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Kristen Ransom
Classroom Phone #: (512) 841-8686
Email: Kristen.Ransom@austinisd.org
Room #705
 
New Daily Office Hours: 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
My office hours begin next week. Right now (3.26.20) I am checking my email every couple of hours.
 
Update Monday 3/23/2020: Please Watch!
 
 
Update Monday 3/9/2020 - 3/13/2020
Monday: Its vs. It's/ Peer Revision of Expository Essay (link available to the right)
Tuesday: Me vs. I/ Word Choice Lesson
Wednesday: Editing Musical Chairs
Thursday: Final Draft (major grade) and Writing Folder are DUE!
Friday: Library! Bring your overdue books.
 
TO DO: Finish revising and editing your rough draft. Final Draft of your essay and Writing Folder are due Thursday. 
 
Update Monday 3/2/2020 - 3/6/2020
Monday: Complete Outline/ Weekly Article
Tuesday: Type your Rough Draft
Wednesday: To/Too/Two Keeper Entry/ Type Essay
Thursday: Using Transitions
Friday: Its/It's Keeper Entry/ Sentence Variety
 
TO DO: Your Rough Draft is due Thursday at the beginning of class.
 
Update Monday 2/24/2020 - 1/28/2020
Monday: Comma Keeper/ ELA Cafe: Hooks!
Tuesday: SIX WEEKS TEST!
Wednesday: District Test Part 1
Thursday: District Test Part 2/ STIR
Friday: ELA Cafe: Conclusions
 
TO DO: Study for your test! Use your notebook and the study guide.
 
Update Monday 2/17/2020 - 2/21/2020
Monday: STIR/ Introduce Grammar Keepers
Tuesday: Grammar Keeper: They're/Their/There
Wednesday: Istation
Thursday: Expository Notes
Friday: Book Club #2/ Bring your novel to class
 
TO DO: Read the first section of your Book Club novel, Study for the Sentence Types Test, finish the article questions by Friday.
 
Update Monday 1/21/2020 - 1/24/2020
Monday: Martin Luther King jr. Day!
Tuesday: STIR/ Introduce Article of the Week (can be found in attachments)
Wednesday: Finish article questions (due Friday)/ Study for Sentence Types Test
Thursday: Sentence Types Test
Friday: Book Club #1/ Bring your novel to class
 
TO DO: Read the first section of your Book Club novel, Study for the Sentence Types Test, finish the article questions by Friday.
 
Study for the Sentence Types Test! Use the links below to play the Kahoot and watch a video on Sentence Types.
 
 
 
Update Monday 1/8/2019 - 1/10/2019
Monday: Adjectives vs. Adverbs Lesson
Tuesday: Play Spoons!
Wednesday: Sentence Types PowerPoint
Thursday: Continue sentence types lesson/ Sentence Types homework (due Monday)
Friday: Book Club Norms (Bring your BC novel to class)
 
TO DO: Get your Book Club novel; you need it in class this Friday. ST hmwk is due Monday.
 
Update Monday 1/8/2019 - 1/10/2019
Monday: Student Holiday
Tuesday: Student Holiday
Wednesday: New Year Warm Up/ Adjectives and Adverbs
Thursday: Book Tasting!/ Review Book Club Commitment
Friday: Review Adjectives and Adverbs/ Play Spoons!
 
TO DO: Get your Book Club Commitment sheet signed. It's due Monday, January 13th.
 
 
Update Monday 12/16/2019 - 12/20/2019
Monday: Do the Write Thing Competition
Tuesday: Do the Write Thing Competition
Wednesday: Do the Write Thing Competition
Thursday: DTWT Essay and Consent Form due at the beginning of class.
Friday: Student Holiday
 
TO DO: Finish typing your DTWT essay, print it out and turn it in. 
 
Update Monday 12/9/2019 - 12/13/2019
Monday: STIR/ Theme Notes and Quiz
Tuesday:  Begin Cross Genre Assignment 
Wednesday: Work on Cross Genre Assignment
Thursday: Select a nonfiction article (on Google Classroom) to include on you Cross Genre Chart
Friday: Genre Quiz!/ Work on your APE Response
 
TO DO: Your Cross-Genre APE Response is due 
 
 
SERVICE WEEK LINK!! CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DONATE ITEMS FOR OUR SENIOR CARE KITS. ALL ITEMS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH. THANK YOU!
 
Update Monday 12/2/2019 - 12/6/2019
Monday: Library!/ Introduce Vision and Voice Assignment
Tuesday: MOY Writing (morning only)/ Work on Vision and Voice Assignment
Wednesday: MOY Reading (morning only)/ Work on Vision and Voice Assignment
Thursday: Work on V+V/ Submission is due today!
Friday: Turn in submission confirmation to me/ Turn in "Mark Your Moves" poem through Google Classroom
 
TO DO: Finish V+V Assignment
 
Update Monday 11/18/2019 - 11/22/2019
Monday: Library!
Tuesday: Independent Reading Goal/ Rhyme Notes
Wednesday: Poetry Quiz!/ STIR
Thursday: Extended Metaphor TPDASTT
Friday: Poetry Writing Stations
           
TO DO: Study for your Poetry Quiz!
             
Update Monday 11/11/2019 - 11/15/2019
Monday: Literary Devices Kahoot/ Graphical Elements of Poetry Notes
Tuesday: Graphical Elements Kahoot/ TPDASTT "Sonrisas"
Wednesday: TPDASTT 2nd poem, "It's Hard to Wait with APE Response (due Friday)
Thursday: Review 2nd poem/STIR
Friday: Poetry Quiz! (Revision: Poetry Quiz has been moved to next Wednesday) Study your notes on Graphical Elements and the Literary Devices foldable.
             Book Club Session #3:Complete your reading reaction
 
TO DO: Study for your Poetry Quiz!
             Read the last portion of your Book Club novel by this Friday!
 
Update Monday 11/4/2019 - 11/8/2019
Monday: STIR/ Students will work on their Book Project
Tuesday: Finish Figurative Language Mini Poster/ Begin Notes on Literary Devices
Wednesday: Finish Literary Devices Notes/ Begin Literary Devices Hunt
Thursday: Finish Literary Devices Hunt/ Review Six Weeks Test
Friday: Book Club Session #2:Complete your reading reaction
 
TO DO: Read the 2nd portion of your Book Club novel by Friday.
            
 
Update Monday 10/28/2019 - 11/1/2019
Monday: STIR/ Students will work on their Book Project
Tuesday: Students will continue to work on their Book Project 
Wednesday: Six Weeks Test! Turn in your Study Guide for extra credit!
Thursday: Practice writing Reading Reactions
Friday: Book Club Session #1: Complete your first Reading Reaction
 
TO DO: Study for your test. Complete the Study Guide.
             Work on your Book Project. It's due Thursday.
             
 
Update Monday 10/21/2019 - 10/25/2019
Monday: Students will revise their peers' essays
Tuesday: Students will continue to revise their own essay 
Wednesday: Students will begin working on their Book Project
Thursday: Work on Book Project (Narrative Due by midnight through Google Classroom)
Friday: Work on Project/ Book Club Norms and Deadlines (Peer Revision due)
 
TO DO: Finish your Narrative Essay Final Draft by Thursday
             Get your Book Club book by Friday
             Peer Revision (both sides complete) must be turned in by Friday
 
Update Monday 10/14/2019 - 10/18/2019
Monday: Student Holiday
Tuesday: Dialogue Lesson (Narrative Writing)
Wednesday: Thoughtshot Lesson (Narrative Writing)
Thursday: Sensory Details Lesson (Narrative Writing)
Friday: Paragraphing Lesson/ Narrative Writing Workshop
 
TO DO: Finish typing your narrative by Monday, October 21st. Final drafts are due Wednesday and can be located in Google Classroom.
 
                                                                                        Extra Credit: 10 points on lowest daily grade;                                                                                             15 points if your pumpkin is the winner!
Pumpkin Test
Update Monday 10/7/2019 - 10/11/2019
Monday: STIR/ Helping Verb Notes
Tuesday: Finish Helping Verbs/ Book Tasting
Wednesday: QuickWrite/ Dialogue Lesson
Thursday: STIR/ Extend QuickWrite (verb homework due)
Friday: Student Holiday
 
TO DO: 3 Types of Verb Homework
 
Update Monday 9/30/2019 - 10/4/2019
Monday: STIR/ Action and Linking Verb Notes
Tuesday: Library Day!
Wednesday: Story Plot Notes/ Read Where the Wild Things Are (Verb Homework is due)
Thursday: Quick Write/ Read "Thank You Ma'am"
by Langston Hughes
Friday: STIR/ Analyze "Thank You M'am" plot
 
TO DO: Finish your Action and Linking Verb homework by Wednesday. 
 
Update Monday 9/23/ 2019 - 9/27/2019
Monday: STIR/ Subject and Predicate Notes
Tuesday: Expressive vs. Reflective Writing
Wednesday: Read Narrative Mentor Text (Due Thursday)
Thursday: Mentor Narrative Analysis
Friday: Subject and Predicate Quiz!
 
TO DO: Study for your quiz!
 
 
Calpurnia Tate Re-Test will be given during EXCEL on Tuesday, September 17th. The test will not be given over the book; instead the APE structure and students' ability to answer open-ended responses will be tested. 
 
Update Monday 9/16/ 2019 - 9/20/2019
Monday: Finish Presentations/STIR
Tuesday: Reading 6 Weeks Test
Wednesday: Writing 6 Weeks Test
Thursday: SLO
Friday: STIR/ Mini Lesson
 
TO DO: Continue reading your book outside of class.
 
Update Monday 9/9/ 2019 - 9/13/2019
Monday: Book Project Skills Quiz/ Work on Book Project
Tuesday: Project Presentations
Wednesday: Project Presentations
Thursday: Reading Expectations/ Reading Goal
Friday: Istation
 
TO DO: Complete your project; it's due this Tuesday. 
 
Update Monday 8/20/ 2019 - 8/23/2019
Monday: Notebook Setup
Tuesday: Notebook Setup
Wednesday: APE Response Notes
Thursday: APE Practice
Friday: NOTEBOOK ASSIGNMENT DUE!/ APE Practice
 
TO DO: Important Reminder: Finish reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. 
 
Update Monday 8/20/ 2019 - 8/23/2019
Monday: Professional Development
Tuesday: Expectations an Procedures/ Review Syllabus
Wednesday: Stations: Technology/Dear Future Self Letter/ Scavenger Hunt
Thursday: Picture Day!! Bring your money and dress nice!
Friday: Continue Stations: Technology/Dear Future Self Letter/ Scavenger Hunt
            Homework: Bring your syllabus signed on Monday, August 26th.
 
TO DO:             
             Important Reminder: Finish reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. 
 
 
 
 

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3/23/2020 Update: Please Watch

Please watch the video I posted on my website under 3.23.20 Update. Thank you!

TO DO: Your Rough Draft is due Thursday at the beginning of class.

Students have been working on their Expository Rough Draft for a couple of weeks now. The draft is due at the beginning of class tomorrow. We will begin revising and editing their essay during class tomorrow starting with transitions. 

Six Weeks Test

The ELA Six Weeks Test is tomorrow! Students should use their ELA notebook and the study guide that was given to students last Wednesday to prepare for the test. 

Update Monday 9/16/ 2019 - 9/20/2019

Calpurnia Tate Re-Test will be given during EXCEL on Tuesday, September 17th. The test will not be given over the book; instead the APE structure and students' ability to answer open-ended responses will be tested. 

Monday: Finish Presentations/STIR
Tuesday: Reading 6 Weeks Test
Wednesday: Writing 6 Weeks Test
Thursday: SLO
Friday: STIR/ Mini Lesson

TO DO: Continue reading your book outside of class.