Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Quiz: The Boys in the Boat
(makeup deadline 9/7 at lunch)

Share teacher sample of Commonplace Books assignment

HW: Complete steps 1-4 of Commonplace Books assignment.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Review SOAPS and rhetorical situation, share SOAPS homework
Introduce Commonplace Books assignment
Introduce first few vocabulary words from The Boys in the Boat

Fantastic resource: Try using the dictionary at Vocabulary for all of your word analysis needs. It's a phenomenal way to look up new words!

HW: Select an article on the 2016 Rio Olympics: either a news article or op-ed piece, print or clip and bring to class tomorrow with a draft summary paragraph (step 3 from Commonplace Books handout). Write an example sentence or draw a picture for the words discussed in class today.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Today's PPT - review syllabus quiz, then practice Escalating Questions technique for discussing How It Went Down
Period 3 only: approve class norms

Textbook room: Check out 2nd ed of Language of Composition

HW: Read pages 1-7 of Chapter 1 and complete the SOAPS activity on pages 6-7.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Class Ethics
Share explanation of your core value
Create class ethics and share
Turn in values one-pager

Google Form for period 3 class ethics

Google Form for period 4 class ethics

HW: Review summer reading - Bring How it Went Down tomorrow if you have a copy. Reading quiz over The Boys in the Boat next Monday or Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Welcome Back!
Daily Agenda
Complete Student Information Form
First Day Letter for Parents and Students
Optional Parent Homework Assignment: Parents, please feel free to email your response to me!

Create a tree map - classify Values, Morals, and Ethics and discuss examples and non-examples to arrive at clearer definitions of these concepts
Tree Maps we made
Values Packet - select 5 core values and write them on the blank side of your index card. Be prepared to share tomorrow.

HW: Catch up on or review readings as necessary: we'll work with How It Went Down this week and start on The Boys in the Boat next week!