Grade 7 Academic Literacy and Language Arts

  • 6/1/17
    We reviewed our finals today.  You all did a fantastic job! Thanks for all of your hard work.  We then watched The Outsiders.  We will finish tomorrow. 
     
    I put all of the videos into google classroom.  Please share them with your parents.  The reflection is due on Friday.
     
    Due Dates:
    6/2 - Speech reflection
     
     
    5/31/17
    Another great debate today!  A lot of good points were made.  It was obvious that both teams practiced and were well prepared.  I put all of the videos into google classroom.  Please share them with your parents.  The reflection is due on Friday.
     
    Due Dates:
    6/1 - Academic Literacy Final
    6/2 - Debate Reflection
     
    5/30/17
    Congratulations on the debaters who debated their arguments on Friday and Today!! All members were prepared and well versed.  I look forward to hearing our final debate tomorrow.
     
    Congratulations also on finishing your LA final exam today.  Some of us needed extra time, to those of us remaining watched an episode of The Twilight Zone - never disappoints!
     
    We will review for the academic literacy final tomorrow. 
     
    Due Dates:
    5/31 - Debates - Refugees
    5/31 - The Outsiders Permission Slip
    6/1 - Academic Literacy Final
     
     
    5/25/17     (7 months until Christmas!)
     
    We reviewed again for the Outsiders test on Tuesday.  We discussed conflicts and started an activity on figurative language, irony, etc.  Please complete part III for homework tonight.
     
    Students then had time to work on their debates.  I am very excited for our first debate tomorrow!!
     
    Due Dates:
    5/26 - Academic Literacy Study Guide is Due
    5/26 - Outsiders Review Part III (in google classroom)
    5/26 - Debates - Designer Babies
    5/30 - Debates - National DNA Database
    5/30 - LA Final - final test on Outsiders
    5/31 - Debates - Refugees
    5/31 - The Outsiders Permission Slip
    6/1 - Academic Literacy Final
     
     
    5/24/17
    We discussed The Outsiders today, particularly the climax and conflicts.  We will continue tomorrow.
     
    The students also then had time to practice with their partners for their debates.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/26 - Academic Literacy Study Guide is Due
    5/26 - Debates - Designer Babies
    5/30 - Debates - National DNA Database
    5/30 - LA Final - final test on Outsiders
    5/31 - Debates - Refugees
    5/31 - The Outsiders Permission Slip
    6/1 - Academic Literacy Final
     
    5/23/17
    Unfortunately or fortunately, I had to change the debate dates yet again.  Here are the new dates:
    Friday 5/26 - Designer Babies
    Tuesday 5/30 - National DNA Database
    Wednesday 5/31 - Refugees
     
    Students had time in class to practice their speaking parts and get organized.
    I also gave out an Academic Literacy Final Exam Study Guide.
    We then finished reading The Outsiders. Everyone is working on the vocab for the last 2 sections. (Due Friday but we should have some time in class to finish.)  We then worked on the puzzles to begin to review.
     
    Due Dates:
     
    5/26 - Academic Literacy Study Guide is Due
    5/26 - Debates - Designer Babies
    5/30 - Debates - National DNA Database
    5/30 - LA Final - final test on Outsiders
    5/31 -  Debates - Refugees
    6/1 - Academic Literacy Final
     
     
     
     
    5/22/17
    The dates for the debates are listed below.  We took some time to watch a debate from last year's class to give students an example of what our debates will look like.  Students will have time in class tomorrow and Wednesday to practice and prepare.
    Thursday - 5/25 - Designer Babies
    Friday 5/26 - 1st - National DNA Database
         2nd - Refugees
     
    We then read chapter 10 of The Outsiders; please finish tonight if you did not finish in class.
     
    5/23 - Read chapter 10 of The Outsiders
    5/25 - Debates
    5/26 - Debates
    5/30 - LA Final - final test on Outsiders
    6/2 - Academic Literacy final - study guide will be given tomorrow.
     
     
    5/17/17
     
    We learned about posture, eye contact and dress when giving a formal presentation.  We then our rebuttal paragraphs today.  
     
    We will draw out of a hat to see when we debate. The choices are...
    5/24
    5/25
    5/31
     
    In Language Arts, We read chapter 8 and worked on a double entry journal.  We will finish this in class tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/19 - Book exchange project - iMovie trailer
    5/24 - Debates
    5/25 - Debates
    5/30 - LA Final
    5/31 - Debates
     
     
     
    5/16/17
    Students worked on drafting their debate arguments. There is a sample in google classroom.  These arguments are due tomorrow.  We then read Chapter 7 in Outsiders. We will finish the last few pages tonight.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/17 - Finish Chapter 7 - The Outsiders
    5/17 - Debate arguments due in google classroom
    5/19 - Book exchange project - iMovie trailer
     
    5/15/17
    Today students watched a slide show on writing introductions to debate.  Today students decided what order they will be presenting in and what their individual topics will be.  Each student is responsible for drafting what he/she will say (argument) by Wednesday, so make sure to work on this tonight.
     
    In LA, we discovered and discussed that the theme to the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay.  It does relate to Ponyboy and the rest of the greasers and their predicament in the story.  Please finish reading chapter 6 tonight.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/16 - Finish reading chapter 6 of The Outsiders
    5/17 - Draft of debate arguments
    5/19 - Book exchange project - iMovie trailer
     
     
    5/12/17
    In gifted seminar I checked in with the negative teams today.  I also checked to make sure that everyone had at least one complete affirmation and one complete refutation.
     
    In LA, we analyzed Robert Frost's poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay. This poem is in chapter 5 of The Outsiders.  
     
    Due Dates:
    5/19 - iMovie Book Trailer
     
    5/11/17
    We visited the library today for book exchange.  Students worked with their debate partners to research  more of their arguments.  I worked with the affirmative teams to help them get articles and plan.  Tomorrow I will work with negative teams.  
     
    We then read Chapter 5 in the Outsiders.  Stay gold....
     
    Due Dates:
    5/12 - 1 complete assertion and 1 complete refutation filled out in your organizer by the END of class (Yes you will have time in class to work on this, but prepare tonight because you never know what might come up tomorrow.)
    5/12 - Debate Bibliography so far
    5/19 - iMovie Book Trailer
     
    5/10/17
    We took the spelling portion of the word masters challenge today.  We then look at preparing refutations in Debate.  Assertions are necessary but refutations win debates.  Use these phrases to refute your opponent:  They say...But I Disagree...Because...Therefore...
     
    We then read Chapter 4 in The Outsiders. Yikes Johnny and Ponyboy are now fugitives!
     
    Due Dates:
    5/12 - 1 complete assertion and 1 complete refutation
    5/12 - Debate Bibliography (draft - all sources so far)
    5/19 - Book Exchange Movie Trailer
     
     
    5/9/17
    We took the Word Masters Challenge today, and unfortunately, we didn't meet our goal.   Don't fret, today's challenge was only worth 20 points. Tomorrow's spelling is worth 25 points.  Together they are worth 45 points.  If you study for the spelling you will be fine :)
     
    We then read Chapter 3 in The Outsiders and everyone completed 3 thought bubbles - Ponyboy, Johnny, Darry.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/10 - Word Masters Spelling
    5/12 - Debate Bibliography
    5/19 - Book Project iMovie Trailer
    5/30 - LA Final
     
    5/8/17
    We spent LA class reviewing for the Word Masters Challenge.  We practiced analogies and then categorized our words.  We chose a goal of 162!! Everyone needs to study hard and perform the best they can tomorrow.  Remember to study lists 1 and 2, especially words like schism, recondite, privation, charlatan, girth, timbre, redolent, balk, etc.
     
    In AL, we checked in on The Outsiders, vocab and DEJ are due tomorrow from Chapters 1 and 2.  We then watched a clip from The Great Debaters.   Students worked on finishing up their affirmations.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/9 - Word Masters Challenge
    5/9- Outsiders Vocab and DEJ
    5/10 - Word Masters Spelling
    5/12 - Debate Bibliography
    5/19 - Book Project iMovie Trailer
     
     
    5/4/17 and 5/5/17
     
    I was in GIEP meetings for both yesterday and tomorrow.  Thank you for your cooperation with our substitute.  In academic literacy, we completed a primary/secondary sources review sheet and researched for our debates. 
     
    In Language Arts,  we read chapters 1 and 2 of The Outsiders.  We are working on word masters flashcards and preparing for the final WM challenge.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/8 - Word Masters Flashcards are due - they must be cut out to get credit.
    5/9 - Word Masters Challenge
    5/10 - Word Masters Challenge Spelling Test
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
     
    5/3/17
    After our warm up we looked at the entire debate process from start to finish.  I gave a packet of information to help keep us on track and also to give the kids a goal, so they know what is expected. We then had time to research our topics - make sure to complete the organizer, so you have all information required.
     
    In LA, we finished up chapter 1 and met 7 characters of the gang.  We played a guessing game about language in the 1960's.  Thongs were flipflops - enough said, haha!
     
    Due Dates:
    5/5 - Play Quizziz
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/8 - Word Masters Flashcards are due - they must be cut out to get credit.
    5/9 - Word Masters Challenge
    5/10 - Word Masters Challenge Spelling Test
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
    5/2/2017
    Today we worked on getting 3 assertions for our debates.  Students should informally do some research tonight.
    In LA, we began to read The Outsiders and sketched our 3 main characters.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/8 - Word Masters Flashcards are due - they must be cut out to get credit.
    5/9 - Word Masters Challenge
    5/10 - Word Masters Challenge Spelling Test
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
    5/1/2017
    Happy 1st day of May! Where is this year going??
     
    In Academic Literacy, Mrs. McGinniss was our guest teacher since I was needed to test for Science PSSA for 8th grade.  Students reviewed Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, and tried to identify ways to incorporate this into their debate.
     
    In LA, we discussed a small bit of background for our next novel, The Outsiders.  Students are completing a reflection tonight - Sizing People Up.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/2 - Sizing People Up Sheet
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/9 - Word Masters Challenge
    5/10 - Word Masters Challenge Spelling Test
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
    4/26/2017
    Due to a mix up (my mix up) we had library today instead of the original scheduled day for tomorrow. Therefore you have one extra day to finish your word masters if you need it.  We will check the tic tac tor assignment and still have the quiz on Friday.   We then watched another version of the Twilight Zone, just for fun :)
     
    Tomorrow we will begin our debate unit, the topics are as follows:
     - The US should continue to let in Syrian Refugees.
     - Through genetic selection, parents should be able to create their own designer baby.
     - It is ethical to have a national DNA database.
     
    You will choose your topic and side randomly.  You will not get to pick.
    Most debate teams consist of 3 people.  Since we only have 14 students, your teams will be
    3 vs 3
    2 vs 2
    2 vs 2
     
    Due Dates:
    4/27 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/28 - WM Quiz #14-25
    4/28 - Paragraph of Preference is due
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
    4/25/17
    Congratulations on completing Day 1 of the Math PSSA!
    In class today, students took the Monsters Are Due on Maple Street test and then worked on a simple paragraph stating which version of the drama they liked the most.  This paragraph of preference is due on Friday.  
     
    Due Dates:
    4/26 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/28 - WM Quiz #14-25
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
     
    4/24/17
    Class started today with a mini lesson on mood and tone. We then reviewed the story elements from the drama.  Students ended class playing a quizzizz to review for the test tomorrow.  After lunch we watch the Monsters Are Due on Maple Street remake.  Which one did you like the best?  Make sure you can answer this question with reasons why.
     
    Due Dates:
    4/25 - Monsters on Maple Street Test
    4/26 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/28 - WM Quiz #14-25
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
    4/21/17
    Mr. Pauling came in today to teach us how to make an iMovie trailer for our book project for the 4th marking period.  This project is due 5/19, but you definitely don't want to wait until the last minute to begin to work on this.  (Yes, the iMovie trailer is harder than the simple video book talk, but you need to take a chance to grow.  MC - go outside if your comfort zone!)
     
    We then watched Rod Serling's original video of the Monsters on Maple Street.  Students filled in a venn diagram comparing/contrasting the video to the screenplay.  They then completed the story map.  If you did not finish the story map, it is homework due on Monday.
     
    Due Dates:
    4/24 - Monsters on Maple Street - Plot Map
    4/25 - Monsters on Maple Street Test
    4/26 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/26 - Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Test (? - will confirm tomorrow)
    4/27 - WM Quiz #14-25
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
     
    4/20/17
    We answered questions and completed and discussed some thought provoking questions about the drama, Monsters Are Due... today.
     
    Due Dates:
    4/26 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/26 - Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Test (? - will confirm tomorrow)
    4/27 - WM Quiz #14-25
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
     
    4/19/17
    Students acquiesced to taking the pretest for the 2nd half of our word masters list today.  (Actually, I outranked them and imposed the taking of the pretest, so they had no choice.  Some were deadpan, but most mustered up the effort.)
     
    We then reviewed the ALWTW Test and discussed upcoming Literature Circles.  We reviewed the events of Monsters on Maple Street, and  students completed some vocab exercises and answered some thought-provoking questions independently. 
     
    Due Dates:
    4/26 - WM TTT #14-25
    4/27 - WM Quiz #14-25
    5/5 - Chorus/Band/Orchestra Trip
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project is due
     
     
    4/18/17
    Today students took the SRI in Academic Literacy.  We then continued to read Monsters looking for suspense and conflicts. Students made great predictions for Act II, and we finished the play.  We will look into it more tomorrow.  
     
    Due Dates:
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    4/13/17
    We had library book exchange today and took the ALWTW test.  We then read act I of Monsters on Maple Street and looked for examples of conflict and suspense.
     
    Due Dates:
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    4/12/17
    Students took the word masters quiz, and then tried to solve the really, really hard logic problem warm up.  Those who got it correct got a treat :)  Actually everyone who tried got a treat :)
     
    In LA, we shared our 50's fun fact and started to read the drama Monsters Are Due on Maple Street independently.
     
    Due Dates: 
    4/13 - ALWTW Test
    4/13 - ALWTW RAFT is due
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
     
     
    4/11/17
    After reviewing our word masters words, we reviewed vocab, theme, and climax from A Long Walk to Water to prepare for the test on Thursday.
     
    In LA, we brainstormed for our next story, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.  What do you know about the late 1950s/1960s?  
     
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    4/13 - ALWTW Test
    4/13 - ALWTW RAFT is due
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    4/10/17
    We finished our African savannah paintings today by adding an nature silhouette.  They really turned out beautifully!  We played Kahoot to begin the review for our ALWTW test on Thursday; students also had time to work on their RAFTS.  The test will consist of a matching section with vocabulary and 5 open ended questions.  
     
    Due Dates:
    4/10 - Gifted inventory - (google classroom)
    4/11 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    4/13 - ALWTW Test
    4/13 - ALWTW RAFT is due
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
     
    4/7/17
     
    Congratulations on completing Day 4 of the ELA PSSA!!!  YAY!!!  
     
    We are painting an African safari scene to go along with the book, A Long Walk to Water.  Today we painted the background and the ground.  On Monday we will add trees and an safari animal.  It was nice to get to be creative after a long morning of testing.
     
    Students are also working on their Final Time Out Activity - a RAFT (letter.)
     
    Due Dates:
    4/10 - Gifted inventory - (google classroom)
    4/11 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    4/13 - ALWTW Test
    4/13 - ALWTW RAFT is due
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    4/6/17
     
    Congratulations on completing the ELA PSSA Day 3!!!
    We finished reading A Long Walk to Water today. We visited Water for South Sudan's website and got to view a short video about Salva's village and Salva's TED talk....Keep Walking :)
     
    Due Dates:
    4/10 - Gifted inventory - (google classroom)
    4/11 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
     
    4/5/17
    Congratulations on completing the ELA PSSA Day 2!!!
     
    We got our photo taken today for being wiki authors.  Please look on Mrs. Robbins' website - Wiki to see our beautiful photo :)
     
    We then discussed the refugee current events, and we read ALWTW up to p. 106.  We did not complete any sections of the packet. 
     
    Due Dates:
    4/10 - Gifted inventory - (google classroom)
    4/11 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    4/4/17
    We completed Day 1 of the ELA PSSA, great job!!!
    Students received their final word masters list for the spring competition.  We took our pretest on #1-13.  We discussed the refugee articles that we read yesterday and the summaries that were completed for homework (Part 1). We then look up a current events article on refugee camps and wrote a summary.  Most students finished in class, but if you did not, please do so tonight for homework.
     
    Due Dates:
    4/5 - Refugee Camps - Part 2 - Current Event
    4/10 - Gifted inventory - (google classroom)
    4/11 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13
    4/12 - Word Masters Quiz #1-13
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
     
    4/3/17
    To help us prepare for tomorrow's PSSA, we reviewed how to write a TDA.  
    Then, I had to go home sick :(.  Thanks to Mr. Stenroos for filling in.  Hopefully you finished discussing the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.  You then had 2 short articles to read and a summary. If you didn't finish the summary, please finish for homework tonight.
     
    Due Dates:
    4/4 - Refugee Camps - Part 1 summary 
    4/10 - Gifted Inventory (google classroom)
    5/19 - Book Exchange Project (MP4)
     
    3/31/17
    Students discussed chapters 9-12 in ALWTW today.  We then watched a video on refugee camps and we began discussing the United Nations Human Rights.  
     
    Students submitted their tall tales. 
     
    Due Dates:
    4/3 - Submit your tall tale
    4/4 - ELA PSSA
    4/5 - ELA PSSA
    4/6 - ELA PSSA
    4/7 - ELA PSSA
     
     
    3/30/17
    We visited the library today.  Prior to book exchange we shared our research from the water borne illnesses.  It was a bit uncomfortable, and it made me realize how lucky I am to live in America and have clean water everyday.  I hope it made you feel that way, also.  
     
    We then shared our trading cards and began to revise our tall tale.  Please finish all edits/revisions tonight so you can turn it in tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates
    3/31 - Finish Tall Tale revisions and draft
     
     
    3/29/17
    Students read chapters 9-12 today in ALWTW and completed their independent lit circle assignments.  We will have the discussion tomorrow.  In LA, we made our trading card for our Tall Tale character and worked on drafting our Tall Tale.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/30 - Water Borne Illness Outline
    3/30 - Tall Tale Draft
     
    3/28/17 
    Thank you for your good behavior for our sub today.  I looked in google classroom at the Academic Lit assignment and it looks like a little less than half finished the water borne illness outline.  Let's extend the deadline on this to Thursday and we will have some time to finish and share in school tomorrow.
    How is the tall tale coming?  If you don't completely finish tonight, work at least up to the climax. Come in tomorrow with your tall tale written up to the climax. 
     
    Due Dates:
    3/30 - Water Borne Illness Outline
    3/29 - Tall Tale Draft - up to the climax
     
    3/27/17
    Students worked on their Water Borne Illness outline today during academic literacy.
    In LA, we reviewed our tall tale quiz and designed a trading card for our main character.  There was a bit of frustration with this and out laptops.  If you want, you can work on it and print it out at home.  It is hard because we can't print from these laptops and items can get lost when we are trying to move them around.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/29 - Water Borne Illness Outline
    3/29 - Tall Tale Draft
     
    3/24/17
    We took our Tall Tale Quiz today; students then had time to work on their Tall Tale Drafts.  
     
    We finished up our Lit Circle Discussions about chapters 5-8.  Some groups started the Time Out - Research Outline on Water Borne Illnesses; other groups did not get a chance to start yet.  This information is available in google classroom if you want to look over it for Monday.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/26 - Study Island Modifiers
     
    3/23/17
    Students discussed chapters 5,6,7, and 8 in their lit circle groups today.  Some are finished and some will continue their discussions tomorrow.  In LA, we reviewed for our quiz and then students drafted their tall tales. 
     
    Due Dates:
    3/24 - Tall Tale Quiz
    3/26 - Study Island Modifiers
     
    3/22/17
    The students read Chapters 5,6,7,and 8 in A Long Walk to Water today.  If you did not finish, please do so tonight.  We then completed our tall tale brainstorming organizer and began drafting.  We are looking thick, well-developed characters.  Please remember the essential pieces that make a Tall Tale; a tall tale is not just a silly story.  Make sure to apply those to your writing.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/23 - Finish reading chapters 5-8 in ALWTW
    3/24 - Tall Tale Quiz (idioms, numbers, dialogue)
    3/26 - Study Island - Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
     
    3/21/17
    Mr. Pauling walked us through the steps for podcasting today, and we were able to add a podcast to our wiki write up. We then worked on the beekeeping assignment for ALWTW.  Finally, we spent some time brainstorming for our Tall Tale.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/22 - Beekeeping Sections 2 and 3 (Google Classroom)
    3/22 - Think about the elements you want to include in your tall tale
    3/24 - Tall Tale Quiz (idioms, numbers, and dialogue)
    3/26 - Study Island - Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
     
    3/20/17
    Happy Spring :)
     
    We took a "time out" day from ALWTW to learn about the culture of people living in Sudan.  We watched a few short videos, students read an article, and visited a website about beekeeping in Sudan.  If you have not finished, please finish section 1 of the assignment tonight.
     
    In LA, we previewed our final study island assignment - misplaced and dangling modifiers.  We then reviewed the proper way to punctuate dialogue.  So far in this unit, we have learned how to write numerals in text, how to use idioms, and how to punctuate dialogue.  We will be having a quiz on these items later on in the week.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/21 - Bring your podcasting script.
    3/21 - Finish Section 1 of the Beekeeping Assignment in Google Classroom
    3/26 - Study Island - Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
     
    3/17/17
    We went to the library today  to work on the wiki project.  We were able to upload our summaries, post a picture and link to the author's websites.  We will finish doing this on Monday.  This was good reading and following direction practice for us.  We then discussed the first section of A Long Walk to Water with our lit circle groups.  If you did not hand in your packet, please finish for homework and hand it in on Monday.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/19 - Study Island Week 6 - Pronouns
    3/20 - Finish Lit. Circle packets
    3/20 - Bring in your script for wiki podcasting
     
    3/13/17
    We previewed our study island assignment this week - Pronouns.  Students then read chapters 2,3,4 in A Long Walk to Water and completed the individual assignments for the lit. circle discussion.  If you did not finish in class, please do so tonight.  In LA, we had a chance to read everyone's newspapers and comment.  We then practiced identifying some idioms.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/14 - Prepare for Lit circle by completing all of the independent activities for chaps 2,3,4
    3/17 - Wiki write up is due - follow the model in google classroom
    3/19 - Study Island Week 6 - Pronouns
     
    3/9/17
    All the newspapers were turned in today, Yeah!!  I a looking forward to reading them! Not only did we learn 3 types of writing (persuasive essay, hard news, informative essay (feature article), but we also learned how to use Pages to publish, how to incorporate photographs and creative extras, and how to tie everything together :) 
     
    We finished the first chapter of ALWTW, and I finished modeling the lit circle sheet that has to be filled out after each section.  We will read section 2 starting on Monday.
     
    In LA, we reviewed using numbers in writing and previewed idioms.  
     
    Due Dates:
    3/12 - Study Island Week 5
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up is due
     
    3/8/17
    We read the first chapter of A Long Walk to Water together today, and I am in the process of modeling how I would like the literature circles to be completed. 
     
    Our next LA unit is Tall Tales.  We learned that lying is really just using hyperboles, haha!  Our first grammar skill is how to incorporate numbers into stories, essays, etc.  Start to think of a tall tale character and an exciting adventure you can send him or her on.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/9 - Water Footprint
    3/9 - Newspaper due (Just finish it.  I will tell you how I want you to submit it tomorrow.)
    3/12 - Study Island Week 5
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up is due
     
    3/7/17
    We discussed a bit more background information on A Long Walk to Water.  (Mrs. Frasch spilled precious water all over the floor (and Ale) while discussing the importance of not wasting water - uggh!!)  Students completed a reaction to a video which we will discuss tomorrow.
     
    Students had time in class today to put the final touches on their newspapers. These are due 3/9.
     
    Due dates:
    3/9 - Water Footprint
    3/9 - Newspaper
    3/12 - Study Island Week 5
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up
     
     
    3/6/17
    To begin, we previewed our study island assignment for the week.
     
    During AL, we reviewed the water crisis sheet and created an awareness poster to be hung in the showcase.  Please finish this tonight if you did not finish today in class.  Remember to use only black and red.  
     
    In LA, we revised our newspapers with a peer.  We added our feature and played around with creative extras.  The due date for this is Thursday, 3/9, so you will need to do some work on this at home.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/7 - Finish Water Poster
    3/9 - Newspaper due
    3/12 - Study Island Week 5
    3/17 - Wiki Write-up is due
     
     
    3/3/17
    I was not in school on Friday.  Thank you for your cooperation with our substitute
     
     
    3/2/17
    We are the best hat wearing class ever!!  Thank you for showing your school spirit.  We had book exchange today, and everyone was able to save their title to the wiki.  Remember, if you are working on your wiki write up, make sure to do this on a google doc. Do not put anything up on Mrs. Robbins' wiki until it has been thoroughly checked. 
     
    In LA, we continued to work on our newspapers focusing on the feature article.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/5 - Study Island Week 4
    3/6 - Feature Article is due
    3/17 - Wiki Write up is due 
     
     
    3/1/17
    We took a quiz on active and passive voice today.  We peer edited and revised our editorial today.  We put the editorial into the newspaper program, and worked on some creative extras.  We reviewed the variety of formats available for features and agreed upon Monday as the due date.  Students then worked on features.  It was a productive day.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/2 - Book Exchange
    3/5 - Study Island Week 4
    3/6 - Feature ARticle is due
    3/17 - Wiki write up is due
     
     
    2/28/17
     
    Today we basically spent class working on our editorials. We completed an editorial seek and find, and then reviewed how to place pictures on our pages template.
     
    Due Dates:
    3/1 - Editorial is due - We will put this on our templates tomorrow during class.
    3/5 - Study Island Week 4
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up is due
     
     
    2/27/17
    We finished up watching our sphero tutorial videos today, and cleaned up our mazes and the library. (I think Mrs. Robbins is happy to have her library back :) *I am hoping to have these shared in google classroom so you can show your parents.
     
    In LA, we previewed our study island assignment for the week:  Sentence Fragments and Run-ons. We then reviewed our newspaper rubric, and we worked on writing our editorial.  I am not grading the drafts, only the final copy, so students must be PROACTIVE in following the rubric.
     
    Due Dates:
    *This week be prepared for another active/passive voice pop quiz*
    3/1 - Editorial 
    3/5 - Study Island Week 4
    3/17 - Wiki write up due
     
    2/24/17
    Today was "treat day" for reaching and exceeding our word masters goal.   We then spent time in the library watching our sphero video tutorials.  It is really hard to watch ourselves on video, but it is a great learning experience :)
     
    Due Dates:
    2/26 - Study Island Week 3
    3/17 - Wiki write up is due
     
     
    2/23/17
    After completing a quick review, we took a quiz on active and passive voice today.  We then chose the format for your newspaper using Pages and inserted our hard news article.  Continue to work on your feature and editorial.  The due dates for these will come quickly.  We then uploaded our videos and submitted them in google docs and completed a self reflection.  Eric - if you are reading this, yours did not work.  Please try again.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/24 - Video self-reflection is due
    2/24 - Treat Day
    2/26 - Study Island Week 3
    3/17 - Wiki write up is due
     
    2/22/17
    I was not in school today.  Thank you for working hard for our sub.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/23 - Hard News final article is due 
    2/23 - Quiz on Active and Passive Voice
    2/23 - Video is due - I will give you instructions on how to share this.  You just need to make sure it is finished.
    2/24 - Treat day (We will be deserving of this after this week :)
    2/26 - Study Island Week 3
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up is due
     
     
     
    2/21/17
    In Language Arts, we previewed our study island assignment this week - phrases and clauses, and spelling.  If you did not complete the correct lessons, I did give you credit in sapphire, but please make sure to following the assignments as listed in google classroom.  Students then went on and picked a book and set up their page for the wiki assignment.  

    In AL, we are in the final step of the technical writing project.  The final due date is Thursday, 2/23. I know some of you could use more time, but we need to bring it to a close. Tomorrow is the last day to edit.  You can do it!! 

    Due Dates:
    2/23 - Hard News final article is due - You will have class time tomorrow to revise this.
    2/23 - Quiz on Active and Passive Voice
    2/23 - Video is due - I will give you instructions on how to share this.  You just need to make sure it is finished.
    2/24 - Treat day (We will be deserving of this after this week :)
    2/26 - Study Island Week 3
    3/17 - Wiki Write Up is due
     
     
    2/16/17
    Today was book exchange.  We learned about Mrs. Robbins' wiki, and we will become wiki authors!! The assignment will be further explained on Tuesday, and you can get more information on google classroom.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/19 - Study Island Week 2
     
    2/15/17
    Congratulations, we exceeded our Word Masters Challenge Goal!!  We aimed for a score of 155 but earned a 166.  Put a suggestion for a reward in google classroom.
     
    Since we could not use the library today, we spent time uploading our footage to iMovie and editing. We should have a little time tomorrow to film the final scenes we need.  I am hoping to have this finished by next Thursday???  Maybe???  Let's try and see how we do.  
     
    Due Dates:
    2/16 - Book Exchange
    2/19 - Study Island Week 2
     
    2/13/17
    In Academic LiteracyWe continued to film for our sphero video tutorial today.  I am hoping that all filming can be finished during class tomorrow.  We cannot film Wednesday or Thursday, so let's really try to get the filming finished. I shared a video tutorial on iMovie in google classroom.  If you have some free time tonight, please watch part of it (it's really long...) We will review iMovie tomorrow in class.  
     
    In Language Arts we took the word masters spelling test and previewed the study island lessons for this week.  I then continued to meet with individual students to go over their editorial while others worked on either their hard news, editorial, or feature article.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/14 - Word Masters Challenge
    2/14 - Sphero process journal - day 8
    2/19 - Study Island Week 2
     
    2/10/17
    We reviewed our word masters with a kahoot today.  Students then worked on researching for their editorial.  My goal was to meet and talk with everyone, but I didn't get a chance to do that due to the shortened classes.  I will do so on Monday.  We then went to the library and worked on our videos.  It doesn't look like we will meet our 2/14 deadline, so we will take inventory on Monday and plan the due date from there.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/12 - Study Island (first 2 lessons)
    2/13 - Word Masters Spelling
    2/14 - Word Masters Challenge
     
     
    2/8/17
    We used our flashcards today to sort the words and to review for our word masters challenge.  If there is a snow day tomorrow, the word masters challenge test will be held on Tuesday, 2/14.  Students then handed in their Editorial intro paragraphs via google classroom.
     
    In academic literacy, all groups finished up their story boards and some even began filming.  My hope is to have the video tutorials finished by Valentine's Day...we'll see.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/10 - Play Quizzezz to practice for word masters
    2/10 - Word Masters Challenge
    2/12 - Study Island Assignment 1
    2/13 - Word Masters Spelling Test
     
     
    2/7/17
    We started class with an analogy practice activity to get us in the word masters mind frame.  Last night, students found information (2) to support their editorial claim.  In class today we drafted the introductory paragraph.
     
    In Academic Literacy, students submitted their directions for the sphero project.  We learned what would be expected for our video tutorial, watched a few examples, and began working on the storyboard.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/8 - Editorial Introductory paragraph
    2/8 - Word Masters flashcards (terms on one color, definitions on the other)
    2/10 - Play Quizzezz to practice for word masters
    2/10 - Word Masters Challenge
    2/12 - Study Island Assignment 1
    2/13 - Word Masters Spelling Test
     
     
     
    2/6/17
    This is going to be a busy week for us!! Today we received our study island assignment.  The students were given a hard copy of the assignment, and it is also in google classroom.  In LA, we worked on gathering statistics and facts for our editorials.  Students need to come up with 2 pieces of factual evidence to support their first 2 claims.  In Academic Literacy, students worked to finalize their written directions.  These are due tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/7 - Sphero written directions are due
    2/7 - Information to support your first 2 claims in your editorial
    2/8 - Word Masters flashcards (terms on one color, definitions on the other)
    2/10 - Word Masters Challenge
    2/12 - Study Island Assignment 1
    2/13 - Word Masters Spelling Test
     
    2/3/17
    Everyone chose a topic today for their editorial/argumentative essay.  The students then spent time gathering their reasons and gathering research to support their reasons.   
     
    The students worked today to edit and revise their written directions as per the suggestions given to them by the 8th grade students yesterday.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/7 - Sphero Written Directions are due
     
     
    2/2/17
    Today was book exchange.  After the students got their books, they made the final touches on their directions.  We then had some 8th grade students come and perform a usability test.  These students read and followed the directions.  They helped to give us some feedback and ideas for improvement.  It was a good learning experience.  Tomorrow we will make revisions and Mr. Pauling will teach us the basics on using the video cameras.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/3 - Think about topics for your editorial/argumentative journalism piece
    2/3- Newsela is due
     
     
     
    2/1/17
    Students took the word masters quiz today.  Then, we reviewed a little active/passive voice.  The newspaper assignment rubric was distributed and examples were shown.  We talked about the editorial/argumentative essay, and students were given some examples of topics.  Everyone should begin thinking about an idea tonight.
     
    In the library, most groups finished up their programming.  We will put the final touches on the written copies tomorrow during 4th period and have the usability tests during 5th.   
     
    Due Dates:
    2/2 - Draft of written programming directions
    2/2 - Think about topics for your editorial/argumentative journalism piece
    2/3- Newsela is due
     
     
    1/31/17
    After reviewing our word masters words, we played a shortened game of "sparkle" to review for the quiz tomorrow.  Cam then helped me model how to act in an interview as we prepare to gather the info needed to write our feature articles. 
     
    In AL, we continued to work in the library.  Your first programming instructions draft is due on Thursday.  I have invited non-biased guests in to see if they can read and follow your directions.  No pressure :)
     
    We talked about Newsela, and many of the kids are not doing well on the article about the fake news (picture of Michelle Obama.)  I will reset this for you if you wish.
     
    Due Dates:
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
    1/30/17
    After taking the journalism quiz, we decided upon our feature article topics.  We wrote interview questions, and some of us were able to reach out to the people we want to interview via email.  Please make sure to come up with at least 10 open ended interview questions for tomorrow.
     
    In the library, we looked at the rubric for our project and clarified the purpose.  Students then worked on programming the sphero and drafting the directions.  Programming and written directions must be finished by Thursday.  On Thursday, we will have visitors complete the usability tests for us.  
     
    Due Dates:
    1/31 - Word Masters TicTacToe is due (14-25)
    1/31 - Pink Reflection worksheet
    1/31 - At least 10 interview questions
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
    1/27/17
    After practicing Active and Passive Voice, we played a review game to prepare for our journalism terms quiz on Monday.  We then looked at various feature articles, and students brainstormed ideas.  Please come prepared on Monday with 3 solid feature article ideas.
     
    *If you were absent and have not yet completed your hard new draft, please do so asap.
     
    In AL, all are finished building their mazes and are now working on programming.  Lots of creative solutions are being generated to fix unexpected problems!! I love it!
     
    1/30 - Journalism terms quiz
    1/31 - Word Masters TicTacToe is due (14-25)
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
     
    1/26/17
    At the beginning of class, students who chose to complete the extra credit shared their assignments.  We then reviewed Active and Passive Voice.  Feature stories were introduced.  Begin thinking about what you want to write about.  The feature stories will be published in The Spartan Tribune, so they need to have something to do with SLMS.
     
    We then continued to work on our mazes.  We are all just about finished.  Some groups even began programming.  If you did not finish your process journal - Day 4, please finish tonight.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/27 - Sphero Process Journal Day 4
    1/30 - Journalism terms quiz
    1/31 - Word Masters TicTacToe is due (14-25)
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
     
    1/25/17
    Today we enjoyed meeting Ms. Valentina, an English teacher from Uruguay.  It was interesting to hear about her school in Uruguay, and we were jealous to hear that they are on summer break.   
    We learned the difference between active voice (Yeah) and passive voice (Boo), learned that headlines should be no more than 7 words, and that captions for pictures should be in complete sentences.  Students are writing 4 captions for pictures tonight for homework.  I forgot about sharing the journalism extra credit, so I will give you one more day if you want to do it.
     
    In AL, we worked in the library to assemble our mazes.  Students quickly learned that you need a plan and you need to stick to the plan to manage your time.  Most of the students are just about finished creating their maze.
     
     
    Due Dates:
    1/26 - Choose 4 pictures from the sheet and write a caption for each
    1/26 -  Journalism extra credit is due
    1/30 - Journalism terms quiz
    1/31 - Word Masters TicTacToe is due (14-25)
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
     
    1/24/17
    After having our Word Masters pretest #14-25, we looked at leads for Hard News Articles.  Students then had time to finish writing or make some revisions.  Please finish the article tonight.  We then went to the library and worked on our mazes/sphero programming.  Students completed the process journal for day 2.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/25 - finish hard news draft
    1/25 - Finish Day 2 process journal of sphero project
    1/25 - Journalism extra credit is due
    1/31 - Word Masters TicTacToe is due (14-25)
    2/1 - Word Masters Quiz (14-25)
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
    1/23/17
    Mrs. Frasch went home sick today.  Thank you for your help with the sub and for all of your hard work.  I will check in with you tomorrow to see what was accomplished.
     
    1/19/17
    We took the word masters quiz and visited the library for book exchange.  We then learned about about the inverted pyramid organizer used in writing a hard news article.  Students began to fill in the organizer with general information.  We will fine tune this on Monday, but please finish the organizer by Monday.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/23 - Hard News Organizer
    1/25- Journalism extra credit is due
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
    1/18/17
    Congratulations on completing all of your midterms!!!
     
    We reviewed our LA and AL midterms in class today, finished defining and discussing our newspaper vocabulary, and then the students had the choice of taking their word masters quiz or starting their newsela assignment.  No one chose word masters, so I'm happy that you are all taking an extra night to study :)
     
    Due Dates:
    1/19 *We did not get to look at this today - Journalism journal (this can take any form) gather ideas and facts for your articles
    1/19 - WM Quiz - You may choose since there is a midterm tomorrow :)
    1/19 - Book Exchange
    1/25- Journalism extra credit is due
    2/3 - Newsela is due
     
     
    1/17/17
    Aidan and Michael had a chance to show us how they manipulated their brushbots today to meet the various challenges.   We then reviewed the written directions and listed items that excellent directions must have.   
     
    We reviewed the word masters definitions and defined journalism terms.  Remember to keep up with your journalism journal and continue to gather your story ideas. 
     
    Due Dates:
    1/18 - Journalism journal (this can take any form) gather ideas and facts for your articles
    1/18  or 1/19 - WM Quiz - You may choose since there is a midterm tomorrow :)
    1/19 - Book Exchange
     
     
    1/13/17
    You did a great job manipulating their brushbots for specific purposes (video coming soon.)  I am impressed by your application of the 4 C's!!  
     
    For Journalism, students will (through the course of the unit) write 3 articles: hard news, feature, and editorial.  For the next 5 days, please be aware of what is going on around you and keep a "journalism journal."  This is a place for you to gather your ideas.  We then reviewed the posters and the terms.  We will finish this up on Tuesday.  
     
    Word Masters TicTacToe is due on Tuesday, and, since we did not have school on Monday, if you did not complete a puzzle, you can't do one because I need the puzzles the day before.
     
    Enjoy your 3 day weekend.  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, try to do community service or some good deeds around your house.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/17 - Word Masters Tic Tac Toe #1-13
    1/18 - Journalism journal (this can take any form) gather ideas and facts for your articles
     
    1/11/17
    Today students built a brushbot.  This is a simple bot with a simple motor. The then raced their bots and the big winner was Ale!!  Their assignment is to take the bot home and modify it to do one of the following: go in a straight line, spin faster, or travel in a wide circle.  The students have a packet to complete about their modifications and trial/error.  This is due on Friday.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/13 - Brushbot modification packet and bring the modified brushbot to school
    1/17 - Word Masters TicTacToe #1-13 
     
    1/10/17
    Our new unit for Academic Literacy is technical writing.  Students analyzed and discussed a variety of directions today looking of the good, bad, and confusing.  
     
    In LA, we received our new word masters list today and took the pretest.  We then started our unit on Journalism.  Students spent time reading through the Morning Call's student issue to gather some background info on journalism.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/17 - Word Masters TicTacToe for words #1-13 
     
     
    1/9/17
    Today students finished the LA midterm and completed the SRI.  Lots of testing, but now it is over and they have no homework tonight :)
     
    Due Dates:
    None (Wow! It happened again!!)
     
    1/6/17
    Students wrote the essay portion of their LA midterm in class today.  Some did not finish but will finish on Monday.  
     
    On Tuesday we are starting two new units: Technical Writing in Academic Literacy and Journalism in Language Arts.  Both are very exciting!!
     
    Due Dates:
    None (Wow! That rarely happens :)
     
    1/5/17
    We took our language arts midterm today - 1 down!!  Yeah!  We then spent time in the library for book exchange and worked on completing our outline for the LA midterm essay tomorrow.  Please take some time tonight to review your outline so you are prepared to write the essay in class tomorrow.
     
    **Remember you will be taking the midterm in Mr. Rodriguez's room 113 tomorrow.  You will need a pencil and something to do when you finish.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/6 - Prepare for your LA essay and for your AL Midterm
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
     
    1/4/17
    Today we spent class time reviewing for our midterms.  We played kahoot and checked our Academic Literacy practice test.   We then worked on the outline for our essay.   The prompt is as follows: 
     
    In the novel, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's life is changed when he is visited and taken on a journey by 3 Spirits.  Write an essay analyzing which of these spirits is the most influential in Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation.  Use evidence from the text to support your analysis.
     
    Tonight - make sure to complete your outline sections I (introduction), II (Reason #1), and III (Reason #2.) Tomorrow we will generate the conclusion.  You will be on your own to come up with Reason #3.  We will not have time in class tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/5 - ELA Midterm
    1/5 - Work on Essay Outline (I, II, and III)
    1/5 - Library Book exchange
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
     
    1/3/17
     
    Happy New Year! Welcome back everyone. I hope that you all enjoyed your winter break.
     
    Today in class, we completed a practice test for the Academic Literacy midterm.  If you didn't finish it, please finish it tonight.  We will go over the answers tomorrow. 
     
    For Language Arts, we reviewed parts of A Christmas Carol.  The test will be on applying your reading comprehension skills to the story.  Skills such as identifying figurative language, theme, mood, etc, using context clues to define new words, methods of characterization, and examining quotes and how they relate to the theme of the text.
     
    We will also have an essay on this midterm that will be written during class.  Here is the essay prompt:
     
    In the novel, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's life is changed when he is visited and taken on a journey by 3 Spirits.  Write an essay analyzing which of these spirits is the most influential in Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation.  Use evidence from the text to support your analysis.
     
    If I were you, I would start gathering info to write this essay.  We will complete an outline in class and you may use that to help you write.
     
    Due Dates:
    1/4 - Finish AL practice exam
    1/5 - ELA Midterm
    1/5 - Library Book exchange
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
     
     
     
    12/21/16
    We watched A Christmas Carol.  We discussed theme and the formula for finding the theme in literature.  We then played Kahoot to review.  
     
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
     
    Midterm Schedule
    1/5 - Language Arts
    1/6 - Academic Literacy
    1/11 - Social Studies
    1/13 - Science
    1/18 - Math
     
    Due Dates:
    1/5 - ELA Midterm
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
     
     
    12/19/16
    Today students completed a TDA essay on a short story excerpt.  This assessment is being used by the curriculum office.  This is not being graded, however, I am giving students effort points in Academic Literacy.
     
    We are looking forward to watching A Christmas Carol tomorrow :)
     
    Midterm Schedule
    1/5 - Language Arts
    1/6 - Academic Literacy
    1/11 - Social Studies
    1/13 - Science
    1/18 - Math
     
    Due Dates:
    1/5 - ELA Midterm
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
    12/16/16
    Everyone got their research paper back today.  I apologize for taking so long to grade them, but I always go through them with a "fine tooth comb."  Many students did not receive a good score on this project, however, everyone received a minimum curved score of 80%.  This score is awarded for all of the effort that went into researching and writing the paper.  This was our first attempt at a major research project, and the main areas we need to improve upon are: paraphrasing, citing within the text, using a closing sentence for each paragraph, applying subject specific word choice (no banned words), and creating a MLA formatted works cited page.  We will have another research paper, so we will have another chance to relearn these important skills.  I believe that the most important aspect we have to focus on as a class is to read the directions and to read and follow the rubric.  There will be a few more opportunities to bring the grades up.
     
    We then discussed Stave 4, took Stave 4 Quick Quiz,  finished A Christmas Carol. Students worked on identifying all of the story elements and characterization of Scrooge in Stave 5.
     
    Midterm Schedule
    1/5 - Language Arts
    1/6 - Academic Literacy
    1/11 - Social Studies
    1/13 - Science
    1/18 - Math
     
    Due Dates:
    1/5 - ELA Midterm
    1/6 - AL Midterm
    1/6 - Book Project is due
     
     
    12/15/16
    We visited the library today for book exchange, and students worked on their reading book exchange project which is due 1/6. We then finished reading Stave 4 and students completed the double entry journal.  If you did not finish, please do so tonight.  Also, don't forget to sketch your ghost.
     
    Midterm Schedule
    1/5 - Language Arts
    1/6 - Academic Literacy
    1/11 - Social Studies
    1/13 - Science
    1/18 - Math
     
    Due Dates:
    12/16 - Stave 4 Double Entry Journal
    12/16 - Sketch of Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
     
     
     
    12/14/16
    We discussed Stave 3 and took a quick quiz. We then read Stave 4 to page 106.  No homework or questions tonight.  
     
     Our midterms are slowly creeping up on us.  All information is available in google classroom.  We will review beginning next week. 
     
    Due Dates:
    12/15 - Library Book Exchange
    1/5 - LA Midterm (A Christmas Carol)
    1/6 - AL Midterm (Nonfiction reading strategies, text structures, text features, etc.)
    1/6 - Book Project
     
    12/13/16
    I was not in school today.  Thank you for being on your best behavior for the substitute.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/15 - Library
    1/6 - Book report (Questions and book cover)
     
     
    12/12/16
    Students finished the double entry journal from Stave 2 and began reading Stave 3.  
     
    Due Dates:
    12/15 - Library
    1/6 - Book report (Questions and book cover)
     
     
    12/9/16
    After our warm up, we worked on the assignments for Stave 2.  We then sketched the Ghost of Christmas Past from Dickens' description and discussed the events from the Stave.
     
    Due dates:
    12/12 - Finish items from Stave 2 in packet
    12/12 - Stave 2 Quick Quiz
    1/6 - Book report (Questions and book cover)
     
    12/8/16
    First, we marveled at all of the artistic talent in our class.  We enjoyed drawing Marley's ghost from Dickens' description.  We then continued our discussion of Stave 1.  Students took the comma quiz and we read Stave 2.  Please finish reading for homework.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/9 - Finish reading Stave 2
    1/6 - Book report (Questions and book cover)
     
    12/7/16
    We discussed Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol while reviewing all of the requirements that go along with each stave.  We then started to sketch Jacob Marley as per Dickens' description on p. 18.  Throughout the novel, we will sketch each ghost we meet.  Please finish this tonight.
    We also had a quick review for the comma quiz tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/8 - Comma Rule Quiz
    12/8 - Scholastic form is due
    12/8 - Jacob Marley Sketch
    1/6 - Book Report (Questions and book cover)
     
    12/6/16
    Today students read the first Stave of A Christmas Carol.  We worked on Characterization, Vocabulary, Use of Language and Predictions.  I look forward to discussing this tomorrow.  We also have a comma quiz coming up on Thursday.   Please look over your notes. 
     

    Due Dates:
    12/8 - Comma Rule Quiz
    12/8 - Scholastic Entry form - signed
     
     
    12/5/16
    Today we spent time completing the information for entering the scholastic writing contest. You will need to print this form out at home and get your parent's signature.  If this does not work, please let me know ASAP.  All forms must be returned to me by 12/8.
     
    We then began to read A Christmas Carol.  Each stave has specific objectives that we will be reading for and practicing.  We will have  a sub tomorrow so please bring your book and packet to class.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/8 - Comma Rule Quiz
    12/8 - Scholastic Entry form - signed
     
     
    12/2/16
    Students had a chance to read one another's research projects today and respond about what they learned.  The research papers are very well done! Good Job everyone on your first MLA research paper.
     
    Today we edited and revised our Scholastic Entries.  Students must create an account in Scholastic to enter the contest.  The district will cover the $5.00 entry fee for the first piece, but if you want to enter additional pieces, you will have to pay the fee.  Once you submit your piece, you must print it out the form and get your parents' signature.  I then have to sign the form and submit it with the check to scholastic by 12/15.  So the form must be printed and signed by 12/8.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/5 - A Christmas Carol  webquest
    12/5 - Finish your scholastic entry
    12/8 - Parent signed scholastic form is due
    1/6 - Book Exchange Project due
     
     
    12/1/16
    December already???  Today we enjoyed a treat and games as a reward for earning our Word Masters Goal.  
     
    We then drafted our conclusion to our research paper. Don't forget to get a parent or trusted friend to proofread your paper for you.  Submit this in google classroom by 8:00am tomorrow morning.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/2 - Scholastic Entry due
    12/2 - Research Paper Due by 8:00am in google classroom
    12/6 - A Christmas Carol  webquest
    1/6 - Book Exchange Project due
     
     
    11/30/16
    Today we reviewed the MLA works cited page.  Students updated and formatted their works cited to MLA.  We then spent the remainder of time in class working on editing and revising our research papers.  Don't turn them in yet, please get a parent or older brother or sister to proofread your paper for you.  Tomorrow we will review the necessary parts of a conclusion. (A sample in available in google classroom.) The research papers are due by 8:00am on Friday in google classroom, and I will print them out.
     
    In LA, our next novel will be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  The students completed a webquest today to build background information on this author and London's Victorian Era.
     
    Due Dates:
    12/1 - Book Exchange and Word Masters Treat
    12/2 - Scholastic Entry due
    12/2 - Research Paper Due by 8:00am in google classroom
    12/6 - A Christmas Carol  webquest
    1/6 - Book Exchange Project due
     
    11/ 29/16
    We have a lot going on in AL and LA.  Today we wrote titles for our research papers and made sure that they were formatted in MLA format before continuing to draft. Students then worked on drafting their papers.
     
    In LA, we received our 2nd marking period book exchange assignment - this is not due until next year (1/6/17.)  
     
    Our poem of the week is If Once You Have Slept on an Island.  It's a great poem with a lot of meaning.  Thanks to Amy S. for suggesting it to us.  We then reviewed our comma rules and completed a practice exercise.  I planned a quiz on comma rules for Friday, but now that I think about it, I think pushing it back to next week will be best.  We have a lot of work due on Friday.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/30 - Work on research paper
    12/1 - Book Exchange and Word Masters Treat
    12/2 - Scholastic Entry due
    12/2 - Research Paper Due
    1/6 - Book Exchange Project due
     
    11/23/16
    In class today I finished up meeting with individual students to discuss their progress and look over their research report.  The students then had a lot of time in class to work on drafting their reports. Many are close to finishing.  
     
    In LA, after finishing the comma posters, students had time to work on their entries for scholastic writing.
     
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving, your time off from school, and your time with your family.  Be Thankful!!
     
    Due Dates:
    Over Thanksgiving break - Work on your research report if you feel it is necessary.
    12/2 - Scholastic Draft due in google classroom
    12/2 - Brain Research paper due (Right now this is the plan, but it may be subject to change.)
     
     
    11/22/16
    I am in the process of meeting with individual students to discuss their progress so far and look over their research report. While I met with students individually, the remainder of the students worked independently on their research paper.
     
    In LA, after taking the word masters spelling test, we cleared up some misconceptions about comma rule #6 and students finished working on their posters.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/23 - Work for 15 minutes on your research paper (optional)
    12/2 - Scholastic Draft due in google classroom
    12/2 - Brain Research paper due???
     
    11/21/16
    In Academic Literacy, students worked on drafting their research paper.  They are to work for 15 minutes tonight to continue that draft.  Grammar boot camp:  We then looked at the importance of comma rules in LA, and we discovered that lives could be ruined if a comma was forgotten (Just kidding...kind of).  We learned the 6 comma rules and students are in the process of making posters to advertise each rule.  We will finish tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/22 - Word Masters Spelling Test
    11/22 - Work for 15 minutes on your research paper
    12/2 - Scholastic Draft due in google classroom
     
    11/18/16
    Congratulations Carys and Marley!!  They will be representing our class in the school wide spelling bee on 11/22.  We have been working on 2 major writing projects - our research paper and our entry to Scholastic.  We spent time after the bee today just writing :)
     
    Due Dates:
    11/22 - Word Masters Spelling Test
    12/2 - Scholastic Draft due in google classroom
     
    11/16/16
    Congratulations!! We exceeded our word masters goal by 30 points and scored a whopping 165! Woooo Hooooo!  Think about what you want for your reward - healthy treat and fun activity of some sort.  Make sure you turn in your outline; it's due today.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/16 - Outline is due in Google classroom
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
    11/15/16
    We all got our hearing checked today, what??  (haha!) Students then had class time to work on their outlines.  If they finished and handed in their outlines, they had the opportunity to work on Newsela or study for the Word Masters Challenge.  Our goal for the challenge is to earn 135/200!  It's hard, but we can do this!!!
     
    Due Dates:
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/16 - Outline is due in Google classroom
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
     
    11/14/16
    After our Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trivia, students worked independently on their outlines.  The outlines are due on 11/16.
     
    Our poem of the week is In Flander's Fields by John McCrea.  We discussed this poem in honor of Veteran's Day.  We then reviewed words for our Word Masters Challenge.  Students sorted their flashcards into categories (parts of speech, antonyms, synonyms, etc.). Bring them to class tomorrow in case we get some time to review.  
     
    Due Dates:
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/16 - Outline is due in Google classroom
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
     
    11/11/16
    Happy Veteran's Day to all who served! Today we continued to work on our outlines.  Please make sure to follow the MLA format. The final outline is due 11/16 in google classroom.  
     
    Congrats to all who attended Pages and Pizza! We had 3 winners in this class!!!  We look forward to attending the next one :)
     
    In LA, students were introduced to the Scholastic Writing Contest.  They spent time looking over the categories and deciding which pieces to write/enter.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/14 - Word Masters Flashcards - Please cut out
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/16 - Outline is due in Google classroom
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
     
    11/10/16
    Students took the ATTWN test today.  We then continued working on our research paper outlines. Some students were even able to draft their introduction paragraphs.
     
    Don't forget to sign up to guest host Studio 22 for Extra Credit.  Congrats to Evie and Ale who did a great job today!
     
    Also tomorrow is Pages for Pizza!!  If you signed up, don't forget your book.
     
    Tomorrow is Veteran's day - wear Red, White, and Blue!  When my son graduates from college, he will be a 2nd Lt. in the US Army.  Make sure to tell me this tomorrow for a treat :)
     
    Due Dates:
    11/10 - ATTWN Test
    11/11 - Play Quizziz in google classroom
    11/14 - Word Masters Flashcards - Please cut out
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
    11/9/16
    We reviewed for our ATTWN test today.  The test is tomorrow.  We then wrote a thesis statement draft and worked on our outlines.  All students submitted their outline drafts today.  I will look them over and see how far each student is.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/10 - ATTWN Test
    11/11 - Play Quizziz in google classroom
    11/14 - Word Masters Flashcards - Please cut out
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
    11/8/16
    Website catch up day!  On Friday, I attended a meeting with the gifted support team at central office, and on Monday, I was out.  Now I am back in the "swing of things."
     
    Class started by reviewing for the word masters challenge test.  We practiced using analogies and looked at the relationships between the words.
     
    We spent time reviewing ATTWN for our test, which will be on Thursday.  Students have a practice test to take tonight, and we will discuss the answers tomorrow.  Items that will be on the test include vocab, story elements, characters, plot. There will be matching, multiple choice, short answer, true/false, and fill in the blanks.
     
    Students then had the remainder of the time to work on their outlines. Most students are just about finished.  Tomorrow we will write our thesis.
     
    Due Dates:
    11/9 - 1st marking period reflection (gold sheet)
    11/9 - ATTWN practice test
    11/10 - ATTWN Test
    11/16 - Word Masters Challenge
    11/17 - Newsela is due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee
     
     
     
    11/3/16
    Today was library book exchange day.  Students spent time in the library either researching and working on their notecards or reading a book of their choice.
     
    In LA, we discovered that the murdered was Justing Lawrence Wargrave ---- What???? We need some time to process this! Think about it tonight and jot the answer to question #20 in your packet.  We will discuss more tomorrow. 
     
    Due Dates:
    11/4 - ATTWN Question #20
    11/4 - Word Masters Practice Sheet
    11/4 -25 notecards
    11/18 - Classroom spelling bee
     
     
    11/2/16
    In AL, we reviewed terms and how to paraphrase.  Students worked independently on their research cards, and I was able to check in with most of them.  If I didn't get to check in with you today, I will do so tomorrow.
     
    In LA, we finished reading And Then There Were None.  Students will read the epilogue tonight.  
     
    Due Dates:
    11/3 - Library
    11/4 - Word Masters Practice Sheet
    11/4 -25 notecards
    11/18 - Classroom spelling bee
     
    11/1/16
    Today students were given the rubric and overview for the research project.  Today they worked on getting articles and taking notes.  25 notecards are due by Friday.  They will  have class time on tomorrow and Thursday to work on this. In LA, we read chapter 15 - 2 more down.... This will end shortly!
     
    Due Dates:
    11/4 - 25 notecards due
    11/18 - Classroom spelling bee
     
    10/31/16
    We continued to research and create note cards today in Academic Literacy.  Now that everyone is familiar with easybib, elibrary, google keep, etc., I will give out the formal research assignment tomorrow.  
     
    Our poem of the week is from Shakespeare's Macbeth, even though it also appeared in Harry Potter.  It is called Song of the Witches. Tell your parents about it.  I'm sure they have heard it, too.
     
    We read chapter 14 in And Then There Were None independently today.  If you did not finish the exit ticket - the questions are listed below.  Answer these for tomorrow - 
     
    1. What is learned about Vera? What appeared in Vera's room that was not there before?
    2. Who is Landor?
    3. Where do the men go?
    4. Who do you predict has died?
     
    Due dates:
    11/1- Finish the exit ticket for chapter 14
    11/18 - Spelling Bee
     
    10/28/16
    Students began researching for their brain defect/injury research project.  We used Elibrary and were so excited to be able to save documents right to folders in our google drives.  We then read the articles and most of us were able to take 2 note cards using the google keep app.  Google has really made the research process much simpler than it was in the past.   
     
    During LA, students finished up their Letters about Literature Entry.  Enjoy trick-or-treating.  Stay Safe!
     
    Due Dates:
    10/17 - Letters About Literature Due
    11/18 - Class spelling bee - prepare by using www.spellingbee.com
     
    10/27/16
    After taking our word masters quiz, we compiled our K-W chart into 5 researchable questions. We learned how to access and use Elibrary and the other search engines that our school pays for.  
    Then, with Mrs. Robbins, we reviewed how to use Easy Bib, and she provided us with a lot of good information to help us start our research.  We should be ready to begin researching tomorrow.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/28 - Newsela - Annotate, Quiz, Write
     
     
    10/26/16
    During AL, students wrote a letter to our guest speaker describing what they learned today and asking additional questions.  We read to the end of Chapter 13 and in ATTWN and completed question #16.  We reviewed word masters, but didn't have enough time to play sparkle :(
    We learned how to use google keep for our notecards for our research report.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
    10/28 - Newsela Article 2
     
    10/25/16
    The internet was down during our classes today.  After taking the quiz on chapters 7-11, we read Chapter 12 and are just about to finish Chapter 13.   We have several homework assignments, so please stay organized and on top of your assignments.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/26 - WM TTT # 14-25
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
    10/28 - Newsela Article 2
     
     
     
    10/24/16
    After our warm up, we began our research project today.  Students shared their topics and created a K-W chart.  We have been having a lot of issues with our internet, so it was frustrating that we could not access google classroom or go online.  
     
    Our poem of the week is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.  This is such a famous poem around this time of year that we just had to try it.  It was really hard to understand, but the kids did a good job and got the "gist." (Thanks to the Simpsons!)
     
    In LA, we read chapter 11.  We will continue to discuss this tomorrow, but there will be a pop quiz tomorrow on chapters 7-11.  (Now it's no longer a surprise.)
     
    Due Dates:
    10/26 - WM TTT # 14-25
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
    10/28 - Newsela Article 2
     
     
     
    10/21/16
    We reviewed Newsela and discussed various strategies to help us to be successful in reading, annotating, and answering the questions (both multiple choice and open ended). Students started a second article - this is due 10/28.
     
    We then had some quiet reading time (my favorite) in the library along with book exchange.
     
    We enjoyed meeting our new superintendent, Mrs. Evison.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/26 - WM TTT # 14-25
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
    10/28 - Newsela Article 2
     
     
    10/20/16
    Students were introduced to Newsela today, and we completed our first article with annotations and 4 question quiz.  Newsela is hard, so we will spend some time tomorrow going over how to use this tool.  If you did not finish, please finish tonight.
     
    We then read chapter 10 in ATTWN.  Many of us have already finished the book, that's fine...just don't give away the ending.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/21 - Finish Newsela
    10/26 - WM TTT # 14-25
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
     
    10/19/16
    Students took the Phineas Gage assessment today.  I printed out everyone's PG Obituaries and am excited to read them and hang them up
     
    We then took the Word Masters pretest - part 2.  The word list and the tic-tac-toe assignment are available in google classroom.  We then discussed the events from Chapter 9 in ATTWN.  We completed a scavenger hunt on literary elements and found great examples of foreshadowing: poem, storm and figurative language: the hissing rain,etc.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/26 - WM TTT # 14-25
    10/27 - WM Qz #14-25
     
    10/18/16
    We played Kahoot to review for our Phineas Gage test tomorrow.  Students then spent time working on writing the obituary for Phineas.
     
    In LA, we did a quick character warm up/review and read chapter 9.  Finish reading chapter 9 if you did not do so in class today.
     
    We also attended a very important assembly today on the subject of sexting.  Talk to your parents about what you learned.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/18 - Phineas Gage's Obituary - Submit in google classroom by 11:59 tomorrow night.
    10/19 - Phineas Gage test (review vocab)
    10/19- Finish reading chapter 9 in And Then There Were None
     
     
     
    10/17/16
    Our poem of the week this week consists of a title and three words.  Share this with your parents.  How do they interpret it?  Are they fans of the poem?
     
    In AL, students had class time to work on their obituary of Phineas Gage.  You will have class time to work on this tomorrow.  You should not be researching items online.  All of the info that you really need is in the book or you are allowed to make up some of what you don't know (like his middle name, name and date of funeral, etc.)
     
    In LA, we reviewed the word masters and ATTWN quizzes.  Students are to keep these in their binders.  I noticed that some students already no longer have the tabs anymore for this class.  You should have 5 sections in your binder: Vocab/Word Masters, AL, LA, Grammar, and Library.  Please organize your binder accordingly.  Students read chapter 8 and answered 1 question (packet p. 13#10)  I am looking forward to discussing this with you tomorrow :)
     
    *We will not have book exchange this week until Friday.  Since we usually have book exchange on Thursday, your books will be overdue.  Please make a point of visiting the library to return/renew your book before Thursday so you will not get a fine.
     
     Due Dates:
    10/18 - ATTWN packet p. 13 #10
    10/18 - Phineas Gage's Obituary - Submit in google classroom by 11:59 tomorrow night.
    10/19 - Phineas Gage test (review vocab)
     
     
     
    10/14/16
    Rest in Peace, Phineas Gage. Today we drafted obituaries for Phineas.  All necessary information is available in the Phineas Gage Google Classroom.  Students will have class time on Monday and Tuesday to work on this.   We then spent time in LA just drafting our Letters about Literature letter.  All students somewhat finished and turned in a draft.  Think of a research topic for your paper about the brain.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/18 - Phineas Gage's obituary
    10/19 - Phineas Gage Test
     
     
     
    10/13/16
    In AL, we watched a video on the story of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford.  She was shot in the head during an assassination attempt.  We completed a venn diagram comparing her story and recovery to that of Phineas Gage.  Students will be completing a research project on a brain anomalies or injuries. Think about what it is about the brain you might want to research. Ideas include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, brain Anuerysm, brain tumor, alzheimer's, Chiari malformation, Huntingdon's disease, parkinson's disease, autism, and also some mental disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, etc.
     
     
    After taking our word masters quiz in LA, we reviewed the expectations for the letters about literature contest.  We will draft the first half of the letter tonight for homework.  Students then spent the rest of the time in class drafting the letter.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/14 - Letters about Literature - draft half
     
     
     
    10/12/16
    We reviewed the word masters words today in preparation for the quiz tomorrow, and then we played *sparkle.*  We finished reading Phineas Gage (chapter 4) and will discuss the advances of modern medicine in relation to the brain tomorrow.  
     
    Due Dates:
    10/13 - WM Quiz #1-13 - Wear Yellow!!
    10/14- Pep Rally
     
    10/11/16
    I was not in school today because I attended a gifted workshop at the IU.  The students finished the questions in Phineas Gage for Chapter 3 and began to draft their letter for Letters About Literature contest.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/11  - Finish reading Chapter 7 ATTWN
    10/12 - WM TTT is due
    10/13 - WM Quiz #1-13
    10/14- Pep Rally
     
     
    10/7 and 10/10 
    Enjoy your fall break!!
     
     
    10/6/16
    Today was library book exchange day.  Students spent some quiet time enjoying a good book!!  We then had a pop quiz about chapters 1-6 in And Then There Were None.  We all have different theories on what is going on in this book, I love it!!
     
    Due Dates
    10/11  - Finish reading Chapter 7 ATTWN
    10/12 - WM TTT is due
    10/13 - WM Quiz #1-13
    10/14- Pep Rally
     
     
     
     
    10/5/16
    We received our first word masters list today (yeah!!).  This week we will be working with words #1-13.  Both the word list and the Tic Tac Toe assignment are available on my website.   We discussed the chapter 3 of Phineas Gage and practiced writing the answers to Text Dependent Questions.   Rest in Peace Ethel Rogers... who do you think will be next?
     
    Due Dates
    10/6 - ATTWN Packet p. 8 Question #13
    10/6 - Library Book Exchange
    10/12 - WM TTT is due
    10/13 - WM Quiz #1-13
     
    10/4/16
    After our logic puzzle warm up, we finished reading chapter 3 of Phineas Gage.  Thanks Ale for being a wonderfully brave brain model.  We then reviewed how to write an MLA in text citation.  We will complete the citation worksheet tonight for homework.  In LA we discussed character traits.  We chose one character from chapter 5, identified 2 of their traits, and found textual evidence to support our choice.  We then began reading chapter 6.  If you did not finish, please do so tonight.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/5 - Finish Citation worksheet
              Finish Character Trait Analysis
       Finish reading chapter 6 in And Then There Were None
    10/6 - Library Book Exchange
     
     
    10/3/16
    Our poem of the week this week is "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes.  After discussing the poem, we read chapter 3 of Phineas Gage.  We found out that Phineas's cause of death was actually ___.  Were you surprised?  I sure was.  Then part of our class went to Putt U and the rest of us spent some time creating in Maker Space.
     
    Due Dates:
    10/6 - Library Book Exchange
     
    9/30/16
     
    TGIF!!  We were bummed about not going to Putt U/Maker Space, but I'm sure it will be much more fun in the sun on Monday. 
     
    In AL, we took our quiz on text structures and finished discussing Phineas Gage - Chapter 2.
    In LA, we completed a part of speech/grammar warm up.  I told the students that it is assumed they come to 7th grade knowing all of their parts of speech.  If not, they may have to do some extra independent work to get them learning on level.  We then spent the rest of the rainy afternoon class reading our creepy mystery novel.  
     
    Due Dates:
    None
     
    9/29/16
    I was not in school yesterday, so I thank you for your good behavior and hard work.  Yesterday, Students read Chapter 2 and answered questions in google classroom.  Those that did not attend Putt U spent time in the "Maker Space," and they told me that they had a BLAST!!
    Today we completed Phineas Gage Vocab. If you did not finish the questions for Phineas Chapter 2, please finish tonight.  We then played a text structure review game to prepare for the quiz tomorrow.  
     
    Due Dates:
    9/30 - Finish Phineas Gage Questions - Chapter 2
    9/30 - Text Structure Quiz
    9/30 - And Then There Were None Vocab #6-10
     
    9/27/16
    In AL, after our warm up, we reviewed text structures - there will be a quiz on Friday.  We then began to read Phineas Gage - Chapter 2.  We will continue this and answer the questions tomorrow.
     
    For LA, we wrote lists in our writer's notebooks.  We then read Chapter 4 in ATTWN and found that Anthony Marstan was the first to die - yikes!!!
     
    Due Date
    9/29 - Text Structure Practice Worksheet
    9/30 - Text Structure Quiz
    9/30 - And Then There Were None Vocab #6-10
     
     
     
    9/26/16
    We finished up the text structure activity from Friday.  Then we discussed our poem of the week, IF by Rudyard Kipling.  We then began reading Chapter 2 from Phineas Gage.  We did not have LA class today due to the SAP Assembly, Putt U sign ups, and Teen Counselors.
     
    Due Dates:
    None
     
    9/23/16
    We discussed the first chapter of Phineas Gage and completed a text structure activity. We did not finish the activity, but we will finish on Monday.
     
    In LA, we observed others listening for "snatches of talk." We worked on the Letters About Literature contest organizer and came up with 3 reasons why we chose the book we did to write about.  We then reviewed the first 5 vocab words.  Language Arts always goes soooo fast!
     
    Due Dates:
    None
     
    9/22/16
    We had library book exchange today, and, after we borrowed a book, we were able to have some down time just reading. 
     
    In LA, we discovered that each of our characters has been accused of murder, except for Isaac Morris - hmmm... What's going on??
     
    Don't forget to listen for "snatches of talk."  I think I am going to have an apple muffin for breakfast tomorrow :)
     
    Due Dates:
    9/23 - Vocab words #1-5 for ATTWN are due.
    9/23 - Read Phineas Gage Chapter 1 and answer questions in google classroom
     
     
    9/21/16
    After our warm-up, we read over the vocabulary and our predicted definitions. (This was an activity I tried on Google Classroom that didn't work out to well.  I will copy for everyone and distribute tomorrow.) We then finished reading Chapter 1 from Phineas Gage.  If you did not finish Chapter 1, please finish reading and complete the questions in GC by Friday.
     
    In LA, we discussed our predictions and read Chapter 3 of And Then There Were None.  Students will enter the Letters About Literature Contest for our September Library assignment.  Begin to think about which book/poem/play has inspired you the most and why that is.  We will organize the letter together.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/22 - library book exchange
    9/22 - Finish reading Chapter 3 of ATTWN
    9/23 - Vocab words #1-5 for ATTWN are due.
    9/23 - Read Phineas Gage Chapter 1 and answer questions in google classroom
     
     
    9/20/16
    In AL, we categorized vocabulary and came up with our own definitions for at least 10 of the words from Phineas Gage.  In LA, we finished reading chapter 2 in And Then There Were None.  Exit Ticket: Pick one character and explain why you would/would not want him or her as your friend.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/21 - Finish exit ticket
    9/22 - library book exchange
    9/23 - Vocab words #1-5 for ATTWN are due.
     
    9/19/16
    In AL, we finished our predictions and read the first pages of Phineas Gage.  Was he lucky or not?  That seems to be the question.  In LA, we discussed character traits and how authors develop their characters.  Each students took a character from ATTWN and is working on a sketch of him/her.  So far they all look pretty "seedy" to me!!
     
    Due Dates:
    9/20 - Finish character picture
    9/22 - library book exchange
    9/23 - Vocab words #1-5 for ATTWN are due.
     
     
    9/16/16
    Thanks to all of the parents who came out to Open House last night.  I am excited for this school year.  In AL, we had our quiz, completed a "what is it?" brain activity, and began to get more familiar with the Phineas Gage book.   In LA, we spent some time writing in our Writer's Notebooks and then read And Then There Were None.  We have a vague familiarity with the characters, but I am asking the students to read chapter 2 (up to p. 32) over the weekend, so we can discuss the characters on Monday.  Go Spartans!!
     
    Due Dates:
    9/19 - Read to p. 32 in ATTWN
    9/19 - Picture Day
     
     
    9/15/16
    Today was day 2 of library orientation.  We are excited to begin book exchange next week.  We then reviewed for our text features quiz and went over our "Talking to the Text" Article.   We started to read section 2 of And Then There Were None.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/15 - Open House
    9/16 - Text Features Quiz
     
    9/14/16
    During AL, we had our library orientation.  We are looking forward to starting book exchange next week.  Our day will be Thursday.
     
    In LA, we each chose 10 words from the And Then There Were None vocab list, and we began to read the book - Chapter 1.  The beginning is hard because there are so many characters.  If you are a person who reads ahead -- don't spoil the ending for the others.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/16 - Text Features Quiz
     
     
    9/12/16 and 9/13/16
    My computer has been acting a bit funny, but hopefully it is back to normal.
    In AL we have been working on identifying text features and text structures.  Make sure to tell your parents whether or not you are right/left brain dominant and which multiple intelligence is your style.  
     
    In LA, we are getting preparing to read our first novel, Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/14 - Agatha Christie 3,2,1 (link in GC, write info in your packet)
    9/16 - Text Features Quiz
     
     
     
    9/9/16
    Today I was holding GIEP meetings for our 8th grade students, so we were fortunate to have Mrs. Lippincott as a guest teacher.  I look forward to finding out which side of the brain you all are dominant on!!  Thank you for being kind, hard working and respectful to her in my absence.
     
    Due Dates:
    None
     
     
    9/8/16
    We applied our Super 6 Reading Strategies to an article called What I Need to Know About My Brain.  This was a higher lexile leveled article, and some students found it difficult to keep their attention and remember what they read.  We practiced reading it and using post its to mark up the text.  Afterward we discussed what we did and how successful or unsuccessful we were.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/9 - Summer Reading LA Assignment is due in Google Classroom
     
     
     
    9/7/16
    Today we talked about the "Super 6 Reading Strategies" and I modeled how to apply them while reading an article about the brain.  During LA Class we took the SRI.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/9 - Summer Reading LA Assignment is due in Google Classroom
     
     
     
    9/6/16
    After our warm up, we finished up reviewing the story elements of the LA Summer Reading Books.  Students were then given a writing assignment about one of their summer reading books.  This is due on Friday in Google Classroom.  For the remainder of class, those that were not finished with their Study Island Benchmark finished.  The students then worked on their writing assignment.
     
    Due Dates:
    9/9 - Summer Reading LA Assignment is due in Google Classroom
    My favorite candy is Reese's PB Cups :)
     
     
    9/1/16
    Most of the students were able to finish up their Study Island Benchmarks today.  We then had some time to organize our binders, create portfolios, write in our writer's notebooks and learn something new about our classmates.  It was a productive week, and I am looking forward to starting our first units next week.  Academic Literacy - The Brain and Learning Style; Language Arts - Mystery and Detection
     
    Due Dates:
    9/2 - Summer Reading
     
     
    8/31/16
    Yay, we survived the third day of middle school.  After solving some computer problems, we were able to log on and take the Study Island Benchmark.  Those that didn't finish today can finish tomorrow.  We did not finish discussing the LA summer reading, therefore, we didn't get to the writing prompt.  No worries.  Students were given time to improve their "10 Things."  
     
    Due dates:
    ASAP - Parent info paper (yellow paper)
    ASAP - Supplies
    8/31 - Ten Things... - make sure to submit in google classroom
     
    My favorite season is fall...hint, hint!
     
     
    8/30/16
    Happy Second Day of School!!   The students are settling into the routine nicely :)
    In Academic Literacy we finished our "Ten Things" writing assignment.  In Language Arts, we wrote in our writer's notebooks and reviewed the story elements from our summer reading choices.  Tomorrow we will look closer at the LA summer reading novels and get our first writing assignment.
     
    Due Dates:
    ASAP: Parent Contact Info Paper
              Supplies
    8/31 - Ten Things - make sure to submit to google classroom
     
    My favorite color is blue.  That is the secret answer to tomorrow's question :)
     
     
    8/29/16
     
    Happy First Day of School!!
     
    Here is the supply list for my classes:
    1 binder with 5 dividers
    loose leaf paper
    pencil case for 3 ring binder
    blue or black pens
    red pen
    pencils
    post its
     
    Due Dates:
    8/30 - Get the yellow letter signed and return
     
    *The secret answer to tomorrow's question is Dug. You will know this because you visited my website.*