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Katrina Jacobsen
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Created: Jan 26, 2011
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Welcome to ESS English 9
I have high expectations of the students and myself. I take my job seriously, and I hope that all of my students treat their education the same way. I like to work in a positive environment and as a team where we all show respect for one another. I really look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I think this year will be one of great success and accomplishments.

I encourage open communication between the students, parents, teachers, and administration to develop a positive learning environment. Therefore, if you have any questions, concerns or thoughts please do not hesitate to contact me.


Classwork and Homework
April and May Classwork and Homework

5/25/16: CW: Showed introductory paragraphs; Continued to work on 5 paragraph essay;

HW: Grammar Lesson 55 Unit Review due next class

Review Grammar Unit 5 Packet and Notes given; Know definition for vocabulary words from Unit 7 to Unit 14; Romeo and Juliet comprehension test; Writing Response to a prompt/quote

5/23/16: CW: Unit 14 Vocabulary test; Reviewed Writing Assignment; Clothing Styles throughout Years Writing Assignment: Based on the research you found on men and women’s fashion in the 1500’s and the actor you chose, you will be writing a 5 paragraph essay comparing and contrasting clothing styles. In your essay, you need to make sure to discuss clothing styles back in the 1500’s and how they have evolved over time. You also need to include how media impacts clothing styles. This is where you can discuss the actor you chose and his/her style. Make sure to use transition words for each paragraph. If it helps, you may want to create a graphic organizer to assist in your paragraph planning.

HW: 5 paragraph essay is due on Friday, 6/3; Introductory paragraph is due Wednesday

5/19/16: CW: Turned in Grammar Lesson 54 and Vocabulary Unit 14 worksheets; Writing Assignment: Describe the clothing that a famous actor wears and how you feel about it (will use and relate to RJ writing assignment)


HW: RJ Writing Assignment: Go online and look at pictures of the clothing worn during the time of Romeo and Juliet, during the 1500’s. You need to write a descriptive paragraph with details about the clothing and fashion during that time period (one paragraph me and one paragraph women). 10-12 sentences each paragraph.

5/17/16: CW: Unit 13 Vocabulary Test; Ren Star online Testing; Unit 14 Vocabulary words passed out along with Synonyms/Antonyms worksheet and completing the sentence worksheet; Grammar Lesson 54 Writing a Summary took notes and completed worksheet on story


HW: Unit 14 Vocabulary worksheets (synonyms/antonyms, completing the sentence) due next class; Unit 14 Test Monday 5/23; Grammar Lesson 54: Write a Summary of a News Article (complete this portion in the packet, attach the news article to your written summary that you also need to write)

5/13/16: CW: Finished Original Version of Romeo and Juliet Movie


HW: Unit 13 Vocabulary test Tuesday, 5/17

5/11/16: CW: Unit 13 Vocabulary Words passed out: Argumentative Benchmark Essay


HW: Unit 13 Vocabulary test Tuesday, 5/17

5/9/16: CW: Romeo and Juliet Love Letter Assignments turned in; Watched original version of Romeo and Juliet, be prepared to discuss the difference between the 2 versions of the movie and the play


5/5/16: CW: Grammar Lesson 53 Choosing Standard Forms collected and corrected; Finished Romeo and Juliet Movie and discussion on differences between play and film


HW: Romeo and Juliet Love Letter Assignment due Monday

5/3/16: CW: Turned in Sonnets; Corrected and Collected Grammar Lesson 52; Finished Romeo and Juliet; Started Romeo and Juliet Movie


HW: Grammar Lesson 53 due next class

March Classwork and Homework

3/23/16: CW: Grammar lesson 37 and 38 checked and corrected; Grammar Lesson 39 Using Saw and Seen; Editor in Chief P. 8 corrected; Editor in Chief p. 9 A Foot in the Door, p. 10 How to Catch a Wave

HW: Enjoy Spring Break


3/21/16: CW: Turned in Homework Name assignment and R & J questions; Discussion on Name assignment; Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2 test; Grammar Lesson 36 Learning about Friendly Letters reviewed notes and completed worksheet, Grammar Lesson 37 Writing a Friendly Letter and Lesson 38 Writing Envelope Addresses reviewed notes

HW: Grammar Lesson 37 and 38 worksheets, study Lessons 36-38 for test

3/17/16: CW: Turned in HW Editor in Chief p. 8; Read Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2; R & J Packet passed out and worked on in class (will continue to work on it as a group while reading Act 2); R & J Timeline added to; R & J Act 2 Scene 1 & 2 Vocabulary words passed out (will define in class next period); R & J Act 2 Scenes 3-5 Vocab words passed out


HW: R & J Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2 Questions (answer on a separate sheet of paper in complete sentences that restate the question); Name Writing Assignment (Write 2 paragraphs about if you could give yourself a new name. Paragraph 1 is about the name and why you chose it and paragraph 2 is about how it would change your life); R & J Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2 Quiz next class

3/15/16: CW: Vocab Unit 11 Test; Editor in Chief Packet p. 6 The Missing Cookie Caper and p. 7 America’s First Colony; Met with Counselors to discuss classes for next year; Romeo and Juliet Cloze Activity


HW: Editor in Chief p. 8  A.S.A.P. for the S.P.C.A.!

3/11/16: CW: Romeo and Juliet Perfect Mate In Class Writing Assignment


HW: Unit 11 Vocab Test on Monday

3/9/16: Vocabulary Unit 11 choose 12 words and fill out worksheet for each; Grammar Lesson 34 Using Commas and Lesson 35 Using Troublesome Words reviewed notes and completed worksheets


HW: Unit 11 Vocab test on 3/15; Study Grammar notes on Lesson 34 and 35

3/7/16: CW: Vocab Unit 10 Test; Romeo and Juliet Act 1 test; Grammar Unit 3 Test; Respond to quote from Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 4 “My dream told me that dreamers often lie.”-Mercutio; Passed out Unit 10 Vocabulary word

HW: 10 Vocabulary  test on 3/15/16

3/3/16: CW: Turned in Informative Essay; Romeo and Juliet read Act 1 Scenes 3-5; Romeo and Juliet Timeline added to; Reviewed Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet; Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 4 : Respond to the following quote “My dream told me that dreamers often lie.”-Mercutio (will finish Monday after tests); Vocabulary Unit 10 Synonyms/Antonyms sheet completed in class


HW: Vocab Unit 10 and Grammar Unit 3 test on Monday 3/7/16; Vocabulary Unit 10 Completing the Sentence Worksheet; Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Test on Monday 3/7 (reviewed in class)

3/1/16: CW: Unit 10 Vocabulary words reviewed and passed out; Grammar Lesson 30 Punctuation and Capitalization, Lesson 31 Choosing Standard Forms, and Lesson 32 Writing Sentences that Compare completed worksheets


HW: Informative Essay is due on 3/3/16, Thursday, needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font in Times New Roman with 1 inch margins

Vocab Unit 10 and Grammar Unit 3 Test on Monday 3/7/16

February Classwork and Homework

2/26/16: CW: Vocab Unit 9 Test; Worked on Informative Essay

HW: Informative Essay is due on 3/3/16, Thursday, needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font in Times New Roman with 1 inch margins

2/24/16: CW: Turned in Graphic Organizers for 3 body paragraphs; Informative Essay Benchmark given in class

HW: Vocab Unit 9 test next class

2/22/16: CW: Checked introductory paragraph; Editor in chief P.3 Fishy Story, P. 4 Earth Day Celebration, P. 5 The Burning Phoenix; Grammar Lesson 28 Using A and An reviewed notes and completed worksheet, Lesson 29 Writing Titles reviewed notes and completed worksheet


HW: Vocab Unit 9 Test on Friday, practice on the website link; 3 Graphic Organizers due next class for Essay (please come to support if you need help)

2/16/16: CW: Unit 8 Vocab Test; Editor in Chief Packet passed out (will start this next class); Writing Review: The Paragraph handout-reviewed and discussed; Writing Outline notes; Informative/Explanatory Essay Writing Rubric passed out; Graphic Organizer passed out and students wrote essay assignment on it “Everyone has days that they will always remember as being very special. Think about a special day that you have had. Write an essay telling why it was so special.”


HW: Fill out your graphic organizer (these are just ideas not sentences) we will work on this next class; Bring ACERS to class fully charged


2/11/16: CW:
Turned in Unit 8 Vocab Worksheets; Finished Copying Time Line for Romeo and
Juliet; Grammar Quiz on Incomplete and Complete Sentences; Romeo and Juliet Act
1 Scenes 1 and 2 questions

HW: Unit 8 Vocab
test next class

2/9/16: CW:
Romeo and Juliet Read Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2; Time Line for Romeo and Juliet;
Corrected Grammar Lesson 27

HW: Unit 8
Vocabulary 2 worksheets
2/5/16: CW: Shakespeare Vocabulary Test; Shakespeare video; Passed out Unit 8 Vocabulary words

HW: Bring book on Tuesday; Unit 8 Vocab Test on 2/16

2/3/16: CW: Romeo and Juliet Character Quiz; Grammar Corrected Lesson 25 Using Contractions, Lesson 26 Using Their, There, and They’re, Lesson 27 Using May and Can (reviewed notes and completed worksheets); Time given to study Shakespeare Vocabulary words


HW: Shakespeare Vocabulary Test Friday; Get Romeo and Juliet Play

January Classwork and Homework

2/1/16: CW: Unit 7 Vocabulary Test; William Shakespeare Test (went online to find answers); Introduction to Romeo and Juliet: Took notes and copy of notes passed out; Review Shakespeare Vocabulary Words and Shakespeare Biography handout

HW: Purchase No Fear Rome and Juliet book if you can (if not, I will supply a copy to you); Shakespeare Vocabulary Test on Friday; By Wednesday review all notes (copy given) and know all the characters (may be quizzed on them)

1/28/16: CW: Plagiarism Quiz; Turned in signed Plagiarism and Syllabus sheets; Vocabulary Unit 7 Synonyms/Antonyms Worksheet; Vocabulary Unit 7 Completing the Sentences Sheets; Gates MacGinitie assessment

HW: Purchase No Fear Rome and Juliet book if you can (if not, I will supply a copy to you); Vocabulary Unit 7 test on Monday

1/26/16: CW: Plagiarism Sheet reviewed and passed out; Spring Semester Syllabus and class policies reviewed and passed out; Finished TKAM movie; Grammar Unit 3 Lesson 23: Writing Abbreviations and Lesson 24: Writing Contractions completed worksheets and reviewed notes; Lesson 25: Using Contractions reviewed notes; Unit 7 Vocabulary words passed out

HW: Get Plagiarism sheet signed; Syllabus signed; Plagiarism test next class; Grammar Lesson 25 worksheet; Vocabulary Unit 7 worksheet (choose the correct word) ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE NEXT CLASS

August Classwork and Homework

8/19/15: CW: Introduction and review of syllabus

HW: Get Syllabus Signed and return next class; Get a college ruled spiral notebook for journal writing by 8/28

8/20/15: CW: Turn in signed syllabus; Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test; Grammar Assessment; Semantic Inventory assessment; Went to library to get grammar; Vocabulary Unit 1 List reviewed and given

HW: Get a college ruled spiral notebook for journal writing by 8/28; Vocabulary Unit 1 Synonyms and Antonyms sheet due next class

8/24/15: CW: Checked and corrected synonyms and antonyms worksheets; Plagiarism sheet and discussion; laptops and use of vocabulary practice website; Grammar Unit 1 Lesson 1 Writing Names, took notes

HW: Get a college ruled spiral notebook for journal writing by 8/28; get plagiarism sheet signed and review it for test next class 8/26; Vocabulary Unit 1 Words #1-10 test on Friday 8/28; Grammar Lesson 1 Writing Names sheet due next class

8/26/15: CW: Checked and Corrected Grammar Lesson 1 homework; Plagiarism signatures collected and test; Grammar Lesson 2 Writing Titles Before Names and Initials of Names took notes and worked on worksheet

HW: Get a college ruled spiral notebook for journal writing by next class; Vocab Unit 1 Words #1-10 test next class; Grammar Lesson 2 finish by next class


8/28/15: CW: Checked Grammar Lesson 2; Vocabulary Unit 1 test; Journal p. 1-5, p. 5 Journal Entry #1 Write about one day that you will never forget. Tell what happened and why it was special and memorable

HW: P. 2 of Journal-Get a baby picture and attach it in your journal and below it write about why you chose this specific picture and what’s happening in it?;  finish p. 5 in Journals : Journal Entry #1 Write about one day that you will never forget. Tell what happened and why it was special and memorable.

October Classwork and Homework
10/29/15: CW: Vocabulary Unit 4 Test; Checked Story Plot Chart; Worked on Stories

HW: Scary Story 1st draft due on 11/2, needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman font, and printed out for next class

10/27/15: CW: Turned in Vocabulary Unit 4 Words Worksheet; online practice vocabulary words for 15 minutes; Google Classroom assignment TKAM Ch. 1-8: Write about whether or not you think Boo is scary, sweet, or both. Describe why and be very specific with your details. You need to do this in a google document and then upload it to google classroom; Narrative Writing Discussion and assignment of Scary Short Story, Plot Chart (Setting and Characters, Problem, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Denouement)

HW: Vocabulary Unit 4 Test on Words; Fill out Scary Story Plot Chart and start working on story (1st draft due on 11/2 and final draft due on 11/10)(needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman font)

*Attend Support for help on your story*

10/23/15: CW: Grammar Unit 1 Test; Vocabulary Unit 4 Words passed out; Worked on Vocabulary Unit 4 Worksheets-pick 12 out of the 20 words (definition, origin of word, pos, antonym, synonym, use in sentence)

HW: Vocabulary Unit 4 Words Worksheet finish; Vocab Unit 4 test on Thursday 10/29; Continue working on Novel Questions Packet


10/21/15: CW: TKAM Reach Ch. 7-8; Worked on Novel Questions in big packet; Reviewed for Grammar Test next class

HW: Test on Grammar Unit 1 next class; keep working on novel questions packet

10/19/15: CW: Turned in TKAM Ch. 4-6 worksheet; TKAM Ch. 5-6 test; Reviewed Slang/Dialect Activity; Grammar Unit I Review (notes for test posted on website and google classroom)



HW: Test on Grammar Unit I on Friday 10/23; Keep working on novel questions packet

10/15/15: CW: Turned in TKAM Ch. 5 Vocabulary worksheet; TKAM Worked on novel packet questions for 15 mins.; Read TKAM Ch. 6; TKAM Ch. 5 and Ch. 6 Slang/Dialect Activity on Google classroom

HW: TKAM Ch. 5 and 6 Test on Monday 10/19; TKAM Ch. 4-6 worksheet answer only the highlighted questions (you need to answer these on a separate piece of paper, restate the question, and answer in a complete detailed sentence)

10/13/15: CW: Collected TKAM Maycomb County Map; TKAM Ch. 4 test; Unit 3 Vocabulary Test; Read Ch. 5 TKAM; Ch. 5 TKAM summary posted online and on google classroom

HW: Pick 6 vocabulary words from TKAM Ch. 5 and fill out worksheet on words; TKAM Ch. 5 Quiz

10/8/15: CW: Collected Vocabulary Unit 3 HW; Students highlighted vocabulary words that will be on their test next class; TKAM Ch. 4 read; TKAM Maycomb County map

HW: Unit 3 Vocabulary test next class on 10/13; finish Maycomb County Map; TKAM Ch. 4 test next class

10/6/15: CW: Reviewed and discussed theme songs chosen for characters from previous assignment; Google Classroom Assignment: Segregation during the time period TKAM took place

Go to the above link and read the information under each tab on the left side. After reading this, you will write a narrative describing experiences of what your life would be like if during this time period in the United States. Remember that you need to write a response that establishes a clear point of view, use clear language, use strong sensory details to make these events come to life, and write a concluding paragraph that ends your point of view.

Unit 3 vocabulary words passed out

HW: Unit 3 vocabulary worksheet passed out and pick 12 out of the 20 words and complete the given worksheets to you (word, part of speech, antonyms, synonyms, history of the word, use the word in a sentence) (I’ve given you the word, definition, and part of speech already)

10/2/15: Turned in TKAM Ch. 2 & 3 worksheet; TKAM Ch. 2 and 3 test; Google classroom assignment: Please respond  to the following quote by providing your comments, thoughts, and opinions. Please also state what this means. You will also need to politely comment on one of your classmates responses providing your agreement, comments, or opinions.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view----until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."


HW: Logon to google classroom and complete the following assignment: Song Theme for Each Character

Please provide the title of the song and artist that you think matches each of the following character's personality based on what you know of them so far. Please state why you think this song best suits each person. No profanity is allowed.
Miss Caroline