Ms. Kelly Notes

Language Arts 9


Posted: September 29, 2015

Snapshot Moment:You now have several examples of snapshot moments that use various writing techniques to slow down time. Use these mentor texts to help you with your draft, and continue writing. Drafts will be due on Monday, October 5 (they can be in your Writer's Notebook- no formal format required).  Immunization Clinic: This will be held during tomorrow's class. If you didn't pass in your signed consent form, bring it with you tomorrow.

Posted: September 21, 2015

Please bring in your signed immunization consent forms (even if it is a no)Period 1 students: I need your student information sheets signed and returned.Today we looked at snapshot moments in film and in writing. Please complete your close reading of "Violet," indicating descriptive words, strong verbs and evidence of emotion.

Posted: September 16, 2015

Immunization consent forms were sent home today. Please return these as soon as possible! Be sure to complete both tear-out forms.Awesome assignments are due on Friday- tomorrow's class will be for finishing it up and typing.

Posted: September 15, 2015

Student pictures will now be taken during tomorrow's class. Because of this change, your Awesome Assignment is now due on Friday, September 18. We will be going to the library during Thursday's class, so that time can be used for typing and finishing up the assignment.

Posted: September 14, 2015

Student pictures will be taken tomorrow during classDon't forget to have a Writer's Notebook and novel for class each day this weekYour Awesome Assignment is due on Thursday. See the previous post on this page for details. We will continue working on this in class tomorrow and Wednesday

Posted: September 11, 2015

Welcome to Grade 9 Language Arts! Here are the things to remember for next week:SSR (sustained silent reading) starts on Monday, so have a novel or borrow one from meYou will need to have a Writer's notebook on Monday (with tabs for making sections in it)Please return your signed course outline as soon as possibleYour Awesome Assignment is due on Thursday, September 17th. We will be working on this assignment in each class next week, and the final version needs to be typed, double-spaced and in the proper format. I've attached a sample assignment to help you with the format.
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Posted: April 29, 2015

Close reading assignment: Due Monday, May 4 You were asked to have an article that connects with the theme you chose for your project ready for today's class, and we went over how to do a close reading of an article today. Your close reading of the article, along with a reflection, is due on Monday. Close Reading Ideas (write what you are thinking as you read):-connections-confusion/questions-interesting points-things you disagree with or feel strongly about Reflection (these are just some suggestions):-how does the article relate to your theme? Your novel?-comment on some of the things you felt strongly about in your close reading
The Romeo and Juliet test will be on Wednesday. I've attached the review sheet in case you didn't get one in class.
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Posted: April 13, 2015

We are beginning a multigenre reading and writing unit, and the last few classes have been dedicated to looking at sample projects and finding a novel for the anchor text. You should have a novel chosen now, and the novel information form (handed out in class today) is due on Tuesday.

Posted: April 13, 2015

Today we watched a documentary on teenage brain research and started a graphic organizer assignment comparing the characteristics of a teenage brain to actions in Romeo and Juliet. The graphic organizer is due on Friday, April 17.

Posted: March 30, 2015

Today was the first of three days of lab time to work on presentations on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. Presentations will start on Thursday and continue next Tuesday. Be ready to present for Thursday's class, and make sure you rehearse the presentation!

Posted: March 18, 2015

Essays are still due tomorrow. Please pass in your draft (showing revisions) with the final copy. Format: -typed, double-spaced 12 point font - name, course, teacher and date in the top left-hand corner -page numbers -Works Cited page (I gave the format for this in class)

Posted: March 13, 2015

Essay drafts are due on Monday.
Today's class was for writing the body paragraphs, and we went over how to incorporate quotations into each paragraph. Homework for tomorrow is to have at least one body paragraph written (try to have all three done!).See the previous post for more information on the essay.
In class this week we have been working on a literary essay on The Outsiders. In each class you have been expected to complete one or two steps of the essay writing process, and so far you have chosen your topic, organized your ideas, written a thesis statement, found evidence to support your arguments, written an introduction and learned how to include in-text citations. If you've missed any of these steps, please see me.  Homework for Thursday is to have your introduction completed. Thursday and Friday's classes will be used for completing the body paragraph and writing the conclusion. The final essay will be due on Wednesday, March 18.