Advanced English A1, 2020-21

Teacher: Kara Palumbo

Time: Sunday 12:20PM - 1:05PM
Grades: 5-6


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  • Assigned on 09/20: Homework : Entrance Exam Advance English A1  |  
    Please look to Google Classroom for your instructions for homework.
  • Assigned on 09/27: Homework: Vocabulary for "The Monkey's Paw"  |  
    For homework, I did all the hard work for you. Your only job is to study. I wanted to make sure that you all had the same definitions, this way when we read the story, you had the correct understanding of the words. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!
  • Assigned on 10/4:
    Since I will not see you this Sunday, you will have 2 weeks to read the entire short story "The Monkey's Paw." I want you to read the story once on your own and then we will go over it as a class. This story is above grade level for many of you, so I want to discuss it when we meet again. As you are reading, have your notebook next to you and write done questions that you have. If you don't understand what the narrator is talking about, jot down a question. If you get lost somewhere in the plot, jot something down in your notebook so that you can bring it up in class. This is why I wanted you to have a separate notebook for this class. It will be useful for this assignment. Enjoy!!!! See Google Classroom for PDF of the story.
  • Assigned on 10/18:
    For homework this week, please submit a copy of your questions in Google Classroom. Do not submit it as a photo. I want to be able to look over your questions and answer some of them that I feel are necessary to answer right away. Then we will continue to read the story together as a class. You will all be reading, asking and answering questions this upcoming Sunday. Again, DO NOT POST PHOTOS OF QUESTIONS. Also, don't post in PDF format.
  • Assigned on 10/25:
    You will be writing the bulk of this assignment in class on Sunday and then next week for homework. For this week, all I want you to hand right now is an IDEA. What do I mean by that? I want you to BRIEFLY write down an idea for an alternate ending to "The Monkey's Paw." Do not share any dialogue or detail; save that for next week. I just want an idea of how you want the story to end. Many of you asked, "why did the story just cut off and end like that?" Well, now's your chance to give it a complete feel. To clarify what I want you to do for homework, in about 3 sentences, I simply want a proposal from you. Tell me how you want the story to end. I also wrote an email to all your parents that I want to meet them this Sunday. Please sign them in and then give them 10 minutes alone with me : )
  • Assigned on 11/1:
    Alternate ending to “The Monkey’s Paw” Please write an alternate ending to “The Monkey’s Paw.” There is a lot of flexibility with this writing assignment. You can begin your ending with Mr. and Mrs. White hearing a knock at the door, you can begin with the last sentence of the story, or you can change the last two wishes. I don’t want you to go too far back in the story though. Remember, you are changing the ending, not the entire story. There are some things that your ending MUST have: • Dialogue • Same characters (no new ones) • A conclusion • 400 words Have fun writing!!!!!
  • Assigned on 11/8:
    Please look over the corrections that I put on your paper for "The Monkey's Paw" alternate ending. If you took notes from last Sunday's class, then you have grammar notes to study!!! YAY! If you did not take notes last Sunday, then you DON'T have grammar information to study. Boo : ( There will be nothing to hand in for homework this week.
  • Assigned on 11/15:
    Please look at the grammatical corrections on your "Monkey's Paw" Alternate Ending assignment. Study the corrections that were made. Everyone was in class on Sunday as I discussed what would be covered on this test. You were advised to take notes. To review for this test, review your notes. If you wish to study further, you can look up grammatical explanations on Grammar Introduction // Purdue Writing Lab - Purdue EMAIL ME BEFORE FRIDAY, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!
  • Assigned on 11/22:
    No homework
  • Assigned on 12/6:
    We will be working together on a new story in class. I don't want you to start it without me! No homework.
  • Assigned on 12/13:
    Many of you have read this story once before; I know. Don't worry, what you will be doing with this story will be much different than before!!! It's the perfect time of year to read about having some gratitude in your attitude and sharing it with others.... through your writing, of course ; ). Please read for homework. Then, I want you to write a couple sentence telling me about a teacher you had that taught you a great lesson or that you learned a lot from. Material is posted on Google Classroom.
  • Assigned on 12/20:
    Happy Holidays. Enjoy Your Break.
  • Assigned on 01/10:
    See Google Classroom for instructions.

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