Ms. Hargraves’ English 9 Class

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March 31-April 11 April 14, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 3:34 pm

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen behind with updating this blog.  In an effort to catch up, I’m going to outline our activities for the past few weeks here:

  • Students have reviewed grammar quite a bit these past few weeks.  We have reviewed correct verb and pronoun forms.  We have also reviewed punctuation, capitalization, and agreement.  Finally, we have applied these skills in several proofreading activities as well as some peer-editing exercises.
  • Students have continued to work in their reading circles.  At this point, all students have presented their group projects for their first reading circle novels.  They are now working on reading their second reading circle novel.
  • Students will do a brief overview of poetry this week and next week.  Today we examined visual and tactile imagery in James Wright’s “A Blessing.”  
  • Tomorrow is a very exciting day as students will receive their laptops at an assembly at 6:00 p.m. in Moffat Auditorium.  Parents must attend in order for students to receive their laptops.

There is more to come as I continue to update this blog.    


Monday-Thursday, March 17-20 March 19, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 9:45 am

This week, we will be working on the following activities:

  • Clauses (work book, pp. 89-91 and p. 97)
  • Sentence types (workbook, pp. 102-103)
  • Literacy circles
  • Abstinence essay (due by Thursday)
  • Speech practices (for those competing on Thursday)

I hope everyone has a fantastic Spring Break!  You deserve it!


Thursday and Friday, March 13-14 March 14, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 2:27 pm

Because all students were not present due to MAP testing, students had a variety of learning activity choices:

  • Participate in literacy circles
  • Write limericks
  • Compose abstinence essay (for an essay contest)
  • Make a one-pager based on novel 

On Monday, we will continue learning about clauses and sentence types.  Have a great weekend!


Monday, March 10 March 11, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 11:44 am

Today students shared their “Why me?  Why not?” speeches.  Their classmates responded with positive and constructive comments.  The speech contest is sponsored by the Goldsboro Optimist Club and will be held at Wayne Community College at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20.  Several of my students will be participating in this contest. 


Thursday, March 6 March 6, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 4:02 pm

Today students formed literacy circles and selected books.  They then worked together to set and record goals on their course calendars.  Finally, the groups began reading their books.  Most made considerable progress and seemed to have a good time.

I showed students their nine-weeks test grades today.  After I curved the tests scores, the average score was a C (79).  After the curve, the highest score was a 93; the lowest score was a 58. 

I know that many students are concerned because they did not score an A on the nine-weeks tests.  Please remember that this is an Honors course, and that Honors courses are more challenging than courses offered in middle school.  Grades in Honors courses are weighted, so a B in my class carries the same weight as an A when your GPA is calculated. 

Lots of students made A’s for the nine-weeks, which is wonderful, but students who made B’s and C’s should not beat themselves up.  Give yourself some credit!  If you tried your best but you still made a B or C for the nine-weeks, you should not feel bad.  You need to be realistic…because a B or C in an Honors course is not a bad grade by any means.                    


Wednesday, March 5 March 5, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 3:16 pm

Today, students took a nine-weeks test.  This assessment score will serve as 20% of the third marking period average.  Students will have time to work on their speeches tomorrow.   


Tuesday, March 4

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 3:14 pm

Today we accomplished the following tasks:

  • Finished phrases presentations
  • Began working on a phrases collage with a partner
  • Participated in essay conferences with me
  • Started working on a speech for a contest (this speech is due Monday)