Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16th


1)  Finish our Saying/Doing (Charting and Chunking) posters that we started yesterday in class

Happy Holidays and can't wait to see you next year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 15th

Goals:  To look at techniques that authors use when writing an informational article, as well as gather information for our trials.


1) Collect AOW #7

2)  Mrs. Karney will show you how to chart the text.  We will look at the paragraphs that we chunked together to see what the author is SAYING and DOING.  

3)  Groups will complete poster on the article we read yesterday about teens,friends, and bad decisions.  

Your poster will look like this

This handout will help you to describe what the author is doing in each group of paragraphs.  

Verbs to Explain Author's Choices


Words to Know (Please note the changes from the original chart)  Sorry!
bleak bare, desolate, and often windswept:
without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary:
aghast  struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror:
They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.
to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account:
to exploit a business opportunity.

to use selfishly for one's own ends:
employers who exploit their workers.
to advance or further through exploitationpromote:
He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way:
Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.

to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
dogged- persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious:
a dogged worker.

grimace-a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval,pain, etc.

verb (used without object)grimaced, grimacing.
to make grimaces.

menace-something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat:

Air pollution is a menace to health.
a person whose actions, attitudes, or ideas are considered dangerous or harmful:
When he gets behind the wheel of a car, he's a real menace.
an extremely annoying person.

conform-to act in accordance or harmony; comply (usually followed by to):
to conform to rules.
to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc.,of society or a group:
One has to conform in order to succeed in this company.

wary; suspicious (usually followed by of):
I'm leery ofto act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc.,of society or a group: his financial advice.

stupor suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:
He lay there in a drunken stupor.

.wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc.:
suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:She was delirious with joy at the news.

cocky-arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited:
He walked in with a cocky air.

acquitted-to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty:
They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still thinkshe's guilty.

divert-to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect.

contemptuous-showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.

stifle-to quell, crush, or end by force:
to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
to suppress, curb, or withhold:
to stifle a yawn.


Study your vocabulary words as much as you can.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th

Goals: To begin preparing for our trials. 


Teen brain-short video and notes (preparation for trial)

Read article on teens/peer influence. Mark text. Key terms and author's claims chart.  
"Teens, Friends, and Bad Decisions"


AOW #7 Due tomorrow
Please finish reading the chapter by Friday

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tuesday, December 13th

Goals: . To continue to learn new vocabulary words!


1) Finish interviewing the words.  The final list is in yesterday's post.  
2 Read


AOW #7 due Thursday

Monday, December 12th

Goals:  To learn new vocabulary words.


Today you will interview the other words in the class.  You will fill in the sheet below.  You are responsible for knowing these words, as well as the words I gave you previously.

Chart to Fill Out


AOW #7 is due on Thursday

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday, December 9th

Goals-To continue to expand our vocabulary.  


Finish interview with a word. 

.KID BLOG-Comment on five pieces of writing (I will give directions and tell you whose work to read)


AOW #7 due Thursday
Print your interview for Monday if you didn't do it in class today!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, December 8th

Goals: To expand our vocabulary and continue reading in  The Outsiders.


Read in book

Interview a Word-I will give you and a partner a word and definition. You will interview the word using the questions provided below.  I am also including an example from some of my last yearÅ› students.

Questions for Interview

Student Example


Make sure your writings are posted in our blog by tomorrow.
AOW #7 will be due on THURSDAY of next week.  I know this isn't typical, but I want to get them graded before vacation!  That is why I am posting it today. :)

AOW #7

Wednesday, December 7th

GOALS:  To begin publishing our writing for a real audience. To learn vocabulary from the novel.


Join Kidblog

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JOIN CODE is u5titgs (you can copy and paste the code)

Create your profile!  Have fun!


All two-chunk paragraphs
Who Made  That (Informational)
Six-Word Memoir

Make sure to post each piece in its PROPER category.  If you had errors in your Who Made That, you may want to revise before posting!

Read in Outsiders


No homework! However, if you did not get everything posted to our blog, please do that tonight.

Tuesday, December 6th

Goals:To continue to work on our informational essays and get guidance from teacher as needed


Work on your informational essay.
Don't forget a works cited page and to use the citing your sources handout. 
Proofread carefully. NO personal pronouns!

Essay submitted to tonight by 10PM

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2nd

Goals: To learn to create a works cited page.  To learn to introduce sources properly in our writing. To begin writing our informational essays.


1) Introducing sources (keep this handout forever)

2) Creating a works cited page-Once you have created your works cited page on a Google doc, you will have to COPY AND PASTE it onto the last page of your essay. The only thing on your works cited page should be your WORKS CITED, not any part of your essay. Remember that you have to cite sources for graphics too!

3) Work on essays. Make sure to look at RUBRIC in BEFORE you press submit.


NO AOW this week. Who Made That essay is due on Tuesday night by 10PM. Earlier is better for me!

In your essay:

1) Look at examples again (in my blog posts). Your job is to inform AND entertain. Use your own words unless quoting.
2) Make sure to have a good hook!
3) Let your personality and voice shine through. Remember your audience! Use your best vocabulary.
4) Focus on how the item came about and evolved over time
5) End with a bang!  
6) Proofread carefully
7) 1 1/2 to 2 pages
8) Pictures are great
9) Introduce sources using the handout I provided!
9) Works cited page

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thursday, December 1st

Goals: To practice close reading and note taking skills. To learn to introduce sources in our writing.


1) Take out articles
2) Read another example 

Who Made the Windshield Wiper

3) Note taking on articles  (We will just be using the second page of this handout) 

Mrs. Karney will give you one copy of the handout to take notes on. You may use it as a template for more notes when you are done..  

4)  How to start?

We will brainstorm and discuss ways to start our pieces


Bring your notes. We will work on our writing assignment tomorrow
AOW #6  due tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 30th

Goals: To use reliable sources to conduct research.  To look at examples of good writing to use as a model for our own.  


1) Continue reading in The Outsiders

2)  Look at example of "Who Made That" and discuss what the author DID and SAID in his piece
Link to example

3) Conduct research on your chosen topic

Make sure that you copy and paste all links into a Google document.  You will be using these links in a work cited page later.  VERY important


AOW #6 due Fridaiy

Bring PRINTED copies of articles (2-4) TOMORROW

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 29th

Goals: Analyze Hinton's choice of allusions in her novel.  Begin preparing for our informational essay.  Learn to use Google search to find reliable information.


Mrs. Karney will collect your homework and circle the three topics she thinks will work best for your essay.

Watch the following clips from Gone with the Wind:

Scarlett Meets Rhett

Rhett Messes with Scarlett

Finish Chapter 5

Discuss Hinton's use of allusions in her novel so far


AOW #6 due Friday

Find two or three articles on your chosen topic and bring THURSDAY. PRINT them and bring to class. Remember that they must meet the criteria we discussed in class.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monday, November 28th

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

Goals: To gain understanding about why S.E. Hinton included the allusions to Gone with the Wind and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" in her novel.


Found poem (using article from Friday)


AOW #6 Due on Friday

By tomorrow, write a list of 10-20 items/gadgets that make your life better or that you would not want to live without.  Don't just think of electronics! 

My list:

washing machine
garbage disposal
electric windows in my car
dry erase markers
ear buds

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Friday, November 18th


Finish station you didn't finish yesterday.

Fill out this reflection

Chapter 5


ARTICLE OF THE WEEK #6 Due the Friday we return from break

AOW #6

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wednesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 17th

I am so excited about our stations today!  Because I only see you for a single period, not a block, it will likely take us two class periods to complete all of the stations.  That's okay!

Goals: Each of the stations addresses a standard/goal.  We will be analyzing poetry, looking at word choice and theme, participating in a collaborative discussion, and MORE!

Here are the Stations:


  1. Read the directions for each station carefully.
  2. Stay on task
  3. If you finish early at any station, do NOT leave the station.  You may play freerice.
  4. Leave your station clean and ready for the next group.

You will have fifteen minutes at each station. If you do not finish something at a station, please do NOT stay behind.  


“Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Draw a picture on the butcher paper that you think captures the meaning of the poem. Use color. Sign your name under the picture.

In your notebook jot down a list of things that do not last forever. We will use them   later.


We have read four chapters in The Outsiders so far.
You and your group will create a variety of tableaus. A tableau is a “frozen” scene.


Think of the most important moments/scenes in the book so far. Choose the THREE most important events so far.

Create a frozen tableau that represents each of these scenes. ONE person must photograph the tableaus, and you can take turns being the photographer. It’s best to use a phone to take the pictures and post them to the Padlet.

You will then SHARE your two BEST photos on the Padlet Below.  Next to each photo, explain WHY you chose the scene and what it is showing from the book.  


Graffiti Wall

Write  two quotes from the assigned chapters on the “wall”. Make sure to punctuate it properly and include the page number.

Respond to two  quotes on the wall.  Explain why you think the quote is important. What is it showing us?  You should write at least three sentences for each quote.


Subjects and Predicates

Watch the two videos (use headphones). Please take notes on the videos. Then play the game!



  1. What do we know about the Greasers so far?

      2) What do we know about the Socs so far?

     3) How does Ponyboy feel about the Socs so far?

     4) Do any of the characters seem to be hiding their true selves?  Give examples.  Why do you think they might be doing this?

  5)  Do you see evidence of stereotyping or prejudice in the novel?  Give examples.

  6)  How do these stereotypes and prejudices affect the situations and relationships in the book?

7) Predictions for the novel


Marking the Text

You will need to take out the article you printed for this assignment.

Read the article. When you are finished, create a found poem using words from the article. You may either cut out the words to make your poem or write them.  Remember, poems do NOT have to rhyme. You are trying to convey the important ideas in the article. If you do not finish, place your cut out words in an envelope and you can finish later.

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