Week of 5/7 – Project Updates and more…

Hello everyone.  Most of you are making great progress on your Multi-Media Campaign Projects.  Below are a few updates:

  1. The due date is now Wednesday May 9 for the final project.  This means, when you walk into the classroom, be prepared to have your work graded.
  2. If you created a Kahoot game, you are still required to submit a copy of the additional categories in the project (Key Facts and Statistics, Call To Action, Cause or Effects, and a Bibliography).
  3. Presentations will begin toward the end of class on Wednesday and continue until Friday. This will be a separate grade from the final Project Grade. Today we reviewed the rubric in Springboard. Make sure you know your topic well enough so that you don’t have to read off the screen or tri-fold board.

On a separate note, all students have to take the final RI Assessment by Friday. If you didn’t go today, no worries, you will go by Friday.

One more thing – Field Day is quickly approaching (I love it! I  can’t wait to go outside). The date is Wednesday, May 16th. Lunch has been ordered for those who wanted it. Looking forward to a fun day and hopefully good weather.:)

 

Week of 4/23

MONDAY – Today we will introduce Unit IV, unpack the unit Vocabulary, and complete a “QHT” Chart. Students will spend the remainder of the period working on the Multi-Media Campaign Project based on the “global crisis” they selected to research.  Students are creating various products including Commercials, Powtoon, Prezi, Kahoot games and  more.  See directions below for more information.

TUESDAY – Unit IV’s theme is “The Challenge of Comedy”. Today students will write about the funniest movie or television show they’ve seen and explain why they found it funny. Class discussion will involve ways author’s use humor to create a story.  Students will also spend time working on the project. Drafts are due tomorrow, Wednesday, Apri 25th. This is a Summative Grade.

WEDNESDAY – Touchtones 1 and 2. Drafts are due.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY – Students will bring in  supplies (based on product they are creating), and begin putting Tri-fold, poster, Prezi, PPT, movie clip, etc. together.

 

Directions for Multi-Media Campaign Project

Grade 8 – ELA

For this project you will select a global issue that you want to bring awareness to. Based on the topic you selected, you will conduct research and find 3 credible sources from which you will take notes, recording important facts to share in your project.  You will work with your collaborative group, or a partner, or alone, whichever you prefer. Your research notes set the foundation for what you will create.

The focus of the project is the theme “Finding Light out of Darkness”.  The point is to include a portion of your project where you inform the reader how they can change, improve, or help the situation that you are addressing. That is the way you point “light” onto a “dark” issue.

Some of you have chosen to address your topic by creating a:

  • PPT with video
  • Prezi
  • Commercial/video
  • Tri-fold Board
  • Kahoot game – Q&A based on topic
  • Or another creative outlet

The specific topics that must be included in your presentation are:

  • KEY FACTS AND STATISTICS – 3-4 slides informing the reader about your topic.
  • CAUSES AND EFFECTS – 2-3 slides addressing the causes and effects
  • CALL TO ACTION – 1-2 slides where you provide the reader with ways in which they can help the situation you are addressing. What you put here depends on your topic. You will need to do additional research to find ways to help the global issue you are addressing.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY Page – At the end of your PPT, Prezi, commercial or somewhere on your trifold Board or Kahoot Game, you must have all of your sources listed.

Sources:

  • Remember, if you are working with a group, you will have seven sources all together.
  • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE INFORMATION FROM ALL OF THE SOURCES IN YOUR PROJECT.
  • Decide on what information you plan to include, and those will be the sources you list.

Draft of Project

  • You will be expected to create a draft version of your final product on white paper or the
  • large tan construction paper that you can use to create a small tri-fold.
  • If you are creating a PPT, Prezi, Commercial, you must write out what you plan to put on each slide/frame and indicate where pictures will go. This will be a summative grade.
  • If you are doing Kahoot, you must write out your questions (min. 15).
  • Remember there are several components to this project. Each team member must be working on a separate part at all times.

FINAL PRODUCT

  • Your final product, that you will present to the class (no exceptions), will be another Summative Grade.
  • Please make sure that you purchase whatever supplies you need.
  • Presentation Day

DUE DATES – (All dates are subject to change)

  1. Source #1 – 4/17 – Formative
  2. Sources 2 and 3 – 4/19 – Formative
  3. Begin creating draft – 4/19 – 4/24 – Summative Grade on 4/25
  4. Note – Touchtones IV – Part 1 and 2 – will be given on 4/25. You will continue working on project when you are done.
  5. Begin working on Final Project. Make sure to have all of your supplies. (4/25)
  6. NOTE – Class will attend THE GIVER Live Performance on 4/27
  7. Final product due May 1
  8. Presentations May 2 and May 3

Welcome Back! 4/9 – 4/13

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!  This week begins the Milestones.

MONDAY – Today we are reviewing test-taking tips in the form of a Do’s and Dont’s T-Chart you will create and we will later discuss as a class.  We will then pick up on our research for the Multi-Media Campaign Project we unpacked before the Break. You will be responsible for 3 websites plus notes from credible sources (no Wikipedia and no Blogs) by the end of the week. Here is the rest of the Week at a Glance:

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY – ELA MILESTONES

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY – MATH MILESTONES

Friday, April 13th is also the 8th Grade Dance

Please note, during Milesones Week, when we meet for regular classes, you will continue to conduct your research and take notes. You should have three done by Friday. If not, I am flexbile, and you will finish on Monday. NO HOMEWORK WILL BE GIVEN UNTIL AFTER MILESTONES.

Good Luck this week! Stay positive! You have worked hard and I believe in you!!!!

 

 

 

Recap for Week of 3/26

This week our focus was solely on Milestones, specifically informationl, fiction (poetry) and an Argumenative Essay. I am proud of you and know you will do well.

Next week is Spring Break. You return on 4/9 and the Milestones begins on Tuesday April 10 – April 17.  ELA is Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Math.

Enjoy your break and I will see you when you return.:)

 

Week of 3/19 – 3/23, 2018

We are two weeks away from Spring Break and our focus continues to be on preparing for the Milestones. This week we will review the elements of an Argumentative Essay. You will write an Argumentative Essay on Tuesday based on a topic you select from a choice of three.  We will also go over the exact form of the Milestones Exam. In addition, we will continue to work on Milestones designed packets that involve reading and anlysis of texts, and answering selected response and constructed response questions. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Review elements of an Argumentative Essay.  Review portions of GA Milestones Resource Study Guide http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/EOG-Study-Resource-Guides.aspx. Milestones Prep-work – class reading and analysis of “Race for Pepper” by Cheryl Block; “He Said, She Said” by Carrier Beckwith; and “My Most Embarrassing Day” by Carrie Beckwith.

TUESDAY – Write Argumentative Essay based on student choice (options provided by teacher).

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY – Wed. Mini Lesson Review – gerunds, participles, infinitives; Thurs. Mini Lesson on sentence structure. Milestones Prep – Class reading and analysis of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe followed by selected response and constructed response questions (page 12-19).

FRIDAY – Free Write Friday, Mini Lesson on Verbal Irony, Station Work – Study Island, Read Theory and Vocabulary.com

Standards for the Week

CC GEORGIA STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Reading Standards

ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

ELAGSE8W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ELAGSE8W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Language

ELAGSE8L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

 

Week of 3/12 – 3/16

This week we will focus primarily on Reading and Writing standards. Next week the plan is to focus heavily on grammar and conventions. We will begin by finishing up Touchtones III and then onto Paired Texts with constructed and m/c questions. We will spend time in the Computer Lab working on Vocabulary.com and Study Island assignments.

Here is our Week-at-a-Glance…

MONDAY – Review format of an Argumentative Essay. Finish Touchtones III – Summative Assessment.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY- Mini Lesson/Review of Thesis Statement followed by class reading and analysis of paired texts. Students will answer m/c and constructed responses at the end. They will also take a Vocabulary quiz. Please note Wednesday is EARLY RELEASE. Students get out at 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY – Mini Lesson on Connotation and Denotation followed my students working in Milestones Prep Packet.

FRIDAY – Computer Lab – Students will work in two groups, one in Vocabulary.com and the other on Study Island. Students will switch at the end of 25 minutes on each.

Standards for the Week

CC GEORGIA STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Reading Standards

ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

ELAGSE8W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ELAGSE8W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Language

ELAGSE8L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Week of 3/5 – 3/9

Hello everyone. This week we will finally get to our Panel Discussios, but with one major change. To make the assignment run more smoothly you will be assigned a specifica topic related to the Holocaust. Topics can be found on page 197 in Springboard. You will get a choice of 6 subtopics to focus on.

MONDAY – Students will research selected  topic and take notes from 3 sources. Students will describe the event in 2 paragraphs and answer the question, “How was history impacted by this event?” (Good or bad). What do you think should have happened to make the outcome different?

TUESDAY – Day 2 of Research and note taking. Students will idenitfy at least 3 talking points.

WEDNESDAY – PANEL DISCUSSIONS

THURSDAY – Unit III Touchtones Assessment

FRIDAY – Ongoing Milestones Prep – Students will read paired texts “What’s Worth More? and “Celebrity Snot for Sale!” Students will read and annotate texts and answer corresponding questions.

Standards for the Week

CC GEORGIA STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Reading Standards

ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ELAGSE8W8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

ELAGSE8W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Language

ELAGSE8L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Welcome Back! 2/26 – 3/2/18

Hope you had a great Winter Break.  Get ready for some hard work as we continue to prepare for the Milestones.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Wrap -up Day.

Pd 2, 5, 6 – Input answers from Touchtones 2 and 3 into IRespond; all call classes will finish watching “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (15 min. left.); students will finish Plot Events Organizer.  Class will discuss plot of movie as well as similarities and differences in narrative.

While students are working on WS assignment, teacher-student conferences will take place to review graded Argumentative Essay.

TUESDAY – Review types of Explanatory Essays – Cause and Effect, How-to Essay, Definition via PPT; class will analyze student exemplars of Explanatory Essays.

While students are working on WS assignment, teacher-student conferences will take place to review graded Argumentative Essay.

WEDNESDAY – Mock Explanatory Assessment. Students will choose between “Life is Beautiful”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 

THURSDAY – Preparing for Panel Discussions – Students will watch a video clip of a panel discussion – SPORTS THEME – Charles Barkley and others on LeBron James

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJNpWgla9QI

Class will discuss the function and process of a panel discussion.

Students will decide which quote or phrase they will use for the panel discussion. Panels will consist of 7-9 students. Afterward, students will decide on opening discussion questions and 3 key points they plan to make during the presentation.

While students are working on WS assignment, teacher-student conferences will take place to review graded Argumentative Essay.

FRIDAY – Practice Panel Discussions (Groups consisting of 7-9 students; 15 min. max over 3 days)

STANDARDS FOR THE WEEK

CC GEORGIA STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Reading Standards

ELAGSE8RI4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Speaking and Listening

ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Language

ELAGSE8L3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Feb. 12 – Feb. 16, 2018

This week we will take a close look at the feedback you received on your Argumentative Essays. I will begin conducting teacher-student confereces and continue when we return from the February Break. We will continue with our study of the Holocaust and at the end of the week we will watch “Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. Here is our week at a glance:

MONDAY – Students will receive graded Argumentative Essay with teacher feedback. Class will analyze student work. Class will also continue with literature circles using student selected novels. Students will complete assigned organizer based on assigned role.

TUESDAY – Students will share selected quotes/phrases with Team to possibly use in the Practice Panel Discussion. Teams will narrow it down to one phrase to present to the class. This will be followed by Milestones Prep work – Students will take timed Milestones Prep assignment.

WEDNESDAY – Class will review results of Milestones Prep. Teacher-student conferences will continue on Argumentative Essay.

THURSDAY – Class viewing of “Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. Students will begin completing organizer for movie.

FRIDAY – Continue viewing “Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. Discussion, reflection, complete organizer.

Week 24 – Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Last week was really rough, particularly with the loss of our beloved Ms. Quarles. A special thank you to those who made her family cards and/or wrote notes of encouraging words. We will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.

…and now onto this weeks’ tasks.

On Monday, you will finish writing the final of your Argumentative Essay. If you run out of time you will finish it for HW and turn it in Tuesday. We are finally starting Unit III, the them of which is, THE CHALLENGE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

This unit involves a systematic study of the Holocaust and WWII. We will be reading and analyzing several fiction and non-fiction pieces from this period. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Unit III Touchtones Mini I, Revise and Edit Argumentative Essay, Begin writing final. Finish final version for H.W. Final essay is due Tuesday, Jan. 31st.

TUESDAY – Introduction to Unit III, Unit Overview, Unit vocabulary, unpack Embedded Assessment #1, unpack Essential Questions

WEDNESDAY – Mini Lesson on Literature Circles. Unpack roles. Begin preview of Holocaust Narratives in collaborative groups.

THURSDAY – Continue previewing Holocaust Narratives. Complete charts on pages 178 and 180.

FRIDAY – Computer Lab – Read Theory