Language Arts – May 27th – June 1st

We’ve made it! It’s the last week of school! Please take note that the Language Arts Semester Exam will be on Wednesday, May 30th during the second time slot. The exam is from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Students have already been given a digital copy of the review sheet. Please see below for another copy.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Tuesday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Wednesday: Semester Exam

Study Guide 9th Language Arts – Semester 2 Exam

Topics Covered

  1. Farewell to Manzanar – Plot, Character Profiles: Jeanne, Father, Mother, brother; Major Themes / IQR
  2. The Kill a Mockingbird – Plot, Character profiles: Atticus, Scout, Jem, Dill, Miss Maudie, Miss Caroline, Aunt Alexandria, Calpurnia, Mrs. Lafayette Dubose; Major Themes, IQR
  3. MLA Citing

Literature Segment

  • Plot Diagrams/Summary of Story
    • Major events in the story that contribute to the rising action
    • The climax of each story
  • Character Profiles
    • Persona – personality
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Significance/contribution to the story
    • Symbolism/representation/personification of character
  • Major Themes / Symbolism
  • Important Questions Raised (IQR)
    • Farewell to Manzanar
      • Cultural differences
      • Immigration
      • Internment camps and containing “possible threats”
        • The family structure and the camp’s effect on it.
        • Saying goodbye to loved ones / separation
      • Using force during wartime. What is appropriate?
      • Elements of a memoir
        • Perspective, understanding, child innocence, maturity, growth
      • The importance of friendship.
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
      • What does the poverty cycle look like? How is this portrayed in the book?
      • Are people truly bad?
      • What is Lee saying about the influence of parents?
      • What kinds of lessons can be learned from the children’s interactions in the neighborhood?
  • Compare and contrast characters/themes/symbols from both books

Language Arts – May 21st – 25th

This week we will watch the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. The week will end with a review in preparation for semester exams next week.

Important Dates

Friday: Semester Exam Review

Language Arts – May 14th – 18th

This week we resume our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will participate in a class debate on Monday, arguing whether or not some words or phrases should be restricted to ethnic groups/individuals or if all words/language should be open to all people. Will then discuss the plot and recognize themes as we get closer to the heart of the novel. There is an exam on Friday on chapters 12-15.

Important Dates

Monday: Debate

Monday Homework: Chapter 14 (if not caught up)

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Exam Chapters 12-15

Language Arts – May 7th – 11th

This week we resume our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. There will be a quiz on chapters 9-11 on Tuesday (pushed back from the previous week). As the story continues, we will take a closer look at themes such as good vs. evil, human nature, and fear and understanding.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Study

Tuesday: Exam Chapters 9-11

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 12

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 13

Friday Homework: Chapter 14

Language Arts – April 23 – 27

This week students will be presenting their projects. Later in the week, we will pick up where we left off in our story To Kill a Mockingbird. We will review the chapters that were assigned as homework last week, and prepare for an exam on Wednesday, May 2.

Important Dates

Monday: Presentations

Tuesday: Presentations

Wednesday: Presentations

Thursday Homework: Finish Visual Timeline

Friday Homework: Read Chapter 11 / Prepare for exam Wednesday, May 2

Language Arts – April 16 – 20

This week we will continue reading the last novel of the year: To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will begin working in small groups on projects that they will present to the class next week. Students will be responsible for self-organization to stay on track to be ready to present next week. The Information Center has been reserved this week for class Wednesday – Friday.

 Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapter 7-8 with Reading Questions

Wednesday Homework: Project / Chapter 9

Thursday Homework: Project / Chapter 10

Friday Homework: Project

Language Arts – April 9 – 13

This week we will continue reading the last novel of the year: To Kill a Mockingbird. We will be looking at literary devices such as conflict and foreshadowing. Students will also focus on the character development thus far in the story. There is a quiz on chapters 4-6 on Friday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Chapter 4

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 5

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 6

Thursday Homework: Review

Friday: Quiz Chapters 4-6

Language Arts – April 2 – 6

Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Semana Santa break. We are in the final quarter of this school year! How exciting! This week we will continue reading the last novel of the year: To Kill a Mockingbird. We will be discussing elements of the Great Depression earlier in the week and move on to major themes present in the novel as they relate to the time period in which the novel is set. Finally, we will be focusing on conflict, and how it influences the story.

Important Dates

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 2

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 3

Thursday Homework: Chapter 4