Final Debate

Jan. 17, 2020 Max Points: 30

TKAM Final Essay (Honors)

Jan. 09, 2020 Max Points: 100

Extra Credit- ELA support attendance 1/14/20

Jan. 16, 2020 Max Points: 1

Watch the Ted Talk attached below (individually or with the class- Ms. Burge will decide). After, answer the following questions:
1. Summarize Julia Dhar's ideas.
2. How can you apply these ideas to your debate next week?
3. How can you apply these ideas as an audience member next week?
4. Do you feel prepared for your debate?

Jan. 10, 2020 Max Points: 20

Final Debate Prep

Jan. 14, 2020 Max Points: 70

Fill out the following chart with talking points.

You will print this out and use it during your debate. Please include source citations for all instances of ethos, pathos, and logos.

Great Debate #1 (Voting Rights)

Jan. 06, 2020 Max Points: 10

What did you do over break? Please write at least 5 sentences.

Jan. 06, 2020 Max Points: 5

Exhibition Project

Dec. 18, 2019 Max Points: 200

Exhibition Attendance

Dec. 20, 2019 Max Points: 25

Printed Work?

Dec. 18, 2019 Max Points:

Please attach any work you need printed for Exhibition here!

Please only attach work needed for my classes.

Timed-Writing Essay Revision

Dec. 16, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please typed your edited essay into this assignment.

Fix the following sentence:

In the novel, Maya gets raped by Mr. Freeman.

Dec. 16, 2019 Max Points: 5

Re-write lyrics with your favorite songwriters

Dec. 10, 2019 Max Points: 15

Take the lyrics from a song you love. Paste them on a Google Doc, cross out every other line, and insert your own lyrics.

For example: Bright Eyes' "First Day of My Life":

This is the first day of my life
(Swear I was born right in the doorway) Write a new lyric.
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
(They're spreading blankets on the beach) Write a new lyric.
Yours is the first face that I saw
(I think I was blind before I met you) Write a new lyric.
Now I don't know where I am
(I don't know where I've been) Write a new lyric.
But I know where I want to go

Using the attached image, create a fictional narrative about the pictured child. BE CREATIVE! The narrative should be a total of 8 sentences.

Dec. 09, 2019 Max Points: 15

You may use personal pronouns.

TKAM Background Two-Pager (Honors)

Dec. 08, 2019 Max Points: 50

Timed Writing- IKWTCBS (Handwritten)

Dec. 09, 2019 Max Points: 100

Timed writing completed in class.

TKAM Research PowerPoint

Nov. 26, 2019 Max Points: 50

1. Describe Joyce.
2. What is different about Joyce and Bailey’s relationship, compared to his “relationships”
with the other girls?
3. How does Maya feel about Joyce?
4. Joyce leaves almost as suddenly as she comes into the children’s lives. Make an
inference about why she leaves. How does this immediately affect Bailey?

Dec. 06, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please respond to each question in a complete sentence, using RACE format.

IKWTCBS One-Pager- Chapters 11-13

Nov. 22, 2019 Max Points: 50

Read the attached article on The Scottsboro Boys. Write a one page response in which you compare the circumstances and outcomes of the Scottsboro Boys Trial with Maya Angelou's situation. In ADDITION to comparing the two situations, be sure to explain why each case was handled differently. What are the societal implications of the 1930s and 1940s based on the two outcomes?

Why does Maya lie on the stand when asked about whether or not Mr. Freeman had touched her before? Do you think Mr. Freeman's sentence (one year) is justice? If not, what do you think his sentence should have been and why? Do you understand Maya's choice to stop talking? Why or why not?

Nov. 20, 2019 Max Points: 10

'Brave New World' Final Essay (Honors)

Nov. 06, 2019 Max Points: 100

'I Know Why the Caged Bird' Chapter 8 Summary (Handout)

Nov. 19, 2019 Max Points: 10

Handout distributed in class.

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'- Prologue - Chapter 5 Packet (Handout)

Nov. 18, 2019 Max Points: 44

Packet distributed in class.

How do you feel about what we just read? What emotions do you feel? Do you understand Maya Angelou's confusion? Why or why not?

Nov. 19, 2019 Max Points:

Please respond in a minimum of 8 sentences.

Maya Angelou- "Civil Rights Movement Questions" (Handout)

Nov. 08, 2019 Max Points: 18

Maya Angelou Background Notes

Nov. 08, 2019 Max Points: 20

Please take notes on the presentations given in class.

"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"- Pre-Read Research Activity

Nov. 05, 2019 Max Points: 50

Today you will research key topics in regards to our next unit. You will work in groups and you need to present to the class.

Minimum of 10 slides.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" TIMED Quick-Write

Nov. 01, 2019 Max Points: 50

Consider the character, Jack Skellington, in "The Nightmare Before Christmas". EXPLAIN Jack's attitude toward himself and Halloween at the beginning of the film and DESCRIBE how this attitude changes by the end of the film.
As you write, think about the following questions to help guide your ideas:
-Why is Jack bored at the beginning of the film?
-Why does visiting 'Christmas Town' change Jack's mood?
-How does Jack's attitude toward Halloween change by the end of the film?
-Who and what causes Jack to change his views by the end of the film?
-Is the change in Jack's attitude going to last? Why or why not?

Your response should be at least one page long.

Which Halloween film do you want to watch?

No Due Date Max Points:
Multiple choice question:
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Halloween Town
  • It's the Great Pumpkin charlie Brown!

"The Lowest Animal" One-Pager

Oct. 29, 2019 Max Points: 50

Without using personal pronouns, explain Mark Twain's view on humans and discuss whether you agree or disagree with him. Your response should incorporate evidence from the text and be at least one page long.



Jan. 13, 2020

A few reminders:
- This is the last week of Semester 1. Therefore, all late work is due by Wednesday, 1/15/20. No Exceptions!
- An extra credit opportunity will be offered Tuesday, 1/14/20, ONLY to those students who attend ELA support from 3:15 - 4:15 after school.
- You must be present on the day of your debate! If not, you will earn a ZERO on your final. Please do not leave your debate partner alone.

Jan. 10, 2020

After responding to the warm-up, work on your debate prep for about 20 minutes. After, start practicing debating/sharing your ideas with someone OTHER than your partner (you don't want your partner to hear your ideas, right?):
-Discuss your ideas with someone and get their opinion on your ideas.
-Practice reading your opening and closing statements aloud.
-Time yourself.

Jan. 09, 2020


As I’m sure you all know, I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather the last few days. Unfortunately, I’m so sick that I will not be at school on Friday.

All work will be posted on Google Classroom.

Have a great weekend!

Jan. 08, 2020

Final Groups and Presentation Dates

Dec. 13, 2019

Exhibition Guidelines

Dec. 12, 2019

Spirit week schedule:

Monday: Holiday colors (green, red, blue, white)
Tuesday: Polar Express (PJs)
Wednesday: Holiday socks
Thursday: Holiday headgear
Friday: Holiday sweater

Dec. 06, 2019

Over the weekend, you must read the rest of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'. You will have a timed writing on Monday, 12/9/19.

Dec. 02, 2019

Due to an important staff meeting after school tomorrow, ELA support is canceled on Tuesday, 12/3.

Thank you for understanding.

Nov. 15, 2019

Follow this link to access the PDF of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".

Nov. 15, 2019

Good morning, students!

I woke up feeling sick this morning so I’m going to stay home to recover. Therefore, I had to change some of the lesson plans for today; any activities that require my presence have been postponed until Monday (e.i. Quizzes and Socratic Discussions). Please be good for the sub!

Have a good weekend.