Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hi  everyone! First blog post of the year…..woohoo!!

All Periods: Please make sure you study for your enduring understandings quiz!!! You should have your study guides completed (the matching cards ou were cutting and gluing). If not, please finish that at home.

2nd and 5th Periods: Your quiz will be TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 15.

1st and 6th Periods: Your quiz will be Thursday, August 16.


Week of March 12-16, 2018

We have been finishing up our argument unit. We are going to wrap up this week because the grading period ends tomorrow and grades are due Friday!!!

Periods 1 and 2: We are finishing our argument essay in class. Tomorrow, we will be doing revision stations, so you need to have your rough draft completed by TOMORROW!!  🙂

We will have a Unit test on FRIDAY on argument writing. The following words will be on the test, as well as some reading. It will be all multiple choice.We will review in class on Thursday!

claim, reasons, evidence, hook, body paragraphs, thesis, cite, conclusion, paraphrase, plagiarize, summary, formal writing, transitions, topic sentence, credible, source, analyze, evaluate, lead-in/evidence starter


Periods 3 and 4: Your test will be THURSDAY!! We will review in class tomorrow! We have just finished our argument letter and will start having some fun practice with sentences next week!!

Week of Monday, January 29, 2018

This week, we are beginning to learn the different types of pronouns, starting on Monday. We will learn a different pronoun type each Monday and Friday. Tuesday-Thursday, we will be continuing with argumentative writing. We will read more passages and article where students are asked to develop claims and to support them with reasons, and we will also be reading articles and informational texts where students will begin to analyze the author’s claims and distinguish solid arguments from weaker arguments, notingreasons for argument effectiveness.

Next week, we will begin our first argument writing summative, where students will write an argument essay and will record themselves presenting their argument. This will be completed all in class.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Periods 1 and 2: We are working on argument writing this week. Students haver read articles and analyzed the claims and have completed an argument activity where they had to make a claim, defend it in writing, and present it to the class.

Pronoun pretest is tomorrow! We will begin learning about the different types of pronouns next week! the Mini Touchstone #1 from the county is tomorrow and will be used as a formative grade.


Period 3 and 4: We have also been working on argument writing. We have been analyzing claims in writing and comparing We have also been writing our own claims about topics.

We will take a grammar pretest tomorrow to see what we know and to guide me in where to teach them next to prepare for the ACCESS test. The ACCESS test will be in two weeks!

Week of Monday, 1/9/2017

Monday: No school due to letter!

Tuesday: Periods 1 and 2: We did an introduction to Unit 3: Argument in SpringBoard. We learned the definitions of claim, argument, and controversy. Then, we did a Frayer model with the word controversy. We discussed the difference between argument and persuasion. We completed an anticipation guide on hot topics and started a mini debate on selected topics.

Periods 3 and 4: We worked on finishing our Rejected Snowman projects. Then, we began a group activity called “Who Should Survive?” where the students were given a sinking ship scenario and were asked to analyze a group of 15 people that were on the ship and determine which seven would be saved with the life boat. They had to write their reasons why each person should be saved.

Wednesday: The students watched a video about whether or not chewing gum should be banned in public school. Then, they completed a chart stating their claims. After that, they began to read two letters on opposing sides of the issue and analyze the claims made by those authors. They will continue and then will turn it into a constructed response, writing their own letter with their personal claim.

HOMEWORK: Finish your snowman project fi you did not finish in class!!

November 27-December 1, 2017

This week, we learned how to find the main idea of a passage. We worked on summarizing an informational text and on annotating. Thursday and Friday, we worked on sentence structure. We have reviewed simple and compound sentences, and we will learn about complex sentences on Monday.

We also got a new set of root words for this week. There will be a test on these words next Friday!

Esta semana, aprendiemos como buscar la idea central de lectura. Aprendiemos como a summirizar un texto informacional. Jueves y viernes, trabajmos en estructura de frases. Vamos a aprender frases complejos a lunes.

Tambien, los estudiantes recibieron palabras nuevas por vocabulario. Vamos a tomar un examen en estas palabras en viernes de la proxima semana!

Have a great weekend!! 🙂

Tenga un buen fin de semana!! 🙂

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hello everyone,

We have been working on expository/informational writing. We have been working on main idea, text structure, tone and mood, writing using RACES, citing text evidence, and other skills. We are working on summarizing and research next week, and then we will begin writing an expository essay!

There is NO HOMEWORK over the break!! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving break!!! 🙂


Hola a Todos,

Ha hechemos trabajando en escritura informacional. Ha hechemos trabajando con idea central, structura del texto, tone and mood, and escritura parafos con evidencia textual. estamos trabajar en summarizar y investigacion cunado regresamos en la proxima semana. Despues, vamos a empezar escribiendo un ensayo informacional.

Hay NO TAREA durante la proxima semana!!! Un muy bueno Thanksgiving a todos!!! 🙂

Friday, November 3, 2017

Periods 1 and 2: Today, the warm-up was to watch a video from  “The Little Mermaid.” We finished up our cause and effect week. We finished our activity with the story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and we wrote a cause and effect constructed response about “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Then, we began looking at the story, “The Girl Who Stood on a Grave,” and we found the causes and effects in the story. We will use that story as a model for the activity we will complete on Monday  using informational texts.


Clases 3 y 4: Hoy, vimos un video de “The Little Mermaid” Terminamos nuestra semana de causa y efecto. Terminamos la actividad con la cuenta “The Tell-Tale Heart.”Despues, empezamos una actividad de causa y efecto con articulos.


Monday, October 31, 2017

Good morning everyone!


Last Week Recap: Last week, we finished compare and contrast. The students wrote a constructed response using compare and contrast key words. I also introduced the students to literature circles, which we will  begin this Thursday! On Friday, we did a grammar workshop, learning about helping  and linking verbs.

In ESOL, we only did helping verbs for  now. Since we spent more time on the constructed response, we will move into literature circles this week!


This Week: This week, we will wrap-up how-to writing, which we also learned last week. We will also begin learning cause and effect writing. We will begin our literature circles with both short texts and our novel for this unit, “Walk Two Moons.” We will also have a new set of root words and prefixes/suffixes coming out, and there will be a quiz on those next Monday!!

Be READY for tomorrow….it is HALLOWEEN! Be prepared for a little Halloween treat!!