Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reading Inventory and Project Proposals

Goals: District reading inventory assessment. Continue working on your project proposal.

Reading inventory assessment
Project proposal

Reading Inventory:
Today we repeat the reading inventory assessment you last took in January. Your updated scores will help us assess your reading progress. It may take you 30-45 minutes. There is no rush.

(If you are absent don't try to take this test at home.)

Project Proposal: 
When you write a proposal you are trying to convince others (and yourself) that your project is worth doing. A proposal helps you think through all of the parts of the project. If you are working as a team, the proposal becomes a document that shows what you agreed to do.

Still have time to spare?: 
Help students in Ms. Murphy's class by taking some of their surveys. Or take this survey about Google Classroom.  Or read this newsletter from the library.

Keep reading. You'll be finishing book #11 by 6/6.
Project Proposal due before class on 6/2. (Yes, I'm going to grade them.)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Academic Honesty Project: Initial Ideas and Proposal Template

What message are you sending? 
Goals: Meet with partners re: Academic Honesty Project. Complete initial ideas form. Start project proposal.

Academic Honesty Project:
Work with your team (or on your own) to plan your academic honesty project.
When you are ready, or before the period ends, please complete the Initial Ideas Form.

Tips for organizing a project: 
  • Share a Google Drive folder with the other people in your group. You need a shared folder for this project. 
  • Start a planning doc in that folder and begin listing your ideas and options there. 
  • Keep all the work, slides, notes, and docs for this project in your shared folder. 
  • Put your proposal doc in this folder too. 
Proposal: Due Friday 6/2
Use this Proposal Template
Be sure to rename it and share it back to Mrs. R. (Only one doc per group please.)
Complete all parts of the proposal before class on 6/2. 

Reminders: (Also see the calendar below the blog posts.)
6/2 Academic honesty project proposals due. 
6/6 Book reviews due. Written review in your Book Reviews Doc. 
6/7 Textbook return. Bring all of your textbooks to class and we will take them back to the library during our class period. 
6/8 Academic honesty projects due. Be ready to present and explain your project. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reading and Academic Honesty Project

Goals: Show what know about that book you just finished. Learn more about your next project.

Reading Progress Survey
Book #10 Activity
Academic Honesty Project

Absent yesterday?
If you were absent yesterday you should now have access to most of the work we did. Scroll down to yesterday's post.

1. Reading Progress Survey:
Please complete the survey HERE.
Got a new book? Check it OUT>>>

2. Book #10 Activity: 
Your book #10 "review" will be via a Google Form. Please click HERE to start.

3. Academic Honesty Project:
Read the assignment SHEET about this project. We will be talking about it more in class.
You can use File/make a copy to save your own copy to your Google Drive.
Think about this project over your long weekend.
Your initial ideas are due on Tuesday 5/30. (The next time our class meets.)

Absent today?
Do 1-3 above.

Initial ideas for your project are due 5/30.
Finish reading book #11 by 6/6.
Return all library books by 6/5.
Textbook return 6/7.
Last day for lockers is 6/9.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Academic Honesty Policy

Goals: Learn more about the academic honesty policy of our school and share your opinion on the topic.

Study the PLHS Academic Honesty Policy
Take a quiz on the policy
Share your opinion

Your Opinion: (After we take the quiz please.)
Please complete THIS FORM about your opinion.

Absent? I'll post a homework version of the quiz later for your additional practice.
Homework version of the quizizz. Join HERE with quiz code: 952703. (Open until 6/7.)

Take home your novel project by the end of the day Thursday.
Finish reading book #10 by Thursday.

Deadlines to remember:
June 5th: Return all PLHS Library books.
June 6th: Finish book #11. Book reviews that day.
June 7th: Bring all textbooks for textbook return.
See calendar at the bottom of this page for finals schedule.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Academic Honesty Jigsaw

Goals: Further reading and discussion about issues of academic honesty.

Read an article with your group.
Share out what you read about with a different group.

Reading an article: 

  • With your group read and discuss your assigned article. 
  • Be sure you can talk about: 
  1. A brief summary of the article including the author's position. 
  2. Several important details, including any that seemed new or surprising. 
  3. Any issues or disagreements you have with the author's position or data. 




SOURCE 4 (POPE) Orange



Explaining your article: 
I'll re-group you and you need to explain the article you read.
You will also hear about several other articles.
Take notes in your English Journal about new and interesting information. Write down the source in case you need to reference/cite this information later.

Get our Data: 
Click HERE to get your copy of our survey data.
Look through the slides and add your thoughts in the slide notes.
Use the sentence frames HERE to write about the data in the slide notes.


  1. Finish book #10 by this Thursday 5/25.
  2. Last day to return PLHS library books is 6/5.
  3. Finish book #11 by 6/6.
  4. We return textbooks on 6/7. (Bring all your books for all of your classes. If you need to keep a book to study for a final that's fine. That book is due the day of that final.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Looking closely at infographic data

Goal: Examine an infographic and draw conclusions from the data.

Reading Progress Update
Examine an infographic
Writing about data.

Reading progress update: Click HERE.

Examine an Infographic: 

  • In an increasingly visual world data is now often packaged and presented in "infographics."
  • Read through the infographic below.
  • What data stands out to you?
  • This infographic is based on this article. Which is more helpful to you?
  • What are the pros and cons of using infographics?

Writing about data: 

  1. Open your English Journal.
  2. Write 10 factual statements based on data from the infographic below.
  3. Use the sentence frames from THIS PAGE if they help you.
  4. Discuss your facts at your table.
  5. Pick your five favorites.

Cheating in the digital age
Courtesy of:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poetry Slam and Making Up Work

Block days are fun aren't they? 

Monday and Tuesday most of my students did the California Healthy Kids Survey. 
Wednesday and Thursday most of my classes have been attending our annual Poetry Slam. (Some students have stayed in class with Ms. Love to make up missing work.)

Exception: Period 2 on Thursday there is no Poetry Slam for us to attend, so we get to try something new. (Some students will be working on missing work instead of the new thing.)

Red: Make up work. Ms. Love made you a list of your most critical items. 
Orange: Click HERE
Yellow: Click HERE
Green: Click HERE
Blue: Click HERE
Purple: Click HERE

Finish reading book #10 by THURSDAY 5/25. 
Call in your Extreme Sports Essay if you haven't already done that. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

CA Healthy Kids Survey

Goal: Take the California Healthy Kids Survey
  1. Read. 
  2. Take the Healthy Kids Survey. CLICK HERE (I'll give you the access code in class. You can not take the survey if you are absent.)
  3. When you finish read your book or work on something from the list below. 
Things to do when you are done: 
  • Did you finish charting the text in your EJ from last week? 
  • Did you answer the reflection questions at the end of your Extreme Sports essay? 
  • Did you self score your English Journal on Wednesday? 
  • Did you complete the article of the week assignment on Tuesday? Including writing in your English Journal about one of the articles? 
  • Have you called in your Extreme Sports essay? 
  • Is your book checked out? 
  • Do you have a parent survey to turn in? 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Soapstone with a Precis

Goals: Complete the SOAPSTone protocol with your partner then catch up on any work you missed this week.

Catch Up


  • With your partner complete THIS SOAPSTone form
  • You have the article. It is shared with you in Google Drive.
  • Note that the SOAPSTone form also asks you to write a rhetorical precis. Don't skip that part. 
Catch Up: 
  • Did you finish charting the text yesterday? 
  • Did you answer the reflection questions at the end of your Extreme Sports essay? 
  • Did you self score your English Journal on Wednesday? 
  • Did you complete the article of the week assignment on Tuesday? Including writing in your English Journal about one of the articles? 
  • Have you called in your Extreme Sports essay? (Due tonight at 9:00 PM)
  • Is your book checked out? 
  • Did you give your parent/guardian the survey I passed out yesterday? (Period 2 I need to give you these today. I only got them period 3 yesterday.)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Charting the Text-Without paper this time

Kind of obvious
Goal: Charting the text about academic honesty

Charting the text

Charting the text:

  • You will need the article "Cheating on the Rise Among High School Students" that I shared with you yesterday.
  • With your table work to complete the chart about what the author is saying and doing.
  • You will create this chart in your English Journal. 
  • I will show you how. 
Call in your Extreme Sports Essay by 9PM Friday 5/12. See tab above for directions. 
See blog post below and make sure you are caught up on all of that. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Reflection and Reading

Goals: We have a lot to do today. Reflection of your progress and a new article to read.

Self score EJ
Essay Reflection Questions
Essay Revision Sites
New Article to Read

1. Self Score English Journal:
  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. 
May 10, 2017 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.) 
2. Essay Reflection Questions:

  1. Open your Extreme Sports essay document. 
  2. Scroll down and find the reflection questions at the end. 
  3. Answer them in complete sentences.  
3. Essay Revision Sites
  1. Visit the Hemingway App to get suggestions for revisions
  2. Visit Paper Rater to get more revision suggestions
  3. Use the Docs add-on SAS Writing Reviser to learn even more about your writing. In your Doc click "add-ons" then "get add-ons" then search for SAS. 
4. Article to read and discuss
  1. I shared a new article with you in Google Drive. Find it and read it. 
  2. Look use "define" to help you with words you don't know. 
  3. Discuss the article at your table. What does it say? What does it mean? Why does it matter? 
Make up Socratic today at lunch. 
Call in your essay by Friday. See tab above. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

AOW and Catching Up

Goals: Article of the week and catch up time.

Newsela Article
Catch Up Time

Newsela Articles:

  • There are three new articles assigned to you in Newsela. One is about the series 13 Reasons Why, one is about the recent healthcare legislation, and the third is about students cheating on a medical school entrance exam. 
  • Read at least TWO of them and take the quiz in Newsela. Click on the lightbulb. 
  • Write about ONE of them in your English Journal. 

We have a lot of students out today for field trips, so the rest of us get some time to catch up. 
If you are not here today you are still responsible for the Newsela Articles. 

Catch up list: 

  • Extreme Sports Essay: Are you done? Have you done the reflection questions at the end of the doc? 
  • Call in your essay. You can use the phone in the office. 
  • Have you chosen books for #10 and #11? Have you started reading them? 
  • Comparative Analysis essay: Do you need to revise and request a regrade? 
  • Check Power School: What are you missing? 
  • Have you been absent? Did you read the blog for the days you missed? 
  • Make up Socratic Seminar on Extreme Sports is TOMORROW at lunch. This is the second and last make-up chance I am offering. Please be on time. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Monday

Goals: Complete the survey, catch up, maybe even get ahead.

Academic Honesty Survey
To do list

Call in your Extreme Sports Essay:
Remember when I told you that there would be other things to call and read this year?
Remember when I said doing the dramatic reading from your book would be good practice?
You can now begin calling in your Extreme Sports Essay.
See the tab above for directions. Call before 9:00 PM Friday 5/12 for the best possible score. 

Academic Honesty Survey: 
Please complete the SURVEY
It's about 40 questions and may take you up to 30 minutes. 
It will not save your answers. Make sure you are online before you hit submit. 

If you finish you can: 
Work on your Extreme Sports Essay. (Final draft due is due today.) 
Call in your dramatic reading. 
Work on your Comparative Analysis Essay and request a regrade. 
Or, you know, read your book. 

Book Conversations

Goals: Having conversations about the books we have been reading.

Book conversations

Book Conversations: 

  • Using the preparation doc you got on Wednesday tell your group about the book you read. 
  • Refer to the chart >>   about extending conversations to encourage the people in your group to say more about their books. 
  • Note: These things should always be said in a helpful way. 
  • Speaking and listening are skills expected of you by our state standards. Ms. Love and I want to help you develop those skills. 
You can still call in your dramatic reading. 
Extreme Sports Essay final drafts are due Monday. Review the comments from your writing group. 
The grading period ends today. All regrade requests must be made before 2:30 today. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thrively Survey and English Journal Entry

Goals: Reading progress survey and strength assessment.

Reading progress survey

Reading progress survey:
Complete the reading progress survey about the book you are reading today.


  • Thrively is a platform that will help you learn more about your self and discover your interests. 
  • Click HERE and use the code I give you in class to join our class. 
  • Your goal is to complete the Strength Assessment. 
English Journal: 

  • Open your English Journal. 
  • Paste in your favorite sentence from your Official Thrively Assessment Profile.
  • Write: To what extent is your profile accurate or not? What did you learn from it? 
  1. Complete your organizer for our books discussion tomorrow. 
  2. Extreme sports essay final draft is due Monday 5/8. Act on the advice of your writing group. 
  3. Call in your dramatic reading before 9:00 PM Friday 5/5 and I'll add those points to this grading period. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Finishing Writing Groups and

Goals: Finish up writing groups and begin our next book review project.

Writing groups
Book review project introduction

Writing groups: 

  • Yesterday you all did an amazing job with your writing groups. I heard and saw excellent feedback in your groups and in the comments you left for each other.
  • A few groups did not get to all participants, so I want to give you a bit more time today to make sure everyone gets to be heard.

Book Review #9: 

  • Book review #9 will be in the form of a book discussion this Friday.
  • Prepare for your book review discussion using the graphic organizer I gave you in class.
  • You only need notes to yourself and bullet points, but you do need to prepare and I will collect your preparation documents.
  • Because this is a discussion you should be prepared to answer questions about your book from other students.
  • (If you are absent Friday there will be a make up next week.)

Socratic Seminar Make Up: 
If you missed our Socratic Seminar about extreme sports there will be a make up this Thursday (tomorrow) at lunch. (It's been on the board all week. I just keep forgetting to add it to the blog.)

Final Draft of your Extreme Sports Essay is due Monday 5/8. 
Many of you should still call in a dramatic reading. See tab above. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Writing Response Groups

Goal: Writing groups for your Extreme Sports essays.

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. 
  • Use the peer review checklist on your essay document. 

  • Read! (Work to prepare for review #9 starts tomorrow! )
  • Make revisions to your Extreme Sports essay. Final drafts will be due Monday.
  • English Journals due Thursday.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Evidence and Opposition

Why would anyone jump out of a
 perfectly good airplane? 
Goal: Work on adding evidence to your essay. Focus on correctly quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing the words of others with citations.

Using the words of others
Objections and Counter-Arguments
Writing time

Using the words of others:
  • Direct quotation: In “Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study,” Dr. Brymer found that people who participate in extreme sports have an image of “risk takers and adrenaline junkies”. He found this really isn’t true (3).
  • Paraphrase: In “Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study,” Dr. Brymer notes that people who participate in extreme sports try to be prepared so they can decrease their risk of injury (8).
  • Summary: In “Extreme Sports Not About Risk-taking: Study,” Dr. Brymer cites his study to show that many people who participate in extreme sports do so for reasons other than an adrenaline rush. He points out that they don’t like to be out of control and that by preparing for their sport, they feel they are really in control (11).
Objections and Counter-Arguments
     Introducing objections:  
  • Some people may say that _______________. 
  • Critics might argue that __________________. 
  • I know some people will think _________________. 
  • There are people who would disagree because _______________. 
  • Those who have never tried ____________ might (think/say/argue) that ________________. 
     Addressing opposing viewpoints: 
  • These critics haven't considered ______________________. 
  • When you know more about ________________...
  • Doubters should see how____________________...
  • To say that _____________ is an exaggeration of_________________. 
  • While it is true that ___________________, it does not necessarily mean that________________. 
(Some of these suggested frames come from They Say I Say, by Graff and Birkenstein, 2014)

  • Finish your draft of your Extreme Sports Essay by tomorrow for writing groups. Draft grade. 
  • Finish reading book #9 by Tomorrow. Wednesday I'll give your more info about "review #9" which will be a bit different from our usual review. 
  • 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.