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!
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.
8th Grade and PreAP English
BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–finish sentence stalking
- Career Cruising online program
BELL WORK: Word Study List 3 Check
- 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)
- Author Skype with Alexander London at 10:00 in the cafeteria
- Early Release Day for professional development at 12:00
BELL WORK: Verb tense mentor sentences–imitate sentences
- go over survival tips p. 46
- go over tracking chart in front of the workbook
BELL WORK: Verb Tense mentor sentences–imitating sentences
- complete writer’s eye brainstorming activity