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

Friday, June 16th

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