Every day you will have a word study lesson and a conventions (grammar) lesson. Some days we will also have a mini-lesson on MLA format. It is your responsibility to get the notes for these things from someone else in class.

Here's what we did today:

T 6/1/10
blog on "Dear 8th-Grader, To be successful in English 9. . ."
get notes on 24-27
read 27 & 28 for tomorrow
Review for final on 6/4; make sure you know the 5 elements of tragedy!

F 5/28/10
get notes on TKM ch. 21-23
read 24-27 for Tues.
Words we'll review next week:
1st hour: optimal, flaunt, eon, & plenitude
3rd hour: guru, eon, maneuver, cryptic
4th hour: ramshackle, choler, dawdle, assuage
You should be studying for your final exam on 6/4!

TH 5/27/10
get notes on TKM ch. 19 & 20
Read 21-23 for tomorrow

W 5/26/10
get notes on TKM ch. 16-18
read 19 & 20 for tomorrow
Final Exam will be F 6/4

T 5/25/10
get notes on TKM ch. 14 & 15
read 16-18 for tomorrow
Final Exam will be F 6/4

M 5/24/10
get notes on TKM ch. 12 & 13
read 14 & 15 for tomorrow
take quiz over 14 & 15 in office
Final Exam will be F 6/4

F 5/21/10
Take part 1 test in office
turn in TKM pt. 1 study guide
read ch. 12 & 13 for Mon.
Final Exam will be F 6/4

TH 5/20/10
get notes on 9-11 and review for test
tomorrow: turn in study guide; take pt. 1 test
make-up tests in office

W 5/19/10
get notes on ch. 7 & 8 in TKM
read 9-11 for tomorrow
(we read outside)
tomorrow: review for test on Friday

T 5/18/10
Take TKM quiz over 5 & 6
read 7 & 8 for tomorrow
finish part 1 for Friday -- Test!
make sure you're up to date with your study guide; you'll turn it in Fri.

M 5/17/10
get notes ch. 1-4
read ch. 5 & 6 for tomorrow

F 5/14/10
Take WS Q15
get notes on Harper Lee
read TKM ch. 4 for Mon.

TH 5/13/10
take To Kill a Mockingbird ch. 2 quiz
read ch. 3 for Fri.
we watched R&J movie

W 5/12/10
get TKM book; read ch. 1 for tomorrow
define vocab. words for each chapter before reading it

T 5/11/10
get To Kill a Mockingbird study guide
define vocab. words for each chapter before reading it
we watched R&J movie

M 5/10/10

Take Romeo &Juliet test in office asap
turn in R&J study guide

F 5/7/10
Take WS Q14
Finish R&J play & study guide
We reviewed for the test. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY! If you have any questions, click on the Discussion tab above and then on R&J Questions.

TH 5/6/10

Take quiz over Act 4, in office
Read & get notes through end of 5.2
R&J test is M 5/10/10

W 5/5/10
Read & get notes through end of Act 4

T 5/4/10
Take Act 3 quiz in office
Read & get notes through end of 4.2

M 5/3/10
Read & get notes through end of act 3

F 4/30/10
Take WS Q13
Read & get notes through end of 3.4

TH 4/29/10
Read & get notes through end of 3.3

W 4/28/10
Read & get notes through 3.1
essays handed back

T 4/27/10
Take Act 2 quiz

Turn in IRP2!
get notes on Act 3
work on foil & xword puzzle

M 4/26/10
Read & get notes through end of Act 2
Act 2 quiz tomorrow

F 4/23/10
Happy birthday, William Shakespeare!
Take the WS Q12
Read & get notes through end of Act 2, scene 3.


TH 4/22/10
It was Paperless Day!
Take Act 1 quiz. Let me know that you're ready, and I'll activate a link here.
Read & get notes through end of Act 2, scene 2

W 4/21/10
Read & get notes through Act 2, scene 2 (half-way)
Be ready for tomorrow's Act 1 quiz
Do not bring binder, notes, script, or study guide tomorrow (paperless day)

T 4/20/10
We put poetry on the sidewalk with chalk. Check out our photostream:


M 4/19/10
Read & get notes through Act 1, scene 4 in R&J
Bring your poem tomorrow.

F 4/16/10
Take WS Quiz 11
Read & get notes through Act 1, scene 2 in Romeo & Juliet
Get rest of Shakespeare notes
Get your IRP self rubric; you should be working on your final draft.
Bring a short poem or a few lines of poetry to class on T 4/20.

TH 4/15/10
Take Parts of Speech Test (in office)
Get rest of Shakespeare notes from PPt.
Read & get notes through Act 1, scene 1 in R&J

W 4/14/10
Get notes on Shakespeare
Read & get notes through Act 1, prologue in R&J
Get notes on lit. terms for Act 1.

T 4/13/10
(Ms. Nielsen was gone.)
We watched videos about Shakespeare.

M 4/12/10
Get notes on Shakespeare.
Show Ms. Nielsen your vocab. definitions in your Romeo & Juliet study guide.

F 4/9/10
Take WS Q10
Work on your Shakespeare wiki page

TH 4/8/10
Work on Shakespeare wiki page

W 4/7/10
Turn in the final draft of your essay.

T 4/6/10
Finish proofreading your essay.

M 4/5/10
Get WS & DOL notes
Work on essay - final draft due Wed.
Get Shakespeare assignment.

F 4/2/10
Take your WS Q9
Get new word study word.
You got your final exams back.

TH 4/1/10
Share your paper copy of your essay draft with a partner. Ask him/her to assess using the rubric and to put as many comments and corrections on it as possible.
Create a new google.doc. Copy and paste your draft only (not the brainstorming or outline) into that new document. Rename it "2nd draft yourname." Share the document with 2 other E9 students and with me. Ask those people to insert comments.
Use all the comments you get to rewrite.
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W 3/31/10
Take this survey:
Thttp:www.surveygizmo.com/s/269968/google-docs-comments
Take your final exam. It's in the office.
Turn in your copy of "The Magic Barrel."
Work on your essay. It's due tomorrow.

T 3/30/10
We reviewed for tomorrow's final exam. Get those notes from someone. Find your copy of "Magic Barrel." You'll have to turn that in tomorrow.
Keep drafting your essay. Take note of my comments on your google.doc. Essays are due TH 4/1/10. No foolin'! Here's the rubric I'll use to grade your final draft: essay_rubric_mar10.doc Here are some comments I seem to make on most essays:
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dc7wqcrx_53d88qbfht

M 3/29/10
Keep drafting your essay. Take note of my comments on your google.doc. If you're still tweaking your outline, see my sample outline at: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dc7wqcrx_50c2rsqtdx You should have your body drafted by the end of today. Essays are due TH 4/1/10. No foolin'! Here's the rubric I'll use to grade your final draft: essay_rubric_mar10.doc

F 3/26/10
Take Word Study Quiz 8
Keep drafting your essay. Take note of my comments on your google.doc. If you're still tweaking your outline, see my sample outline at: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dc7wqcrx_50c2rsqtdx
Your final exam will be W 3/31/10. It will consist of a word study section, a section on essay structure, and a reading (Odyssey, "Pyramus and Thisbe," and "Magic Barrel") section.

TH 3/25/10
Keep working on your outline. Draft essay; most people are well into their introductory paragraph by now. Get notes on conclusions.

W 3/24/10
See instructions in Debate & Essay page

T 3/23/10
Get conventions notes.
Get essay structure notes. In your google.doc, write about the topic you're favoring at the moment. Write a possible thesis for that topic and list the main supporting points.

M 3/22/10
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great break.
Get conventions notes.
Today, we start learning about essay structure. Create a google.doc, invite me to edit, brainstorm some ideas, list the pros and cons of each topic in your document. You will need research to back up your thesis.

TH 3/11/10
Fill out & turn in Group Work rubric: group work rubric.pdf Do one for yourself and one for each of your teammates.
Take WS Quiz7
Have a great spring break!

W 3/10/10
DEBATES!
1st hour: school lunches (vegetarianism postponed to tomorrow)
3rd hour: Same sex marriage, Target vs. Walmart
4th hour: school lunch, abortion

T 3/9/10
TURN IN YOUR FIRST IRP! Blue rubric on top, self rubric on bottom.
Work on debates.
Debate: 3rd hour- euthanasia
Debate: 4th hour- Death Penalty

M 3/8/10
3rd hour: Capital Punishment debate
Other hours: work on debate. Make sure you've used the rubric on the Debate & Essay page.
IRP due tomorrow!

F 3/5/10
Take WSQ6
Work on the Website evaluation on the Debate page.
Turn in your Voice Thread assessment
Keep working on Debate. See Calendar for when you debate.
Today's word study is in my Calendar

TH 3/4/10
Fill out a Voice Thread self assessment: voicethread_assessment.docx
Work on your debate. Research. Make sure to note where you get each piece of information from. Check out the debate page for advice or other information.
Today's word study is in my Calendar

W 3/3/10
Work on your debate. Research. Make sure to note where you get each piece of information from. Check out the debate page for advice or other information.
Let me know which group wants to debate first. Otherwise, we'll assign slots randomly.
Today's word study is in my Calendar

T 3/2/10
Work on your debate. You had most of this period to research and prepare.
We will begin debated on Monday 3/8/10. As long as at least two of your team members are present, the debate will go on.

M 3/1/10
read & get notes on G&C Handbook p. 215-218
Read & get notes on "Magic Barrel" p. 129-137
Work on your debate. Pick a topic! Write your thesis statement. Formulate questions you need to answer about your topic.

F 2/26/10
get notes on research (Mrs. Kaldenberg)
take WS quiz 5
Debate groups need to pick a debate topic

TH 2/25/10
Read & get notes: p. 242-243 in G&C Handbook
get MLA Works Cited notes
Read & get notes on "Magic Barrel" p. 126-129
Pick a topic for your debate

W 2/24/10
Check in with me about your IRP: http://e9spring10nielsen.wikispaces.com/message/view/Independent+Reading+Project/19420811
Read Paragraphs 3 & 4 of "The Magic Barrel."
Get prepositions notes & handout
Get debate team assignment
Get Works Cited notes; add entry to your Works Cited on Googledocs.

T 2/23/10
Check in with me about your IRP: http://e9spring10nielsen.wikispaces.com/message/view/Independent+Reading+Project/19420811
Do the Who/Whom worksheet due Thurs.
Read 1st 2 paragraphs of "The Magic Barrel." Get notes.

M 2/22/10
Work on your Voice Thread! due tomorrow!

F 2/19/10
Work on Voice Thread! due Tues. 2/23
take WS Q4

TH 2/18/10
Get MLA notes (works cited)
create a docs.google.com document and share it with me: inielsen@solon.k12.ia.us
copy your Conventions or MLA notes and turn them in as a notes quiz
Show me your storyboard
Work on your Voice Thread due T 2/23/10

W 2/17/10
read/get notes for p. 98-100 in Grammar & Comp. Handbook
Fill out notecard w/ 1. people you can work with in class on debate 2. NO MORE than ONE person you probably shouldn't work with
Show me your storyboard
work on Voice Thread

T 2/16/10
Work on Voice Thread; storyboard due Wed. 2/17; finished project due T 2/23/10
get WS Q3 in out tray
Storyboard due tomorrow

M 2/15/10
Get notes on image resources (thank you, Mrs. Kaldenberg!)
Work on Voice Thread

F 2/12/10
Turn in Conventions Enrichment: Nouns
Take Word Study Q3
Work on Voice Thread

TH 2/11/10
Conventions Enrichment: Nouns worksheet due Fri.
Start your Voice Thread personal_odyssey_voicethread.doc
Voice Thread Template.docx
We watched part of
The Odyssey.

W 2/10/10
Turn in Odyssey Word Search
Turn in Odyssey text
Take Odyssey test in office
You will have 4 words on Word Study Q3

T 2/9/10
Snow Day. . . again

M 2/8/10
Get WS Q2 back
get Odyssey review notes
Get Voice Thread handout and storyboard personal_odyssey_voicethread.doc
Voice Thread Template.docx
keep collecting pictures that represent your own personal journey.

F 2/5/10
Take Word Study Quiz2
Get notes on "Sea Perils and Defeat" and end of
Odyssey
Get Odyssey word search, due Tues.
Odyssey test will be Tues. 2/9/10; bring any questions that come up to review on Mon.
Start collecting pictures that represent your own personal journey.


TH 2/4/10
Finished writing pretest
get notes on "Circe"
for tomorrow, read "Sea Perils and Defeat": p.209-225 lines 44-170, 259-348, 482-580
Start collecting pictures that represent your own personal journey.

W 2/3/10
Listen to "Collective Nouns" at Grammar Girl
Get notes on "Cyclops"
read p. 169-182, lines 149-166, 229-275, 346-568, 607-end of chapter for tomorrow
Start collecting pictures that represent your own personal journey.

T 2/2/10
Fill out Noun Follow-Up worksheet
Get rest of Mythology notes
Get notes on "Lotus Eaters"
Read for tomorrow:
Odyssey p. 148-161, lines 113-139 and lines 194-585.

M 2/1/10
get Word Study Quiz1
take "Pyramus & Thisbe" quiz in office
Get mythology notes
make sure your
Odyssey book is checked-out.
Read in
Odyssey//: "New Coasts" p. 145-46, lines 14-43 and "Lotus Eaters" p. 147-48, lines 86-112 for tomorrow

F 1/29/10
Word Study Quiz1
due: "Parts of Speech: Lesson 1" worksheet
Read "Pyramus and Thisbe" for Mon.

TH 1/28/10
Do "Parts of Speech: Lesson 1" worksheet, 1-20 exercise 1; due tomorrow
Take first two sections of writing pretest
We went to the MC to here booktalks and learn how to find classics

W 1/27/10
Join Quizlet. Join our E9 Word Study Spring '10 group and play with the flashcards. Our password is "spartans"
Take the tech survey, if you haven't yet.
Turn in your parent letter and signed form.
get notes on IRP

T 1/26/10
Finish Syllabus
do Collective Noun practice on p. 98 in conventions book. Girls did odds, boys even
Make sure you know what your job is.



M 1/25/10
Continue to fill in syllabus/start up workbook
get Word Study Notes
read p. 93-94 in conventions book
join wiki
take tech survey http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/232357/freshman-tech-survey
post to "What are you reading?" discussion

F 1/22/10
Do Prestest on p.92
check out Conventions text & cover
Get Word Study Notes
continue to sign up for jobs

TH 1/21/10
Fill in syllabus / start-up workbook syllabus wkbk_jan10.pdf
Write in journal: What do you love to do?
Get Word Study notes
Get assignments, including Independent Reading Project
Take Alpha Surveyue