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

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Announcements:

  • As of lunch today, it was announced to suspend Achieve 3000 use until further notice. Therefore, there are no weekly A3K choice articles or assigned articles to complete this week.
  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. The latest opportunity has been fulfilled. I’ve emailed the 8B winners and input your extra credit point. At this time, there are no research extra credit opportunities, but it is a good idea to check the blog for when they are announced.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

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

Homework:

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

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)
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Tuesday, Nov. 28 (A) – Wednesday, Nov. 29 (B): “Life at Home in the 21st Century” Cornell Notes

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a change to the Class Dojo Rewards. Please check the 5 and 10 point rewards to note the change.
  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. The latest opportunity has been fulfilled. Congratulations to the 8B student who got the answer in first! I’ll be reaching out to notify you that you earned the point. At this time, there are no research extra credit opportunities, but it is a good idea to check the blog for when they are announced.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference the power point. It’s important to keep your comp. book updated and accurate in the event of periodic comp. book checks. If absent, please borrow Ms. Barker’s comp. book to the get the information. Your post-it is in the absence folder.
  • The teacher guided students through how to complete the Cornell Notes for the second read of “Life at Home in the 21st Century” (Collections textbook.) For your reference, it is outlined in today’s power point.
  • Students were able to finish answering the third question with a partner, or on their own.
  • Next, students generated 1-2 more questions and in a similar fashion recorded the questions on their Cornell Notes and answered them using at least two pieces of evidence from the text to connect it back to their answer/conclusion they drew from the text. If the question cannot be answered through re-reading the text, it is not a question that should be added to the Cornell Notes.
  • Once finished, students need to summarize the central ideas of the text on the back of their Cornell Notes, in the space provided. Since these summaries are limited to five lines, it’s advisable to get to the point and avoid unnecessary language such as: When asked to summarize “Life at Home in the 21st Century” it could be said that the central ideas for this text are…
  • When finished, students worked their way through the work period checklist (available in today’s power point.) If students were unable to get started on this week’s assigned article, they may work on it at home in addition to time offered in class.

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) next class until told otherwise.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. Remember, assigned articles like “These New TVs Will Grab You” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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

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Announcements:

  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. Currently the extra credit research opportunity is to tell me the meaning of the name Arturo.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference the power point. It’s important to keep your comp. book updated and accurate in the event of periodic comp. book checks. If absent, please borrow Ms. Barker’s comp. book to the get the information. Your post-it is in the absence folder.
  • Students got back their Life at Home in the 21st Century worksheet. We discussed any areas students needed to re-visit after today’s lesson to refine their answers.
  • The teacher read the text aloud and guided students thinking through the first read of the last four pages of the text (p. 224 – 228.) Students wrote down their independent answers to questions 7-10 of their worksheet and re-worked any of last class’ answers before worksheets were collected again at the end of class.
  • When finished, students worked their way through the work period checklist (available in today’s power point.)

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) next class until told otherwise.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. Remember, assigned articles like “Teens Saving, Not Spending” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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

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Announcements:

  • Hold onto The Contender novels. Some students are still using them given they were absent and have extensions on assignments that require the novel. Thus, no dates have been announced when these books will be collected, but books checked out to you must be returned to the school or paid for if lost. For this reason, please store the book some place safe, until the books are collected.
  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. Currently there are no research extra credit opportunities available.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week.

Assignments:

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

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) next class until told otherwise.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. Remember, assigned articles like “Teens Saving, Not Spending” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Wednesday, 11/8 (A) – Thursday, 11/9 (B): Read & trace central ideas of “Always Wanting More”

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Announcements:

  • There’s no school this Friday in observance of Veteran’s Day.
  • Hold onto The Contender novels. Some students are still using them given they were absent and have extensions on assignments that require the novel. Thus, no dates have been announced when these books will be collected, but books checked out to you must be returned to the school or paid for if lost. For this reason, please store the book some place safe, until the books are collected.
  • There’s been a lot of questions regarding the “Research Extra Credit” grade in Focus. As discussed in class, each quarter this category will appear. Periodically in class, we come up with questions we cannot stop and answer in the moment, but that are valid questions worth our attention. When Ms. Barker deems an question worthy, she will announce it to all classes and via the blog. The first student to email her (email because it date/time stamps) the correct answer they have researched will earn extra credit in the “Research Extra Credit” assignment. Currently there are no research extra credit opportunities available.
  • Make-Up Monday sign-up sheets are posted outside our classroom door for the entire second quarter. If you plan to attend, remember you must sign-up to reserve your spot. The sign-up sheets will be taken down each Friday afternoon. If there’s no interest (assessed by no students signing up,) there will be no Make-Up Monday the following week. No one signed up for Monday, Nov. 13th.

Assignments:

  • Today students completed the “Always Wanting More” Vocabulary bell ringer and added it to their comp. books. If absent, please borrow Ms. Barker’s comp. book to the get the information, or borrow a classmate’s comp. book. It’s important to keep your comp. book updated and accurate in the event of periodic comp. book checks.
  • The class previewed mood/tone in page 237 of the Collections textbook.
  • The class read the entire text, “Always Wanting More” which began on page 233 of the Collections textbook. We paused periodically to discuss and ensure we understood what was being read, add difficult/unfamiliar words to our personal vocabulary dictionaries and trace the central ideas of the text.
  • Ultimately we answered the questions: 1) What keeps people in our consumer society always wanting more? 2) When is having more enough? in preparation for next class’ more thorough analysis of the text.

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) next class until told otherwise.
  • Submit your typed essay to Focus and your written essay packet to the class inbox by your deadline (see this post for the specifics.) Please note, essays may be turned in prior to deadlines, but the written essay still needs to be submitted to communicate the essay in Focus is the finalized essay and is ready to be graded.
  • Complete two weekly A3K choice articles between midnight on Monday – 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, scoring 75% or higher on each article to earn credit. For more info, please check the Achieve 3000 vs. Weekly A3K tab to answer FAQ. Remember, assigned articles like “Milky Ways in the Making” count for an assigned article only.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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