7th & 8th Grade Writing

Mrs. Mekelburg

Office Hours: 10-11 and 1:30-2:30

Zoom meeting with students daily at 11 am for teaching

Attendance question is to be submitted by 6 pm.

Assignment is due by 9 pm.

Office Hours & Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is available for the students between 8-3 during a school day which is Tuesday through Friday only.

I am not docking students for late work at this time. It has been a big learning curve for all of us and this is one stress factor we don't need.

Currently, to keep our Zoom safe and only for our students, I changed the personal meeting ID, no screen sharing is available, I have instituted the Waiting Room and I have total control over activities such as removing disruptive students, disabling video and sound, etc. If your student is removed, they will not be able to rejoin that day but can join us the next day and try again.

Technology sites we are currently using:

  • Vocabulary.com
  • Quill.org
  • FreeRice.com (A fun game where correct answers funds feeding people.)
  • Writewellapp.com (A template to use when writing the essay for those who are needing a little bit of help getting started.)
  • Prowritingaid.com (Similar to Grammerly but on steroids.)

Weekly Highlights for Writing

This is WRITING week!!

Hopefully this helps you and your student: To-Do List

FYI, just because your student "turns in" work on Google Classroom, does not mean that work was submitted. I have several doing that, but nothing is there. It shows complete for you when it isn't complete for them.

Monday 5/4: Teacher and student work day (no class)

Tuesday 5/5 and Wednesday 5/6: TOPIC: Conclusion Paragraph

Students will have access to videos, worksheets, templates, etc to help them write their conclusion paragraph. This will be submitted under the assignment in Google Classroom titled Conclusion Paragraph.

Thursday 5/7 and Friday 5/8 : TOPIC: Work Cited Page

Students will have two different websites they can use to create their Works Cited Page. This will be submitted under the assignment in Google Classroom titled Works Cited Page.

All coursework for this week can be found on Google Classroom. I will be posting daily instructions under the "Classwork" tab.

ATTENDANCE will be taken at 6:00 PM.

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