Ceremonial burial site in remote field.

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DAILY JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS: 

Monday, Sept. 21: There was a pop quiz given today, covering the Native American literature that we read during the 2nd week of school. It doesn’t take long to do this pop quiz. Please set an appointment to come in at lunch, after school, or during Friday school, to take this 5-10 min. quiz.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Today we copied the notes from “Trail of Tears” under the letter I. in our outlines. The green clipboard has these notes. Ask your teacher for the green clipboard, and you can copy them into your spiral-notebook journal.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: We were given a half-sheet handout-style journal on Native American literature today. Please look in Box 2 for an extra copy of this journal assignment.

Thursday, Sept. 24: There was a pop quiz given today, covering the “Trail of Tears” article that we read with the substitute teacher on Monday. It doesn’t take long to do this pop quiz. Please set an appointment to come in at lunch, after school, or during Friday school, to take this 5-10 min. quiz.

DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: 

Monday, Sept. 21: Today we read an article on Wikipedia called “Trail of Tears.” Please use that link to go to the article online or ask your teacher for a copy of the article. We also filled out a short-answer worksheet on the article. Extra copies of the short-answer worksheet are in Box 3 in the make-up work center.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: The teacher gave everyone a score for their outlines today while students used the outline to guide them as they created the essay. The first draft of the essay has the following requirements:

  • It must be at least five paragraphs long.
  • Each paragraph should contain at least 5 sentences, with two of them using quotations from the literature we read.
  • It must use parenthetical citation with each quote.
  • It should use 10 of the vocabulary words you’ve been collecting since the start of the school year.
  • The essay must be about Native American literature, not Native American culture, history, or social aspects.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Today everyone worked on their Native American literature essays, trying to get them finished. (See bulleted list above for requirements.)

Thursday, Sept. 24: Today we turned in the first draft of our Native American literature essays, plus this week’s vocabulary list (five words and five definitions to match). Be sure and turn yours in as well. The first draft of your essay should have the outline and thesis graphic organizer stapled to the back of it. This will count for a grade, so make sure you have turned yours in! Here’s the staple order for your essay (turn the vocab in separately):

  • Top: 1st Draft of Essay
  • Next: Outline
  • Next: Thesis Graphic Organizer
  • Bottom: Editor’s Page
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About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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