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Friday, January 17, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you would do if you could do anything right now.  If you could choose to do anything at this moment, what would it be?  Why would you choose to do this?
2.  Read Act 1, Scene 3 of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
3.  Questions for Act 1, Scene 3
 
Homework:  Work on the study guide questions for Scene 3.  Due Tuesday.
 
**BRING YOUR COPIES OF "MY PERSPECTIVES" TOMORROW!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, January 16, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you enjoy doing with your friends.  When you are with your friends, what do you like to do?  Why do you enjoy doing this?
2.  Read Act 1, Scene 3 of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
3.  Questions for Act 1, Scene 3
 
Homework:  Work on the study guide questions for Scene 3.  Due Tuesday.
 
**BRING YOUR COPIES OF "MY PERSPECTIVES" TOMORROW!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what types of things usually make you happy.  What are the things in life that typically bring you joy and happiness?  Why do you find delight in these things?
2.  Read Act 1, Scene 2 of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
3.  Questions for Act 1, Scene 2
 
Homework:  Work on the study guide questions for Scene 2.  Due Thursday.
 
**BRING YOUR COPIES OF "MY PERSPECTIVES" TOMORROW!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, January 13, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you typically daydream about.  When you daydream, what are you most often thinking about?  Why do you think this comes to the forefront of your imagination?
2.  Read Act 1, Scene 1 of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
 
Homework:  No homework
 
**BRING YOUR COPIES OF "THE BOOK THIEF" TOMORROW!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, January 10, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your overall impression of the first half of your 8th grade year.  How was the first semester for you?  Why do you feel about it the way that you do?
2.
Period 1 - Read the Prologue of "The Book Thief"
Periods 2, 3, and 5 - Read Act 1, Scene1 of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
 
Homework: No homework
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, January 9, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something that you would like to do better this semester than you dd last semester.  What would you like to improve upon before the end of the school year?  Why is this important to you?  How can you accomplish this goal?
2. Read the introduction to The Holocaust on pages 98 - 99.
3.  Read "The Grand Mosque of Paris" on pages 92 - 93
4.  Write the Summary on page 94 and do the Quick Write on page 95.
 
Homework: Complete the Summary on page 94 and the Quick Write on page 95
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2. Exploring the causes and history of World War 2 and the Holocaust.
 
Homework: No homework.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you did over Winter Break.  What did you with your time away from school?  Where did you go?  With whom did you spend your time?
2. Exploring the causes and history of World War 2 and the Holocaust.
 
Homework: No homework.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2. Independent Reading
 
Homework: Work on your final draft.  Final draft is due TOMORROW, NO LATER THAN 1:15!  No exceptions!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a really cool gift that you once gave to someone.  What gift did you give?  To whom did you give this gift?  What was the occasion?  What was the reaction you received?
2. Work with a partner to work through and edit your first draft, using the Peer Edit Form and begin working on your Final draft.
 
Homework: Work on your final draft.  Final draft is due by Thursday at 1:15!  No exceptions!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, December 16, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a really cool gift that was once given to you.  What great gift was once given to you?  Who gave it to you?  Why did you like it so much?
2. Work with a partner to work through and edit your first draft, using the Peer Edit Form
 
Homework: Begin working on your final draft.  Final draft is due by Thursday at 1:15!  No exceptions!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, December 13, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something that makes you happy.  What makes you happy?  Why does this thing have a positive affect on you?
2. Writing Counterargument and Conclusion Paragraphs of your argumentative essay.
 
Homework: Finish your Counterargument and Conclusion Paragraphs of your argumentative essay.
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, December 12, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain how you think you performed on the iReady test.  Do you think your score went up or down?  How does this make you feel?
2. Writing Body Paragraph 2 of your argumentative essay.
 
Homework: Finish your Body Paragraph 2 using the handout you were given as a model and directions.  For extra credit, also finish the Counterargument paragraph.
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  iReady testing
 
Homework: No homework, but if you haven't finished writing your Introduction and Body Paragraph 1, GET ON IT!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  iReady testing
 
Homework: No homework, but if you haven't finished writing your Introduction and Body Paragraph 1, GET ON IT!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, December 9, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  iReady testing
 
Homework: No homework, but if you haven't finished writing your Introduction and Body Paragraph 1, GET ON IT!
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, December 6, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain who you would choose to have dinner with if you could have a meal with any one person, living or dead?  With whom would you want to have dinner?  Why would you choose this person?  What would you talk about?
2. Writing Body Paragraph 1 of your argumentative essay.
 
Homework: Finish your Body Paragraph 1 using the handout you were given as a model and directions.  For extra credit, also finish Body Paragraph 2.
 
**BRING YOUR iPADS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, December 5, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something for which you are thankful.  For what are you thankful?  Why is this important to you?
2. Writing an introductory paragraph for an argumentative essay.
 
Homework: Finish your introductory paragraph using the handout you were given as a model and directions.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  On-Demand Writing:  What is it that you want your readers to know about the topic you have chosen for your argumentative writing? And why is this?
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Field trips to Norwalk and John Glenn High Schools
3.  Parent Information Night:  Tonight at Norwalk High School
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, December 2, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you did for Thanksgiving break.  What did you do?  Where did you go?  Who did you see?
2. Write a claim and two supporting statements for you argumentative writing.
 
Homework: No homework.  Bring your iPad tomorrow.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, November 22, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you're doing for Thanksgiving break.  With whom are you spending your time?  Where will you be going?  Do you have any traditions?
2. Researching for evidence of claims:  cars contribute to air pollution, climate change is endangering polar bears, and humans are having a negative impact on animal and plant species
 
Homework: No homework.  Bring your iPad tomorrow.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, November 21, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your attitude about Black Friday sales.  Is it appropriate for people to line up to shop on a day that is about giving thanks for what we already have?  Explain your response.
2. Pear Deck presentation about argumentative writing:  
 
Homework: No homework.  Bring your iPad tomorrow.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  On-Demand Writing:  Should tablet computers become the primary way that students learn in class.  What do you think would be good or bad about this type of instruction?
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not you think schools provide students with enough opportunity to be creative.  Do you think that students get the most out of creative opportunities?  What do you think is missing?
2.  Read "Is the Prom Really Worth It?"
3.  Work in table groups to identify the article's central claim, supporting evidence, and counterclaim.
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Monday, November 19, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not parents should have different hopes and standards for their sons than for their daughters.  Should children he held to different standards based on gender?  Why do you believe the way you do on this topic?
2.  Finish the test for "Three Cheers for the Nanny State", "Ban the Ban", and "Soda's a Problem, but..."
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, November 15, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain how young is too young to have a cell phone.  At what age do you think its appropriate for kids to have their own cell phones?  Why is this age appropriate?
2.  Finish the test for "Three Cheers for the Nanny State", "Ban the Ban", and "Soda's a Problem, but..."
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, November 14, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain the last time you were in an argument.  Who did you argue with?  What was the argument about?  What was the outcome of your argument (who won and why)?
2.  Brainstorming for argumentative writing topics
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  On-Demand Writing:  How should schools address the issue of bullying?  Why do you think your idea would be a good solution to the problem?
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not schools should offer cash bonuses for high test scores.  Do you think students should receive cash rewards for having high test scores?  Why do you think the way that you do on this topic?
2.  Test on "Nanny State" and "Ban the Ban"
 
Homework: Finish Question 2 on page 291
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, November 8, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not you believe that people complain too much. In your opinion, do you think that people complain too much?  Why do you think this?
2.  Use of RAP.  Questions 3, 4, and 5on page 291.
 
Homework: Finish Questions 3 - 5 on page 291.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, November 7, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not parents should allow their kids to be involved in potentially dangerous sports.  If a sport has a history of injury, should parents allow their kids to participate?  Why do you think the way you do?
2.  Use of RAP.  Questions 1 and 2 on page 291
 
Homework: Finish Question 2 on page 291
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  On-Demand Writing:  Do you think a healthier school lunch plan is appropriate for middle school?  If you were designing healthier school lunches, what choices would you need to make?
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not you feel like technology is distracting to you.  Do you get easily distracted by your electronic devices?  What can you do so that you are better focused?
2.  Read "Ban the Ban" and "Soda's a Problem, but..." on pages 287 - 289.  Annotate the text by circling words that you do not know, underlining or highlighting important phrases, and writing 3 questions that could help you or another person to better understand the text.
3.  Answer "Comprehension Check" questions on page 289.
 
Homework: Finish "Comprehension Check" questions on page 289 as well as your 3 questions about the text.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, November 4, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain whether or not students should be able to grade their teachers.  Do you believe that students should be able to grade their teachers the same way that teachers grade them?  Why do you think the way that you do on this topic?
2.  Read "Analyze Craft and Structure" on page 283.
3.  Work in table group to complete the "Notebook" chart regarding Facts and Support on page 283.
4.  Answer Practice questions 1 - 3 on page 283 using RAP.
 
Homework: Finish Practice questions 1 - 3 on page 283 using RAP.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, November 1, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something that frightens you.  What is it that makes you afraid?  Why does this scary thing affect you in this way?
2.  Close read "Three Cheers for the Nanny State" on pages 277 - 280 of your textbook and make annotations.
3.  Answer Comprehension Check questions 1 - 5 on page 281 using RAP.
4.  Period 1 - Questions 1 - 3 on page 283 using RAP
 
Homework: Finish Comprehension Check questions 1 - 5 on page 281 using RAP.  Questions 1 - 3 on page 283 using RAP.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, October 31, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Dramatic reading of E.A. Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"
3.  The Twilight Zone - "The Hitchhiker"
 
Homework: No homework.  Happy Halloween!
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  On-Demand Writing:  Explain whether or not you think a ban on large and super-sie sodas is a good thing.  Why do you/do you not support such a ban?
 
Homework: No homework if writing is complete.
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  PSAT Testing
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, October 28, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a food or drink that you still consume even though you likely know that it's bad for you.  What do you eat or drink despite the fact that you know your health would be better without it?  Why do you still eat or drink this food?
2.  Read "Three Cheers for the Nanny State" on pages 277 - 280 of your textbook
3.  Answer Comprehension Check questions 1 - 5 on page 281.
 
Homework: Finish Comprehension Check questions 1 - 5 on page 281.
 
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Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, October 25, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Test - "Barrington Irving:  Pilot and Educator"
 
Homework: No homework
 
**1st Period - Bring your calculators on Tuesday for the PSAT test!!
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, October 24, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Test - "Barrington Irving:  Pilot and Educator"
 
Homework: No homework
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent Reading
 
Homework: Finish the nouns and pronouns handout
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Nouns and Pronouns
4.  Nouns and pronouns handout
 
Homework: Finish the nouns and pronouns handout
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, October 21, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Vocabulary Development activity - page 272 in My Perspectives
 
Homework: No homework
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Friday, October 21, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite superhero.  Which superhero do you like the most?  Why is this character tops in your opinion?
2.  Direct vs. Indirect Characterization:  2 videos
3.  Direct and indirect characterization handout
 
Homework: Complete the handout about direct and indirect characterization
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Thursday, October 17, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain someone you think of as a hero.  Who is heroic in your opinion?  What makes this person a hero to you?
2.  Video of "Barrington Irving:  I Got 30 Dollars in My Pocket". https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=barrington+irving+get+30+dollars+in+my+pocket
3.  Page 268". How does viewing the video of Barrington Irving add to your appreciation of his personal accomplishments?
 
Homework: Exit Ticket:  How does viewing the video of Barrington Irving add to your appreciation of his personal accomplishments?
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Independent reading
2.  On-Demand Writing - In a complete paragraph, respond to the following question:  Describe some of the hardships a person must face when trying to make their dreams come true,
 
Homework:  No homework
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain why you think education is important.  What is it about having an education that you find to be essential?  How will the help you as you continue to get older.
2.  Second reading of "Barrington Irving:  Pilot and Educator" on pages 265 - 268 of My Perspectives
3.  Annotating the text and group questions
3.  Video of "Barrington Irving:  I Got 30 Dollars in My Pocket". https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=barrington+irving+get+30+dollars+in+my+pocket
 
Homework: Exit Ticket:  How does viewing the video of Barrington Irving add to your appreciation of his personal accomplishments?
 
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1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

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Monday, October 14, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something that you would like to accomplish while you are still young.  What would you like to achieve before you get older?  Why is obtaining this goal important to you?
2. Read "Barrington Irving:  Pilot and Educator" on pages 265 - 268 of My Perspectives
3.  Complete the Comprehension Check and Research questions on page 269 using RAP.
 
Homework:  Finish the Comprehension Check and Research questions on page 269 using RAP.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, October 11, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain:  Would you consider yourself to be an extrovert or an introvert?  Explain why you chose your answer.  Describe a time when you were an extrovert or an introvert.
2. Class Activity:  Group response to the sentence - Some things that people should bear in mind when making important decisions are...
3.  Quickwrite on page 261 of My Perspectives
 
Homework:  Finish the Quickwrite on page 261
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, October 10, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what type of animal you would become if you could become any type of animal.  Which animal would you become?  Why would you choose to be this animal?
2.  "Freedom of the Press?" - pages 258 - 259 of My Perspectives
3.  Write a summary of "Freedom of the Press?"
 
Homework:  Finish your summary of the text
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS TOMORROW!!
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Independent reading
2.  On-Demand Writing - In a complete paragraph, respond to the following question:  When is it right to take a stand for something you believe in?
 
Homework:  No homework
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a time in your life when you got into trouble.  What occurred that caused you to get into trouble?  What was the outcome of the situation?
2.  "The Giver" Test
 
Homework:  Finish your test if you were unable to do so during class time.
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS BEGINNING ON THURSDAY!!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Monday, October 7, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a time in your life when you accomplished something.  What new achievement did you make?  How did reaching this accomplishment make you feel?
2.  Comparing/contrasting the community we live in with that of Jonas in "The Giver.  Working in table groups and then sharing out.
3.  Write an epilogue (Chapter 24) for "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Finish the compare/contrast papers.  Finish writing your epilogues for "The Giver"
 
**BRING YOUR "MY PERSPECTIVES" BOOKS TO CLASS BEGINNING ON THURSDAY!!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, October 4, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a problem that you once had with a friend.  Between you and a friend, what problem existed?  How did your conflict get resolved?
2.  Concepts of Utopia - good things sacrificed in order to rid society of bad things
4.  Can a utopia truly exist?
5.  Write an epilogue (Chapter 24) for "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Finish the handouts for utopian concepts as well as finish writing your epilogue for "The Giver"
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, October 3, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your best friend.  Who is your best friend?  Why is this person so important to you?  What does your friendship with this person do for you?
2.  Read Chapter 23 of "The Giver"
4.  Questions regarding Chapter 23 of "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Finish questions for Chapter 23. 
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Independent reading
2.  On-Demand Writing - In a complete paragraph, respond to the following question:  Is it better to live in a world with fewer problems, but also fewer choices and personal freedoms OR a world  with more personal choices and freedoms, but also many problems?
 
Homework:  No homework
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite type of cookie.  Which type of cookie do you like the most?  Why is this kind of cookie appealing to you?
2.  Types of conflict in literature
3.  Questions for Chapters 21 and 22 of "The Giver"
4.  Questions regarding conflict in "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Finish questions for Chapters 21 and 22 as well as the questions regarding conflict. 
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Monday, September 30, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you would buy if someone gave you $1,000 right now.  With that kind of cash in your hands, what would you spend it on?  Why would you choose to purchase this?
2.  Read Chapters 21 - 22 of "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Finish reading Chapters 21 and 22. 
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, September 27, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a place in the world to which you would NOT like to travel.  Which place, in the entire world, do have absolutely no desire to visit?  Why do you NOT want to go there?
2.  Read Chapter 20 of "The Giver"
3.  Complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapter 20; for 1st period, also complete the handout concerning symbolism
 
Homework:  Finish reading Chapter 20 and complete the handout for Chapter 20.  For 1st period, complete the symbolism paper.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, September 26, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a place in the world to which you would like to travel.  Which place, in the entire world, would you like to see and experience for yourself?  Why would you want to travel there?  What would you do once you got there?
2.  Read "The Giver" Chapters 18 and 19
3.  Complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 18 and 19; complete the handout concerning symbolism.
 
Homework:  Read Chapters 18 and 19 of "The Giver" and complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 18 and 19
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  Respond to the following question by writing a complete paragraph:  Describe what it would be like to live without love.
 
Homework:  No homework
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a place in the United States to which you would like to travel.  Which place, in the United States, would you like to see and experience for yourself?  Why would you want to travel there?  What would you do once you got there?
2.  Read Chapters 16 and 17 of "The Giver"
3.  Complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 16 and 17
 
Homework:  Read Chapters 16 and 17 of "The Giver" and complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 16 and 17
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Monday, September 23, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain a place in California to which you would like to travel.  Which place, in our own state, would you like to see and experience for yourself?  Why would you want to travel there?  What would you do once you got there?
2.  Read Chapters 14 and 15 of "The Giver"
3.  Complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 14 and 15
 
Homework:  Read Chapters 14 and 15 of "The Giver" and complete the handout for "The Giver" Chapters 14 and 15
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, September 20, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite video game.  Which video game do you like the most?  Why do you enjoy this particular game?  How often do you play?
2.  Catch-up day:  work on missing assignments and activities.
 
Homework:  Finish any missing assignments.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
 

Due:

Thursday, September 19, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite type of music.  What style of music most appeals to you?  What does listening to that style of music do for you?
2.  Read Chapter 13 of "The Giver"
4.  Answer  the questions regarding Chapter 13 of "The Giver" 
 
Homework:  Finish reading Chapter 13 "The Giver"
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Meeting about the trip to Washington DC tonight at 6:30 pm in the MPR

Due:

Wednesday, September 18, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork
2.  Independent reading
3.  Respond to the following question by writing a complete paragraph:  Explain why you agree or disagree with ONE of the following statements - 
     - History is stuff that happened a long time ago, and it has no effect on my life today.
     - Learning about the past has an effect on the future.
 
Homework:  Finish reading Chapters 11 and 12 of "The Giver", and complete the handout with questions and chart.  Due Thursday.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Meeting about the trip to Washington DC tomorrow night at 6:30 pm in the MPR

Due:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite television show.  Which tv program to you like the best?  Why does this show entertain you?
2.  Read Chapters 11 and 12 of "The Giver"
3.  Answer  the questions regarding Chapters 11 and 12 of "The Giver" and complete the chart concerning laws of the Community and the consequences for breaking them.
 
Homework:  Finish reading Chapters 11 and 12 of "The Giver", and complete the handout with questions and chart.  Due Thursday.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Meeting about the trip to Washington DC on Thursday at 6:30 pm in the MPR

Due:

Monday, September 16, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite movie EVER! Which movie is your absolute favorite?  Why do you enjoy this film as much as you do?
2.  Read Chapters 9 and 10 of "The Giver"
3.  Write a 2-paragraph response to the 1 of the 2 choices given to you concerning Jonas and "The Giver"
 
Homework:   Finish reading Chapters 9 and 10 of "The Giver", and complete the writing of your 2 paragraphs.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, September 13, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork today.
2.  iReady testing for language arts
3. The Giver Quiz - Chapters 1 - 8
 
Homework:  No homework.  If you're still not done with your iReady test (and you know who you are!), you should finish it at home this weekend.
Special Note:  If you are behind in any of your assignments, this would be a great week to spend some time at home working on those papers.  You can still turn things in for full credit!  Get your work done!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
 

Due:

Thursday, September 12, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork today.
2.  iReady testing for language arts
 
Homework:  Bring earbuds for iReady testing this week.
Special Note:  If you are behind in any of your assignments, this would be a great week to spend some time at home working on those papers.  You can still turn things in for full credit!  Get your work done!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Back to School Night is tonight (9/12) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Bring your parents for extra credit!

Due:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork today.
2.  iReady testing for language arts
 
Homework:  Bring earbuds for iReady testing this week.
Special Note:  If you are behind in any of your assignments, this would be a great week to spend some time at home working on those papers.  You can still turn things in for full credit!  Get your work done!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Back to School Night is tomorrow night (9/12) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Bring your parents for extra credit!

Due:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork today.
2.  iReady testing for language arts
 
Homework:  Bring earbuds for iReady testing this week.
Special Note:  If you are behind in any of your assignments, this would be a great week to spend some time at home working on those papers.  You can still turn things in for full credit!  Get your work done!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Back to School Night is this Thursday (9/12) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  Bring your parents for extra credit!

Due:

Monday, September 9, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No Bellwork today.
2.  iReady testing for language arts
 
Homework:  Bring earbuds for iReady testing this week.
Special Note:  If you are behind in any of your assignments, this would be a great week to spend some time at home working on those papers.  You can still turn things in for full credit!  Get your work done!
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, September 6, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite type of dessert.  What kind of sweet treat do you most enjoy eating/drinking for dessert?  Why do you like to eat/drink this?  How often do you get to have it?
2.  Read Chapters 7 and 8 of "The Giver"
3.  Handouts:  Questions for Chapters 7 and 8 of "The Giver" and "Characterization" - Choose one character from the novel and use the chart to fill in aspects about who they are as a person
 
Homework:  Bring earbuds for iReady testing on Monday.  Handouts from today are due on Tuesday.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, September 5, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your least favorite food?  What type of food to you NOT enjoy eating?  Why do you dislike this kind of food?  How often have you had to eat it.
3.  Read Chapter 6 of "The Giver"
4.  Complete the 2 handouts from "The Giver":  Chapter 6 questions and "Think About It:  Commemoration of Milestones"
 
Homework:  Complete the handouts from "The Giver" as well as any other work not finished in class today.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - No bellwork
2.  Independent reading for 30 minutes
3.  On a sheet of paper, respond to the following question by writing a paragraph:  Explain why you agree or disagree with the following statement - All people should have equal possessions and privileges.
 
Homework:  No homework
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, September 3, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite food.  What type of food do you enjoy most?  Why do you like to eat this?  How often do you get to enjoy this favorite food of yours?
2.  Read Chapters 4 and 5 of "The Giver"
3.  Handout - Author's Craft:  Setting.  Complete the handout by answering the first two questions using Rap.  Then, draw an illustration of the community or dwelling in which Jonas lives.
 
Homework:  Finish the handout concerning the Setting of "The Giver"
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Friday, August 30, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your least favorite subject in school.  Which school subject do you enjoy the least?  Why do you dislike this class?  What can you do to help yourself feel better about it?
2.  Read Chapter 3 of "The Giver"
3.  Handout - Author's Craft:  Questions for Chapters 2 and 3.  Answer all questions using RAP.
 
Homework:  Finish the handout with questions for Chapters 2 and 3.
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Thursday, August 29, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain your favorite subject in school.  What is your favorite subject?  Why does this class appeal to you?
2.  Read Chapter 2 of "The Giver"
3.  Handout - Author's Craft:  Word Choice.  Rewrite vague sentences, choosing words that help you reader to picture exactly what you are thinking or visualizing.
 
Homework:  Finish the handout concerning Word Choice
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Independent reading of novels.
2.  10 minute response to the following question:  What is something that you wish you could change?  Why is it important to you that this should be changed?  What can you do to go about changing it?  (Due at end of the period as "On-Demand Writing Topic 1"
 
Homework:  No scheduled homework
 
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any

Due:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain something that you hope to do better this year than you have before.  What would you like to do better than before?  Why is this important to you?  How can you make this a reality?
2. Finish reading Chapter 1 of "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
3.  Handout for Chapter 1 of "The Giver"
 
Homework:  Complete Bellwork paragraph.  Finish the handout for Chapter 1.  Bring your independent reading book tomorrow.
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Community meeting with Norwalk City Council tonight in the Corvallis MPR.

Due:

Monday, August 26, 2019:
 
Today, in class, we covered the following:
 
1.  Bellwork - In a complete paragraph, containing AT LEAST 5 complete sentences, describe and explain what you are looking forward to about being in 8th grade OR this school year.  What excites you or gives you hope about the 2019/2020 school year?  Why is this something you look forward to?
2. Discussion of agree/disagree statements.
3. Begin reading Chapter 1 of "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
 
Homework:  Complete Bellwork paragraph.
 
Remember:
1.  Turn in book orders if you have any
2.  Community meeting with Norwalk City Council tomorrow night in the Corvallis MPR.

Due:

Friday, August 23, 2019
 
Today, in class, we did the following:
 
1.  Reflected on the work that we did yesterday.  We came up with 4 problems that exist in our society and 3 ways to help eliminate each of those problems.
2.  Wrote a letter to Mayor Margarita Rios to address one of those problems.
3.  Your letter needs to have a formal heading.  It also needs to have 2 paragraphs (4 for Honors).  In your first paragraph, you need to explain one problem in our society.  In the second paragraph, you need to address ways to eliminate the problem.  Each paragraph needs to have 5 sentences.  For Honors, 2 problem paragraphs and 2 elimination paragraphs.
 
Homework:  Finish your letter to the mayor
 
For Help:
Your heading should look like this:
 
August 23, 2019
 
Margarita Rios
Mayor - City of Norwalk
12700 Norwalk Blvd.
Norwalk, CA.  90650
 
Dear Mayor Rios:

Due:

Thursday, August 22, 2019
 
Today, in class we did the following:
1.  Creating a Utopian Society
2.  Worked in table groups to define 4 problems that exist within our current society, and then develop 3 ways to eliminate each problem.
 
Homework:  Complete the handout called "Creating a Utopian Society"

Due:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
 
Today, in class, we did the following:
1.  Discussed independent reading and my classroom library.
2.  How to connect with me on Remind (directions can be found below).
3.  Independent reading
 
Homework:
1.  There is no scheduled homework tonight, but if you would like a prize tomorrow, then when you come to class tomorrow hand me a small piece of paper with your name on it.  On that same piece of paper, write the following message:  "Language Arts rules!  I love reading, and can't wait to become a better writer, listener, and speaker!"
 

CONNECTING WITH ME ON REMIND

 

If you would like to receive text updates from me regarding class information and reminders as well as be able to send a private text to me regarding class matters, without having my phone number or me having yours, you can use the app called Remind.  It’s completely safe and appropriate for school/teacher/student/parent communication.  Here’s how to enroll:

 

  1. Send a text message to 81010
  2. In the text line, send the following message:
  3. Period 1  - @3akd4ce
  4. Period 2  - @2k2gge9
  5. Period 3 - @g76922
  6. Period 5 - @78f66f
  7. Period 6 - @f4h82e
  8. Send the text

 

Once your text is received, you will added to my Remind roster for the class.  I will give you 25 extra credit points for joining Remind.