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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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Wednesday, Dec. 6 (A) – Thursday, Dec. 7(B): Drawing Conclusions graphic organizer

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While it’s great to rotate lunch classes, so classes have comparable instructional time over the next two weeks … it’s also  super confusing.

Announcements:

  • The Level Set diagnostic issue has been resolved. Students can once again resume using Achieve 3000 for their classes. Due to the fact that use was suspended at the beginning of the week, I’m waiving the weekly A3K choice requirement this week only since there may be some confusion. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • 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 learned their score on periodic comp. book check #1 when their comp. books were passed back to them. If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from last class’ power point and submit your comp. book to the class inbox to be checked when you return from your absence. No work was added to your comp. book during your absence, so no extra time is needed to complete this make-up work.
  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference today’s power point.
  • Students completed the Quizizz Review using their class’ assigned code. 1A had some technical difficulty, so I reassigned their code: 9538698 and we confirmed it worked in class today. All other class’ were given this during housekeeping last class and directed to write it down in their planners. It was also displayed on the board throughout the entire work period. It was due at the end of class today for students who had not completed it.
  • Students who were absent for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check originally, had the time to make-up the assessment in class. They got their bubble sheet from the Absence Board and submitted the completed bubble sheet to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • Anyone who needed extra time on today’s graphic organizer because they were working on the previous class period’s work have until the start of next class to submit the graphic organizer and their Close Reader: “Teenagers and New Technology.”
  • Today’s class work, was to complete the Drawing a Conclusion graphic organizer for the question: how has technology affected Americans? using “Life at Home in the 21st Century” (Collections) and “Teenagers and New Technology” (Close Reader) to draw their conclusion. More detailed directions are available from today’s power point.
  • At the end of class, students submitted “Teenagers and New Technology” (either their photocopied packet, or the torn out pages from the Close Reader, stapled together.)

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.
  • Close Reader and Collections textbook not needed in class next time.
  • (B day only:) Completely annotate the Close Reader “Teenagers and New Technology” by completing all the Close Read directives (underline, circle, take notes in the margins, short response, etc.) due by the start of next class. Since this does not require a computer, this would be a great thing to work on during your holding on Wednesday/Thursday before my class.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Monday, Dec. 4 (A) – Tuesday, Dec. 5 (B): Text Structures Review with Quizizz and Beginning “Teenagers and New Technology” in the Close Reader

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Announcements:

  • As of lunch today, it was announced to suspend Achieve 3000 use until further notice. Therefore, there are no weekly A3K choice articles or assigned articles to complete this week.
  • 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.

Assignments:

  • Today’s bell ringer was the much awaited periodic comp. book check #1. If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from today’s power point and submit your comp. book to the class inbox to be checked when you return from your absence. No work was added to your comp. book during your absence, so no extra time is needed to complete this make-up work.
  • Students completed the Quizizz Review using their class’ assigned code. Students were given this during housekeeping and directed to write it down in their planners. It was also displayed on the board throughout the entire work period. Quizizz is due at the start of next class and needs to be completed for homework if not finished due to the fact that holding areas may not have computers for students to use.
  • If finished, students were directed to start their Close Reader “Teenagers and New Technology.” Students need to annotate the entire text using the Close Read blue boxes to guide them through what to complete. Everything through the short response needs to be completed by the start of next class.

Homework:

  • NOTE: As of lunch on Monday, we were directed to suspend all Achieve 3000 use until further notice. Thus, no weekly A3Ks or assigned articles this week.
  • Bring your Close Reader workbook and Collections textbook next class.
  • Complete the Quizizz Review by the start of next class.
  • Completly annotate the Close Reader “Teenagers and New Technology” by completing all the Close Read directives (underline, circle, take notes in the margins, short response, etc.) due by the start of next class. Since this does not require a computer, this would be a great thing to work on during your holding on Wednesday/Thursday before my class.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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

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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. 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.

Assignments:

  • 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.)

Homework:

  • 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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Tuesday, Nov. 28 (A) – Wednesday, Nov. 29 (B): “Life at Home in the 21st Century” Cornell Notes

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a change to the Class Dojo Rewards. Please check the 5 and 10 point rewards to note the change.
  • 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. Congratulations to the 8B student who got the answer in first! I’ll be reaching out to notify you that you earned the 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.

Assignments:

  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference the power point. 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.
  • The teacher guided students through how to complete the Cornell Notes for the second read of “Life at Home in the 21st Century” (Collections textbook.) For your reference, it is outlined in today’s power point.
  • Students were able to finish answering the third question with a partner, or on their own.
  • Next, students generated 1-2 more questions and in a similar fashion recorded the questions on their Cornell Notes and answered them using at least two pieces of evidence from the text to connect it back to their answer/conclusion they drew from the text. If the question cannot be answered through re-reading the text, it is not a question that should be added to the Cornell Notes.
  • Once finished, students need to summarize the central ideas of the text on the back of their Cornell Notes, in the space provided. Since these summaries are limited to five lines, it’s advisable to get to the point and avoid unnecessary language such as: When asked to summarize “Life at Home in the 21st Century” it could be said that the central ideas for this text are…
  • 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.

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) 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.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Tuesday, Nov. 21 (A) & Monday, Nov. 27 (B): Read second half of “Life at Home in the 21st Century”

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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 the extra credit research opportunity is to tell me the meaning of the name Arturo.
  • 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:

  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference the power point. 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 got back their Life at Home in the 21st Century worksheet. We discussed any areas students needed to re-visit after today’s lesson to refine their answers.
  • The teacher read the text aloud and guided students thinking through the first read of the last four pages of the text (p. 224 – 228.) Students wrote down their independent answers to questions 7-10 of their worksheet and re-worked any of last class’ answers before worksheets were collected again at the end of class.
  • When finished, students worked their way through the work period checklist (available in today’s power point.)

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) 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 “Teens Saving, Not Spending” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Friday, Nov. 17 (A) & Monday, Nov. 20 (B): Read first half of “Life at Home in the 21st Century”

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Announcements:

  • Hold onto The Contender novels. Some students are still using them given they were absent and have extensions on assignments that require the novel. Thus, no dates have been announced when these books will be collected, but books checked out to you must be returned to the school or paid for if lost. For this reason, please store the book some place safe, until the books are collected.
  • 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 there are no research extra credit opportunities available.
  • 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:

  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference the power point. 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.
  • The teacher read the text aloud and guided students thinking through the first read of the first four pages of the text. Students wrote down their independent answers to questions 1-6 only of their Life at Home in the 21st Century worksheet. It was collected at the end of class and will be returned to students to finish next class when we complete the second half of the text.
  • When finished, students worked their way through the work period checklist (available in today’s power point.)
  • Regarding the differentiated activities during today’s work period:
    • Students who were absent the date it was due, need to complete the assignment and turn it in to the class inbox.
    • Students who were absent the date it was due, but have already submitted it although not gotten it back with feedback, can move on to early finisher work. They will have an adjusted schedule for their alternate opportunities, if they do not master it with this practice.
    • Students who earned a “check plus” have satisfied the requirement for the assignment and do not need further practice.
    • Students who earned a “check” may re-do the assignment on a separate piece of paper, staple it to the first, and re-submit for a second chance.
    • Students who earned a “check minus” need to complete the Level Up Tutorial on Theme and complete an article analysis sheet for the practice questions. Here are generic directions for how-to access the Level Up Tutorials. Category: Analyzing Literature. Topic: Theme.
    • All opportunities are due at the end of class today.

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) 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 “Teens Saving, Not Spending” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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