Please make sure to be rested and have a healthy morning breakfast.
Organization is the key to middle-school success.
The 'weekly assignments' tab will feature all of the assignments (including homework) and our daily agenda.
Please make sure to be rested and have a healthy morning breakfast.
Monday- President's day
Tuesday- Writing Symposium Day 1 of 2
Wednesday- Writing Symposium Day 2 of 2
Thursday- Early Release/ Essay Revision
Friday- Essay Revision
Click on your class period below to upload your informative essay.
- Common Academic Words review
- Students will continue to work on the Burmese python informational articles/informative essay
Homework: students are required to log on to vocabulary.com and work on the FSA academic word list
Tuesday- Informative essay (Burmese Pythons changing the Everglades)
Wednesday- Informative Essay FSA Mock test
Thursday- Informative Essay FSA Mock test
Friday- Common academic words quiz
This week we will focus on informative writing. Students should review their informative writing guides and be prepared to demonstrate the organizational structure of an informative essay.
Monday- Compare and Contrast argumentative and informative writing
Tuesday- Informative essay: Analyze the model- Framework for an Informational Essay
Wednesday- Organizational structure of an essay/ Figurative language practice
* Students should study figurative language notes for quiz on Friday
Thursday- Step 2: Practice the task: Students will read articles pertaining to the Burmese pythons
Friday- Figurative language quiz
Using the information on the articles, students will practice writing an informative essay
Monday (1/23)- Complete Summative Assessment Project
Tuesday (1/24)- Summative Assessment Projects Due
Wednesday (1/25)- Informative Writing Introduction
Thursday (1/26)- Citing text-based evidence activity
Friday 1/27)- Informative writing
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The student will:
-Cite textual evidence
- Write arguments
- Produce clear and coherent writing
- Develop and strengthen writing.
- Draw evidence from informational texts.
- Write routinely.
Monday- No School/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Students will need to bring a flash drive to school this week.
Bell Ringer: Last chance! Students will have a second-look at their organizational structure quiz and will be able to edit their responses.
Summative Assessment Overview: Students will be assigned a Summative Assessment project that will encompass all the writing skills we have been working on in class. A guidelines/rubric will be provided to students in class and they should analyze and follow the rubric to ensure they receive full credit for their project. Project is due on Monday, January 23rd.
Wednesday- Summative Assessment- Students will complete their Organization and Planning sheet in conjunction with their sources in class.
Thursday- Summative Assessment- Students will use the classroom laptops to type their Summative Assessment Project.
Friday- Summative Assessment- Final day to complete the Summative Assessment project.
* Students are required to upload and submit their project files online. Save your file in the following format:
Last name_first initial_1_16
Once your file is saved using the correct format, click on your class period below and upload your file.
Upload your project to your class period below:
Monday- FSA mock test review: students will review their scored FSA essays
Tuesday- Students will be reading articles about the impact of social media and respond to the following writing prompt:
Writing Prompt: Should college recruiters use social media to determine whether or not they will recruit potential athletes?
Wednesday- Students will continue to write an argumentative essay in class.
Thursday- Early Release/ Organizational structure of an essay quiz
Friday- Teacher Planning Day: No school for students
I hope everyone is doing well. This week students will continue to work on Collection 6- Guided by a Cause. Please see below for this week's lessons/skills.
This week's focus:
Monday- December 19, 2016
-Determine Meaning and Style (Collections, p. 324)
- Read "A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long" (Collections, p. 321-323)
PERFORMANCE TASK (To be completed in student's journal)
Writing Activity: Poem
Mrs. Long acted generously to a child, and that child never forgot it. Think back to an experience or a connection with someone who acted generously to you. Free-write about your memory— noting phrases, sentences, quotations,
and anything else that comes to mind. Use your written ideas to write a poem in free verse form. Look back at the poem you’ve just read for ideas about how to:
Tuesday- December 20, 2016
Language Conventions: Combining Sentences (Collections, p. 326)
- Analyzing the Text- Collections, p. 325: Students are required to complete this assignment on a separate piece of paper and bring home for review. Students will be allowed to use their practice work on their quiz in January.
Wednesday- December 21, 2016
- Continue working on Analyzing the Text (Collections, p. 325)
- Work on argumentative writing project
Thursday- December 22, 2016
Read "Train Time" (Collections, pgs. 327-332)
Students are to write the words and definitions in their journal as they read “Train Time” (Collections, p. 327-332)
PERFORMANCE TASK (page 354)
In student’s Journal
Writing Activity: Character Analysis
In“Train Time,” the Major does not think he is doing anything wrong—or does he? Write two or three paragraphs to describe the character of the Major.
• Answer these questions to help organize your ideas:
Friday- December 23, 2016
Analyzing the Text for "Train Time" (Collections, p. 334)
Guided by a Cause project:
Students could work on the organizational planning packet they received in preparation for the subsequent steps of their project. However, specific information regarding the documentary video or newspaper article will be provided upon their return from winter break. There will only be one week left to this quarter in January and the project will be a third-quarter project which will begin upon our return from winter break.
I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday season and a blessed New Year!
Students received the selection "The Press and Free Speech" which contains all of this week's vocabulary words. Students have been practicing the words in class and there will be a vocabulary test on Friday, December 16th.
Monday (12/12/16)- Free Speech: Vocabulary Practice
Tuesday (12/13/16)- from It Takes a Child quiz
Wednesday (12/14/16)- Analyzing the media
Thursday (12/15/16)- Project Guidelines/ Rubric
Friday (12/16/16)- Vocabulary Test