Sunday, January 29, 2017

Our Ascent Continues...

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! Please go to Google Classroom and read the post regarding the Slides. I am moving all slides information to a new doc. If your slide is gone, it means I have already moved the information. If your slide didn't have any information yet, there is no entry on the Google Doc for you. SCROLL through the Google Doc to see if your information needs to be updated.

You should complete reading Peak. We will be discussing important points in the last part of the book; if you have not completed it, you will be lost. You will continue to research and identify facts to support your position (your opinion) for your essay as well as help fill and use the conflict chart for Peak.

Day 1: Finish creating your slide on the article you were assigned. Then, find another article on Explora to share with your fellow researchers. Create a slide for that source as well.

Day 2: Membean Test, then activity on sources of conflict. Any remaining time is for essay research and pre-writing.

Day 3: By the end of class, you should have identified your three main reasons that will support your thesis.

Day 4: Identify facts to support your paragraphs. Use an organizer of some kind!

I will no longer be checking Membean, but if you choose not to study the words, you won't fare well on your assessments. The next Membean assessment will be 2/15 or 2/16 (your Day 3)

Journal Entry #12 is up on Google Classroom.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Our school begins a brand new "chapter" as the arts wing opens and our cafeteria service begins. On Monday we have a "B" schedule as we enjoy our first service in the new chapel. Friday is a "B" schedule as well, when you will have a chance to see the 8th grade TED ED Club projects. You will learn more about this on Friday.

Day 1: You will receive information about the next writing assignment. Your journal entry for this week will be to construct a poem. I will explain the details in class.
Day 2: I will explain the last piece of our verb unit. You will add information regarding essay structures to the writing section of your G/W notebook. I will check on your Irregular Verbs Chart.
Day 3: How to create an effective 8-sentence paragraph, work on poem. If poem is completed, begin researching facts for the essay.
Day 4: Present your poem to your classmates. EVERYONE needs practice speaking in front of a group.


Continue with Membean. Next test will be 1/31 or 2/1 - your Day 2.
Continue reading Peak and annotating for conflict (I will go over this on Monday).
Work on your I Am... poem.

NOTE: Here is a link to the irregular verb wheel game: CLICK HERE


Monday, January 16, 2017

Beginning our ascent

IN GRAMMAR: We will continue in our verb unit studying the many irregular verbs.
VOCAB: You have a Membean assessment on our normal Day 3 (Wednesday/Thursday).
LITERARY ELEMENTS: We will begin our study of types of conflict. All well-written novels have multiple types of conflict in the plot.
PEAK: I will explain about acclimatization. It will answer the question, "Why do they have to keep going up and down the mountain instead of just climbing up?"

Tuesday/Wednesday: Intro to irregular verbs, acclimatization, inverted sentences agreement practice
Wednesday/Thursday: Membean assessment, types of conflict
Friday: Irregular verbs practice


- You will receive a chart of irregular verbs. Work on filling this in a little each day. DUE 1/24
Here are the verb forms: IRREGULAR VERBS
- Continue reading PEAK
- Membean 45 minutes by Sunday evening
- Journal #10 NOTE: this may be turned in online OR in person

Here are the resources I showed in class: acclimatizing Short climbing video

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week of January 9

You should be reading Peak each day. It is an incredible story, not true but based on facts. You may find MANY words in this book you need to look up to understand. Cairn, garish, precarious, audacious are a few. Here is a Quizlet set from a student of another school you may find helpful: Peak vocab

This week I will give you some background information about tagging, urban climbing, acclimatizing and Everest. Additionally, I will return midterms and the newspaper grades. Ms. Garrison will be in class on Day 3 to check your Weebly. Be sure you have it updated as requested in advisory.

I will also be getting us going on the next grammar unit - verbs. Make sure you have your Grammar/Writing notebook in class this week and next.

You should begin studying Membean again. Next test on 1/18 or 1/19 (your Day 3). You have a journal entry on Google Classroom due Friday, 5pm. ****Please see the bottom of this post if you are interested in my own entry for this journal. I will be completing the tasks I ask you to complete and will share my progress with you.****

For those interested, this is a 3-D view of the mountain: Everest 3-D
Be patient; it takes a while to load.

Photo: Everest Camp 4. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Jan. 2017. .

To read my journal entry about one little word, follow this link: journal entry 9