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Advanced English A2 online, 2022-23

Teacher: Kara Palumbo

Room: Online
Time: Saturday 10:10AM - 10:55AM
Grades: 5-6
Material fee: $0.00

Description: Advanced English A: Students will read nonfiction and fictional short stories. They will define the plot structure. Students will learn the 5 stages of writing a proper essay. We will discuss poetry, then create it! Students will get the opportunity to show off their creative side.


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  • Assigned on 09/18:
    No homework on the 1st day of class. We must wait for the second day of classes to begin homework.
  • Assigned on 09/25:
    There is a quiz posted on Google Classroom. Read the instructions for each section carefully. Only answer the questions you know the answers to; DO NOT look up answers. Some questions will be above your grade level and some may be below. Just do your best. I want to see what you have learned in school so far. Please reach out to me if you do not know how to access the quiz. palumbo@schoolnova.org
  • Assigned on 10/2: Homework: "The Monkey's Paw" Vocabulary  |  
    Look at the list of vocabulary words. I wanted everyone to have the same definitions, therefore I have done all the hard work for you this week!! Your only job is to study. Start early because there are over 25 words. They will help you to understand the story we will be reading soon.
  • Assigned on 10/16: Homework: "The Monkey's Paw" Beginning  |  
    Please read the first 3 pages of "The Monkey's Paw" DO NOT READ AHEAD! Answer the following question in 7-10 sentence(NO MORE than 10 sentences): If you had 3 wishes, what would they be and WHY? Please submit answer to Google Classroom on a WORD doc. or GOOGLE doc.
  • Assigned on 10/23:
    There is no homework for this week. We will continue reading “The Monkey’s Paw” together, as a class, this Saturday.
  • Assigned on 10/30:
    Please finish reading the short story "The Monkey's Paw." When you have finished reading, I want you to answer the following questions: 1. What was the 3rd wish? 2. Who was at the door? 3. What was the final situation with their son? Submit answers on Google Classroom. I have attached another copy of "The Monkey's Paw" The link that I had, on Google Classroom, is no longer working. If you have a printed copy, you can use that too. They are the same.
  • Assigned on 11/6: Homework: 5 Paragraph Essay Structure  |  
  • Assigned on 11/13:
    In class this past Saturday, we discussed what you might like to write about in your 5 paragraph essay. If you were absent, that is ok. You can think up a topic you wish to argue. Remember, a thesis statement can not be a fact. I don't want you to write an essay about how ice is frozen water. That is already a proven fact. You will also hand in the 3 ideas you wish to discuss about your thesis. For example, your homework should look as followed: Thesis: Going to school is necessary because it is essential in learning how to read, write and do math. Each body paragraph will discuss the importance of going to school and how important it is to 1.) learn to read 2.) learn to write 3.) learn mathematics *Side note, and this in not part of your homework, you may think that my thesis is a fact, but it is not. My thesis CAN be argued. There are some people that can argue that going to school (or homeschooling) is not necessary and that everything you need to know can be learned through real-life experience. As long as your topic can be argued, you have a thesis!
  • Assigned on 11/20: Homework: Introduction for 5 Paragraph Essay  |  
  • Assigned on 12/4:
    Your new introduction should have at least 4 sentences (one of them is your thesis). It is a good idea to have your first sentence your thesis, the following, a supporting sentence, the following, the three ideas that you will be discussing in each of your three body paragraphs. This equals 5 sentences, but if you condense it into 4, that is fine. Hand in your revised introduction with enough time for me to grade it. That means no later than Thursday.
  • Assigned on 12/11:
    Now that you have your thesis statements and introduction, please start writing your first 2 body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should have no less than 4 sentences. If your sentences are only comprised of 3 words, don't count it. And you can ABSOLUTELY have more than 4 sentences in each body paragraph.
  • Assigned on 01/8:
    Please continue working on your essays. Insert (correlate) the edits into your work and then write your conclusion. WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR WORK THIS WEEK, IT SHOULD BE ONE COMPLETE ESSAY: INTRODUCTION, BODY PARAGRAPHS, AND ESSAY.
  • Assigned on 01/15:
    Your paper is due this Thursday at 8:00p.m. Papers MUST INCLUDE Introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion (conclusion must have at least 4 sentences). Papers handed in past the due date/time will receive a 5 point deduction.
  • Assigned on 02/5:
    Finish reading the story.
  • Assigned on 02/12: Homework: Different Poin-of-View in "Charles"  |  
    After reading "Charles" by Shirley Jackson, create a different version of the story, from a different point-of-view. The Teacher's A classmate's Laurie's
  • Assigned on 02/26:
    After reading "Charles" by Shirley Jackson, create a different version of the story, from a different point-of-view. This must be at least a page long. You are writing a STORY. Not a 5 paragraph essay about the story. Be creative. Use the original story as the basis for your recreation. You can write more than a page if you need to. NO MORE THAN 2 pages. The Teacher's A classmate's Laurie's
  • Assigned on 03/5:
    No Homework
  • Assigned on 03/12:
    Due to copyright issues, please go to Google Classroom to see the assignment.
  • Assigned on 03/26:
    The reason you are not seeing an assignment, is because we still need to complete the work that we didn’t complete from last week. You will be given a new assignment in class on Saturday.
  • Assigned on 04/2: Homework: Thank you Ma'am  |  
    Read the short story "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes and answer the following question. Would the story have been better if he stayed in her life? Why or why not?
  • Assigned on 04/16:
    Write a two paragraph story (each paragraph no shorter than 6 sentences) about gratitude. First, look up what the word gratitude means. Then, what thoughts come to mind when you think of gratitude? How do you show gratitude? Who do you show it to? When have you shown gratitude? Can you show it more? To who/m? Don't just simply answer the questions, make sure this is written in a story format.
  • Assigned on 04/23:
    Please complete your gratitude assignment and hand it in. If you are uncertain of the outline for the assignment, please refer back to last weeks post.
  • Assigned on 04/30:
    Write you 3 proposals for your presidency Next to each proposal, write what each proposal means. Don't simply say "Health Care for all!" Outline what that means exactly. Remember this is not your speech, don't write everything out in paragraph form. Why is this proposal important to the United States of America (That is the country that you are trying to become president of). Then move on to your next proposal. There should be a clear separation between each proposal.
  • Assigned on 05/7:
    Please submit a draft of your speech on Google Classroom by this Thursday 6pm.
  • Assigned on 05/14:
    Hand in a completed copy of your speech. Be ready to present your speech on Saturday. Be sure to use: Empathy Confidence Quote from a credible source Get your message across at the beginning of each proposal, don't wait until you are well into your proposal to tell us the point. If you want to add a repeated phrase that people will remember you by, that is fine. It is not necessary.

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