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Thursday, 10/19 (A) – Friday, 10/20 (B): Mood and Tone


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 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:

  • The class reviewed the revised Dojo Rewards (see Class Dojo tab) and students cashed in their Dojo points. Quarter 2 has begun, so points reset. 
  • Students participated in a class spelling bee and the winners will go on to represent the class in the school-wide spelling bee. 
  • We introduced mood/tone and students completed a mood/tone word sort. 
  • Students continued to work on the assigned Achieve 3000: “Slam Dunk to Success” (BR poll – Thought Question) + article analysis sheet. Originally this was due at the end of class, but due to unreliable internet I’m giving all classes an extension to complete it for full credit by next class. 
  • Students added to their STEAL charts (from Ch. 1-17) and turned in what they had to the class inbox at the end of the period.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Finish reading the novel by the start of next class. Students who have kept up with the reading will be reading Ch. 18-20. 
  • 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. NOTE: “Slam Dunk to Success” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Tuesday, 10/17 (A) – Wednesday, 10/18 (B): Analyzing Informative Essays with Ch. 14 of The Contender

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Announcements:

  • Students were reminded that weekly A3Ks are a district requirement. For information covered in class, please review this resource about weekly A3Ks.
  • The teacher checked in with students to confirm Focus accurately reflects quarter 1 grades.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Students annotated the FSA Informative/Explanatory Writing Rubric and highlighted the different words in each category (PFO, EE, C) that distinguishes the different scores from one another.
  • The class discussed the rubrics and how knowing the difference in each category can help students produce better pieces of writing. We discussed that scoring a 3/3/2 respectively for PFO/EE/C is the minimum passing score.
  • In mixed groups, students read through six example essays. For each, they privately assessed the essay and then shared their scores with their group. If people disagreed by more than a point. They discussed their thinking and referred to the book/rubric as needed. Students recorded their scores on the Informative Essay Analysis tracking sheet. Absent students will be exempt from this assignment.
  • Students began the assigned Achieve 3000: “Slam Dunk to Success” (BR poll – Thought Question) + article analysis sheet which will be due to the class inbox at the end of next class. Absent students should work on this assignment.
  • Students who still needed to get caught up on missing quizzes/Achieve 3000 assignments had time during today’s work period to take care of missing work.
  • Next, students collaborated with their partner to write a concise summary for Chapter 13. Periods 1A and 3A only submitted video recordings of their summaries, but also could have submitted written summaries if they did not have time to record/they experienced audio technical difficulties. Due to this, all other classes just wrote their summaries and submitted them to the class inbox at the end of class.
  • If finished early, students added to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character through Ch. 13. Click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 12-13. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters. Alternatively, students could also have worked on their homework, if time allowed.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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. NOTE: “Slam Dunk to Success” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Thursday, 10/12 (A) – Friday, 10/13 (B): “Joe Louis was Here” & Ch. 12 – 13 Summaries

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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 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.
  • 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:

  • Students wrote a summary of The Contender‘s Chapter 12 on an index card for their bell ringer. This was open-book. While this wasn’t a graded assignment, I returned it to students with simple feedback, so they could see how to improve their summaries for their work in class today.
  • The class analyzed three videos and determined whether they were good examples or not. By popular demand, those videos are below:
  • If not finished last class, students completed Achieve 3000: “Joe Louis was Here” (BR poll – AR poll) + article analysis sheet (quarter 1 grade) which was due to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • Students who still needed to get caught up on missing quizzes/Achieve 3000 assignments had time during today’s work period to take care of missing work.
  • Next, students collaborated with their partner to write a concise summary for Chapter 13. Periods 1A and 3A only submitted video recordings of their summaries, but also could have submitted written summaries if they did not have time to record/they experienced audio technical difficulties. Due to this, all other classes just wrote their summaries and submitted them to the class inbox at the end of class.
  • If finished early, students added to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character through Ch. 13. Click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 12-13. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters. Alternatively, students could also have worked on their homework, if time allowed.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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. NOTE: “Joe Louis Was Here” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Tuesday, Oct. 10 (A) – Wednesday, Oct. 11 (B): “Joe Louis was Here,” Catch-Up Day, & PSAT

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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 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.
  • 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:

  • Students who have not taken one or multiple of their Contender quizzes were given time to make it up during today’s bell ringer. Students who were caught up completed their choice of one of the four options outlined in today’s power point.
  • Students were given the work period to start their assigned article for the week and get caught up on work as outlined below, or the original work period checklist is available in the power point:
    • Achieve 3000: “Joe Louis was Here” (BR poll – AR poll) + article analysis sheet (quarter 1 grade) Students could submit today if they finished, but it is not due until 10/12 (A) & 10/13 (B.)
    • Add to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character through Ch. 11. Click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 10-11. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters.
    • Complete missing work that is still eligible for full/partial credit.
    • Work ahead on reading Ch. 12-13 (tonight’s homework) for The Contender and adding to their S.T.E.A.L. Charts
    • Working on their two weekly A3Ks

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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. NOTE: “Joe Louis Was Here” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Friday, 10/6 (A) & Monday, 10/9 (B): The Contender Ch. 7-9 Gallery Walk

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Announcements:

  • Students who attended the Driftwood field trip, what an amazing experience you’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Hopefully you have kept up with the reading for The Contender by following the Pacing Guide (see homework section for the electronic copy.) You’ll catch up on missed activities for the reading when you return. Also, you’re still expected to complete two weekly A3Ks between 10/2 – 10/8. I recommend completing it at home rather than at Driftwood or en route to/from Driftwood.
  • 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:

  • Students took the Ch. 7-9 Contender Quiz in class today. Absent students need to make-up the assignment on their return to class. Students who attended Driftwood who elected to use their extended time due to the absence, will also need to take the quiz next class.
  • The class reviewed characterization and clarified the S.T.E.A.L. Chart, click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 7-9. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters.
  • During the work period, students worked together to answer various questions about The Contender during a Gallery Walk. Groups synthesized the class’ answers into one concise summary, written on a separate piece of paper. For more info, please refer to the power point used in class today.
  • For today’s closing, students discussed why it’s important to stay on top of the at-home reading and how it connects to work in class.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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. Remember, this is the last homework grade for quarter 1. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. NOTE: “I am Malala” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Wednesday, 10/4 (A) – Thursday, 10/5 (B): The Contender Ch. 5-6 Summary & Continued Addition to your Assigned Character’s S.T.E.A.L. Chart

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Announcements:

  • Congratulations to period 5B on being the first class and only class to link 100% of parent accounts! 1 point extra credit has already been added to the Student Engagement: Research Opportunity grade on Focus.
  • Students were encouraged to use a post-it note to write 4 identifying pieces of information on their book, so if lost their book could be returned to them. The four pieces of criteria were: 1) student’s first and last name 2) teacher’s name 3) class period and 4) the last four digits of the DCPS barcode.
  • Students who attended the Driftwood field trip, what an amazing experience you’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Hopefully you have kept up with the reading for The Contender by following the Pacing Guide (see homework section for the electronic copy.) You’ll catch up on missed activities for the reading when you return. Also, you’re still expected to complete two weekly A3Ks between 10/2 – 10/8. I recommend completing it at home rather than at Driftwood or en route to/from Driftwood.
  • 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 evaluated the Reader Response Post-It Worksheet Example for Chapter 5 of The Contender to understand the process for today’s group work. For the example and the power point we used, please click here. We also evaluated the scoring rubric for the assignment on the back of the worksheet and assessed it as a 100% A example. Absent students will make this up in class because they will need to collaborate with others to complete the assignment.
  • Once students finished the group work, they worked independently on adding to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart, click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 5-6. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters.
  • For today’s closing, students answered the essential questions: 1) How do Alfred and Major’s views of the Epsteins differ? 2)What effect do these conflicting views have on the story?

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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. NOTE: “I am Malala” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Monday, Oct. 2 (A) – Tuesday, Oct. 3 (B): The Contender Ch. 3-4 Continue S.T.E.A.L. Chart for Assigned Character


Announcements:

  • Congratulations to period 5B on being the first class and only class to link 100% of parent accounts! 1 point extra credit has already been added to the Student Engagement: Research Opportunity grade on Focus.
  • Students were encouraged to use a post-it note to write 4 identifying pieces of information on their book, so if lost their book could be returned to them. The four pieces of criteria were: 1) student’s first and last name 2) teacher’s name 3) class period and 4) the last four digits of the DCPS barcode.
  • Students attending the Driftwood field trip, I’m excited for your unique opportunity! It’s a great experience and you’re in for a treat. Please keep up with the reading for The Contender by following the Pacing Guide (see homework section for the electronic copy.) You’ll catch up on missed activities for the reading when you return. Also, you’re still expected to complete two weekly A3Ks between 10/2 – 10/8. I recommend completing it at home rather than at Driftwood or en route to/from Driftwood.
  • 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:

  • Students worked on the assigned Achieve 3000: “I am Malala” (BR poll – Thought Question.) Please check the Achieve 3000 vs. A3K tab to get the article analysis sheet if absent, or on the Driftwood field trip.
  • Once finished with the assigned article, students turned in the article analysis sheet to the class inbox and continued working on their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character. For absent students, please consult the list below to see their assigned character.
    • Students with last names A-D = James
    • Students with last names E-H = Aunt Pearl
    • Students with last names I-L = Major
    • Students with last names M-P = Sonny
    • Students with last names Q-T = Hollis
    • Students with last names U-Z = Donatelli
    • Example: our class mascot Arturo was absent today, so he would fill out his S.T.E.A.L. chart for Hollis since his last name is Turtle.
  • Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 3-4. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character.
  • For today’s closing, students swapped S.T.E.A.L. charts with a student who had a different character. Students did not score one another’s work, but provided constructive feedback writing down (1 glow – positive attribute of their peer’s work and 1 grow –  area that could be improved/was unclear.)
  • For your reference, here is today’s power point.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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:

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

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