Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School - Dodge City, KS

Projects and Deadlines

The list below DOES NOT include every assignment students should be working on. For all assignments, please check the assignment board and the Google Classroom daily. This list just shows assignments that are completed over an extended period of time and, as such, will not be accepted late. Thank you!

  • First Quarter Choice Novel One-Pager is due by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, for all classes.


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  • 8th American History:

Parents: How to Help Your Child Succeed in ELA!

Dear Parents,

Below are a few ways to help your child in English Language Arts (ELA) this 2019-2020 school year:

1. Vocabulary: Your child should be studying a word list each week. This list is available on for your students. I also print lists for students who want a paper copy. Encouraging them to study this list, or studying it with them, would definitely help them with their quiz (typically each Tuesday). Also, if you want a PDF of this list emailed to you, please let me know!

2. Language Review Sheets (LR): This 5-A-Day Language Review sheet starts at the beginning of each week (usually Monday) and will be due on the next Monday. This sheet covers grammatical skills at your student's grade level. It is a five-point participation grade, and students will be given either full credit or no credit based on how whether or not they attempted the work. Five points don't seem like much, but it adds up to at least forty points each quarter. These sheets are also used in an open-note quiz every quarter.  They will have time at the beginning and/or end of each ELA class to work on it, and we will review the grammar skills in class. 

3. Article of the Week (AotW) OR Poem of the Week (POTW): This assignment MAY start at the beginning of each week (usually Monday) and will be due on the next Monday.  This assignment may not occur each week depending on the schedule and our unit location. For the AOTW, students will need to read and take notes on the assigned article, as well as submit a one-page (double-spaced) response to the Google Classroom. Please see the article: "Parents: What's an AotW?" for more information. For the POTW, students will need to read and take notes on the assigned poem. Then, they should complete a matching worksheet and a creative writing prompt.

4. Encourage them to Read: Students have both a class novel and a choice novel that they should be reading each quarter. If they fall behind with their class novel, they typically struggle with the assignments or activities related to it. Also, I do give pop quizzes from time to time to check their reading comprehension. For their choice novel, they have a Book Talk and a One-Pager assignment due at the end of each quarter. (First Quarter Deadline: Friday, October 11th)

5. Sign up for Remind: To help keep you informed, I am using Remind, a mobile app, to send due-date reminders for larger class assignments. Please view the PDF for your child's class under my document tab for instructions on how to sign up.

6. Sign up for Google Classroom updates: To stay even more informed, you can also sign up for Google Classroom updates! If you provide your email address and request this service on the agreement form signed at the beginning of the year, you'll get an email summary of your student’s work, including information about missing work and upcoming assignments.

7. Email me: Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism, as discussed in class, means using someone else's ideas or words as your own, without giving credit to the author. At SHCCS, the consequences for plagiarism are the same as for any form of cheating: three demerits and a zero on that assignment. This is extremely important to know and avoid now because the consequences are far worse as you get older. If you plagiarize later on, you can be kicked out of college, fined large amounts of money, or even lose your job. Please see the "Paraphrasing Steps" document to understand what is required to put something into your own words. Below are also some tips that I use to avoid plagiarism:
1. After highlighting the main idea, read it a few times. Then, look away from the article or set it aside and type it as best you can in your own words. Go back and check to see if the essential idea is the same.
2. After you've tried paraphrasing the main ideas, underline or highlight in your Google document the words that match the article. If it's too similar in words or structure, you still need to change it. If you have paraphrased well, only basic words and proper nouns should remain. Please remove highlights or underlined words before you turn it in.
3. If in doubt, when you think it's super important, but you don't think you can paraphrase it, quote it! Your summaries should not be filled with quotes, and I would rather have you paraphrase. However, it is better to possibly lose points for an unneeded quote than to plagiarize.

Parents: What's an AotW?

This year, I am continuing an assignment called the Article of the Week, or AotW. I heard of the AotW a few years ago, and I am very excited to start using it in my classroom! The assignment idea comes from an amazing ELA teacher, Kelly Gallagher. The AotW serves several great purposes in my classroom, including helping students think more deeply about the world around them using real-world, informational texts. Also, I hope it will help my students interact with their readings better in order to form stronger reading responses and text-based arguments. 

Here are the parts to this assignment:

  • Informational Texts: Is extremely important for students to develop the reading skills necessary to tackle ANY type of reading, not just novels or poems. I hope to practice these skills with a larger variety of text by using the AotW. Also, although the AotW texts will differ for each grade, they will all focus on either current events or themes related to their class novel. 
  • Notes/Highlights: I want them to interact with this article in a number of ways. In particular, we are practicing highlighting unknown words, areas of confusion, main ideas, and statements that help them respond. THIS IS NOT BUSY WORK. Your child should have a purpose in mind as they read the article, and their notes should help them write their response. (We work on this is class too.)
  • RESPOND: After students spend some time reading and interacting with the article, I want them to write. This step has two crucial pieces:
    • "They Say" (Main Ideas): Students need to mention the name of the article, the author, and the main ideas that were presented. This portion should be roughly four to five sentences, depending upon the article.
    • "I Say" (My Response): This area is their opinion, and it is usually the hardest part of the assignment for them. They need to either address what stood out to them or what they agree or disagree with. However, this should not be a rewording of facts from the article or a random list of their ideas. They should come up with a clear argument or a few points that they want to discuss, and then they need to explain their view. This step, because it is the hardest, is also adjusted depending upon the grade level. I also help them in class with this section by showing them what to focus on in the article.


6th Grade 
Middle School ELA