Archive for January, 2016

Open Response Rubric

Posted: January 25, 2016 in Home

Please print: frolio OR rubric MCAS

Absences from Last Week

Posted: January 24, 2016 in Home

Any student who was absent last week should be prepared to make up the open response writing and the mid-year self reflections. I will provide copies for you tomorrow in class, and the work will completed then, as well.

Please download a copy of this document on open response writing, print a copy (yellow if possible), and bring it to class: MCAS OR procedure

See you tomorrow!

Self Reflections 

Posted: January 22, 2016 in Home

I hope your self-reflections are very reflective!  I hope you’ve taken your time and have really thought carefully about your  responses! 

Mockingbird online text

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Home

To kIll A Mockingbird text

Answering MCAS Open Response Questions

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Home

Answering Open Response Questions:

1). Never dive right in!! Work out your answer on a separate piece of paper.

2). Plan your response—make sure you know what you want to say and how you plan to say it.

3). Answer the question while you “turn it around”—simultaneously in the very first sentence. Remember: you are writing from an answer, not toward one. In other words, you write to explain your answer—not to find it. The answer to the question is called your CLAIM.

Moreover, you should avoid vague words and expressions like “many things.” Say what you mean.

4). Be sure to use quotes from the reading to support your claim.

5). Explain how the quotes support your claim.

6). Write an interesting conclusion based on your claim—do not simply repeat your claim. Avoid formulaic expressions, such as, “as you can see, I am simply repeating my first sentence.”

I have added due dates for each reading and attached it here so that you can plan ahead–be aware: there very well could be a comprehension quiz on any or all of the dates listed. 8th gr tkam reading schedule with dates

I have also attached the chapter log, where you record your summaries, main events, chapter tittle, and other ideas. 8th grade mockingbird chapter by chapter