Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Week of February 18th

This week classes will be continuing work with bellringers and focusing on reading passages and finding evidence. This is a preliminary skill to successful Text Dependent Analysis writing, which both English 7 and English 8 are writing in their Reading classes.


English 7
Students will complete the Week 8 Paragraph bellringer this week and it will be due on Thursday, 2/21/19. Mid-week, students will read part 7, the final chapter, of "The Run" series. At the end of the week students will read a PSSA-style passage titled "The Red Scooter." Students will need to read, annotate, and answer comprehension questions in preparation for a TDA on this and another reading ("The Shakespearean Mouse"), which will be read early next week.

Important announcement: I have noticed students having a difficult time identifying and correcting subject-verb agreement. As an add-on to this unit, which was completed in December, quizzes on subject verb agreement will be given periodically beginning the week of March 4th. These quizzes at times might be unannounced. Please email me at mzangari@northschuylkill.net with any questions or concerns.


Homework:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Be sure bellringers are completed and ready to be turned in tomorrow
                    "The Run" Part 7 is also due tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday:



English 8
Students will complete the Week 8 Paragraph bellringer this week and it will be due on Thursday, 2/21/19. At the end of the week students will read a PSSA-style passage titled "The Red Scooter." Students will need to read, annotate, and answer comprehension questions in preparation for a TDA on this and another reading ("The Shakespearean Mouse"), which will be read early next week.

Important announcement: I have noticed students having a difficult time identifying and correcting subject-verb agreement. As an add-on to this unit, which was completed in December, quizzes on subject verb agreement will be given periodically beginning the week of March 4th. These quizzes at times might be unannounced. Please email me at mzangari@northschuylkill.net with any questions or concerns.


Homework:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Be sure bellringers are completed and ready to be turned in tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week of January 7th

As we settle into 2019 we are gearing up for the long-haul to spring in English class. Students in seventh grade will be completing an in-class group project this week, and students in eighth grade will be honing their writing and evidence-finding skills.


English 7
Students this week will be assigned groups of 3 or 4 to complete a poster project on Evaluating Internet Sources. As we become increasingly reliant on internet resources, students need to identify whether or not the website they are reading is credible and reliable, or not. On Monday, we will take notes on the 4 criteria of credibility: Authority, Accuracy, Scope, and Primary Sources. On Tuesday, students will create a visual representation, a poster, of their notes on the 4 criteria. On Wednesday, each group will be assigned a website to evaluate using the 4 criteria. This will be completed in class. On Thursday, groups will present their posters and their evaluation of their assigned website to their class. Week 6 Language bellringers will be due on Friday and be worth 20 points.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: complete poster
Wednesday: prepare for presentation
Thursday:
Friday:



English 8
Students this week will be honing their writing skills on Monday and Tuesday by learning to identify and correct run-on and fragment sentences. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be practicing the skill of reading an informative passage and answering questions about that passage. Questions will be a mix of multiple choice and short answer and will require students to find evidence for their answers. Week 6 Language bellringers will be due on Friday and be worth 20 points.

Homework:
Monday: finish pages 2 and 3 (part 1 and part 2) of the run-on sentence packet
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: complete any remaining questions for the passage
Friday:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Week of January 2nd

Welcome to 2019! I'm eager to make this year the best yet in our classroom. 

English 7
Students in English 7 will be reviewing sentence structure by identifying and correcting fragment and run-on sentences. On Wednesday, we will take notes on sentences, fragments, and run-ons and complete a quick practice exercise. On Thursday, we will continue with two additional practice exercises and finish out the week by putting a capstone on run-ons and fragments with a final assessment.

Homework
Wednesday:
Thursday: complete any remaining work in the run-ons/fragments packet
Friday:



English 8
Students in English 8 will finish their work with subject/verb agreement this week. Students will spend Wednesday and Thursday completing a review packet that contains all rules for subject-verb agreement. The completed packet will serve as a study guide for a subject/verb agreement quiz. The quiz will be given on Friday, January 4th.

Homework
Wednesday:
Thursday: study for subject/verb agreement quiz
Friday:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12 through November 30

All classes will be working on their research paper for the remainder of the month of November. Students in seventh grade will research disabilities in preparation for reading the novel Wonder in Mrs. Schlein's English Language Arts class. Students in eighth grade will research aspects of the Revolutionary War in preparation for reading the novel Chains in Mrs. Markiewicz's class. The schedule for writing the research paper is as follows:

Week of November 12th
Tuesday 11/13 and Wednesday 11/14: Research chosen topic
      Homework: Read and annotate sources. Due: Thursday, 11/15

Thursday, 11/15: Create works cited

Friday, 11/16: Learn/review MLA style in-text and parenthetical citation



Week of November 19th
Monday, 11/19: write introduction paragraph of research report
     Homework: Finish writing introduction paragraph

Tuesday, 11/20: write first body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 1

Thursday, 11/22-Monday, 11/26: Thanksgiving break


Week of November 26th
Tuesday, 11/27: write second body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 2

Wednesday, 11/28: write third body paragraph of research report, cite information correctly
     Homework: Finish writing body paragraph 3

Thursday, 11/29: write conclusion paragraph
     Homework: Finish writing conclusion paragraph

Friday, 11/30: revise, edit and print research report
    Homework: Print research report


All research reports will be due December 7th, 2018 and will be completed using Google Docs.



Monday, October 15, 2018

Week of October 15th

This week students will be working from the textbook and addressing concerns related to Explanatory Essays. Seventh grade students will begin the week by reading an informative essay from the textbook titled "Against the Odds." Eighth grade students will begin the week by reading an informative essay from the textbook titled "The Human Brain." Reading and discussing these selections is intended to  help prepare students for their next writing assignment: a research paper.

English 7
We will be completing paragraph bellringers this week. If you are absent at all throughout the week please make sure to make-up the bellringer from the day you miss.

We will be reading "Against the Odds" on page 446 of your textbook and comparing key elements of an explanatory essay to key elements of an informative essay. We will also be reviewing annotation strategies as we read. These skills will be important when writing our research paper in a few weeks.

At the end of the week we will complete practice rewriting sentence fragments and run-on sentences. As I graded explanatory essays that were due on October 5, I noticed this was an area of need. To address it we will be completing a Study Island lesson and some a packet for further practice.

Homework
Monday: none
Tuesday: finish reading and annotating "Against the Odds" if you did not do so in class
Wednesday:
Thursday: Complete run-on and fragment sentence packet if you did not do so in class
Friday:


English 8
We will be completing paragraph bellringers this week. If you are absent at all throughout the week please make sure to make-up the bellringer from the day you miss.

We will be reading "The Human Brain" on page 344 of your textbook and comparing key elements of an explanatory essay to key elements of an informative essay. We will also be reviewing annotation strategies as we read. These skills will be important when writing our research paper in a few weeks.

At the end of the week we will complete practice rewriting sentence fragments and run-on sentences. As I graded explanatory essays that were due on October 5, I noticed this was an area of need. To address it we will be completing a Study Island lesson and some a packet for further practice.

Homework
Monday: none
Tuesday: finish reading and annotating "The Human Brain" if you did not do so in class
Wednesday:
Thursday: Complete run-on and fragment sentence packet if you did not do so in class
Friday:

Monday, October 8, 2018

Week of October 8th

This week students will focus on honing their grammar usage and editing skills as well as developing their vocabulary. Eighth grade students should be prepared for a vocabulary quiz on Friday. Seventh grade students should have all of the week's bellringers completed and ready to hand in on Friday.

English 7
On Tuesday we will complete our Day 1 and Day 2 bellringers for this week.
On Wednesday we will have a presentation from the Frackville Rotary. Students will be receiving a thesaurus as well as completing a fun activity.
On Thursday we will complete our Day 3 and Day 4 bellringers for the week.
On Friday we will complete our Day 5 bellringer.

Homework
Make up appropriate bellringers if you are absent any day this week. Use the schedule above to determine which bellringers need to be made up for the specific day.


English 8
Students this week will be learning vocabulary from Unit 4 of the textbook. On Tuesday students will write and discuss definitions and complete Day 1 of the weekly bellringer. On Wednesday we will complete Day 2 and Day 3 of our bellringer. On Thursday we will complete Day 4 of the bellringer  as well as complete and review a vocabulary worksheet to help us prepare for the quiz. On Friday we will finish this week's bellringer packet with Day 5 and then complete a vocabulary quiz.

Homework
Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday. Remember to focus on the roots so you can define unknown words using context clues and the meaning of the root words.

Make up appropriate bellringers if you are absent any day this week. Use the schedule above to determine which bellringers need to be made up for the specific day.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Week of September 24

All classes this week will be typing their explanatory essays. Students will have Monday to write their introduction paragraph. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for their 3 body paragraphs and Friday for their conclusion. Final papers are due next Friday, October 5th.

If any student does not finish typing in class, they should see me for a pass to go to the library and use a computer during their Academic Prep. Any typing that is not finished in class or during Academic Prep will need to be done at home or at a local library. Only typed papers will be accepted. Please email me if you have any concerns.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Week of Sept. 10

All classes will be in the computer lab CDT testing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. This is our beginning-of-the-year benchmark assessment. It will be graded on a scale.

English 7
Thursday and Friday we will read the explanatory text, "At the Crossroads" on page 228 of your textbook. This is meant to be an example for you to follow when you write your explanatory essay this marking period. It is key for you to know the following:
1. What the purpose of an explanatory text is (to explain)
2. What must be included in an explanatory text (facts)
3. What you should not include in an explanatory text (opinions/arguments)
4. What six questions and explanatory text must answer ( Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?)

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: review the purpose of an explanatory text
Friday: review the six questions all explanatory writing must answer


English 8
Thursday and Friday we will read the explanatory text, "The Grand Mosque of Paris" on page 92 of your textbook. This is meant to be an example for you to follow when you write your explanatory essay this marking period. It is key for you to know the following:
1. What the purpose of an explanatory text is (to explain)
2. What must be included in an explanatory text (facts)
3. What you should not include in an explanatory text (opinions/arguments)
4. What six questions and explanatory text must answer ( Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?)

Once we have finished reading "Grand Mosque" we will complete the Unit 2 vocabulary chart on page 91 of your textbook. There will be a quiz on this vocabulary next Thursday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: review the purpose of an explanatory text and review the six questions all explanatory writing must answer
Friday: study root words and their meanings from vocabulary Unit 2



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Week of Sept. 3

QUIZ ANNOUNCEMENT: 
All classes will have a quiz on punctuation from the Grammar Packet on Thursday, 9/6

Classes this week will spend Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing for the punctuation quiz on Thursday. We will tie up any loose ends by Friday.

English 7:
Tuesday- review end punctuation
Wednesday- review in-sentence punctuation
Thursday- punctuation quiz
Friday- turning questions into statements activity
Homework: Study for quiz on Thursday


English 8
Tuesday- review end punctuation
Wednesday- review in-sentence punctuation
Thursday- punctuation quiz
Friday- turning questions into statements activity
Homework: Study for quiz on Thursday

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Week of August 27

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! I am so excited to start a year with you, and even more excited that I will be seeing both new and returning faces this year!

English 7
Homework: Get behavior contract signed by a parent or guardian by Friday, 8/31

This week we will go over our class syllabus and my behavior expectations for the year. We will then read letters of advice written especially for you by last year's 7th graders. We will end the week with a review of punctuation marks so that we can start working on bellringers next week!

English 8
Homework: Get behavior contract signed by a parent or guardian by Friday, 8/31

This week we will go over our class syllabus and my behavior expectations for the year. The rest of the week will be spent reviewing different punctuation marks and question words. There will be a short quiz on this early next week.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Week of May 29th

Attention all classes:

Your final exam is this Wednesday, May 30th. 
You should use the study guide we completed in class last week to study. The study guide will be collected and checked for points on Wednesday.

Tuesday we will review for our final exam using a review game. Do not count on this time to complete your study guide.

Wednesday is your final exam.

Thursday many students will be traveling to Knoebel's. I will be chaperoning this field trip.

Friday
7th grade: Finish Welcome Letters
8th grade: Watch The Time Machine

Homework:
Tuesday: Study for final exam
Wednesday: none
Thursday: none
Friday: Complete welcome letters (7th grade only)

Week of February 18th

This week classes will be continuing work with bellringers and focusing on reading passages and finding evidence. This is a preliminary skil...