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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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Thursday, 10/19 (A) – Friday, 10/20 (B): Mood and Tone


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 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:

  • The class reviewed the revised Dojo Rewards (see Class Dojo tab) and students cashed in their Dojo points. Quarter 2 has begun, so points reset. 
  • Students participated in a class spelling bee and the winners will go on to represent the class in the school-wide spelling bee. 
  • We introduced mood/tone and students completed a mood/tone word sort. 
  • Students continued to work on the assigned Achieve 3000: “Slam Dunk to Success” (BR poll – Thought Question) + article analysis sheet. Originally this was due at the end of class, but due to unreliable internet I’m giving all classes an extension to complete it for full credit by next class. 
  • Students added to their STEAL charts (from Ch. 1-17) and turned in what they had to the class inbox at the end of the period.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Finish reading the novel by the start of next class. Students who have kept up with the reading will be reading Ch. 18-20. 
  • 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. NOTE: “Slam Dunk to Success” is an assigned article, which will count as a classwork score. If already completed, it will NOT count as one of your weekly A3Ks.

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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