Week Two – 9/15-9/18

Tuesday: StarBook setup


~ Handwriting Card – In your best handwriting write the following sentence on your index card.

My name is ________ and this is my absolute best handwriting.

Guidelines  Tape into notebook

 ~Daily Pages – How your homework works

Wednesday – Friday:  Writing Diagnostic – Show us what you CAN DO; don’t focus on the CAN’Ts. 

Week One: 9/8-9/11

Welcome to ELA 9


1. Find you seat

2. Start on any of the items in your folder. Work silently and independently. 


This Week’s Agenda:

~Taking a tour of the classroom

~Completing paperwork including student information sheets, Thought Bubbles, 50 Things I Love (5 min)

~Reviewing the syllabus –  Supplies due by Friday.

~Practicing classroom procedures (running drills, class jobs, etc)  

~John Green – Open Letter to Students – Your Response

~Class Website and Blog

~Class Dojo

~ STAR Books Setup

By the end of your initial training, you will be required to have:

~your notebook setup completed.

~any paperwork that required parent signatures turned in

~signed up for or logged into your resource websites

~All of your materials ready to go



Inquiry Project – Lesson 1 – Quote / Paraphrase / Summarize

Entrance Ticket – STICKY NOTE:

 ~ What’s the difference between paraphrasing, and summarizing? 

Lessons in Resilience Reflection

~ What decisions did you make on your own?

~What did you think worked about this way of writing an essay and what didn’t work?

~ What should we do to improve the process?

My Close-Reading Annotation Symbols

! This is important.
* Key vocabulary word or detail
 circle or box Unfamiliar vocabulary word
? I have a question about this.
?? This is a confusing part.
E This is evidence.
= I made a connection (this reminds me of)
+ I agree with this.
X I disagree with this.
LOL This is funny.
:) I like this.
D Interesting detail
Q I might quote this.
Fig. Figurative Language

text annotation chart complete

  • Reword - replace words and phrases with synonyms whenever you can.

  • Rearrange - rearrange words within sentences to make new sentences. You can even rearrange the ideas presented within the paragraph.

  • Recheck - make sure that your paraphrase conveys the same meaning as the original text.

  • Realize – that some words and phrases cannot be changed – names, dates, titles etc. cannot be replaced, but you can present them differently in your paraphrase.


Levels of Understanding

Level 4

~ I can do this on my own without help.

~ I can explain how to do this.

~ I can teach someone else how to do this.


Level 3

~ I can do this on my own without help.

~ I can show that I understand how to do this.


Level 2

~ I can attempt this on my own, but I will need help to complete this.

~ I can show what I’ve achieved so far with this.


Level 1

~ I can identify the task and goal, but I’m not sure I understand this.

~I can understand the task and goal, but I’m not sure how to start this.




 Writing Endurance:

  “Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhino?”

I Have/ Who Has

Continue with Lesson 2 – Practice two focus questions and responses

Poster Project:

Essential question:   How does an author build structure throughout the text?

Work continues on Friday…



Writing Endurance

Which is more powerful, reading or writing?



is similar to…

feels like…

looks like…

is the opposite of…



Is similar to

Feels like

The opposite of

looks like


Lesson 2 – Meeting Louie and Chapter One



Add to your journal (wherever you have empty space) 

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  ~Jim Ronan



Get ready for: Writing endurance exercise

Writing Endurance Intro

Write for five on: (remember this goes in the back of your journal)

Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?


Draw a line under your next entry in the main part of you journal.

Title: Lesson Two: Meeting Louie and chapter 1 (add to table of contents)

“I can identify elements of the writing process that an author uses to create a story.”

~Read Prologue:


 How does the author build structure in the text?








word choice





figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, alliteration)