Welcome to Mrs. Leatherman's 5th hour Communication Arts Class

Poetry Unit
Day 1:

10/24 Lessons

1. Please go to 8 to Great folder and write a journal on today's entry

2. Complete the lesson on Poetry

10/26 Lessons

1. Watch my video
2. Go to 8 to Great folder and interview your partner about the questions.(the substitute will take a grade for those that are or ARE NOT participating)
3. Go to the website under the quilt picture on this page. Read the article with a partner and each of you come up with 15 facts about quilts

Each of you need to type up your own list and save on a word document with the file name of "Heritage". I will collect this on Monday for a grade.

Everyday Use



10/27 Lesson

1. Watch my video
2. Go to 8 to Great and write on today's activity
3. Write about an important "things" that represents your family's heritage in your home or something you remember you once had. Your writing needs to be on a separate word document titled -- MyHeirlooms,your name -- Save on your computer and it will be turned into me on Monday. Must be at least 1/2 page and be no bigger than 12 font and can't be more than double spaced.

10/28 Lesson

Silent Sustain Reading Day! Please read a book or magazine that you have brought to class or get one from Ms. Hallmark's Class. You are not to have your computer open for any reason! Monday you will get a chance to finish any work from this week before turning it in at the end of the hour.

11/15 Lessons

1. Finish watching the rest of the film

2. Take the Wizard of Oz Quiz--please use complete sentences for each answer.

After you are finished with the quiz--send to my email


11/16 Lesson

1. I will be sending each of you a message of what you need to finish in assigned work on your eaglemail. If you have not sent me anything on eaglemail, I will not be able to communicate with you individually until you do. Your first assignment for the day if you have not yet sent me an eaglemail is to do so.

2. answer the following questions and send to my email (dleatherman@joplin.k12.mo.us)

What does it mean to have a “heritage”?

What are 5 things that you believe are a part of your heritage?

List 5 things that you would like to know more about your heritage.

3. Ms. Oexman will guide you through the following poem and share with you about your next journey of writing your memiors.

You Reading This, Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?

How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?

What scent of old wood hovers, what softened

sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

than the breathing respect that you carry

wherever you go right now? Are you waiting

for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this

new glimpse that you found; carry into evening

all that you want from this day. This interval you spent

reading or hearing this, keep it for life -

What can anyone give you greater than now,

starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

~ William Stafford ~

4. You will be writing memoirs for the next few days
What's a memoir???



  1. A historical account or biography written from personal knowledge.
  2. An autobiography or a written account of one's memory of certain events or people.

A. You may choose from the following topics.

B. Each memoir needs to be at least 5-7 sentence long.

C. Please work on adding detail about the topic you choose. Later, these writings will be placed in a "scrapbook".

D. Please spell your words correctly. Use spell check or ask your teacher and peer to help you with words that you need spelled correctly.

F. Send you memoirs to my email (dleatherman@joplin.k12.mo.us).

G. Please send your memoir through an attachment and title your document with the title of your writing you are sending.

H. A total of 15 memoirs are due

I. All memoirs will be required to be in a scrapbook that is either an electronic scrapbook or a handmade one. You must also include a cover page and back page. Each page must include one graphic or picture. (a grading rubric will be posted by the end of this week Dec. 2)

Memoir topics to choose from:

1. write about a family vacation

2. write about a special birthday

3. write about the happiest day of your life

4. write about a special pet

5. write about the birth of a family member

6. write about how you and your best friend first met

7. write about your camping trip

8. write about a favorite blanket

9. write about a car that you worked on with your dad

10.write about a favorite stuffed animal

11.write about a rock/ seashell you found on vacation

12.write about a special tree

13.write about a swingset

14.write about your grandmother

15.write about your grandfather

16.write about a favorite aunt or uncle

17.write about Grandpa’s chair

18.write about Grandma’s afghan

19.write about a Christmas tree

20.write about a favorite shirt/ dress/ outfit

21.write about a picture in your room

22.write about a favorite book

23.write about a favorite or special bicycle

24.write about a favorite or special baseball mitt

25.write about a special house you lived in

Semester Final

Project 1

Things that need to be included
At least 4 pictures (change time to 5 seconds)
Title side and test
Transitions (change time to 2-3seconds)
Video Effect (on pic)
Background Music
Sound Effect
Voice Over
Audio Effect

Project 2

That is the sample imovie with 2 of your Memoirs
also needs to include
- 2 paragraphs of memoirs
- at least 2 pictures
- at least 2 title slides
- and Music


10 Memoir project (either a imovie, powerpoint, scrapbook, or poster)
must have 10 paragraphs
at least 10 pictures from home or from google image --pictures MUST relate to the paragraphs

Lessons for Feb. 1st and Feb 2nd

Novel Unit "Tears of a Tiger"6.jpg

March-April Activities

PSA Unit ( public service announcements for teen social issues addressed in the book)
Examples of issues from the book:
-- Drinking While Driving
-- Teen Suicide
-- Teen Smoking
-- Addiction
-- Child Abuse
-- Depression
Step 1
-- Choose a Teen Issue listed above or any other issue that was addressed from "Tears of a Tiger" or from the
"Antwone Fisher" story. Please get teacher approval of your topic before proceeding to the next steps.
-- Place your name and topic chosen on the top of a piece of paper.

Step 2
-- Look up websites about your topic. After looking through website about facts and information about your topic begin to
develop questions about your topic.
-- On your piece of paper with you name and topic. Develop 10 questions about your topic that you will be able to research.
Please put ONLY the questions on your sheet of paper.

Step 3
-- You will need to get 10 - 3 by 5 note cards
-- On each note card, you need to write down on the top of each note card, write one of your questions.
-- You should have one note card for each question you have developed

Step 4
-- After you have your 10 note cards with a question you have developed on each card, now you are ready to do REAL research!
-- Take one of your cards, type in your question to goggle search about your topic.
-- Find at least 5 facts about each question.
-- Write down your 5 facts on each question on your note card. Use front and back if necessary. Please put on your card at the end
of your facts what website you found this information.

Step 5

-- write on the back each card, write down the website where you found the facts.

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