Progress reports go home today!  You may notice the assignment of Narrative Essay for 80 points is blank.  The date of this was the date that they were due, but they have not all been graded yet, so none of these grades have been entered.  I am working on this – grading 100 essays while doing additional activities daily  which must also be graded is very time-consuming!  This is NOT a 0/80.  The blank in front of the 80 means this is not affecting the grade at all – it is simply not factored into your child’s progress report grade.

ALSO : Students have the opportunity to retake their lowest spelling quiz and take the higher grade.  To do this, they must first write each word from that quiz TEN times and turn that in before the quiz.  We will do these retakes next Wednesday, November 19.

Students must bring their independent reading books to class tomorrow.

Next week’s spelling quiz is cumulative.  There will be 15 words that will come from any of the previous spelling lists.

We spent three days on laptops typing our narratives.  Students who did not finish typing have until Monday to finish and turn those in to their English folders on Google Docs. Late points will be deducted each day beginning on Tuesday.

Our weekly Wednesday spelling quiz has been moved to Thursday this week because of room changes with 8th grade Explore testing.  Students are currently working on their narratives in class.  Completed rough draft is due this Friday, October 24.

Report cards go home on Friday.  Overall, I am very pleased with the student grades for this nine weeks.  Most of the students worked hard and should be proud of themselves!  Students had an opportunity for up to 20 bonus points in the last week of the nine weeks, 11 from context clues on a test and 9 for turning in unused hall/bathroom passes.  Also, students had 10 points bonus previously for writing words out five times on two different spelling quizzes.  In addition to that, there were a few bonus point opportunities on each of the larger tests.  Finally, I added 5 points to every student’s nine week test.  That being said, if a student was borderline with a grade, I did not give any EXTRA points to bump a grade up.  Please know that a 79 is a PERCENTAGE of the total points earned.  It is not just one point away from a B; it is more like 9 or 10 points away from a B.  I am discussing this with my classes, so wanted to address that here as well.

Reminder that spelling quiz is tomorrow.

February, Wednesday, library, singular, plural, though, through, thorough

Students may write the words five times each for bonus points.

 

Homework – (if not finished in class) – Grammar workbook, p. 132 Ex. 1, 2, and 3.  #1 – 5 only on each.  p. 133, Ex. 1, # 1 – 5 .

Spelling quiz is Wednesday if time permits.  If not, it will be moved to Thursday.

Spelling Quiz on Wednesday.  Also, all students should be reading an independent fiction book.  Next week, they will have at least one assignment with this book.

Reminder – test tomorrow on all the parts of speech.  This is our first major test, and students should study.  Today, we completed a review in class.  Students also began a parts of speech sentence find with their independent reading books.  Most students did NOT finish in class, and this is homework that is due tomorrow.

Head the paper with name, book title, and author.

Students will copy a different sentence for each part of speech (except interjections), for a total of seven sentences.  The sentences should NOT be the shortest ones they can find – minimum of five words.

They need to copy these exactly, put them in quotes, use a period at the end, and write the page number for the sentence. The word for the part of speech they are identifying should be circled.

Example:

Adjective –  “Luckily, his brother was a sweet guy despite his crushing name.” p. 142