Friday, December 14, 2018

Daily Agenda: Friday, December 14

Make decisions today about the storyline for your narrative contribution to our museum exhibit.
  • Time to clarify questions about the assignment, write down the prompt, and work on the museum pre-writing.
  • Listen in and take notes on a graphic storyline creation about Jens Pedersen
  • Begin to create a graphic storyline for your character's narrative, and preview some narrative leads.
  • Ms. H. will check your museum pre-writing on Google classroom later today; please make sure it is there by evening time.
HW Eng: Turn in the museum pre-writing this evening and create a graphic storyline for your narrative with at least 10 boxes and bubbles. You may begin drafting your narrative tonight with narrative leads previewed on today's blog.  Additional announcements: extra help is available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after school.  The narrative is due on Thursday.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13

Wednesday was a half day. 

We had our first major grammar lesson, on the noun. 

We will master all eight parts of speech this year.  Save your notes. 

If you were absent, please see me after school on Thursday to make up the lesson and to earn credit for the brief sentence-writing assignment.

HW Eng: Read and enjoy your choice book during your afternoon away from school.

THANK YOU for the dedicated donations of time, energy, and food you contributed to our Loaves and Fishes drive.  THANK YOU for your interest in Bromfield Cares 8th grade.  Ms. Nilan invites all 8th grade students to a festive Toys for Toys wrapping party in her classroom, 285, tomorrow afternoon.  She has loads of presents which will be distributes to children and their families before the holidays, and they need to be wrapped and taped.  Please come join tomorrow, and stay tuned for more service opportunities which I will communicate to you.

Today is our museum narrative pre-writing day.

  • Use your time wisely and complete the pre-writing assignment in class.  It is due on Google classroom by the start of class tomorrow (Friday).
  • The sample narrative we read on Reverend Pedersen is a good point of focus; we read it in class on Tuesday, and it is here for quick reference. 
  • The pre-writing the student author completed for Reverend Pedersen's story is here; read it through to understand how first thoughts and some conscious planning are yummy ingredients for a yummy narrative. :)
HW Eng: Complete the pre-writing assignment for the museum narrative.  It is due on Google classroom by the start of class tomorrow (Friday).

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Daily Agenda: Tuesday, December 11

Frederica's letter is here! The homework assignment is answer the questions in the last paragraph on the Frederica's document.  You may handwrite it or type it up.  It is due tomorrow.  Questions? Let me know.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, December 10

Today's goal is to take the role of museum curators at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam as we look ahead to a creative writing assignment on The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.

1. Briefly touch upon some of the museums as exceptional spaces, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Malta Aviation Museum, Mass MOCA, Topkapi Palace, and the Anne Frank Museum.

2. What does a curator do? Acting as a curator of the Anne Frank Museum, what is one additional exhibit you would like to curate to add to the permanent Secret Annex exhibit?

3. The curators at the Anne Frank Museum will be reading or very interested in knowing more about The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.

4. Who are a couple of characters you would be interested in putting on your list of finalists for the one you will choose for the narrative?

The creative writing assignment is here. It will be a major essay grade for quarter 2.

HW Eng: Skim through the remainder of Anne Frank's diary answer and jot answers to the questions; we will learn from this excerpt and the questions in some close reading lessons which will help you write your creative piece of writing.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Daily Agenda: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7

Rather than reading the entirety of Anne Frank's writing, we will be reading a forty page
excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl, which gives you a sense of her narrative and
what life was like in the secret annex. The excerpt is pages 181-219, and it is linked

The questions we are answering as we read are here.

HW Eng: Read your choice book for 30+ minutes and bring it to class with
you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Daily Agenda: Wednesday, December 5

Thank you for such support for the Bromfield CARES meeting today.  It was awesome -- more details to follow soon.

In class today, we culminated our immediate reading of Hoose with a synthesis notes approach to the heart map.  We focused on our abiding moods at the end of the book along with character, theme, title, setting, point of view, text connections, and so on.

HW Eng: 1. Read and study the rhetorical notebook, an extension of synthesis notes concepts like character and theme, for 10-15 minutes. 2. Tour Anne Frank's secret annex and visit the Anne Frank House Museum website. Thank you so much for donations to Loaves and Fishes.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Daily Agenda: Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4

We are midway through our Loaves and Fishes service drive -- THANK YOU for your amazing donations of time, energy, and food.  We have a couple of days remaining -- a significant amount of time for bringing food to the holiday table in our beautiful community this month.  And we learned about an extension opportunity for service through Bromfield Cares.  To learn more, please come to the meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5, in our classroom.

On Monday, we learned about reading literature through a literary lens with a mini-lecture on reading lens notes.  This is one of many looks of the literary scholar, and that approach begins with a question or focus that undergirds a deeper reading.  In this case, the notes are on the Shakespearean question, "to be or not to be," found in Chapter 15 of Hoose.

We also had time to read a significant assignment, chapters 16 and 17 of Hoose.

HW Eng due Tuesday: 1. Finish reading chapters 16 and 17 in Hoose.  2. Donate time, energy, and/or non-perishable goods to the food drive.  Send an email or talk to a 6th, 7th, or 9th grader to get the middle school and freshmen class on board in our full effort for Loaves and Fishes. Additional donation boxes are now in the cafeteria and in the school library.

On Tuesday, we began with a fairly challenging character-based Kahoot.  Part of it was formative.  Next, we had a high level discussion combining learning and service, Hoose and the food drive, as we learned about Jane Addams, the subjective necessity, and classmates' ideas on Hoose's heroic characters.  Here are the discussion starters which undergirded our conversation:

I am inspired to make a difference in my community because...
Who is your Hoose hero and why?

We learned about how creative writing will be our focus with two projects -- The Story of a Friendship and the Churchill Club Narrative.

We had time to read the rest of Hoose's book.

HW Eng: 1. Finish Hoose (Chapter 18, Epilogue, and Notes) for tomorrow.  2. Donate time, energy, and/or non-perishable goods to the food drive.  Send an email or talk to a 6th, 7th, or 9th grader to get the middle school and freshmen class on board in our full effort for Loaves and Fishes. Additional donation boxes are now in the cafeteria and in the school library.