Homework/Agenda 1/22-1/26L

Language Arts

* PQP Assigned & Explained. Readings plus accompanying discussions will be conducted in class. Do spent some time at home supplementing class work & completing the assigned  prompts/questions. Packet due 2/1. Please do adhere to given instructions. Teacher Conferences begin 2/1

Study Sync

Unit: Justice Served. All work on this unit will be done in class.

* Spelling Test 1/24

* Vocabulary (C.W.)


Unit: Heian-Kyo

Puppet Show/Research Paper-Assigned & Explained 1/19


* Script/Puppets due 1/25

* Backdrops due 1/26

* Rehearsals 1/29

* Show 1/30

Research Paper Deadlines

*Rough Research 1/23

* Formal Outline 1/24

* Typed Paper 1/26




Homework/Agenda 1/16-1/19

Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned 1/16. Due 1/19

Unit: Debates

Focus: Research/ Argumentative Techniques

* Notecards Assigned & Explained

-Work on Notecards 1/17-1/18 (C.Work). Due 1/19

* Vocabulary Quiz 1/17. 

Study Sync

Students, this week we commence on our third unit from Study Sync: "Justice Served". In this unit you will explore the importance of defending human rights through accounts of real people & characters in a variety of texts that include fiction, narrative non fiction, informational texts & speeches. Most all work on this unit will be completed in class. As always, staying on task & working diligently will translate to little or no homework:)

The Reading Skills that will be addressed & studied are..

* Author's Purpose & Point of View

* Figurative Language

* Technical Language

* Theme

* Poetic Structure

* Compare & Contrast 



Unit: Japan

* Processing 20/Study Guide Assigned 1/16

* Test 1/17

Unit: Heian-Kyo- The Heart of Japan's Golden Age

* Reading & Discussions 1/17-1/18

* Reading Notes Assigned. Due 2/23

Puppet Show/Research Paper Assigned. You may opt for either one.

Research Paper:

Students, know that it is your responsibility to come to class prepared to work diligently on your paper. Your paper should be adequate in content & be structurally sound. Adhere to all given instructions.

Puppet Show

Herein students will:

* Research & organize ideas for a puppet show

Students, know that your script should be based/depict at least three of the following:

-Aspects of the Golden Age of Literature, Art & Drama during the 9th, 10th, & 11th centuries

-the reasons for the end of the Heian era & the rise of the military class in the late 12th century.

You will be tested on your ability to express & relay ideas clearly; demonstrate an understanding of not only,grammar, structure, & the forms & genres of writing, but also, on an accurate depiction of the Heian Society

* Research Paper/Instructions on Puppet Show Assigned & Explained/Groups Assigned  1/19

* Work on Plot Line/ Begin Research 1/19





Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year !

As always, I just can't seem to find the right words to express my gratitude. Once again, I resort to outside help...

"I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks."

-William Shakespeare

Dear students, please know that I thoroughly enjoyed every gift- the teas, the gift cards, chocolates, other exquisite ornaments & souvenirs, and all the lovely home made goodies. But more importantly, I want to thank you for your thoughtful & heartwarming notes. They, truly, made the season brighter!

I do want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for working to the best of your ability as we persevere to unravel the marvels of Study Sync. Students, instead of questioning my style & experimentation with the new curriculum (always, always, with the honest intent of making it interesting), you have surprised me by going along & enjoying the, sometimes, bumpy ride with me-for this I am grateful!

Here's wishing you a world that is filled with peace, open-mindedness & kindness!

Happy 2018!!!

Mrs. Prasad

Agenda/Homework 1/9-1/12

Language Arts

* Monthly Grammar Review 1/9. Standards Assigned. Due 2/5

* Book Talk (January) Assigned & Explained. 9/9. Due 2/12. Book Check 9/11

Unit: Research/Persuasive & Argumentative Techniques

Focus: Debate 

-Procedures & Protocol Explained & Work Assigned

-Debate Terms Quiz 1/10

-Topics Discussed & Selected 1/10

- In Class Research 1/10-1/12. Students, please do spend 15-20 minutes everyday augmenting class work.

-Typed/Printed & Completed Research checked 1/15

* Spelling Assigned & Explained 1/9. Due 1/12

* Grammar Review (C.W.)

* Vocabulary Assigned. Quiz 1/11


Unit: Japan

Herein, you will learn to:

* define cultural diffusion and illustrate the concept by describing how cultural elements were transmitted from India, China & Korea to Japan

* describe the significance of Japan's proximity to China & Korea and the intellectual, religious and philosophical influences of those countries on Japan

* discuss the reign of Prince Shotoku & the characteristics of Japanese society and family life during his reign

* Geography Challenge 1/9

* Preview/ Reading Notes 20.2-20.3 1/10

* Reading Notes 20.4-20.7 1/11

* Reading Notes 20.8-20.10 1/12

* Processing/Study Guide Assigned 1/16

* Test 1/17

Polite Reminders

* Monthly Grammar Standards due 1/9



Homework/Agenda 12/11-12/22

Language Arts

Writing Workshop: The Narrative Essay. The next two weeks will be spent revisiting concepts learned this year. We will, then,concentrate on refreshing our understanding of the basic elements of a good narrative. Please do remember that all incomplete classwork is to be regarded as the homework for that day. Just a note of advice: Diligence pays off handsomely ! The reward you ask? -  No Homework:)

  • Brainstorming Activity and Plot Line 12/11
  • Prewrites 12/12 - 12/13
  • Edit Rough Draft 12/14 
  • Typed Rough Draft (Two Copies) due 12/15
  • Peer Edits 12/18
  • Revisions (H.W.) 12/15
  • Final Copies due 12/18

Unit: Shakespearean Sonnets

All work on this unit will be done in class. Please do your share!

  • Selections (Printed/Written) due 12/12
  • Analysis/Colloquiums (C.W.) 12/13 - 12/15
  • Sonnet Selections/ Analysis Packet due 12/18
  • Recitations begin 12/19 - 

Unit: Thematic Skits

  • Work on Script 12/19-12/20
  • Rehearsal 12/21
  • Skits 12/22




Lesson 12 Quiz 12/11

Focus: Ghana- A West African Trading Empire

Herein, you will:

  • identify the trans-Saharan caravan routes through the kingdom of Ghana
  • describe how trade in gold and salt led to the growth of Ghana and Mali
  • explain silent bartering
  • describe the government of Ghana
  • Introduction 12/12
  • Reading & Discussion1 2/13 - 12/15
  • Reading Notes due 12/15
  • DBQ Assigned & Explained. (C.W.) 
  • Test 12/18
  • Africa Project Assigned & Explained. All work will be done in class!
  • Work on Project 12/19-12/21. Due at the end of class on 12/21

Homework/Agenda 12/4-12/8

Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned 12/4. Due 12/7

* Review for the upcoming final (C.W.) Study Guide Assigned 12/1. Final 12/12

* Unit: Reading Appreciation & Analysis 

Focus: "The Powers that Be". Students, we will continue to analyze how narratives make us aware of detailed & personal perspectives. We will culminate with group discussions on theme, structure, mood, tone & characterization.

* Reading Project Assigned & Explained 12/4. Due 12/8. Please know that ample time will be provided in class to read, discuss & analyze the assigned readings. All work on this unit must be completed in class! Members of assigned groups need to collaborate. Do remember, that successful teamwork involves a set of interdependent assignments, performed to the best of one's ability!

* Editorial Presentations (C.W.) 12/6-



* Unit II Review 12/4

* Unit II Final 12/5

Unit: Africa

* Geography Review 12/6

* Reading & Discussion (C.W.)

* Reading Notes Due 12/11

* Quiz 12/11


Polite Reminders

* Cereal Box (Book Project) due 12/4. Assigned 11/1

Adopting Families

Students, there is no better time than the present to be charitable & giving. It is at this time that "want" is acutely felt. Let us get together & make a few families happy this winter season!




Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned & Explained 11/27. Due 11/30

* Vocabulary (C.W.)

* Cereal Box Presentations begin 12/4. This book project was assigned on  11/1

Writing Focus: Editorials.

Students, herein, we will learn how to write a persuasive editorial. All work will be done in class. 11/30-12/1. Typed editorial due 12/4

* Language Arts Final 12/12. Study Guide Assigned. We will be reviewing for the upcoming final in class. Review 11/28-12/11. 

Study Sync Unit: "The Powers that Be"

-We will continue analyzing & appreciating readings from this collection & others. This will help you hone your skills on learned concepts like theme, elements of a good story & how structure in poetry, folktales & drama contribute to the overall understanding of motifs & themes. We will culminate this unit by composing a narrative essay!

* Monthly Grammar Review 12/1. Standards due 1/8.

* Review Standards due 12/1 ( Assigned 11/1).


Unit: "From the Crusades to the new Muslim Empires"

* Reading & Discussions (C.W.) 11/27-11/28

* Work on Map 11/29

* Work on Editorial/Matrix 11/30-12/1. Typed Editorial due 12/4

*Unit II Final Review 12/4

* Unit II Final 12/5

Adopting Families

Dear students, there is no better time than the present to be charitable & giving. It is at this time that"want" is acutely felt. Let us get together & make a few families happy this winter season!




Homework/Agenda 11/6-11/17

Language Arts


Skill Addressed : Herein, you will learn to

  1. Recognize parts of speech

  2. Utilize etymological  information

  3. Differentiate among given synonyms

Work Assigned & Explained 11/6

Work on Exercises 11/6-11/8 (All work will be done in class)

* Quadrants Assigned 11/9

* Work on Quadrants 11/13-11/15

* Quadrants due 1/15. Test (1-III)- 1/16

In Class Project "The Study of Characters"

Project Assigned & Explained 11/6

Work on Project 11/7-11/8. Due 11/9

Students, we will begin our next unit from Study Sync ("The Powers that Be") this week! Most all work on this unit will be done in class. Our overall focus will be to understand theme, the elements of a good story & how structure in poetry & drama contribute to it's meaning.


*  "I, Too, Sing America" 11/8-11/19

*  "Gladiator" 11/13-15

* " The Lottery" 11/16 -

Work with a partner on upcoming book talk 11/17. As promised, you will have one period to collaborate with your partner. Chalk out a timeline, divvy up work, and delegate responsibilities; this students will ensure a fine end product!


Unit: "The Contributions of Muslims to World Civilizations" 

Herein you will

* learn about the conditions that led to the cultural blending in Islamic civilization

* trace the growth of cities and the importance of trade routes in the Muslim World

* describe Muslim contributions to world civilization in learning & scholarship, science & technology, mathematics, medicine, the arts, and recreation

-Preview/Introduction 11/7

-Reading /Work on Reading Notes 11/8-11/14

-DBQ Assigned & Explained  11/9.

Work on DBQ 11/14-11/16. Due 11/17 This is lieu of your essay question, do well!

-Test 11/17



Homework/Agenda Week of 10/30-11/3

Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned 10/30. Due 11/2

* Book Talk (Speeches) Assigned 10/2. Begin 11/2. Your plot line & theme analysis will be checked   off for points-10/30

* "End of the First Quarter Celebratory Final Part II" - Postponed ( due to popular demand &  sincere requests ) to 11/28. Students, I am delighted to know that you want extra time to review &  do well ! As a teacher this sincere request is very gratifying & heartwarming- make me proud! 

* In Class Project: " The Study of Characters"  Assigned 11/3. Classwork 11/7-11/8. Due 11/9

* Book Talk (November) Assigned 11/1. Due 12/4

* Monthly Grammar Standards due 11/2. 

* Monthly Grammar Review 11/2. Standards Assigned. Due 12/4


Unit: The Teachings of Islam

* Reading & Discussion 10/30-11/1

* Reading Notes (for students who have opted for the test) Assigned & Explained  10/30. Due 11/3

* Work on Study Guide 11/3. Test 11/6

* " The Five Pillars of Islam" Booklet Assigned & Explained 10/30. This booklet is assigned in lieu         of the test & reading notes. You will have some time in class to work; however, do know that if         you have opted for this project, you will need to be diligent with time management. Students,           please know that having a clear & sound work schedule will ensure success!

* Booklet due 11/6

Homework/Agenda 10/23-10/27

Language Arts

* Finishing touches to the final project for "The Pearl" (Understanding Archetypes)

* Project work due 10/24

Writing Focus: The Explanatory/ Informative Essay

* Wrapping up 10/23

* Peer Edits 10/24

* Essay (Two Copies) due 10/25

* End of the First Quarter  Celebratory Final  (Part I)  10/27.  Final Part II 11/2

--Study Guide I Assigned 10/24

* In Class Grammar Grammar Review 11/25-11/30. We will have an intensive in class review session for part two of the upcoming final test (Part II)  Participating & being attentive will certainly pay rich dividends:)

Students, you will have some time this week to work on the plotline & speech for your upcoming presentations. Do come to class well equipped-thank you!

* Spelling Unit Test  10/26



Unit: The Prophet Muhammad

* Reading & Discussion (C.W.)

* Reading Notes Assigned & Explained 10/23. Due 10/27

* DBQ (Classwork)- Assigned & Explained 10/25. Due 10/27

* Quiz 10/27 

Polite Reminders

* Book Talk Assigned 10/2. Speeches begin 11/2. Plot line checked off for points  10/27

* Monthly Grammar Standards Assigned 10/2. Due 11/2