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 Nov. 13 – Nov. 17

  • Monday:
    • Opening:
      • Quickwrite: Did you enjoy OMAM? Why or why not?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review presentation expectations
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Finish Freedom Writer’s Extra Credit Assignment (after presentations)
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OMAM Presentations
  • Tuesday:
    • SRI / USA Test Prep (EOC Practice Test)

 

  • Wednesday:
    • EOC Prep Class Rotations

 

  • Thursday
    • Opening:
      • USA Test Prep
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • EOC Prep: Writing (Analyzing prompts and author’s purpose)
        • Poetry Lesson – Model how poets use words to activate our 5 senses.
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Use chart to fill in words that describe each object displayed on projector.
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Students will choose 5 objects per group to describe activating the 5 senses and record on chart (teachers will have objects as well).
      • Closing: Share out word choices used to activate the 5 senses.
  • Friday
    • Opening: USA Test Prep
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Introduce EOC Prep Extra Credit Assignment
        • EOC Prep: Unfamiliar words (context clues & prefixes and suffixes)
        • Poetry Lesson – Review yesterday’s lesson on how poets use words to activate our 5 senses; introduce poem and recite, “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes.
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • After reading and discussing poem, “Dream Deferred”, we will write our sensory experiences and jot down the examples of imagery from the poem, “Dream Deferred”.
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Students will collaborate with partner and write their sensory experiences of the poem, “When Ur Hero Falls” by Tupac Shakur.

Closing: Students will present their answers.

Week of Nov. 6 – Nov. 10

 Monday:

    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Quick OMAM Review
        • Review OMAM Alternate Book Report expectations
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • OMAM Test (Group Work)
        • Work on OMAM ABR
  • Tuesday:
      • Teacher Work Day

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening:
      • USA Test Prep
      • Common Assessment #9 (Vocabulary Post Test)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set the agenda
        • Explain Amnesty Day
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Work on ABR
        • Work on Missing Assignments
      • Closing: See independent Practice

 

  • Thursday:
      • EOC Class Rotations

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: EOC Strategies
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • NA
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Freedom Writers
      • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

  • Monday:
    • Opening:
      • Vocabulary Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Mini Lesson on Foil Characters
        • Review Chapters 1 – 5 of OMAM
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read Ch. 6
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Anticipation Guide – Revisit

 Tuesday:

    • Opening: Vocabulary exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Go over Film Questions
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • View OMAM
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Film Questions
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening: Vocabulary Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review film questions
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • View Film
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • Film Questions
        • Closing: See independent Practice

 

  • Thursday:
    • Opening: Vocabulary Review & QHT
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Alternative Book Report
        • Go over OPTIC
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • OPTIC
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Work on / Study OMAM Study Guide
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: Common Assessment #8 – OPTIC
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set agenda for the day
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • NA
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Work on Alternative Book Report
        • Work on study guide
      • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Oct. 23 – Oct. 27

  • Monday:
    • Opening:
      • USA Test Prep – Reading Literacy
      • Common Assessment #7: Vocabulary Pretest
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set purpose for reading
          • Looking at the rising action of the novel
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Read Ch. 3
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • List plot points of the Rising Action
        • Closing: Discussion

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Opening: Vocabulary review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set purpose for reading
          • Review SIFT strategy
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Finish Chapter 3 and begin chapter 4
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • SIFT (Group Work)
        • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening: Real World Connections Quickwrite
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set purpose for reading
          • Have students find one quote that is significant to them
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Finish reading ch. 4
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • Quote – Why is it significant? How does it relate to the real world?
          • Letter to the Government (Group Work)
        • Closing: See independent Practice

 

  • Thursday:
    • Opening: Text Dependent Questions (Ch. 3 & 4)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Mini Lesson: Foil Characters
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Apply Foil Characters to OMAM
        • Begin reading Ch. 5
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Characterization Exercise
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: Conflict Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Vocabulary Review (QHT)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Complete Ch. 5
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Response Notes / Text Dependent Questions
      • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Oct. 16 – Oct. 20

  • Monday:
    • Warm Up: USA Test Prep
    • Opening: Anticipation Guide
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Introduce Of Mice and Men
          • Historical Context
          • About the Author
          • Introduce Unit Vocabulary
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Historical & Social Context Video & Handout
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • Word Maps (Group)
        • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Opening: Quickwrite: How can context contribute to the understanding of a novel?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Unit Expectations
        • Review Conflict
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Close reading of Chapter 1
        • 1 Response Notes / Text Dependent Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Conflict Chart (Group work – Springboard pp. 235, 236)
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening: USA Test Prep: Characterization
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Mini Lesson – Plot Development
        • Review – Characterization (Flat/Round, Dynamic/Static, Indirect/Direct)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Review exposition from Ch. 1
        • Begin reading Ch. 2 (pp. 17 – 26)
        • Whole Group Discussion Throughout
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Analyzing George & Lennie (Group Work – Handout)
      • Closing: Group Presentations

 

  • Thursday:
    • Warm Up: Historical Context Quickwrite
    • Opening: Idiom Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set purpose for reading
          • Review SIFT strategy
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Finish reading chapter
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • 2 Response Notes / Text Dependent Questions (Independent work)
          • SIFT (Group Work)
        • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: Real World Connections Quickwrite
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Set purpose for reading
          • Have students find one quote that is significant to them
        • Guided Practice (We do):
          • Read Ch. 3
          • Response Notes / Text Dependent Questions
        • Independent Practice (You do):
          • Quote – Why is it significant? How does it relate to the real world?
          • Letter to the Government (Group Work)
        • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Oct. 9 – Oct. 13

  • Monday:
    • Opening: N/A
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): N/A
      • Guided Practice (We do): N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • SRI Testing
        • Vocabulary Review
      • Closing: N/A

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Opening: Common Assessment 5 & Editing Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Mini Lesson on Peer Editing
        • MLA Review
        • Preview Embedded Assessment (p. 64)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Peer Edit Argumentative Essays
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Make Revisions
        • Begin Final Draft. DUE TUESDAY
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening: MLA Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): N/A
      • Guided Practice (We do): N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Final Draft of Argumentative Essay
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Thursday:
    • Opening: Close Reading Exercise (USA Test Prep)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Preview “The Gift of the Magi” (p. 106)
        • Introduce SIFT Strategy
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read & Annotate short story
        • Text Dependent Questions
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • SIFT (Group Work)
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: Close Reading Exercise (USA Test Prep)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Figurative Language and Irony
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Read & Annotate “Lambs to the Slaughter”
        • Discussion
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Critical Thinking Questions (group)
        • Defense Attorney Exercise (group)
      • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Oct. 2 – Oct.

  • Monday:
    • Opening: USA Test Prep
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): N/A
      • Guided Practice (We do): N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Common Assessment 4 (Constructed Response)
      • Closing: N/A

Students will be given the class period in order to complete their constructed response.

  • Tuesday:
    • Opening: Role Play – create effective arguments using rhetorical appeals (p. 69)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Preview Embedded Assessment (p. 64)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Unpack Embedded Assessment (p. 91, 92) & discuss topics
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Choose a topic and read / annotate articles
      • Closing: Prewrite

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Opening: Vocabulary Review
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): N/A
      • Guided Practice (We do): N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Rough Draft of Argumentative Essay
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Thursday:
    • Opening: Language Checkpoint (p. 115, 116)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Review Punctuation within sentences
        • Lesson on Works Cited & MLA Format
      • Guided Practice (We do):
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Self-edit (for punctuation errors)
        • Peer Edit (for content)
      • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Opening: Common Assessment 5
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): N/A
      • Guided Practice (We do): N/A
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Final Draft
      • Closing: See independent Practice

Week of Sept. 18 – Sept. 22

 Monday:

    • Warm Up: Independent Reading
    • Opening: Unit 1 & 2 Vocabulary Quiz
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Review TP-CASTT Analysis
      • Guided Practice (We do): Complete TP-CASTT on “Fire & Ice” (p.104)
      • Independent Practice (You do): Answer questions 3-5 (p. 104, 105) & complete TP-CASTT
    • Closing: Check your understanding (p. 105) – Complete sentence frame

**Time permitting, we will begin Tuesday’s lesson**

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Warm Up: Common Assessment 4 (Constructed Response)
    • Opening: Think-Pair-Share: What effect does the writer achieve by using specific sentence types and patterns (syntax)?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Mini Lesson on Irony & Story Preview (p. 106)
      • Guided Practice (We do): Read and annotate “The Gift of the Magi” (p. 107 – 110)
      • Independent Practice (You do): Text Dependent Questions (p. 111)
    • Closing: Go over Text Dependent Questions

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading
    • Opening: Quick Write: In a complete sentence, write a possible theme for “The Gift of the Magi”
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Mini Lesson to Opener: Determining Theme (allow them to rework their theme sentence)
        • Introduce the SIFT Strategy (p. 112)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Apply Sift Strategy to “The Gift of the Magi” (p. 113)
        • Language Checkpoint: Using Punctuation within Sentences (p. 115)
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Complete SIFT Chart for “The Gift of the Magi”
        • Language Checkpoint: Questions 1 – 4 & Practice (pp. 115, 116)
      • Closing: Complete Language Checkpoint

 

  • Thursday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading
    • Opening: Quick Write: How do authors and speakers persuade and influence an audience? (2-3 complete sentences)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Preview Embedded Assessment 2 (Argumentative Essay)
        • Introduce relevant terms (claim, counterclaim, etc.)
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Unpacking Embedded Assessment 2 (Argumentative Essay)
        • View Presentation “Why Go?” and complete chart (p. 65)
        • Building an Argument & Questions 1-4 (pp. 66 – 67)
      • Independent Practice (You do):

Check your understanding (p. 68)

  • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading & Log
    • Opening: Quick Write: Why are ethos, pathos and logos effective?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
        • Lesson on Rhetorical Appeals
      • Guided Practice (We do):
        • Role Play – create effective arguments using ethos, logos & pathos
        • Listen, read & annotate President Barack Obama’s Speech (pp. 70 – 74)
      • Independent Practice (You do):
        • Text Dependent Questions 1 – 7 (pp.74, 75)

Closing:  Working From the Text (p. 75)

Week of Sept. 11 – Sept. 15

Monday & Tuesday  – School Closure (Inclement Weather)

  • Wednesday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading
    • Opening: Post-it Exercise “What makes a good story?”
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Unit 2 objectives, vocab QHT, and mini Lesson on P.O.V.
      • Guided Practice (We do): Comparing P.O.V. (p. 99, 100)
      • Independent Practice (You do): Begin Homework (P.O.V. Worksheet)
    • Closing: See independent practice

 

  • Thursday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading
    • Opening: Review P.O.V. homework & pre-lesson activity to Figurative & Literal Language (p. 103)
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Vocab review & Intro to TP-CASTT Analysis
      • Guided Practice (We do): Read and annotate “Fire & Ice” (p.104) & Begin TP-CASTT
      • Independent Practice (You do): Answer questions 3-5 (p. 104, 105) & complete TP-CASTT
    • Closing: Check your understanding (p. 105) – Complete sentence frame

 

  • Friday:
    • Warm Up: Independent Reading & Log
    • Opening: Think-Pair-Share: What effect does the writer achieve by using specific sentence types and patterns (syntax)?
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Mini Lesson on Irony & Story Preview (p. 106)
      • Guided Practice (We do): Read and annotate “The Gift of the Magi” (p. 107 – 110)
      • Independent Practice (You do): Text Dependent Questions (p. 111)

Closing: Go over Text Dependent Questions

Week of Sept. 4 – Sept. 8

  • Monday:
    • Warm Up: Holiday
    • Opening:
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do):
      • Guided Practice (We do):
      • Independent Practice (You do):
    • Closing:

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Warm Up: USA Test Prep
    • Opening: Work Session – Media Center Orientation
      • Instruction (I do):
      • Guided Practice (We do):
      • Independent Practice (You do):
    • Closing:

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Warm Up: USA Test Prep
    • Opening: Short Editing Exercise
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Review editing techniques
      • Guided Practice (We do): Writer Checklist & Peer Edit (SpringBoard Organizer)
      • Independent Practice (You do): Revisions
    • Closing: SSR

 

  • Thursday:
    • Warm Up: USA Test Prep
    • Opening: Finalize Short Story Final Draft & Common Assessment
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Preview the story
      • Guided Practice (We do): Read and annotate an excerpt from Always Running (p.37).
      • Independent Practice (You do): Share annotations and answer questions in groups or pairs.
    • Closing: SSR & See independent practice

 

  • Friday:
    • Warm Up: USA Test Prep
    • Opening: Quickwrite: in 5-7 sentences summarize yesterday’s reading
    • Work Session –
      • Instruction (I do): Notes on Poetry
      • Guided Practice (We do): Read and annotate “Race Politics” (p.39, 40) Discuss and complete second read
      • Independent Practice (You do): Venn Diagram and text dependent questions

Closing: SSR