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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: (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


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