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Wednesday, Jan. 17 (A) – Thursday, Jan. 18 (B): Day 1 – Intro to Argumentative Writing

Logical Fallacy Ref Comp

Announcements:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair opens Jan. 22 at 5PM in the media center and is open during class on Jan. 23 – 26. All profits benefit the school! Online ordering begins Wednesday, Jan. 17: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/landonmiddleschool1
  • 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.
  • Due to holidays from school, the first Make-Up Monday for Quarter 3 will be on Jan. 22. Sign up in advance if you plan to attend. All quarter 3 sign-up sheets are already hung outside the classroom.

Assignments:

Homework:

  • Collections textbook not needed in class again until 2/1 (A) & 2/5 (B).
  • 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.)
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Do NOT complete the Level Set at home.
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Tuesday, Dec. 12 (A) – Wednesday, Dec. 13 (B): Poetry at a Glance

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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:

  • If absent, you will need to reference today’s power point.
  • Students completed the bell ringer column of the Poetry Anticipation Guide.
  • The class reviewed the necessary poetry vocabulary words related to today’s readings. For guidance where to turn in your Collections textbook, please reference today’s power point.
  • Students paired off and took turns reading the poems: “Dump” and “How Things Work” found in the Collections textbook. Students summarized the poem they listened to on the back of their poetry anticipation guide. If absent, students need to read both poems and summarize one of their choosing. Poetry is better understood when read aloud, so it’s recommended to read them aloud… multiple times, as necessary.
  • The Poetry Anticipation Guide doubled as the closing today, to show what students knew going into the lesson and what they learned as a result of the quick lesson. They needed to fill out the closing column and submitted it.
  • As time allowed, students reviewed the answers to clear up any misconceptions.

Homework:

  • 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 don’t believe you’ll finish by the end of next class, complete the Achieve 3000 assigned article: “Write it Down” (BR-AR poll) and complete an article analysis sheet on it.
  • Complete two choice articles between midnight on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. This will be the first regular homework score for quarter 3.

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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Monday, 11/13 (A) – Tuesday, 11/14 (B): “Always Wanting More” Analysis

life goals

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:

  • 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 added the “mood/tone cheat sheet” into their comp. books. If absent, your copy is available in the absent folder for your class. and practiced assessing tone using the teenager and the businessman in the State Farm car commercial.
  • We refreshed our memories of the reading, “Always Wanting More” by answering the questions: 1) according to the author, what accounts for the attitude of modern consumers toward the consumption of goods and 2) what is the goal of the modern superstore?
  • After reviewing our answers, the teacher looked over the “Always Wanting More” Analyzing the Text worksheet with students to ensure they knew how to complete the five tasks.
  • Students had the remainder of the work period to finish the tasks outlined in today’s power point. This included the worksheet and the assigned Achieve 3000: “Milky Ways in the Making” (both were due today.)

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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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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