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: March 20-24, 2017

Monday 3/20

Read for fun. Got new roots for week 2 (#5-9).  See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Quiz is Thursday.

To review last Friday, we looked at each class’s comma memes and my compilation of the best of our class memes. Worked in small groups to complete the short answer portion (here’s the key for it) on the Comma Practice 2017 sheet before working individually on the “add a comma” portions. TIP: In Part 1, there is only one correct sentence; in Part 2, there are NO correct sentences; in Part 3, there are two; and in Part 4, there is one.

Homework = Comma quiz and roots quiz are Thursday. Friday is our Pi Day celebration!

You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book.

Tuesday 3/21

Read for fun, and reviewed all 9 roots in preparation for Thursday’s silver roots quiz. See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Mrs. Woody taught our lesson today as we reviewed for Thursday’s comma test by creating example sentences that followed our 3 comma rules. See me if you were absent.

Homework = Comma quiz and roots quiz are Thursday. Friday is our Pi Day celebration!

You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture at the top of this post for the cover.

Wednesday 3/22

Read for fun, and reviewed all 9 roots in preparation for tomorrow’s silver roots quiz. See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Passed back compound sentences #1-7 sheet, Mrs. Woody’s writing with commas from yesterday, and the Comma Practice 2017 sheet from Monday. Reviewed the latter heavily, especially the last section. To get a feel for tomorrow’s test and what we know well, we took a Pop Quiz about Commas (key is on the second page).

Homework = Comma quiz and roots quiz are tomorrow. Friday is our Pi Day celebration!

You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture at the top of this post for the cover.

Thursday 3/23

Took the roots quiz, covering #1-9, for 25 silver points. Took the comma test for 25 gold points.

Friday 3/24

Celebrated Pi Day and watched the student/faculty basketball game. Happy Spring Break!

You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture at the top of this post for the cover.

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ELA: March 13-17, 2017

Monday 3/13

Met in the library to check out books for this week’s Sacred Reading time. Read for fun.

Got back poetry essays and discussed results. Note that the research paper’s final draft gold grade will come back to you on Monday the 20th and will go on the 4th 9 weeks’ gradebook. 

Tidied our binders (list coming soon), and set up a brand new chart for new roots. See  See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Completed any remaining makeup work in class.

Homework = You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book.

Tuesday 3/14

Read for fun, and reviewed the 4 new roots we got yesterday.

Practiced test-taking strategies best for ACT Aspire (the big, “on your permanent record” test is right after Spring Break!). If you were absent, see me.

Homework = You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class on Thursday, April 6. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture next to Monday for the cover. 

Wednesday 3/15

Took ACT Aspire Classroom Test #2 to practice the test taking strategies we discussed yesterday. Turned in for a grade. See me if you were absent.

Began our new unit on commas, looking at silly memes and a kid books about bad punctuation. Then, we took Commas Part 1 Fill in the Blank Notes about using commas with compound sentences by using Comma Google Slides. On a clean sheet of loose leaf paper, we completed the Commas in Compound Sentences activity. Due when you walk into class tomorrow for a silver grade.

Homework = Finish the Commas in Compound Sentences activity. Due when you walk into class tomorrow for a silver grade.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Comma Quiz (silver) AND Roots Quiz (silver) on Thurs. 3/24
  • On Thurs. 4/6, you must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture next to Monday for the cover. 

Thursday 3/16

Continued our comma unit, taking Commas Part 2 Fill in the Blank Notes about using commas with introductory, words, phrases, and clauses (by using Comma Google Slides). On a clean sheet of loose leaf paper, we completed a sentence modeling activity for a grade called Comma Copy Cat.

Homework = UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Comma Quiz (silver) AND Roots Quiz (silver) on Thurs. 3/24
  • On Thurs. 4/6, you must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture next to Monday for the cover. 

Friday 3/17

Read for fun. Reviewed roots–See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Took Commas Part 3 Fill in the Blank Notes about using commas with listed items (used Comma Google Slides). Practiced “copy catting” these sentence patterns, and turned in for a silver grade:

  1. Listing verbs/objectsI worry about getting Chicken Pox, hiding from zombies, and yodeling upside down. 
  2. Listing adjectives of equal rank: The small, fluffy kitten ate the worm. 
  3. Using a semicolon like a “super comma” to separate listed items that already have commas: He packed a red umbrella; a shiny, fat pencil sharpener; and a rubber ducky. 

Made memes reflecting how comma errors change meaning. Made a Google Slide collection of these memes, to be posted soon.

Homework = UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Comma Quiz (silver) AND Roots Quiz (silver) on Thurs. 3/24
  • On Thurs. 4/6, you must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class. If you ordered it from me/library back in September, I’ve got a list of names hanging in my classroom for you to confirm. See me if you need help getting a book. See the picture next to Monday for the cover. 
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ELA: March 6-10, 2017

Monday 3/6

Took ELA Benchmark on Chromebooks and took the roots quiz #1-32. If time allowed, students had free time to work on their research rough drafts.

Homework = Your 2nd paragraph is due tomorrow when you walk into class for final revisions. The final draft (aka the rough draft you’ve revised so many times) will be turned in via Google Classroom by the end of class on Thursday. No school Friday!

Tuesday 3/7

We checked 2nd paragraphs for 10 points (silver), and had time to edit rough drafts using the 2 new “assignments” in Google Classroom: Check Your 2nd Paragraph and Revise Your “So What?”.

Homework = I’m going to be out tomorrow so Chromebooks won’t be available. Be ready when  you walk into class on Thursday to turn in your final draft in Google Classroom.

Wednesday 3/8

I was absent today. Read the Student Letter, and use the Thinking Differently sheet. If you were absent today, too, you only need to do the first activity (…About Famous Quotes) and only 2 quotes (rather than the original 4).

Thursday 3/9

Read for fun. Did a whole class revision to the paper template (aka rough draft)–see the picture below for the basics of what we did. Then, we had a chance to check our drafts against the Research Paper Rubric before turning in research work in Google Classroom.

Friday 3/10

No school due to teacher work day.

 

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ELA: February 27 – March 3, 2017

Monday  2/27

Read for fun. Got last new roots for this 9 weeks:week 8, #26-32. See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Our next test is gold on Monday, 3/6.

Worked on our outlines in Google Classroom using my Example Outline post as a guide.

Homework = Outlines are due when you walk into class on Wednesday. Read below for what’s coming up:

  • Tu 2/28 Finish outline (due Wed.). Get benchmark review. Go to book fair.  
  • W 3/1 Grade outline. Write rough draft. Peer edit 1st paragraph. 
  • Th 3/2 Write rough draft. Peer edit 2nd paragraph. 
  • F 3/3 Complete the Benchmark Study Guide  with groups and revise using master key. Play Kahoot for root review–you may bring your own device.
  • —–
  • M 3/6 Take gold roots test (#1-32). Take ELA benchmark, also gold. Work on revising rough drafts. 
  • Tu 3/7 Finish revising rough drafts. Due Thurs. 3/9 before you walk into class.

Tuesday 2/28

Got back the old roots quiz #1-21. Corrected mistakes to prepare for the upcoming gold test #1-32 on Monday, March 6.

Worked on our outlines.

Homework = Your outline is due tomorrow. Read below for what’s coming up:

  • W 3/1 Grade outline. Write rough draft. Peer edit 1st paragraph. 
  • Th 3/2 Write rough draft. Peer edit 2nd paragraph. 
  • F 3/3 Complete the Benchmark Study Guide with groups and revise using master key. Play Kahoot for root review–you may bring your own device.
  • —–
  • M 3/6 Take gold roots test (#1-32). Take ELA benchmark, also gold. Work on revising rough drafts. 
  • Tu 3/7 Finish revising rough drafts. Due Thurs. 3/9 before you walk into class.

Wednesday 3/1

Read for fun. Did a quick self check before I graded your outlines for 15 silver points:

  1. Does your 1st paragraph have…a topic sentence? 3 direct quotes? 3 explanations of those quotes? 3 sets of ( ) that give credit to the source of your quote?
  2. Does your 2nd paragraph have…a transition sentence? 2-3 direct quotes? 2-3 explanations of those quotes? 2-3 sets of ( ) that give credit to the source of your quote? an answer to “So what?”
  3. At the end, do you have your 2-3 sources in MLA format (like the kind made with easybib.com)?

Worked on writing the 1st paragraph of your rough draft on the Google Classroom Doc called Paper Template. Use my Example Research Paper and your completed outlines to do it.

Homework = Your Rough Draft’s FIRST PARAGRAPH is due when you walk into class tomorrow. Bring devices on Friday for a root Kahoot. Read below for what’s coming up:

  • Th 3/2 Grade 1st Paragraph and peer edit it. Write 2nd paragraph of rough draft. Due when you walk into class on Tuesday.
  • F 3/3 Complete the Benchmark Study Guide with groups and revise using master key. Play Kahoot for root review–you may bring your own device.
  • —–
  • M 3/6 Take gold roots test (#1-32). Take ELA benchmark, also gold. Work on rough drafts, if time allows.
  • Tu 3/7 Grade 2nd paragraph. Peer edit both 2nd paragraph and MLA citations, too. TURN IN the revised rough draft (now called a final draft) via Google Classroom on Thurs. 3/9.

Thursday 3/2

Read for fun. Worked on our 2nd paragraph using my Example Research Paper and you outline while I called up students individually to grade their 1st paragraphs for 10 silver points.

Homework = Bring your device for a root Kahoot game tomorrow–we’ll also complete the Benchmark Study Guide with groups. Your completed rough draft is due when you walk into class on Tuesday the 7th. Look carefully below at how next week is going to go.

  • M 3/6 Take gold roots test (#1-32). Take ELA benchmark, also gold. Work on rough drafts, but only if time allows.
  • Tu 3/7 Grade 2nd paragraph. Peer edit both 2nd paragraph and MLA citations, too.
  • W 3/8 TBA (no Chromebooks, though)
  • Th 3/9 Do final revisions for the research paper. TURN IN the revised rough draft (now called a final draft) via Google Classroom by the end of class.
  • F 3/10 No school due to teacher work day

Friday 3/3

Worked in small groups to complete the Benchmark Study Guide, each student writing the answers on his/her own loose leaf paper. Here is the key if you were absent today.

Played Kahoot to review all 32 roots for this 9 weeks. See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Homework = Study for your ELA benchmark and the roots test that is Monday! I’ll check my email over the weekend and will be here at 7:15 a.m. if you want extra help. Read carefully below to see how next week will go.

  • M 3/6 Take gold roots test (#1-32). Take ELA benchmark, also gold. Work on rough drafts, but only if time allows.
  • Tu 3/7 Grade 2nd paragraph. Peer edit both 2nd paragraph and MLA citations, too.
  • W 3/8 TBA (no Chromebooks, though)
  • Th 3/9 Do final revisions for the research paper. TURN IN the revised rough draft (now called a final draft) via Google Classroom by the end of class. THIS IS THE LAST DAY OF THE 9 WEEKS AND ALL GRADES ARE DUE TODAY.
  • F 3/10 No school due to teacher work day
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Example Outline

Here is the EXAMPLE OUTLINE about Sojourner Truth.

The screen shots show my writing and my comments about that writing.

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