• Here you will find information for my 8th Grade Language Arts class.


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    Weekly Update:

    1/10/21

    Good afternoon, 

    I hope you all have had a restful weekend. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will have the Daily Language Lesson on gerunds, discuss the essential question for the unit, and then we will work on a graphic organizer during the live session comparing the two articles we read this past week. This graphic organizer will be helpful for the assignment they have the next day. They will also need to complete the Independent Reading Check for a grade. They are encouraged to read independently as they have time. 

    Tuesday - We will start with the Daily Language Lesson practice. They will then have the rest of our designated class period to work on an analysis (paragraph) referring back to the graphic organizer from Monday on the soda ban articles. As they finish the analysis, they should spend some time reading independently. 

    Wednesday - We will start with the DLL Practice. We will then read an article about a man named Barrington Irving and watch a video about his journey to becoming a pilot and flying around the world. They are encouraged to read independently as they have time. 

    Thursday - We will start with the DLL Practice. We will then read an article on Harriet Tubman and gather evidence regarding the essential question. The essential question is, "Is it important for people to make their own choices in life?" They are encouraged to read independently as they have time. 

    Friday - The students will have two assignments to complete - the DLL Quiz and an analysis (paragraph) that mimics the essential question. They should use evidence from the articles on Barrington Irving and Harriet Tubman. They are encouraged to read independently as they have time. 

    My goal is to start our novel the next week. Not knowing with certainty what the plan is, I will have books labeled for each student and ready to be picked up Thursday and Friday outside the front office. This will only be if the board extends the virtual learning. The novel will also be available in .pdf form via Google Classroom.

    Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you.


    1/5/21

    Good morning,

    I just wanted to touch base with you regarding changes to my weekly update. As this is a fluid situation, my plans will change slightly and might change again (though I hope not). 

    Tomorrow - I don't want to overload them as we make this transition back to online learning. I have a short survey that I would like to have them fill out and possibly discuss, I'll do a book preview, and then they will have time to complete an Independent Reading Check. 

    Then I will shift to the previous plan emailed out with some modifications for virtual learning. The novel start date will be pushed back by at least a few days. 

    As it was with first quarter, the workload during the virtual time will be a bit lighter. Weekly agendas will be posted. Materials and assignments will be posted in the mornings. The Meets for my class will begin at the beginning of the scheduled class time. They will need to answer the attendance question to help with attendance. 

    Make sure to stay in touch with any concerns that you have. 

    Thank you.


    1/3/21

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday break. Here is the update for our first week back:

    Monday - No School!

    Tuesday - We will start the class with some reading time and then an independent reading check. There will not be a Daily Language Lesson, but I will spend each day reading the first few pages of some of the books that I bought to share with them. We will then start our unit for the quarter by reading the article "Three Cheers" and answering some questions. Homework will be to read independently.

    Wednesday - We will start the class with some reading time and another book preview. We will then read another article entitled "Ban the Ban." We'll compare this to the article from the day before. Homework will be to read independently.

    Thursday - We will start the class with some reading time and another book preview. Using the two articles from the previous day, the students will write a one paragraph analysis. Homework will be to read independently.

    Friday - We will start the class with some reading time and another book preview. We'll talk about the essential question for this unit and I'll have them jot down their initial thoughts on the topic - "Is it important for people to make their own choices in life?" We will then read one more informational text and gather some evidence from this article. Homework will be to read independently.

    The novel we will be reading is I am Malala (Young Reader's Version). We will start it the following Tuesday. I should have enough hard copies for every student and I will have the .pdf available via Google Classroom. As has been the case, all materials and assignments will be posted to Google Classroom, along with the weekly agenda. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you.


    12/13/20

    Good afternoon!

    One more week. As we head into exams, both classes will follow the same basic plans:

    Monday - We will start the class with some reading time followed by the Independent Reading Check. We will then have a couple of review activities. Homework will be to read independently and make sure they are ready for the exam. 

    Tuesday - We will start the class with some reading. We will then have a couple more review activities. Homework will be to read independently and make sure they are ready for the exam. 

    **Please make sure all make-up work or any corrections to previous assessments are in by Tuesday afternoon.**

    Wednesday will be exams for 1st, 3rd, and 5th. 

    Thursday will be exams for 2nd, 4th, and 6th. 

    Please know how grateful I am for your support. I am so proud of the students for their hard work and their perseverance. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we finish out the semester. 

    Thank you.


    12/6/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope this message finds you all healthy and safe. I have to tell you that I'm so proud of the students. We have worked hard all quarter as we have read and gathered evidence for the essay. So many students have already turned it in. I am so proud of their hard work! It is due tonight, but there is flexibility in the event that they need a little more time. The hard deadline is this Friday so that I can be sure to get them graded before grades are due. If it is marked as an "M" in the grade book on Monday morning, it means that they haven't turned it in. If the grade book is blank for the essay, it means that it has been turned in but not graded. 

    Here is the update for the week:

    Monday - We will start the class with some reading time. We will then have the Independent Reading Check. That will be followed by the Daily Language Lesson on using the dictionary. We will then read an article and watch a short interview of an amazing woman by the name of Eva Kor. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Tuesday - We will start the class with some reading time. We will then have the DLL practice. That will be followed by reading two articles presenting two different perspectives of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Wednesday - We will start the class with some reading time. We will then have the DLL practice. We will spend some time analyzing the different perspectives of the articles from Tuesday. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Thursday - We will start the class with some reading time. We will then have the DLL practice. That will be followed by reading an article about internment camps in Arizona followed by a video showing one of the camps that was in Arizona. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Friday - We will start the class with some reading/review time. We will then have the DLL quiz. I am reserving this day to provide feedback on their essays, preview some independent reading books, and do some independent reading. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you!


    11/29/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful and safe break. I'm so excited to see what the students do with their essays this week! 

    Monday - We will begin the class with some reading time. We'll then complete the Independent Reading Check. We'll have the Daily Language Lesson on Using the Comma with Non-essential Elements. I will teach a mini-lesson on writing an introduction, and they will start their rough draft. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Tuesday - We will begin the class with some reading time. We'll then complete the DLL Practice. The rest of class is to work on their rough draft. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Wednesday - We will begin the class with some reading time. We'll then complete the DLL Practice. The rest of class is to work on their rough draft. As they finish the rough draft, they will complete a revise/edit checklist, and begin the final draft (typed). Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Thursday - We will begin the class with some reading time. We'll then complete the DLL Practice. The rest of class is to work on their essay. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Friday - We will begin the class with some reading / review time. We'll then complete the DLL Quiz. The rest of class is to work on their essay. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    The goal is that they will be done with their essay by Friday. If they are not finished with it by that day, they will need to finish it for homework. The next week we will not have class time to work on it. 

    Reach out if you have any questions!

    Thanks.


    11/22/20

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. With both classes working on essays, this will be a combined update. 

    Monday - We will begin the class with some reading time. We will then complete the Independent Reading Check. The rest of the class time will be used to work on the brainstorming. It is due before we leave for break. Many students have finished and some will receive them back for revisions. If they are done and no revisions are needed, they have time to read or work on homework for other classes. Homework is to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Tuesday - We will begin the class with some reading time. The rest of the time will be to finish the brainstorming. It is due by the end of class. If everyone is done, I might sample some books or have some additional time to read. Homework is to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    After 5 weeks, I sense as I've graded the Independent Reading Checks that many students are not reading for homework. It is the only homework that I give beyond studying for a few assessments or if they get behind on the essay. Please make sure that they are getting some reading in when they can in the evenings and on the weekends (20 minutes each day is the standard recommendation and has the most significant impact).

    I want to take a moment to thank you. They are working so hard. They are also doing so well with all of the protocols we have in place to try our best to keep everyone safe. I know that it is still very different and is challenging. I appreciate them so much, and I appreciate your support even more. 

    I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break. Know that I'm thankful for you all. 


    11/15/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the weekend. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will start the class with some reading time. We will then take notes on the Daily Language Lesson for the week: the ellipsis. This will be followed by a few informational texts about the holocaust. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Tuesday - We will start the class with some reading time and then complete the DLL practice. The rest of the class will be spent working on one more analysis before the essay. They will answer the essay prompt with 2 pieces of evidence based on the articles we have read over the last couple of days. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Wednesday - We will start the class with some reading time and then complete the DLL practice. We will then look at proper MLA formatting and discuss various brainstorm options. I will also give feedback on the various analysis assignments and stress the importance of connecting evidence when they write. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Thursday - We will start the class with some reading time and then complete the DLL practice. We will then start the brainstorming process of the essay. This will be due no later than Tuesday, November 24th before we leave for break. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Friday - We will start the class with some reading or review time and then complete the DLL quiz. The independent reading check will be moved to Monday. We will spend the rest of class working on the brainstorming. It is due Tuesday. Some students might move quickly through this part while others will need more time. Those who finish quickly should have something to read on hand. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your incredible support!


    11/8/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will start the class with some reading time. We'll then have our Daily Language Lesson notes on word connotations. I'll then go over a review sheet for the quiz on Tuesday and then we will complete the class level spelling bee in each class. Homework will be to study for the quiz and read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Tuesday - We will start the class with some reading time. We'll then have our Daily Language Lesson practice. We will then have our quiz on Act II. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Wednesday - No school - thank you to any who have served our country!

    Thursday - We will start the class with some reading time. We'll then have our Daily Language Lesson practice and then watch Act II, Scenes III-V. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Friday - We will start the class with some reading and/or review time. We'll then have our Daily Language Lesson quiz and complete the Independent Reading Check. If we have any additional on the movie, we will finish that. Any additional time will be used to discuss possible evidence for our essay. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns! 
    Thank you.


    11/1/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. I'm so thankful for the slightly cooler weather and a few clouds. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy a bit of it! Here is the update for the week:

    Monday - We will start with some independent reading time. We'll then go over the Daily Language Lesson - some common root words. We will then read Act II, Scene I and answer questions. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Tuesday - We will start with some independent reading time. We'll then have the DLL practice, read Act II, Scene II and answer questions. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Wednesday - We will start with some independent reading time. We'll then have the DLL practice and watch Act II, Scenes I & II - comparing it to the script. We will also spend some time gathering evidence related to the essay prompt. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Thursday - We will start with some independent reading time. We'll then have the DLL practice, read Act II, Scene III and answer questions. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Friday - We'll have a short time for review, the DLL quiz, the independent reading check, and then we'll read Act II, Scenes VI and V. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Thank you for your incredible support and encouragement. I continue to be so proud of the students as we navigate through this time. Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you!

     


    10/25/20

    Good afternoon!

    I want to begin this update with a huge THANK YOU! The kids are doing such an amazing job with masks and following the new procedures that we have in place. Thank you for your support! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will start the class with some independent reading. We will then go over the DLL lesson that focuses on suffixes. We will then read Act I, Scene IV and answer questions. Homework is to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Tuesday - We will start the class with independent reading. We will then practice the DLL and read Act I, Scene V. This particular scene includes some details and practices of Hanukkah and the Jewish religious beliefs. It gives a glimpse into their celebration. Please reach out with any questions or concerns, if you or your student have any prior to class. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Wednesday - We will start the class with independent reading. We will then practice the DLL and ensure that we finished Act I, Scene V. We will spend time watching both Scene IV and V. We will also go over a quick review for the quiz over Act I. Homework is to study for the quiz and read independently for 20 minutes.

    Thursday - We will start the class with independent reading. We will then practice the roots, go over any questions for the quiz, and then complete the quiz. Any extra time will be spend reading independently. Homework is to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Friday - We will have a few minutes to study and then take the DLL quiz over suffixes. We'll then have some independent reading time and they should complete the independent reading check. We will then have a reading activity prior to starting Act II of the play next week. Homework is to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    As I shared earlier in the week, all materials will be posted to Google Classroom for students who are absent. Students in the building have the option of using Google Classroom, but they should complete the work during the class period. Quizzes will be posted at the beginning of the designated class period. Other assignments and materials will be posted each morning. Infinite Campus will still be the site for accurate grade information. Assignments will be marked with an "M" which is counted as a zero until they are completed (this just helps the students know what graded work is missing and how it impacts the grade).

    Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we figure out the best way to ensure all students have access to the materials and assignments. 

    Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns you might have.

    Thank you!


    10/18/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. The kids were amazing as we got used to this new way of school, and it was so good to be back! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will start with the Daily Language Lesson. We will then watch Act I, Scenes I and II of the play (the 1959 version - it seems to be more true to the play than others). I want to give them this opportunity in order to solidify their understanding of the play and to compare the filmed version to the written version (ELA Standard RL.7). Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes (I'm changing the way I say this because some are reading articles and other materials. The most important thing to me is that they are reading something that interests them that isn't for a class.)  

    Tuesday - We will complete the DLL practice and then we will start Act I, Scene III. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes.

    Wednesday - We will complete the DLL practice and then finish Act I, Scene III. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Thursday - We will complete the DLL practice and complete an analysis (based on the essential question/essay prompt). Homework will be to make sure they are ready for the DLL quiz and read independently for 20 minutes. 

    Friday - We will have the DLL quiz and some independent reading time. We will then watch the filmed version of Act I, Scene III. I also hope to be able to have First Chapter Friday because we ran out of time this past week. Homework will be to read independently for 20 minutes. 

    I'm continuing to post agendas and work to Google Classroom. I am not posting specific assignments because we have transitioned more to using paper. If a student is out for an extended period of time, I can create assignments for them (though they might need to print them). They just need to reach out to me and let me know that is what they would like to do. Otherwise, they can make the assignments up when they return. 

    As always, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you!


    10/11/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful fall break! I'm so thankful for slightly cooler temperatures. But I am most thankful and excited to have the opportunity to teach in person! This has been a LONG 7 months. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - No School

    Tuesday - We will open the class with independent reading time, then have the Daily Language Lesson, followed by a discussion of classroom procedures and expectations. This will include what a typical day will look like in ELA, supplies needed (see below), and the use of phones in my class (see below). We will also talk about how to get independent reading books from both my classroom library and the school library. If we have time, we'll talk about the project feedback from the end of the quarter. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    • Regarding supplies - a notebook or a designated spot in a binder with paper for my class, a folder to house any handouts/materials, pencils (mechanical preferred), individual pencil sharpener if not using mechanical, independent reading book! Mrs. Rezzonico sent out a school-wide supply list that would include other items we might need, but the aforementioned items are essential for my class.
    • Use of phones - I plan to continue posting copies of our reading materials & books on Google Classroom. Copies of notes and other handouts will be posted there as well. Mrs. Rezzonico also sent out a reminder of our technology policy. It is not required, but might be helpful to reduce the amount of copies and with limited amounts of novels in our library available. 

    Wednesday - We will read for about 10 minutes, complete the DLL practice, then discuss what background knowledge they have regarding the holocaust (Unit 2 of our text). We will then read a couple of informational texts on the topic. We will examine and discuss the essential question for the unit. I will take them on a virtual tour of the Holocaust Museum and share my experiences of my visits there. If we have time, we will look at the quote/poem "We are the Shoes." Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We will read for about 10 minutes, complete the DLL practice, then read Act I, Scene 1 of "The Diary of Anne Frank" play. This will be provided via paper copies or they can read it via Google Classroom. Throughout the reading of this play, I will either ask for volunteers or we will break off into socially distanced small groups to read. We will spend some time drawing the scene of Act I, Scene I because the setting is so important. Homework will be to review for the DLL quiz and read their independent reading book. 

    Friday - We will review and then take the DLL quiz. They will read their independent reading book until everyone is finished. Then they will participate in a Book Talk (independent reading check) and we will have First Chapter Friday. If there is time, I would like to start Act II, Scene II. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you might have.

    Thank you!


    9/27/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope that you are enjoying the weekend and are looking forward to a break. One more week! I know that I'm ready for some cooler weather! Here is the update for the week: 

    Monday - We will watch a video about using evidence and explaining evidence. The rest of the time will be for them to work on the Project Plan they received Friday. It will be due by the end of the day.  

    Tuesday - We will have a quick check-in and then they should spend the rest of the time designated for this class working on the project.

    Wednesday - This will be the same as Tuesday. If they get their project done quickly, they should spend time reading their independent reading book.

    Thursday - This will be the same as the previous days. The project is due no later than 4pm. There will be no exceptions because grades are due the next morning. 

    Friday - They will complete a reflection for the quarter and I'll discuss the fall break extra credit homework. 

    I expressed to each class on Friday that this project shouldn't be something that causes stress or tears. I will be available in the live meet for the duration of the class period to provide support and answer questions. I encouraged them to stay, but most choose to leave. If they are overwhelmed, they can just complete the Project Plan and submit. If I give feedback on that, they can revise that for the final product as long as it is before Thursday. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we finish up this quarter.

    Thank you! 


    9/20/20

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the weekend. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will go over Poetic Forms and Types notes. Then I will go over a special way that I teach poetry analysis. They should also try to read their independent reading book in any free time they might have. 

    Tuesday - I will have them practice poetry analysis with two poems - "Intro to Poetry" and "On Turning Ten." They should also try to read their independent reading book in any free time they might have.

    Wednesday - We will practice poetry analysis again with the poem "Growing Down." I will then show them two additional forms of poetry, Spoken Word and Found. They should also try to read their independent reading book in any free time they might have.

    Thursday - We will read two poems together - "We wear the mask" and "If." They are to choose one to analyze and submit for a grade (either using my note-taking sheet or Kami or printing and annotating directly on it). They should also try to read their independent reading book in any free time they might have.

    Friday - In place of the essay we usually write, I have decided to give the students more choice in demonstrating their learning. We will go over the Choice Board Project. I will show them exemplars and templates that they can consider using. I'll give them a Project Plan that they should start working on. They will also need to complete their Independent Reading Check. They should also try to read their independent reading book in any free time they might have.

    The project will be due the next Thursday (10/1) by the end of the day (due to the end of the quarter, I really cannot take late projects, so they really need to make sure to get it done on time). 

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


    9/13/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the weekend! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - we will read p. 86-91 and work through the Nearpod. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Tuesday - we will have benchmark testing. From 9-12, they will take a math benchmark test. From 1-4, they will take the English test. I have tried to ensure they all know how to log into SchoolCity, the site where the test is located. I will have a Meet open a little before 1pm to help with any login issues or if they need support. There will be specific directions posted as an assignment in Google Classroom that morning. The tests shouldn't take the entire 3 hours, but we want to be sure to give them ample time. It is just a benchmark to see where they are, so they should just do their best, not use any outside resources. Any free time they have that day, they should read some of their independent reading book. 

    Wednesday - we will read p. 92-98 and work through the Nearpod. I will also provide a study guide for the test that will be Friday. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    Thursday - we will read p. 99-100 - for this story, there is another content warning. I will make sure to let the students know that if they feel uncomfortable reading those pages, they can stop. There are no questions on it. While it is a pivotal moment for the character, a summary will be provided on the Nearpod. We will then read p. 101-110 and work through the Nearpod. Homework is to make sure they are ready for the test and read their independent reading book. 

    Friday - we will meet to go over the agenda, then I want to give them plenty of time for their test - it is simply a paragraph that is focused on our essential question for this unit. I will be available in the Meet in case students need support. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

    Thank you.


    9/6/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all are having a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - There is no school. 

    Tuesday - We will go over the Daily Language Lesson. Then we will read p. 58-71 and work through the Nearpod. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Wednesday - We will work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice #1. Then we will read p. 72-75 and a poem while working through the Nearpod. There will be a quiz tomorrow on p. 39-75. Homework will be to prepare for that and read their independent reading book. 

    Thursday - We will work through the DLL Practice #2. They will have the rest of the class time to take the quiz. They should then read their independent reading book. 

    Friday - We will read p. 74-85 and work through the Nearpod. They will have the DLL quiz and the Independent Reading Check. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    I also want to give a head up for Tuesday, September 15. We will be having some benchmark testing that day, so it is really important for them to be in attendance that day. More information will be coming. 

    Thank you so much for your continued support. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you!


    8/30/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all are enjoying the weekend! Time if flying by! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday: We will go over the Daily Language Lesson. I will then give them some feedback for their Analysis Writing assignment from last week. We will then read p. 21-27 and work through the Nearpod questions. They will then have a writing assignment based on the reading. I'll also give them a study guide for a quiz we'll have on Wednesday. Their homework is to work on the writing and read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday: We will work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice #1. We will then read p. 28-38 and work through the Nearpod questions. Homework will be to finish their writing and make sure they're ready for the quiz. 

    Wednesday: We will work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice #2. Then they will have time to work on their quiz, read p. 39-48 on their own and work through the Nearpod questions. I will stay in the Meet the entire time in case they have questions or need support. Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday: This is an early release day. We will only have our 1st period class with a school-wide lesson. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Friday: We will read p. 49-57 together and work through the Nearpod questions. They will also have some time to complete their Daily Language Lesson quiz. They should also complete the Independent Reading Check. **Please note** Toward the end of this selection, one of the vignettes/stories touches on a difficult subject. This will happen a couple more times in the book. I want to make it clear that if a student begins to feel uncomfortable with the reading, they should STOP. They can ask me for a summary. This is true for any book or material that we read. Homework for this day will be to read their independent reading book.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


    8/23/20

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - we'll go over the Daily Language Lesson, review different types of writing, and then have a reading and writing assignment. Homework will be to finish the writing and read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday - we'll go through the Daily Language Lesson practice together (I noticed not many were doing it). We'll review figurative language and they'll receive a notes sheet on Figurative Language. The rest of the class time should be spent finishing their writing and reading their independent reading book. 

    Wednesday - we'll go through the DLL practice #2, and start our book (p. 3-11). The students will have options regarding the book. I have created a Peardeck (interactive presentation) that will help with vocabulary and comprehension. The students can read it and work through the Peardeck on their own. I'm also recording audio of the book if they want to listen and follow along. They can also stay in the Meet where I will read it aloud and we will work through the Peardeck together. Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - we'll go through the DLL practice #3, have a review of figurative language, and they will take a quiz on figurative language. The rest of the class time should be spent reading their independent reading book. 

    Friday - we'll have the DLL quiz and independent reading check. We'll also read p. 12-20 and complete the Peardeck for this selection. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    One thing I want to stress for this week is the independent reading component. I'm trying to work in a bit more time for them to read independently because I believe that is so important to their growth as readers and writers. When we are in the building, I build in a minimum of 10 minutes of reading time each day and that is typically their only homework assignment. So if you find your student with a lot of free time, they can most definitely be reading independently for my class!

    Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I appreciate your support more than you will ever know! 


    8/16/20

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I've had some time to reflect on last week, and I am so proud of the students for their participation and hard work! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday: We will go over the Daily Language Lesson material together, review the Narrative Nonfiction structure and then I will be giving them time to write their own Narrative Nonfiction piece. "Homework" will be to finish the writing and make sure they are reading their independent reading book.

    Tuesday: They can work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice, which I strongly recommend. We will go over the theme for this first unit and discuss a suggested essay prompt for the end of the unit. The theme of the unit is "Rites of Passage" of various cultures including our own. The readings will focus on the impacts of various rites of passage. That will also be the focus of the essay. We will have a reading activity with questions they should answer for a grade. The reading assignment is a narrative nonfiction piece from the textbook about a Native American tradition. "Homework" should be to make sure they have finished the writing assignment and read their independent reading book.

    Wednesday: They can work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice. We will watch a short video on another Native American rite of passage and will compare this video to the story from Tuesday. They will answer some questions regarding both for a grade. "Homework" should be to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday: They can work through the Daily Language Lesson Practice. We will be reading an article from the textbook on the tradition of the quinceañera. They will answer some questions about the article for a grade. "Homework" will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Friday: We will have our Daily Language Quiz. They will also complete the Independent Reading Check. We will spend time in the live session discussing what we've read and possible pieces of evidence that we could gather for the prompt - evidence that points to the impact of various rites of passage. "Homework" will be to read their independent reading book.

    The next week (August 24), I plan to start our novel - The House on Mango Street. This will be provided in .pdf form and we will read some of it together during the live so we can interact with the text. If you feel that your student would work better with a hard copy of the book, we have a limited number of copies available through our library. Please email me if you would like to reserve a copy of the text. You can purchase it on Amazon for $7.21. It's also available from Barnes and Noble for $10.95. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your incredible support! 


    8/9/20

    Good afternoon! 

    I want to start by saying another big "thank you" to all of you for the incredible support you are providing! Being able to see the students and be available to help them has brought so much encouragement. I'm trying to think of ways to make the live time a little more interactive, but I also want to make it purposeful. Such a learning curve for all of us! 

    Here are the plans for this week: 

    Monday - We will be going over the ELA designated sections of the student handbook. We will also start our first DLL (Daily Language Lesson). They also need to make sure they are finding an independent reading book/material - they should be reading something that isn't for classes for 10-20 minutes a day. Let me know if assistance is needed in getting reading material.

    Tuesday - They will need to complete the DLL Practice #1. We will have a fun story that we will read and they will have a written response - paragraph format. 

    Wednesday - They will need to complete the DLL Practice #2. We will go over a note-taking technique called "Notice and Note." I learned about it this summer and it really helps with reading comprehension! They will practice this strategy with the story from Tuesday. 

    Thursday - They will need to complete the DLL Practice #3. We will start Unit 1 of the textbook (.pdf versions will be posted). They will read a short story and answer questions about it. 

    Friday - They will take the DLL quiz, complete their Independent Reading Check (telling me what they are reading, how much they are reading, and summarize what they have read). Then they should look over the Narrative Nonfiction Notes in preparation for a writing assignment on Monday. 

    Thank you, again, for all of your support. Please reach out if you have any questions.