Today’s class time had three focal points:

SPG/Course Pretest

Today we used the district online assessment platform to take our district SPG or course pretest.  Though this test does not count as a grade, it does give me as the teacher insights as to which standards are strengths and weaknesses for students.  Many thanks to our testing coordinating Ms. Seay for scheduling our lab space and her assistance during testing.  Students who missed testing due to absences will have a chance to make it up in class next week.

Mini-Essay:  College and Career Readiness Reflections

In this “cold write”, students were asked to reflect on three different questions around the concept of career and college readiness.  Students received supporting documents to help them think about the writing prompts for paragraphs 2 and 3; these supporting documents were delivered digitally through the eClass announcement page for 8/11.

I will assess this cold write primarily for content/ideas; it will also serve as a baseline writing sample.  Students had the entire period after SPG to write this essay and post it in the drop of our eClass course platform.  This mini-essay should be completed and uploaded to the assignment dropbox by 11:59 PM on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Students were also asked to print a hard copy in the computer lab; if more time was needed, students will need to print at home or in the media center, please. and

 These are two online tools I have used in the past year to help students practice and learn vocabulary ( and to receive targeted and customized practice with specific grammar skills.  Both tools have a mastery learning approach, and these tools helped my students from the previous year improve their scores on the state Milestones test.

If students finished early, they could register for both platforms and begin working on the modules.  Our first vocabulary list includes 15 words we’ll see in our first selections of early American literature we’ll receive next week.  The first module in NoRedInk has a diagnostic test of 10 questions related to students’ knowledge of sentence structure as well as guided practice module to complete afterwards.  Students should be working on both of these platforms at home (think of it as a rolling homework assignment—15 minutes per evening is plenty of time); we will also have station time in class next week to work on these platforms.

Class Section NoRedInk Class Codes (type them exactly as you see them!)  Go to and register as a student.  Then enter the class code for your class period.
Period 1B 12th ELA Honors Hamilton: daily bubble 40

Gwinnett County AKS (Standards)


  • LA12.C.21: write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content (I)
  • LA12.C.23: produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (C)
  • LA12.C.24: develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience (C)


  • LA12.E.36: demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking (C)
  • LA12.E.37: demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing (C)
  • LA12.E.39: determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies (C)