Ms. Krill's English 4 Blog - ARCHIVE

Content on this page pertains to school years PRIOR to the 2016-17 school year. It is available to teachers for historical reference but does not provide guidance to parents/students for the current school year.

Week of May 16

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:04 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

The final two days of 8th grade presentations are this week. Please check to find out when your son or daughter scheduled theirs. This is the last week to turn in any late or missing assignments.

Monday - Romeo and Juliet Act III, Quiz Act III
Tuesday - Act IV
Wednesday - Act IV
Thursday - Act V
Friday - Themes and motifs

next week: Monday - debate about who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet

Week of May 9

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:01 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

8th grade presentations are this week. Please ask your son or daughter when they have scheduled theirs.

Monday - Romeo and Juliet; Act 2
Tuesday -Romeo and Juliet; Act 2
Wednesday - finish Act 2; Quiz Act 2
Thursday - Elitch's for Band and Orchestra kids; watch BBC version of Romeo and Juliet
Friday - Act III

Week of May 2

posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:58 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

We begin our study of Romeo and Juliet. Because of a variety of interruptions to the schedule, we will be moving quickly through this play. Students will be reading parts of it at home and acting out and discussing scenes in class. In addition, because of the condensed schedule, WE WILL NOT HAVE A FINAL PROJECT FOR TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or ROMEO AND JULIET. 

8th grade presentations begin this week. Please ask your son or daughter when they have scheduled theirs.

Monday - Romeo and Juliet, Act I
Tuesday - Act I
Wednesday - no classes - Bowling field trip
Thursday - Act II
Friday - no school for students

Week of April 25

posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:52 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Thanks to everyone for their rich and insightful conversations about To Kill a Mockingbird and the various themes that Harper Lee presents.

Monday - Watch To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck (1962, No Rating)
Tuesday - Watch To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck (1962, No Rating)
Wednesday - finish the movie - compare the movie to book; DUE in class
Thursday - no class for 8th grade for Civil War re-enactment; 7th grade working with Mrs. Root's class on poetry
Friday - no classes; Choice Field Trip

Grades posted this week - TKAM test; TKAM annotations;TKAM chapter summaries 1-8; TKAM chapter summaries 9-35

Week of April 18

posted Apr 17, 2016, 9:46 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Students are doing a great job with To Kill a Mockingbird. They continue to challenge themselves to understand the themes in TKAM and to appreciate the style and skill used by Harper Lee in this classic novel. This week we will be finishing the scenes from the trial and Scout's encounter with Boo Radley. Please note the due dates for this week and next.

Monday - Read
Tuesday - Discuss the Trial of Tom Robinson
Wednesday - Read; Themes
Thursday - Discuss the conclusion of the book
Friday - Quiz over the content of the book

Next week...
Monday - work on projects
Tuesday & Wednesday - present projects
Thursday & Friday - Civil War Field trip (8th grade) and Choice Field trip

Week of April 11

posted Apr 17, 2016, 9:39 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Monday - Discuss Chapters 1-8 of TKAM
Tuesday - Read
Wednesday - no class, Civil War practice
Thursday - Discussion: the symbolism of the "mad dog" and "one-shot Finch"
Friday - Discussion about Atticus' and Calpurnia's roles: Due: (in class) Find 3 passages - interesting, insightful and powerful (one each)

Week of March 28

posted Mar 28, 2016, 2:58 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

All of the books have arrived and each student should have their own copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Much of the reading for this book will need to be finished on your own time and we will have discussions each day in class. Don't forget, one of the deliverables at the end of this book are the notes and discussion questions from class.

Monday- Read and discuss Chapters 1-3
Tuesday - no class due to testing schedule
Wednesday - Discuss Chapters 4-5
Thursday- Discuss 6-7
Friday - Summary of Chapters 1-8 due

Over the break, you are welcome to finish the book. Just don't give away the ending!!

Week of March 21

posted Mar 21, 2016, 2:51 PM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we begin To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We will analyze the story, the themes, the characters and the social relevance of this timeless classic.

Monday: Grammar: Fragments and Run-Ons; Video on Harper Lee: Short reflection about a social issue that students feel compelled about.
Tuesday: Discussion about social issues and Harper Lee; TKAM chapters 1-3
Wednesday: Read in class
Thursday: Discussion
Friday: Read and Discuss chapter 4

Week of March 14

posted Mar 14, 2016, 10:46 AM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week we will be finishing up presenting the Inquiry Quest Movies and Prototype presentations. The movies and presentations that we saw last week were terrific. Thank you for all of your hard work. This week because of PARCC testing our schedule is a bit off. After we finish presentations we will begin our unit on Romeo and Juliet. 

Monday - no class - periods 3 & 4 only
Tuesday - presentations
Wednesday - no class - periods 3 & 4 only
Thursday - finish presentations
Friday - Background on The Globe, Shakespearean vocabulary and Romeo and Juliet.

Week of March 7

posted Mar 7, 2016, 8:17 AM by Shelly Krill   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Congratulations! You have finished your Inquiry Movie or Prototype! This project has been challenging for many reasons (hopefully, technical issue weren't among the challenges!). Time management, creating focused and engaging narration, and finding visual images to represent or illustrate what you are talking about - those are some of the key goals. Parents, if your kiddo said to you on Sunday afternoon, Ms. Krill told us not to wait until late Sunday night or to panic and cry, they were telling the truth. Students, if you were unable to finish by today for whatever reason, please be sure to email so we can work on whatever it is that is in your way. 

On another note, next week begins CMAS testing including the Language Arts tests (2). Although students have taken this online version of the test before, there are some new tools and question styles that students should be familiar with prior to the test. Students will need to go to the following link and take the test for their grade level (not their Language Arts level).   http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/english/
There are two practice tests. Students need to take both tests and turn in a signed copy of the final page by Friday. Students who are opting out testing should see me individually.

This week...
Monday - Test taking reminders; Review movies/projects; DUE: Inquiry movies and prototypes
Tuesday- Movie and Prototype reviews DUE: Grammar practice 5
Wednesday- Movie and Prototype reviews
Thursday - Movie and Prototype reviews
FridayDUE- CMAS practicesMovie and Prototype reviews

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