Halloween is almost here. Yay!

The game plan:


5 Sentences

Brainstorm/ begin writing


We started the day off by reading our SSR book for twenty minutes.  Once that was completed, Mrs. Edwards reminded us to start working on our “proposal” also known as our essay.  She then allowed us to finish compiling our data and also write out our 3-5 sentences.

In second block, we reviewed the sample test we were given.  We then took Mr. Hedman’s quiz.  The quiz took up the remainder of the time.

Third block was quite frustrating.  Mr. Pang had us do stations.  In each station we had to find the Lewis structure, formal charge, the name, the geometry name, and the VSEPR (Valence shell electron pair repulsion) model.   At each station, Mr. Pang had to verify if each student had the correct answer.  If it was wrong, you needed to stay at the station until you answered it correctly.  It was a fiasco.  We were also given vocabulary words to study for the test on Monday. Here is a picture if anyone needs the vocabulary words.




English essay due Nov 4

Chemistry test on  Monday

Have a fun Halloween… even though it’s supposed to rain…



The game plan

compile survey
5 sentences
brainstorm proposal
begin first draft

Today was pretty easy. After SSR, Mrs. Edwards explained that she is extending the due date of the rough draft to Tuesday November 4th(next Tuesday). If you would like, you can upload your rough draft today. Turnitin is up and running according to Mrs. Edwards.

We worked with our audience groups, compiling our survey data and making 3-5 sentences per group. If you did not finish, we will continue on Thursday.

In first block, we turned in our notebooks and took the test

In elective, we were given a mock ballot as if we were voting.

chemistry worksheet due tomorrow
No blog this week
Khan academy due Sunday
Math test on Thursday

Have a good day!

First block was pretty laid back.  Our game plan was the following:


Collect AE packet work

Continue working on Survey

Begin research proposal

Survey results due TOMORROW! 2nd block.

Once SSR was completed, Paul the tech man gave us an explanation on how to use the laptop cart.  Mrs. Edwards then assigned us a laptop number. If you would like, you can bring your own laptop.  Don’t Forget! If you were absent, ask Mrs. Edwards for your number.  Once we were given our assigned number, we worked on our surveys.  If we finished our surveys, we had Mrs. Edwards proofread it and make photo copies. Once that was done, our groups set off and had Ipoly students fill out our surveys.

In second block, we were given a practice test a worked on it for half the block.  The rest of the block was free time to add some finishing touch ups on the component.

In third block, we were also given a worksheet.


Reminder:  Bring the packets with the stamp to Mrs. Edwards in order to work on our essays.

History test tomorrow and notebook due/ pg 164-171 #1-4


Have a nice night :)



Happy Thursday :)


Game Plan:
-Finish Grammar worksheets
-Choose audience
-Audience group assemble!
-Create survey

Today, we started with the usual SSR and then, we went into the grammar worksheets. The other houses didn’t finish the worksheets, so Mrs. Edwards was going to give them time, but since we did the worksheets for homework, it was just collected. Next up was reflection, in which we answered a couple questions on a sheet of paper about this lesson we are doing. The questions talked about the reading strategies we used and what we have learned and improved on from these lessons. This was collected and then we went into choosing our audience. The four audiences were: ASB(students), PTSA(parents), Principal, and Superintendent. The order in which we chose was completely random. However, there was a limit to how many people have one audience, which was around 8-10 people. After choosing, we assembled in the groups (same audience) and talked about doing a survey. This survey requires AT LEAST 50 people because the more people you have, the better it is for your essay as you will be using these statistics in your essay. The minimum amount of questions you may have on your survey is 3, while the maximum is 10. The people you survey must be from SCHOOL ONLY because the proposal is for eating habits of students. You may use handout types of surveys or just have one master copy. An example of a question for the survey would be, “I drink sugar-sweetened beverages at least once a day.” The answer to this question would be a yes or no. You can also do a type of scale question where they have to rate on a scale of 1-5. But make sure your questions CONNECT with your audience. Some questions fit better when writing to the students, while some questions may work better when writing to the principal. We will be given some more time on Monday to do the survey.
That was all for today :)

Don’t forget to do:
HW: Blog #9 (Due Tomorrow 8pm)
HW: If you asked for the worksheets that were given to us on Monday(10/20) and wanted to complete those, they are due next Monday!

Happy Tuesday North House :)

Game Plan:
-Worksheets Redux
-Worksheets (Grammar):
-ID-ing Coordinating Words/Logical Relationships
-Using Transitions/Semicolons
-Combining Independent Clauses

Warning you in advance, this will be a long scribe :)

We started today with the usual 20 minutes of SSR. Then we went into the worksheets redux (fancy word for re-teach). Mrs. Edwards talked about how she noticed a lot of us did not finish our worksheets from Monday. She brought up that she will just be giving check marks on worksheets that were done on Monday, BUT if you would like extra practice (or an EVEN BETTER check), you can get it from her and take it home to finish. These will be due by next Monday. Mrs. Edwards told us that because she is teaching out of the ERWC module, there are many, many activities (25) on JUST these three articles that we read. Fortunately, we are only doing 6 of the activities. On Monday, we worked on 4 skills, and it was the reading part of the lesson. The first was vocabulary. Two literary devices that are very important are denotation and connotation. It is very important that we know the difference between these two devices. Denotation is the dictionary definition of a word, while connotation is the flavor and emotion that a word has. For example, the words slim, thin, and anorexic all have connotations. Slim has a POSITIVE connotation, thin has a NEUTRAL connotation, and anorexic has a NEGATIVE connotation. Be sure to know the connotation of words, not just the denotation of a word, when writing your blog assignment and also any other pieces of writing. The next skill was detail. When summarizing and finding the purpose/content in CHUNKS, like we did in one of the worksheets, we notice the detail about it and this will help us a lot as readers and writers. The third skill was sentence combining. This skill will make us sound smart and articulate compared to a simple sentence. The last skill was analyzing. This skill questions the text (which is what we should be doing while reading anything). Colleges and common core WILL require this skill, so be sure to know it.
Mrs. Edwards also talked about what we will be doing next week. We will be having class in the computer lab the whole week to work on our October piece of writing. It will be kind of a research paper, given that we are allowed our 3 articles and any other research we would like to find. This piece will be due at the end of next week. The paper is a proposal for healthy eating on school campuses. Our audience will be one of the following: Students, Principal, Parents, or Governor. You will not know your audience until Thursday :)
The new worksheets we received today will be the writing part of the section. For the first and second worksheets (ID-ing Coordinating Words/Logical Relationships AND Using Transitions/Semicolons), you only need to write the coordinating word. The third worksheet (Combining Independent Clauses), you need to write out the WHOLE sentence.

Don’t forget to do!
-Blog #9 (Due Friday 8pm)
-Worksheets if not finished (Pictures to them will be available down below.) DUE THURSDAY

Combining Independent Clauses

Using Transitions & Semicolons

Using Transitions & Semicolons (2)

ID-ing Coordinating Words & Logical Relationships

ID-ing Coordinating Words & Logical Relationships (2)

Hello North House,
Sorry for the late post, but this scribe is for Monday (10/20/14).
As many of you may know we had a sub on Monday, so this is my version of the game plan.

Game Plan:
-Stamp Homework (if done):
-3 Articles: PAPA square for each article, AND 5 annotations per page OR 3 evidence chart entries per page
– Worksheets (Separate sheet of paper):
-Understanding Key Vocabulary
-Considering Structure of a Text
-Noticing Language-Sentence Combining
-Analyzing Stylistic Choices

So we started with the usual SSR for 20 minutes. Mr. Vargas went around to stamp the packets (articles) to check to see if you completed the tasks. He also explained that the purpose of doing the PAPA square and annotating or finding evidence is to deconstruct and evaluate the text. This will help for the future because the more you think about what you are doing, the more writing tools you will have. Then, he passed out the first worksheet (Understanding Key Vocabulary) and we had to answer on another sheet of paper, which we had to do for all the other worksheets as well. In this worksheet, we had to write the vocab word given in the word bank that fit the sentence, and then write the whole sentence, but this time fill in our own word that we think works as well. We were given 15 minutes to complete this and then it was collected. Then the second worksheet was passed out (Considering Structure of a Text), in which we had to find the content and purpose in sections, on one of the articles that was included in our packet. We were given 10 minutes to complete this and then it was collected. After, the third worksheet was passed out (Noticing Language-Sentence Combining), where we were given a set of sentences and had to make our own new sentence. We were given 15 minutes to complete this and then it was collected. Finally, the last worksheet was passed out (Analyzing Stylistic Choices), in which we had to copy out the sentences and answer questions about certain word/phrase choices in one of the articles. We were given the rest of the class period and then it was collected.

That was all for Monday :)

Don’t forget to do:
HW: Blog #9 (Due Friday 8pm)

Read this article on the problems with the essay portion of the SATs. (Please note there are two pages to this article.) Then respond to it in a coherent paragraph. Some response starters are as follows:
• Evaluate the current SAT process based on evidence from this article.
• Propose a way in which the SAT’s evaluation of writing accurately judges an applicant’s writing ability.
• Based on this article, how prepared do you feel you are to take (or retake) the SAT’s writing portion? What
practice or instruction might you still need?

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