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Wednesday, April 25 (A) – Thursday, April 26 (B): Finish Reading Ch. 2 (and Ch. 1-2 Activity)

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Announcements:

  • Due to a power outage on the morning of April 25, students did not test today. Wednesday was an ordinary early dismissal schedule, so students had 70 minutes in their classes. If B day students do not get as far, this post will be updated to reflect their specific directions. You will know it has been updated if “Revised” appears next to the title of the post. 
  • Students can check out a copy of The Outsiders, which we began reading last class. Students who have not checked out a copy can visit Ms. Mayer in the Media Center to get their copy.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • For the Bell Ringer, students had free seating and added their name to the seat on the seating chart that corresponds to where they sat today and this is their assigned seat until further notice. Students listened to the two songs and tried to determine the connection to the lesson. Nothing was formally written down. It was silent listening, followed by  a verbal share out after attendance.
  • Students followed along as the teacher finished reading Chapter 2 of The Outsiders.
  • In addition, students recorded answers to their study guide notes for Ch. 1-2 on a separate piece of paper. Each student received a study guide last class. If absent, check the absent folder for your class. Due to copy right it cannot be posted to the blog, but I have posted pictures of it to our class’ Dojo account, should students lose their copy and need to reference the questions. Students held onto the study guide and their notes.
  • (1A only) did not get their Literary Terms handout, but all classes also have this electronically on our Dojo. So students may reference it there to help them complete the Literary Devices Questions on their study guide.

Homework:

  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • Bring your copy of The Outsiders novel to class daily and follow the The Outsiders Pacing Guide to stay on top of the reading assignments. It is each students’ responsibility to update their personal copy, according to updates in class, as the electronic copy will not be modified.
  • Read Ch. 3-4 of The Outsiders and complete the study guide through chapter 4 by the start of next class.
  • If students need a copy of the novel, please visit the media center and check out a copy from Ms. Mayer at the circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)

 

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Monday, April 23 (A) – Tuesday, April 24 (B): Read The Outsiders Ch. 1 and Ch. 2

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Announcements:

  • Students can check out a copy of The Outsiders, which we began reading today. Students who have not checked out a copy can visit Ms. Mayer in the Media Center to get their copy.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • For the Bell Ringer, students added the following terms to their Personal Vocab. Dictionary in their comp. book. Please note the page numbers are where these terms can be found in the class edition of the novel and can be helpful when using context clues to determine the meaning of each word: asset (page 3,) quivering (page 8,) unfathomable (page 10,) gingerly (page 12,) and incredulous (page 24.)
  • The students followed along as the teacher read Ch. 1 aloud. As the class read, students added character traits, descriptions, and connections among the following characters: Ponyboy, Darry, Sodapop, Steve Randle, Two-Bit Matthews, Dallas Winston, and Johnny Cade in their comp. book and titled the entry ‘Character Study.’
  • In addition, students recorded answers to their study guide notes for Ch. 1-2 on a separate piece of paper. Each student received a study guide, but due to copy right it cannot be posted to the blog. Students held onto the study guide and their notes. We will finish reading Ch. 2 and completing the study guide for the chapters next class.

Homework:

  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • Bring your copy of The Outsiders novel to class daily and follow the The Outsiders Pacing Guide to stay on top of the reading assignments. It is each students’ responsibility to update their personal copy, according to updates in class, as the electronic copy will not be modified.
  • If students need a copy of the novel, please visit the media center and check out a copy from Ms. Mayer at the circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)

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Thursday, April 19 (A) – Friday, April 20 (B): FSA Reading Test and Introduce The Outsiders novel

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Announcements:

  • The FSA Reading is a two-session test. Session 1 takes place on Thursday, April 19 and Seassion 2 takes place on Friday, April 20. Bring headphones/earbuds on these days!
  • Students can check out a copy of The Outsiders, which we will begin reading after the FSA ELA Reading Assessment. Students who have not checked out a copy can visit Ms. Mayer in the Media Center to get their copy. Please store the book at home or in lockers until the book is needed for class. We will start reading it on Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • Click here to reference the power point for the bell ringer, material covered in class, and closing. If absent, students should copy the bell ringer in their comp. book and add the closing terms to their personal vocab. dictionary in their comp. book.
  • Students received their copy of The Outsiders Pacing Guide which maps out the classwork and holding area/homework from now through the end of the year. Students received an initial copy, but must print off another one if they want color/misplace their original copy.

Homework:

  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • Bring your copy of The Outsiders novel to class on 4/ 23 (A) and 4/24 (B). Follow the The Outsiders Pacing Guide to stay on top of the reading assignments. If students need a copy of the novel, please visit the media center and check out a copy from Ms. Mayer at the circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)

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Tuesday, April 17 (A) – Wednesday, April 18 (B): Positive Affirmations

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Announcements:

  • The FSA Reading is a two-session test. Session 1 takes place on Thursday, April 19 and Seassion 2 takes place on Friday, April 20 (including today that’s 1 class from now!) Students need to bring headphones/earbuds on these days!
  • Students can check out a copy of The Outsiders, which we will begin reading after the FSA ELA Reading Assessment. Students who have not checked out a copy can visit Ms. Mayer in the Media Center to get their copy. Please store the book at home or in lockers until the book is needed for class. We will start reading it on Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • Students completed day 2 of Bell Ringer #3 and students submitted their choice of Bell Ringer #1, 2, or 3 rather than submitting all three worksheets, so they could potentially earn the highest score possible.
  • In class, students discussed positive affirmations and quality questions before we headed outside to do the activity and write our positive affirmations on the sidewalk, using chalk.
  • When finished, we did a reverse exit ticket and if time allowed, students played a telephone idiom review game.
  • Students who were absent do not need to worry about making up anything other than submitting their Bell Ringer #1, 2 or 3 when they return from their absence.

 

Homework:

  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • 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.)

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Friday, April 13 (A) & Monday, April 16 (B): FSA Reading Test-Taking & Idiom Review

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Announcements:

  • The FSA Reading is a two-session test. Session 1 takes place on Thursday, April 19 and Seassion 2 takes place on Friday, April 20 (including today that’s 2 classes from now!) Students need to bring headphones/earbuds on these days!
  • Dress for spending some time outside next  class. If it rains, we’ll be inside, but if it’s good be sure you won’t be too hot/cold.
  • Students can check out a copy of The Outsiders, which we will begin reading after the FSA ELA Reading Assessment during lunch through Monday, April 16th. After this date, students who have not checked out a copy can visit Ms. Mayer in the Media Center to get their copy. Please store the book at home or in lockers until the book is needed for class.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • Students completed day 1 of Bell Ringer #3 and held onto the worksheet. It will eventually be collected, but is the student’s responsibility to keep up with until such time.
  • 4 Quill packs + the diagnostic are due today.
  • Students completed a Jeopardy Review Game for general FSA Reading reminders. If time allowed, classes played an idiom review game. If absent, these assignments do not need to be made-up.

 

Homework:

  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • 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.)

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The Outsiders novel

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Announcements:

Today during lunch, students checked out a copy of The Outsiders, which we will begin reading after the FSA ELA Reading Assessment on April 19th and 20th. Please store the book at home or in lockers until the book is needed for class. If absent, students have until then, to get their copy.

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Wednesday, April 11 (A) – Thursday, April 12 (B): Day 4 Boot Camp

Announcements:

  • The FSA Reading is a two-session test. Session 1 takes place on Thursday, April 19 and Seassion 2 takes place on Friday, April 20 (including today that’s 3 classes from now!)
  • We’re preparing for the Reading FSA boot camp style. Wearing camo, or military colors is strongly encouraged (although no supplies need to be purchased for this) as these next few classes we are running through drills and getting mentally fit to take the assessment.
  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!
  • If you need to attend Make-Up Monday, remember to sign-up on the paper roster outside the classroom door. They’re taken down the Friday afternoon, before. If no one signs up, the offering is cancelled for the following week.

Assignments:

  • Students completed day 2 of Bell Ringer #3 and held onto the worksheet. It will eventually be collected, but is the student’s responsibility to keep up with until such time.
  • Students received a CBT worksheet to practice taking notes and used it to record their answers for today’s recycle.
  • Students took the FSA Practice test (which is different from the Mock FSA.) The practice test was unscored, but is important for absent students to complete because it familiarizes students with all the tools on the testing platform. If absent, students must make-up in class because there is a code they need to complete the practice test.
  • CBT worksheets were used as they would be on test day: to preview questions and take notes. They were collected at the end of class today.

Homework:

  • Complete ONE pack (not completed in class) on quill.org by the start of next class. NOTE: packs may contain multiple activities.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles by Sunday at 11:59 P.M.
  • 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.)

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