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- Bold Actions, Perception & Reality, Nature at Work, Risk & Exploration, The Stuff of Consumer Culture, and Guided by a Cause. 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.

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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: Dump vs How Things Work
Read p241 to compare texts. You are going to read two poems that reflect on people's everyday experiences and relationships with material things. The first poem commemorates the dump, a place where people discard old, used, broken, or unwanted items. The second poem shares a perception about people's everyday spending and its effects on others' ability to spend. Read the background information on both authors before you set your purpose to read.
Read “Dump” by X.J. Kennedy (p242-243) and answer the following short response questions below. Be sure to email me your responses so I may grade them.
  1. Identify Patterns- How many stanzas does the poem have? How many lines are in each stanza? Why might the poet have chosen to organize the poem this way
  2. Analyze- Read the information on traditional form on p244. How does the poem’s form contribute to its meaning?
Day #2: Dump vs How Things Work
Read “How Things Work" by Gary Soto (p245) and answer the following short response questions below. Be sure to email me your responses so I may grade them.
  1. Interpret- In lines 5-7, what does the speak compare to rain, and what does that comparison help readers picture?
  2. Analyze- Read the information on free verse form on p246. How does the poem’s form contribute to its meaning?
Day #3: Dump vs How Things Work Quiz
You CAN use your Student Book to review the poems, "Dump," by X. J. Kennedy and "How Things Work," by Gary Soto before and during your test. You will have 10 multiple choice questions to answer for your quiz grade. You do NOT need to complete the written response questions. You can scan the quiz document to my email, or you may number your responses and just sent them to me through email.

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