Quarter 2 ends for students today. Students had the chance to do credit recovery on the objective portion of their unit test on The Things They Carried; students could earn back half of the credit they lost. If they finished corrections early, they began work on a vocabulary assignment.
Homework: complete the vocabulary assignment from class.
Students completed a vocabulary activity that mirrors the sections on the assessment and uses the morphemes. We started a practice passage to review for the ACT, which all juniors will take Feb. 20. All unit test makeups should have been completed by today.
Homework: Study morphemes and suffixes.
Students reviewed vocabulary morphemes and completed a crossword puzzle using words that contain the morphemes from Lesson 12. All credit recovery assignments for the novel were due today.
Homework: Jan. 23 is the last day to complete unit test makeups.
Students completed part of WordSkills lesson 12. They had an opportunity to do one last credit recovery for Quarter 2 on the following assignments:
1. a replacement for the film viewing guide
2. the two projects can still be completed and submitted (one on war songs [30 points] and one on poetry about Vietnam [60 points])
3. students may complete the reading and questions for “On the Rainy River” or “The Ghost Soldiers” in The Things They Carried to replace a zero on one of the story assignments.
Homework: all credit recovery items must be in by Jan. 16 at 4:10 p.m. All unit test makeups must be complete by Tuesday, Jan. 23. Students will NOT have any more class time to complete this work.
Students took their unit test for the unit featuring The Things They Carried.
Homework: complete the short vocabulary assignment, and don’t lose your notes!
We covered some of WordSkills Lesson 12. We played a review game in preparation for the Unit Test January 14.
Homework: Study for the Unit Test on The Things They Carried, which is next class. See your review packet for the test outline and for study tips. Don’t forget that your completed Character Chart 2 counts for 10 percent of your test score, and you may earn extra credit for the complete discussion questions.
We began a new morphology lesson; lesson 12 of WordSkills. I reviewed the unit test content once more, and students had time in class to work on the discussion questions or Character Chart 2.
Homework: study for the unit test, which will be Monday, Jan. 14.
Students did an ACT review passage. We discussed the format of the unit test and began the discussion of the themes in the novel. Students got discussion questions to help explore the themes — these can be completed for extra credit on the test, and students should remember the Character Chart 2 is a part of the unit test points — they’ll turn it in on the day of the test for 10 percent of the test points. Students had a chance to do credit recovery on the test on pronouns. If you were absent, you’ll have to schedule time outside of class to do the credit recovery before Jan. 11.
Homework: begin studying for the unit test: read any stories you haven’t, work on discussion questions, complete character chart 2. You can still submit your Kahoot review; it was a class grade. You must share it with me (via the instructions on the handout) by Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Students worked to create a review game for The Things They Carried in Kahoot. This was a classwork grade, so if you were absent, get the instructions from me to finish it by Jan. 7 so I’ll have time to put them together for the review on Jan. 8. We will use those to review for the Unit Test, which will be Jan. 14. We will use the next three class periods to review the novel. Today was the last day to turn in work for the last three stories in the novel: “Speaking of Courage,” “Notes,” and “In The Field.”
Homework: read any parts of the novel that you didn’t.
Students had time in class to finish the Vietnam War poetry mini-project. It was due today. In addition, we started the last story we will do from The Things The Carried, which is “In the Field.”
Homework: students should finish the mini-project for late credit if they didn’t finish in class. They should also finish reading “In the Field” and complete the questions before next class. We will discuss the responses to “Speaking of Courage,” “Notes,” and “In the Field” next class, so students will not be able to get credit for those assignments after the beginning of next class. Students will not be able to earn credit for the stories in the text after the winter break, so all late work must be in before break starts. If students will be absent before the last day, they should submit work through email.
Fourth period students had a “One Day Sale” in which they could make up missing assignments for partial credit. They also had a homework check for the questions for “Speaking of Courage.” A Day students had the homework check and they started a war poetry mini-project.
Homework: Students may still submit the work for “Speaking of Courage,” and “Notes” for late credit next class.
School was not in session December 10-12 because of inclement weather
Third period students had a “One Day Sale” in which they could make up missing assignments for partial credit. They also had a homework check for the questions for “Speaking of Courage.” B Day students had the homework check and they started a war poetry mini-project. We’ll flip the assignments the next B Day.
Homework: Read “Notes” in The Things They Carried (page numbers are on the assignment sheet) and complete the questions.
We finished reading “Speaking of Courage” in The Things They Carried and students had time to complete the questions.
Homework: catch up on any missing work.
We worked again with figurative language and applied the terms directly to the chapters we read about Tim O’Brien. We also had time to work on the second character chart and began the series of stories around Norman Bowker and Kiowa (“Speaking of Courage,” “Notes,” and “In the Field”). We started “Speaking of Courage” in class. Today was the last day to turn in work for “The Man I Killed,” “Ambush,” and “Good Form.”
Homework: Read the next section of “Speaking of Courage,” through the bottom of page 143 in the paperback book, and up to the last paragraph on page 137 in the hardback book.
We finished work reading “The Man I Killed,” “Ambush,” and “Good Form.” Students had time to complete the reflection questions and work on our character chart a little more. Remember that the complete chart will be a part of the final unit test. Today was the last day to turn in he work from “How To Tell a True War Story” in The Things They Carried. We began looking and figurative language and we be more direct with applying that to the O’Brien stories next class.
Homework: Friday (Nov. 30) is the last day to make up the pronoun test. If you didn’t finish the reflection questions for “The Man I Killed,” “Ambush,” and “Good Form,” finish those for homework and be ready to hand them in at the beginning of next class.
Students were supposed to turn in the work from “How To Tell a True War Story” in The Things They Carried. We revisited the characters in the book, adding details about characterization from the rest of the stories we have read in the book. Stories so far: “The Things The Carried,” “Love,” “Spin,” “Enemies,” “Friends,” and the most recent one referenced above. We started the series of three short stories on Tim O’Brien, the soldier: “The Man I Killed,” “Ambush,” and “Good Form.” We will finish those next class.
Homework: Friday (Nov. 30) is the last day to make up the pronoun test. If you didn’t finish “How to Tell A True War Story,” Thursday is the last day to turn that in.
Students took their pronoun test. After that, they had time to finish the reading and questions from the last portion of “How To Tell a True War Story,” from The Things They Carried.
Homework: If you didn’t finish the questions from “How to Tell a True War Story,” do so for homework and finish the questions to turn in at the beginning of next class. Absent students should complete that story, as well, and arrange a time to make up the test before Nov. 30
Students continued work with “How to Tell a True War Story,” and did a last practice/review of pronouns. That test is next class, and we will finish the short story from The Things They Carried.
Homework: study for the test.
Students completed a review for the pronouns test, which will be Tuesday, Nov. 20. We began working on “How to Tell a True War Story,” together in class. I’ll return the pronoun practice from Nov. 9 next class and we’ll do a last review before the test.
Homework: Study pronouns. Finish the questions for “Enemies” and “Friends” if you haven’t, and finish the War Songs activity. Friday, Nov. 16 will be the last day to turn in those assignments.
Students completed and turned in a pronoun review exercise. We discussed the two stories from The Things They Carried: “Enemies” and “Friends.” Students turned in questions for those stories.
Homework: Complete any outstanding work from class.
Students had a last chance to turn in the first five assignments for the quarter and a few minutes in class to work on their War Songs posters. We reviewed questions from “Spin,” and read “Enemies” and “Friends” in The Things They Carried.
Homework: Complete the questions for “Enemies” and “Friends.” Complete your War Songs poster if you didn’t.
We did an activity with war and protest songs in class. Students will have an additional ten minutes to complete that activity next class. They must also turn in “old business’ by the beginning of next class: pronoun practice 1 and 2, the viewing guide from Two Days in October, the activity for “Love,” and the activity from “Spin.” That will be the last day to get credit for those assignments related to The Things They Carried.
Homework: finish and old business; finish the preparation work for your war song so that you can just put your poster together in the limited time you have next class.
We completed the DPS Student Climate Survey. Then students read “Spin,” the third story from The Things They Carried. They had to complete an assignment sheet after reading. They turned in their film guide for Two Days in October, and I collected the second pronoun practice and the memoir/fiction assignment for “Love”. So far for second quarter, students have homework grades for two pronoun practices, the assignment for “Love,” the viewing guide and the assignment for “Spin.”
Homework: Make sure you have finished with the assignment for “Spin.” You can email me for the sheet if you were absent.
I collected the pronoun 2 practice. Then we watched Two Days in October, a documentary about the protest movement and the war in Vietnam. Students completed a viewing guide. If you were absent, you can stream the film at pbs.org:
You’ll have to email me directly for the viewing guide. If you were sleeping during the film, you’ll have to stream it at home and get your parents email me confirmation that you watched it before I’ll accept your viewing guide.
Homework: Make sure you have finished reading “Love,” (pages 26-29 in The Things They Carried) and completed the handout for memoir/fiction.