7th Graders: View Pronouns and Antecedents Videos Below; Week 8 Plans and Expectations

This week students will review coordinating adjectives and will review pronouns and antecedents. (Several useful videos are below for students to review before Tuesday/Wednesday.)  Students will also re-sort their unit 1 vocabulary words to prepare for the summative final on Friday.  Students will read and make metacognitive notes on a myth, “Phaethon” from the textbook.  As the week progresses, they will answer comprehension questions from the myth and complete a chart after analyzing the character traits of the two main characters of the myth.  Students who complete the Study Guide given to them on this past Thursday and Friday, will have a chance to review more difficult concepts from the study guide in preparation for Friday’s summative.  On Friday, students will take the summative and will read a 2nd myth:  “Arachne.”  Students will have homework on Monday/Tuesday on coordinating adjectives and pronouns/antecedents.  They also have a study guide to complete to prepare for Friday’s assessment.  On Wednesday/Thursday—students should be studying their completed study guide and on Wednesday, they will have more practice on pronouns to prepare for a formative.

Curriculum Standards:

L.7.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academenic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

RL7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what
the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.7.3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact
(e.g., how settings shape the characters or plot).


Assessmentsformative-pronouns/antecedents quiz on Thursday;

formative-class work chart from text after reading and analyzing a myth:  “Phaethon” on Wednesday/Thursday.

Summative:  Unit 1 vocabulary, grammar skills, plot diagram, etc. from study guide on Friday, September 21.

Resources:  videos below in this blog to help with Friday’s summative and Thursday’s formative, vocabulary words in 7th grade resources and quizlet on vocabulary; various notes in 7th grade resources; INB notes, and study guide (as a reference of what will be on the summative on Friday.)



8th Grade: Week of September 17-September 21, 2018; Need Novel-“The Giver” by October 10th

Students will be reading in and out of class this week.  They will learn about the three definition strategies and will practice identifying these definition strategies in texts.  They will start to develop their own definition of a hero by how he/she functions or acts.  Students will read two sets of paired passages.  The first pair is about Abraham Lincoln, and the second is about Frederick Douglass.  They will answer brief questions as they work from the text and students will complete charts as they read about character details.  Students will also write to sources in class this week as they become heavily engaged in the topics of these two men and how they are considered heroic.

Students will examine and apply transitions in writing, will receive notes for the INB on transitions, embedded quotations, and TLQC this week.  They will revise writing by adding transitions or substituting transitional words or phrases.  They will end the week by delving into the negation strategy and writing about what heroism IS NOT.   Image result for heroism definition



RI.8.2:  Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

RI.8.3:  Analyze how a text makes connections among distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events.

L.8.6:  Acquire and use accurately grade appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge  when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

W.8.9:  Draw evidence from literary or info. texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

W.8.2b:  Develop the topic with relevant, well- chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other info and examples.

W.8.2c:  Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

RI. 8.1:  Cite text evidence that most strongly supports and analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from text.

RI.8.10:  By end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at high end of grades 6-8 . . .


Writing to Explanatory Text on Lincoln and Douglass on Wednesday and finishing on Thursday

Transitions Paragraph—Putting paragraphs together  (Friday)

Writing to Explanatory Text using Negation Strategy on Friday


Students will be provided with resources in the notebook to refer to.

Homework:  They will bring home a short reading passage on Abraham Lincoln and a short poem on Monday to read and find/highlight the words and phrases that portray Lincoln as a heroic figure.

Homework:  On Thursday, students will bring home a short reading passage on “A Definition of a Gentleman” in which they will have to underline examples of the negation strategy.


****Please don’t forget to order or purchase your novel for Unit 2, “The Giver.”  The book is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon for $8.99.Image result for the giver

Summative Assessment and Study Guide

Over the past two days, my students were given the study guide for the upcoming summative assessment over this unit. Most of the notes are in the interactive notebook and students should have practice information from class work and homework in their folder to help them with this study guide.  I also have some slides, power points, and notes on my blog that could benefit students as they complete the study guide.

Next week in class, we will work with myths, symbols, and symbolism.  We will also practice with pronouns and antecedents.  Students should be able to complete all other items now using the various resources provided.  Having the study guide this early gives them a chance to work on it through the weekend, complete it by Tuesday evening, and have it ready for review on WednesdayThe summative assessment is Friday, September 21.

I am attaching a copy for students who may have lost their study guide on Thursday/Friday or who may have been absent.

Unit 1 Summative Study Guide-2jurgiz

Have a good weekend.

8th Grade: Week 7 (September 10-September 14, 2018)

Students will be reading poems this week that relate to heroes and will be reading articles on heroes from the textbook.  They will be learning to use  a strategy called TP-CASTT  as they analyze several examples of poetry.   Later in the week, students will learn the three strategies of definition as they begin to work on defining a “hero” during class.  They will have several writing prompts based on classwork.  On Tuesday, students will take a quiz on verb moods.  They should study the notes in the INB and visit the websites listed in the 8th grade resources on verb moods.

Curriculum Standards:

RI.8.2: Determine a central idea of a text and
analyze its development over the course of the text,
including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide
an objective summary of the text.

RI.8.3: Analyze how a text makes connections among
and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events.

RL.8.5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

L.8.6: Acquire and use accurately
grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific academic words and phrases; gather vocab. knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

W.8.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Assessments: Quiz on Verb Moods (Tuesday); Writing prompt from “IF” poem, TP-CASTT graphic organizer from “A Man”; textbook responses, and  explanatory writing.  Each assessment this week will be a formative assessment.


notebook for TP-CASTT strategy, notebook for verb moods, 8th grade resources for verb moods practice suggestions, and definition strategies in the notebook

7th Grade: Week 7 (September 10-September 14, 2018)

Students will finish typing their personal narrative on Monday.  They will visit the classroom to review narrative endings, will write their ending in two different ways, and will then go to the computer lab to finish their typing.  They may choose one of the new endings if it will make their narrative better.  If students have been absent, it is important for them to come one morning (Thursday of this week) to visit a lab with me so the final draft can be completed from the rough draft.  This personal narrative is a summative assessment.  The draft writing with the revision using narrative leads, looping strategies, and new endings will also be graded.  It is important for students who have been absent to make sure these revisions are complete in their class folder.  (It may be necessary for an absent student to have to come in on Friday of this week as well.)

We are moving into embedded assessment 2 for unit 1 this week.  Students will begin studying myths in this half of the unit and will practice coordinate adjectives as one of the language skills.  Since students will be taking the ITBS/CogAT later this week and next, I will not see all classes each day during the testing period.  We will continue with reading the myths in Springboard and students will be responsible for any homework given when I do see the class.

Students will log into and practice using the online textbook this week.  They will complete activity 1.10 online.  They will have a formative based on the lesson.  Students will also have homework on coordinating adjectives this week.

Curriculum Standards:  

ELAGSE7W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

ELAGSE7W5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

ELAGSE7W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

ELAGSE7W3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (a-e)


  • Summatives:  Final draft writing (with all parts of the rough draft completed)/Roughdraft with revisions completed
  • Formative:  Check Your Understanding Plot Diagram


Folder with writing and revisions

Rough draft classwork typed into final draft

Notebook for leads/ending; charts from class

Online textbook access

Other information:  

Open House on Tuesday, September 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for 7th Graders.

ITBS/CogAt testing for 7th graders—September 13th-September 19th.  Students will have an adjusted class/bell schedule on these days due to morning testing. (Please see the Lovinggood website for more specific information.)

Students who have been absent during the writing process for our personal narrative—May come in this Thursday morning at 8:15 and this Friday morning at 8:15 to lab 518, September 13th and September 14th.  I will be there to provide support and show students what they should be doing to complete the rough draft and typing.

8th Graders: Weekend Homework

Students have been unpacking EA 2 for unit 1 and defining abstract ideas/words to prepare for the next embedded assessment on heroes.  In addition, they have worked on connotations, denotations, tone, and diction today and took notes in the INB.  We have also worked on verb moods in class, reviewed homework, and practiced with the 5 verb moods this week.  On Tuesday of next week, students will have a quiz on verb moods.

They have a double-sided sheet to practice for homework on this skill this weekend.  We will check their work on Tuesday.  It is important for students to be practicing this skill for the preparation.

These are also some sites that can help with the preparation for the verbs mood quiz:

https://www.quia.com/quiz/5150229.html?AP_rand=379162411 (quia game)