2017 – 2018 School Year Summer Reading

Announcements/Assignments:

Before the close of the school year, this summer’s reading was posted to the main page of the school website and announced daily in class since May 10th. Click here for the 2017 – 2018 Summer Reading List & Assignments.

The above link was found on the front page of the school’s website (pictured above.)

Please be sure to carefully read ALL directions from the summer reading list & assignments (by following the link above or navigating to the school website.)

Below are student examples of the Mind Map:
Assignment #2 – Mind Map:
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Reminders:
Please be sure to include the following information in the top, right hand corner of both assignments:
  • Student first & last name
  • Date assignment completed
  • Period (will discover upon receiving schedule at Orientation)
  • Assignment title (Summer Reading Informative Essay/Summer Reading Mind Map)

Students who have the assignment ready to turn in the first day of ELA will earn 1 extra credit point per assignment.

Assignments turned in by Sept. 5 (B) and Sept. 6 (A) will earn full credit. EXCEPTION: New-to-Landon students. Speak with teacher about your unique deadline.

Assignments turned in by Sept. 7 (B) & Sept. 8 (A) will earn partial credit.

With the exception of new-to-Landon students, summer reading assignments will not be accepted after Sept. 7 (B) and Sept. 8 (A.)

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Friday, 9/22 (A) & Monday, 9/25 (B): Related Reading – “Muhammad Ali” & Begin Compare/Contrast Chart with Analysis Questions

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Announcements:

  • I have replied to all emails daily. If you have not received a response, please see this post for more information why this may be the case.
  • To ensure we’re on the same page, the time table for the weekly A3Ks and how they were impacted by the storm is as follows: Week 1 is graded and entered in Focus for a regular homework grade. Week 2 (9/4 – 9/10) became extra credit, so those who completed prior to evacuating/school cancellations are rewarded, but those who were unable to are not negatively impacted. The week of 9/11 – 9/17 was cancelled in light on many students being evacuated or without power. To give students and their families time for hurricane relief, no credit (regular or extra) will be awarded for articles completed within that range. Starting up again, this week (9/18 – 9/24) students are expected to complete two articles for a regular homework grade. If you are still without power, an announcement was made in class for an alternative assignment. Please see the homework section below for the details.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! For those interested in donating our Class Wish List will be updated throughout the year to suit our needs.

Assignments:

  • The class completed a List-Group-Label for Muhammad Ali to see student’s background knowledge before beginning the reading. Students who were absent need to check Ms. Barker’s comp. book upon their return to class to ensure they’re keeping their comp. book updated.
  • The class began reading “Muhammad Ali” the related reading in the back of The Contender school-issued novel and filled out the left-hand column of the Venn Diagram/Chart on their Muhammad Ali Comparison Chart. Absent students should reference the power point to see how to fill out the chart.
  • Students finished the reading in their groups and completed the eight Analysis Questions on the back of the worksheet on their own. Students who did not finish need to complete the work for homework.
  • The class discussed how Muhammad Ali measured up to our definition of a warrior: a fighter; someone guided by a cause. Students referenced the text we read to discuss challenges Ali faced and how he persevered.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. If you are still without access to internet/a computer, please see Ms. Barker and she will print articles/activities for you to satisfy the requirement. NOTE: “The Greatest” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.
  • Link parent accounts (student accounts with parent permission) to our Class Dojo. Invites with your individual-specific code were sent home. The first class with 100% parent connectivity, will earn extra credit.

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Finish the left-hand column on the Muhammad Ali Compare and Contrast Chart and answer the Analysis Questions by the start of next class.
  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)

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Wednesday, 9/20 (A) – Thursday, 9/21 (B): Introduce what it means to be a Warrior, Research for Biography Card and Gallery Walk

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Announcements:

  • I have replied to all emails daily. If you have not received a response, please see this post for more information why this may be the case.
  • To ensure we’re on the same page, the time table for the weekly A3Ks and how they were impacted by the storm is as follows: Week 1 is graded and entered in Focus for a regular homework grade. Week 2 (9/4 – 9/10) became extra credit, so those who completed prior to evacuating/school cancellations are rewarded, but those who were unable to are not negatively impacted. The week of 9/11 – 9/17 was cancelled in light on many students being evacuated or without power. To give students and their families time for hurricane relief, no credit (regular or extra) will be awarded for articles completed within that range. Starting up again, this week (9/18 – 9/24) students are expected to complete two articles for a regular homework grade. If you are still without power, an announcement was made in class for an alternative assignment. Please see the homework section below for the details.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! For those interested in donating our Class Wish List will be updated throughout the year to suit our needs.

Assignments:

  • Today, the class was introduced to the topic of warriors. Students brainstormed their own definitions and we collaborated on a shared, group understanding of the term.
  • The class watched a Contenders – Motivational Video to introduce the topic and we discussed takeaways/the connection to the topic.
  • The teacher showed students an example of a biography card (please see the power point for the example) and students collaborated in groups to research their warrior.
  • Groups placed their warrior biography card poster around the room and groups circulated to visit a sampling of the posters for a Gallery Walk. The handout each student was asked to complete is available via the power point as well.
  • The class debriefed the Gallery Walk and submitted their posters. If absent, you do not need to fill out the Gallery Walk sheet, but need to create your own poster (on computer paper) for Walt Disney.
  • The class discussed people they knew in their lives who qualified as an everyday warrior.

Homework:

  • The Collections textbook is not needed in class for awhile. Instead, swap it for your Contender novel, which is needed in class the next time we meet.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. If you are still without access to internet/a computer, please see Ms. Barker and she will print articles/activities for you to satisfy the requirement.
  • Link parent accounts (student accounts with parent permission) to our Class Dojo. Invites with your individual-specific code were sent home. The first class with 100% parent connectivity, will earn extra credit.

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)

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Email Error

Announcement:

When replying to student emails today, I had many kicked back to me as “undeliverable.” I am not sure where the error lies, but the common trait was these were emails sent from Focus accounts. If you have not received my electronic reply, please do not hesitate to come speak with me in person and I will be more than happy to address your concerns. I have reported the error, but wanted to communicate the problem, so you do not feel ignored.

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Monday, 9/18 (A) – Tuesday, 9/19 (B): Evidence Tracker & Child Labor Laws Body Paragraphs

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Announcements:

  • School was cancelled Friday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 15 due to weather days for hurricane Irma. School resumed Monday, Sept. 18. Thank you for your patience as I respond to a higher than normal volume of emails due to the weather days.
  • To ensure we’re on the same page, the time table for the weekly A3Ks and how they were impacted by the storm is as follows: Week 1 is graded and entered in Focus for a regular homework grade. Week 2 (9/4 – 9/10) became extra credit, so those who completed prior to evacuating/school cancellations are rewarded, but those who were unable to are not negatively impacted. The week of 9/11 – 9/17 was cancelled in light on many students being evacuated or without power. To give students and their families time for hurricane relief, no credit (regular or extra) will be awarded for articles completed within that range. Starting up again, this week (9/18 – 9/24) students are expected to complete two articles for a regular homework grade. If you are still without power, an announcement was made in class for an alternative assignment. Please see the homework section below for the details.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! For those interested in donating our Class Wish List will be updated throughout the year to suit our needs.

Assignments:

  • The class finished writing their introductory paragraphs for the Child Labor Laws Argumentative Essay. The article Children at Work is available electronically (via Achieve 3000,) if students have misplaced their original copy.
  • Students reviewed their introductions and crafted their body paragraphs for the essay.
  • The class reviewed the first body paragraph of their essay using the Body Paragraph Rubric.
  • Students submitted their work for the last two weeks to the class inbox stapled in the following order: 1) “Children at Work” article 2) Evidence Tracker 3) Intro paragraph 4) Body paragraphs (as much as was completed in class) and 5) completed Body Paragraph Rubric.

Homework:

  • Bring Collections textbook to class daily, until told otherwise.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. If you are still without access to internet/a computer, please see Ms. Barker and she will print articles/activities for you to satisfy the requirement.
  • Link parent accounts (student accounts with parent permission) to our Class Dojo. Invites with your individual-specific code were sent home. The first class with 100% parent connectivity, will earn extra credit.

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)

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Wednesday, 9/6 (A) – Thursday, 9/7 (B): Email Etiquette

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Announcements:

  • Thursday, Sept. 7 there will be an early dismissal bell schedule due to hurricane Irma.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 11 due to hurricane Irma. Please note the first Make-Up Monday has also been cancelled. Students who were planning to attend may attend the following week if their schedules permit.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! For those interested in donating our Class Wish List will be updated throughout the year to suit our needs.

Assignments:

  • Ms. Barker was out sick both days, but the sub went over email etiquette with students. Together they evaluated emails that were already written and discussed which emails were more professional in tone, grammar, etc.
  • Students wrote their responses to defend their thinking.
  • If absent yourself, view the Email Etiquette Prezi. You’re excused from the discussion and written assignment, but expected to know the information covered.

Homework:

  • Bring Collections textbook to class daily, until told otherwise.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. This week (9/4 – 9/10) has been made extra credit and next week’s (9/11 – 9/17) has been cancelled due to hurricane Irma. Please take necessary safety precautions and do not compromise your health/life for a grade.

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)

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Tuesday, Sept. 5: Open House

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Announcements:

It was lovely being able to meet parents who were able to come out for Open House.

For both parents who were and were not able to attend: I’m thankful for the parent involvement you provide your children as you advocate for their academic success. For those interested: here’s the power point presentation which includes an overview of what to expect in my class including grades and different policies.

Also, know this blog is the holy grail for my class and can often answer most questions.

For quick links to information discussed, please visit:

The best way to get in touch with me is via email and all parent conferences must be scheduled via contacting guidance. Information for each are available via the power point.

I’m looking forward to a great year collaborating together!

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Friday, 9/1 (A) & Tuesday, 9/5 (B): Evidence Tracker & Child Labor Laws Intro Paragraph

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Announcements:

  • Check the No Name Paper Wall to claim your work with missing/improper heading, so you can earn credit for your work. Once you’ve written the correct heading on the top, right hand corner re-submit it to the class inbox to be graded.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! We are set on hand sanitizer for the year, but are a little low on tissues. Your kind donations of tissues, or any other items from the  Class Wish List will gladly be accepted throughout the year.
  • There’s no school on Monday due to Labor Day.
  • Open House is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. I look forward to meeting parents who are able to attend!

Assignments:

  • Students read and annotated the “Children at Work” stretch article and dig deeper. (It’s been made available on Achieve 3000 for students who were absent.) Please see the power point for specific directions about our color-coding key and how to complete the Evidence Tracker and begin writing the into. paragraph.
  • Students started the intro paragraph, but due to time, will have next class to complete the intro. The paragraph does NOT have to be completed for homework. Enjoy your long weekend!

Homework:

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)

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