• Welcome to Discovery English -- Mr. Chamberlain
     
    Check this site for the classroom agenda, homework assignments (and clarifications of them), missed work due to absences, and a POCA (preview of coming attractions). The latest will be up top.  
    I update this webpage often, and students use its links to access curriculum. Classroom expectations slideshow is here
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    If you want to spend more than 10 minutes (as in Back-to-School night) reading about what we do in English, here's the link to Mr. Chamberlain's website (off TeacherWeb). Email me with questions at jchamberlain@lexingtonma.org.  My poetry website is here. I actually don't check my school phone for voice messages (sorry), so if you'd like to talk, please email me and ask for a time to talk.
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    Students often login to their accounts at Quia, an educational website, and Quizlet.
    Both websites can be linked from assignments here or from the Clarke School webpage.
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    Here's a link for the descriptive writing / elaboration techniques we will be using this year.
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    Extra credit paragraph form to get points added to a quiz is here
    Please title your Google Docs using this "Color, Name, Assignment Title" format.
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    General Grading Categories/Weights:  HW: 15%, Reading Quizzes: 15%, Vocab/Grammar: 10%, Class 30%, Writing 30%.
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    Welcome to Discovery English!  

    Email your questions to Mr. Chamberlain  at jchamberlain@lexingtonma.org

     

    Monday, Nov 18:  (team average on 3rd Outsiders reading quiz = 93%!

    -- 10 min. Do the second grammar practice quiz on Google Classroom and examine your feedback.

    -- 15 min: Go to Quizlet and get to know the words for TLB ("The Treasure of Lemon Brown")

          and the terms for the Bildungsroman or "Coming of Age" stories

    -- 25 min: Practice your scene from TLB and prepare to present your scene and its questions on Tuesday

    HW due Tuesday:  Finish preparing your slideshow with your questions and answers.

     

    Thursday, Nov 14:  (Sorry I'm out today.  Scores for yesterday's quiz are in Aspen; team average = 93%!

          Excellent work on the quiz (showing what you know) and in writing about the ending of the book.)  Today:

    -- 15 min: Go to Google Classroom and add replies to a total of two student's posts.

          (You may also need to set me up as an editor in your Google Doc!)

    -- 10 min: In Google Classroom, take the practice grammar quiz on compound elements. Review your results.

    -- Read "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" in the Red Anthology, p. 18-26.

    HW due Monday:  Finish reading "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" in your Red Anthology.

     

    Wednesday, Nov 13:   (I'm out today.)

    -- 25 min: Write about the end of the book. See the handout and on Google Classroom.

    -- 20 min: Take the open book reading quiz.  (the physical book, not the pdf)

    -- Important timing: Blue quiz begins at 9:19. Green at 10:07, Red at 12:11, Yellow at 2:28

    HW due Thursday:  Finish and submit your writing about the end of the book.

        (You really also need to set me up as an editor in your Google Doc!)

    HW due Monday:  Read "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" in your Red Anthology.

     

    Tuesday, Nov 12:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 8 more payments.)

    -- 15 min: Grammar activity on paper and review

    -- 25 min: Script from Chapter 12 ("This Time It Didn't Hurt"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird"

    HW due Wednesday:  Review for open book Reading Quiz on Chapters 9-12)

      

    Thursday, Nov 7:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 8 more payments.)

    Red needs 1 payment, 0 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 2 permission forms

    Green needs 5 payments, 1 permission form     Blue needs 0 payments, 0 permission forms

    -- Y, R, G: : 15 min: Grammar activity on paper and review

    -- R, B, G: : 15 min: See the Youtube scene where Soda runs off, and discuss. 

    -- Yellow:  15 min: Short script from Chapter 12 ("Just Zero"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- Blue:  20 min: Script from Chapter 12 ("Soda in the Middle"), notetaking, and discussion

    HW due Tuesday:  none     (Open book Reading Quiz on Wednesday on Chapters 9-12)

     

    Wednesday, Nov 6:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 8 more payments.)

    Red needs 1 payment, 0 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 2 permission forms

    Green needs 5 payments, 1 permission form     Blue needs 0 payments, 0 permission forms

    -- Blue: 15 min: Grammar activity on paper and review

    -- G, R, Y:  15 min: Short script from Chapter 12 ("Just Zero"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- G, R, Y:  20 min: Script from Chapter 12 ("Soda in the Middle"), notetaking, and discussion

    HW due Thursday:  none/ review    (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    (Open book Reading Quiz on Tuesday on Chapters 9-12)

     

    Tuesday, Nov 5:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 15 more payments.)

    Red needs 1 payments, 0 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 3 permission forms

    Green needs 5 payments, 1 permission form     Blue needs 0 payments, 0 permission forms

    -- 15 min: Paper activity with sentence patterns.

    -- 25 min: Script from Chapter 11 ("I Killed Bob"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- 10 min: "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who; how does this relate to Dally?

    HW due Wednesday:  Read Chapter 12     (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    (Open book Reading Quiz on Thursday on Chapters 9-12)

     

    Monday, Nov 4:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 15 more payments.)

    Red needs 1 payments, 0 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 3 permission forms

    Green needs 5 payments, 1 permission form     Blue needs 0 payments, 0 permission forms

    -- 5 min: Should or Shouldn't review

    -- 20 min: Paper and Socrative activity with sentence patterns.

    -- 25 min: Script from Chapter 9 ("Please Don't Die"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW due Tuesday:  Read Chapter 10 & 11     (The Outsiders text online is here.)

     

    Friday, Nov 1:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 15 more payments.)

    Red needs 4 payments, 3 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 4 permission forms

    Green needs 7 payments, 5 permission forms     Blue needs 1 payment, 1 permission form

    -- 20 min: Reading with a Purpose "Should or Shouldn't"

    -- 25 min: Script from Chapter 8 ("You Dig Okay"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW due Monday:  Read Chapter 9          (The Outsiders text online is here.)

     

    Thursday, Oct 31:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 15 more payments.)

    Red needs 4 payments, 3 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 4 permission forms

    Green needs 7 payments, 5 permission forms     Blue needs 1 payment, 1 permission form

    -- 25 min: Script from Chapter 7 ("He's Just a Guy"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- 20 min: Open book Reading Quiz on Thursday on Chapters 5-8

    HW due Friday:  No homework.  It's Halloween1   (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    HW due Monday:  Read Chapter 9 

    -- Monday: 15 min: Vocabulary for The Outsiders, Set #2. (Just get to know the words independently) 

     

    Wednesday, Oct 30:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 15 more payments.)

    Red needs 4 payments, 7 permission forms        Yellow needs 2 payments, 6 permission forms

    Green needs 7 payments, 5 permission forms     Blue needs 2 payments, 2 permission forms

    -- 15 min: Script from Chapter 6 ("Silent Fears"), notetaking, and discussion

    -- 30 min: Write about Chapter 5 and 6 on your Google Doc

         Helpful claim statements often show a progression or growth or evolution (dynamic character)

          "PB&J's time alone at the church led to more emotional expression, and this led to more maturity / strength / responsibility."

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW due Thursday:  Finish up and submit your writing.   (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    (Open book Reading Quiz on Thursday on Chapters 5-8)

     

    Tuesday, Oct 29:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 29 more payments.)

    -- 25 min: Scripts from Chapter 5, notetaking, and discussion

    -- 20 min: Write about Chapter 5 and 6

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW for Wednesday:  Work on your writing.  It's due Thursday.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    (Open book Reading Quiz on Thursday on Chapters 5-8)

     

     

    Monday, Oct 28:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 29 more payments.)

    -- 20 min: Review claim statement attributes and examples that students wrote.

    -- 20 min: Read and discuss the script called "Oh, Blast It, Johnny!" 

    -- 10 min: Read in Chapter 8.

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW due Tuesday:  Read Chapter 8 in The Outsiders. (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    (Open book Reading Quiz on Thursday on Chapters 5-8)

     

     

    Friday, Oct 25:  -- return field trip forms to me. (The office needs 29 more payments.)

    -- 4 min: Soc-Greaser Dress up day group photo ops.  (extra cred for street cred)

    -- 15 min: Vocabulary quiz using our Chromebooks. 

    -- 25 min: Claim statement focus activitiy using our Chromebooks.

    -- 4 min: Opportunities for extra credit for "The Hope Bird Rap" performances (groups of 4 or less)

    HW due Monday:   Read Chapter 7.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    HW due Tuesday:   Read Chapter 8 in The Outsiders. 

    (Open book Reading Quiz next Wednesday on Chapters 5-8)

     

    Thursday, Oct 24:   (don't turn in any field trip forms today)

    -- Vocabulary quiz preparation: 10 minutes with this set.  (The link is also in GC)

    -- See the first part of the movie of The Outsiders.

    HW due Friday:   Vocabulary quiz on Outsiders words and terms, set #1.

    On Friday:   It's "Soc-Grease Dress Up Day" (all 8th grade) (extra cred for street cred)

    HW due Monday:   Read Chapter 7.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    HW due Tuesday:   Read Chapter 8 in The Outsiders. 

    (Reading Quiz next Wednesday on Chapters 5-8)

     

    Wednesday, Oct 23:   -- return field trip forms to me.

    -- Vocabulary quiz prep update.  

    -- Read "The Fall of Man" as a script -- how was there a loss of innocence?  B, G, R done

    -- how does the script to connect with Frost's poem's allusion.  

    -- Read "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and discuss.

    -- Opportunity to present "The Hope Bird Rap"

    HW due Thursday:   Read Chapter 6.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    HW due Friday:   Vocabulary quiz on Outsiders words and terms, set #1.

    On Friday:   It's "Soc-Grease Dress Up Day" (all 8th grade) (extra cred for street cred)

     

    Tuesday, Oct 22:   -- return field trip forms to me.

    -- 10 minutes of Quizlet Live for Outsiders words.

    -- Red and Blue: Martin Niemoller's Poem, "First they came for..." 

           Johnny as a "Bystander in Distress" -> then an Upstander

    -- Yellow (discuss) and Green (read and discuss) Script: "Money, a Gun, and a Plan" 

    -- Chapter 5 discussion.

    HW due Thursday:   Read Chapter 6.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

    HW due Friday:   Vocabulary quiz on Outsiders words and terms, set #1.

    On Friday:   It's "Soc-Grease Dress Up Day" (all 8th grade) (extra cred for street cred)

     

    Monday, Oct 21:   -- return field trip forms to me.

    -- 15 min: Martin Niemoller's Poem, "First they came for..." (Universe of Obligation concept)

           Johnny as a "Bystander in Distress" -> then an Upstander

    -- 15 min: Script: "Money, a Gun, and a Plan" and discuss

    -- 20 min: Open book reading quiz on Ch. 1-4 in The Outsiders.

    -- With any remaining time, read in Chapter 5.

    HW due Tuesday:   Read Chapter 5.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

     

    Friday, Oct 18:   

    -- 10 min: Hear about the December 4 field trip to Boston.

    -- 15 min:  the sunset as a symbol -- what does it represent?  

    -- 15 min: Pony and Johnny's homelife pain and "the cycle of violence"

    -- With any remaining time, read in Chapter 5.

    HW due Tuesday:   Read Chapter 5.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

       Reading quiz Monday (open book, 20 min max) on Chapters 1-4

     

    Thursday, Oct 17:   

    -- 12 min: Quizlet Live for Outsiders words and Unit 1 (Insightful Reading) terms.

    -- 10 min:  Review words: "indignant" "unfathomable," "incredulous" and "allusion"

    -- 20 min: The Garden of Eden as an "event" that artists allude to in their paintings...

    -- With any remaining time, read in Chapter 4.

    HW due Friday:   Read Chapter 4.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

       FYI: Reading quiz next week on Chapters 1-4

     

    Wednesday, Oct 16:   (I'm out today -- doc appts -- I'll be back Thurs.)

    -- 5 min: Concept review about stereotypes and phrases vs. clauses.

    -- 40 min: With your book and scripts on your desk, review questions, take notes on your own (8 min),

        then share with the group (4 min), then take more notes (4 min), then write in Google Classroom (25 min).

    -- With any remaining time, read in Chapter 4.

    HW due Thursday:   Read Chapter 4.  (The Outsiders text online is here.)

     

    Tuesday, Oct 15:  

     -- 15 minutes: Review "grammar sentences" from Friday and writing feedback about "Sea Lullaby"

    -- 5 minutes: Review Chimamanda Adiche's "The Danger of a Single Story" here.  Summarize.

    -- 10 minutes:  Get the Ch. 3 script: "Nothing Personal," select roles efficiently, and read aloud.

    -- 15 minutes:  Discuss how the Socs and Greasers see each other this way.  Why is Pony upset?

         How does he try to go beyond his pain?  Discuss questions about the theme and the mood.

    -- 10+ minutes:  Start "Hope Bird Rap" presentations and read in Chapter 3. 

    HW due Wednesday:   Read Chapter 3.

     

    Friday, Oct 10:

    -- 8 minutes:  Read through the grammar activity with the different phrase patterns, including the back side. 

    -- 10 minutes:  Write your sentences with the different phrase patterns.  (Please save this handout.)

         Save your sentences here.

    -- 8 minutes: Listen to Chimamanda Adiche's "The Danger of a Single Story" here.  Summarize.

    -- 10 minutes:  Get the Ch. 2 script: "All Socs Aren't Like That," select roles efficiently, and read aloud.

    -- 15 minutes:  Discuss how the Socs and Greasers see each other this way.

         Discuss questions at the start of the script about the theme and the mood.

    -- 5+ minutes:  With the remaining time, read in Chapter 3. 

    HW due Tuesday:   None; have a great long weekend!

     

    Thursday, Oct 9:

    -- 5-8 minutes:  In groups of 2-4 students, practice presenting "The Hope Bird Rap" with all the moves.  

    -- 10 minutes:  Back in your seats, select roles quickly, and read aloud a Ch. 2 script: "Dangerous Dally."

    -- 20 minutes:  Discuss the questions are at the start of the script, in a group, then as a class.

    -- 10 minutes: See the first five minutes of this scene and discuss if the characters (Johnny, Pony,

         Dally, Cherry, Marcia, and Two-Bit) are faithfully rendered from the book.

    HW due Friday:   Read Ch. 2 in The Outsiders. Memorize "Hope is a Thing with Feathers"

     

    Tuesday, Oct 8:

    -- 10-12 minute intro to Vocab set #1 from The Outsiders here.  Use flashcards, matching, or learn modes.

    -- Read the Ch. 1 script on paper: Ponyboy recovering from getting ambushed, learning about the gang.

    HW due Friday:   Read Ch. 2 in The Outsiders. Memorize "Hope is a Thing with Feathers"

     

    Monday, Oct 7:

    -- Take our vocab quiz on Google Classroom.  Since I am not at school today, I'll need to activate it from home.

    -- Then write about the scarlet ibis being a symbol for / representing Doodle.  It's in Google Classroom.

       Do your writing on a Google Doc that you start within the assignment.  It's a long class; I think you can finish.

    -- When you are done, read in "The Outsiders" and respond to the character questions on Ed Puzzle

       (which you can also get to from Google Classroom. Your Google account will sign you in.) 

    HW due Tuesday:   Read Chapter 1 in The Outsiders.  Respond to the EdPuzzle questions (GC)

    HW due Friday:   Memorize "Hope is a Thing with Feathers"

     

    Friday, Oct 4:  Do the "Hope Bird Rap."  Objective: kinesthetic experience -> close reading

    and memorization.   We are building toward a "performance assessment" on Friday.

    Quizlet Live as a review.

    Symbolism exploration of Doodle and the scarlet ibis.  Take notes. 

    HW due Monday:   Vocabulary quiz on Monday. 

     

    Thursday, Oct 3:  Read "Elinor Wylie's "Sea Lullaby"; discuss how the sea's personification creates a mood. 

      Hear "I Can See Clearly Now" and discuss positive and negative words, and its mood.

    HW for Friday:  Do the writing activity on mood in Google Classroom.  Your choice of which text to use.

       Vocabulary quiz on Monday.

     

    Wednesday, Oct 2:  Practice the "Hope Bird Rap."  Objective: Close reading through kinesthetic experience. 

      Listen to "Yahweh," a song by U2.  (What is the mood and how do particular words create it?)

      Begin discussing symbolism in "The Scarlet Ibis" and characters relationship to them. 

      Review the rubric for writing about symbolism.

    HW for Thursday:  Review the vocabulary words for "The Scarlet Ibis" on Quizlet.

     

    Tuesday, Oct 1:  Vocabulary review of "Scarlet Ibis" words using Quizlet Live.

    Practice the "Hope Bird Rap."  Objective: Close reading through kinesthetic experience. 

      Character attitude -> Mood -> revealed through Imagery.  

    Review the rubric for writing about mood and writings about the mood in "The Coffin."

    HW for Wednesday:  Write a 100 word paragraph on "Learning to Walk."  Use the rubric and examples.

     

    Friday, Sept 27:  Objectives: Close reading through kinesthetic experience. 

      Character attitude -> Mood -> revealed through Imagery.  

    Practice the "Hope Bird Rap."

    Review the "The Scarlet Ibis" quiz and see your score.  (theme, foreshadowing, characterization...)

    Read the script for "The Coffin" and "Learning to Walk" and describe how the mood is shown through imagery.

    HW for Tuesday:  None.

     

    Thursday, Sept 26

    Objectives: Close reading through kinesthetic experience. 

    Character attitude -> Mood -> revealed through Imagery. 

    Practice the "Hope Bird Rap."

    Vocabulary for "The Scarlet Ibis" here  join blue English class here

    Quiz on "The Scarlet Ibis" in Google Classroom.

    Annotate and discuss how a shift in the character's attitude is shown through the mood or symbolism.

    HW for Friday:  Write a paragraph in Google Classroom and reply to another student's post.

     

    Wednesday Sept 18 class:  Join your English Quizlet class: Blue here. Yellow here.

    Work on finishing our puppets for our Women's Rights Scenes presentation, adding backdrops

    as necessary, practicing our scenes, and revising your script as needed.

    It's essential that you stay with your group. Work on your reading or writing if you are waiting

    on others to revise a script, etc.  (Today and Thursday, we present them to the class. )

    Tuesday Sept 17 class:  Join your English Quizlet class: Green here. Red here

    To see what can be involved in thinking about symbolism, explore the symbol

    of the feather in general and in the opening scene of Forrest Gump here.

    Mon Sept 16 - Wed, Sept 18 in class: Discuss mood and symbolism. 

    Work on finishing our puppets for our Women's Rights Scenes presentation, adding backdrops

    as necessary, practicing our scenes, and revising your script as needed.

     

     

    Homework for the week:

    Due Tuesday, Sept 17, carefully read  "The Girl in the Lavender Dress" p. 710+ in our anthology.  

    It's very short, so get to know it well by reading it twice.

    Due Wednesday, Sept 18,  is a writing assignment (described in detail in Google Classroom) on the mood

    (or atmosphere) of this ghost story and the symbolism of certain images and objects in it.  

    Due Thursday, Sept. 19, read "The Woman in the Snow," another ghost story in our anthology,  p. 775+.

    Add a short Google Slideshow with a title page and any (totally optional!) backdrops. Example here
     
     
     

    -- Write about how Pony recognizes that he has lost his innocence.

    -- Use this claim: "In their time at the church, Johnny and Pony both recognize 

       they have lost their innocence, but they also find a new sense of themselves, too." 

     
     
    Class Agenda, Wednesday, August 29:
    -- Get familiar with the units in 8th grade English.   G,R,Y √
    -- Review classroom expectations.   B,G,R,Y √
    -- Practice lining up alphabetically by the door.    B,G,R,Y √
    -- Begin reading Kurt Vonnegut's "Long Walk to Forever."   B,G,R,Y √
     
    Homework for Thursday, August 30
    -- Review the Classroom Expectations slide 1-17 here. Ideally, have your parents see these, too.
    -- Please save your "Who Are You at the Start of 8th Grade?" sheets
    -- Complete the online Technology Permission Form.
     
    synetics: (from synectikos, a Greek term) = to bring different things into unified connection