4/23-4/25 English 1 and 9RCP Agendas

SNEEZE 4/23 – complete the story…7 minutes

You go to the store with your parents and baby brother.  Your parents go into a store and tell you to watch your brother.  You take your eyes off your brother for just a minute and you can’t find him.  You…

Go get House on Mango Street.

Go through biography of Cisneros using close reading techniques.  Follow all 5 steps.  After, complete 5 questions.


HOMS pre reading/reaction activity on page 16 of my unit plan.  Go through questions, then separate into halves, vote, and record.  Discuss.

4/17-4/20 English 1 & 9RCP Agendas

Proper in Text Citations

The Scottsboro 9 Trial went on for weeks (Stevens 9).

The Scottsboro 9 Trial went on for weeks (Stevens).

Paraphrased – taken information from an article and put it in my own words

  • This is fine, and even encouraged, but you still have to cite it – it isn’t yours!
  • We paraphrase information when we are not analyzing the language used in the quote
  • Quote for a research paper? Probably NOT

Embedding the Quote

If you are quoting from a source, you do not simply put the quote in the middle of your paragraph – this called drop quote and it is WRONG.

Give examples.

EDITING ROTATION STATIONS on computer.  Then edit own paper.

Disassemble stage from school play.

Write-Around Activity

Sit in groups of THREE.  Get out one piece of paper and one writing utensil.

Roles: Writer – Time Keeper – Idea Assistant
Rotate every 3 minutes

  1. Suddenly, before he could…
  2. The door slammed shut behind…
  3. Just before the bell rang…
  4. Water was seeping through…
  5. Ever so slowly, the shadowy figure…
  6. Everywhere she looked, Sue saw…

Can continue with reflections on stories, OR with groups of 8, one piece of paper for each person.

4/13 English 1 and English 9RCP Agenda

Today the paper is due!  Make sure it is MLA formatted, turned in by 11:59 PM TODAY, and SHARED with me.

Remember, I can see when your last edit was, so do not touch it after 11:59, or I will have to mark it late. 🙁

As promised, here is your outline:


  1. Hook
  2. Bridge
  3. Thesis

    Body Paragraph ONE

    1. Topic sentence
    2. Evidence about the SB9
    3. Commentary – how or why this is similar to TKAM
    4. Evidence number 2
    5. Commentary

      Body Paragraph TWO

      1. Topic sentence
      2. Evidence about the JCL
      3. Commentary – how or why this is similar to TKAM
      4. Evidence number 2
      5. Commentary

        Conclusion – two or so sentences wrapping it up

TIPS: DO NOT use I, me, we, us, you


4/2-4/4 English 1 & 9RCP


Go to the library and learn how to research on GALE using Five Questions:

  • What are the Jim Crow Laws? How did they become laws?
  • How did the Jim Crow Laws impact the lives of African Americans in the South?
  • Who are the Scottsboro Boys?
  • What was their crime?
  • What are the details of the trial?


Read Chapter 23 in class in groups. Explain we will be skipping 24-27.

Answer chapter 23 questions.

Homework: Read Chapter 28


Chapter 28 Quiz

Close reading of http://softschools.com/literature/summary/to_kill_a_mocking_bird/chapters_24_27_summary/

Read Chapter 29 for homework

3/12-3/14 English 9RCP Agendas

Sneeze 3/12/18

Imagine that you are writing an opinion piece for your local newspaper on the annual time change. Do you think it is valuable and necessary? Confusing and disruptive? Somewhere in between? Explain your reasons for defending or criticizing daylight saving time.  Describe how much better or worse off you and other citizens would be if the policy were to change.

MOB MENTALITY – How have you experienced it?  Do you do things with your group of friends you would not do as an individual?  Think about Mr. Cunningham.

Pull up and look at historical images of mobs in action.

Read the three theories of mob mentality to the class.



Nine Main Characters – What are three defining traits for each character?  How do we know this (find EVIDENCE)?  In other words, you need to find one quote for each trait you choose (3 quotes and 3 traits per character).


Jem, Atticus, Scout, The Cunninghams, Dill, Boo Radley, Aunt Alexandra, Calpurnia, Miss Maudie


Character Chart work from yesterdat


Read round robin chapter 19 in small groups for 20 minutes.  Complete for homework.

Complete character chart.  Turn in notebooks for grading.

3/8 English 9RCP Agenda

Get Maya Angelou poem “Caged Bird” on large paper.  Write notes silently in groups on large poem paper, discussing without talking what the poem is trying to convey.

Do this for 15 minutes.  Write your initials next to your annotations.

Write a paragraph using the paragraph formula create, fortify, clarify, answering the above question.  Each group will turn in one poem written all over with their notes.  Each PERSON will submit their own paragraph.

3/7 English 9RCP Agenda

Complete reading and questions from yesterday.  If you were on task and had the work done, you have free time to work on another class, get extra credit, do a grade check, or get ahead.

If you want to get ahead, due Friday is the reading and the questions from chapter 17.

1) Who is testifying when Scout, Jem, and Dill enter the courtroom? Be sure to identify this man’s position in the community.

2) What is another word for a court “solicitor”? Who is this person in the story?

3) What brought the Sheriff to the Ewell’s on November 21st?

4) Explain how Mayella identified Tom Robinson. Why was this unfair?

5) Think about the charges against Tom Robinson. Why is Atticus so concerned that no doctor was called?

6) On which side of her face was Mayella beaten?

7) What do Mayella’s injuries indicate about her attacker?

8) In addition to her facial injuries, where else was Mayella injured?