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Useful Forms Book Reports for a novel and for short stories collection

These are my book report forms.  Feel free to use them for your classes.

Rachael Orbach
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Book Report

Your name ……………………………………………………

Name of the book ……………………………………………

The Author …………………………………………………..

Did you enjoy reading the book?  Yes / No   Why ……………………………………

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Would you recommend this book to your friends?  Yes / No    Explain why

…………………………………………………………………………………………

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Choose one (only one) of the following as a topic for your book report.  Remember to relate to all

aspects of the question.  Use correct language, spelling and punctuation.  Write about 150 words.

In order to get full points, you must provide details from the book to prove or substantiate what you

1. You are presenting an award to one of the characters in the book you read.  Decide what award

this character deserves and why he / she deserves this award.

a. Wr…

Snow Treasure Projets

I use this when I am studying the Holocaust in an English Speaker class for a high level English speaking class.  This book could also be used for 5 points Bagrut, with English Ministry approval, of course.


You can change anything that you need to in order to make it work for your class.





• Find the country of Norway on a map or globe. Answer these questions.

o What is the capital of Norway? Where is it located?

o Why is fishing an important part of Norway's economy?

o What percentage of the country falls within the Arctic Circle?

• A fiord is a deep narrow inlet of the sea between high, steep banks or

cliffs. Find photographs of fiords in the library. These will help you

understand the setting of this story better.

• What was unusual about the weather in Norway in the winter of 1940?

• What was Peter's father planning to do with the gold bullion? Why was

• What did Uncle Victor mean when he said to Peter, "You're all right,

• The opening chapters of Snow Treasure pro…

Rules of the Game - with HOTS!

This is my Unit on how to teach Rules of the Game by Amy Tan.  Feel free to change, add or subtract what is needed for your particular class!  5 points
Rachael Orbach  http://rachaelorbach.weebly.com/   052-7500608
Rules of the Game.  


LOTS Rules of the Game.
What is the conflict of the story? _________________________________
Who is the main character?  ____________________________________
What is the plot of the story? ____________________________________
How does the setting affect the outcome of the story? _________________
____________________________________________________________
What time frame does the story take place?  Weeks, months, years?
_____________________________________________________________
What do the supporting characters add to the story?
_____________________________________________________________
What is the climax of the story? ______________________________________________________________
What is the resolution?
______________________________________________________…

Homework Rubric for 4-5 points class

I find that it is helpful to spell out expectations at the beginning of the year:

Here is my homework rubric



Homework Name: ________________________Teacher: Rachael OrbachDate Submitted: ____________Title of Work: ___________________
Criteria Points 4 3 2 1 Assignment Completeness All items attempted 9/10 of items attempted. At least 1/2 of the items attempted. Less than 1/2 of all items attempted. ____ Accuracy All items are correct. 9/10 of items are correct. Between 1/2 and 9/10 of items are correct. Less than 1/2 of all items are correct. ____ Demonstrated Knowledge Shows complete understanding of the questions, mathematical ideas, and processes. Shows substantial understanding of the problem, ideas, and processes. Response shows some understanding of the problem. Response shows a complete lack of understanding for the problem. ____ Requirements Goes beyond the requirements of the problem. Meets the requirements of the problem. Does not meet the requirements of the problem. 4 ____ Legibility Legible handwriting, …

Class Rules for the New Year

Here is a draft of my class rules for higher level classes.

Welcome to ________________ !

Class rules

Attendance:
Everyone  must attend class according to the general school rules.  If you miss classes, you will be warned, then your homeroom teacher informed and then your parents will be called in for a meeting.

2. Grades include quizzes, tests, book reports, projects, classwork and homework,

3. You may not come late to class. I come: on time, and you
should, too- Students who are late: will not be allowed to enter the classroom.

4. Books: Each student must have his own books- A student without a book will
be asked to do an assignment in the library. Sharing a. book with a friend is
NOT an option.

5. You are allowed to use the Oxford English Hebrew Dictionary  on all
work and tests so GET ONE!

6, English: l am grading you on all aspects of your work: vocabulary, spelling,
grammar and content  Everyone will be graded on his or her level and the goal
is to improve your knowledge of E…

Present Perfect Progressive Tense

Here is an exercise that I use to teach and practice the Present Perfect Progressive Tense.  Bagrut 5 points 
Name_________________  Date__________________ The Present Perfect Progressive Tense
ההווה ממושך מושלם מתאר פעולה, אירוע, או דבר שהתחיל בעבר וממשיך להיום. אנחנו משתשים את זה כדאי להגדיש שהפעולה ממש ממשך
כל הפעלים הבה הוא בהווה ממשיך מושלם וכל משפט מגדיש שהפעולה התחיל בעבר וממשיך עד היום

Like the present perfect, the present perfect progressive is used to describe an action, event, or condition that has begun in the past and continues into the present. The present perfect progressive, however, is used to stress the on-going nature of that action, condition, or event. Each of the highlighted verbs in the following sentences is in the present perfect progressive tense and each sentence suggests that the action began in the past and is continuing into the present.
That dog has been barking for three hours; I wonder if someone will call the owner.
I have been relying on my Rosh Hashana …

Getting ready for next year; Useful forms

I'm busy getting ready for next year and this is a useful form that you can use in the classroom. I use this for lower level grades, 3-5 to send home to parents when the kids don't bring to class their English book.

Good luck!

Dear  Parent,____________________     לכבוד הורי

Date________________________________תאריך

Your child has forgotten to bring          ילדך שכח לביא

________________________________________

to class.  In order to                                לכיתה. כדאי

insure a successful learning           לבטח אוירה לימודית

environment please make sure                     נא לדאוג

that your child comes prepared        שילדך בא לשיעור

for English class.                 אנגלית עם כל הציוד הנדרש

Parent’s Signature _________________חתימת הורים

 Rachael Alice Rachael Alice English Teacher  052-7500608

Phrasal Verb Get Exercise

I use this as either in class or a homework that is to be handed in.  
Name____________________ Date _________________


Phrasal verbs  are verbs that have two words, one is the verb and the other is a preposition.  They are used in many expressions in English.  פעילים בעל שני מילים הם מאוד חשוב באנגלית.  המילה הראשון הוא הפועל והשני מילת יחס.
Fill in the following verb (get) with the correct prepositions (away, down, in, off, on, out, no preposition).
תכתוב המילת יחס המתאים בשבלי המשפט
Example:       
Rover you wet dog, get ___________ the couch!  (off)
1. Quick! Get _______________ the train. It's ready to leave.
2. Get ______________ the ladder, it is broken!
3. Come home, and get ________________ of the rain, you don’t have a raincoat!
4.  Will you please get _________________ me the bread from the table?
5.  Get _____________ the house, It is too late to be outside at night.
6. Get _________ from the street! There is a truck coming!
 Write your own sentences using the wo…

Reflection on Teaching

"You cannot teach a person anything, 
you can only help them find it 
within themself."

~ Galileo

Enjoy the last of your vacation, and start the new year refreshed!  As teachers we always get the feeling that we are "giving" the students information.  We plan lessons, teach the lessons, and evaluate the lessons via homework or tests.  But in the long run it is the student who decides what to keep or throw away from our teaching.  We have to awaken the thirst for knowledge, and with the new technology, it is easier in some ways, but harder in others to discern what is important, true and enduring.  
I bless everyone to have a restful August and come back in September with renewed energy and enthusiasm for our holy profession. 
Rachael Orbach  052-7500608