November 13

Week of November 13th

All classes need to bring their novels, Monday, 11-27!

Thursday, 11-16: 1st-3rd periods: video clip notes as introduction to Fahrenheit 451  

Periods 6-7: Pre-reading bias & written response as introduction to The Giver. Bring 30 flashcards tomorrow!

Wednesday, 11-15: Archetypes continued https://prezi.com/xcanyzqtkqii/archetypes/

Tuesday, 11-14: Archetypes- we viewed videos and took notes on character, color, and number archetypes as a way to build background knowledge for our novel study.  Archetype Note Sheet     Archetype Answer Key

Monday, 11-13: A look into the Dystopian Genre as an introduction to Unit 2                                     Periods 6th & 7th: Art for Chart

Periods 1-3: Dystopian Art

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November 8

Week of November 6th

No School on Tuesday, Nov. 7th!

Monday-Friday: we are writing our definition essay- finally! This WILL BE A TEST GRADE. All writing will done in class, by hand, and timed. This is following the guidelines of the Milestone Testing students will do in late April.  The topic: Define a hero using the definition strategies of: function, examples, and negation. The plan is to finish in class Friday.

 

 

 

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October 30

Week of October 30th

**Don’t forget- bring $1 to dress up on Halloween!

Thursday & Friday, 11-2 & 11-3: Our focus is conclusion paragraphs. What they are and are not, styles, and practicing writing conclusions for short papers. Concluding Paragraphs

Wednesday, 11-1: We reviewed transitions and lead-ins for quotes, practiced with a passage in the textbook, and created a foldable to help us remember the TLQC acronym.  

Tuesday, 10-31: We worked on creative, precise writing by creating 6 word scary stories, and saying good-bye to “dead” words. 

Monday, 10-30: We took SAT Unit 5 quiz & turned in flashcards. Students finished their textbook work & puzzles that went with the stories.  PERIODS 1-3: Finish the “HERO” Frayer Model (back page in the puzzle packet) for HW tonight. 

AC students need to have their own copy of Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, by Nov. 1st.  Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: Fahrenheit 451

On-Level students need to have their own copy of The Giver, by Lois Lowry, by Nov. 1st. Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: The Giver

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October 23

Week of October 23rd

SAT Unit 5 quiz & flashcards  are due Monday, 10-30 SAT UNIT 5 Cards

Friday, 10-27: We read “The Definition of a Gentleman”, and worked on cryptograms- word puzzles to focus on the direct quotes that are key to the stories. 

Thursday, 10-26: We read two passages about Fredrick Douglass, and then created a web to show connections between Douglass & Lincoln. 

Wednesday, 10-25: We read the two passages about Abraham Lincoln, p.77-79 in the textbook. We took notes on Hooks: Great ways to start an essay Hooks 

Tuesday, 10-24: Read pages 71-74, “Where I Find My Heroes”, and completed #4-8 and #9 in the text book. 

Monday, 10-23: We finished the introduction of the definition strategies. 

AC students need to have their own copy of Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, by Nov. 1st.  Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: Fahrenheit 451

On-Level students need to have their own copy of The Giver, by Lois Lowry, by Nov. 1st. Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: The Giver

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October 16

Week of October 16th- Early Release for Conferences!

Friday, 10-20: SAT Unit 5, cards & quiz on Monday, 10-30. SAT UNIT 5 Cards

Thursday, 10-19: Definition Strategies. We’ll continue to work on this sheet Monday.  Definition strategies    Definition Sheet AC      On-Level Sheet   Bring 20 flashcards for new SAT unit tomorrow 🙂

Wednesday, 10-18: Informational presentations for 8th graders from Walton & the magnet high school programs. 

Tuesday, 10-17: 8/9 PSAT testing. 

Monday, 10-16: We practiced brushstrokes writing techniques, and 6th & 7th periods took their verb mood quiz.

You will need to bring 20 flashcards this Friday, Oct. 20th!

AC students need to have their own copy of Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, by Nov. 1st.  Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: Fahrenheit 451

On-Level students need to have their own copy of The Giver, by Lois Lowry, by Nov. 1st. Here is a link to Amazon if you’re interested: The Giver

 

 

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October 11

Week of October 9th

AC Students- we are presenting our Hero’s Journey Creative Projects this week. It may take all week due to the Color Battle on Thursday! Come prepared 🙂

On-Level- Verb Moods is our focus.  A new 8th grade standard for grammar. Quiz for this will be Monday, Oct. 16th. Study Guide Answer  Key    Verb mood PPT   Verb Moods – Notes 

Thursday, Oct. 12th- Early Release schedule. School is out at 1:30.

Parent-teacher conference week is NEXT WEEK! Oct. 16-20th. Early release all next week too!  8/9 PSAT will take place on Tuesday, 17th. 

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October 2

Week of October 2nd

Friday, 10-6: AC classes took the verb mood quiz, on-level took the hero’s journey test. All classes worked on specific nouns and did a journal entry about the favorite room in your house.  General and Specific Nouns

Thursday, 10-5: All Classes in Media Center for Mrs. Inman’s “Banned Books” presentation & book checkout. Remember to study for your assessment tomorrow 🙂

Wednesday, 10-4:

Periods 1,2,3- Finish Group presentation on Spiral for verb mood character. Quiz this Friday!

Periods 6, 7: Hero’s Journey continuation- “Control” Hero’s Journey Chart Key Control Chart Key   Prezi Guided Notes (link is on my “Pages”), and then Movie Heroes Movie Hero PPT

Tuesday, 10-3:

Periods 1,2,3- Group presentation on Spiral for verb mood character. Quiz this Friday!  Key for Mood practice

Periods 6, 7: Hero’s Journey continuation- Study Guide for Friday’s test Study guide answer key

 

Monday, 10-2:

Periods 1,2,3- Introduced Verb Moods. There is a quiz on Friday over the 5 types. Verb mood PPT    REMINDER- CREATIVE HERO PROJECT IS DUE NEXT WEEK!

Periods 6, 7: Hero’s Journey continuation- Please finish reading the short story Control Student Copy  The Hero’s Journey TEST WILL BE THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 6th.  Study guide Study Guide Hero’s Journey 

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September 18

Week of Sept. 18th

PSAT: Our 8th graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Make-up sessions will not be available.   The PSAT 8/9 helps to establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness.  On the day of testing, students will need to bring 2 No. 2 pencils with erasers and an acceptable calculator (math teachers will provide more details in class).  Additional information will come home with your student before the Fall Break.

High School Magnet Programs’ Open Houses for current 8th graders:

October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM – Campbell High School

October 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM – Pebblebrook High School @ Cobb County Civic Center Anderson Theatre

October 10, 2017 at 6:30 PM – Kennesaw Mountain High School

October 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM – South Cobb High School

October 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM – North Cobb High School

October 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm – Wheeler High School 

Need more information?  Please email Dr. Kimberly Watkins, Dickerson 8th grade counselor @ [email protected]

Thursday & Friday: We’re in the computer lab to finalize and print our dialectical journals. For those of you that are already finished, please plan to work on your creative hero’s journey project 🙂  This is only for periods 1-3  Hero Project- directions

Wednesday, 9-20: We took SAT 4 quiz and continued to work on our dialectical journals. Both Thursday & Friday we will be in the computer lab to finish and print the final copies!

Tuesday, 9-19: We read The Odyssey excerpt & annotated for a grade. Students also completed the chart on p. 33 analyzing art work interpretations of the story. Tomorrow is a read/work day- bring your novel!! Remember- SAT Unit 4 cards & quiz are this Wednesday cards highlite sentence

Monday, 9-18: We watched an introduction & background video for The Odyssey & took Sketch Notes. We also started to read the excerpt in our textbook of The Odyssey. Students are required to annotate while reading the passages. There will be a grade for the annotations.  Remember- SAT Unit 4 cards & quiz are this Wednesday cards highlite sentence  

Independent Novel Assignment: Students must choose a book about a hero’s challenges, read the book, and complete 5 dialectical journal entries- all typed.  WE WILL BE IN THE COMPUTER LAB THURSDAY & FRIDAY THIS WEEK! Due date is from Sept. 20-22nd  Rubric Dialectical Journals

  Response Stems 1st, 2nd, 3rd per.     Response Stems 6th & 7th period 

 

Reflections Time Again! “Within Reach”

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing again for this year’s National PTA Reflections program. Paint a masterpiece, choreograph an entertaining dance routine, compose an enchanting piece of music, pen a best-selling short story, shoot a mesmerizing photograph, or produce a poignant film. Submissions will be judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and technique. The theme is “Within Reach” and the deadline is October 9th.  Visit https://dickersonptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/Reflections for more information. If you haven’t had a chance to join the Dickerson PTSA, please join here https://dickersonptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/home.

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September 12

Week of September 11th

1st, 2nd, and 3rd period AC classes: Creative Hero Project- planning sheet will be checked Friday, 9-15 Hero Project- directions  Hero Project Planning Page 

Hero Project Presentations will begin Monday, Oct. 9th

Reflections!!

 

Reflections Time Again! “Within Reach”

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing again for this year’s National PTA Reflections program. Paint a masterpiece, choreograph an entertaining dance routine, compose an enchanting piece of music, pen a best-selling short story, shoot a mesmerizing photograph, or produce a poignant film. Submissions will be judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and technique. The theme is “Within Reach” and the deadline is October 9th.  Visit https://dickersonptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/Reflections for more information. If you haven’t had a chance to join the Dickerson PTSA, please join here https://dickersonptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/home.

Due to weather conditions, no school Monday & Tuesday, September 11th & 12th

Friday, 9-15 will be a read/work day. Journals are due between 9/20-9/22. Bring your novel and be ready to write journal entries!!  Don’t forget SAT Unit 4 is due Wednesday, 9-20!

Thursday, 9-14: Art analysis- the cyclops vs man. Finish the analysis and evaluation questions on the sheet we started in class today. Remember, your answers should be between 3-4 sentences. Turn this in tomorrow.  Analyzing Visuals

Wednesday, 9-13: We started SAT Unit 4. Flashcards & quiz Wednesday, 9-20. Directions for flashcards cards highlight sentence

Independent Novel Assignment: Students must choose a book about a hero’s challenges, read the book, and complete 5 dialectical journal entries- all typed. Due date is from Sept. 20-22nd  Rubric Dialectical Journals  

  Response Stems 1st, 2nd, 3rd per.     Response Stems 6th & 7th period 

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