Thur. 2/27

6th Grade

We had our pronoun test today! After the test, students had a preview activity for our next assignment: the collaborative debate.

7th Grade

We finished the first section of Tangerine today. We will have a quiz over the prologue through the 8/23 entry tomorrow.

8th Grade

Students had the period to work on their annotated bibliographies for the Civil Rights MGP. The annotated bibliography should be completed and shared tomorrow.


 

Wed. 2/26

6th Grade

We had our final review for our pronoun test. The test is tomorrow!

7th Grade

We began reading the first three entries in Tangerine. You can keep up with the book on YouTube if you don’t have a copy yet, but I encourage you to get a copy!

8th Grade

We discussed the annotated bibliography requirement of the MGP today and students began researching and compiling their bibliographies today.


 

Tue. 2/25

6th Grade

We reviewed reflexive and intensive pronouns (notes attached below), and we started our study guide for our pronouns test. We will have one more day of review tomorrow and take our pronouns test on Thursday.

Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns Notes

7th Grade

We began reading Tangerine today. I gave out a literary analysis organizer that the students should keep and work on throughout the novel. If you do not have a copy of the novel yet, please get one if you can. (:

Tangerine – Lit Analysis Org

8th Grade

I introduced the American Civil Rights MGP assignment today, let students pick their groups, and begin researching their chosen topics. We will be working on this research project over the next couple of weeks as we explore the people and events that helped shape the Civil Rights movement in America in the 1950s and 1960s.

Civil Rights Research MGP Directions


 

 

 

Mon. 2/24

6th Grade

We reviewed indefinite pronouns with some fun social media errors. Then the students had a little bit of practice identifying difficult pronoun-verb agreement. This practice was due at the end of class.

7th Grade

We formally introduced our Tangerine novel study today by peeling a literal tangerine and discussing the sensory imagery we could use to describe the process. Then we read and discussed the opening prologue of the novel to set the stage for our reading.

If you have not already gotten a personal copy of the novel Tangerine, please try to get one this week. I am unable to let students take the school copies home overnight, and we will be reading much of the novel at home. If you have a personal hardship and are unable to get a copy, please let me know so I can make other arrangements.

8th Grade

We finished watching Eyes on the Prize and discussed how JFK’s election, desegregation, and the Freedom Riders all contributed to the American Civil Rights Movement. We will be setting up our groups and beginning research for our MGPs tomorrow.


 

Fri. 2/14

6th Grade

1st period discussed reflexive and intensive pronouns today. 5th period needed to complete an assessment. I’ll catch everyone up when we return from break.

Have a great break!

7th Grade

We had Genius Hour today. Make sure you are keeping up with your research journal!

Have a great break!

8th Grade

We reviewed the beginnings of the Civil Right movement and watched the beginning of part 2 of the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize.

Have a great break!


 

Thur. 2/13

6th Grade

We reviewed subject and object pronouns and introduced indefinite pronouns today. The students had some practice to finish for homework. Notes attached below.

Possessive-subject-object pronouns

Indefinite pronouns notes

Indefinite Pronoun Practice

7th Grade

We finished our viewing and discussion of The Most Dangerous Game today. The writing assignment is due at the end of class tomorrow. The prompts and text are below:

The Most Dangerous Game – Essay topics

Most Dangerous Game Text

8th Grade

We finished part 1 of our introduction to the Civil Rights movement.


 

Wed. 2/12

6th Grade

We started talking about pronouns today and all the special flavors they come in (subject, object, possessive, indefinite, reflexive, intensive, etc). We will continue our notes tomorrow and have a quiz on Friday.

7th Grade

We began the 1932 film version of The Most Dangerous Game and started contrasting the text to the adaptation, discussing reasons for the changes made by the screenwriters and director.

8th Grade

We began the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” as an introduction to our next assignment: the Civil Rights MGP.


 

Tue. 2/11

6th Grade

Today was our last day to work on the argumentative essay. The essay was due at the end of the period.

7th Grade

We finished The Most Dangerous Game and I introduced our writing assignment for the story (attached below). The writing assignment is due Friday at the end of class.

8th Grade

Today was our last day to work on the argumentative essay. The essay was due at the end of the period.


 

Mon. 2/10

6th Grade

Our argumentative essay is due at the end of class tomorrow. Students had the period to finish their drafts and peer edit before revision and submission tomorrow. Resources and rubric can be found on the 6th grade page.

7th Grade

We continued reading and discussing The Most Dangerous Game today. We will finish the story tomorrow.

8th Grade

The students had the period to work on and peer edit their argumentative essays. The essays are due tomorrow at the end of the period. Resources and rubric can be found on the 8th grade page.


 

Thur. 2/6

6th Grade

The students had the class period to begin drafting their zombie apocalypse argumentative essays. All of the resources can be found on the 6th grade assignments page. The tentative due date is Monday, the 10th. We will see where everyone is tomorrow and make a final decision on the due date.

7th Grade

Today we began a philosophical chairs discussion on a few topics relevant to the short story we will begin tomorrow: Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game. We will finish the discussion tomorrow and begin reading.

8th Grade

The students had the period to work on their argumentative essays.