October 15

Week of Oct. 15th: Early-Release/Parent Conference Week

Don’t forget to buy a yearbook online! $30 before Oct. 31st. 

All 8th graders will be taking the 8/9 PSAT on Tuesday, 16th- please bring a calculator too. Students will go to only 1st period  on Tuesday- no other classes will meet that day.

1st & 3rd: Due to schedule changes this week, SAT 5 will be on Thurs. 25th. SAT UNIT 5

Wednesday, 10-17: Finish the Definition Strategies sheet, Section III Definition strategies

1st period will have time for SAT 5 (video &work on flashcards) Tues. after the PSAT testing.

2nd, 6th, 7th:

Due to schedule changes this week, SAT 5 will be on Thurs. 25th. SAT UNIT 5

We are presenting our Creative Hero Projects all week. Be ready to share!

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October 8

Week of Oct. 8th

Please go to our school website and buy your yearbook by Oct. 31st! Just $30 🙂

1st & 3rd:

Friday, 10-12: SAT Unit 4 quiz, and work for SAT Unit 5. Due Monday, 22nd. 1st period- we’ll get caught up early next week! SAT UNIT 5

Wednesday, 10-10 & Thursday, 10-11: Writing strategies – Brushstrokes to add action & details. HW Thursday- study SAT 4 vocab & Frayer Model packet due  UNIT 4 WORDS POS

Tuesday, 10-9: Definition Strategies introduction Definition strategies

Monday, 10-8: We took the hero’s journey final test today. 

SAT Unit 4 due Friday/quiz too

Students need a copy of The Giver, by Lois Lowry, before Nov. 1st. You can purchase new or used, Amazon Order Link, or checkout from the library. 

2nd, 6th, 7th: Creative Hero Project due Monday!

Friday, 10-12: SAT Unit 4 quiz, intro to Unit 5 & flashcards SAT UNIT 5 due Monday, 22nd.

Thursday, 10-11: Specific & precise nouns & Brushstrokes General and Specific Nouns  HW Thurs- study SAT 4 & writing assignment due.

Wednesday, 10-10: Continue the definition strategies.

Tuesday, 10-9: Definition Strategies introduction Definition strategies

Monday, 10-8: We looked at ways to develop creativity in our sentences with Brushstrokes. Brushstroke Powerpoint  Brushstroke Cloze Notes

SAT Unit 4 due Friday/quiz too

Students need a copy of Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, before Nov. 1st. You can purchase new or used, 451 Amazon Link, or checkout from the library.  

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October 1

Week of Oct. 1st

FOR WEDNESDAY’S CLASS: Hero Journey Movie Characters

Please go to our school website and buy your yearbook by Oct. 31st! Just $30 🙂

1st & 3rd LA: SAT work due Fri. 12th & QUIZ  UNIT 4 WORDS POS

Friday, 10-5: Study for Monday’s HJ Test! Turn in study guide Monday!! HJ Study Guide answer key

Thursday, 10-4: Study Guide for Monday’s test Study Guide for Hero Test

Wednesday, 10-3: Computer lab to trace the journey of movie heroes. 

Tuesday, 10-2: We did guided notes in the computer lab over the hero’s journey – please see the Hero Notes on my pages

Monday, 10-1: SAT Unit 4 introduced. Quiz & assignment, Frayer Model Packet, due Friday, 10-12. frayer model page frayer model pages

Hero’s Journey Test on Monday, 10-8. Review and study guide later this week.

 

2nd, 6th, 7th AC LA: SAT work Fri. 12th

Friday, 10-5: Pixar Shorts- character development & plot structure

Thursday, 10-4: Practice story telling with children’s picture books

Wednesday, 10-3: Computer lab to trace the journey of movie heroes.

Tuesday, 10-2: We were in the computer lab so students could work on their SAT written assignment and their hero project. 

Monday, 10-1: SAT Unit 4 introduced. Quiz & assignment, Written Work, due Friday, 10-12. Choose Epic Boast or Car Ad EPIC BOAST or Car Ad

Creative Hero’s Project due Mon. 10-15. Be ready to present! Creative Hero Project Student Planning Pages

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September 17

Week of September 17th

Please go online to DMS to buy your yearbook! Just $30 🙂

SAT Unit 3 cards & quiz this Friday! SAT Unit 3 Flash Cards

All Classes:

Thursday, 9-20: We annotated two pages out of The Odyssey for a grade. AC students turned in their hero project planning pages too.

Wednesday, 9-19: We read the excerpt of The Odyssey with the encounter of the Cyclops. Tomorrow, students will annotate certain pages for a grade. AC classes- planning page due tomorrow for hero project.  

Tuesday, 9-18: We built background knowledge for the Odyssey through TED Talks and sketchnotes. We will read the excerpt tomorrow in class & focus on character traits.

Monday, 9-17: Complete the hero’s journey chart for “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” and the constructed response. Hero poem & drummer boy

AC classes- planning page (the whole chart) is due Thurs. 20th for hero’s project Student Planning Pages   Due date is Oct. 15th Creative Hero Project

 

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September 10

Week of Sept. 10th

Yearbooks now on sale! $30 on DMS website ONLY!

SAT Unit 3 quiz & cards due Friday, 21st. SAT Unit 3 Flash Cards

All Classes: Tone test on Wed. 12th   PRACTICE FOR TOMORROW’S TEST

1st & 3rd Periods: 

Friday, 9-14: Finish Imagery chart for Drummer Boy- SAT 3 due Friday, 21st!

Thursday, 9-13: “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” & imagery- no hw

Wednesday, 9-12: Tone test & turn in study guide.

Tuesday, 9-11: Finish study guide, complete practice sheet for conno/deno, and THEN- online practice quizzes. 

Monday, 9-10: Study guide due on Wed. before test Tone Test Study Guide

 

2nd, 6th, 7th Periods:

 Friday, 9-14: Finish Imagery chart for Drummer Boy- SAT 3 due Friday, 21st! I also checked your hero project plans.

Thursday, 9-13: “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” & imagery. HW- your pre-planning for the creative hero project (#1-4) is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, 9-12: Tone test & turn in study guide.

Tuesday, 9-11: Creative Hero Project announced. Creative Hero Project Planning #1-4 due Fri. 9-14. Overall planning page due Thurs. 9-20.  Student Planning Pages Project presentations begin Oct. 15th. Finish study guide

Monday, 9-10: Study guide due on Wed. before test Tone Test Study Guide AC

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September 3

Week of September 3rd

SAT Unit 3 quiz & cards due Friday, 21st. SAT Unit 3 Flash Cards

All Classes: Tone test on Wed. 12th. Study guide will be posted on Monday 🙂

SAT Unit 2 quiz is Friday, 9-7. Flashcards are due too!

Thursday, 9-6: Conno & Deno with word graphing word grid   Word Lists: Periods 2, 6, 7:  Graphing Words AC    Periods 1, 3: Graphing Words  Everyone needs to finish C/D WS for homework (cars) Conn Deno Cars

Wednesday, 9-5: Connotation & Denotation Info: Conn Deno video notes    conno deno video link

 Tuesday, 9-4: Tone resources:Shift in Tone Poem Word List Tone + Mood AC   Word List Tone + Mood OL 

 

SAT Unit 2 quiz is Friday, 9-7. Flashcards are due too sat 2 flashcards   PLUS, bring 20 new cards for SAT 3.

There will be a test for all classes over Imagery, Tone, Mood, Conno & Deno on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. A study guide will be coming soon 🙂

 

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August 27

Week of August 27th

CHANGE!! All classes: SAT Unit 2 due FRIDAY, 9-7  sat 2 flashcards

1st & 3rd Periods:

Friday: Writing activities with tone & imagery

Thursday, 8-30: We reviewed Tone & Mood with notes & a ppt. Finish the practice side of the WS for your homework tonight.  Notetaking sheet for Tone vs Mood PPT Tone vs Mood PPT

Wednesday, 8-29: 1st & 3rd period went to the theater for a presentation on HS Magnet Programs.

Tuesday, 8-28: Students took notes on Imagery & practiced finding examples in passages. No HW today.

Monday, 8-27: We started our Imagery Unit. No HW today. 

2nd, 6th & 7th Periods:

Friday, 8-31:    Imagery PPT for 2-column notes & photo activity

Thursday, 8-30: We reviewed Tone & Mood with notes & a ppt. Finish the practice side of the WS for your hw tonight.  Notetaking sheet for Tone vs Mood PPT Tone vs Mood PPT

Wednesday, 8-29: 2nd period students went to the theater for a HS magnet program. No HW today.

Tuesday, 8-28: Students took notes on Imagery & practiced finding examples in passages. No HW today.

Monday, 8-27: We finished our Big Hero 6 Plot assignment. No HW today.

 

 

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August 20

Week of August 20th

Thursday, 8-23 is Picture Day! These pics will be in the yearbook 🙂

All Classes- DATE CHANGE: SAT Unit 1 will be due on Friday, 24th – flashcards & quiz

Friday, 8-24: We took SAT Unit 1 quiz & turned in flashcards. SAT Unit 2 assignment was given:    sat 2 flashcards Due Wednesday, 9-5 for quiz & flashcards with unit 2. 

Thursday, 8-23: we reviewed the plot diagram and the answers for the Big Hero 6 Hero’s Journey Chart.  Big Hero 6 Answer Key   Periods 2, 6, 7: Plot the story assignment- due Monday. There will be about 25 min. on Monday in class to work on this. Plot the Story AC Classes

Monday, 8-20- Wednesday, 8-22: We looked at another version of the Hero’s Journey Archetype & compared it to the clock diagram from last week. We will follow the stages & steps as we watch the film, Big Hero 6 this week.  Students will analyze how the characters’ actions fit the traditional archetype of the hero & the journey.

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August 13

Week of August 13th

SAT Announcement: I’m changing the due date for SAT 1 to Friday, 24th- Quiz & Cards for all of the classes 🙂

Parents, your child’s Milestone report will be coming home today. Please look for it.

Friday, 8-17: We worked with various quotes about heroes and challenges. Due to the assignments, if you were absent today, please see me on Monday for the work and details. 2nd, 6th, & 7th periods: Whatever you didn’t finish in class is your HW over the weekend. 

Thursday, 8-16: Tonight’s HW- finish the “blank” clock. blank clock  Draw an image for each stage of the hero’s journey. Then, show the difference between the two worlds by coloring, shading, or using a pattern in the clock. IF you don’t know what this means, go back to the video and review the first minute! Your actual drawings do NOT need to be colored. Hero’s Journey- open this for the links AND the Directions  Hero’s Journey Video Directions

 

All Classes: PLEASE BRING BYOD DEVICE & EARBUDS FOR THURSDAY!

Wednesday, 8-15: We began our Hero Unit by brainstorming different types of heroes & their actions. 

Tuesday, 8-14: We reviewed and corrected the vocabulary pretest. Then, students rewrote, with corrections, their constructed response from last week. This WILL be for a grade.

Monday, 8-13: We assessed & discussed our written pretest we took last week. Students took notes on the main components of a well-written constructed response.  CEI notes

SAT Unit 1 – quiz & flashcards are due Wed. 8-22. Follow the instructions on the front of the SAT packet for the flashcards. SAT Vocabulary Packet

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August 6

Week of August 6th

Please join Remind for my class: Periods 1 & 3: Remind for LA    Periods 2, 6, 7: Remind for AC LA

All Classes:

Friday,8-10: We were introduced to our SAT Vocabulary Packet. We will start with unit 1 : flashcard instructions are on the FRONT of the packet. The quiz & flashcards are due Wednesday, 8-22. SAT Vocabulary Packet 

Thursday, 8-9: We signed up for Remind in class today & students found partners and practiced teamwork skills. Bring 20 flashcards tomorrow, Friday 8-10.

Wednesday, 8-8: We took two pretest for ELA today. As a reminder, these are only for diagnostic purposes and will NOT be in the gradebook. 

Tuesday, 8-7: We finished the mandala assignment & turned it in. Students need to complete the journal entry assignment, “One Word”, for hw tonight.  One Word  examples of one word

Monday, 8-6: We began the mandala assignment. This will be completed in class tomorrow and turned in for a mini-project grade. Mandala Project

Upcoming Info: Wednesday, 8-8: Two pretests for ELA- Vocabulary & constructed response. Friday, 8-10: Students need 20 flashcards to begin their SAT vocabulary unit.

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