Homework Assignments

*** Until further notice:  Assignments that say "due on..." will be checked and graded according to the criteria shown in "HW policies."  Assignments that say"enrichment for..." are meant to better prepare students for tests, quizzes and scored writings. (Students who complete these assignments because they want to improve their skills and better prepare for high school are encouraged to do so as they are much more likely to witness positive changes in their writing and time management skills than those who forego the experience.)  Enrichment assignments will not be checked or graded.  However,  students who want feedback on enrichment work should see me during the Guide period or on Mondays from 2:52 to 3:15.          

  • Due Tuesday, 5/1:  Please bring CHARGED Chromebooks to class.  Read "History of the Cylinder Phonograph,"  "Psst...Hey, You," and "The Making of America." Circle all new words or phrases and first speculate meaning based on context clues.  Then look the words or phrases up and see how close your guesses came.  Answer the multiple choice questions.
  • Due Wednesday, 5/2: Re-read  "History of the Cylinder Phonograph,"  "Psst...Hey, You," and "The Making of America."   Prepare a quick pre-write for the essay: Developing, Refining and Marketing Technology Past and Present .  Draft the essay for a writing workshop.  Time yourself: 45-50 minutes including the pre-write, the five-paragraph draft and P &C.  
  • Due Thursday, 5/3: TYPED, PRINTED REFLECTION:   In two paragraphs, explain what you would do to improve the "Technology" essay.  Think in terms of length. essay style and content (Here are some guiding questions: How many paragraphs did you write?  Do you need to manage your time differently? How closely did your essay follow the prompt?  Did your thesis statement adhere closely to the questions asked in the prompt?  How logical were your claims and how well did you support them?  Then, in a third paragraph, compare your Joyce/Dickens essay to the model essays we reviewed in class.  How did yours fare against the fours?  Be sure to use headings.  
  • Due Friday, 5/4:  Go to https://parcc.pearson.com/practicetests/english and take the Unit 1 computerized test for Tortilla Sun and Confetti Girl.  Read both stories closely and carefully, answer the MCQs and short-answer Qs on notebook paper, Finally, review the prompt carefully and construct a five-minute prewrite.  The prewrite should include your thesis statement, headings for each of the three body paragraphs and some notes on the evidence you will use to support your claims.  You should also have enough time to think of an interest grabber.
  • Due Monday, 5/14:  Complete the Unit 8 lesson in the vocabulary book and the fronts of the cards.  We will review Unit 8 in class on Monday.  
  • Due Tuesday, 5/15:  Vocabulary cards with detailed sentences on the back. Use a variety  of strategies to provide detail such as restatement clues, sensory detail, transitions to connect ideas and dialogue.
  • For Wednesday, 5/16: Complete the Diagnostic Preview on Agreement, pp. 200-201 in Holt.  Take notes on "Number" and Agreement of Subject and Verb,"  pp. 202 & 203.  Complete 1-3, pp. 202-204 in Holt.
  • For Thursday, 5/17: Read "Problems in Agreement: Phrases and Clauses Between Subjects and Verbs,"  pp. 204 & 205  and take notes.  Don't forget about "tips and tricks" in the margins.  Complete Ex. 4 according to the instructions.  Bring all work completed  so far in this chapter to class tomorrow. 
  • For Friday, 5/18: Read about "Indefinite Pronouns" and take notes.  Complete Ex. 5 and Review A.  
  • Monday, 5/21: Unit 8 Vocabulary Test
  • For Thursday, 5/24:  Have Unit 9 complete (text)
  • Friday, 5/25: Draft I of the Final Self-Assessment is due.  We are having a writing workshop.