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Monday, Feb. 12 (A) – Tuesday, Feb. 13 (B): “The People Could Fly” Reading and Analysis

OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY TIMES THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME

Grammatically correct captioning: when your first answer on a test was right, but you changed it.

Announcements:

  • Students learned their class jobs today and began practicing their roles.
  • Remember the 7th grade late work policy shifts in the second semester. Effective Jan. 9, 2018 students will not receive credit for late work. Exceptions include extenuating circumstances communicated with the teacher in advance and accommodations.
  • Check here for extra credit opportunities.
  • Remember students must sign-up in advance to attend Make-Up Monday. The sign-up sheet for the coming Make-Up Monday is taken down the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting and is cancelled if no one has signed up. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom. There’s no Make-Up Monday next week, due to the holiday, but it will resume Feb. 26th.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • Please reference the power point for today’s bell ringer. Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks.
  • We had paper pass back today and reviewed the answers to the Poetry Quiz taken last class. If previously absent, students had the chance to make up the quiz. If absent today, students need to get the answers from a peer. Students who scored 4/7 or lower are eligible to recyle their poetry quiz to earn a 70% C. Click here for directions how-to recycle. This is to be done after class work and can only be done in class with a copy of the test. All recycles are due 2/20 (A and B day.)
  • In class, we began reading “The People Could Fly” in the Collections textbook. Students finished the reading independently and answered the Analyze the Text Questions #1-6 (the story map referenced in #3 is from the summarize box on the previous page) for the text on p. 69.
  • Students also could begin their assigned Achieve 3000 article for the week: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) with an article analysis sheet due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B.)

Homework:

  • Collections textbook needed in class daily until given further notice.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.
  • Return The Contender novel to the media center. Books must be returned to Ms. Mayer, or placed on her circulation desk (across from Counseling Corner.)

If not finished in class, complete the classwork:

  • “the People Could Fly” Analyzing the Text questions (see “Assignments” for more detail) due at the start of next class.
  • Assigned Achieve 3000: “Are Letters Better?” (BR poll – Thought Question) and article analysis sheet. Due 2/16 (A) & 2/20 (B)
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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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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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Thursday, 10/12 (A) – Friday, 10/13 (B): “Joe Louis was Here” & Ch. 12 – 13 Summaries

IF THIS ISNT ME

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.
  • 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:

  • Students wrote a summary of The Contender‘s Chapter 12 on an index card for their bell ringer. This was open-book. While this wasn’t a graded assignment, I returned it to students with simple feedback, so they could see how to improve their summaries for their work in class today.
  • The class analyzed three videos and determined whether they were good examples or not. By popular demand, those videos are below:
  • If not finished last class, students completed Achieve 3000: “Joe Louis was Here” (BR poll – AR poll) + article analysis sheet (quarter 1 grade) which was due to the class inbox by the end of class.
  • Students who still needed to get caught up on missing quizzes/Achieve 3000 assignments had time during today’s work period to take care of missing work.
  • Next, students collaborated with their partner to write a concise summary for Chapter 13. Periods 1A and 3A only submitted video recordings of their summaries, but also could have submitted written summaries if they did not have time to record/they experienced audio technical difficulties. Due to this, all other classes just wrote their summaries and submitted them to the class inbox at the end of class.
  • If finished early, students added to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character through Ch. 13. Click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 12-13. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters. Alternatively, students could also have worked on their homework, if time allowed.

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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: “Joe Louis Was Here” 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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Tuesday, Oct. 10 (A) – Wednesday, Oct. 11 (B): “Joe Louis was Here,” Catch-Up Day, & PSAT

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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 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 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:

  • Students who have not taken one or multiple of their Contender quizzes were given time to make it up during today’s bell ringer. Students who were caught up completed their choice of one of the four options outlined in today’s power point.
  • Students were given the work period to start their assigned article for the week and get caught up on work as outlined below, or the original work period checklist is available in the power point:
    • Achieve 3000: “Joe Louis was Here” (BR poll – AR poll) + article analysis sheet (quarter 1 grade) Students could submit today if they finished, but it is not due until 10/12 (A) & 10/13 (B.)
    • Add to their S.T.E.A.L. Chart for their assigned character through Ch. 11. Click here for the original post, access to the S.T.E.A.L. Chart worksheet, and directions. Students held onto their S.T.E.A.L. Chart. It is not expected for students to fill out every row on Ch. 10-11. This is an ongoing assignment. Students will add to their chart as more information is learned about their character. Some characters have been more present, others will be more present in later chapters.
    • Complete missing work that is still eligible for full/partial credit.
    • Work ahead on reading Ch. 12-13 (tonight’s homework) for The Contender and adding to their S.T.E.A.L. Charts
    • Working on their two weekly A3Ks

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Consult The Contender Pacing Guide to keep up with the nightly reading due at the start of class on the due date.
  • 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: “Joe Louis Was Here” 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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