MAP testing

MAP Spring 2017

Students took the spring MAP test today, which means almost everyone got a day off: it’s one of the few days that I let kids have a break. What did most English I students do instead of relaxing? Worked on their article of the week. Those who didn’t played chess.

English 8 students had free time in celebration of their great MAP scores, but those who hadn’t completed last unit’s project didn’t get that privilege.


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read through chapter 12 in Mockingbird;
    • prepare for your lit circle group.

Everyone on the eighth-grade hall took the reading MAP test today, which resulted in shorted class periods — thirty minutes to be exact. All classes went over the first article of the week that they received back.

English I Honors students looked at their first analytic Schaffer paragraph and the assessment thereof.

English 8 students used Moodle for comprehension questions about an informational text we read in class. We had short periods, so we had short focused work.


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: have TS and CDs completed for the piece on “Thank You, Ma’am.”

Eighth graders finished up the MAP test today. We’ll be returning to normal programming tomorrow.

English Studies and Strategies students worked on logic puzzles instead of forging ahead with new material (notes below). English I Honors students completed (or nearly completed) the Romeo and Juliet project workshop feedback work. The final project will be due Monday.


  • English 8 Strategies: finish the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: finish the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish the article of the week;
    • work on the Romeo and Juliet evaluations as needed.
Class Notes

Notes for the day's classes are available here.

Please note that this is a composite file including notes from all classes, though occasionally it might only be one or two classes. I don't differentiate in the file; that is up to you to do.