Ms. Kelly

Language Arts 9

Posted: November 5, 2013

Flash fiction horror stories were due on Monday (you had two class days last week to work on them). Remember: they should be 500 words or less, and are to be typed and double-spaced.   You worked on the To Kill a Mockingbird Setting searches for the past two classes, and they are due tomorrow. The previous note on my teacher page has the links to the search instructions and the worksheet.   Tuesday is the deadline for your reading goals.

Posted: October 22, 2013

Reading Like a Writer Assessment: Friday, October 25 Today I reviewed how to go through a piece of writing and annotate it for the effectiveness of various writing strategies (showing that you can "read like a writer"). The "Eleven" assignment you started in class is due tomorrow. On Friday, you will be given a new story and will be assessed on your ability to identify and comment on the effectiveness of voice, sensory details, conventional artistry and slowing down time.   Extended Narrative drafts are due on Monday- you will have classtime on Wednesday and Thursday to work on them.

Posted: October 17, 2013

Today I modelled the process for organizing your extended narratives, and had you give me feedback on organizing my narrative. At this point, you should have completed the following things for your narrative: decided on a place to base it on created a storyboard cut up the storyboard rearranged the storyboard in a order you are happy with and glued/stapled it into your notebook started to draft   Tomorrow we will be focusing on narrative leads.   Progress Reports go home tomorrow.

Posted: October 17, 2013

Due tomorrow: Article of the Week #4 (iPads in the classroom) "Sentry" reading comprehension questions and creative extension Bring your independent novel to class tomorrow Picture orders are due

Posted: October 16, 2013

Homework: 1. Read Like a Writer- "14 Black Birch Lane" Highlight and label where the author uses the following writing techniques in the narrative: conventional artistry snapshot moments emotion 2. Work on the storyboard for your extended narrative. You will need these storyboards tomorrow.

Posted: October 9, 2013

We have started to work on getting ideas for your Extended Narrative. Today we read "My Father's Voice" by Tom Romano, which uses repetition in a way you may want to mimic yourself in your narrative. Next week we will read more extended narrative mentor texts and focus on organization. Continue to work on your maps or sketches of a place if you haven't finished them, and come to class on Tuesday with an extended narrative topic in mind (remember: it can be based on a place, an idea or one person, and it is a series of snapshots pieced together).   Please be sure you have completed the following: -Snapshot moment -One pager independent novel reflections -Reading goal reflections -"A Sound of Thunder" questions -"Consorting with Frogs" inference activity  

Posted: October 9, 2013

For those of you who need to pass in late assignments, here is what we have done so far: Article of the Week: 1, 2, 3 (attached) Personal Essay (was due on September 26th) Book Talk: Must be completed by October 15th Reading Goals: set two reading goals and a plan for yourself (see me for more info. on this) "Charles" reading comprehension questions Theme and lyrics assignment (you had a class in the library to work on this) "The Sniper" open mind portrait "The Sniper" visualization or writing assignment (due October 9th- also attached) I gave back your picture proofs today. Please bring in your orders by October 18th.

Posted: October 3, 2013

Please bring your independent novels to class tomorrow. There is no homework today- you will have a chance to finish the reading strategy questions on the two articles about sleep tomorrow during SSR.

Posted: October 3, 2013

Yesterday we looked at two songs and practiced writing theme summaries, and today you were asked to find a song of your choice and write a paragraph about its theme. These are due tomorrow with the lyrics attached. Don't forget to include the author, title of song, brief summary and two or three quotations from the song to support the theme you choose.   There was no article of the week handed out on Monday.

Posted: September 30, 2013

Today we read a passage from Edgar Allen Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" and looked at the creative use of conventions in it. You were asked to find four examples of creative use of conventions in mentor texts and/or your novel and record the convention as well as what effect is created.   Snapshot moments are due tomorrow. Please remember to put them in MLA format and pass them in before 3:30 p.m.
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