The Outsiders Checklist


In Reading Lab, I passed out a checklist for the “C” level assignments. All of these assignments need to be completed by December 10th. Several of you had already lost your hard work, so today we made envelopes to store our projects in. When every item on the checklist has been checked off, you will turn the whole envelope in to Ms. Jessi.


Time Management

Today in Advisory, we talked about managing our time. If the “time management” assignment is marked as missing in Aspire, you need to fill out the time management worksheet linked below.

On the worksheet, please don’t write down “school” or “family” but instead write what you are doing in that time. Is your school time spent learning, or being social, or goofing off? Same with your family time: are you building positive relationships by doing things together that demonstrate your values, or are you simply stuck in a room with those people?

On the four stones at the bottom of the page, write four things that /should/ be the way you spend your time.

We will be referencing this page again on Friday when we do an activity about our values!

time management

Due this week/overdue

The midterm assignment deadline is December 7, right after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Late work will not be accepted by your teachers after that date.

The deadline for math work for the A3 class is a week sooner. Ms. Marie will be spending her holiday grading the Essential Skills books, so all ESM book work must be completed by Friday of this week. That’s pages 17, and 22-28. We should probably turn in our ESM book with a plate of cookies or holiday snacks for her to eat while grading over 125 books on her holiday “vacation!”

The short story is now over a week overdue. In Study Skills, we checked in Aspire to see if our short story had been turned in. If it was not, then you did not get a choice about what you were doing in Study Skills: you worked on your short story.

The Outsiders citations

Before beginning to read The Outsiders, we talked about the assignments that we must do in Ms. Jessi’s class for this book. We made mini-deadlines for ourselves, and prepared four pages in our binders for taking notes as we read aloud.

I have reminded you frequently to make these notes in your planners or binders. We pause our read-aloud to give you time to do this. I model what it should look like on the whiteboard. I know that some of you don’t write these things down, despite all the opportunities to do so.

By posting this photo, I am giving you ONE LAST CHANCE to make these notes. I may not choose to update this post when we finish the book, because I fear that some of you will use “it’s on the blog” as an excuse not to take the notes. Know that the board will continue to be updated in class, and you will continue to be prompted to copy the board into your notes.

The Core Curriculum Standards for language arts requires that you learn how to cite a reference to support a claim. To help you learn this skill, Ms. Jessi requires that you provide a quote and a page number to prove each of your Level C works.


Teen Troubles

In Reading Lab, we did the first step of one of our The Outsiders unit projects. The directions from Ms. Jessi say that we need to brainstorm the troubles that teens today face. We did that together, and then used the brainstorm to create some word art with at least five teen troubles. We will turn in this word art with the second part of the assignment, which you will need to do on your own in Ms. Jessi’s class or at home.



The second part of this assignment is to list at least five troubles that the teens in The Outsiders face. Support your list with a quote and page numbers where an example of this conflict can be found. As we have been listening to the book in class, we have paused to write down these page numbers when we come across conflicts that we thought we might use for this assignments. These should be in your binder in the Language Arts section.

Then, you need to write a reflection on how you relate to the troubles that the teens in The Outsiders faced. Did they handle the trouble in a healthy way? What would you have done if you were in their shoes?

Writing a Story in One Hour

Staring at a blank page can be daunting, and many of you did not write your story that was due last week (first draft), and will be final-draft-due on (A) Nov 30 and (B) Dec 1. In Study Skills A4, we did an activity based on the Snowflake Method of Novel Writing. The full Method is found at .

Our shortened version began with writing down just one word on each of five cards:

protagonist, antagonist, setting, conflict, conclusion

Then, we turned each of the words into a sentence.



The assignment in Ms. Jessi’s class requires dialogue, so we next made a card that contains a conversation between the antagonist and the protagonist. We put that card in the place where it belongs in the story. My dialogue was in the conclusion, but others could be in the exposition or in the conflict.

Then, we placed the cards on a story outline. We put characters and setting in our exposition, the conflict goes on the rising action, and the conclusion goes at the end.



Our homework: If you have your story finished, check and make sure each of the cards is in it somewhere. If your story isn’t written, turn each sentence into a paragraph, or a scene, and you will have a story!

My Whiteboard

Here’s what’s been on my whiteboard recently…

To divide a word into its syllables, try following these rules. If this assignment is “missing” in Aspire, please copy this information down and show it to me, so you can get credit for the lesson.


In Advisory, we are starting over with our portfolios. Last week, we made the cover sheet in class. We had 40 minutes to work on it, but if you didn’t finish it, it is now homework. If this assignment is marked as “missing” in Aspire, you might be missing one of the four items that are required for you to get credit: first & last name, grade, school years, and color; or you forgot to show it to me.


Did you know that there were actual steps to following directions? There are! We learned about this in Study Skills. If this assignment is marked as “missing” in Aspire, you probably forgot to follow the direction of “turn it in!”


What are the four types of conflict in a narrative essay? Man vs man, man vs the environment, man vs himself, and man vs society. Which conflict did you choose for your short story?