Loyola: Due May 12
Gaffney: Due May 15
Complete your outlines for the writing. Explain why you would vote for a particular student and why in the first stoplight and explain why you would not vote for the other student in the second stoplight.
Each stoplight should have 3 yellows (3 reasons FROM THE ARTICLE why/why not you would vote for the student) and 6 reds (explanations/reasons why you think that is a good reason to vote/not vote for the student).

Write a multi-paragraph composition for your teacher explaining which candidate, Tyrese or Felicia, you would vote for and why. Use details from both speeches to help you explain your opinion.

1st stoplight

2ND stoplight

Add 3 sensory details
Add metaphor, simile, and personification
Add 3 transition words to each stoplight
Add your thoughts/feelings in the reds.

Gaffney: Due May 1, 2014
Loyola: Due May 5, 2014
"Fishing Sense" and "Fishing Know-How" reading comprehension. Answer why you think fishing would be fun according to each article. Then, answer why you think it may be challenging, according to each article.

Loyola: Due March 31, 2014
Gaffney: Due April 3, 2014
Finish your "Would you like/not like to be President" reading comprehension.
Remember, you must do BOTH boxes. In addition, you must provide reasons WHY you want to/not want to be President after you provide a fact.
The outline should look like this:
(for EACH box).
Loyola: Due March 24, 2014
Gaffney: Due March 27, 2014
Do final draft for "RAFT" project.
Remember to label at least one of the following in EACH sentence of your two stoplight paragraphs:
Sensory Detail (SD)
Thoughts (T)
Feelings (F)
Metaphor (M)
Simile (S)
Personification (P)
Fact (F)
Transitions (TR)
Also, please follow the rubric carefully to make sure you did everything accurately.
Gaffney: Due March 13, 2014
Loyola: Due March 17, 2014
Do reading comprehension from "Cyberchase" article.
Remember to use SPECIFIC examples from the text.
Loyola: Due March 17, 2014
Gaffney: Due March 20, 2014 (You will receive the RAFT information on Thursday, March 13, 2014)
Find an article that relates to your RAFT topic choice.
Rough draft: do two stoplights.
Staple it all together.

Loyola: Due February 24, 2014
Gaffney: Due February 27, 2014
Finish your reading comprehension, comparing and contrasting the two poems.
Loyola: Due February 17, 2014
Gaffney: Due February 20, 2014
Finish your reading comprehension about the boy who wants to train elephants. TRY TO FILL OUT MOST OF THE LINES.
Remember to add:
An introduction that rephrases the question.
3 yellows and 3 reds under the yellows to explain why you think each action demonstrates that he is ready to be a trainer.
Loyola: Due February 10, 2014

Gaffney: Due February 13, 2014

Complete your final drafts.

See below for specifics on what to add!!!
NOTE: If you do not add these things to improve your paper, the highest grade you will receive is an 8 out of 12.


Loyola: Due February 3, 2014
Gaffney: Due February 6, 2014

Do your compare/contrast rough draft, using two stoplights. One stoplight will be on why you want to go to one place (Monticello or Mt. Vernon) for a field trip. The other stoplight will be on why you DON'T want to go to the other place.
Remember to add 6 sensory details and label them "SD" next to each sentence with one.
Remember to add 6 facts and label them (three for each stoplight)
Remember to add 6 thoughts or feelings (explaining why you would or would not like to do some specific thing on the field trip) and label each next to the sentence ("T" or "F")
Put BOTH stoplights on the paper given to you with the 10-sentence stoplight.
Loyola: Due January 13, 2014
Gaffney: Due January 30, 2014
Rough drafts due for "garden" paper.

1. Add at least one of the following to each sentence
2. Label each sentence on the left side of the sheet with the abbreviation in parentheses) :
Sensory detail (SD)
Metaphor (M)
Simile (S)
Thoughts (T)
Feelings (F)
Personification (P)

No homework over the holidays. Have a good vacation!
Loyola: Due December 16, 2013

Gaffney: Due December 19, 2013

Subordinating conjunction sheet (both sides)

Outline for stoplight about the topic "A School Garden"


Loyola: Due December 9, 2013
Gaffney: Due December 12, 2013

Do your sentence combining handout!!!

Loyola: Due December 2, 2013
Gaffney: Due December 5, 2013

external image arrow-10x10.png your stoplights on why you would want a pet giraffe. MINIMUM OF 10 words per sentence!!!!!
Remember that each sentence has to include (AND BE IDENTIFIED on the left side of each sentence) one of the following:

Sensory detail (SD)
Thoughts (T)
Feelings (F)
Metaphor (M)
Simile (S)
Personification (P)
Dialogue (D)
ALSO, circle five transition words.

Some examples of yellows would be:
Guard giraffe
Good for floods
Clean gutters
Eats leftovers
Living jungle gym


Loyola: Due Monday, November 18, 2013
Gaffney: Due Thursday, November 21, 2013

HOMEWORK: external image arrow-10x10.png your final drafts for your rhino stories. .


TOPIC: I hate school uniforms

HOOK: Our khaki pants and forest external image arrow-10x10.png make us all look like vegetables walking around school. (character description, metaphor)

HOOK: “Why do I have to wear the same shirt and pants every day! I am not in the army,” I complain to my mom every day when I have to get ready for school.

Subordinating conjunctions:
Even though

Then add character description
Add setting description
Add thoughts/feelings

Example: Although my twin sister is as sloppy as a pig rolling in the fresh, sticky mud, I still love her as much as dark chocolate

WE WILL GO OVER THE INFORMATION BELOW IN CLASS NEXT WEEK (Loyola on October 28, Gaffney on October 31).
Do NOT start the stoplights until we go over how to do them!!!!
LOYOLA: Due November 4, 2013
GAFFNEY: Due November 7, 2013
Do two stoplights
1. Favorite holiday
2. A friend or relative and why you love/are annoyed by them.

2 metaphors/similes underlined in blue
2 sensory details underlined in red
3 transition words circled
YELLOWS—Must be facts, reasons or details.
REDS—Must be specific examples.
Each sentence has to be about 10 words long.
LOYOLA: Due October 21, 2013
GAFFNEY: Due October 24, 2013
Do your metaphor and simile handout. Don't forget to explain why you think the pairs are alike.

GAFFNEY: Due October 16, 2013

1. Do flow map on rhino paper.

Remember, this is not a FACTUAL paper. You simply include 4 facts into the fictional story from the article you read about rhinos.


1. Do rest of "dialogue tag revision activity" sheets.

2. Do "For Better or for Worse" cartoons (both sides)

Remember to first write dialogue out in boxes, then write it out on a separate sheet of paper, including dialogue tags, quotation marks and proper punctuation.

Each sentence should be AT LEAST 10 words!


Loyola: Due September 30, 2013

Gaffney: Due October 3, 2013

Please do the six (6) sentences in the attachment. Don't forget to do both parts to each sentence:
Part A: What the character SAYS that shows his or her personality. (through dialogue or thoughts/feelings)
Part B: What the character DOES that shows his or her personality. (what action takes place after dialogue)

Loyola: Due September 23, 2013
external image arrow-10x10.png the following sentences. In Part A you should write a sentence about how you felt about the situation. In Part B you should write an action which shows how you felt. EACH SENTENCE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 10 words long.

My example:

I lost my bike.
A. I was very upset and angry when I left my bike outside the house and someone took it.
B. I ran into the house and screamed at my sister when she asked me, "What's wrong?" because I was so mad. I also slammed my door in her face when she followed me through the house and started yelling back at me.

1. I lost my homework.
2. I won an iPod.
3. My sister/brother had to go to the hospital.
4. My dad broke his leg.
5. I had to cancel my party.
6. I bought myself a KitKat.
7. I have a new baby brother/sister.
8. She got stuck in an elevator.
9. He got an ear infection.
20. I missed the bus.


Gaffney: Due September 19, 2013

external image arrow-10x10.png your final drafts.
Do your transition sheet exercises.

Loyola: Due September 16, 2013

external image arrow-10x10.png your final draft.
Create a paragraph using the following sentences: Your sentences should be more than 10 words each.
I woke up.
I rode the bus.
I went to
I ate lunch.
I had recess and played.
I did homework.
I went home.
I watched a show.
I went to sleep.

Circle 5 transition words.
Underline 5 sensory details.



GAFFNEY: Due September 5, 2013
LOYOLA: Due September 9, 2013
Rough drafts are due. Make sure you carefully follow the rubric that was stapled to your flow map. This will ensure that you get a good grade for both the rough draft and the final draft.
Staple your rubric and flow map to your rough draft. Thanks. :)

Below is a copy of the rubric given to you in class.

Below I have added the dog story that I read to you in class. It should give you an idea of how to write your own shark papers.


LOYOLA: Due August 26, 2013.
GAFFNEY: Due August 29, 2013.

external image arrow-10x10.png your flow maps. You can print a blank one out from the attachment below.


LOYOLA: Due August 19, 2013
GAFFNEY: Due August 22, 2013

1. Write down at least 8 facts about sharks on a sheet of paper. You may find the facts from a book, article, or documentary.
2. Bring to class the article or book in which you found the facts.If they are from a show, write the title of the show on the sheet with your facts.
3. Write at least two sensory details about sharks for each category below:
see, hear, touch, taste, smell.

1. Know the difference between a narrative story (has a lot of things that are made up) and an expository essay (has only facts).
2. Know that onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the sound a thing or person makes.
Examples: "yap," "woof," "quack," "beep," "grrrrr."
3. You can get sensory details by: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling.


FOR FUTURE USE after we have written our stories...
A problem is introduced and a main character description is included in the beginning.(1 point)
3 sensory details, underlined. in red (3 points)
3 thoughts and feelings underlined in black (one in beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end (3 points)
3 facts, circled.(3 points)
Number your complications (actions) on the left side of the page (#1, #2, #3). (3 points)
The problem has to be solved in the end. Mention what lesson the character learned. (1 point)
About 200 words in length. (3 points)
Beginning, middle and end of the story are separated into 3 paragraphs. (3 points)
TOTAL; 20 points