• HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, PROJECTS, QUIZZES and TESTS for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Listed below are homework assignments, in-class assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests.  Documents handed out in class can be found under the date that they were handed out.  If you click on the blue, underlined document, you will be able to access the document.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to ask me for a copy of any documents that you did not receive (or you may print the document yourself).  If you lose a document, you must print an extra copy for yourself.  Do not expect me to give you an extra copy.  I typically copy only one or two extras in order to conserve resources.  

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    Read!  

    Though I do not formally assign reading for homework, I do expect that you will bring your book to and from school each day.  I hope you will read whenever you can! You have a goal/expectation to read 40 books by the end of this school year.  Reading outside of school will help you to reach this goal.  I encourage, invite, and beg you to read whenever you can "steal" some time to do so.  I definitely encourage you to read for at least 20-30 minutes each day outside of school during the week and for 45-60 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and each day during vacations.  If you don't currently "unplug" thirty minutes before you go to bed, this would be a wonderful time to develop this new habit.  Turn off your screens and open a book!   

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    Monday, October 14, 2019 through Friday, October 18 - G.U.M.S. Sentences 4 (due Friday, October 18); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 3 (due Thursday, October 17); G.U.M.S. Quiz 3 (on Friday, October 19); Personal Narrative - revise and edit

     

    1.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 4:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, October 18.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
    2.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 4:  Find all seven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Thursday, October 17.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Thursday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Thursday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    3.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 4:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 4 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all seven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, October 18.  
     
     
    4.)  Personal Narrative / Revise and Edit:  Now that you have a rough draft of your Personal Narrative Essay, we are working on revisions and editing.  The checklist of expectations for this essay is attached below.  I will be conferencing with every student before these essays are handed in.  I expect to finish conferences on Monday or Tuesday, Oct. 28 or 29.
     

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    Friday, October 11, 2019 - Inservice day for teachers.  No school for students.

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    Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Personal Narrative Essay / add conclusion (due Monday, October 14)

    1.)  Personal Narrative Essay - We are adding a conclusion to these essays where we ponder or reflect on the underlying meaning, message, or take-away from our story.  This draft of our essay that includes both a lead and a conclusion is due on Monday.  Next week, we will continue to revise and edit our essays.  

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    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 -  G.U.M.S. Sentences 3 (due Thursday, October 10); G.U.M.S. Quiz 3 (on Thursday, October 10)

    1.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 3:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Thursday, October 10.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Thursday.  
     
     
     
    2.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 3:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 3 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Thursday, October 10.  
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Thursday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     
     

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    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Silk Road Team Posters (presentations on Thursday, October 10); G.U.M.S. Sentences 3 (due Thursday, October 10); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 3 (due Wednesday, October 9); G.U.M.S. Quiz 3 (on Thursday, October 10)

     

    1.)  Silk Road Team Posters - Each team will present their Silk Road Posters on Thursday, October 10.  The handouts for each team are included below.

    Silk Road Handouts 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, and 5f 

    Team 1 is using Handout 5a.

    Team 2 is using Handout 5b.

    Team 3 is using Handout 5c.

    Team 4 is using Handout 5d.

    Team 5 is using Handout 5e.

    Team 6 is using Handout 5f.

     

    2.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 3:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Thursday, October 10.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Thursday.  
     
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 3:  Find all eleven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Wednesday, October 9.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Wednesday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Wednesday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Thursday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     
     

    4.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 3:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 3 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Thursday, October 10.  

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    Monday, October 7, 2019 - Personal Narrative Essays - Leads (by tomorrow); G.U.M.S. Sentences 3 (due Thursday, October 10); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 3 (due Wednesday, October 9); G.U.M.S. Quiz 3 (on Thursday, October 10)

     

    1.)  Personal Narrative Essays - Tonight, you will add a high-quality lead/hook to your Narrative Essays. (leads added by tomorrow) Some suggestions for powerful leads are:

    • question
    • quote/song lyrics
    • dialogue 
    • fact or statistic
    • action
    • describe the setting - create tone/mood
    • sensory images

     

    2.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 3:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Thursday, October 10.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Thursday.  
     
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 3:  Find all eleven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Wednesday, October 9.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Wednesday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Wednesday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Thursday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     
     

    4.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 3:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 3 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Thursday, October 10.  

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    Friday, October 4, 2019 Personal Narrative Essay (first draft due Monday, October 7)

    1.)  Personal Narrative Essay:  This Personal Narrative will zoom in on a twenty-minute or less moment in your life.  Tell this story with great detail.  Include the five sense (when it makes sense to do so): see, hear, taste, touch, smell.  Also include your thoughts and feelings and describe the setting and quotes you or other said.  The first draft of your essay is due (typed) on Monday, October 7.

    Be sure to add the five senses when it makes sense: see, hear, taste, touch, smell.  Also include what you were thinking and feeling and a thorough description of the setting. Finally, break your narrative into different paragraphs; switch paragraphs when there is a slight change int he action, scene...

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    Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Personal Narrative Essay (first draft due Monday, October 7);  G.U.M.S. Sentences 2 (due Friday, October 4);  G.U.M.S. Quiz 2 (on Friday, October 4)

    1.)  Personal Narrative Essay:  This Personal Narrative will zoom in on a twenty-minute or less moment in your life.  Tell this story with great detail.  Include the five sense (when it makes sense to do so): see, hear, taste, touch, smell.  Also include your thoughts and feelings and describe the setting and quotes you or other said.  The first draft of your essay is due (typed) on Monday, October 7.

     

    2.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 2:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, October 4.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 2:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 2 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven erros and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  The quiz is on Friday, October. 4
      
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
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    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Begin Personal Narrative Essay (in class); A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Renewed Interest (due tomorrow); G.U.M.S. Sentences 2 (due Friday, October 4); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2 (due Thursday, October 3); G.U.M.S. Quiz 2 (on Friday, October 4)

    1.)  Personal Narrative Essay:  Today in class, we started our Personal Narrative Essays.  If you were absent or did not come to class with a title, I encourage you to write for 20, 30, or 40 minutes tonight (if you are well enough to do so).  This Personal Narrative will zoom in on a twenty-minute or less moment in your life.  

     

    2.)  A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Second Golden Era,  Third Golden Era,  and Decline of the Silk Road:  Read and answer the questions about the final section in "A Brief History of the Silk Road" which is titled Renewed Interest.  Answer the questions on the handout you were given in class.  (due tomorrow)

    A Brief History of the Silk Road

    Questions About A Brief History of the Silk Road

    I also handed out a map that may be helpful to you so that you can picture what you are reading about -- the various lands taken over, the routes traveled, etc.  

    In addition, I handed out a list of definitions of words that appear in this document.  

    Definitions for A Brief History of the Silk Road

     

    3.)  G.U.M.S. Sentences 2:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, October 4.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
    4.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2:  Find all eleven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Thursday, October 3.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Thursday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Thursday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    5.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 2:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 2 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, October 4.  
     
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    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Choose Personal Narrative Topic (by tomorrow); A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Second Golden EraThird Golden Era,  and Decline of the Silk Road (due tomorrow); G.U.M.S. Sentences 2 (due Friday, October 4); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2 (due Thursday, October 3); G.U.M.S. Quiz 2 (on Friday, October 4)

    1.)  Choose Personal Narrative Topic:  You will be writing a Personal Narrative about a twenty-minute or less moment in your life.  Look over your Writer's Notebook entries and the previous prompts to select a moment that you want to write about. You do not need to select a moment that was written about in your notebook,a nd you don't need to write about one of the topics I suggested for your Writer's Notebook entires.  Come to class tomorrow with the moment you plan to write about already selected.

     

    2.)  A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Second Golden Era,  Third Golden Era,  and Decline of the Silk Road:  Read and answer the questions about the next three sections in "A Brief History of the Silk Road" which are titled Second Golden Era, Third Golden Era, and Decline of the Silk Road.  Answer the questions on the handout you were given in class.  

    A Brief History of the Silk Road

    Questions About A Brief History of the Silk Road

    I also handed out a map that may be helpful to you so that you can picture what you are reading about -- the various lands taken over, the routes traveled, etc.  

    In addition, I handed out a list of definitions of words that appear in this document.  

    Definitions for A Brief History of the Silk Road

     

    3.)  G.U.M.S. (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling) Sentences 2:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, October 4.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
    4.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2:  Find all eleven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Thursday, October 3.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Thursday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Thursday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    5.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 2:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 2 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, October 4.  

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    Monday, September 30, 2019 - A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Introduction and First Golden Era (due tomorrow); G.U.M.S. Sentences 2 (due Friday, October 4); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2 (due Thursday, October 3); G.U.M.S. Quiz 2 (on Friday, October 4)

     

    1.)  A Brief History of the Silk Road - Answer questions from Introduction and First Golden EraRead the first two sections of the document titled "A Brief History of the Silk Road."  These sections are titled Introduction" and First Golden Era.  Answer the questions on the handout you were given in class.  There are three questions to answer about the section titled "Introduction."  There are twelve questions to answer about the section titled "First Golden Era."  

    A Brief History of the Silk Road

    Questions About A Brief History of the Silk Road

    I also handed out a map that may be helpful to you so that you can picture what you are reading about -- the various lands taken over, the routes traveled, etc.  

    In addition, I handed out a list of definitions of words that appear in this document.  

    Definitions for A Brief History of the Silk Road

     

    2.)  G.U.M.S. (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling) Sentences 2:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, October 4.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 2:  Find all eleven errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Thursday, October 3.  Be ready for the G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Thursday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Thursday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    4.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 2:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 2 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all eleven errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, October 4.  
     

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    Friday, September 27, 2019 - No Official Homework Was Assigned for the Weekend - Read!  Read!  Read!  

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    Thursday, Sepetember 26, 2019 - Community Day!
     
    G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 (due Friday, September 27);  G.U.M.S. Quiz 1 (on Friday, September 27)
     
     
    Please refer to last night's assignment entry for more information on the G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 that are due tomorrow and the G.U.M.S. Quiz 1 that will be given in class tomorrow.
     
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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Introduction to the Silk Road (due Friday, September 27);  G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 (due Friday, September 27); G.U.M.S. Quiz 1 (on Friday, September 27)
     
    1.)  Introducation to the Silk Road:  Read Handout 1 titled, "Introduction to the Silk Road."  Take interactive notes as you read.  Write an exclamation point next to information that surprises or interests you.  Write a question mark next to information that you are curious about and/or want to learn more about.  Answer questions 1 and 2 on the back of this handout.  For question one, list three things that surprise or interest you.
     
     
     
    2.)  G.U.M.S. (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling) Sentences 1:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, September 27.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 1:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 1 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all nine errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  You may want to print another copy of the Study Guide at home or at school in order to quiz yourself before Friday.  For those of you who were absent in class today, I have included the corrections on the Study Guide below.  Quiz on Friday, September 27.  
     
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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - Interviews and Interiew Notecard (due tomorrow); G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 (due Friday, September 27); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 1 (due Wednesday, September 25); G.U.M.S. Quiz 1 (on Friday, September 27)
     
    1.)  Student Interviews and Interview Notecard:  We conducted interviews of a partner in class.  Tomorrow, you will hand in this interview.  Tomorrow, we will also begin giving a brief speech, introducing the person you interviewed to the class.  Tonight, complete the notecard you will hold during this speech. Here is the format for the notecard and speech:
     
    Hello.  This is _________________ (Include first and last name.  Make sure you know how to pronounce this person's first and last name.)
    Tell three interesting pieces of information about this person.  For example:  
     
    She loves to sing.  She has lived in seven states and another country, and she has 200 goats.  
     
    Conclude with this statement:  There is so much more that I could say about _______, but that is all the time I have. 
     
     
     
    2.)  G.U.M.S. (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling) Sentences 1:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, September 27.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 1:  Find all nine errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Wednesday, September 25.  Be ready for the first G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Wednesday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Wednesday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    4.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 1:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 1 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all nine errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, September 27.  
     
     
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    Monday, September 23, 2019 - Rewrite G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 and 2 (due tomorrow);  G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 (due Friday, September 27); G.U.M.S. Study Guide 1 (due Wednesday, September 25); G.U.M.S. Quiz 1 (on Friday, September 27)
     
    1.)  Rewrite G.U.M.S. Sentences 1 and 2: We corrected sentences one and two in class today.  For homework, you will rewrite these on a piece of notebook paper.  These are due tomorrow.  Make sure to:
     
    • put your name and periods in the top, right corner of the page
    • title your page on the very top line (G.U.M.S. Sentences 1)
    • write in pencil or blue or black pen
    • have the holes of your paper on the left side of the page
    • put the number of each sentence in the left-hand margin
    • do not write in the right-hand margin
    • skip lines between each sentence
    • be accurate

    Here is a model for what the format should be for the G.U.M.S. Sentences:  Model for GUMS Sentences

    We are working on our writing accuracy when completing G.U.M.S. Sentences.  Due to this fact and that all errors and corrections were given in class, the grading criteria is rigorous.  If you have any error in a sentence, that entire sentence is marked wrong.  The grading is as follows:

    -1 = B

    -2 = C

    -3 = D

    -4 = F

    If you receive a D or an F, you will be expected to rewrite and resubmit your sentences.  If you receive a B or a C, you will not be allowed to resubmit.  (The honest answer to why I have chosen not to allow resubmitions on B and C work is because I spend so many hours grading assignments already.  My thought is: If you want an A, you will have to be very thoughtful and slow down.  You are allowed to have others edit your work.  You are also allowed to type your sentences.  Typing your sentences allows you to receive one extra point.  This would means the following:  - 1 = A;  - 2= B;  -3 = C;  -4 = D)

     
     
     
     
    2.)  G.U.M.S. (grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling) Sentences 1:  We find and correct all the errors in these sentences in class.  You are then required to rewrite these five sentences perfectly (no errors allowed) on a piece of notebook paper.  Staple the notebook paper to the top of the handout.  All sentences must be corrected, rewritten, and handed in when you walk into class on Friday, September 27.
     
    Note: If you type your G.U.M.S. Sentences, in addition to rewriting these in class, you will receive one extra point on the sentences or the quiz on Friday.  
     
     
     
     
    3.)  G.U.M.S. Study Guide 1:  Find all nine errors in the paragraph.  Use the "clues" provided.  This is due on Wednesday, September 25.  Be ready for the first G.U.M.S. Paragraph Challenge on Wednesday!  It is okay to seek help from an adult before Wednesday.  Note to adults:  I encourage you to give clues to help the student find the error her/himself.  
     
     
    Note:  If you type the paragraph in this Study Guide, correct all errors, and hand this in on before the quiz on Friday, you will receive one extra point on the quiz.
     
     

    4.)  G.U.M.S. Quiz 1:  You will be given the exact same paragraph that is on Study Guide 1 for the quiz.  You will find and correct all nine errors and rewrite the paragraph correctly.  Use your Study Guide to prepare for this quiz.  Quiz on Friday, September 27.  
     

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    Friday, September 20, 2019 - No Official Homework Was Assigned for the Weekend - Read!  Read!  Read!  

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    Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Socratic Circle (in class)

    1.)  Today in class, we held our first Socratic Circle of the year where you each argued what character from Seedfolks was most changed by the community garden.  If you were absent, you will discuss this with a trusted adult.  Tell the adult a bit about the book; give them some background information.  Explain what character's life you believe was changed the most and how their life was changed.  Please have this adult sign a note or email me.  They only need to simply tell me:

    "(Insert your name here) explained to me what character's life was most changed by the community garden in Seedfolks."  Please hand this in my Monday, September 23.

    2.)  Missing work:  I will be updating grades in Skyward over the weekend.  Today, I let all students know what assignments they are missing.  Please hand these missing assignments in by tomorrow if you would like these included in the gradebook this weekend.  I also encourage you to check the No Name Bin if you believe you handed in an assignment that I said was missing.  This weekend is also a great time to get caught up on any missing Writer's Notebook entries.  We have written six entries thus far.

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    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Seedfolks Paragraph (due on Thursday, September 19) - Note:  This can be printed in my classroom when you walk into class on Thursday.

    1.)  Seedfolks Paragraph - Please see last night's assignment entry for a detailed description.

     

    Note:  We spent today in the library browsing phenomenal books in all nine genres.  On your reading list, you each wrote one book in each genre that you are looking forward to reading this year.  If you were absent, this in-class assignment will be marked with an asterisk (*) as no-count.  This means the assignment won't count for you or against you.

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    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Seedfolks Paragraph (due on Thursday, September 19) - Note:  This can be printed in my classroom when you walk into class on Thursday.

    1.)  Seedfolks Paragraph - Write a paragraph about the character in Seedfolks whose life was most changed by the community garden.  The instructions and requirements for this paragraph are included on the handout you were given in class today and which is included below.

    Note:  Be certain to include evidence from the book in your paragraph.  I have included an example below.

    Tio Juan felt a greater sense of purpose in his life.  (Now that would not be enough - you must show how he felt a greater sense of purpose.  Inlcuding information about his life before he encounters the garden and after he encounters the garden is important.)  

    Tio Juan felt a greater sense of purpose in his life.  His great-nephew, Gonazlo, said that even though Tio Juan had been the "oldest man in his pueblo" when he lived in Guatemala, "here he became a little baby."  When Tio Juan discovers the garden and begins planting, he is able to be useful and do something he is good at.  Gonzalo realizes that because of this, "He changed from a baby back into a man."

    If you were writing about how Tio Juan's life was changed the most, you would need to have three supporting details to support your claim.  Above, I have one supporting detail: he felt a greater sense of purpose.  Perhaps another supporting detail might be that the garden allowed him to communicate with others and become a part of a community other than his family.  I would then need to show how this was true.  How did the garden allow him to commuicate with others and become a part of a community?  

    Seedfolks Paragraph - Instructions and Requirements

    Note:  This can be printed in my classroom when you walk into class on Thursday.

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    Monday, September 16, 2019 - Read Chapter Titled "Florence" in Seedfolks and the Afterword Titled "From Seed to Seedfolks" (read in class today);  Character Whose Life Was Changed the Most (due on Tuesday, September 17)

     

    1.)  Chapter titled "Florence" in Seedfolks and the Afterword Titled "From Seed to Seedfolks"  - Today in class we read the chapter in Seedfolks that is titled "Florence" on pages 82-87.  We also read the afterword that is titled "From Seed to Seedfolks" on pages 89-101.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    2.)  Character Whose Life Was Changed the Most - Title a piece of notebook paper with this title, "Seedfolks - Character Whose Life Changed the Most - (Insert the Name of the Character You Choose/Chose)" - You will select one character whose life you believe (and/or think you can successfully argue) was changed by the Gibb Street Community Garden more than any other character in Seedfolks.  I recommend that you thoughtfully make this choice.  I have listed all the characters you might select below. 

    After you make your choice, make a list of evidence that proves how this character's life was changed.  This list of evidence should be written in four or five bulletpoints (or more).  If you write, for instance, that Sae Young began to trust people, it is important that you include examples of how this was a change in her life and inlcude evidence to show how she began trusting people.  You might want to include direct quotes from the book when these quotes are powerful and meaningful to your claim.  In addition, I encourage you to include page numbers.  This is not required but may prove useful later.  Finally, you are not limited to only the evidence in one chapter.  The character you chose may appear in stories of other characters.  (due on Tuesday, September 16).

    Characters in Seedfolks: Kim, Ana, Wendell, Gonzalo, Tio Juan, Leona, Sam, Teenager Who Grows Pumpkins, Virgil, Virgil's Father, Sae Young, Curtis, Royce, Nora, Mr. Myles, Maricela, Maricela's baby, Amir, and Florence.

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    Friday, September 13, 2019 - Read Chapter Titled "Amir" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Was Labeled, Stereotyped or Prejudged (due on Monday, September 16); Explore the CultureGrams Database (due Monday, September 16)

     

    1.)  Chapter titled "Amir" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the chapter in Seedfolks that is titled "Amir" on pages 73-81.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

    Next week you will select a character from Seedfolks whose life you believe was changed by the garden more than any other character in the book.  You may want to begin scanning the book to help make your decision.   You will then find evidence to support your decision and defend this claim in a paragraph and in a Socratic Circle.

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry -  A Time I was Labeled, Stereotyped or Prejudged: Write for 15 minutes.  Please read the Thursday, September 5 and last night's (Thursday, September 12) homework entry for more detailed information about the Writer's Notebook Entries.  We are striving to zoom in on the memory or moment you are writing about and tell it with great detail.  

    Important note:  I expect that 15 minutes of writing will be equalivalent (equal) to at least three-fourths to one page of writing (with an average writing font without skipping lines).  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (due at the beginning of class on Monday, September 16)

     

    3.)  Explore the CultureGrams Database - We spent time in class today and yesterday exploring a country of interest to us in the CultureGrams Database.  Today, you were to list five interesting pieces of information about the culture you were studying on the "CultureGrams Outline" handout you were given in class.  These pieces of information can be from any section/category of the database and do not need to be written in complete sentences.  If you did not finish this in class today, you will do so over the weekend.  The steps for accessing the CultureGrams Database on the King County Library website were handed out yesterday and can be found below.  You will also find the handout, "CultureGrams Outline," below.  This was handed out in class today.

    If you have trouble accessing the CultureGrams Database through KCLS, you may want to try this:  online.culturegrams.com 

    Note:  If you do not have access to a computer at home, I encourage you to seek out computer access at the public library, our school libarary (after school), or come to my classroom.  I am here in my classroom most days after school.  If you cannot gain access to a computer, please bring a note from home letting me know.  At McMurray Middle School, we also have computers to loan students.

    Steps for Accessing the KCLS Databases - 

    CultureGrams Outline 

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    Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Read Chapter Titled "Maricella" (in class); No New Homework Was Assigned Tonight; I encourage you to add more detail to your previous Writer's Notebook Entries; Above and Beyond Options (listed below)

     

    1.)  Chapter titled "Maricela" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the chapter in Seedfolks that is titled "Maricela" on pages 66-72.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

    2.)  Optional:  Add more detail to your Writer's Notebook Entries.  Some of you have Writer's Notebook entries that are a half-page long or less.  I expect that in a 15 minute period of time, your entries will be approximately three-fourths to one page long (with standard handwriting and without skipping lines).  I encourage you to go back to some of your shorter entries to add more detail or write about another topic/moment.  On nights when I do not assign homework, you are always invited and encouraged to read more and/or go above and beyond in some way.  

    Above and Beyond -  A few options for going above and beyond are:

        *  Write another chapter about the life of one of the characters in Seedfolks.  What happens to Royce, Kim, Sae Young, Curtis...?  

        *  Draw or paint a picture or create a three-dimensional model of the Gibb Street Garden in Seedfolks.  

        *  Research more about community gardens.

        *  Continue exploring different cultures in the CultureGrams Database.

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    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Read Chapters Titled "Curtis" and "Nora" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Made Amends, Started Over, Helped Someone or Was Inspired By an Elder (due on Thursday, September 12)

     

    1.)  Chapters titled "Curtis" and "Nora" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the chapters in Seedfolks that are titled "Curtis" and "Nora" on pages 50-65.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    We started to discuss what character's life was most changed by the garden.  Begin thinking about how the garden changed each of these character's lives.  

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry -  I Made Amends, Started Over, Helped Someone or Was Inspired By an Elder: Write for 15 minutes.  Please read the Thursday, September 5 homework entry for more detailed information about the Writer's Notebook Entries.  We are striving to zoom in on the memory or moment you are writing about and tell it with great detail.  

    You may also continue a previous entry, write about a previous prompt (given on a different date), and write about something very loosely related to these topics/prompts (or even a moment in your life that is not related to these prompts).  I give these possible topics/prompts each day because I want to help you to find a story from your life experience that is of interest to you, that you want to tell, and that you can tell in great detail.  Do whatever you can in your writing to help the reader share the experience with you.  

    Important note:  I expect that 15 minutes of writing will be equalivalent (equal) to at least three-fourths to one page of writing (with an average writing font without skipping lines).  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (due at the beginning of class tomorrow, Thursday, September 12)

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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Read Chapters Titled "Virgil" and "Sae Young" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Was Disappointed, Hurt, Contributed or Overcame Something (due on Wednesday, September 11); Culture - At least five bulletpoints about assigned aspect (due tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11)

     

    1.)  Chapters titled "Virgil" and "Sae Young" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the next chapters in Seedfolks that are titled "Virgil" and "Sae Young" on pages 36-50.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry -   A Time I Was Disappointed, Hurt, Contributed or Overcame Something: Write for 15 minutes.  Please read the Thursday, September 5 homework entry for more detailed information about the Writer's Notebook Entries.  We are striving to zoom in on the memory or moment you are writing about and tell it with great detail.  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (due at the beginning of class tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11)

     

    3.)  Culture - Today we began a discussion about culture.  You were assigned one aspect of culture in the United States (recreation, arts, visiting, greetings, health, diet, etc.).  Create a bulletpoint list on a piece of notebook paper and describe this asepct of our culture.  This is your point of view and there are really no wrong answers.  Please feel free to discuss this with your family and get their ideas and thoughts.  Tomorrow, we will look at the CultureGrams database to see how this source describes our culture in the United States (due tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11).

    Culture - Explain One Aspect

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    Monday, September 9, 2019 - Read Chapters Titled "Leona" and "Sam" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Stood Up for Something/Someone, Was Persistent, or Spent Time with An Older or Younger Person (begun in class - due on Tuesday, September 10) 

    1.)  Chapters titled "Leona" and "Sam" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the next chapters in Seedfolks that are titled "Leona" and "Sam" on pages 23-35.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry -  A Time I Stood Up for Something/Someone, Was Persistent, or Spent Time with An Older or Younger Person: We began this entry in class.  If you did not write for 15 minutes, you will do so at home tonight.  Please read the Thursday, September 5 homework entry for more detailed information about the Writer's Notebook Entries.  We are striving to zoom in on the memory or moment you are writing about and tell it with great detail.  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (due at the beginning of class tomorrow)

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    Friday, September 6, 2019 - Read Chapter Titled "Gonzalo" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Had to Be the Adult, Was New, or.... (began in class - due on Monday, September 9); Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9); Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16)

     

    *** We also listened to part of the podcast, "Squirrel Cop" (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/510/fiasco/act-three-0) and received our new humanities binders.  These binders should be taken home each night with your Writer's/Reader's Notebooks.

     

    1.)  Chapter titled "Gonzalo" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the next chapter in Seedfolks that is titled "Gonzalo" on pages 17 - 22.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Had to Be the Adult, Was New, or... -  We began this entry in class.  If you did not write for 15 minutes, you will do so at home tonight or over the weekend.  Please read last night's homework entry for more detailed information about the Writer's Notebook Entries.  Today, we spoke about zooming in on the memory or moment you are writing about and telling it with great detail.  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (This entry is due at the beginning of class on Monday.)

     

    3.)  Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9):  See the Tuesday, September 3 assignment entry below for more detailed information.  

     

    4.)  Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16):  See the Tuesday, September 3 assignment entry below for more detailed information.  

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    Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Read Chapter Titled "Wendell" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Felt... (due tomorrow); Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9); Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16)

     

    1.)  Chapter titled "Wendell" in Seedfolks  - Today in class we read the next chapter in Seedfolks that is titled "Wendell" on pages 11 - 16.  If you were absent today, please read these pages upon your return.

     

    2.)  Writer's Notebook Entry - A Time I Felt... -  Today, you will find a good place to write.  On the first page of your Writer's and Reader's Notebook, write an entry about a time in your life when you felt sad, suspicious, misunderstood or scared.  We are writing an entry that relates to the first three characters we met in Seedfolks (Kim, Ana, and Wendell).  You might also choose to write about a time that you felt brave, bossed around, or helpful.  You only need to choose one of these to write about.  

    Before you begin to write, you may choose to create a list of memories/of times you felt a certain way.  Sometimes before I begin to write, I like to brainstorm a list of ideas until I come up with one that I really want to write about.  After you choose a memory to write about, set a timer for 15 minutes.  This is a freewrite where you will just write, and write, and write about this memory without worrying about the spelling, neatness, and punctuation.  If you run out of things to write about this memory before the 15 minutes is over, try to think about other details you could add.  What were you feeling (sense of touch and emotion), thinking, smelling, hearing, seeing, and/or tasting.  Describe the setting.  If you still can't think of more to write, begin writing about another memory.  

    You may write for more than 15 minutes if you would like to.  (This entry is due at the beginning of class tomorrow.)

     

    3.)  Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9):  See the Tuesday, September 3 assignment entry below for more detailed information.  

     

    4.)  Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16):  See the Tuesday, September 3 assignment entry below for more detailed information.  

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    Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Reading Interest Survey (in class); Read Chapters Titled "Kim" and "Ana" in Seedfolks (read in class today);  Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9); Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16)

     

    1.)  Reading Interest Survey - Today in class, we completed a Reading Interest Survey.  If you did not finish this and hand it in today, please complete this tonight and hand it in tomorrow.  A copy of this survey is attached below.

    Reading Interest Survey

     

    2.)  Read Chapters Titled "Kim" and "Ana" in Seedfolks (read in class today) - We read the first two chapters in Seedfolks today (pages 1-10).  If you were absent, please read these chapters upon your return to school.

     

    3.)  Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9):  See last night's homework entry for more detailed information.  

     

    4.)  Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16):  See last night's homework entry for more detailed information.  

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    Tuesday, September 3, 2019  - Syllabus (last page signed - due on Monday, Sept. 9); Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" (due Monday, September 16)

     1.)  Syllabus - You were given the course syllabus in class today.  This is a document you must keep in your humanities binder for the entire school year.  Documents that you receive from me that are copied on yellow paper are intended to be resources and should be kept in your binder for this school year.  The final page of your syllabus must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to me by Monday, September 9

     Seventh Grade Humanities Syllabus 2019-2020

     

    2.)  Parent/Guardian "Homework Assignment" - Please deliver the letter to your parent/guardian and the attached "homework assignment" this evening.  I have asked parents/guardians complete this by Monday, September 16.

     Letter to Parents and Guardians - September 3

     As a word document /typable : Parent or Guardian Homework Assignment 2019

     As a pdf:  Parent or Guardian Homework Assignment 2019

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