Wednesday, Jan. 17 (A) – Thursday, Jan. 18 (B): Day 1 – Intro to Argumentative Writing

Logical Fallacy Ref Comp

Announcements:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair opens Jan. 22 at 5PM in the media center and is open during class on Jan. 23 – 26. All profits benefit the school! Online ordering begins Wednesday, Jan. 17: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/landonmiddleschool1
  • Remember the 7th grade late work policy shifts in the second semester. Effective Jan. 9, 2018 students will not receive credit for late work. Exceptions include extenuating circumstances communicated with the teacher in advance and accommodations.
  • Check here for extra credit opportunities.
  • Due to holidays from school, the first Make-Up Monday for Quarter 3 will be on Jan. 22. Sign up in advance if you plan to attend. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

Homework:

  • Collections textbook not needed in class again until 2/1 (A) & 2/5 (B).
  • Return The Contender novel to the media center. Books must be returned to Ms. Mayer, or placed on her circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Do NOT complete the Level Set at home.
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Friday, Jan. 12 (A) & Tuesday, Jan. 16 (B): “Pavement Chalk Art” Activity

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Announcements:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair opens Jan. 22 at 5PM in the media center and is open during class on Jan. 23 – 26. All profits benefit the school! Online ordering begins Wednesday, Jan. 17: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/landonmiddleschool1
  • Remember the 7th grade late work policy shifts in the second semester. Effective Jan. 9, 2018 students will not receive credit for late work. Exceptions include extenuating circumstances communicated with the teacher in advance and accommodations.
  • Check here for extra credit opportunities.
  • Due to holidays from school, the first Make-Up Monday for Quarter 3 will be on Jan. 22. Sign up in advance if you plan to attend. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

  • The class watched the “3-D Pavement Chalk Art” video and discussed Julian Beever’s medium, and the pros/cons to his unconventional mediums.
  • We discussed art related vocabulary to help students with their discussions today.
  • As a class, we analyzed the artwork: A Slight Accident in a Railway Station and Meeting Mr. Frog in their Collections textbook to demonstrate how to answer the questions on each piece of pavement chalk art.
  • In class, students worked within groups to analyze different artwork by Julian Beever. If absent, choose one of Beever’s “Pavement Chalk Art” illustrations and answer the questions on a separate piece of paper. Be sure to consult the “Pavement Chalk Art” rubric & example, to ensure you’re answering the questions completely.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed daily in class until told otherwise. Please aim to bring textbook as the internet hasn’t been the most reliable and could prevent you from accessing the online book.
  • Return The Contender novel to the media center. Books must be returned to Ms. Mayer, or placed on her circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Do NOT complete the Level Set at home. If you have an extenuating circumstance, communicate it with your teacher to make alternative arrangements for this week’s A3Ks. Printed articles can be provided. If not present the whole week, students will be excused from this week’s A3K choice articles.

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Wednesday, Jan. 10 (A) – Thursday, Jan. 11 (B): Mid-Year Level Set & Introduce “Pavement Chalk Art”

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Announcements:

  • Remember the 7th grade late work policy shifts in the second semester. Effective Jan. 9, 2018 students will not receive credit for late work. Exceptions include extenuating circumstances communicated with the teacher in advance and accommodations.
  • Check here for extra credit opportunities.
  • Due to holidays from school, the first Make-Up Monday for Quarter 3 will be on Jan. 22. Sign up in advance if you plan to attend. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

  • Internet willing, students took their Achieve 3000 Level Set in class today. If absent, please make-up the assessment upon your return to class. Level Set tests MUST be completed in class with teacher supervision.
  • Students discussed the pros and cons to…
  • The class watched the “3-D Pavement Chalk Art” video and discussed Julian Beever’s medium, and the pros/cons to his unconventional medium to set the stage for the “Pavement Chalk Art” activity for next class.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed daily in class until told otherwise. Please aim to bring textbook as the internet hasn’t been the most reliable and could prevent you from accessing the online book.
  • Return The Contender novel to the media center. Books must be returned to Ms. Mayer, or placed on her circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Do NOT complete the Level Set at home. If you have an extenuating circumstance, communicate it with your teacher to make alternative arrangements for this week’s A3Ks. Printed articles can be provided.

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Monday, Dec. 18 (A) – Tuesday, Dec. 19(B): Poetry Analysis of “Dump” & “How Things Work” Plus Associated Questions

Announcements:

  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. The latest opportunity is closed as a student from 8B is the winner! Expect a confirmation email.
  • The final Make-Up Monday has met for quarter 2. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets will be posted when you return from break. The next Make-Up Monday is January, 15.

Assignments:

  • Students continue to add to their comp. books in preparation for their next periodic comp. book check . If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from the power point.
  • All Blue Rose Comprehension Check recycles were due by Monday, Dec. 18 (regardless of A or B day.) Recycles  are not accepted late and need to fulfill all requirements to get credit.
  • A-day classes could submit the assigned Achieve 3000: “Write it Down” (BR – AR poll) with an article analysis sheet due to no internet last class, thus they could still earn full credit, whereas B-day could turn it in, but for partial credit.
  • Students worked on the “Dump” and “How Things Work” Poetry Analysis worksheet, completing section 3.
  • Students worked independently to complete questions #3-5 in their Collections book on p. 248 and the essential question: how would the theme of the poems be altered if they were written in a different structure? (on a notebook paper, front only.)
  • They stapled the four questions to the worksheet and for the closing, the class reviewed sections 1-3 of the worksheet. All today’s classwork was submitted to the class inbox at the end of class today.

Homework:

  • No books needed next class.
  • Return The Contender novel to the media center. Books must be returned to Ms. Mayer, or placed on her circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. This will be the first regular homework score for quarter 3.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Thursday, Dec. 14 (A) – Friday, Dec. 15 (B): Poetry Analysis of “Dump” and “How Things Work

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. Currently, students have been charged with a quest around the school to find the spelling error on campus. The hints include: everyone walks by it everyday in the halls. Once a winner is determined, they will be emailed and the notice that the opportunity is closed will appear in the first post where the opportunity is closed.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

  • Students continue to add to their comp. books in preparation for their next periodic comp. book check . If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from the power point.
  • Students who have not gotten back their Blue Rose comprehension check, the bubble sheet is available in your class’ paper pass back bin. Get the answers from a peer who was present during the whole class review. You may work on the  recycle during class as an early finisher activity, or sign up for the last Make-Up Monday for quarter 2. Remember to sign-up in advance! The sign-up sheet is taken down Friday after school.
  • “Earth (A Gift Shop) from the Collections textbook (alternatively may have been completed on a photocopied packet) with the Analyzing the Text Questions 1-6 on p.256 & the Language Conventions Spelling Questions 1-4 p. 258 was due Thursday, Dec. 14 (A) & Friday, Dec. 15 (B) for full credit. Next class for partial.
  • In class today, select classes worked on the assigned Achieve 3000: “Write it Down” (BR – AR poll) with an article analysis sheet. Classes who had no internet during the time were given an extension until the start of their next class.
  • Also, students worked on the “Dump” and “How Things Work” Poetry Analysis worksheet. Students worked independently to complete sections one and two. They held onto the worksheet as we’ll complete section three next class. As needed, reference the power point.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class next time.
  • (Extension given to classes who had no internet:) Complete the Achieve 3000 assigned article: “Write it Down” (BR-AR poll) and complete an article analysis sheet on it. Due at the start of next class.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. This will be the first regular homework score for quarter 3.

If you haven’t done so already:

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Tuesday, Dec. 12 (A) – Wednesday, Dec. 13 (B): Poetry at a Glance

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. The latest opportunity has been fulfilled. There are no research extra credit opportunities, but it is a good idea to check the blog for when they are announced.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

  • If absent, you will need to reference today’s power point.
  • Students completed the bell ringer column of the Poetry Anticipation Guide.
  • The class reviewed the necessary poetry vocabulary words related to today’s readings. For guidance where to turn in your Collections textbook, please reference today’s power point.
  • Students paired off and took turns reading the poems: “Dump” and “How Things Work” found in the Collections textbook. Students summarized the poem they listened to on the back of their poetry anticipation guide. If absent, students need to read both poems and summarize one of their choosing. Poetry is better understood when read aloud, so it’s recommended to read them aloud… multiple times, as necessary.
  • The Poetry Anticipation Guide doubled as the closing today, to show what students knew going into the lesson and what they learned as a result of the quick lesson. They needed to fill out the closing column and submitted it.
  • As time allowed, students reviewed the answers to clear up any misconceptions.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class next time.
  • In Holding: read “Earth (A Gift Shop) in your Collections textbook and complete the Analyzing the Text Questions 1-6 on p.256 & the Language Conventions Spelling Questions 1-4 p. 258 due Thursday, Dec. 14 (A) & Friday, Dec. 15 (B.)
  • If you don’t believe you’ll finish by the end of next class, complete the Achieve 3000 assigned article: “Write it Down” (BR-AR poll) and complete an article analysis sheet on it.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. This will be the first regular homework score for quarter 3.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Friday, Dec. 8 (A) & Monday, Dec. 11 (B): Metacognition & Blue Rose Comprehension Check Recycles

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. The latest opportunity has been fulfilled. There are no research extra credit opportunities, but it is a good idea to check the blog for when they are announced.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

  • Students continue to add to their comp. books where they left off in preparation for their next periodic comp. book check . If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from today’s power point.
  • Students who were absent for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check originally, had the time to make-up the assessment in class, if not done so already. They got their bubble sheet from the Absence Board and submitted the completed bubble sheet to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • The class reviewed the correct answers for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check, so they could recycle the assignment. All recycles are due by Monday, Dec. 18 (regardless of A or B day.) Since the test packet is not allowed out of school, the times to recycle are: in class today, in class as an early finisher activity, in holding (when not testing that day,) and during one of the next two weeks of Make-Up Monday. If staying for Make-Up Monday, please remember to sign up  in advance on the sign-up sheet posted outside of class.

Homework:

  • No weekly A3Ks or assigned articles this week. The Level Set diagnostic hasn’t been released early, so students may use Achieve 3000 for any of their classes. However, due to the confusion at the beginning of the week I am waiving the weekly choice article requirement for this week only.
  • Collections textbook needed in class next time.
  • In Holding: read “Earth (A Gift Shop) in your Collections textbook and complete the Analyzing the Text Questions 1-6 on p.256 & the Language Conventions Spelling Questions 1-4 p. 258 due Thursday, Dec. 14 (A) & Friday, Dec. 15 (B.)

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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