Team 9 Update
Issue 17 December 13, 2019
Monday, December 9th
History Vocabulary Quiz
6:00-8:00 Orchestra Concert
****Holiday Color Spirit Day*****
Tuesday, December 10th
Interim KAP Assessment (MATH)
Finish reading To Kill a Mockingbird in Language Arts (Murphy)
*****Holiday Twin Spirit Day*****
3:30-6:30 Basketball: Girls 8th Grade
Wednesday, December 11th
- WINN academic success day
- Begin To Kill a Mockingbird Final Project in Language Arts (Murphy)
- ****Sweats Spirit Day (It's Cold Outside!)****
- 3:30-5:00 Wrestling
Thursday, December 12th
KAP Interim for Language Arts (Murphy)
*****Holiday Socks Spirit Day*****
Friday, December 13th
- To Kill a Mockingbird Journal Entries Due (Murphy)
- *****Ugly Sweater Spirit Day*****
End of 9 weeks- December 19
December 20th to January 6th: no school for winter break (return on Jan. 7)
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Team 9 Core Classes
Students will finish To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday Dec. 10th! Woohoo!! This book was BIG and loaded with lots of hard topics, but I am so proud of Team 9 students for taking on such a giant task. Most people do not read this book until high school, so CONGRATULATIONS Team 9!!!
Throughout the novel, students created a Dialectical Journal. Students should have completed a journal entry for every chapter in the book--31 entries total. We worked on this every single day and discussed our entries as a whole class. The due date for this assignment is Friday Dec. 13th. Please ask your student if his/her journal is ready to be submitted this week. It is a very large assignment for class!
I will be introducing the final project for To Kill a Mockingbird on Wednesday the 11th. For this project, students will independently create a 2-3 minute video (using the program WeVideo) that takes the perspective of either Jem or Scout. First, students will demonstrate how the character viewed the world at the beginning of the novel. Next, students will identify three different events that show character change or growth. Finally, students will predict what lessons (themes) this character will pass on to his or her own children. This video project will be due on Tuesday Dec. 17th, and optional presentations for extra credit will be on Wednesday Dec. 18th.
On Thursday Dec. 12th, we will take a short break from To Kill a Mockingbird to take the Winter KAP Interim. This assessment will be a good indicator as to how each student will do on on the reading state assessment in the spring. I look forward to seeing results and sharing them with students. This data will also inform my instruction for second semester.
Please feel free to e-mail me at any time with questions or concerns about your student's progress in Language Arts. I am happy to help with all of your needs! Thank you for sharing your student with me--I'm having a great school year with this group of 8th graders.
Mrs. Lindsay Murphy
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On Monday, students will be correcting their Unit 1 Assessment in class. Then on Tuesday we will be taking the Interim KAP assessment. This will be our last bit of testing before Winter Break. Wednesday we start diving in to Unit 2- Angles!
I have been looking at our iReady Data from the assessments this past week. Students are growing by leaps and bounds. I am so proud of the hard work and problem solving that our students are showing. Way to go Team 9 students AND parents!
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US HISTORY ABOVE--- Andrew Jackson and the Spoils System political cartoon BELOW--- Indian Removal Act Map
We wrapped up our Lewis and Clark projects and our study of the Louisiana Purchase last week.
This week, we are learning about the presidency of Andrew Jackson and Westward Expansion right now.
We have looked at Andrew Jackson's background and his character traits and now we are studying the Indian Removal Act and how this affected the tribes that were forced to move.
Next week, we will continue to delve in to the Indian Removal Act and transition in to how western territories were settled from different perspectives.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
This week we finished up and presented our Landform Project and I must say that I was amazed by some of the work these students completed! This next week we will be moving forward to figuring out how these landforms came to be in the first place. As well as beginning a dive into plate tectonics.
As the weather starts getting colder and flu season approaches, I just want to remind us all to make sure we are all getting enough sleep and washing our hands frequently!
As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!
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