18 May 2018

I have added both the Final Exam Study Guide and the Final Exam Study Guide Key to the Resources tab of this blog. On Monday we will review the packet on Monday. Remember – review packets are for you and not me!
Sixth Period – For any body that needs it, I will write passes for you to attend a review session of the packet during your connections classes on Monday – just come see me before homeroom.
Have a great weekend and dance!

Adjusted Final Exam Schedule

I have just received an adjusted schedule for eighth grade which now shows exams will be of equal time for each class, but scheduled over the last three days. Nothing has changed regarding remediation or retest, in fact that is even more out of the possibilities. This is good – more time to review where necessary.

Final Exam Information

We will complete taking our summative final on Monday, May 21. Due to the time and nature of a “final” exam, remediation and retesting will not take place. Do not fear – my grading has been both equitable and reasonable throughout the year – this will be no different.
Remember – the family tree for your Shakespeare will be an additional grade as well.
We’re almost there – you are 7 school days from being a high school freshman! Wow!
Finish strong – finish the drill.

30 April 2018

We are moving toward the end of the year and taking a last run at things the students need before high school.
Third period is prepping for a quick look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fourth Period is reviewing Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” with an eye on various literary techniques such as motif, foreshadowing, symbolism, and situational irony.
Fifth period is currently studying “Desiree’s Baby” and will be moving to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night by week’s end.
Finally, both sixth and seventh period are preparing for STEM Night this Wednesday. Upon wrap-up, we will move back to a study of literature to close out the year.

15 April 2018

Well – we are finally moving into the end of state testing. What better unit to be studying than humor. We will be using resources both in and out of our text Springboard. Our study of humor and comedy will not only look at literary humor, but the performances as well. I am excited as our text recommends both Lucille Ball and Abbott and Costello. Of course we will need to become familiar with the language of the genre. As much as I abhor any grading or testing during this time, we must. That said, we will test terminology using some very enjoyable prompts. More details will be provided in class.
Additionally, some students are working on a qualifying exercise to read the alternative Shakespeare comedy. The stories and requirements can be found in the Resources tab of this blog. The completed package is due on Thursday (It was offered last Thursday.).
Fifth Period needs to bring all short stories material to class for both discussion and completion.
Sixth Period continues to prepare for STEM night on May 2. While these presentations will be assessed for a grade, they are also working toward a spot on the agenda for May 2. We have 12 presentations and only time for 8 presentations. The presentations will be evaluated by three judges. Students will be working on the presentations in both my class and science class. The rubric can be found in the Resources tab of this blog.

8 April 2018

We’re back. Today wrapped up review for the Georgia Milestones testing, which begins tomorrow. Get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, and show up on time. Before you answer the first question after you are told to begin – take three deep, slow breaths to get plenty of oxygen to your brain. When we are nervous, we tend to breathe quick and shallow. Remember – the brain works best when it has plenty of oxygen.
As far as class is concerned, we’ll wade into the world of literary comedy and humor as part of our Springboard Unit.
Fifth period will work on their humorous short stories.
Sixth period will focus on the presentations for STEM Night on May 2, so we have a lot of work to do over the next 2-1/2 weeks.

30 March 2018

I promised a few sites that might prove beneficial to those wanting to do some light studying over the break. Below I have inserted a couple sites. These sites are light-hearted and interactive. No point in doing anything too intense.

http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm (Grammar Bytes)

http://www.twobells.com/Writing_Online/rayas-dungeon/Welcome.htm (Raya’s Dungeon)

https://www.quia.com/cb/123479.html (Verbals)

Google has many choices. Just find an area you need work on and find a site.
Here is a PowerPoint page –
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29 March 2018

I have been asked by some folks if there is anything that can be done over the break to help with the state testing. While I am not a proponent of working over a holiday for I believe it leads to burnout – I will over the next 24 hours post a few website that can help keep students sharp.

Stay tuned!

26 March 2018

Here we go! Last full week before we tackle the Georgia Milestones. This week will spend our time working on the remaining items that are in need of review and one item that need a short mini-lesson.

I plan on doing one assessment on either Wednesday or Thursday to tweak my last three or four days before testing.

Fifth and sixth periods both have outside items that need to stay in focus at the same time. Inasmuch as there will be little to no true homework, there should be ample time to keep up with your respective ongoing assignments. Fifth period needs to complete the short story assignment by April 20, and sixth period needs to plan to complete their “Good Talk” project by April 27.