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Tuesday, Mar. 13 (A) – Wednesday, Mar. 14 (B): Performance Task Argument Response

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Announcements:

  • 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.
  • Students have until April 30 to submit one entry to America’s Library of Poetry contest for the chance to win $500!

Assignments:

  • For today’s bell ringer, students received a slip of paper and answered the question on their paper, in their comp. book. If absent, please answer the following and title it “Another Place, Another Time” in the comp. book: In the end, Gilbert makes a bold move to leave the other children behind and set out on his own. Re-read the last three paragraphs and identify what Gilbert does. What does this action reveal about him?
  • The assigned Achieve 3000: “Books That Move?” (BR – AR poll) and completed an FSA Challenge article analysis sheet were due at the start of the period.
  • Students cashed in their Dojo points for rewards and received back papers for Quarter 3. Current assignments are in the process of being graded and will be posted no later than Friday.
  • The teacher reviewed key components of an argument on p. 127 of the Collections textbook. Students could refer to  it to assist with writing their 1-page”Seeing is Believing” Performance Task due at the end of class today. If absent, students will be exempt from the assignment.

Homework:

  • Weekly A3K choice articles will resume Monday, Mar. 26. Have a happy, safe, fun Spring Break!
  • 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.)
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Tuesday, Jan. 23 (A) – Wednesday, Jan. 24 (B) – Day 3: Counterarguments

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Announcements:

  • Our classes visited the Scholastic Book Fair today. It is 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.
  • 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.

Assignments:

  • Be sure comp. books are kept updated for periodic comp. book checks. Please today’s bell ringer. Please note there are two parts. Students watched this video on counterarguments to answer the bell ringer question in their comp. book.
  • As a class we looked over existing counterargument paragraphs and traced the different components (counterclaim, reason/support, rebuttal, transitions) within the paragraph by using a color-coded system. An example is available in today’s power point.
  • In small groups, students got their own prompt. Instead of choosing their stance, they were instructed what stance to take, so they could practice creating a counterargument paragraph for  the opposing view/counterclaim, include reason/support someone with the opposing view would take, and refute it with a rebuttal. If absent, please choose one option (#1-8 in today’s power point to complete on your own.)
  • If students finished the class work early, they could start the assigned Achieve 3000: “A Different Kind of Classroom.” Students need to complete the BR poll – Thought Question and an article analysis sheet on the assigned article due 1/25 (A) & 1/26 (B.)

Homework:

  • If not finished in class, finish the assigned Achieve 3000: “A Different Kind of Classroom.” Students need to complete the BR poll – Thought Question and an article analysis sheet on the assigned article due 1/25 (A) & 1/26 (B.)
  • 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  – Sunday at 11:59 P.M. each week.

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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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Wednesday, 10/25 (A) – Wednesday, 11/1 (B): Warrior Essay Writing Unit *UPDATED*

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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. Monday, Oct. 30th had big attendance. Thank you to everyone who signed up and showed up!

Assignments:

Day 1 – Oct. 25(A) & Oct. 26 (B):

  • Students defined traditional warrior, literary warriors, and real-world warriors.
  • The class analyzed the prompt to be sure students had an accurate understanding of the informative essay’s prompt.
  • Students wrote their essays in their writing packets.
  • Students submitted their essays at the end of class to continue writing next time.

Day 2 – Oct. 27 (A) & Oct. 30 (B):

  • Students looked at anonymous student responses to an assigned Achieve 3000 Thought Question and we discussed how best to revise each one/talk about the importance of revising our work.
  • Students finished their writing and began their revisions. Students revised their writing within their original essay packet, using colored pens. There is a revision packet to guide students through analyzing 10 areas of their writing and color-coding their revisions to determine strengths/weaknesses in their writing. These packets are available in Class Dojo only, since they contain copyrighted material.
  • The teacher met with small groups of students to discuss targeted areas. For example, she met with absent students to review the prompt, students who did not utilize the time check post-it from last class to discuss how they can better manage their time going forward, and with students who struggled with the prompt to be sure their writing was on topic, etc. She was able to answer questions in small group and as she circulated the class between conferences.

Day 3 – Oct. 31 (A) & Nov. 1 (B):

  • The class reviewed the Informative/Explanatory FSA Writing Rubric and discussed how to use it to help them revise their writing before submitting.
  • Students finished all their revisions today and typed their final (revised) draft of their writing in a Word document. (The school uses P.C.’s, so we cannot open Pages.)
  • Students finished revising/typing the final draft of their essays.
  • The teacher showed students how to upload their work to the assignment in Focus. Students who did not have the essay ready to complete today, may take it home to complete. If you’ve been present all days, the deadline is 11/2 (A) and 11/3 (B) as outlined on the original Contender Pacing Guide. If absent, students have one day for every day absent to complete the assignment, but no more class time can be given. The remainder of the assessment must be completed at home. Please be honest and do not use outside tools when completing.
  • For students who finished the essay in class today, they used their remaining time to complete one of the two student engagement extension activities. All students must complete one of the two choices. The official deadline is 11/6 (A) and 11/7 (B.)

Homework:

  • Bring The Contender novel to class daily.
  • Submit your typed essay to Focus and your written essay packet to the class inbox by your deadline (see chart below:) 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. 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.
  • Finish ONE extension activity packet by 11/6 (A) 11/7 (B.) 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.

warrior essay deadlines

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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Friday, 9/1 (A) & Tuesday, 9/5 (B): Evidence Tracker & Child Labor Laws Intro Paragraph

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Announcements:

  • Check the No Name Paper Wall to claim your work with missing/improper heading, so you can earn credit for your work. Once you’ve written the correct heading on the top, right hand corner re-submit it to the class inbox to be graded.
  • Thank you for those who have donated classroom supplies! We are set on hand sanitizer for the year, but are a little low on tissues. Your kind donations of tissues, or any other items from the  Class Wish List will gladly be accepted throughout the year.
  • There’s no school on Monday due to Labor Day.
  • Open House is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. I look forward to meeting parents who are able to attend!

Assignments:

  • Students read and annotated the “Children at Work” stretch article and dig deeper. (It’s been made available on Achieve 3000 for students who were absent.) Please see the power point for specific directions about our color-coding key and how to complete the Evidence Tracker and begin writing the into. paragraph.
  • Students started the intro paragraph, but due to time, will have next class to complete the intro. The paragraph does NOT have to be completed for homework. Enjoy your long weekend!

Homework:

If you haven’t done so already:

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

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