Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Friday: Every period is different. Find yours.

Every period today is a bit different, so scroll down to find your's. 

Period 2: 
Goal: Learning to use different ways to include evidence in your essay. 

Ms. Hylton is going to show you some ways to add evidence to your writing even if you aren't directly quoting the author. 

Reminders: Keep working on your essay. Draft due Tuesday. Keep reading because you should finish your book #9 by Tuesday too.

Period 3: We will have a guest Skype session with Jordan Romero
You can learn more about him HERE.
Keep working on your draft and keep reading book #9 (Or start on book #10)

Periods 5 and 6: 
We are still a day behind because of our technical difficulties on Wednesday, but we will be caught up after today. Mostly, you'll get more time for writing after a quick lesson about quotations.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Making progress on that draft

Goal: make progress understanding what you are writing about. Make progress actually writing.

Discuss the quote you are writing about with your group.
Work on adding to your draft. You have a complete draft due on Tuesday 5/2.

I suggest you discuss these things with your group:
  1. The meaning of the quote. 
  2. The extent to which you agree or disagree with what the quote says. 
  3. Possible opposing viewpoints to your positions. (What would someone who disagrees with you say?)
  4. Possible counter arguments to those opposing viewpoints. 
  5. Help each other with possible evidence to support your position. 
Self-regulate and decide for yourselves when you need to move from discussion to drafting time. 

  • Finish reading book #9. 
  • Friday 5/5 is the end of the grading period. Check your English Journal. Are you missing anything? Could any of your work be better? A little effort now can really help you later.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Extreme Sports Writing Task

Goal: Read and understand the writing task. Get started on an introduction and a thesis. Begin gathering evidence for the rest of my essay.


  1. Read
  2. Locate your extreme sports writing task document in your shared with me section of your Google Drive. (Do not make a copy of it.)
  3. Read through the writing task including the scoring guide at the end. 
  4. Choose the quote you want to work with (highlight it on your document) and begin your introduction. 
  5. Consider what pieces of evidence you want to use in the following paragraphs of your essay. 
The draft of your complete essay is due Tuesday 5/2 for peer review. The final draft is due Monday 5/8.


  • Finish reading book #9 by Tuesday. 
  • Friday 5/5 is the end of the grading period. Check your English Journal. Are you missing anything? Could any of your work be better? A little effort now can really help you later. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Socratic Seminar

Goal: A discussion that deepens our understanding of the risks and rewards of participating in Extreme Sports

Socratic Seminar

You need:
Your partner: One of you will begin in the inner circle and one of you will begin in the outer circle. You will switch when I ask you to.
Your Socratic Seminar Preparation document on paper.

Partner notes: 
On the BACK of your Socratic Seminar Prep doc write these things:
My name is....
My partner's name is...
Things my partner said that added to the discussion were...
Finish reading book #9 by 5/2 so you will be ready to prepare for our next "book review." Hint: it won't be a normal book review. You are reading right?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Finishing Socratic Seminar Prep

Goals: Quick write and finish Socratic Seminar preparation.

Quick Write
Socratic Seminar Prep

Quick Write:
Open your English Journal
Explain the quotation below in your own words.
Explain how it relates to extreme sports.
“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.”
-Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Socratic Seminar Prep:
Our discussion will be tomorrow.
Finish your preparation doc and bring it with you to class tomorrow.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Visiting the Library

Goal: Visit the library to select books for our book challenge.

Book Challenge
Visit the Library

Book Challenge: 
You can still read whatever you want for your second book in THIS grading period. You should finish reading that second book for this grading period by Tuesday May 2nd.

But for the last six weeks of the school year you must select two books that fit one of the ten possible reading challenges.

If you already read a book that meets one of the challenges that's great, but you can't use it for this, so pick two new challenges.

We are going to the library today so that you can look for books that will help you meet your two reading challenges. You don't have to check them out today, but if you don't make sure you write down the titles and remember someone else may have already borrowed them when you go back.

The shorter version: 
Finish the book you have now by May 2.
Book review #9 will be different. Don't write it yet. I'll tell you more on 5/2.
Pick two books for reviews #10 and #11.
Those two new books MUST each fit one of the reading challenges.

Socratic Seminar will be TUESDAY next week. Finish your preparation document.
Call in your dramatic reading.
Return books you are done with.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Preparing for a Socratic Seminar

Goal: Understand the difference between open and closed questions. Write open ended questions about articles we have read in this unit.

Review articles and write questions
Socratic Seminar prep

On Monday we are going to have a Socratic Seminar discussion based on the readings in this unit. To prepare for that you will be looking closely at the articles we have read and considering three questions from the perspective of the people we have read about.

Socratic Seminar Prep:
  • I have your preparation doc for you on paper. 
  • If you would prefer a digital version you can make a copy HERE
  • You must have this completed to participate on on Monday. 
  • You will need your preparation document on paper this time. Print it or prepare using a paper copy from me. 
Keep reading. You will be doing an activity for book review #9. Don't write it. (Book review #8 was due yesterday.)
You can still call in your dramatic reading for extra points. Your next call-in will not be optional, so practicing now would be good. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Viewing and annotating Everest film

and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Caption from NASA: On Friday, April 26, 2014, an avalanche
on Mount Everest killed at least 13 Sherpa guides.
 NASA Terra spacecraft looked toward the northeast,
 with Mount Everest center, and Lhotse, the fourth-highest
 mountain on Earth, on the skylineto right center.
Goals: Looking at risk and rewards on a larger scale, while tracking ethos, logos, and pathos in a film.

Setting up our notes
Film viewing


  • Use tables in your English Journal to track a few things as we watch the film. 
  • Use a two column table to list risks and rewards you see mentioned in the film. 
  • Use a three row table to note examples of ethos, logos, and pathos in the film. 
  • I will show you examples in class. 

Viewing Questions:

  1.  What are some of the risks associated with climbing Mt. Everest?
  2. What are some of the rewards associated with climbing Mt. Everest?
  3.  Do you think the rewards outweigh the risks? Why/why not?
  4. How do the film makers use ethos, logos, and pathos to support their messages? 
Book review #8 due tomorrow. Make sure it is at the TOP of your Book Reviews Document. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

More practice explaining a quote and then more learning

Goal: Quick write and reading an article. 

Quick Write
Article to read

Quick Write: 
  1. Copy and paste the quote below into your English Journal. 
  2. Explain what it means in your own words. 
  3. Explain how it relates to extreme sports.
“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.” -Jack London 
Article to read: 
Go to the link below. Login with Google. Let me know if you need the class code. Be sure to sign in with your Google Account. (Hint: Use the "Sign in with Google" button.)

Book review #8 is due IN your Book Reviews doc on Wednesday 4/19.
Friday 4/21 we visit the library for book check out. Bring your ID.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reading to learn
Photo By: Mahatma4711 April 2006 CC
Goal: Building background knowledge.

Reading Progress
Quick write
Two articles to read

Reading Progress: 
Update me on the book you are reading and how it's going. CLICK HERE.

Quick Write: 
  • Open your English Journal
  • Quick Write: Look at the image on this post. Where do you think these people are? What are they doing? What are the risks and rewards of their experience?
Two articles to read: 

  • Go to and login with Google. (Be sure to use your account.)
  • Click on "Binder" and scroll down to find the TWO new articles assigned to you. 
  • Read BOTH. Take the quiz for BOTH. 
  • Choose ONE to write about in your English Journal. (1 paragraph summary, 1 paragraph reaction)

A few of you still need to make up your test from 3/24. I am here after school today if you want to come do that. Next week I'll be available Monday and Wednesday.
Call in your dramatic reading.
Bring back books.
Book review #8 due Wednesday 4/19.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Diving even deeper into ethos

Goal: More practice explaining a quotation and first read of "A Solemn Warning for Wingsuit Flyers"

Quick write
Reading Article #3

Quick write: 
Explain the quote below in your English Journal.
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” -Rabindranath Tagore
Paste your explanation into (Room: PLHS)

Reading Article #3: 
Read "A Solemn Warning for Wingsuit Flyers" with your partner.
Use the "Say Something" protocol to talk about what you are reading as you read.
Look closely at the ethos in this article. Where do you find it?

Call in your dramatic reading.
Make up your test from 3/24 if you need to.
Book review #8 due 4/19.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How do we determine ethos?

Goal: Looking for ethos, pathos, and logos in our readings.

Quick write?
Close reading
Evaluating ethos.

Quick write:
Answer the question below in your English Journal.
How do you decide if you should believe something you read on the internet? 
Close reading:
Open your articles on extreme sports.
Lets look at "Extreme Sports Not About Risk Taking."
Also go to and join room PLHS.

Lets practice some more:
Go to "A Solemn Warning for Wingsuit Flyers"

Make ups after school today for people absent on 3/24.
Book review #8 due 4/19.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Charting the text

Goal: Looking closely at what the author is saying and doing in "Extreme Sports Not About Risk Taking: Study."

  1. Read
  2. Charting the text
Charting the Text: 

  • Charting means doing a close analysis of the article to see what the author is saying and doing. 
  • We use our graphic organizers to separate the literal meaning of each chunk of text from the rhetorical strategies the author is using.  
  • If you are absent you'll need to ask Mrs. R for the graphic organizer because we are doing this one on paper. 
  • Open your Google Doc with the articles for this unit. 
  • If you still need to make up the essay test from 3/24 you can come after school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week. 
  • You can still call in a dramatic reading from your book. See the tab above on this blog. 
  • Look for books at home that you need to return. 
  • You have book review #8 due on 4/19. (Just one.) 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Getting some of our unit readings read

Goals: Reading the first two articles in our unit readings using the Say Something protocol.

Review article #1
Read article #2

Review Article #1:
Last week I shared a doc with you that had four articles for our extreme sports unit.
On Thursday you started reading the first article about the camp for students with autism (Article #1)
Finish reading that article.

Read article #2: 
Use the Say Something protocol with your partner to read Article #2, Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking.
As you read mark places in the article where you see examples of ethos, logos, and pathos.
It seems to work best if you highlight them in green, blue, and pink. Ethos, Logos, Pathos. (Those match the colors on our chart too.

Check in,
Check out books
Look ahead

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reading progress and AOW

Goals: Update Mrs. R about your reading progress and read an article on Newsela.

Reading Progress Survey
Article of the Week

1. Read: 10-15 minutes silent reading from your book.
Remember to return and/or check out the book you have now.
Read over the weekend. Next review due 4/19.

2. Reading Progress Survey: Complete the FORM.

3. Article of the week:

  1. Read the Newsela article assigned to you. 
  2. Login to Newsela with Google and look in your binder for this article pictured in this post. 
  3. This LINK might help you get to it faster. 
  4. Take the QUIZ that is next to the article in Newsela. It's only four questions. 
  5. WRITE in your English Journal about the article. One paragraph summary. One paragraph for what you think about what you read. 
4. Feeling done? 
  1. Check your English Journal. What can you finish or improve? 
  2. Check your Comparative Analysis essay (Cask/Night). If I've graded it, what do you need to revise? If I haven't graded it, what can you improve before it gets graded? 
  3. Read

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lets look at the readings for this unit

Goal: Preview the major texts for this unit and begin to think about how these authors express their point of view about their subject.

  1. Read
  2. Pre-read, preview the articles for this unit. Skim them all quickly. Look at the titles and a few topic sentences. ( I already shared the articles with you in Google Drive.)
  3. Before you read the articles too closely you and your partner need to work together to answer the questions in the colored boxes. Put your answers on THIS FORM. 
  4. Read the first article with your partner. 
  5. Use the "Say Something" strategy to stop and talk several times during your reading, not at the end. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Looking closer at extreme sports and risk taking

Goal: Going further into extreme sports and risk taking. Writing and viewing and writing more. 

  1. Read
  2. English Journal quick write
  3. Some partner work
Quick Write:
Explain the quote below and then write about the extent to which you agree or disagree with it.

“The proper function of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” -Jack London 

Partner Work: 
You will work with your partner on this next piece. 
Together you and your partner will complete THIS FORM based on the things I will show you in class.

Clip 1
Clip 2
Clip 3


  1. If you need to make up the test from 3/24 you must do so during advisory/lunch or after school today. After today you'll have to wait until next week. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Would you do that?

Goals: Build some background for our next unit.

Quick write
Something unusual
Quick write again

1. Read, make sure your book is checked out to you. Your next book review will be due 4/19, so be sure you are reading every night at home too.

2. Quick write:
Open your English Journal.
Add a new entry for today and paste in the quote below.
Explain the quote below in your own words. Then explain how much you agree or disagree with it.
“Security is a kind of death.”  -Tennessee Williams 
3. Something unusual
If you have a smart phone get it out. Make sure you have the YouTube app.
Go to the blog with the browser on your phone then click the link above.
When it asks if you want to open the link with YouTube, say yes.
Play the video and then click the little mask icon to make it ready to put into the Google Cardboard.
Share with the people at your table.
We also looked at these two videos about bridge day. One, Two.

4. Quick write again:
Describe the things you saw and experienced today.
What did you think about them?
Would you try these things? Why or why not?

Monday, April 3, 2017

What's in a name?

Goals: Reading, a pre-assessment of your knowledge of rhetorical strategies and a close reading of a sign.

1. Read
2. Take a quick quiz to see what you already know about some common rhetorical strategies.

3. Read the sign below with your partner. 
What is the author trying to tell parents?
What is the author claiming?
How does the author support his/her claims?

Ready? Go to and join room PLHS.

Absent on 3/24? You missed an in class writing assignment/essay test. You have a zero for it in power school. You need to make it up.

Your options are:
1. Come after school. (See the chart by the door for available days.)
2. Come during period  2, 3, 5 or 6 if you won't be missing something in another class.
3. Come during advisory and plan to continue writing into lunch time.
You can't make it up during class time because you will miss instruction.