Monday -- Grammar Focus: Commas -- Lesson 1
What was the historical and cultural context of Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem?
Begin reading Anthem and be able to answer: What sort of culture does she create in her setting? What are some of the ways characters are indoctrinated into culture?
Introductory powerpoint -- Key WWK: Communism, socialism, collectivism, altruism, totalitarian, dictatorship, objectivism, egoism
Anthem Questions for Class Discussion -- Part I-VI
Tuesday -- Finish Commas -- Lesson 1
Finish reading Part I and small group discussions
Wednesday -- Grammar Focus: Commas -- Lesson 2
Read Part II and small group discussions
Thursday -- Finish Commas -- Lesson 2
Read Parts III-VI
Next week: Monday is the last day for in-class reading. Formative Creative Response One-Pager is due Wednesday, Dec. 9
Mr. Wakild -- Math
First off, thank you to all parents and students for your patience with the gradebook problems. In our transition to MYP, we needed to make some changes to the gradebook, but those changes had some unexpected outcomes that needed fixing. It should be back up and running by Monday evening.
This week, we will spend Monday and Tuesday reviewing solving systems of equations through substitution. Either on Tuesday or Wednesday, we will start solving systems using elimination. See the Khan Academy below for an example of elimination.
Monday & Tuesday practice problems
Wednesday Notes and weekly Must Do's
Mr. Mercer --Science!
Weekly Presentation Slides
Monday: Introduction to Chemical Reactions
- Types of Chemical Reactions Worksheet (Front)
- Types of Chemical Reactions Worksheet (Back)
- Video: The Flintstones Teach Types of Chemical Reactions
Thursday: Controlling the Amount of Products in a Chemical Reaction (cont.)
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt & Mrs. Rogerson
All NEW art students will need a visual arts process journal (sketchbook) measuring 9" x 12". Book bound or spiral non-perforated paper journals work best. Please see photos below...we found these at Fred Meyer (red ones under $5 each/black or green ones under $10 each). Thank you!
A. Knowing & Understanding
B. Developing Skills
C. Thinking Creatively
To show personal responsibility with these objectives, students will be keeping a visual arts process journal. This is a record of their own progress, kept by them, and will be a crucial, fundamental part of the art curriculum.
The visual art process journal is a continual document that students will use to show their thought processes and ideas over the course of the trimester. It will be a way for them to reflect on their growth in art, and it will also be used as a basis for grading. For the best grade, students must show evidence of all four objectives by the end of each term. During this first week of art class, we will be learning how to use these wonderful tools properly.
This week we are working on the following objectives: Know and understand the basics to Visual Note-taking & Hand-lettering, and Develop the skills necessary to organize the VAPJ and complete full and interesting exploration pages.
Each page needs a title (see capital letters below) and a page #.
Page 1: NAME/IDENTITY PAGE. Skip for now...You will complete a page with your name and identity after completing pages 3 and 4.
Page 2: TABLE OF CONTENTS. Students glued in a table and labeled Page #, Title, Date, Teacher using creative font.
Pages 3 (Back of page 2) & 4: HANDLETTERING EXPERIMENTATION. Students viewed these videos and practiced these design skill sets in your Visual Arts Process Journals.
Intro to Hand Lettering
Hand Lettering Step by Step
Hand Lettering Accents
Page 5: DOG. Students practiced drawing a dog based on this tutorial. Dog Tutorial Hints: Draw the dog lightly with pencil to fill at least 90% of your page. You may erase guidelines and add details, fur, collar, etc., as you wish. Now add color (paint, marker, colored pencils, etc.), texture (drawing, collage, found objects, etc.), and text (perhaps write a story about a dog or a favorite dog quote around the dog) to complete a full page mixed-media composition.
Field Trip! 8th Grade Art Students are scheduled to visit the Boise Art Museum for a class field trip on Tuesday, December 8, from 9:15am-11:15am. Students analyze the mathematical and scientific applications of origami in the exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. In the BAM studios, students transform a single piece of paper into a folded work of art. Students will actively participate in the experience discussing the artwork, using art vocabulary, and making meaningful, personal connections. Please email me directly (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining us as a chaperone. Students will miss some other class period(s), and they will need to make up all classwork for the portion of class(es) missed. Thank you!