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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Dress like a Soc or a Greaser!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Come to school dressed like a Soc or a greaser! Both Mrs. Acton and Mrs. Hutchings’ classes will participate. You must be in dress code (so no hats or ripped pants…and especially no switchblades or “heaters” or cigarettes) and be easily identifiable as either a Soc or a greaser. Costumes that are good will get a prize 🙂

Dress like a SOCIAL.

Gals, think pleated skirts, button up cardigans, headbands, Keds, full skirts with belts at the waist, and pearls. Think a “clean” or “fresh” look for makeup. Guys, think khaki pants or dress slacks, loafers, sweater vests, button up shirts, letterman jackets, blazers, and bow ties.

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Dress like a GREASER.

Gals, think blue jeans, jean jackets, leather jackets, white t-shirts, Converse or black ankle boots. Think heavy black eye liner and bright red lipstick. Guys, think blue jeans, jean jackets, leather jackets, white t-shirts, Converse or black work boots. Think hair slicked back with gel/pomade (dear, lord, not baby oil).

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September 25-29, 2017

Monday 9/25

Met in B11 computer lab today.

Got new roots (#22-25) and reviewed older roots. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. Our third and last silver quiz is this Thursday, September 28, and our final roots test (gold) is Thursday, October 5.

I checked rough drafts for completion (10 point bronze grade) before we revised them for the following:

  • direct quote format = context/your words + “verbatim quote that’s 1-2 sentences or less” + (parenthetical citation).
  • a complex and universal So What? conclusion that uses “we” and “us” not “you”
  • Used the  The Outsiders Essay: Writing about Thematic Ideas instruction/grade sheet and the example essay like check lists for completion.
  • Printed final draft of essay when done, making sure the essay is shared with me (shutchings) on Google Drive.

Homework = Final draft is due tomorrow. Here’s more about this week.

  1. We will meet in our classroom as usual tomorrow to take the ACT Interim Assessment, which is a fancy name for an “FYI” test that gives you good practice for your upcoming ACT test in high school and gives me good data about your learning. It is not graded in iNow, but it does provide valuable information about your abilities/potential. Approach this test with a “no stress  + do your best” mentality.
  2. We will dress up in 2 days! See the Dress Like a Soc or a Greaser post for details. 
  3. Our roots quiz is Thursday for #1-25.
  4. Our ELA final exam (gold) is Friday. Fill out the student study guide (not graded) that we’ll review every day.

Tuesday 9/26

TBA

Homework = We will dress up TOMORROW! See the Dress Like a Soc or a Greaser post for details. Here’s more about this week.

  1. Our roots quiz is Thursday for #1-25.
  2. Our ELA final exam (gold) is Friday. Fill out the student study guide (not graded) that we’ll review every day. Here’s the key to check your answers.

Wednesday 9/27

TBA

Homework = Our roots quiz is TOMORROW for #1-25. Our ELA final exam (gold) is Friday. Fill out the student study guide (not graded) that we’ll review every day. Here’s the key to check your answers.

Thursday 9/28

TBA

Homework = Our ELA final exam (gold) is TOMORROW. Here’s the key for the study guide to prepare.

Friday 9/29

TBA

Homework = We are not done with the 9 weeks just yet, kiddos! Next week holds more roots and one last gold grade…we have the final roots test on #1-32, which is Thursday, October 5. No school on Friday the 6th or Monday the 9th!

 

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September 18-22, 2017

Monday 9/18

Reviewed roots before taking the second roots quiz #1-17 for 32 silver points. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details.

Got Miss Goebel’s approval for writing, which was more like a quick trouble shooting rather than a detailed evaluation…use her Randy RACE Example as a model.

Using the  Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet, we worked on the character bodies, drawn on the butcher paper that we provided in class.

Homework = Tomorrow is your last work day before the project is due/presented when you walk into class on Wednesday.

Tuesday 9/19

Got new roots #18-21. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. FYI: Our third and last silver quiz is Thursday, September 28, and our final roots test (gold) is Thursday, October 5.

Had a brief check in with Miss Goebel to decide which partner would work on what part: who would color, who would write the final draft of RACE for each body part, etc.

Spent 45 minutes working in groups to complete the post mortem project, using  Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet and Miss Goebel’s Randy RACE Example as guides to success.

Homework = Your group’s post mortem project is due tomorrow when you walk into class Thursday when you walk into class.You’ll present/turn in your poster, turn in your Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet, and complete a group member evaluation.

Wednesday 9/20

Took Miss Goebel’s Post-test for Outsiders Project. Click on the correct link for your class period to take it: 2nd Period3rd Period4th Period5th Period, or 6th Period.

Reviewed new roots #18-21. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. FYI: Our third and last silver quiz is Thursday, September 28, and our final roots test (gold) is Thursday, October 5.

Worked in groups to complete the post mortem project, using  Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet and Miss Goebel’s Randy RACE Example as guides to success.

Homework = Your group’s post mortem project is due tomorrow when you walk into class.You’ll present/turn in your poster and turn in your Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet, and complete a group member evaluation.

Thursday 9/21

With Miss Goebel, we turned in your poster and your Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet, in addition to presenting quickly to the class.

Reviewed new roots #18-21. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. FYI: Our third and last silver quiz is Thursday, September 28, and our final roots test (gold) is Thursday, October 5.

Introduced The Outsiders Essay: Writing about Thematic Ideas instruction/grade sheet. First, everyone picked one thematic idea that he/she knows pretty well in the novel. Then, everyone completed the brainstorming activity.

Homework = Completed brainstorming due tomorrow for a bronze grade. FYI: We’ll type our first draft tomorrow in class, revise it Monday in class, and turn it in Tuesday for a gold grade.

Friday 9/22

Reviewed all roots #1-21. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. FYI: Our third and last silver quiz is Thursday, September 28, and our final roots test (gold) is Thursday, October 5.

Worked on writing our essay about The Outsiders: The Outsiders Essay: Writing about Thematic Ideas instruction/grade sheet

  • Checked last night’s homework ( the brainstorming activity.) for a 10 point bronze effort grade.
  • Got an example essay as a model.
  • Using the brainstorming sheet + the example essay + Google Drive, we wrote our rough drafts of the essay. Share your Google doc with me (shutchings) ASAP.

Homework = Complete your rough draft on Google Drive or handwritten–just get it done! Use our example essay as a model. Rough draft is a bronze grade on Monday, when we will meet in B11 computer lab.

FYI about Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday 9/26 = GOLD essay due.
  • Wednesday 9/27 = Dress up like a Greaser or a Soc!
  • Thursday 9/28 = Silver roots quiz #1-21
  • Friday 9/29 = GOLD final exam

 

 

 

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September 11-15, 2017

FYI: Miss Goebel is the primary teacher this week.

Monday 9/11

No school due to inclement weather.

Tuesday 9/12

No school due to inclement weather.

Wednesday 9/13

Issued new roots #14-17. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. Our second roots quiz (silver) is this Friday.

Completed the final reading quiz for chapters 11-12 (silver), and then debriefed chapter 12: the broken bottle (171/129-30), the letter (178/135), and how the book is a circular narrative –> the last sentence of the novel and the first sentence = same!

Took Miss Goebel’s pre-assessment to see what we know/don’t know before our big gold project. Click on the appropriate class link to take the Post Mortem Project Pre-assessment.

Speaking of the big project, got the instructions for the  Post Mortem Project, which is a gold grade, and got teacher approval for  groups members and their chosen characters. One responsible group member must keep the Post Mortem Project Instruction/Grade sheet for the entire project. Refer to it daily. Turn it in with your project on Wedensday.

Homework = Be thinking about extra supplies you may need to “dress” your character. Monday is our second roots quiz (silver) for #1-17.

FYI: Our Post Mortem Project schedule is as follows: Thus = Plan, Fri-Tues= Work Days, Wed= Due at start of class!

Thursday 9/14

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook, write today’s date. Answer using complete sentences: Write about 1 thematic idea from The Outsiders that relates to your own life. Provide a personal experience as an example.

Reviewed old roots and new roots. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. Our second roots quiz (silver) on #1-17 is now Monday.

Saw Miss Goebel’s Randy Example for PM project (in green), noting format and how to write a quote in this pattern: context + “verbatim quote” + (parenthetical citation).

Example of Randy’s Post Mortem RACE

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  • R/A     One of the most significant things that Randy says is when he corrects himself after he refers to Ponyboy as a greaser.
  • C         Pony thinks Randy would have saved the kids from the first just like he did, and Randy says, “Thanks, grease…I didn’t mean that. I meant, thanks, kid” (Hinton 117).
  • E          This shows that Randy’s initial thoughts about greasers based on their appearance has changed to show the reality of greasers being teenagers just like him with their own set of problems. (appearance vs. reality)

Work in groups to start the rough draft WRITING for the  Post Mortem Project, focusing on RACE for just the mouth (using Miss G’s green example above) done on loose leaf. Divide and conquer!

Homework = Tomorrow is a work day to finish the rough draft WRITING. Be thinking about extra supplies to “dress” your character on Monday. Wednesday is when the project is due. Monday is our second roots quiz (silver) for #1-17.

Friday 9/15

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: Listen to this Story Corps recording about a judge and a criminal. Now think about Johnny’s letter and his concern for Dally. Write 3+ sentences about how this recording’s judge and Johnny are connected.

Heavily reviewed roots #1-17 in preparation for Monday’s silver quiz.  See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details.

Got in teacher-approved groups to finish the rough draft writing portion of our Post Mortem Project, and we used Miss Goebel’s completed Randy RACE Example as a model.

Homework = Read the homework details carefully.

  1. Review roots #1-17 for Monday’s silver quiz.
  2. Your group’s rough draft for the RACE writing for all 5 body parts is due when you walk into class on Monday for a grade.
  3. How will you “dress” your character on Monday and Tuesday? I will provide the 3 ft tall butcher paper to draw the body on, some colored paper and white paper, scissors, glue, and basic colored pencils/markers. Optionally, you may bring your own extra supplies like yarn for hair, fabric for clothes, etc.

 

 

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September 4-8, 2017

Monday 9/4

No school in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday 9/5

Issued new roots #10-13. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details. Passed back last week’s first roots quiz and discussed strengths/weaknesses. Stored in the roots tab page protector.

Took the reading quiz for chapters 4-7 from The Outsiders for 16 silver points.

Discussed the many thematic ideas present in our novel, collecting evidence and charting it on our classroom wall for later use. Completed the Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7 (circling two of your strongest writing before turning it in). Use the thematic ideas from the picture below.

Began reading chapter 8, annotating Johnny’s mother (122-23/93-94), Darry, a Soc?! (126/96-97), and Bob = Dally (129/98). 

Homework = Finish Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7 sheet, if not done in class. Finish reading/annotating chapter 8. Our next quiz on chapters 8-9 is Thursday.

Wednesday 9/6

Reviewed our new roots for this week (quiz next Friday). Turned in Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7 sheet, starring two passages that are your best for me to grade.

Discussed chapter 8 annotations, and read chapter 9 aloud as a class, starting with page 138 at the rumble.

  • Darry and Paul (142/108)
  • rumble winner ( 145/ 110)
  • stay gold ( 148/113)

Homework = Skim chapter 9, pages 131-37 and mark every time we learn why each guy fights. Quiz tomorrow on chapters 8-9.

Thursday 9/7

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook, skip a line, write the date, and then re-read page 147 to find Johnny’s last words. Answer in 2+ sentences: What literary work is Johnny alluding to? What are those two words supposed to really mean?

Reviewed new roots #10-13. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details.

Took a reading quiz (silver) on chapters 8 and 9.

Read chapter 10, discussing heavily what happens with Dally and why it happens and especially, if he did die gallantly.

Homework = Finish reading/annotating  chapter 10: Dally robs a store (153-54).

Friday 9/8

Reviewed new roots #10-13. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details.

Got back yesterday’s reading quiz on chapters 8-9 for 12 silver points, and discussed/corrected answers. Also got back this week’s Thematic Ideas TO Ch 6-7 sheet, graded for 10 silver points–note that many students wrote a summary rather than explaining a thematic idea. We’ll all improve next week when we write like this again for a gold project.

Read chapter 11, and annotated Bob’s pic (162/122), Randy’s visit (164/123), PB’s confusion (162/125). Started chapter 12, annotating the hearing + verdict (166-67/127-28), PB’s changes (169/128), the broken bottle (171/129-30), and J’s letter (178/135).

Homework = Finish reading/annotating chapter 11 and chapter 12 (see pages above). Quiz on chapters 11-12 is Monday.

FYI: Next week we’ll work in small groups to complete a gold project on The Outsiders in class due Friday + have our second silver roots test on Friday, too.

 

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August 28 – September 1, 2017

Monday 8/28

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. Watch this CNN video. In 3+ sentences, record the setting and event plus explain why footage like this matters.

Recorded this week’s new roots #5-9. See the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details (roots, definitions, quiz, dates, etc.). Our first roots quiz is Friday, and you must know exact root, exact definition, and 1 example word–and spelling counts on it all.

Reviewed chapter 1 annotations and the main character “gang” of friends: Ponyboy, Darry, Soda plus Steve, Two Bit, Dally, and Johnny. Then, we annotated chapter 2 as we read a class, finishing for homework (see homework for annotations).

Remember, ANNOTATE means both WRITING A NOTE in the margin and MARKING A PIECE OF TEXT. I’ve given you the notes in the margins, and it’s your job to mark the text (highlight, underline, box, etc.).

Homework = Annotate chapter 2 as you read. Mark 3 ways PBJ–aka Ponyboy and Johnny–are different from other Greasers (pages 19-26), greaser fighting rules, Johnny’s backstory (31-34), and Cherry’s truth (34).

Book order forms are due back to me by August 31. This form does NOT include The Outsiders. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form.

Tuesday 8/29

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. Using your brain + your  Thematic Ideas sheet (hot pink in your toolbox tab), list 5 thematic ideas that show up in The Outsiders. Circle the one that’s the strongest.

Reviewed roots #1-9 (see the Roots Page at the top of the blog for details) in preparation for Friday’s quiz. You must know the exact root, exact definition, and one example word–and all must be spelled correctly.

Reviewed chapter 2 annotations–did you see Johnny carries a switch blade now?!–before annotating chapter 3: Cherry explains Socs (38), sunsets (40-41), Ponyboy’s fit (43), Johnny and suicide (47), and the bro fight (49-51).

Spent the last 15 minutes of class checking out books to read for fun in the library.

Homework = First, annotate chapter 3 (click for online book or audio). Second, review annotations for a quiz tomorrow on chapters 1-3. Third, Book order forms are due back to me by August 31. This form does NOT include The Outsiders. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form.

Wednesday 8/30

Thanks to Miss Goebel and Mr. Harwood who led class today while I was out sick.

MAKEUP BELL RINGER: SkipPED a line in your Writer’s Notebook under yesterday’s t-chart. Read the bottom of page 45 (@ “I know”) to the top of 46 (sunset) in chapter 3 (page 36 if you have the other book). In two sentences explain what Cherry means…and why PB feels so badly about it.

Reviewed our roots with a partner/your table group. Our quiz is in 2 days.

Took the reading quiz on chapters 1-3. 

Opened books to chapter 3 and annotated page 51 (middle) to 52 (top) –> why Johnny likes to be yelled at/beaten + why the gang isn’t the same as family. Then, read chapter 4, and annotated the following:

  • Drowning Pony (55-56)
  • Motive (56) … “motive” means a reason for committing a crime
  • Dally helps (59-61)
  • Where to hide (61)
  • How a stranger would see PBJ (63)

Homework = Finish chapter 4 annotations. (Things will get better for PBJ tomorrow–promise.)

Thursday 8/31

MAKEUP BELL RINGER:  In your Writer’s Notebook under the last entry, skip a line and write today’s date in the margin. In 2+ sentences, choose one of these prompts to answer: Explain 4+ positive traits of Dally’s according to PB (59-61) OR Explain the symbolism of the county (or the church) as the place PBJ hide out.

Reviewed our nine roots for our first roots quiz tomorrow. See the Example Roots Quiz for what the format will be like.

As a class, we read chapter 5 in The Outsiders, annotating as we read:  hair and pride (71), gallant–aka bold, brave, self sacrificing–and hero worship (76), the poem (77), the gun (83), and the spy (84).

  • Gone with the Wind = a classic novel published the 1930’s about the South during the Civil War in 1860’s. It glorified the Southern plantation life and presented the Southern gentleman and Confederates as gallant fighters standing up for the rights of their states. Watched a movie movie clip to get a feel for how the romantic view of Southern life might have affected Johnny.
  • gallant = (adj) bold, brave, self-sacrificing

Homework = Finish annotating chapter 5 as you read. Roots quiz is tomorrow. GRACE DAY for BOOK ORDERS–turn in tomorrow. See Book Order post for more details and extra copies of the order form…or just give me the $11.50, and I’ll fill out the form here. 

Friday 9/1

Took our very first roots quiz covering roots #1-9 for 25 silver points.

Got back Wednesday’s reading quiz on chapters 1-3 for 16 silver points. Discussed and corrected answers.

Discussed Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” in chapter 5. We talked about how it means that the good/gold things can’t ever last in life–and how they are not supposed to.We do not stay the same, immobile, or in stasis: Life is a cycle, we grow, we become more than we were. In response to this poem, we completed a leaf activity (see me if you were absent).

Started reading chapters 6 and 7. See image below for annotations.

Homework = Finish reading and annotating chapters 6 and 7. There is no school on Monday for Labor Day, and we will have a reading quiz on chapters 4-7 on Tuesday when we return. Be prepared!

Need an audio read-aloud of the book to follow along with as you read? Need a digital copy of the book? Go to The Outsiders Page at the top of the blog for links. 

 

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