Week of 6/8/20 - We made it!!!

We will not have a Zoom session this week. If you are finishing any of the continuity of learning activities, they need to be done by Friday, June 12, 2020, so I can give you some feedback. Thank you for participating in our Zoom sessions and for doing  the work I've posted over the past couple of months. It's been wonderful to see your faces each week as we navigate this pandemic. 

I wish you all the best as you venture off to high school next year. Enjoy your summer and reach out any time if you want to share some writing, something you're reading, or just to share a story about your summer. Please come by next year and say hello once we are back in school physically. I'd love to hear how things are going for you. 

With love and gratitude,
Ms. Bayne


Kahoot Winners from June 2nd: 

End of Year ELA Kahoot
1st Place: Peter E.; 2nd Place: Albert W.; 3rd Place: Ayaan S. (congrats on T.J., Ayaan!)

How well do you know your teachers? Kahoot
1st Place: Nate (by default); 2nd Place: Caleb; 3rd Place: Razan C.

Thank you to all the students who checked in and participated today. 

Final Continuity of Learning Activity:
All Optional Work Needs to Be Finished by June 9th

June! We made it. Usually we’d be finishing up our SOLs and allowing ourselves some needed downtime to think about summer break. How different this year has been! You are certainly living history in this moment.

I know the world probably feels upside down, for the first time for some of you, and it’s uncomfortable and unsettling. You are not alone. I see so many people working to solve tough problems out there right now. This is the time when those critical thinking muscles are more important than ever, and that’s really the goal of education, helping you to comprehend the issues of the day and teaching you to use tools of communication to share your own viewpoints on those issues.

Considering the unprecedented number of real-world issues happening simultaneously right now, our language arts team decided to share some historical context for the protests that are happening around the nation over the homicide of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis.

On the evening of February 26, 2012, Travon Martin, a 17-year-old African American boy from Florida, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.  Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and was found "not guilty" by a jury.  Read the remarks of President Barak Obama after the trial, then read the article about Emmett Till. Till’s murder was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  As you read, think about the national reaction to these high-profile deaths of black teenagers.  How are their cases similar, and how have American responses to such tragedies changed in the half century separating them?

If you would like to respond to these questions to me, please email them directly to me.  You many also include your thoughts about how Americans are reacting to the current tragedy.  I hope that you will talk about these two texts with your family, as you also discuss what you are watching on TV (or experiencing yourself).

President Obama's Speech

3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268109
5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268110
7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268111

This link is the video of the speech by President Obama; you can actually watch it instead of reading it, or you can read along with him.

Murder of Emmett Till

3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268139
5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268140
7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5268141


Virtual School Continuity of Learning Assignments 

Continue working on assignments already offered in previous weeks. There are many to choose from, and you may do all or part of the work. 


Language Arts and Creative Writing Continuity of Learning
Week of 5/19/20

ELA Classes: Focus on Point of View
- This week, I'm offering a selection of readings focusing on point of view that are about people with disabilities. The three articles pair nicely with one another and give a broad view of the perspectives of people with varying disabilities. All three of these selections are nonfiction. As you read, think about point of view and how it affects our understanding of what others experience. 


3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207376
5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207377
7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207378


3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207409
5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207410
7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207411


3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207413
5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207414
7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5207415

Creative Writing 

Keep working on responses to last week's Bradbury story, or choose assignments from the choice boards linked below and found over in the files tab for this page. 

As always, ELA and CW may go back to older assignments and complete them instead of the new work. All work will be considered at the end of the year. 


Week of 5/11/20

"The Three Questions" by Leo Tolstoy
on CommonLit.org

3rd Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5153379

5th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5153380

7th Period: https://www.commonlit.org/en/students/student_lessons/5153381


Week of 5/4/20

Short Story of the Week: "There Will Come Soft Rains," by Ray Bradbury -
Click over to this link over on FlipGrid and read Bradbury's story. It is available as text and read by Leonard Nimoy (Spock of Star Trek fame).

Write your questions and observations as you read.

Respond to the story with a FlipGrid of your own. Your peers and I can respond to you with grids too, and we can interact with the story together.

Then pop over to No Red Ink and let me know what you thought about it in writing. You can write something as simple as your notes from your annotations or something as complex as an essay on one of its literary devices. You can even write a short story or poem inspired by it. I will write back to you. 

You know what, I'll even take a piece of art inspired by some part of the story. You can send that via email and I'll post it on my school webpage. 

We will continue with Choice Boards: You will find links to a number of writing and literacy activities in my "Files and Documents" in a sub-folder called "Continuity of Learning Activities." Choose any number of activities to continue your practice and understanding of language arts related skills. Send them to me for feedback. 

You may also continue working on any of the assignments I've posted prior to this date (see below on this page) on CommonLit and No Red Ink. I can use your participation and mastery of these concepts to reassess your end of year grade in June. 


Check out these FREE resources for Reading and Language Arts: 

Twitter @pwcsELA - Division English/Language Arts Literacy resources posted every week on Twitter.

Free Audio Books with Audio Book Cloud

Free Online Texts (Novels and Graphic Novels) with Teen Book Cloud


Previous Learning Opportunities: 

Reading and Writing on CommonLit. I will provide feedback for all work.

Week of 4/27/20
Choice Boards

Week of 4/20/20

Fiction and Nonfiction Readings (Paired)

"The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson
(re-read) (Fiction/Comprehension Practice)

Period 3: Link Code: 6DVBYW

Period 5: Link Code: EVKQ7N

Period 7: Link Code: QQ6W49

"Herd Behavior" (Paired nonfiction article/Comprehension and Comparison to Fiction)

Period 3: Link Code: 6DVBYW

Period 5: Link Code: EVKQ7N

Period 7: Link Code: QQ6W49

Video Accompaniment:  Everybody's Doing It: Candid Camera

Discussion Questions/Writing Practice
(You can respond on No Red Ink Quick Writes if you wish. There is a space available there.)

Why do people follow the crowd? Consider the villagers in "The Lottery," the video of an old Candid Camera show, and the information given in "Herd Behavior" as you answer.  

Other Opportunities for Writing Practice


Descriptive Narrative: Write a story from the perspective of one of your pets. (On No Red Ink)

Creative Writing
Opportunities for Writing Practice

Descriptive Narrative: Write a story from the perspective of one of your pets. (On No Red Ink)

Quick Write Assignments on No Red Ink
(Email for your login if  you have forgotten it.)


Fun for Everyone 
(Practice with Listening, Speaking, and Presenting)

FlipGrid Options (Sign in with your school email)

Something Wicked this Way Comes

Book Reviews

Just for Fun

How's it Going? 

Share Something You've Written

Older ELA Continuum of Learning Assignments on CommonLit

Week of 4/14/20
"The Landlady," by Roald Dahl (Fiction/Comprehension Practice)

Period 3: Link  Code: 6DVBYW

Period 5: Link  Code: EVKQ7N

Period 7: Link  Code: QQ6W49