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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September18

2nd period ELA:  Monday and Tuesday, students finished their summative RACES writing assignment  for the short story, ‘The Circuit.”

We will begin learning, practicing and applying new writing strategies to add style to our writing.  We will be discussing Brushstrokes and dialogue this week.  These strategies will be applied throughout our writing this year, and students will apply these skills in the personal narrative they will write after fall break.

Brushstroke Powerpoint 2018-24uwryq

1st and 5th Period Social Studies with Mrs. Knight and Ms. Carlton – Test Friday – see study guide

Study Guide for Test on Geography and environmental disasters test-2n5lorh

3rd and 4th period ELA with Mr. Holmquist and Ms. Carlton – Test on dialogue Thursday – study your dialogue notes and practices.  Quizlets are on Mr. Holmquist’s blog.

 

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Monday, September 10, 2018

September10

2nd Period ELA – We began reading the short story “The Circuit” today.  Prior to reading, students viewed a video about migrant workers to build background for the story about migrant workers and their life.

We will be annotating the story tomorrow for evidence to address various prompts, as well as annotating for word choice, figurative language and cool syntax.  Students will write a summative RACES paragraph when reading and annotations are complete.

HW:  Vocabulary  test Thursday

change vocabulary anticipation guide and key-sbqh2q

https://quizlet.com/join/GK5xb8Gwe

 

 

 

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Friday, September 7, 2018

September7

2nd Period ELA – Today students continued to work on the change vocabulary.  They worked on their flashcards, and we explored the meanings of the words as they relate to the topic of  change.

HW: Vocabulary  flashcards due Monday  Flashcards must include:

front;  1. WORD (written to fill the card),

 back: 1. definition, 2. visual symbol or illustration

Vocabulary test – Thursday, 9-13

Vocabulary list with answers

change vocabulary anticipation guide and key-sbqh2q

Quizlet Code – vocabulary practice

https://quizlet.com/join/GK5xb8Gwe

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

September6

2nd Period ELA – Today students were introduced to the Change unit vocabulary.   We used the Q, H, T vocabulary strategy to preview the words and predict their meanings.  Tomorrow, students will create flashcards for the words.

HW: Vocabulary  flashcards due Monday  Flashcards must include word on front; back: definition, visual symbol or illustration;

Vocabulary test – Thursday, 9-13

Vocabulary list with answers

change vocabulary anticipation guide and key-sbqh2q

Quizlet Code – vocabulary practice

https://quizlet.com/join/GK5xb8Gwe

 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September4

2nd Period ELA – Today, students continued viewing film clips and analyzing the characters’ mindsets.  Students are determining whether a specified character demonstrates and growth or fixed mindset, and they are using evidence from the film to support their opinion.

Tomorrow, students will complete this work with a formative assessment of two characters.

Wednesday – Friday

We will begin using the QHT Vocabulary strategy to study words that relate to the topic of change.  This vocabulary will support students’ understanding of concepts and stories in Springboard Unit 1 “Change.”

HW Alert:  Flashcards for vocabulary will be due Friday – Tuesday, September 11 – Test on vocabulary

 

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Week of August 27, 2018

August26

2nd Period Language Arts:

  1. Monday, 8/27:  Students will write a RACES paragraph based on the annotations they have completed on the Mindsets article.  This will be a formative assessment.

  2. Tuesday, 8/28:  We will complete the RACES paragraph and introduce mindsets in film.  Students will watch a series of movie clips and analyze whether the specified character/s demonstrate a fixed or growth mindset.

  3. Wednesday, 8/29:  We will continue the film analysis for practice.  Students will then complete a formative assessment of two movie clips.  They may use their practice handout for support and guidance.  Today is early release!

  4. Thursday and Friday, 8/30-31 – We will begin studying introductory prepositional phrases and the role they play in creating sentence variety.

If you are absent, here is the handout with movie clip links:

Growth and Fixed Mindsets in Film chart-1340y46

 

 

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

August16

2nd Period ELA – Today we completed the notes for the RACES strategy and began annotating an article to prepare to practice writing a RACES paragraph.  We will continue this practice tomorrow.

RACE strategy organizer 2018-19 revised-1on3mmq

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August14

Parents, I hope you can join us tonight for Open House.  You will walk through your child’s schedule and hear from each of his or her teachers.  We can’t wait to meet you.

2nd period ELA – We are learning annotation strategies.  Students are annotating an article using a series of annotation symbols.  This is a strategy they will use all year as we read both fiction and non-fiction texts.  Tomorrow, we will begin learning a writing strategy to address constructed responses:  RACES.

I have attached the PowerPoint for the RACES strategy as well as the organizer we will use.  This is the primary strategy students will use this year as we write in a variety of genres.

We’re Off to the RACES!-2gzpu6q

RACE strategy organizer 2018-19 revised-1on3mmq

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August7

2nd period is off to a great start!  I couldn’t be more pleased with how all of our class members are cooperating and learning our routines.  They are truly being proactive, empathetic, active learners, self-aware and reflective on their experiences!

2nd Period ELA – Today students wrote their second baseline writing piece.  We read about the four houses in Harry Potter, and based on personal characteristics, the students wrote an explanatory paragraph explaining which of the four houses they would fit into best.  Students will complete this writing tomorrow.

Tomorrow and Thursday, students will take pre-tests on parts of speech and sentence structure.

On Friday, we will begin learning how to address constructed responses using the RACES writing strategy.

 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

August2

2nd Period LA – Today, we went to the theater to review our  6th grade rules and expectations with Ms. Stump.

HW:  Please have the following supplies by Monday:

  • 1 inch binder
  • 5 index tabs
  • Spiral or composition book
  • Highlighters – green, yellow, blue
  • Clean paper
  • Pencils and pens – black or blue
  • Colored pencils

Tomorrow, we will begin our introductory letter writing assignment.

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