September 25: B Day


1. Turn in revisions. Students who didn’t have their revisions printed out today need to turn them in ASAP! If you can’t find me in my office (211), ask the main office to put them in my mailbox. You can turn them in tomorrow, even though you won’t see me.

2. Vocabulary notes. Students took notes on Vocab word parts #1-3 on V1Vocab Unit 1 Guided Notes with SAT words. If you were absent, download this set of notes: V1 day 1 Vocab Unit 1 Guided with SAT. Students also received a Cheat Sheet for identifying parts of speech, which we did as we learned new words: V 0.5 Identifying Parts of Speech Cheat Sheet

3. Stones in the River. To plan their memoirs, students did this activity: Stones in the River. Here’s an example of a completed “river”:

This was completed in class. 

4. Memoir prewriting. Students created a sheet that looked like this: Planning Scene Selection Chart.

HW: Finish your Planning Scene Selection Chart for Thursday.

Absentees: Turn in your revised memoir piece to Ms. Garvoille asap. Download and print the vocabulary notes here to put in your binder (V1): day 1 Vocab Unit 1 Guided with SAT. Complete the Stones in the River activity on a piece of blank paper. Then, choose one of your ideas from your river to expand on in a memoir. Plan out the different scenes from your life that could tell that story using this sheet: Planning Scene Selection Chart.


1. Freewrite (3 minutes).

2. Story share. In order to get a better grasp on our memoir topics, we tried to tell the story out loud (with a beginning, middle, and end) in thirty seconds. We practiced this alone twice and with partners twice. Then we did a process write on how the experience of telling the story helped us clarify our ideas.

3. Vocabulary. We took notes on prefixes #4 and #5.

4. Reading example memoirs. For the rest of class, we read some examples of excellent student-written memoirs from previous years to get a stronger idea of how to separate our work into chapters, what kinds of different attitudes we can write with. Download the whole eBooks here!

HW: Finish reading the memoir you selected.

No one was absent.


1. Freewrite.

2. Turn in revision. Students passed in their work. Any students who did not have their printed revision today will receive a late grade deduction unless the computer malfunction or printer explosion is explained by a note from the parent.

3. Editing practice. Students received W4 to help them practice copyediting marks: Copyediting Practice. We focused on “fluff” removal. Students spent about 3 minutes doing this.

4. Vocabulary notes! Students received vocab notes on the first three word parts in Lesson 1 of our vocabulary. If you were absent, download, print, and hole-punch the notes here: V1 first day notes (you will continue on notebook paper) and here: V2 first day notes.

5. Planning memoir. Students received this planning sheet to help them decide what to write their longer memoir about. Ms. Garvoille did an example for the class. All students should finish this for Thursday: My Plot Diagram/Planning Scene Selection Chart

6. Memoir examples. Students picked one of many freshman memoirs to read. These are all real student writing from previous years that were published. Students could spend the rest of the period either reading the example to help them know how to divide their memoir into chapters, or they could work on planning.

HW: Finish  My Plot Diagram / Chart for Wednesday. Read the example memoir you chose during class. There will be a short reading comprehension quiz on it just to make sure you are being given credit for the work you’re doing.

No one was absent.