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Monday, June 11, 2018

One Word Writing Prompt #1

I love the beginning of a new year. I feel like it is a do-over for living better than I have in the past year.

For that same reason, I love the start of each new school year, too. This is a fresh start. My hope is always to be a better teacher than I was the year before.  Let's face it. For most of us, there is always room for improvement whether we are a teacher or a student.

Many people make resolutions at the start of the year, but they are usually hard to keep. Lately there has been an alternative to the list of resolutions that seems more successful. The alternative is the "One Word Movement." Concentrating on that word for a year seems more attainable to most of us. Please watch the following video:

One Word


I want you to spend some time thinking about what one word could be your inspiration for the coming year. Your first writing of this year will be to write about possible words, why they would be helpful in your life, and your thinking/reflecting process as you narrow it down to the one word you will concentrate on in the school year ahead. Think and write about the ways you want to change or improve. Your one page writing should show the thought that went into your final word choice.

When you come to class tomorrow, be ready to share your word. You will each write your word in your own handwriting on colored paper. Your words will hang over the door of this classroom for the rest of the year. Each time you enter, I hope that you see your word and it reminds you to make that word a reality in your life.

Do you need more inspiration? This is a video of word possibilities set to music.

Word Possibilities



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Grammar and Sentence Structure

Every week the students will begin the week with three sentences. They will copy the sentence and then write what they notice that the sentences have in common. Finally, they will imitate the style.

This process will be repeated on the same skill later in the week, and then the students will take a quiz to assess their knowledge of the skill. 

Each week, the quiz will contain items from previous week's work to be certain students are retaining the knowledge. There will also be short writing assessments where the students indicate that they are using the skills.

We refer to this activity as Sentences of the Week or Skill of the Week (S-O-W). This method of teaching grammar and writing skills is the brainchild of Kelly Gallagher, teacher and author dedicated to helping students become better readers and writers.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Standards Based Grading

This is how a student is graded:
Every standard will have two formative evaluations before the summative; therefore, there will be time for additional instruction and study time. Some standards will be revisited, and because of this, grades are fluid. This means the grade can change when a standard is tested again.

This is a simplified list of the standards.

Reading Literature- RL
RL1. Cite strong textual evidence
RL2. Determine theme or central idea
RL3. Analyze characters
RL4. Determine the meaning of words/phrases
RL5. Analyze choices the author made
RL6. Analyze point of view
RL7.  Analyze in more than one medium
RL9.  Analyze how author draws on source material
RL10. Read/comprehend at the high end of grade level

Writing-  W
W1. Write arguments to support claims
W2. Write informative text to examine and explain ideas
W3. Write narratives of real/imagined events
W4. Produce clear and cohesive writing
W5. Develop writing through planning/revising/editing
W6. Use technology to produce, publish, or update
W7. Conduct short as well as sustained research projects
W8. Gather relevant information from quality sources
W9. Draw evidence to support analysis
W10. Write routinely for a variety of purposes

Language- L
L1. Demonstrate command of grammar/usage
           a. parallel structure b. phrases and clauses
L2.  Use standard capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
           a.  semicolons b. colons introducing a list or quotation
L3. Understand how language functions in different contexts
L4. Determine meaning of words: context, patterns,
         dictionaries/thesauruses, and context
L5. Demonstrate knowledge of figurative language
        a. euphemism, oxymoron, etc.   b. nuance in meaning
 L6. Acquire general and academic vocabulary and phrases

Speaking and Listening-  SL
SL1. Initiate and participate effectively in discussions
        come prepared    pose and respond to questions
SL2. Integrate multiple sources of information
SL3. Evaluate speaker’s point of view/reasoning/evidence
SL4. Present information clearly, concisely, and logically
SL5. Make strategic use of digital media for presentations
SL6. Adapt speech to tasks, command of formal English

Reading Informative Text - RI
RI1. Cite strong textual evidence
RI2. Determine theme or central idea
RI3. Analyze how the author unfolds ideas
RI4. Determine the meaning of words
RI5. Analyze how author’s claims/ideas developed
RI6. Determine the author’s point of view
RI7. Analyze various accounts in different mediums
RI8. Evaluate the argument and the claim
RI9. Analyze seminal U.S. Documents

RI10. Read/comprehend at the high end of grade level

In case of academic dishonesty, the student will receive a zero and the grade will not change, even if the standard is revisited.

If you would like to see the full explanation of each standard, click here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Need to Knows

Mrs. E's English II class:

*You each need a composition notebook. Please don't spend additional money on the plastic covered composition notebooks. They fall apart easily. Just buy the .50 cent notebooks. They have the right number of pages and hold up to the abuse students give them.
These notebooks will be used as journals, and a place to add class notes and glue/tape in handouts. This will function as your brain in English class. You will need them every single day.

*Other items you might find helpful: highlighters, sticky notes, tape, pencils, and colored pens. The pens should not be markers.

*Your homework in English is to read for at least 30 minutes every single night. You might have additional assignments from time to time, but reading every night will always be your homework.

That's it. Well, at least for now.