Tonight's Homework, Tips, and Extras
    If you have any questions about the directions on this page, please email me at ddespres@lexingtonma.org
    Except when otherwise noted, assignments are due the following class. 

    Week 38

    Tuesday, 6/11: Finish reading the novel. Then, select the theme topic that you think is most important to the novel from our class list:
    • morality
    • courage
    • bravery
    • perseverence
    • ignorance
    • acceptance
    • racism
    • justice
    • innocence
    • standing out (vs. the norm)
    • evil
    • prejudice
    Monday, 6/10: Read chapters 27-28 & summarize what you think happened in the woods!

    Week 37

    Friday, 6/7: Read chapters 24-26 (page 248 in the graphic novel). Find and take note of two moments of satire in the reading. Who/what are the satirical targets?
    Tuesday, 6/4: Read chapters 20-23. In your reading notes, describe how two characters react to the verdict of Tom's trial.
    Monday, 6/3: No homework (holiday).

    Week 36

    Friday, 5/31: No homework (holiday weekend).
    Thursday, 5/30: Read chapters 16-17: Instead of the usual notes, take two notes from each witness’s testimony in chapter 17. Imagine you’re the jury: Do these details support the prosecution or the defense?
    Wednesday, 5/29: Read chapters 14-15 and make an entry in your reading journal. Pro-tip, listen along with the audiobook for chapter 12! Here's a link:
    • characterization inference about a character of your choice with a quotation
    • take a note about Maycomb
    • Record one question you have about what you read
    Tuesday, 5/28: Read chapters 12-13 and make an entry in your reading journal. Pro-tip, listen along with the audiobook for chapter 12! Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd9vcv5GEA
    • characterization inference about a character of your choice with a quotation
    • take a note about Maycomb
    • Record one question you have about what you read



     Week 35

    Thursday, 5/23: Read chapters 9-11 BY TUESDAY'S CLASS. You should read at least one of the chapters tonight.
    • characterization inference about a character of your choice with a quotation
    • take a note about Maycomb
    • Record one question you have about what you read
    Wednesday, 5/22: Read chapters 7 and 8.
    • characterization inference about a character of your choice with a quotation
    • take a note about Maycomb
    • Record one question you have about what you read
    Tuesday, 5/21: Read chapters 5 and 6.
    • characterization inference about a character of your choice with a quotation
    • take a note about Maycomb
    • Record one question you have about what you read
    Monday, 5/20: Read chapters 3 and 4. 
    In our reading journal, you need to take three notes:
    • characterization inference about either Boo or Atticus with quotation
    • list an unwritten "rule" in Maycomb with quotation 
    • Record one question you have about what you read.


    Week 34

    Friday, 5/17 (weekend): Read pages 6-29 of To Kill a Mockingbird for Monday. In our reading journal, you need to take three notes:
    • characterization inference about one main character with quotation
    • list an unwritten "rule" in Maycomb with quotation 
    • Record one question you have about what you read.

    Remember: You can find all materials, including an abridged version of the reading, on our Google Classroom.

    Thursday, 5/16: Record on a piece of paper or note on your iPad: What are the two most important things you learned from today's gallery walk?
    Wednesday, 5/15: No homework.
    Tuesday, 5/14: Unless we have arranged an alternate due date for you, complete the final draft of your Lit. as Memorial summative assessment. 

    Week 33

    Friday, 5/10 (Weekend): If you did not finish drafting your closing paragraph in class today, please do so for Tuesday's class.
    Thursday, 5/9: Finish a draft of your second body paragraph for your Lit. as Memorial summative assessment. Today in class, you completed a draft of your first body paragraph.
    Wednesday, 5/8: No class
    Tuesday, 5/7: No homework (MCAS)
    Monday, 5/6: No homework (beginning of Ramadan).

     Week 33

    Friday, 5/3 (Weekend): No homework (beginning of Ramadan)
    Thursday, 5/2: Using the summative assessment handout from Google Classroom, select your comparison text and identify the common theme topic for your project. Here are some Night-based theme topics from today's class: belief, hope, evil, survival, speaking out (vs. acceptance), holding on to humanity, choosing to live based on one's ideals, importance of family, commitment to family, judgment, control/power of government, decision-making, sacrifice
    Wednesday, 5/1: Write one final journal entry (#6, overall) in response to this prompt: After reading Wiesel’s harrowing account of his experience in the Holocaust, what is the lasting/strongest thought that you have in response? What will you always remember about the Holocaust because you have read this book? Be sure to provide a detail as inspiration or support for your answer.
    Tuesday, 4/30: Read chapters 8 and 9 and answer this question: In the end of Night, what idea about the Holocaust do you think Wiesel is trying to emphasize? Mark 2 quotations to support your thought -- one in each chapter.
    Monday, 4/29 : Read chapters 6 and 7 of Night (85-103) and answer the three questions on the worksheet from today's class. If you're reading along to the audiobook, use this linkhttps://soundcloud.com/user-81995246/show-3045-audio-book-part-2-of  Chapter 6 starts at the 37:25 mark, and chapter 7 at 1:02:20.

    Week 32

    Friday, 4/26 (Weekend): Read chapter 5 of Night (66-84) and answer the three questions on the worksheet. If you're reading along to the audiobook, use this new linkhttps://soundcloud.com/user-81995246/show-3045-audio-book-part-2-of  Chapter 5 starts at the 00:25 mark.
    Thursday, 4/25: Finish reading chapter 4 of Night. Then, answer the two questions on the worksheet. If you're reading along to the audiobook, chapter 4 starts with track 30. We left off with about 10 seconds to go in track 31.
    Wednesday, 4/24: Finish reading chapter 3 of Night. Then, answer questions 1-4 on the worksheet from today's class. Here's the link to the Soundcloud audiobook. We left off in the middle of track 19. For those of you who were absent, I've posted a copy of the handout on our Google Classroom.
    Tuesday, 4/23: Write journal entry #5 in your reflection journal: "What idea or message about the Holocaust is Wiesel making you think or feel? Be sure to include at least one detail as inspiration/illustration." Try to use one or more of the last night's HW to inspire/illustrate your answer (see Google Classroom posting for this list). You may also another quotation instead if none of these heat/fire quotations support your idea.
    Monday, 4/22: Finish reading chapter 2 and answer the question on Google Classroom.

    Week 31

    Thursday, 4/11: Come to tomorrow's class with an answer to this question: Based on what we've read in Night, what mistake(s) do you think Wiesel is pointing out, writing from the future about the past?
    Wednesday, 4/10: On today's handout, read the poem "Family Album." Then, answer the three questions underneath the poem.
    Tuesday, 4/9: Reflection journal entry -- Prompt: “What do you now think about knowing and/or believing?”
    Monday, 4/8: Read the handout from today's class about "The Difference Between Knowing and Believing." Then, answer the question on the back of the handout.

    Week 30

    Friday, 4/5 (Weekend): Write your third journal entry. Here's the prompt: How has your Holocaust research changed your understanding of the Holocaust?
    Also, if you did not finish your in-class research work in class today, do so over the weekend. 
    Wednesday, 4/3: No homework -- MCAS.
    Tuesday, 4/2: No homework -- MCAS.
    Monday, 4/1: No homework -- MCAS. Get plenty of rest for tomorrow's test!

    Week 29

    Friday, 3/29 (Weekend): Watch the video & label your research timeline (see the handout from class and the post on Google Classroom). Then, select three research questions to explore in class on Monday.
    Thursday, 3/28: Finish reading "The Danger of a Single Story" and answer questions D and E.
    Wednesday, 3/27: On Google Classroom, complete your first entry in the "Lit. as Memorial" reflection journal.
    Here's the prompt: What is important for us to keep in mind as we think/talk about identity?
    Remember: Be sure to follow directions! Here's a link to a online version of "The Bear That Wasn't" if you want to quote it or grab a screenshot: https://www.facinghistory.org/holocaust-and-human-behavior/chapter-1/bear-wasnt
    Tuesday, 3/26: Complete the pre-unit survey on Google Classroom.
    Monday, 3/25: Complete the identity chart assignment: "What words or labels do you use to describe yourself and your identity?" Don't forget: You should also include words/labels that are based in how your think about yourself within society (nationality, race, religious status, etc.).

    Week 28

    Friday, 3/22 (Weekend): Re-watch or read “The Bear That Wasn’t” and answer the two questions on today’s handout. Go to Google Classroom for the links for the video and text version of the story.
    Thursday, 3/21: (See today's handout for more detailed instructions!) If you're sending your you.gov project via email, finish “publishing” your argument by sending it to your audience (& CC me). If you're sending your project via physical mail print it out before class tomorrow morning. Also, submit your project and your research log on Google Classroom.
    Wednesday, 3/20: On today's handout, answer two of the Socratic seminar questions -- one from each side of the sheet. Be sure to fully answer the questions with at least three sentences and specific details from your experiences during the unit. Also, if you have any editing left to complete on your final draft, please do so! 
    Tuesday, 3/19: Complete your You.gov essay revision plan/checklist. 
    Monday, 3/18: Begin working on your "step 4/draft #2" (of the assignment guide). Tonight's goal: add transitional phrases/sentences at the beginning of each paragraph. Highlight them! Also...
    • You may send me an email with a question about your revision work. If you send it tonight, I will respond with feedback before tomorrow's class.
    • Be sure to send thank you emails to your experts.

    Week 27

    Friday, 3/15 (Weekend): Draft your intro & conclusion paragraphs (in your “Step 3” draft). Refer to the guiding models and diagram that I posted on Google Classroom.
    Thursday, 3/14: Watch the linked video (on Google Classroom) about intro paragraphs. Then answer these questions: 1) For your argument, which attention-grabber would like to use? 2) Will you try to appeal to your audience? If yes, how?
    Wednesday, 3/13: Finish writing your rough draft for class tomorrow, unless I told you, specifically, otherwise during today's workshop session.
    Tuesday, 3/12: Follow your outline to begin writing your rough draft. Spend 20 focused minutes working toward this goal. Follow your outline/plan & your revision notes; turn off your editor’s voice and just transfer your thoughts into sentences & paragraphs!
    Monday, 3/11: If you didn't finish it in class, be sure to wrap up your final outline. Read the model argument & rate it on the rubric. What should it score on the writing (not "language" and "revision") parts of the rubric?

    Week 26

    Friday, 3/8 (Weekend): Identify, SPECIFICALLY, your audience. Then, do find some information about them. What do they value/care about? How can you connect your topic to these values? Take notes in your research log (this should be *at least* entry #6).
    Thursday, 3/7: Research to find an answer to this question: Who would oppose your action? Why? Take notes in your research log.  
    Wednesday, 3/6: 
    1. Due tomorrow: Complete an outline of your argument for the civic action project - a thesis, at least two claims, and two supports (FREDs) for each claim. Use the graphic organizer on today's handout if it helps!
    2. I've sent feedback to everyone about their expert emails. If you haven't done so already, revise yours and send it (or ask me to send it) to your expert.
    3. Satire assessment revisions are due by the end of the weekend (Sunday night -- 3/10). Remember to make a copy of your original assessment first and make your revisions on that new document! Then, resubmit via Google Classroom.

    Week 25

    Friday, 3/1 (Weekend): Finish drafting your "e-mail to an expert" and submit it for approval on Google Classroom. Then, when I have reviewed and approved your message, you or I (depending on the recipient) will send it to them. If you are behind on your research, do additional research to build your knowledge base about your topic.
    Wednesday, 2/27: In the pro-plastic bag fee article, review paragraph 3 and decide whether or not the author supports the claim for paragraph 3. If so, put a "√" in the box next to that claim; if not, put an "x" in the box next to that claim (on today's "outline" worksheet).
    Tuesday, 2/26: On the handout from today's class, record the thesis of the argument in the box on the back. If the thesis is explicit, just copy the sentence(s) in full; however, if it's implicit, you will need to write it in your own words. 
    Monday, 2/25: Find a fourth valuable source on your topic (it should answer the questions about your issue) and take notes on your research log. Overall, you should have four sources entered into your research log. Be sure to fill out all of the required information in your log.

    Week 24

    Thursday, 2/14: Search, read, and log at least one reputable news source that answers at least one of the questions you have about your topic.
    Wednesday, 2/13: For your selected civic issue, brainstorm three possible solutions. If you have trouble brainstorming solutions to your issue, try searching online to find what other people and communities have tried to do to address your issue!
    Tuesday, 2/12: Complete the civic issue web worksheet (at least ten notes, one in each of the four categories). What do you already know or think you know about your issue? See Google Classroom if you want to see the model we created in class! If you want to earn a "4" on Learning Process score, fill up your web with 25 notes or more!
    Monday, 2/11: Finish brainstorming five civic issues (global, national, state, town/city, or even school level) that matter to you.

    Week 23

    Friday, 2/8 (Weekend): If you want to revise your writing for part two of the satire unit assessment, please feel free to do so over the weekend. Also, if you have neglected to finish the MobyMax assignment, do so as soon as possible!
    Thursday, 2/7: Be sure to complete our practice homework assignment on MobyMax by tomorrow.
    Tuesday, 2/5: No homework for Lunar New Year. 新年快乐! However, if you are behind in your satire final draft (due tomorrow), you should spend some time working on it to get back on track! 
    Monday, 2/4: No homework for Lunar New Year. 新年快乐! However, if you are behind in your satire final draft (due on Wednesday), you should spend some time working on it to get back on track! If you are finished with your final draft satire, remember to bring something to read with you to class tomorrow!

    Week 22

    Friday, 2/1 (Weekend): Either 1) finish your rough draft or 2) begin work on your final draft of your satire. 
    Thursday, 1/31: Either 2) prepare for feedback (two questions for audience) or 1) finish rough draft (script for movie, full sketch for cartoon, etc.).
    Wednesday, 1/30: If you have not finished your rough draft (or sketch, or detailed plot summary, etc. depending on the medium of your satire), finish it for tomorrow's class, so that you can share your ideas with classmates and get some feedback.
    Tuesday, 1/29: If you have not finished the "green" parts of your satire workshop guide, you (and your groupmates, if you are working in a group) need to finish this work before tomorrow's class. 
    Monday, 1/28: Spend 20 minutes working on MobyMax (remember to go to www.mobymax.com/signin). Also, if I have handed back your essay to you, you may check your quarter 2 scores (# out of 4) on Haiku. If not, please wait until tomorrow to check your quarter scores.

    Week 21

    Friday, 1/25 (Weekend): Complete the formative assessment on Google Classroom.
    Thursday, 1/24: On Google Classroom, identify the target, the satirical message, and two satirical tools in the "Pizza Farm" video.
    Wednesday, 1/23: If you didn't finish last night's homework assignment on Google Classroom, finish it!
    Tuesday, 1/22: On Google Classroom, complete the satire practice worksheet by practicing the three tools you selected in class today.

    Week 20

    Friday, 1/18 (Weekend): No homework for the long holiday weekend.
    Tuesday, 1/15 (for Friday): Brainstorm a list of five meaningful targets that you would be interested in using for our next unit's satire workshop project. Remember, meaningful targets of satire should deserve criticism related to a flaw or problem.
    Monday, 1/14: If you chose to finish more editing tonight for HW, please be sure to submit your final draft on Google Classroom once you finish this evening. If you submitted your final draft at the end of class today, you have no homework. I recommend picking up a good indpendent reading book and making some progress on the Clarke Bingo Reading Challenge!

    Week 19

    Friday, 1/11 (Weekend): Complete your revision plan for Monday. As I discussed with you in class, you may send me an email with a question about a step in your revision plan. If you do, you must send it by noon on Saturday for a reply by noon on Sunday. Also, please link your draft document, so that I can see your writing as I answer your question! 
    Thursday, 1/10: Finish creating your revision plan (see directions below and on Google Classroom). If you finish creating your plan quickly, you may begin revising. 
    Revision plan directions: 
    1. For each learning goal in the rubric ("theme," "claims," "evidence," & "analysis"), identify something that you could work, based on the descriptor. List on the back of your draft.
    2. For each of these, label on your rough draft where this work needs to be done. It might happen in multiple places!
    3. Pick which parts of the “makeover guide” will help you with your revision work. Add these to the list on the back of your draft.
    Wednesday, 1/9: Finish drafting your final body paragraph and PRINT OUT a paper copy of your rough draft (theme + 3 or 4 body paragraphs). If you can't print out a copy, send me an email with your draft by 8:15 a.m. tomorrow, and I'll print one for you!
    Tuesday, 1/8: Write one draft body paragraph. Remember: The rough draft (all body paragraphs) is due on Thursday.
    Monday, 1/7: Spend 20-30 minutes revising your pre-writing outline or beginning your draft. Remember: The rough draft is due on Thursday.

    Week 18

    Friday, 1/4 (Weekend): Complete the practice active vs. passive worksheet on Google Classroom.
    Thursday, 1/3: Find two strong quotations for EACH box in your pre-drafting planner last night. Don't forget to include page numbers! Use my model as a guide.
    Wednesday, 1/2: Happy New Year! In order to restart our thinking about theme and take the first step in our writing process, complete the worksheet on Google Classroom. Use my model as a guide if you need help!
    Week 17
    Thursday, 12/20: 
    1. Refine/revise your initial theme statement,using the theme criteria checklist:
      • It's universal and abstract and important to the novel.
      • It's accurate to the novel's message.
      • It's not written in passive voice (your verb should not be "is," "are," or any form of "to be").
      • It shouldn't be written in second person ("you") or as a "lesson."
      • It's not a cliché or obvious.
      • It can't be challenged by part of the novel.
    2. Put any finishing touches on / add any make-up entries to your notes.
    Wednesday, 12/19: Finish your book tonight and take your final set of reading notes! Tomorrow, we'll work in book groups to consider our protagonists' ephiphanies and to brainstorm theme topics for our books. I hope you enjoy the ending of your novel!
    Tuesday, 12/18: Finish another reading session tonight (don't forget to take notes, too). Remember, we're aiming to finish our books for Thursday's class.
    Monday, 12/17: Finish another reading session tonight (don't forget to take notes, too), making sure that you meet your group's reading goal (80% of book finished) for tomorrow's book club meeting!

    Week 16
    Thursday, 12/13: Complete two reading sessions before Monday; you should be at ~65% coming into Monday's class. BE SURE TO TAKE NOTES! 
    Wednesday, 12/12: Complete your next reading session tonight; you should be at 50% coming into tomorrow's class. BE SURE TO TAKE NOTES! 
    Tuesday, 12/11: Complete your next reading session tonight; follow your reading calendar to determine how much you have to read tonight. BE SURE TO TAKE NOTES. Also, don't forget to bring money tomorrow if you'd like to purchase a book at the book fair.
    Monday, 12/10: Finish another reading session tonight (NOTES, TOO), making sure that you meet your group's reading goal for tomorrow's book club meeting!

    Week 15
    Friday, 12/7 (Weekend): The homework for the weekend is to complete one or two reading sessions (with notes). In other words, if you prefer to complete all of the reading for Monday in one session, that's fine.
    Thursday, 12/6: Complete the first night's self-assigned reading in your book and take notes. Refer to the unit note guide for help if you have questions.
    Wednesday, 12/5: Answer the two-question prompt on Google Classroom tonight. Also, get psyched about getting your books tomorrow!
    Tuesday, 12/4: Using the writing makeover guide, revise and edit your paragraph to meet the writing and theme goals for unit 2. Here's the link to our writing makeover guide:
    Writing "Makeover" Guide
    Monday, 12/3: Using the assignment directions posted on Google Classroom, finish a draft of your paragraph response to the following prompt: What theme is expressed by "The Moustache?" Please remember to color code the different elements of your paragraph, so that you'll be ready for tomorrow's revision & editing exercises!

    Week 14
    Thursday, 11/29 (Weekend): Find two details (quotations, one from the beginning of the story and one from the end of the story) that support the idea that we developed in class today: Mike shaves off his moustache because he doesn't want to accept the consequences, responsibilities, and truths that come along with being an adult. Then, for each detail, write a sentence or two that explains how the quotation supports the idea.
    Wednesday, 11/28: Finish reading "The Moustache." Then, using today’s reading and analysis of “The Moustache,” draft a theme statement that meets our criteria! Carefully craft your sentence! Use the link on Google Classroom to our classnotes in order to review the criteria.
    Tuesday, 11/27: Finish reading the first three pages of "The Moustache." Then, identify two Bildungsroman conventions on your worksheet. Be sure to provide evidence!
    Monday, 11/26: In your notes from today's class, answer the question, "Is The Outsiders a Bildungsroman?" Fill up the third column by writing yes or no for each convention. For each "yes," note a detail from The Outsiders that explains how the novel contains that convention.

    Week 13
    Wednesday, 11/21: No homework. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
    Tuesday, 11/20: Use the collaboration rubric (today's handout) to self-assess your performance as a groupmate during the groupwork on our pitches. Be sure to circle the descriptors and record a numerical rating for each section of the rubric.
    Monday, 11/19: Revise your slides for tomorrow's presentation, take speaking notes on your notecards, and practice presenting your slides. class.

    Week 12
    Thursday, 11/15 (Weekend): Finish your slides for Monday's class. On Monday, we'll practice running through our presentations and make minor adjustments before Tuesday's class, when we'll share them with the rest of class.
    Wednesday, 11/14: Use your final assessment work to create your two individual slides: ONE emphasized inference and ONE diminished inference/detail. Also, check your grade on Haiku/PowerSchool to see your quarter 1 grade, as it stands now.
    Tuesday, 11/13: No homework.

    Week 11
    Thursday, 11/8: Finish all three of your inferences for the final assessment. Remember, you will have tomorrow's class to revise your work; you will have a better final product if you have all three finished in draft form coming into tomorrow's class. USE THE MODEL AS A GUIDE!
    Wednesday, 11/7: No homework, per the district HW policy. REMEMBER, tomorrow is "Dress Like a Soc or Greaser Day" for all 8th graders! Please make sure your costume is school appropriate (e.g., no fake cigarettes :) ).
    Monday, 11/5: No homework, per the district HW policy.
    Week 10
    Thursday, 11/1 (Weekend): Over the weekend, complete the "Task 4" worksheet. BE SURE TO CIRCLE THE TWO INFERENCES (OF THE FOUR) THAT, IN YOUR OPINION, GREATLY CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR GROUP'S THEME STATEMENT.
    Tuesday, 10/30: Finish task 3: explain/justify which 4 chapters you think your group should use in your pitch.
    Monday, 10/29: Review all feedback handed back to you on Google Classroom. Then, try logging into Haiku to check your progress. If you can't, send me an email explaining what's happening when you try to log in.
    Week 9
    Friday, 10/26: Answer the two questions on the backside of today’s handout. If you didn't finish our activity in class today, please just answer question 1. Optional: Brainstorm ideas for the name of your production company!
    Thursday, 10/25: No homework. Get emotionally & mentally ready for tomorrow's Netflix pitch kickoff!!!
    Wednesday, 10/24: Review chapters 10-12 and identify two details that relate to your theme topic (from the theme topic charts). Briefly explain (one or two sentences) how each detail relates to your theme topic.
    Tuesday, 10/23: Read chapter 12 and summarize the reading in your chart.
    Monday, 10/22: Read chapters 10 AND 11; summarize the chapter that you were assigned in class today.

    Week 8
    Friday, 10/19 (Weekend): Review chapter 8 or 9 and make one mood, character, symbolism, or irony inference in your chart. Your choice!  
    Thursday, 10/18: Identify three details from chapters 4-9 that relate directly to your theme topic. List these in the chart in the yellow section and explain the connections to the theme in the blue section of the chart.
    Wednesday, 10/17: Read pages 132-143 of chapter 9; then, write a three-point summary on the ch. 7-9 worksheet (on Google Classroom).
    Tuesday, 10/16: Read chapter 8; then, write your five-point summary on the ch. 7-9 worksheet (on Google Classroom).
    Monday, 10/15: Read chapter 7; then, write your five-point summary on the ch. 7-9 worksheet (on Google Classroom).

    Week 7
    Friday, 10/12 (Weekend): Read chapter 6; then, write your five-point summary on the ch. 4-6 worksheet. Also, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
    Thursday, 10/11: Finish reading chapter 5; then, on the ch. 4-6 worksheet...
    • write your 5-point summary of chapter 5
    • record your inference (mood/irony/characterization/symbolism) from chapter 5 -- with evidence!
    Wednesday, 10/10: Two-part HW assignment tonight:
    1. Go to Google Classroom to review my feedback on your ch. 1-3 worksheet from last week and our work from yesterday's class. Answer the question on Google Classroom.
    2. On your ch. 4-6 worksheet, make one inference in the chapter 4 yellow boxes.
      • Mood tip: Identify the mood developed in the imagery of the first few paragraphs of chapter 4 (pages 53-54)
      • Irony tip: the top of page 63
    Tuesday, 10/9: Read chapter 4 and complete your 5-point summary. Here's an audiobook to use if it's helpful. (Remember: Always read along with the audio!)

    Week 6
    Friday, 10/5 (Weekend): No HW
    Thursday, 10/4: On our chapters 1-3 weekly handout, complete steps 1 and 2 below the image of the movie poster for The Outsiders. What three details must be in the movie to develop your theme topic?
    Wednesday, 10/3: Finish reading chapter 3; then, summarize the chapter in the yellow box on the chapters 1-3 handout. If you'd like to read with an audio version in order to help you focus, click here for the link.
    Tuesday, 10/2: In the final blue box on your chapter 2 chart, record your answer (ANSWER & QUOTATION EVIDENCE) to one of the following questions:
    1. How is Cherry like a greaser dressing up like a Soc?
    2. What does Cherry mean when she says, “Things are rough all over"?
    3. Which greaser is the best?
    4. How does Cherry feel about Ponyboy?
    Monday, 10/1: Finish reading chapter 2 of The Outsiders. Come ready to summarize what you read! Here's an audio version of the chapter if you want to READ ALONG WITH IT TO HELP YOU FOCUS. (ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BOOK OPEN AND FOLLOW THE WORDS ON THE PAGE.)

    Week 5
    Friday, 9/28 (Weekend): Finish reading chapter one of The Outsiders. Then, in the worksheet, add two more bullet point points to your chapter one summary, one more inference, and one piece of evidence for this inference. ALL OF THIS WORK SHOULD BE DONE IN THE YELLOW BOXES -- DON'T WORK IN THE BLUE BOXES.
    Thursday, 9/27: Read to the top of page 11 in The Outsiders. Come ready to summarize tomorrow at the beginning of class. I hope you enjoy the beginning of this classic book!
    Wednesday, 9/26: (on Google Classroom) Complete the "closing activity" writing assignment at the bottom of our guided notes handout from our TV/film critique activity. Be sure to write 5-7 sentences and include AT LEAST two *specific* details (quotations, detailed descriptions of visuals, etc.). Then, hand it in on Google Classroom, so that I can read your theme analysis of a clip. 
    Tuesday, 9/25: No homework tonight.
    Monday, 9/24: Tonight, complete the short writing prompt on the backside of today's half-sheet handout: Pick one of the details changed in the film version of “The Lottery.” In 4-6 sentences, explain how the change weakens or strengthens this theme from the story: "Blindly following tradition causes senseless pain and, in the worst cases, death.” Reminder: In class today, we watched and critiqued the 1969 film version of "The Lottery." We looked for and discussed the inclusion (or exclusion) of these key details from the story: 
    • Black box, faded, splintering, left on a shelf in other parts of the year
    • Ironic weather (and mood) emphasized at the beginning: beautiful, sunny, lushly green early summer day
    • Boys “innocently” pile rocks – smooth stones – at the beginning.
    • Old Man Warner is enthusiastic about the lottery.
    • Little Davy H. gets help to pick a slip and to take part in the stoning of his mother.
    • At the end, Tessie says, “It isn’t fair! It isn’t right!”


    Week 4
    Friday, 9/21 (Weekend HW): What’s your favorite movie or television show that features teenage characters? Why do you like it? Link a YouTube clip of a typical scene. (On Google Classroom)
    Thursday, 9/20: (On Google Classroom) If you were directing a movie version of "The Lottery," what three details in the story would you make sure to include? Briefly (one or two sentences) explain why!
    Tuesday, 9/18: No homework.
    Monday, 9/17: Complete step 4 on this week’s handout. You’ll need your copy of “The Lottery” so that you can DIRECTLY QUOTE THE TEXT! :)

    Week 3
    Friday, 9/14 (Weekend HW): Watch the irony video on that I post on Google Classroom, and then write a short (5-7 sentences) summary of an ironic situation (real or imagined).
    Thursday, 9/13: Complete ⅗ of the STEAL chart for your chosen character (Tessie Hutchinson, Old Man Warner, or Mr. Summers).
    Wednesday, 9/12: Due to today's shortened class, there is no formal homework assignment. Instead, pick a character from "The Lottery" that you would like to observe more closely in an upcoming class.
    Tuesday, 9/11Identify & record three examples of imagery in the first two pages of “The Lottery.” Record these in your handout from today's class and mark them in your copy of the story.
    Reminder: Imagery is descriptive language relating to the five senses. Examples: The sun was hot. The crisp, sweet apple tasted good. The bright blue sky seemed like it went on forever, past the horizon. The acrid stench of the skunk spray burned my nose.  

    Week 2
    Tuesday, 9/4: If you finished annotating your "little detail" and inference in "The Dinner Party," you have no homework. If you didn't finish this in class, please do so tonight!
    Wednesday, 9/5: Write an argumentative paragraph that argues how one detail from the story supports your group’s theme that you identified in "The Dinner Party." Remember, to be a complete argumentative paragraph, you need...
    • a claim statement (Basic version: The theme of "The Dinner Party" is ________________________.)
    • at least one strong quotation as evidence (most likely, you will use a quotation) (Basic version: This theme is shown when/by ________________.)
    • analysis or an explanation about how that evidence supports your claim. (Basic version: This detail conveys the theme because______________.)

    Feel free to use the "basic versions" as a guide for your writing. REMEMBER: This work will be graded on completion. Please write your paragraph on a sheet of paper or type and print it out to hand in.

    Thursday, 9/6: In your notes, record your best definitions of indirect characterization, mood, symbol, and irony. If you don't know a term, write "I don't know" and then make an educated guess!

    Week 1
    Wednesday, 8/29: Set a timer for 15 minutes and write 3-5 sentences about how your two little details are meaningful representations of you. Remember, as we discussed in class...
    • These details don't have to be physical! It could be an item in your Netflix queue (like my example, To All the Boys I've Loved Before), a song or video in a playlist (like my example, "The New Year" by Death Cab for Cutie), or even the way you pronounce a word (like my example, my Canadian pronunciation of "sorry"). As long as they're meaningful and seemingly insignificant ("little"), they're good selections for this introductory assignment.
    • You may complete this assignment on the handout I gave you in class, on your own piece of notebook paper, or a typed and printed sheet, just as long as it's completed in hard copy.

    I can't wait to learn more about you!