Students are finishing their narratives detailing a BEST or WORST day of middle school. The edited rough drafts are due Thursday when we’ll begin typing.  This is a gold grade of fifty points.  Final typed papers (submitted online) are due Monday, Dec. 12.  Late points will be deducted for late papers.  Full details are on Google Classroom. 

We are finishing “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” today.  Students will have a test on this on Friday, Dec. 9.  They have questions and vocabulary to study for the test.  A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE PLAY CAN BE FOUND HERE FOR STUDENTS WHO WERE ABSENT OR NEED TO REVIEW.

Our nine week exam is Wednesday, December 14.  Students will receive a study guide on Monday, Dec. 12. 

Spelling 7 quiz tomorrow:

i before e rule – friend, ceiling

 al, le, el endings – fragile, musical, visible, flannel, universal, nickel

commonly confused words: accept / except / expect 

Reminder:  Quiz tomorrow on simple, compound, and complex sentences.  Students have a handout with review and examples of each type of sentence. 

Presentations will begin after the quiz tomorrow! See previous blog for details. 

Students were given a question / topic to research and will do a very short (1 – 2 minute) presentation on Wednesday and Thursday.  See below for details. 

Research Questions project:

  1. Draw a question out of the box.
  2. Research the question fully using one book source and one internet source. Fill out this Google form on your sources.
  3. Prepare a one minute to two minute speech to explain to the class all of the information you found about the topic.
  4. Be sure to stay focused on the topic and speak about it in a logical manner.
  5. You may use note cards to help you remember the main points of your speech–however, you may not read directly from them during your speech.
  6. Be prepared to answer questions if asked.
  7. Speeches will begin on ___________________ and names will be drawn at random.
CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Delivery Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words. Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces one word. Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact. Speaks clearly and distinctly most ( 94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word. Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation. Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.
Preparedness Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed. Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals. The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking. Student does not seem at all prepared to present.
Content Shows a full understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic. Does not seem to understand the topic very well.
Listens to Other Presentations Listens intently. Does not make distracting noises or movements. Listens intently but has one distracting noise or movement. Sometimes does not appear to be listening but is not distracting. Sometimes does not appear to be listening and has distracting noises or movements.
Time-Limit Presentation is 1-2 minutes long. 15 seconds over or under 30 seconds over or under 45 seconds over or under





Spelling 6 quiz is tomorrow.  Words are on the previous blog.  

Students received a research project yesterday in class.  They will eventually present their findings to the class in a very short oral presentation. 

Progress reports go home tomorrow!  Please check your student’s grades and talk to them about what they need to do to improve the grade if needed. 

We recently read a brief play version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  Students worked on questions and a paragraph in class with this.  This was due on Tuesday but many students have still not completed it.  I have spoken with all of these students and their work is due tomorrow.  Late points will be deducted after tomorrow.  

Spelling 6:  i before e, except after c (last week),  or when said as ay, as in neighbor and weigh 

weird, neighbor, beige, ancient, restaurant, scissors, lightning, professional, a lot, principle/principal

Quiz on simple and compound sentences tomorrow.  

Students also have a quiz on spelling lists 1 – 5 on Friday of this week.  They took this quiz last week, but many students did not do so well.  I will take the better of the two grades. 

Students received a practice sheet today on simple and compound sentences.  On the back, they need to write THREE spelling words from EACH of the five previous spelling lists for a total of 15 words.  They should write the words that they feel are most difficult from each list. This is homework if not completed in class.

The spelling quiz is on Friday of this week.  It is cumulative and will cover all five previous lists.  Students should have a green sheet with these words or you may find them all on previous posts on this blog.  I will call out three words from each list 1 – 5.  They should also know ALL of the commonly confused words we’ve used so far. 

Spelling Five words – tomorrow, calendar, character, believe, piece, receipt, deceive, necessary, there/ their / they’re 

Quiz will be on Friday, October 14.