December 8

Finishing Strong After Nanowrimo!

Although National Novel Writing Month has ended, we have not.  Students are still making the final touches to their stories, and we have projects that go along with our novels to complete next week.  Our students have worked hard on their stories, and I am so proud of their efforts!  To finish up the nine weeks/semester, we have some important dates to remember:

Friday, December 8                    Last day to turn in all binder assignments

Wednesday, December 13           Novel projects are due–click here for instructions.

Thursday, December 14             Finishing touches

Friday, December 15                 Evidence of Skills Applied document due–click here for a copy

Monday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 20          Click here for Semester Exam schedule

While we are so close to Christmas that we can taste it, we must finish strong, the Roughneck way!

November 17

NaNoWriMo Continues!

First of all, I apologize for not putting lessons on this week.  All students have been working diligently on our novels, and I have to say, many of them are so creative!  I am so proud!  Students received a checklist from me in Google Classroom at the beginning of the week which shows them what has to be done by the end of each week between now and December 13.  This checklist is organized by levels, and as they complete each level, they earn not only the grades for what they have completed, but also new privileges they can enjoy in class.  Click here for a copy of that checklist!

Also, today in 8th grade only, every core class is allowing our students to work on their novels as well as the assignments in their novel workbooks.  We are having what’s called a “Write-in,” and I am so thankful to all of the teachers in other disciplines who are being so supportive!  By November 30, our students must reach their word-count goals in order to receive goodies from the NaNoWriMo organization, and some of our students have already reached their goals.

Some students who struggle with writing need to also take time at home.  I know that no one wants to work over a holiday, but they may need to in order to reach their goals and finish the required work.

This has been an exciting project, and a few teachers have even gotten involved in the fun by writing their own novels!  Make sure to ask your child about their novels and check out the great work they have done.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 29

Lesson Plans for October 30-November 3

8th Grade and PreAP English

Monday

BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–finish sentence stalking

CLASS WORK: 

  • Career Cruising online program

Tuesday

BELL WORK: Word Study List 3 Check

CLASS WORK:

  • NaNoWriMo Launch: students will watch video and receive workbook
  • students will join the NaNoWriMo classes online
  • discuss word count goal pp. 52-55
  • discuss silencing your inner editor (critic)

Wednesday

  • Author Skype with Alexander London at 10:00 in the cafeteria
  • Early Release Day for professional development at 12:00

Thursday

BELL WORK: Verb tense mentor sentences–imitate sentences

CLASS WORK:

  • go over survival tips p. 46
  • go over tracking chart in front of the workbook

Friday

BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–imitating sentences

CLASS WORK:

  • complete writer’s eye brainstorming activity

 

 

 

 

October 22

Lesson Plans for October 23-October 27

8th Grade and PreAP English

Monday

  • Respond to the following journal prompt in your online daily journal: Mindset Monday–What skill do you have that you are most confident about and why?
  • Take notes on Fixed vs. Growth Mindset in your English notebook.
  • Complete activity.

Tuesday

  • Respond to the following journal prompt in your online daily journal: Ticket Twosday–If you won only two tickets to your dream concert, who would you go see and who would you take with you?
  • Copy notes from our Growth Mindset lesson yesterday.  “Change your thinking–change your mindset.”
  • Receive Word Study List 3 and begin working on it–due Thursday.

Wednesday

  • Complete Mentor Sentences–Verb Tense: Notice and Note.
  • Go to ReadWorks link in Classroom.  Read the article about memories and complete the comprehension questions in your table group.
  • On your own, map out a Brief Constructed Response (BCR) using the RACES graphic organizer.

Thursday

  • Mentor Sentences–Verb Tense: Sentence Stalking.
  • Take notes on Verb Tenses in your English notebook.
  • Complete Verb Tense activity in your English notebook.

Friday

  • Library–Mrs. Cooper will introduce students to National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) with “What is a Novel Anyway?”  Click here for Mrs. Cooper’s presentation. 

 

October 8

Lesson Plans for October 9-13

8th Grade English

Monday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title: Mindset Monday–Describe a time in your life when persistence paid off.
  • Reread the passage “Growth Mindset” and answer the prompt in groups using the RACES strategy.

Tuesday

  • Respond to the following prompt in your online journal: Terrific Trait Tuesday–Name your favorite character trait of two people who are close to you.  Why are these your favorite traits?
  • Continue working on our Growth Mindset answer using the RACES strategy.

Wednesday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title: Would You Rather Wednesday–Would you rather lose your left hand or your right foot? Explain why.
  • Type the Growth Mindset paragraph from our RACES organizer.

Thursday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title:  Thoughtful Thursday–Write about a time when you struggled with something new. What did you do to improve? Explain your answer.
  • Continue working on our Mentor Sentence document about Parts of Speech and Parts of a Sentence–find notable sentences in your own reading.

Friday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title:  Free write Friday–Write about anything you want as long as it is appropriate and you don’t mind if I read it.
  • Complete word study activities over lists 1 and 2.

PreAP English

Monday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title: Mindset Monday–Describe a time in your life when persistence paid off.
  • Reread the passage “Growth Mindset” and answer the prompt in groups using the RACES strategy.

Tuesday

  • Respond to the following prompt in your online journal: Terrific Trait Tuesday–Name your favorite character trait of two people who are close to you.  Why are these your favorite traits?
  • Continue working on our Growth Mindset answer using the RACES strategy.

Wednesday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title: Would You Rather Wednesday–Would you rather lose your left hand or your right foot? Explain why.
  • Type the Growth Mindset paragraph from our RACES organizer.

Thursday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title:  Thoughtful Thursday–Write about a time when you struggled with something new. What did you do to improve? Explain your answer.
  • Continue working on our Mentor Sentence document about Parts of Speech and Parts of a Sentence–find notable sentences in your own reading.

Friday

  • Respond to the following prompt in Google daily journal–Title:  Free write Friday–Write about anything you want as long as it is appropriate and you don’t mind if I read it.
  • Complete word study activities over lists 1 and 2.