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Jeannette Wilson » Mrs. Wilson's ELA Classes

Mrs. Wilson's ELA Classes

Welcome!  I am so excited at the beginning of every new school year.  It's a time to try new things and challenge ourselves.  Language Arts is one of those classes that does it all.  The analytical skills and literature that we read broadens our minds and pushes us to new intellectual and personal heights.  The many skills that are learned, utilized, customized, and strengthened take everyone to the real world where they are implemented and honed. 

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SAMPLE DIALECTICAL JOURNAL ENTRY

Students need to write in their dialectical journal as they read.  They should not read the chapter first then go back.  That takes too much time, and this is meant to be completed as they read.  It should not take an extreme amount of time to do.   
 
If students have short chapters, they know to come to me so I can work with them. 
 
The critical thinking and analytical skills these students have been honing since 6th grade are being assessed in this project.  This also reiterates that students need to prioritize their time wisely so they can satisfy all academic requirements. 

ELA Project

I wanted to clarify, as I thought it was understood, that a student must test over their AR book when they turn in their project.  I will print out the TOPS report and put it in their dialectical journal. 
 
To be clear:  The COMPLETE project is due February 5 and no later.

Non-fiction dialectial journal project

8th graders are two weeks away from being official Pre-High Schoolers!
 
Please read the attached project information. 
 
The due date for the project is February 5, 2018.  There will be no reading goal adjustments.  Students can plan and prioritize their time to meet all reading requirements for ELA. 
 
No late work will be accepted.  This is a test grade in addition to their book test for their chosen novel. 
 

Wordly Wise voc 3

Students are to study all forms of these words.  They will be working with them daily and be required to know the definitions by Wednesday with a work bank.  Monday is the test, and they will not have either one. 

Characteristics of Nonfiction notes

Students began a non-fiction unit today.  They will be analyzing a non-fiction text, researching the author and time period, completing various activities, and demonstrating their knowledge.
 
It is important the students are in attendance as they have been broken up into collaborative literature circles and will need to stay current, so they can contribute to their circle. 

ELA and Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time and we would love it if your student dressed up as a character from their book!

All they need to do is the following: 
*  Get an entry form from their ELA teacher that details their book character
*  The book has to be on their reading level and they have to pass the AR test on that book
*  The costume needs to be approved by the ELA teacher.  They just need to draw what it will basically look like, etc..  We want to be sure it is school appropriate.
 
I know 8th grade is usually the time when students think they are too big or cool for things, but I hope they participate and show their creativity.  The form must be completed and turned in by October 27, 2017. 

ELA Homework and study reminder

I wanted to send a reminder for students to do their ELA Wordly Wise Lesson ONE homework and study.  Today, students completed an assignment using the words and definitions.  Next week, they will have a word bank for the assignment.  On Friday, they will have nothing but their minds for the test, and their homework will be due then.  We go over the words daily and their homework and studying will only solidify their knowledge.  I have strongly encouraged them to use these words as well so they learn them and not memorize them.  Quiz your student daily to help them study if you wish. 

Lesson 1 voc only

Wordly Wise Vocabulary Words. 
 
They are to write and learn all variations and definitions of the word.  There will be no word bank or anything to refer to - just their brilliant minds!

ELA: Weeks of October 2 and 9.

October 2 - dress code is back in effect.  ALL students must wear their badges.  It is also a spirit shirt day. 
 
October 3 and 5 - Tutorials are back!  I have been available but students had to make arrangements.  This week, bus transportation will be provided.  They end at 4:10.
 
October 9 is set aside for parent conferences.  I emailed several parents requesting one, as well as, made a notation on your student's report card.  I look forward to meeting with you and your student to find out how we can all ensure their success.
 
October 13:  Progress report cut off - students must have taken their vocabulary test.  Also, it's a good idea for them to have half their goal to ensure success and lessen their stress.  No one likes reading several books and hundreds of pages in a week!  It is also our PINK pep rally.
 
This next week we will be analyzing the drama of "Diary of Anne Frank".  They will analyze it and take a test over it.
 
Then, the students will take a unit one test over fiction and drama. Students will analyze and correct mistakes in class to increase their grade. As  a group, this allows them to understand their mistakes and me to help them. It also give students an opportunity to help one another understand.
 
 

Anne Frank Historical Content

Students will begin analyzing a drama that takes place during WWII.  They were given an historical context assignment in class, and if they did not complete it, they were to take it home and bring it back Monday completed.

No late work is accepted.  It is also vital that the student work independently and that their work is authentic so that I can assess their knowledge and understanding. 
 
The writing format and questioning are not new to them.