The last day of school before Winter Break is Friday, 12/22.

Weekly Schedule by Hybrid for Agenda

Missing Y-Book entries & other HW must be brought to me during lunch lab within 2 weeks of the original due date; after that, the grades remain a 0.  I will not accept most late work at all in Quarter 3.

Homework from 

  1. Why question due Monday.
  2. Poetry Slam Performances (poem must be memorized, between 1-3 minutes) will take place in class on Monday, 12/18 and, if necessary, Tuesday 11/19
  3. Observation Connection due Wednesday.
10-page Book Template

​​Friday,  12/15

Early Humans Children's Book Final Rubric

Poetry Slam Performances (poem must be memorized, between 1-3 minutes) will take place in class on Monday, 12/18 and, if necessary, Tuesday 11/19

Week  of
12/18  to 12/22



Y-Book Check: Why Question
Review: Constructive Criticism & Audience Skills
Presentations: Poetry Slam!


Choose one quality quotation from a poem or drama.  Write a sentence incorporating this quotation with an appropriate text talker using a present tense verb other than “says.”   Include both the author/character and source, correctly written.

D Schedule

HW Check: text talker sentence
Presentations (cont.): Poetry Slam!
Grammar Review: Subordinating conjunctions & subordinate (dependent) clauses
Adjective, adverb, & noun clauses; relative pronouns; complex sentences
GUM, pp. 23 & 25


Observation Connection 

A Schedule

Y-Book Check: Observation Connection
Prompt into Topic
Rainbow Writing (in both 4-square chart and essay):
  1. Attention grabber
  2. Thesis statement
  3. Topic sentence 1
  4. Topic sentence 2
  5. Topic sentence 3
Introductory Paragraph Planning:
Find 3 areas.
  1. Write thesis statement.
  2. Create 2 attention grabbers.  Remember that attention grabbers refer to the subject, not topic.
Introductory Paragraph Writing:
  1. Choose the better attention grabber
  2. Explain the attention grabber in more detail & its connection to the subject.
  3. Connect between #2 and the topic.
  4. Thesis statement: one sentence that identifies the TOPIC and all areas of examination
If necessary, complete introductory paragraph based on planning material.


Paragraph Shapes: Intro, Body, Conclusion

B Schedule

Attention Grabbers foldable
Sample Introductory & Concluding Paragraphs


HW Check & Peer Evaluation:
Introductory Paragraph
Rainbow Writing (in both 4-square chart and essay):
  1. Detail 1a
  2. Detail 1b
  3. Detail 2a
  4. Detail 2b
  5. Detail 3a
  6. Detail 3b
Review: topic sentences as OPINIONS about areas of examination
Make sure that each topic sentence (as written) fit the details and contain an opinion.  If not, rewrite the topic sentence.
Activity: Concluding Paragraph as circular arrows
  1. Topic part of thesis statement
  2. Area 1 (or 3) topic sentence restated
  3. Area 2 topic sentence restated
  4. Area 3 (or 1) topic sentence restated
  5. Finish/Answer/ Reference attention grabber
Note: b, c, & d can be written as fewer compound sentences
Peer Evaluation: Concluding paragraphs
If you have any last questions about the Early Humans book, ask tomorrow; I will not be checking my email over the break and will not accept ANY excuses for late/ incomplete work. You received the FINAL rubric on November 1, 2017.

C Schedule

Red Carpet Event & Awards Ceremony

1. Finished Early Humans book, (including rough draft, peer evaluation, and final rubric), due Tuesday, 1/9.
2. Why question checked Tuesday, 1/9.
3. Quotation Quotient due Wednesday, 1/10.


D Schedule

BGCS Homepage
Link to Interactive History Website
BCPS Calendar 2017-18
Classroom Library

Note: When you go the American Journey website, at the student login, type the following access code:  B403FACC22.
Then bookmark the page for future reference. 

Ms. Lemos's Website
Mr. Piskun's Website
Link to American Journey Textbook
Mrs. Romero's Website

Parents' Information

PDF version of Parent Orientation Slideshow Presentation
Letter from Mrs. Miller about Washington DC trip
Wish List in MS Word

Volunteer Opportunity: Wish List

One way to complete volunteer hours is through providing  classroom enhancements.  Please let me know if you order anything so that I can remove it from my wish list.  Links to Amazon for each item appear below.

13" Laminator (any brand)
menu-size laminating sheets
legal-size laminating sheets
letter-size laminating sheets
Brother TZ laminated tape
MDP to VGA adaptor
Welcome Back Information