Major Grade #1: Unit 10-12 VOCAB TEST T 4/11 or W 4/13! Major Grade #2: RWWP DUE the WEEK of MON. 4/17+
Welcome to 8th Grade Level Language Arts
and Reading Enrichment/Strategies!
Ms. Stevens

TUTORING: 8:05-8:34 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-by appointment only on Mondays
ADVISORY tutoring: EVERY DAY 1:48-2:19!


GRADEBOOK INFO on "Zs" and "Xs"
"Zs" in gradebook indicate that a student DID NOT TURN IN an assigment.
The "Z" averages as a ZERO. The "Z" also indicates that a student CAN STILL TURN IN the missing assignment for points.

"Xs" indicate that a student is EXEMPT: an X does not help NOR hurt their average.



Monday April 24-Friday April 28

1. FINAL COPY of "Where I'm From" Poem
STAPLE ORDER:
-final copy
-planning pages
-rough draft on NBP

2. Unit 13 Vocab. QUIZ

3. IN-CLASS "Project" #3: Children's Picture Book w/ Specific Sentence Patterns/Types
-simple
-compound w/ ,FANBOYS
-compound w/ ; semicolon
-complex w/ an AAAWWUBBIS word
-compound-complex-opt. 1-6: pick ONE

Monday April 17-Friday April 21
1. RWWP DUE NOW! Late after FRI. 4/21

2. Unit 13 Vocab. QUIZ FRI. 4/21

Monday April 10-Thursday April 13
1. UNIT 10-12 VOCAB TEST!
*T 4/11 or W 4/12

2. Real World Writing Project DUE the week of Mon. 4/17+
*late after FRI 4/21!
*IN CLASS writing project with peer and teacher support!
*this is not intended as HW: students have AMPLE time in class, at school, with me to do all parts of this paper...including TYPING UP the FINAL COPY in MLA FORMAT with their CISD GOOGLE DOCS account

PAST WEEKS' INFO:
Monday April 3-Friday April 7
1. Vocab. QUIZ Fri. 4/7 UNIT 12

2. UNIT 10-12 VOCAB TEST!
*T 4/11 or W 4/12

3. Real World Writing Project DUE the week of Mon. 4/17+
*late after FRI 4/21!
*IN CLASS writing project with peer and teacher support!
*this is not intended as HW: students have AMPLE time in class, at school, with me to do all parts of this paper...including TYPING UP the FINAL COPY in MLA FORMAT with their CISD GOOGLE DOCS account

Monday 3/27-Friday 3/31

STAAR MATH TUE 3/28
STAAR READING WED 3/29

BRING: 1. SACK LUNCH 2. HOODIE/JACKET 3. PENCIL 4. WATER BOTTLE 5. BOOK

Week of Monday March 20-Friday March 24
1. Unit 11 VOCAB QUIZ FRI 3/24

2. Various Vocab. Bookwork in class

3. Staar Practice/Review in class

STAAR MATH TUE 3/28
STAAR READING WED 3/29

BRING: 1. SACK LUNCH 2. HOODIE/JACKET 3. PENCIL 4. WATER BOTTLE 5. BOOK


SPRING BREAK Monday March 13-March 17

Week of Monday March 6-Friday March 10

1. Unit 11 Vocab. Bookwork
-choosing the right word
-completing the sentence
-synonyms and antonyms

2. MOY Benchmark Review 1-5
-teacher talk and NOTES each day in class
-test strategies

STAAR MATH TUE 3/28
STAAR READING WED 3/29

STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!
-lit term terms handout
-signposts
-text "codes" and test taking notes


Week of Monday 2/27-Friday 3/3

1. Unit 10 Vocab. QUIZ FRI 3/3

STAAR Math T 3/28 and STAAR Reading W 3/29

*Students MUST PASS the 8th grade Reading and Math STAAR
*Students who do not pass the 1st test administration will receive intensive in-school tutoring and have a 2nd test on May 9
*IF after the 2nd try they do not pass: Texas Law requires the student ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL


Week of Tuesday 21-Friday 24

1. Unit 10 Vocab. Book 4-3-2-1 Article Write-Up
-DUE FRI 2/24

2. Unit 10 Vocab. QUIZ FRI 3/3

STAAR Reading and Math in 3 School Weeks!
STAAR Math T 3/28 and STAAR Reading W 3/29

PAST WEEKS' INFO:
Week of Monday Feb.13-Friday Feb. 17

1. SELF-SELECTED NOVEL(FICTION)
DUE in CLASS on Monday 2/13 and DAILY!

2. UNIT 7-9 VOCAB TEST : G4 TUES 2/14 and R1 & R4 WED 2/15

Week of Monday Feb. 2/6- Friday Feb. 2/10
1. Unit 9 VOCAB. QUIZ F 2/10

2. SELF-SELECTED NOVEL(FICTION)DUE in CLASS on Monday 2/13 and DAILY!
*more details to come

3. "ON TURNING...." Student Poem: a PAST DUE major grade! 10 points per day it's LATE
*see notes in past weeks' info

4. UNIT 7-9 VOCAB TEST T 2/14 OR W 2/15

Week of Monday 1/30-Friday Feb. 2/3

1. "On Turning" ANY AGE student POEM DUE the week of MON. 1/30+ LATE after FRIDAY 2/3
*emulate the poem: 5 stanzas @ 32 total lines=the minimum. More than is OKAY!
*could keep same tone or different tone
*On Turning "any AGE" = student CHOICE
*a past birthday or a future birthday
-students have classtime to work on this...if not using classtime wisely, zeros in gradebook for not working daily
-student to get rough draft CHECK with the teacher
-student to work wih Chromebook and Google Docs for FINAL COPY
-share via GOOGLE DOCS with jlstevens@conroeisd.net to "TURN IN" your FINAL copy
-more details about poem: scroll down to past weeks' info

2.  Unit 9 Vocab. QUIZ Friday 2/10
*this semester we are doing VOCAB QUIZZES every other week
*taking 2 weeks to study one unit
*4-3-2-1 Vocab. Book Article Write-Up an IN CLASS assignment due day assigned

Week of Monday 1/23-Friday 1/27
1. Unit 8 VOCAB. QUIZ FRI 1/27

2. "On Turning 10" Student Created Poem
*a MAJOR GRADE
*DUE the week of Monday 1/30+...late after Friday 2/3!
*emulate the poem: 5 stanzas @ 32 total lines=the minimum. More than is OKAY!
*could keep same tone or different tone
*On Turning "any AGE" = student CHOICE
*a past birthday or a future birthday


Week of Tuesday 1/17-Friday 1/20
1. Unit 8 Vocab. Article 4-3-2-1 Write-Up DUE TH 1/19
*1 daily grade AND 1 quiz grade

2. Unit 8 Vocab. Practice quiz TH 1/19

3. "On Turning 10" Student Created Poem
*a MAJOR GRADE
*DUE the week of Monday 1/23+...late after Friday 1/27!
*emulate the poem: 5 stanzas @ 32 total lines=the minimum. More than is OKAY!
*could keep same tone or different tone
*On Turning "any AGE" = student CHOICE
*a past birthday or a future birthday

4. Students are writing "STUDENT OPINIONS" on a given question. Each student opinion write up is a daily grade for participating...At 5 student opinion write ups, students are evaluated as to whether or not they are able to state their opinion and thoughtfully defend & support that opinion with reasons and specific examples. The 5 write ups = QUIZ grade.

STUDENT OPINION QUESTIONS:
Student Opinion #1: Is "Doing Nothing" A Good Use of Your Time? Read the article then responsd.

Student Opinion #2: Is Homework Out of Control? see CHOICES magazine, January Issue

Student Opinion #3: Is Digital Connectedness Good or Bad?

Student Opinion #4: Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?


Week of Monday 1/9-Friday 1/13
1.Unit 7 VOCAB QUIZ TH 1/12 for Green 4
1.Unit 7 VOCAB. QUIZ F 1/13 for Red 1&4

2."Say Something" Notes for "When I Consider How My Light is Spent" in-class
2. "FQR Chart" Thinking & Notes for "Today's Exhausted Superkids"
2. Double-Entry Chart for Close Reading handout to show further thinking for both reading pieces above.

3. Students are writing "STUDENT OPINIONS" on a given question. Each student opinion write up is a daily grade for participating...At 5 student opinion write ups, students are evaluated as to whether or not they are able to state their opinion and thoughtfully defend & support that opinion with reasons and specific examples. The 5 write ups = QUIZ grade.

STUDENT OPINION QUESTIONS:
Student Opinion #1: Is "Doing Nothing" A Good Use of Your Time? Read the article then responsd.

Student Opinion #2: Is Homework Out of Control? see CHOICES magazine, January Issue

Student Opinion #3: Is Digital Connectedness Good or Bad?

Student Opinion #4: Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?

Week of Tue. 1/3-Fri. 1/6
1. DAILY word study: HOMEWORK with UNIT 7 Vocabulary
Choosing the Right Word; Completing the Sentence; Synonyms and Antonyms; Vocab. in Context

2.  "4-3-2-1: Thinking Strategy" Article WRITE-UP with UNIT 7 VOCAB. ARTICLE DUE FRI. 1/6
-Unit 7 Article: "The Discriminating Pigeon"
-How to DO a 4-3-2-1=in handouts

3. Unit 7 Vocab. practice quiz FRI 1/6

4. Unit 7 Vocab. real QUIZ FRI 1/13

5. EVERY class day students are writing "STUDENT OPINIONS" on a given question. Each student opinion write up is a daily grade for participating...At 5 student opinion write ups, students are evaluated as to whether or not they are able to state their opinion and thoughtfully defend & support that opinion with reasons and specific examples. The 5 write ups = QUIZ grade.

STUDENT OPINION QUESTIONS:
Student Opinion #1: Is "Doing Nothing" A Good Use of Your Time? Read the article then responsd.

Student Opinion #2: Is Homework Out of Control? see CHOICES magazine, January Issue

Student Opinion #3: Is Digital Connectedness Good or Bad?

Student Opinion #4: Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?


Week of Monday 12/12-Friday 12/16

Friday EARLY RELEASE @12:50
Classes on Friday: Red 3 Final Exam and a regular Red 4
Lunches during Red 4


Week of Monday 12/5-Friday 12/9
1. Reader Response Journal with FQR Chart THINKING NOTES for Chapters 1-15 DUE NOW! Last DAY to turn in without points off: Friday 12/9! THIS is a MAJOR GRADE...all the reading was done in class. This is a no excuse assignment.
*IF a student comes directly to me and asks for the weekend to "tidy up" their notes by re-reading and adding more thinking, they can have until Monday 12/12 without penalty...


3. Final Exam LA REVIEW with ANSWERS posted in HANDOUTS FRI. after 4:00

Week of Monday 11/28-Friday 12/2
1. Unit 4-6 Vocab. TEST TH 12/1 or F 12/2
2. BSP-RRJ DUE TUESDAY 12/6
-The Reader Response Journal with student FQR Chart NOTES and THINKING will be DUE on TUES 12/6--we won't be finished with the book however I will be grading their notes and thinking about the reading up to the chapter we finish by the end of class on Tuesday 12/6

-All the reading and time to take notes and show thinking have been during our classtime. None of this is or was expected homework. It became homework for any student who did not utilize their classtime wisely or work collaboratively with classmates and/or myself

-Students have the rest of the week during "dead week" to "shore up" their notes in class if needed


Week of Monday 11/14-Friday 11/18
1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas IN CLASS EVERY DAY
2. FQR Chart Notes per chapter in Reader Response Journal
* a major grade DUE the WEEK of MON. 12/5+
* with original student thinking/questioning/inferencing NOT JUST TEACHER notes!
*FQR Chart Notes CHECK every 4 chapters
3. UNIT 4-6 VOCAB. TEST: GRN@Th 12/1 OR RED@F 12/2


Week of Monday 11/4-Friday 11/11
*Reading Benchmark THIS WEEK*

1. BRING The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-BSP- DAILY
-reading will be completed IN CLASS

2. Vocab. Bookwork over Unit 4-6 Review and Word Study DUE F 11/11

3. Unit 4-6 QUIZ F 11/11 to review for the test and REPLACE one low quiz grade if the student requests...

4. Reader Response Journal-RRJ- for BSP DUE the week of 12/5+
-details for RRJ to come

Week of Monday 10/31-Friday 11/4

1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas DUE NOW!
*bring our class novel DAILY
*weekly quiz grade for BOOK and NOTES

2. Unit 6 Vocab. Bookwork and QUIZ F 11/4

3. Unit 6 Article Write-Up with the "4-3-2-1" Thinking Strategy DUE F 11/4

4. Reader Response Journal with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Week of Monday 10/24-Friday 10/28

1. Unit 5 Article Write-Up with the "4-3-2-1"
DUE TH 10/27

2. Unit 5 Vocab. Quiz F 10/28

3. LITERARY DEVICES BOOKLET DUE NOW!
DUE the week of 10/24: LATE after FRI 10/28

4. BRING BOY in the STRIPED PAJAMAS by Monday 10/31!

Week of Monday 10/17-Friday 10/21

1. 5 of the 15 Literary Devices pages of the LITERARY BOOKLET DUE W 10/19 for a "quick-check"

2. Unit 4 Vocab. Book Article Write-Up with 4-3-2-1
DUE T 10/18

3. Unit 4 Vocab. Bookwork DUE F 10/21

4. Unit 4 Vocab. QUIZ F 10/21

5. LITERARY DEVICES BOOKLET DUE the week of M 10/24+...A MAJOR GRADE!
-see handout directions

6. Career Key Assessment PRINTOUT and Cluster Finder TOP 3 Written Out
-DUE F 10/21!
-worth 2 QUIZ grades!



Week of Monday 10/10-Friday 10/14
Early Release Day FRI 10/14!
-End of Day@12:50

PSAT 8/9 for ALL 8th Graders: Monday 10/17!

1. "I AM" Poems DUE Wed. 10/12!
-final copy in INK or typed
-handout is the planning page: final copy handwritten and will "look like" a poem
-see handouts for an extra copy of the planning page

2. LITERARY DEVICES BOOKLET DUE the week of MON. 10/24+
-see handouts for specific directions/expectations: A MAJOR GRADE
-5 LIT TERM pages for booklet DUE FRI 10/14!

3. Unit 4 Vocab. Bookwork DUE TUE. 10/18!
-one part of vocab bookwork pages to be collected!
-Article Write-Up with the 4-3-2-1 Thinking Strategy DUE TUE. 10/18!




Week of Monday 10/3-Friday 10/7
1. Units 1-3 VOCAB TEST!
-study all 60 words
-one page from the Unit 1-3 Review OR Word Study DUE on your test day
Red Classes@ T 10/4
Green Classes@ W 10/5

2. Units 1-3 Review and Word Study pgs. 42-49 due on test day!


Week of Monday 9/26-Friday 9/30
UIL Eligibility LOSE @ 10/7 based on standings at end of day F 9/30...
1. NARRATIVE revisions FINAL COPY DUE NOW!
-staple pages
-FINAL COPY should be ON TOP/THE First Page @ 40 points
-1st draft narrative @ 25 points
-Narrative Revisions Notes @ 10 points
-Brushstroke Notes: participles/participial phrases @ 10 points
-Yellow Handout: Narrative Writer Techniques w/ Notes @ 15 points

2. Unit 1-3 Vocab. Book REVIEW and WORD STUDY- pgs. 42-49
@ least ONE part to be collected on F 9/30

3. Unit 1-3 Vocab. TEST:
Red1&Red4 @Tues. 10/4
Green4 @Wed. 10/5



Week of Monday 9/19-Friday 9/23
UIL Eligibility LOSE @ 10/7 based on standings at end of day F 9/30...

1. NARRATIVE-a major grade- FINAL COPY due the week of M 9/26-F 9/30!
-revisions using specific narrative techniques: see Narrative Techniques handout
-REVISE by ADDING: dialogue, inner thinking, figurative language, description: sensory language, first-person POV
-edits: omit "NO, NO! Words," fix-up spelling, puncuation, captialization, etc.
-FINAL COPY: typed in 12 pt. font OR with BEST handwriting in INK-

2. Unit 3 Vocab. Book article
"Grand Columbian Carnival Unites the World: a press release"
4-3-2-1 Write-Up= Quiz Grade!
DUE TH 9/22

3. Unit 3 Vocab. Bookwork DUE F 9/23!
-anything is "up for grabs" as to what's collected
-see handouts for what's expected

4. Unit 3 Vocab Quiz over ALL 20 words@FRI 9/23!
-study a little EACH night

Bring THE GIVER book to class EVERYDAY until otherwise noted!

Week of Monday 9/12-Friday 9/16
UIL Eligibility LOSE @ 10/7 based on standings at end of day F 9/30...

1. NARRATIVE-a major grade- FINAL COPY due the week of M 9/26-F 9/30!
-revisions using specific narrative techniques: see Narrative Techniques handout
-edits: looking for spelling, puncuation, captialization, etc.
-FINAL COPY: typed in 12 pt. font OR with BEST handwriting in INK-

2. Unit 2 Vocab. Book article "Instant Cash" 4-3-2-1 Write-Up= Quiz Grade!
DUE TH 9/15

3. Unit 2 Vocab. Bookwork DUE F 9/16!
-anything is "up for grabs" as to what's collected
-see handouts for what's expected

4. Unit 2 Vocab Quiz over ALL 20 words@FRI 9/16!
-study a little EACH night

Bring THE GIVER book to class EVERYDAY until otherwise noted!

Week of Tuesday 9/6-Friday 9/9

1. NAMEPLATE DUE NOW! 1st Major Grade!
*details in HANDOUTS

2. Unit 1 Vocab. QUIZ over ALL 20 Words Fri 9/9!

3. Unit 1 Vocab. Bookwork DUE F 9/9
* details in HANDOUTS
                          Weekly Vocab Bookwork Expectations
  • Complete a “4-3-2-1(1)” for each Reading Selection at the beginning of Units! ALREADY TURNED IN: was DUE F 9/2!
  • Create a mnemonic device (draw a visual image: a pic or symbol; write word(s), phrase(s), or rhyme(s), etc.) in the blank space under the word!
  • Determine the CONNOTATION of each vocab word: +    -    N
(use the definition, the example sentence, and synonyms/antonyms to determine a “best” connotation)!

  • Complete these 5 PARTS of each Unit:
Choosing the Right Word (CTRW), Synonyms, Antonyms, Completing the Sentence (CTS), and Vocabulary in Context!

4. THE GIVER book IN CLASS starting MONDAY 9/12!

PAST WEEKS' INFO

Week of August 29-September 2
1. Unit 1 Vocab. Bookwork ALL- DUE F 9/9
* What to DO in HANDOUTS
                          Weekly Vocab Bookwork Expectations

  • Complete a “4-3-2-1(1)” for each Reading Selection at the beginning of Units!
  • Create a mnemonic device (draw a visual image: a pic or symbol; write word(s), phrase(s), or rhyme(s), etc.) in the blank space under the word!
  • Determine the CONNOTATION of each vocab word: +    -    N
(use the definition, the example sentence, and synonyms/antonyms to determine a “best” connotation)!

  • Complete these 5 PARTS of each Unit:
Choosing the Right Word (CTRW), Synonyms, Antonyms, Completing the Sentence (CTS), and Vocabulary in Context!

2. Unit 1 Vocab QUIZ over all 20 Vocab Words: F 9/9

3. Unit 1 "Reading Selection" from Vocab Book
*"Greetings from the WPA" pgs. 12&13
*Use the 4-3-2-1(1)Thinking Strategy to show understanding of and thoughts about the Reading Selection
*see HANDOUTS

4. FINAL COPY of NAMEPLATE DUE the Week of T 9/6+
*1st Major Grade: major grades total 60% while daily grades and quizzes are 20% each
*students can turn in final copy any day during that week with no late fees
*late fees begin after F 9/9
*details in HANDOUTS

Week of August 22-August 26

8th Grade OPEN HOUSE is THIS THURSDAY:
August 25 beginning PROMPTLY at 6:30 with Red 1 followed by Red 2, Red 3, etc. through G4

1. Summer Reading: The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. Whole-Class Novel: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

3. Vocabulary Instruction:
Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level C
-Purchase from MCJH Library check or cash: $16.50-


UPCOMING:

1. 1st MAJOR GRADE: NAMEPLATE
DUE the week of T 9/6+  
(when a MG is due the week of...that means students can turn in the Final Product ANY DAY during that week with no late fees!)!

2. Vocab Book DUE daily in class beginning Monday 8/29!




 
 

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