Week of May 22, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
  • Field day

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Graves Mountain Lodge 8:30-2:30

  • Students return to electives 2:30-3:18

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Graduation practice

  • Locker clean out

  • Special activity

  • Students should return to school no later than 6:30 pm for the ceremony

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Last day, half-day

  • 8th grade slideshow

  • Special activity

Week of May 15, 2017
We are in the home stretch!

Please have your child turn in their permission slip for the dance and the Graves trip by Tuesday. Even if students are not participating in one or both activities, they should return their signed forms. 

This week we will continue to work on our Propaganda and Mass Media unit. Students will work on and then present their mini-projects on examples of persuasive techniques. Students will also analyze print advertisements, and hopefully, have an opportunity to look at some of the history of political propaganda and public service announcements. 

Homework: "The Ransom of Red Chief" packet - due Tuesday, May 16th.

Week of May 8, 2017
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, we will be working on:
1. Reading "The Ransom of Red Chief" and completing connected activities
2. Propaganda and Mass Media - Slideshow mini-project

I am hoping to have a brief quiz on "The Ransom of Red Chief" on Wednesday

Homework Due: 
"The President and the Press" - article Mark-Up and pattern folder sheet due 5/9
"The Ransom of Red Chief" - story packet and pattern folder sheet due 5/16

On Thursday, the Math 8 students will be taking their SOL. Because of this, I am not sure how much class time we will have. Students who do have class with me will have some time to work on missing work and propaganda/mass media mini-projects.

On Friday, all 8th grade students will test in either science or civics. I do anticipate that I will have part of my 3-4 block and my 5-6 block. When we release from testing and go back to class, students will be able to work on their mini-projects.

Have a terrific week!

Week of May 1, 2017
Our Reading SOL is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 2nd. Please remind your children that we still have a lot of learning to do after the SOL 😀

Please remind your child to bring in 2 or 3 of their favorite magazine ads by Friday.

Review for SOL
Short word study quiz - common prefixes and suffixes, review of select roots

Reading SOL
Any students who have class should expect to have time to catch up on owed or due work. They will also be participating in word games and critical thinking activities.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:
Bias and the influence of media and advertising

Have a terrific week!

Week of April 24th, 2017
I hope that your child shared their Writing SOL score. I was immensely proud of the hard work that the kids put forth to prepare for this test. I know that many, many students were pleased with the results, too.

Our Reading SOL is about a week away on Tuesday, May 2nd. With this in mind, we will be using short stories and news articles to review key concepts. Students will be turning in these articles and stories as part of two pattern folders. Because multiple articles and short stories can be a lot to keep up with, you will see that students have been given due dates for each individual story and article. For turning the work in on time, you will see a homework grade in the grade book. Hopefully, this will help some kids stay on top of their work. 



Word Study Review Work Wednesday and/or Thursday, 4/26 and/or 4/27

Review Literary Terms/Concepts for SOL on Tuesday, 5/2


Word Study test, Thursday, 5/4

Word Study quiz, Friday, 4/28

"The Monkey's Paw" comprehension quiz Monday, 4/24

Pattern Folder Parts:

“Walled Off” due Tuesday, 4/25

“5-Second Rule” due Thursday, 4/27

“Russia: Friend, Enemy, Frienemy?” due Friday, 4/28

“The Monkey’s Paw” due Monday, 5/1

Week of April 17th, 2017
We are now two weeks away from our Reading SOL on May 2nd. 

This week we will be wrapping up "The Landlady" with reading activities, working on nonfiction news articles, starting "The Monkey's Paw", and introducing another word study. 

"The Landlady" reading activity sheet due Wednesday, April 19.
Keep reading

"The Landlady" comprehension quiz Monday, April 17
Word study quiz week of April 24
"The Monkey's Paw" comprehension quiz week of April 24

Week of April 10th, 2017

Our reading SOL is only 3 weeks away! 
I have not yet heard anything about our writing SOL.
Some students will be taking the PSAT on Friday.

This week:
We will be focused on literary terms, fiction and its structure, nonfiction and its structure, and word study (spec). 

Expect a word study homework on Wednesday.

There will be a reading comprehension quiz on "The Landlady" on Thursday (after class reading, discussion, and activities).

All pictures for the slideshow to be played at graduation must be turned in no later than Friday, April 14th.

Week of March 27th, 2017

PBL Showcase Night is the Thursday, March 30th.
The Language Usage MAP is scheduled for this Thursday, March 30th.
The Reading SOL is scheduled for May 2nd.

Fix-up one of the pre-SOL essays for a test grade - Due Wednesday, March 29th
Writing Progress Analysis for a test grade - Due Wednesday, March 29th

This week:
Students will be working on nonfiction and their two writing test grades in class this week. On Thursday, we will take our MAP test. On Friday, we will begin to review literature terms and visit the library. 

Week of March 20th, 2017

I was very proud of how seriously students took their Writing SOL last week. I hope that their scores, when they come in in a few weeks, demonstrate how hard they worked. 

The Scholastic Book Fair is in the library this week. It will be open during parent/teachers conferences. I helped set up the book fair and I was very excited by the books that I saw!

The 8th grade Reading SOL is scheduled for May 2nd.

This week:
Monday - Students will complete essays 4 or 5 (if they haven't already). Students who have finished their essays will work on main idea and supporting details activities.
Tuesday - MAP Reading Test
Wednesday - MAP Writing Test
Thursday - 1/2 day students - Career Day
Friday - No school students

Students should keep reading to improve their skills.

Week of March 13th, 2017

A few reminders and announcements:
1. The 8th grade Writing SOL is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday (Reading is in May). Encourage your child to bring a book to class those days and eat healthily and sleep heartily  in the days before. 
2. Please continue to send in Box Tops for Education
3. After all of the colds and flues, a few boxes of tissues would be welcomed by ALL teachers. 
4. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for next week (March 23rd)
5. PBL night is scheduled for March 30th
6. The annual Andrew 5K Color Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for April 29th
7. The end of the school year is approaching at warp speed! With that in mind:
The eighth grade teachers need your help! We need pictures of your children so that we can create a slideshow. Specifically, we want baby pictures, early childhood pictures, and pictures that showcase hobbies and interests unique to your child. We will be sharing this slideshow with you and your children the evening of the 8th grade graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24th. Pictures may be turned in by email to the following:
Important Information Needed:
  • Please be sure to include the child’s name in your email.
  • We are looking for approximately 1-5 pictures (3 is ideal) and will make the final decision of which ones will be included.
  • Taking a picture of the photo(s) with a cell phone is acceptable.
All pictures must be turned in no later than Friday, April 14th.  We will not be able to include any pictures turned in after April 14th. For additional information please contact Mr. Milbourne.

Class this week:
We will be continuing to focus on writing. We will keep seeking out areas of weakness so that we can address those points before the test. Our main focuses are still: expository essay structure, thesis statements, clear main ideas, interesting leads/hooks, clear and comprehensive conclusions, interesting and relevant transitions, excellent elaboration, clear ties back to main ideas, thesis statements, and prompts, grammar and construction skills, commas and generally good writing.

Monday, March 13, 2017: We will be having a general cumulative writing test that focuses on all of the good writing skills that the kids have been practicing.

Monday, March 13, 2017: the last of the 42 prompts to dissect
Wednesday and Thursday, March 16th and 17th: bring a book to your testing room

Week of 3/6/2017
Reminder - the Writing SOL is Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th. 

Next week we will be continuing our writing and grammar work. We will continue to focus on commas. We will also learn about pronoun-antecedent agreement. Finally, students will continue to work on their writing. As students write, they will work on developing their organizational and elaboration skills.

Essay 5 will be due this week
Comma Test - Wednesday, March 8
Writing/Grammar Test - Monday, March 13

Monday, Wednesday - Friday - brainstorms 
Tuesday - comma homework 

Week of 2/27/2017
Our Writing SOL is 2 1/2 weeks away - March 16th and 17th. 

With that in mind:
- brainstorming with SOL released prompts
- essay 4
- comma rules review
- pronoun-antecedent agreement rules

Quiz Grades:
Comma quiz - Wednesday 3/1 (rule sheets attached)
Collection of SOL Brainstorms #2-3, 5-6, 7 + 9, 10-11

Monday - study comma notes, SOL prompt brainstorm 10-11, complete/polish brainstorms from last week
Tuesday - comma review
Wednesday - SOL prompt brainstorm 12-13
Thursday - SOL prompt brainstorm 14-15

Week of 2/20/2017

This week we will continue to work on our writing skills. Our main grammar focus for the next few weeks will be commas. Students will practice brainstorming, organizing their writing, adding details that "show", revising, and editing. We will also be watching the TED talk from last week that will provide students with a speech to analyze and discuss. 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
1. Study/practice for the comma quiz
2. Comma review
3. SOL prompt - brainstorm and organize

1. Students will be submitting Essay 2 for a grade.
2. On Friday there will be a quiz on commas. 

Week of 2/13/2017
Our writing SOL is 4 weeks away.
Please continue to send in Box Tops. 

We will:
-  continue to review apostrophes, prepositions, clauses, and phrases
-  complete our notes on and practice adding voice and tone to our writing
-  begin and complete essay of the week 2
-  continue to work on commas
-  practice editing and revising 

-  Test Wednesday on apostrophes, prepositions, clauses, and phrases
-  Quiz the week of 2/30/17 on commas

- Monday and Tuesday review on apostrophes, prepositions, clauses, and phrases
- Thursday - commas

Week of 2/6/2017
Good afternoon - 

Our writing SOL is about 5 weeks away. So, we will continue to emphasize grammar and writing, and we will break things up a bit with nonfiction readings and analyzing ideas.

We will have a quiz on prepositions and prepositional phrases on Friday, February 10th. Right now, we are planning to have a test on apostrophes, clauses, and prepositions on Wednesday, February 15th. We will have a comma rules test near the beginning of March.

Expect grammar or writing homework Monday - Thursday this week. Please continue to encourage your child to read every day. 

Week of 1/30/2017
Quiz - Conjunctions, Independent/Dependent Clauses - Friday, February 3rd
Homework: Assignments that will review for the quiz are likely Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The assignments should be short, but the review is essential for success on Friday's quiz

This Week:
  • Students will be getting more information on prepositions (an area of weakness and confusion).
  • Students will be using phrases and clauses to build better, more descriptive and interesting sentences.
  • Students will be reviewing the 'Show Don't Tell' writing strategy (an area of weakness for most students).
  • Students will continue to work on their current essay. Ms. Mason and I hope that the students will be finished with this draft by Friday.
  • We will be reviewing grammar concepts that have been addressed throughout the year.
  • Students will be viewing a TED talk. After they view the talk, they will be analyzing, connecting to, and responding to the information.

Week of 1/23/2017
Quizzes/Assessments - None this week

Homework - Look for a homework on phrases, clauses, and conjunctions Tuesday or Wednesday

This week:
We will begin working on phrases, clauses and conjunctions this week. 
We will be practicing revision skills and strategies.
We will be starting another essay this week.
We will be analyzing text for meaning.

Week of 1/16/2017
This week may feel like the movie Groundhog Day - due to the snow day, weather delay, and the general tempo of the class (writing prompts take a lonnnnggg time), we will be completing many things from last week.

We will continue to work on:
- Free reading to improve language skills
- Essays!
- Revision practice
- Apostrophes
- Reading and analyzing nonfiction
- Commas? Maybe

Quizzes/Due dates:
- the Poe writing prompt is now due at the end of class on Wednesday, January 18th
- the apostrophe quiz is now scheduled for Friday, January 20th

- Possible homework on Wednesday or Thursday in connection with apostrophes and/or nonfiction. This will be completely dependent on what is accomplished in class. 
- Students should review their notes on apostrophes and practice their correct usage.
- Students should attempt to read for at least 15 minutes per night. 

Week of 1/9/2017
We are about 9 weeks away from our 8th grade writing SOL. Because of this, students can expect to spend at least 75% of their time each week working on some sort of writing or grammar activity. While reading can be a somewhat passive English activity, writing requires active participation. Therefore, it is not unusual to experience some push-back from students, especially those who are reluctant English students. This part of the 8th grade curriculum is challenging for most students - please encourage your child to persevere and I will do the same. 

This week:
HW: Study for the apostrophe quiz. Complete any practice activities on apostrophes not finished during class time. Also, students may practice on NoRedInk.com at any time. There are many topics available!

Quizzes/Tests: Tuesday, 1/10 - Mid-Year Reading Assessment; Thursday, 1/12 - Poe essay due at the end of class (test grade); Friday, 1/13 - Apostrophe quiz

We will be:
- Working on free reading to improve language skills
- Reviewing, taking notes on, and analyzing examples of good essay structure
- Writing! Revising the first drafts of the Poe essay (completed before break), meeting with the teacher to hone in on areas in need of improvement, making further revisions based on the meetings, and completing the final drafts of the essays
- Practicing with apostrophes
- Practicing general revision and editing strategies

Week of 12/19/2016
* Reader's/Writer's Cafe is Wednesday. Students will need to turn in what they plan to present by Monday in order to participate. For those students who can participate, there will be a snacks and drinks sign-up sheet in class.
* Poe Pattern Folders will be due on Thursday. This is a project so it will be equal to a test grade. Students and their groups have been working on these for about 4 weeks or so. 
* There is no assigned homework this week or over break. However, reading is ALWAYS encouraged. 

During Class:
This week we will be working on our Poe Pattern Folders and an E.A. Poe persuasive essay. Students will be instructed to work on the essays only during class time. Students are also expected to type their essays in Google Classroom. The first draft will be due before break. When students finish their writing organizers and first drafts, they will continue to work on possessive nouns. 

I hope that you and your family have a lovely holiday. 

Week of 12/12/2016
This week we will be:
* learning about writing conclusions
* reading nonfiction and reviewing text structures
* preparing for reader's/writer's cafe
* reading the last of our Poe stories - "The Pit and the Pendulum"
* working on group pattern folders
* and continuing our work on apostrophes

HW: possible homework on Wednesday
Poe 2 quiz - December 16
Poe Pattern Folder due December 22

Week of 12/5/2016
Next week we will be spending quite a bit of time working on improving introductory paragraphs. Students will be taking notes on leads (aka hooks or grabbers) and then applying that information to their own writing. Students will be reading "Annabel Lee" by E. A. Poe. Finally, we will be focusing our remediation time on possessive nouns, plurals, and apostrophes. Friday we are scheduled to go to the library. 

Quizzes/Tests - none currently scheduled for next week
Homework - possible homework on Wednesday or Thursday depending on how far students get in class

I plan to stay after on Monday, as usual, to help students get caught up or reinforce tricky topics. 

Week of 11/28/16
Good afternoon. I hope that all of you had a pleasant break. 

This week we will be: reviewing plurals and possessives; reading Poe's "Masque of the Red Death"; testing word study roots ceed/cede/cess, phil/phile, rota/volv, and ject/rupt; working on brainstorming and creating effective thesis statements; and learning about effective essay leads or hooks.

I expect that we will have homework on Tuesday, 11/29.

The word study test is currently scheduled for Wednesday, 11/30.

Please continue to send in Box Tops and pet supplies for the pet drive.

As always, thank you for all you do!

Week of 11/21/16
Progress reports are scheduled to go home on Tuesday, November 22. Credit will no longer be given for late homework/classwork assignments after Tuesday. 

The Empty Bowls fund raiser to benefit MESA is this Tuesday, November 22. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and donate to a good cause by buying a decorative bowl, having some soup, and socializing. 

Please continue to send in Box Tops and donations for the Pet Supply Drive. 

rupt/ject choice homework - due Wednesday 11/23

writing thesis statements quiz - Tuesday, 11/22
word study rota/volv and rupt/ject quiz - Wednesday, 11/23

All this week:
We will be working on writing skills using thesis statements. Students will also have time to work on their Poe pattern folders. Since the beginning of the marking period students have been working on a variety of mini-writing prompts. Those five mini-prompts are due on Wednesday, 11/23.

Week of 11/14/16
All students met with me on Thursday to review their grades and missing work. Students who asked for additional copies of the homework were given copies on Friday. The homework articles are also available on Google Classroom. 

Several students still have not turned in pattern folders for The Outsiders. These are projects and therefore count as test grades. I am also in the process of scoring The Outsiders essays. These essays are also test grades. While Ms. Mason and I understand that these are student's first attempts at expository essays, overall they are still rough. Please check your child's grades tomorrow for some updates. 

Our principal has asked that we encourage you to send in a donation in support of the school and the PTO. This donation will go toward student activities. The donation is instead of the normal PTO catalog sale.

Class Reminders:
Commonly Confused Words - rule sets 1-4 TEST on Wednesday, November 16th
Poe QUIZ 1 - The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven on Friday, November 18th

Right now I have it scheduled for Tuesday - The Raven and Wednesday - Word Study. 
Every night students should review for upcoming quizzes and tests (something that I suspect is not happening). They should also be reading or writing at home on a regular basis to improve literacy skills. 

Topics we'll be working on this week...
Monday, November 14, 2016:
Poe, Word Study - rota/volv

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Poe, Commonly Confused Words

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Poe, Commonly Confused Words TEST, Phrases and Clauses pre-test

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thesis Statements, Word Study - rupt/ject, Poe

Friday, November
Poe QUIZ, Phrases and Clauses

Week of 11/7/16
Here are a few school wide reminders for the upcoming week:

Here is the link to the Madison County School Board Climate Survey:
Once you are on the web page, you can select the correct survey to take.

Our Winter Sports teams will begin try-outs next week.  A schedule of tryout times for Basketball, Swim, Wrestling, and Cheer are posted outside the main office and library. 

Make-up photos (or redo photos) are scheduled for November 11. Homeroom teachers have forms and forms are also available in the main office.

Please remember to donate Pet Items for the Animal Shelter. All dog and cat items are welcome
 food, treats, leashes, toys, and bedding. The shelter will also except dawn dish soap and bleach for cleaning.
Homerooms with the most donations will earn a hot chocolate party. 

PTO is having a No Sale Fund Drive 
November 10th. If each student brings in $10 or $20, enough funds will be raised so PTO will not have a catalog sale this year. All students who participate will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, Mini Popcorn Machine, Dr. Dre Beats Ear Buds, or a Camera!!

​Please keep sending in BoxTops!​

Tentative plan for this week:
Monday, November 7, 2016
Word Study - phil/-phile
Reading - "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Writing - commonly confused words
Reading - "The Tell-Tale Heart" - Poe pattern folder group work

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Writing - commonly confused words, thesis statements
Reading - "The Black Cat"

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Word Study - ceed/cede/cess and phil/-phile quiz
Reading - "The Black Cat"

Friday, November 11, 2016
Writing - commonly confused words practice and quiz​
Reading - 
Poe pattern folder group work
​, library​

English homework for this week:
Wednesday: Word Study Mixed Review practice
Thursday: Commonly Confused Words rule sets 3 and 4 practice​


Quiz: ceed/cede/cess and phil/-phile - Thursday, November 10

Quiz: C

​ommonly ​


​onfused ​


​ rule sets

3 and 4 - Friday, November 11

Test: C

​ommonly Confused Words
​rule sets ​
1-4 - Wednesday, November 16

Quiz: Poe 1

​ (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven)​
 - Thursday, November 17
Quiz: Thesis
​ Statements​
1 - Friday, November 18

Week of 10/31/16
Monday: "Study: Teens who expect to die young are more likely to commit crime" - summarize, 5 thinking questions

Tuesday: "Corn mazes become big business for small farms" - summarize, 5 thinking questions, connect self, text, and world to text

Wednesday: "The Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe" - summarize, 5 thinking questions, connect self, text, and world to text

In class:
Monday, October 31, 2016: commonly confused words, complete The Outsiders essay

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: thesis statement practice, word study: ceed, cede, cess

Wednesday, November 2, 2016: thesis statement practice, word study practice, Poe biography

Thursday, November 3, 2016: set up Poe pattern folder, "The Tell-Tale Heart", commonly confused words

Friday, November 4, 2016: commonly confused words, library

​Have a terrific week!

Thursday, October 27th is Paint Wetsel Pink Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week pink ribbons will continue to be on sale for $1 each at lunch. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness charities.

Our field trip to the maze at Liberty Mills Farm and Montpelier is this Friday.

Thursday - Close reading of an article - due Monday

General plan for this week:
Monday, October 24, 2016
Writing - thesis statements/organizing The Outsiders essays
Reading- comparing The Outsiders to other readings

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Writing - commonly confused words

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Writing - Essay rough drafts and commonly confused words

Thursday, October 27, 2016 -- Turn WMS PINK Day! Wear pink!
Writing - Essay revision/editing and final copy

Friday, October 28, 2016
Field Trip!

Parent/Teacher conferences are this Thursday, October 20th. This is a half day for students. 

Permission slips were sent home on Friday for the 8th grade field trip to James Madison's Montpelier and the corn maze at Liberty Mills Farm.

Pattern folders are due on Wednesday, October 19th. The pattern folders are projects and will count as a test grade. 

The Outsiders reading comprehension test is also on Wednesday, October 19th. 

Monday, October 17, 2016
Writing - Thesis statements
Reading - The Outsiders and paired text, pattern folder work time

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Writing - continued thesis statement practice, commonly confused words
Reading - review for The Outsiders test

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Writing - commonly confused words
Reading - The Outsiders test

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Reading/Writing - The Outsiders writing prompt

Last week students took a quiz on capitalization and title formatting. Overall, scores were poor. However, when I talked with the classes, very, very few students had studied on their own for the quiz. I had every student look through their notes for their note sheets with the capitalization rules. Students who could not find their notes were given a copy. They were also given additional practice to work on over the weekend. I highly recommend that they take the time to not only review their notes, but practice their capitalization skills before the test this week. 

The Wetsel Book Fair will be held in the library from October 13-20. Parents, don't forget to stop by before or after parent teacher conferences on October 20th.

Also, we will be having a Reader's/Writer's Cafe on Wednesday, October 12th. Each class will need one or two volunteers to bring drinks and two or three volunteers to bring snacks. I will provide plates, napkins, cups, and utensils. 

Pattern Folder HW Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Capitalization Test on Tuesday, 10/11

Reading Check Thursday, 10/13

The Outsiders Novel Test, 10/19

The Outsiders Pattern Folder, 10/19

This week:
Monday, October 10th
Reading - The Outsiders - characterization
Writing - capitalization review

Tuesday, October 11th
Reading - connecting poetry to The Outsiders
Writing - review then test

Wednesday, October 12th
Reader's/Writer's Cafe
- students will present either a book that they have read this marking period, or a piece of writing that they have worked on this marking period and are proud of
- students will also enjoy snacks

Thursday, October 13th
Writing - Commonly confused words - notes and practice
Reading - The Outsiders review and final reading check

Friday, October 14th
Writing - Three Minute Fiction
Reading - finding theme in The Outsiders
Library - Book Fair!

Last call for this month's book orders! Remember, this month I have a coupon for a $5 book choice if you spend $10.

Word Study Test 10/4
Writing/Mechanics Quiz (capitalization) 10/6
Reading Check in ch 5-8 10/7
Writing/Mechanics Test (capitalization) 10/11

Keep reading The Outsiders (all week)
Word study review Monday
Capitalization review 1 Tuesday
Capitalization review 2 Wednesday
Thesis statements Friday

Monday, 10/3
Word study - review
Reading - The Outsiders, characterization, pattern folder

Tuesday, 10/4
Reading - The Outsiders
Word study - test
RTI - capitalization

Wednesday, 10/5
Writing - capitalization review, thesis statements
RTI - capitalization, commonly confused words

Thursday, 10/6
Reading - The Outsiders, characterization, conflicts
Writing - capitalization quiz
RTI - commonly confused words

Friday, 10/7
Writing - thesis statements
Reading - reading check ch 5-8

Good afternoon! 

At the bottom of this email are links to the reading schedule and pattern folder for The Outsiders.

I will be sending out Scholastic Book Club orders this week. As a bonus, if you order a book for $10, you will get a coupon to spend on this order for a book that is $5 or less! This book-aholic thinks that's a great deal! If you would like to browse or shop online, the link is Scholastic Reading Club Link and the class code is M4M3K. 

Reminders/HW this week:

The Outsiders reading check 1-4 9/29

Word Study - ped/pod, man/manu quiz 9/30

Word Study - aqua/hydra, geo/terr, ped/pod, man/manu test 10/4

Writing - capitalization/formatting quiz 10/6

HW Monday:

man/manu paragraph in context HW

Read The Outsiders
HW Tuesday:

ped/pod practice I

Read The Outsiders
​HW Wednesday:

ped/pod practice II

Read The Outsiders
HW Thursday:

Turn in 1 literary terms card from the pattern folder

Read The Outsiders
HW Friday:
Read The Outsiders​

The plan for this week:
Monday, 9/26:
Reading -more literature terms, discuss The Outsiders
​, ​
model pattern folder cards

Tuesday, 9/27:
RTI - capitalization/formatting
Word Study - ped/pod

Wednesday, 9/28:
RTI - capitalization/formatting
Writing - introductory paragraphs
Word Study - ped/pod

Thursday, 9/29:
RTI - capitalization/formatting
Reading - The Outsiders - themes, events, reading check ch. 1-4

Friday, 9/30:
Writing - introductory paragraphs
Word Study - review, quiz man/manu and ped/pod

This week:
Monday, 9/19
- Word Study - review of aqua/hydra, begin geo/terr
- Grammar/mechanics 

Tuesday, 9/20
- Word Study - review of aqua/hydra and geo/terr
- Reading - voice and tone, pre-reading activities for The Outsiders

Wednesday, 9/21
- Word Study - review geo/terr
- Reading - The Outsiders pattern folder set up, continue pre-reading activities
- Grammar/mechanics

Thursday, 9/22
- Reading - give out novels and reading schedule
- Word Study - quiz on aqua/hydra & geo/terr
- Grammar/mechanics

Friday, 9/23
- Word Study - man/manu
- Library

We are setting up a folder on Wednesday to house something called a "Pattern Folder." The pattern folder goes along with our novel The Outsiders

It would help tremendously if your child could bring one letter size manilla file folder, index cards, 5 letter size envelopes, and glue to class on Wednesday. However, if you cannot supply these items, I will have a small supply available for your child to use. 

Thank you!

I currently anticipate homework this week on:
Tuesday, September 20 - geo/terr/terra word study
Thursday, September 22 - Ch 1-2 The Outsiders due 9/26
Friday, September 23 - man/manu word study

Upcoming Quizzes:
Quiz - Thursday, 9/22 on aqua/hydra/hydro & geo/terr/terra
Quiz - Friday, 9/30 on man/manu & ped/pod

The Outsiders

Reading Timeline 2016






















Pattern Folder 10/19

Test 10/19

Quiz ch 1-4 9/29

Quiz ch 5-8 10/6

Quiz ch 9-12 10/13

General Reminders:
Please send in Box Tops for Education. 
Last week teachers sent home fliers from the PTO about Box Tops and a dance scheduled for this Friday. 

Class Reminders and Homework:
Text structures - quiz on Tuesday, test on Friday
Text structures homework on Monday and Thursday
Word study homework on Wednesday

Monday, September 12, 2016:
Text Structures presentations and notes

Tuesday, September 13, 2016:
Text analysis
Text structures review and quiz

Wednesday, September 14, 2016:
Word Study - aqua/hydra/hydro
Grammar and mechanics

Thursday, September 15, 2016:
Text analysis
Grammar and mechanics

Friday, September 16, 2016:
Text structure review and test

Homework this week:
Expect to see some homework on text structures on Thursday this week.

Monday, September 5, 2016
- Enjoy the holiday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
- Review text structures
- Work with a team to create a text structures slide show

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
- RTI - capitalization and commonly confused words
- Continue work on text structures

Thursday, September 8, 2016
- present text structures 
- take notes on text structures

Friday, September 9, 2016
- RTI - capitalization and commonly confused words
- Library

Quiz Monday, August 29 on story elements/plot
Test Thursday, September 1 on story elements/plot

Monday - complete the story, questions, and plot diagram for "Too Soon a Woman"
Tuesday and Wednesday - reading passages and plot diagram practice 

Monday, August 29, 2016 -
- story elements/plot quiz
- attempt to complete MAP testing
- complete the story, questions, and plot diagram for "Too Soon a Woman" 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
- begin reading conferences with students to set goals and check on progress
- literature/poetic terms and samples
- story elements and plot practice/review
- visual literacy and inferencing

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- continue reading conferences
- more story elements and plot practice/review
- visual literacy and inferencing

Thursday, September 1, 2016
- last minute test review
- story elements/plot test

Friday, September 2, 2016
- writing
- grammar/mechanics on NoRedInk
- library

Please thank your children for a terrific week one! I was especially pleased with their attention and cooperation during class and their manners and behavior during library. 

Planned schedule and topics for next week:

*Friday, August 26
- Book Jackets (quiz grade)
- Summer Reading Bingo - new students and late submissions (hw grade)

Monday, August 22, 2016
*MAP Reading test

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 
*MAP Language Usage test

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 and Thursday, August 25, 2016
- sustained reading
- poem analysis and literature skills
*Visual literacy
-inferential reasoning 

​Friday, August 26, 2016
- brainstorming and organizational practice
* Visual literacy
- inferential reasoning
*Library ​

Janine Rowson
8th English/Language Arts

Welcome to a new school year! 

I appreciate the opportunity to teach your children this school year. 

I was very pleased to meet so many of you on our Back to School Night, and I was equally impressed with the number of students ready to go with their Summer Reading Bingo.

Please return all start-of-school forms as soon as possible.

Expect to hear from me on a weekly basis through e-mail and expect a brief check-in phone call some time within the first six weeks of school. 

Tentative plan for this week (8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016):
Monday - 
*General information and expectations
*Introduction activities

Tuesday and Wednesday-
*Silent reading or Free Write - student choice
*Introduce Book Jacket mini-project
*Poetry - "You Can't Write a Poem about McDonald's"
*Reading - "The Escape"
*Notes - plot and literature terms

Thursday and Friday-
*MAP testing 

*Reading Bingo due Monday, Aug. 15th; latest turn in for new students for full credit, Friday, Aug. 26th
*Book Jacket due Friday, Aug. 26th

Files and documents

  • 3 more Common Comma Rules 2017-- TEACHER   0k - Feb 27, 2017, 11:04 AM by Janine Rowson (v2)
  • Six Common Comma Rules 2017-- TEACHER   0k - Feb 27, 2017, 11:04 AM by Janine Rowson (v2)
  • Lead Notes - Excellent Introductions   0k - Feb 4, 2017, 10:32 AM by Janine Rowson (v1)
  • Conclusion   0k - Feb 4, 2017, 10:31 AM by Janine Rowson (v1)
  • 8th Grade Hooks and Leads   0k - Feb 4, 2017, 10:30 AM by Janine Rowson (v1)
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