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Week of Sept. 17 – 21

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Last Update: Sept. 17 at 11:50 a.m.

Announcements:

  • Our class will still meet in the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and go to the media center together to shop at the Book Fair. Have money this day! If you forget, the parent night is the next evening.
  • Students need to have a copy of The Contender checked out to them and bring it to class all days except Wednesday. (On Wednesdays, we write and at this time there’s no writing assignments related to the novel.)
  • Later this week, students will take a graded FSA-style assessment on standards we have been covering in this unit of study, to assess their progress.
  • There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics.

What did we do today?

Monday, Sept. 17

  • Students who needed to continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31.
  • Students who needed to completed the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” (originally assigned on Sept. 7 completing the:
    • before reading
    • read the article
    • complete the activity (without any use of outside materials like Google, your friend, a dictionary, etc. … like always.)
    • thought question and
    • after reading poll
  • The teacher met with small groups to talk about mistakes that were made on the practice assignments we have been doing over the last several weeks, so students can make improvements on forthcoming graded assignments.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

  • The class met at the classroom for attendance.
  • The remainder of the period was dedicated to shopping the Book Fair.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Leadership Wedenesday

  • Students completed a Kahoot to review what we have gone over the first three sessions of Writing Wednesdays.
  • Students answered “Would You Rather” questions and made verbal arguments defending their case.
  • Students completed the second session of their Leadership class.

Thursday, Sept. 20

  • Students began their assessment on the standards we have been covering in class.

Friday, Sept. 21

  • Students finished their assessment on the standards we have been covering in class.

Homework:

  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • Complete the activity in the LA2 section for credit.
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher on the first try are worth ten (10) points. Second try is worth zero (0) points regardless of score.
    • All other scores worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

If not finished in class:

  • Students who met with Ms. Barker and were directed to complete a Level-Up Tutorial: On the category: Analyzing Literature for the specific title: Author’s perspective this is also due on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the start of class.
  • Students who needed to continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31Due at the start of class on Thursday, Sept. 20
  • Students who needed to completed the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” (originally assigned on Sept. 7 completing the:
    • before reading
    • read the article
    • complete the activity (without any use of outside materials like Google, your friend, a dictionary, etc. … like always.)
    • thought question and
    • after reading poll
    • Due at the start of class on Thursday, Sept. 20
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Week of Sept. 10 – 14

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Last Update: Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m.

Announcements:

  • Students need to have a copy of The Contender checked out to them and bring it to class all days except Wednesday. (On Wednesdays, we write and at this time there’s no writing assignments related to the novel.)
  • The book fair starts next year. Our class will still meet in the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and go to the media center together to shop. Have money this day! If you forget, the parent night is the next evening.
  • There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics.

What did we do today?

Monday, Sept. 10

  • Students answered the Analysis Questions (listed below) for the related reading “Muhammad Ali” (found in the back of The Contender novel) and submitted to the class inbox.
    1. How does Clay begin to emerge as a contender as a result of the Sonny Liston fight in 1964? How does the 1965 rematch solidify him as a champion? How do his victories raise doubt? 
    2. How does the transformation of Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali impact the world of boxing and Americans nationwide? 
    3. How does Ali’s fight with the United States Government over his conscientious objector status mirror his journey as a world-class, heavyweight boxer? Why did Ali question his enlistment status in the first place? Was it unpatriotic of him to do so? 
    4. If Ali would have accepted his enlistment status, would he have still been respected and highly revered? 
  • If they finished early, students were allowed to continue working on the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” (BR poll – AR poll.)

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Students created an Analysis Chart for the “Muhammad Ali” biography text (found in the related readings/back of The Contender novel.)
  • The class worked together to fill out the video side of the chart after several viewings of the “Muhammad Ali Mini Bio” clip. Then, students filled out print side using the “Muhammad Ali” biography text (found in the related readings/back of The Contender novel.)
  • Some classes were able to start the analysis column.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Early Dismissal

  • Students their “So You Think You Can Argue” notes, reviewed Should/Should Not and Does/Does Not arguments.
  • We reviewed how to determine if argument statements supported the “does violate the rule” stance or the “does NOT violate the rule” stance.
  • Students determined the strongest argument statement and the weakest argument statement and defended/refuted their answers.
  • Classes that finished early continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31.

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Students answered two questions in their comp. books. For the questions, please view today’s power point.
  • The class reviewed Tuesday’s lesson.
  • The teacher clarified misconceptions that the center column was not for “similarities” but for “an analysis of what the two types of media (text and video) shared and what this revealed about Muhammad Ali’s character, values, etc.
  • Students completed the Muhammad Ali Analysis Chart. On the back the completed the closing by answering the essential question. See power point.

Friday, Sept. 14

  • (7th period only) finished up the video/text analysis chart on “Muhammad Ali.”
  • Students who needed to continued annotating/highlighting support for either side of the child labor laws issue for their “Children at Work” article which students started on Aug. 31.
  • Students who needed to completed the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” completing the:
    • before reading
    • read the article
    • complete the activity (without any use of outside materials like Google, your friend, a dictionary, etc. … like always.)
    • thought question and
    • after reading poll
  • The teacher met with small groups to talk about mistakes that were made on the practice assignments we have been doing over the last several weeks, so students can make improvements on forthcoming graded assignments.

Homework:

  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • Complete the activity in the LA2 section for credit.
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher on the first try are worth ten (10) points. Second try is worth zero (0) points regardless of score.
    • All other scores worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

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Week of Sept. 4 – 7

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Last Update: Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Announcements:

  • Students need to have a copy of The Contender checked out to them. Our media center specialist, will be checking out these books to students during their lunch on 8/30. If absent, please visit Ms. Mayer in the media center to check out a book.
  • Students need to bring The Contender novel to class every day (excluding Wednesdays) starting Friday, Sept. 7. Students need their copies in class until further notice.
  • New-to-Landon students are excused from summer reading assignments. They had an alternate assignment for the assessment.
  • Tuesday evening was Open House. It was lovely getting to meet my students’ families. I look forward to getting to know you more throughout the year as we work together to promote your child’s academic success! For your reference, here is the Open House power point.

What did we do today?

Monday, Sept. 3

  • Labor Day – No School

Tuesday, Sept. 4, Open House night

  • Students continued annotating their text “Children at Work” from last Friday. Click here for last week’s post giving more detail on the assignment.
  • Students should have finished the article, but more time will be given in class to complete the stretch article. Both were collected, as they are one packet.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, Leadership Wednesday

  • Students continued their notes from session 1: “So You Think You Can Argue” and completed differentiated activities as we learned about Should/Should Not and Does/Does Not arguments.
  • Classes will pick up where they left off next Wednesday.

Thursday, Aug. 30

  • Students took their assessment:
    • Among the Hidden 15-question multiple choice paper exam. If absent, it will not be in the absent folder. Please get the assessment from the teacher. This must be completed in class.
    • New-to-Landon students completed the Achieve 3000: “A Look Back at Elie Wiesel” (Read the article and complete the activity. This will count as your assessment score for the standard instead of the summer reading assessment.
  • Those who finished on time, had the remainder of the period to work on their homework for this class and made progress to improving their Lexile levels.

Friday, Aug. 31

  • Absent students get yesterday’s exam and start with that.
  • Students read “Muhammad Ali” in the related readings, in the back of The Contender.
  • Those who finished early, completed the Achieve 3000: “The Greatest” completing the:
    • before reading
    • read the article
    • complete the activity (without any use of outside materials like Google, your friend, a dictionary, etc. … like always.)
    • thought question and
    • after reading poll

Homework:

  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher are worth ten (10) points.
    • Scores below 75% are worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

 

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Week of Aug. 27 – 31

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Last Update: Aug. 31 at 3:28 p.m.

Announcements:

  • Students need to have a copy of The Contender checked out to them. Our media center specialist, will be checking out these books to students during their lunch on 8/30. If absent, please visit Ms. Mayer in the media center to check out a book. We will need the novel by next week!
  • New-to-Landon students are excused from summer reading assignments.

What did we do today?

Monday, Aug. 27

  • Most classes had class time to finish the Author’s Perspective charts (created on notebook paper.)
  • All classes submitted their Author’s Perspective charts to the class inbox.
  • (5th and 6th period only) completed the extension activity. If absent, this does not need to be made-up.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

  • Students watched multiple viewings of the “It Takes a Child” video clip and analyzed the media using the Documentary T-Chart. If absent, please check your absent folder and get the document from there.
  • For your reference, included is the power point used in today’s class.
  • Students did a give one, get one activity to continue to add to their Documentary T-Chart.
  • Most classes reviewed the chart, but all classes the chart was collected. It will be passed back on Thursday and students will finish up the activity then.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, Early Dismissal

  • Introduction to Writing Wednesdays.
  • Students learned the basics of Argumentative writing. The power point for session 1 of Writing Wednesday can be accessed here for students who still need to set-up their portfolios.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Students wrapped up the “It Takes a Child” lesson by:

  • Getting back their Documentary T-Charts from Tuesday. If absent, these will be found in the student’s personalized absence folder.
  • Reviewing the information we filled out on Tuesday and viewed the video again to refresh our memories/show students who were absent for the original viewing.
  • Highlighting information on our charts that was similar to the India portion Kielburger’s personal essay (p. 307 of the Collections textbook is where the text begins.)
  • Write information at the bottom of the charts that show differences
  • to the India portion Kielburger’s personal essay (p. 307 of the Collections textbook is where the text begins.) Don’t overthink this! The answers are straightforward.
  • Answer the essential question (which can be found in the power point) on the back of the T-Chart.

Friday, Aug. 31

  • For the power point used in class today, click here.
  • Students defined annotate in their comp. books
  • The class reviewed examples and non-examples of annotating to clear up any confusion.
  • Students got their printed copy of “Children at Work” for them to write on. For students who are absent, this was pulled from Achieve 3000, just search the title. A hard copy has been put in your absent folder.
  • The class worked through the first (few) paragraphs together.
  • Students spent the rest of the work period annotating the text.
  • Students submitted their annotated articles at the end of the period.
  • More time will be given in class to finish annotating the text next class. On average, students made it to the top of page 2.

Homework:

  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher are worth ten (10) points.
    • Scores below 75% are worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

Summer Reading Exam

  • Finish setting up the cover of the portfolio (three sheets: Word Goal, Achieve 3000 Data Tracker, and FSA Data Tracker. Directions on how are available in the power point used in Wednesday’s class.)
  • The week of Sept. 4th students will have their exam on their summer reading for Among the Hidden as per the directions for the summer reading assignments that went home at the end of last year.
  • Students should refresh in preparation as this multiple choice, closed book test is fast approaching. It is a simple multiple choice test to assess reading comprehension. The questions will NOT mimic their end-of-the-year state testing.
  • New-to-Landon students may choose to take the exam, but will be automatically be exempt from it.

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Week of Aug. 20 – 24

Last Update: Aug. 23 at 5:22 p.m.

Announcements:

  • Due to the change in the bell schedule, families who I have taught their older children, should know there will be some changes to my policies/procedures that are necessary when moving from block to daily scheduling. Please do not assume anything and consult current information!
  • To that end, I will start including a “last updated” at the top, so you don’t have to wonder if you’re working off old information. In other words, I’ll add the weekly post and update it, as needed, throughout the week.
  • New-to-Landon students are excused from summer reading assignments.
  • As of Tuesday, 3rd period completed their Level Set. All classes are now able to complete the homework. There are a handful of students in other classes who did not finish the Level Set, due to varying reasons. They will be excused from the assignment as  a result.
  • On Monday,  15 Collections textbooks were delivered, so I have a sampling if any student forgets their textbook when it’s needed in class. On Tuesday, I was provided with a complete class set, so students there is a 1:1 ratio books to students, so students will not need to bring their book to class. Students can choose if they want to leave their books at school (so they can complete assignments throughout the day) or leave it at home. I will still teach them how to access the online textbook, so it will be accessible in either location (home and school.)
  • Students will need to bring their Collections textbook to class daily until told otherwise starting this Wednesday. Due to the arrival of our class set, students may bring their textbook to class, only if they choose.

What did we do today?

Monday, Aug. 20

Depending on what classes needed to make-up, students worked on:

  • Setting up their comp. books
  • Setting up their portfolios
  • Blobs and lines activity

Tuesday, Aug. 21

Students completed a 5-question formative assessment to assess their beginning understanding of the unit to be covered either:

*The class codes are available in class, as the formative needs to be completed in class.

The remainder of class is dedicated to finishing up unfinished tasks from Monday.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

  • The class started our unit on Craig Kielbueger’s personal essay. Here is the power point used in class.
  • Class time was used to introduce the unit and some classes had enough time to begin reading.
  • (5th period) finished setting up their portfolios and left them in their portfolio crate in class. Thank you for your flexibility!
  • Students will finish the reading/charts in class.

Thursday, Aug. 23

  • Students started/continued reading “Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace” in their Collections textbook and working on their author’s perspective chart.
  • For an example of how to complete the chart, please see today’s power point.
  • After the teacher demonstrated how to complete the chart, students continued to read the text and each students completed their own chart, but discussed the text with their table mates.
  • Remember, students will finish the reading/charts in class.

Friday, Aug. 24

  • Students got back their summer reading mind maps today.
  • Please make it a habit to check Focus weekly to check-up on grades. If falling behind, students need to familiarize themselves with how to earn their desired score. Information regarding the weekly A3K homework requirement can be found here.
  • Students worked in small groups to continue reading “Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace” in their Collections textbook and completing the Author’s Perspective Chart modeled to them on Wednesday and/or Thursday.

Homework:

  • Each week, students must complete a total of two (2) Achieve 3000 (A3K) articles between Sunday through Saturday at 11:59 P.M. (Articles submitted at 12 A.M. will be counted for the following week.)
  • In order to satisfy this requirement, students need to know:
    • The task is to read the article and complete the activity for each article.
    • Scores of 75% or higher are worth ten (10) points.
    • Scores below 75% are worth zero (0) points.
    • The teacher accepts your two highest, first try scores as the submission for the week, so there’s no reason to score beneath 20/20, or 100%

Summer Reading Exam

  • The week of Sept. 4th students will have their exam on their summer reading for Among the Hidden as per the directions for the summer reading assignments that went home at the end of last year.
  • Students should refresh in preparation as this multiple choice, closed book test is fast approaching. It is a simple multiple choice test to assess reading comprehension. The questions will NOT mimic their end-of-the-year state testing.
  • New-to-Landon students may choose to take the exam, but will be automatically be exempt from it.

 

 

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2018-2019 School Year Summer Reading

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Announcements:

Before the close of the school year, this summer’s reading was posted to the main page of the school website and students were reminded periodically in class. Click here for the 2018 – 2019 Summer Reading List & Assignments. Please note if the link does not work, this file can be found on the school’s website. Please be sure to carefully read ALL directions from the summer reading list & assignments (by following the link above or navigating to the school website.)

Assignments/Homework:

Assignment #1 – Non-Fiction Mind Map:
Reminders:
Mind Maps must be on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Both digitally designed and handwritten mind maps are accepted.
Please be sure to include the following information in the top, right hand corner of the mind map.
  • Student first & last name
  • Date assignment completed
  • Period (will discover upon receiving schedule at Orientation)
  • Assignment title (Summer Reading Mind Map)

Mind Maps turned in by August 13 will earn full credit. EXCEPTION: New-to-Landon students are not required to submit this assignment. Students who are absent on the first day of school have one day for every day absent to submit the assignment for full credit. After such time the assignment is considered late.

Mind Maps turned in by August 14 will earn partial credit.

Mind Maps will NOT be accepted on August 15 or after, unless due to an absence as stated above.

 

Assignment #2 – Learning Styles Survey

This is not an English Language Arts exclusive assignment. The Learning Styles Survey will be shared with your (child’s) teachers, to help them ensure a great year of learning! Once you have taken the survey, upload your results here.

 

Assignment #3 – Exam on Fiction Novel

Read Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden by August 13. Exception: New-to-Landon students have until Sept. 4th to acquire a copy and read the book. Students will have three weeks to study/refresh to prepare for the assessment on this novel.

All students will be given an in-class exam on the novel after Labor Day.

 

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