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WEEK OF MONDAY, 9/22

Monday, 9/22

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  5th and 6th Hours:  complete “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;” begin discussion on themes in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;” discuss and if there is time begin Journal Question on theme on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

Homework:  Journal on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” written in Composition Notebooks due for all classes Tues., 9/23

Tues., 9/23

Due:  Journal on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” written in Composition Notebooks

In Class:  Check in,  discuss, and share Journals on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” on theme written in Composition Notebooks

Homework:  Nothing

Weds., Thurs., 9/24, 9/25 (NOTE:  There will be no homework on Weds.-Fri. due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday.)

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Hours will watch the A&E DVD King Arthur:  His Life and Legends and respond to a worksheet while watching the DVD which we will discuss after watching the video; 5th Hour will take the NWEA Reading test (5th Hour has already watched the video and answered the questions on the worksheet).

Homework:  Nothing

Fri., 9/26

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  We will be working on  poetry in class; we will read a poem or poems, and will analyze and write a response to a prompt about the poem(s) in our Composition Notebooks in class.

Homework:  If you have not finished the poetry prompt in class, it is due on Mon., 9/29

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 9/15

Monday, 9/15

Due:  King Arthur vocabulary; King Arthur books

In Class:  What did you learn from the King Arthur Shield assignment?; Check in and check over King Arthur vocabulary assignment; begin re-reading “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” together as a class

Homework:  Bring King Arthur books to class

Tuesday, 9/16

Due:  King Arthur books

In Class:  Read “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and discuss; 5th Hour will have a Journal Question to respond to (Classes 1,2,3, and 6 are taking the NWEA Reading test this week and will respond to the Journal Question next week)

Homework:  Journal Question on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” for Hour 5 due Weds., 9/17

Weds., 9/17; Thurs., 9/18

Due:  Journal Question on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” for 5th Hour

In Class:  NWEA for Hours 1, 2, 3, and 6; check in and share Journal Question for 5th Hour; watch King Arthur video; begin working on questions on King Arthur video

Homework:  King Arthur video questions for Hour 5 due Monday, 9/22

Fri., 9/20

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Field Trip to Oakland County Courthouse from 8 am-12:30 pm; meet in Academic Labs to watch a movie related to our Field Trip

Homework:  King Arthur video questions for Hour 5 only due Monday 9/22

 

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PLEASE NOTE:  STUDENTS SHOULD BRING A BOOK TO CLASS TO READ IF THEY FINISH THEIR WORK   AND HAPPEN TO HAVE SOME EXTRA TIME IN CLASS

WEEK OF MONDAY. 9/8

Mon., 9/8

Due:  Binders, dividers, paper, writing utensils, composition notebook and planner (PLEASE BRING ALL OF THESE WITH YOU EVERY DAY!); Signed Course Description; pass out textbooks

In Class:  Collect and check in signed Course Descriptions; put together binders with handouts

Homework:  Bring King Arthur books to class every day beginning Tues., 9/9; bring colored pencils Weds., 9/11; Thurs., 9/12

Tues., 9/9

Due:  King Arthur books

In Class:  Introduction to King Arthur Unit Focus Questions; Introduction to King Arthur King Arthur Shield project; review symbols

Homework:  Bring colored pencils to class on Weds., 9/10; Thurs., 9/11; Remember to bring King Arthur books to class every day

Weds., 9/10 (1st, 3rd and 5th), Thurs., 9/11 (2nd, 5th)

Due:  Bring colored pencils; bring King Arthur books to class every day

In Class:  Begin and work on King Arthur shield assignment

Homework:  If you don’t finish Shield assignment in class, you must finish it at home for HOMEWORK.  It is due in class on Fri., 9/12

Fri., 9/12

Due:  King Arthur shields

In Class:  Share King Arthur shields with the class; pass out King Arthur vocabulary assignment and work on in class if there is time

Homework:  King Arthur vocabulary assignment due Mon., 9/15; bring King Arthur novel every day to class

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PLEASE NOTE 2 IMPORTANT THINGS:

1).  I keep this Homework Blog as up to date as possible, but there are times that the timing of our classes’ curriculum changes for various reasons.  Please know that your child’s PLANNER is the most up to date way of knowing what we are doing in class and homework due dates.  Please check PLANNERS for more up to date information.

2).  This brings me to the 2nd important thing.  It is important that your child have and use a PLANNER.  I begin each of my classes going over what  HOMEWORK is assigned that day, and I review what HOMEWORK has been assigned previously. There are PLANNERS that can be purchased from the BCS Office.  Or your child may use any PLANNER he or she chooses, including electronic PLANNERS.

I look forward to teaching each of your children in my LA classes this year!

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Monday, 9/1

NO SCHOOL-LABOR DAY

Tuesday, 9/2

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Welcome!  About Me; About You-What did you read(or what did you do that was exciting) over the summer? What are y0u most excited for in 7/8 Language Arts this year?; physical layout of the classroom; some “ground rules”-more about that later; hand out and review Course Outline

Homework:  1).  Binder, dividers, paper, writing utensils, composition notebooks due Weds., 9/3, Thurs., 9/4; 2). Think about what your favorite books are…due Weds., 9/3;, Thurs., 9/4; 3). LA Summer Packet King Arthur assignment due Fri., 9/5; 4).  Signed Course Description due Mon., 9/5

Weds., 9/3, Thurs., 9/4

Due:  1).  Binder, dividers, paper, writing utensils, composition notebooks; 2). What are some of your favorite books?

In Class:  “Count on it” activity-classroom norms; review how to access my Homework Blog and my contact information; My Favorite Bookshelf activity in class  and share with the class (if not finished-complete for homework due Friday, 9/5

Homework:  LA Summer Packet King Arthur assignment due Fri., 9/5; Complete My Favorite Bookshelf activity if not completed in class, due Fri., 9/5;  Signed Course Description due Mon., 9/8; Continue to bring binders, dividers, paper, writing utensils, and composition notebooks.  We will be putting binders together on Monday, 9/8

Fri., 9/5

Due:  LA Summer Packet King Arthur assignment; My Favorite Bookshelf activity if not completed;

In class:  Finish sharing My Favorite Bookshelf activity and hang in hallway; check in and discuss LA Summer Packet King Arthur assignments

Homework:  Signed Course Description due Mon., 9/8;  Binders, dividers, paper, writing utensils, and composition notebooks due Mon., 9/8.  We will be putting binders together on Mon., 9/8.

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 6/9

Monday, 8/9

MOVE-UP DAY!

Cedar Point Town Hall Meeting

8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal

(Special Schedule)

Due: Novels and textbooks that have not been turned in yet (or book fines) due  to Mrs. Best in the office

In Class: Poetry and discuss

Homework:  Nothing

Tuesday, 6/10

All classes will be seen today (Special Schedule)

Due:  Novels and textbooks that have not been turned in yet (or book fines) due  to Mrs. Best in the office

In Class:  LA Game Day and class parties

Homework:  Nothing

Wednesday, 6/11

Wacky Recess today! (Special Schedule)

Locker Clean-Out

Due:  Novels and textbooks that have not been turned in yet (or book fines) due  to Mrs. Best in the office

In Class:  Poetry and discuss

Homework:  Nothing

Thursday, 6/12

Cedar Point!

Friday, 6/13

Last Day of School!

1/2 Day

7/8 Breakfast  and 8th Grade video in the Cafeteria: 9-10:30

Academic Lab:  10:35-11:20

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SUMMER!!

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 6/3

Monday, 6/3

Due:  For those classes which did not complete the reading of the Diary of Anne Frank in class, you must have completed the reading by today at the beginning of class; responses to Questions 1,2 and 6 on page 514 on The Diary of Anne Frank

In Class:  Check in and discuss responses to Questions 1, 2 and 6 on page 514; show and discuss video on Sir Nicholas Winton, a hero during the Holocaust who saved over 660 children from Czechoslovakia

Homework:  “Hero” prompt due Tuesday, 6/4; Wednesday, 6/5 at the beginning of class

Tuesday, 6/3; Wednesday, 6/4

Due:  “Hero” prompt

In Class:  Check in The Language of Literature textbooks and any other novels not turned in yet.  Fine slips for novels or textbooks not paid for lost or damaged books by this Friday, 6/6 will be turned in to Mrs. Best in the office.  Those novels and/or textbooks and/or fines must be turned in to her or paid to her in order for students to attend the Cedar Point trip; Discussand check in “Hero” prompt (and finish up checking in and discussing Questions 1, 2 and 6 on page 514 if necessary)

Homework: Turn in any missing novels/textbooks and any late work

Wednesday, 6/4; Thursday, 6/5

Due:  Turn in any missing novels/textbooks and any late work

In Class:  Watch the film “Paper Clips” to finish up our Holocaust Unit

Homework:  Turn in any missing novels/textbooks and any late work

Friday, 6/6

Due:  Turn in any fines and missing novels/textbooks to Mrs. Best in the office and any late work

In Class:  Watch the film “Paper Clips” to finish up our Holocaust Unit and discuss

Homework:  Nothing

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WEEK OF MAY 26

MONDAY, MAY 26;

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

Tuesday, 5/27; Wednesday, 5/28

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue reading the play of The Diary of Anne Frank as a class and discuss as we read

Homework:  Return any novels not yet turned in; remember to bring your green textbook to class; bring your composition notebook and a writing utensil to class

Wednesday, 5/28; Thursday, 5/29

Due:  Return any novels not yet turned in; remember to bring your green textbook to class; bring your composition notebook and a writing utensil to class each day

In Class:  Return graded work and work on Portfolios; 8th graders take Portfolios home; if there is time, we will visit the Book Fair in the Media Center

Homework:  Return any novels not yet turned in; remember to bring your green textbook to class; bring your composition notebook and a writing utensil to class each day

Friday, 5/30

Due:  Return any novels not yet turned in; remember to bring your green textbook to class; bring your composition notebook and a writing utensil to class each day

In Class:  Continue reading the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank as a class and discuss as we read; if there is time, discuss how everyday people become heroes and watch the “60 Minutes” video clip on a British hero (if not, we will watch this next week)

Homework:  Return any novels not yet turned in; remember to bring your green textbook to class; bring your composition notebook and a writing utensil to class each day; If we do not finish the play The Diary of Anne Frank, finish the play and answer Questions 1, 2, and 6 on page 514 of your green Language of Literature textbooks.  Each question should be answered in 1/2 page explaining and giving examples from the play. You do not have to write out the questions, but you do have to write out the proper heading at the top, left hand side of the page,  and you MUST write out the responses to these questions in your COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS. This assignment is due Monday, 6/1 at the beginning of class.

 

 

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 4/28

Monday, 4/28

Due:  2 Final Short Essays on The Outsiders written in your composion notebooks

In Class:  Review and Check in Final Short Essays on The Outsiders; Introduce Insights Short Story-Narrative Essay; Review Focus Questions for Insights Unit; Review Rubric for Insights Short Story; Work on Insights Short Story “Story Mapin class-what will your story be about?; If your Story Map is not completed in class, you must complete it as Homework

Homework:  Completed Story Maps due Tuesday, 4/29; Wednesday, 4/30; FINAL INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES due FRIDAY, 5/9

Tuesday, 4/29; Wednesday, 4/30

In Class:  Peer and teacher edit Story Maps; Introduce Bag of Tricks, The Whats, and Diagologue Rules to Know and Follow which you will use when writing your Insights Short Story; Begin to type your INTRODUCTION  and BODY  (including your SETTING) with the proper HEADING (HEADING AND PASS KEY) at the top left hand side of the paper with an appropriate TITLE that is creative and makes sense with your story.

Homework: Draft of HEADING, INTRODUCTION, AND BODY (just SETTING)  and TITLE dueWednesday, 4/30; Thursday, 5/1; FINAL INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES due FRIDAY, 5/9

Wednesday, 4/30; Thursday, 5/1

Due:  Drafts of HEADING, INTRODUCTION, AND BODY (just SETTING) and TITLE

In Class:  Peer and teacher edit drafts of HEADING, INTRODUCTION, AND BODY (just SETTING) and TITLE; Begin work on the BODY (detailed paragraphs WITH A MINIMUN OF 8 LINES OF DIALOGUE and a MINIMUM OF 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF THE WHATS WITH the DIALOGUE)

Homework: BODY (detailed paragraphs WITH A MINIMUN OF 8 LINES OF DIALOGUE and a MINIMUM OF 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF THE WHATS WITH the DIALOGUE) due Friday, 5/2; INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES due FRIDAY, 5/9

Friday, 5/2

Due: BODY (detailed paragraphs WITH A MINIMUN OF 8 LINES OF DIALOGUE and a MINIMUM OF 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF THE WHATS WITH the DIALOGUE)

In Class: Peer and teacher edit drafts of BODY detailed paragraphs with a minimum of 8 LINES OF DIALOGUE and a MINIMUM OF 5 DIFERENT TYPES OF THE WHATS WITH THE DIALOGUE); Begin working on the CONCLUSION and when finished peer and teacher edit CONCLUSION

Homework:  TYPED DRAFT OF CONCLUSION AND COMPLETE 1st DRAFT OF INSIGHTS SHORT STORY DUE MONDAY, 5/5; FINAL INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES due FRIDAY, 5/9

WEEK OF MONDAY,5/5

Due:  TYPED DRAFT OF CONCLUSION AND COMPLETE 1st DRAFT OF INSIGHTS SHORT STORY

In Class:   Peer and teacher edit drafts of CONCLUSION summarizing the insight gained related to the incident in the story and summarizes the main points of the story; Begin working on PEER AND TEACHER EDITING ENTIRE INSIGHTS SHORT STORY and REVISING INSIGHTS SHORT STORY

Homework:  Revised INSIGHTS SHORT STORY DUE Weds., 5/7; Thurs., 5/8; FINAL INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES WITH RUBRIC due FRIDAY, 5/9

Tues., 5/6; Weds., 5/7

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Criterion testing; Work on revising Insights Short Stories when finished with testing

Homework:  Revised INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES DUE Weds., 5/7; Thurs., 5/8; FINAL INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES WITH RUBRIC DUE FRIDAY, 5/9

Weds., 5/7; Thurs., 5/8

Due:   Revised INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES

In Class:  Work on PEER AND TEACHER EDITING REVISED INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES and work on FINAL COPIES OF INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES

Homework:  Final INSIGHTS SHORT STORIES WITH RUBRIC due FRIDAY, 5/9

Friday, 5/9

Due:  Final Insights Short Stories with Rubrics

In Class:  Check in Final Insights Short Stories with Rubrics; share Insights Short Stories

Homework:  Nothing

WEEK OF MONDAY, 5/12

Monday, 5/12

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Begin Genocides/Holocaust/ Ann Frank Unit; Watch HBO’s “One Survivor Remembers”

Homework:  Nothing

Tues., 5/13; Weds., 5/14

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Group project on genocides

Homework:  Nothing

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WEEK OF MONDAY, 4/21

Monday, 4/21

Due:  The book The Outsiders should be finished by the time you walk into class

In class:  Listen to approximately 5 classmates’ songs which relate to the novel; begin the movie The Outsiders

Homework:  Nothing

Tuesday, 4/22; Wednesday, 4/23

Due:  Nothing

In Class:  Continue listening to classmates’ songs which relate to the novel and continue watching the movie “The Outsiders”

Homework:  Bring composition Notebooks and The Outsiders novels to class on Weds., 4/23; 4/24 in order to complete two short essays on the novel in class

Wednesday, 4/23, Thursday, 4/24

Due:  Composition notebooks and The Outsiders novels  in class

In Class:  Finish listening to songs and finish the movie of The Outsiders; begin writing two short essays on the novel

Homework:  Bring composition notebooks and The Outsiders novels, along with any other novels you have not returned to class on Friday, 4/25

Friday, 4/25

Due:  Composition notebooks and The Outsiders novels, along with any other novels you have not returned to class

In Class:  Finish up 2 short essays on the novel, if not already completed; Introduce “Insights” Short Story as a part of Insights Unit (if there is time); revisit Focus Questions for Insights Unit if there is time (if not, these will be done on Monday, 4/28)

Homework:  Nothing

NOTE:  UPCOMING DATES OF INTEREST:

1)The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to BCS from May 27-30.  Check the Book Fair website for sale hours and volunteer information:http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington

 2)Family Fiesta Night  is Thursday, May 29th from 4:30 -7:30 PM  Join the BCS community for an evening of food, fun and even shop the book fair during our special evening hours! Look for more information next month

 

 

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WEEK OF 3/31

Monday, 3/31

Due:  Worksheets on “Ransom of Redchief”

In Class:  Finish the short story “The Ransom of Redchief;” Go over the worksheets on pages 41 and 42

Homework:  Do Noit bring green textbooks to class after today!!; Return Science Fiction books; Make up Elements of a Novel test; Introduce The Outsiders; Go over The Outsiders Overview; fill out Peer Relationships Questionnaire due Tuesday, 4/1; Wednesday, 4/2; BRING COMPOPSITION NOTEBOOKS AND NOVEL TO CLASS EVERY DAY!!

Tuesday, 4/1; Wednesday, 4/2

Due:  Peer Relationships Questionnaire

In Class:  Go over Peer Relationsips Questionnaire; go over 6 word essays; Begin The Outsiders; 6 Word Essay on What do you think this novel will be about from looking at the book? Begin READING  The Outsiders; Chapters 1-3 due Wedsday, 4/2; Thursday, 4/3

Homework:   Chapters 1-3 due Wednesday, 4/2; Thursday, 4/3

Wednesday, 4/2; Thursday, 4/3

Due:   Chapters 1-3 due Wednesday, 4/2; Thursday, 4/3

In Class:  Discuss specifics of Chapters 1-3 including vocabulary; write 6 word essay in composition notebooks; READ Chapters 4, 5 and 6 for Friday, 4/4

Homework:  Read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 for Friday, 4/4

Friday, 4/4

Due:  Chapters 4, 5 and 6

In Class:  Discuss Chapters 4, 5 and 6 as a whole class reviewing vocabulary and study questions; write a 25 word essay in class on a specific question on this section of the novel; READ

Homework:  None

Have a wonderful Spring Break!!

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