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Space Exploration Powerpoint
This is just a reminder that you will be presenting your Space Exploration Powerpoint Projects tomorrow. This means that you need to share your powerpoint with me via Office 365. Once you have completed your powerpoint, you need to click the "share" button on the top right corner and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the guidelines:
1. Must be about a current, ongoing, or future Space Mission
2. Must include the title of the mission and the names of people in your group
3. Must be at least 4 slides long (this is a mini-powerpoint project)
4. Must include: A brief overview of the mission: What was the objective? Who was involved? What did this mission accomplish?
5. Must include images of the mission--have fun with this!
6. Must include a Works Cited page (write the author's name (if there is one), space mission title, the website title, and when the space mission was/is launched, and the web address)
7. Check for spelling and grammar errors
I look forward to your presentations tomorrow!
Mrs. Van Tassel
After reading "The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara, we are creating our own Identity Murals. Here are the guidelines for the Identity Mural which is due Friday. You should have been able to finish the majority of this assignment in class today.
Reading for Fun!
Hey class! If you were interested in The Giver by Lois Lowry, be sure to read the rest of The Giver Quartet over Spring Break. (I just binge-read the final two books over the last few days...they are great! We find out what happens to Jonas and Gabriel.) The second book, Gathering Blue, is seemingly unrelated (it is about a girl named Kira from a different community), but the two stories tie together in the third and fourth books. The third book, Messenger, and fourth book, Son, are REALLY good and are quick reads. Read them and let me know what you think! Have an awesome Spring Break.
Also, remember to get your permission slips signed to watch "The Giver" movie when we return from break.
The Giver Game Board
Hello students! Please note that the Giver Game Board project is now due THURSDAY, March 17, and not Wednesday as previously stated. Tomorrow, March 15, we will be finishing our reading of The Giver and taking a practice CAASPP test. Wednesday will be the last day to work on your game board in class.
Have a great night,
Mrs. Van Tassel
The Giver Quickwrites/ Spelling List 13
If you miss a day as we are reading The Giver, the Quickwrites are attached to the bottom of this page, in a powerpoint.
The Spelling List 13 test is tomorrow. Study the spelling and definitions of these words:
Argumentative Essay Due Friday
This is just a reminder that your Tap v. Bottled Water Argumentative Essays (rough and final drafts) are due THIS FRIDAY. We used three class days last week to write rough drafts and begin final drafts. You have your packet of articles, rough draft, and essay guidelines, but here is a reminder of the expectations:
5 paragraphs minimum (introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and conclusion)
Typed (can be shared with me via Office 365 or printed)
Times New Roman
OR written neatly in blue or black ink
Introduction needs: a hook (sentence that draws the reader's attention), 2 sentences about the topic of Tap v. Bottled Water (one of these sentences should include the title of the article that you are going to use primarily in your essay), and a thesis statement (the claim that will be proven throughout the essay).
Body Paragraphs (3 total): Each needs a Topic Sentence (an example of how the thesis statement is true; ie. if the thesis statement were, "Bottled water is bad for the environment because much of the plastic ends up in landfills, when the plastic is incinerated it releases toxins into the environment, and plastic is polluting the ocean," then each topic sentence and body paragraph would prove one of the points from the thesis statement), evidence from the text (a specific quote from the article with the paragraph number--using ICE: Introduce the evidence, add the Citation (evidence) and Explain why you used that quote from the article), and at least 2 sentences that explain the quote and how it proves the overall thesis statement.
Conclusion: Restate the thesis (the same idea as the thesis, but using different words). Restate basis ideas from each body paragraph in 2 sentences or more. Explain overall idea thoroughly, proving your thesis statement completely and effectively, and wrap up the essay.
Essay Guidelines Reminder
If you are completing your essay from home, here is a reminder of the expectations:
Typed (can be shared with me via Office 365 or printed)
Times New Roman
5 paragraphs minimum (intro, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion)
Introduction needs: a hook (sentence that draws the reader's attention), 2 sentences about the Character about which you're writing (one of these sentences should include the title of the book and author: "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli), and a thesis statement (a fact-based opinion that will be proven throughout the essay).
Body Paragraphs (3 total): Each needs a Topic Sentence (an example of how the thesis statement is true; ie. if the thesis statement was, "Mars Bar is a bully towards Maniac in the beginning of the novel, but he changes by the end of the novel," then each topic sentence and body paragraph would give a specific example of either how he was a bully or how he changes throughout the novel), evidence from the text (a specific quote from the book with the page number--If you did not write these in your rough draft then you will need to locate another copy of the book or come in tomorrow and get quotes from the books that are in class), and at least 2 sentences that explain the quote and how it proves the overall thesis statement.
Conclusion: Restate the thesis (the same idea as the thesis, but using different words). Restate basis ideas from each body paragraph in 2 sentences or more. Explain overall idea thoroughly and effectively and wrap up the essay.
We have been working on Literary Analysis Essays. Students wrote their Rough Drafts in class and they had yesterday and today to write their Final Drafts on Office 365, using Word. If you were absent today for the Science field trip or will be absent Friday and/or are still not finished with your essay, you need to finish your final draft on Office 365 this week and either share it with me (Anna Van Tassel) or print it and turn it in by Friday. You also need to turn in your rough draft. This Friday, we will have our Vocab #10 test. If you will be absent Friday, you need to make up the test next week. The Vocab #10 test is on these word parts and words (as usual, you need to know spellings and definitions of all the words and word parts):
Root: bene Means: well
Vocab #9 and homophones
On Friday, we will have our Vocab #9 Test. Study these vocabulary words and homophones:
Root: civ means: citizen
Prefix: en- means: in, into
Suffix: -able, -ible means: able, can do
Know the differences between these homophone pairs:
allot a lot
Late work deadline
Friday is the deadline to turn in all late work (including the Tall Tale Short Story/Fictional Narrative). If late work is turned in past this Friday, it will not be accepted. Grades will be submitted and progress reports will be mailed out next week. Quite a few students have not turned in their short stories (which were due almost 2 weeks ago). Complete those and turn them in by Friday at the latest.
Vocab #8 Test Friday
Study these words (spelling and definitions) for our test on Friday:
means: time or period bicycle
Tall Tale Short Stories
As a reminder, your Tall Tale Short Story (Fictional Narrative) was due today. Several students did not turn in their stories. Remember that you can share your final draft with me via Office 365, BUT you must still turn in your prewriting (circle map, plot diagram, rough draft) and your rubric to receive full credit.
Parents: If you are unsure if your child turned in their story, I wrote whether his/her story was turned in or is missing, in the "comments" section on ABI, under Tall Tale Short Story.
Along with the Fictional Narrative due Friday, we will have our Vocab #7 Test this Friday. Remember to study the definitions and spelling of these word parts and words; they are also in page 24 in your Notebook:
means: back, again
Suffix: -ion, -sion, -tion
means: state of
In class, you have been creating your Tall Tale Short Story (Fictional Narrative). Please remember that your final drafts are due this Friday (10/16). Turn in all items of writing this Friday including:
We have been reading Maniac Magee. If you are absent, please find out what chapters you missed in class and read them at home. Here is a link to an online version of the book: http://personal.crocodoc.com/sQovVpA?embedded=true
Summary Final Draft
As a reminder, the Summary Final Draft of the article "What it Takes to be Great" was due today. It has been on the website and the board all week, and I have given you time to write it in your agendas this week. If you did not turn in your assignment today, then turn it in on Monday at the latest. Your Summary Guide and Rough Draft were completed in class. When you turn in your Final Draft, include: Summary Guide, Summary Rough Draft (in pencil), and Summary Final Draft (written in blue or black ink OR typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font).
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Van Tassel
Article Summary Final Draft
In class, we have been reading the article, "What it Takes to be Great." We completed a Summary Guide and wrote the rough draft in class. The final draft is homework and due this Friday. It should be written in blue or black ink OR typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font.
Vocab #3 Test Friday
On Friday, we will have our Vocab #3 Test. You need to know the spelling and definitions of these words. These words are in your notebooks, but here they are as well:
Vocab #2 Test Tomorrow
Just as a reminder, our Vocab #2 Test is tomorrow. The word parts are located in your Notebook of page 5. You need to know the definitions and one word for each word part.
Definition: like, in the manner of
Missing "I Am" Poems
I have graded "I Am" poems and will be entering them into Aeries this weekend. I have not received poems from students with these ID numbers:
Please turn them in Monday.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Mrs. Van Tassel
Vocab Quiz Friday, August 28
We are currently reading a short story called "Amigo Brothers" by Piri Thomas. Each class period of students selected Vocabulary words from this short story to study and learn. Over the next two weeks, we will learn the definitions, use these words to write stories, and they will become a part of our everyday vocabulary. On Friday, Aug. 28, we will have a Vocab Quiz. Students will need to know how to spell each word and how to use it appropriately in a sentence. My goal is for students to actually learn these words, and not just memorize them for a test and forget them. These words can be found in the Literature: California Treasures book which should be at your house. I will write each word with the page on which it can be found.
3rd Period Vocab:
sparring pg. 21
elimination pg. 22
pensively pg. 23
superimposed pg. 24
fitful pg. 25
unbridled pg. 26
No "Homework" exist(s)