Monday, January 27, 2020

Week of January 27th

Students in 7th grade this week will be working on vocabulary unit 4 on page 355 of the Pearson Realize textbook. Students in grade 8 will be reviewing appropriate MLA methods of incorporated cited evidence in preparation for the research paper this marking period. Both classes will have the Week 8 Paragraph bellringer due on Thursday, worth 20 points.


English 7
On Monday, we will review the vocabulary words from Unit 4. Definitions and related words were given last week. Students will complete a practice worksheet and then work in collaborative pairs to discuss and revise answers. On Tuesday, we will review the worksheet as a class so that students may use it to study for the quiz on Wednesday.

On Thursday and Friday, we will read part 7 of "The Run." This will be the final part of the series.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: study for vocabulary quiz
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:





English 8
On Monday, we will review the differences between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. On Tuesday, we will read an article and practice the three different ways of incorporating cited information. For the remainder of the week, students will review the requirements for the research paper, the rubric, and begin brainstorming research questions. On Friday, we will complete an example source card to prepare students to do their research on their chosen topic. We will be in the library three days next week to complete the research.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Write a research question. This cannot be changed later.
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, January 13, 2020

Week of January 13th

Students in English 7 will finish working specifically with prepositions this week by taking and then correcting their quiz. We will also review work from last week, which will be collected for points. Students in English 8 will be practicing and finishing work with vocabulary Unit 4 and will have a quiz on those words on Tuesday.


English 7
Students will take a quiz on prepositions on Monday and begin working on their Week 7 Paragraph bellringer. Students will complete day 1 after their quiz.

On Tuesday, we will review The Run part 6. This was the assignment from Friday and it must be complete by the start of class on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will complete their mid-year CDT benchmark assessment. This will be due on week from Thursday, but Thursday and Friday will be the only two days in class to complete the assignment. Students should see me for a pass to complete this assignment in the school library during AC prep if necessary. This assignment cannot be completed outside of school.

When students finish CDTs, they will have the opportunity to complete corrections for their preposition quiz. The corrections will be a grade separate from the quiz grade. Students must complete all corrections to receive credit for this assignment. Corrections will be due Monday, 1/20.

Homework
Monday: finish The Run part 6
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: finish preposition quiz corrections



English 8
Students will practice their Unit 4 vocabulary words at the beginning of the week to prepare for this quiz on this unit. Students will take the Unit 4 vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, 1/14.

For the remainder of the week,  students will complete their mid-year CDT benchmark assessment. This will be due on week from Thursday, but Thursday and Friday will be the only two days in class to complete the assignment. Students should see me for a pass to complete this assignment in the school library during AC prep if necessary. This assignment cannot be completed outside of school.

Homework
Monday: study for vocabulary quiz (pg. 434)
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

English 7 Quiz Update

Students in English 7 were scheduled to take a quiz on prepositions on Friday. With delays and early dismissals, this quiz has been moved to Monday, 1/13/2020.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Week of January 6th

This week students in 7th grade will be focusing on prepositions and prepositional phrases. This will be tied into identifying subjects and verbs and a quiz will be administered at the end of the mini-unit. Students in 8th grade will be finishing their unit on prepositions and moving on to vocabulary unit 4 on page 343 of the textbook.

English 7
On Monday students will submit their essays and complete day 1 of the week 7 language bellringer. This bellringer will be due on Friday and will be worth 20 points. Essays will be accepted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with a late penalty. No essays will be accepted after Thursday.

For the remainder of the week, students will practice prepositions. We will take notes and practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday we will review. On Friday we will have a quiz on prepositions. This quiz will include subjects and verbs.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: study for prepositions quiz
Friday:



English 8
The preposition quiz was moved from Monday to Tuesday because of the 2-hour delay. Students will complete day 1 and day 2 of their week 7 language bellringer on Monday. This bellringer will be due on Friday and will be worth 20 points.

On Tuesday students will complete their quiz on prepositions. Remember, this quiz includes subjects and verbs.

For the remainder of the week students will work on Vocabulary from Unit 4 of the textbook. The words can be found on page 343. There will be a quiz on the vocabulary words on Friday.

Homework
Monday: study for prepositions quiz
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: study for vocabulary quiz
Friday:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Research Report and Works Cited due Monday!

Many students in seventh grade need to work on their research report at home or outside of school. You can continue your work on any device with internet access (including cell phones).

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Week of 1/2/20

Welcome back to school after our winter break and happy 2020! We have two days this week to wrap up all loose ends from before our holiday break. For seventh grade, this means finishing our research reports and works cited pages. Research reports are due Monday, January 6th. For eighth grade, we will review prepositions and prepositional phrases and have a short quiz on them on Monday, January 6th.

English 7
Students will have Thursday to finish typing their research reports. All students should have 5 paragraphs typed and checked by the end of their class on Thursday. Students should see me for a pass to go to the library during their AC prep if they do not have 5 paragraphs done at this time.

On Friday, we will create the Works Cited page for our research reports. The class will do this together. Students will then have the opportunity to print their research report and works cited at the end of class on Friday as long as they are done typing.

Homework
Thursday: finish typing all 5 paragraphs for research report
Friday: research report and works cited is due 1/6/20


English 8
Students will finish practice with preposition on Thursday and Friday. Students should use the Preposition Grammar Party packet as a study guide. Students will have a quiz on prepositions (including subjects and verbs) on Monday, 1/6/20.

Homework
Thursday:
Friday: prepare for preposition quiz

Monday, December 16, 2019

Week of December 16th

This week students 7th grade students will finish their research reports. Students in 8th grade will review grammar rules. All students will complete the Week 6 Paragraph bellringer, which will be worth 20 points and be due on Thursday.

English 7
Students will continue typing their research reports following the schedule below:

Monday- type body paragraph
Tuesday- finish body paragraphs
Wednesday- type conclusion paragraph
Thursday- complete works cited via EasyBib.com
Friday- Essays DUE

Students will also have their Week 6 Paragraph bellringer due on Thursday.



English 8
Students will finish all work with the Nellie Bly writing assignment and present their writing to the class on a volunteer basis. We will then move in to reviewing parts of speech for the end of the week with focus on prepositions on Wednesday and Thursday. Students will complete a parts of speech activity and share-out on Thursday and Friday.

Students will also have their Week 6 Paragraph bellringer due on Thursday.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Week of December 9th

Students in English 7 are continuing with their research papers. Students in English 8 are practicing passage and answer sets in conjunction with completing a writing assignment about possible career goals and aspirations.


English 7
Week 6 language bellringer will be due Friday, 12/13.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the schedule for the seventh grade research papers has changed. The new due date for research papers is December 20, 2019. This is a half-day and the last day of school before winter break. Students must have research papers typed and ready to submit by their class period on 12/20.

The new anticipated schedule for research papers is as follows:
12/11- read and annotate articles
12/12- type introduction
12/13- 12/16- type body paragraphs
12/17- type conclusion paragraph
12/18- create works cited using EasyBib
12/19- proof read and peer edit
12/20- essays due

Homework
Be sure you are on schedule for the research paper as above. If you are not, you must catch up outside of class by working in the library during AC prep, working from home, or working at your local library.



English 8
Week 6 language bellringer will be due Friday, 12/13.

Students will review the passage "Portrait of a Journalist" and answer corresponding questions. This will be graded and collected. Students will also revise and submit their Nellie Bly writing assignments.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Week of December 3rd

This week students in seventh grade will be beginning to complete research on their chosen topics for the research paper and students in eighth grade will be reading a play and comparing it to a nonfiction article on the same topic.

English 7
Students will choose their topics for the research paper on Tuesday and review how to evaluate internet sources (poster project). For the remainder of the week students will conduct research and find two sources that answer their research question. Students are required to find and evaluate two sources, but only one source is required to be in the final research paper.

We will complete the Week 5 Paragraph bellringer this week. It will be due on Friday.



Homework
Friday: Read and annotate sources from research this week. Due Monday



English 8
Students will begin reading the play Nellie Bly this week. On Thursday, we will read a Washington Post article about Bly regarding the same information from the play. We will compare and contrast the differences between a biographical play and a nonfiction article. Students will complete a very short writing assignment at the end of the week based on their readings and observations.

We will complete the Week 5 Paragraph bellringer this week. It will be due on Friday.


Homework
Friday: Finish Nellie Bly writing assignment (1 paragraph about what you would like to be the first person in the world to do, 1 paragraph about how you will do it. 2 paragraphs total)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Week of November 25th

We only have school tho and half days this week. Students in 7th grade will be finishing up their website evaluation projects and presenting them. Eighth grade students will continue working on their persuasive essays.

English 7
Classes are slightly off schedule because of the play last week and my absence on Friday. Students will evaluate their websites on Monday and answer assigned questions on their posters. On Tuesday, students will present their posters to the class. All students must participate in the presentation.



English 8
Students will be given additional time this week to type their essays. Persuasive essays are due Wednesday, 11/27. They will be worth 40 points.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Week of November 18th

This week students will be working toward their second marking period writing assignment. Students in 7th grade will be learning strategies for evaluating internet sources in preparation for their research paper. Students in 8th grade will be reading, outlining, and typing their persuasive essays. On Thursday, all students will be viewing a performance of Macbeth during their morning classes.

English 7
On Monday students will receive notes on the 4 criteria for evaluating an internet source: author, accuracy, purpose, and presentation. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will have to create a poster to visually represent this information. On Thursday, most students will miss class for Macbeth. On Friday, students will evaluate an assigned website. Next Monday, students will present their poster to the class.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


English 8
On Monday, students will outline their persuasive essays. Students cannot begin their outline until they have read and annotated their assigned articles. On Tuesday, students will begin typing their essays and they will continue typing through Friday. Next week, students will need to finish and print their essays. The essays are due on 11/27/19.

Homework
Monday: finish outline
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


Week of January 27th

Students in 7th grade this week will be working on vocabulary unit 4 on page 355 of the Pearson Realize textbook. Students in grade 8 will b...