8th grade ELA Assignments-Pettit 3/30/20-4/3/20

Again, we will be providing you with an outline for daily activities, but this week’s assignments will not be due until Friday, 4/03/2020.

*Please use the specific form for YOUR CLASS PERIOD!!!

Monday and Tuesday or Task 1 and 2 – 3/30 and 3/31:

  • We will continue our study of Night by analyzing a poem that Elie Wiesel includes in the book. The poem is titled Never Shall I Forget.
  • Use the attached PDF for directions and then respond to the poem using the Microsoft Form below.
  • Never Shall I Forget Poetry Activity

Below is a link to the audio of the Never Shall I Forget Poem and clarification of instructions for Monday’s assignment.

Below is a link for a video with instructions for Tuesday’s portion of the assignment.


  • Complete the form ACCORDING TO YOUR BLOCK to respond to the poem:

Wednesday or Task 3- 4/1:

  • We will practice Clauses using Brain Pop. Please use the following link to the Library Learning Commons. http://www.cobblearning.net/durhammediacenter/
  • Once you get to the Learning Commons Blog locate the link to the Cobb Digital Library.
  • Log in using your Office 365 Login
  • Click on Brain Pop
  • Complete the Assignment

Thursday or Task 4- 4/2:

  • Read the assigned CommonLit article titled, “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations” and complete the assigned questions.
    • Log into clever (the same way you did for the Social Studies DBQ)
    • Locate the CommonLit app (you might have to use the search bar)
    • Click on the app and complete assigned reading and questions

Friday or Task 5- 4/3:

  • Use the form below to answer a question comparing and contrasting Elie’s and Malala’s experience.
  • Complete the form ACCORDING TO YOUR BLOCK:

Assignments for 7th grade ELA week of March 30th-April 3rd

This week, we will be using an issue of Scholastic Scope Magazine (March, 2020).  Each day, complete the assignment listed.  Please type your answers in the Microsoft Word answer page.

  • Visit https://scope.scholastic.com/ and choose login.
  • Scope STUDENT access code: DURHAM2020
  • Click All Issues and find the March, 2020 Issue to complete these activities.

Monday, 3/30/20

WATCH FIRST- Today’s Lesson Video

Assignment: Mood Words Handout (2 words per category)

Due Date: Monday, 3/30/20 

Turn In: Answer Response Page  (*details below)

Before we begin reading the text, “Mountain of Doom,” we will explore the idea of mood in writing.  After you’ve watched today’s lesson video, complete the Mood Words handout.  You need to add two words for each category.  We will read the text on Wednesday.

Remember to write your answers on this week’s Answer Response Page.  You may make a digital copy of the one I’m providing, or you may create your own Word document.  If you choose to create your own Word document Answer Response Form, format it the same way as my example, please.  Just like last week, you will add each day’s assignment to your Answer Response Page and you will turn it in on Friday.

Here are the resources you will need for today’s assignment:

Identifying Mood

What is Mood? (Video)

Mood Words Handout

Answer Response Page (Mountain of Doom) 

Tuesday 3/31:

To prepare for your reading this week, go to Scholastic Scope March 2020.

  • · Scroll down until you see on the left-hand side Behind the Scenes: “Mountain of Doom”.
  • · Watch the video (about six minutes long).
  • · Watch the video vocabulary slideshow Mountain of Doom. It will preview eight vocabulary words for your reading on Wednesday. You may click the icon at the top to have it read to you. After previewing the words, complete the practice in the second half of the slideshow. Record your answers on the Answer Response Sheet.
  • ·**You must save a copy of the Answer Response Page to your own Office 365 OneDrive so you can record your answers each day.**

Wednesday 4/1:

Assignment:  Read the paired texts “Mountain of Doom” and “Behind the Scenes: My Journey to Pompeii” in the March edition of Scope magazine.

Due:  Today! 4/1/20

Directions for how to access the March edition of Scope magazine can be found on yesterday’s blog post.  (You should be a pro at this by now!)  You will read and/or listen to the paired texts, “Mountain of Doom” and “Behind the Scenes: My Journey to Pompeii.”  Remember, if you choose to listen to the audio, be sure to track the text with your eyes.  Oh, and don’t forget to explore the “Unlocking the Secrets of Pompeii” slideshow.  It’s really interesting.   That’s it for today!  You will enjoy these texts.  I miss YOU!

Thursday 4/2:

1. Reread the articles “Mountain of Doom” and “Behind the Scenes: My Journal to Pompeii.”

2.Complete this Exploring Mood handout.  (#1-5)  Be sure to write your answers on this week’s Answer Response Page.  You will turn your Answer Response Page in on Friday, 4/3.



Please note: This is our last week exploring issues of Scholastic Scope. When we return to Digital Learning after Spring Break (April 13), we will start our novel studies.

Blocks 2,3 and 6--you will need the novel Freak the Mighty  written by Rodman Philbrick.     


REMINDER:  We will begin Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick on 4/13.  (This is the day we return from Spring Break.)  Please make sure you have your copy. An online version of the text will be provided as well as an audio file of the text.

Friday 4/3

  1. We have decided to give you the day off from an assignment today!  Yippee!  Use this day to catch up on assignments if you need to.  If you’re all caught up, then you are all done for the week! Remember to turn in this week’s Answer Response Page below.

2. Turn in this week’s Answer Response Page (Be careful to upload THIS week’s Answer Response Page and not last week’s page.)  *Submit your Answer Response Page on this blog AND on your Lit Apps teacher’s blog.)

Assignments for 6th grade ELA-Crook March 30th-April 3rd

Monday, 3/30/20

WATCH FIRST- Today’s Lesson Video

Assignment:  Argument Unit Terms PowerPoint Slides (5 terms- argument, claim, reason, evidence, source)

Due: Wednesday, 4/1/20

Turn In:  Not Today- You will add the remaining words on Wednesday

As we begin our argument unit, it’s important that you understand the terms we will use to discuss strong arguments.  Today, you will create a slide for 5 terms.  The first term has been done as an example.  Each slide needs the term, definition, and an image to represent the word.  You may use clipart, a picture, etc.  Be sure to watch the lesson video for additional instructions.


Reminder:  Don’t forget to read for 20 minutes today!  Record your time on your reading log.

Tuesday 3/31

Read for 20 minutes, and continue adding to your reading log.

Check your Writing Success/Lit Apps teacher’s  blog for today’s assignment. 

Wednesday 4/1

Assignment:  Last 5 Argument Terms PowerPoint Slides

Due:  Today! (4/1/20)

Turn In:  Use this Form to upload your PowerPoint

Your assignment today is to complete your Argument Unit Terms PowerPoint.  You completed slides 1-5 on Monday for these terms: argument, claim, reason, evidence, source.  Today, you will add the last five terms: relevant, credible, plagiarism, citation, formal style.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all.  I’m here to help. I miss YOU! 🙂

Argument Unit Term List

Example PowerPoint Slide

Thursday 4/2

1. Read the argument, “Does Chocolate Milk Belong in the Cafeteria?

2. Complete this Form.  (You may use the Argument Unit Terms List and your PowerPoint.)

Friday 4/3

  1. Read for 20 minutes and document on your reading log
  2.  Today’s assignment is from your Lit Apps teacher.  Please check her blog for today’s assignment.

8th grade activities for the week of 3/23

Good Morning 8th graders! I miss you all! Please let me know if I can do anything to help you this week.

Again, we will be providing students with an outline for daily activities, but this week’s assignments will not be due until Friday, 3/27/2020.

Monday 3/23/2020 or Task 1:

  • We will be continuing our study of Night using the online PDF and Audio Book. Please finish the book by reading all of chapter 8 and 9 (pages 104-115)
  • Mrs. Carnes and I will be sending out a study guide and hosting a study session on Wednesday at 2 p.m. via Zoom. I will post the link on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday 3/24/2020 or Task 2:

  • Complete comprehension questions on chapter 8 and 9 of Night.

Wednesday 3/25/2020 or Task 3:

Thursday 3/26/2020 or Task 4:

  • Use the form below to complete a summative assessment over Night. You may use the book and any resources you have.

Friday 3/27/2020 or Task 5:

  • Read the assigned Newsela article titled, “A Holocaust Tale on Instagram”, answer the four questions, and complete the writing task.
    • Log into clever (the same way you did for the Social Studies DBQ)
    • Locate the Newsela app (you might have to use the search bar)
    • Click on the app and complete assigned reading and questions

7th grade activities for the week of 3/23

Good Morning 7th graders! I miss you all! Please let me know if I can do anything to help you this week.

Below is a video link to show you how to get to your assignments this week.


General Information for the Week: 

This week, we will be using an issue of Scholastic Scope Magazine (Sept. 2019). Each day, you will complete a different task and record your answers on a Word document.  Make a copy of this Answer Response Page and add your answers as you move through each daily assignment.  (You may want to name your answer response page, “ELA and Lit Apps March 23-27”.)  On Friday, once this week’s assignments are complete, you will share this document with  both your ELA and Lit Apps teacher.

How to Access Scope Magazine: 

• Visit Scope.Scholastic.com   Choose login.
• Scope STUDENT  access code: DURHAM2020
• Click “All Issues” and find the September 2019 Issue to complete these activities

Monday’s Assignment (3/23)

• Read the article, “Grammar Makes a Superhero.”
• Complete the Grammar Superhero Activity by recording your answers on your “Answer Response Page.”  *You will add to this page tomorrow.  Do not share it until Friday.

Tuesday’s Assignment (3/24)

Today you will complete a task to help you preview 11 vocabulary words you will encounter in an article we will read on Wednesday.

Complete this Vocabulary Preview Handout.  Record your answers on the same Word document you started yesterday.  Do not share any of your work with me today.  I will give you directions on how to submit this week’s work on Friday.

TIP:  There is an audio recording of these 11 words on the Scope.Scholastic.com site.  The audio of these 11 vocabulary words is at the very bottom of the text, “I Live in a Refugee Camp” in the September 2019 issue.

Wednesday’s Assignment (3/25)

WATCH THIS FIRST:  Today’s Assignment Instructional Video

  1. Log in to Scope.Scholastic.com (password: durham2020)
  2.  Locate September 2019 edition
  3.  Select the narrative nonfiction text, “I Live in a Refugee Camp”
  4.  Watch the preview video (at bottom of text on left side)
  5.  Read the text TWO times (There is audio of the text if you prefer to listen.  Be sure to track with your eyes, however.)
  6.  That’s it for today.  You will complete an assignment with this text tomorrow.

Thursday’s Assignment (3/26)

Assignment: “I Live in a Refugee Camp” Comprehension Questions 

Turn In: You should add today’s assignment to your ongoing Word document.  DO NOT turn this in today.  You will submit all of this week’s assignments tomorrow.

Yesterday, you read “I Live in a Refugee Camp” in the September 2019 edition of Scope magazine.  Today’s assignment is to answer comprehension questions from this text.  Remember to use the text to answer these questions. For the last two questions, which are constructed responses, be sure to use the R.A.C.E. strategy. You should refer back to the text to get your text evidence.  You have notes on the R.A.C.E. strategy in your spiral notebook.

You will write your answers on the same Word document you’ve been adding to this week.  (It’s the document with your grammar superhero and vocabulary assignments.)

Friday’s Assignment (3/27)

Assignment:  Choose a text from the September 2019 edition of Scope magazine to read.  Afterwards, write a summary of the article including anything new or interesting you learned.  Your summary should be a paragraph. (roughly 4-7 sentences)  Write your summary on the Word document (answer response page) you’ve been writing this week’s assignments on.

To turn in your assignments for the week use the links below:

Mrs. Dillard’s classes link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLTLGWKML_6VDu5_7u_DbFs9UOFhETTVWNEg1MkM5VDNWN0ZaNVBYRjJOQy4u

Mrs. Gray’s classes: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLXSb6mZgc3xNkZgEE_XMa2dUQzBMNVQ5Wk1BWUZOREREMlpXU0lZOE44WS4u


6th grade activities for the week of 3/23

Good Morning! I miss seeing all of your smiling faces. I hope you are doing well. Please let me know if you need any assistance.

The video link below shows you how to complete your assignments for the week.


Assignment Requirements: (Standard ELAGSE6W2)

  1. Introduce a topic, organize ideas using compare and contrast
  2. Develop topic with relevant facts and details
  3. Use appropriate transitions
  4. Use precise language and domain specific vocabulary from text
  5. Maintain formal tone
  6. Provide a concluding statement

Monday’s Assignment Resource Links (3/23): 

“Robot Dog vs. Real Dog” 

Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer (Pre-Writing) 

Turn In Your “Robot Dog vs. Real Dog” Compare and Contrast Paragraph HERE

*Continue reading for 20 minutes each day.  Continue keeping a reading log with a parent signature.  If you’re running out of printed text at home, the Cobb County Library is offering digital book check out and you can also access Scholastic Scope magazine from home. Happy Reading! 🙂

Tuesday’s Assignments (3/24):

  1. Have you turned in your Robot Dog vs. Real Dog compare and contrast paragraph from Monday?  If not, be sure to submit this assignment.   Please do not share your paragraph with me through Office 365.  The directions for submitting this paragraph are on Monday’s post.  A step-by-step video is there to help as well.
  2. Since the ELA and Lit Apps classes have joined together this week, today’s assignment can be found on your Lit Apps teacher’s blog.  Please check there for today’s assignment.  (*If you do not have a Lit Apps class, please check your reading or math support teacher’s blog for today’s assignment.)
  3.  Continue to read for 20 minutes today and log your reading on your reading log.  Remember, you will turn in your reading log when we return to school.

Wednesday’s Assignments (3/25):

  1. Watch this Internal and External Conflict Video
  2. Read “If I Were a Superhero” TWO times.  (Tip:  You can find the audio of this text on the light blue bar underneath the title.  Remember to track with your eyes if you use the audio.)
  3. Click HERE to complete the assignment for this text. Be sure to answer each question in a complete sentence. This assignment is due today.

Thursday’s Assignment (3/26)

Assignment: Write a superhero story with internal and external conflict

Turn InUpload your Superhero Story HERE

Yesterday, you read “If I Were a Superhero”.  Now you get to write a superhero tale of your own!  Here are the details:

If you were a superhero, what would your story be?  If you need some inspiration, use this Superhero Name Generator to get ideas.  Once you have your superhero character in mind, brainstorm and write down the internal and external conflict your invented character will face.  Then, write a short story about your character stopping a bank robbery.  Be sure to develop your superhero’s internal and external conflict in your story.  When you’re finished, please upload it on the Form listed above.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  I do not want you to spend a long time on your story.  Simply demonstrate knowledge of internal and external conflict.

Friday’s Assignment (3/27)

Read for 20 minutes and continue logging your time on your reading log.  Remember to get a parent signature for each day.

Today’s assignment is from your Lit Apps teacher.  Please go to your Lit Apps teacher’s blog for today’s assignment.  IF you do not have Lit Apps, continue following the blog for either math or reading success.

7th grade activities for the week of 3/16/20

7th Grade ELA/Lit Apps  

Week of March 16-20, 2020 

Remote Learning Assignment 

Assignment:  Argumentative Essay Final Draft 

Due Date:  Friday, March 20, 2020 by 4 p.m. 

Turn In Location:  SpringBoard Revision Assistant 

 Your assignment this week is to write the FINAL draft of your argument essay.  Type your essay in a Word Doc.  Then use the Directions for Using Turnitin Revision Assistant handout (link below)  for step-by-step directions for how to use the Revision Assistant tool to get feedback on your essay.  Remember, you may revise and do a “signal check” as many times as you would like before submitting it to your teacher for a grade through Revision Assistant.   


Grading rubric linked below:


If you have any questions, please email your teacher.  We are here to help YOU! 😊