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


Homework/Agenda 10/16-10/20

Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned. Due 10/19

* Grammar Focus: Sentences (C.W.)

Novella: "The Pearl"

- Reading & Discussions (C.W.)

- Questions & Vocabulary due 10/19

- The Pearl Final Project Assigned & Explained  10/17. Due 10/24

Writing Focus: The Informative/ Explanatory Essay

-The next five days will be spent on drafting, editing/revising, & then submitting your essay. All writing will be done in class. Staying on task & completing the assigned work will ensure success. Failing to do so, will require you to complete unfinished work at home. Know that all handouts will be collected for points.

- Work on Handouts  10/16-10/17

- Work on Rough Draft  10/18-10/23

- Peer/Self Edits 10/24

- Final Copies 10/25



Unit: The Arabian Peninsula

Herein you will learn to:

* identify the physical features and describe the climate of the Arabian Peninsula

* describe its relationship to surrounding bodies of land & water

* understand nomadic & sedentary ways of life

* explain how the role of towns & the establishment of trade routes to Asia, Africa, and Europe

- Preview/Geography Challenge 10/16

- Reading & Discussions (C.W.)

- Reading Notes due 10/19

- Processing/Unit Review 10/19

- Test 10/20

Polite Reminders

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

Book Talk Assigned 10/2. Speeches begin 11/2


Homework/Agenda 10/9-10/13

Language Arts

* Spelling Assigned. Due 10/12

Novella: "The Pearl"

* Reading & Discussion (C.W.) 

* Questions & Vocabulary due 10/12

Book Talk Presentations 10/9-

Writing Focus: The Informative/Explanatory Essay

Students, you will develop your writing in stages. Time will be provided, in class, for reflection, planning, drafting, editing & working on your final draft. Please do know that you will need to spend 20-25 minutes every day, editing & finishing incomplete class work. Remember, working conscientiously &  earnestly, in class, will result in little or no homework.



* Work on Processing VI. Completed work due 10/10

* Timeline Assigned 10/10. Due 10/11

* Work on DBQ 10/10-10/11. DBQ due 10/12

* Unit Review 10/12

* Unit Test 10/13


Homework/Agenda 10/2-10/5

Language Arts

* Monthly Grammar Review 10/2

* Monthly Grammar Standards Assigned. Due 11/2

* Book Talk (October) Assigned 10/2. Speeches begin 11/2

* Spelling Assigned. Due 10/5

* Grammar Focus: Subjects, Predicates, & Sentences (All work must be completed in class)

Unit: Poetry Appreciation & Analysis (Classwork)

* Figurative Language- In Class Review 10/3. Quiz 10/4

Reading Focus: "The Pearl"

Work on Assigned Questions (C.W) 10/2

Pearl Chapter IV Questions & Vocabulary due 10/3



Unit: "The Decline of Feudalism"

Adding finishing touches to the ongoing DBQ assignment. 

DBQ due 10/3

Study Guide Assigned-10/2. Quiz 10/3

Unit: "The Byzantine Empire"

Herein , you will:

* learn to explain the importance of the city of Constantinople, & how it emerged as the capital of the Byzantine Empire

* describe the importance of the reign of Justinian I and the lasting impact of the new code of laws organized during his reign

* trace the development of the Eastern Orthodox Church and its relations with the west

* Preview/Trading Activity 10/4

* Reading Notes 6.2-6.3 10/5

* Reading Notes 6.4-6.5 10/9


Polite Reminders

* Book Talk due 10/2. Assigned 9/1

* Monthly Grammar Standards due 10/2. Assigned 9/1

* Language Arts Extra Credit due 10/2

* History Extra Credit due 10/3