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What Did We Do Today?

Tuesday, May 24th - Complete viewing of "The Mighty"; Compare/contrast; Introduce Media/media literacy; Discuss summer reading assignment and reading list for possible books

Monday, May 23rd - Began completing missing work; Began watching "The Mighty" to compare book and video

Friday, May 20th - Reading Summative Unit 4 (Complete)

Thursday, May 19th - Communication Folder Celebration (Writing); Reading Summative Unit 4

Wednesday, May 18th - Field Trip

Tuesday, May 17th - NO SCHOOL (PRIMARY ELECTION)

Monday, May 16th - Language Summative Assessment; Reading Study Guide; Completed viewing the myth, "Percy Jackson"

Friday, May 13th - KPREP Testing; Study Guide for Lanugage; Games

Thursday, May 12th - KPREP Testing; Study Guide for Language and Reading

Wednesday, May 11th - KPREP Testing; Study Guide for Language and Reading

Tuesday, May 10th - KPREP Testing; Study Guide for Language and Reading

Monday, May 9th - Viewed the movie, The Outsiders; Compared/contrasted movie to book

Friday, May 6th - Language Study Guide; Listened and followed along to Chapters 6-11 of Freak the Mighty; Worked on missing work; Discussed/checked Drama Packet

Thursday, May 5th - Language Formative Assessment; Reading Formative Assessment; Test Taking Strategies PPT/discussion; Drama Packet

Wednesday, May 4th - Continued work on Drama Packet; Language activity (misplaced modifiers; dangling modifiers); Turned in biographical essay final draft; Lyric Poetry study;  Listen and follow along with Chapters 1-4 of Freak The Mighty

Tuesday, May 3rd - Begin work on Drama Packet; Language activity; Lyric Poem activity; Continue drafting final draft of biographical essay

Monday, May 2nd - Unit Test over The Outsiders; Complete Poetry Packet; Language activity (misplaced/dangling modifiers); Peer Conference Biographical Essay

Friday, April 29th - Reading Formative Assessment; Language Formative Assessment; Listen and Read along with Chapter 12 of The Outsiders; Complete Questions set for Chapter 12; Continue Peer conferencing biographical essay

Thursday, April 28th - Language Activities (Misplaced/dangling modifiers) (Concise/Precise language); RL 7.5 Reading activity; Listen and read along with Chapter 11 of The Outsiders; Complete Question set for Chapter 11; Begin Peer conferencing biographical essay

Wednesday, April 27th - Language Activities (Misplaced/dangling modifiers) (Concise/Precise language); RL 7.5 Reading activity; Listen and read along with Chapter 10 of The Outsiders; Complete Question set for Chapter 10; Biographical essay rough draft due

Tuesday, April 26th - Language Activities (Misplaced/dangling modifiers) (Concise/Precise language); RL 7.5 Reading activity; Listen and read along with Chapter 9 of The Outsiders; Complete Question set for Chapter 9; Continue to draft Biographical essay

Monday, April 25th - Language activities (Misplaced/dangling modifiers) (Concise/Precise language); RL 7.5 Reading activity; Listen and read along with Chapter 8 of The Outsiders; Complete Question Set for Chapter 8: Continue to draft Biographical essay

Friday, April 22nd - Listen and follow Chapters 8 abd 9 of The Outsiders; Complete question set for reading chapters; Continue drafting biographical essay; Language/reading activity

Thursday, April 21st - Listen and follow Chapters 6 and 7 of The Outsiders; Complete Question set for reading chapters; Continue drafting biographical essay; Visit Book Fair

Wednesday, April 20th - MAP Testing

Tuesday, April 19th - MAP Testing

Monday, April 18th - MAP Testing

Friday, April 15th - Language activity (combining sentences); Read and listen to Chapters 5 and 6 of The Outsiders; Complete questions for chapters 5 and 6 of The Outsiders

Thursday, April 14th - Language Activity (combining sentences); Reading activity (RI 7.4 and RI 7.5); Poetry pre-assessment; Draft introductory paragraph of biographical presentation

Wednesday, April 13 th - Read and listened to Chapters 4, 5 and 6 of The Outsiders; Completed questions for each chapter with discussion

Tuesday, April 12th - Reading Pre=assessment (Poetry); L 7.3a language activity; RL 7.4 and 7.5 Reading activity; Begin research of person of influence for Biographical Presentation

Monday, April 11th - Reading and Language Pre-assessment, Unit 4, Parts 1 & 2; Read Chapter 4 of The Outsiders; Complete Questions for Chapter 4

Monday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th - SPRING BREAK!!!!!

Friday, April 1st - Complete and share performance activity for The Outsiders; Language Activity; Reading activities (if time permits)

Thursday, March 31st - Performance Actvity for The Outsiders; Language Activity; Finish Reading Summative Assessment (if needed); Reading activities

Wednesday, March 30th - Reading Summative Assessment

Tuesday, March 29th - Read Chapters 2 and 3 of The Outsiders; Complete Comprehension Questions

Monday, March 28th - Language Activity; RI 7.7 Reading Activity; RI 7.9 Reading Activity; Read Chapter 2 of The Outsiders/Vocabulary/Questions; Comic Strip Chapter 1 of The Outsiders

Friday, March 25th - Unit 3, Part 2 Study Guide

Thursday, March 24th - Language Activity (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling); RI 7.7 Reading Activity; RI 7.9 Reading Activity; Read Chapter 1 of The Outsiders/Vocabulary/Questions

Wednesday, March 23rd - Language Activity (Capitalization; Punctuation; Spelling); RI 7,7 Activity; RI 7.9 Activity;

Tuesday, March 22nd - DO NOW (Editing/Revision); Jeopardy Game (capitalization, Punctuation; spelling); QFT Activity for Reading; Group Work

Monday, March 21st - Language Activity (Capitalization, Punctuation, Capitalization); RI 7.7 Activity; RI 7.9 Activity; Introduce Biographical Presentation

Friday, March 18th - RI 7.9 activity; RI 7.7 activity; Language activity (revision; capitalization; punctuation); Spelling activity

Thursday, March 17th - TANGERINE Unit Assessment

Wednesday, March 16th - RI 7.7 activity; RI 7.9 activity; Language activity; Final draft of Literary Analysis due

Tuesday, March 15th - Reading pre-assessment Unit 3, Part 2; Language activities; Final draft of Literary Analysis

Monday, March 14th - Review Language Summative Test; Review Reading Summative Test; Complete missing work assignments; Peer Conference Literary Analysis; Draft Final draft of literary analysis

Friday, March 11th - NO SCHOOL!

Thursday, March 10th - Reading Summative Assessment; Peer Conference Literary Analysis (if time permits)

Wednesday, March 9th - Language Summative Assessment; Point of View Activity; Inference Activity; Complete draft (3.8 paragraph) for literary analysis

Tuesday, March 8th - Connotation/Denotation Activity; Figurative Language Activity; Point of View Activity; Inference Activity; Begin drafting 3.8 paragraph for Literary Analysis

Monday, March 7th - Connotation/Denotation Activity; Analogies Activity; Reading (Inference; Point of View) Activity; Section V Question Set (TANGERINE); Complete constructed/extended response questions on Reading Study Guide; 3.8 Graphic Organizer for Literary Analysis

Friday, March 4th - Language Formative Assessment; Reading Formative Assessment; Analogies Activity; Inference/Point of View Activity; Organize literary analysis; Introduce 3.8 paragraph; Read pgs. 289-303 and complete Section V Question SEt

Thursday, March 3rd - Scheduling 8th grade classes; Library - 15 minutes; Organize information on organizer for literary analysis; Read pgs. 266-289 in TANGERINE and work on Section V Question Set

Wednesday, March 2nd - Completed Language Study Guide for Unit 3, Part 1; Completed Reading Study Guide for Unit 3, Part 1; Read pgs. 251-266 in TANGERINE and worked on Question Set V

Tuesday, March 1st -Inference Activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language activity (analogies; denotation/connotation); Compare/contrast Paul with Character from literary article; Introduce 3.8 paragraph: Read pgs. 237-251 in TANGERINE

Monday, February 29th - Inference Activity; Point of View Activity; Complete Section IV Questions (TANGERINE); Introduce Literary Analysis; Compare/contrast Paul in TANGERINE with character in literary article; Language Activities (analogies; denotation/connotation)

Friday, February 26th  -  Language Formative Assessment; Reading Formative Assessment; Read pgs. 203-237 in TANGERINE

Thursday, February 25th - Inference activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language Activity; Read pgs. 203-237 in TANGERINE; Revisit Literary Analysis and 3.8 paragraph

Wednesday, February 24th - Inference activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language Activity; Read pgs. 186-199 in TANGERINE; Introduce 3.8 paragraph 

Tuesday, February 23rd - Inference activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language Activity; Read pgs. 176-186 in TANGERINE; Introduce new writing assessment - Literary Analysis

Monday, February 22nd - Inference activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language Activity; Read pgs. 160-176 in TANGERINE; Review Question IV for TANGERINE; Introduce new writing assessment - Literary Analysis

Friday, February 19th Inference activity; Point of View activity; Figurative Language Activity; Discuss vocabulary and questions on Section III Question Set of TANGERINE

Thursday, February 18th - Inference activity; point of view activity; figurative language activity; Read pgs. 140-160 in TANGERINE; Continue work on Section III Question Set

Wednesday, February 17th - Point of View activity; figurative language activity - onomatopoeia;  Read pgs. 140-160 in TANGERINE; Begin work on Section III question set for TANGERINE

Tuesday, February 16th - Inference activity; Point of view activity; figurative language - similes/metaphors; Read pgs. 126-140 in TANGERINE; Discuss Section II question set for TANGERINE

Friday, February 12th Argumentative Essay due; Inference activity; Point of View acitivity; Figurative Language activity - similes/metaphors; Read pgs. 106-126 in TANGERINE-

Thursday, February 11th - Review of inferences; Review of Point of View; Introduction to figurative language; Class disucssion of Section II of TANGERINE using question/vocab worksheet; Read pgs. 106-126 in TANGERINE 

Wednesday, February 10th - SNOW DAY

Tuesday, February 9th - SNOW DAY

Monday, February 8th - Unit 3, Part 1 Reading and Language Pre-assessment; Read pgs. 99-105 in TANGERINE; Complete Section II Question Set (TANGERINE); Self-check Argumentative essay/Peer Conference argumentative essay

Friday, February 5th - "Popcorn read" pgs. 77-94 in TANGERINE; Begin work on Section II Question set for TANGERINE; Share summary/illustration from reading;; completed rough draft of argumentative essay

Thursday, February 4th - Completed Reading Summative Assessment; Worked toward completion of rough draft of argumentative essay (due 2/5); Read pgs. 61-77 in TANGERINE; Completed activity with TANGERINE

Wednesday, February 3rd - Reading Summative Assessment; Completed rough draft of argumentative essay; Read Pgs. 46-61 in TANGERINE

Tuesday, February 2nd - Word/Phrase Meaning M/C; constructed response activity; Begin drafting argumentative essay; Read Pgs. 46-61 in TANGERINE

Monday, February 1st -Central Idea M/C and Constructed response activity; Objective Summary activity; Organize introduction and conclusion of argumentative essay; Read pgs. 33-46 in TANGERINE

Friday, January 29th - Complete reading in TANGERINE, pgs. 22-33 and Questions Set I; Continue organizing paragraphs of argumentative essay; Review reading summative study guide; PBIS Reward Assembly

Thursday, January 28th - Complete Reading Summative Study Guide; Complete reading in TANGERINE, PGS. 22-33; Continue organizing paragraphs of Argumentative Essay; Question Set I (TANGERINE)

Wednesday, January 27th - Reading Summative Study Guide; Denotative/Connotative activity;  begin reading TANGERINE, PGS. 22-33; Argumentative Essay exemplar, topic, articles; organizer (begin organizing information)

Tuesday, January 26th - Language Summative Assessment; Claim/Evidence activity; Argumentative Essay activity; Read TANGERINE, PGS. 12-22

Monday, January 25th - Reading Formative Assessment; Language Formative Assessment; Central Idea activity; Argumentative Essay activity

Friday, January 22nd - SNOW DAY

Thursday, January 21st -Connotative/Denotative word meanings activity; Central Activity/Objective Summary activity; Argumentative Essay Activity; continue reading Tangerine

Wednesday, January 20th - SNOW DAY

Tuesday, January 19th - Language Study Guide; Central Idea Activity; Argumentative Essay Activity; Begin reading Tangerine

Friday, January 15th - Spelling activity; punctuation activity; Language Formative Assessment; Reading Formative Assessment; Springboard, Activity 2.14 (partial); Read Library books

Thursday, January 14th - Spelling activity; punctuation activity; Reading RI 7.2 (Write an objective summary); Begin reading Tangerine; Word meaning activity; Spring board 2.13-2.14

Wednesday, January 13th - Spelling activity; Punctuation activity; Reading RI 7.2 (Central Idea - identify; provide evidence to support); Introduce "Tangerine" with Anticipation Guide; Springboard Activity 2.12-2.13

Tuesday, January 12th - SNOW DAY

Monday, January 11th - SNOW DAY

Friday, January 8th - Spelling Formative Check; Objective Summary for Reading article; Punctuation (using commas); Springboard Activity 2.12 (claim; elements of an argument)

Thursday, January 7th - Central Idea reading/activity; punctuation activity (commas); spelling activity; Springboard (2.12); library visit

Wednesday,, January 6th - Cental Idea reading/activity; Punctuation activity (commas); Spelling activity; Introduced argumentative writing with questioning; unpacked Embedded Assessment for writing (2.2)

Tuesday, January 5th - Addressed questions on the language and reading pre-assessments; constructed an objective summary; began work with spelling words; introduced the use of commas in sentences

Monday, January 4th - Language Pre-assessment (Unit 2, Part 2); Reading Pre-assessment (Unit 2, Part 2)

Friday, December 18th - View "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Thursday, December 17th - Reading Summative Assessment; Final Draft of Expository Essay

Wednesday, December 16th - Reading Summative Assessment; Edit/Revise Expository Essay

Tuesday, December 15th - Review completed study guide for Reading Summative Assessment (16th/17th); Inferecing; Text Structure; Edit/Revise Expository Essay

Monday, December 14th - Review completed study guide for Reading Summative Assessment (16th/17th); Inferecing; Text Structure; Edit/Revise Expository Essay

Friday, December 11th - MAP TESTING

Thursday, December 10th - MAP TESTING

Wednesday, December 9th - MAP TESTING

Tuesday, December 8th - Reading Formative Assessment (RI 7.3; 7.5); Inferencing Activity; Text Structure Activity; Peer Conferencing Expository Essay

Monday, December 7th - Inferencing Activity; Text Structure Activity; Continue drafting expository essay; Reading for Information

Friday, December 4th - Reflection on myth; Continued drafting Expository Essay; Text Structure; Reading Fromative Assessment (Text Structure); Reading for Information

Thursday, December 3rd - Language Summative Assessment; Reading for Information; Text Structure activity; Continue drafting Expository Essay

Wednesday, December 2nd - Review of clauses/sentences/phrases for Summative Test; Text Structure activity; Reading for Information; Begin drafting Expository Essay

Tuesday, December 1st - Review of clauses/sentences/phrases for Summative Test; Text Structure activity; Research for Expository Essay; Graphic Organizer work for Expository Essay

Monday, November 30th - Inferencing; Text Structure; Phrase activity (Quizlet); Content Reading (7.1);  Expository Essay (graphic organizer)

Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th - NO SCHOOL; THANKSGIVING BREAK

Tuesday, November 24th - Phrases activities (Quiz, Quiz, Trade; Today's Meet; Quizlet; Language Study Guide/Practice; Reading Informational Texts; Expository Essay work

Monday, November 23rd - Phrases activities (Quiz, Quiz, Trade and Today's Meet); Language Study Guide/Practice; Reading Informational Texts; Expository Essay work

 

Friday, November 20th - Inferencing; Phrases (Quiz, Quiz, Trade); Reading w/s; Formative reading assessment; Formative language assessment; Expository Essay(review topics, assignment, rubric)

Thursday, November 19th - Inferencing; Phrases; Reading activity to address RI 7.3; Expository Essay topics, assignment; rubric; Review formative assessment from Wednesday

Wednesday, November 18th - Inferencing; Phrases; Expository Essay topics; Sentences

Tuesday, November 17th - Inferencing; Clauses/Phrases (special attention paid to phrases with group activity); Expository Essay topics

Monday, November 16th - Inferencing; Clauses/Phrases; Review of Formative Assessments for Reading/Language to address trouble areas

Friday, November 13th - Language Formative Assessment; Reading Formative Assessment; Inferencing; Advertising Techniques

Thursday, November 12th - Inferencing activity; Group work with conjunctions, combining sentences, and clauses; continued work toward expository essay

Wednesday, November 11th - Inferencing activity; coordinate/subordinate conjunctions; continued work toward expository essay

Tuesday, November 10th - Veterans' Day Assembly; Inferencing; dependent/independent clauses; writing compound/complex sentences; continued work toward expository essay

Monday, November 9th - Introduced clauses (independent/dependent); Inferencing; Identify text features to informational texts; Identify issues and questions in an informational text

Friday, November 6th - Watched the video, "The Watsons Go To Birmingham"; completed a Venn Diagram (compare/contrast); Wrote a compare/contrast summary

Thursday, November 5th - Distinguished between fragments and sentences; Completed work with making inferences; Began work on next writing assignment (unpacked assignment; reviewed rubric)

Wednesday, November 4th - Completed Pre-assessment for Reading (RI 7.1 and RI 7.5) and Language L 7.1 (a,b); Reviewed information from Summative Assessment (Reading)

Friday, October 30th - Finished the Reading Summative Assessment from Thursday; shared illustrated myths; completed "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" activities; Read library books

Thursday, October 29th - Completed Summative Reading Test (Unit 1, Part 2); Turned in illustrated myth; Worked on completing reading packet, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham"

Wednesday, October 28th - Reviewed for Reading summative assessment (Thursday, October 29th)

Tuesday, October 27th - Completed Language Summative Assessment; Peer Conferenced and began editing/revision process of the illustrated myth; practiced reading skills for upcoming summative test on Thursday

Monday, October 26th - Partner Talk (study for summative language assessment on Tuesday); Write a constructed response for CHIPS?; Peer Conference illustrated myth

Friday, October 23rd - Completed Formative Reading Assessment; Reviewed theme, central idea, context clues, types of conflict, characterization, and fact/opinion; Reviewed Greek/Latin roots/affixes; Continued drafting the illustrated myth

Thursday, October 22nd - Completed Formative Language Assessment; Reviewed theme, central idea, context clues, types of conflict, characterization, and fact/opinion; Continued drafting the illustrated myth

Wednesday, October 21st - Completed Reading Study Guide for Unit 1, Part 2; Reviewed Language Study Guide

Tuesday, October 20th - Read chapters 13-15 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham"; Completed comprehension questions; Chose a chapter from the book to summarize and to create a comic strip

Monday, October 19th - Continue practice of main idea, context clues, types of conflict, characterization,  theme, and fact or opinion; Completed Language Study Guide for summative test occurring the week of October 26th; Identified story elements in a text; Continued drafting the illustrated myth

Friday, October 16th - Complete a formative assessment in reading and language to check for understanding of concepts; Read Chapter 12 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" and summarize; Continue drafting illustrated myth using graphic organizer

Thursday, October 15th - Completed a formative check of content (theme, main idea, characterization, types of conflict, context clues, fact or opinion); Read Chapter 11 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" and summarized; completed illustrated myth graphic organizer and began drafting the exposition (introducing characters, setting, conflict, etc.) of the piece

Wednesday, October 14th - Partner work on Greek/Latin roots and affixes; Locate story elements in a myth using a graphic organizer

Tuesday, October 13th - Library visit to check out books; Identify story elements in a reading passage; Read the myth of Pandora's Box and watch a short video clip; Begin organizing illustrated myth with a graphic organizer

Monday, October 12th - Introduced Fact/Opinion; Partner Activity distinguishing between Fact and Opinion; Reviewed requirements of Embedded Assessment #2 for writing (Illustrated myth) assignment and rubric; Reviewed story elements; Plot structure

Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9th   FALL BREAK!

Friday - Completed a formative assessment of Greek/Latin Roots and Affixes and Types of Conflict; Reviewed characterization with application activity; Compared Fables, Folklore, Myths, and Legends using PPT; Completed Greek/Latin Root and Affixes foldables

Thursday, October 1st - Completed Student Survey; Read Chapter 10 in "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" and summarized the chapter; Completed practice activities for Main Idea, Context Clues, and Types of Conflict for review on Friday

Wednesday, September 30th - Read Chapter 9 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham";  Wrote a summarization of the chapter applying the rules for summarization; Introduced myths through a PPT "What is a Myth?

Tuesday, September 29th - Continued practice of identifying the main idea of a paragraph, Completed 5 problems applying knowledge of the types of conflict in literature; Introduced "Objective Summary" - compared student written summaries from Monday with the correct construction of an objective summary; Used context clues within a sentence to define a vocabulary word; Began work with "Characterization"; Created foldables of Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes (will be continued into Wednesday)

Monday, September 28th - Introduced Main Idea using a PPT; Completed an activity identifying the main idea of a paragraph; Introduced the types of conflict in literature; Completed an activity identifying the conflict and anatagonist; Read Chapter 8 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" and summarid chapter

Monday, September 21st - Completed Reading Pre-assessment 7.2; Completed Peer Conferencing of Personal Narrative; Drafted final copy (due tomorrow)

Tuesday, September 22nd - Completed Reading Pre-assessment 7.3 and Language Pre-assessment 7.4; Personal Narratives were collected for assessment; reviewed for Retakes

Wednesday, September 23rd - Introduced "theme" with ppt and opening activity; Introduced "Story Elements" and "Elements of Plot Structure": Began work with Greek and Latin roots and affixes.

Thursday, September 24th - Introduced "Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes" with ppt; Completed "Theme" activity in Talk Partners; Reviewed "Story Elements" by completing a matching activity (word to definition); Constucted a Plot Diagram and filled in the "Elements of Plot Structure"

Friday, September 25th - Assessed understanding of "Theme" with Talk Partner Activity; Orally summarized Chpts. 1-6 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham"; Read and discussed Chapter 7 of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham"

Thursday, September 17th - Completed our ELA Summative Assessment for Unit 1, Part 1; Reviewed our Peer Conference Checklist for the Personal Narrative; Began conferencing our Personal Narratives

Friday, Se[tember 18th - Peer conferenced Personal Narrative; made revisions; began drafting final draft