(posted by Sommer Bannan; 12/15/16)
Interact Update: *If you are a student in the Interact Club, you need to sign up on the Student Store ASAP. *Interact will be writing inspirational messages with sidewalk chalk on the front sidewalk of American Academy on Friday, December 16 at 7am. We hope to see you there! *Interact will be volunteering at the Denver Rescue Mission on February 5, 2016, serving food to families in need! There are 9 spaces left. Please email me asap if you and your family are interested in joining our group. Happy Holidays!

(posted by Sommer Bannan; 12/08/16)
Dear American Academy Interact Club Student(s) & Parent(s)/Guardian(s), The American Academy Interact Club is excited to venture on our first community service outreach activity! The students voted to begin our first volunteer excursion by serving food to families in need with the Denver Rescue Mission, February 5, 2016 from 6:00pm- 8:30pm. Due to the location and the type of volunteer work, each American Academy student MUST BE accompanied by their OWN parent(s)/guardian(s). We have 19 spaces available! ______________________________________________________________________________ Where: Lawrence Street Community Center What: Dinner Meal Service When: January 20th/ 6:00 pm- 8:30 Lawrence Street Community Center Address: 2222 Lawrence St, Denver CO 80205 Check-in: Please report to our Volunteer Room at the south corner of the facility. Upon arrival, please be sure to sign in at our computer kiosk station. If you are with a group, the group leader (Ms. Bannan) should sign in. This is helpful for us to highlight all that volunteers do to contribute to the community. After signing in, you will watch our safety video to bring you up to speed on everything you need to know for your volunteer shift. Parking: We have a private parking lot at the southwest end of the building for volunteer parking. If there are no parking spaces available in this lot, the parking lot across Lawrence Street is privately owned and is available to the public. Denver Rescue Mission does not control prices or reimburse volunteers if they receive a parking ticket. If you choose to park in this lot, please remember that you must pay the designated amount which is posted. Seven of the spaces in this lot are leased by Denver Rescue Mission and are available for free to volunteers. They are located behind the fence on the northeast end of the parking lot with posted signs on the fence. These spots are not available during weekend Rockies games (prices may also increase during Rockies baseball games). There is also street parking (which may be metered or a 2-hour limit) and additional free parking is available in the neighborhood north of the Shelter (around 25th and Lawrence). Do not park in the Denver Rescue Mission street parking spaces on Lawrence Street across from the facility as these are permit only. Minimum Age: This opportunity has a minimum age of 12 years old for safety reasons. Please do not bring family members or guests who are under 12. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ **** If you will be able to join American Academy’s Interact Club on this tremendous and memorable opportunity to give back within our community, please email the Interact Advisor (Ms. Bannan) at sbannan@aak9.org NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 16, 2016. Please include the name of the student and parent attending, as well as contact information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Warmest regards, Ms. Bannan Senor Instructor, Middle School English/ Interact Club Advisor

(posted by Sommer Bannan; 10/24/16)
We will begin the reading of George Orwell's novel Animal Farm this week. In this unit, we will focus on the following standards through our reading: 1) Allegory, Fable, Satire 2) Summarize, Questions, Connect, Reflect, Predict 3) Symbolism 4) Rhetoric and Propaganda 5) Connotation and Denotation 6) Allegorical Characters 7) Irony 8) Context Clues 9) Tone and Mood 10) Point of View 11) Subject versus Theme 12) Response to Literature

Independent Reading for Trimester 1 (posted by Sommer Bannan; 09/12/16)
Independent Reading for Trimester 1 (2016-2017) 8th grade English Language Arts The 8th grade English Language Arts classes will be working on Independent Reading during all three trimesters this school year. Each trimester the students will select their own book to read and complete an assignment on their book (please see Trimester 1 Book Report handout for the Trimester 1 assignment). Although the students will be given the opportunity to select their own books for their reading, it must follow the specified criteria (please see the checklist below). Students must select their novel and return this form by September 15, 2016 (Thursday). Independent Reading Start date: September 16, 2016 (Friday) Independent Reading End date (assignment due): November 1, 2016 (Tuesday). Check each item below to make sure the book selected meets the requirements: _______ The book must be 250+ pages _______ The book must be Fiction _______ Students must only choose a book that is not made into a movie; also, no books are allowed from a series in which any of the books have been made into movies. _______ The book selected must be appropriate material for middle school. _______ The book’s Lexile range needs to be at the student’s ability level: 8E Lexile range needs to be between 800L-1400L 8M Lexile range needs to be between 900L-1400L 8S Lexile range needs to be between 1000L-1400L Students may find books within Lexile ranges through the following websites: • aak8.org website and go to AA elibrary (under kid’s links)- kids sign in with student ID number and (Pin is 720) Electronic Library • Lexile.com

Letter Home to Parents (posted by Sommer Bannan; 09/08/16)
Dear 8th Grade Parents, Welcome to your student’s 8th Grade English class! I’m excited to venture into our literature program. I want to encourage you to embrace our upcoming novels, but also be prepared for some of the mature content that these classics contain. Our 8th grade curriculum delves into some adult topics which might need further explanation and discussion outside of school. While I will be diligent in discussing the historical aspects and context of such topics, I want to encourage you to also discuss these topics with your student at home. The following novels will be read throughout the school year. They are listed in the order that they are read: 1. Animal Farm by George Orwell: While this might seem like a children’s story, Orwell uses animals to depict the brutality and reign of Joseph Stalin. Adult topics include alcohol and tyranny (violence). 2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I’m sure many of you have read this classic. This is a wonderful read! Adult topics include the “n word”, a drunk protagonist, rape, and other implied violence (lynching and domestic abuse). 3. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare: This is a Shakespearean comedy. As anyone who is familiar with Shakespeare, we know he liked to push boundaries, so there are a few innuendos. Adult topics include sexual innuendos and alcohol. As their 8th grade English teacher, I want to do my best to prepare my students for a successful high school start. All the curriculum has been carefully chosen to help the students explore complex literature and develop critical thinking skills. On a personal note, I’m thrilled to be at American Academy for my 2nd year and in the field of education for my 9th year. I’m excited to meet you all in the near future. Sincerely, Sommer Bannan 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher (Parker Campus)

Daily Agenda (posted by Sommer Bannan; 02/17/17)
August 19, 2016
Agenda- Write assignments in planner. Briefly discuss my teaching experience. Group Poster- "How to be successful in English Language Arts this year?" Pass out Syllabus Discuss Core Novels
August 22, 2016
Bell work: Introduce Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” – ask the students to reflect upon the meaning in two to three sentences. Read “The Road Not Taken” as a class. 1) Annotate together (modeling annotations) 2) Discuss the theme Collect Review Classroom Policies and Procedures: Read Syllabus, Letter home to parents- Due Wednesday! Discuss the summer reading The Giver. Socratic Seminar questions are due tomorrow! The Socratic Seminar will take place on Monday, August 29th. Discuss the Letter of Introduction- Assign- due Friday
August 23, 2016
Collect the Socratic Seminar Summer Reading Questions- Packets/Questions will be returned to students on Friday! MAP Testing for English Language Arts
August 24, 2016
Collect Letter home to parents Collect AA Policies & Procedures MAP Testing for English Language Arts
August 25, 2016
Bell work: What are your favorite activities in English class? What does that say about your learning style? Are you a Kinesthetic learner? Auditory learner? Complete Worksheet and Discuss: Where Does Your True Intelligence Lie? Discuss as a class our learning styles Complete the Study Skills Worksheet- Share-out Complete the Goal Setting Worksheet based on our Study Skills Worksheet response First Journal assignment in OneNote on the American Academy Character Traits. Students will choose one trait to write about. What does this trait mean to you? Give an example when you exhibited one of these traits. Or, did you see one of your peers exhibit one of these traits last year? Explain. Poster with sticky notes- What do you hope to learn in English Language Arts this year?
August 26, 2016
Student Pictures Period ½- 9:30-9:40 Period 3/4 – 11:10-11:20 Period 5/6- 12:50-1:00 Bell Work: What has the most impressionable lesson you have learned this week (in any of your classes)? Collect Letter of Introduction Review Poster from yesterday. What do we hope to learn for English Language Arts this year? Pass back the Socratic Seminar packets. Power Point/Smart Board-Take Notes in OneNote on Socratic Seminars (Rules, Background info., dialogue vs. debate). In groups of two: prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Monday! Socratic Seminar on Monday on The Giver.
August 29, 2016
Bell Work: What is the purpose of a Socratic Seminar? How does dialogue differ from a debate? What is one rule to follow in a Socratic Seminar?   Socratic Seminar on The Giver   Student reflection and debrief Teacher feedback on strengths and areas of improvements
August 30, 2016
Bell Work: Tell me about your reading habits (in an educational setting and in your personal reading at home).    Read as a class Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!”   Students will first annotate individually.   Annotate the poem as a class using the SmartBoard. Discuss the literary devices within the poem.   Students will open OneNote and take notes in Reading Notes on Walt Whitman’s biography.   Read as a class in the literature books- Connect to the poem/build background. Answer questions 1-6 in groups. Share out as a class   Collect Annotations and Questions   8M/8S Complete the Reading Worksheet- Share-out Collect
August 31, 2016
Bell Work: What did you learn yesterday about Walt Whitman’s poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”?   Quia Assessment on O Captain! My Captain! K-W-L Chart on Plagiarism Students will complete the packet in groups on plagiarism.
September 1, 2016
Bell Work: Write down two rules in plagiarism (refer to your K-W-L Chart)   Complete the K-W-L chart and turn in. OneNote Notes on Plagiarism- Power Point. Revisit the Plagiarism packet and complete in pairs. Revisit the K-W-L. Complete the column "What did you learn?" Introduce Write-to-Learn and IXL
September 2, 2016
Bell Work: What is one new piece of information you learned in the Plagiarism unit? 30 Minutes: Student Independent Work Time: IXL on in-text citations/ Plagiarism (8th grade standards) -note- this will not be graded. It is to practice the lessons we learned in the plagiarism unit and to prepare for the plagiarism assessment Remaining class period: Student Independent Work Time: Write-to-Learn Essay on The Giver.
September 6, 2016
Bell Work: Correctly write the following titles: Animal Farm (book) Twelfth Night (play) O Captain! My Captain (poem) Raymond's Run (short story)   Quia Assessment on Plagiarism   Mini Research Lesson: Discuss Project guidelines and rubric   Introduction Mini lesson: Review Source Credibility (Power Point, Handout on CAARP and discuss Source Handout) Review Quote Sandwich (SmartBoard)   Due: Friday
September 7, 2016
Bell Work: Review: Write down the following web sites and determine which are credible: .org .com .edu .gov .net   Introduction Mini lesson: Review MLA format on the Works Cited page. Review OWL Purdue. Students will follow along and navigate through OWL Purdue.     Student Work Time: Students will work on Mini Research Lesson- Due Friday    
September 8, 2016
Bell Work: Review: Rewrite the following in-text citation example paraphrased. Emerson often wrote about nature and the" relationship of the self within nature" (Bannan 112).   Review- Sandwich paragraph, in-text citations, and OWL Purdue   Student work time: Complete project and prepare to give the speech to the class. I will check each student's work in progress during the class period - Due Friday Pass back all class papers. Give students time to organize their materials.
September 9, 2016
Bell Work: What is one new piece of information you learned this week. Quia Assessment on Source Credibility.   Students will present their Mini Research Projects to the class.   Time Remaining: Class competition using IXL for Research Topic. Pass back all class papers. Give students time to organize their materials.
September 12, 2016
Bell Work: Activating prior knowledge: Recall three literary devices and define them.   Introduce the Independent Reading Book for Trimester 1 and Book Report/Rubric Discuss- Books online Lexile Range   Book Reports are due by November 1st, 2016   OneNote Notetaking on Literary Terms in Short Stories
September 13, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of a simile and a metaphor.   Grammar Lesson 9 (Capitalization: The Pronoun I, Poetry, Titles, Outlines, Quotations)- Students will take notes and complete practice questions a-h. Share-out  Discuss with students the grade per proficiency level Complete handout on Literary Devices in groups. Each group will create a poster to represent one of the literary devices and present it to the class.   H.W. IXL for 30 minutes. H.1 Capitalization.  
September 14, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of indirect characterization. Share-out  Impromptu- Book Talk in groups (students will talk about books read to give their peers recommendations on their Independent Reading books). Begin the Short Story Unit- Glencoe 8E- Review the Setting poster from yesterday and talk about adding descriptive language. Review as a class the Short Story Plot Line.   Read “Raymond’s Run” in the Glencoe book as a class. As the class reads, the students will make predictions about what will happen next (handout).  
September 15, 2016
Bell Work: (Creating writing using sensory language): Create two detailed sentences using sight and sound. Grammar Lesson 65- Quotation Marks- Practice Questions in Hake   Short Story Unit- Read “Kaffir Boy” as a class.   Answer questions 1-6
September 16, 2016
Bell Work: How did you select your Independent Reading book? What is it about? Pair Share with a partner. Share-out Library Time- 30 minutes   Finish questions 1-6 from "Kaffir Boy" Test prep games for Literary Devices or Students may use IXL for Test Prep on Literary Devices
September 19, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Kaffir Boy"? Collect Parent Signature Letter for Independent Reading Set up OneNote folder for Independent Reading   Read- "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" By: Jack Finney Glencoe 5 Answer Questions 1-7 Review Wednesday's Short Story Test: Literary Devices "Raymond's Run" "Kaffir Boy" "Two Kinds" "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" Reading Comprehension
September 20, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Content of a Dead Man's Pockets?" Grammar Lesson 66: Quotation Marks Part 2 Practice Questions   Read "Two Kinds" By Amy Tan Answer Questions 1-5 All Questions for "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" and "Two Kinds" are on my attached links. The Short Story Test has been moved to Thursday, September 22nd.
September 21, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Two Kinds"? Review the Grammar question from yesterday. Where is the ? Placed when using quotations and asking a question with a title. 20 Minutes of Student Work Time: Students will have time to answer questions remaining from either "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" or "Two Kinds" Grade "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" and "Two Kinds" questions out loud as a class. Students will complete worksheet- finding literary devices within the short stories read.
September 22, 2016
Bell Work: How did you prepare for today's short story test? Short Story Test: Literary Devices and content questions from the short stories read in class ("Raymond's Run," "Kaffir Boy," "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket," and "Two Kinds"). Reading Comprehension questions- (Glencoe assessment 5th edition from" Wouldn't Take Nothing for May Journey Now" by Maya Angelou page 460) Giving students Independent Reading Time and setting up OneNote for our Book Reports-- I will check the OneNote set up. IXL Competition Game for Grammar on Quotations.
September 26, 2016
Bell Work: When brainstorming topics for your short story, what are the first items you must consider before beginning your writing? (Possible answers: audience, setting, characterization, genre, theme).   Vocabulary- Students take review notes in OneNote on Narrative Short Story Writing Elements     Writing our own short stories- Introduce Rubric and Plot Graphic Organizer     Write the conflict and theme on the bottom of the graphic organizer.   Student work time: work on the character worksheet and the graphic organizer for the plot outline. – Due tomorrow
September 27, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of an interrupted dialogue..     Grammar IXL in class- Quotations and Dialogue- for a grade! Discuss "Punctuating Dialogue" handout. Discuss "Recall and Arrange Details" handout.   Students will work on the prewriting worksheet and begin writing their rough draft.   H.W. Students will work on Dialogue editing worksheet- due tomorrow
September 28, 2016
Bell Work: Write out one sentence that you can use to give clearer description in your setting.     Mini lesson on using sensory language and descriptive language in our writing. Read Mark Twain’s descriptive setting. Highlight/underline sections describing the time/place. Poster paper working on descriptive settings as a class. "Sensory Language" worksheet   Students will work on rough draft- rough draft- focusing on descriptive language in the setting. (Friday).
September 29, 2016
Bell Work: Write out one simile that you could use regarding your character in your Short Story Narrative   Grammar Lesson 2: Complete Sentences, Sentence Fragments, and Run-on Sentences (notes and practice questions a-e).   Discuss the "How to Dazzle the Reader" Handout   Students will work on writing their rough draft. Due tomorrow (printed)!
September 30, 2016
Bell Work: What is the theme of your short story?   Vocabulary Review Quiz on Narrative Elements   30 Minutes: Student Work Time for Independent Reading and Book Report Project- I will check OneNote and Book Reports work-in-progress for a grade!     Color coding the rough draft for literary devices in pairs.   Rewriting the rough draft adding additional elements noted in the color coding. I will check the rough drafts. Pass back all papers
October 3, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Peer editing in round circle groups.     “Choosing Precise Words” handout- complete in groups. Students will take the revisions made from the peer edits and the information learned from the handout and revise their rough drafts Student independent work: Revising the rough draft with word choices.
October 4, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson: IXL Complete Sentences, Sentence Fragments, and Run-on Sentences. (p.3) 30 minutes.   Students will use Write-to-Learn to edit their rough draft and make any revisions. Students will rewrite final draft and print. Due tomorrow (Wednesday)
October 5, 2016
I will be out of the classroom for a Professional Development for conducting Socratic Seminars. There will be a substitute. No Bell Work this week.     Final draft of the Short Story Narrative due.     Students will staple together all papers included in the Short Story Narrative project (please see the white poster paper for the order in which the papers are stapled).     30 Minutes: IXL Practice Peer Review Section in 8th grade standards –not for a grade- just for practice.   Remaining class time: Independent Work Time: Students may complete Independent Reading and work on the Book Report in OneNote
October 6, 2016
No Bell Work this week.     As a class, read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson     Practice in editing errors in: Dialogue Punctuation Spelling
October 7, 2016
No School
October 17, 2016
Bell Work: Activate previous knowledge: What do you know about the Russian Revolution? Share-out.   For students who were in D.C.- put together Short Story packets and turn-in.   Take Notes on Animal Farm Background info. (Power Point Presentation).   Four Corner Debate on the themes within Animal Farm.
October 18, 2016
Bell Work: Recall- What is an allegory? What is a fable? What is a satire?   Library to check out Animal Farm books.   Grammar Test Prep for Thursday’s test: IXL practice for test prep homework- Capitalization, Punctuating Dialogue and Quotations, Complete Sentences, Run-on Sentences, and Sentence Fragments. Continue Notes on the Background of George Orwell in OneNote   Group Research Activity on the following: 1) Capitalism 2) Communism 3) Czarish Government 4) Democracy 5) Socialism 6) Totalitarianism Students will create Sway presentations and include a final page for Works Cited. Due: Thursday.
October 19, 2016
Bell Work: What new information did you learn in your research work from yesterday regarding government structures? Share-out.   Standards Focus: Exploring Expository Writing- Author Biography: George Orwell Read article and complete handout questions.   Work on Sway Presentations on Government Structures. Due tomorrow!
October 20, 2016
Bell Work: Recall: What new information did you learn this week about the biography of George Orwell?   8E/8S- Grammar Test (Hake and IXL)   Present Sway Presentations- classes 1/2 & 5/6   Review the Government Structures as a class and take notes in OneNote During period 3/4- Red Ribbon Week Presentation outside 9:40-11am
October 21, 2016
Bell Work: What are your thoughts on using Sway versus other presentation technology (such as Power Point)? Pros and Cons. Explain.   8E- During Class/ 8M/8S- Homework: Complete the handout- Standards Focus: Elements of Fiction Genre: Allegory- students will answer questions at the end. 8M/8S- Present SWAY presentations on Government Structures (Into. To Animal Farm). Take notes in OneNote.   Student Independent Work Time: Independent Reading and Book Report work time
October 24, 2016
Housekeeping: Review school recommendations for high school. Bell Work: What do you know about propaganda? What is the definition? How is it used to spread information?   Vocabulary Terms: Rhetoric and Propaganda- students take Notes in OneNote     Read Chapter 1- Animal Farm     Review the Graphic Organizer in OneNote- Summarize Question, Connect, Reflect and Predict- ask the students to complete this assignment for Chapter 1.
October 25, 2016
Bell Work: Recall your notes on Rhetoric and Propaganda from yesterday. What is one technique that can be used to spread propaganda? Give an example for this technique.   Hake Grammar- Subject/Predicate (Lesson 1) Practice questions a-g   Read Chapter 2 in Animal Farm   Chapter Two Standards Focus: Symbolism- Review Symbolism and Fable. Students will complete the worksheet Part A and Part B     IXL Homework IXL Grade 8 n.2 Identifying the Simple Subject and Simple Predicate in the sentence
October 26, 2016
Bell Work: After reading chapter 1 & 2 in Animal Farm, make a prediction about what will happen next to enrich the conflict. IXL- 30 minutes M.1 Sentence Types.   Read Animal Farm (Chapter 3) Students will finish the Handout packet on Symbolism- due at the end of the class period   H.W. Students will Read Chapter 4 independently for homework
October 27, 2016
Bell Work: Grammar recall: Write an example of a declarative sentence and an interrogative sentence.   Hake Grammar Lesson 4: Nouns: Proper, Concrete, Abstract, and Collective practice questions a-h   Watch "The Wave" On Rhetoric and Propaganda
October 28, 2016
Professional Development Day! No school for students.
October 31, 2016
Bell Work: How did the ABC Special "The Wave" relate to Animal Farm? Explain.   For Halloween fun: :) Read “The Black Cat” By: Edgar Allan Poe   Read Chapter 5 in Animal Farm Begin the handout: Standards Focus: Rhetoric and Propaganda handout for Animal Farm
November 1, 2016
Bell work: Write a 3-4 sentence summary on Animal Farm thus far. Survey from Ms. Neil.   Book Reports are due.   Grammar Lesson 5: Present and Past Tense of Regular Verbs   Read Chapter 6: Animal Farm Standards Finding supporting quotations-- preparing for their response to literature paragraph   IXL Homework 30 minutes: EE.2
November 2, 2016
Bell Work: Watch the short video on the difference between Concrete Nouns and Abstract Nouns. Grammar Warm-up: Students will write an two examples for each. (Concrete versus Abstract Nouns review)   Book Report Presentations- Students will present their posters to the class. Give students time to complete the self-graded rubric and collect.   Students will take notes on books they could possibly choose for Trimester 2's Independent Reading. 8E- Review R.A.C.E on the Smartboard. Begin writing the Response to Literature paragraph. 8m/8s- Standards Focus Handout: Finding Supporting Quotations.
November 3, 2016
Bell Work: Grammar Warm-up (Concrete versus Abstract Nouns review) 8E- YES officer presentation on Bullying 8m/8s   Grammar Lesson 6: Helping Verbs   Mini lesson on adding quotations from dialogue-review on properly formatting in-text citations. Students will write the Response to Literature paragraphs using their "Finding Supporting Quotations" handout and their R.A.C.E. notes in OneNote H.W. Response to Literature paragraph is due tomorrow (using the R.A.C.E format). Typed, Double spaced, 12 point font
November 4, 2016
Bell Work: Tell me about something you learned this week that had an impact on you. :) 8m/8STurn in Response to Literature paragraphs stapled to the Finding Supporting Quotations handout.   Read Animal Farm Chapter 7 8E-  Mini lesson on adding quotations from dialogue-review on properly formatting in-text citations. Ask the students to begin organizing their Response to Literature paragraphs using their "Finding Supporting Quotations" handout Mini lesson: Allegorical Characters Standards Focus handout: Allegorical characters- connecting characters within Animal Farm to the Russian Revolution Pass back papers
November 7, 2016
Bell Work: Write down one quote from Animal Farm (that includes dialogue). Use the proper rules for in-text citations. Review the worksheet Allegorical Characters- discuss the answers as a class.   Read Animal Farm Chapter 8   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus- Irony. Students will complete the handout of irony on Animal Farm.   H.W.- Choose 5 Vocabulary words from Animal Farm. Write the (a) sentence context of the word, (b) the definition, and write (c) one synonym. Due tomorrow.
November 8, 2016
Election Day! Bell Work: What are the three kinds of irony? Give an example of one type of irony portrayed in Animal Farm. Collect Vocabulary assignment   Grammar Hake Lesson 7- Singular, Plural, Compound and Possessive Nouns/ Noun Gender (notes and practice questions)   Read Animal Farm Chapter 9   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Tone and Mood- Students will complete the Animal Farm handout on identifying Tone and Mood within the novel
November 9, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between Tone and Mood? Explain. IXL - 30 Minutes on Nouns C.C.3     Read Animal Farm Chapter 10   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Connotation and Denotation. Students will complete the handouts on the Vocabulary within Animal Farm.
November 10, 2016
Bell Work: Write the definition of connotation and the definition of denotation. Collect Connotation and Denotation Vocabulary packet Review with students the concepts on Tuesday's Grammar Test. Students will take notes on what to study.   Grammar Hake Lesson 8: Future Tense (notes and practice questions) Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Subject vs. Theme Students will complete the handout on Subject versus Theme within Animal Farm Discuss the Socratic Seminar Questions and Rubric for next Monday.   H.W. Prep for the Socratic Seminar on Monday.
November 11, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between Subject and Theme in a story? Explain.   Watch the movie Animal Farm. Students will complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the book to the movie. H.W.- Students will prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Monday on Animal Farm. Grammar Test is on Tuesday. Animal Farm Test is on Wednesday
November 14, 2016
No Bell Work this week Review with students the School Recommendation process for A.A.   Review Dialogue vs. Debate Review Socratic Seminar guidelines Socratic Seminar on Animal Farm Students will have preparation materials on their desk (questions answered, Socratic Seminar questions stems, Socratic Seminar rubric) to assist them in the dialogue/discussion. Pass back all papers and begin studying for the Grammar Test (Tuesday) and Animal Farm Test (Wednesday)
November 15, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Test (Hake Lessons 1, 4, 5, 7, 8) – Quia Socratic Seminar Debrief- Students will complete the reflection and we will discuss as a class.   Student Work time: Students can prepare in groups for the Animal Farm Exam.   Students will review all Standards Focus Worksheets: Allegory, Satire, Fable/ Summarize, Questions, Connect, Reflect, and Predict/ Symbolism/ Response to Literature/ Irony/ Mood versus Tone/ Subject versus Theme/ Rhetoric and Propaganda/ Connotation and Denotation   8E- Finish the Animal Farm movie
November 16, 2016
No Bell Work this week. 8:30-9am- Leadership Awards Discuss yesterday's Grammar Test re: bunch (collective noun) and shined/shone (past tense). 8E- Study for the Animal Farm exam   8M/8S- Animal Farm Final Exam (*each assessment differs per ability group)     IXL class competition
November 17, 2016
No Bell Work this week. 8E- Animal Farm Exam   Istation Assessment   8M/8S- Introduce Newsela- Students will find a current article they are interested in and familiarize themselves with annotating and answering questions. Model as a class/ Allow students time for Independent work on the article assigned- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
November 28, 2016
Bell Work: (Activating Prior Knowledge)- What do you know about Nelle Harper Lee? What do you know about the Great Depression? What do you know about To Kill a Mockingbird?- Discuss prior knowledge as a class in a share-out.   Anticipatory Activity: Four Corner Debate on the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird   Read 1/2 of Chapter 1 in TKAM   Students will be assigned groups as a jigsaw project to research the background information for To Kill a Mockingbird. Each group will be assigned one of the following:   1-The background/biography of Nelle Harper Lee 2-The Great Depression 3-The Civil Rights Movement 4-Segregations and Slavery in America 5-The South- history and traditions 6-The Emancipation Proclamation Each group will create a SmartBoard presentation (either using SWAY or Power Point) to teach the class their information. The final slide must provide a Works Cited in MLA format.   Due: Thursday
November 29, 2016
Bell Work: Answer one of the following: What is the setting of TKAM? Describe the town and its traditions. What did we learn about the narrator through indirect characterization? Seating chart change   Grammar Lesson 10: Irregular Plural Nouns Part 1. Notes and Practice questions.   Finish reading chapter 1 TKAM   Students will work on their Research Project for TKAM- due Thursday.
November 30, 2016
Bell Work: No Bell Work-   Y.E.S.S. Program Officer - Lecture and Discussion   H.W. – Prepare to present the Power point/SWAY presentations
December 1, 2016
Bell work: In three to four sentences, summarize what you have read in Chapter 1 of TKAM.   Grammar Lesson 11: Irregular Plural Nouns Part 2 Notes and practice question   Students will present their Research Presentations. Students will take notes in OneNote on each presentation given. Read chapter 2 TKAM   H.W. Read chapter 3
December 2, 2016
Bell Work: What is one fact you learned yesterday in the Research Presentations?   Pop Quiz on TKAM (Chapters 1-3)   Read Chapter 4 TKAM   Newsela Article- Students will annotate and answer the quiz questions on the article "Framed S.C. Civil Rights Protestors have Convictions erased.     H.W. Read chapter 5 in TKAM
December 5, 2016
Bell Work: Write a three to four sentence summary on Chapter 5 in To Kill a Mockingbird.   Read TKAM Chapter 6 as a class.     Timed-Write on Empathy in OneNote. Review chapter 3- Atticus and Scout's conversation about empathy. Students will answer the following prompt: What is empathy? When is the last time you felt empathy for someone? Is it always good to be empathetic? Can you feel empathy for someone as well as anger or dislike? What would the world be like if no one felt empathy for anyone else?   Students will share their Timed-writes- discussing their experiences with empathy in groups. The students will volunteer one student from each group to share the empathy story with the class.   H.W. TKAM Chapter 7 independently.
December 6, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? Explain.   Grammar Lesson 12: Irregular Verbs Part 1- Be, Have, Do.   Read TKAM Chapter 8 as a class. Practice the Vocabulary Web worksheet as a class.   Vocabulary- Students will find **(5 for 8E/8 for 8M/ 10 for 8S) Vocabulary words that are unfamiliar within TKAM. The students will (a) write the word (b) write the sentence context of the word (c) write the definition (d) write one synonym and one antonym     H.W. – Vocabulary Webs
December 7, 2016
Bell Work: What are some actions we can take to be empathetic to our family, friends, class mates, teammates, community, etc.?   Read TKAM- 1/2 of chapter 9   Newsela- Students will be assigned the Newsela article: Rosa Parks. **The articles assigned the classes will differ in Lexile Reading Range. The students will complete the annotations of the article and take the Quiz at the end. **The Newsela Quiz will differ in difficulty based on ability group.   Review Summary Writing with the class. Show examples of Summaries. Review the Summary Rubric.   Ask the students to find a Newsela Article they are interested in reading and writing about. Students will first annotate the article. They will print the article and write a one paragraph summary on the content, the audience, and the purpose of the article. Students will be placed into groups to share their articles. One student per group will share their article with the class on Friday.   H.W.- Newsela Article Summary due Friday
December 8, 2016
Bell Work: Recall: What are three important items to include when writing a summary?   Grammar Lesson 13: Four Principle Parts of Verbs     Finish reading TKAM Chapter 9   Work on Newsela Articles and Summary Writing- per Wednesday’s instruction
December 9, 2016
Bell Work: In three to four sentences, discuss the lessons Scout has learned thus far.   Istation Reading Comprehension on Summaries   Read TKAM Chapter 10 IXL Class competition Pass back papers
December 12, 2016
Period 1- Spelling Bee   No Bell Work this week.   TKAM- read chapter 11   Review the lesson learned thus far within To Kill a Mockingbird- pair share and share out. Tined-write: Students will pick one lesson learned and explore it in a 25 minute Timed Write in OneNote. What lesson was learned? How was it articulated within TKAM? How did it personally impact you?
December 13, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 14: Prepositions   Pop Quiz on Chapters 1-10 in TKAM   Read chapter 12 in TKAM Book Fair
December 14, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Read TKAM- chapter 13   Newsela Article- “Civil Rights Leader: Martin Luther King Jr.” - Annotate the article and take the quiz. Write a one paragraph summary (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font). The rubric will follow the same criteria as the previous week. (Students may refer to their Summary Writing Handout. Due Friday
December 15, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 15: The Perfect Tenses   TKAM – Chapter 14   Work on Newsela Summary- due tomorrow.
December 16, 2016
No Bell Work this week. Collect the Newsela Summary     Literary Snowflakes
January 4, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Review Independent Reading for Trimester 2. Discuss the Independent Reading Journal expectations, the Journal Jumpstart Worksheet, and the Rubric. Review the letter home to parents.   Review the reading of TKAM from previous chapters.   Read TKAM Chapter 15   Grammar Test Prep- Review Hake Grammar Lesson 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. 15 Students will complete handout on lessons- Due Friday. (Students will locate their notes on these lessons. Students will review IXL to see where they can prepare within the lessons. Students will use the Hake book to review key ideas). Test will be on Friday 1/6
January 6, 2017
No Bell Work this week.     Read TKAM Chapter 16   TKAM Study Guide Questions Review Ch. 1-16   Grammar Test Prep. Student work time. Grammar Test tomorrow.
January 9, 2017
No Bell Work this week Grammar Test on Hake Lessons 10-15 8M/8S- Reading: Discuss as a class the Study Guide Review Questions. 8E- Read Chapter 16 in TKAM -   Writing: Introduce the Newspaper Project- due Thursday Review the guidelines and rubric.
January 10, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 31: The Period/ Abbreviations   TKAM read chapter 17   Newspaper Project
January 11, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 41: The Comma   TKAM read chapter 18   Newspaper Project
January 12, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 43 The Comma: Direct Addresses, Appositives, Academic Degrees     TKAM read chapter 19   Newspaper Project -due Tuesday
January 17, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Collect Parent Signatures for the Independent Reading Book selection for Trimester 2.   Review the Example Paper for the Independent Reading Journal Entry in OneNote. Review the speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. Play audio for the class to hear as they read along. Students will annotate the speech . Read Chapter 20 in TKAM Students will be given until tomorrow to complete the Newspaper Project for To Kill a Mockingbird.
January 18, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Hake Lesson 47: The Comma: Greetings and Closings, Last Name First, Introductory and Interrupting Elements, Afterthoughts, Clarity TKAM Newspaper Projects are due!   Read TKAM Chapter 21 & 22   TKAM handout – Finding Vocabulary in Context
January 19, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Hake Lesson 58 The Comma: Descriptive Adjectives, Dependent Clauses   Read TKAM Chapter 23   TKAM handouts- Standards Focus: Rhetoric-Ethos, Pathos, Logos & Rhetorical Devices (handout)
January 23, 2017
Bell Work: Review: Recall Atticus’ speech to the jury in Chapter 20. Give one example of how he used ethos, pathos, or logos.     Read TKAM 24 & 25   Standards Focus Handout: Author’s Style TKAM H.W.- Independent Reading and Journaling
January 24, 2017
Bell Work: Who is your favorite character in TKAM? Why? Explain.   Grammar Hake Lesson 60: The Comma: Compound Sentences, Direct Quotations     Read TKAM 26 & 27   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 25, 2017
Bell Work: Predict how you think TKAM will end.   IXL: Comma Review A.1   Read TKAM Chapter 28 & 29   Standards Focus Handout: Theme in Context TKAM   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 26, 2017
Bell Work: In your opinion, what was the most important lesson learned in TKAM?   Grammar Hake Lesson 62: Nonessential Parts- That or Which   Read chapter 30 & 31   Watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 27, 2017
Bell Work: What are your thoughts about your reading of TKAM? What was the most memorable part of the story? Explain.   Independent Reading and Journaling   Finish watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird   Prepare for the Socratic Seminar on TKAM
January 30, 2017
Bell Work: In two or three sentences, compare and contrast TKAM book to the movie.   Finish watching TKAM movie   Review Socratic Seminar Guidelines   Independently prepare for Tuesday’s Socratic Seminar.
January 31, 2017
Bell Work: How did you prepare for the Socratic Seminar?   Socratic Seminar on TKAM   Socratic Seminar Debrief Questions
February 1, 2017
Class picture 8:50-9:05   Bell Work: Reflect on yesterday's Socratic Seminar: What was one strength of our Socratic Seminar yesterday? What was one area of improvement? Socratic Seminar follow-up discussion/debrief Empathy Ball- Kinesthetic Activity   To Kill a Mockingbird Final Exam **The test will differ in level of depth, format of the test, and points- per ability group. Grammar Hake Lesson- Dashes Student Work Time: Independent Reading and Journaling- there will be a Journal check on Friday!
February 2, 2017
Y.E.S.S. Program Officer visit
February 3, 2017
Bell Work: What was one part of the Y.E.S.S. Officer’s speech that was important to you? Explain. Return TKAM books to the library.   30 Minutes: Istation assignment- Reading with ISIP (Students click blue button and the assignments are already tailored individually- based on their assessments).   Independent Reading and Journaling- Journal check for a grade.
February 6, 2017
Bell Work: What was your experience in writing your Argumentative Essay in 6th grade and 7th grade?   Grammar Hake Lesson 88: The Semicolon   Argumentative Essay: Review OneNote for handouts on: The Outline MLA Citations Research Notes Rubric Students will begin their research notes
February 7, 2017
Bell Work: What is one interesting piece of research you have found for your Argumentative Essay?   Grammar Hake Lesson 90: The Colon Notes and practice questions a-e   Argumentative Essay: Students will research their topic.
February 8, 2017
Bell Work: In your Argumentative Essay, which side of the argument will you take a stand on? Was there more research supporting your argument?   Grammar Hake Lesson 103: Parenthesis and Brackets Notes and practice questions a-d   Argumentative Essay: · Students will research their topic Students will work on the Think Sheet Graphic Organizer
February 9, 2017
Bell Work: Define Thesis Statement.     Grammar Hake Lesson 95: The Apostrophe   Argumentative Essay: · Mini lesson- Argumentative Essay Power Point Students will work on their Think Sheet.
February 10, 2017
Bell Work: What has been the easiest part in beginning your Argumentative Essay? What has been more difficult?   Independent Reading and Journaling – Journal due on February 16, 2017   Grammar Hake Lesson 96: The Apostrophe Argumentative Essay: · Provide Sample Essay for students of the Argumentative Essay Students will work on their Think Sheet
February 13, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up exercise   Grammar IXL Punctuation Commas: A.5 -25 minutes   Argumentative Essay:   Students will begin writing the rough draft- The rough draft is due on Wednesday.   Thesis statement is due at the end of the class period- as an exit slip
February 14, 2017
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! Bell Work: Warm-up exercise- student led.   Grammar IXL Punctuation Dashes- E.1 20 minutes   Argumentative Essay: Pass back all corrected Thesis Statements to students. Review In-Text Citations and Works Cited pages.   Students will write the rough draft of the Argumentative Essay.
February 15, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up Empathy Ball (Student-led)   Grammar IXL Ethos, Pathos, Logos WW.4 20 minutes   Argumentative Essay:   Mini lesson and handout on using "Good Sentences"   Students will write their rough drafts- due tomorrow
February 16, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up with Mindfulness: focus on positive thoughts.   Independent Reading: Students will print and staple their Independent Reading Journals and submit.   Argumentative Essay:   Students will edit their own rough drafts using Write-to-Learn.   Students will write the final draft of their Argumentative Essay
February 17, 2017
Bell Work: Reflection on the Argumentative Essay. Share-out. Istation assessment assignments   Students will work on their Final Draft of their Argumentative Essay   Pass back all papers
This Week's Specials Schedule
6E: PE - Ms. Drake
6M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
6S: PE - Ms. Drake
7E: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7S: Tech - Ms. Paumen
8E: Tech - Ms. Paumen
8M: PE - Ms. Drake
8S: PE - Ms. Drake
Next Week's Specials Schedule
6E: PE - Ms. Drake
6M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
6S: PE - Ms. Drake
7E: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7M: Tech - Ms. Paumen
7S: Tech - Ms. Paumen
8E: Tech - Ms. Paumen
8M: PE - Ms. Drake
8S: PE - Ms. Drake
Event Calendar
Apr 7
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, MB gym & cafeteria (separate campuses)