Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of April 24th

Grades 7 and 8 will take the Science PSSAs this week, which means schedule changes are eminent! Freshman and Juniors will not be taking the Science PSSAs. Periods 1, 3 and 4, should report to Mr. Wagner's room, 805, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

PSSA English 7 and 8
This week you will be working on your novel projects. This will be a major assignment with all of the components totaling approximately 60 points. You will be given two class periods to work on the project and you will then have the weekend to complete any remaining work at home. Please have your project completed by the specified due date, either May 1st (Day A) or May 2nd (Day B).

Homework
Complete novel project by next week.


English 9
This week you will read Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. You will keep the parts assigned to you for Act 1. We will review Act 2 in class on Friday and you should prepare for a quiz on this act on Monday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Finish Comprehension Check Questions for Act 2
Thursday: Finish vocabulary worksheet for Act 2
Friday: Study for Act 2 quiz 


English 7
This week you will be taking your Science PSSAs and the schedule will be adjusted accordingly. We will be working with the short story "He-y, Come on Ou-t!" this week. Focusing on comprehension, irony, special punctuation and theme.

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
This week we will finish our work with the short story "The Leap". We will look closely at the structure of the story as well as its themes. You should expect to take a quiz on "The Leap" on Thursday. 

NOTE: I will be administering PSSAs and will not be teaching this class on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. To help you best prepare for you quiz, please make time to see me in school or e-mail me any questions you might have. Don't wait until Thursday morning to ask me questions about the short story. Please prepare early!

Due to my absence from class, the quiz will not be administered on Friday. Please be prepared to take a quiz on "The Leap" on Friday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: 
Wednesday: Study for "Leap" quiz
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of April 17th

I hope everyone enjoyed their beautiful Easter weekend! We're back now and ready to keep pushing toward the end of the year.

English 9
We will officially begin reading Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet this week. Characters will be read according to the parts assigned last week. Adjustments will be made as necessary. Throughout the week, we will be summarizing the plot of the play and prepare for a quiz on Act 1. You should expect to take this quiz on Friday, April 21st.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Study Act 1 to prepare for quiz.
Thursday: Study Act 1 to prepare for quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!


Honors English 7
Monday and Tuesday you will be typing your memoir. The memoirs are due to me by the end of the school day on Tuesday. If you do not finish typing your essay by the end of class on Tuesday, you will need to make alternate arrangements to type the essay. If I do not have the essay by 2:30 on Tuesday, it will be late.

Homework
Monday: Type your memoir.
Tuesday: Memoirs were due today! If you didn't finish typing it, do so for homework!
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!


English 11
Monday and Tuesday of this week we will finish up our work on "Everything Stuck to Him." You can expect to have a quiz on this short story on Wednesday.
For the remainder of the week, we will begin working with the last short story from this unit, The Leap. You will complete a first read of that story for homework on Wednesday and the Comprehension Questions will be due Thursday. We will be studying the structure of this story and how it compares to the frame structure of "Everything Stuck to Him."


Homework
Monday: Finish writing dialogue
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Read "The Leap" and complete Comprehension Questions
Thursday: Finish structure worksheet for "The Leap"
Friday: Read something you enjoy for 20 minutes!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week of April 3rd

This week is a big week at North Schuylkill. Not only are we starting our 4th Marking Period on Tuesday, but we are also taking our English PSSAs! As we come to the last 25% of the school year and the weather starts to get warmer, I know it can be hard to focus on schoolwork. You have come so far in the past 7 months and you don't want to waste all that effort now. Stay focused until the end of the year and then get as much as you possibly can out of a relaxing and rewarding summer!

English 9
We are going to begin our final unit of study this week and it will focus on one of the most famous pieces of literature ever written. Romeo and Juliet is a play that students have been reading and learning about in school for a long time and it is something that everyone has read. You're about to join those millions of readers and become familiar with one of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

Homework
Monday: Finish "I Have a Dream" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" comparison chart
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


Honors English 7
It's PSSA week! This is the moment you've spent so many months working toward. It's finally here! Your teachers are so proud of the work you have done and we cannot wait to see you show others how much you have learned this year!

Our schedules this week will be different than normal because of testing so please be sure you know what your daily schedule is.

We will continue working with the excerpt from Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood." We will complete our final read of the text this week and will be able to have in-depth discussions about it as well as connect it to other pieces of art you have encountered.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
We are going to finish our work up on "Everyday Use" this week. We will complete one more read through and will then have a final discussion and a quiz on the story. I expect to be done with this short story on Wednesday, so you should begin to prepare for the quiz early this week. After the quiz, we will move on to reading another selection from this unit. We are looking specifically at how writers shed light on what it means to be human through their writing.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Study for "Everyday Use" quiz
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week of March 27th

We're entering the last full week of the Marking Period. Remember to check your grades and turn in all missing assignments before April 4th!

English 9
This week we will continue working with our unit and read 2 more pieces of literature from the Civil Rights era. We will compare and contrast Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech with his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." I hope this leads to interesting discussions and will be a good opportunity to exercise our close reading skills. After we finish with those, we will read Robert Kennedy's remarks on the assassination of Dr. King Jr. We will continue to focus on how persuasive writing differs from informational writing and you will do some writing of your own!

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: "Letter from Birmingham Jail" Comprehension Check Questions
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!


Honors English 7
This week we are going to finish up with the short story "Thank you Ma'am" on Monday and write a journal entry from the perspective of one of the characters. The remainder of the week will be spent considering the next two selections from this unit. We will read an excerpt from "An American Childhood" and compare this memoir to the short story "Thank you Ma'am." We will then view a collections of photographs and consider their relationship to the selections we read. We will also consider how all of these pieces contribute to the answer to our essential question: What can cause a sudden change in someone's life?.

Homework
Monday: Complete "Thank you Ma'am" journal entry
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!


English 11
On Monday you will be given a presentation on your Graduation Project requirements. This presentation is vital to your success in your senior year of high school. If you are absent on Monday, you must make it a priority to see me, Mr. Lucas or Mrs. Anderson to receive all information you miss. The proposal for your project is due in two weeks, Monday, April 10th.

The remainder of our week will be spent on the short story "Everyday Use." We will be going through this short story with very close attention to detail to ensure we fully understand the plot and characters. You will be assigned Comprehension Check questions for homework on the day we finish our 1st read of the short story. I expect us to finish on Thursday. These questions can be found in your textbook. My priority as we read through this story is to get you into the habit of annotating while you read. That means you will need at least a pencil and a highlighter for every day of class this week.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Comprehension Check questions for "Everyday Use"
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week of March 20th

After blizzard Stella, our class plans needs adjustment and this week will reflect that. Unfortunately, some of the projects we were working on last week will need to be streamlined. In addition, the end of the Marking Period is quickly approaching. Grades will be finalized on Tuesday, April 4th. Please make sure you check your grade before then and turn in all missing assignments. If I do not have an assignment by that date, it will be a 0. This score on an assignment can significantly lower your grade.


English 9
Monday and Tuesday of this week we will complete the Outsiders posters we began working on last week. The posters will be due Wednesday and must be colored and complete at that time.
Wednesday through Friday we will begin working on a unit of study from our textbooks.

Homework
Monday: Work on Outsiders poster
Tuesday: Finish Outsiders poster
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 7
It might be difficult to recall, but we completed our first read of the short story "Thank You Ma'am" last week. Monday will begin with a review of the plot of this story to make sure you understood the characters and the plot during your first read. We will complete a worksheet to reinforce this information. Tuesday we will complete our second read and pick specific parts of the short story to analyze deeply. This will require some deep critical thinking, so please come with your thinking caps ready! Wednesday you will receive a presentation on the impact Langston Hughes, the author of this short story, had on his literary time period, the Harlem Renaissance. We will connect this to contemporary movements and trends in art. This will prepare us for our 3rd read, which we will use to draw connections between this story and other pieces of art you are familiar with.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 11
Last week, we started watching the film Of Mice and Men. We will continue this film this week and have multiple discussions comparing and contrasting it to the novella we read in class. We are going to think critically about what is different between the two versions and, more importantly, why the director would choose to make those changes. We will also look closely at the way each character is portrayed in the film and contrast that to the novella. I look forward to some interesting analysis and discussion on this topic!

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Ensure film viewing packet is complete
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week of March 6th

This week 11th grade will finish up with Of Mice and Men 9th grade will write a paper for The Outsiders, and 7th grade will finish our paper on space travel to Mars. This week will be writing intensive for all classes so please come to class prepared to think critically and analytically.


English 9
Monday we will finish watching the film The Outsiders. Following the conclusion of the film, we will begin brainstorming for an essay that compares and contrasts the film with the novel. We will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in class writing this paper and the final draft will be due to me on Thursday. The final draft must be typed. If you feel that you will have difficulty typing the essay, or printing it out, please see me. We will make alternate arrangements.


Homework
Monday- Finish outline for Outsiders essay
Tuesday- Finish Outsiders essay. Print.
Wednesday-
Thursday-
Friday-



English 7
On Monday we will finish our TDA practice from Friday. If you have already completed this worksheet, you will begin drafting your essay. Your essay will be 5 paragraphs long and you will have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in class to write it. Your essay may be typed and e-mailed to me by Thursday. You should submit the rubric with your essay.


Homework
Monday- Finish outline
Tuesday- Revise essay
Wednesday- Email essay to Ms. Zangari, if you did not do so in class.
Thursday-
Friday-



English 11
On Monday you will have time to complete a study guide for the final test on Of Mice and Men. Tuesday we will go over the study guide and I will give you important information about the test. On Wednesday you will take your final test on Of Mice and Men. This test will cover material from the entire novella so please use your introductory notes, your chapter reading guides and your final study guide to help you prepare.


Homework
Monday- Finish test study guide
Tuesday- Study for test
Wednesday-
Thursday-
Friday-

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7th Grade Homework Announcement!

Please e-mail me a news article about space travel to Mars before class tomorrow. Your article should not be more than 5 years old!