Tuesday, October 22, 2013

AGENDA 10/22

Re-Quiz over Grammar: Verbs
Watch Of Mice and Men, parts of film corresponding to Chapters 3-5

HW: Finish reading Chapter 6 and write two questions, either clarifying or discussion questions, for tomorrow's class.

Monday, October 21, 2013

AGENDA 10/21

Read Chapter 5, Of Mice and Men, and complete 3-2-1
3 quotations worth discussing
2 questions (clarifying or discussion)
1 observation of writer's craft

HW: Review for tomorrow's grammar quiz on verbs.

Monday, October 14, 2013

AGENDA 10/14


Reading Response: How does Slim show his leadership on the ranch at the end of Chapter 3? How does Steinbeck show the power Slim has in this chapter?

HW: Finish reading Ch 3 and complete the reading response before class tomorrow.

Friday, October 11, 2013

AGENDA 10/11

Grammar - Verbs 9.8

Share and complete 3-2-1-1 for the next 10 pages of Chapter 3

HW: Complete 3-2-1-1 for pages 48-58 of Chapter 3. Continue to work on independent reading.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AGENDA 10/10

SSR - 15 minutes

Reading Response 10/10
Define the word foreshadow or foreshadowing. What event(s) is/are
foreshadowed on pages 26–27? Write your prediction, then list the specific words from the text that support your prediction.

Finish reading Chapter 2 aloud. Model 3-2-1 strategy for reading review:

3: Go back and find 3 quotations worth discussing. Copy them down, with the page numbers.
2: Create 2 text-dependent questions for discussion. These should be questions that would force someone to go back to the text for the answer, but they should also be questions that require some thought and not just a quick answer.  Example questions might be: How do we know that George actually does care about Lennie?  or Why does Steinbeck keep repeating the word "handy" to describe Curley? or What dream do George and Lennie have for the future? or In what ways does the boss seem like a bad man, and why does the swamper describe him as "a pretty nice fella"?
1: Make 1 observation about the author's craft: in a sentence or two, explain a literary device or a stylistic choice that the author makes.  For example, On page 3, Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie, saying that he "dabbled his big paw in the water" and was "snorting into the water like a horse" to show that Lennie is a big, almost animal-like guy. He is strong, but also sweet, simple, and gentle.

If time permits, continue to introduce vocabulary and work on completing your vocabulary notebook (check on Monday)

HW: Read Chapter 3, Of Mice and Men, pages 38-48, and complete 3-2-1 for tomorrow's class.  (If your page numbers are different, you'll read to the part where it says, "Candy did not answer. The silence fell on the room again. It came out of the night and invaded the room."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Begin to introduce vocabulary from Of Mice and Men. Complete vocabulary notebook by describing the definition, writing a sentence using the word and showing the word's meaning in context, drawing a picture, and providing a synonym and antonym. Vocabulary notebooks will be checked on Monday.

Here are the definitions if you missed class.

Continue to read aloud Ch 2

HW: Independent reading - 300 pages and book conference complete by 11/6

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


SSR - 15 minutes (300 pages and a book conference by 11/6)

Reading Response 10/8: Choose your preferred character, Lennie or George. Then, generate a list of f5 words that describe your chosen character. After making the list, select the ONE word that best describes him. Then, explain why in a paragraph, using examples or quotations from the text to support your idea.

Next, complete this sentence: A friend is __________, __________, and ___________. As we read Chapter 2, look for evidence of these qualities, and note the quotations/page numbers.
Begin reading Chapter 2.

HW: Independent reading: complete 300 pages and a book conference by 11/6.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Response to Reading quickwrite, 10/7:
Can a person be friends with his/her boss? Can competitors be friends? What tensions get in the way when power is involved? What can friends do to overcome those tensions?

Continue reading chapter 1, Of Mice and Men, aloud

HW: 300 pages of independent reading complete by 11/6

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Test corrections for grammar quiz on verbs
Venn diagram - characteristics of mice and men

Listen to Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse"
Read through Burns' poem, "To a Mouse," and paraphrase/discuss stanzas

HW: Complete 300 pages of independent reading for Thursday, 10/3 and bring book for quick conference.