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Language Arts 8 (Period 4) Assignments

Instructor
Mrs. Bucklew
Term
2019-2020 Trimester 3
Department
Lang Arts

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Zoom AMND Viewing Party: Part 2

We are going to watch the second half of a popular theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday. It is optional to attend.

This is for fun and will be beneficial as you go into high school with more exposure to Shakespeare's genius.

The invitation is securely posted on Teams.

We will start promptly at 9:00 as the film is 120 minutes long. 

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Zoom AMND Viewing party: Part 1

We are going to watch a popular theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream on Tuesday and Thursday. It is optional to attend.
 
This is for fun and will be beneficial as you go into high school with more exposure to Shakespeare's genius.
 
The invitation is securely posted on Teams.
 
We will start promptly at 9:00 as the film is 120 minutes long. The second half of the play will be showed on Thursday.

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LA Zoom Meeting, Thursday, 06/04 @ 9:00 AM

Please meet me on Thursday, 06/24 @ 9:00 AM.
 
The invitation is securely posted on Teams.

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Shakespeare Passage Recital

Details of the assignment are posted on Teams.

Students are to record themselves reciting a passage of A Midsummer Night's Dream and send it to Mrs. Bucklew. The assignment is worth 14 READING POINTS! If students are unable to participate, for any reason, it will not apply to their grade. In other words, this can help students raise their grades significantly, if done well.

See the attached Passage Recital assignment directions and rubric and the passages from which students may choose. 

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Daily Writing Assignment (05/16 - 05/29)

The Daily Writing Assignment is to be completed and submitted on Teams.

Write for 10 minutes daily, five days a week. You get to choose the topic(s) when you write; however, focus on whatever you find interesting so that you may write for an extended period of time. Write the date above each new daily entry. These will be submitted on alternating Fridays for credit.

More writing "seeds" to consider as you complete your daily writing responses:
  • Create a photo essay of one day in your life and write captions for each photo. You can upload this to a digital platform in the form of a slideshow.
  • Choose a painting or piece of artwork in your house. Describe this artwork and write a fictional story for it.
  • What is the most selfless thing you have ever done. Why did you do it and how did it make you feel?
  • How much time do you spend online each day? Is it too much? Why or why not?
  • Write about something you once believed in your childhood that turned out to be wrong. How did you find out?
  • Write about a time when you or someone you know, showed courage in dealing with a problem in life.
  • Write a letter to a friend or relative whom you haven’t seen in a long time.
  • What would you do with your time if there was no such thing as television, video games or the internet?
  • What is leadership? Define what the word means to you and give an example.
  • Do you think leaders are born or become leaders through experience? Why?

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LA Zoom Meeting, Thursday, 05/28 @ 9:00 AM

Please find the Zoom meeting invitation securely posted on Teams.
 
See you there!

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Reading Record: 05/09-05/22

Students are to read for a minimum of 25 minutes, five days a week. In order to earn credit they must record the reading on the Teams app Reading Record assignment. This is an ongoing assignment, and will be collected on alternating Fridays.

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AMND Reading/Viewing Assignment for 05/15 - 05/22

Read/View the section of A Midsummer Night's Dream identified on the Teams assignment for the week and use the attached guiding questions on Teams as you read/view the Act to help comprehend the passage.

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AMND "Emotions Chart"

Read the modern translation of Act 3 on SparkNotes and complete the "Emotions Chart" for A Midsummer Night's Dream on Teams.
 

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Daily Writing Assignment (05/02-05/15)

Write for 10 minutes daily, five days a week. You get to choose the topic(s) when you write; however, focus on whatever you find interesting so that you may write for an extended period of time. Write the date above each new daily entry. These will be submitted on alternating Fridays on Teams for credit.

Respond to any attached prompts related to our study of A Midsummer Night's Dream. They will be uploaded to your Language Arts Microsoft Team.

More writing "seeds" to consider as you complete your daily writing responses:

  • If one person can be a change agent in the world, how can you be the change the world needs?
  • What does it mean to be a good neighbor? Are you a good neighbor? If not, what can you do to be a better neighbor?
  • How do you deal with people who bother you? Is this effective?
  • What brings you joy? Why?
  • What are some ways you can reduce your “carbon footprint?” How can you and your family take steps to conserve water, fuel, food, etc?
  • Write about a time when you learned a hard truth about yourself. How did you feel afterward?
  • What is the most important thing anyone has ever said to you? How did it make you feel?
  • Write down a list of the ten most defining people in your life and the ten most defining moments in your life, to this point. Explain why these were “defining” people or moments, either positive or negative. Save this list and in two years see if the list is the same or if the “top ten” have changed.
  • What is the difference between a “right” and a “privilege?” Provide examples.
  • Describe a specific place in your state that you particularly like. Why do you like it?
  • Write a poem about your favorite food, pet, or most prized possession.

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AMND Reading/Viewing Assignment for 05/11 - 05/15

Watch A Midsummer Night's Dream from Act 3 (59:41), when Puck says, "What hempen homespuns have we swagg’ring here, so near the cradle of the Fairy Queen?" to Act 3, Scene 2 (1:15:09) when Demetrius says, “Look, where thy love comes; yonder is thy dear” before Hermia enters the scene.

The YouTube production, "Midsummer Night's Dream" by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, of this section starts at 59:41 and ends at 1:15:09: https://youtu.be/sPNtuxDi_CI

Reading/Viewing Guiding Questions

As you read, look for answers to the following questions: (You do not need to write down the answers. But be prepared to join me on Zoom on Thursday knowing the answers.)

  • How does Puck get involved while the mechanicals are practicing their parts for the play? Why?
  • What do the mechanicals, or workmen, do in response to his actions? Why?
  • What does Nick Bottom believe his co-actors are doing?
  • What happens when Titania wakes up?
  • What is Oberon’s reaction to what happened?
  • When Oberon accuses Puck of making a mistake, does Puck deny it?
  • Oberon tells Puck to find Helena and bring her to him. Why?
  • What does Helena think is happening at the end of this section of Act 3?

Time spent viewing this portion of the play may be applied toward a day of the Reading Record for the week. Record is on the reading log.

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AMND "News Report"

Complete the AMND "News Report" posted in the Teams assignments. 
 
This writing response may replace one of the 10 required Daily Writing responses for 05/02-05/15.

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Reading Record

Students are to read for a minimum of 25 minutes, five days a week. In order to earn credit they must record the reading on the Teams app Reading Record assignment. This is an ongoing assignment, and will be collected on alternating Fridays.
 
 

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Watch Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 2, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Watch Act 2, Scene 2 through a couple pages of Act 3, Scene 1 after Quince says, "If that may be, then all is well . . . and so everyone according to his cue" of A Midsummer Night's Dream by The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Jul 6 2018.
 
(46:31 - 59:41)
Act 2, Scene 2 - Act 3, Scene 1 ("If that may be . . . according to his cue.")
 
Use the following questions to guide your viewing and understanding of the play:
  • What does Oberon do to Titania?
  • Why do Lysander and Hermia stop to lie down in the woods?
  • What does Lysander promise before the fall asleep?
  • Why does Puck put the magic potion on Lysander, the wrong man, not Demetrius? What makes him believe Lysander is the right man?
  • Why does Lysander leave Hermia alone asleep on the ground in the forest?
 
This will count toward one day of your required reading. Record watching the excerpt of the play on your reading record.

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Language Arts (Optional) Zoom: Thurs., 05/07, 9:00 am

Language Arts (Optional) Zoom: 05/07, Thurs., 9:00 am

The Zoom invitation is securely posted on Microsoft Teams under Assignments.

Students will review the section of A Midsummer Night's Dream that was assigned this week. Answers to the suggested guiding questions will be given.

Also, students will be taught verse, prose, and iambic pentameter.

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StudySync Online Assessment: Writing Prompt for AMND

Complete the writing prompt posted on the StudySync Online Assessment site. 
 
This will count toward one of your weekly Daily Writing responses for the week.

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Assignment

Continue writing daily without stopping for 10 minutes, five days a week Monday through Friday to earn full credit. I will expect to see a total of ten daily writing responses by Friday, 05/01. The advantage of writing in the Teams app is that you can add to it daily and it simplifies the process of sending your work to me.
 
Type your daily writing in the assignment on TEAMS. 
 
More writing "seeds" to consider as you complete your daily writing responses:
  • What are you grateful for this week? 
  • What are you most proud of? 
  • What good deed can you do this week? 
  • Describe your deepest fear. Why do you have this fear? Is this a rational or irrational fear? 
  • What does success mean to you? 
  • What is one problem in our world that really needs to be solved immediately? Why is this issue so urgent?
  • In what ways have you changed the most over the last three years? What led to this transformation? 
  • Describe your bedroom? How does your bedroom reflect your personality? 
  • If you could invent something that would change the world, what would it be? Sketch your invention. 
  • If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Why?
 

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Watch Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 2, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Watch Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 2, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream by The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Jul 6 2018.
 
(25:40 - 46:31)
Act 1, Scene 2 starts at 25:40; Act 2, Scene 1 ends at 46:31.
 
This will count toward one day of your required reading. Record watching the excerpt of the play on your reading record.

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StudySync AMND Act I Scene I

Complete the StudySync assignment on A Midsummer Night's Dream Act I Scene I by Tuesday, 04/28.
 
This will replace a daily writing response for the week 04/20 - 05/01.

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Assignment

Continue reading for a minimum of 25 minutes a day, five days a week, and RECORD YOUR READING on TEAMS.
 
On Friday, April 24, I should see a minimum of ten days of reading.
 
The screenshot from Teams should help you understand how to return to, and add to ongoing assignments:
 

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Assignment

Students are to read for a minimum of 25 minutes, five days a week. In order to earn credit they must record the reading on the Teams app Reading Record assignment. This is an ongoing assignment, and the due date will be adjusted as time passes so that students may add their reading information to the same document regularly. 
 
 

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Assignment

Find the Character Chart assignment due Wednesday, 04/22, and directions on Teams.
 
This assignment can replace a day of reading and a day of writing for the week.

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Assignment

Continue writing daily without stopping for 10 minutes, five days a week Monday through Friday to earn full credit. I will expect to see a total of ten daily writing responses by Friday, 04/17. The advantage of writing in the Teams app is that you can add to it daily and it simplifies the process of sending your work to me.
 
I have created a place for you to type your daily writing as an assignment on TEAMS. 
 
Go to your Office 365 account. Sign in using your student identification email. Open the "waffle" in the top left and locate the TEAMS app. Open TEAMS and find the Daily Writing assignment. You are to type the date and then write for ten minutes. You may select "Turn in" daily. When you return the following day, you are going to select "Turn in again," and repeat the daily writing until I will check it on April 17.
 
Writing "seeds" for this week:
  • Outside your window what is the weather like right now? If it’s not inspiring, what is the weather like somewhere you wish you could be? 
  • Is it important to learn in a physical classroom, today, or is an online classroom just as good?
  • Write a letter to your future self about your experiences up to this point in your life, including your hopes and dreams.
  • List three people you admire and explain why you admire them.
  • Do your dreams at night resemble a movie? What does your dream life look like? 
 
 

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Assignment

More writing "seeds" to consider as you complete your daily writing responses:
  • Do your dreams at night resemble a movie? What does your dream life look like? 
  • Write about a movie you have watched - a review, a summary, or a critique with a rating.
  • Use the alphabet and make a list of adjectives that describe you with words that start with A, B, C, etc. 
  • Choose your favorite photograph from your childhood and write about what is happening that you can remember surrounding the events lead up to, and following what is depicted in that photo.
  • Describe a day in your life if you were a butterfly or a bird…
 

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Assignment

Meet me Thursday morning at 9:00 am, Thursday, 04/16 for a Zoom meeting. 
 
Since Edlio is not password protected, to protect the meeting from public access, you can find the Zoom meeting invitation on Teams.

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Assignment

Find the research assignment on William Shakespeare on Teams. Be sure to cite your source of information.

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Assignment

Print a copy of the attached "Plot Map" of A Midsummer Night's Dream and have it with you when we meet on Zoom on Thursday morning, 04/16, at 9:00.

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Continue reading daily for a minimum of 25 minutes, five days a week.
 
You will now submit your reading log on the Teams app in your Office 365 account.

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Assignment

Complete the Unit 4 Pronouns Review pp. 119-120 which has been posted on Teams.
 
To find Teams log in to your Office 365, then open the Teams app. Open the Language Arts assignments to find the Unit 4 Pronouns Review.
 
To be clear, students will not "show" me the grammar until after they check it on Wednesday, 04/08.
 
In the future, students will be directed to submit assignments on Teams and on StudySync.

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Assignment

Please open the attached file to view the writing and reading requirements. Note: I added a photo of what my response looks like to give you an idea of one way to respond the writing prompt.
 
I will collect your work on Monday, April 6.   Originally, we were told we would return to the classroom on April 6; however, we now know we will not return until as early as April 20, possibly later. I also had assumed students would be able to turn in physical, hand-written journals, but this is apparently not an acceptable practice for the foreseeable future. For these reasons, I have modified this assignment. Please select your favorite writing response of the ten (nine, not including the StudySync Blast) you completed, and send it to me electronically. Make sure the response is clearly identified as yours. In other words, attach your name and language arts period.
 
In addition, send a copy of your reading log to me. I should see that you have recorded a minimum of 10 days of reading. Once again, identify yourself on the document for credit.
 
Finally, I have assigned a different way to collect your reading and writing through your Office 365 accounts on TEAMS. When we return to our distance learning after the spring break, you will resume writing and recording your reading on the assignments posted in TEAMS. This will be a more efficient way to complete, submit, and record your assigned daily reading and writing over an extended period of time.
 
Also, continue to daily check Edlio for additional assignments and/or updates.

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Assignment

Write daily for a full 10 minutes without stopping or a full page 8 1/2 x 11 lined college ruled notebook sheet of paper, whichever comes first, for five days each week.
 
You are not limited to write about the Coronavirus; however, you may if that is what you want to write about. Remember you are looking for "seeds" to inspire ideas.

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Assignment

Read daily, five days a week, for a minimum of 25 minutes. Record your reading on a log you created or the one I have made available.

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Assignment

Please complete the "Analyzing Individuals, Ideas, or Events in Informational Texts" instructional lesson on iReady. 
 
Remember students access iReady through the student portal: portal.pvpusd.net.
Once you open the portal, select the iReady icon. You should be prompted to complete the lesson. It takes an average of 40 minutes, so take your time. I am allowing you several days to complete it understanding you are reading and writing daily for language arts.
 
Note: I extended the deadline to next Thursday, 03/26. I understand iReady makes you retake the module until you earn 100% on the quiz.
 
NOTE: After listening to the cartoon module and taking the quiz once, you may stop. I can see that you tried. For now, that will be enough to earn credit on this assignment.

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Assignment

Grammar Lesson 30 due Thursday, 03/26
 
Find and complete Lesson 30. You may use your yellow grammar packet if you brought it home. If not, you can find the lesson posted in your Language Arts ClassNotebook on One Note or in Teams. under the Grammar tab, or in your handouts.
 
On Thursday, you will, once again, check your answers.
 
We will complete a Unit 4 Pronouns Review after the spring break, and then students will take the Pronouns Quiz that I will post on Study Sync. The quiz will not be posted and assigned until after Spring Break and the review.
 
NOTE: The answers to Lesson 30 are now posted in the Language Arts Class Notebook. We will review pronouns after the spring break.

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Assignment

Instead of doing the Daily Reading and Writing assignment, please read and respond to the assigned Blast entitled "Americans Adapt to Coronavirus Isolation" on StudySync.
 
This assignment will be counted toward any one of the five days you are expected to read and write this week.
 
(It is not going to be visible to students on StudySync until Tuesday, 03/24.)

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Assignment

Please complete Lesson 29 by Monday, 03/23. 
 
I understand many students may not have access to their yellow grammar packets, so I have downloaded the lesson here. You may either print and complete the exercise, or if you can not print, write the sentences out, including your answers, on a separate lined sheet of paper.
 
Trusting you are completing the lesson, I will post the answers on Monday, and you can score your answers as we do in class.
 
I have an online assessment for you on pronouns; however, for security purposes, the score will not be factored into your grade. Nevertheless, it is important for you to learn the information, so I am assigning the lesson.
 
When we return to the classroom, I will assess your learning of the unit on pronouns.

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Assignment

Submit a response to the following writing link. It is due by 3:00 pm on Monday, 3/16.
 

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Assignment

Extra Credit Opportunity:
Return your guardian-signed FOMO essay for an extra credit "Writing" point.

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Assignment

Finish reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Tuesday, March 10. Students will take a comprehensive reading comprehension assessment on the autobiography on Tuesday, March 10.