Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Assignments for March 26 - 30, 2012

Monday & Tuesday - Students taking STAAR tests, no classes

Wednesday - Students will complete "The Shakespeare Stealer" and discuss its historical context.

Thursday - Students will be introduced to the upcoming research project and grade expectations for this term.

Friday - Students will review plagiarism and begin discussing the basic notecard system for research.

**Students should have index cards for note and source cards by Monday.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

STAAR Resources

Look on the left side at the bottom of "Pages" to find the notes from today's STAAR Academy workshops. I hope this helps! Let me know if you still have questions.

Approach to Writing Tips

See the bottom of the "Pages" list to the left for the suggestions for working through the writing that we discussed in class yesterday.

TEA Release Test Website Link

The website we discussed in class yesterday is
Remember, check out the short responses only, not the essay scoring guide. Also remember you may NOT double-stack lines or simply mildly suggest an answer as those have done. Your rules are different. You must clearly, specifically write out your answer statement and write only on the lines given, not in between.

If you have questions, contact me at

My thoughts will be with all of you on Monday!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Assignments for the Week of March 19 - 23, 2012

* Remember, we have a textbook check this week. Please bring in both books to be checked prior to Friday.

**This weekend will be the last opportunity for the STAAR Academy. We will offer general reviews for all components of the test during the 1st session and a test strategies review during the 2nd session. I hope to see you there!

Monday -
Today we will review basic terms and concepts related to drama. Homework: Complete the grammar packet distributed the Friday prior to spring break --1st period will get it today.

Tuesday -
Students will review grammar packet responses and begin utilizing drama concepts and techniques using "Stealing Shakespeare" from our textbooks. Homework: Complete Anne of the Green Gables reading packet.

Wednesday -
Students will review the Anne of the Green Gables reading packet responses and complete "Stealing Shakespeare." Homework: Complete "Hungry Bears Prefer Minivans" reading packet.

Thursday -
Students will review the "Hungry Bears" reading packet responses and finish any last-minute drama notes. As a class, we will review STAAR testing strategies. Homework: None

Friday -
Students will complete their STAAR strategies review. Homework: None.