Monday, March 5, 2018

Week of March 5th

We are more than half-way through Marking Period 3 at this point, and both 7th and 8th grade classes have finished writing their formal papers for the marking period. We are moving now towards a literary approach for a short time and 8th grade classes are already enjoying Flowers for Algernon. There is potential for our schedule to be inconsistent this week so Monday and Tuesday will set the stage for the rest of the week, whatever that may be.

English 7
With the weather cancellation last Friday, you will have Monday to write the fifth paragraph of your informative essay. Essays will not be due (typed and printed) on Tuesday, March 6th. I expect most students to finish revising and print their essays in class on Monday, the 5th. If you do not finish and/or print your essay in class on Monday, you must finish and print it at home or at your local library and be ready to hand it in on Tuesday, the 6th. Two points will be deducted for each day the paper is late after Tuesday.

Also on Monday, if you finish your essay, you will have time to complete your Week 10 language bellringer. This was the bellringer we would have completed as a class last week, but did not due to our essays. You will have class time on Monday to work on these, but all unfinished bellwork from Week 10 will need to be completed Monday night for homework. Completed Week 10 Language Bellringers will be due on Tuesday, March 6th.

On Tuesday, we will catch up on bellringers for this week. We will be completing the Week 10 paragraph bellringer. We will complete Monday and Tuesday's paragraphs and review them together in class. Any remaining time in class will be devoted to a quick preview of what to expect on your final. I will not be giving a study-guide out this early, but I will be using a few minutes of Tuesday's class to review what parts of speech students will need to know for their final at the end of the year. Of course there is still work to be done that will be included on the final exam, but students should begin reviewing the parts of speech from the first half of the year to avoid cramming the week of the exam. The parts of speech that students will need to know for their final exam are: Nouns (common, proper, concrete, abstract), Verbs (action, being, helping), Adjectives, Adverbs, and Pronouns. This is not an exhaustive list of all material for the final exam. Instead, it is intended to be a list students can start from to begin reviewing for this exam now. Students should use their Grammar Party note packets to study.

For the remainder of the week, we will be practicing our PSSA skills. This will include reading sample passages and answering multiple choice questions, reviewing terms and vocabulary and discussing test taking strategies.

English 8
This week our focus will be on moving through "Flowers for Algernon." We will be completing our bellringers as normal for the first time in several weeks and once we have finished reviewing them each day we will go back to reading our short story.

As we read this week we will be focusing on things such as point of view, textual evidence, central idea/main idea, inferences and figuring out the meaning of unknown words.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week of February 26th

This week marks the middle of Marking Period 3. Progress Reports will be sent home this week. If you receive a progress report, there is still time to pass for the third marking period. If you do not receive a progress report, it is still a good idea to check your current grade. It is good to know where you stand so that you can either continue your good work, or push yourself harder to earn the grade you know you can achieve!

English 7
This week we will be typing our Informative Essays. You are writing about a time, outside of school, when you learned an important lesson. The Informative Essay will be due on Monday, March 5th. That is one week today. The essay must be typed and printed by class on Monday. Please see me for a pass if you would like to continue working or print your essay during your Academic Prep period.

On Monday, you will write your introduction. It should include an attention grabber, a topic sentence, and your thesis statement.

On Tuesday, you will write your first body paragraph. This should contain your first main idea about your topic. Your paragraph should also have facts, examples and explanation that help your reader understand your main idea.

On Wednesday, you will write your second body paragraph. This should contain your second main idea about your topic as well as facts and examples that will help your reader understand.

On Thursday, you will write your third body paragraph. This will contain your third main idea about your topic and must include examples and explanations.

On Friday, you will write your conclusion paragraph. This paragraph will summarize your main ideas and should leave your reader with one final thought. Think about this question: If you want your reader to take only one thing away from your paper, what would it be? This is what needs to be in your conclusion.

*If you are absent any day this week, you will be behind. You must make up your work during AC prep. Please be sure to see me for a pass if you will need to type or print during your AC prep.

Homework
Monday: Finish introduction
Tuesday: Finish body paragraph 1
Wednesday: Finish body paragraph 2
Thursday: Finish body paragraph 3
Friday: Finish conclusion, proof-read essay, and print essay


English 8
This week we will be reading a short story titled "Flowers for Algernon." This short story is an excellent way to look at different kind of intelligence and it was so successful it was eventually made into a full-length novel!

We will complete our first read of the short story Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will then write a summary for the short story on Thursday and loop back for a discussion on our unit's essential question on Friday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:


Monday, February 19, 2018

Week of February 19th

This is a new week, and it marks a new unit for our classes! This is an exciting time, because we get to shift the tone of our classroom and the focus of our discussion to uncover new ideas and develop different skills! Seventh grade classes this week will begin preparing to write their Marking Period 3 writing assignments, an informative essay. And eight grade classes, having completed their narrative essays, will move to unit 4.

Grade 7
We will begin working with Unit 3 this week and read an example of a good piece of informative writing. You will be asked to focus on how the author writes about his experiences using only facts, not opinions. After reading the example, we will take step-by-step notes on how to write an informative essay.

You will have next week to type the informative essay. The essay must be typed, and it will be due 2 weeks from today, March 5th, 2018.

Homework:
Monday: 
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Choose topic for informative essay
Friday: Complete outline for informative essay


Grade 8
We will move to Unit 4 this week. We will begin by reading our unit launch text, an example of an informative essay, and review the requirements for this type of writing. We will also conduct a brief discussion on the different types of intelligence people can have. 

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 30 minutes!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Week of February 12th

This week all classes are working on writing assignments. Eighth grade is completing their formal writing assignment for Marking Period 3, a narrative essay. Seventh grade is completing a timed writing assignment responding to the short story "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." Both classes will be using the Chromebooks in class this week to type their essays. This week we will be trying to make up for the chaotic schedule of last week. The due dates for eighth grade writing assignments has not changed due to any weather delays or cancellations. The essays are still due Monday, February 19th.

English 7
Last week you learned how to read and break down an extended response question. You learned what part of the question to focus on and what part of the question to rephrase and respond to. You also had time to find evidence to support your response from the short story. This week, you are going to apply that knowledge and draft a response to the question you chose. We will be using Google Docs to draft these responses and they will be submitted via email. Please email your completed responses to me by 2:30 pm, Friday, February 16th.

Homework
Monday: Finish finding all evidence
Tuesday: Complete first draft response and email to me
Wednesday: Continue revising response
Thursday: Continue revising response
Friday: Email final response to me at mzangari@northschuylkill.net


English 8
You will have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to type your narrative essays this week in class. You have been allotted enough time to type and revise one paragraph per day. I will be reading each paragraph as you write it and giving you feedback to help you revise. After class on Thursday, any remaining work for you essay will need to be done in Academic Prep or after school. Please be sure to see me for a pass if you would like to continue working on your essay in Academic Prep. Your essays are due Monday, February 19th and they must be printed and ready to hand in by class that day.

Homework:
Monday: Revise paragraph 2 of essay
Tuesday: Revise paragraph 3 of essay
Wednesday: Revise paragraph 4 of essay
Thursday: Revise paragraph 5 of essay
Friday: Print essay. Essay is due on Monday!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week of February 5th

This week is shaping up to be another crazy week and we are all learning to be flexible as a result. Out schedule for the week might change depending on weather, but this week we will start our next pieces of writing in both 7th and 8th grade classes. Eight grade has the next formal essay due on Monday, Februrary 19th. This will be a narrative and its purpose is to entertain.


English 7
You all received notes on 3 types of figurative language last week: simile, metaphor and personification. You then needed to find examples of these in the radio play as we listened. There are also a couple questions for you to respond to in the packet. Periods 3 and 7 should have this packet complete to start this week. Period 1 should have this packet complete for class on Thursday.

Our next task will be to begin writing responses to the short story "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." I have several questions for you to respond to and you will have the opportunity to choose whichever question you feel you can answer best. All questions will require you to pull examples from the text to support your response. Responses should be 3 to 4 paragraphs in length and should answer each part of your chosen question. Please be sure you are bringing your textbook with you to class every day so you can refer back to it as you write your response.

Homework
Monday: SNOW DAY
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Period 1- Finish "Dark They Were..." second-read packet for tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!


English 8
Last week you received notes on Narrative Writing and began brainstorming your essay topics. This week, you are going to take the next step in the writing process and outline your plot. You will have Monday to do this and the remainder of the week will be spent typing your narratives on Google Docs. These days might need to be adjusted based on weather, but you are guaranteed 5 in-class days to type your essay. That is one paragraph per day. The essay will be due Monday, February 19th. The essay must be typed. You should be very familiar with how to use Google Docs at this point, but if you have any questions, please let me know! Remember you can access your essay from any device with internet access and library hours for the towns in our district are posted earlier on this blog.

Homework
Monday: SNOW DAY
Tuesday: Complete plot graph for your essay
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Week of January 29th

English 7
This week you will be finishing your first-read of the short story "Dark They Were, And Golden-Eyed." We will have a class discussion after we finish reading that will focus on characters, plot and symbols. I have thoroughly been enjoy our discussions on this short story so far and can't wait to see how you feel about the ending of this story!

Thursday and Friday you will have the opportunity to listen to the radio play version of this short story. For this activity, you are allowed to bring an electronic device to class along with headphones. To access the assignment you will need to have accepted my invitation to join our Google Classroom. To accept the invitation:
1. Check you Gapps email for an invitation from me
2. Accept the invitation

Homework
Monday: 
Tuesday: SNOW DAY
Wednesday: Bring in a device that can access the internet and headphones for tomorrow
Thursday: Bring in a device that can access the internet and headphones for tomorrow
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!


English 8
This week we are going to finish our unit on Argumentative/Persuasive Writing. We will have a discussion on Monday based on our essential question: When is it right to take a stand? 

After we finish our discussion, we will be moving to our next mode of writing, Narrative Writing. You will receive notes on this type of writing for the remainder of this week. Next week you will begin writing your papers. Your papers will be due Monday, February 19th. 

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: SNOW DAY
Wednesday: 
Thursday: Brainstorm your essay
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Week of January 8th

With the snow day on Friday and the early dismissal on Monday, our schedule for this week required adjusting. We will spend the majority of this week completing our mid-year benchmark assessment. Students will first take this test with paper and pencil, and will then transfer answers to an online format. To do this, students will need their login information for Pearson Online. Student usernames should be NS followed by the student's ID number, for example NS1234. Student passwords were assigned at the beginning of the year and should not have been changed.


English 7
On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will complete the mid-year benchmark test on paper. Students will transfer their answers to Pearson Online on Friday, January 12th.

On Thursday, students will prepare to read "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." This is a famous short story by Ray Bradbury. This short story was adapted to be a radio play and if time permits students will get the opportunity to compare the two versions.

Homework
Monday: Early Dismissal
Tuesday: Complete bellringers for days 1 and 2 (days 2 and 3 for period 1)
Wednesday: Complete bellringer for day 3
Thursday: Make sure you know your Pearson Online username and password
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!


English 8
On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will complete the mid-year benchmark test on paper. Students will transfer their answers to Pearson Online on Friday, January 12th.

On Thursday, students will be split into groups to read nonfiction selections that give us different perspectives for our essential question: When is it right to take a stand? We will analyze the way our authors support their opinions and how their actions evoke the changes they want to see. These selections will be used for a jigsaw activity early next week.

Homework
Monday: Early Dismissal
Tuesday: Complete bellringers for days 1 and 2
Wednesday: Complete bellringer for day 3
Thursday: Make sure you know your Pearson Online username and password
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week of January 2nd

Welcome back from winter break! I hope everyone enjoyed their time away from school and is ready to get back to work. We are in the final weeks of the second marking period. The marking period ends on January 16th and report card are expected to be send home the following week. All missing assignments, including tests or quizzes that need to be made up, must be completed before January 16th.

English 7
This week you will submit your argumentative essays. You will receive the rubrics for the essays on Tuesday and your homework Tuesday night will be to check your essays using the rubric. The essays will be collected on Wednesday, January 3rd. On Thursday, January 4th, you will have a quiz on the parts of an argumentative essay. You should focus on what the necessary components of the 1. introduction, 2. body paragraphs (including counter-claim), and 3. conclusion. You should use your notes on thesis statements as well as your graphic organizer from the essay to help you study.

Apart from the essay this week, we will read the article "Danger! This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!" This article is from our textbook and it we will look at the way the author uses research and evidence in an informative, or explanatory, piece of writing. This will be the next type of writing assignment you are given in class. We will pay attention to the main idea and supporting details. We will also discuss the absence of any opinions.

For the end of the week, we will move back to fiction and read a short story called "Dark They Were, And Golden Eyed." This story is by a famous author, Ray Bradbury, and it takes place in a fictional colony on Mars. I expect this story to be one of the last we read for this marking period.

Next week we will be completing our mid-year benchmark testing. All students will complete the mid-year test as a way for me to collect data and assess how we are progressing through our material. This test will be completed on paper and the answers will then be transferred to the Pearson website using the textbook login information you were given at the start of the year. Please be sure you know your username and password for Pearson Online.

Homework
Tuesday: Use rubric to self-grade essay, revise and edit as necessary
Wednesday: Study for parts of argumentative essay quiz
Thursday: Find and label main idea and supporting details from article "Danger!..."
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!



English 8
This week you will submit your argumentative essays. You will receive the rubrics for the essays on Tuesday and your homework Tuesday night will be to check your essays using the rubric. The essays will be collected on Wednesday, January 3rd. On Thursday, January 4th, you will have a quiz on the parts of an argumentative essay. You should focus on what the necessary components of the 1. introduction, 2. body paragraphs (including counter-claim), and 3. conclusion. You should use your notes on thesis statements as well as your graphic organizer from the essay to help you study.

Apart from the essay this week, we will read the article "Barrington Irving, Pilot and Educator." This article is from our textbook and it we will look at the way the author uses research and evidence in an informative, or explanatory, piece of writing. You wrote an explanatory essay during the first marking period, so this article will serve as a review of that type of writing and its necessary components. We will pay attention to the main idea and supporting details. We will also discuss the absence of any opinions.

Next week we will be completing our mid-year benchmark testing. All students will complete the mid-year test as a way for me to collect data and assess how we are progressing through our material. This test will be completed on paper and the answers will then be transferred to the Pearson website using the textbook login information you were given at the start of the year. Please be sure you know your username and password for Pearson Online.

Homework
Tuesday: Use rubric to self-grade essay, revise and edit as necessary
Wednesday: Study for parts of argumentative essay quiz
Thursday: Find and label main idea and supporting details from article "Barrington Irving..."
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Week of December 18th

We are in the homestretch before winter break! All classes will continue working on their argumentative essays this week and will have access to the ChromeBooks to type, revise and edit. This essay is due Wednesday, January 3rd. The essay must be finished and printed by the start of class that day.

English 7
We will spend all classes Monday through Thursday working on our argumentative essays.
On Wednesday, you will receive notes on how to cite your source(s) appropriately. This will be factored into your final grade for the essay and it will help you avoid plagiarism, so it is important that we do it correctly.

On Thursday, we will review information for the hook/attention grabber of the paper as well as what is necessary for a strong conclusion.

Any work not completed on your paper by Thursday must be completed over winter break. If you would like a pass to continue working in the library on your Academic Prep, please see me before Thursday.

Friday is a half-day and students will spend it participating in activities. We will not be working on our papers on Friday.

Homework
Essay due (typed and printed) on Wednesday, January 3rd.


English 8
We will spend all classes Monday through Thursday working on our argumentative essays.
On Wednesday, you will receive notes on how to cite your source(s) appropriately. This will be factored into your final grade for the essay and it will help you avoid plagiarism, so it is important that we do it correctly.

On Thursday, we will review information for the hook/attention grabber of the paper as well as what is necessary for a strong conclusion.

Any work not completed on your paper by Thursday must be completed over winter break. If you would like a pass to continue working in the library on your Academic Prep, please see me before Thursday.

Friday is a half-day and students will spend it participating in activities. We will not be working on our papers on Friday.

Homework
Essay due (typed and printed) on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Essay Reminders

1. Your argumentative essay is due Wednesday, January 3rd.

2. Your essay must be typed and printed by the start of class on Wednesday, January 3rd.

3. You can access your essay through Google Docs on any computer or smartphone with internet access.

4. You might need to visit your local library to type your essay over winter break. They all have computers with internet access. Please make necessary arrangements.


Parents and Guardians: If you have any concerns about your child being able to type and/or print the essay please contact me before January 3rd. My email is mzangari@northschuylkill.net.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Week of December 11th

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have done a lot of preparing for our argumentative essay by reading argumentative articles written by other people. Some of those people have been journalists, your teachers, and even other students your age. Now, it is time for you to write your own argumentative essay! We will spend this week and next week preparing to write and then typing our essays on the Chrome Books. We will be using Google Docs to write this essay the same way we used it when you wrote your essays for Marking Period 1. This essay will need to be typed and ready to hand in by January 4th.

Grade 7
On Monday, you will receive notes on how to write a thesis statement. Our theses will have 3 parts: counter-claim, main argument and three reasons. It will follow this format:
 ___________(counter-claim)______________, _______(main argument)_________ because _____(reason 1)_______, ______(reason 2)______, and ______(reason 3)_______.

On Tuesday, your thesis will be due at the end of class. You will receive notes on the best way to choose evidence for your essay. I will then give you an article on your chosen topic and you will begin reading it to find evidence. You will need to finish reading and annotating the article for homework.

On Wednesday, you will receive notes on how to integrate evidence into your paper to support your main argument. We will have the Chrome Books and begin writing our papers.

On Thursday, we will finish notes on how to integrate evidence into your argument. You will continue writing your paper on the Chrome Books.

On Friday, you will receive notes on writing to a specific audience. You will continue writing, and probably revise, your paper on the Chrome Books.


Homework
Monday: begin thinking about your thesis
Tuesday: Finish reading and annotating assigned article(s)
Wednesday: Write introduction to essay using Google Docs
Thursday: Finish introduction to essay on Google Docs
Friday: Find 3 reasons to support your thesis, and begin outlining explanations


Grade 8
On Monday, your theses are due. They will be collected at the start of class. We will then take notes on how to choose evidence from your article(s).

On Tuesday, you will receive notes on how to integrate your evidence into your paper. We will evaluate the most effective ways to use evidence to make your argument as convincing as possible!

On Wednesday, we will begin writing our papers using Google Docs on the Chrome Books. Please remember that you can access Google Docs from any computer with internet access. It is a requirement that this paper be typed and printed by January 4th.

On Thursday, you will receive notes on writing to a specific audience. You will have time to continue writing your paper using Google Docs.

On Friday, you will receive notes on citing your sources. You will have time to continue writing your paper using Google Docs.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: finish writing your introduction paragraph
Friday: write your first body paragraph for your argumentative essay


Week of March 5th

We are more than half-way through Marking Period 3 at this point, and both 7th and 8th grade classes have finished writing their formal pape...