Week at a glance ~ 12/3/12 to 12/7/12

Posted on December 2, 2012. Filed under: General Information | Tags: , , , |

Monday (tomorrow) is our team day!
For those of you participating in the activity to write our team motto and design a logo that represents our team, check your Google drive for a handout.  

READING and WRITING work will continue with Freak the Mighty this week.  Those partnerships who are still reading Freak the Mighty should plan to be finished or close to finished by the end of the week.  Those partnerships who have already finished Freak the Mighty will be reading Max the Mighty, Stargirl, Benjamin Dove, or an assortment of short stories to continue the character analysis work.   Please see me when your partnership is finished with Freak the Mighty so that I can work with you to choose the next reading option.  CSRR2 is due on December 14th.

Also, we will continue to take the chapter comprehension assessments. We will be testing on chapters 11-15 and then on chapters 16-20 this week.  (Remember that after you initially take the assessment, you can correct it in pen and earn back any points you may have missed.)

We will begin taking a closer look at our response work from CSRR1 and our new response work to find possible thesis ideas for our literary essays.

GRAMMAR lessons this week are available online.  There are two concepts to learn/review.  The first is What is an adverb? and the second is called Split Infinitives.”  Your “out of class” work is to visit these links and follow the directions on the page.  You will need to copy notes into your grammar section of your binder.  I will be checking my spreadsheets to see that you have completed the check for understanding for each topic.

The adverb assignment needs to be completed before class on Thursday, and the split infinitives assignment needs to be completed before class on Friday.  (If you have any trouble at home with the BrainPOP app or with internet access in general, be sure to make other arrangements such as going to the library, a friend’s house, or using the school computers to complete these assignments.)

Your “in class” grammar warm-up work this week will be to review and apply these concepts. We will be using the Freak the Mighty text, as well as our own writing, for additional examples and opportunities for application.


  • Monday is our team day!  (There is no class tomorrow, but please remember that your Google doc for the recipe project should be shared with me by Tuesday.  The proper format for the title of the document should be:  Melissa M. Period 1 – Recipe Project.
  • We will be in the computer lab on Wednesday for our WW5 assessment.
  • Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy efforts is on Thursday night.
  • Due dates and assignment descriptions for IRLA assignments are available through Infinite Campus.
  • Flex rotation this week will be:
    • Monday – Period 3
    • Tuesday – Period 4
    • Wednesday – TBA
    • Thursday – Period 5
    • Friday – Period 8

I’m looking forward to a fun team day tomorrow!  🙂

~Ms. Morris

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(short) Week at a glance ~ 11/19/12 to 11/23/12

Posted on November 18, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , |

Hi Everyone!

This (short) week, we will continue our READING work with Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and a focus on character study in preparation for the literary essay.  Monday and Tuesday, reading partnerships will continue to work with methods of characterization.  We’ll go over the differences between direct and indirect characterization and really start to explore the different types of indirect characterization.

We will also get back, and go over, our personal essays.  An OPTIONAL WRITING assignment will be offered for all students who would like to make additional improvements and revisions to the essay.  Details about this assignment can be found in Infinite Campus.  (Go into your “TO DO” list and then click on the assignment name for the description.)

Wednesday, we will be in the computer lab to take the WORD STUDY (WW4) assessment.  If time remains after you take the assessment, you may work on the essay or the portfolio work.


  • There is NO FLEX this week because of the early dismissal schedule.
  • Revision plan for the OPTIONAL assignment must be submitted and approved by 11/21.
  • Portfolio presentations on the Personal Essay Unit will begin on Monday, 11/26.

Have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVINGand enjoy the time off!

~Ms. Morris 🙂


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