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.

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I am looking forward to our year together,

Mrs. Hutchings

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August 14-18, 2017

Monday 8/14

Reviewed before taking the Code of Conduct Quiz for 30 silver points. Set up our binders based on #2 on the class syllabus . Offered free supplies to those who needed it.

Re-read our “Where I’m From” poem, polished 3 concrete nouns by adding descriptions strong enough to make the reader see/hear/feel/taste them (aka imagery). Wrote the poem on a sheet of loose leaf and split it into stanzas (1, 2, 3, or 4) and cut sentences into lines, depending on what we personaly want to emphasize. See the original “Where I’m From” poem for examples. Saved roughly a 3×3 space on the loose leaf for a drawing that we will complete in class tomorrow. Note that the drawing must be of one of the 3 strong concrete images you describe in your poem. We’re calling this loose leaf draft your layout draft.

Homework = Complete layout draft. You may print images to bring in for class if you wish. You may also type the final draft.

  1. Open House is tomorrow, August 15th from 6-7:30 p.m. Parents start in 1st period. Give them your schedule.
  2. Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22 Friday August 25. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724 and common in local bookstores) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can. For example, this grey edition is common on Amazon: ISB 978-0142407332.

Tuesday 8/15

Spent roughly 15 minutes of class finishing our layout drafts by sketching out one image, chosen from the 3 pieces described strong enough to make the reader see/hear/feel/taste them…aka imagery. Also, we chose final draft copy paper, and began writing our final drafts in ink. Make sure your name is on the back and your title “Where I’m From” is on the front.

We switched gears by noting that a lot of movies and books have similar story patterns: the orphan who becomes a hero, the evil government and the rebellion, the underdog winning despite the odds, etc. To figure out why these patterns exist, we read Foster’s “One Story” Chapter and took notes about Essential Questions: “One Story.”

Completed an exit slip for a bronze grade that summarized the one story concept in your own words (1-2 sentences).

Homework = Completed final drafts are due when you walk into class tomorrow.  Remember, Open House is tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. and parents should go to your 1st period class.

Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22 Friday August 25. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724 and common in local bookstores) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can. For example, this grey edition is common on Amazon: ISB 978-0142407332.

Wednesday 8/16

Turned in our final drafts of the “Where I’m From” poem, making sure that names are on the back, that the three good descriptions are underlined and numbered on the front, and that the picture has a short caption (what it is, why it matters). Students who chose to do it better–rather than turn in poor work–have one grace day to finish the final draft.

Added the title “Writer’s Notebook” to the spiral notebook kept in our binders. On the first page, we wrote today’s date and 2 sentences to describe literally what is happening in this picture and 2 more sentences describing the message of this picture, in your opinion. 

We reviewed yesterday’s discussion about the one story concept, updating our index cards to say that all stories are connected because they are showing part of what it means to be human. This idea of what it means to be human is called the human condition.

Discussed the following handouts, which we stored in the Toolbox tab in a page protector in our binders: The Human Condition and Thematic Ideas. We read a children’s book (Ada Twist, Scientist) to practice applying thematic ideas to new situations.

Homework = None!

Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22 Friday August 25. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724 and common in local bookstores) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can. For example, this grey edition is common on Amazon: ISB 978-0142407332. See images at the top of this post.

Thursday 8/17

Friday 8/18

 

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August 7-11, 2017

Monday 8/7

Teacher Work Day

Tuesday 8/8

Got assigned seats; explored our classroom; discussed expectations, protocols, and materials using the 2017-2018 Syllabus; threw paper balls; and wrote.

Homework = Read carefully.

  1. Discuss our blue class syllabus with your parents, and have them sign the red Syllabus signature page, which is due this Thursday, August 10th.
  2. All class materials are due on Monday, August 14 (see #2 on the syllabus for more details). I have used school supplies, free to anyone who asks for them, before school or during class. Y’all are welcome to them.
  3. Open House is Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7:30 p.m.
  4. Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can.

Wednesday 8/9

Read “Where I’m From” multiple times, circling concrete nouns and underlining abstract concepts (only 2). Used poem as a model to complete first draft.

Homework = Your 1st draft of “Where I’m From” poem is due when you walk into class on Friday. In addition…

  1. Discuss our blue class syllabus with your parents, and have them sign the red Syllabus signature page, which is due tomorrow.
  2. All class materials are due on Monday, August 14 (see #2 on the syllabus for more details). I have used school supplies, free to anyone who asks for them, before school or during class. Y’all are welcome to them.
  3. Open House is Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7:30 p.m.
  4. Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can.

Thursday 8/10

Took up red syllabus signature sheets, and there a grace day for those who forgot. Get them in tomorrow!

Each student got his/her own Shelby County Code of Conduct, which we painstakingly annotated for important policies and procedures that will be tested on Monday (30 point silver grade, short answer). Click here if you were absent or see me for the master copy in class.

We will review for the Code of Conduct test tomorrow in class.

Homework = Your 1st draft of “Where I’m From” poem is due when you walk into class tomorrow. In addition…

  1. All class materials are due on Monday, August 14 (see #2 on the syllabus for more details). I have used school supplies, free to anyone who asks for them, before school or during class. Y’all are welcome to them.
  2. Open House is Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7:30 p.m.
  3. Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can.

Friday 8/11

Played Quizlet to review for Code of Conduct test, which is Monday and is a 30 short answer question, 30 point silver grade). Checked 1st drafts for 16 bronze points (completion).

Worked on revising our 1st drafts  of  “Where I’m From” poem by focusing on descriptive imagery where it matters.

Homework = Your 2nd draft of “Where I’m From” poem is due when you walk into class Monday. Be thinking about images you want to bring from home to add to your final draft. In addition…

  1. All class materials are due on Monday, August 14 (see #2 on the syllabus for more details). I have used school supplies, free to anyone who asks for them, before school or during class. Y’all are welcome to them.
  2. Open House is Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7:30 p.m.
  3. Have your own physical copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders that you can write in (so no library books or e-books) in class on Tuesday, August 22. I have some free used copies you are welcome to have, if you ask for one in advance. Normally, it’s best to get the same edition that the class is using (ISBN 9780140385724) so that the page numbers match. However, several editions of The Outsiders have the same pagination, so grab which ever edition you can.

 

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