Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Jones’ 9th grade literature class! The 2017-2018 school year is upon us and we can make it anything we’d like! There are so many opportunities for learning, growth and success, and I am genuinely excited to be taking this journey with you!

In order to stay connected, I will post our learning plans weekly. If you’d like to know what’s coming up or if you were absent and need to catch up, this blog (in addition to the “absent bin” located in the student area of the classroom) is the place to visit.

My hope is that you’ll see me as less of a teacher and more of a success coach. I want to learn. I want you to learn, and I want us both to leave this semester better than we were when we began.

Here’s to a great year! Go Falcons!

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Week of May 21st – May 23rd

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Review for Test
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Film
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Group OMAM test
      • Closing:
        • NA

 

  • Tuesday
    • Final Exam

 

  • Wednesday
    • Final Exam

Week of May 14th – May 18th

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Characters and Complications Chart
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Chapter 3 of OMAM
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Chapter 4 of OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing:
        • T.O.D.
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • Text Dependent Questions: Finish Ch. 4
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Chapter 4 of OMAM
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Chapter 5 of OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing:
        • T.O.D.
  • Wednesday
    • Opening:
      • Conflict Chart
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Chapter 5 of OMAM
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Chapter 6 of OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing:
        • T.O.D.
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Revisit Anticipation Guide
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Theme / Motif
        • Discuss Title
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Dream Chart
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OMAM Study Guide
      • Closing:
        • NA
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • NA
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review for test
        • OMAM Film
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Finish Study Guide
      • Closing:

Review

Week of May 7th – May 11th

  • Monday
    • EOC

 

  • Tuesday
    • EOC

 

  • Wednesday
    • EOC

 

  • Thursday
    • Movie Day

 

  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite: What are your thoughts about the EOC?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Chapters 1 and 2 of OMAM
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Chapter 3 of OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing: Review

Week of April 30th – May 4th

  • Monday
    • Opener:
      • Literary Terms Crossword Puzzle
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Characterization (OMAM Charts)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review Ch. 1 & 2 of OMAM
        • Read Ch. 3 (pp. 38 – 52) of OMAM
        • Comprehension / Interpretation Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Constructed Response: Marginalized Individuals
      • Closing:
        • Share out
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • USA Test Prep
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • EOC Overview
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • EOC Practice Test (on EOC Platform)
        • Finish Ch. 3 of OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Comprehension / Interpretation Questions
      • Closing:
        • EOC Q&A Session
  • Wednesday
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • On Demand Timed Writing Strategies
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Constructed Response
      • Closing:
        • Exemplars Discussion
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review On Demand Timed Writing Strategies
        • Review Constructed Response V. Extended Writing
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Extended Writing Response
      • Closing:
        • Self-Evaluations (Rubric and Checklist)
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review Game
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • NA
      • Closing:

Q&A Session

Week of April 23 – April 27

  • Monday
    • Opener:
      • USA Test Prep: Characterization
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Characterization (Flat/Round, Dynamic/Static, Indirect/Direct)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review exposition from Ch. 1
        • Read Ch. 2
        • Comprehension Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Interpretation Questions
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • Personification, Metaphor, Simile Activity
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review: Direct and Indirect Characterization
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Ch. 3 and Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OMAM Characterization Charts
      • Closing:
        • Share out
  • Wednesday
    • Opening:
      • Personification, Metaphor, Simile Activity
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Theme (Brain Pop)
        • Lesson: P.O.V.
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Ch. 3 and begin Ch. 4
        • Comprehension Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Interpretation Questions
      • Closing:
        • See independent practice
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Personification, Metaphor, Simile Activity
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson: OPTIC – How to
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • OPTIC – whole class
        • Finish Ch. 4 and all questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OPTIC
      • Closing:
        • Share Out
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • P.O.V.
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review week’s topics
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • OPTIC Share Out
        • Real World Connections
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Conflict Chart
        • Literary Term Exercise
      • Closing:

See Independent Practice

Week of April 16th – April 20th

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Unit 4 Pre Test
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson: Introduction to Of Mice and Men
          • Historical context
          • About the author
          • Unit vocabulary
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Historical and Social Context Video
        • Discussion
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Anticipation Guide
      • Closing:
        • Share out
  • Tuesday
    • Opener:
      • USA Test Prep
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Conflict
        • Review Plot points
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Close Reading of Ch. 1
        • Ch.1 Comprehension and Interpretation Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Conflict Map
      • Closing:
        • Share Out
  • Wednesday
    • Opener:
      • USA Test Prep: Characterization
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Characterization (Flat/Round, Dynamic/Static, Indirect/Direct)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review exposition from Ch. 1
        • Begin reading Ch. 2
        • Comprehension Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Interpretation Questions
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Personification, Metaphor, Simile Activity
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review: Direct and Indirect Characterization
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Ch. 2 and Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OMAM Characterization Charts
      • Closing:
        • Share out
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Personification, Metaphor, Simile Activity
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review the week’s lessons
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Ch. 3
        • Comprehension Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Interpretation Questions
      • Closing:

See independent practice

Week of April 9th – April 13th

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • $10.00 Summary (Romeo and Juliet)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review R&J Plot
        • Review Theme
        • Lesson: Foil Characters
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • K-W-L (What did you learn?)
        • R&J Theme discussion
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Irony exercise
        • Foil Characters worksheet
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Tuesday
    • RI / Test Prep (room 237)
  • Wednesday
    • Opener:
      • Make a list of everyone who could be blamed for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths?
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review R.A.C.E.
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Constructed Response: Who’s to Blame?
        • Silent Read
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Choose an essential question and answer it in 3-4 sentences.
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Romeo and Juliet Test
      • Closing:
        • See independent practice
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Think-Pair-Share: Were Romeo and Juliet truly in love?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Watch Romeo & Juliet
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Extra Credit Assignment (Compare / Contrast the play and the movie)
      • Closing:

See independent practice

Week of March 26th – March 30th

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Plot the Storyline of Romeo and Juliet.
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Acts I and II
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Analyze Act III, Scenes 1-3
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading Questions
      • Closing:
        • Share Out
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite: Share about a time when your parents would not allow you do something that you desperately wanted to do.
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review yesterday’s reading
        • Read / discuss the remainder of Act III
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading Questions
      • Closing:
        • What do you think will happen next?
  • Wednesday
    • Opener:
      • Sonnet Activity
      • RACE Review
      • Constructed Response: Sonnet 147 (Common Assessment)
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Finish / Review Yesterday’s Reading
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Discuss Act IV
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading Questions
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite:  Describe a time when a little decision you made had a big consequence.
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson – Foil Characters
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Discuss Act IV & Act V
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing:
        • See independent practice
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite: Were Romeo and Juliet truly in love?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Act IV
        • Watch the remainder of the film
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading questions
      • Closing:

See independent practice

Week of March 19th – March 23


  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson: Sonnets
        • Lesson: Romeo and Juliet Background Info
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Analyze Sonnet 18 (SpringBoard 326)
        • Read / Analyze Sonnet 130
        • Read / Analyze R&J Prologue (SpringBoard 364) **original
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions (1 – 2)
      • Closing:
        • Share Out
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Essential Questions
        • Review Prologue
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Discuss Act 1, Scenes 1 -3 of R&J
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading Questions
      • Closing:
        • What do you think of Romeo so far? Juliet?
  • Wednesday
    • Opener:
      • Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Finish / Review Yesterday’s Reading
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Discuss Act 1, Scene 4, 5
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading Questions
      • Closing:
        • See Independent Practice
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite:  Share about a time when your parents would not allow you do something that you desperately wanted to do.
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Finish / Review Act 1
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read / Discuss Act 2, Prologue – Scene 3
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing:
        • Predict: What do you think will happen next?
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite: Is Romeo truly in love with Juliet? Explain your answer.
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Finish / Review yesterday’s reading
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Act 2
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Guided Reading questions
      • Closing:

See independent practice

Week of March 12th – March 16th

  • Monday
    • Opening:
      • Unit 2 Post Test
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Peer Editing Instructions
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Peer Editing exercise
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Final Drafts (Argumentative Essays)
      • Closing:
        • What have you learned about MLA formatting and guidelines?
  • Tuesday
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary QHT (Unit 2 Terms)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson: Unit Goals and Essential Questions
        • Lesson: Intro to Drama / Shakespeare
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Videos: Shakespeare & the Elizabethan Theater
        • Video Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Anticipation Guide: Romeo and Juliet
      • Closing:
        • Guide Share out
  • Wednesday (HALF DAY)
    • Opener:
      • Independent Reading
      • K-W-L: Romeo & Juliet and Discussion (whole group)
  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • Independent Reading
    • Work Session:
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review: What does it mean to Come of Age?
        • Review: Vocabulary
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Gnomeo and Juliet
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • $5.00 Summary
      • Closing:
        • Summary Share Out
  • Friday
    • Opening:
      • Independent Reading
      • Unit 3 Pretest
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson: Monologues & Themes
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Monologue from As You Like It (SpringBoard p. 361, 362)
        • Answer Text Dependent Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Check Your Understanding: Based on the monologue, briefly explain what Shakespeare is trying to convey about Coming of Age.
      • Closing:

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