Students are currently working on their argument essays about whether schools should have later start times or not.  We have been discussing arguments all week in class and students began the rough drafts yesterday.  Today, students should finish their rough drafts.  If rough drafts aren’t finished in class, they must be completed over the weekend.  Monday, we are going to the computer lab to type our papers.  The paper is a gold grade worth 70 points. Students have detailed instructions and grading criteria.

Our nine-week benchmark exam is on Thursday, October 8.  Students will receive a study guide on Tuesday and we will review on Wednesday.  This is the final gold grade for this nine weeks.

Also, students had an opportunity to retake their lowest spelling quiz and take the higher grade.  To do this, they were required to write each spelling word for that quiz six times each.  Unfortunately, I had very few students take advantage of this offer.

TEST TUESDAY, 9/22 on “Rikki Tikki Tavi” will include True/False, multiple choice questions on understanding the story, and multiple choice questions on elements of plot and personification.  Students will also be tested on their knowledge of subjects and verbs and using context clues to determine word meanings.  They will be given a practice quiz on Monday to help them to prepare for this gold grade.

Spelling 4 words for Thursday’s quiz:  mathematics, diameter, probability, exponent, proportion, dimension, diagonal, immediately, and lose/loose.

We are finishing up the parts of speech and will have a GOLD test on all parts of speech on  Thursday, September 10.  Students will review on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Also, students will be writing a paragraph on a character from their independent reading books using text evidence and at least one direct quote.  There will be no spelling quiz this week because of the test.  Spelling 3 quiz will be moved to Thursday, September 17.

Spelling 3 words:  February, library, Wednesday, beautiful, miniature, character, misspell, a lot, your/you’re                     plus any two from previous quizzes.

Spelling 2 words:  often, permanent, responsible, temporary, seldom, protagonist, antagonist, to/two/too

The spelling quizzes are usually each Thursday.  Each spelling quiz will also have one to three words from previous lists.

Finish your adjective/adverb handout to prepare for your QUIZ on these tomorrow.      Ex. A for both sides was the assignment.  Students may do Ex. B on each side for bonus points.

You need to bring your fiction book to class on Monday.

QUIZ tomorrow on Spelling 1.  See previous entry for the list of those words.

QUIZ Friday on Adjectives and Adverbs.  We will continue to practice and review for those tomorrow.

Reminder – Quiz tomorrow on nouns and pronouns.

Spelling 1: herself, themselves, language, adjectives, possession, expression, preposition, repetition, electrician, politician, its/it’s

Quiz on these words is next Thursday, 8/27.

We are starting out the year by running through the p-p-p-p parts of speech!  Finish up the noun and pronoun exercises in the workbook if you didn’t finish in class.  We will have a quiz on those Thursday after our speaker.

Welcome back!  I enjoyed meeting all of my new students today and I’m looking forward to getting to getting to know you better.


Test on The Outsiders is this Friday, May 8.  Students have questions and we are reviewing symbolism and theme over the next two class days.

The SEMESTER EXAM is Monday, May 18.  Students will receive the study guides next week.

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