Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It's Finally Finals (For first semester anyway)

Goal: Show what you know and are able to do on our first semester final.

I'll be providing you with a link to the final and the passages you'll be reading in class. Be sure you scroll down to Tuesday (below) and get the study guide if you haven't already.

I should have your scores posted in Power School by 2:00 PM the day of your final.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Reflect and Review for Final

Goal: Reviewing for the final.

English Journal Self Assessment
Review Strategies
Review Practice

Last day for regrade requests! If you revised your writing be sure to request a regrade using the tab above. 

1. Reading Progress Update
Tell me about your reading HERE.

2. English Journal Self Score
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Review the English Journal Scoring Guide
  3. Determine how you would score your English Journal. 
  4. PASTE this sentence below into the TOP of your English Journal and be sure it is complete. 
January 21, 2020 Self Score:        
I believe I have earned a ______ <<(Your score 1-5) on my English Journal because_______________________ _______________ <<(Your reasons you think you earned that score.) 
3. Letter to McBride Self-Score:
  • Your letter to Mr. McBride is due today. (You worked on it Wednesday and Thursday last week and got feedback from your writing group on Friday.)
  • Click HERE to complete your self evaluation of your letter.

4. Study Guide for the Final
  • You probably already have a copy of the study guide, but just in case you don't, here it is again.
  • The final covers all the concepts we have learned since September. Besides the study guide links below, you can also review through the blog posts from September forward.
  • Review the question types. Ask questions about words or concepts you don't remember.

5. Review Quizizz: 
  • You can review some of the concepts on the final by playing these review Quizizz:
  • Access each of the quizizz below at and enter the join code:
  • Reading the Novel Review Quiz  309123
  • Connotation & Denotation +Diction 475595

Finals Schedule:
Wednesday  1 & 2
Thursday    3 & 4
Friday      5 & 6

Friday, January 17, 2020

Writing Groups

Goal: Writing groups for your letter to Mr. McBride

Writing Group Procedures
Writing Groups

Writing Groups:
Sharing your writing with a group will help you improve your writing and learn what a reader might think while reading your work.
Follow the procedures in the chart or on THIS PAGE with your group.
Be sure to check out the RUBRIC for your letter.
Important Dates and Reminders:
Final draft of your response to McBride is due Tuesday 1/21.
Keep reading. Finish book #6 by 1/31.
Last day to request any regrades is 1/21.
Finals begin 1/22.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Progress on Letters to McBride

Goal: Progress on our letters to McBride.

Check PowerSchool
Letter to McBride

1. Check Power School:
  • Now is a good time to check your grades.
  • Are you missing anything you could make up?
  • Is there anything you can still work on for a regrade?
  • Is there anything I made a mistake on? 
2. Letter to McBride:
  • Yesterday you began a letter to Mr. McBride. 
  • Today we will work on the second paragraph. 
  • Tomorrow you need a complete draft to share with your writing group for feedback. 
  • Remember, you can view the rubric HERE to see how the assignment is scored.
Frames for your second paragraph: (You will need more than this, but these might help.)
  • One of the things you wrote was, "..(include quotation from the text)...." I agree/disagree with that because (include your personal experience or example to show why you agree or disagree.)
  • You also stated that, "....(quotation from text)..." I think this is true/not true because...(give reasons, evidence for why you thing this is true or not.) 
Important Dates and Reminders:
  • Your complete draft of your letter to McBride is due Friday 1/17 (before school).
  • Keep reading. Finish book #6 by 1/31. 
  • Last day to request any regrades is 1/21. 
  • Finals begin 1/22.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Writing a response to James McBride

Goal: Beginning a draft of your response to James McBride.

Explain writing assignment
Begin drafting

Writing Assignment Background:
  • We have been reading and analyzing James McBride's Hip Hop Planet; now it is time to write about it more formally.
  • Go to GOOGLE CLASSROOM and find the new assignment called Letter to James McBride. 
  • Carefully read the directions in Google Classroom and on the template where you will write your letter. 
  • Now that you have considered the topic of hip hop and its global influence, you will write a summary and response in the format of a letter.
  • Your task is to compose a letter to James McBride with the purpose of letting him know what you think about the claims he makes about the importance and power of hip hop in his essay.
  • The first paragraph of the letter will be a summary where you show McBride that you understand the main points of his essay. (You can probably use your rhetorical precis as the basis for this.) 
  • The second paragraph of your letter will be a thoughtful and formal response to his ideas.
  • Yes, your LETTER is just TWO paragraphs. You can do this!
Important Dates and Reminders:
  • Your complete draft of your letter to McBride is due Friday 1/17. 
  • Keep reading. Finish book #6 by 1/31. 
  • Last day to request any regrades is 1/21. 
  • Finals begin 1/22.