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March 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Students, 

This week is benchmark week.  Here is the schedule:

Monday: ELA Writing Benchmark  (85 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:10              Benchmark 
9:15 – 9:55              8th RA 2

Tuesday: ELA Reading Benchmark 
(110 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:50              Benchmark 
10:00 – 10:40          8th RA 1

Wednesday:  Science Benchmark  (75 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:00              Benchmark 
9:15 – 9:55              8th RA 2

Thursday: Social Studies Benchmark  (100 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:40 Test
10:00 – 10:40  8th RA 1

Friday:  Math Benchmark (100 Minutes) (Non-Calculator 30 Minutes) (Calculator 70 Minutes)
7:30 – 9:40 Test
10:00 – 10:40  8th RA 2

Now for what we will be accomplishing in class this week in class:
Monday - Wednesday:  Students will be watching the documentary One Clip at a Time.  They will be discussing motive, purpose, and symbolism while watching this film.
Thursday:  Students will review author's point of view and author's purpose
Friday:  Students will read two newspaper articles from 1942 and analyse the author's point of view and purpose.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Syn/Sym Root Words - assigned Monday and due on Wednesday.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 
Dr. Hildreth


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February 18, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful day.

Below is what we are accomplishing in class this week:

Tuesday:  Implied and stated central idea in nonfiction text "The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begin"
Wednesday:  Writing objective summary.  Author's purpose and central idea using propaganda posters from Germany during World War II
Thursday:  Analysis of "Life and Death in Hitler's Europe"
Friday:  Accountable Talk - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
CommonLit - "Courage in Denmark"  (assigned Tuesday, due Thursday)

Thanks,

Dr. H
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February 9, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

Beautiful snow and sun this weekend, and now we anticipate rain in the week ahead. Memorable winter weather! 

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:

Monday:  Library - TED Talk - Sam Berns.  
Tuesday:  Misplaced and dangling modifiers. Read nonfiction text "Learning about the Holocaust" and determine central idea, analyze how events and ideas develop over the course of the text, and draw logical conclusions.
Wednesday:  Read non-fiction text The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begins” and uncover meaning of complex words and subject specific words.
Thursday:  Continue analysis of "The Nazi Attack on German Jews Begins" by determining central idea and writing objective summary.
Friday:  Assessment.  Study material will be posted on Google Classroom.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Assigned Monday and due by 7:15 am on Friday - NoRedInk: Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling modifiers.  
Students can come to the library on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 6:45, if they need help with NoRedInk.

Thanks, and have a great start to the week,

Dr. Hildreth
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February 3, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend!  This week we will begin our Courage Unit.  Students will learn about World War II, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust through the analysis of various fiction and non-fiction texts. They will learn many skills:  identifying central idea, evaluating arguments, understanding perspective, and understanding how ideas develop over the course of a text.

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Monday:  Root work chron/temp which mean time.  Language skills diagnostic.
Tuesday:  Text analysis of non-fiction text "Adolf Hitler".
Wednesday:  1/2 day for student.  Use IXL to strengthen language skills.
Thursday:  Text analysis of "Learning about the Holocaust".
Friday:  Library - TED Talk - Sam Berns.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Monday:  Root Word Chron/Temp (time) due Wednesday.

Thanks, and have a great start to the week,

Dr. Hildreth
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January 27, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Monday:  Perspective and persuasion - Begin analysis of "Red Jacket - Defends Native American Religion - 1805" - speech
Tuesday:  Continue analysis of Red Jacket's speech.
Wednesday:  Begin analysis of "I, Too" by Langston Hughes - poem
Thursday:  Continue analysis of "I, Too" by Langston Hughes - poem
Friday:  Structure analysis of both the speech and poem.

Homework for the week:
**Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.**
Monday:  Student will be assigned a CommonLit Reading Assignment; it will be posted on Google Classroom.  This assignment will be due Wednesday by 7:15 am.
Tuesday
 NoRedInk assignment is due by 7:15 am.  This was assigned last Tuesday.

Please be aware that I will be in the library from 6:50 am until 7:05 am on Monday to help with NoRedInk assignment.  

Thanks,

Dr. Hildreth

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January 22, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,


I hope everyone enjoyed a good holiday weekend with a great start to the week.

Below is what we will be accomplishing in class this week:
Tuesday:  Conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and colons.  Also, develop a common theme between "The Chase" and "Oranges".
Wednesday:  Begin writing expository essay in class - Common Theme Among Uncommon Texts.  Students will need to make sure that they have first two paragraphs written before class on Thursday.
Thursday:  Continue writing essay in class.  If students do not finish essay in class on Thursday, they should finish at home Thursday night.
Friday:  Test - Students will analyze two metaphorical poems they have not yet read; they will have questions over both "Oranges" and "The Chase"; and they will have questions on the root words bi/du.

Homework for the week:
Students should read 10 pages per day in their independent reading book.
Tuesday:  Students will be assigned a NoRedInk assignment that will cover conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and colons.  This will not be due until Tuesday, January 28th.  They will also have a quiz covering these topics next week.
Wednesday:  Continue working on essay at home.  Make sure the first two paragraphs are completed by Thursday.
Thursday:  Finalize essay.  If students were unable to complete their essay in class, they should finalize at home Thursday night.  Also, please study bi/du root words.
Friday: Test

Please be aware that either myself or Mrs. Jordan will be in the library from 6:50 am until 7:05 am on Thursday and Friday to help students with their essays and/or NoRedInk assignment.  

Thank you! 

Dr. Hildreth


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January 14, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,

It has been wonderful having your children back in the class.  

We have started the "Degrees of Happiness" unit.  Last week, the students analyzed the poem "Oranges" by Gary Soto, focusing on characterization, analysis of figurative language, theme, and central idea.  

This week our schedule is as follows:
Monday - Read the short story "The Chase" by Annie Dillard and decode unknown words.
Tuesday - Analyze significant moments in "The Chase" that help the reader understand moments that propel the action forward.
Wednesday and Friday - We will pause for our analysis of "The Chase" to integrate with Social Studies.  Students will analyze the speech "Ain't I A Woman" by Sojourner Truth.  Wednesday, they will have class time to prepare for Friday's accountable talk (seminar).  
Thurs
day - Students will continue character analysis of "The Chase."

Homework:
1) Due Wednesday - CommonLit reading homework.  Posted on Google Classroom.
2) If students feel they need more time than the 30 minutes preparation time given in class for Friday's accountable talk, they should spend some additional time reviewing material at home Wednesday and Thursday. 
3) Read 10 pages in independent reading book each night. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Dr. Hildreth
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