Weekly Update: Week of September 28, 2015

Overview this Week:
In English we are entering our final week of Book Club. Students will have practiced applying all metacognitive reading strategies by the time of our final meeting. We are continuing to read The Giver as a class and are beginning to explore the concept of “expository” writing. In Social Studies, we are investigating our final “societal structure” this week: culture. Students will explore the concept and share their own cultures as well. NEXT WEEK, we will be introducing students to our culminating performance task: creating a society. Students have already begun brainstorming their ideas in class.

Need to Know:
1. Book Club Meeting #4 on Wednesday
2. Last week’s Book Club grades will be entered today into Gradebook (exempt), and students will get their graded rubric from last week today.
3. This is the last week for students to REDO any book club roles that they would like to improve. These can be printed from google drive and will be due on Wednesday for the book club meetings.

Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice and book club book)
– Bring something to share your “culture” on Thursday (I will help students brainstorm ideas in class on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Table Talk: 
– What did you think of the ending to your book club book? Would you recommend this book to others?
– What reading role do you have for this week’s book club meeting? How will you apply it?
– What is your family’s culture? How has your culture been affected by globalization?
– If you were to create a society, what characteristics would it have?
– What does it mean to have a “growth mindset,” and do you think you have one? (a discussion from advisory last week)

Weekly Update: Week of September 21, 2015

Overview this Week:
In English we are continuing with our application of metacognitive reading strategies with both The Giver and our book club books. In Social Studies, we are continuing our discussion of “rights” and expand our conversation this week to include current events and education. We are building up to introducing our “Create a Society” project, which I will begin introducing to students next week.
Overall, I am going to be making more of an effort to get students to use their planners/agendas (I have seen this habit slip over the past couple of weeks for some kids). If this is an area of concern for your student, you should be able to check their planner at home and see that they are writing in their agenda for my class.

Author Kiera Cass visited our school last week! 
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Need to Know:
1. Quiz Retakes at TUTORIALS this Tuesday: Students can retake either the Parts of Speech Quiz or the Government Types Quiz
2. Book Club Meeting #3 on Wednesday
3. Last week’s Book Club grades are now in the Gradebook (exempt), and students will get their graded rubric from last week today

Homework this week:

– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice and book club book)

Table Talk: 
– What was the best/funniest/craziest/most fun part of CWW?
– How are you liking your book for “book club”?
– What reading role do you have for this week’s book club meeting? How will you apply it?
– What are some human rights issues that you’ve been learning about in class?
– If you were to create a society, what characteristics would it have?

Weekly Update: Week of September 14, 2015

Overview this Week:
In English we are continuing to apply our metacognitive reading strategies with both The Giver and our book club books. Students will have their second book club meeting this Wednesday, following up the fantastic conversations they had in their book clubs last Friday. In Social Studies, we are quizzing our knowledge of government and economic systems before moving on to a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Need to Know:
1. PERSONAL NARRATIVE:
– I am handing back graded rubrics today and the gradebook is also updated.
– Students interested in IMPROVING their grade should revise and edit their story this week (based on feedback) and sign up for a conference time with me during tutorials tomorrow or next Tuesday to discuss their improvements and learning.
2. PARTS OF SPEECH QUIZ:
– I am handing out grades today and the gradebook is also updated.
– Students who would like a retake can do so during tutorials either this Tuesday or next.
3. BOOK CLUB:
– By tomorrow, you should see an updated book club grade in the gradebook from last week’s meeting.
These weekly book club grades are “exempt” (they don’t count toward the actual grade) and are merely intended to communicate feedback as we continue to have book club meetings.
– Students can “redo” roles by adding them to their responsibilities for the following week.
4. GOVERNMENT TYPES QUIZ: Today – 9/14


Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice and book club book)
– Prepare for Book Club discussion this Wednesday

Table Talk: 
– What book are you reading for “book club”?
– What did you think of your group’s discussion last week?
– What reading strategy do you have for this week’s book club meeting? How will you apply it?
– How can you connect what you’ve learned about governments, economics, and citizenship to the society in The Giver, or perhaps even your own personal reading?
– Based on your rubric for the personal narrative, what are your strengths as a writer, and what areas of writing do you need to work on?

Weekly Update: Week of September 7th, 2015

Overview this Week:
In English we are finishing up and submitting our short stories today! This week we are focusing on learning metacognitive reading strategies to use while reading and in discussion with our book clubs (our first book club meeting will be this Friday). In Social Studies, we will be learning about and investigating real world examples of various types of governments. We will also continue hearing about current events with this week’s presenters on Friday!

Need to Know:
  1. I am handing back the mapping quiz and have updated the grade-book. Students who would like quiz retakes can see me at tutorials on either Tuesday or Thursday this week.
  2. PARTS OF SPEECH QUIZ – This Friday – 9/11 (we will review this week in class)
  3. GOVERNMENT TYPES QUIZ – Next Monday – 9/14  (we will discuss all week in class)
  4. CWW Permission forms go out today, need to be returned to homeroom by Thursday 9/10

Homework this week:

– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice and book club book)
– Review parts of speech for upcoming quiz
– Over the weekend – review government types for upcoming quiz (resources will be in their google drive folders to help them study)

Table Talk: 
– What book are you reading for “book club”?
– What reading role do you have for this week’s book club meeting? How will you apply it?
– What different types of governments are you learning about?
– What are some examples of these governments in the world today? Which one(s) do you think seem best?
– Are you trying out for the talent show at CWW? (auditions are this Tuesday at lunch!)


Student Book Clubs!

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Weekly Update: Week of September 1st, 2015

It was great to see many of you last week at open house! The students loved seeing your advice and well-wishes!
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Overview this Week:
In English we are working on finishing our personal narratives. These will be due next Monday (students will have a bit of time on Monday to make final changes). It would be great for students to share their writing with you and receive feedback! You can help by giving feedback on the “big picture” – descriptions and ideas. We are also starting “book clubs” with each student being assigned a novel from class- students will find out their book Wednesday, as well as the members of their book club. In Social Studies, students have a mapping quiz Wednesday (we reviewed today), and then we will be introducing government structures. We are using The Giver as a reference point for the many ways that society can be organized using various “structures.”
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Need to Know:

Mapping Quiz tomorrow (google drive has study help)
– Storyteller coming on Friday (Niall De Burca) – just in time for students to learn how to make their stories come to life and make finishing touches to their personal narratives!
– We have moved the Parts of Speech Quiz from next Wednesday to the following Monday (Sept 14)

Homework this week:
– Review Maps (Tues night)
– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice and/or book club book)
– Optional: students may choose to work on their narratives at home – this is not required

Table Talk: 
– What book are you reading for “book club”?
– How is your personal narrative coming along? How are you using description in your stories?
– What did you learn about storytelling from Niall De Burca?