Walker School

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  7260 North Avenue, Frankfort, IL, 60423
 Phone (815) 469-4330


Principal: Dr. Daniel C. Pierson
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Winefka
Assistant Principal: Mr. Joseph Palicki

  School Hours

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


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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

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

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