Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Week of May 28th

Students in all classes this week will be taking their final exam. Students should prepare for the final exam by studying the study guide. All information on the study guide will be on the exam in one form or another. Seventh graders will also be writing letters of advice for the incoming 7th grade class.

English 7
Students will write a rough draft of the letters of advice on Tuesday. Students will be asked to write three paragraphs: an introduction, one paragraph for the first piece of advice, and a third paragraph for a second piece of advice. The incoming 7th graders will read these letters of advice on the first and second days of school next year.

On Wednesday, we will review for the final exam. Students will take the final exam on Thursday.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday: study for final exam
Thursday:
Friday: finish letters of advice


English 8
Students will read and annotate an article related to the environment on Tuesday. They will also answer questions relating to the article.

On Wednesday, we will review for the final exam. Students will take the final exam on Thursday.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday: study for final exam
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Week of May 20th

Students in all classes will be completing CDTs as their final benchmark for the year on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Should students finish early, they will have time to complete the final exam study guide. The final exam study guide for all classes is due on Thursday, 5/23. We will review the study guide in class on Thursday to ensure students are studying accurate material.

The final exam will be given to all classes on 5/30/19. Students should use the study guide to prepare. The final exam grade will be part of students' 4th marking period average.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

FINAL EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Students in all of Ms. Zangari's English classes will be taking a final exam on Thursday, May 30th. The final exam will contain vocabulary words, definitions, and root words from the beginning of the year. It will also cover parts of speech including nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.

Students will be given a final exam study guide on 5/17/19 and will have class-time to complete it.
The final exam study guide will be due by 5/23/19 and will be reviewed for correctness on that date.
The final exam will be given on 5/30/19. Students will have one class period to complete the exam.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Week of May 13th

This week students will be reading literature from the MyPerspectives Pearson textbook. We will be focusing on international literature and discussing the literature through that lens. We will be discussing the different experiences of young people across the globe and then answering a series of short answer questions to practice comprehension and citing textual support.



English 7
The week will begin with a short presentation on an Eastern-African nation. We will spend the remainder of the week reading a story of a teenager's school experience in Kenya. We will complete a cold read, and then a close read, which will include annotations. Students will then answer short answer questions and cite evidence based on the passage.

On Friday, students will be given the review packet for the final exam. The final exam will be given on May 30th.

Students will have bellringer packets due on Friday.


English 8
This week will begin with some background discussion on the settlement of Australia and the experience of aborigines children at that time. We will then read a non-fiction narrative about one student's experience during this period in Australian history. We will complete a cold read, and then a close read, which will include annotations. Students will then answer short answer questions and cite evidence based on the passage.

On Friday, students will be given the review packet for the final exam. The final exam will be given on May 30th.

Students will have bellringer packets due on Friday.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Week of May 6th

All PSSAs for the 2018-2019 school year and now behind us and we are all looking forward to a strong finish to the end of the school year. While the weather warms up, we are still moving full-steam ahead in English class. We are currently working on our largest writing assignment of the marking period: the narrative essay.

The essays will be due Friday, May 17th and students will have all this week to type. Any student needing additional typing time after Friday should see me for a pass to go to the library during their Academic Prep period. Essays will be typed using Google Docs and students can access and continue writing from any device with Internet access.



English 7
Students will spend the week typing their narrative essays.

All students should consult their narrative essay rubric and their narrative essays notes as they work. Dialogue and sensory details are required in the essay.

Any student needing additional time outside of class to type their essay should see me for a pass to go to the library during an Academic Prep period.

Narrative essays are due Friday, May 17th.




English 8
Students will spend the week typing their narrative essays.

All students should consult their narrative essay rubric and their narrative essays notes as they work. Dialogue and sensory details are required in the essay.

Any student needing additional time outside of class to type their essay should see me for a pass to go to the library during an Academic Prep period.

Narrative essays are due Friday, May 17th.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Week of April 15th

This week 7th and 8th grade students will complete the English Language Arts PSSA. During testing, students will miss periods 1, 2, and 3. No homework will be assigned this week to allow students ample time to prepare and rest before PSSA testing.

English 7
Students will complete a paragraph bellringer this week. Students in period 8 will complete one a day as usual. Students in period 1, 2, and 3 will complete the bellringers during class on Thursday.

Homework
None


English 8
Students will complete a paragraph bellringer this week. All 8th grade classes will have a normal class period this week, so students will complete one each day as usual. On Monday, students will complete a short subject-verb agreement exercise taken from the article "Pierre the Penguin Dons a Wetsuit to Keep Warm" which can be read at this link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1016977/Pierre-penguin-dons-wetsuit-warm.html
On Tuesday, students will begin the narrative writing unit with a brief "story starter" activity. Students will have the opportunity to write a short creative story based on a card given to them by the teacher. Students will also have the opportunity to share their stories.
On Wednesday, students will identify the parts of a story. We will focus on the necessity of conflict to create an entertaining story. Students' creative stories from Tuesday will be used as examples and revised.
On Thursday, students will continue revising their creative short stories.

Homework
None

Monday, April 8, 2019

Week of April 8th

This week students will be gearing up to take the ELA PSSAs next week. Students will be taking these PSSAs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Seventh grade classes will complete a review packet of necessary terms that they will also use to prepare for their upcoming narrative essay. Students in eighth grade will participate in a review game tournament Tuesday through Friday.

English 7
Students will complete a language bellringer packet this week. The packet will be due on Friday and any work missed due to absence during the week should be made up by then. We will also complete a PSSA review packet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It will cover necessary terms and concepts related to the ELA PSSAs. We will also discuss plot structure during this review, which students will use during the month of May to write their narrative essays.

Homework:
Completed PSSA review packet due on Wednesday
Completed language bellringer packet due on Friday


English 8
Students will complete a language bellringer packet this week. The packet will be due on Friday and any work missed due to absence during the week should be made up by then. Classes will also compete in a Jeopardy-style PSSA review tournament. Students will compete against other classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The class with the highest point total at the end of the tournament will be declared the winners.

Homework:
Completed language bellringer packet due Friday

Period 7 homework: Write each of the following definitions 10 times. Each definition will be worth 1 point for a total of 100 points.
Noun- a person, place, or thing
Verb- expresses action or being
Pronoun- takes the place of a noun
Adjective- describes a noun or pronoun
Adverb- describes a verb
Simile- uses like or as to compare 2 things
Metaphor- compares without using like or as
Personification- gives human qualities to something non-human
Hyperbole- exaggerated speech for emphasis
Imagery- language that appeals to one or more of the 5 senses

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Week of February 18th

This week classes will be continuing work with bellringers and focusing on reading passages and finding evidence. This is a preliminary skill to successful Text Dependent Analysis writing, which both English 7 and English 8 are writing in their Reading classes.


English 7
Students will complete the Week 8 Paragraph bellringer this week and it will be due on Thursday, 2/21/19. Mid-week, students will read part 7, the final chapter, of "The Run" series. At the end of the week students will read a PSSA-style passage titled "The Red Scooter." Students will need to read, annotate, and answer comprehension questions in preparation for a TDA on this and another reading ("The Shakespearean Mouse"), which will be read early next week.

Important announcement: I have noticed students having a difficult time identifying and correcting subject-verb agreement. As an add-on to this unit, which was completed in December, quizzes on subject verb agreement will be given periodically beginning the week of March 4th. These quizzes at times might be unannounced. Please email me at mzangari@northschuylkill.net with any questions or concerns.


Homework:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Be sure bellringers are completed and ready to be turned in tomorrow
                    "The Run" Part 7 is also due tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday:



English 8
Students will complete the Week 8 Paragraph bellringer this week and it will be due on Thursday, 2/21/19. At the end of the week students will read a PSSA-style passage titled "The Red Scooter." Students will need to read, annotate, and answer comprehension questions in preparation for a TDA on this and another reading ("The Shakespearean Mouse"), which will be read early next week.

Important announcement: I have noticed students having a difficult time identifying and correcting subject-verb agreement. As an add-on to this unit, which was completed in December, quizzes on subject verb agreement will be given periodically beginning the week of March 4th. These quizzes at times might be unannounced. Please email me at mzangari@northschuylkill.net with any questions or concerns.


Homework:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Be sure bellringers are completed and ready to be turned in tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week of January 7th

As we settle into 2019 we are gearing up for the long-haul to spring in English class. Students in seventh grade will be completing an in-class group project this week, and students in eighth grade will be honing their writing and evidence-finding skills.


English 7
Students this week will be assigned groups of 3 or 4 to complete a poster project on Evaluating Internet Sources. As we become increasingly reliant on internet resources, students need to identify whether or not the website they are reading is credible and reliable, or not. On Monday, we will take notes on the 4 criteria of credibility: Authority, Accuracy, Scope, and Primary Sources. On Tuesday, students will create a visual representation, a poster, of their notes on the 4 criteria. On Wednesday, each group will be assigned a website to evaluate using the 4 criteria. This will be completed in class. On Thursday, groups will present their posters and their evaluation of their assigned website to their class. Week 6 Language bellringers will be due on Friday and be worth 20 points.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: complete poster
Wednesday: prepare for presentation
Thursday:
Friday:



English 8
Students this week will be honing their writing skills on Monday and Tuesday by learning to identify and correct run-on and fragment sentences. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be practicing the skill of reading an informative passage and answering questions about that passage. Questions will be a mix of multiple choice and short answer and will require students to find evidence for their answers. Week 6 Language bellringers will be due on Friday and be worth 20 points.

Homework:
Monday: finish pages 2 and 3 (part 1 and part 2) of the run-on sentence packet
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: complete any remaining questions for the passage
Friday:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Week of January 2nd

Welcome to 2019! I'm eager to make this year the best yet in our classroom. 

English 7
Students in English 7 will be reviewing sentence structure by identifying and correcting fragment and run-on sentences. On Wednesday, we will take notes on sentences, fragments, and run-ons and complete a quick practice exercise. On Thursday, we will continue with two additional practice exercises and finish out the week by putting a capstone on run-ons and fragments with a final assessment.

Homework
Wednesday:
Thursday: complete any remaining work in the run-ons/fragments packet
Friday:



English 8
Students in English 8 will finish their work with subject/verb agreement this week. Students will spend Wednesday and Thursday completing a review packet that contains all rules for subject-verb agreement. The completed packet will serve as a study guide for a subject/verb agreement quiz. The quiz will be given on Friday, January 4th.

Homework
Wednesday:
Thursday: study for subject/verb agreement quiz
Friday:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12 through November 30

All classes will be working on their research paper for the remainder of the month of November. Students in seventh grade will research disabilities in preparation for reading the novel Wonder in Mrs. Schlein's English Language Arts class. Students in eighth grade will research aspects of the Revolutionary War in preparation for reading the novel Chains in Mrs. Markiewicz's class. The schedule for writing the research paper is as follows:

Week of November 12th
Tuesday 11/13 and Wednesday 11/14: Research chosen topic
      Homework: Read and annotate sources. Due: Thursday, 11/15

Thursday, 11/15: Create works cited

Friday, 11/16: Learn/review MLA style in-text and parenthetical citation



Week of November 19th
Monday, 11/19: write introduction paragraph of research report
     Homework: Finish writing introduction paragraph

Tuesday, 11/20: write first body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 1

Thursday, 11/22-Monday, 11/26: Thanksgiving break


Week of November 26th
Tuesday, 11/27: write second body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 2

Wednesday, 11/28: write third body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 3

Thursday, 11/29: write conclusion paragraph
     Homework: Finish writing conclusion paragraph

Friday, 11/30: revise, edit and print research report
    Homework: Print research report


All research reports will be due December 7th, 2018 and will be completed using Google Docs.



Week of May 28th

Students in all classes this week will be taking their final exam. Students should prepare for the final exam by studying the study guide. A...