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Second semester

Second Semester

Publishing Project and SO much more!!!


Date monday january 6 2014

Date: Monday, January 6, 2014

  • DO NOW: Answer the following questions in your Writer’s Notebook: 1) What two things should you always do at the beginning of class? 2) Write the three words that explain what you should do when you finish something early. Then, explain what they mean. 3) What three things must you do when you need to use the bathroom?

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • New Reading Logs passed out

  • Mac Lab: Research Time

  • HOMEWORK: Research Project due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 1 due Monday

Outcomes: We will use proper research techniques.

We will remember how to be great in A138!

Essential Questions: How do we find credible research sources and avoid plagiarism?

What procedures are we (still) expected to follow in Mr. Butler’s classroom?


Date tuesday january 7 2014

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • DO NOW: Write the definitions of simile and metaphor. Then, write at least one example of each one that describes your winter break.

  • Poetry Lesson: Calvin & Hobbes!

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Mac Lab: Research Time

  • HOMEWORK: Research Project due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 1 due Monday

Outcomes: We will use proper research techniques.

We will remember how to be great in A138!

Essential Questions: How do we find credible research sources and avoid plagiarism?

What procedures are we (still) expected to follow in Mr. Butler’s classroom?


Date wednesday january 8 2014

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • DO NOW: Share your poetry with a neighbor. It will be checked for a grade.

  • IMC / Mac Lab: Finish Research Projects & Presentations

  • HOMEWORK: Research Project due tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 1 due Monday

Outcomes: We will use proper research techniques.

We will remember how to be great in A138!

Essential Questions: How do we find credible research sources and avoid plagiarism?

What procedures are we (still) expected to follow in Mr. Butler’s classroom?


Date thursday january 9 2014

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • DO NOW: Meet me in the IMC

  • IMC: Finish Research Projects & Practice Presentations

  • HOMEWORK: Research Project due tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 1 due Monday

Outcomes: We will use proper research techniques.

We will remember how to be great in A138!

Essential Questions: How do we find credible research sources and avoid plagiarism?

What procedures are we (still) expected to follow in Mr. Butler’s classroom?


Date friday january 10 2014

Date: Friday, January 10, 2014

  • DO NOW: Meet me in the IMC

  • IMC: Research Presentations

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Share / send your presentations and submit your printed rubrics by Monday

  • Reading Log Week 1 due Monday

Outcomes: We will use proper research techniques.

We will remember how to be great in A138!

Essential Questions: How do we find credible research sources and avoid plagiarism?

What procedures are we (still) expected to follow in Mr. Butler’s classroom?


Date monday january 13 2014

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

  • DO NOW: Get out your reading log and your research rubric. Then, write a four-line poem in which each line ends with a “-tion” word.

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Online Textbook: Get logged in, explore, and begin reading Unit 3 “anchor text” about canoe trip

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 2 due 1/20

Outcomes: We will become familiar with our Google Chromebooks and our new online textbook

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date tuesday january 14 2014

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • DO NOW: Volunteer to grab Chromebooks for two or three neighbors and get logged on to my.hrw.com.

  • Online Textbook: Read and discuss memoir “Mississippi Solo”

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Parent Conferences are tonight! Make sure your parents do not get any unpleasant surprises!

  • Reading Log Week 2 due 1/21

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will become familiar with our Google Chromebooks and our new online textbook

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date wednesday january 15 2014

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • DO NOW: Volunteer to grab Chromebooks for two or three neighbors, get logged on to my.hrw.com, and open “Mississippi Solo.” Then, highlight one example of personification in pink and one simile in blue.

  • Online Textbook: Follow-Up activities for memoir “Mississippi Solo”

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • More cool Chromebook tricks and/or comic strip language lesson?

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 2 due 1/21

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date thursday january 16 2014

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • DO NOW: Log onto a Chromebook. Then, in your Writer’s Notebook, describe either a memory OR a dream for the future involving the outdoors.

  • Chromebook Shortcuts: Explore!!

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Online Textbook: Follow-Up activities for memoir “Mississippi Solo”

  • Start “Mississippi Solo” Quiz

  • HOMEWORK: Quiz due tomorrow (online at my.hrw.com)

  • Reading Log Week 2 due 1/21

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date friday january 17 2014

Date: Friday, January 17, 2014

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Write a letter to an animal and create a very clear tone (serious, silly, etc.)

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Online Textbook: Finish “Mississippi Solo” Quiz?? (if we can avoid technical difficulties) and start “Polar Dream”

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 2 due Tuesday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date tuesday january 21 2014

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • DO NOW: Volunteer to retrieve Chromebooks for your neighbors. Be sure to grab the same numbers that you had last time! Then log in.

  • Mini-Lesson: Follett E-Book Shelf

  • IMC: Book check-out, finish “Polar Dream”, free read (Reading Log Week 2 checked)

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Writer’s Voice: Week 1, Day 1

  • HOMEWORK: Voice Week 1, Day 1 sheet due tomorrow

  • Take at least one AR Quiz by Fri

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date wednesday january 22 2014

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • DO NOW: First, retrieve your Chromebooks and log in. Then, share & compare Voice Day 1 answers. Finally, read Day 2, but do NOT start working on it yet.

  • ChromebookQuiz: Mississippi Solo

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Writer’s Voice, Week 1: Go over Day 1, Start Day 2

  • HOMEWORK: Voice Week 1, Day 2 sheet due tomorrow

  • Take at least one AR Quiz by Fri

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date thursday january 23 2014

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • DO NOW: Prepare for vocab quiz

  • Vocab Quiz

  • Three-Minute Writing: Write an essay or memoir about a favorite place, a place you’d like to visit, or a favorite animal / pet, and use the techniques we’ve practiced to make your Writer’s Voice clear. Use your Voice sheet for help.

  • Voice sheets collected at end of class period

  • HOMEWORK: Take at least one AR Quiz by Fri

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date friday january 24 2014

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

  • DO NOW: Copy down the info on the screen about spicy leads

  • Revision Mini-Lesson: Spicy Leads!

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Chrome Books: Read “Big Rocks’ Balancing Act” and write a one-sentence summary of each section

  • HOMEWORK:

  • “Finish Big Rocks’ Balancing Act” OR “Names / Nombres” (whichever one you read in class today) by Monday

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date monday january 27 2014

Date: Monday, January 27, 2014

  • DO NOW: In your Writer’s Notebook OR in your Chromebook, list 5-10 topics that you might focus on for your Publishing Project. You may refer to your Writing Possibilities List for help if you want. Then, work on a draft for one of these ideas. (Reading logs are checked)

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Chromebooks: Go over / discuss “Polar Dream” activity

  • REMINDER: You will be in HWC tomorrow if you have not passed at least one AR quiz.

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Monday

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Fri 1/31

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date tuesday january 28 2014

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • DO NOW: Vocab Cartoon notes

  • Read-Aloud / Writing Invitation: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

  • Hand out & Discuss Internet Safety Plan

  • Writing Invitation: Create an Island

  • REMINDER: “Big Rocks” (via Google Docs) & “Names/Nombres” activities were due yesterday. If you haven’t already, you need to submit those today to receive 60% credit.

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Return Internet Plan w/ Parent Signature by tomorrow to gain access to Chromebook

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Friday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Monday

  • Publishing Project due Friday 2/28

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date wednesday january 29 2014

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • DO NOW: First get out your Internet Contract. Then, rewrite a few sentences of yesterday’s “Harris Burdick” piece (or a different piece, if you were absent yesterday) in a different POV (First Person “I”, “my” vs. Third Person “He”, “she”, “they”.

  • Chromebooks: Poems about nature (If you “share” your “Big Rocks” spreadsheet or “Names” chart with me TODAY IN CLASS, I will still give you 60%).

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Voice: Week 1, Day 3

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Return Internet Plan w/ Parent Signature by tomorrow to earn a 60% and gain access to Chromebook

  • Voice Day 3 due tomorrow

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = Friday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Monday

  • Publishing Project due Friday 2/28

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date thursday january 30 2014

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • DO NOW: First, get out your Chromebook and, if necessary, your Internet Contract. Then, share your mysterious ending with a neighbor, and talk about how you made it mysterious. Finally, get started on Voice Day 4.

  • Explain Publishing Project Plan: “I am writing a (voice) (genre) about (topic). The theme is ___.

  • Intro & Complete Nature Poetry Google Form

  • Free Read (AR) or Write (Publishing Project)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Return Internet Plan w/ Parent Signature ASAP to gain access to Chromebook

  • Voice Day 4 due tomorrow

  • AR Mid-Term Deadline = TOMORROW!!

  • Publishing Project Plan due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Monday

  • Publishing Project due Friday 2/28

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date friday january 31 2014

Date: Friday, January 31, 2014

  • DO NOW: Friday Free Write! Be ready to describe the voice and theme of your piece.

  • Whole Group Share Time

  • Homonym Riddle

  • Go over / Discuss Nature Poetry Google Form activity

  • Begin Voice Day 4 Draft: Underline words and phrases that show your voice. (Group brainstorm on Google Spreadsheet)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Voice Day 4 draft due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Monday

  • Publishing Project Plan due Tuesday

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Friday 2/28

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date monday february 3 2014

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014

  • DO NOW: First, get out your reading logs. Then, finish your Day 4 Draft and underline all words and phrases that show your voice. Finally, open your Publishing Project draft and underline voice-related words and phrases.

  • Hand in Day 4 Draft

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Mini-Lesson: Finding your personal writer’s voice

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project Plan due tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 5 due Monday 2/10

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Thursday 2/27

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date tuesday february 4 2014

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Log onto your Chromebook, find “Allied with Green”, and read page 153.

  • Return of the AR rubrics

  • Publishing Project Q & A: Instructions, Rubric, Deadlines, etc.

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Explore Your Voice! (Publishing Plans checked)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project Planning Page due Monday (Print it from Classes by Thurs)

  • Reading Log Week 5 due Monday 2/10

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Thursday 2/27

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date web wednesday february 5 2014

Date: WEB Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Pick a new seat. You cannot have any of the same people directly adjacent to you, and you must have at least one neighbor of the opposite gender.

  • DO AFTER THAT: Share your favorite book, interesting article, and 5-6 pieces of writing w/ 1 or 2 neighbors. Compare the inferences you make about Writer’s Voice, both yours and theirs.

  • Publishing LEARN & GROW time: Rubrics, example books, author’s packets, planning pages!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project Planning Page due Monday (Print it from Classes by tomorrow)

  • Reading Log Week 5 due Monday 2/10

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Thursday 2/27

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date thursday february 6 2014

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: First, get out your Planning Page. Then, log onto your Chromebook and read “Allied with Green”. Highlight parts that help you infer what the theme might be.

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Mini-Lesson: Found Poetry

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project Plan Page due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 5 due Monday

  • Story Board Summary due Thursday 2/13

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Thurs 2/27

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Date friday february 7 2014

Date: Friday, February 7, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Get out your Found Poetry Planning. Then, type your poem on Google Docs.

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Read “The Hidden Southwest: The Arch Hunters” and highlight parts that help you infer the theme(Hint: central idea = theme)

  • LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project Plan Page due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 5 due Monday

  • Found Poem due Monday

  • Arch Hunters highlighting due Tuesday

  • Story Board Summary due Thursday 2/13

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Magical monday february 10 2014

Magical Monday, February 10, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Write a paragraph that explains the theme (central idea) of “Arch Hunters”, with supporting examples from the text.

  • Found Poetry Assessment Intro: Instructions & rubric handed out

  • Vocab Cartoon

  • Work on Publishing Story Board

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Arch Hunters questions due tomorrow

  • Story Board Summary due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 6 due Tuesday 2/18

  • Found Poetry Assessment due 2/18

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Terrific tuesday february 11 2014

Terrific Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Write a paragraph that explains the main conflict and resolution of your publishing project

  • Found Poetry: Spreadsheet Intro

  • Discussion about Dreading Deadlines

  • Vocab Cartoon / Return Day 4 Drafts

  • LEARN & GROW: Story Boards & Spreadsheets

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Conflict & Resolution paragraph due tomorrow

  • Story Board Summary due Thursday

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due Friday

  • Reading Log Week 6 due Tuesday

  • Found Poetry Assessment due Wed 2/19

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Wacky wednesday february 12 2014

Wacky Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Write three sentences that use the words there, their, and they’re

  • Homonyms Cheat Sheet Intro

  • Voice: Week 3, Day 1 (due tomorrow)

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Conflict & Resolution paragraph due tomorrow

  • Story Board Summary due tomorrow

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due Friday

  • Reading Log Week 6 due Tuesday

  • Found Poetry Assessment due Wed 2/19

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Thrilling thursday february 13 2014

Thrilling Thursday, February 13, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Meet me in the Mac Lab!

  • LEARN & GROW (Storyboards checked)

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Voice: Week 3, Day 2 (due tomorrow) (Day 1 checked)

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: If you were absent yesterday, spend 5 minutes reading the Homonyms Cheat Sheet on Classes!

  • LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 6 due Tuesday

  • Not-So-Rough Draft due Thurs 2/20!! 

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Friday fun day february 14 2014

Friday Fun Day, February 14, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Write a Valentine poem or letter from the POV of a character in your Publishing Project. Who (or what) does (s)he care about most?

  • Share/check Pirate Jack Robin poems

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Work on Publishing Projects/Arch Hunters check

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS: There have been lots of absent peeps lately. Be sure to check Classes and get caught up on your work!!

  • Infinite Campus is updated. Check and see if you need to QCC me before I post Progress Reports!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 6 due Tuesday

  • Not-So-Rough Draft due Thursday

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Feb 27th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Tremendous tuesday february 18 2014

Tremendous Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Log on. Writing Invitation – What does your main character want or need most? What is standing in their way? How have you made this clear to the reader? (Reading Log Week 6 checked)

  • Mini-Lesson: Establishing conflict & theme

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Work on Publishing Projects

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS: There have been lots of absent peeps lately. Be sure to check Classes and get caught up on your work!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Not-So-Rough Draft due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 7 due Monday

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Feb 27th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Wacky wednesday february 19 2014

Wacky Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Find and highlight as many examples of figurative language as you can in your not-so-rough draft (similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration)

  • Work on Publishing Project Not-So-Rough Drafts

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Not-So-Rough Draft due tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 7 due Monday

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due Tuesday

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Feb 27th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Thrilling thursday february 20 2014

Thrilling Thursday, February 20, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Grab a peer revision sheet from the Author’s Chair. Read it, and think about how you would answer those questions about your own project. (Also, log in).

  • Vocab Cartoon & Homonym Riddle

  • Peer Revision: Phase One

  • Announcement: Did you use a book called “Cloning and Genetic Engineering” or “The Constitution” for your Research Project? If yes or maybe, please QCC me!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Bring 2 bucks for S&H by 2/27

  • Reading Log Week 7 due Monday

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due Tuesday

  • AR Deadline = February 26th

  • Publishing Project due Feb 27th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Funky friday february 21 2014

Funky Friday, February 21, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Read over your feedback from yesterday, both on your peer revision sheet and your Google Doc. Do you notice anything confusing or surprising?

  • Discuss Deadlines & Due Dates

  • Vocab Cartoon (P4 only)

  • Continue Peer Revision / L & G

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log Week 7 due Monday

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due Tuesday

  • AR Deadline = Wednesday

  • Bring 2 bucks for S&H by Thursday

  • Publishing Project due Wednesday, 3/5

  • Found Poetry due Monday, March 10th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Magical monday february 24 2014

Magical Monday, February 24, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Get our your reading log. Then, you have 5 minutes to prepare your mind and your paper for today’s vocab quiz.

  • Vocab Quiz (L & G when done)

  • Mini-Lesson: Dialogue Rules Reminder

  • LEARN & GROW (Share your Publishing drafts with me so I can give you feedback

  • HOMEWORK

  • Found Poetry Spreadsheet due tomorrow

  • AR Deadline = Wednesday

  • Bring 2 bucks for S&H by Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 8 due Monday 3/3

  • Publishing Project due Wednesday, 3/5

  • Found Poetry due Monday, March 10th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Terrific tuesday february 25 2014

Terrific Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: W.I. – Who is the intended audience of your project? What is the purpose of you sharing it with them?

  • Online Textbook: Analyze audience and purpose of JFK speech

  • Hand out Order Forms / reveal riddle

  • LEARN & GROW (Share your Found Poetry Spreadsheet with me if you haven’t already done so)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • AR Deadline = TOMORROW!! 

  • Bring 2 bucks for S&H by Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 8 due Monday 3/3

  • Publishing Project due Wednesday, 3/5

  • Found Poetry due Monday, March 10th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Wonderful wednesday february 26 2014

Wonderful Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: DOL

  • Hand out Author’s Packets / riddle

  • Q & A: Printing & Publishing

  • LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • AR Deadline = TODAY !! 

  • Finish Peer Revision by tomorrow

  • Bring 2 bucks for S&H by tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 8 due Monday

  • Publishing Project due Wednesday, 3/5

  • Found Poetry due Monday, 3/10

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Thursday february 27 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: DOL

  • Check Peer Revision sheets

  • Q & A: Printing & Publishing

  • LEARN & GROW/Google Drive feedback time!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Bring 2 bucks on Mon for 60%

  • Reading Log Week 8 due Monday

  • Publishing Project due Wed, 3/5

  • Found Poetry due Monday, 3/10

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Magical monday march 3 2014

Magical Monday, March 3, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Meet me in the 8th grade computer lab

  • Finish & Print Projects (then L&G)

  • Analyze main claim of JFK speech

  • Brainstorm persuasive essay topics

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project due Wednesday

  • Found Poetry due Monday, 3/10

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Terrific tuesday march 4 2014

Terrific Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Log in and L&G

  • Clarification of Publication Expectations in Butler Nation!

  • LEARN & GROW: Publishing, Found Poetry, Persuasive Essay brainstorming, etc.

  • 6th grade Lab: Finish & Print Projects (then L&G)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Publishing Project due TOMORROW WHEN YOU WALK IN THE DOOR (NO PRINTING)

  • Decide on persuasive essay topic by Thursday

  • Found Poetry due Monday, 3/10

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Web wednesday march 5 2014

WEB Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Have your publishing packet out and ready, but do not seal or tape anything shut yet.

  • Double-Check & Collect Projects

  • 5-Paragraph Persuasive Essay Instructions & Rubric: Intro, Q&A

  • Mini-Lesson: Possible Objections

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Decide on persuasive essay topic by tomorrow

  • Persuasive Essay color-coded organizer/outline due Monday

  • Found Poetry due Monday

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday, March 14th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Thriving thursday march 6 2014

Thriving Thursday, March 6, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: DOL

  • 5-Paragraph Persuasive Essay Instructions & Rubric: Intro, Q&A

  • Mini-Lesson: Possible Objections

  • LEARN & GROW (Mr. B checks reading logs, essay topics, and book order numbers)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Persuasive Essay color-coded organizer/outline due Monday

  • Found Poetry due Monday

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday, March 14th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Finally friday march 7 2014

Finally Friday!!!! March 7, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: DOL

  • New reading logs handed out

  • Found Poetry Q & A

  • JFK speech: Analyze key reasons and supporting details

  • LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Persuasive Essay color-coded organizer/outline due Monday

  • Found Poetry due Monday

  • Reading Log # 1 (Q4) due Friday, 3/14

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday, March 14th

Outcomes: We will recognize various types of figurative language and use them in our own writing.

We will understand how a writer’s voice / style affects the text, and develop our own

Essential Questions: How do we navigate our new online textbook?

How do authors develop different writer’s voices or styles?


Magical monday march 10 2014

Magical Monday, March 10, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: First, get out your Found Poetry rubric. Next, share & compare your Found Poetry with a neighbor, and see if they have any last-minute feedback for you. Finally, re-share the document with me if necessary.

  • Discuss color-coded outlines

  • Language Arts Bingo: Intro, Clue Creation, and Q&A

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Persuasive Essay color-coded organizer/outline due tomorrow

  • Reading Log # 1 (Q4) due Friday

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will review important concepts to prepare for TCAP.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

What have we already learned this year that will help us succeed on TCAP?


Tubular tuesday march 11 2014

Tubular Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: DOL

  • Quick Write: Compose an introductory paragraph for your persuasive essay, with all the parts. LEARN & GROW when done.

  • Share / check color-coded outlines for persuasive essays

  • Tricky TCAP Terms: Translated!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log # 1 (Q4) due Friday

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will review important concepts to prepare for TCAP.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

What have we already learned this year that will help us succeed on TCAP?


Wicked wednesday march 12 2014

Wicked Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Construct / revise your first two body paragraphs for your persuasive essay, using your rubric. Make sure you have two separate supporting details (examples or pieces of evidence) for each key reason. LEARN & GROW when done.

  • Language Arts Bingo!!

  • Tricky TCAP Posters: Translated!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log # 1 (Q4) due Friday

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due Friday

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will review important concepts to prepare for TCAP.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

What have we already learned this year that will help us succeed on TCAP?


Thrilling thursday march 13 2014

Thrilling Thursday, March 13, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Write / revise your LAST body paragraph (the one with the possible objection and the response(s) to it. LEARN & GROW when done.

  • Check Q3 IC & QCC me if need be

  • Inferences: Deck O’ Cards review

  • Tricky TCAP Posters: Translated!!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Reading Log # 1 (Q4) due tomorrow

  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft due tomorrow

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will review important concepts to prepare for TCAP.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

What have we already learned this year that will help us succeed on TCAP?


Phenomenal friday march 14 2014

Phenomenal Friday, March 14, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Write / revise your Concluding Paragraph. On your rubric, cross out “leaves ‘em thinking” and write “calls them to action”. (Rough Drafts & Reading Logs are checked right away, so get ‘em out!)

  • Final TCAP Q&A / Pep Talk

  • Read-Aloud: Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!! 

  • HOMEWORK:

  • NONE – HAPPY TCAP!!! 

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will review important concepts to prepare for TCAP.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

What have we already learned this year that will help us succeed on TCAP?


Mystical monday march 24 2014

Mystical Monday, March 24, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Select a new seat. Make good choices, so I don’t have to move anybody! Then, retrieve your Interactive Readers.

  • Interactive Readers: Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Prejudice Project: Novel Preview Time!

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Peer Revision due Wednesday

  • Final Drafts due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 2 due Thursday

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?


Tremendous tuesday march 25 2014

Tremendous Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Log on, go to our Classes page, click on the Online Textbook Feedback Survey, and complete the survey.

  • Five-Paragraph Essays: Peer Revision

  • Prejudice Project: Novel Preview

  • Super Duper Special Surprise!!! 

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Novel Preview Sheets due tomorrow

  • Peer Revision due tomorrow

  • Final Drafts due Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 2 due Thursday

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?


Wacky wednesday march 26 2014

Wacky Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Log on, go to bit.ly/butlerroster, and complete the brief Google Form. Then, L & G.

  • Finish your Peer Revision and your Novel Preview sheet. Then, work on revising/editing your essay, followed by LEARN & GROW.

  • If time, continue Eleanor Roosevelt bio excerpt in Interactive Reader

  • REMINDER: Peer Revision will be checked by end of class, and Novel Preview goes in Blue Bin.

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Final Drafts due tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 2 due tomorrow

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?


Thrilling thurs day march 27 2014

Thrilling Thursday, March 27, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: First, get out your reading log. Next, share your 5-paragraph essay final draft with me on Google Drive. Finally, get on Classes and start reading the documents in the Prejudice Project section.

  • Assign new novels!! 

  • Prejudice Project Q&A

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read 10 pages of your novel per day

  • Decide which 4 questions you want to focus on for your project, and use post-its to make notes on those topics (as well as your own questions) as you read.

  • Have a radical Rattler Cup and a splendid Spring Break!! 

Outcomes: We will organize our writing with spicy leads, topic statements, key ideas/reasons, & supporting details.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How can we effectively communicate our ideas to readers?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?


Magical monday april 7 2014

Magical Monday, April 7, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: First, retrieve your Interactive Readers. Then, read pages 80-81 and complete the questions in the margin on page 81.

  • Interactive Reader: Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt bio excerpt and adding info to timeline on page 89.

  • Prejudice Project: Discuss Deadlines & answer questions

  • Read novels & work on projects

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to page 110 in your novel by tomorrow

  • Decide which questions to respond to AND which creative expression options to use by tomorrow

  • Complete first rough draft by next Tuesday

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday, 4/14

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?


Terrific tuesday april 8 2014

Terrific Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Describe two important characters in your novel. How are they alike and different?

  • Interactive Reader: Finish reading Eleanor Roosevelt bio excerpt and adding info to timeline on page 89.

  • Lit Circle Meetings (project plans checked)

  • Read novels & work on projects

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Finish Eleanor timeline by tomorrow

  • Read to your Lit Circle’ page goal (at least page 130) in your novel by Thursday

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday, 4/14

  • Earn 0.5 Non-Fiction AR points by Monday

  • Complete first response rough draft by Tuesday 4/15

  • ALL DUE DATES REMAIN THE SAME FOR TRACKSTERS!!!! 

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDER: AR MID-TERM DEADLINE = APRIL 22ND

FINAL AR = MAY 15TH


Web wednesday april 9 2014

WEB Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Describe the relationship between two important characters in your novel. What conflicts do they have?

  • Read novels & work on projects (Out in the sunshine?!?! )

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to your Lit Circle’ page goal in your novel by tomorrow

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday, 4/14

  • Earn 0.5 Non-Fiction AR points by Monday

  • Complete first response rough draft by Tuesday 4/15

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDER: AR MID-TERM DEADLINE = APRIL 22ND

FINAL AR = MAY 15TH


Thrilling thursday april 10 2014

Thrilling Thursday, April 10, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Which group of people are the victims of prejudice in your book? How are their lives different as a result of this discrimination?

  • Go over / discuss Eleanor timeline; Begin new text, if time allows.

  • Literature Circles

  • Read novels & work on projects

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to your Lit Circle’s page goal in your novel by Monday’s meeting

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • Earn 0.5 Non-Fiction AR points by Monday

  • Complete rough draft of your first project response by Tuesday

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDER: AR MID-TERM DEADLINE = APRIL 22ND

FINAL AR = MAY 15TH


Phenomenal friday april 11 2014

Phenomenal Friday, April 11, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Why do you think many people are unwilling to help the victims of prejudice in your novel?

  • Brave: Songs about Prejudice, Vol. 1

  • Found Poetry: Feedback & Reassessment

  • Museum Walk: Prejudice Project examples

  • Read novels & work on projects

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to your Lit Circle’s page goal in your novel by Monday’s meeting

  • Reading Log Week 3 due Monday

  • Earn 0.5 Non-Fiction AR points by Monday

  • Complete rough draft of one of your four project responses by Tuesday

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDER: AR MID-TERM DEADLINE = APRIL 22ND

FINAL AR = MAY 15TH


Magnanimous monday april 14 2014

Magnanimous Monday, April 14, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Writing Invitation: Describe some major problems faced by the victims of prejudice in your novel. (Also, get out your reading log).

  • Greek & Latin Roots: Intro & Page 1

  • Lit Circles, then LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Earn 0.5 Non-Fiction AR points by 4:40

  • Complete first rough draft by tomorrow

  • Read to your Lit Circle’s page goal in your novel by Wednesday

  • Found Poetry reassessments due Monday 4/21

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Mon 4/21

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDERS: CMAS starts Thursday. Know your section!

AR MID-TERM = APRIL 22ND

AR FINAL = MAY 15TH


Tubular tuesday april 15 2014

Tubular Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Complete page 2 in your Roots Packet. Then, L&G.

  • CMAS Calendar Chat

  • Greek & Latin Roots: Go over p. 1

  • LEARN & GROW (I will check project drafts and reading logs)

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to your Lit Circle’s page goal in your novel by tomorrow

  • Complete two rough drafts by Friday

  • Found Poetry reassessments due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Mon 4/21

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDERS: CMAS starts Thursday. Know your section!

AR MID-TERM = APRIL 22ND

AR FINAL = MAY 15TH


Wacky wednesday april 16 2014

Wacky Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ACTIVITIES

  • DO NOW: Complete page 3 in your Roots Packet. Then, L&G.

  • Greek & Latin Roots: Go over p. 2

  • Online Textbook: The Most Daring of our Leaders

  • Lit Circles, then LEARN & GROW

  • HOMEWORK:

  • Read to your Lit Circle’s page goal in your novel by Friday

  • Complete two rough drafts by Friday

  • Found Poetry reassessments due Monday

  • Reading Log Week 4 due Mon 4/21

Outcomes: We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, speeches, etc. with themes of prejudice and discrimination.

We will compare & contrast two texts on the same topic.

Essential Questions: How do authors use various genres to convey important themes?

How do authors of historical writing convey their feelings about the topic?

REMINDERS: Wacky CMAS schedule starts tomorrow!!

AR MID-TERM = Tuesday!!

AR FINAL = MAY 15TH


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