To all my hardworking students and their ever-helpful parents,
The first week went by extremely well. All the students came back refreshed and ready to learn.
-Students should be reading their books and completing all the paperwork that goes along with the Novel Study.
-Next week they will conference with me about their book.
-Students should be studying Asian geography. I sent them links to use to study.
-Report cards come out next week. Again, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
-The Novel Study will continue till February 6th. The students have several tasks that they must complete for this assessment. Here is the link to the outline of the project. Students only get 1 redo, and it must be completed before February 6th.
-These are some of the questions I will be asking during the conference:
- Did you like this book? Why or why not? Who would you recommend this book to? Why?
- What was your favorite part of the book? Why? What was the climax?
- What kind of connections did you make?
- Which parts were easy to visualize? Why?
- What was the setting? What evidence is there to support that?
- Were you satisfied with the resolution? Why or why not?
- What was the author’s message/ theme?
- What type of things are you recording on your post its?
- Describe the main character? Would they be a friend of yours? Why/ why not?
- What does (vocab word) mean? Can you use it in a sentence to show its meaning?
- Have you found any examples of figurative language?
*Essential:* -4th chunk of reading and role sheet due by Wednesday. This is the last week for Book Club. -Current Events are due for Bettina, Christie, Victor and Min Gyeoum. -MAP testing for Language Usage will be this week.
*Extra:* Students will be put into teams this week for their Society Project Performance Task. They will be working in teams of 4 or 5. They will create a society based on what has been taught in class: government, education, mapping and others. Each student will write an expository essay on one of the topics. They will also create a map of the society and a display with all the information about their society. They will present these displays on Thursday the 23rd. For English, students should have finished their book and be working on their final role sheet. They will be practicing expository writing, and doing a book review of their book.
*Questions for Discussion:* -What would you rank your book you read for book club? Why? -What is the difference between Expository writing and Narrative? – What current events are you learning about in Social Studies? -Which part of the Society Project are you looking forward to writing about? -How did you do on MAP Testing for Reading?
After a successful CWW trip, we only have 2 weeks left in the quarter and 4 weeks till Fall break
Good Monday morning,
-Students are to read their 2nd chunk for Book Club, and complete their role sheet. Last week each student did very well.
Hello to all my hard working parents,
Sorry it is late in coming, but I will get right into it!
-Almost all students have turned in their Small Moment, which was due
either Thursday or Friday of last week. These grades will be entered as
soon as possible.
-This week you will see in Powerschool the first of four Learning Habits
grades that your students will receive this semester. It will be entered
as a formative assessment (not for a grade) in order for all involved to
monitor the student’s Learning Habits throughout the semester. When the
semester is over, all the scores will be evaluated and looked at, over the
course of time, and then it will be entered as a summative assessment (for
-There will be a Mapping Quiz this Monday (Benford) or Tuesday (Hamaguchi).
-We have an assembly on Monday for Michael Thompson, a guest speaker.
-Dan and Cinta have Current Events this week.
-The Mapping Quiz will cover; map types, parts of maps, absolute and
relative location, and physical features. All of these have been covered
in class and each student has notes to study. They have also been given
extra practice sheets on Friday to use as study material.
-Once your student’s Small Moments have been graded, it will give me a
better understanding on where each individual student stands, in regards to
their writing. I will then conference with them, to give them feedback on
-Book Club starts this week, which means students will shift their focus in
English from writing to reading. They will choose a book this week, based
on their reading level, and begin to study their text. This will also give
me a good gauge on how each student is progressing in reading.
1. What reading level do you think you are (1 lowest-4 highest) and why?
2. How do you think you did on your Small Moment? What was your favorite
part of writing the story?