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Parent Letter

January9

Your student will be bringing home a letter today which addresses guidelines we will be strictly enforcing during the new semester.  Please read and discuss it with your child.  The bottom portion is to be signed and returned by Friday, January 12th.

I am attaching a copy in case yours doesn’t make it home.  Responsibility Letter for 8th graders

Important Dates for This 9 Weeks

January8

Your students have 3 assignments that will be due at the end of this 9 weeks.

  • Friday, February 23–Reading Response–This is a response to a part in a book that they have read for their 40 Book Challenges this 9 weeks.  It is to be completed in their journals following the guidelines I have provided for them.
  • Monday, February 26–AOW Response–This is a response to 1 of their AOWs from this 9 weeks.  It is to be completed in their journals following the guidelines I have provided for them.
  • Friday, March 2–40 Book Challenge–Students are to have read 10 books for their 40 Book Challenge this 9 weeks.  Books should be recorded neatly and completely in the appropriate genre section on their 40 BC charts in their journals.  THIS IS A TEST GRADE.

I will be reminding them of these dates as we go through the grading period, but reminding them at home would be a great help.

Lesson Plans for January 4-5

December28

On Thursday and Friday of this week, we will be taking a released STAAR test as a benchmark and a guide for which skills need to receive focus for the next 9 weeks.

We will also be looking at our 40 Book Challenge. By this point in the year, your student should have read 20 books.

Semester Exam Information

December14

Hope everyone is well and enjoying your extra two days off!  Here is some information about semester exams.

  1.  There is nothing to study for–your exam will be STAAR-type passages and questions which cover the skills/topics we have covered this semester–drama, plot, characterization, and summarization.
  2. You may use any information that is in your interactive journal–make sure you have it with you if it isn’t in the classroom already.
  3. I wasn’t able to check your journal or grade your 40 Book Challenge, so I will do that during/after your exam. Make sure you leave your journal with me so that I can give you a grade.

Lesson Plans for December 11-15

December9

 

Reading
  • Monday
    • SSR
    • Read dramatization of “The Gift of the Magi”
  • Tuesday
    • SSR
    • Afternoon classes will attend Career Day at LeTourneau
  • Wednesday
    • SSR
    • Practice over Summarizing:  “Don’t Mind My Dog, She’s got a Strange Personality”
  • Thursday
    • SSR
    • Drama Practice:  “Callipateira Breaks the Rule”
  • Friday
    • SSR
    • Journal Check
    • 40 Book Challenge Due

Lesson Plans for October 16-20

October15

 

PreAP
  • Monday
    • SSR
    • Go over questions/Google Slides of Part I
    • Test over Part I:  Arrivals of SWTWC
    • Journal Check
    • HW:  Chp. 25-28
    • BOOK BLURB DUE
  • Tueaday
    • SSR
    • 9 Weeks’ Exam
    • HW:  Chp. 29-32
    • AOW RESPONSE DUE
  • Wednesday
    • SSR
    • Finish 9 Weeks’ Exam, if Needed
    • HW:  Chp. 33-34
  • Thursday
    • SSR
    • Read and discuss Chp. 35-36 together
    • 40 BOOK CHALLENGE DUE
  • Friday
    • Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday
Reading
  • Monday
    • SSR
    • BOOK BLURB DUE
    • Journal Check
    • Work on Upcoming/Missing Work
    • Catch up on Tangerine 
  • Tueaday
    • SSR
    • AOW RESPONSE DUE
    • 9 Weeks’ Exam
  • Wednesday
    • SSR
    • “Friday, November 24” — “Monday, November 27”
  • Thursday
    • SSR
    • 40 BOOK CHALLENGE DUE
    • “Tuesday, November 28” -”Thursday, November 30”
  • Friday
    • Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday

Important Dates to Keep in Mind

September6

While the following dates may seem far away, they will be here before we know it.  Students wrote them in their planners yesterday, but I wanted to publish them for parents, as well.  These are activities that your child will be working on by himself/herself throughout the 9 weeks.

  • October 13th
    • Journal Check–I will check journals for completion (THIS IS A TEST GRADE).
    • Reading Response–This will be written in your child’s journal and should be a response to a book read this 9 Weeks.
  • October 16th
    • Book Blurb
  • October 17th
    • AOW Response–This is a response to one of our Articles of the Week and will be written in your child’s journal.
  • October 19th–
    • 40 Book Challenge–I will check your child’s 40 Book Challenge Chart.  By this date, they should have read 10 books. (THIS IS A TEST GRADE)
  • October 20–STUDENT HOLIDAY

Plans for August 14-18

August16

Thursday, August 17

  • Reading/PreAP Reading
    • Information Stations
  • Power ELA
    • Name Glyphs

Friday, August 18

  • Reading/PreAP Reading
    • Read “Total Solar Eclipse 2017: What Happens to Your EYes If You Look Directly at the Sun?”
    • Practice Notice and Note Strategy
  • Power ELA
    • Diagnostic Test A–thelearningodyssey.com

 

Pre AP Reading/Writing

June6

If you signed up for PreAP Reading/Writing, you should also be signed up for our Google classroom.  This is where you will receive and complete your summer reading assignments.  The code is yp2te4.  If you have a problem, please let me know.

Summer assignments must be completed in order to remain in PreAP for the 2017-18 school year.

Grade Posting Policy

August19

Please be aware that the posting of your child(s) grades will vary according to the subject area ranging from three (3) days to two (2) weeks determined by the complexity of the assignments. Minor assignments:  1-3 days; Major assignments:  3-5 days; Major writing assignments, major projects:   10 days.  Please check your child’s teacher website for additional information.

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