Prerequisite for Vocabulary Reassessment



Complete the Vocabulary Assessment Correction Form on your own for EACH word / EACH definition / EACH part of speech you missed. HANDWRITE neatly and legibly. If a word has more than one definition or can be more than one part of speech, do all of the following for EACH definition/part of speech. Corrections on loose-leaf or other paper will not be accepted; they must be submitted on this form. Remember, corrections are the prerequisite for reassessment.

Forms (on orange paper) are available in my classroom, but you can also print them yourself. Still, they must be handwritten, not typed (copy/pasted).

Last call for Vocab List #2 Sketchnotes!

If you don’t turn them in before your vocabulary assessment this week, it will be a permanent zero in the learning target logs (unless there are mitigating circumstances that you’ve already discussed with me/I already know about). Check your log to see if you’re missing it. Here’s the list of sketchnotes I think I’m missing…

Alex C
Nina D
Mason J
Nic DT
Owen G
Roas R
Spencer S
Shelby F
Reily K
Aaron P
Caleb W
Joe Z
Bonde B
Mikey F
Sofia H
Arian K
Isabella M
Reagan R
Sawyer V
Logan W
Nicolas C
Charles C
Casey G
Vivian KN
Abby M
Amara T

Rewriting “America” by Walt Whitman.


Learning Targets:

  • I can create a narrative in a poem using strong word choice, descriptive details, and imagery to convey experiences and events.
  • Create an impact with my poem; readers can experience the desired reaction or emotional response to my poem.
  • Enhance the meaning and impact of my poem with powerful visual elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Channel your inner Uncle Walt to rewrite the poem, line by line, mimicking Whitman’s voice, style, and form — but from  a different point of view from the Civil War Era, from your National History Day topic, or from a contemporary point of view.

Pay special attention to voice and word choice; capture your chosen perspective through the voice and word choice.

Compose your rough draft on loose-leaf. Your rough draft must make it through Doc’s “Ack!” “Boring!” and “I hate it!” stamps before it can be considered a final draft. When you have a final draft, type it up on GoogleDocs and submit it on GoogleClassroom.

Additionally, create an 8.5 x 11” poster for your poem, as you did for your found poem in “The Fiery Trial.” We will hang these posters on our lockers.

Check the learning targets. Make sure your work is hitting the targets. Please follow all instructions given.

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young

         or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law

         and Love,

A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,

Chair’d in the adamant of Time.

The GoogleDoc of this assignment is on GoogleClassroom.



Two important notes…

First, the Electoral College MiniQ will not be included in the learning target log/semester grade. I just was not able to get timely feedback due to my family emergency. Because I wasn’t able to provide you with the feedback and time for reassessment that you might have needed, I’ve elected to set these aside, leave them out of the learning target log, and simply move on to your new Secession MiniQ and Found Poetry. By doing so, I can ensure that you receive the feedback and time for reassessment you need on these two writing projects. If you have any questions or concerns, of course feel free to reach out to me. I will begin working on Secession MiniQs and Found Poetry right away.

Second, because of our field trips this week, we will move our vocabulary and NRI assessments to next week on Tuesday 12/12 and Wednesday 12/13.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin


“‘So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!'” — Some say Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe with these words when he met her. Whether he truly did or not, the anecdote itself highlights the importance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Click here for the page of resources on Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin readings:

You can find the assignment documents on GoogleClassroom!

Trivia Question: How are USM and Harriet Beecher Stowe connected? It’s like six degrees of Harriet Beecher Stowe…