Monday, October 21, 2019

Week of October 21st

This is the last full week of the first marking period. If you are happy with your current grade, please continue working and submitting work to ensure you maintain that grade through the end of the marking period. If you are unhappy with your grade, now is your last opportunity to put forth increased effort. The best way to raise your grade is to complete all your assignments and turn them in by the due date.



English 7
This week students will complete the week 3 paragraph bellringer. This will be collected on Friday and will be worth 20 points.

On Monday we will review the two most basic building blocks of a sentence: nouns and action verbs. We will further practice the four types of nouns on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will practice identifying different types of verbs and adverbs. On Thursday, students will practice and complete a study guide on nouns, verbs, and adverbs. On Friday, there will be a test on nouns, verbs, and adverbs.


Homework
Monday: last call for pictures for pen pall letters!
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday: Study for test tomorrow
Friday



English 8
This week students will complete the week 3 paragraph bellringer. This will be collected on Friday and will be worth 20 points.

Students will also be reviewing feedback from their explanatory essays this week. It is my hope that we will make this feedback meaningful and try to avoid making similar mistakes in the upcoming argumentative essay.


Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT: For 7th grade students

If you would like me to scan and a send a picture of you to your pen pal, please bring one in to school by Friday. A wallet size picture from your school photos would be perfect. The picture will be returned to you after I have scanned it.
If you do not have a picture, but would like to include one, please speak to me about this by Friday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Week of October 15th

This week is a short week and I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! Students in 7th grade will continue working on their pen-pal letters. The final draft of the letters will be due on Friday. Students in 8th grade will begin the week reviewing nouns, pronouns, and action verbs. We will then apply that in a short group project on Elie Wiesel Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

English 7
Students will complete their Week 3 language bellringer this week. It will be due on Friday.

On Tuesday, students will complete their rough draft of their letter to their pen-pal. On Wednesday, students will peer edit their letters and they will be corrected and collected. After being graded, students will write their final draft of their letter on paper that is provided.
Reminder: Students may (it is their choice) include a photograph of themselves with their pen pal letter. If you would like to include a picture, please bring it in by Friday.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: bring picture if you choose to do so
Friday:


English 8
Students will complete their Week 3 language bellringer this week. It will be due on Friday.

On Tuesday, students will complete a review of 3 major parts of speech. They are nouns and their four types, action verbs, and pronouns. On Wednesday, students will listen to Elie Wiesel's Nobel Prize acceptance speech from 1986. On Thursday and Friday, students will work in pairs to identify those 3 parts of speech in Wiesel's address.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Monday, October 7, 2019

Week of October 7th

This week 7th and 8th grade students will begin to look at a new type of writing. Seventh graders will have the opportunity to learn about letter writing and 8th graders will be reviewing dramas.

English 7
Students in 7th grade will take a vocabulary quiz on Monday. The words are from unit 3 of the textbook and can be found on page 227. The quiz is worth 20 points. Students should use their study guides from Friday to help them prepare.

For the remainder of the week, students will focus on letter writing. We will spend Tuesday reviewing the conventions of letter writing including greeting, headers, closing, and audience. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we will begin a pen-pal project that I am very excited about! Students will receive a letter from their pen-pal on Wednesday and will have the opportunity to read and discuss them. On Thursday and Friday students will draft and revise their responses to their assigned pen pals.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday- explanatory essays due tomorrow, 10/10
Thursday
Friday



English 8
This week 8th grade students will continue their learning about the holocaust through a different medium, a drama. We will review elements of a drama on Monday as an extension of Mrs. Markiewicz's class. Beginning on Tuesday, we will be reading selections from the play Anne Frank from the textbook, so it will be very important that students bring their textbooks to class with them all next week. Students will also be exercising their annotating and note-taking skills while we read.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wedesnday
Thursday
Friday


Monday, September 30, 2019

Week of September 30th

This week students will finish up their essays and we will move on to our first vocabulary unit. Students in both English 7 and English 8 will have a vocabulary quiz this week.

English 7
We will be completing Language Bellringer Week 2 this week.

On Monday and Tuesday students will continue typing their explanatory or informative essays. Students should aim to be finished typing all five paragraphs by the end of class on Tuesday. The essays are due October 10th. Though we will not be working on the essays in class after Tuesday, students will have one week to continue working on their essays outside of the classrooms. Students should see me for a pass to the library during their AC prep if they need to continue typing or print.

On Wednesday and Thursday we will review the vocabulary words, definitions, and roots from Unit 3 of the textbook. The vocabulary words can be found on page 227. Friday students will complete a practice worksheet for the words and definitions. On Monday, students will take a quiz on the 5 vocabulary words.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday- Study for vocabulary quiz


English 8
We will be completing Language Bellringer Week 2 this week.

Students will begin working on their first vocabulary unit on Monday. The vocabulary list will be from Unit 2 or the textbook and can be found on page 91. We will review and practice definitions in class on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday students will complete a study guide review to prepare for their vocabulary quiz. Students will take the vocabulary quiz on Thursday.

Students will not be typing their essays in class this week. The essays are due on October 4th. If students need to continue typing, or print, their essays they should see me for a pass to go to the library during an AC prep.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday- Study for vocabulary quiz
Thursday- Finish and print essay if necessary
Friday

Monday, September 23, 2019

Week of September 23rd

This week we will shift focus to writing our first formal essays of the 2019-2020 school year. The first essay with be either an explanatory or an informative essay. We have reviewed models of each and students will be given a prompt to respond to in the form of a 5-paragraph essay.

English 7

On Monday students will receive the essay assignment sheet, the essay prompt, and the rubric I will use to grade the essay. Students will spend the remainder of class brainstorming and planning their essays. The brainstorming activity and planning graphic organizer will be collected and graded on Tuesday, 9/24. Students will begin drafting their essays by hand on Tuesday and will continue drafting into Wednesday. The first draft of the essay has a goal of getting ideas onto paper in complete sentences. Adjustments to grammar, spelling, punctuation, word usage, and order can be adjusted in the final draft.

Students will begin typing their essays on Thursday, 9/26. We will have 5 days in class to type essays. We will type using Google Docs, so the document is accessible from any device with internet access including smartphones, home computers, and library computers. To access Google Docs, students must sign in using their gapps email account and their gapps (Chromebook) password.

Students should have each paragraph checked by the teacher as they type (unless they are typing outside of class in which case their progress can be checked the following day). This will ensure everyone is on a track to success! Each paragraph should be 4-7 sentences in length.

The typing schedule is as follows:
Thursday 9/26- type introduction paragraph
Friday 9/27- type body paragraph 1
Monday 9/30- type body paragraph 2
Tuesday 10/1- type body paragraph 3
Wednesday 10/2- type conclusion paragraph
The final essay will be due Thursday, October 10th. 
Students should see me for a pass to type in the library during AC prep if additional work is still needed after in-class typing concludes.


Homework
Monday: finish brainstorm and graphic organizer
Tuesday: finish drafting introduction paragraph and first body paragraph
Wednesday: finish first draft, check with rubric
Thursday: finish typing introduction paragraph if necessary
Friday: finish typing body paragraph 1 if necessary


English 8
On Monday students will continue working on their essay by either outlining or drafting their essay. The brainstorming and planning sheet will be collected and checked. Students will create an outline for their essays in class. Anything not completed on the outline will be homework.

Students will begin typing their essays on Tuesday, 9/24. We will have 5 days in class to type essays. We will type using Google Docs, so the document is accessible from any device with internet access including smartphones, home computers, and library computers. To access Google Docs, students must sign in using their gapps email account and their gapps (Chromebook) password.

Students should have every 2 paragraphs checked by the teacher as they type (unless they are typing outside of class in which case their progress can be checked the following day). This will ensure everyone is on a track to success! Each paragraph should be 4-7 sentences in length.

The typing schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 9/24- type introduction paragraph
Wednesday 9/25- type body paragraph 1
Thursday 9/26- type body paragraph 3
Friday 9/27- type body paragraph 3 and, if time permits, body paragraph 4
Students who need extra typing time can type their conclusion on Monday 9/30
The final essay will be due Friday, October 4th.
Students should see me for a pass to type in the library during AC prep if additional time is still needed after in-class typing concludes.

Homework
Monday- finish outline
Tuesday- finish typing introduction
Wednesday- finish typing body paragraph 1
Thursday- finish typing body paragraph 2
Friday- finish typing body paragraph 3
Monday- finish typing essay

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Week of September 16th

Students this week will be completing their beginning of the year benchmark assessment. We will be using CDT tests as our benchmarks this year and students will complete them at three points throughout the year.

English 7
We will read an informative essay model Monday and Tuesday this week. We will compare and contrast that with our explanatory essay model from last week to prepare for our formal essay for this marking period. Students will also complete paragraph bellringers, which will be due on Thursday.

For the second half of the week, students will complete their CDT tests. I expect these tests to take approximately two days. Students should be finished with their CDT tests by the end of the day on Friday.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday: be sure bellringer is done for tomorrow
Thursday
Friday


English 8
We will read an informative essay model Monday and Tuesday. Students will work in groups to contrast this model to the informative model we read last week. We will come together as a large group to create a master list of similarities and differences between explanatory and informative writing to help students prepare for their essay this marking period. Students will also complete paragraph bellringers, which will be due on Thursday.

For the second half of the week, students will complete their CDT tests. I expect these tests to take approximately two days. Students should be finished with their CDT tests by the end of the day on Friday.

Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday: be sure bellringer is done for tomorrow
Thursday
Friday

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review for Punctuation Quiz Homework Check

below are the 5 sentences from the final page of the study guide. Use the study guide as a self-check to see what you know. Then check your answers using the key below. While studying, pay closer attention to learning the pieces of punctuation you struggled with on the study guide.



1. Gina exclaimed "I win!" while her little brother whined.


2. George, Robert's brother, is the best baseball player in our class.


3. If I can sleep in on Saturday, why should I set an alarm?


4. "Are you prepared for tomorrow's test?" the teacher asked.


5. All of the students' voices rang out, "We can't wait for snow!"

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Week of September 3

This week both 7th and 8th graders will continue their review of punctuation. All classes will have a quiz on punctuation on Thursday, 9/3. Students should study their note packet as a study guide.

English 7
Students will finish taking notes on pieces of punctuation, reviewing for the quiz each day until Thursday. Students will take home a study guide Wednesday night to help them prepare. The study guide should be completed and will count as a homework grade.

Homework
Tuesday- review end punctuation, commas, colons, semicolons, and apostrophes
Wednesday- complete study guide to prepare for quiz tomorrow, use note packet to help
Thursday- none
Friday- none


English 8
Students will finish taking notes on pieces of punctuation early in the week. We will conduct an in-class review of specific sets of punctuation each day. Students will complete a worksheet to practice punctuation use in class on Wednesday to help them prepare for their quiz on Thursday. Students should come to class with their note packets to help them complete the worksheet.

Homework
Tuesday- review all pieces of punctuation
Wednesday- be sure worksheet is completed, it will be collected and graded
Thursday- none
Friday- none

Monday, August 26, 2019

Welcome Back! 2019-2020

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!


Students in all classes this week will be introduced to the classroom, provided with behavior expectations for the upcoming school year, and given a syllabus detailing classroom policies and topics to be covered in class. All students will need a folder, pencil, and highlighter everyday in class in order to be as successful as possible.


English 7
We will start the week with a brief get-to-know-you activity, and then spend two days reviewing classroom procedures, rules, behavior expectations, and the syllabus. The end of the week will be dedicated to students reading Letters of Advice written for them by last year's 7th grade class.

Homework
Return signed behavior contract to me by Tuesday, September 3rd.
The behavior contract will be distributed on Tuesday, 8/27.


English 8
We will start the week with a brief get-to-know-you activity, and then spend two days reviewing classroom procedures, rules, behavior expectations, and the syllabus. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will complete a review of punctuation marks they will be expected to use throughout the school year. A quiz on these punctuation marks is scheduled for mid-week next week.

Homework
1. Return signed behavior contract to me by Tuesday, September 3rd.
The behavior contract will be distributed on Tuesday, 8/27.

2. Punctuation Review Quiz Wednesday, September 4th.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Week of May 28th

Students in all classes this week will be taking their final exam. Students should prepare for the final exam by studying the study guide. All information on the study guide will be on the exam in one form or another. Seventh graders will also be writing letters of advice for the incoming 7th grade class.

English 7
Students will write a rough draft of the letters of advice on Tuesday. Students will be asked to write three paragraphs: an introduction, one paragraph for the first piece of advice, and a third paragraph for a second piece of advice. The incoming 7th graders will read these letters of advice on the first and second days of school next year.

On Wednesday, we will review for the final exam. Students will take the final exam on Thursday.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday: study for final exam
Thursday:
Friday: finish letters of advice


English 8
Students will read and annotate an article related to the environment on Tuesday. They will also answer questions relating to the article.

On Wednesday, we will review for the final exam. Students will take the final exam on Thursday.

Homework
Tuesday:
Wednesday: study for final exam
Thursday:
Friday:

Week of October 21st

This is the last full week of the first marking period. If you are happy with your current grade, please continue working and submitting wor...