Susan McKay

June 9
Update: Reminder,  video of poem is due today by 6 pm.
Anne Frank Notes are due for tomorrow by 6 pm. See Google class instruction for the entry dates to do.
 
June 4
As part of Related Arts Day, all ELA students will film themselves reciting their "Advice for Eighth Grade" poems that were due today. They will then send it to me and share the video in Google Drive. Upper School can then click onto that page and see the students reading their poems.
 
June 1
Anne Frank notes due Friday, June 5th. See Google Classroom for pages. 
Scope: "Advice for Eighth Grade" poem due Thursday, June 4th. See Google classroom for instructions.
 
May 28
I posted a message on Google Classroom if you are interested in the Speech Contest; Mr. Winch will hold a meeting tomorrow at 1:30. Please email him asap to tell him you are interested so he can invite you to the meeting. 
 
May 28
Reminder: Revised Sword in the Stone sentences due tomorrow, Friday, May 29th if not done already. 
 
May 25
Update: I have scheduled a help class at 12 today for the research paper assignment. We missed class yesterday because of the holiday, and if you have questions, this would help you.
Also, I am asking the the sentences for Sword in the Stone be added to include the type of sentence, phrase underlined and phrase identified. This is due Friday, May 29.
 
Update: When writing the research paper, use the link to help you.  it is basically a longer 5 paragraph essay with research correctly cited and transition words that link ideas. 
 
May 21
Update: I changed the due date for the short research paper to Wed., May 27th by 6 pm.
I also changed the creative project to Thursday, May 28th.
If you finish the paper or project early, please submit it. 
 
May 19
HW: I have posted information on Google Classroom for a creative project that involves the Scope Magazine play, The Sword in the Stone which you have read. You are to choose one activity from the Choice Board provided through a link. It is due on Thursday, May 28th.
 
Also on the site today is information about the short research paper that is due Monday, June 1st. 
 
 
May 18
HW: IXL is due on Wed. May 20 (G: 1-4,  W: 1-4 and X: 1)
Scope: Read the play "The Sword in the Stone" May issue. Click on instructions for the list of Vocab. words. There are ten words. Write these words in sentences that relate to the play and indicate the type of sentence as well as underline the phrase used and identify the phrase.
 
 
 
May 11
HW: Students are to go to Brain Pop and watch two videos, one on Anne Frank and one on Elie Wiesel. They are to create a T Chart or Venn diagram that shows the similarities and differences between the two author's lives and experiences, due Friday, May 15th
Students are to read and take notes on the diary entries from page 115, to page 125, Dec.27th. The notes can be in bullet form written in full sentences. They include the personal and or political main ideas of each of the eight entries. One quote for each entry is needed with the page number and reason why it is important.
 
Students can identify internal or external conflicts in their notes as well as use the reading signposts they learned: aha moment, memory moment, again and again, contrast and contradiction, words of the wiser, and tough questions to apply to the main ideas. This is due Thursday, May 14th. 
 
We will discuss both assignments in classes on Monday and Wed., May 13th. 
 
May 6
Update
HW: Research topic sites with paragraph: due Friday, May 8th. Instructions on Google Classroom.
IXL due May 8th. for 8C and 8A. Was posted later for these classes so there is a day extension.
due May 7th for 8B because it was posted for this class,
 
 
May 2 
Update:
 
Ms. Lorenc has informed me that she and Mr. Klein will be alternating weeks for the small classes. So for next week, beginning on May 4th, she will take the 8th grade on Tuesdays, and the following week, she will take the 7th. grade. Mr. Klein will take the 8th grade on Tuesdays, beginning May 11th.

Because science and history teachers have both grade levels, this is the way it will be. On your Google Classroom and below here, only the 8th grade schedule needs to be shown.
 
 On Google Classroom, all 8th grade classes have been informed about the following: 
 
The administration informed us that starting this Monday, May 4th, we will have small group classes that all are required to attend. The schedule is included below:
 
Mondays            Tuesdays               Wednesdays

McKay

1:00 PM - 8A B

1:20 PM - 8A G

1:40 PM - 8B B

2:00 PM - 8B G

2:20 PM - 8C B

2:40 PM - 8C G

Lorenc

1:00 PM - 8A 1, 2, 3

1:20 PM - 8A 4, 5, 6

1:40 PM - 8B 1, 2, 3

2:00 PM - 8B 4, 5, 6

2:20 PM - 8C 1, 2, 3

2:40 PM - 8C 4, 5, 6

Rodz 

1:00 PM - 8A B

1:20 PM - 8A G

1:40 PM - 8B B

2:00 PM - 8B G

2:20 PM - 8C B

2:40 PM - 8C G

 
 
My ELA group classes will begin this coming week on Mondays, Ms. Lorenc's Science classes will be on Tuesdays, and Ms. Rodziewicz's Math classes will be on Wednesdays. The B after the class stands for boys, and the G stands for girls; that is how the classes will be divided.

These classes are 20 minutes long. The purpose is to help students in a smaller setting with any work or questions they may have and to inform them about updates if needed. Like all virtual classes, administration can join any of the classes in session. If you have a question, email your 8th grade teacher for guidance.
 
 
April 30
 
HW reminder writing assignments for Scope due Friday, May 1.
 
Classes starting May 4th are as follows:
8A Mondays & Wed. 10:30-11
8B Mondays & Wed. 11:30-12
8C Advisory 8:30 Mondays & Wed. 9-9:30
 
 
April 27
 
HW IXL: L1, HH 6-9, T 1-2 Due Thursday, April 30th.
 
HW Scope Magazine: "Courage in a Time of Terror" Read and answer two open-ended questions for Friday, May 1. 
Check Instructions.
 
 
April 20
 
Today, you will explore the annefrank.org museum website. The first topic is The Secret Annex. I have included a scavenger hunt to be completed by 6pm. If you complete it before then, just submit to google classroom.
HW: Due Tues., April 21
 
HW: Due Wed., April 22
 
Lesson 12 vocab. words will be used in sentences that relate to Anne Frank, the diary, the war, or the Holocaust. Indicate the different phrases you used in each sentence and the type of sentence.
 
 
April 22
 
On Friday, April 24, there will be a ELA class meeting that all students are required to attend for a class participation grade. I changed it for 8A for Monday, so there would be no conflicting classes with other teachers.
 
8C: 2nd period 9-9:30
8A: Will meet on Monday, April 27th at 11-11:30
8B: 6th period 11:05-11:35
 
HW: Due Friday, April 24
 
IXL: FF 1-3, KK 1, HH 1-5
 
 
April 17, Friday
 
Today I had an morning Advisory meeting through Google Meet at 8:15 to 8:30 with my homeroom, 8C. Any student who did not attend, I emailed. I will do this with all classes next week and it will count as a classwork grade. We will meet on a certain day at the time we would ordinarily have class. It is a half day schedule, so I will post the time with the day at least two days before so you will be informed. 
If you do not join, I will enter a zero in class participation for that day, so do not sit it out.   
 
HW: Due Monday, April 20
 
Over the weekend, you are to explore from a list of 40 topics and choose an idea you would like to research. The topic and why you chose it will be due on Monday and submit to Google Classroom. The assignment will be on Google Classroom today. 
 
 
 
April 14, Tuesday
 
Read pages 73- 91. March 25 - July 23, 1943. Write your own four open-ended questions that you feel are important ideas. They should be about the people, the situation in Holland, and Anne of course. You can use a quote for only one of the questions.
Choose three of them to answer yourself under the question and submit to Google Classroom. Due Friday, 6 p. m.
Do not share your questions or answers with anyone. 
 
 
 
April 13, Monday
 
In Google classroom there is posted a reading assignment and a doc with five questions. Answer the questions and submit it to Google classroom ny Tuesday, April 14, 6 pm. 
 
April 2, Thursday 
 
Update: Today is the first day of the 4th marking period.  The last two IXL grades will be in this new marking period. 
 
March 30th, Monday
 
Update: 8A check the template for the Scope questions and make sure you answered the 4th question. It did not copy for some reason, but is now on the doc and working.
 
For Tuesday : IXL Editing and Revising O 1-2,  Wed. O 3-4 Thursday O 5-6 Friday O 7. All can be done at once, or two a day whichever is your choice. Just finish by 6 pm on Friday. 
 
I will also add this to Google Classroom.
 
 
March 28th 
 
Due tomorrow at 6 pm. Scope article and four questions. See Google classroom.
 
 
 
March 23, Monday Update
 
Since we have a snow day on Wed., IXL will be due tomorrow by 12 PM. The last two sections: K 5 & 6 will be due Friday, March 27.  I know a lot of you have completed this already, but I wanted to give additional time for a classwork grade.
 
I have posted this update on Google classroom. 
 
 
 
 
March 21, Saturday Update
 
Wordly Wise Vocabulary: lesson 11
 
Finish the Lesson 11 pages in your workbook
 
In Google classroom, please submit the following: write sentences using the 15 words from the lesson that are varied and include subject and verb, direct/indirect object if any, the type of sentence, and type of phrase used in each sentence. I will give extra credit for using three former vocabulary words from previous lessons.
 
This is due on Monday March 6 PM
 
March 20, Friday Update
 
Classwork assignment: You are going to switch to IXL as classwork. You have to work on these during the day to earn a classwork grade and not a homework grade. Finish J 1-3 on Organizing Writing and then go to K 1-4 Developing and supporting arguments. This is all good practice for writing a persuasive essay which we will work on. I can check the exact time you did these, so keep it to the 8:30 AM to 12 PM timeframe as if we were in class doing it together. You can certainly start today if you find you have the time. You can begin during the day on Monday or Tuesday.

This is due on Tuesday, March 24
 
March 19, Thursday
 
Good morning. I assigned quotes and asked for responses to this through Google classroom. Below are the instructions.  I am extending this to be due by 6 pm Friday. 
 
Please read from the bottom of page 27 (Monday, 21 Sept) to the bottom of page 37 (Thursday, 1 October, 1942) Choose five best quotes that reveal the following ideas. Your comments afterwards should be more than one sentence.
 
1. What Anne is spending her time doing and her interests. (one quote)
2. Her ideas about the Van Daans, especially Mrs. Van Daan. (two quotes)
3. Anne's feelings on being judged by the adults. (two quotes)
 
If you have any questions, email me. The log will be another assignment, when you have read more of the Diary. Keep that as a separate Google doc. I will grade it when at least 4 responses are written in your log by you.
 
 
March 16, Monday
 
Good morning. I am including instructions for homework that is on the Google classroom for your class just in case you did not join as yet.
 

As you read the diary entries from Sunday, 14 June, 1942 to Friday, 3 July, 1942 (page 1 to the end of page 11,  please do the following:

 

  1. Choose three quotes: a quote that reveals something about Anne's personality, a quote that reveals why she is writing this diary, a quote that reveals something about a new boy, Harry. Include the date and page number.

After the quote, explain your choice and what it tells the reader, you. Submit this as a Google doc by the end of the day.

 

  1. You are to start a reading journal online on a separate Google doc. In this journal, write the day and time you are writing. Look at your list of reading log starters and choose one if you want to help start your reflection. Write a paragraph that reveals what your impression of Anne is and what you think about her life in 1942 so far. This is a response paragraph that you will be doing as you read and hopefully connect to Anne and think about your own life and situation and make comparisons. You can also pose any questions you may have or comment on something. I want this journal to be yours only and not someone else's thoughts.

 

*This assignment is due by the end of the day, Tuesday, March 17th.

 

 

The second assignment that is due Wed., March 18th, is on Google classroom. I will reproduce it for you here as well.

 

Continue reading the Diary entries from page 11 to the end of page 27 ( Wed., 2 September, 1942). I have chosen the following quotes to write about and will include them tomorrow. Please explain the meaning of the quote and include why it is significant. What did you learn about Anne or her situation? This work on Google docs for now.
 
1. "Yes, Anne, he said, "you know we have been taking food clothes, furniture to other people for more than a year now. We don't want our belongings to be seized by the Germans, but we certainly don't want to fall into their clutches ourselves. So we shall disappear of our own accord and not wait until they come and fetch us." Don't worry about it, we shall arrange everything. Make the most of your carefree young life while you can," That was all, Oh, may the fulfillment of these somber words remain far distant yet. (p. 12-13)
"2. "Margot told me the call up was not for daddy, but for her. I was more frightened than ever and began to cry. Margot is sixteen, would they really take girls of that age away alone? But thank goodness she won't go. Mummy said so herself, that must be wat daddy meant when he talked about us going into hiding. (p 14)
3. "the entrance to our hiding place has been properly concealed. Mr. Kraler thought it would be better to put a cupboard in front our our door (because a lot of houses are being searched for hidden bicycles), but of course it had to be a movable cupboard that can swing open like a door." (p.24)
4. "Mummy sometimes treats me like a baby, which I can't bear. Otherwise thangs are going better. I still don't like Peter any more, he is so boring....What a fool!" (p.24).

 

 

March 15
Please join our Google classrooms: 8AELA, 8BELA, and 8CELA
The codes are on a handout outside my classroom with a Reader's Log: Starters page handout to help with your logs.
 
Email me with any questions about Google classroom. I have posted stream messages as to reading assignments and homework.