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Three Miles Podcast in Google Classroom

Three Miles Podcast

We will be listening and discussing the events of the "Three Miles" podcast in zoom. Attached is a Google doc where students will be answering the questions relating to the podcast.


Guardian Poem in Google Classroom

Guardian Poem

Students waiting or done with their Socratic Seminar should be reading and annotating the poem "Guardian" attached in this assignment. There are 2 reading questions on the second page of the poem that needs to be completed. Use the highlighting options in google doc and add comments to the margins to annotate.

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Personal Narrative Final Draft in Google Classroom

Personal Narrative Final Draft

The Final Draft of your Personal Narrative is due on Thursday/Friday.

The only thing left to do is to format you narrative into MLA format. Attached are the directions and sample of MLA format for essays. Since this is a narrative, you do not have to worry about citations or a works cited page.


Personal Narrative Peer Check in Google Classroom

Personal Narrative Peer Check

Attached is the Personal Narrative Peer Check.
If you are unable to get someone from this class to read you story and fill out the Personal Narrative Check form, have a parent/guardian or an older sibling to read and fill out the form. Use the form to revise and edit your story once more.

You can submit the form to google classroom for credit.

* I have also posted 2 sample narratives for students to review. The first example is a rough draft. The second example is the same story as the first, but has been revised and edited.


Sensory Details  in Google Classroom

Sensory Details

1) Watch "Sensory Details" Youtube video linked in this lesson. (I highly recommend watching the second video also)

2) Adding Sensory Details activity. Read the model paragraph and identify the details that connect to each of the five sense. (Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch and Smell)

3) Adding sensory details to your narrative.
I have attached a handout to organize your ideas to add sensory details.


Show, Don't Tell in Google Classroom

Show, Don't Tell

1) Read "Show, Don't Tell" document attached below.
2) In the "Show, Don't Tell Examples & Practices" document, review the examples of "Show, Don't Tell" and complete the activity. On a google doc, students will rewrite the vague sentence from the activity in a way that "shows" the scene instead of just telling about it. (Try NOT to use the words AM, IS, ARE, WAS, WERE, and THERE. Instead use actions.)

* I have also added two video that goes over Show, Don't Tell


Effective Use of Dialogue in Google Classroom

Effective Use of Dialogue

1) Read the Effective Use of Dialogue

2) In the "Effective Use of Dialogue" pdf file, there are two activities:
- Punctuation Practice - Part 1- Punctuation
- Punctuation Practice - Part 2 - Tag Revision
Create a google doc to complete the 2 activities and submit it in Google Classroom. Students must write down the complete sentences for both activities. (For the Tag Revision activity, you are replacing the words "said" and "asked" with different varieties of Dialogue Tags)

* I have uploaded 2 videos. I highly recommend watching "Dialogue in Creative Writing"


First Draft in Google Classroom

First Draft

Now that you have written a lead, identified conflict, and plot out your narrative, it is time to start your first draft on a google doc. Be sure to include dialogue in your draft. I recommend that you write your narrative in first person.

* In the Notes and Materials Section, I have upload the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros as an example of personal narrative written in the first person.


Ensuring the Narrative Has Conflict in Google Classroom

Ensuring the Narrative Has Conflict

Plot - A plot is a series of events related to a central conflict or struggle.

"Because you are all writers your personal narratives will need to have a plot. Just because it happened to you doesn't mean that you can write about it!"
(Meaning: not everything that happens to you is worthy of a story because there's not always a conflict involved)

1) Read "The Three Little Pigs" and plot chart attached with the story.

2) Review your one page freewrite on your memory / life event that you have written and think about the narrative. Create a plot chart to ensure that your narrative has a conflict. If possible, print the pdf and use it to help outline your plot. If not, you can create your own on a piece of paper. Take a picture of it to submit i to submit it in google classroom. Make sure your picture is legible. On a Google doc answer the following questions and submit that for credit also

- Do you have a conflict?
- What is it?
- What is your turning point and what leads to it?
- What is your falling action and how does it lead to the resolution?
- Does the resolution fix the conflict?


How Many Topics - Maggy Activity in Google Classroom

How Many Topics - Maggy Activity

1) Read the Personal Narrative Notes in the notes sections of the Narrative Unit and create a list of ten life events on which you might like to write your personal narrative. Your list is NOT to be turned in. The purpose of the list is to generate ideas for your Personal Narrative.

*I have also attached a list of possible ideas in the notes section of the unit.

2) Read The Importance of Focus in the notes sections of the Narrative Unit

3) Read the directions and sample paragraph attached in the Maggy activity. Create a google doc and list the possible smaller topics that you identified from the sample paragraph.

4) On the same google doc that you did the Maggy activity:

- Choose one memory from your brainstorming list
- Think about focus: choose one part of the event to retell in detail
- Think about your memory for several minutes, relieving it in your mind, but without writing
- Finally, on the google doc write as much as you can remembering about this focused event. Freewrite for a page in length, without worrying about paragraphs, dialogue, mechanics, etc.
-Submit the google doc for credit.


Hunting is Not Those Heads on the Wall in Google Classroom

Hunting is Not Those Heads on the Wall

1) Freewriting - a prewriting exercise in which you write continuously for a set period of time, disregarding spelling and grammar, in order to generate ideas on a topic.

- In the comment section of this assignment, students are to freewrite for 5 minutes on this prompt: "When I write, I..." After you have completed the freewrite, set it aside for now.

2) Read and annotate "Hunting is Not Those Heads on the Wall". (If possible, I understand that students may not have access to a printer)

Circle unknown words
Ask questions
Talk to text
Connect to yourself, the media, the world
Highlight or underline important ideas

3) Answer questions 1-3 from the second page. (You can create a google doc to write your answers and submit it)

4) Go back and read the freewrite you wrote in the comment section of this assignment, reflect on your "watchers", and then respond to question 4. (Question 4 should also be done on the same google doc where you answered questions 1-3.


Syllabus in Google Classroom


Attached is the syllabus for this class. Please have you parent read and sign the last page of the syllabus by September 11, 2020. Parents can also directly email me with the name of student and class period stating that they read the syllabus at:

With the regards to the movie permission, only sign if you do NOT want your child to participate in these viewings.


Annotation and

Annotation and "Tell Tale Heart"

Google Slide Presentation on Annotations
CATCH Strategy
Annotate The Tell-Tale Heart using google doc


Narrative Arc/Plot Summative Assessment in Google Classroom

Narrative Arc/Plot Summative Assessment

Here is the your Summative Assessment for Narrative Arc. Students will need to complete this during the zoom session. If you are absent, please schedule a time to take the assessment. Students who open the assessment outside of zoom session, the assessment will be counted as a retake with highest grade possible grade being a B.

Retake - Students are to use the Plot Outline to plot out the narrative for "The Tell-Tale Heart." Be sure to include the MAIN CONFLICT in your outline. You can print it out or draw your own, but it must have all the requirements on the PDF with the exception of having only 1 falling action. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE TWO EVENTS FOR THE FALLING ACTION. The highest grade possible for a retake is a B. There is no due date, but I will be updating grades next week and if this is not done, I will use the original score that you received on the quiz


Summer Reading Assignment in Google Classroom

Summer Reading Assignment

Students will turn in the summer reading assignment here


Literary Terms and Elements of Plot in Google Classroom

Literary Terms and Elements of Plot

Attached are the powerpoint presentation for Literary Terms and a Google Slide Presentation for Plot Structure

Assignment: Students will be using one of the texts that they read for their Summer Reading assignment to fill out the google form for Summer Reading Plot Structure identifying the different elements of plot from their summer reading.


Which do you prefer, socializing online or in person? Why in Google Classroom

Which do you prefer, socializing online or in person? Why


Panther Prep Zoom Netiquette in Google Classroom

Panther Prep Zoom Netiquette

Here is the link to the exit survey