November 20th-23rd: Language Arts

This week will continue to read Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes. We will review the exam from last week and students will be reading progress report 16-17 for homework this week. We will also be discussing major themes in the book and spend time analyzing the text.

Important Dates:

11/20 – Homework: Read Progress Report 16

11/21 – Homework: Read Progress Report 17


Language Arts

We will start reading and analyzing the works of Roald Dahl. On Monday, you will write a short response about dramatic irony.

Differentiated Vocabulary:

You will be working on differentiated vocabulary. By the end of the week, you should have no less than five words, but the expectation is ten.


Language Arts

On this week we will focus on Imagery and Symbolism with a close reading of Roald Dahl stories this week. You should continue your daily warm-up exercises and there will be a vocabulary check each Friday. By the end of the week, you should have finished “The Landlady” and “Skin” and be able to complete a triple Venn diagram comparing and contrasting all three stories of Dahl.

Language Arts

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME to Discovery School!

Thank you for your confidence in trusting the teaching of your children in our hands.

The syllabus below is designed to give you a brief overview on different components of the Language Arts class. The goal is for each student to obtain mastery of each and every content standard for students in Language Arts for grade 10:

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English:
    • grammar and usage when writing or speaking
    • capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, prepositional) and clauses (independent, dependent, relative, adverbial) to add variety and interest to writing or presentations.
  • Apply knowledge of the language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening:
    • Write and edit work.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content:
    • Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
    • Identify patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings:
    • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., metaphor, simile, hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in context.
    • Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with a similar definition.
  • Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at grade level.

Class dynamics will include research, projects, oral presentations, reading of assigned material, class work, and oral or written tests. Neatness and order will be expected at all times.


It is the responsibility of the student to replenish all the work that has been assigned in his absence and to deliver them in the stipulated time, except for the following reasons:

  1. If a student misses one or two days, he/she must submit a written excuse at home to replenish the work that he was unable to do.
  2. If a student is absent three days or more, he/she must submit a medical excuse to replenish the work that he could not do.
  3. If the student presents the appropriate excuse, he will have one day for each day lost to replenish the work he was unable to do.
  4. If the student does not present his / her work in the stipulated time, it will not receive a grade.
  5. If your absence is planned in advance, the assignments that must be submitted for the day of departure must be submitted earlier.


  1. Attend class every day. Absences must be justified and documented.
  2. Students must come prepared to class, this includes bringing all necessary materials.
  3. All assignments must be submitted by the date indicated.
  4. Students must show respect and consideration to others at all times.


  1. Notebook
  2. Pencil & eraser
  3. Pens

* Colors and markers

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us.

Gloria Palacios

Secondary Assistant Principal

(504) 2221-7790 ext 148

(504) 9561-1434

Pia Girbal

*Substitute Teacher



ELA May 15-19

This week you will be working on the “Be the Change” project that was inspired from our trip to Amor, Fe, y Esperanza. The leaders for the project are: Nico, Laura T, Laura S, Avery, Liza, and Sofia. Each day you will be responsible for making crafts and artistic products. You should complete the daily notecard to inform me what you have accomplished that day and the substitute will sign off. Please manage your time well and remember the purpose of this project.

ELA April 24-28

We will continue our Sustainable Development Project this week. On Monday, Ms. Amy will be facilitating an activity with you to get you thinking about systems and solutions. On Tuesday, you will collaborate with your fifth grade partner(s) to come up with a problem and solutions to focus on for your goal. For the rest of the week you will work on problem/solution writing.

ELA April 18-21

We will begin our Sustainable Development Projects in collaboration with Ms. Amy’s 5th grade ELA class this week. On Wednesday you will present the goals to your partner and get to know each other. We go over all the details of the project with you then. Make sure to stay updated with due dates and guidelines. We will be focusing on problem/solution writing towards the end of the week.

ELA April 3-7

This week we will finish our unit on research and informative writing. You will practice the skills we have been reviewing by completing SAT practice tests online. We will also continue one-on-one conferences for final revisions on the paper. Also, you will be starting a new project in collaboration with Ms. Amy in 5th grade. You will be partnered with a 5th grader to complete a research and writing assignment on the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals. All information will be given in class, along with rubrics and requirements.

The final research paper is due by this Thursday, April 6th, but you may turn it in any day this week to get your grade sooner.

ELA March 27-31

We will continue to focus on language and writing this week while simultaneously applying those skills to your research papers. Throughout the week, I will be conferencing with you one-on-one about your papers, as well as overall strengths and needs for improvement. Each night you should be revising your papers using the skills that were addressed that day in class.

ELA March 20-24

We will be having mini lessons all week to perfect and finalize your research papers on influential women of history. On Tuesday, March 21st, you will have your second draft due and then on TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH YOUR FINAL DRAFT IS DUE FOR 200 POINTS. All this week you will be receiving comments on your papers and we will have individual conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday to evaluate your writing under the categories in which you will be graded.