Week at a glance ~ 11/26/12 to 11/30/12

Posted on November 25, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class |

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time off!

This week, we will be continuing our character study work with Freak the Mighty.  Remember to keep referencing (and taking notes on) the unit overview sheet as you read, respond, and discuss the book with your partner(s).

Also remember that your reading response work for Freak the Mighty will help you when you begin writing your literary essay.  Make sure to include theories you are building about the characters in your response work and evidence from the book to support these theories.

This month, we will also be working on a very special project!  For this project, you will need to think of a special memory you have with a food you eat around this time of year.  It can be something related to a holiday, something seasonal, or something you would simply like to share with others.  Ask your family at home for a copy of this recipe (or find one online).  For more information about the project, timeline, and expectations, read this handout.

We will resume our work with verbs this week.  If you didn’t watch all of the BrainPOPs from last week, or want to review them, they are:  Tenses, Verbs and their Objects, and Subject-Verb Agreement.  (Remember to log in through your Google account.)

Also, here is a fun Schoolhouse Rock video on verbs:


  • All assignments should be written in your agenda each day as we go over them at the beginning of class.  (As an additional resource, assignments and descriptions can be found in Infinite Campus.  If you want to see your upcoming assignments, click on your “TO DO” list.  For full descriptions of the assignments, click on the assignment due date in your “CALENDAR” and you will see full descriptions of the assignments.)
  • If you were absent last week, please come see me during Flex to discuss making up any missing work.
  • Portfolio presentations begin on Monday.  (Yay!)
  • Recipes for our special project are due for approval on Thursday.
  • The Character Study Reading Response (CSRR1) is due on Friday.
  • This Friday, we will have a special lesson with Mrs. Sciebinski!  🙂
  • WW5 is due on 12/5/12
  • Flex rotation this week will be:
    • M- period 3
    • T- period 4
    • W- period 5
    • Th- period 8
    • F – TBA (to be announced)

~Ms. Morris


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6 Responses to “Week at a glance ~ 11/26/12 to 11/30/12”

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Ms. Morris I handed in the recipe in on Friday and I have just noticed that that was my only copy so, when are we going to get the copy we handed in back.

It will be in your “take back” bin…come get it at some point during the team day tomorrow.

ms. morris by the recipe you mean the ingredients or the draft

The recipe is due in the Google doc by tomorrow. The essay draft (in the same document) is due on Friday. Good job getting clarification! 🙂

For the personal essay draft, does our thesis statement have to directly relate to how the food we are writing is special to us, or can be indirect but inspired by the food? Also, is there a specific structure (3 body paragraphs, intro, conclusion) for our essay like the last personal essay or can it be more freestyle like the mentor texts we read in class (I believe)? Thanks!

Amanda, the thesis just has to be what you plan to support in your essay. What do you want the reader to know about this special food/memory? As far as the structure, consult with the overview sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bzRHJCRRdMSRM6A5PgZlv6wMRemv0NBw9zDIXaFi830/edit?pli=1 (remember, it’s not a paragraph count, but a word count for this essay)

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