9/13/18-9/14/18 English 9RCP & English 1 Agendas


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If one is not at your desk, please get an orange textbook.  Put the following into your notebook:

“MDG” Prewrite (10 minutes)

What constitutes a valuable life? Why? Where do you get your beliefs about this from? Please write at least SIX sentences.


(If you don’t believe that all lives are valuable, give examples of types of lives that are not valuable and explain why they’re not. If you believe that all lives are valuable, explain why even serial murderers’ lives and terrorists’ lives are valuable.)

9/12/18 English 1 & English 9RCP Agendas


Get an orange textbook from under the windows on your way in the classroom.

Open your notebook to our discussion questions from yesterday.  Take one minute to review what you wrote and why.


Please open your notebook to your table of contents.  Write the date and page 6.  The title will be “Survival!”

Prompt: You are shipwrecked with one other friend!  You must survive!  What are the most important traits and skills to have?  Why? List at least six traits or skills.

Make a character chart for the three characters.  Begin to fill it out as we read.

Sketch what the house on the island and the land around it looks like according to the text.

9/10/18 English 9RCP Agenda

9/10/18 – Jigsaw Vocabulary
Please get into your groups that your formed Friday and have out your notebooks.
Page 6 in your table of contents will be titled: “The Most Dangerous Game” Vocabulary
Please set up page six in your notebook.

Step one: Look up a word’s definition and write it down.
Step two: Write down a sentence using that word.

1. dread
2. dank
3. palpable
4. cannibal
5. tangible
6. mystify
7. recede
8. doggedly
9. extremity
10. vitality
11. flounder
12. lacerate
13. bleak
14. palatial
15. chateau
16. bluff
17. menacing
18. cultivated
19. aristocrat
20. medieval
21. feudal
22. refectory
23. ardent
24. cavalry
25. debacle
26. imprudent
27. surmount
28. bewilderment
29. grisly
30. Puritan
31. scruples
32. barbarous
33. elude
34. invariably
35. braggart
36. grotesque
37. stealthy
38. sallow
39. solicitous
40. ennui
41. thicket
42. venerable
43. futile
44. intricate
45. zealous
46. apprehensive
47. tapestry
48. pungent
49. uncanny
50. precariously
51. protruding
52. placid
53. cower

9/6-9/7 English 9RCP Agenda


Please take out your notebooks.  Open to the table of contents.  Date and write page 3 in column one.  Write the title: Writing Warm Up in the second column.

Next, turn to page 3.  Label it page 3 in the upper right hand corner.  Write the title on the top line.  Write the prompt below that.


Write a thank you note to a friend who gave you onion and garlic-flavored chewing gum.  Minimum of four sentences.

Go over basic elements of a plot by having students write down the plot mountain and definitions, and then applying to the short story read yesterday.


9/7 Before Reading Warm Up – Page 5 in notebook (10 minutes)

True or False?  Why do you feel that way? Write down your well thought out reasons for why each option is true or false, in complete sentences.

  1. ___ Hunting is a sport.
  1. ___ Animals have no feelings.
  2. ___ Hunting is evil.
  3. ___ Hunting is unfair.
  4. ___ Animals have emotions.
  5. ___ Strength is more important than intelligence.
  6. ___ Bringing a gun to a knife fight is fair.

Share in groups.

Discuss as a class.

Vocabulary jigsaw on Monday.

Agendas 8/29-9/5 English 9RCP and English 1

8/29/18 Agenda

Welcome to your first year at Oxnard High School.

Today we will review the syllabus by using an annotation technique that we will utilize all year.  After, I will answer any questions and clarify.



Good afternoon!  You are in PERIOD 6!

Please take a seat and have a pen out.  Please be prepared for class BEFORE the bell rings.  You will need every second you can get.

Core Standard: Demonstrate your command of English grammar through writing or speaking

Give it your best try!  It isn’t your fault if you do not know how to do something.

Please place the diagnostic below this screen when you have completed it to THE BEST of your ability.

At this point you may work on something else and use your phone silently.


Today you need NOTHING on your desk.

Task One:

  1.     Sit in birthday order so that the person with the birthday closest to January 1 sits in Seat 1. The year you were born doesn’t matter. Don’t skip seats.
  2.           When everyone is seated, the student in Seat 5 will raise his or her hand and report that the class is ready


  1.             Sort yourselves into groups by the color of your shoe sole.
  2.             Next, each group forms two subgroups: students with curly hair and those with straight hair. You have curly or straight hair if you think you do.
  3.             Each sub-group finds enough chairs and sit in order from the person with the shortest hair to the person with the longest hair.


1)    Complete this challenge in complete silence: Remain silent for the entire activity. Do not talk or whisper after you enter the room.


2) In the room, line up in order of color of shirt, starting with the darkest color and moving to the lightest.


3) Then take your seats in order with the darkest color shirt in Seat 1.


4) Do not skip seats.


5) When the class is seated, the student in Seat 21 raises his or her hand, and when called on reports that the class is ready.

Please take one bowl per person.  The task is that you put the worm through the lifesaver gummy without touching the gummies with your hands.  You may only use the paperclips provided.

Fill as many boxes on the Bingo as you can.  Do not reuse a person.

9/4/18 Agenda

Good afternoon!  Please have your desk cleared and be ready to work.

Items of importance:

Beginning TOMORROW your syllabus should be ANNOTATED and signed.

You MUST have a notebook for this class and a pen that is blue or black.  I will randomly collect your notebooks throughout the year and grade them.

Today, we are going to talk about PRIDE and Professional Courtesy.

I will number you off into groups and you will work with those groups as instructed.  Listen carefully.

  1.                        Each group will have one and a half minutes to be at each station.
  2.                        You will write a word your group associates with the headlined word on the board.


Please take a seat anywhere and have your syllabus, notebook, and pen out.

Flip past your pride work, and go to the next blank page.  Label that page TABLE OF CONTENTS. Go to a whole new page, not the back of the last page.

8/29 Welcome to Another Year!

Hello ninth graders and brand new Yellow Jackets.  I am excited to have you in my class this year, and you should be excited as well.  We have a lot to do and a lot to learn.

Please know that my expectations are high because I know you can meet them.  My goal is to help you realize your potential and benefit your future self.  More on that later.

I look forward to getting to know you all this year!

5/29-6/1 English 9RCP


Read Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2


What do you think the word “oxymoron” means?  Write a definition.



a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).

Read Act 3; Write Evidence paragraph:

How much control over your life do you have? Two examples of things you control or do not.

Thesis (create)

2 pieces of evidence from your life – commentary


Poetry Slam


How hard is it to keep a secret? Are there circumstances when you think you should break a promise about keeping a secret?

What is your opinion of “love at first sight?”  Explain.

Select play groups and two scenes.  Requirements:

1 Sounds rehearsed

2 Actually acting – meaning is clear (No Fear Shakespeare)

3 We can all hear you

4 Costumes

Read through Act 1 Scene 4

5/21-5/25 English 9RCP


Write Essay in Class


Functional Skills Basketball Game!


Write Essay in Class


Write Essay in Class


You need to complete two tasks in your groups today. Whether you do one at a time, or do both at the same time, they both need to get done.
(1) Answer all 5 questions, one answer sheet per group, following all instructions. Do not rewrite questions.  This is the Romeo/Juliet Pre-reading Activity that asks 5 questions about love and their experiences.
(2) Create a family crest for your group.

5/16-5/18 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas


Sneeze 5/16/18

Describe a situation where you were not able to communicate with another person.  Be sure to describe when and where it happened, how you felt, and what you did to deal with the situation.

Topic Sentence (Thesis/Mini-Thesis)

Evidence (Fortify)

Half page.


“Four Skinny Trees”

“No Speak English”

While reading:  identify TWO quotes/examples that show how ONE of your figurative language terms are used in this reading to answer the following prompt in a complete body paragraph.

How does House on Mango Street use figurative language to create meaning in the text?

5/17 –  5/18

Write a 1-2 sentence description of each of the woman neighbors listed in class.

Call up random students and copy their paragraphs.  Put them out of order.  Re-write the paragraphs so they are error free and so they students can see how what they did compares to what their peers did.  Several of the mistakes are often the same or similar.