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Friday, Feb. 16 (A) & Tuesday, Feb. 20 (B)-Compare and Contrast Fiction: “the People Could Fly” to Historical text: “Catching Runaway Slaves”

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Announcements:

  • There has been much confusion about the week 18 A3Ks appearing as “Excused” in Focus. Progress reports could not be printed with any vacant grades, so I excused everyone’s temporarily to finalize grades for progress reports. They did not factor into progress report calculations anyway, since it fell outside of the time frame for grade calculations (which is why grades in Focus did not match the printed grade.) Accurate week 18 A3K grades have been posted in Focus. Thank you for your understanding.
  • 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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom. There’s no Make-Up Monday on Feb. 19 due to President’s Day, but it will resume Feb. 26th.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • Students defined annotate in their personal vocab. dictionaries in their comp. books and created a new entry called: Annotate to write about why it is important to annotate instead of simply highlight/underline, circle. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • Students read the printed stretch article: “Catching Runaway Slaves” which is a historical text and annotated it.
  • Once finished, students completed the Compare and Contrast fiction to historical text worksheet. Bullet points are expected and answers should be a word/phrase. Be sure to read the directions for how to complete it.
  • Both the annotated article and the accompanying compare and contrast worksheet are due at the end of class today. They’re both copyrighted, so I’m not able to post the digital files on my blog, but hard copies are available in class for students who are absent.
  • Then, students had the work period to:
    • Recycle the Poetry Quiz. Students who scored 4/7 or lower are eligible to recycle their poetry quiz to earn a 70% C. Click here for directions how-to recycle. This is to be done after class work and can only be done in class with a copy of the test. All recycles are due 2/20 (A and B day.)
      • If the quiz has not been taken, the bubble sheet is in the absence folder for Thursday (A) and Friday (B.)
      • Students who were absent all of last week need to take the assessment today during the work period and submit the bubble sheet to the class inbox.
      • If students took the assessment, but were absent last class, their bubble sheet is in the paper pass back bin for them to get, get the answers from a student who was present, and determine if they will recycle (see above.)
      • If students took it last class, the sheet has been scanned and is placed in the paper pass back bin. Their bubble sheet is also in the paper pass back bin for them to get, get the answers from a student who was present, and determine if they will recycle (see above.)
  • Students also worked on their assigned Achieve 3000 article for the week: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) with an article analysis sheet due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B.)
  • At the end of the period students completed a brief exit ticket to assess their comprehension and retention of today’s covered material and submitted it to the class inbox.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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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Wednesday, Feb. 14 (A) – Thursday, Feb. 15 (B): Review “The People Could Fly” Questions

William Shakespeare | If Famous Writers Sent Valentines

Announcements:

  • Students learned their class jobs today and began practicing their roles.
  • 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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom. There’s no Make-Up Monday next week, due to the holiday, but it will resume Feb. 26th.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • Students learned how to write friendly letters with today’s bell ringer and attached it in their comp. books. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • Students who were absent last class worked on their missed work in a separate setting while the class reviewed the answers to “The People Could Fly” Questions  #1-6. At the end of the review, students submitted their work to the class inbox.
  • Then, students had the work period to:
    • Recycle the Poetry Quiz. Students who scored 4/7 or lower are eligible to recycle their poetry quiz to earn a 70% C. Click here for directions how-to recycle. This is to be done after class work and can only be done in class with a copy of the test. All recycles are due 2/20 (A and B day.)
      • If the quiz has not been taken, the bubble sheet is in the absence folder for Thursday (A) and Friday (B.)
      • Students who were absent all of last week need to take the assessment today during the work period and submit the bubble sheet to the class inbox.
      • If students took the assessment, but were absent last class, their bubble sheet is in the paper pass back bin for them to get, get the answers from a student who was present, and determine if they will recycle (see above.)
      • If students took it last class, the sheet has been scanned and is placed in the paper pass back bin. Their bubble sheet is also in the paper pass back bin for them to get, get the answers from a student who was present, and determine if they will recycle (see above.)
  • Students also worked on their assigned Achieve 3000 article for the week: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) with an article analysis sheet due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B.)

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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.)

If not finished in class, complete the classwork:

  • Assigned Achieve 3000: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) and article analysis sheet. Due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B)

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Monday, Feb. 12 (A) – Tuesday, Feb. 13 (B): “The People Could Fly” Reading and Analysis

OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY TIMES THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME

Grammatically correct captioning: when your first answer on a test was right, but you changed it.

Announcements:

  • Students learned their class jobs today and began practicing their roles.
  • 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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom. There’s no Make-Up Monday next week, due to the holiday, but it will resume Feb. 26th.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • Please reference the power point for today’s bell ringer. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • We had paper pass back today and reviewed the answers to the Poetry Quiz taken last class. If previously absent, students had the chance to make up the quiz. If absent today, students need to get the answers from a peer. Students who scored 4/7 or lower are eligible to recyle their poetry quiz to earn a 70% C. Click here for directions how-to recycle. This is to be done after class work and can only be done in class with a copy of the test. All recycles are due 2/20 (A and B day.)
  • In class, we began reading “The People Could Fly” in the Collections textbook. Students finished the reading independently and answered the Analyze the Text Questions #1-6 (the story map referenced in #3 is from the summarize box on the previous page) for the text on p. 69.
  • Students also could begin their assigned Achieve 3000 article for the week: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) with an article analysis sheet due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B.)

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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.)

If not finished in class, complete the classwork:

  • “the People Could Fly” Analyzing the Text questions (see “Assignments” for more detail) due at the start of next class.
  • Assigned Achieve 3000: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) and article analysis sheet. Due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B)

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Thursday, Feb. 8 (A) – Friday, Feb. 9 (B): Paradox, Figures of Speech, and a Quiz … oh my!

A True Paradox

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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • Please reference the power point for today’s bell ringer. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • The class took notes on figures of speech by adding terms to their personal vocab. dictionaries in their comp. books. Please reference the power point and be sure your comp. books is updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • After reviewing, students worked in partners/small groups to analyze one of Taylor Swift’s songs for figures of speech. They annotated using color-coding to identify the different figurative language they found.
  • Students checked their thinking by reviewing their findings.
  • (7B & 8B only) caught up on their analysis of Sonnet 43.
  • Students took a short quiz at the end of class to check their comprehension of poetry. If absent, students need to make-up the quiz A.S.A.P.

Homework:

  • Scholarship warnings due back signed next class.
  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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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Tuesday, Feb. 6 (A) – Wednesday, Feb. 7 (B): Practice Poetry

poetry

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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

  • Students completed a Denotation and Connotation worksheet for today’s bell ringer. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • After reviewing the bell ringer, students submitted their revisions for the “A Different Kind of Classroom” Achieve 3000 Thought Question. Today was the last day it will be accepted.
  • The class analyzed the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost and filled out an example poem analysis to help them with their group work poetry analysis of either “Sonnet 43” or “the Songs of Wandering Aengus” in their Collections textbook. If absent, please analyze “the Songs of Wandering Aengus” found in the Collections textbook, independently using the poetry analysis worksheet found in the absence folder, or print one out here.
  • At the end of class, we read both poems aloud and groups shared out their answers. Students wrote down the analysis for the 7 main points, (found at the end of today’s power point) in their comp. books to keep it updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • Group work poetry analysis of “the Songs of Wandering Aengus” and “Sonnet 43” were submitted to the class inbox at the end of class.

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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, Feb. 2 (A) & Monday, Feb. 5 (B): Scrimmage Review & Catch-Up Day

I’d be remiss as your English teacher if I didn’t revise the conventions of this  meme and it’s fitting, given that we worked on revisions: When you’re extremely stressed out, but you keep a positive attitude because you know this too shall pass.

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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

  • Students applied for class jobs. If absent, review the Cast Members Wanted job listing sheet and fill out an application.
  • The class reviewed the two most-commonly missed questions from the mid-year scrimmage and discussed the thought process for answers picked and learned from our mistakes.
  • The remainder of the period was spent as Catch-Up. Students who have missed one or both of the argumentative writing days, had class time to write/revise their essays. All students were asked to revise their Thought Question printed responses. Click here for the work period checklist used today.

Homework:

  • Finish revising (handwritten) the Thought Question response for Achieve 3000: “A Different Kind of Classroom.” Due by the start of class on 2/6 (A) & 2/7 (B.) For directions see the assignment section above.
  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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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Wednesday, Jan. 31(A) – Thursday, Feb. 1 (B) – Day 6: Revising Practice *Revised*

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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.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

  • Today students read over the other class’ essays and voted on their favorite. The winner will be announced next time.
  • After the voting, the class briefly discussed how each essay would have scored on the FSA, using the assigned rubric, so students could see if their favorite essay was aligned with what was highest scoring.
  •  Planning sheet and writing packets were returned to students for continued writing and revising. Color-coded task cards were available to assist students with their revisions, along with pens in the same ink color to assist with revising. All materials are secure and cannot be shared electronically. If absent, please make-up when you return to class.
  • Students referenced the texts from the Performance Assessment workbook for the argumentative writing assignment. It was due at the end of class today. If absent, tardy, or left early, please sign-up for Make-Up Monday to complete the remainder of the assignment.
  • If finished early, students got back their printed Thought Question response for the Achieve 3000: “A Different Kind of Classroom.” Students revised their response on the print out. If no Thought Question was submitted on time, students hand-wrote their response on a separate piece of paper. The prompt was: Do you think you would like being in a class with all boys or all girls? Explain the benefits and the drawbacks of separate-gender classes. Support your answer with details from the article. Answers should be at least one paragraph in length.

Homework:

  • Finish revising (handwritten) the Thought Question response for Achieve 3000: “A Different Kind of Classroom.” Due by the start of class on 2/6 (A) & 2/7 (B.) For directions see the assignment section above.
  • Collections textbook not needed in class again until 2/2 (A) & 2/5 (B).
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • 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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