Important Announcements

Next week is Conference Week – Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19. The school day ends at 1:30 p.m. and conferences begin at 1:45 and end at 3:45 p.m.  I look forward to seeing those who have in-person appointments next week.

Also, students will be taking the Practice SAT (PSAT) Assessment on Wednesday, October 17th. This assessment covers all content areas and will take approximately 2 1/2 hours long.  This is great practice for the real SAT students will take in the 10th grade.


Week 9 1/2 Oct. 8 – Oct. 12

We are in the last few days of Unit I which ends Wednesday, October 11th.  This week we will finish presentations of your Illustrated Narratives and begin Unit II on Thursday.  The theme for Unit II is THE CHALLENGE OF UTOPIA.  Our Unit Novel is The Giver by Lois Lowry.  A class set will be available for student use, but I strongly recommend purchasing a copy for yourself.  Separately, please note that Thursday, October 11th is Early Release. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Read Theory, Complete Unit I Touchstones (10 minutes), Illustrated Narrative Presentations

TUESDAY – Class set up of, students will complete assignments using this program, last day of Presentations.

WEDNESDAY – Independent Reading and Reading Log Entry, Mini Lesson on Verb Moods,,

THURSDAY – Mini Lesson on Verb Moods, Introduction to Unit II – The Challenge of Utopia. Unpack unit vocabulary. Early Release Day.

FRIDAY – Kahoot on Verb Moods followed by Quiz, Finish Unpacking Unit II Vocabulary,

Week 9 Lesson Plans

Welcome back from Fall Break! I hope you had a fun and exciting break.  We are in the final days of Unit I – and with that – you have important assignments that need to be completed.  Your Illustrated Narrative is due Tuesday, October 2nd. Remember, the original due date was prior to the break, but I decided to give you extra time. Presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week. As a class, you will vote on the best illustrated narrative, and that student will win a gift card to the School Store.  Your Independent Reading Novel Assignment is also due Tuesday. Again, extended time was given on this assignment. Both of these assignments will be graded as Summatives. Now, here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Review Touchstones Mini III. In detail, go over questions students got incorrect. Remember, the final Touchstones for Unit I will include Mini I – III. Complete Illustrated Narrative (due tomorrow). H.W. Complete 2 Assignments in Read Theory.

TUESDAY – Mini Lesson on editing and revising written work. We will use the constructed responses from the article “The Fifteen Year Old President” by Tyler Riewer.  Students will submit revised version for grading. H.W. Complete 2 Assignments in Read Theory.

WEDNESDAY (ELA Planning Day) – Class reading and annotation of excerpt from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. Students will answer selected response and constructed response questions.

THURSDAY – Mini Lesson – Day 2 on editing and revising. Students will rotate through stations. Illustrated Narrative Presentation Day.

FRIDAY – FREE WRITE FRIDAY. Complete 1 Assignment in Read Theory. Illustrated Narrative Presentation Day.


Week 8 – 9/17 – 9/21 Lesson Plans

This week we will focus on the Illustrated Version of your Hero’s Narrative. Students will create movie trailer, digital version of their narrative with captions, tri-fold or poster with images and captions (similar to the layout of a graphic novel), etc. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Students will work on Illustrated Narrative

TUESDAY – LEAP Day – “The Fifteen Year Old President” by Tyler Riewer. Class will read, annotate and discuss article together.

WEDNESDAY – Day 2 of “The Fifteen Year Old President”. Students will re-read article independently and answer selected response and constructed response questions. If time permits, students will continue working on Illustrated Narrative

THURSDAY – Grammar – Figurative language including irony and puns; Illustrated Narrative and Read Theory

FRIDAY – Grammar (Kahoot) – Figurative language including irony and puns; Illustrated Narrative.

Week 7, September 10 – 14, 2018

We are more than halfway through Quarter 1 and about to finish the Unit I Embedded Assessment, your original Hero’s Narrative.  This week you will finish typing and submit your story in Office 365 and begin working on the illustrated version.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Touchtones II Assessment (This was scheduled for last week, but students were given extended time to work on their Hero Narrative.)

TUESDAY – Students will continue typing and color coding their Hero Narrative (15 min. only).  As a class, we will read and discuss “The Fifteen Year Old President” by Tyler Riewer. Teacher will model fluency and annotating the text as we use the document camera to dissect the article. Students will answer two constructed response questions.

WEDNESDAY – Today is the last day to work on the Hero Narrative.  Students will assess writing using the rubric previously given and then submit.

THURSDAY – Review expectations and rubric for Illustrated version of Hero Narrative. Students will decide on one of the following formats:  movie trailer, cartoon strip with captions, Prezi with music, Billboard/Tri-fold board with images and captions, another choice that the student selects.

FRIDAY – FREE WRITE, Students will begin working on Illustrated Version of Narrative.

Week 6 – Sept. 4 – 7, 2018

We are now entering Week 6 of the school year.  Students will receive Progress Reports on Wednesday, September 5th.  Students, please make sure you are always doing your best in all of your classes. If you are struggling in any content, take advantage of tutoring that is offered every morning before school in the 8th grade Computer Lab across from the Lunch Room.  Also, if you are missing assignments, you can still submit them. The appropriate late points will be deducted. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – School is closed for Labor Day

TUESDAY – Review paragraph structure and sentence types. Students will begin typing Hero Narrative (CW Grade)

WEDNESDAY – Sentence Types Quiz II, Continue typing/entering Hero Narrative

THURSDAY – Class reading and analysis of “Why I Went to Auschwitz” by Ray Allen. Students will read article, answer multiple choice questions and 1 constructed response question. (CW Grade).

FRIDAY – Touchtones II Assessment (Common Formative)

Week 5 – 8/27 – 8/31

On Friday of this week, you will submit/share your Hero’s Narrative. 95% of you have your initial draft complete, and you have resided and edited it. You are in good shape in terms of pacing. Monday you will have your narrative peer edited. Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

  1. MONDAY – Book Talks (presentation grade), Peer editing of Narrative, Class viewing of The Big Hero 6 – animated movie that showcases the elements of the Hero’s Narrative.
  2. TUESDAY (Early Release) – Book Talks, class reading and analysis of  “The Secret of Minecraft” by Robin Sloan. Students will answer selected response questions, as well as the constructed response question. Finish for H.W.
  3. WEDNESDAY – Finish watching Big Hero 6, complete graphic organizer.
  4. THURSDAY – Review transition words, Begin typing Narrative.  Use handout to help you make final revisions regarding transitions.
  5. FRIDAY – Free Write, Final touches on Narrative, submit for grading.


Hello students. Just a friendly reminder that the final date for submission of your Summer Reading Assignment is Thursday, August 30th. Make sure to submit your work on time for full credit.

Week 4 Lesson Plans – 8/20 – 8/24/18

This week students will begin writing the Initial Draft of their Hero Narrative.  We will take a close look at the rubric and then begin writing. Students will also take the first Touchtones Assessment.  There are three of them throughout the semester, and the 4th is a combination of the three given at the end of the semester.  Also, just a reminder that students will read three to four times a week for 15 minutes in their selected novel.  If you would like to get a novel from the Media Center, you must go in Homeroom, no later than 9 a.m.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Sentence Structure Quiz. Review Hero Narrative Rubric. Begin Writing Initial Draft of Hero Narrative.

TUESDAY – Touchtones I

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY – Mini Lesson on Transition Words. Continue writing Initial Draft of Hero Narrative.

FRIDAY – FREE WRITE FRIDAY. Class reading and analysis of The Diary of a Part Time Indian.  (This was scheduled for last week, but we didn’t get to it.  We will begin today and finish on Monday.)