Progress Reports Coming Home Today

Today, students will be bringing home their Progress Reports. Please sign it and return it to school tomorrow.  Also, as you know, Grade 8 is a critical year in terms of promotion.  If your child is failing 2 or more classes, they are in danger of being on the Retention List. It is not too late for them to pull their grades up.  Please make sure if they have a zero in anything, particularly a summative assignment, that they make it up.  Partial credit is better than nothing. Also, just a friend reminder that students are encouraged to make up work in Tutoring which is offered before and after school, as well as Saturday’s from 8 – 12. Of course, they can also complete the work at home.

Week 15, Nov. 13 – 17

We have reached the week before Thanksgiving Break; the year is truly flying by.  This week students will take a formative (quiz grade) on Reading Comprehension skills, vocabulary recognition and active and passive voice.  They will also begin working on a Jigsaw Activity for THE GIVER where students will work in a group that has been assigned a specific chapter in the novel. They will read, summarize, and select the most descriptive points to put on a puzzle piece. Students will decorate puzzle peices and connect them to make a giant puzzle on the walls of the classroom.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Review active and passive voice. Class will listen to and take notes on Chapter 6 of the THE GIVER. Review for Wednesday’s assessment.

TUESDAY – Review prefixes and suffixes. Leap Lesson based on the article “In mass shootings, focus should be on gun access, not mental illness, some experts say” by By Associated Press, adapted by Newsela staff. Students will respond to constructed response question andsubmit for classwork grade.

WEDNESDAY – Reading Comprehesnion Formative Assessment

THURSDAY – Begin working on Jigsaw Activity. Summarize assigned chapter. Begin creating draft of puzzle piece.

FRIDAY – Complete puzzle piece. Presentations. Mount piece on wall.

Week 14, Nov. 6 – 10, 2017

This week we will continue reading THE GIVER, look more closely at compare and contrast, and take the Unit II Touchtones as a Formative/Classwork grade – not a Summative.

MONDAY – Review utopian and dystopian societies, continued reading of THE GIVER, review Voab Chart due Thursday of this week (Chapter 1 – 5).  Students will hear audio version of Chapter 3.  Students are to read through the end of Chapter 4 by Wednesday.

TUESDAY – Election Day – No School

WEDNESDAY – “The Gallery Walk” – Students will circulate room to analyze and report on images tied to themes in THE GIVER. Students will choose words from the academic word bank and apply and explain how that word connects to the world in THE GIVER (information recorded on organizer.) Discussion of Chapter 4.

THURSDAY – Contemplating Conflicting Perspectives – Exercise in Activity 5 of Springboard. Students will identify the most important conflict that’s been revealed in the novel thus far and complete the chart in Activity 5.  Audio version of Chapter 5.

FRIDAY – Unit II Touchtones

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.

ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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. a. Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects.

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 13, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

This week we will wrap up the paired texts of Grant and Lee, the constructed response that accompanies this, and later move to the long awaited, THE GIVER, by Lowis Lowry.  I highly recommend obtaining your own copy of the novel.  All students will be provided a copy to use in class, but there will be times when you will need to read from home.  You can also download a free copy of the PDF version.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY – Wrap-up of Grant and Lee. Complete Anticipation Guide re THE GIVER.

TUESDAY – LEAP Lesson – Focus is on paried texts (more practice with comparing and contrasting texts). As a class, we will read “The Quest of the Silver Fleece” by W.E.B. Dubois and “Home” by Robert Brooke”.  We will focus on tone and mood, as well as figurative language and imagery. Students will unpack the questions with a partner and use the outline provided to help write the constructed response.

WEDNESDAY – Students will watch the movie trailer for THE GIVER. As a class, we will review characteristics of a dystopian society: ●Propaganda replaces education and is used to control the citizens of society. ● Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted. ● Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. ● Citizens have a fear of the outside world. ● Citizens live in a dehumanized state. ● The natural world is banished and distrusted. ● Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.

THURSDAY – Literacy focus – subject/verb agreement followed by class reading of THE GIVER.

FRIDAY – Common Formative assessment in CTLS – Reading comprehension and vocabulary recognition.

 

Week 12, Oct. 23 – 27, 2017

The focus of Unit II is comparing and contrasting texts. This week we will begin our first reading piece entitled, GRANT AND LEE: A Study in Contrasts. We will read the text twice, first teacher led, then students will read it independently.  We will implement vocabulary and comprehension strategies. We will also unpack questions 1- 10 on pages 109-110. Answers are due Tuesday. Our LEAP Lesson will take place Wednesday and Friday we will take an additional Touchtones.  Here is the week at a glance:

MONDAY – Review conditional and subjunctive mood. Class reading of GRANT AND LEE.  Unpack comprehension questions. Use QHT Organizer to keep a record of challenging vocabulary and their meanings.

TUESDAY – Recap GRANT AND LEE. Students will read text independently, add additional thining notes and answer questions 1 – 10.

WEDNESDAY – (LEAP Lesson) – Students will read, annotate, and analyze “The Fifteen Year Old President”. Students will answer m/c and constructed response questions at the end.

THURSDAY – Review organizational structures for a compare/contrast essay. Based on students understanding of the article GRANT AND LEE, students will write a compare/contrast paragraph where they explain at least one difference and one similarity between the two men.  Students will use one of the organizational structures on page 105(subject by subject or feature by feature) for the format.

FRIDAY – Touchtones Assessment (Formative)

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.

ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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. a. Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects.

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 11 – Conference Week

This week, Monday – Friday is Conference Week.  Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Regarding content, we will be introducing Unit II – The Challenge of Utopia.  We will also unpack Unit II’s first Embedded Assessment which is an Explanatory Essay.  Here is our Week-at-a-Glance.

MONDAY – Thank you letter to bus drivers (per Principal’s request), introduction to Unit II Theme – The Challenge of Utopia, begin unpacking directions for Embedded Assessment.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY – Tuesday is LEAP day and the assignment will take two class periods due to the shortened schedule.  Pulled from ZINC, entitled “Sound of the Shell”. It’s actually Chapter 1 from Lord of the Flies. Teacher will initially read portions of the text, annotate, question the text, etc. and students will be released to read the remainder of the chapter independently. Students will answer multiple choice questions and 1 constructed response. (Class work grade, not a quiz).

THURSDAY and FRIDAY – Touchstones 3 and 4. Students will need both days for this.

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.

ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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. a. Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects.

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.

 

PSAT – 10/11; EARLY RELEASE – 10/12

Just a reminder that on Tuesday, October 11th, all 8th grade students will take the PSAT Exam.  The test has three sections: Reading, Language and Writing, and Math.  Students will take the test in their Homeroom class; the test takes about 2 and 1/2 hours.  Please make sure to get a good night’s rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast on the morning of the exam.

Also, on Wednesday, October 12th, students will be released early at 1:30 p.m.

Week 9 – Oct. 2nd – Oct. 6th

I hope you all had an enjoyable Fall Break.  I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.  As you know, I graded the final original narrative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories.  Just a reminder, that this assignment was a summative grade (70%), and to my surprise, a number of you did not submit it.  If that is you, please submit it immediately.  Partial credit is better than receiving a zero, particularly when you’re talking about a summative grade. Now, here is our Week-at-a-Glance:

MONDAY and TUESDAY – Mini-lesson on verbals. Students will work on illustrated version of narrative. Final product will look like the pages of a graphic novel with images and captions depicting story.

WEDNESDAY – LEAP Lesson (This will normally take place on Tuesday’s, but students will be finishing the illustrated portion of the narrative on Tuesday.)  Class will read, “Where I Find My Heroes” by Oliver Stone, Springboard, pages 73 -74. Students will complete questions 5-8.

THURSDAY – Mini Lesson on the correct way to present before an audience. Review presentation rubric. Presenations will ensue.

FRIDAY – Part I – Finish “Where I Find My Heroes” by Oliver Stone, page 73 -74. Students will complete questions 5-8.  Students will work with a partner to complete graphic organizer. Part II – Day 2 of Presentations.

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.

ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

 

Writing Standards

ELAGSE8W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  1. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  3. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
  4. Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

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.

Speaking and Listening

ELAGSE8SL4: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Recap 9/18

Today we reviewed the proper structure of a constructed response. Based on students last writing piece, many needed a refrersher on this.  Students continued to work on the narrative, which is due this Thursday. A few students have submitted the final version of the narrative and they began working on the illustrated portion.