MAP

English 8 students began a three-day whirlwind MAP preparation by filling in a topic we really hadn’t worked on to this point this year, determining the main idea of a nonfiction text.

English I students, after turning in their narratives, had their first lit circle today for Mockingbird.

Homework

  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare your selected lit circle role for tomorrow.

English 8 Strategies students had a test on the MAP preparation work they completed over the last few days. We’ll be starting a new unit as soon as MAP testing is over this week.

English 8 Studies students had a quiz over the first reading selection for the lit circles before completing a self-evaluation and a library visit.

English I Honors students completed the cyclops section, seeing once again just how important hospitality is to the ancient Greeks.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on this week’s article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on this week’s article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on this week’s article of the week;
    • evaluate the Romeo and Juliet projects;
    • read “The Land of the Dead” and “Scylla and Charybdis” for tomorrow.
Odyssey, Inferences, and Reading Groups

English 8 Strategies students worked on the second half of the inferences review work. We’ll finish up tomorrow before moving on to other review topic for the MAP test.

English 8 Studies students began their first cycle of lit circles for The Glory Field. We’ll have until next Friday to read the first section, minus one day for work on poetry.

English I Honors students began the Odyssey.

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Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: continue working on the article of the week.
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • complete any reading your group decided upon for tomorrow. (Remember: all students are discussion leaders tomorrow.)
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue working on the article of the week;
    • look up any allusions from the opening lines of the Odyssey that you are not familiar with;
    • work on the Romeo and Juliet project, due next Friday.
New Starts All Around

All classes started new units today. English I Honors will be working on the Odyssey while English Studies students work on The Glory Field. English Strategies students will be joining the Studies students after a brief (1.5 week) refresher for the MAP test coming up soon. (The other classes will have MAP prep integrated into their units.)

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No, not that Odyssesy
Photo by NASA on The Commons

English I Honors students worked on three scenes in one day today, completing act two in the process. We’ll be having the act two quiz later this week or early next week.

English Studies students completed their first lit circles, working on two roles and actually conducting the literature circle.

English Strategies students had their winter MAP testing today.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the study guide for act two;
    • re-read the rest act two;
    • make sure you have your 2.2 and 2.3 tweets done by the end of the week;
    • begin working on the presentation element of our STEAM project (see Moodle for more details).

All eighth-grade students took the math MAP test today, and that meant that all classes were cut to half an hour. Two days in a row of this seems like it might not be the best use of time, but consider that the whole eighth grade is done with MAP testing in two short days as opposed to two weeks — much better indeed.

English Strategies students finished up their Nightjohn voice work. English Studies students finished up chapter two in Nightjohn and began learning how to collaborate on documents. English I Honors students evaluated each others’ work in the first workshop.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the evaluation of your assigned documents by midnight tomorrow.
  • Journalism: none.

All eighth-graders took the MAP Reading test today, which shortened all the other classes significantly. In the other, shortened versions of class, we officially began our STEAM project for the quarter. I can’t share with you all what it is because, well, it’s something of a secret — at least from other people in the building — so eager readers will just have to ask their children.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the peer assessment of the plot/setting writing by Thursday at midnight.
  • Journalism: none.

All classes took the Measures of Academic Progress test today. I’ll be publishing some general results as soon as all students compete the test.

All homework today is the same as it was yesterday.

MAP Prep and Hero Mapping

First and fourth periods worked on a mini-project to conclude the Odyssey. We’re applying Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces to various films that have the hero/journey motif.

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Joseph Campbell’s Hero Cycle

Second and seventh periods had a short MAP overview followed by a bit of PASS preparation, as the test is only two weeks away now.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: complete the second rewrite of the “favorite memory” PASS practice test.
  • English I Honors: re-view your selected film.

Students from all classes took the fall MAP test. More information about the test is here.

Homework

  • English 8 Strategies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • Read chapters 1-4 in To Kill a Mockingbird by Monday.
    • On the forum post your own opinions on two of the questions and then comment twice on someone else’s opinion (Due Monday)  http://moodle.ourenglishclass.net/mod/forum/view.php?id=770.
    • Finish final project on “The Tell Tale Heart” (Due Monday).

All classes took the MAP test today. Information is available here.

Homework
  • First and fifth periods: first draft of the empathy essay is due tomorrow.
  • Second and fourth periods:
    • quiz on Romeo and Juliet acts four and five on Thursday;
    • continue working on the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack project, due 18 March.

 

Today all periods took the MAP test. More information is available at the Northwest Evaluation Association’s web site.

Homework
  • First and fifth periods: goal essays due tomorrow.
  • Second and fourth periods: complete the chart from yesterday’s class.

Today, all classes except seventh period had MAP testing. All data is not in, but as soon as it is, I’ll post a general summary.

Seventh period began their presentations of their Hatchet research. We’ll hopefully finish up tomorrow.

Homework
  • First and sixth periods:
    • complete act two scene three of Diary of Anne Frank;
    • complete two reader’s journal entries.
  • Second and fourth periods:
  • Seventh period: none.