8th Grade ELA
SEND IN PICTURES FOR THE YEARBOOK.

DEAR Time: Drop Everything and Read

Website: arbookfind.com - useful to check the reading level of a book a student may want to read.

Lit. Circles: Mondays and Thursdays


******Reminder: All children must read 2 books (besides their Lit. Circles reading) for each trimester. They have 15 minutes Quiet Reading Time at the end of every day to work on this. They must also read at ***HOME*** each night.

3/18 Editing/proofreading practice 
Lit. Circles: Cycle 5, Session 2 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 3 on Thursday.
DEAR Time

3/15 Continued analyzing "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"  - rhyme pattern, finished Figures of Speech, repetition, theme.
Read excerpts of novels that refer to the poem, discussed the symbolism, showed pictures of Frost, shared articles that quote the poem.
We sang the words to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Poem must be memorized by Friday, March 22.

3/14 Lit. Circles: Cycle 5, Session 1 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 2 on Monday.
DEAR Time

3/13 Lit. Circles Cycle 4 group project presentation by the children who read "Al Capone Does My Shirts" - they made a poster/new cover for the book.
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Poetry: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" - reviewed what we did yesterday. Continued with rhyme scheme, Figures of Speech (metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, personification), setting (time and place)

3/12 Lit. Circles Cycle 4 group project presentation by the children who read "The Secret of Platform 13" - they did a news broadcast and debate.
Poetry: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" - began by rereading another Robert Frost poem from a few weeks ago: "The Last Words of a Bluebird as Told to a Child"
We compared the 2 poems looking for 6 similarities.
For the newer poem, we looked a stanzas and mood. Located words that contributed to the mood. To be continued.

3/11 Editing/proofreading practice
Lit. Circles Cycle 4 group project presentation by the children who read "Esperanza Rising" - they made a filmed trailer for the book.
Gave out the books and grading sheets for Cycle 5 which starts on Thursday.
Children met in groups to decide how many pages they would read.
Then we set up our notebooks.
DEAR Time

3/8 Lit. Circles group project presentation by the children who read "To Kill a Mockingbird." They made a new cover and also discussed different parts of the book that impressed or surprised them.
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Vocabulary/spelling work 

3/7 Lit. Circles group project presentation by the children who read "Summer of My German Soldier." They did a very sophisticated filmed news broadcast of various events in the book.
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We then worked on whichever of various spelling/vocabulary assignments each child was up to.
See notice above about reading tests.

3/6 Continued work on Figurative Language in Poetry: "The Balloon" - reviewed mood, rhyme scheme and setting of the poem from last time.
Looked at personification in the poem, similes and metaphors.
Described the balloon using a simile and a metaphor.
Worked on vocabulary/spelling - Snowflake crossword and/or March WIND puzzle.

3/5 Editing/proofreading practice
AR Tests for Trimester 2 must be taken by Friday, March 8th.
Formed groups and chose books for Cycle 5 which will start a week from Thursday.
Worked on Snowflake spelling/vocabulary crosswords.

3/4 Editing/proofreading practice
All groups worked on their group projects. These will be presented starting March 7th.

3/1 Editing/proofreading practice
We celebrated Donovan's birthday.
Figurative Language in Poetry: "The Balloon" - identified all the movement in the poem and then decided to read it quickly to show that movement; rhyme scheme; where does the girl in the poem go and what does she do; what is the season/weather, rhythm, line arrangement? To be continued.

2/28 Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 7 - All groups worked on their group projects. These will be presented starting March 7th.

2/27 Editing/proofreading practice
Continued with Personification in Poetry started before vacation: Looked at the last 3 poems for Figures of Speech beside personification (metaphors, alliteration), rhyme scheme, unknown vocabulary, point of view.
Assigned each table one of the 5 poems and had them read it dramatically.

2/26 Missed Rel. this morning due to Mass so we began to turn in the CHOSEN Challenge page 41 project due today.
Reviewed what we learned last Lent about Fat Tuesday and its several nicknames and where each came from.
Snowflake spelling/vocabulary/research assignment.

2/25 Editing/proofreading practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 6 - last group finished their books and took their AR tests. Then all groups worked on their group projects. These will be presented starting March 7th.

2/18-22 February break - enjoy!!!

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2/15 Completed the February/Valentine Riddle spelling/vocabulary paper started yesterday.
Did some yearbook work.

2/14 Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 5 - group discussions by the 3 groups that had not finished their books last session. Then 4 of the groups took their AR tests and/or worked their group projects. These will be presented starting March 7th.

2/13 Personification in Poetry: After a personification warm-up activity, we read several short poems where an object (hose, toaster, train, etc.) is personified. We identified the various examples of personification in each poem. Also identified rhyme scheme/free verse, other Figures of Speech (metaphor, alliteration).

2/13 Personification in Poetry: After a personification warm-up activity, we read several short poems where an object (hose, toaster, train etc.) is personified.

2/12 Schedule Changes due to Faculty meetings:
Did some Religion and some ELA because we only met once.
Worked on various vocabulary/spelling/research puzzles.

2/11 Editing/proofreading practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 4 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 5 on Friday, DEAR Time.
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2/8 Figures of Speech: Personification - "Giving Life and Personality to Things"
Finished up several yearbook projects.
HW: Finish up personality squares for the yearbook, as well as "famous sayings" and "remember the time..."

2/7 Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 3 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 4 on Monday, DEAR Time.
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2/6 Poetry: "Last Word of a Bluebird as Told to a Child" by Robert Frost - discussed the poet's life as it relates to the poem, narrative poems, unusual format, stanzas, setting, characters, person/point of view, rhyme scheme, Figures of Speech (personification.)

2/5 Cycle 3 group presentation by the boys who read "Chomp" - they each wrote a poem about a character.
Vocabulary work.

2/4 Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 2 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 3 on Thursday, DEAR Time.

2/1 Cycle 3 group presentation by the boys who read "The Tale of Despereaux" - a gravestone, character description, and book and movie review.
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Grammar: reviewed parts of speech, def. of noun and kinds of nouns.
Assignment: Writing with Nouns
Last 5 minutes: Volleyball pregame pep rally!!!!!

1/31 Lit. Circles: Cycle 4, Session 1 - group discussions, sharing with the class, planning for Session 2 on Monday, DEAR Time.
Cycle 3 group presentation by the girls who read "Secret Life of Bees" - they did a movie of the story showing 2 of the characters not dying.
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1/30  Lit. Circles Cycle 3 second group project presentation: an original poem and a movie review by the children who read "And Then There Were None" - they did a fantastic job. For the poem, each student wrote a stanza about the character who most intrigued him.
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Grammar: Reviewed def. of a sentence, 4 kinds of sentences, parts of speech, 2 kinds of nouns. Worked on a paper identifying common and proper nouns.

1/29 No regular class - the 8th graders read with the kindergartners during 6th period as part of our Catholic School's Week celebration.

1/28 Lit. Circles Cycle 3 first group project presentation: a filmed interview by the children who read "Small Steps" - they did a great job.
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Cycle 5: Gave out the books and the grading sheets, set up the notebooks, met in groups to choose the pages to read by Thursday.
DEAR Time

1/24 and 1/25 I will be absent due to a death in my family. I will leave class work, but sometimes it does not get done if the covering teacher has different plans. So I will not list it here.

1/23 Group 3 presented their skits on the Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King.
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Looked up and discussed the meaning of ode: a lyrical poem in a lofty style often in honor of someone.
Poem: "I Am a Man: Ode to Dr. Martin Luther King"
Broke the class into groups and they practiced reciting the poem as a dramatic recitation.
We will present these next week.

1/22 Editing/proofreading practice
Group 2 presented their skits on the Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King.
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Grammar: Reviewed the definition of a sentence, the 4 kinds of sentences, the term parts of speech, examples of parts of speech, and nouns - both common and proper. 
Did two worksheets on nouns.
Continued to choose books and form groups for Lit. Circles, Cycle 4, which will start on Jan. 31st.

1/21 No school 
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1/18 Editing/proofreading practice
First group presented their performance of the short play, "A Protest for Peace" about Dr. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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See other pictures in Photo Gallery.
Group 2 practiced for Tuesday.
Spelling/vocabulary: COLD Puzzle

1/17 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 8 - All groups are finished their reading and this is the LAST class to work on their group projects which will be presented starting January 24th, next Thursday.

1/16 Different teams reported to the class on their progress with yearbook tasks in preparation for this afternoon's yearbook committee meeting.
WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF PICTURES FOR THE YEARBOOK.
Practiced our skits for the Montgomery Bus Boycott which will be presented starting tomorrow.

1/15 Children finished doing their research essays on the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
As they finished, they broke into groups of 9 to practice acting out the short play about the boycott: "A Protest for Peace"

1/14 Editing/proofreading practice
Collected personification essays which were due today.
Shared an exemplary reading log by Aidan - "Important Passage"
Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 7 - All groups are finished their reading and are now at work on their group projects which will be presented starting January 24th.

1/11 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 6 - postponed twice because of concert and band practice. All groups are finished their reading and were busy taking the AR tests on their books, choosing a group project and beginning work on them. These are due starting January 24th.

1/10 Shared HS acceptance news.
Discussed yearbook information.
Parents: return congratulations message to your child to be included in the yearbook BEFORE Feb. vacation.
Editing/proofreading practice.
Working with a partner, the children researched the Montgomery Bus Boycott and wrote a short report. Finish for HW.
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1/9 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 5 - postponed twice because of concert and band practice.
Only one group has not finished their book: "And Then There Were None" - they will finish for Session 6 on Friday (also postponed from tomorrow.)
Two groups had abbreviated discussions and then took their tests.
Two groups began work on their group projects.

1/8 Full band practice so one third of the class was missing. Those who remained worked on various spelling/vocabulary projects.

1/7 Editing/proofreading practice
Practice for tomorrow night's concert - no regular class.

1/4 Personification - writing first person essays from the point of view of an object.
I read the class 2 original essays to serve as examples.
Children had to pick an object from the list provided or think of their own.
Essays must be typed into Google Docs and printed by Tuesday.

1/3 Editing/proofreading practice.
Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 4 - group discussions, sharing with the class and planning for Session 5 on Monday.
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2 groups finished their books and began taking the AR Tests on them.

1/2 Editing/proofreading practice.
Spelling/vocabulary: Happy New Year - all words contain the letters OLD.

12/22-1/1 Vacation - Merry Christmas
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12/21 Pandemonium!!!!!!!!!

12/20 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 3 - WONDERFUL group discussions. The groups seem to be really enjoying with new books.
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Excellent reports to the class about the discussions. 
Planning for Session 4 on Thursday after vacation.
DEAR Time

12/19 Children rotated in and out helping with the Polar Express festivities downstairs.
Some children finished up their Advent Alphabets.
Others continued working on spelling/vocabulary assignments - all based on holiday themes.

12/18 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud a true Christmas story by English veterinarian James Herriott: "The Christmas Day Kitten"
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Worked on spelling/vocabulary assignments - all based on holiday themes.

12/17 Proofreading/editing practice
Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 2 - group discussions, reports to the class about the discussions, planning for Session 3 on Thursday.
DEAR Time

12/14 Next 4 children recited the poem they had to memorize: "What Can I Give Him?" by Christina Rossetti
Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Worked on various spelling/vocabulary papers: Ho Ho Ho, Santa's Christmas List, and Rudolph Christmas Crossword.

12/13 Literature Circles: Cycle 3, Session 1 - WONDERFUL group discussions. The groups seem to be really connecting with their new books.
Excellent reports to the class about the discussions.
Planning for Session 2 on Monday.

12/12 Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Next 4 children recited the poem they had to memorize: "What Can I Give Him?" by Christina Rossetti
Computer room: Children typed their poems "I Am a Shepherd and I Was There"
Must be finished for HW if not done.

12/11 Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Next 4 children recited the poem they had to memorize: "What Can I Give Him?" by Christina Rossetti
Over half the class left for full band practice.
Children who remained worked on their Shepherd poems and Advent Alphabets

12/10 Proofreading/editing practice
Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Next 4 children recited the poem they had to memorize: "What Can I Give Him?" by Christina Rossetti
Lit. Circles: We set up our notebooks for Cycle 3 and filled out our grading sheets.
We will begin with Session 1 on Thursday?
DEAR Time

12/7 Lit. Circles: group presentation by the children who read "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" - they filmed a sequel to the story where Joey's dad comes back into his life. Very entertaining.
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Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
First 5 children recited the poem they had to memorize: "What Can I Give Him?" by Christina Rossetti
Gave out the books for Lit. Circles Cycle 3 which will start next Thursday.

12/6 Lit. Circles: group presentation by the children who read "The One and Only Ivan" - they filmed a funeral for the main character, the elephant Ivan.
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Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.

12/5 Editing/proofreading practice
Next 3 children 
read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Lit. Circles: group presentation by the children who read "Flush" - they made a new cover for the book and explained it.
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Corrected the 2 sided assignment on adjectives.

12/4 Next 3 children read aloud their first-person personification essays.
Lit. Circles: group presentation by the children who read "Squirm" - a wonderful poster about the book.
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Vocabulary worksheets: 
Adjectives: Substituting Synonyms
Adjectives: Recognizing Degrees of Meaning
Finish for HW.

12/3 Editing/proofreading practice
Nick M. read aloud his first-person personification essay.
Lit. Circles: group presentation by the children who read "Pictures of Hollis Woods" - they made a wonderful film of the story.
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11/30 Introduced Personification: definition, examples, where the literacy technique is used. 
Assignment: Write a first person paragraph pretending you are a sneaker, ice-cream cone or soccer ball. Due on Tuesday.

11/29 Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, Session 8 - all groups are at work on their group projects which will be presented starting December 3.
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Started to form new groups and choose books for Cycle 3.
 
11/28 Corrected the Venn Diagram we made yesterday to compare the 2 autumn poems.
Vocabulary/spelling assignments - children worked on the papers they were up to.

11/27 Poetry: "November Night" and "Fall Wind" - compared both poems using a Venn Diagram in relation to mood, style, Figures of Speech, rhyme, theme, etc.

11/26 Lit. Circles: Cycle 2, Session 7 - all groups are at work on their group projects which will be presented starting December 3.
Some children must still take the AR Tests on their books.

11/22 -11/23
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11/21 Reviewed some common errors in reading logs.
Remaining children recited the poem "Thanksgiving Day" from memory.
Worked on Thanksgiving spelling/vocabulary puzzles.

11/20 No class - Thanksgiving Feast went into most of 6th period.

11/19 Editing/proofreading practice
Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 6 - all groups have now fished their books and are at work on their group projects, which will be presented starting 12/3.

Some groups who finished earlier are working on their group projects.
Some children are taking the AR Tests on their books.

11/16 Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
Rob read us another version of the story with a modern twist to the art.
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Next 4 children recited the poem from memory.
Introduced Personification - discussed examples of personification in literature, film, TV and advertising.

11/15 Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 5 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 6 on Monday. 
Some groups who finished earlier are working on their group projects.
Some children are taking the AR Tests on their books.

11/14 Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
Next 4 children recited the poem from memory.
TJ read us a picture book version of the poem:
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Began to copy our ABC Thanks poems on good paper.

11/13 Editing/proofreading practice
Practiced singing "Over the River..." with actions.
First 5 children recited the poem from memory.
THANKS spelling/vocabulary assignment
Turkey Crossword

11/12 No school - Veterans' Day

11/9 Reviewed the poem we have to memorize by Tuesday: "Thanksgiving Day"
Watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" which features the poem at the end of the story.

11/8 Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 4 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 5 next Thursday. (Monday is a holiday.)
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2 Groups have finished their books and began to take the 3 AR Tests on their books.
DEAR Time.
"Thanksgiving Day" poems must be memorized by Tuesday.

11/7 Review 4 kinds of sentences.
Poetry: "Thanksgiving Day" by Lydia Maria Child - review what we covered yesterday - see 11/6.
Continued analyzing poem: repetition, meaning of each stanza, vocabulary.
Read aloud an illustrated version of the poem.
Showed the class many ads, cartoons and newspaper stories that used the words of the poem to make a point.
Listened to 2 sung versions of the poem.

11/6 Quiz on 4 kinds of sentences.
Poetry: "Thanksgiving Day" by Lydia Maria Child:
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We analyzed the poem for stanzas, mood, setting (time and place), rhyme scheme (ABBCB), Figures of Speech (simile, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration) and rhythm (we listened to several recorded sung versions, including Alvin and the Chipmunks.) To be continued.

11/5 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 3 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 4 on Thursday.
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DEAR Time


11/2 Metaphor in Poetry: "The Great Grey Clouds" - discussed extended metaphor, free verse and Walt Whitman, the LI poet who was known for first writing free-verse (non rhyming) poetry.

11/1 No school: Feast of All Saints

10/31 Corrected worksheets on the 4 kinds of sentences. 
Quiz next week.
Reviewed triplets - 3 line rhymes.
Wrote one triplet about ourselves. This will be part of an eventual poem made up of 5 or more triplets.
Spelling/vocabulary Halloween puzzles.

10/30 Reviewed the 4 kinds of sentences: Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative and Exclamatory. Did 2 papers practicing identifying these four.
Spelling/vocabulary Halloween puzzles

10/29 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 2 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 3 on Monday and DEAR Time.
Went over the poem from the actual HS test the children took on Sat.
We discussed their impressions and experiences of the exam.

10/26 No school - Diocesan Teachers' Conference Day for staff

10/25 Last Lit. Circle group presentation by the children who read "Crazy Lady."
They made a poster, clay figures and discussed 4 of the main characters.
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Last HS Entrance Test practice: we copied the poem and wrote the paragraph about trying again if you don't first succeed. We were timed the 15 minutes that will be allowed on the test day for these two tasks. The children will see if they have to work faster on Sat. to accomplish these in the allotted time.
During Religion, we began Lit. Circles, Cycle 2, Session 1 - group discussions, reporting to the class, planning for Session 2 on Monday and DEAR Time.

10/24 Lit. Circles presentation: Children who read "The Great Gilly Hopkins" presented their Venn Diagram listing the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.
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Spelling/vocabulary work.
During Rel. class, we borrowed time for the next group to present their project. The children who read "A Corner of the Universe" presented their amazing puppet show.
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10/23 Children who read "The Outsiders" put on an amazing puppet show retelling the story.
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See more photos in the Photo Gallery.
HS entrance test practice: write a paragraph telling about what friendship means to you. Finish for HW.

10/22 Proofreading/editing practice
Made handwriting corrections to the poem copied from the 2012 HS entrance test.
Lit. Circles group project presentation by the children who read "Surviving the Applewhites" - an interview with the author.
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See more photos in 8th Grade Photo Gallery.
Gave out the books for Lit. Circles Cycle 2.
Filled out the grading sheets for Cycle 2 and set up the notebooks.
Returned the paragraph writing practice for the 2013 test: a celebration that is special to the child's family 

10/19 Lit. Circles project presentation by the children who read "Hoot." They made a wonderful board game based on the characters, settings and storyline in the book. After they did the presentation, groups of children got to play the game.
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HS entrance test practice: copy the poem from the 2013 test.
Spelling/vocabulary work "In the Bag" and Ghost Crossword.

10/18 Lit. Circles project presentations postponed one day.
HS entrance test 2012 - Usage page 16: corrected # 25-32 (done yesterday after school) and then did #33-40.
Reading comprehension page 4 (story about spiders.)

10/17 Corrected reading comprehension page 6 of 2013 exam.
Paragraph writing form the 3013 test: Describe a family celebration that has special meaning for you. Finish for HW if not done.
Vocabulary/spelling: "In the Bag"

10/16 Corrected the spelling (1-5) and vocabulary (31-35) from the 2013 HS exam.
Copy Practice - poem by Longfellow.
Reading comprehension - page 7, poem by Langston Hughes.
We also looked at pictures of Hughes and talked a little about him.
Reading comprehension page 9 - finish for HW.

10/15 Editing/proofreading practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 7 - All groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th. 
The children are also in the process off choosing new books and forming new groups for Cycle 2.
  
10/12 Completed the USAGE section of the 2013 HS Entrance exam.
Corrected the handwriting practice from the 2014 exam.
2013 Test: spelling #1-5 and vocab. # 31-35
Spelling/Vocabulary: "In the Bag"

10/11 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 7 - All groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th. 
The children are also in the process off choosing new books and forming new groups for Cycle 2.

10/10 Collected writing assignment  "If I Could Spend a Day with Anyone Alive"
Corrected spelling and vocab. from 2014 HS Test
Reading comprehension from 2014 test: #3 and 5.
Vocabulary: "It's in the Bag"
 
10/9 Editing/proofreading practice
Reviewed common editing symbols.
Collected "copy poem" assignments started on Friday.
Reviewed sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
Returned writing practice from 2015 HS test.
Worked on writing practice from 2014 HS test: "If I Could Spend a Day with Anyone Alive"
Finish for HW.

10/8 No School10/5 Corrected HS Test practice poem copying - 2015 test
Finished writing TRIPLETS started on Wednesday.
HS Test book 2014 Spelling # 1-5 and Vocab. # 31-35
Copy poem from 2014 book.
Finish all the above for HW if you are not caught up.
Work on Spelling/Vocab "In the Bag"

10/4 Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 6 - one group still had to discuss their final reading and take their AR Tests. The other groups were hard at work on their group projects which will be presented starting October 18th.
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See other photos in Photo Gallery.

10/3 Collected HW - paragraphs about something we are good at.
Reviewed Couplets - two line rhymes with about the same number of syllables in each.
Reviewed syllables and counted the syllables in a collection of words.
Introduced Triplets: 3 line rhymes.
Working in groups, we composed 3 triplets, 2 with the rhymes provided and the last one based on a picture with the rhymes left up to the student.
Gave the children a copy of the grading rubric I will use to evaluate the Lit. Circles group projects.

10/2 Correct spelling # 1-5 and Vocab. # 31-35 from HS Entrance Test 2015.
Paragraph writing: Write a paragraph about something you do well.
Vocabulary - October Spelling/Vocab. Puzzle: "It's in the Bag" - all words contain the letters BAG.

10/1 Proofreading/editing practice
Lit. Circles: Cycle 1, Session 5 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 6 on Thursday, DEAR Time. Children who finished their books took the AR Tests. All books must be finished by Thursday, October 4th.
Children who finished for last session are working on their group projects which will be presented starting on October 18th.
HS Entrance Test: copy practice - 5 line poem 

9/28 Gave the children a list of possible Lit. Circle group projects to tape in their Lit. Circles notebooks.
HS Entrance Test 2015 - Usage #32-40
Spelling # 1-5
Vocabulary # 31-35
Practiced handwriting for HS test.

9/27 Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 4 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 5 on Monday, DEAR Time.

9/26 HS Entrance Test 2016 - paragraph writing - write about a historical event you would like to travel back to in a time machine.
Spelling, p. 12 #1-5
Vocab, p.13 #31-35
Finish for HW.

9/25 Discussed "good" reading logs and what the class can to to improve them.
HS Entrance Test 2016 - Usage #33-40.
Reading comprehension - page 10.
Copy work: poem 

9/24 Proofreading/editing practice
Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 3 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 4 on Thursday, DEAR Time.
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9/21 HS Entrance Test 2016:
Reading comprehension #1, page 3.
Poem analysis page 6.
Usage page 16, # 25-32
Finish above for HW.

9/20 Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 2 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 3 on Monday, DEAR Time.

9/19 HS Entrance Test - 2017 
Paragraph writing - we wrote paragraphs about a time we helped someone.
Finish paragraphs for HW.
Worked on 2 spelling/vocabulary papers.

9/18 HS Entrance Test - 2017:
Copy work - copy the poem in script exactly as written
Spelling:  p12 #6-10
Vocabulary: p13 # 36-40
Reading comprehension, p9 - underline # 31, 32, 33
Finish for HW.

9/17 Editing/proofreading practice
Literature Circles: Cycle 1, Session 1 - group discussions, reporting to the class, set up for Session 2 on Thursday, DEAR Time.
Children received the grades on their summer reading tests. They need to be returned tomorrow signed. Thank you.

9/14 Challenge Course - no regular class.

9/13 We set up our notebooks for Lit. Circles, Cycle 1, Session 1, next Monday.
The children quickly met in their groups to choose what pages they will read. We discussed the log they must write after they finished the reading.
I signed up the books they are reading for Trimester 1 (see above note).
HS practice test: We finished the Usage section, the remaining 8 questions.
Please return the bottom section of the handout from Open House last night. If you were not here, I gave your child a copy today. Please keep it and refer to it all year. Thank you.
 
9/12 gave out the results of the STAR Reading placement tests. The top tear-off must be returned tomorrow.
HS Entrance Test - reading comprehension #3.
Corrected spelling and vocabulary. HW from yesterday.
Worked on the Usage section of the test #25-32.
Children new to the school must have their marble notebooks for class tomorrow.

9/11 Gave out the High School Entrance Examination test booklet used in 2017.
We reviewed the parts of the test.
Reading Comprehension section - the first two selections.
Spelling #1-5 and Vocabulary #31-35 - finish for HW.

9/10 Gave the children a list of the Lit. Circles reading logs.
The class formed themselves into groups of 5 children each.
They chose the books they would read for Cycle 1.
Gave out the grading sheets for Cycle 1 and explained how they worked.
Gave out the books for Cycle 1. 
The first reading and log is due next Monday, September 17.
Co-op practice starts tomorrow. Children must have a permission slip to stay.

9/7 Computer Room: SSCM returning children took the AR Tests on their summer reading books.
Then they helped our "new" students get their user names and passwords, access the AR program and take a test on a book they recently completed for PRACTICE. If they fail the test, I will delete it from the data base, but if they pass it, it will count as extra credit. They also learned how to print their tests.
Those finished worked on the Spelling/Vocabulary: "Back to School Puzzle"

9/6 Children must sign up their first book by next Thursday. See above note.
Discussed our Lit. Circles reading program in great detail, especially the changes from the 7th grade program.
We will form our groups and choose our books for Cycle 1 next week.
PLEASE SEND IN BABY PICTURES ASAP.
Discussed the yearbook and the need to take pictures and look for old school pictures (SSCM & OLL)

9/5 Collected summer reading forms.
Asked the children to bring in a baby picture.
Reminded them to bring in pictures for the yearbook.
Discussed the Catholic High School entrance test and how/when we will practice.
Reminded them to check my website when they miss a class for ANY reason.
Went over supply list.
Spelling/Vocabulary: "Back to School Puzzle"
 
9/4 No class due to first day procedures.