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 Phone (815) 469-4330


Principal: Dr. Daniel C. Pierson
Assistant Principal: Mr. Colin Bradley

  School Hours

Office Hours: 7:25am - 3:55pm
School Hours: 7:50am - 2:20pm


Posted : 2017-12-11 | Due on : 2069-12-31

Unit 5 Verbs Quiz

Students have been preparing for this assessment for a week. Grammar is infused in the process of sentence development. On the next spelling test, students will be responsible to apply the comma rules as they apply to appositive used as a Writing Tool. During mini lessons and guided application students are working towards mastering appositives in order to increase sentence complexity.

Posted : 2017-12-11 | Due on : 2069-12-31

Unit 5 Spelling and Vocabulary Tests

Students have engaged in the two week cycles applied to each unit. This test, students will apply grammar skills to support the development of sentence complexity in their own writing. Compound Sentences, Subordinate Clauses, and Appositives, when combined, have the power to increase complexity of written communication.

The dictated spelling test provide students with the opportunity to identify these Writing Tools in text.

Posted : 2017-11-19 | Due on : 2007-11-29

Pronoun Test: Quadrant Chart

The test taken prior to this assessment revealed students were not at the point of mastery of the content of Chapter 14 in the grammar textbook. Therefore, instruction was modified and adapted. After a review of the content, students were guided through a study process to assist with preparation for assessment with a focus on memorization.

Students were provided with a blended strategy for studying and memorizing information with this content. The study process is a blend of using a Quadrant Chart and the 5 MInute Study Strategy in order to expand muscle memory while recalling information.

This process of studying in this way is a discovery process through independent implementation, outside the classroom after guidance is provided through instruction and practice in class.

It is highly recommended to continue utilizing this strategy in other areas of learning. This way students provide themselves with independent learning opportunities while developing metacognitive behaviors. The reflective component, asking themsleves:

"Have I applied this process consistently?"
"Do my results reveal progress?"
"How can I change what I do to get better results?"

... lead to the opportunity to make changes that move them closer to their goal of memorizing information, and ultimately expanding the 'memory muscle'.

Posted : 2017-10-30 | Due on : 2017-10-31

Grammar Quiz: Chapter 14: Nouns/Pronouns

This chapter is a review of previously learned skills including the identification and application of nouns and pronouns. The unit began on October 26th. Textbook pages 309-322 support assessed skilled. (Work posted to "School News" whiteboard as a daily reminder.)

Posted : 2017-10-26 | Due on : 2017-11-03

Cummulative Assessment of Vocabulary Units 1-3

Students have spent 2+ weeks on each unit of vocabulary and completed a formative and summative assessments for the units. Students will be given reviews/application practice of these words throughout the week before the assessment. Students are also required to study these words independently each night before the assessment.

Posted : 2017-11-02 | Due on : 2017-11-08

Student Goal Sheets: Parent SIgnature Requested

Students are setting their own goals for second quarter. Student are being asked to share these as home. (Signature Requested)

Each student engaged in some personal reflection of their performance throughout the course of first quarter. Some results of their reflections are shared on their "First Quarter Self-Reflection" sheet.

Students have been asked to share the process, their observations, and their plan for improvement with a parent or guardian. Students will request a signature to verify they shared their second quarter improvement plan.

Thanks in advance to parents and guardians for being part of the goal setting progress.

Posted : 2017-11-13 | Due on : 2017-11-13

Chpater 14 Test: Nouns and Pronouns

Student will access this online assessment by clicking on the link below. The password for the assessment will be given in class.

Posted : 2017-11-15 | Due on : 2017-11-15

Vocabulary: Unit 4 Quiz - Nouns Only

Students have been recording this assignment in their assignment notebooks daily. The 5 Minute Study Strategy was completed in class as a reminder to continue studying each night for the test on all words from Unit 4 that will be the week after we return from the holiday break.

Posted : 2017-11-15 | Due on : 2017-11-17

Argument Essay: Volunteering

Students began this assignment in class on 11/13 focusing on brainstorming and information collection. Using the computers they were able to gather information in one of the following formats: a word document, notecard, or on paper. Students continued working on this essay in class on 11/15 and 11/16, with the expectation to prepare a printed copy for class on Friday.

Posted : 2017-10-26 | Due on : 2017-11-27

Indepedent Novel (AR) assessment due

Students are required to read daily/nightly from a novel of their choosing. Students are taken to the library every two weeks. They can also go to the library during advisory and intramurals to access and/or return novels as needed.

The only requirement are:

1) reading level must be appropriate
2) the book can't be movie

Posted : 2017-11-19 | Due on : 2017-11-30

UNIT 4 Vocabulary and Spelling Test

Study vocabulary and spelling of Unit 4 vocabulary words using the study strategies you have learned so far:

- 5 Minute Study Strategy
- Quadrant Charts
- Sentence Modeling (from the book)
- Think and Search

Applying the strategies you have learned and practiced in class are tools to use at home during independent learning time (a.k.a. 'study time').

If we do it at school, do it at home daily. this way you'll be well prepared for the work and assessment you complete independently.

Posted : 2017-12-01 | Due on : 2017-12-06

Unit 5 Vocabulary Quiz: Adjective Only

Students are aware of the requirements of this assessment. Quizzes in vocabulary are rituals in our weekly progress. This week we are working on mnemonics to increase effectiveness of independent study.

Posted : 2017-12-01 | Due on : 2017-12-13

Unit 5 Vocabulary Quiz: Verbs Only

Students are aware of the expectations and procedures for this assessment. (Studying each night, using the Quadrant Chart, Using the % Minute Study Startegy, and using other strategies learned in the past to create effective, focused attention on these words with the purpose of recalling the part of speech, the definition, and the correct spelling for each word.

Posted : 2017-12-11 | Due on : 2017-12-22

Independent Novel Assessment

Students began reading for this assessment four weeks prior to the due date. Because we are reading a class novel, students are reading their independent novel at home or during free time at school.

If students are going to be absent because of field trips or travel, they have been reminded to have their assessment completed in a timely fashion as determined by their individual schedules for the week before Winter Break.

Posted : 2018-03-18 | Due on : 2018-03-20

Unit 7 Vocabulary Assessment

This list will only address words 1-10 from the Sadlier Oxford workbook. The remainder of the list, 11-20 will be addressed after Spring Break.

Posted : 2018-03-18 | Due on : 2018-04-06

Independent Novel Assessment

This will be the last independent novel students are required to conclude with a comprehension assessment.

This week in class



"I Have a Dream" - this will be addressed throughout the week.

  • KWL Chart - MLK and Abraham Lincoln
  • Focus on:
    • Background knowledge
    • Theme (freedom/brotherhood)


Writing Workshop

Review incorporation for thesis development


Spelling Sentences

  • In class: generate sentences demonstrating a variety of sentence structure, using all writing tools atleast once



  1. Study Unit 7 words, 1-10


********** TUESDAY **********


Listen to MLK speech independently & Annotate

  • Observe patterns of speech, record them on spiral, share with other
  • Guided annotation of "I have a Dream"


Writing Workshop

Informal Reflection of observations othrough annotation

  • Write reflection on notecard, turn in



Review worksheet of sentence structure

  • Use spirals as a resource for accurate sentence structure


  1. Study Unit 7 Vocabulary Words
  2. 20 minutes of independent reading


********** WEDNESDAY **********


"I Have a Dream"

  • Continue Annotation
  • Identify repetition
  • Speakers purpose


Writing Workshop

Distribute Writing Prompt and Writing Checklist

  • Begin writing paragraph in class
  • use Writing Checklist as a guide for contruction and revision
  • Use previous resources in spirals as support



See requirements on Writing Checklist for assigned paragraph

  • apply accurate grammar 
  • intentionally write with sentence variety
  • Capitalize proper nouns



********** THURSDAY **********


"I Have a Dream"

  • Re-read or re-watch as needed
  • Focus on:
    • literary devices
    • theme
    • text evidence


Written Response to MLK's Speech

Continue working on paragraph

  • Peer coaching and revision if time allows
  • Generate a sound claim with logical evidence



See Writing Checklist While Generating Paragraph

  • Before submission for a grade, be  sure to edit for capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, use of quotation marks, and calrity of ideas.



********** FRIDAY **********


"I Have a Dream"

  • Comprhension assessment
  • Focus on:
    • literary devices
    • theme
    • author's purpose


Writing Workshop


  • Write reflection about observations and application of structures learned this week
  • Submit "I Have a Dream" analysis paragraphs.


Portfolio Performance Reflection

Students will Identify Areas of Growth

  • Investigate writing sample from september
  • Compare to most recent piece of writing
  • write a reflection of how writing skills have develop thus far this year.




Espseranza Rising Audio Recordings

Click on the video below. To access the complete playlist, open the video in YouTube. If you are absent, be sure to visit this playlist and listen and read to the pages you missed.      

PowerWriting Review


The structure you have learned in paragraph writing should be applied to all writing opportunities. This will help you continue developing your writing skills on a daily basis. Use the familiar structure to organize each paragraph you write. This structure applies to single paragraph responses and body paragraphs in essays written. Once your PowerFrame is complete then write the paragraph.

Here's your Memory Jogger


PowerWriting: A basic review


Important Dates

  • November 7, 2017 : PSAT Testing
  • November 8, 2017 : Requested Parent Signature on Student Reflection and Goal Sheet
    Students' self-reflection pages for first quarter were sent home on November 2 with the intention to be shared with parents/guardians before the 8th of November. Students will then conference with the teacher to establish as formal goal they will on throughout second quarter.
  • November 27, 2017 : Independent Novel Assessment Due
    Students recorded the due date for this AR test on their assignment notebooks on the first day of quarter. This novel is read at home, or during class when Time arises.
  • December 7, 2017 : Star Testing
    Students will take the STAR test during regularly scheduled class time.
  • December 15, 2017 : UNIT 5 Vocabulary and Spelling Test
    The systematic, two week structure and application of reading, grammar, and write will be applied in Unit 5.
  • December 22, 2017 : Indepedent Novel Assessment Due (BEFORE WINTER BREAK)
    Students have a total of four weeks to read a novel independently. within this time frame the companion assessment must also be completed.

Video List

Raymond's Run [Full Audio]

Courage in Literature - Eample

Courage in LIterature - Example 2

Thesis Statement and Topic Sentence: What's the Difference?

How to Annotate Writing Prompt to Clarify Your Purpose

How to Write an Introduction: The Basics

How to Write and Introduction: In Greater Detail

How to Write a Thesis Statement (Beginner)

How to Write a Thesis Statement the Easy Way

How to Write a Thesis Statement for Your Argument Essay

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

According to research people with grit experience greater success, fulfillment, and well-being. Angela Duckworth shares the importance of grit in relation to long term success.

Learned Optimism vs. Learned Helplessness

Being optimistic is a habit. You can develop a positive outlook each day. Watch this video about how important optimism is in your life.

The Need for Acceptance Will Make You Invisible - Jim Carrey.

The Jackie Robinson Story

This is the original version of the Jackie Robinson Story. Mr. Robinson plays himself! The video supports our investigation of the Big Ideas of prejudice, injustice, equality, and leadership. We will watch this video in class and gather notes and information relevant to the other resources such as articles, speeches, and historical information important at this time in history. The purpose is to establish a valid claim about leadership and use information gathered to present logical evidence while you continue practicing implementation of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos (Rhetorical Appeals) in your own writing.

"I Have a Dream" Analysis - Watch and Respond Video

This video is from EdPuzzle. You'll need yout login and password for this site. Login, watch, and answer questions as they are presented in the video.

Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"

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