Reading helps students write better; writing helps students read better.
Week of November 21
Monday/Tuesday: We will work on our sentence combinations that started last week. This will be an in-class exercise with a short quiz on Wednesday. All grades will be updated on Wednesday for students who have missed work. This is the last week to get in late work before the scores drop to zeroes.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Week of November 14
Monday: combining sentences activity
Tuesday: Correct 50/50 or FIB vocabulary sheets; practice review quiz online; combine more sentences if time permits
Wednesday: SCOPE comprehension quiz – SUMMATIVE this time! November edition cover-to-cover
Thursday: Short story read aloud in class; combine more sentences if time permits
Friday: Vocabulary tests – both grades – SUMMATIVE
Essays from 1st Qtr will be posted by Friday. These are also summative scores.
Week of November 8
Monday: no school – teacher work day
Tuesday: SCOPE magazine “Rescue in the Rainforest” (Online access under SCOPE magazine tab)
read aloud/sentence completion in class (formative)
Wednesday: Vocabulary Unit 3 (7th grade), Unit 13 (8th grade) (Online access under Level B Vocabulary tab)
Thursday: complete vocabulary unit introductions;
practice assignments handed out (due Tuesday – formative)
Friday: Cover-to-cover SCOPE reading assignment –
comprehension test will be next week (summative)
Week of October 31
Monday/Tuesday: Students will edit/enhance/proof ZED essays using edited copies; fixed/final copies will carry a summative score and are due FRIDAY, November 4
Wednesday/Thursday: Big Red (Thank You M’am) and Green Goblin (Stop the Sun) short story readings
Friday: DEAR – early release – end of quarter ALL ESSAYS DUE! These essays will go into JMC as a summative score 2nd Quarter
Week of October 24
Monday: SCOPE assignment (September issue) read cover-to-cover by Friday (skip Drama and Poetry sections)
Tuesday: Review creative writing essays, editing marks, etc. Students will be finding and fixing their errors.
Wednesday: Hand back vocabulary and SCOPE tests; go over as a class to discuss errors/methods for improvement
Thursday: work time in class on essays
Friday: SCOPE cover-to-cover comprehension quiz
Week of October 17
SHORT WEEK! Monday: Library ‘field trip’ to select a novel of choice; Reminder: Vocabulary test Tuesday!
Tuesday: Vocabulary test!
Wednesday: DEAR Day – Drop Everything And Read
Enjoy your MEA break! Rest up! Read up! See you next week!
Week of October 10
Monday: SCOPE magazine reading assignment – there will be a quiz on Friday covering the stories discussed in class. All students have the text-to-speech option when viewing/reading online. Paper copies are available upon request. Level B Vocabulary – 7th grade (Unit 2); 8th grade (Unit 12). Worksheets due Friday before SCOPE quiz.
Tuesday: complete vocabulary definitions/visual vocab; begin worksheets in class – due Friday. Time to read/listen to SCOPE stories as time permits.
Wednesday: Writing/Grammar exercises in class
Thursday: discuss ZED essays that will be entered into competition on Friday. I am not allowed to edit/suggest changes to student essays other than to help them reach the word requirement. Writing/grammar exercises in class (continued from Wednesday) there may be a short skills check at the end of the hour
Friday: Vocabulary worksheets due at the beginning of the hour; quiz on SCOPE stories
Week of October 3 – Homecoming Week!
We will be spending Monday-Wednesday editing creative writing essays. Students will be looking for overused words, correcting dialogue issues, checking for run-on sentences, breaking ideas into paragraphs, etc. All rough drafts were checked on Friday, September 30th. Students who do not come to class with a typed copy will have to work harder to catch up. All final drafts are due Friday. Thursday we will share with classmates/offer suggestions. Friday, students will print their final copies. Due to the Homecoming activities this week, we are only focusing on this assignment.
Week of September 26
Monday: GUAM (grammar, usage and mechanics) practice – complete subjects/predicates
Tuesday: Discuss vocab tests from last week. ZED writing competition explain/discuss. All students will be writing a creative story. Entering the competition is optional, but encouraged. Time in class to brainstorm ideas. There will also be a quiz on complete subjects and predicates as time permits.
Wednesday: GUAM continued/time to work on ZED stories
ZED creative writing assignment. We will use the MLA format:
Open new Word document, then select:
“No Spacing” (We are ‘not normal’), Times New Roman, 12 font, double-spaced
Upper left corner:
First and Last Name
English 8 Hour 2
28 September 2022
Remember to center the title of your story
I will check on rough drafts Friday. Students should have a good start. Assignments are due Friday, October 7.
Thursday/Friday: Big Red (“Seventh Grade”) Green Goblin (“Raymond’s Run”) short stories, literary terms/short comprehension quiz taken in class
Week of September 19
Monday: Hand back all graded assignments; go over.
8th grade – Writing No-No’s review, Green Goblin (text nickname) Reading Strategies review
7th grade – fixing errors in sentences (in class- we will save these in our writing journals)
Tuesday: 8th grade will read “War Party” from text and apply reading strategies; 7th grade will continue/finish fixing errors in sentences. If time permits, we will begin discussing Reading Strategies found in Big Red (text nickname) and read “A Day’s Wait”
Wednesday: Plot development discussion; GUAM (Grammar Usage and Mechanics) worksheets in class
Thursday: Fastbridge testing in class; study for vocab test Friday when finished with Fastbridge
Friday: First Vocabulary test of the year! 7th grade Level B Unit 1; 8th grade Level B Unit 11
Week of September 12th
Monday/Tuesday: We begin Vocabulary this week! 7th grade: Level B Unit 1; 8th grade: Level B Unit 11
Wednesday: Time to work on writing assignment in class: using vocabulary words correctly in a well-written sentence. Due Thursday Begin short story from Heroes series as time permits.
Thursday/Friday: Continue short stories from Heroes series. Comprehension quiz on Friday. Vocabulary worksheets (50/50) due.
Week of September 6th
No homework this week. We will be getting started on short stories and creative writing to warm up for the year. Look for assignments to start next week. Welcome back, Students!