Welcome to Mrs. Hutchings’ 8th Grade ELA Class

Dear Students and Parents,

Please familiarize yourselves with this blog, which is updated daily by 3:15 p.m. Why not earlier? As Robert Burns put it, “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.” Our class is a living entity, which means we change the lessons as we live them. Updates at 3:15 p.m. mean the most accurate reflection of our classroom lives.

Carefully read the About page for how this blog works as a resource and as a communication tool with me.

I am looking forward to our year together,

Mrs. Hutchings

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ELA: November 13-17, 2017

Monday 11/13

While Blue Team was gone to High Flight, White and Red Team students completed the following items with the following materials.

Blue Team students need to read chapter 11 and answer the reading questions (see the above materials for details).

Tuesday 11/14

Got three new roots in preparation for our silver quiz, covering #1-22, on Thursday. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Here’s a Quizlet to help review basics, if you want.

Got back the silver chapter 7-9 quiz from last week and made corrections. Reviewed Monday’s Agatha Christie information and chapter 11 recap that Red and White Teams did. See above for details.

Looked at discussion post #1 with a lot of feedback from Miss G. Then, we worked on discussion posts #3 (due tomorrow) and #4 (due this Friday) on Google Classroom. By the end of the book, there will be 5 posts, and you only do 4 of them. Whichever one you skip needs to have the word “SKIP” turned in (via Classroom) for that discussion post. Rubrics and examples are also on Classroom.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), listened to Chapter 12 audio as we annotated the following. As always, we filled in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

  • death by bee (204) III
  • missing gun! (207) V
  • search the rooms (208) V
  • true detective! (210) V

Homework = Tomorrow is our silver reading quiz on chapters 10-12. In two days is our silver roots quiz on #1-22–here’s a Quizlet to help review basics, if you want.

Wednesday 11/15

Reviewed in small groups before taking the silver reading quiz on chapters 10-12. Then, played a Quizlet to review the 22 roots we’ll be quizzed on tomorrow (another silver grade).

Watched a small clip of ATTWN, and read chapter 13 aloud, annotating the following:

  • people like animals (211-12) I
  • lights out (215) I
  • seaweed (217-18) II
  • the 6th death (222) III

Homework = The discussion post #3 (on Google classroom) is due today. Roots quiz is tomorrow. Discussion post #4 is due Friday.

Thursday 11/16

Reviewed before taking our third roots quiz for this nine weeks (silver grade) that covers #1-22. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details.

Using the updated character posters from our classroom wall, we caught up on adding in character descriptions and jobs to  our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. However, we really focused on updating the following:

  • 3rd column = labeled as “REAL reason (gramophone)” –> aka each character’s murderous crime and motive
  • 5th column = labeled as “FATE” –> aka cause of death and poem line
  • Note that all characters committed murder and never got caught. THAT is the real reason they were invited to the island (not the fake letters), to pay for their crimes.

In small groups, we read chapter 14 aloud, and answered all questions on the Chapter 14 Reading Guide ATTWN. Any answer on that sheet is annotated in your book. Note that the worksheet skips around the chapter to all the best parts–you can, too!

Homework = Finish reading chapter 14 and the Chapter 14 Reading Guide ATTWN, stopping at the soldier picture. Due tomorrow for a silver grade. Also, discussion post #4 is due in Google Classroom tomorrow.

Friday 11/17

As a class, we completed the solider section, entitled “Applying Detective Evidence,” on he Chapter 14 Reading Guide ATTWN. Turned in for a silver grade.

Added one piece of evidence to our yellow ATTWN Character Chart: Blore’s crime is perjury (lying on the stand in court) to get a promotion and a bribe ($), found in chapter 9.

Listened to/read chapter 15 (click here for the audio), annotating as we went along:

  • weather (243) I
  • red herring (247) I
  • zoo (248) I
  • Vera’s crime (254) II
  • the bear… (255) II
  • Dr A’s back! (259) IV

Used Chromebooks in class to complete discussion post #5 in Google Classroom, which is due 11/29. In fact, all discussion posts are due 11/29 without late penalty. Take advantage, and get work done!

Homework = Finish chapter 15 and annotations plus discussion posts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Miss Goebel and Mrs. Hutchings are thankful for each one of our students.

 

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ELA: November 6-10, 2017

Monday 11/6

Got new roots #16-18. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Got back Friday’s silver roots test #1-15. Made corrections and stored in our roots tab.

Took a silver reading quiz for chapters 4-6.

Had class time to complete the assignment posted in Google Classroom, which we started last ThursdayIn addition, we worked on the NEW assignment posted in Google Classroom,which is due this Friday the 10th. 

  • Here is the rubric for the assignment.
  • Here is an example of a completed assignment. Please note this example is too long compared to what you should do. You should use 5+ sentences and 2 quoted pieces of evidence in your answer. 

Began homework.

Homework = We have a GOLD character test tomorrow. In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), read/annotate chapter 7 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

  • Brent’s crime (110-11), section I
  • How Rogers did it (113-14), section II
  • Lombard’s theory (114-15), section II
  • boat (118), section II

Tuesday 11/7

Reviewed all characters before taking the gold character test. After the test, we…

  • Reviewed all roots. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details.
  • Added one piece of evidence to the appearance/reality chart in our writer’s notebooks.
  • Got back yesterday’s silver reading quiz for chapters 4-4 and made corrections.
  • Watched a clip from the movie And Then There Were None, and discussed moodSee Miss Goebel if you were absent.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), read/annotate chapter 8 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

  • the gun (122)
  • signals (125)
  • crazy general confession (129-30)
  • only them… (137)
  • Also, completed the Idiom Worksheet. Due tomorrow.

Homework = Finish reading/annotating chapter 8. Complete the Idiom Worksheet. FYI: Thursday is our next silver reading quiz on chapters 7-9. Friday is when our second Google Classroom assignment is due.

Wednesday 11/8

Reviewed all roots. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details.

Got back yesterday’s gold character test and made corrections, and also reviewed yesterday’s Idiom Worksheet before turning it in.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), read/annotate chapter 9 in small groups, completing the Chapter 9 Reading Guide. Filled in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

  • Guilty doctor? (140) I
  • Weather (144) II
  • Man on train (147-48) IV
  • Suspects (165) VII

Homework = Finish classwork. Tomorrow is our next silver reading quiz on chapters 7-9. Friday is when our second Google Classroom assignment is due.

Thursday 11/9

Reviewed all roots. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details.

Took chapters 7-9 reading quiz (silver grade). Turned in the Chapter 9 Reading Guide. In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), read/annotate chapter 10 in small groups, and filled in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

See picture below for annotations.

Homework = Finish classwork. Second Google Classroom assignment question due tomorrow. The third one is due Wednesday the 15th.

Friday 11/10

No school in observance of Veterans Day

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ELA: October 30-November 3, 2017

Monday 10/30

Discussed new roots #13-15. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Our next silver quiz is this Friday, covering #1-15 roots. Remember, the writing sections will deal with a made up word containing 2-3 roots and will require you to define the made up word using your root knowledge.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), we read/annotated chapter 2 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

FYI: Tomorrow will be a reading quiz (silver) on our first two chapters.

Homework = Finish reading and annotating chapter 2.

Tuesday 10/31

Happy Halloween! We reviewed all roots #1-15. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Our next silver quiz is this Friday. Remember, the writing sections will deal with a made up word containing 2-3 roots and will require you to define the made up word using your root knowledge.

Took a reading quiz (silver) on chapters 1-2 before watching a clip from the movie about our 10 strangers going to the island. We discussed the mood in the clip and how Christie’s words also create that same mood.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), we read/annotated chapter 3 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

Annotations posted soon!

Homework = Finish reading/annotating chapter 3.

Wednesday 11/1

We reviewed all roots #1-15. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Our next silver quiz is this Friday. Remember, the writing sections will deal with a made up word containing 2-3 roots and will require you to define the made up word using your root knowledge.

Took a pop quiz on chapter 3. Then, made a full page t-chart in your Writer’s Notebook labeled as appearance/reality. We’ll add to it through out the book, so keep it close.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), we read/annotated chapter 4 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information. We completed small group work for this chapter, turning it at the end of class.

Homework = Finish reading chapter 4, filling our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information. Roots quiz Friday!

Thursday 11/2

We reviewed all roots #1-15. See the ROOTS page at the top of this blog for details. Our next silver quiz is this Friday. Remember, the writing sections will deal with a made up word containing 2-3 roots and will require you to define the made up word using your root knowledge.

Completed the assignment posted in Google Classroom. Drew names for the person who is your peer editor/commentator.

  • Here is the rubric for the assignment.
  • Here is an example of a completed assignment. Please note this example is too long compared to what you should do. You should use 5+ sentences and 2 quoted pieces of evidence in your answer. 
  • If you have not joined our class yet, use your class code as follows…2nd Period Code: kr12wvc, 3rd Period Code: lq2rr9, 4th Period Code: nb2m2b, 5th Period Code: hguhnf, 6th Period Code: hbp6nyf.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), we read/annotated chapter 5 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for annotations/book notes and quiz information.

  • Today, we listed to the audio for this chapter.
  • Completed the That’s Wicked,Vera! sheet where we took explicit information about her backstory/crime and inferred the truth about what she didn’t want to say. Turn in tomorrow.

Homework = Finish reading chapter 5, if not done in class. Tomorrow is our roots quiz (silver)!

Friday 11/3

Briefly review roots before taking the silver roots quiz #1-15.

Got back Tuesday’s chapter 1-2 reading quiz (silver) and made corrections. Reviewed the That’s Wicked,Vera! sheet and how Vera is arguably the worst person on this island. Look at the Chapter 5 Book Notes for the key.

In And Then There Were None (ATTWN), we read/annotated chapter 6 while filling in more of our yellow ATTWN Character Chart. We looked for 3 times when Christie creates suspense in this chapter with her diction (word choice), mood, and connotation.

  • Dr. A’s dream (91+)  I
  • Death! (93) II
  • Accusations (97-101) II
  • Boat (103) III
  • # of soldiers (105-106) IV

Homework = Finish chapter 6. See ATTWN 2017 page at the top of this blog for help with book notes. Our next silver reading quiz is on Monday, covering chapters 4-6. Our gold character test (from chapters 1-7) is Tuesday.

 

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ELA: October 23-27, 2017

Monday 10/23

Blue Team was gone to High Flight. Rescheduled for November.

Reviewed all roots #1-9 to prepare for tomorrow’s roots quiz. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: There is a new writing portion on the roots quiz tomorrow. I will give you a made-up, totally nonsense word–like antiruptiphon–and you will have to make up a definition based on your root knowledge.

  • GOOD example –> Antiruptiphon means a machine that is works against breaking musical sounds during polka concerts. (See? This is silly but it naturally makes a defintion that makes sense.)
  • BAD example –> Antiruptiphon means against break sound. (See? This is definition doesn’t really make sense if read aloud, like a dictionary definition might)
  • This writing is part memorizing root definitions and part creativity.

Gave out copies of Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None to students who 1) ordered a copy from our library in August and 2) those who asked for a free used copy when I offered every day for three weeks. Wrote our names indelibly in them. Bring them to class every single day.

Discussed and worked through problems on the  SVA Review Worksheet, offering my key (to be posted soon) to check. We have a gold test on Subject Verb Agreement in just two days. It will be set up just like this review sheet, with the first 5 items verbatim the same. We will have a review session Wednesday morning before school. All are welcome, with or without a pass, this day.

Watched The Tales of the Unexpected‘s episode of “The Landlady” with an introduction by the author himself, Roald Dahl.

Homework = Prepare for tomorrow’s silver root quiz by reviewing roots #1-9. Continue to prepare for Wednesday’s gold Subject Verb Agreement test. See links above for resources.

Tuesday 10/24

Took the silver root quiz #1-9  before we recorded new roots #10-12. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details.

Reviewed Subject Verb Agreement in preparation for tomorrow’s gold test. All are welcome to a morning review from 7:15-7:40 (no pass needed).

Discussed the 5 elements of a detective/mystery novel, and we watched a Scooby Doo episode to analyze for those 5 elements.

  • Added this note to our 5 elements sheet: #2 Characters = All characters are suspects!
  • Use the Scooby Example for how to fill out your sheet–note that the example is about a different episode than the one we watched in class.
  • See Miss Goebel if you were absent today about makeup work.

Homework = Tomorrow is our gold SVA test. See above for all notes and review sheet. We start reading And Then There Were None  tomorrow, so bring your copy then and every day after!

Wednesday 10/25

Briefly reviewed before taking our gold Subject Verb Agreement test. When done, completed the following:

  1. Skills Checklist (turned in when done)
  2. Go to Google Classroom and join our class. Click on the + sign button along the top bar on your screen to enter the join code for your class = 2nd Period Code: kr12wvc, 3rd Period Code: lq2rr9, 4th Period Code: nb2m2b, 5th Period Code: hguhnf, 6th Period Code: hbp6nyf.
  3. Complete the And Then Were None Character Google Form, which requires your thoughtful opinion. We will be using this information in class as we read our novel.
  4. Reviewed all 12 roots we have by grouping them based on meaning in our Writer’s Notebooks. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details.

Homework = Complete any classwork not finished in class. We start reading And Then There Were None  tomorrow, so bring your copy then and every day after!

Thursday 10/26

Got back Tuesday’s silver roots quiz #1-9 and made corrections (turned back in when done). Reviewed all 12 roots. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details.

Reviewed (and finished filling in) the 5 elements of a detective/mystery novel sheet from Tuesday, the one where we analyzed a Scooby Doo episode. Turned in when done.

Discussed Reading Protocols for And Then There Were None. Began reading  chapter 1 (only pages 1-5, sections I and II), annotating as a class. See Chapter 1 Book Notes for more.

Homework = Complete Wargrave and Vera’s rows on the ATTWN Character Chart (yellow copy given in class) as much as we covered in the first few pages of  chapter 1 (only pages 1-5, sections I and II).

Friday 10/27

Reviewed all roots #1-12. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details.

Got back Wednesday’s gold Subject Verb Agreement test. Discussed and made corrections.

Filling in parts of the ATTWN Character Chart (yellow copy given in class), we read more of chapter 1. See Chapter 1 Book Notes for more.

Homework = Read the rest of chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 (stop at the bottom of page 28, the end of section III).

 

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ELA: October 16-20, 2017

Monday 10/16

Got new roots #5-9. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Completed Figure It Out Grammar Guide independently to “reverse engineer” our next grammar unit. Turned in when done.

Read a book of your choice for fun. At the end of class, we wrote a 20 word summary of what you read for fun today (literally just 20 words). Turned it in when done.

Homework =  Your copy of And Then There Were None is due Monday the 23rd (or the next day, if you’re blue team because we’ll be at High Flight). Ask me ASAP for a free used copy! Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Tuesday 10/17

Reviewed all roots #1-9. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Got back yesterday’s 20 word summaries (20 bronze points) and Figure It Out Grammar Guide (10 bronze points).

Took Subject Verb Agreement: Introduction and Indefinite Pronouns Notes before completing the SVA: Indefinite and Compound Worksheet with Annotations. Note that you’ll only have to complete the Indefinite section #1-20 all.

Homework = Finish #1-20 on the SVA Indefinite worksheet (see above). Friday, we will have a quiz on memorizing the 16 indefinite pronouns as singular, plural, or “weird.”

FYI: Your copy of And Then There Were None is due Monday the 23rd (or the next day, if you’re blue team because we’ll be at High Flight). Ask me ASAP for a free used copy! Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Wednesday 10/18

Reviewed all roots #1-9. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Discussed last night’s homework before grading it for 18 silver points (see above for the link).

Continued Subject Verb Agreement with SVA: Compound Subjects Notes. Worked through examples in class before completing the homework.

Homework = Complete the SVA: Compound Worksheet with Annotations. Friday, we will have a quiz on memorizing the 16 indefinite pronouns as singular, plural, or “weird.”

FYI: Your copy of And Then There Were None is due Monday the 23rd (or the next day, if you’re blue team because we’ll be at High Flight). Ask me ASAP for a free used copy! Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Thursday 10/19

Reviewed all roots #1-9. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Reviewed indefinite pronouns in preparation for tomorrow’s quiz on memorizing the 16 indefinite pronouns as singular, plural, or “weird.” See  Subject Verb Agreement: Introduction and Indefinite Pronouns Notes for the list of 16 words.

Continued subject verb agreement by taking SVA: Other Problems Notes, worked through examples as a class on the SVA Other Problems Worksheet with Annotations, and completed our homework.

Homework = Finish all of the SVA Other Problems Worksheet with Annotations, and take it slowly, using your notes, since much of this sheet can feel counterintuitive.  Remember, tomorrow, we will have a quiz on memorizing the 16 indefinite pronouns as singular, plural, or “weird.”

FYI: Your copy of And Then There Were None is due Monday the 23rd (or the next day, if you’re blue team because we’ll be at High Flight). Ask me ASAP for a free used copy! Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Friday 10/20

Reviewed all roots #1-9. See the roots page at the top of this blog for details. FYI: Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

Reviewed indefinite pronouns  notes before taking a silver quiz on these 16 pronouns.

Discussed/workshopped last night’s homework (see above) before grading it for 20 silver points.

Began completing SVA Review Worksheet, which is due on Tuesday the 24th for our gold SVA test.

Homework = Blue Team, check the weather for Monday! White and Read Teams, you’ll complete your review sheet in class on Monday. EVERYONE: Your copy of And Then There Were None is due Monday the 23rd (or the next day, if you’re blue team because we’ll be at High Flight). Ask me ASAP for a free used copy! Our first roots quiz has been moved from this Friday to Tuesday the 24th.

 

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