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Mrs. Karen Katcham "About Me Page"

Contact information:
phone:   865-458-2026 ex(1823)
University of Tennessee:                      Masters in Education
East Tennessee State University:        Masters in Business  Administration
Tennessee Technological University:   Bachelors of Science: Marketing
Farragut High School
Middle School Memories:
The things I remember the most from middle school are the moments that made me laugh the most. I remember the Male Beauty contest and Mr. Burke dressed up in a dress. I remember hanging out with my friends at field day and laughing till I almost cried when one of my friends fell in someone's cooler. I remember laughing at Mr. Walker's corny jokes. I remember singing songs and laughing on the bus when my softball team traveled. I remember watching the Middle School performance of Mary Poppins and thinking the actors were the coolest people in the school. I remember scoring my first basket in a Middle school game, getting my first steal and winning my first game. 
I've been teaching English and Language Arts since 2000, and I love my job. My goal is for my students to learn to express themselves in an intelligent, impressive manner both verbally and in writing. I hope their love for writing and reading will grow some in my classroom. Most importantly, I want the students in my classroom to become kinder, better, more thoughtful people as they move toward high school. There is so much good in the students who come through my classroom. I want them to find a way to share that.
I am married to John Tuck and we have one daughter, Nicole.  
Favorite Quotes:
"It is our choices, not our abilities, which make us who we are." Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
"Everyone's special, Dash" "That means no one is." The Incredibles
"Learning is Ugly!" Karen Katcham


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Lesson plans 9/25

Giggles – 20 min
Intro: You have 10 minutes to pack and get out. What will you pack?
Discussion – why did you take the items you chose? How will you handle leaving your things behind? What will you miss the most?
8.RL.CS.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Diary of Anne Frank – We will watch the 1st 20 minutes of the Diary of Anne which corresponds with section of the book we have read. In our discussion, students will answer the following questions:
What are some major differences between the book and the movie? Is the voice over effective? How did they use dialogue to give information Anne wrote in her book as her own thoughts?
8.RL.KID.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
We will read the next three entries of the diary. Students will answer guided questions about Anne’s personality and what is driving her to behave in a certain way.
No homework today
Giggles – 20 minutes
Focus on Easily confused words
8.RL.KID.1 Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; support an interpretation of a text by citing relevant textual evidence.
8.RL.KID.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Students will virtually explore The Secret Annex. They will watch videos and answer questions about Anne Frank and the time her family will spend in hiding. Questions will specifically be geared toward making inferences about each individual character.
Homework: Random Act of Kindness project - planning
Students will receive their next information on their character. They will have a chance to plan an event which will lead to a decision for their character, using a graphic organizer.
For homework, students will write another journal entry for their character.
We will read the next section of entries in Anne’s diary. We will analyze the characters.
Inferencing Test
Writing centers
Vocabulary Test
Writing centers
Vocabulary – loping, malevolent, derided, waft, misdeed, culpability
Centers Grammar Focus Writing/ Reading Focus Homework Vocabulary
Giggles – easily confused words
Watching Anne Frank’s Diary and comparing it to the book. none Dramatic irony
Tuesday Giggles – editing skills
Easily confused words
Reading Anne Frank’s diary
Anne Frank – Character analysis Random act of kindness planning Derided
Prepare for easily confused words test
Reading Anne Frank’s diary
Comprehension questions Character Journal entry Misdeed
Thursday Inferencing and easily confused words test
Reading Anne Frank’s diary
Writing centers – writing an introduction, writing a thesis
Study for Vocabulary test

Friday Vocabulary test Writing centers – writing an introduction, writing a thesis
Vocabulary test

Semester 1 Vocabulary

Students will have vocabulary tests every Friday. Each week, I will update the vocabulary words.
Malevolent - evil
Loping - a gallop, bouncy walk
culpable - responsible for something, usually a misdeed
misdeed - a mistake, an illegal act
nemesis - enemy
waft - to pass through the air
deride - mean teasing 
situational irony - to expect one outcome and get the opposite of what you expect or the opposite of what should have happened
Verbal irony - to say one thing , but mean the opposite
Dramatic irony - when the audience knows something that the characters do not know.
insipid - boring, without deep meaning
deter - to stop someone from doing something
discombobulate - to confuse
emanate - to come out of
protrude - to stick out of
exasperating - frustrating
egregious - horrible, awful
clamor - a group of loud noises
aspirations - hopes and dreams
Utter - to say out loud
Obliterate - to completely destroy
Indignant - slightly offended
garbed - dressed in
Retort - to reply in a sassy way
animated - with excess energy, emotion and movement
Careen - to swerve out of control
Myriad - a large variety, a lot
foreboding - a frightened feeling
decrepit - old and worn out
ingenuous - innocent, not fake
ambled - a slow relaxed walk
in tandem - at the same time

Homework Reminders

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1. Text to 81010
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     If you are in Block 2 type:     @katchamb2
     If you are in Block 3 type:      @katchamb3
     If you are in Block 4 type:     @katchamb4

Where should you check for weekly plans?

Students in Ms. Katcham's Block 2 and 4 should check section 2 for weekly lesson plans
Students in Ms. Katcham's Block 3 should check section 3&4