Ms. Conn's and Ms. Sarlin's Freshman English Assignments, Spring 2018

Ms. Conn's and Ms. Sarlin's Freshman English Assignments
Spring 2018

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignments
Thursday, February 15th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Over 10 million people died in the Holocaust. About 200,000 are believed to have survived. Is survival selfish?

2. Discuss/Share: Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

3. KAHOOT on the plot and vocabulary in Night (top three winners will earn extra credit: a free HW!)

4. Preview the next text we're going to read on the Monday after the vacation: "Is Survival Selfish?" What are your predictions? How is this text connected to Night?

How can we prove our understanding of the strategies to survive and vocabulary in Night? Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Night Vocabulary Quiz

2. Work Period: Finish the ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY EXAM on Night. You will FINISH THE ESSAY IN CLASS ONLY. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook (go to p. 308). Here's the Essay Question: Is Night a good representation (example or portrayal) of the strategies to survive during the Holocaust? You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

How can we prove our understanding of the strategies to survive in Night when we compose an argumentative essay? Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018: Work Period: ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY EXAM on Night. You will WRITE THE ESSAY IN CLASS ONLY. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook (go to p. 308). Here's the Essay Question: Is Night a good representation (example or portrayal) of the strategies to survive during the Holocaust? You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

2. Study for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz.

How can we prove our understanding of the strategies to survive in Night when we compose an argumentative essay? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:
  • QUIZ on the Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 20% of the 1st marking period.
  • FINISH THE IN-CLASS ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY on NIGHT. It will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade.

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Monday, February 12th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What are good strategies for surviving harsh conditions (like the Holocaust)? Identify two.

    Show owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period:

  • In the Collections textbook, FINISH answering the questions on p. 314 (only #1-5). Write your answers in complete sentences in your LA section of your notebook. Show for classwork credit.

    4. Discuss/Share: Review the answers to the questions on p. 314 (only #1-5).

  • How can we prepare for tomorrow's argumentative essay on Night? ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY EXAM WILL BE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th:
  • ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY EXAM on Night. You will WRITE THE ESSAY IN CLASS ONLY. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook. You will be given the essay question on Tuesday only. You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

    DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • QUIZ on the Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 20% of the 1st marking period.

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Friday, February 9th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What do you believe is a strong argumentative essay question (it should be a "yes" or "no" question) about Night? Think about what we've been discussing and refer to your class notes/charts.

    Show HW: Vocabulary Flashcards

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Introduce Night Vocabulary List.

    3. Mini-Lesson:

  • Introduce the Argumentative Essay Outline. Remember the SPAPAC mnemonic device (method of remembering) for the body paragraphs.

    4. Work Period: In the Collections textbook, begin answering the questions on p. 314 (only #1-5). Write your answers in complete sentences in your LA section of your notebook.

  • How can we prepare for next week's assessments on Night? ESSAY EXAM (in class ONLY) THIS COMING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th:
  • ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY EXAM on Night. You will write it in class ONLY. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook. You will be given the essay question on Tuesday only. You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

    DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • QUIZ on the Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 20% of the 1st marking period.

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Access your assigned computer. Go to HMH Central Login (Scholastic).
  • Enter username: your OSIS #
  • Enter password: your date of birth: 4-digit year, month, day: yyyymmdd
  • Click ENTER

    2. Work Period:

  • Click up to three genres that you like to read and click NEXT (top right)
  • Answer the pre-assessment questions based on the reading(s) and click NEXT after each question.
  • Start the ASSESSMENT that will measure your READING LEVEL (Lexile score) and ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS. Click NEXT after each question until you've completed the assessment.
  • When you get your LEXILE (reading level) SCORE, take a picture of it as proof that you've completed the assessment. This will count for classwork credit!!

    3. When you've finished the reading assessment, you may work on the HW (vocabulary flashcards).

  • How can we successfully complete the Reading Inventory and access our reading level? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th:
  • Compose flashcards for all of the vocabulary words on the Night Vocabulary List. Create on index cards, loose leaf or an electronic device. Write the vocabulary word and part of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) on the front of the card. Write the definition and an original sentence (write your own sentence; don't copy from the sample sentences, internet or another source). *You may use an electronic flashcard app.

    DUE NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th:

  • ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY on Night. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook. You will be given the essay question on Tuesday only. You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

    DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • QUIZ on the Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 20% of the 1st marking period.

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Choose one of the following questions.
  • Why do you believe Elie Wiesel chose to call his memoir Night?
  • How might Night be different if Elie Wiesel had written it right after the Holocaust (he wrote it over 10 years later)?

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Introduce Night Vocabulary List.

    3. Work Period:

  • Finish filling in the chart on the struggle for survival in Night (turn it in for class credit!).
  • Begin HW.

  • How do people struggle to survive in Night? DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th:
  • Compose flashcards for all of the vocabulary words on the Night Vocabulary List. Create on index cards, loose leaf or an electronic device. Write the vocabulary word and part of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) on the front of the card. Write the definition and an original sentence (write your own sentence; don't copy from the sample sentences, internet or another source). *You may use an electronic flashcard app.

    DUE NEXT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th:

  • ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY on Night. You will follow this Argumentative Essay Outline format. You will be allowed to use your class notes (including the chart and Do Now's) on Night and the textbook. You will be given the essay question on Tuesday only. You will have all of class to complete the essay. If you need extra time, special circumstances may be available. This will be 50% of the 1st marking period grade. You will be provided a grading rubric, and you will be graded on content, analysis and command of evidence.

    DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:

  • QUIZ on the Night Vocabulary List. You MUST know the definitions for each vocabulary word and how to compose each word in a sentence. This quiz grade will be 20% of the 1st marking period.

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Tuesday, February 6th, 2018: 1. Do Now: How do people endure great suffering (in horrible times like the Holocaust and other torturous experiences)?

    Turn in any owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Read-aloud p. 309-310 in Collections textbook, which is the excerpt from Night. Begin filling in the chart on the struggle for survival in Night.

    3. Reflections: How would you evaluate Night as a text teaching readers how to endure suffering?

  • How do people struggle to survive in Night? Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)
    Monday, February 5th, 2018: 1. Do Now: Access a Collections textbook. Turn to p. 308. Read the top two paragraphs from the excerpt of Night, a memoir on the Holocaust by Elie Wiesel. Answer one of the following questions:
  • What textual evidence supports the theme of the struggle for survival on p. 308 and why?
  • What is the author's purpose for using literary techniques (choose one: imagery or tone) in his memoir? Find textual evidence of one literary technique.

    Turn in HW: Turn in Creative or Analytical Writing on the Struggle for Survival

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Read-aloud p. 308. In your LA section, do the following:
    *Write any words/phrases that are difficult to understand or unfamiliar
    *What is the purpose for including dialogue?

    3. Reflections: What are your impressions of today's reading of the excerpt from Night?

  • What is the author's purpose for using imagery, dialogue and tone in Night? Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)
    Friday, February 2nd, 2018: 1. Do Now: Which homework writing opportunity (creative or analytical writing) are you going to choose and why?

    Show HW: Show owed HW.

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Work Period: Work on the HW due Monday.
    Creative Writing or Analytical Writing Opportunity. Choose one.

  • Creative Writing: Choose one sentence from p. 307 as your first sentence in a creative, fictional story in which you imagine what the Struggle for Survival was like during the Holocaust. Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Show the struggle for survival, using all the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste). Use imagery and other literary techniques (such as similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing) and literary elements (conflicts, characters, setting, and plot).
  • Analytical Writing: What is the author's purpose in writing a memoir about the struggle to survive during the Holocaust? Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Explain how and why Elie Wiesel (the author) writes about the struggle for survival. Use textual evidence (at least two quotes from p. 307) to support his purpose for writing about this struggle. You should include the definition of author's purpose. You may include your prior knowledge about other people's struggles for survival (around the world, throughout time, and in your personal life).

  • How can we compose creative/analytical writing on the struggle for survival in Night? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5th:
    Creative Writing or Analytical Writing Opportunity. Choose one.
  • Creative Writing: Choose one sentence from p. 307 as your first sentence in a creative, fictional story in which you imagine what the Struggle for Survival was like during the Holocaust. Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Show the struggle for survival, using all the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste). Use imagery and other literary techniques (such as similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing) and literary elements (conflicts, characters, setting, and plot).
  • Analytical Writing: What is the author's purpose in writing a memoir about the struggle to survive during the Holocaust? Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Explain how and why Elie Wiesel (the author) writes about the struggle for survival. Use textual evidence (at least two quotes from p. 307) to support his purpose for writing about this struggle. You should include the definition of author's purpose. You may include your prior knowledge about other people's struggles for survival (around the world, throughout time, and in your personal life).

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Thursday, February 1st, 2018: 1. Do Now: Access a Collections textbook. Turn to p. 307. Read the opening two paragraphs from the excerpt of Night, a memoir on the Holocaust by Elie Wiesel. Answer one of the following questions:
  • What is the author's purpose for writing his memoir?
  • What is the author's purpose for using literary techniques (choose one: verbal irony or imagery) in his memoir? Find textual evidence of one literary technique.

    Show HW: Show completed goal sheet (you must receive a stamp), turn in student contract, and show supplies (folder and labeled notebook sections (DNA, LA, LS, and HW).

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Read-aloud p. 307. In your LA section, write the following (include the title Night, by Elie Wiesel): Why do you believe this novel has been so popular (it's been published in over 30 languages and sold over 6 million copies)?

    3. Use your electronic device and play the Kahoot game on Class Rules. Top 3 winners will earn a free HW pass!

    4. Introduce HW

  • How can we understand the author's purpose for writing and using literary techniques in Night? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5th:
    Creative Writing or Analytical Writing Opportunity. Choose one.
  • Creative Writing: Choose one sentence from p. 307 as your first sentence in a creative, fictional story in which you imagine what the Struggle for Survival was like during the Holocaust. Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Show the struggle for survival, using all the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste). Use imagery and other literary techniques (such as similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing) and literary elements (conflicts, characters, setting, and plot).
  • Analytical Writing: What is the author's purpose in writing a memoir about the struggle to survive during the Holocaust? Write two handwritten pages (or one, typed, double-spaced page). Explain how and why Elie Wiesel (the author) writes about the struggle for survival. Use textual evidence (at least two quotes from p. 307) to support his purpose for writing about this struggle. You should include the definition of author's purpose. You may include your prior knowledge about other people's struggles for survival (around the world, throughout time, and in your personal life).

    Make up owed HW (see the previous day's assignments!)

  • Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: 1. Do Now: Read the Syllabus. Access your designated computer. Which goal do you most want to work on this semester (from the syllabus)? How can you accomplish this goal?

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with the CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.
  • Review the contents of the Syllabus

    3. Begin HW.

  • How can we understand the syllabus and class rules? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st:
  • Bring in a folder (only for English class) and a notebook/binder with labeled sections: Do Now's and Aim's (DNA), Literary Analysis (LA), Language Skills (LS), and Homework (HW).
  • Turn in the completed Student Contract (you and parent/guardian have to complete it). It was distributed in class, and it can be found here: Syllabus and Student Contract.
  • Complete and turn in the Goal Sheet for the 2nd semester (it was distributed in class)
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: 1. Do Now: What are some rules that your family has at home? Why are they important? Did you have me as your teacher last semester? If so, what were some class rules?

    2. Discuss/Share:

  • Turn and talk with your table mates. Share your Do Now answers with a chosen CAPTAIN at your table. Captains from each table will share the answers with the entire class.

    3. Mini-Lesson: Read Essential Class Rules

    4. Reflections: How do you think adhering to the class rules will contribute to your success?

  • How can we understand the classroom rules and procedures? Review the Essential Class Rules for tomorrow's Kahoot game!

    DUE THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st:

  • Bring in a labeled notebook/binder and an English folder. Your notebook/binder must be labeled with the following sections: Do Now’s and Aim’s (DNA), Literary Analysis (LA), Language Skills (LS), and Homework (HW).
  • Turn in the completed Student Contract (you and parent/guardian have to complete it). It will be distributed in class, and it can be found on the last page of the Syllabus.
  • Complete and turn in the Goal Sheet for the 2nd semester (it will be distributed in class)