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March 12,2020

  • Finish Unit 4-6 Review in Vocabulary Workbook 
  • Complete and turn in any missing work on Google Classroom by tomorrow 

March 10,2020 

  • Complete Battle Log on Google Classroom 

March 4, 2020

  • Read Chapter 3 of Animal Farm 
  • Complete journal response for Chapters 2&3 
  • Quiz tomorrow on Chapters 1&2 only! 
  • If you didn’t complete the timeline paper and turn it in on Google Classroom then please submit it by tomorrow the latest! 

March 3,2020 

  • Read Chapter 2 of Animal Farm 
  • Complete the timeline of the rebellion, first fill out the worksheet on Google Classroom and then draw out the timeline in the Writer’s Notebook section of your ELA notebook 

March 2,2020 

  • Finish reading Chapter 1 of Animal Farm 
  • Complete the journal response that is located in Google Classroom, remember do not submit the journal because we will be going back to it often.

February 27,2020

  • Read the Introduction of Animal Farm 
  • Quiz tomorrow on Allegory and the Historical Background 

February 26,2020 

  • Complete Allegory Poster and start reading the Introduction of Animal Farm 
  • Quiz Friday: Animal Farm Allegory and Historical Background 

February 25,2020 

  • Complete allegory poster worksheet p.4 of the slides 
  • Quiz Friday : Animal Farm Allegory and Historical Background 

February 24,2020 

  • Complete Animal Farm Background Worksheet , I will be reviewing your open ended questions tomorrow 
  • Quiz Friday : Animal Farm Allegory and Historical Background

February 13,2020 

  • Complete # 4,5 on Martin Luther King Jr. packet 
  • Test Corrections and signed test due tomorrow 

February 12,2020 

  • Complete the Shirley Chisholm packet 
  • Test Corrections and signed test due Friday 

February 11, 2020 

  • No homework 

February 10,2020 

  • Study for Grammar Test tomorrow 

February 6,2020 

  • Read p. 207-222 in The Book Thief and answer the journal prompt on Google Classroom 
  • Grammar Test on 2/11 all information is on Google Classroom 

February 3,2020 

  • Vocabulary Workbook  p.69 Vocabulary in Context 
  • Grammar Test 2/11 all information is on Google Classroom 

January 23,2020 

  • Grammar Book Exercise 3 p.46 in your Grammar notebooks 

January 22,2020

  • Grammar Book Exercise 1 p.43

January 16,2020

  • Test on Part 3 1/21 
  • Study the review notes from today in class 

January 13,2020 

  • Complete journal entry from class today 
  • Test on Part 3 of The Book Thief : 1/21

January 10,2020

  • Please submit your slideshow presentations to me by 4pm today 
  • Make sure that I have a copy of your argumentative essay to me by this weekend, after Monday I will just assume you didn’t complete your assignment. 

January 8,2020 

  • Finish your slideshows about the characters and be ready to present your projects tomorrow in class. 
  • Quiz on vocabulary words 1-15 of Part 3 
  • If you did not complete the journal entry on Google Classroom those will be due by Friday latest! 

January 6, 2020 

  • Read The Attributes of Summer and The Aryan Shopkeeper answer the journal prompt posted in the Google Classroom stream. The assignment must be written on looseleaf. 


December 17,2019 

  • Arguementative Essay is due tomorrow along with your slide show!

December 16, 2019 

  • Create a slideshow that depicts only the most important information about your essay topic that you will present to the class on presentation day 12/18 

December 10,2019 

  • Write your body paragraphs of your essays by Friday 
  • Vocabulary Test on Thursday , words are on Google Classroom 

December 5, 2019

  • Make sure you are caught up with your reading of pg. 108-118 

December 4, 2019 

  • Write the introduction to your essays in your notebooks! 

December 3,2019 

  • Read pg.108-118 in The Book Thief , highlight important details 

December 2, 2o19 

  • Complete the first draft of your letters and be ready to complete the final draft tomorrow in class. 
  • Vocabulary Test 12/12 

November 21,2019 

  • Read Chapter 4&5 of Part 2 of The Book Thief by tomorrow

November 20,2019 

  • Complete Unit 4 of Vocabulary Workbook 
  • Complete the Words in Action# 2 on Google Classroom 

November 19,2019 

  • Complete and submit the writable assignment on the Writable program 
  • Read ” Dead Letters” in Part 2 of The Book Thief 

November 14,2019 

  • Complete #11-22 vocabulary words of Part 2 and chose six of them and write a short story using those words. 

November 13,2019 

  • Make sure that you have completed all of the work that assigned while I was out, it must be turned in on Google Classroom if the assignment was on there. We will go over everything tomorrow in class when I return. 
  • Also tomorrow you will have a quick three question quiz to make sure that you have been up keeping with the reading that was assigned to you. 


November 12,2019 

  • Read Chapter 3 of Part 2 in The Book Thief and answer the following questions on looseleaf. “The Town Walker”
    1. Why does Mama put Liesel in charge of collecting & delivering the laundry? How does Liesel feel about her new job?
    2. Briefly identify each of the following characters: Pfallelhurvers, Helena Schmidt, the Weingartners, and Mayor & Frau Hermann.
    3. To whom does Liesel write her letters? Why does she have a foreboding sense with regard to 1 of the letters?
    4. What questions/concerns does Liesel now have regarding her mother?

November 5,2019 

  • Complete #’s 1-10 of The Book Thief Part 2 Vocabulary in your ELA notebooks. 

November 4,2019 

  • Study for Vocabulary Quiz on 11/5 Unit 1&2. Study only the words that I had given you in class. 
  • Study for your Novel Test on 11/7 

October 29,2019 

  • Complete the comprehension questions located in Google Classroom, we will go over those on Thursday 
  • Review the test review worksheet on Google Classroom we will begin reviewing on Thursday. 

October 24,2019 

  • Finish Unit 3 of Vocabulary Workbook by Thursday 10/31

October 22,2019 

  • Personal Narratives are due tomorrow, I will not accept any late narratives for every day it is late five points will be deducted. 
  • Read pg.87-107 by Thursday 
  • Finish any of the work you did not complete on Google Classroom by Thursday 10/24 

October 21,2019 

  • Figurative Language Quote description due tomorrow
  • Personal Narratives due on  Wed 10/23
  • Read pg.87-107 by Thursday 
  • Finish any of the station work you did not complete on Google Classroom by Thursday 10/24 

October 18,2019 

  • Complete the assignment Figurative Language : Description on Google Classroom , turn it in by Tuesday 10/22. Remember that your describing the quote your group had chose for their poster in class. 

October 17,2019 

  1. Vocabulary Quiz on Units 1&2 : November 5,2019 
  2. The Book Thief Test #2: November 7, 2019 
  3. Everyone should have completed reading Part 1 of The Book Thief , if you did not finish reading Part 1 have it completed by Monday


September 19,2019 

  1. Complete Making Inferences Worksheet 
  2. Have the novel “The Book Thief” by September 23,2019 

September 20,2019 

  1. Have ” The Book Thief” by Monday 

September 24, 2019 

  • Make sure you have read “ Death and Chocolate” & “ Beside The Railway Line”
  • Answer reader response questions

“ Death and Chocolate”

  1. From what point of view is the novel told? Who is the narrator of the story? How do you know?
  2. What theory does the narrator suggest about colors? Purpose? Why does the narrator need distractions?
  3. List the specific critical components of the story according to the narrator?
  4. Who might you infer is the book thief? Has he or she already been named? Explain your answer.

“Besides the Railway Line”

  1. What purpose does this section of the novel serve?
  2. What impression does Death give himself? Do you feel you can trust Death as the narrator? Why or why not?

September 26, 2019 

  • Read Arrival on Himmel Street & Growing Up a Saumensch” 
  • Readers Response Questions in journal ( WRITE THE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS) 
  1. Death opens Part 1 with a flashback, what is it?
  2. Who is Liesel & Werner Meminger? Describe the setting. How old is Liesel?
  3. What observation does Death make for the reader?
  4. What falls from the grave digger apprentice’s pocket without his knowledge? What does Liesel do with the object?
  5. Why are the Memingers on the train? Liesel’s ultimate destination is ______________________ .
  6. Identify & describe Liesel’s foster parents.
  7. How many books made up the story of Liesel’s life? What similarity do you notice between Death’s explanation of Liesel’s book collection and the organization of the novel?
  8. What single fact does Liesel know about her father?

September 30, 2019 

  • Work on your first drafts of your personal narrative DUE DATE: OCTOBER 7, 2019 

October 1, 2019 

  • Vocabulary Workbook p.20 ” Words in Action” #2 on your chromebook or on looseleaf , if you write it on the chromebook then share the document with me 
  • Start studying the vocabulary words from The Book Thief 

October 9,2019 

  • Words In Action # 2: Google Classroom 

October 10, 2019 

  • Finish reading Part 1 of The Book Thief 
  • Answer the following questions in your journal : Due 10/16 

“The Kiss (A Childhood Maker)”


  1. Briefly identify each of the following characters: Rudy Steiner, Frau Diller, Tommy Mueller, & “Pfiffikus.”  Make sure to note their connection to Liesel, if any.
  2. How are the friendships between children made on Himmel Street?
  3. Briefly describe the “Jesse Owens” incident?
  4. Who introduces Liesel to the “secrets” of the neighbors? Explain.
  5. Schiller Strasse is ________________________.
  6. What challenge does Rudy offer Liesel following their taunting of Pfiffikus? What is the outcome?


“The Jesse Owens Incident”


  1. Who is Jesse Owens? Was Liesel present for the Jesse Owens incident? Explain.
  2. How does Death’s explanation of Mr. Steiner’s politics explain his anger with his son emulation of Jesse Owens?
  3. What is Rudy’s father trying to make Rudy understand when he tells Rudy that he should be happy he was born with blonde hair & blue eyes?
  4. What is the significance of the event Death foreshadows at the end of the chapter?
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