Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Finals tomorrow: 3rd and 5th

Third period, your final is tomorrow.  Sixth and seventh, you are on deck for Thursday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homework 12/12; Drama Quiz tomorrow!

Remember to finish all the questions for workbook pages 305-315 (that we tore out today).  We will take the drama/"The Shakespeare Stealer" test tomorrow, so review the terms as well!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

IANS pp. 50-67 due starting tomorrow!

Don't forget to have them ready to turn in!  1/2 tomorrow (Tuesday), 3/4 Wednesday, 6/7 Thursday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

IANs due for the last check next week!!!!

Pages 50-67 (except 66, which has nothing on it yet) will be due starting Tuesday.  (1st/2nd on Tuesday, 3rd/4th on Wednesday, 6th/7th on Thursday).  Make sure yours is put together and all assignments are complete.  This check will be a doozy as there are lots of pages, so get it done!  :D

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Homework 12/6

Finish the Drama "Fill-in-the-Blank" notes.  They start on p. 780 in your textbook, and go on p.67 in your IAN.  Also, don't forget that next week your IANs are due and you need everything not only in there, but also completed (pp. 50-67 so far)!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is your notebook put together and complete?

They are due next week!  Just reminding you to make sure pp. 50-63 are DONE and taped in!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reminders: 12/3

Just a reminder you should have pp. 47, 50-63 done in your notebook so you can use all that information on your test tomorrow.  I won't be there, so make sure you bring them with you to class and work diligently, as the test will be collected at the end of the period!  Also, 1st-4th periods, you are in the PLC room again tomorrow, and 6th and 7th, you are in our regular room.  Be good, good luck, and see you Wednesday!  Carpe Diem!!  ;)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reminder 11/29

You should be making sure all work is COMPLETE on pp. 50-61 in your notebooks.  Remember that you can use your notebook on your test Tuesday, so help yourselves out!  Carpe diem!  ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Homework 11/20

Please finish both a rough draft AND a final, decorated draft of your Thanksgiving sonnets.  Remember to follow the ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme and use imagery, talk about things you are thankful for, and/or use humor (as well as any other poetic devices we have learned about or you already know).  And enjoy your time off from school!  :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Homework 11/15

Whose homework is it?  Mine.  Who's going to do it?  You.  Yep, that's right.  Don't forget to do the Whose/Who's worksheet before class!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Reminder: IANs due this week!

Just reminding you that IANs are due this week (TOMORROW if you are in 1st and 2nd periods, Wednesday for 3rd and 4th, and Thursday for 6th and 7th).  Make sure you have all the work done and taped down for pp. 40-49.  Also, if you didn't finish the work on Friday, they are due at the beginning of the period, so finish them up!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Homework 11/9

If you didn't finish the story and OER in class today, make sure you finish this weekend.  You MUST have a rough and a final draft for full credit.  Hope you have a great weekend!  :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Homework 11/8

Finish the "Fill in the Blank" Poetry notes if you didn't in class.  Also, please work hard in class with Ms. Griffin (your sub) tomorrow, as whatever you don't finish will be due Tuesday at the beginning of class (and you probably would like to enjoy your three day weekend)!  ;)

Homework 11/7 (Sorry forgot to update last night!)

You needed to finish your OER (rough and final) for "The Giant's House."  Sorry about the late (or early as it is morning) notice!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Homework 11/5

Tonight is just writing your final draft of the "...Walter Mitty" OER.  Use the rough draft we wrote in class to do this.  :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Homework 10/30

I gave you an extra day to do that storyboard, so get it done tonight if you haven't already...no more extensions!  Also, 3/4 periods notebooks due tomorrow (Wed) and 6/7 due Thursday, so make sure they are taped down and ready to go.  (1/2, if you need to turn yours in late, tomorrow is the day!)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Homework and Reminders 10/29

HOMEWORK tonight is to finish the storyboard you started in class.   Remember that there are 5 boxes on the bottom of Mitty's daydreams and 4 on the top for his real life.  Pictures, quotes, and color are necessary in the boxes and the theme/explanation of non linear plot importance on the back!

REMINDERS: You will take a quiz on "...Walter Mitty" tomorrow, so the storyboard is a helpful review!  IANs are due this week (pp. 28-39).  1st/2nd tomorrow, 3rd/4th Wednesday, and 6th/7th on Thursday, so make sure they are ready!  

Carpe diem, minions, and get everything together and turned in!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homework 10/25

Do the green "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" sheet, please!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homework 10/24

Tonight is the (blue/blew) homonyms worksheet.  (It's/Its) a fairly quick (won/one), so work (you're/your) (weigh/way) (through/threw) and finish it!  ;)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

One Pagers (summative grade) due Monday!

Don't forget to finish your one-pagers this weekend.  They are due at the BEGINNING of class!  Have a great weekend...Carpe Diem! ;)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


In the interest of doing better on the summative grade and making sure you REALLY get it (and since I am not going to be at school tomorrow to help), I am moving the due date to MONDAY for the one pagers.  That means tomorrow's 9-Week Exam is your last grade of the 9 weeks!!  Make sure you try hard and get your rough drafts together so I can give you guidance on them Friday!  I hope this helps, and good luck on the test...CARPE DIEM!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10/16 Reminders

Tomorrow is PSAT/Field Day in the morning, so make sure you report to the proper place (auditorium for field day, various classrooms for PSAT--see library windows for your room).  As of right now, you should be working on your One-Pager.  However, the due date may be moved to Monday (since I won't be seeing morning classes again until Friday).  If that happens, it will not be put on this 9 weeks' grade.  Either way, make sure you do your best on the CBA type test with the substitute on Thursday (because that one WILL be on this 9 weeks), and on the One-Pager (whenever it is due b/c it will still be a summative!)  That is all for now!  :D

Monday, October 15, 2012

Homework 10/15

Finish the "Harrison Bergeron" questions we started in class tonight, please!!  (It will help you on your one-pager, which is a summative grade!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homework 10/9

Homework tonight is to cut and paste the plot parts for "Harrison Bergeron" onto the provided plot map.  Make sure you do it, please!!  And don't forget notebooks are due this week (1/2 late credit tomorrow, 3/4 tomorrow, 6/7 Thursday)!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Homework 10/5

Finish your "Harrison Bergeron" vocab word definitions, synonyms, and antonyms this weekend, please!  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I wanted to remind you to practice tonight.  Presentations start right away at the beginning of class, so be ready!  :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Homework" 10/2 and other news...

Two-voice poems will be presented Thursday (remember these are big summative scores), so tonight keep brainstorming ideas to share with your partner tomorrow (which is the last day to get it complete w/your partner).  Let's finish this story and move on to "Harrison Bergeron"!  :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Homework 10/1

Please have the character chart for your character (Rainsford or Zaroff) complete when you get to class tomorrow!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Homework 9/28

Don't forget to create a symbol to represent Zaroff and one represent Rainsford (p.24-IAN)  Keep in mind, you are giving a picture to show character traits, not pictures of the characters themselves.  Also, if you are trying to have more time to work with your partner on the actual two voice poems on Monday, you can be working on your character charts this weekend!  :D

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Bring your forms back to your 2nd period teachers!  This is super important, so do it as soon as possible!!!!  (2nd period, I want a pizza party!!)  Thanks, and see you tomorrow.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Summative Grade Alert: UPDATE

The quiz will be Monday, so make sure you review this weekend!  I will be around Monday morning if you have any last minute questions!  :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Summative Grade Alert!

Don't forget that your quiz over "The Most Dangerous Game" will be either tomorrow or Monday.  Make sure you review the plot, conflicts, etc. before!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homework 9/19

Make sure you finish identifying the parts of the plot (exposition, inciting incident, rising actions, climax, falling actions, and resolution).  Also write where the conflicts take place, and what kind they are (ex:  external/man vs. nature).  We are on the downhill slope to the weekend!  :)

Ahoy, me maties!

Arrr, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day!  :D

Homework 9/18

Oops.  I was doing so much grading last night, I forgot to remind you to finish the plot sequence activity!  You should have them all glued or taped down in time for class.  I will be in there this morning if you need to come in!  And don't forget notebooks are due for 3rd and 4th period today!  (6th and 7th due tomorrow, 1st and 2nd, y'all's are done!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Interactive Notebooks due this week and HW (9/17)

Notebooks are due for the first time this week, so make sure you have them together.  What is together?  Numbered, table of contents numbered and filled in, and all work taped/glued in on appropriate pages.  What pages are being graded?  1-17!  If papers fall out, I won't grade them, so make sure they are in there securely!  1st and 2nd period will turn them in on Tuesday, 3rd and 4th on Wednesday, and 6th and 7th on Thursday.  Have them put together, PLEASE!

Also, if you haven't finished all 18 plot panels for "The Most Dangerous Game." Make sure each panel has both pics and quotes from the story!

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Homework" 9/14

You should have 14 panels completed (including the four from class today) on Monday when you come to class.  We are almost done with the story, so make sure you are all caught up!  (In case you have forgotten, the last event we read in class today was Rainsford getting Zaroff with a Malay Mancatcher!)  Have a great weekend, kiddos!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Homework 9/13

You need to do the next 5 panels (or boxes) for the plot events in "The Most Dangerous Game."  You should have a piece (quote) from the story and a picture of what is going on.  Can you believe tomorrow if Friday again already?  

Homework 9/12

Sorry I forgot to update the blog last night!  The homework due today is to have 5 panels (or boxes) filled in with the first 5 important events (focus on plot)  from "The Most Dangerous Game."  You should have a piece (quote) from the story and a picture of what is going on.  :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Homework 9/10

Last time for now...Don't forget to write questions on the left side of your Cornell notes (that your notes on the right side will then answer) and write a summary/reflection of today's info at the bottom.  Remember, that the summary/reflection should not be as long as the notes themselves! (We finished these Literary Elements notes finally!!!  Yay!!!)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Homework 9/7

Don't forget to write questions on the left side of your Cornell notes (that your notes on the right side will then answer) and write a summary/reflection of today's info at the bottom.  Remember, that the summary/reflection should not be as long as the notes themselves!   (If this sounds familiar, it should.  You are doing the same thing you did for Thursday's notes, just on Friday's!  Thanks, and hope you have a great weekend!)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homework 9/6

Don't forget to write questions on the left side of your Cornell notes (that your notes on the right side will then answer) and write a summary/reflection of today's info at the bottom.  Remember, that the summary/reflection should not be as long as the notes themselves!  See you tomorrow...TGIF!  :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Your final mandalas are due tomorrow, so make sure they come in complete!  You will need to write about them tomorrow, so don't forget!!  :)

Monday, September 3, 2012


Some reminders at the end of this long weekend....Don't forget to bring your composition notebooks to class tomorrow, to be working on your final mandalas, and to bring your parents to Open House tomorrow evening, 6-8!   Hope you had a great weekend, and see you tomorrow!  :D

Friday, August 31, 2012

Important "Stuff" 8/31

Just a reminder that you NEED your composition notebooks for class on Tuesday and you should be working on the final drafts of your mandalas.  The final drafts will be a summative grade and will be due on Wednesday at the BEGINNING of class.  Make sure you bring your symbol notes, quickwrites, the blue worksheet (#5.1a-b), and mandala rough drafts Tuesday so we can put them on their pages in your notebooks.  Have a great weekend, and see you next Tuesday!  :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Homework 8/30/12

Tonight's homework is "The Symbols of My Life" chart (on the back of the blue "What is a Mandala?" paper).  Make sure you have 10 in each column.  Remember, it might be easier to brainstorm the first column, then the third column, then the second column.  Happy thinking!  :D

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homework 8/29/12

Be sure to summarize today's notes about symbols and signs on the bottom of your Cornell notes.  Remember a summary should be 3-5 sentence and include main details.  I will check at the beginning of class, so make sure you are prepared!  :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

You have homework in English!

Just reminding y'all to get your discipline plan signed and finish your "Getting to know you" Facebook worksheet for turn in tomorrow.  Also, you NEED a composition notebook by Tuesday.  See you tomorrow!  :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


...don't forget to bring them to class tomorrow.  All of them unless a teacher has told you to hold on to them.  You have 2 for English.  (P.S. Act II-III Test tomorrow, IANs due Thursday!)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Last due dates!

This week marks the end of turning things in, kiddos.  Here are the details:  Wednesday:  Textbook turn in (yes, bring all of them), R&J Act II-III Test; Thursday:  IANs (pp122-129) due.  That's it until you take your finals next week!   (And yes, I'm grading grading grading to get everything done!)  We are in the home stretch!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Act I Test due tomorrow (Summative grade!)

Just reminding you to complete the Act I test as it is due at the beginning of class tomorrow!

Friday, May 11, 2012


Don't forget to bring them Monday, as they will NOT be accepted late!!!  Email or Facebook me questions if you have them (don't expect an instantaneous response, but I will get back to you).  Good luck, and can't wait to see them!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Good Lucks and Reminders!

First, I want to wish you all good luck on your STARR tests this week.   Eat a good breakfast and do your best!    And just a reminder that your project is due in less than a week (Monday, May 14)!!  Make sure you get it all together, complete with parenthetical citations and a proper works cited page (don't forget www.easybib.com!), as NO late projects will be accepted.   Okay, now go "Rock the STARR!"  (Get it?  It's punny!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Don't forget you need to be working on your research project NOW as it is due in less than 2 weeks (May 14, in case you have forgotten)!!  Don't wait until the last minute, and remember...NO LATE PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!  Good luck!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Presentations begin tomorrow!

You need to bring your IANs to be graded (pp.114-121), make sure the orange rubric is in it (p. 119) so you don't lose 30 points, and bring your source/notecards if you are scheduled to present tomorrow.  You should bring the same stuff on Friday if you are scheduled for Friday.  Practice and time your presentations, please.  Good luck!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

IANS/Notecards/Presentations due soon!

Make sure you have them ready to go before Thursday to be safe.  We will work on your summaries for presentations in class tomorrow.  Don't forget to check out Mrs. Thompson's links (http://mrs-ts-tidbits.blogspot.com/p/renaissance-information-links.html) if you need to do some more research at home tonight!

Monday, April 16, 2012

IANS/Research notecards due the day you present (Thurs or Fri)!!

Make sure you have pp.114-121 complete and taped down.  You will give me the notebook when you go up to present.  After you finish, your notebook and presentation will be graded and you will turn in your notecards.  I will get them back to you the next week.  Notebooks are worth 250 pts, notecards are worth 180 points, so make sure you get it all together!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Links for research at home


This link will take you to Mrs. Thompson's list of credible sites about the Renaissance and Elizabethan Era.  These are reliable and usable.  Feel free to research for yourself as well, but make sure you document your sources correctly.  If they aren't credible (things like Yahoo Questions), they won't count as a source.  If you are in doubt, check in with me Monday or email/ask on the class Facebook page!  Happy hunting, kiddos!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Research Info

Don't forget that we will only be researching in class for 3 more days!  Tutoring isn't a bad idea if you are not near your 4 sources/8 notecards minimum.  (And don't forget to look at the websites that are guaranteed to be credible that are in the folder on the board...and Ms. T's blog:  http://mrs-ts-tidbits.blogspot.com/ .)  Presentations are 4/19 and 4/20.  Notecards will be due on 4/20.  Final projects due May 14.  Good luck and happy researching!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

IANs due this week!

I will collect 6th and 7th on Wednesday and the rest (1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th) on Thursday (although if you are in those classes and yours is ready, you can turn it in early).  You will have a few minutes to put it together and fill in the table of contents tomorrow (Wednesday).  I will be grading pp.100-114.   (That is a lot of pages, so find all the "stuff" that goes in there!)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Almost done w/English 1 STAAR!

Keep the focus and do your best on the reading test tomorrow...You got this! (Especially when you can find good textual evidence for the OER/short responses.  *wink*)

Good luck, kiddos,
Ms. A

Good luck, kiddos!

You can do it!  Just remember, I believe in you, so believe in yourself!

Ms. A

Friday, March 23, 2012

Last STAAR Academy is tomorrow!

Don't forget, the writing test is Monday and the reading test is Tuesday, so come see us and get any last minute pointers tomorrow, 3/24/12!  Sessions run from 9-12:30.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Homework 3/22/12 (Last one this week!!)

Complete the revising and editing STAAR practice packet (the one with the turtle on the front).  Make sure you do BOTH parts of it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Homework 3/21/12

Complete the Ann of Green Gables STAAR practice packet.  We will go over it before reading another one act play on Thursday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reminder: Last make-up for timed Literary Essay is Wednesday

The last chance to make up the literary essay from March 2 is after school tomorrow, Wednesday, 3/20/12, 4:10-5:00.  See you after school!

Homework 3/20/12

Don't forget to do the practice STAAR reading/multiple choice tonight!  ("Hungry Bears...")  It is due at the beginning of class.  And don't forget about STAAR Academy this Saturday, 9-12:30!

Monday, March 19, 2012

STAAR Academy/Countdown to EOC/STAAR test...

The test is in less than 1 week!  We take the writing portion on Monday, 3/26/12, and the reading portion on Tuesday, 3/27/12.  The last opportunity for a little extra help will be this Saturday, 3/24/12.  Hope to see you there!

Homework 3/19/12

Reminder of your homework for tonight:  Finish the grammar practice packet (the second "Revising and Editing: Passage 2..." is what is left).  Also, complete the pathos/logos chart about "Carry Your Own Skis."  Remember, there will be homework each night this week, but it shouldn't take you long.  Please help yourself get ready for the EOC/STAAR next week!  =]

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Homewok 3/8/12

Don't forget to finish questions about "Carry Your Own Skis" (p. 526) tonight!  :D

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Reminder to finish reading...

..."Carry Your Own Skis" pp. 522-526 by tomorrow (Thursday).  See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thursday, 3/8, after school make up day for timed essay

If you were absent or went to the pep rally during 7th period on Friday, 3/2, you need to come to my classroom this Thursday, 3/8, to make it up.  We will begin at 4:15 and finish at 5.  Please be prompt and ready to work!  :D

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Homework 3/1/12 (prep for a summative grade...)

Take 10-15 minutes and fill out the graphic organizer to plan your literary essay (write a story about the power of imagination, with or without the picture as a focus).  You will write the essay in class tomorrow.  This is practice in timed writing and will be due at the end of the period, so keep an eye on the time!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Homework 2/28/12

Remember to find the proof from each story and explain them for the connection OER we started together in class today.  Good luck, and see you tomorrow!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

You need to finish your test....

...if you didn't in class.  Remember that the Open Ended Response question (In "A Celebration of Our Grandfathers," why is the influence of grandparents on grandchildren important?) is due at the BEGINNING of class, so finish it tonight.  (Use APE!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


It is a summative grade.  So make sure you reread it and are familiar w/what makes up an author's style (pages before the essay in the book...p. 441-452).  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FINAL DRAFTS DUE TOMORROW! (And test postponed to Thursday...)

Don't forget to finish essays tonight!!!  (And if you came by my room this afternoon, I apologize, I didn't realize I had a meeting.  I will be there in the morning tomorrow for any last minute help you may need!)

And remember we changed the day for the test to Thursday, so make sure you have read it so the discussion "makes sense" to you tomorrow!  ;)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oh, yeah, and a test on Wednesday...

...over the essay from the book, "A Celebration of Our Grandfathers."  Just wanted to make sure you have read it and are ready!  :D

Homework Reminder...

Just want to remind y'all that your questions are due tomorrow and your final drafts are due Wednesday.  Enjoy your Presidents' Day!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Summative Grade Alert...Teen Expression Expository Essay

Final drafts of your essay are due no later than Wednesday, 2/22/12.  If you haven't had a writing conference, we will have it on Tuesday.  Remember this is a summative grade, so make sure you do it!  Have a great weekend!

Homework 2/17/12

Due on Tuesday:  Questions that go with "A Celebration of Grandfathers"  (both the margin questions and the Critical Thinking questions on p. 452).  The answers go on pages 98 and 99 in your IANs.  (Test over this selection this will be Wednesday or Thursday next week!)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Homework 2/8-9/12

Don't forget to finish your thesis statements and outlines for your essays tonight.  Tomorrow the substitute teacher will give you your paper for the rough draft.  You need to write it during the period.  If you don't finish it, it is homework (due Friday at the beginning of class).  Be good, and happy writing!  =]

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Homework 2/2/12

Don't forget to finish short answer #3 (What knowledge did Walker gain from learning about hip-hop?)  Both the rough and final draft should be completed at the BEGINNING of class.  See you tomorrow!  =]

Homework 2/2/12

Don't forget to finish short answer #3 (What knowledge did Walker gain from learning about hip-hop?)  Both the rough and final draft should be completed at the BEGINNING of class.  See you tomorrow!  =]

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homework 1/31; IANS due this week

Don't forget to do short answer question #2 (Do you think Walker's judgement of modern hip hop is fair or biased?) for homework tonight (rough AND final draft).  Also, pp. 84-89 due this week.  4th/5th periods due tomorrow, 6th/7th on Thursday.  If you are in 1st/3rd and didn't turn it in today, make sure you turn it in late tomorrow!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Homework 1/24

Don't forget to reread "Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" and highlight/underline diction that shows the author's tone.  We will be using this tomorrow in our A.P.E. short answers, so please please please do it!!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Be the Change" Projects/Test Corrections

Work hard on the projects over the next couple of days, kiddos!  Don't forget, it is a summative grade.  I will help on Friday to make sure you haven't missed anything, but you should be close to done by then.  Also, test corrections can begin on Friday.  Remember that they must be done by the following day or you will not receive any additional credit.  (+3 points for each corrected error)  Be good, and see you on Friday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Super STAAR Academy

Don't forget the first Super STAAR Academy is this Saturday, 1/14/12.  It starts at 9 and goes until 12:30.  You can leave early if needed, but you must be on time to get in.  Go to student entrance by the commons to get in, and happy test prepping!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Homework 1/9/12

Don't forget to do the Vocab worksheet I gave y'all today (about breakdancing).  It is due tomorrow at the beginning of class on Tuesday!

IANS due this week

The first interactive notebook check of the semester is this week.  Same schedule as always (1/3 on Tuesday, 4/5 on Wednesday, 6/7 on Thursday).  Make sure the table of contents is filled in!