- Chaparral High School
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Trish Shea
I am so excited to be working at Chaparral High School! This is my 24th year of teaching. I have an "open door" policy, and welcome all questions and requests to meet! Please also know that email is the best way to get in touch with me. I am best at returning emails during the school week between the hours of 4 am and 7 pm. My Google Classroom should be linked to my website soon. Until then please use the Blog feed to catch up on what was missed if you were absent, or simply to review what we did and what we have for homework at the end of the day! IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION ON ANY MISSED WORK, YOU MUST EMAIL ME OR SPEAK TO ME SO I CAN BEST HELP YOU. I will of course answer all questions:)
The Daily Write Up
Monday, August 26 2019Posted by Trisha Shea on 8/26/2019
Monday, August 26: Today we set up format for our notebooks and transferred notes from "Desiree's Baby" for our first notebook entry.
Homework: Finish Desiree's Baby notes in notebook, study "A-C" Terms for the test this Friday.
Tuesday, August 27: Writing Bootcamp - Today we will go over what the best practices are for writing a succinct, but thorough essay that addresses the prompt. We will be reviewing last week's prompt and the best way to break it down. We will craft a new intro paragraph based on the lesson. Finally, we will move into our next reading, "Sticks" (which was passed out yesterday). Background information will be on the board to help you start a new Notebook Entry.
Homework: Study your Terms "A-C" for the test on Friday.Complete a notebook entry for "Sticks"
Wednesday, August 28: : We will begin the period by discussing homework, and move to a lesson on responding in the body paragraphs of the Desiree's Baby prompt. We will move to conferences on essays and consult with our Writing Bootcamp notes on how to make the best revisions. During conferences, have your All the Pretty Horses Novel with you. You need to begin another Notebook Entry for this novel, beginning with the author's background information.
Homework: Essay revisions (if we met today), and study your terms "A-C" for the test on Friday.
Thursday, August 29: Conclusion Paragraph Lesson and complete conclusion essay revisions in class for "Desiree's Baby" - due at the end of the period. After the new "Desiree's Baby" essay is completed, complete the "Sticks" essay prompt - due tomorrow. Writing conferences will continue today.
Homework: Complete the "Sticks' Essay and study terms for tomorrow's test. Desiree Essay revisions (if we met today).
Friday, August 30: Terms test, both essays are due. Today you will evalulate which essay you want for your first grade - Desiree or Sticks.
Homework: Finish your summer reading homework!!! It is due Monday!!!!!
Monday, August 26 & Tueday, August 27: Today we took notes on new Literary Terms. You must get a hard copy in class tomorrow in the absent folders at the back of the room. Ask a friend for their notes or get a pass for CAT30 to catch up. We also passed out the Chrome Book contracts. Be sure to take them home and have them signed by a parent.
Homework: Study Terms for Friday's Test. Get Syllabus and Computer Contract signed and returned tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 28: Complete plot notes - group activity- mystery/tension/ surprise & plot diagram - all due at the end of the period.
Homework: study terms
May 20-23Posted by Trisha Shea on 5/20/2019
14 School Days!!! Wow! We have so much to do! Here is a recap of what we are doing this week:
Freshmen- Today is Independent Reading Monday! We are reading TKAM chapters 19-21 and completing the questions for chapter 21 only.
HOMEWORK: FINISH WHATEVER WAS NOT COMPLETED IN CLASS.
Sophomores- Today we are learning how to embed and manipulate video for our Google Slides Final Presentations. The entire period will be devoted to this. We will push off our 3x5 card deadline to Wednesday.
HOMEWORK: WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE VIDEOS, MAKE SURE ALL SLIDES ARE TOTALLY COMPLETE!
Freshemen- Today we read and discussed chapter 22. Chapter 21 and 22 questions are due today in class.
HOMEWORK: READ CHAPTER 23
Sophomores- Today we are completely finishing the slides and adding our videos.
HOMEWORK: WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED FOR THE SLIDES IS HOMEWORK. ALL SLIDES MUST BE SHARED WITH ME BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!!
Freshmen- Jigsaw questions for chapter 24.
HOMEWORK: READ CHAPTER 25 AND BE READY TO TEACH YOUR QUESTION FROM CHAPTER 24 TOMmOROW!
Sophomores- Complete 3x5 cards and add video sources to works cited pages. Sign up for presentations.
HOMEWORK: Submit your COMPLETED WORKS CITED PAGES WITH VIDEO SOURCES TO TURNITIN.COM!!!!
Freshmen- Jigsaw chapter 24 &25 questions - DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD!!!!
HOMEWORK- READ CHAPTER 26
Sophomores- practice presentations
Freshmen- Whole class read and discuss chapter 27 AND 28 & sign up for court room scene.
May 13-17Posted by Trisha Shea on 5/13/2019
THIS FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN IN ABSENT/LATE WORK FROM AFTER SPRING BREAK! AFTER THIS FRIDAY, LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Here is what we have in store for the week:
Today we are Independently reading and completing questions for chapters 17-18.
WHATEVER IS NOT COMPLETED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!
Today we are finishing up our quiz from Friday.
PLEASE GET 5 3X5 CARDS BY THURSDAY. WE WILL BE USING THEM ON FRIDAY TO PLAN PRESENTATIONS.
CHAPTERS 17 & 18 QUESTIONS ARE DUE.
Today we are writing a synthesis response on race relations in America by using supporting information from video notes and articles.
HOMEWORK: READ CHAPTER 19
Today we are working on the oppositional and counterarguments for our Final exam Presentation outlines. I will also conference with students based on their practice outlines and writing activities to help them edit and improve the current outline for final presentations.
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!!!
Today students will finish their practice synthesis responses and work on their formative quiz on race integration in America.
HOMEWORK: COMPLETE CHAPTER 19 QUESTIONS-DUE TOMORROW!!!!
Today students will design slides for their presentations.
HOMEWORK: DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR 3X5 CARDS TOMORROW!!
CHAPTER 19 QUESTIONS DUE
Slides design continued - THESE ARE DUE TOMORROW!
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!
Slides and 5 3x5 cards are due for presentations. Each card must reflect the information on the slides and elaborate on how you will explain the content.
*** If all goes well, we will start presenting on Tuesday. Monday will be for practicing our presentations and for anyone who is absent to make up work missed this week.
May 6-10Posted by Trisha Shea on 5/6/2019
There are 24 more school days as of Monday! Yikes the year has gone sooo fast!!! PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MAY 17 IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN IN ABSENT WORK. IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE AN F IN CLASS PLEASE COME MEET WITH ME AT CAT30 ANY DAY THIS WEEK SO WE CAN DISCUSS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO RAISE YOUR GRADE!!!!
Today we are taking a quiz on chapter 12, Independently reading chapter 13 and writing a letter of appreciation to our favorite teachers for Teacher Appreciation week!
Interstellar movie - to connect to our synthesis theme of blending fiction and non-fiction genres to make a point about what social issues.
We will read over Jim Crow laws, and watch a short video about how they were developed. We will also see a short video about how Mexican-Americans were treated during the depression and discuss this together and discuss in class in comparison to Jim Crow. Finally, we are going over our chapter 12 quiz.
Interstellar & notes
Freshmen- We will read and discuss chapter 14 and 15 together in class and answer questions for chapter 15.
Interstellar and notes
Finish chapter 15 reading and Independent Read chapter 6. Questions due tomorrow!
Finish Interstellar and answer questions on plot, foreshadowing, propaganda, issues regarding the environment and technological advances, as well as our human limitations vs technological limitations.
Friday - All periods have a quiz today!
Freshmen: Quiz on chapters 13-16
Sophomores: Quiz on Interstellar notes and Technology articles
Week of April 29-May 3Posted by Trisha Shea on 4/29/2019
Here is the run-down on what we are doing this week:
Monday- Silent, Independent Reading
Freshmen: chapters 9-11 and chapter 9 questions
Sophomores: read research from last week's studysync articles, make a decision on what perspective you support with regard to technology and fill out your outline.
Freshemen: Review chapters 9-11, answer questions and turn them in.
Sophomores: Finish the technology practice outline.
Freshmen: Students will brainstorm a character they want to profile from their novel, Google an image and draw their character. They must also Google an image of a modern day character who most resembles their novel character and share it with me. I will print the images.
HOMEWORK: READ CHAPTER 12
Sophomores: Today you will do the reading of sources for our Technology essay test. You must read all texts provided, then choose the best texts to support your position. Annotate and highlight those texts.
Freshmen: Today is the written portion of the character analysis. It must be typed and printed at home. It is due tomorrow. Students will write a thesis statement that includes 3 characteristics about the character they chose to profile, from the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Use the list of character types you took notes on. Then, write a full paragraph describing the character, using the 3 chosen characteristics and provide a quote from the novel to support each of those characteristics. Finally, students will write a second paragraph connecting their novel character's characteristics to a modern day character (can be real or fictional).
The format is as follows:
Thesis: _______________ is a __________, ___________________ and a ____________.
HOMEWORK: FINISH TODAY'S ASSINGMENT AND PRINT IT FOR TOMORROW.
Sophomores: Continue testing - develop a thesis statement in response to the writing prompt and create an introduction paragraph that culminates with your thesis.
Freshmen: Assemble and Turn in your poster. Video and Article on Latino persecution during the Great Depression. We will compare our information to the Jim Crow laws.
Sophomores: Finish typing and submit your essay.
April 22-26Posted by Trisha Shea on 4/22/2019
REMINDER: FRIDAY, MAY 17 IS THE LAST DAY FOR LATE WORK DUE TO ABSENCE. THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR (AFTER MAY 17), WILL BE SPENT ON PREPARING FOR THE FINAL EXAM PROJECT AND COMPLETING FINAL EXAMS.
Happy Second Week of Block Schedule! Here is a breakdown of our week:
Freshmen - Independent Reading Monday. Read chapters 5 and 6 of To Kill a Mockingbird and answer the questions for both chapters.
Sophomores - In preparation for our Synthesis Practice Essay: Read and Take notes on Articles in the study sync book: Silent Spring, Shading the Earth and The Science of Genetically Altering Foods.
Freshmen - discuss chapters 3 and 4 answers from last week, turn in chapter 5 and 6 questions, read chapters 7 & 8.
There is also a project choice. Please see me for directions if you were absent:)
Sophomores- In preparation for our Synthesis Practice Essay; Article/ Literature Jigsaw. 6- 7 short stories, poems and articles were assigned to read and annotate in groups. Each group is responsible for reading, understanding and annotating one pieceof literature according to how technology effects us in negative and positive ways. Each group started teaching their portions to the class today and will finish the next time we meet.
Discuss chapters 5 and 6 questions.
Perform or Narrate projects from our last class session.
Test on To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 1-8.
Finish Teaching Articles. Review articles and highlight main points that match annotations. Begin Synthesis essay outline.
April 15-19Posted by Trisha Shea on 4/15/2019
We have BLOCK SCHEDULE TUESDAY-FRIDAY! Here is a breakdown of what we are doing this week:
Today we are reading chapters 1 & 2 and taking notes on types of characters using information on the board. It helps to label sticky notes with the names of the characters (below) and tab pages that have good descriptions of each character. We also created an organizer with 4 headings so we can fill them out as we read on white lined paper. The organizer is as follows:
TKAM Characters Description
1. Scout: a 6 year old stubborn&nurturing
4. Walter Cunningham
6. Boo Radley's Reputation
7. Miss Cunningham
8. Burris Ewell
Character type Supporting Quote
**** WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!
Today we finished sharing sources and taking notes on our topics of interest. All students must have a minimum of 5 sources with a minimum of 3 facts/quotes for each source.
We also went over part one of our synthesis presentation - which will eventually be part of our final exam. Please get the directions in class if you missed today!
***WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PRINTED COPY OF YOUR NOTES WHEN YOU COME TO CLASS.
PERIOD 5 WILL BE HERE TOMORROW
PERIOD 6 WILL BE HERE WEDNESDAY
Tuesday - Block Schedule (periods 1, 3 & 5)
Wednesday - Block Schedule (periods 2, 4, 6)
We will have a class discussion on the characters by referencing pages of the book from chapters one and two. We will also turn in all notes from Monday.
We will read chapter 3 independently and complete the chapter questions.
We will watch a video on stereotypes and write a journal response.
HOMEWORK: CHAPTER 4 READING AND QUESTIONS
Today we will work on our Works Cited pages, make sure all notes are complete (5 sources) and complete sections 1, 2 and 4 of our Outlines. All are due, printed on either Thursday or Friday.
PERIOD 5 WILL BE HERE THURSDAY
PERIOD 6 WILL BE HERE FRIDAY
Thursday - Block Schedule (periods 1, 3, 5)
Friday - Block Schedule (periods 2, 4, 6)
Today we are writing about our earliest childhood memories by referencing what Scout endured at school in the novel.
We will have a discussion on a prompt about Empathy.
Finally, we will read chapters 4-6 and complete the questions together.
All paperwork is due: Works Cited, Written outline, Google Doc notes
Today we will begin our study of technology by reading an excerpt from the novel, Frankenstein on page 10 as well as a nonfiction article DE- EXTINCTION on page 62 from our "Technical Difficulties" StudySync books.
Please complete the "Think Questions" and the "Focus Questions" at the end of each text on a separate piece of paper.
April 8-12Posted by Trisha Shea on 4/8/2019
This week the freshmen will begin their unit on Empathy in literature and society.
Sophomores will begin their unit on Arguement Synthesis.
Monday: All classes will participate in a study that involves generating conversational questions.
Please complete the following activity with a family member and return by the end of the week if you were absent on this day!
Research says that the overuse of technology, particularly the cell phone, has created major conveniences for Americans. However, it is also crippling them socially, leading to a loss of communication skills and quality relationships. Researchers report that people feel more isolated today than they did 10 years ago. Their studies point to a lack of meaningful personal conversation.
With this information in mind, think about 3 questions you WISH someone would ask you. They cannot be simple short answer or "Yes or No" questions. In other words, what 3 questions would likely generate a good conversation about you and what you are interested in? Using the small lined paper, write the 3 questions.
- What needs to change in high school education and what are your ideas for creating that change?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
- What top 10 things are you most grateful for and why?
- How are you doing? Explain why.
- Partner up
- Trade questions so you can interview each other.
- Take out a white lined piece of paper and copy down your partner's questions. Space each question with about 7 lines. Write your name and your partner's name at the top of the page.
- Take turns asking questions and listen to the other person's responses FULLY !!!! Ask follow up questions as needed based on what you want to understand better.
- When you have both finished discussing 3 questions. Write down everything you remember about what your partner said to you for each question. Then copy and answer the next 3 questions:
- How well did you listen to your partner? 1 2 3 4 5
- How well did my partner listen to me? 1 2 3 4 5
- Did this activity work and why?
March 18-22Posted by Trisha Shea on 3/18/2019
The last week of school before break will be spent finishing up our current writing unit with an essay exam.
FRESHMEN: THIS EXAM IS YOUR DISTRICT WRITING BENCHMARK, MEANING THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS A TEST, IT IS NOT SCORED AS HEAVILY AS A FINAL BECAUSE IT IS A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR PROGRESS. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL AN IMPORTANT GRADE.
SOPHOMORES: THIS IS AN END OF UNIT EXAM, MEANING THAT SINCE YOU HAVE HAD MULTIPLE PRACTICES WITH THE SOAPSTR ORGANIZER AND DEVELOPING YOUR INTRO PARAGRPHS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED IN YOUR INTRO AND WHAT YOU HAVE RETAINED REGARDING HOW TO WRITE THE BODY AND CONCLUSION OF AN ESSAY. YOUR GRAPHIC ORGANIZER FOR PARGRAPHS 2-4 ARE THS SAME FORMAT AS THE OTHER ESSAYS YOU HAVE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
The following schedule is the same for both Freshmen and Sophomore classes:
Monday - annotate your speech and label and highlight rhetoric within the text
Tuesday - Finish annotations and highlighting rhetoric, then use the SOAPSTR organizer to develop the introduction paragraph.
Wednesday- Use the SOAPSTR to write paragraph one (intro). Continue writing paragraphs 2-4 using the organizer (same format as you are used to).
Thursday - use the organizer for the body of your essay and the conclusion (same format as you are used to). Self edit using the list of common issues to look out for in your writing (located on the whiteboard).
Friday - Type your essay and submit it to Turnitin.com
HAVE A WONDERFUL BREAK! YOU DESERVE IT!!!
March 11-15Posted by Trisha Shea on 3/11/2019
Here is a breakdown of our week:)
FRESHMEN- Today we watched a documentary on MLK to provide context for the tone of the civil rights movement before we work on analyzing MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are typing our rhetorical analyisis essays.
FRESHMEN- Today we discussed the MLK speech in groups, annotated it and completed the SOAPSTR analysis.
WHATEVER IS NOT FINISHED TODAY IN CLASS IS HOMEWORK!!!!
SOPHOMORES- Today we are watching a documentary on Lincoln in order to understand the context of the tone of the civil war and the politics between the North and the South.
FRESHMEN- Today we are using our SOAPSTR analysis to complete paragraph one of our analysis on Dr. King's " I Have a Dream" Speech. Unless you were absent YESTERDAY, this speech analysis intro (1 paragraph), is due in class TODAY.
SOPHOMORES- Today we will submit our rhetorical analysis essays using new Turnitin.com accounts and we will begin reading and annotating Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address speech for our Unit 3essay exam.
FRESHMEN-Today we are starting our rhetorical analysis unit benchmark test. We will begin with the documentary on Malala and then read her speech.
If you are absent, please watch the link below for background information.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are completing the discussiion on Lincoln's speech and making sure all annotations are complete.
FRIDAY: seating will be changed for our activity
FRESHMEN- Today we are beginning the annotations of Malala's speech and discussing them in groups.
SOPHOMORES- Today we are beginning our rhetorical analysis SOAPSTR for the essay on Lincoln's speech.