Appling Middle School

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Enriched LA Second Period

Mrs. Sandra Becker
8th Grade

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LP Feb 19-23, 2018

It's THAT time again - Q3 Book Project Presentations start THURSDAY!!
Be prepared to present when called on.
**NO printing will be done on the day of presentations. Students have been warned!! I will print for them ahead of presentations, but by presentation day, it's late.
REMINDER - NO comic book, children's book, or brochure will be presented unless created in paper form as directed on the project instructions. The only slide presentations should be the "how to" projects. 
*4th period - anyone who does not present before lunch on Friday will be presenting on Monday! I have to attend a meeting in Jackson by noon and cannot evaluate presentations. So sorry!! BE READY!  You will only get called once--there won't be second chances!!
**2nd period - collaborative projects are due by March 2!! Late deductions will be heavy if not received on time.
Printing assistance should happen by Thursday, March 1!!!
(If you could have that work sent via email or already on a flash drive that would be very helpful. Be sure your name is )

LP Feb 12-16, 2018 (all)

  • Q3 Book Projects due FEBRUARY 22!  (MOVED FROM FEB 20)
  • Have novel packet chapter 3-5 work completed for review, and turn in for a classwork grade on TUES!
  • Library this Thursday! Have books to return or recheck.
  • Parent Conferences this Thursday - 3:00 - 6:00 BY APPOINTMENT. PARENTS: If you need a conference, please contact your child's homeroom teacher asap! We have just a few openings left at this time. Conference times were sent home with students Monday for those who returned their conference request letter.


DUE DATE IS CHANGED TO FEBRUARY 22!!!! Presentations will be
Feb 22-23. Only students with excused absences on their presentation day will be allowed to present after Feb 23. BE PREPARED! Print project materials ahead of time to avoid delays. Do not ask for project printing on the day of your presentation. The standard 20% one day late deduction will be taken.
FEB 6: Interim reports will go home. If we are requesting a parent conference for our upcoming parent conference day on Feb 15, a letter will be attached to your child's interim report. Please return it Feb 7, signed with time preferences marked.
We are reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This story takes place during the Holocaust and WWII. I have warned students against looking up photos related to the Holocaust as they can be very disturbing and shocking. I have advised them to seek your guidance if they want to know or see more beyond our class discussions. 

ACT vocabulary test

An error on our last ACT test was brought to my attention. Please bring your test to me on Monday so I can make adjustments to your grade if needed. It will not count against you. I will only add points back if the error took points from you. Sorry!!! 
Thank you!! 

LP Jan 22-26, 2018

This week we will finish working on argument writing with our SCOPE magazine activities and begin our study of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Q3 book projects are due Feb 19 unless adjustments in our schedule require a change of date. Missed days for snow do not affect this due date.
Our first grade this quarter is the SpongeBob Closing Arguments essay. The grading rubric has been loaded on my website for your reference. Students who earned failing scores (below 65) have the option to revise and resubmit work by Jan 26 for additional points.

Closing Argument – Trial of SpongeBob Grading Rubric

Students worked on The Trial of SpongeBob before the holiday break, including writing the rough draft to their closing arguments. They were told it would be published on the first two days after break. They were told all elements that should be included and asked to edit, revise, peer edit, proofread, and publish final corrected versions for submission. Work was initially due on Friday, Jan 5, but I allowed students to work on them over the weekend and turn them in on Jan 8. The attached rubric shows all of the expectations for the essay. Many students turned work in late, and while it is noted on the rubric, NO points were deducted for late work.

Collaborative Projects

Just a reminder about collaborative project requirements:
During the 3rd and 4th quarters, groups will need to choose ONE of the listed projects that has not yet been done. The previous requirement was two per quarter; however, I feel one for each quarter will be beneficial and more attainable!

LP Jan 8-12, 2018 / Important dates!

Welcome to THE LAST SEMESTER of middle school!! It is a very exciting time, but we still have LOTS to do!!
  • REPORT CARDS = Jan. 16
  • Parent Conference Night is Feb. 15 from 3-6pm. If you wish to have a conference, contact me or your student's homeroom teacher. If teachers need to meet with you, your child will receive a conference request letter to give to you. These will go out around Feb. 1. Conferences are set on a "first come, first served" basis and/or priority to those most in need.
  • Students do NOT have school on Friday, Feb. 16. 
  • Q3 book projects will be due Monday, Feb 19! BEGIN WORK NOW! Our first library day is Jan 11. Choose a book for your project! Remember, no "diaries" stories, no book previously read, no graphic novels, and books should be at or near 8th grade level reading. 
  • We will be starting the novel A Boy in Striped Pajamas very soon. We will read it together as a class. Do not choose this for your project.              DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE! We will watch it in class AFTER we read the story.
We continue our ACT vocabulary work this week:
1st, 3rd, and 4th periods - 41-50
2nd period - 61-70
Study new and previous words daily!
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you!