October 22 – October 26

Monday – Dahlonega field trip. Please make sure you are still trying to get your copy of “The Giver.” I have put a PDF version in the “notes” tab of your OneNote notebook. I am also linking videos at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday – Today, we will review the structure for writing an expository compare and contrast essay. The two methods are subject by subject or feature by feature. The students will use one of these methods to compare and contrast Grant and Lee. We read this piece last week. It is in section 2.2 and starts on P. 106 of the online textbook found at clever.com/in/cobb.

Wednesday – It is that time of year again that we need to find our Spelling Bee participants. We will conduct class Spelling Bees today. The winners from all 5 periods will compete against each other to get one winner from Mr. Hogan. All ELA teachers will have one winner that goes to the school level.

Thursday and Friday – If there is a need, we will finish any class Spelling Bees that did not get a winner the previous day. When we finish, we will move on to the activity on 2.4 of the textbook. The content of the activity will come from the first two chapters of “The Giver.” We will go over this when everyone is finished.

Assessments: Tuesday formative. This will be a quick read and respond and the Grant and Lee article read in class last week. Students will compare and contrast Grant and Lee.

Links for “The Giver”

Chapter 1 audio

Chapter 2 audio

2nd Nine Weeks Novel Study

I am understanding that my attachment with the list of books did not come through on Friday. I realize I forgot the link for the first book. Both the link for “The Giver” and the link for the list of acceptable books are posted below. Thank you to those who reached out to let me know the attachment wasn’t there, and I hope this didn’t cause an inconvenience. Let me know if you have any questions.

Link for “The Giver” by Lois Lowry on Amazon

Book list for 2nd book of the nine weeks

October 8 – October 12

CONFERENCE WEEK: This paragraph only applies to the parents of Mr. Hogan’s third period students. Following this paragraph, you will find a link to sign up for a conference day and time. A letter went home last Thursday with similar information. You have three options for conferences. Option 1: You would like to meet face-to-face and need to sign up for a day and time. Option 2: You would like to conference on the phone. (My conferences do not usually take long unless there are issues you want to discuss, so this may be a popular option) If this is what you choose, sign up for a day and time, and then add your phone number in a comment. I will call you during the time you signed up for. Option 3: You do not feel the need for a conference. If this is your choice, please fill out the information on the letter that went home Thursday with that information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks. Conference Sign-up Link

Monday – Today, students took Cobb county’s Touchstones. This is a district assessment on reading skills for data and comparison purposes. We will finish this tomorrow if extra time is needed.

Tuesday – We will be completing the Touchstones that we began on Monday. With time left, students will write on what their idea of a utopia/dystopia would be like. We will share if there is time.

Wednesday – 8th graders will start the day by taking the PSAT. This will mean that I won’t see all classes. Therefore, we will continue the writing prompt from Tuesday, and we will share. The goal will be to add as much detail to our writing as possible.

Thursday – Each class will preview Unit 2 from our Springboard textbook. This will include unit 2 vocabulary and looking at the first writing assignment for unit 2.

Friday – We will be begin working with unit 2 writing skills. The first piece of writing for the second nine weeks is focused on compare/contrast. We will read an example essay in the book and answer questions on it.

Assessments for the week: Touchstones on Monday and Tuesday. 

October 1 – October 5

ONLINE SKYPE MEETING – TODAY, October 3, 6-7 PM. Students and parents, I spoke about this at Open House. I am hoping to have Skype sessions once a month throughout the school year. This will be an opportunity for parents and students to ask questions, get help, or voice concerns. You do not need to be online for the whole hour, you can simply come, ask your question, and leave. There will be a link on my blog that week. To join, you will simply click on the following link. Link for Skype Meeting – https://bit.ly/2P3VM92 You may have to add a Skype for Business app to use this so please be aware of that.

CONFERENCE WEEK: This paragraph only applies to the parents of Mr. Hogan’s third period students. Following this paragraph, you will find a link to sign up for a conference day and time. A letter will be coming home Thursday with similar information. You have three options for conferences. Option 1: You would like to meet face-to-face and need to sign up for a day and time. Option 2: You would like to conference on the phone. (My conferences do not usually take long unless there are issues you want to discuss, so this may be a popular option) If this is what you choose, sign up for a day and time, and then add your phone number in a comment. I will call you during the time you signed up for. Option 3: You do not feel the need for a conference. If this is your choice, please fill out the information on the letter that should come home Thursday with that information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks. Conference Sign-up Link

Monday – Today, students participated in class circles. This was a time for us to discuss issues we are dealing with in the eighth grade. We began with discussion about what we did over fall break and went into deeper topics about what has been going well and what we have been struggling with so far this school year. A common theme that I saw across most classes was time management. Students seem to be overwhelmed by school, athletics, practices, and other events. We discussed as a group ways to improve in this area. Hopefully, this was beneficial and hopefully we will improve with this.

Tuesday – Today, students worked to revise and edit their hero expository essays in the Library Learning Commons. We will continue working on them tomorrow and they are due by the end of class on Wednesday.

Wednesday – Today, students are working with the laptop cart in the classroom to complete their final drafts of their hero expository essays. These essays are due by the end of class today unless students have IEPs or have spoken with me about other extenuating circumstances. These will be graded as soon as possible and will definitely be on 1st nine weeks report cards.

Thursday – Today, students will work in random teams to complete an activity to review unit 1 vocabulary.

Friday – Today, students will take a summative Unit 1 Vocabulary Test. It will be a multiple choice/matching test. Vocabulary list is below.

Assessments for the week: Wednesday – expository writing summative; Friday – unit 1 vocabulary summative.

September 17 – September 21

SKYPE MEETING: October 3, 6-7 PM. Students and parents, I spoke about this at Open House. I am hoping to have Skype sessions once a month throughout the school year. This will be an opportunity for parents and students to ask questions, get help, or voice concerns. There will be a link on my blog that week. To join, you will simply click on the link. You may have to add a Skype app to use this so please be aware of that. 

For Substitute Teacher on Wednesday – Transitions PowerPoint

Thursday for Substitute Teacher – Examples of Negation

Monday – Today, everyone in class will be working on their rough drafts. We spent over 30 minutes on Friday working to complete our brainstorm. The rough draft stage of the writing process is where we turn our ideas into sentences and paragraphs. Every student is expected to have a five-paragraph essay. The three body paragraphs should use the support styles we learned. The three we learned were function, example, and negation. The hope is that students will come close to finishing this today. There will be some time on Friday as well.

Tuesday – Today, we are reviewing transitions. We are discussing what they are, how to use them, and why they are so important to our writing. This skill goes across all genres of writing that we will be practicing this year. There will be an assessment tomorrow where students are asked to put an article back together. The article uses transitions to give major hints about the order of the article.

A side note: I will be out for the rest of the week. If you need me, I may not be able to respond until Friday, September 29th during fall break. 

Wednesday – Today, students will do a quick review of transitions and how they give clues to the order of a piece of writing. Then they will take the formative. During this formative, students are putting together an article that has been cut up into pieces. Students will have most of the class to complete this.

Thursday – Today, students will be taking a read and respond formative. The purpose of these assessments are to practice answering a question clearly and concisely, using support, and explaining how evidence supports the answer. The topic for this prompt will be to “write about what heroism is not.” We have been discussing using negation as a method for helping definitions. This prompt is also a little different in that there is not a specific passage give for it. Students will be able to pull from any texts they have read.

Friday – Students should complete rough drafts if they have not already. Those who finish their rough drafts will go on to the revise and edit stage of the writing process. A checklist will be in their OneNote notebook before Friday.

Assessments: Synthesizing formative (Wednesday); Read and Respond formative (Thursday)

Upcoming assessments: After Fall Break, we will have a few grades in the week and a half before the end of the nine weeks. Final drafts of their next summative will be due Oct. 3. We will also have our Vocabulary posttest. The date for this has not been set yet. Lastly, we will have a Touchstones summative. This is a district mandated assessment. The main skills involved are reading skills. We do work on reading skills in this class as well as reading class for those that have it. 

September 10 – September 14

Monday – Today, we began brainstorming for our next summative writing. The prompt can be found in the textbook on page 99. We started by thinking of adjectives that describe heroes, verbs that tell what they do, and nouns that represent what they show. These ideas will be used to create a definition of heroism. Then we learned about definition strategies like function, example, and negation. Students will be using these skills to form their essays.

Tuesday – Today, we are taking time to discuss 9/11. We are connecting the events of this day 17 years ago to our theme of heroes. Students are being asked to consider what defines courage, why do we find heroes during tragic events, and what characteristics heroes have. We are discussing as a group.

For a grade tomorrow, students will be assessed on verb moods. I am putting study materials here.

Verb mood website – There are ten questions similar to what you will see tomorrow. There is a tab at the top that has answer key to check your work.

verb moods pptVerb Mood Prezi (this PowerPoint and Prezi have the information)

Verb Mood – This PowerPoint has information and 10 practice sentences with answer key following on the next slide.

Wednesday – Students will review verb mood information. They will be able to ask any questions before a quiz is give. The students will take a

Thursday – We will be reading texts from the book and answering questions.

Friday – Today, we will be typing in the classroom using a laptop cart. Students will complete a brainstorm chart in their OneNote notebook and go into their rough drafts if they finish with time left.

Assessments: Verb mood quiz on Wednesday (formative)

September 4 – September 7

Tuesday – Today, students learned about tone, nuance, diction, denotation, and connotation. We went over definitions, we discussed examples, and students practiced on their own or in pairs. The intention of this lesson is to improve the “choice of words” in our writing in order to better communicate our tone.

Wednesday – Today, students will reflect on the last narrative writing. This will lead us into the topic for our next writing prompt. We will also compare and contrast narrative and expository writing to find the nuances between the two. We will also discuss structural differences that should help with the overall planning.

Thursday – Students will be reading a poem in the Springboard textbook. Then the students will break down the poem for information to better understand everything that goes into a piece of text. This reading and break down will pair with an article tomorrow and there will be a writing prompt on them together.

Friday – Students will be reading an article from their Springboard textbook. After done reading and breaking down the writing, students will do a quick read and respond prompt for a grade.

August 27 – August 31

Monday – Today, each class discussed the writing project that we have been working on and that is due Thursday. We discussed whether timing is an issue, what the most difficult parts of the process have been, and whether we were on schedule to be done on time. We then read part of The Odyssey by Homer. We are still using literature to make connections to the hero’s journey archetype that we are using in our narratives that will be due Thursday. Not all classes were able to finish the story today. Classes that did not finish will finish tomorrow.

Tuesday –

Wednesday – Today will be a revise and edit day. The goal is to fix any problems that we have with our rough drafts. Students who participated in peer feedback last Friday may use their feedback to improve their stories. Students will be given a checklist to make sure they are checking all aspects of their essays.

Thursday – Today is the day that final drafts are due. Students who typed their writing will copy and paste their essays to a Word document and share it in their OneNote notebook. I will post a video on here later in the week with how to do this.

Friday –

Assessments – Final Drafts due Thursday (summative).

 

August 20 – August 24

Monday –  Today, we met in the computer lab to continue working on rough drafts. Students should be finished or close to finishing after today. We have spent two days in class working on these rough drafts. Students are welcome to continue working on them up until Friday when they are due.

Tuesday – Today, students are reading The Drummer Boy of Shiloh. During our reading, students will be using metacognitive markers to break down the reading. We will discuss the story as a whole group after the reading. We will discuss vocabulary, plot sequencing, and any other misunderstandings that may arise.

Wednesday – The Drummer Boy of Shiloh is a longer story, so we will cover parts of the story to review. Then students will analyze the story for structure that applies to hero’s journey archetype and the narrative elements. To study for tomorrow’s assessment, students should study the “Steps” column on P. 8-9 of their books. They can access these online through clever.com. Or students can find the information to study in the first column of their graphic organizers in their OneNote notebooks for brainstorm.

Thursday – Students will take a formative grade on the hero’s journey archetype. We will use the rest of class participating in restorative circles.

Friday – We will be back in the computer lab to work on peer feedback of our rough drafts. We are going to try something new here and hopefully all goes smoothly and according to plan.

Homework: Finish rough draft (due by Friday morning)

Assessments: hero’s journey archetype quiz (formative)

Those who made failing grades on their first formatives will have a retake opportunity this Friday. The reason is that most failing grades wrote on the wrong topic that does not reflect their true ability. Please come Friday morning at 8:15 or during homeroom to retake this grade if you received a failing grade. Thanks.

August 13 – August 17

*** Some students are telling me there are issues signing into Office 365. If you took the beginning of the year survey the first week of school, there should not really be any issues. In an effort to give an alternative path to OneNote, please follow these directions. Go http://www.cobbk12.org. Once there, click on the “Employees/Jobs” tab at the top. Then on the left in a yellow box, you should see Office 365 Log-in. Once you are here, type in your [email protected] (Every punctuation and letter matters so make sure you are typing the periods correctly). If it asks you for a password, it should be the same password you use to log in to a school computer. Typically, this is your lunch number, but it could be your birthday. Once logged in to Office, click on the OneNote icon. You should then see a tab that has shared with me which should contain a notebook with your period, ELA, and my name. Once in the notebook, click on the tab with your name and then journal. The page “Hero’s Journey Brainstorm” is where your work should be done. I will try to post a video later this evening showing how this is done. I have to be at home as well because school automatically logs people in. ***

Monday – Today, we were in the computer lab with the intention of learning about digital resources and productivity tools. We went over a quick overview of the blog and the online textbook. The link can be found below at the clever.com link. Then we logged into Office 365 through office.com. Students can sign in with [email protected] The password will be the same as they would use on a school computer. Students were shown how to submit a Word file electronically which is something that will happen often throughout the year. We did a quick overview at Sway which is much like PowerPoint and will be utilized this year. Lastly, we focused on OneNote. This program is one that will constantly be referenced by me. Students will turn in work this way and keep track of past work this way. I will occasionally be holding tutoring in the mornings for those that are lost or need help. Be on the lookout for those offers.

Homework for the week: Students should complete their Hero’s Journey archetypes in their OneNote notebooks. This work must be completed by Friday.

Tuesday – Today, we looked at the two pretests that we took last week. Those scores are also now in Student/Parentvue. The goal was to see what we missed and why. Students were put into groups to work with their classmates on creating a better piece of writing. We then discussed as a whole group at the end of class.

Wednesday – Today, students read the poem, Ithaka, which can be found in their online textbooks. You can also find a video of the poem on my C.A.R. tab. Students then split into pairs to answer some guiding questions. We went over the responses as a whole class.

Thursday – We will begin by rereading the Ithaka poem, and students will have the opportunity to ask any questions that they have about the poem. Then they will respond to the poem based on a prompt that I give them. This writing activity will be very similar to the one students saw for the writing pretest.

Friday – Students will revisit their brainstorms that they worked on Monday in class and throughout the week for homework. They will begin to build their rough drafts. I will post the prompt at a later date, but it can be found on P. 58 of the textbook which can be accessed online.

http://www.clever.com/in/cobb

http://www.office.com