Grading Policy Reminders
A few reminders about our school grading policy:
Classwork: Classwork can NOT be made-up, unless a student was absent for the classwork. Often times I will allow students to take classwork home to finish for homework. If the classwork is NOT turned in the following day, students will not receive credit.
Late work Policy: For every day an assignment is late, teachers may deduct a
total of 5 points per day, up to 5 days that an assignment is late. If after the fifth day the assignment still has not been turned in, the student will receive a failing grade for the missing work. Students with failing grades may be required to attend Saturday School for grade recovery, or before and/or after-school tutoring.
If you are ABSENT, it is YOUR responsibility to check the BLOG and get your makeup assignments the day you return to school. If you fail to do so, you are at risk of earning zeros for the missing work and will not be given any more time to makeup the work.
We dove back into argumentative writing today as students reviewed the elements of an argumentative essay. Students took notes and discussed the differences between reasons and evidence to support an argument. Students practiced tracing an argument essay by identifying each element of the essay: hook, claim, background information, reasons, evidence, bridges, counterclaims, turn-back, and call to action.
GREEK/LATIN ROOT WORD "ASTR" 5 DEFINITIONS DUE TOMORROW
INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK CHECK: EVERYTHING GLUED/TAPED IN AND COMPLETED FROM THIS WEEK
READTHEORY QUIZZES DUE BY TUESDAY!!!
Students signed up for Readtheory.org in class! This is an online program that allows students to practice reading comprehension skills. This is one of many resources to assist with improving and practicing for the GA Milestones. Please click on the Word Doc link and follow the directions to sign-up. If you are having difficulties, please see me before connections.
UNIT 3 MAJOR ASSIGNMANETS
Yesterday, we reviewed two of the major assignments for this 9 weeks. These are not all of the major assignments, However, I like to provide students with some of them so they can begin working right away and get them turned in by the due date.
Independent Reading Project - due February 13, 2019
Students should choose any book they would like to read that is middle school level. Once they finish the book, they will need to choose one out of the 25 projects from the list provided to them. Students were given the list yesterday and glued in their interactive notebook. If you have questions about this project, please feel free to email me.
Matchbook Project - due one week after we finish reading Tangerine by Edward Bloor
We will begin reading the novel Tangerine in class on Friday. We will read the novel as a class and occasional in small groups. As students read, they will need to write a 3-5 sentence summary of each diary entry from the novel. They will compile all of their summaries to create one project. I have given students a few options on how they want to create their end product. Please use the following link to view the presentation of the options students have to chose from.
Please note: one option requires the use of technology, if your child choose this option please provide a note that states they do have the resources at home to complete it. Thank you!
This week we eased back into things. Students took the UNIT 3 pretest on Monday & Tuesday. Yesterday, we spent some time creating a midyear goal to work towards and reach by the end of the school year. Before the break, we read "A Christmas Carol" and analyzed the dialogue, character development, and figurative language. We are revisiting it today and tomorrow by watching the Disney film version to compare the film to the book.
On Monday, I will be discussing the unit, major assignments, and weekly assignments for the new 9 weeks. We will continue working with greek/latin root words. Students will get their new word on either Monday or Tuesday.
Since this is the 9 weeks that leads up to students taking Georgia Milestones, we will be doing test prep frequently. We will be in the computer lab once a week for students to work on our new implementation of the ReadingPlus program (students signed up before Christmas break & have access to it at home). The login information is below.
Sitecode - rpgriff1
Username - lunch #
Password - lunch #
I will also work on getting them signed up for Readtheory.com (Finally!) so they have an account to use from now until they leave Griffin! Both of these sites will help with their reading comprehension and vocabulary.
I highly encourage students to go to these sites to practice at home to help prepare them for the Milestones.
Another resource I will provide student logins for a writing practice site called Quill.org that will help with writing!
All good things to come in the next few weeks!!
STUDENTS - REMEMBER, WE WILL BE IN THE LAB ON TUES 15 & 22
Please complete the midyear survey! It provides me with meaningful feedback to help make class a better learning environment for YOU!
I hope everyone had a well-deserved restful break! I know I did! I spent my break with my family in California. For the first time, I was able to spend the holidays with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I even made a trip out to the beach and spent time at Universal Studios Hollywood! Now that we have rested and spent some time off, we need to hit the ground running to start off 2019!
This week we are reviewing some classroom procedures and expectations to help remind students that it's back to business and study time!
Please see the attached Power Point of this week's agenda as well as reminders of upcoming assignments students will start.
Every year the PTSA hosts the Chill Spot. It is similar to a lock-in, but students do not stay the full night at the school. This year's Chill Spot is on Friday, February 8th from 6:30 - 9:30. I would like to invite all my students to participate in taking a survey of what activities you would like to be included at the event. Please click on the link below to complete the survey! Thanks!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will direct you to the coordinator of this event!
Permission forms will go out during homeroom sometime after the Christmas break!
Today we will be reviewing foreshadowing and flashback. You will take notes in your interactive notebook from the presentation. Make sure you write the definitions and examples! Once you are finished taking notes, complete the handout!
Additional notes on Power point -
Students will continue to practice argumentative writing techniques. Today, students will be given a writing prompt and write an introduction paragraph. We will take a look at several student examples so students can view each others work and provide verbal feedback.
As a reminder, please note the due dates on the last post. There are a lot of assessments that are coming up as we approach the end of the 9 weeks. Students ARE allowed to retake a test if they do not pass, but it must be before/after school or during connections. If students do not take the opportunity to do a retake, their grade will be finalized and will not get another opportunity to retake the test.
If you have further questions, please feel free to email me!
Greek/Latin root words – due Dec 6th& Dec 13th
Greek/Latin Root Test – Week of Dec. 10th.
Reading Plus Pre-test : in-class Tuesday, Dec. 4th
Reading Inventory Assessment: Friday, Dec. 7th
Summative Test: take home test- week of Dec. 10th
Unit 2 Post-test: December 14th
Click on the files below for the in-class assignment!