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Friday, February 24, 2017

Binder Checks Begin Monday!

8th Grade Rubric:

CONTENT
POINTS POSSIBLE
Language Arts Folder
10
Disclosure Statement Packet
1
Divider #1: Language
5
Super Proofer
1
Grammar sheets, p. 40/42 & 44/46
2
Divider #2: Reading
5
8th Book Report Choice List #3
3
Plot Cornell Notes
1
Theme Cornell Notes
1
Divider #3: Vocabulary
5
Prefixes & Suffixes III Handout
1
Divider #4: Writing
5
Expository Essay Information Sheet
1
Ideas Think About
1
Divider #5: Returned Work
5
Returned Assignments (3)
3
TOTAL
50


7th Grade Rubric: 

CONTENT
POINTS POSSIBLE
Language Arts Folder
10
Disclosure Statement Packet
1
Divider #1: Language
5
Super Proofer
1
Grammar Sheet, p. 36/38
1
Divider #2: Reading
5
7th Book Report Choice List #3
1
Divider #3: Vocabulary
5
Argumentative Writing Unit Vocabulary
1
Divider #4: Writing
5
Argumentative Writing Packet, Part I
2
Argumentative Writing Packet, Part II
2
Argumentative Writing Packet, Part III
2
Argumentative Essay Outline
2
Divider #5: Returned Work
5
Returned Assignments (2)
2
TOTAL
50

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Welcome to February!

The Human Spirit Unit Coming to a Close - 8th

As we start a new month, the 8th graders are winding down their unit studying the strength of the human spirit by examining fiction and nonfiction. After comparing and contrasting the play The Diary of Anne Frank with the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, we will review for a test and prepare to write an expository essay. Each language arts class period is packed from beginning to end with thoughtful, engaging activities, so be sure to talk to your child about makeup work if there have been any absences, as well as daily homework, even if it's just reading in a personal book.

Parent-Teacher Conferences take place next week, and I'd love to meet with all of you regarding your students progress in language arts. I encourage you to make arrangements to attend, but if you are unable to do so, I am more than willing to communicate via e-mail or meet at another time in-person after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

A-Day Homework: Poem of the Week 16; movie form (for those who haven't turned in the permission slip yet); 30 minutes of reading in personal novel

B-Day Homework: Movie permission form; 30 minutes of reading in personal novel

Introduction to Argumentative Writing - 7th

The seventh graders are in the beginning stages of our unit on argumentative writing. Now that we've been introduced to the basics, we will be learning about organization, developing logical reasons, researching quality evidence, and more in the coming weeks. The summative assessment for this unit will be an essay that argues which teen YouTube challenge is the most inadvisable, using concrete facts to support their claims. Feel free to have conversations at home about argument/persuasion in the real world to further enrich their experience with this topic--argumentation being one of the most important writing genres.

Parent-Teacher Conferences take place next week, and I'd love to meet with all of you regarding your students progress in language arts. I encourage you to make arrangements to attend, but if you are unable to do so, I am more than willing to communicate via e-mail or meet at another time in-person after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

7th Grade Homework: 20 minutes of reading in personal novel

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mid-January Update

The Diary of Anne Frank - 8th

Since returning from Winter Break, the eighth graders have been reading the play The Diary of Anne Frank, and as of today we are finished with Act I. If your student has missed any language arts periods, making up the reading is necessary, so have a conversation about what works best for your family's schedule. The classroom absent binder often has helpful materials for students who have been gone, but sometimes dropping by before or after school is the best option for getting caught up on in-class reading assignments. We will continue with Act II next week!

A-Day Homework: Poem of the Week 14

B-Day Homework: Find a new reading book 

Transitioning Units - 7th

Because there's no school on Monday, the seventh graders' Historical Fiction Literature Circle unit is coming to a close with the test on Tuesday. The exam will cover key characters and plot events from your student's novel we've been reading in and out of language arts class for the past couple of months. Keep in mind that any student may retake any assessment from within the quarter it's given. Our next unit will focus on argumentative writing, so I'm very excited to see their growth in that area.

7th Grade Homework: Make sure the novel is completely read; review the story map and character diagram to prepare for the test.

Friday, January 6, 2017

7th BR2 Project Options

Book Report Project #2 - 7th


Book Report #2: Due Tuesday, January 10
Option
Details

Personal Themes
Explain five things you learned while reading the book. You may write a paper or create a Google Slides presentation explaining how/why you learned these things from the story. If you write a paper, it should be at least 300 words. If you use Slides, you must include at least seven different informative, attractive, organized slides and present it to the class.

Comic Book
Create a comic book that relates one entire chapter of your book. Include at least 8 panels, or individual frames, that display the events of the chapter with pictures, narration boxes, and thought and speech bubbles. You may use color or the comic book can be drawn in black and white; just make sure that your work is neat, attractive, detailed, and informative. Use published graphic novels to help give you ideas.

Compare/Contrast
Select two of your favorite characters from the book. Then, to pre-write, complete a Venn diagram to brainstorm similarities and differences between these two characters. These topics should include appearance, background, and personality. Use the diagram to write a four-paragraph comparison/contrast essay. Remember that the first paragraph should be an introduction, and the last should be a conclusion. (Minimum of 300 words)

Feature Article
Choose an interesting event from the book that relates to the story’s main conflict and report on that event as a writer for a newspaper or magazine. Be sure to include proper titles, headlines, quotes, pictures, captions, etc. that readers typically find in articles in a minimum of 375 words.