The Week in Review: 11/18-11/24

Team Writing

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Read. Write. Create. Share.

Collaborate, Assess & Reflect

~Fitz

 

Section One:  Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday & Friday

Section Two:  Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

 

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The Week in Review: 11/12-11/18

Readers Journal

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“He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization
and flung into the heart of things primordial.”

Jack London,The Call of the Wild

 

    This coming week will be a week spent reading both in class and for homework. We should be finished reading by the end of next weekend--or early the following week. It will be independent reading, but you should annotate your text for unfamiliar words and any passages that support the themes within each chapter. Your only assignment sheet is this attached "The Call of the Wild Reading Journal." Upload the Weekly Assignment Sheet. The Reading Journal and Essay will count towards the winter term. If you have time this weekend, feel free to get started on this weeks work. The final Literary Analysis Essay will be due on November 22.

I have attached a link that has audio for each chapter...

Go here for audio for each chapter

or add to your iTunes Podcasts using this rss feed.
Simply go to Podcasts and enter this url

http://librivox.org/rss/4751

 

 

Section One:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

Section Two:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 

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Download 8th Grade Weekly Assignments 11:12-11:18

 

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The Week in Review: 11/5-11/12

The Call of the Wild

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All good things are wild and free.
Henry David Thoreau

 

UPDATE: You do not have to finish Rhetoric #5: Muscular Verbs. If it is completed, you have the option to include it in this terms' grade. If not, I will include it in the winter term after we have gone over it more thoroughly.

This coming week will be a week spent reading both in class and for homework. We should be finished reading by the end of next weekend--or early the following week. It will be independent reading, but you should annotate your text for unfamiliar words and any passages that support the themes within each chapter. Your only assignment for the coming week is "The Call of the Wild Reading Journal." This is in the coming weeks Weekly Assignment Sheet. The "Week in Review" for next week is already posted below this entry. The Reading Journal and Essay will count towards the winter term. If you have time this weekend, feel free to get started on this weeks work. The final Literary Analysis Essay will be due on November 25.

I have attached a link that has audio for each chapter...

Go here for audio for each chapter

or add to your iTunes Podcasts using this rss feed.
Simply go to Podcasts and enter this url

http://librivox.org/rss/4751

 

Section One:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Section Two:  Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

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The Week in Review: 10/28-11/03

Paragraph Power

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No Choice. No Problem.

~Fitz

 

Update on Friday: I wonder how many of you are wise enough to check the blog for updates? I am updating the weekly assignment sheet. All of the work is now due "after" the second class period next week. This should give you enough time to do all the work and still live a normal life:) Have a good weekend and thanks for some excellent paragraph work!

 

Section One:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Section Two:  Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Homework:

  1. "Thank You Ma'm" Active Reading & Literary Paragraph 
  2. Commas with Descriptive Adjectives Worksheet
  3. Similes and Metaphors Worksheet
  4. Comment on Power of Friendship posts

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Pdf Weekly for tutors: Download 8th Weekly Assignments: 10:28-11:03

 

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The Week in Review: 10/21-10/27

Keep up the Fight

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Those who do not labor do not reap...

~Fitz

 

Section I Meets:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Section II Meets:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

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Weekly PDF: Download PDF 8th Grade Weekly Assignments: 10:21-10:27

 

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The Week in Review: October 15-October 20

Give a Damn & Figure It Out

And here's a boy who did...

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Those who don't look, don't see...

~Fitz

Section One Meets:  Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Section Two Meets:  Tuesday, Wednesday, 

Updates: 

  1. In this week's comma rule #3 exercises, this is wrong: "Quite, tell you, I think it"  Just delete it.

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The Week in Review: 10/7-10/14

Literature & Rhetoric

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“Rhetoric then may be defined as the faculty of discovering the possible means of persuasion in reference to any subject whatever.”
Aristotle, Rhetoric

Overview:

Section One: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Section Two: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Update: Midterm grades close on Friday, so...

It is critical that your assignments are posted in the weekly assignment sheet and posted to your blog "if required." our blog will be a part of your grade. I am still missing a few students sheets. The midterm is looming like a six-headed monster, so get your weapons and do what needs to be done, and you will be rewarded.

The grades for sections one and two are entered--IF your work is in your weekly. If your grades are missing, share your Weekly Assignments Sheet doc with me again.

I will enter grades for Section One after class on Wednesday, so do your best to compile a "great" assignment sheet. This weeks assignment sheet will count towards after the midterm--and is due on Tuesday before school.

If you are having issues in any area, please be proactive and tell me, and we can figure it out.

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How to Write a Metacognition

Know Thyself…
Explore, Assess, Reflect & Rethink

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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

    If we don’t learn from what we do, we learn little of real value. If we don’t make the time to explore, assess, reflect, and rethink our ways of doing  things, we will never grow, evolve and reach our greatest potential or tap into the possibilities of our lives. Writing metacognition’s is our way to explore our experiences as students and teachers, and then to honestly assess our strengths and weaknesses, to willfully and wisely reflect on what we did—and did not—do, and to rethink how to move forward in a positive and more enlightened way towards a better and more applicable and capable future.

 

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The Week in Review: 09/30—10/6

Describing Experience

Making your life matter to others...

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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

~George Bernard Shaw

Update: THURSDAY

  • When you finish your Power of Family and Power of Place, do the following:
    1. Create a Pages doc with proper formatting using the Essay Template. Save it as last name Power of Place and Power of Family.  This will allow you to create a portfolio of your writing pieces, which we will later use to make an iBook portfolio of your best work. 
      Download Design Writing Plan: Essay Template

    2. Copy and paste to to your assignment sheet. This allows me to add feedback and comments.

    3. Put it up on your blog using the essay template. If it is over 300 words, format as an essay. If it is under 300 words, format as a single paragraph. 

    4. Create pdf and place in dropbox for the assignment.

Saving digital docs in three places (which I call the "Triple Parachute") assures that your hard work will not be lost. If you have any questions or problems doing this, please let me know via email, and I can help you!

Overview:

  • This week is focused on mastering the basic skills of writing effective narrative paragraphs, reading essays, and studying Comma Rules #1
  • Section I meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday=short week
    Section II meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday=long week. This is is great, as Section II has met less than Section I.

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Remember the Time

The Power of Memory


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Write what you know.

~Mark Twain

 

    I don’t always practice what I preach, especially when it comes to the simple, unaffected, and ordinary “journal entry.” Much of my reticence towards the casual journal entry is the public nature of posting our journal writing as blogs that are more or less “open” to the public. It is hard for me as a teacher of writing to post an entry that I know is trivial, mundane, and perhaps of no interest to my readers—but that is precisely what I need to do if I am to model the full spectrum of the writing process. Keeping a journal is more than a search for lofty thoughts amidst the detritus of the day; it is a practice that keeps our wits and writing skills honed for a coming feast by rambling through the meat of the day and drifting and sailing to whatever port is nearest to my pen. Writing is always an odyssey, and so I have to let my mind go and journey (journal) where it will.

 

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