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    You are expected to bring your agenda to class every day.

    Block grading policy: The expectation is that you will turn your work in on time.  Assignments which are late will be marked off 10% up to five days. Work turned in after one week will receive feedback, but will be marked with a zero. Students know well in advance when assignments  are due. 

    Students are expected to check the website and StudentVUE when they have been absent, check with a friend first for help and then come to me with the list of work they need and ask me when we can meet to discuss what was missed. 

     


     

     

    JANUARY 21

    8th grade ethics:  Read the three pages on euthenasia in chapter 12 for discussion tomorrow.

    6th grade speech:  We will begin presenting tomorrow.  Eveyone needs to be ready to go.

    7th grade speech/debate:  One more day to work on presentations.  We present on Thursday.

    7th grade block:  Chapter 9 Outsiders questions are due tomorrow. You can use them during the Socratic circle tomorrow then you will turn them in.

    Write your sentences for the homonyms we went over today.  You want to do these today because you will get more tomorrow. Stay on top of this!

    More than an hour given to work on Outsiders/homonyms today.

    History:  Finish question 2 - remember, we took out the question "How did he become a prophet?" and made that question number 2.5.   Fifteen minutes given to work on question 2. Needs to be done for tomorrow.  How are you organizing this question?  We went over this in class!

     

     

     

    JANUARY 17

    8th grade ethics: Read pages 239-243 in chapter 12 - ethics and genetics. Be prepared to discuss on Tuesday.

    7th grade speech/debate:  Work on your final presentation as needed - we will begin presenting on Wednesday.

    6th grade speech:  Work on your final speech as needed- we will be presenting starting on Wednesday.

    7th grade block: HAHAS due Tuesday. You will get another period on Tuesday to work on your Outsiders questions chapter 9.  Almost an hour was given to work on it today. You won't have that much time on Tuesday to work, so plan accordingly - will you need to work on some of the questions this weekend? Socractic circle on Wednesday around these questions.  The more thought and care you put into your answers, the more interesting the Socratic circle becomes.  

    Based on our conversation today, and looking at an example, you can re-write your answer to question one, chapter 8 history from yesterday.  Be thinking about how we looked at the use of quotes today. 

     

     

    JANUARY 16

    8th grade Ethics:  Entrance card due tomorrow. 

    6th grade speech:  Have your topic chosen by tomorrow.

    7th grade block:  Outsiders chapters 7 and 8 due tomorrow. Plenty of time given in class to work. 

    Read for your HAHAS due January 21.

    Answer question one for chapter 8 in history and define: Islam, Muslim and polytheist as they relate to Islam.  We went over this in class several times.  Needs to be done for tomorrow.  Time to start in class. Question one:  how are you going to organize this answer?  Go paragraph by paragraph looking for the info that will help support your answer. 

    JANUARY 15

    7th grade block:  You need to have chapter 7 Outsiders questions done for tomorrow.  25 minutes given to work in class today. 

    JANUARY 13

    7th grade block:  Be reading for your HAHAS - due next Tuesday the 21st.  Chapter 7 history questions due tomorrow. Plenty of time given in class today to answer your two questions - almost 45 minutes.

     

    JANUARY 10

    7th grade speech/debate:  Monday is the last day to finish up your podcasts.  We will present on Tuesday.

    6th grade speech:  Speeches will start on Monday.  Everyone needs to be ready to go.

    7th grade block:  Be reading for your HAHAS - due January 21.

    If your debate team needs to work on your Outsiders debate this weekend, then make sure it happens.  Monday you can finish preparing, debates are Tuesday.

    Finish history questions this weekend if you did not use classtime wisely.  15 minutes given to work on section 7.3. 

    Section 7.4 - you need to add the following question:  "Why do you think the date palm called "the mother and aunt of the Arabs"?

    Section 7.3-7.4 need to be done for Monday. 

     

    JANUARY 9

    7th grade block:  45 minutes given today to work on Outsiders chapter 6 questions - due tomorrow. 

    JANUARY 8

    7th grade block:  Chapter 5 Outsiders questions due tomorrow.  Forty minutes given in class to work on them today.  

    Twenty-five minutes to finish working on geography from yesterday.  Due tomorrow. Complete sentences.

    JANUARY 7

    6th grade speech:  Continue to work on writing your speech if you wish.

    7th grade block:  Quite a bit of homework tonight.  Plan accordingly.  Chapter 4 Outsiders questions due tomorrow.   

    Twenty minutes given to work on geogrpahy assignment. 

    New HAHAS assigned today - due January 21. 

    JANUARY 6

    6th grade speech: Come with your quote for your next speech.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due tomorrow.  Chapter 3 The Outsiders questions due tomorrow - be prepared to discuss them tomorrow. A full class period to work on them today. 

     

    DECEMBER 20

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due January 7.  You may not answer the question: What did you notice? 

    Answer the questions to The Outsiders chapter 2 - due January 6. 

    DECEMBER 19

    7th grade block: 

    Finish the questions for chapter one The Outsiders - have ready to share tomorrow. Plenty of class time given today to get through question 4. Class discussion around questions 1-3 already. 

     

    Essay due tomorrow.  Typed and double spaced. 

     

    Continue to work on the comma editing we did today. 

    We looked at commas when using "and".  

    Jimmy Valentine was clever, cunning, and selfish.

     

    We looked at the use of "and" when connecting two complete sentences or one complete sentence and one incomplete sentence.

    Jimmy loves Annabelle and an honest life.

    Jimmy loves Annabelle, and he loves an honest life.

     

    We looked at the use a comma with indepednent and dependent clauses.

    Moments after stepping off the carriage in Elmore, Jimmy catches sight of a charming woman.

    Jimmy catches sight of a charming woman the moment he steps off the carriage in Elmore. 

     

     

     

    DECEMBER 18

    7th grade block:  Continue editing essay based on what we did today - we worked on complete sentences, eliminate runons, how to edit a quotation, spelling, capitalization, reviewed the content for each paragraph.  Essay due Friday.  More editing to be done tomorrow. 

    DECEMBER 17

    7th grade block: Tonight you are checking all spelling in your essay and all capitalization.  There can not be any errors in these areas. Make sure you read your work backwards to check spelling. 

    DECEMBER 16

    7th grade block:  Continue working on paragraph 4 of the essay.  All information that needed to be included in this paragraph was given to students in the order it was to be written as well as the best quotes to use.   There has been PLENTY of class time to work on this since assigned last Thursday.  Wise use of class time is enough time to write the whole essay in class.  Essay will be due Thursday. 

    DECEMBER 13

    7th grade block:  Continue working on paragraphs 1,2 and 3 of the Jimmy Valentine essay.  Come in on Monday with a draft of these three paragraphs. 

    This weekend I want you to think about good and bad traits in people. Think about the good qualities Jimmy had: smart, clever, cunning and think about how he used these traits.  Did he use them for good or bad? Why are traits used for different purposes?  How can a trait like smart be used for something bad? What does Jimmy's character teach us about human nature? What lesson can be learned by the change in the character of Jimmy? How does the change in the character reflect real life? 

    DECEMBER 12

    7th grade speech/debate: Be brainstorming the idea for your podcast.

    7th grade block:  We started working on the first three paragraphs of our essay in class today.  If you did not use class time wisely, I suggest you work on these paragraphs tonight.  We wrote each paragraph line by line in class today.  Students given the information they needed to include in each paragraph, in the order it needed to be written, and what quotes needed to be used. Examples were shown. 

    Final essay will be due next Wednesday or Thursday.

    NOVEMBER 21

    7th grade block:  Final Piecing Me Together reflection questions due tomorrow.

    Chapter 15 Lesson 4 due tomorrow - all questions.  Forty-five minutes of class time given today to work.

    If you gave your presentation today, you need to give me your reflection tomorrow. 

    NOVEMBER 20

    7th grade block:  Same homework as below. 

    NOVEMBER 19

    7th grade block:  Chapter 15 lesson 4 questions are due on Friday.  You will be given time in class to work on this, but it will not be enough time to finish in class.  This will need to be homework. 

    Piecing Me Together research reflection questions due Friday.  

    If you gave your presentation today, you need to reflect on that and give me your reflection tomorrow. 

    NOVEMBER 18

    7th grade speech/debate:  Everyone is going tomorrow - be prepared to present your debate.

    6th grade speech:  Three wishes speeches begin tomorrow.  Everyone must be prepared to go.

    7th grade block:  Every group needs to be ready to present tomorrow, although all groups will not present tomorrow. 

    You need to come in tomorrow with at least all of question one completed for chapter 15, lesson 4 - this was started on Friday and you had almost a full period to work on it on Friday.  If you would like to complete question 2 as well tonight, you may.  

    Reflection on Piecing Me Together research project handed out today - due on Friday.  You will need to work on this on your own time.  You need to answer all of the questions and type up the answers in a google doc which you will print and turn in to me. 

     

    NOVEMBER 15

    6th grade speech:  Speeches will be presented starting Tuesday.  Practice this weekend. 

    7th grade block:  Work on your presentations as necessary.  Time given Monday to work.  Presentations begin Tuesday.  

    NOVEMBER 13

    7th grade speech and debate:  Spend some time tonight researching yourdebate arguments on sites the district might have blocked. 

    6th grade speech:  New speech assigned - we will begin presenting next week. Work on it tonight as necessary. 

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due tomorrow.  Tonight you are working on your research project based on what your group decided needed to be done. 

     

    NOVEMBER 12

    7th grade speech/debate:  Spend 20-30 minutes tonight doing research for your deabte on sites the school district blocked.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due Thursday - be thinking about the kind of effort you are putting into these reflections. Most of you can do better. 

    I would suggest taking 15-20 minute this week and make changes to the HAHAS I handed back today while the book is still fresh in your mind. 

    What work are you doing on your research project with your group? Work on that tonight. Presentations begin next week. 

    NOVEMBER 8

    7th grade speech/debate:  Come in on Tuesday with 2 or 3 serious debate topics so we can vote

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due next Thursday.  

    What will you do over the long weekend on your presentation?  Research should be close to complete.

    You need to make sure that notes you took are IN YOUR OWN WORDS!  Can someone begin an introduction? 

    What will the final product be?  

    NOVEMBER 5

    8th grade ethics:  Entranc card due tomorrow. Read to the top of page 200 tonight for tomorrow's class discussion.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due November 14.  Spend 20-25 minutes tonight working on your research project.  You should have discussed as a team what you would be doing tonight. 

    NOVEMBER 4

    8th grade ethics:  Exit card due tomorrow.  Read to page 195 half way down for tomorrow.

    7th grade block:  Spend about 20 minutes working on your research project. Your team decided what everyone would do tonight.

    Read for you HAHAS - due November 14.

    OCTOBER 29

    6th grade speech:  We will continue presenting tomorrow.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due Thursday. 

     

     

    OCTOBER 28

    6th grade speech:  Candy speeches begin tomorrow.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due Thursday.  History test tomorrow - if you know your review notes from Friday, you should be fine. 

    Chapter 15 lesson 2 questions due tomorrow. 

     

    OCTOBER 25

    6th grade speech:  Work on your speech this weekend and necessary.  We will present Tuesday - Thursday.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due October 31.  

    FIELD TRIP FORMS DUE BY THE END OF THE NEXT WEEK! FIELD TRIP NOVEMBER 5-7! 

    Rome test on Tuesday.  Review sheet given out today with time to begin reviewing.

     

     

    OCTOBER 24

    6th grade speech:  If you want to work on your candy speech, you can.  We will start presenting on Monday.

    7th grade block:  Your questions about Paul's journey are due tomorrow. A period given in class today to work on it.  The questions must be printed before you come to class. 

    Be reading for your HAHAS - due October 31. 

    OCTOBER 23

    6th grade speech:  Come tomorrow with your speech topic

    7th grade block:  Revision of HAHAS due tomorrow.  You must put the revised copy on top and the original on the bottom then staple them.  You will have a sub tomorrow, so I expect you to be on your best behavior. 

    OCTOBER 18

    Guest teacher on Monday.  I expect you to be on your best behavior.

    7th grade block:  New HAHAS assigned today - due October 31. 

    Bring your new HAHA book on Monday.

     

    OCTOBER 17

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due tomorrow.  I will grade them this weekend and get them to the sub on Monday, and she will return them to you.  You will then have three days to re-write/improve one of the three HAHAS from first quarter.  You will turn the original HAHAS you chose to improve and the improved HAHAS in to the sub on Thursday the 24th and I will get them when I return to school on Friday.

    Good work today with the Socratic Circle!

     

    OCTOBER 16

    7th grade block:  A full period given today to work on the HAHAS which is due Friday, or to work on the Socratic Circle article which is due tomorrow. What needs to be ready to go tomorrow is:  your article is highlighted with notes, thoughts, questions.  You have answered the questions in google classroom for your article - these questions need to be printed/handwritten and turned in tomorrow with your article after the Socratic Circle.

     

    OCTOBER 15

    8th grade ethics:  Read to the top of page 136 for tomorrow. Entrance card due.

    7th grade block:  Keep reading for your HAHAS - due Friday.   Continue to work on your article for the Socratic Circle which will begin Thursday.  You want to make sure you have done enough work on your article: notes, highlighting, questions - so that you can come prepared to be a part of the conversation. 

    OCTOBER 14

    7th grade block:  Read for your HAHAS - due Friday.

    Work 20-25 minute on your article assigned today.  Read the article, highlight, look up words, jot down thoughts, write questions.  This needs to be ready to go for Thursday. 

    OCTOBER 10

    8th grade ethics:  Read half way down page 127 in our new chapter for Monday.  Entrance card due Monday.

    7th grade speech/debate:  Advertisement presentations due Monday

    6th grade speech:  Passion speeches begin Monday - everyone has to be ready to go.

    7th grade block:  Read for your HAHAHS - due October 18

     

    OCTOBER 8

    6th grade speech:  New speech assigned today.  Time to work on it in class this week. We will begin to present on October 14.

    7th grade block:  You need to finish reading the article on Google classroom and come in with a sheet to turn in with your questions/thoughts on the article.  Things to think about and answer:

    *Look up words you don't know *Where do you see the history of redlining in PDX? *How is gentrification happening in the article? * What surprised you?  What is appalling? *What happens when a city loses diversity? *Where do you see the wealth gap in the article/PDX? * What questions might you have about the racial history in PDX and Oregon based on the article? *What racial discrimination still exists in PDX/Oregon?

     

     

    Next HAHAS due October 18.  You will then have until October 24 to choose one of the three HAHAS, rewrite it, and turn in the new version (with the old version)

    OCTOBER 4

    7th grade block:  Read pages 167 - 188 in Piecing Me Together and do a mini HAHA: a paragraph on what you are feeling as you read these pages and a paragraph on what you are thinking.  Due Monday.

    OCTOBER 1

    8th grade ethics:  Finish the chapter on Virtue ethics.  Entrance card due tomorrow. 

    Based on the entrance cards you turned in today, there are still questions on what it means to do a selfless good deed and whether it makes you good or not based on why you did the selfless act. 

    Be thinking about the following and we can discuss more in class tomorrow:   If I like to do good things am I really being selfish because doing good things makes me happy? Is it possible to do a good deed without being selfish? What would this look like? Are good deeds inherently selfish? 

     

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due Friday.  

    Read Piecing Me Together: 

    Chapter 35:  Why is this chapter here?

    Chapter 36: Jade's mom is judging other black women (uppity black women). Look up "uppity black women" then try to figure out what Jade's mom is feeling and why.  

    Chapter 37: just read

    Chapter 38:  What did Jade's mom give up by having a baby at 16?

    SEPTEMBER 30

    8th grade ethics:  Read pages 109 to the bottom of 115.  Take notes, highlight etc.

    Entrance card due tomorrow

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due October 4. Be reading. 

    SEPTEMBER 27

    7th grade block: Read pages 104-123 in Piecing Me Together.  You need to come in on Monday with a disucssion question for each chapter you will be reading.  In addition, you need to try to answer the questions that Jade wonders at the bottom of page 113.  

    Read for you HAHAS - due October 4.

    SEPTEMBER 26

    8th grade ethics:  Read pages 101-109

    7th grade speech/debate:  Finish presentations

    6th grade speech:  Finish skits

    7th grade block:  Read for HAHAS, finish questions to NYT opinion piece as it relates to PMT -due tomorrow - more than a full period given to work on this in class today. 

    SEPTEMBER 24

    You will have a sub tomorrow, so I expect you to be on your best behavior.

    7th grade block:  Make sure to bring your novel for some silent reading time tomorrow!

    You need to finish the questions I gave you in class today for the NYTimes article - these need to be ready to be discussed on Thursday. 

     

    SEPTEMBER 23

    8th grade ethics:  Read pages 95-101 in our new chapter.

    7th grade block:  Be reading for your next HAHAS due October 4.

     

    SEPTEMBER 19

    7th grade speech: Reverse bucket list speeches to begin Monday. 

    7th grade block:  New HAHAS book checked out today.  HAHAS #2 due October 4.

     

    SEPTEMBER 18

    7th grade speech/debate:  Next speech will be Monday.  Time in class this week to work.

    6th grade speech:  Come tomorrow with the topic you want to write about for your next speech: What you are passionate about.

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due tomorrow immediately when you come in.  Bring Piecing Me Together. 

    SEPTEMBER 17

    7th grade speech/debate:  Come in tomorrow with the topic for your next speech

    7th grade block:  Bring Piecing Me Together tomorrow.  HAHAS due Thursday. 

    SEPTEMBER 16

    7th grade speech/debate:  We will finish presentations tomorrow.

    6th grade speech:  We will finish poems tomorrow

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due Thursday. 

    SEPTEMBER 13

    8th grade ethics:  We will continue presentations on Monday

    7th grade speech/debate:  Speeches Monday - you must be prepared to go on Monday

    6th grade speech:  Poems will be presented on Monday - everyone must be ready to go

    7th grade block:  Come on Monday with your geography of Rome questions ready to turn in (these are the two questions you answered in class on Friday).  Come with the Roman Republic questions you began answering in class on Monday - they are not due, we still need to finish them.

     

    SEPTEMBER 12

    8th grade ethics:  Presentations tomorrow

    7th grade speech/debate:  Speeches Monday - we will have another work day tomorrow

    6th grade speech:  Poems will be presented on Monday. Practice day tomorrow

    7th grade block:  Geography packet needs to be done for tomorrow - bring to class.  Bring HAHAS book tomorrow - SSR time given tomorrow!  There will be a sub - I expect you to be on your best behavior. 

    SEPTEMBER 11

    7th grade speech/debate:  Work on your speech as necessary to be prepared to present on Monday.

    6th grade speech:  Meet in the library tomorrow right after lunch to work on the poetry assignment.

    7th grade block:  Bring Piecing Me Together tomorrow. Continue to read for your HAHAS.  You will be getting some silent reading time on Friday to either read your HAHAS book, work on your HAHAS (due 9/19) or begin another novel. 

    SEPTEMBER 10

    7th grade speech/debate: Be thinking about your pet peeves.  New speech assigned tomorrow. 

    6th grade speech:  Work on your voice inflection for the sentence you chose today in class. We will share tomorrow. 

    7th grade block:  Continue to read for you HAHAS

    SEPTEMBER 9

    8th grade Ethics:  Entrance card due tomorrow.  Finish reading chapter 2 and be thinking about the flaw of the ethical theory of emotivism.

    7th grade block: Continue reading for your HAHAS due September 19. Bring Piecing Me Together to class tomorrow. 

     

    SEPTEMBER 6

    8th grade Ethics:  Entrance card due Monday - this is not an option.  Continue to read chapter 2: Page 23 - to the bottom of page 28. Be thinking about the flaw in Cultural Relativism. 

    7th grade block:  HAHAS due September 19 - be reading 

    SEPTEMBER 5

    8th grade Ethics:  Entrance card due tomorrow - this is not an option - you must turn these cards in each morning.  Start reading chapter 2 pages 19 to the top half of 23.  Be thinking about:  Why is subjectivism a flawed ethical perspective?

    7th grade speech/debate:  We will begin presenting tomorrow.

    6th grade speech:  We will begin presenting tomorrow.

    7th grade block:  Begin reading your book - HAHAS due September 19.

     

    SEPTEMBER 4

    8th grade ETHICS:  Finish your entrance card from today to give to me tomorrow. Finish reading chapter 1 and tkaing notes, highlighting, creating questions etc. be ready to discuss tomorrow.

    7th grade speech/debate:  Continue to work your speech as necessary. We will present on Friday with time given tomorrow to continue to write and practice.


    SEPTEMBER 3

    8th grade ETHICS:  Finish your entrance card to be given to me tomorrow.  Read pages 9-13 in chapter 1 - take notes, highlight, create questions etc.  Be ready to discuss tomorrow. 

    7th grade speech/debate:  Work on get-to-know you speech as necessary.  We will present Friday with time given this week to work on the speech. 

    6th grade speech:  If you want to work on your interview speech at home, you can. Time given in class to work on it, though.  We will begin presenting on Friday. 

    7th grade block: