WHAT WE DID: 3/29

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Continue listing “The Rules”
    • Read Chapter 5
    • Chapter 4 & 5 synthesis summaries
    • Discussion of “The Stirrings”
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • “Wreck of the Hesperus”
    • HOMEWORK
      • Continue to work on the College Fair Project
      • Buy your tri-fold!
      • Record your information in google classroom

THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN MARCH IS MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY!

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Manatees are aquatic mammals known for their immense size and jowly appearance. Manatees might not make the list of cutest animals, but enough manatee enthusiasts exist for there to be a Manatee Appreciation Day.

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Manatee Appreciation Day is devoted to raising awareness about these quirky creatures. Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Although hunting manatees is usually illegal, they continue to be poached for their meat and hide. Also, manatees are often fatally injured in collisions with boats. It is important to increase manatee awareness so that these fascinating animals will continue to exist in the future.

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Manatee Appreciation Day events usually take place in areas with large manatee populations, such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Zoos and marine biology centres may offer special manatee-related programming on Manatee Appreciation Day. You can celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day anywhere by researching manatees, starting your own awareness campaign, or donating to manatee conservation programs.

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WHAT WE DID: 3/28

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Turned in HRL
    •  The Giver chapters 3, 4, 5
      • Unanswered questions
      • Rules of the community
    • Library
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Computer Lab to work on College Fair Project Research, due May 5th!
    • HOMEWORK:
      • BUY THE TRI-FOLD!
      • CALL YOUR SCHOOL TO REQUEST INFORMATION!

 

MARCH 28TH IS NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY

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WHAT WE DID: 3/27

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Students read Chapter 3 of The Giver and recorded evidence of the “Rules” within the community.
    • Students also wrote down any unanswered questions and synthesized the events of the chapter into a single sentence.
    • Homework
      • HRL due on Tuesday, March 28th
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Students read a variety of short articles in the Scope magazine and selected one to write a structured summary paragraph. In-class assignment only.
    • Homework
      • HRL due on Tuesday, March 28th
      • CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE COLLEGE PROJECT
      • BUY THE TRI-FOLD! DON’T WAIT!!

MARCH 27TH IS NATIONAL “JOE” DAY

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What, you ask, is National Joe Day? According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles.  In 1910, it moved to No. 5.  From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower.

There are many famous people named Joe. Just a few are:

  • Joe Montana Coach, American football player.
  • Joe Pesci Comedian, Musician Actor.
  • Joe Biden Politician, Lawyer.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur Film Producer.
  • Joe Namath Actor, American football player.
  • Joseph Stalin Politician, Soldier.
  • Joey Ramone Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson, Baseball player.
  • Joe Green, American football player
  • Joe Jonas, Musician
  • Joe DiMaggio, Baseball player, actor
  • Joe Cocker, Musician
  • Joe Frazier, Boxer
  • Joe Mauer, Baseball player
  • Joe Walsh, Musician

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO OBSERVE:  Honor all people with the name “Joe.” For the day, change your name to a name of your choice. Everyone change their name to “Joe” for the day.  Women and girls may use  “Josephine” or “Jodie.”

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE TERMS

  • EIGHTH GRADERS, IF YOU MISSED THE NOTES, HERE YOU GO:

    • Simile – A comparison between two unlike objects using like or as
      • ex. The stars twinkled like diamonds in the night sky
    • Metaphor – A comparison between two unlike objects without like or as 
      • ex. The stars were diamonds twinkling in the night sky.
    • Hyperbole – An exaggeration
      • ex. That guy is so tall, he can touch the clouds.
    • Alliteration – repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
      • ex. Silly Sally sang super stupid songs.
    • Personification – Giving human qualities to an inanimate object
      • ex. My shoes were pinching me.
    • Idiom – A phrase or word that does not translate exactly
      • ex. I’m ready to hit the hay.
    • Onomatopoeia – Words that imitate sound
      • ex. buzz, boom, click, swish, poof, crackle

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WHAT WE DID: 3/20

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • STAR360 FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT TAKE/FINISH
    • SBA ON-LINE PRACTICE AND/OR FINISH SECOND DRAFT IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM
    • HOMEWORK
      • AoW: Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs By Elena Becatoros Associated Press March 15, 2017 Read, annotate with text tags and commentary due Wednesday, March 22. Four (4) annotations per page for a total of twelve (12).
      • HRL – due Tuesday, March 28th
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • STAR360 FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT TAKE/FINISH
    • SBA ON-LINE PRACTICE
    • HOMEWORK
      • AoW: Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs By Elena Becatoros Associated Press March 15, 2017 Read, annotate with text tags and commentary due Wednesday, March 22. Four (4) annotations per page for a total of twelve (12).
      • HRL – due Tuesday, March 28th

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WHAT WE DID: 3/17

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • ST. PATRICK’S DAY ARTICLE WITH ANNOTATION USING TEXT TAGS AND COMMENTARY AND WORD SEARCH. THE ARTICLE IS DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD, OR IT IS HOMEWORK.
    • STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT DONE WITH THE ARTICLE OF THE WEEK AND QUESTIONS FROM MONDAY FINISHED IT. COLLECTED AT THE END OF THE PERIOD.
    • STUDENTS WHO HAD NOT FINISHED WRITING THEIR REVISED DRAFT COMPLETED IT.
  • ENGLISH 8 AND HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • ST. PATRICK’S DAY ARTICLE WITH ANNOTATION USING TEXT TAGS AND COMMENTARY AND WORD SEARCH. THE ARTICLE IS DUE AT THE END OF THE PERIOD, OR IT IS HOMEWORK.
    • STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT DONE WITH THE ARTICLE OF THE WEEK AND QUESTIONS FROM MONDAY FINISHED IT. COLLECTED AT THE END OF THE PERIOD.
    • STUDENTS WHO HAD NOT FINISHED WRITING THEIR ROBOT ESSAY COMPLETED IT.

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