Week 6: September 18-22

We are in the homestretch of our journalism unit! Your final drafts are due this Friday, so we will spend all week editing and revising the rough drafts that we submitted last Friday. Again, the deadline for your final draft is this Friday, September 22 during your class period.

Monday
    1. SOAR – Flipster Magazine
    2. Investigative Journalism – Mentor Text
    3. Citing Credible Sources

Tuesday
  1. Library
  2. SOAR – Flipster Magazine
  3. Investigative Journalism – Continue Editing and Revising
Wednesday
  1. SOAR – Flipster Magazine
  2. Investigative Journalism – Structure & Transition
Thursday
  1. SOAR – Flipster Magazine
  2. Investigative Journalism – Writing a Good Ending
Friday
  1.  SOAR – Flipster Magazine
  2. Investigative Journalism – Publication Day!

 

Week 5: September 11-15

Monday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 9 – Elaborate to deepen connections
    • Transitions
    • Cultural References
    • Student Rough Draft Example
Tuesday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 10 – Writing partners
Wednesday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 11 – Editing for publication
Thursday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 12 – Mentor text
Friday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 13 – Research & questioning

 

Week 4: September 5-8

Tuesday
  1. Library
  2. Publish Newscast
  3. Comment on 2
  4. All done? Read!
Wednesday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Survey
  3. Investigative Journalism Session 6 
    • Publish Newscast
    • Comment on 2
    • Choose a socially significant topic

While journalists do notice stories every day, the best journalists do more than that. They investigate issues that matter in their community, and they find the stories that reveal those issues. Then they craft news stories to illuminate those underlying issues.

Finding and Telling News Stories that Matter

  1. Focus on issues that are significant to the writer and the community.
  2. Gather words around an issue – say it in different ways to cast a net.
  3. Seek stories that illustrate that issue.
Thursday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 7

Journalists develop the action, dialogue, and setting. They do this not just to enliven their news stories, but also to highlight what they want to convey about the issue or lesson they are advancing. They especially harness these techniques to reveal their central ideas and to inspire their readers to feel compassion.

Friday
  1. SOAR – Students Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Investigative Journalism Session 8 (more details coming soon!)

 

Week 3: August 28-September 1

Monday
  1. SRI Test
  2. SOARStudents Own & Appreciate Reading
Tuesday
  1. SOARStudents Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Intro to OneNote
  3. Investigative Journalism Session 2
    • Observation
    • Write & Share
Wednesday
  1. SOARStudents Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Reading Data
  3. Review Observations
  4. Investigative Journalism Session 3
    • Shared Experience
    • Mentor Text
    • Write & Share
Thursday
  1. SOARStudents Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Shared Experience Newscast
  3. Exemplar
  4. Newscast Brainstorm
Friday
  1. SOARStudents Own & Appreciate Reading
  2. Exemplar
  3. Publish Newscast // Comment on at least 2

 

Week 2: August 21-25

Monday
  1. ThinkPad Procedures
  2. Intro to Student Blogging
  3. Create Student Blog
  4. Browse books for library tomorrow!
Tuesday
  1. Reading Survey
  2. Library
  3. Blog Post
    1. In your dashboard, select Posts -> Add New
    2. Enter the title “I am a reader!”
    3. In the body of your post, include the following:
      • What was the last book you read, and what did you like about it?
      • Which book did you choose from the library, and why did you choose it? What do you think it is going to be about?
Wednesday
  1. SOAR – Students Own and Appreciate Reading
  2. Writing Prompt on Demand
Thursday
  1. SOAR – Students Own and Appreciate Reading
  2. Introduce Accoutability Letter
  3. Introduction to Investigative Journalism

“Everywhere I went I’d write. If I was crossing a street with my friends and a rhyme came to me, I’d break out my binder, spread it on a mailbox or lamp post and write the rhyme before I crossed the street.” – Jay-Z

Friday
  1. SOAR – Students Own and Appreciate Reading
  2. Finish Blog Post & Comment on 2 Others
  3. Investigative Journalism – Write your first newscast!

 

Week 1: August 15-18

Welcome back – I am so excited to have you in my 8th grade language arts class! I will be using this class blog as a way to keep you informed about what we are doing each week. You will also be creating your own student blogs to publish your major writing assignments and to write about the books you are reading. Our online community will be a safe place for students to document their learning.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you this week as you begin your last year of middle shool!

Monday No School
Tuesday
  1. Meet & Greet
  2. Classroom Expectations
  3. Nonfiction Article
Wednesday
  1. Teacher T/F
  2. Syllabus
  3. Nonfiction Article
Thursday
  1. Emergency Procedures
  2. Nonfiction Article
  3. Notebook Decorating
Friday
  1. PBIS Library Procedures & Reading Incentives
  2. Finish Notebook Decorating
  3. Bioglyphs

 

The Week Ahead: January 9-12

Monday

  1. Sentence Combining
  2. Critical Thinking Video – https://safeshare.tv/x/GzV1pNQUX5s
  3. Review OneNote
  4. Introduce Research Project Timeline
  5. Research topics on procon.org and choose a topic

Tuesday

Data Day!

  1. Library & SOAR
  2. Sentence Combining
  3. Choose a research topic/discuss choices

Wednesday

  1. SOAR – Independent reading with teacher conferences
  2. ProCon Video – http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005543
  3. Sentence Combining Quiz
  4. Analyze background info on research topic

Thursday

  1. SOAR – Independent reading with teacher conferences
  2. ProCon Video – http://milk.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005184
  3. Analyze background info and begin t-chart

Friday

No School

The Week Ahead: December 5-9

Monday
  1. Review SRI Strategies
  2. SRI Test
Tuesday
  1. SOAR – Independent reading with conferences
  2. T-Chart
  3. Read Pages 2-5 in Performance Book
Wednesday
  1. SOAR – Independent reading with conferences
  2. Revisit T-Chart and add details from article
  3. Performance Boook Pages 6-7
Thursday
  1. SOAR – Independent reading with conferences
  2. Video
  3. Choose a side and begin graphic organizer
Friday
  1. SOAR – Independent reading with conferences
  2. Finish graphic organizer