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8/22/14 Caring...“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo BuscagliaTell about a time when you have experienced any of these caring gestures. Also, give examples of when you have done any of these for others.


8-25-14Based on the vocabulary word from the story, (contemplation), and the title of the story,The season’s Curmudgeon sees the light,make a one-paragraph inference/prediction of what the story will be about.**Curmudgeon- a bad-tempered person


8/26/14Periods 1-3: Take out yesterday’s Double Bubble Map, comparing/contrasting your favorite season to what you don’t like about other seasons. Reflect on your level of understanding. Level 0 I can’t even make the outlineLevel 1 I have my circles drawn, but I’m not sure what goes in each oneLevel 2 I have some of my circles filled in, but not all of themLevel 3 I have all of my circles filled in and I can explain their meanings and positionsLevel 4 My Double Bubble Map is complete and I can help a classmateIf you haven’t finished it, please use this time to complete it. Write your scale level on the top right corner of your paper. If you have finished and are a level 4, please help someone at Level 0, 1, or 2.

8 26 14 periods 5 6
8/26/14 Periods 5/6

Create a Double Bubble Map, comparing/contrasting

your favorite season


what you don’t like about other seasons


8/27DisciplineDo not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. -PlatoWhat amuses your mind? Where is your genius? How do you learn best?



WHMS in Lake County was graded as an A+ school last year because… 

Give 3-5 main causes why you think this occurred.

** Turn in this week’s bellwork


9/2/14Period 1-3Describe how fall leaves impact society? Include your own personal experiences and examples from the text, “Why leaves change color in the fall”. Use at least 2 vocabulary words; underline them in your paragraph.


9/2/14 Periods 5 & 6 Listen as the text is read to you. Page 540. Write an objective summary in which you analyze the cause and effect relationship that explains why leaves change color.*Use notes from Friday’s class *Finish for homework


Bellwork 9/4/14Why do you think evidence based writing is important?How is it different from essay writing/ “fluffy elaboration”?DOK Level?

9/8/14Make up your own short story using at least 3 vocabulary words. Underline the vocabulary words in your paragraph.DOK level?

Optimism… 9/12/14 One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. -Lucille BallLucille Ball was a famous actress and the star of the I Love Lucy show for many years. Make an inference as to the cause of the discouragement mentioned in her quote.**DOK level?

bellwork 9 19 14

Bellwork 9/19/14

Practice Author’s Purpose

Write down the title of one of your favorite songs? Why do you think the songwriter wrote it?

What TV or Radio commercial grabs your attention? What is the commercial trying to do?

Think of a poster you have seen around campus. What is its purpose?


9/22/14 Bellwork


“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”― Vince Lombardi

Freewrite. What does this mean to you? Is there anything in your life that takes determination?




“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What does the figurative language in the second paragraph mean? What does Brown mean by bowlines? Safe harbor? Trade winds?

How can you apply this to your own life?

9 24 14 identify the text structure in each example

9/24/14Identify the text structure in each example

See saved power point on Text structure


Bellwork 9/25/14

Rewrite this paragraph. Find the verbs in this story and underline the ones you think are vague. Over thoseverbs, write other mature verbs that show more action.

Cliff is taking Denise for a ride in his new car. He moves fast down the highway.

Suddenly Denise says, “Look out!”

A truck moves into their lane, right infront of them. Cliff put his foot on the brake – hard. The car goes first to the right, then to the left.

“Don’t use the brake!” Denise says.

Cliff takes his foot off the brake and gets control of the car.

“We’re safe,” Cliff goes to Denise.

DOK Level?



“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”― Jon Katz



“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”― W. Clement Stone


“Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”― Oscar Wilde