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


4/5-4/6 English 1 Agendas


Chapter 29 Quiz followed by discussion

Conduct research


Read chapters 30 and 31 in class.  Create a 15 question quiz based on your reading.  The best quiz does not have to take the quiz.

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 1 Agenda


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.


Go over character chart…choose students with EXPO markers to write their findings on the board.  Have them choose the next students to write, until the board is full enough.  Discuss.  Who is the favorite character?



Chapter 19

  1. What problem did Tom have while he was being sworn in?
  2. What does Atticus get Tom Robinson to say about himself right away?
  3. Why did Tom get charged with disorderly conduct?
  4. Whose field does Tom work in?
  5. How is Tom’s account of the chiffarobe incident different than Mayella’s?
  6. How does Tom contradict Mayella’s testimony concerning him coming inside the fence?
  7. How does Scout compare Mayella to Boo Radley?
  8. What trick does Scout use to see if Tom is lying?
  9. Summarize Tom’s testimony of the evening the alleged rape was committed?
  10. According to Tom, what was the only disturbed furniture in the room?
  11. According to Tom, did he harm Mayella in any way?
  12. Who was Bob Ewell talking to when he came into the room?
  13. What does Link Deas interrupt the court to say?
  14. What subject does Mr. Gilmer go back to when he first starts to question Tom?
  15. What is Tom’s answer to Mr. Gilmer’s question about doing Mayella’s chores.
  16. What does Tom say about Mayella’s version of events?
  17. What happened to Dill that made Scout have to leave the courtroom with him?
  18. Who did Scout and Dill meet out under the trees?


Read chapter 19 and answer questions, given yesterday.  Collect at the end of class.


Sneeze 3/14/18

Should teenagers work to help support the family?  How?  Why or why not?

Get student’s opinions and reasons.  Show them how to turn into a thesis statement and three topic sentences.

Get a list of transition words from the class.

No “this shows” or “you.”

Practice thesis and topic sentences in groups.  Share one, discuss strengths, room for improvement, etc.  Move to next, and so on.


Who is the best fictional hero?  Why?


Should teachers carry a firearm in the classroom?


Is it acceptable to break up with a significant other over text message?

3/8 English 1 Agenda

Read round robin style in small groups (4 or less) chapter 18.  Finish for homework what you do not complete in class.

Work on character chart.