TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Students completed the vocabulary test for Ch. 11 and 12 (study packet due also). If you were absent, go to the library and take the test by Thursday, April 19. See me if you have a reason for not being able to meet this deadline. After taking the vocabulary test, we began our viewing of the film Of Mice and Men and will continue on Thursday. BE SURE YOU HAVE TURNED IN A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP, or you will not be able to view the film. All three sets of reading questions for Of Mice and Men should now be turned in.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Today in class, students had time to finish reading the novel Of Mice and Men and complete the reading questions for the last pages of the novel--these are DUE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 17. Students also played a vocabulary review game to help prepare for the vocabulary test of Ch. 11 and Ch. 12 words on Tuesday. The vocabulary study packet is due on Tuesday also. We will begin viewing Of Mice and Men in film, and students will need to turn in a SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP in order to watch the PG-13 film. I gave each student a form, but it is also posted on the LA 11, OF MICE AND MEN page of this website. Students who do not have permission for viewing will complete a different assignment during our viewing.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Today in class, students continued their reading of the novel Of Mice and Men (pp. 84 to the end) and answering questions about the characters and ideas presented in the story. Next week, we will view a film version of the story, and because the film is rated PG-13 (for language), students will need to have a permission slip signed by a parent in order to watch the film beginning on Tuesday. I distributed permission slips in class, but the form is also posted on the page for Of Mice and Men. We also are practicing writing short fiction, and students will continue to be given story prompts to practice skills before writing a story for assessment. Complete the vocabulary packet for Ch. 12 and learn the words. The next test is Tuesday, April 17.
MONDAY, APRIL 9 Students had half the class period to finish their reading of pp. 38-83 in Of Mice and Men before turning in their answers to the reading questions. Following that, students were given another creative writing prompt and time to create a story from the prompt. (Just for practice; they will write and develop a short story later this quarter.) This week's reading: Of Mice and Men, pp. 84-107 (the end). Students were given questions to answer as they read; see me or download a copy if you were absent. Bring the Ch. 12 vocabulary study packet to class on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Students should have completed their reading of Ch. 1 (pp. 1-37) in the novel Of Mice and Men. As they read, students are to write a short description of each character they meet in the book, and record a piece of text to support their description. This week's reading is pp. 38-83. We will have reading time in class, and students are to finish reading at home if they are absent or do not finish in class. Be ready for a reading quiz next week. Download a vocabulary study packet for Ch. 12 and bring it to class on Thursday. The online in-class assignment from the last class before Easter break was due today. Many students have not turned it in (check Power School). Make sure to complete the reading and writing assignment, which is posted on my website on the page OF MICE AND MEN.
MONDAY, MARCH 26 Today in class, students completed a vocabulary review game to help learn the Ch. 11 vocabulary--the test is on Wednesday. After that, we continued reading Of Mice and Men aloud in class. Students wrote a short description of the two main characters and then created a name acrostic poem for each of the two men, which we then shared in groups and then whole class. If you were absent, read pages 3-15 (the first section) before class on Wednesday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22 In class today, students wrote acrostic poems, which we shared, and then students went to the library to check out the novel Of Mice and Men, which we started reading today. We will continue reading in class. Study and learn your vocabulary for the test on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Today in our first class of Q4, we previewed the calendar of reading and assignments for the quarter and wrote a reflection on Q3 learning and goals for the new quarter. I introduced the first set of Q4 vocabulary (Ch. 11), and then we talked about the time period of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, which is the setting of the novel we will read this quarter, Of Mice and Men.