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Friday, Dec. 8 (A) & Monday, Dec. 11 (B): Metacognition & Blue Rose Comprehension Check Recycles

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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. The latest opportunity has been fulfilled. 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:

  • Students continue to add to their comp. books where they left off in preparation for their next periodic comp. book check . If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from today’s power point.
  • Students who were absent for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check originally, had the time to make-up the assessment in class, if not done so already. They got their bubble sheet from the Absence Board and submitted the completed bubble sheet to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • The class reviewed the correct answers for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check, so they could recycle the assignment. All recycles are due by Monday, Dec. 18 (regardless of A or B day.) Since the test packet is not allowed out of school, the times to recycle are: in class today, in class as an early finisher activity, in holding (when not testing that day,) and during one of the next two weeks of Make-Up Monday. If staying for Make-Up Monday, please remember to sign up  in advance on the sign-up sheet posted outside of class.

Homework:

  • No weekly A3Ks or assigned articles this week. The Level Set diagnostic hasn’t been released early, so students may use Achieve 3000 for any of their classes. However, due to the confusion at the beginning of the week I am waiving the weekly choice article requirement for this week only.
  • Collections textbook needed in class next time.
  • In Holding: read “Earth (A Gift Shop) in your Collections textbook and complete the Analyzing the Text Questions 1-6 on p.256 & the Language Conventions Spelling Questions 1-4 p. 258 due Thursday, Dec. 14 (A) & Friday, Dec. 15 (B.)

If you haven’t done so already:

  • Turn in late work (only accepted one A or B day late.)
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Wednesday, Dec. 6 (A) – Thursday, Dec. 7(B): Drawing Conclusions graphic organizer

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While it’s great to rotate lunch classes, so classes have comparable instructional time over the next two weeks … it’s also  super confusing.

Announcements:

  • The Level Set diagnostic issue has been resolved. Students can once again resume using Achieve 3000 for their classes. Due to the fact that use was suspended at the beginning of the week, I’m waiving the weekly A3K choice requirement this week only since there may be some confusion. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • 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. 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:

  • Students learned their score on periodic comp. book check #1 when their comp. books were passed back to them. If absent, you will need to reference the bell ringer from last class’ 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.
  • For today’s bell ringer, please reference today’s power point.
  • Students completed the Quizizz Review using their class’ assigned code. 1A had some technical difficulty, so I reassigned their code: 9538698 and we confirmed it worked in class today. All other class’ were given this during housekeeping last class and directed to write it down in their planners. It was also displayed on the board throughout the entire work period. It was due at the end of class today for students who had not completed it.
  • Students who were absent for the Blue Rose Comprehension Check originally, had the time to make-up the assessment in class. They got their bubble sheet from the Absence Board and submitted the completed bubble sheet to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • Anyone who needed extra time on today’s graphic organizer because they were working on the previous class period’s work have until the start of next class to submit the graphic organizer and their Close Reader: “Teenagers and New Technology.”
  • Today’s class work, was to complete the Drawing a Conclusion graphic organizer for the question: how has technology affected Americans? using “Life at Home in the 21st Century” (Collections) and “Teenagers and New Technology” (Close Reader) to draw their conclusion. More detailed directions are available from today’s power point.
  • At the end of class, students submitted “Teenagers and New Technology” (either their photocopied packet, or the torn out pages from the Close Reader, stapled together.)

Homework:

  • No weekly A3Ks or assigned articles this week. The Level Set diagnostic hasn’t been released early, so students may use Achieve 3000 for any of their classes. However, due to the confusion at the beginning of the week I am waiving the weekly choice article requirement for this week only.
  • Close Reader and Collections textbook not needed in class next time.
  • (B day only:) Completely 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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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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Monday, 11/6 (A) – Tuesday, 11/7 (B): Analyzing the Theme of “He–y, Come on Ou–t!” in the Close Reader

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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. Thank you to everyone who signed up and showed up!

Assignments:

  • Today students completed a Universal Theme Bell Ringer and added it to their comp. books after the class reviewed the answers.
  • Students who were absent last class, received their Close Reader. Students who did not remember to bring their Close Reader had a packet of the text in which they could write.
  • The class picked up where we left off last time and discussed interpretations to the end of the short story. To see an overview of our class discussion points, please view the “He–y, Come on Ou–t!” Analysis Tasks. All classes completed Analysis Tasks #1 and #2. We answered some questions through adding a “Hey, Come on Out” Analysis Chart to our comp. books. Please reference Ms. Barker’s comp. book, if absent, to ensure your comp. book is up-to-date and accurate. Only 5B completed Analysis Task #3.

Homework:

  • Bring your Collections textbook (hard cover) next class.
  • 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.
  • Finish ONE extension activity packet by 11/6 (A) 11/7 (B) for full credit and 11/8 (A) 11/9 (B) for partial credit. Packets are available in class, if you were absent or forgot to pick one up. They’re on the table by the door, since you choose your preference.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Monday, 9/18 (A) – Tuesday, 9/19 (B): Evidence Tracker & Child Labor Laws Body Paragraphs

Break comes to an end

Announcements:

  • School was cancelled Friday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 15 due to weather days for hurricane Irma. School resumed Monday, Sept. 18. Thank you for your patience as I respond to a higher than normal volume of emails due to the weather days.
  • To ensure we’re on the same page, the time table for the weekly A3Ks and how they were impacted by the storm is as follows: Week 1 is graded and entered in Focus for a regular homework grade. Week 2 (9/4 – 9/10) became extra credit, so those who completed prior to evacuating/school cancellations are rewarded, but those who were unable to are not negatively impacted. The week of 9/11 – 9/17 was cancelled in light on many students being evacuated or without power. To give students and their families time for hurricane relief, no credit (regular or extra) will be awarded for articles completed within that range. Starting up again, this week (9/18 – 9/24) students are expected to complete two articles for a regular homework grade. If you are still without power, an announcement was made in class for an alternative assignment. Please see the homework section below for the details.
  • 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 finished writing their introductory paragraphs for the Child Labor Laws Argumentative Essay. The article Children at Work is available electronically (via Achieve 3000,) if students have misplaced their original copy.
  • Students reviewed their introductions and crafted their body paragraphs for the essay.
  • The class reviewed the first body paragraph of their essay using the Body Paragraph Rubric.
  • Students submitted their work for the last two weeks to the class inbox stapled in the following order: 1) “Children at Work” article 2) Evidence Tracker 3) Intro paragraph 4) Body paragraphs (as much as was completed in class) and 5) completed Body Paragraph Rubric.

Homework:

  • Bring Collections textbook to class daily, 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. 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.
  • 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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