You need your composition books in class by Monday. Remember that it can NOT be a spiral notebook. The school store has plenty of composition books if you’d like to purchase them here for $1.
Welcome to the 8th grade. I hope you’re as excited as I am to start a great new year at Miller Middle School.
Agenda for Today- Your complete attention and cooperation is required right from the beginning. There is a lot to do today!
1. Complete Schedule Matrix and review bell schedule - Listen to directions on how to fill out the schedule matrix, and help each other complete it as quickly as possible.
There will NOT be bells except at the start and end of the day. We are following the computer clocks, not wall clocks, and the teacher is the only one that dismisses class.
2. Distribute ID badges and lanyards – These, of course, are required and must be worn at all times.
3. Lock & Locker distribution - Lockers will be assigned to students that have paid the deposit of 5 dollars. If you have not already paid, bring it in tomorrow. All students should be using their lockers.
4. Student Information Sheets – Complete these sheets neatly and to the best of your ability. If you need to get a phone number, remember to write it down tonight and add it to your sheet tomorrow.
5. Review Agenda – Read the first two documents in the agenda, take the agenda home and read through the school’s code of conduct. Complete the signatures for both documents and return them by Friday.
6. MyMy Blog labels – Stick a label with this blog’s web address in your agenda. It’s best to bookmark the site when you get home as well. Use of this site is required at times, whether at school or home. Therefore, get used to using it on a regular basis.
HOMEWORK: You MUST have the two forms from your agenda signed and returned by FRIDAY. These are very important documents for both you and your parents.
Buffing the Rough
(cleaning up your rough drafts)
- “I think” (in my opinion, personally, I believe) –eliminate
- Hide the question.
- Change words (from cool to awesome, furious instead of mad).
- If you’re bored writing it, your reader will be bored reading it.
- Add figurative language (imagery, onomatopoeia, similes, etc)
- Stayed on topic – re-read the question.
- Read the article/essay backwards.
- Make sure EVERY word belongs (counts).
- Include transition words.
- Editing (spelling, grammar, etc)
“The Highwayman” Scavenger Hunt
Find the answers to the clues.
5 Metaphors (explain what two things are being compared and why
for each example)
4 Words that are repeated (do not write the same word four times)
What effect does the repetition have on the poem?
3 Similes (explain what two things are being compared and why for
2 Examples of Alliteration (what effect does the alliteration have on
1 Onomatopoeia (why do you think the poet included this device?)
7th Grade Terms Formative - Counts as a classwork grade.
Article Response – “Did the punishment fit the crime for the boy who stole?” In your journals.
Bring two number #2 pencils and a highlighter if you wish to use it while reading. NO PEN WILL BE PERMITTED.
-There is no listening selection! There are no graphic organizers!
-Students must write in complete sentences and include multiple pieces of text evidence to support their answers.
-Don’t assume that the lined space provided for constructed response indicates the amount of writing students should provide to respond to the question.
-The goal of the short response questions is to require students to show succinctly their ability to comprehend text. In responding to these questions, students will be expected to write in complete sentences.
-Extended constructed response sample questions are designed to assess a student’s ability to write from sources. They will focus primarily on CCLS writing standards. Many will be framed around a central question, and all will reference one or two texts.
In the course of three days they will be given four booklets which will direct them to read multiple, complex texts, answer 63 multiple choice, 8 short response and 2 extended response questions.
On Your Final Copy:
Underline your claim in the introduction
Underline two details that support your claim in each of your two body paragraphs
Underline your analysis (so what?) in your conclusion