Friday, September 21st, 2012 in Brief

Friday was a mixed bag lesson where each class had a slightly different experience based on their lesson needs:

  • First periodreviewed conclusion techniques discussed in Tuesday’s lesson.  This class also dissected a writing prompt (see below) using TAP (we left the last “P” for later). The students are to complete this for homework.
    • Writing Prompt:
      • Writing Situation: Most families assign chores to their children. Families need to work together, and having the children of the house help out teaches responsibility. However, many children and teens object to having these chores imposed upon them. What is your opinion?
      • Directions for Writing: Do you think that children should have assigned chores to do at home, or do you think you have enough to do already? Write an essay to convince the adults in your family of your point of view regarding the children and teens being required to do chores at home. Be clear in your opinion, and use specific details and examples to support your ideas.
  • Second period took time to revisit the computer lab in order to finish the SRI.  The students who finished then began work dissecting the prompt above using TAP(P).
  • Sixth period had the opportunity to briefly visit the Book Fair which was only in our Media Center for one day.  Upon returning from the Media Center, sixth period completed the notes on conclusion strategies from Tuesday’s lesson.
    • Should there have been more time slots available, the other class periods would have also attended.
  • Seventh period completed notes on conclusion strategies from Tuesday’s lesson.

**QUIZ ALERT: Anticipate a quiz over prepositions and gerunds on Monday!


  • 1st: Complete the in-class essay.  It must be 3 paragraphs in length.
  • 2nd: For those who began the in-class essay, complete it.  Those who did not will work on this assignment starting on Monday the 24th, 2012.
  • 6th: No homework
  • 7th: No homework

PowerPoint: 9-21-12 Conclusions Practice + Starting a Timed Writing

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 Recap

Thursday was the second and final day in the computer lab.  The students finished SRI testing, had the opportunity to work on more extension work, and complete any as yet uncompleted assignments (particularly their bumper sticker assignments).  For more information about Lexile scores and the target Lexile score range for grades 6-8 under the Common Core Standards, please refer back to yesterday’s post.

HOMEWORK:  Read for 30 minutes.  Begin thinking of Alternative Book Report options for your non-fiction text. (Due next week)  *Edited: The students will receive this information next week.

PowerPoint: 9-20-12 SRI Assessment Day 2

Lexile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Wednesday was the first of two days allotted for the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory), a test that assesses each student’s reading or Lexile level.  Though we have students that are at a variety of reading levels, the target levels for grades 6-8 are 960-1115.  The reading levels for all grade levels are below:


Lexile Band

Lexile Band*



















*Parents, ask your child for their Lexile score.  You can visit to find books at your child’s Lexile level.  The second column is where students may be “stretched” into to raise their reading prowess.  For more information on the Lexile program and to download the mobile app, visit

As with all self-directed activities, there were students who finished early.  They were directed to visit the “Extension Work” page on my blog where they were to complete a BCR based on the video or article they viewed.  They were also given the opportunity to re-do their bumper stickers (last night’s homework) if they did not meet the expectations.

HOMEWORK: Re-do Bumper Sticker to turn in tomorrow (Thursday), Work on Create-A-Song (due Friday)

PowerPoint: 9-19-12 SRI Assessment Day 1