writing contest with a patriotic theme

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Welcome to my class, in-coming juniors! This make-up work website posts weekly journal assignments and daily activities, so if you’re ever gone, you can look online to see what you missed. There’s also a hard-copy of this make-up work website on an actual clipboard, in the make-up work center, at the back of my classroom. You’re welcome to use that clipboard instead of this site at any time during class.

Anyway, here are the assignments that will be given during the week of January 18-21:


Monday, Jan. 18: Today we copied all 30 words from the syllabus into the back of our journals. (For this class, you’ll need a spiral notebook or composition book that’s only used for this class, as it will need to be turned in every two weeks or so.)

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Please copy the following into your journal, in exactly the format used here:

Day 1

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Please copy the following into your journal, in exactly the format used here:

Day 2

Thursday, Jan. 21: Please copy this journal:

Day 3



Monday, Jan. 18: Today we went over the teacher’s syllabus and signed the rules. Please get a copy of the syllabus from Box 1 in the make-up work center. Take it home, read through it, sign it, and return it to your teacher for a grade. We also went to our library to check out a 21st century novel. The novel must fit these requirements:

  • it must have a publication date of 2000 or later
  • it must be written by a living author, whom you’ll be required to contact via email
  • it must have at least 200 pages of text
  • it must be a work of fiction (an imagined story, not a true one)
  • it must be a book you’ve never read before (your teacher and librarian will be researching your check-out records)
  • it must be a book you can complete in two weeks’ time
  • it must be a book from our school’s library (not from home)

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Today we took the English 11B pre-test. Please set an appointment to come in at lunch or after school (or come to Friday school) to make up this important test, if you missed it.

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Today we brainstormed possible senior project ideas. We were also reminded that our vocabulary lists are due tomorrow.

Thursday, Jan. 21: Today we collected five vocabulary words (and definitions). Please turn yours in as soon as possible. You will be required to use five vocabulary terms in a meaningful and literary context, in your email to your author, so please choose your five words wisely. Make them useful, literary terms, but remember that they must also be challenging. We also went to the computer lab to research our authors. We’ll be asked to do a journal response on this author on Monday, so write down a few facts about your author.


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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