Grades this Week:
1. Cold Read Pt. 1 and 2
2. Narrative Writing Assignment (instruction completed Monday but students have until Friday to fine tune it)
Extra Credit this Week: After students submit their final draft for their narrative, they may critique one of their classmate's stories: 3 things they liked, 2 things that they think should be improved, and one lingering question about the essay.
Housekeeping Note: After grading the Hatchet Cold Read Tests, I am not happy with the grades students made and I feel that the bad grades are at least in part my fault because of the amount of time that passed between lessons and taking the test without a study guide or test review day. For this reason, I am deleting this grade from jCampus.
- Midweek Update: Due to the Veteran's Day program running long, I moved the Wednesday lesson to Thursday and gave students the day to work on their homework quiz, any unfinished assignments for my class, and if they finished early they had an opportunity to work on assignments for another class, go to the library, work on extra credit book reports, and read AR books.
Grades due this week:
- Extention Task Packet (1 grade)
- PowerPoint Presentation (1 grade)
- Oral Presentation (1 grade- should be an easy A)
- Cold Read Grade (Pt.1 &2 combined)
You might have noticed that I deleted your grade for the Ch. 5-10 Hatchet Test. This is because I noticed I made a mistake while marking which answers were correct. Luckily, because the test is online, it was a fairly simple fix. I would just like to apologize for the mistake and the time it is taking to repost the grade. Rest assured, when I repost the grade on Student Progress Center, it will reflect the TRUE grade. 😄
September 25- September 29
Monday September 25: We will complete Lesson 22 in the Hatchet Unit.
Tuesday September 26: We will complete Lesson 23 in the Hatchet Unit.
Wednesday September 27: I will be absent today; out of town in Lafayette with our National Beta Leadership Officers for a competition. Students will complete Section 8 Quiz in the Hatchet Unit. Once students are done, they will begin work on their next narrative essay, "In a small coastal town, there's a legendary lighthouse that's rumored to grant a single wish to anyone who can reach its top on their 12th birthday. You must craft a story about a character on the eve of their 12th birthday, setting out on a quest to reach the lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm. The wish can be as imaginative as your creativity allows. Explore the journey, obstacles, and the ultimate realization of your character's wish, be it magical, heartfelt, or unexpected." Your narrative must include 1. A main character 2. A thunderstorm 3. At least 2 challenges or obstacles standing in your character's way of getting to the lighthouse 4. Dialogue/your character thinking to themselves (Use Brian's thoughts as your example) 5. At least 2 pages in length
Thursday September 28: I will be absent today; out of town in Lafayette with our National Beta Leadership Officers for a competition. Students will complete Chapter 11- Epilogue Hatchet Test. When they are done, they will continue to work on their narrative essay from yesterday.
Friday September 29: Today we will begin the process of writing our first major essay. In middle school we refer to these essays as Culminating Writing Tasks or CWTs. This is a major grade and usually counts as two or three grades. This essay will be two grades. The first grade is the rough draft grade. The rough draft grade is based upon the student's ability to follow the proper formatting requirements of the essay (ex. Does it include the correct number of paragraphs, does it follow RACES/CER). As I grade rough drafts, I edit students' writing. The second grade is the final draft grade. All final drafts must be typed and the grade is based upon the student's ability to accurately answer the writing prompt, fix issues that I marked while editing, spelling/grammar, and any other requirements set forth for the final draft (ex. including three transitional phrases). Again, today is the first day in the culminating writing task series. We will work a total of 6 days over the next 3 weeks on this essay. The rough draft grade will be due Wednesday October 4th (the day we leave for Fall Break) and the final will be due October 10th. Students MUST turn in their rough draft before leaving for break, so I have adequate time to read and edit all student essays by hand. Today is Lesson 24 in the Hatchet Unit.
September 18- September 22
Monday September 18: We will complete Lesson 17 in the Hatchet Unit.
Tuesday September 19: We will complete Lesson 18 in the Hatchet Unit.
Wednesday September 20: We will complete Lesson 19 in the Hatchet Unit. For homework, students will complete their Section 5, 6, and 7 Quiz. This is open note and open journal.
Thursday September 21: We will complete Lesson 20 in the Hatchet Unit.
Friday September 22: We will complete Lesson 21 in the Hatchet Unit.
Very Important Website Update!!!
I found a really great FREE online PDF of Hatchet. I have included a link to it under the Websites tab on this teacher website and under the Pages tab on my Canvas. :) Happy reading!
September 11- 15
Monday September 11: We will complete Lesson 13 in our Hatchet unit.
Tuesday September 12: We will complete Lesson 14 in our Hatchet unit.
Wednesday September 13: We will complete Lesson 15 in our Hatchet unit.
Thursday September 14: Test Day!!! Ch. 5-10 Hatchet Test!!!!
Friday September 15: We will complete Lesson 16 in our Hatchet unit.
September 5- 8
Hockety, pockety, wockety, whack! The long weekend's over! I'm glad you came back!
Tuesday September 5: Last Friday we had a lot of technology issues so some students were able to complete their section 3 quiz and others were not. Those students who need to take their quiz will do so, and those who are finished will complete a "Characterization of Brian" activity that the students did on Friday if their technology didn't work. By the end of today, everyone will have completed the following assignments:
- Section 3 Quiz
- Super Cop Writing Prompt
- "Characterization of Brian" Activity
Wednesday September 6: We will complete Lesson 10 in our Hatchet unit.
Thursday September 7: We will complete Lesson 11 in our Hatchet unit.
Friday September 8: We will complete Lesson 12 in our Hatchet unit. Extra Credit Opportunity!!! Follow the directions on Page 85 of your purple journal to fill out Page 86. When you have completed page 86, bring it to Mrs. Bravo to check. Successful attempts will be rewarded 10 bonus points to their lowest assignment grade which will increase it to the next letter. Ex. If your lowest assignment grade in my class is an F, the bonus would increase this one grade to a D. This is a RARE opportunity! I strongly encourage you to take advantage of it!
August 28- September 1
Welcome to another wonderful week at MBMS!
Monday August 28: We will complete Lesson 6 in the Hatchet Unit.
Tuesday August 29: We will complete Lesson 7 in the Hatchet Unit.
Wednesday August 30: We will complete Lesson 8 in the Hatchet Unit.
Thursday August 31: We will complete Lesson 9 in the Hatchet Unit.
Friday September 1: Quiz day!!! We will begin class with a timed narrative writing assignment. Students will be given apx. 20 minutes to write a narrative about the following prompt: "In the not-so-distant future, humans have evolved their sense of smell to match the complexity of a dog's. Think of possible smells in your environment, from pleasant (like flowers) to unpleasant (like garbage). Imagine that you are a police officer in this future world and you are using your keen sense of smell to track down a suspect. What did the criminal do? Why are you tracking them? What are you smelling and how does the mix of smells help or hinder your investigation?" After the timer ends for their writing assignment, they will take the Section 3 Quiz for Hatchet. As always, section quizzes are open-note and open-journal.
Items due by this Friday:
- Section 3 Quiz (Grade)
August 21- 25
Monday August 21: After grading the Mindset Quiz essays this weekend, I noticed that students needed help with how to use commas and apostrophes. Today we will learn the rules for using both and work together practicing how to edit sentences with these punctuation mistakes. This will be in their test this Friday.
Tuesday August 22: Computers should be finished setting up today, so students will complete their pre-diagnostic test for the Hatchet unit. This test will help me understand where students are struggling the most and what topics I should slow down on to teach deeper. This test will be a benchmark grade, meaning, students will be given the same test at the end of the unit and they are expected to show growth. It is okay if they fail the pre-test as long as they grow in their second test. Students will be given their 10 vocabulary words to study for their test on Friday.
Wednesday August 23: We will complete Lesson 4 of Hatchet. For homework, students should study their commas, apostrophes, and vocabulary for the test.
Thursday August 24: We will complete Lesson 5 of Hatchet and review for our test Friday.
Friday August 25: We will complete Section 1 and 2 Quiz (5 questions) then take our Ch. 1-4 Hatchet Test.
Items due by this Friday:
- Section 1 and 2 Quiz (Grade)
- Ch. 1- 4 Hatchet Test (Grade)
Welcome to Moss Bluff Middle School! Your new adventure begins now!
Below you will find a brief outline of what is happening this week. For more details, students should log into their Canvas in order to complete any missed work.
Friday August 11: We will go over rules and procedures
Monday August 14: We will study Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset and discover how the way we think can impact our lives. Students are expected to complete a mindset quiz and answer the following question at the bottom of the page: "Use RACES to tell me which category you scored. Make a prediction about why you scored this way. If you score in the 0-16 range, think of one habit you could use to improve your score by the end of this year.
Tuesday August 15: We set up our 4-5 subject notebooks and learned how to annotate notes and a text. If students miss this day, it is very important that they come to Mrs. Bravo for notes, so they understand what is expected as they closely read the texts in our curriculum.
Wednesday August 16: We will complete Lesson 1 of our Hatchet Unit. Please see Canvas for more details for the Hatchet Unit.
Thursday August 17: We will complete Lesson 2 of our Hatchet Unit.
Friday August 18: We will complete Lesson 3 of our Hatchet Unit.
Items due by this Friday:
- All Sign and Return Paperwork and School Fees ($25)
- Mindset Quiz with written response (Grade)