Week of January 16, 2018

Hello! I hope everyone is well. This is a busy month for me… My Academic Decathlon team is gearing up for competition on February 3, so we’re having lots of extra practices, plus I may have jury duty at the end of this month. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email. I’m still responding to your emails within 24 hours, and I will do my best at keeping up with my blogs and Aeries.

Side Note to Parents:  Like thousands of eighth grade classes before us, we will be presenting the Preamble to the United States Constitution in class on Friday. I know many students have stage fright. I myself get jittery and nervous when talking to a room full of my peers or large crowds. Please ask your students to recite the Preamble to you and encourage them to do their best. (Not trying is not an option!) I will expect everyone to get up there and try, even if they have accidentally (or deliberately) not memorized the whole sentence. Yes, it’s just one sentence… one VERY LONG sentence. Most students will get As and Bs on this performance, as long as they can get through it. The pride of accomplishment AFTERWARDS is worth the stage fright BEFORE. Thank you for your support!

Here’s the homework for the week in English Periods 1-3:

  • Monday-No School
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip & Practice Preamble
  • Wednesday-Finish Frederick Douglass packet (vocabulary, study questions, and paragraph frame)
  • Thursday-Reading Slip & Practice Preamble

And here’s the homework for Pre-AP English Periods 5-6:

  • Monday-No School
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip & Practice Preamble
  • Wednesday-Finish Compare/Contrast Essay (Two paragraphs) about two songs. Type and submit via google classroom. Please do not “share” your doc with me. Thank you!
  • Thursday-Reading Slip & Practice Preamble

Have a nice short week!

 

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Week of January 8, 2018

Hello! I hope all of my students had a wonderful two weeks off and that you didn’t drive your parents/guardians crazy! 🙂

Grades for the fall semester are due in Aeries tonight, so feel free to check tomorrow if you don’t want to wait for your report card to arrive in the mail.

Here’s the homework for the week in Periods 1-6:

  • Monday–Write the preamble three times, by hand, without errors.
  • Tuesday–Reading Slip
  • Wednesday–Finish the Preamble Synonym WS (if necessary) and practice saying the preamble
  • Thursday–Reading Slip

The preamble recitations will be on Friday, January 19, and are worth fifty points. I will deduct points for poor eye contact, speaking too quickly or slowly, being too quiet, mispronouncing words, changing words, adding or leaving out words, poor posture, and a lack of introduction. The introduction can be simple, such as, “Hi, my name is —, and today I will be reciting the preamble to the United States Constitution,” or “My name is —, and here’s the United States Preamble from 1787.”

Despite that long list of things I may deduct points for, most students get As or Bs on this assignment, so please don’t stress, but please DO practice, practice, practice. 🙂

 

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Finals Week Schedule

Here’s the schedule for next week:

  • Monday-Regular Day-Attend all classes.
  • Tuesday-Regular Day-Attend all classes.
  • Wednesday-Minimum Day-Finals in periods 1, 2, and 3.
  • Thursday-Minimum Day-Finals in periods 5, 6, and 7.
  • Friday-Minimum Day-Attend all classes.

 

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Week of December 11, 2017

Hello! Happy Last-Two-Weeks-Until-Vacation!!

We are gearing up for finals next week, and to that end, we are finishing our novels (Walk Two Moons in periods 1-3 and The Giver in periods 5-6). There will be a test on these novels, but if each student has actually done the reading, they will not find them too difficult. I will also be providing study guides to my classes for their final exams.

I am concerned about the homework turn-in rates in periods 1-3. Many of my students have been hit-and-miss about doing their homework lately. There are several students who were here last week but didn’t do a single assignment. 😦 Parents, please check your child’s grades on Aeries and make sure they are turning in their work.

Here’s the homework for the week in periods 1-3:

  • Monday–Finish LAP (Literary Analysis Paragraph) about Sal’s biggest challenge
  • Tuesday–Reading Slip
  • Wednesday–Write Walk Two Moons paragraph
  • Thursday–Reading Slip

And here’s the homework for periods 5-6:

  • Monday–Read and annotate Lowry autobiography and young adult novel article.
  • Tuesday–Reading Slip
  • Wednesday–Write evaluation of The Giver
  • Thursday–Reading Slip

Have a good week!

 

 

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Week of November 13, 2017

Hello! It’s time for our annual canned food drive. If you can donate any non-perishable items, that would be awesome! I will give Learnball points to your team for each item you bring.

Tomorrow is the county spelling contest… Good luck to Cooper and Cesar!

This year, we have no school at all during Thanksgiving week, and when you come back, there will be four weeks until our winter break. Not bad! 🙂

Here’s the homework for the week for periods 1-3, English:

  • Monday-Finish adding poem (from the blue sheet of creepy poems) to your lit log. On that same page, write a paragraph (5+ sentences) about the poem, explaining why you like it, what appeals to you, what it’s about, etc.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Preposition WS
  • Thursday-Reading Slip

And here’s the homework for periods 5-6, Pre-AP English:

  • Monday-Answer questions on Jack London’s “Love of Life” story. Work on peace essay.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip. Work on peace essay.
  • Wednesday-Finish Classwork (if necessary) and work on peace essay.
  • Thursday-Reading Slip AND two copies of peace essay due  tomorrow (one for me with an MLA heading, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, etc., and the other without a heading for the contest.)

Have a good week!

 

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Pre-AP Students Only

Hello! I feel like I have been confusing about the peace essay contest, or maybe it’s just because so many people were gone on the field trip yesterday, but I feel the need to spell things out, just in case you’re confused at all!

  1. Numbers 1-3 of the graphic organizer planning worksheet were due yesterday (Tuesday). Most of you have shown those to me now.
  2. The rest of the graphic organizer WS was due today (Wednesday). Most of you have shown those to me, but a few are going to show them to me tomorrow with a late pass or Renaissance card.
  3. The rough draft is due tomorrow (Thursday). This can be hand-written or typed, and I need a hard copy.
  4. There is no school on Friday. I will read your rough drafts over the weekend, comment on them, and return them Monday or Tuesday.
  5. You will revise your narratives and submit final drafts by Friday. Earlier is better, in case I see a problem… You will submit two copies:
    • One with a proper MLA heading (for me to grade) and with your rough draft attached so I can verify you made changes and improvements
    • One without a heading (no name, etc.) to send off to the contest (with the half-sheet contest entry form attached)
  6. It is not required (or even wanted) that you include your planning worksheet with the final drafts.

I’m looking forward to reading your stories!!

 

 

 

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Week of November 6, 2017

Hello! Happy Almost Veteran’s Day! Both of my grandfathers were veterans (of World War II), and I appreciate their service. My Hawksworth grandfather joined the army the day after graduating from high school, hoping to see the world, but he never left California! He spent the whole war in this state.

Note: There’s no school on Friday, in celebration of Veteran’s Day on Saturday.

I had a super-busy weekend and haven’t updated grades yet, but I will do that tomorrow night. Tonight I plan to finish up some grading (in preparation for entering more grades).

Here’s the homework for the week in periods 1-3, English:

  • Monday-Finish reading “The Outsider” on p. 21 in your Close Reader. Answer all questions and complete all activities.
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Finish summary of “What is the Horror Genre?”
  • Thursday-No HW

And here’s the homework for periods 5-6, Pre-AP English:

  • Monday-Research Country for Peace Essay
  • Tuesday-Reading Slip
  • Wednesday-Finish Peace Essay Rough Draft
  • Thursday-No HW

Have a good week!

 

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