Week of April 22, 2019

This week in ELA…

You will have one last essay practice before we begin the Milestone on Wednesday.  This practice will be scored using the same rubric that is used to score the Milestone.  Wednesday will be the “essay day” and Thursday’s test will consist of shorter “constructed” (one paragraph) written responses to reading passages, an “extended constructed response” in which you will finish a narrative, maintaining the author’s point of view, and many multiple choice questions as well.

Don’t forget that you can access the practice site (scroll down on my blog for the link) to become familiar with how to navigate the site and also to get an idea of what types of questions you see.

I am so incredibly proud of how your writing has improved this year!  I am confident that you will sail through the test with ease.  There is no need to stress or worry. Eat a healthy breakfast on testing days, turn off the devices early on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, get a good night’s sleep and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF as much as I BELIEVE IN YOU!

Week of April 15, 2019

Students received a paper copy of the daily schedule for the next two weeks.  The 8th graders have already begun testing, so our schedule will be different each day until testing concludes.

This week in class…

You will take a figurative language assessment.  We will continue to review for the Milestone by working with paired texts and writing an informational essay.  Book Club will be on Wednesday.

There should not be homework this week.

 

Week of April 8, 2019

This week in BLOCKS 1, 3, 4, 5…. 

Book Clubs met on Monday and finished reading on Tuesday.  Also on Monday, you went to the media center to check out pleasure reading books.

We continue to prepare for the ELA Milestone by practicing narrative writing.

On Wednesday, you will take the RI test. Come prepared with a pleasure reading book in case you finish with time to spare.

We will finish up the week by doing a test prep Escape Room.

This week in Block 2

Book Clubs met on Monday and finished reading on Tuesday.  Also on Monday, you went to the media center to check out pleasure reading books.

Throughout the week, you will present your Easel.ly infographics with your partner.

On Wednesday, you will take the RI test. Come prepared with a pleasure reading book in case you finish with time to spare.

We will finish up the week by doing a test prep Escape Room.

Week of March 18, 2019

This week in Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5

You are drafting, typing, conferencing, revising, and peer-reviewing your argumentative letters.  On Wednesday, you need to be prepared for Book Club with your assigned pages read.

If you stay on track with your argumentative letter, you should not have homework.  If you don’t have your rough (handwritten) draft completed by the end of class Tuesday, you’ll need to finish it for homework.  If your typed draft isn’t finished by end of class Thursday, you’ll need to finish that for homework.

This week in Block 2

On Monday, you prepared for and Tuesday, took part in a debate about social media. I could not be more proud of how the debates went.  You were respectful and followed the rules and expectations beautifully.

Wednesday will be Book Club day.

Thursday and Friday you and a partner will research a current issue and prepare to create an infographic and to present to the class.  We will continue this the beginning of next week as well.

The only homework you may have will be to finish book club pages if need be.

Week of March 11, 2019

This week in Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5… 

Monday you chose a topic for your argumentative letter and began brainstorming ideas about your topic. You wrote and submitted your claim which I graded.  Tuesday, you solidified the main reasons to support your claim, and then read three research articles to begin searching for evidence to support your reasons.

Wednesday is early release, and instead of having Book Clubs, we will go to the media center for checkout and RETURN! If you have books at home, bring them to return on Wednesday!

Thursday we will continue working on the  prewriting of your argumentative essay and Friday will be Book Club day this week.

This week in Block 2… 

You finished your argumentative letters.  I can not wait to read them and then see who receives a letter in return once they have been mailed!  Please don’t forget to bring a stamped envelope by Thursday.

Wednesday is early release, and instead of having Book Clubs, we will go to the media center for checkout and RETURN! If you have books at home, bring them to return on Wednesday!

Thursday we will continue learning about tone and then Friday will be Book Club day this week.

 

Week of March 4, 2019

This week in Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5…

We continue to learn about argumentative elements like rhetorical appeals, pathos, and logos.  You will also learn about plagiarism and how to properly cite evidence in your argumentative writing.  Book Club on Wednesday, and then on Friday, an assessment over the argumentative elements we have learned this week.

This week for homework…

You will need finish your Book Club pages for the week by next Wednesday.

This week in Block 2…

In the beginning of the week, you finished planning for and pre-writing your argumentative letter.  We are shooting to finish the letter by the end of class Friday, however if we continue to have technological issues, that due date may change.  Book Club will be on Thursday this week. Make sure your pages are read!