Students reviewed the prompt (available in class) for their writing and began planning their essay.

If time allowed, they began writing.

Thursday, Nov. 15th

Students wrote their essays, revising as they worked.

Friday, Nov. 16th

Students wrote their essays, revising as they worked.

Essays were due at the end of class today.

If absent/not finished, students will have some additional time Monday and Tuesday of next week with two Whatever I Need (W.I.N.) Days.

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 completed yet, remember:

Each student is responsible for the copy of The Contender that is checked out in their name. Once finished with the final project and writing assignment for the novel, please return the novel to the librarian.

Friday, Nov. 9th is a weather day, there is no school.

Monday, Nov. 12th is a holiday from school as we observe Veteran’s Day.

What did we do today?

Monday, Nov. 5 – In-Class Project Work Day #1

Today students chose which project option they wanted to do for The Contender project. Options were:

One-Pager

Worked on their one-pager, which was open book.

One-Pager is due at the end of next class.

Study Guide and Test

Worked on their study guide, which was open book.

Study guide was due at the start of next class.

If absent, students have one day for every day absent to get caught up on the work.

Hard copies of the assignments are available in class.

Tuesday, Nov. 6th – In-Class Project Work Day #2

The Contender short response writing prompt on notebook paper was due to the class inbox at the start of class for full credit for those who were absent Wednesday of last week.

Today students continued working on their final projects for The Contender. The options were:

One-Pager

Worked on their one-pager, which was open book.

One-Pager is due at the end of class today.

Study Guide and Test

Students submitted their study guides at the start of class.

Students had the period to work independently on the closed-book test which was due at the end of class today.

If absent, students have one day for every day absent to get caught up on the work.

Hard copies of the assignments are available in class.

Today students finished up their Introduction Notes, reviewed various styles of introductions for essay framing, and wrote a practice introduction paragraph.

For Leadership, students attended the speaker series in the auditorium and took Cornell Notes on former school board member, Hon. Becki Couch’s presentation.

Thursday, Nov. 8

The class completed a Gallery Walk and took notes on Body Paragraphs and Counterarguments. The video they needed for class today is above the announcements section of this post.

Students who were absent need to get the hard copy of their notes from their absent folder and get the notes from a class mate. These notes then need to be added to the argumentative side of the portfolio.

The class verbal debriefed the Gallery Walk to clear up any misconceptions, had the opportunity to ask questions regarding this part of the argumentative writing process, and completed an exit ticket.

These notes were collected and will be passed back next Wednesday.

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 completed yet, remember:

Each student is responsible for the copy of The Contender that is checked out in their name. Once finished with the final project and writing assignment for the novel, please return the novel to the librarian.

Quarter 1 report cards went home Monday, Oct. 29th.

The teacher will be chaperoning the 7th grade field trip from Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Friday, Nov. 2 meaning she will be unable to answer read/reply to emails until Wednesday, Nov. 7th – Thursday, Nov. 8th depending on when the email was sent. Please check the information below prior to emailing, if it is a question regarding assignments for the week.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – absolutely no costumes are to be worn to school.

Thursday, Nov. 8 is the Make-Up Picture day.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 29

Students completed Ch. 20 on the Essential Question #3 worksheet for their bell ringer and submitted to the class inbox. Those who had not submitted after housekeeping were counted as late.

The class reviewed Theme and took notes (via a mind map) in their comp. books. If absent, please get the notes from a class mate.

The teacher provided different themes for the novel to small groups. Students worked in their assigned small groups to analyze The Contender and identify evidence that supported their given theme. They wrote evidence on different post-its and attached it to their theme poster.

Each student was given a Gallery Walk Note-Note Taking Sheet and noted the theme, most compelling evidence from each group’s poster, and explained why their selected evidence was the most compelling.

The class ended by discussing the themes that stood out, surprised them, and general takeaways as a result of the lesson. The posters and gallery walk notes were submitted to the class inbox.

If absent, students need to complete the Common Lit: “AutumnTime” alternate assignment which is due on Friday, Nov. 9th.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Students who did not have their Essential Question #3 worksheet yesterday for their bell ringer were reminded to submit it to the class inbox for partial credit. Students who were absent submitted it to the class inbox could still get full credit.

The class had their class spelling bee. Please see Dojo to see the winners in each class. All winners have been given a Scripps Spelling Bee word list. The school-wide spelling bee is Nov. 20th.

If absent/attending the field trip, it is due by the start of class on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. This is the only assignment that is mandatory to be made-up for my class.

This assignment is mandatory for students who are present and optional for absent/field trip attendees.

It is due today for students who were present and is due on Tuesday, Nov. 13th for students who were absent and choose to make-up this alternate assignment which will replace the original assignment: “Comparing Characters” partner/independent work worksheet if a higher score is earned on this assignment versus original assignment for the standard.

Students may take the assignment home to work on it if they believe next class will not be enough time.

Homework:

Each week, (including the week of the field trip Sunday, Oct. 28th – Saturday, Nov. 3,) 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:

Finish reading The Contender (due Monday, Oct. 29th) by Monday, Nov. 5th. We will start the in-class projects once students return from the field trip, so we can all be completing them together.

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Oct. 29th the Essential Question #3 on their worksheet is due after the bell ringer, so if absent, or you have fallen behind in the reading, catch-up prior to Monday of next week.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 22

Students had a Whatever I Need (W.I.N.) Day.

The teacher reviewed the different activities they could work on to catch-up, finish the elements of plot task cards which will serve as an assessed, but not graded baseline (due today,) or work on homework if they had finished all else.

Students had the option to analyze writing to improve their own writing, but this was optional.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Students had a Whatever I Need (W.I.N.) Day.

The teacher reviewed the different activities they could work on to catch-up, or work on homework if they had finished all else.

Students had the option to analyze writing to improve their own writing, but this was optional. This option was due today.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Leadership Wednesday

Students referred to their Notes from last Writing Wednesday and summarized what they learned about introductions. The class reviewed answers. (If absent, last Wednesday and students had not gotten caught up in Monday or Tuesday’s classes, they got and continued the notes.)

Students continued their notes on a provided handout.

(Period 1 only) Completed the activity, but needs to review in a future class.

(Periods 2-7) Needs to finish up the notes and complete the activity in a future class.

All classes will finish up their notes in a future Writing Wednesday.

If absent, please get the notes from a classmate. Each class stopped at different points, based on questions/discussions during the review.

Students attended a speaker series and took notes on Patriot Service Dogs during leadership Wednesday. Students are responsible for holding onto their notes from all the speaker series as leadership classes will debrief the different presentations collectively, later in the year.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Students took notes on Types of Citations in their comp. books (if absent, please see a classmates’ comp. book to get the notes.)

The class reviewed direct and indirect characterization and briefly discussed common mistakes to avoid when inferring indirect character traits.

Students

Students elected to complete the Comparing Characters sheet independently, or in a group of 2-3 people and had the rest of class to work on the assignment. (Photos are in Dojo!) Students can work on this at home, but will be given class time tomorrow to complete it.

Students had most of the period to finish their Comparing Character worksheet.

For the closing, students presented their findings for the Comparing Character worksheet and the class took notes on the presentations. Both items were submitted to the class inbox.

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:

Follow the Pacing Guide for The Contender. Chapter are due at the START of class on the due date listed. Activities through that portion of the book will be completed in class on that day.

Oct. 29th the Essential Question #3 on their worksheet is due after the bell ringer, so if absent, or you have fallen behind in the reading, catch-up prior to Monday of next week.

Weekly A3Ks will resumed this week and will count as the first homework assignment for Quarter 2. Students need to complete TWO articles scoring 75% or higher on the first try between Sunday and Saturday. The weekly numbering continues, so it will appear as “Week 10.” The dates for week 10 are Sunday, Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 20th as Tuesday was the start of Quarter 2 and the deadline falls outside of that date. As per student feedback, I will add all the Weekly A3K assignments for quarter 2, so students can keep track of whether they’re completed or not.

Remember, “NG” stands for not graded. It does NOT indicate that the assignment was not completed. Rather a zero communicates an assignment was not completed within the required time frame, or not submitted at all. Students should double-check the no name paper wall (located directly over the class inboxes) for work they turned in without a name. It is not scored, to deter “shopping for grades” and will be graded in the order it is received. The no name stamp, signals to me not to deduct points due to it being unnamed and waiting for the correct heading to be added and re-submitted to the class inbox.

There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics. Since there is still a remaining answer for for the third and no one has attempted the first two, these are opportunities are still good for quarter 2.

Only one class got 100% parent accounts linked (using the code given to students) by the Monday, Oct. 15th deadline and they earned 6 extra credit points added to their grade. Since no other class had 100% connectivity, no other class earned 1-5 points. Parents can still connect at any time, but no extra credit will be given since the deadline has passed. I still recommend getting connecting as this is a great tool to see your child’s progress in class, class-specific updates, and periodic snapshots in what your child is working on in class.

All quarter 1 grades were finalized as of 1:22 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19th, several hours before the 4:30 p.m. deadline. My first remind announcement went out at that time to communicate with parents who had connected to our class. For more on Remind, please go to the About Tab. The syllabus has the specifics and if you scroll down to the “About the Class” section, it will clarify the difference between the different communication methods: this blog, remind, class, dojo, and email. Thank you for your patience during this increased volume of work that is being submitted. I appreciate the trust and professionalism in the email responses I received.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 15 — End of Quarter 1

The teacher introduced the re-branding of our differentiated instruction days: W.I.N. (Whatever I Need.) It’s easier to remember and has more positive connotations than “We’re di-ing (sounds like ‘dying’) in English today.”

Students had the chance to check grades and report any inconsistencies for the teacher to correct or clarify.

The teacher reviewed the different activities they could work on to catch-up, work on alternate assignments to improve their grades on standards, get a head start on the elements of plot task cards which will serve as an assessed, but not graded baseline, or work on homework if they had finished all else.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

While yesterday was the official end of quarter 1. Yesterday’s overview took awhile and students had insufficient time to work on their alternate assignments, so W.I.N. extended into today. The assignments were the same as yesterday.

All quarter 1 work was due today to give the teacher time to accurately grade and enter all work prior to the Friday, Oct. 19th 4:30 p.m. deadline. Report cards will go home Monday, Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Early Dismissal Wednesday & Writing Wednesday

Students completed a bell ringer on introductions.

(Periods 1-6) Reviewed how to take Cornell Notes and started the notes on Introductions.

(Period 7 only) Learned about introductions, discussed what they were learning, and started to take their notes on jolt list/question and answer planning on an FSA planning sheet.

All classes will finish up their notes next week during Writing Wednesday.

If absent, please get the bell ringer and notes from a classmate. Each class stopped at different points, based on questions/discussions during the review.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Students had a W.I.N. day. No new work was presented. Students got to work on:

RL.1.3: Completing the Elements of Plot Task Cards (a baseline “assessment” activity) individually. Due Monday, Oct. 22 at the end of class.

Conferencing: With teacher independently/small group on varying needs as determined by student with today’s bell ringer: “I need help with…” and the teacher (prioritizing top needs.)

for the homework chapters, working on work for another class, or reading for pleasure.

Friday, Oct. 19 — No School for Students, Teacher Planning Day

No School for students.

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:

Follow the Pacing Guide for The Contender. Chapter are due at the START of class on the due date listed. Activities through that portion of the book will be completed in class on that day.

Only 3rd period is responsible for completing the weekly A3Ks this week. They are making up a week they missed earlier, and giving the others an off-week. Weekly A3Ks will resume next week and will count as Quarter 2 grades.

There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics.

The first class that gets 100% parent accounts linked (using the code given to students) will get 6 extra credit points added to their grade, the second class to do so will earn 5 points, etc. Monday, Oct. 15th by 8 AM is the last day any points can be earned.

The teacher is in the process of grading and entering grades. Thank you for your patience during this increased volume of work that is being submitted. By limiting emails asking about “when” assignments will be input, this can ensure a faster turn around time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 8

Students worked on differentiated activities based on their Lexile levels. Students were assigned either the Achieve 3000: “Joe Louis was Here” (BR – AR poll,) or Common Lit: “A Defiant Muhammad Ali…” Classes were taught how to access Common Lit as this was our first time using this resource.

When finished, students were allowed to work on homework for this class.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Students completed a comprehension check on chapter 6. If absent, this does need to be made-up prior to the end of quarter one, or a zero will be the final grade earned through not making up absent work. Students have one day for every day missed to make-up the work before the late work policy takes effect.

Today the class reviewed Elements of Plot by answering questions about plot. This was an unscored “pre-test” to assess students’ prior knowledge of standard RL.1.3. Students collaborated throughout work period to answer as many questions accurately as possible.

At the end of class the teacher reviewed the class’ work and cleared up student misconceptions.

Periods 1, 2, and 7 did not meet today. No assignments need to be made-up.

Due to 30 minute classes, each class got a differentiated story-matic writing activity that was submitted at the end of class. If absent, no assignment needs to be made-up.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Students learned via a student-directed tutorial how to check their Achieve 3000s. This tutorial covered: how to see on one page what day, article, score earned, and class in which the article was completed. Students were directed to the blog to complete the opportunities that have been available for weeks that had to do with this whole-group demonstration. There was a widespread glitch in Achieve 3000, so all students checked their grades to see if they were impacted by the glitch.

Students reported if they were impacted by glitch and corrected scores were taken to be added to Focus at the teacher’s earliest possible convenience.

Then students received the Essential Question #3 worksheet and the class completed ch. 6 together to demonstrate this is NOT a summary of the chapter, but answering the essential question based on the events from the chapter. Use this tracker to track how Alfred’s motivation changes throughout the novel and limit answers to 1-2 sentences in length with your average handwriting size. Our goal is to be clear, concise, and answer the question.

Students finished class by answering the same question for Chapter 7. Students will be given class time, but may opt to work on the worksheet as they read. Students are responsible for all chapters and the tracker worksheet is due at the end of class on Oct. 29th.

Friday, Oct. 12

Students answered Essential Question #3 on their worksheet for chapters 8 and 9. It is important to note this is NOT a summary or paraphrasing of the chapter. Also, the question is asking what internally or externally motivates Alfred, rather than how he is rewarded, or how he feels motivated for actions he carries out.

The teacher introduced W.I.N. For students who choose to work on the work outside of class, or were absent, click here for the power point with directions sheets used in class today.

If needed, please see the Achieve 3000 tab for the Article Analysis sheet. The link for the document can be found there.

For the objective summary sheet used in class, you may reference it by clicking here. Remember, this is a guide and should not be used verbatim.

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:

Follow the Pacing Guide for The Contender. Chapter are due at the START of class on the due date listed. Activities through that portion of the book will be completed in class on that day.

(2nd and 3rd period only) Were at the auditorium for Pictures, therefore they were given a 1-day extension to accommodate the free form day.

All classes need to complete the weekly A3K requirement this week. The week of Oct. 7 – 13, only 3rd period, will complete 2 weekly A3K articles at 75% or higher on their first try for the LA2 section to be a stand-in for the Week 1 that they missed. Other classes have the week of Oct. 7-Oct. 13th off and will get no incentive for articles completed within the “off-week’s” time frame.

There are three opportunities to earn dojo points. Please go to the Dojo Page and read the specifics.

The first class that gets 100% parent accounts linked (using the code given to students) will get 6 extra credit points added to their grade, the second class to do so will earn 5 points, etc.

What did we do today?

Monday, Oct. 1 — There was a sub

Students used the Objective Summary Template and wrote an objective summary of The Contender‘s Chapter 3 on a separate piece of paper.

Students who finished early had the remainder of the work period to work on their homework for this class, other classes, or read for pleasure.

Students submitted their Objective Summaries of Chapter 3 to the class inbox at the end of the period.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Picture Day

The teacher walked students through the recycle process and gave students the class period to recycle their “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” test due at the start of class on Thursday.

Students worked in groups to have a Writer’s Workshop on some of last week’s claims.

Students read the original (anonymous) submission and decided from a checklist, what that submission’s growth points were.

Members of the group collaborated on one re-write to fix the mistakes for the original submission.

At the end of class, students presented their revisions and we discussed improvements made to the re-writes and if there were any more growth points that weren’t addressed.

Thursday, Oct. 4 –

Students summarized Chapter 4 of The Contender on a post-it note and worked with their groups to synthesize the information from each group member’s post-it into the best possible summary of the chapter.

Students who finished early had the remainder of the work period to work on their homework for this class, other classes, or read for pleasure.

Some classes had conferences.

At the end of class, groups presented their summaries and discussed strengths and growth points.

Friday, Oct. 5

Students completed a comprehension check on Chapter 5 of The Contender and submitted it to the teacher.

Students worked on differentiated activities for paraphrasing. If absent, complete the Paraphrasing Level-Up Tutorial in (my.hrw) and work through the tutorial. Only write the complete question, your answer choice, and the reason why you thought it was correct for each practice question.

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:

Follow the Pacing Guide for The Contender. Chapter are due at the START of class on the due date listed. Activities through that portion of the book will be completed in class on that day.

Collections = main textbook used in this class (black cover)

Comp. book = composition notebook/interactive notebook used in class for notes

CR = Close Reader (class set of workbooks, not issued to students) with supplemental texts that align with our curriculum. The cover looks like the Collections textbook, but the title is “Close Reader,” it’s thinner, and paperback instead of hardcover.

Performance Assessment Books = Class set of blue/green workbooks exclusively for writing preparation.

W.I.N. = Whatever I Need. A more memorable and positive way to easily describe differentiated instruction in kid-friendly language.