Thursday, Nov. 30 (A) – Friday, Dec. 1 (B): Identifying Text Structures

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  • 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. I’ve emailed the 8B winners and input your extra credit point. At this time, 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.


  • Today’s bell ringer was a comprehension check for standards previously covered. While it was a 10-question assessment that did not go in the comp. book, it’s important to keep your comp. book updated and accurate in the event of periodic comp. book checks. If absent, please borrow Ms. Barker’s comp. book to the get the information. Your post-it is in the absence folder.
  • Students who haven’t already submitted their Cornell Notes were able to. 8B only finished their note-taking and summarizing from last class.
  • Classes played a text structures game to gain familarity with the six different types of text structures: sequence, chronology, description, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem-solution. We reviewed any passages students found challenging and  used the shorter passages to learn how to analyze how a text’s structure contributed to its meaning.
  • When finished, students worked their way through the work period checklist (available in today’s power point.) If students were unable to get started on this week’s assigned article, they may work on it at home in addition to time offered in class. Due to the game, students were given an extension, so they have until the start of next class to turn in the article log and complete the Achieve 3000: “These New TVs Will Grab You” (BR- AR poll.)


  • Bring your Close Reader workbook next class 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. Remember, assigned articles like “These New TVs Will Grab You” count for an assigned article only.
  • Finish the assigned Achieve 3000 article: “These New TVs Will Grab You” (BR – AR poll) with an article analysis log due by the start of next class.

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.) Specifically the Malala/Contender Extension activity packet due 12/4 for parial credit.

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