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)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Week of May 7

This week students in all classes will be finishing their research reports. Students in periods 1 and 2 will have their research reports due this Friday, May 11th. Students in periods 5, 6, 7, and 8 will have their research reports due this Wednesday, May 9th. The research reports are worth almost 50 points so it is absolutely crucial that they are completed and turned in on time. No research reports will be accepted more than 3 days late.

English 7 (except period 8)
Monday and Tuesday students will work on finishing their research reports. Wednesday and Thursday will be focused on created a works cited page with the help of online resources, such as www.easybib.com. Friday students will peer-review their essays, edit and revise as necessary, and prepare to hand the final copies in on Tuesday, May 15th.

Homework
Monday: Complete body paragraphs 2 and 3
Tuesday: Complete conclusion
Wednesday: Complete works cited
Thursday: Print essay
Friday: Edit essay
Essay is due Tuesday, May 15th.





English 8 (including period 8)
Monday and Tuesday we will work on finishing our research reports. Wednesday will be a day for peer-review and essays will need to be finished by that day. Thursday we will create a works cited page and make any necessary changes to essays. Friday the final copies of the papers will be due.

Homework
Monday: Complete body paragraphs 2 and 3
Tuesday: Complete conclusion
Wednesday: Edit essay
Thursday: Complete works cited and print
Final essays due Friday, May 11th.
Friday: Read something you enjoy!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Week of April 30th

After a very busy month of April, we are in the home-stretch of the school year: May! The temperatures are rising and the flowers are blooming and all this new life and activity might help to reinvigorate us to finish the school year with the same dedication that we started it with. We are not slowing down yet in English class. Instead, we are a few steps into our last major writing assignment for the year, the research paper. 

So far, all students have chosen topics for their papers and conducted 3 days in in-class research. At this point, all students should have all sources printed out, all source cards complete, an outline complete and a thesis written. This week we will take the next steps.

English 7
This week your 4 source cards are due. You will have one last day to find and print sources on Monday and I will collect the source cards on Tuesday. We will work on the outline and thesis Tuesday in class. Your thesis is due on Wednesday. A thesis is one sentence telling the reader what your paper will be about. It should include your 3 main ideas from your outline. These 3 main ideas will become your 3 body paragraphs.

On Wednesday we will write our introduction paragraph and the rest of the week will be spent working on body paragraphs. We will review as a class on Thursday how to incorporate evidence into our own sentences and paragraphs, while being sure to give the original author credit.

Papers should be 5 paragraphs long and are due on Friday, May 11th. See me for a pass to the library during your Academic Prep  if you need time outside of class to complete your work.

Homework
Monday: Complete all source cards, print 4 sources
Tuesday: Finish outline and writing thesis
Wednesday: Finish introduction 
Thursday: 
Friday: Finish body paragraphs


English 8
Your 4 source cards were due on Friday and you began creating an outline for your paper that day. Monday will be devoted to making sure your outlines are complete and our theses are written. Remember, a thesis is one sentence telling the reader what your paper will be about. Your thesis should include 3 main ideas. These 3 main ideas will become your 3 body paragraphs.

On Tuesday, we will move on to writing the introduction paragraph. This paragraph will begin with general information about your topic and main ideas and end with your thesis. We will move on to writing the body paragraphs on Wednesday and Thursday. You will have time on Friday to finish the body paragraphs and work on your conclusion paragraph. The entire research report should be 5 paragraphs long and is due on Wednesday, May 9th. See me for a pass to the library during your Academic Prep  if you need time outside of class to complete your work.


Homework
Monday: Finish outline and thesis
Tuesday: Finish introduction paragraph
Wednesday: 
Thursday: Finish body paragraphs
Friday: Finish conclusion


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:


Week of October 15th

This week students will be working from the textbook and addressing concerns related to Explanatory Essays. Seventh grade students will begi...