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Course Description

We will be using the Collections textbook from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as our main curriculum. Collections provides students with the tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond. It supports students' individual strengths by integrating scaffolds that build competencies. Students make meaning from digital annotation and note-taking tools that are essential for text analysis and for writing to sources. They also create knowledge, transcending time and place, through exposure to media resources from the History channel, A&E, and Bio that enrich informational and literary text throughout Collections. Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of communication in speaking, listening, and writing with interactive lessons that provide models, feedback, and practice.

Collections is organized in to six different themes- Facing Fear, Animal Intelligence, Dealing with Disaster, Making Your Voice Heard, Decisions that Matter, and What Tales Tell. Within each collection, students are introduced to an anchor text and various close reader selections which provide multiple opportuniteis to practice college and career readiness anchor standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Students will complete vocabulary quizzes after each anchor text and comprehension exams after each reading selection. At the end of each collection, students are required to complete a performance task. Each performance task differs slightly, but all require students to develop a variety of writing and speaking products, working through the process of planning, producing, revising, and presenting.
 
DAILY HOMEWORK: Read for 30 minutes! Parent initial in planner. 

Upcoming Assignments See all

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ELA (April 6th-10th): THIS IS FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING PAPER WORK ONLY.
Be sure to pick up printed materials from the school. Please note, to submit your work, you can either send me the answers via email or you can return the packet to school and the office staff will scan your documents to me. 
 
Students who DO have access to technology at home should follow the weekly schedules posted to my google classroom, and complete their assignments online. 
 
Day #1: The Banana Tree
Please read the first half of the short story, "The Banana Tree," by James Berry (p171-175), and then begin your assignment for Day 1. Analyze the first half of the text by answering the three short response questions below. Submit your answers for correction when done through email.
  1. Infer- Review lines 32-39. What sensory details does the author use in these paragraphs? Explain why the author would use strong imagery near the beginning of the story.
  2. Draw Conclusions- Reread lines 69-78. Toward the end of the paragraph, the writing shifts to dialect. Why is the author’s choice to write Gustus’s thoughts in dialect significant?
  3. Summarize- Review lines 107-134. Explain why the banana tree is so important to Gustus.
Day #2: The Banana Tree
Please read the second half of the short story, "The Banana Tree," by James Berry (p176-180), and then begin your assignment for Day 2. Analyze the second half of the text by answering the three short response questions below. Submit your answers for correction when done through email.
  1. Interpret- Read lines 171-175 aloud. In your own words, tell what Gustus is saying to the wind.
  2. Draw Conclusions- Think about the danger and injuries Gustus faced because he would not let the hurricane constrain him. What conclusion can you draw about Gustus’s character?
  3. Interpret- Reread lines 230-235. What are two examples of personification the author uses? What impact does the personification have on the story?
Day #3: The Banana Tree
You CAN use your Student Book to review the short story, "The Banana Tree," by James Berry to review material before and during your test. As always, you will have 10 multiple choice questions and 2 short responses. Remember, your short responses are worth 10 points each so be sure to restate the question, provide textual evidence, and elaborate as needed to sufficiently answer each short response. You can scan the test document to my email, or you may number your responses and just sent them to me through email.

Due:

ELA (April 13th-17th): THIS IS FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING PAPER WORK ONLY. 
Be sure to pick up printed materials from the school. Please note, to submit your work, you can either send me the answers via email or you can return the packet to school and the office staff will scan your documents to me.

Students who DO have access to technology at home should follow the weekly schedules posted to my google classroom, and complete their assignments online.
 
Day #1: Soft Rains
Please read the first half of the short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains," by Ray Bradbury (p43-47 in your close read workbook), and then begin your assignment for Day 1. I STRONGLY encourage you to take close read notes as you read following the prompts within the text. Analyze the first half of the text by answering the following three short response questions: p44 (#2), p45 (#4), and p47 (#8). Submit your answers for correction through email when done.
 
Day #2: Soft Rains
Turn to p48 in your close read workbook. Please read the second half of the short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains," by Ray Bradbury (p48-52), and then begin your assignment for Day 2. I STRONGLY encourage you to take close read notes as you read the prompts within the text. Analyze the second half of the text by answering the PARAGRAPH response question on p52 (#14). Submit your answer for correction through email when done.
 
Day #3: Soft Rains
Reread the text as needed, using context clues, to identify the meaning of the bolded critical vocabulary terms. Record YOUR definition, and then list the DICTIONARY definition. Number your answers and send to me through email. This will count as a QUIZ grade, so please take your time and double check your work!
1. warrens 2. paranoia 3. tremulous 4. oblivious 5. sublime