Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts with Mr. Peulen!


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12/4


Block A, B and D

New Seats!

Reading time

Next WTW sort with Frayer Sheets

  1. duc/duct

  2. sequ/sec

  3. flu

  4. ver/vert


  1. Root

  2. Definition

  3. Three words that use it

  4. Use it in a sentence

  5. Two words that mean close to the opposite of it


Back to Skeleton Creek (I think we are getting close to done)


Block C


New seats

New WTW sort

  1. ven/vent (convention)

  2. Junct (junction box)

  3. Spir (respirator)

  4. sec/sect (wind section)


  1. Root

  2. Definition

  3. Three words that use it

  4. Use it in a sentence

  5. Two words that mean close to the opposite of it


12/5


Block A and D

Start FPS

  • Find groups

  • Gather supplies

  • Read through scenario and focus on difficult/important vocabulary as well as the ‘charge’

  • Begin to generate challenges today?



Block B


Focus on our good reader skills.  Review the skills we have covered and begin to explore those we haven’t.  We will be studying these with Skeleton Creek and possibly moving on to a second book.


Block C

Open Police Headquarters

Get and label your recruit badge to wear each day.  (These stay in the classroom.)

Learn about drinking toilet water.

Do some practice research.

Independent reading time.


12/6


Block A and D

Continue FPS - Step 1a today as well as starting individual packets.


Block B

Continue studying good reader skills with Skeleton Creek.  Focus today on making connections (the three we have talked about with our role sheets) as well as inferring (predicting, educated guesses).


Block C

- Have your police badge on.  I have three of them from yesterday.  See me if you do not find yours hanging on the hook.

- Discuss yesterday’s article and what you found as detectives for the police station (cadets right now…)

- Practice “On Demand Writing”.  This is a skill you will need in middle school and high school and college.

- Some of you may be leaving early for practice today. (Independent reading time for those that are not leaving).


12/7


Block A and D

Finish up Skeleton Creek first?

Continue FPS.  Finish step 1b and start on step 2 today.


Block B

Keep working on Good Reader Skills.  Focus today on Infer and Summarize.  Start Ghost in the Machine.  Get to the library to check out books and to read.  Six new books to read for second trimester!


Block C

30 Second Mysteries to see which of the cadets deserves to get promoted.

Read more of Need.

Library day to get new books for second trimester.  6 more books by the end of the trimester.


12/8


Block A and D

Finish up Skeleton Creek?

Finish step 1b and 2 (Where are we at with step 3?)


Block B

Instructions for independent reading book (in your writer’s notebook).

Start reading independent reading book with the same assignment we just did with Skeleton Creek.

Start working on “On Demand Writing”

Read some more of Ghost in the Machine (without taking notes, as you are doing that with your independent reading book).


12/8

Block C

independent reading assignment

More of Need


12/11

(On Demand Writing as time permits)

Block A and D

Finish Skeleton Creek

Finish writing all 16 solution ideas into the group packet

Block B

Continue Good Reader Skills Unit


12/11

Block C

Rank advancements for some students (about ⅓ of class).  Directions for how to advance next week for students that didn’t advance this week. (YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT ONE MORE DAY.  BLAME THE SNOW.)

Article on how dirty our cell phones are.  Related assignment to verify whether this article is true with evidence from multiple sources.


Police Report Today 12/11

  • Why is there poop on your phone?

  • How worried should you be about the poop?

  • What can you do to have a cleaner phone and to not get sick?

  • Provide some evidence with at least two websites that show whether this information is accurate or not.



Need read aloud.


12/12

Block A and D

Criteria mini lesson with candy

Begin making criteria and filling out the chart

Block B

Continue Good Reader Skills Unit


12/12

Block C

Introduce our writing topic - How are people with high empathy different from people with low empathy?  Compare and contrast paper theme.  BBC article on teaching empathy.

Start some research.  Citing sources.

Cause and effect graphic organizer.


Possible Search Terms:

Philanthropy

Foundations


12/13

Block A and D

Use the solution along with the underlying problem to begin creating the action plan.

Block B

Continue Good Reader Skills Unit


12/13 Block C

Research day.  Citing sources.  Computer Lab (Not Alcove).

Cause and effect graphic organizer.


12/14

Block A and D

Quick review activity for WTW.

Finish making the action plan.  This is the last step (other than presenting your finished product in front of the class tomorrow).  There is a lot of information to include.  I am not overly concerned with what order you present it in.

Library.


Block B

Quick Review activity for WTW.

Continue Good Reader Skills Unit

(Label each task and date it so that you can document today’s work.)

12/14 - Visualize - Draw a large box where your drawing today will go.

12/14 - Question - Number your page 1 and 2 so that you have a place to write your questions.

12/14 - Make Connections - Write 12/14 once under text to self and once under text to media so that you have a place to make two connections.  Add one to text to world if you have one today.

12/14 - Infer - Write, “Tomorrow I think…” and then finish the sentence when you are done writing to show what you are thinking will be in the next part of the book that you read.

12/14 - Determine Importance - Put two bullet points on your page and then put the date behind them.  As you read, or when you are done reading, write down an important event from what you read today for each.  Add more bullet points if you need them.

(Library)


12/14 Block C

PLEASE SIGN INTO A CHROMEBOOK RIGHT AWAY

Reminder on introduction writing.

Reminder on hook.

Reminder on thesis.

Writing time.

Research time if you still need it.


Introduction

Body 1

Body 2

Body 3

Conclusion


Philanthropic Organizations

Foundations

Percentage of donated money used


12/15

Block A and D

A little presentation prep time.

Presentation of action plans to the class.

Independent reading time.


Block B

Continue Good Reader Skills Unit - Check yesterday.  One more entry for each today.  Write our summaries together


12/15 Block C

SIGN INTO A CHROMEBOOK RIGHT AWAY!

Reminder on body paragraph writing.

Reminder on topic sentence and transitions.

Writing time.


12/18

Kahoot review for WTW test tomorrow

Block A and B and D

Poetry - pantoum


12/18 Block C

Reminder on conclusion writing.

Summarizing.

Writing time.


12/19

WTW test

Block A and B and D

Poetry - fourteener


12/19 Block C

Reminder on how to do your conclusion.

Reminder on works cited page.

Conclusions need…


  1. Review of main points

  2. Summary of the one main point you want your reader to get


Format for page.


12/20

Block A and B and D

Star Wars Clue!


12/20 Block C

Detective competition.  Six teams.  Star Wars Clue.


Homework -

Please always expect to have homework for language arts.  We are building in ourselves life long readers.  Parents, any help in allowing us to build this attribute is greatly appreciated.  You can do this in many different ways.  Read with your student.  Give them time to read.  Give them a place to read.  Take them to the bookstore.  Take them to the library.  Show them a good example by reading a book yourself.  Create a Goodreads account and interact with your son or daughter.  Thank you for the teamwork and the support throughout the year.