• EXTRA CREDIT for 2nd 9 weeks

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 11/19/2019

    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY

    Click here for instructions handout:  

    Instructions for extra credit

     

    I am offering a MAJOR grade extra-credit opportunity to those who choose to read another book in The Giver quartet.  

     

    Students may choose to read Gathering Blue, Messenger or Son, written by Lois Lowry, and complete their choice of 6 activities related to the novel.  The choice board has 16 options...students MUST complete 6 of them, following the directions on the handout.  Messy or incomplete work will count off.  However, students can easily earn a 100 test grade if they put in the effort.  

     

    The DUE DATE IS DECEMBER 13.  I will NOT accept late submissions. 

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  • Oct. 7-11

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 10/8/2019

    A look at this week...

     

    We have started The Giver by Lois Lowry!  Each student has been given their OWN copy of the book.  They MUST have it in class every day!!  Students will be asked to write, annotate, and highlight in the book.  

     

    ACCELERATED ELA will read chapters for homework and come to class prepared to discuss the book.  A schedule of reading has been given to students.  We will take our first test on Friday, 10/11, covering chapters 1-3.  

     

    REGULAR ELA will read most chapters in class.  There will be SOME reading assigned for homework, but mostly we will read in class.  We will take our first test on Friday, 10/11, covering chapters 1-3.  

     

     

    COMING UP:  

    NO SCHOOL Monday & Tuesday, October 14 & 15.  Enjoy the Fall Break!

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  • Sept. 30-Oct. 4

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/27/2019

    We will take the Fall Case Reading Test on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1.  

    We will begin reading The Giver after we finish Case.  Students will be given their own copy of the book.  Students will be expected to write in (annotate) and keep up with their book during our entire unit.  

     

    Coming Up...

    Oct. 14 & 15 is a holiday for students--No School

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  • Fall Case Test STUDY GUIDE

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/27/2019

    Below is the link to the study guide for the Fall Case Test.  (There is a blank page but then the poem follows the blank page!)

     

    Study Guide

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  • Sept. 23-27

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/24/2019

    THIS WEEK...  

    HOMEWORK:  Study Signposts & Article of the Week (AOW) due FRIDAY for ALL classes.  

     

    We will finish the Notice & Note Signpost lessons and practice identifying them in texts.  QUIZ THURSDAY on the Signposts!!  There are several links to activities that will help them study on my website...Click on HELPFUL LINKS.  

     

    We will also work on vocabulary and context clues this week.  

     

    We will also introduce the dystopian literary genre.  This is beginning our novel unit on THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.  We will begin reading the novel next week.  

     

    CONGRATS to 5th and 4th blocks for meeting their canned goods goal. Thanks to EVERYONE who sent in cans!

     

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  • Cold Read Test Question Stems

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/10/2019

    Question Stems for Cold Read Test. (Thursday & Friday)

    1st 9 Weeks

    1. What is the meaning of the phrase “______” as it is used in the sentence?

    2. What is the meaning of the word ______ as it is used in paragraph #______?

    3. How does the author’s use of the word ______ in paragraph #______ affect the meaning of the passage?

    4. Read the sentence from paragraph #______. What is the meaning of the word ______as it used in the sentence?

    5. Part A: Based on the passage, what can the reader infer about ______ (a character)?

    6. Part B: Which quotation supports the inference made in Part A?

    7. What is the central idea of the passage?

    8. According to the passage, which statement shows how (certain characters) ______ impacted the (other characters) ______?

    9. What is the theme of the passage?

    10. Which two quotations develop the theme from Part A?

    11. What is meant by the phrase “______” as it is used in paragraph #______?

    12. How does the author’s word choice in paragraph #______ affect the meaning of the passage?

    13. How does paragraph #______ further define ______ (a character)?

    14. Based on the passage, what can be inferred about (one character’s) ______ feelings towards (another character) ______?

    15. Which of the following best states the theme in the text?

    16. Part A: What does the term “______” most likely mean in line #______?

    17. Part B: Which phrase from the poem best supports the answer to Part A?

    18. How does the figurative language in stanza #______ contribute to the mood of the poem?

    19. What is the climax of the poem?

    20. What lines from the poem best supports this conclusion (There will be a statement about the poem prior to this question)?

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  • Sept. 9-13

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/9/2019

    THIS WEEK:  We will finish our Short Story Unit and take a cold-read test on Thursday and Friday.  

    HOMEWORK:  Assigned Monday, Due FRIDAY, 9/13/19!!

    Regular ELA (1st & 7th blocks)

    Complete the Common Lit assignment "The Drive-In Movies" AND the discussion questions handout.  BOTH due Friday.

    Accelerated ELA (5th & 4th blocks)

    Complete the Common Lit assignment "Growing Up" AND the discussion questions handout.  BOTH due Friday.  

     

    EXTRA CREDIT FOR ALL CLASSES AVAILABLE THIS WEEK!  

    Students may complete the Sept. 11 Video assignment for a bonus quiz grade.   

     

    Coming Up

    Sept. 16-20:  Canned Food Drive

    GOAL for MRS. TURPIN'S CLASSES:  10 cans per student 

    Any class that meets this goal will get a popcorn party!!  Each can brought in will earn that student a ticket and a pawprint.  

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  • Sept. 11 Extra Credit

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/9/2019

    Sept. 11 Extra Credit Assignment:  DUE FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 (no late submissions)

    • Watch a one-hour special from a reliable channel (such as History Channel) on any topic related to Sept. 11.

    • Write a one-page report about the show including the following info:

    • Explain what the show was about. (Be more specific than just “It was about Sept. 11”. Was it focused on New York and the World Trade Centers? Was it about the difficulty of managing the thousands of airplanes in the air during the attacks?  Was it focused on the rebuilding or aftermath of 9/11?  Was it focused on the reasons behind the attacks?)  

    • Include (3) three details about something new that you learned.

    • Include something that shocked you.

    • Include an analysis of how this helps you better understand Sept. 11 AND why you think it is important for people to learn about this day in our history.

    • TYPED OR NEATLY HAND-WRITTEN

     

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  • Sept. 3-6

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 9/4/2019

    ALL CLASSES:  We will have a quiz on STORY ELEMENTS on Thursday, Sept. 5.  These terms are all on the blue notes handout.  Students should know these terms and meanings in order to apply them to fiction texts all year long (short stories, novels, etc.)

     

    ACCELERATED CLASSES:  Homework Due Friday, Sept. 6

    Common Lit assignment- "If"

    Storyboard That assignment-Summer Reading Character storyboard

     

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  • Aug. 19-23

    Posted by Leahbeth Turpin on 8/20/2019

    This Week...

    We will finish our Refugee Unit and end the week with Socratic seminars in all classes.  The first Socratic seminar will be a minor (quiz) grade, but after this first one, these will be major (test) grades.  For students in regular ELA, this will be the first time they have done a Socratic seminar.  We will cover expectations, watch a video and go over the rubric.  Students who were in accelerated ELA last year will get a refresher as they held several Socratic seminars last year.  

    We will have a quiz on my classroom rules & procedures, Honor Code & Jag Pledge.  Read over the green handout and the Honor Code & Jag Pledge handout that we highlighted.   

     

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