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8th Grade Update 11.13-11.17
Posted by Abby LeBaron on November 09, 2017 at 7:19pm

8th grade updates:

Students are currently in their 2nd week of reading Science-Fiction or Dystopian novels; they will need to read a minimum of two during the month of November.  As a class, we have been closely studying the short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury and will hold our first Socratic Seminar this week.

I am hopeful that I will see many of you at conferences the week of Thanksgiving; as always, please reach out if you have questions specific to your student or want to schedule a different time to discuss student progress if you will not be able to make it to conferences.

 

Monday, 11.13

Tuesday, 11.14

Wednesday, 11.15

Thursday, 11.16

Friday, 11.17

 

Class Events

Tone ML & Practice with “The Veldt”

 

Identification & Analysis of Author's Purpose in JR Book

Speaking & Listening ML / Basics

 

Socratic Seminar Prep

Socratic Seminar

Viewing a Film: Director’s Craft to Tone ML

 

Viewing “The Veldt” Film

JR Book Theme Check

 

 

Viewing “The Veldt” film

Assessments

 

Identifying & Analyzing Tone in JR Book

Speaking & Listening (Socratic Seminar)

Tone in Film / Director’s Craft (graphic organizer)

Tone in Film / Director’s craft

 

JR Book Theme Claim Check   

Homework (other than weekly reading & notes – see below)

 

 

 

 

1st Science Fiction / Dystopian book needs to be finished by this weekend

Independent Reading Expectations: a minimum of 120 (2 hours) weekly. 

Independent Reading Thinking: Students also need to engage with what they read by tracking evidence & analysis in a variety of ways (introduced and taught in class).  

 

Upcoming Assessments:

  • JR Book Extended Response 1st week of December

o   Evidence, Theme, & Informational Writing assessed)

Logging in to Google Classroom (outside of class)
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 27, 2017 at 1:21pm

Go to Renton School District's home page: www.rentonschools.us/start

Click on "RSD Portal Log-in" in the top right hand corner 

When prompted enter your regular user name and add @g.rentonschools.us (ex. abi.leb000@g.rentonschools.us) & the password should be the same one used to log on to a school computer 

OR go through the Student Quick Links  / G Suite for Education (Google Apps) and log in using the same user name, but adding @g.rentonschools.us  & the password should be the same one used to log on to  a school computer. 

 

Lastly, they could try logging in through Google itself as they have a complete email address: username@g.rentonschools.us (same password as usual) 

 

 

8th Grade End of Quarter Reminders
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 26, 2017 at 4:42pm

8th Grade Families:

Students are in the process of finishing their personal narratives centered around an important experience / moment.  I am looking forward to seeing their finished writing soon and would encourage you to ask to see it!

Students may stay afterschool this Monday, 10/30 during the activity period to make up any missing work, to take a test revision /correction, or to work on their narratives. Students just need to let me know they are staying by Monday morning and then be in the classroom by 2:40. 

I'm including a few dates below that outlines the rest of this quarter and Just Right book information for quarter 2.  Please reach out if you have questions.  

Date:

Need to Know:

Next Steps:

Friday 10/27

Last day in class for students to work on their personal narratives

Students can still access their personal narratives outside of class through the Google Classroom tool.

Monday, 10/30 &

Tuesday, 10/31

Extended Response in class on JR Book

Students have had the chance to prepare for this during reading zone this week.  If they haven’t done so yet, it is important for them to have several pieces of evidence marked in their book that supports a complex theme.

Tuesday, 10/31 at 11:59 pm

Personal Narrative Due – submit through Google Classroom by “turning in”

Students can turn their work in earlier, if it is ready to be graded and will have computer access on Tuesday in class for submission.

Wednesday, 11/1

Hand in revision work by today to impact their 1st quarter grade (which is more of a progress report before the end of 1st semester) 

Encourages students to check their grades  

Thursday, 11/2

Introduction to Unit 2/Quarter 2 work, which will be centered around Science Fiction as a genre study and argumentative writing later in the quarter.

Encourage students to begin thinking about selecting their next book within the genres of Science Fiction (not Fantasy) or Dystopian. 

 

They will need to have their Sci-Fi or Dystopian book in class on Monday, 11/6. 

7th Grade End of Quarter Reminders
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 26, 2017 at 4:40pm

7th Grade Families:

Students are in the process of writing their realistic fiction narratives.  I have been reading them in parts and am excited to see them come together.  

Students can stay afterschool this Monday, 10/30 during the activity period to make up any missing work, to take a test revision /correction, or to work on their stories. Students just need to let me know they are staying by Monday morning and then be in the classroom by 2:40. 

Date:

Need to Know:

Next Steps:

Friday 10/27

Students should have a full draft of their stories (beginning, middle, and end).  

Students may access their realistic fiction narratives outside of class through the Google Classroom tool and should work on them over the weekend if they did not finish their whole draft in time.

Monday, 10/30 &

Tuesday, 10/31

Feedback & Revision work in class   

Students will have a chance to receive peer feedback as well teacher feedback.  There will be time in class to make revisions and edits, but there will not be time for them to finish writing their draft for the first time.

Wednesday, 11/1 at 11:59 pm  

Realistic Fiction Narrative Due – submit through Google Classroom by “turning in”

Students can turn their work in earlier in class during the day, but they do have until Wednesday night to get it in on time.

Wednesday, 11/1

Hand in revision work or missing assignments by today in order to see influence on 1st quarter's grade (which is more of a progress report working towards 1st semester). 

Encourages students to check their grades  

Thursday, 11/2

Introduction to Unit 2/Quarter 2 work, which will be centered around Historical Fiction as a genre study and Literary Analysis essay writing later in the quarter.

Encourage students to begin thinking about selecting their next book within the genre of Historical Fiction. 

 

They will need to have their Historical Fiction JR Book in class on Monday, 11/6. 

 

 Thanks, 

Ms. LeBaron

Grades & October Updates
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 15, 2017 at 1:23pm

Good afternoon, 
I realized that there had been many students who couldn't see their grades in Skyward.  After working with the district, the problem should be fixed.  If you happen to check your student's grades, they check and can't find any, or if you have grading questions, please reach out.  At this point, all grades should be viewable.  In the future, if you can't see grades within 10 days of the new quarter, please let me know as there might be another technical problem in the gradebook that needs to be worked out.
 
As we approach the end of the quarter, students will receive a few more grades for reading skills: citing evidence, developing themes, and recognizing how characters develop.  All students will also be drafting and publishing their narratives.  By the end of the week, all students will have had access to computers at school to get their drafts typed and revision work started.  The "final" version of their narratives won't be due until closer to the end of October, but students will have writing homework each day if they do not get to the necessary place during class time.  Students will be typing within Google Classroom and can access their writing from any computer with a web browser.  I will be teaching students how to use the app and it will hopefully be an easy transition. If students need to stay after-school to use the computers, they should try to stay on Thursdays as the Library is an approved activity and can take the activity bus home.  
 
In the meantime, please make sure your student(s) is still reading at least 2 hours a week "outside" of class / at home in their JR book and practicing citing evidence and analyzing it by using the guides for Stop & Jots on the back of their bookmarks.
 
Lastly, our October Reading Challenge is almost 1/2 over:
8th graders = Read 3 books in October (400+ pages = 2 books)
7th graders = Read 2 books in October or take the Super Challenge.  
As we move forward, it really is the expectation that if students are reading a minimum of 2 hours a week on their own time and reading each day in class, then they should always be able to read 2 books a month, if not many more.   
 
Please email or call if you need more details regarding class, expectations, or grades! 
 
Thank you, 
Abby LeBaron 

October Updates
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 03, 2017 at 7:11am

7th grade Updates:

As students continue to work through their JR books, they will keep gathering evidence in their notebooks and improve their analysis by saying more each day (see guiding questions in class, but also on the back of their Reading Bookmarks). 

Grades Updated & Coming:

  • Contrasts & Contradictions Exit Ticket for JR Book – Due Wednesday, 9.27.17 (it can still be turned in if a student hasn’t yet)
  • Again & Again Exit Ticket for JR Book – Due Tuesday, 10.3.17
  • Independent Reading Effort (checked weekly) – since students don’t have school this Friday, we will do a double-minute check on 10/13.  Students will need to have read a minimum of 240 minutes outside of LA class by then. 

              Students must be able to show their completed bookmarks at that time (tracking dates, pages, and minutes).

Later this week, Theme Identification & Analysis for JR Book:

Continuing notebook work on your T-chart 

  •  Collect evidence on character, conflict, setting, and/or theme
  • Record and Cite evidence with page #
  • Analyze evidence by asking yourself: Why is this part important? What am I learning about my character? Why does this keep showing up again and again?

Looking Ahead:

Students will be brainstorming, drafting, and revising their realistic narratives in October.  Although we have not gotten into our writing unit, it will be helpful for students to continue reading with a close eye to how stories are put together and the kind of craft moves writers make. 

Additionally, students can think about what kind of stories do they wish existed in our world? What kind of characters do they want to write about?

October Reading Challenge:

  • Each student has taken the challenge of reading 2 complete fiction books in the month of October.  They need to be able to talk about, write about, and think about both books.
  • Books that are more than 400 pages can count as 2.
  • Super Challenge: Read 4 books in the month of October and try a new genre for at least 1 of those 4 books. 

8th Grade Updates:

Grades Updated & Coming:

  •       JR book theme claim and evidence support (Due Friday, 9.29)
  •       Notebook work with EVIDENCE and practice analysis (Due Friday, 9.29)
  •       Reading Assessment for Evidence, Character Development, and Theme (in class this week)
  •       Bi-weekly independent Reading Effort – next check is Friday, 10/13 where students will need a minimum of 240 minutes read outside of LA class for a level-3 in effort.  

              Students must be able to show their completed book marks at that time (tracking dates, pages, and minutes).  

Later this week, Setting as a psychological place

  •       Students will continue to read their JR book and begin to think of setting as more than a place
  •       Students will do a Sketch-A-Scene that will visually illustrate how a setting in their book influences their protagonist to act or feel a certain way

Looking Ahead:

Students will be brainstorming, drafting, and revising their personal narratives.  As a way for students to start thinking ahead, they can begin conversations with you regarding places, people, and objects that are important to them or hold significant memories (positive or negative). 

October Reading Challenge:

  •       Each student has taken the challenge of reading 3 complete fiction books in the month of October.  They need to be able to talk about, write about, and think about both books.
  •       Books that are more than 400 pages can count as 2 books.
  •       Super Challenge: Read 4 books in the month of October and try a new genre for at least 1 of those 4 books.

 

8th Grade Reminders
Posted by Abby LeBaron on September 20, 2017 at 6:30am

Good morning,

It has been a busy start of the school year and I am excited by all the students who are eagerly reading, writing, and talking about their books.  Yesterday we made it to the library for orientation, so students now know even more resources available to them through the school library as well as the public library.  Over the next week or so students will begin to do more assessments (in-class time), so please feel free to check for updated grades with your student or reach out if you have specific questions.

At-Home / Homework Reminders:

Students need to be reading 120-150 minutes outside of the ELA classroom each week for success in class and as a life-long reader.  These minutes need to happen outside of the ELA classroom or what we are referring to as “at-home” reading (anywhere a student reads apart from in-class reading).  These minutes could be broken down for 30 minutes each night as official homework or students can read longer on the weekends or other nights to fit their schedule best. 

Students should be doing “Stop & Jots” each time they read; these jots can be recorded on post-its that are available in class or students should write directly into their notebook by growing their spider chart, literary elements chart, or developing deeper thinking with a t-chart for evidence and extended analysis. 

Minute-Checks will occur every other Friday at the start of class; although, these are effort scores there is a strong connection between their independent reading work and the work they can produce in class across a variety of assessments. 

o   Level 4 = 301+ minutes “at home”

o   Level 3 = 240-300 minutes read “at home”

o   Level 2 = 180-239 minutes read “at home”

o   Level 1 = 0-179minutes read “at home”

In-Class Reminders:

Each day students must have their independent, Just Right, reading book, reading book mark, and reader’s notebook.

When students finish a book, they need to make it a priority to get a new one as we read each day in class to try on the strategy or skill we just worked on together in the mini-lesson.  Students can check-out books from the classroom library, but they can also put book on hold through the school library catalog, so they can plan what to read next.  Students need to read a fiction text for their JR Book. 

Now that the classroom websites are “open,” I will be adding several documents over the next few days.  You can access the class website here: http://staff.rentonschools.us/risdon/ms-lebarons-8th-grade-la-class (it is for both 7th and 8th grade; I am working on getting the district to update the title).

Please check here for class updates on the class calendar, documents handed out in class, rubrics, and other helpful resources.   Please reach out by email or email; if you would like to schedule a meeting, please go through the 8th grade counselor.

 

Thank you,

Ms. LeBaron

7th Grade Reminders
Posted by Abby LeBaron on September 19, 2017 at 6:30pm

Good evening,

It has been a busy start of the school year and am excited by all the students who are eagerly reading, writing, and talking about their books.  Today we made it to the library for orientation, so students now know even more resources available to them through the school library as well as the public library.  Over the next two weeks students will begin to do exit-tickets for grades as well as continue minute-checks to gauge their at-home reading.  

At-Home / Homework Reminders:

  • Students need to be reading 120-150 minutes across each week for success in class and as a life-long reader.  These minutes need to happen outside of the ELA classroom or what we are referring to as “at-home” reading (anywhere a student reads apart from in-class reading).  These minutes could be broken down for 30 minutes each night as official homework or students can read longer on the weekends or other nights to fit their schedule best.  

 

  • Students should be doing “Stop & Jots” each time they read; these jots can be recorded on post-its that are available in class or they should write directly into their notebook by growing their spider chart, literary elements chart, or developing deeper thinking with a t-chart for evidence and extended analysis.

 

  • Minute-Checks will occur each Friday at the start of class; although, these are effort scores there is a strong connection between their independent reading work and the work they can produce in class across a variety of assessments.  

 Level 4 = 151 + minutes “at home”

 Level 3 = 120-150 minutes read “at home”

 Level 2 = 90-119 minutes read “at home”

Level 1 = 0-89 minutes read “at home” 

In-Class Reminders:

  • Each day students must have their independent, Just Right, reading book, reading book mark, and reader’s notebook.
  • When students finish a book, they need to make it a priority to get a new one as we read each day in class to try on the strategy or skill we just worked on together in the mini-lesson.  Students can check-out books from the classroom library, but they can also put book on hold through the school library catalog, so they can plan what to read next.  Students need to read a fiction text for their JR Book. 

Please reach out by email, phone, or through the 7th grade counselor to schedule a meeting in person.  

Thank you, 

Ms. LeBaron