important in order for them to maintain consistent growth in their overall reading ability. Finally, students should get a copy of the book The Outsiders by SE Hinton by Thursday, September 26th. If you are unable to secure a copy of this book, please let me know at least a week in advance so that I can provide a copy for you.
AUGUST 8/26 - 8/31 - We will start the week by reviewing the rubric for the I Am From poem and then use the rubric to collaboratively assess two sample poems. On Tuesday, students will have the entire class to work on the rough drafts of their I Am From poems that capture their childhood memories and life experiences up to this point. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will take notes about the relationship between an author's purpose for a text, the techniques he/she chooses to use, and the impact that he/she hopes these techniques will have on the audience (audience imperatives). Then we will watch a short video called "Cardboard Stories" and explore these concepts and how they work together. On Friday, we will read the poem "Ballad of Birmingham" and identify the purpose of why Dudley Randall wrote the poem, the techniques used in the poem, and the intended impact on the audience for these specific techniques. Homework: Students need to finish their brainstorm of childhood memories and life experiences to prepare for their I Am From poem by class on Tuesday. Students will work on their rough draft of the poem in class on Tuesday, but they will probably need to finish their rough drafts for homework; the rough draft is due in class on Thursday. Students will peer edit each other's poems and have the opportunity to ask me for help in class on Thursday and then they can make revisions and changes as needed. The final draft of their poems, printed out or written in pen, are due on Tuesday. Finally, students should be reading from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for four days of the week.
8/19 - 8/23 - We are going to start the week by discussing our revamped class library and they will have time to "book shop" the class library in order to create a "To Be Read" sheet in their notebooks. Then on Tuesday, we are officially launching our first unit of the year about the following Statement of Inquiry: Authors make stylistic choices in order to create a desired impact on the audience. Students will explore the different purposes of writing and the different techniques that authors can use to achieve different purposes. Then on Wednesday, we will specifically focus how authors can use figurative language to evoke different responses from the reader. On Thursday and Friday we will spend time discussing the I Am From poem by going over the prompt and rubric and then assessing multiple examples. Next week, students will create their own I Am From poems based on their own life experiences up to this point. Homework: On Thursday, students will need to complete a brainstorm in their notebooks about different life experiences and childhood memories. I strongly encourage parents to discuss these brainstorms at home, as you can help your kids come up with awesome ideas. Other than that, students should be reading from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for three nights. Since we are book shopping on Monday, everyone should have a book by then, but they are also welcome to get independent reading books from our school library, the public library, or any other method that works for them.