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Email: 
scthomas@amherst.k12.va.us
Classes Taught: 
English 11
 
Class Information:
ReadWorks Class Code:  CHJ7N2      Mrs. Thomas's Email:  scthomas@amherst.k12.va.us  
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2/14/17:  Happy Valentine's Day!  

 

Take the 2009 Writing MC Practice Test.  Take your time!  These questions are designed to work through carefully.

 

 Secure testing link:

 http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/  

 

Finish your 2006 and 2007 Writing MC Practice Tests when finished, please!  If you were absent, read the "Madiba" then choose a Discussion Area (1, 2, or 3) of the questions below to answer. 

 

1. Open this article: http://www.scholastic.com/madiba/pdfs/Madiba_Student_Article.pdf

 

 

2. On your own paper, write down the meanings of these words: apartheid, segregation.

 

 

3. See me for which Discussion Area you need to complete, then answer these questions: http://www.scholastic.com/madiba/pdfs/Madiba_Worksheet.pdf

 

 




Wednesday, February 15th

 

On Monday, you answered questions in Discussion Area 1, 2, or 3. 

 

Today, you will meet with all the people who answered questions from your Discussion Area to compare answers. Make sure everyone shares answers, and writes them down. 

 

After that, you will be assigned to be part of a small group (3 people) where you will share answers for all Discussion Areas.

 

 

If you finish early, choose one of these options:

 

1.  Make a poster that a supporter of Nelson Mandela would carry during a march or protest.

2.  Create a logo which represents Nelson Mandela's important philosophies or ideas.

3.  Illustrate an important scene from your reading.

 

 





2/13/17 

 

11.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts. h) Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading texts.

 

 

1. Open this article: http://www.scholastic.com/madiba/pdfs/Madiba_Student_Article.pdf

 

 

2. On your own paper, write down the meanings of these words: apartheid, segregation.

 

 

Read the captions, view the images and maps, and read the sidebars in the article.

 

 

You have been assigned Discussion Area 1, Discussion Area 2, or Discussion Area 3.

 

Read the article. As you read (online or paper copy), answer these questions in detail.  You will need these answers for tomorrow’s Jigsaw Group lesson.  

 

http://www.scholastic.com/madiba/pdfs/Madiba_Student_Article.pdf

 

Send, or have your work checked, before the end of class, please.  

 

 

 



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Tuesday, February 7th
 
Get an ORANGE Textbook.  Turn to Page 459.
 
Define the terms:  hyperbole, understatement, comic comparisons, vernacular, idioms
 
Read the story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to yourself silently.  Write two paragraphs about the story when you are finished:  one about the main story, and one about the story within the story.  
 
Read Page 466.  
 
Answer #1-10 on Page 467.  Complete the Vocabulary Development at the bottom of this page.  
 

 

 
Wednesday, February 8th
 
Finish reading “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”  and answer questions 1-10 on Page 467.
 
 
Complete the WRITING assignment on Page 467.  
 
If you finish early, go to Page 468 and begin reading “The Lowest Animal”
 

 

 
Thursday, February 9th
 
Complete the Quickwrite on Page 468 for “The Lowest Animal”  
 
Define the words:  satire, exaggeration, irony, purpose
 
Read the story and answer all the questions in the margin while you read.  There are 10 Questions.
 
Read the newspaper article on Page 474 when you are finished.  
 
Answer all questions on Page 476 when you are finished.  
 

 

 
Friday, February 10th
 
Complete all unfinished work. 
 
Complete the writing prompt:  
 

Many believe that in democratic societies a free education is each citizen’s right. Others see education as a privilege, one that must be earned. In the United States, should education be considered a right or a privilege? Take a position on this question. Support your response with reasons and specific examples. 


 

 

Monday, February 6th  

 

Take the 2007 Writing MC Practice Test at this link:  

 

Practice Test Link:

 

 http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/  

 

If you need to share a computer, open the test at this link:  

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/2007/test07_eoc_e...

 

 

 





 

Friday, February 3rd  

 

1. Check the Verbals Worksheet #1 using this slide show:  

 

Verbals Worksheet Key (3rd, 4th Period)

 

Verbals Worksheet Key (1st, 5th, 7th)

 

 

2.  Finish your writing assignment about African-American culture you began yesterday.  (See Feb. 2nd tasks)

 

 

3.  Read this article about Nelson Mandela,then choose ONE Discussion Area and complete the reader response questions below: 

 

 

 http://www.scholastic.com/madiba/pdfs/Madiba_Student_Article.pdf

 

Click on the link at the end of the article to watch the video at the end of the article about what life is like today for the "Born Free" generation.  

 

 

Link to Reader Response Questions for "Madiba" below:

 

Reader Response Questions for "Madiba"

 

 

 




 

Thursday, February 2nd 

 

1.  Make revisions to your rough draft.  

 

2.  Print out your final draft and hand it in. 

 

3.  When you have finished everything, explore these sites below on African-American history:  

 

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/race-civil-rights-and-photogra...

 

 

TIME Magazine:  Honoring Dr. King

 

 

The Loving vs. Virginia Case

 

 

 

 

https://zinnedproject.org/materials/selma-the-bridge-to-the-ballot/

 

 

https://zinnedproject.org/teaching-materials/?themes=african-american

 

 

http://www.folkways.si.edu/voices-struggle-civil-rights-movement-1945-19...

 

 

Your Assignment:  

 

Write at least one detailed paragraph (200 words or more) about a person or event you read about in the resources above.  

 

Tell how this person or event gave you some insight into the African-American experience.  Include a direct quote from a primary resource you found in your research.  

 

Share your paragraphs with me when you are finished.  



 

Need help remembering the difference between participles, gerunds, and infinitives??

 

Participle:  an -ing verb used as an adjective:  The baking bread smelled delicious.

 

Gerund:  an -ing verb used as a noun:  Baking is my favorite hobby. 

 

Infinitive:  a verb form with 'to' in front of it:  I love to bake cakes and cookies.  

 





Wednesday, February 1st  

 

Use your Verbals study guide and the Grammar Monster website

 

(http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/verbals.htm)

 

to help you do this practice sheet: 

 

Verbals Worksheet #1

 
 

 You may see me for a paper copy OR copy it and paste it into a new Google Doc, then send it to my email address.  When you are finished, see me for a Verbals Quiz. 

 





 

Tuesday, January 31st

 

Go to the following link and use this website to complete the study guide on verbals.  

 

Link for Verbals Website on Grammar Monster:

 http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/verbals.htm

Complete the worksheet using the information on the website, then take the online practice quiz.  

When finished, complete your makeup work (rough draft, rainbow editing, 2006 practice test, etc.)


Practice your knowledge of verbals with the following games: 

 

https://www.quia.com/quiz/2168770.html 

 

https://www.quia.com/quiz/413380.html

 

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/Grammar/quizzes/niu/niu3.htm

 

 https://www.quia.com/cb/123479.html

 

 http://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=17812

 

 https://jeopardylabs.com/play/verbals7

 

 https://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?game...

 

 





TIME Magazine:  Honoring Dr. King

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25th  AND Thursday, Jan. 26th

 

1.  Finish typing your rough draft of the prompt you chose.  Print out your draft and bring it to class tomorrow.  

 

Go to EOC Writing Prompts (1/19/17) if you still need a prompt.  

 

2.  Begin taking the 2006 Writing MC Practice Test.  This counts as a grade, so do your best work :) 

 

http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/

 

3.  When you are finished with the 2006 Writing MC Practice Test, use the editing and revising guide here: Rainbow Revising and Editing Guide

 




Read these example writing prompts by Mrs. Thomas:  

 

From The Heart: Making Important Life Decisions 

 

Often young people are faced with the choice between making their own decisions, or seeking guidance from experts and authorities about life’s important matters.  I believe people should seek guidance and insight from experts and authorities, but ultimately, they should make their own decisions about life’s important matters. The individual is the one who will face the consequences, either positive or negative, of the decisions they make.  Through hearing about the experiences of others, and making informed decisions, a person can make important life choices that are truly ‘from the heart.  

Throughout life, we hear about the experiences of others, both their successes and failures.  While these experiences are important, they are solutions and decisions that worked for that individual.  The realizations that person had may not transfer to someone’s specific experience.  For example, if a child talks to their parents about their life decisions, they may not be able to apply those experiences they had in the past to their child’s modern-day life.  The parents’ experiences are helpful, and as young people know, they are always getting advice from someone older than them.  However, the young person, to really use this helpful knowledge, needs to apply it to their unique, modern-day experience.  

To be truly meaningful, important decisions need to be made “from the heart.”  When we make important choices, or travel down new paths, while only considering the guidance and decisions of others, we might find that we are living someone else’s life.  We may be living up to their, and not our own, expectations.  Our actual identities, and authentic selves, can emerge only when you make decisions from the heart.  These authentic choices  can be made in consideration of the advice and guidance of others, but ultimately, the choices we make should be our own, and then we can experience our own real, authentic life.  

 

 

Specific Praise is Essential to Success

 

Praise, teachers hear all the time, is critical to student success.  That praise must be specific and meaningful, or it does not have the desired positive effect. Our self-esteem comes from achievement, and specific, meaningful praise can help a person realize the importance of their accomplishments.  

 

Empty praise does not help a person know what they have achieved.  For example, if I were to tell an elementary student that he or she has done a “great job” on an art project, that student may likely feel that their art is complete, perfect, and needs no more work from the student.  However, if I tell that same student that, in his or her artwork, I enjoyed their use of texture and shading of colors, that student knows specifically which techniques they are using successfully.  That quality, specific praise is much more meaningful than empty, general praise which leaves the student wondering what his or her specific strengths are in that area.

 

Praise can be a motivator, and people will often work hard for focused, specific praise. In volunteer work, people put in many hours of hard work for causes that they feel are important.  Many people say that the satisfaction they get, and the results they achieve by volunteering are the most important parts of the experience.  Often, the praise that the volunteer gets is just as meaningful to him or her.  Being appreciated for special talents, and for helping others feels great, and can be an excellent motivation for people to continue to volunteer their time.

 

True self-esteem is knowing what you are capable of, then setting your sights on that goal.  Unfocused praise would keep a person from wanting to continue down their path to positive self-esteem and achievement. Without specific acknowledgement of what a person is doing well, he or she will not know if they are truly achieving, or if the praise is earned.  The most valuable and memorable feedback is specific and meaningful to the person, and to the task at hand.

 

 

 

 




Thursday, Jan. 19th  

 

1.  Pick a prompt. EOC Writing Prompts

 

2.  Prewrite.

What is the issue?  

What is your position on this issue?

 What are the reasons why I have this position?  

What are examples that support my reasons?  

 

3.  Write your rough draft.  You will type this tomorrow. 

 

When finished, take the Comma Vs. Semicolon Quiz if you haven't taken it. Take Quiz #2 if you need to retake it. 

 

Comma VS Semicolon Quiz #1





 

Wednesday, Jan. 18th  

 

Go to http://digital.readworks.org/

 

Complete your work from yesterday (complete one Readworks Digital

 

article and your written summary). Written Summaries should

 

include: 

 

(type them with Google Docs, or write on your own paper)

 

  • Summarize this article in two sentences or more.  

  • Find a quote from the article that shows the main idea.  

  • Write the quote, then explain it in one or more sentences.  

  • What is your opinion on the topic of this essay?  

  • Why do you have this opinion?

  • What is the most important part of this article?  

  • Why?

 

Type your answers on your Google Docs account, and send them to me (scthomas@amherst.k12.va.us).  You may write your answers on paper and hand them in to the substitute. 

 

Choose another ReadWorks article to complete (total of two).  Use this

 

link:  http://digital.readworks.org/

 





 

Tuesday, January 17th


 

Follow these directions, and behave for my substitute, please :)

 

1.  Go to Readworks Digital http://digital.readworks.org/

 

2.  Read at least ONE article, then answer the online questions (classwork grade)

 

3.  When you are finished with the article and questions, complete these tasks:

(type them with Google Docs, or write on your own paper)

 

  • Summarize this article in two sentences or more.  

  • Find a quote from the article that shows the main idea.  

  • Write the quote, then explain it in one or more sentences.  

  • What is your opinion on the topic of this essay?  

  • Why do you have this opinion?

  • What is the most important part of this article?  

  • Why?

 

Type your answers on your Google Docs account, and send them to me (scthomas@amherst.k12.va.us).  You may write your answers on paper and hand them in to the substitute. 

 

 

 





Thursday, January 12th

 

1. If you have taken the quizzes, go to

 

http://digital.readworks.org/

 

and complete at at least ONE article.

 

 

2. Review the Slideshow we used last week. 

Comma, Colon, and Semicolon Slideshow

 

3.  Play the Review Games Below, then take your Comma VS. Semicolon Quiz Version 1 or 2

 

Play these review games about grammar and punctuation usage:

 

http://www.savethecomma.com/game/

 

 http://mrnussbaum.com/xsurgeons-play

 

http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/correctText/sentences.htm

 

https://grammar.quill.org/play/pf?anonymous=true&uid=-K0rnIIF_iejGqS3XPJ8

 

http://mrnussbaum.com/semicolonwars-play

 

https://www.quia.com/rr/326395.html

 

http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=semicolons-colons-co...

 

4.  Take the 2004 Practice Test if you haven't finished it yet: (link below)

 

Practice Test Link:  http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/

 

Go to iTest 7 and take the 2004 Writing Practice Test




 

 

The Lancers are the Team of the Week on WSET 13:

 

http://wset.com/sports/high-school-sports/amherst-co-lancers-basketball-...  

 

More footage of the game: 

http://wset.com/sports/high-school-sports/amherst-boys-brookville-girls-...

 

 



 

Tuesday, January 3rd

Use this Power Point to review use of colons, semicolons, and commas:  

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vfBMI4kE3M0JmOpsm0H2J3_cB52xbdFg...

 

Complete this study guide as you view the Slideshow:

 

Colon & Semicolon PPT Study Guide

 



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH

Complete the study guide using the podcast and the text of the podcast at the link below:

 

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/semicolons

 




 


 

The EOC Writing SOL Writing Multiple Choice SOL will be given March 20th-March 24th, 2017.

 

The Reading EOC SOL will be May 2017.

 




January 3-6,2017 Answer sheet for Practice SOL tests:

 

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/testing/sol/released_tests/2013/answer_sheet_fo...

 




 

Friday, December 9th

 

Go to Readworks Digital (scroll down for the link) and complete ONE of these articles:

 

"Ten Things You May Not Know about Martin Luther King, Jr."

 

"The Upside of Dyslexia"

 

"Short Circuit".

 

 

This is a quiz grade, so use complete sentences when typing your

own answers, please. 

 

 

http://digital.readworks.org/ The class code is CHJ7N2

 
 

You may visit these fun websites when you are finished with the practice test:

 

http://apps.npr.org/best-music-2016/list/top-songs/

 

 

Google Santa Tracker

 

 




 

 

Tuesday, December 6th

http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/

 

 

Take the NW2 Practice Test on Power Test.  

 

This is a test grade. When finished: 

 

 

Complete "Education in America" on Readworks Digital

 

 

http://digital.readworks.org/ The class code is CHJ7N2

 

Visit this fun website when you are finished with the practice test:

 



 

Friday, December 2nd

 

1.  Start working on the EOC Writing SOL Test from 2014at the link below: 

 

 

http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/

 

You may retake the test ONCE if you make below a 70.  This will be graded.

 

Do your best work and focus! :)

 

 





Link to the live stream of the 2016 Amherst Christmas Parade 

 

http://thecube.com/event/amherst-county-lions-christmas-parade-2016-692116

 

Link to highlights of the 2015 Amherst Christmas Parade

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxNm_4v23gsRTUtVS1cyUWRWV0E

 




 

 

 

 

 



Thursday, December 1st

 

 

1.  Choose TWO articles from Digital Readworks.org to complete.  

 

All written answers must be in complete sentences.  Use capitalization and punctuation, please.*

 

 

 

http://digital.readworks.org/ The class code is CHJ7N2

 

 

*Pay close attention to questions that require you to look at multiple places within the text to find your answer.  These are good practice for your NW2 Assessment.

 

 

 

2.  When you are done, start working on the EOC Writing SOL Test from 2014at the link below: 

 

 

http://powertest.powerschool.com/VA_AMHERST/v7/secure/

 

You may retake the test ONCE if you make below a 70.  This will be graded.

 

Do your best work and focus! :)

 

 

 



 

When finished with your work, try and solve these riddles with your partner:
 
 
 
 



 

 

Tuesday, November 29th  

 

Complete the assignments in this Slideshow using your textbook.  

 

Civil Disobedience Unit Slideshow

 

 

(if you are absent and don't have a book, try this link for an online version of the textbook:  my.hrw.com username: wclass13  password: p8p9p)

 

 



 

Monday, November 28th

 

digital.readworks.org/student

 

CLASS CODE:  CHJ7N2  

 

Read the article, "NEWS DEBATE: PHONE PATROL" and answer the questions.  

 

This is a classwork grade :)  Finish make up work when you are done. 

 

 





Monday, November 21st  

 

I am absent today for a Dr's Appt.  Please behave well, and complete your work with a partner.  I will be back tomorrow!

1.  Choose ONE lesson from UNIT TWO of the Glencoe Vocabulary Workbook.  

 

Vocabulary Power Workbook, Grade 11 - Glencoe

 

Write your answers on your own paper, or submit your answers by Google Docs to scthomas@amherst.k12.va.us.  

 

2.  Watch the Simpsons Episode below that features "The Raven."  Write a paragraph answering these questions:

 

*What was funny about this cartoon?

*How similar is this video to Poe's poem?  Describe the important events of the poem.

*Illustrate your favorite scene.

 

The Simpsons Episode:  "The Raven"

 

 

Friday, November 18th

 

1.  Continue to type your short essays.  When you are finished with your draft, send (or send back with corrections) your essay to me on Google Docs. 

 

 2.  Next, read the text of "The Raven" and listen to the audio recording:

 

Audio and Text of Poe's "The Raven"

 

Answer the following questions about the poem.  They are due at the end of the class on Monday for a Quiz Grade. 

 

Poe's "The Raven" Questions in Google Docs

 

 

Poe's "The Raven" Questions Original Format

 

You may print the sheets, or type your answers on a Google Doc.

 




 

Wednesday, November 16th

 

 

1.  Watch (or finish) the Edgar Allan Poe Biography. 

 

 

What influenced Poe's dark literary style?  Write down several reasons from the biography below.  Turn your notes into at least one well-formed paragraph about influenced Poe's dark literary style.  

 

 

Possible thesis statement:  The events in Edgar Allan Poe's life that influenced his dark literary style were ___________, __________, and ______________.

 

 

The rest of your paragraph should explain HOW each of these events might have influenced his dark style of writing. 

 

 

http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160/videos/edgar-all...

 

This version has closed captioning: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W70cinvFKko

 

2.  Next, read the text of "The Raven" and listen to the audio recording:

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5352/the-raven/

 

Answer the following questions about the poem:

 

 

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson411/Ra...

 

 

You may print them, or type your answers on a Google Doc.

 




 

Monday, November 14th, 2016

 

Keep your graded work for Romantic Literature:  Test Friday on Elements of Romanticism, The Devil and Tom Walker, Thantopsis.  

 

1.  FINISH One Lesson from Unit One in the Vocabulary Workbook.  You may work with a partner, just make sure both students' handwritings are on the paper. If this link does not work, scroll to the bottom of the page and open the link to the workbook.

 

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/vp/11...

 

 

 
 



 

Wednesday, November 9th

Fill in your chart with the Elements of Romanticism Slideshow below.  Complete the assignment on the last slide using the back of your paper. 

 

 

Elements of Romanticism Slideshow

Elements of Romanticism Slideshow

 

 

Graphic Organizer Options:

 

Bubble Map

 

Friday, 11/11/16

FINISH One Lesson from Unit One in the Vocabulary Workbook.  You may work with a partner, just make sure both students' handwritings are on the paper. If this link does not work, scroll to the bottom of the page and open the link to the workbook.

 




Make Up Work

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/vp/11...

Romanticism in American Literature Video:

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okPFcJntqFA

 

Link to Video Guide:  Romanticism in American Literature

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ypbLtfPY05fL30ORzH45DbUyIsVHyH33KtPK...

 

 

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