Category: English 8

English 8 – Monday, May 4th

Quickwrite #29:  Watch What’s Your Biggest Regret and use it as inspiration for writing.  Either answer the question yourself or just comment on the video itself or the things it maybe makes you realize…

DEADLINE:  By end of day Monday 5/4 (TODAY!), I need your FINALMG.  Use this week to finish up, get feedback, ask questions, finalize (this means save as PDF* and fill out your checklist to correspond with your final copy), and make your Flipgrid presentation. Finalizing details just a few posts back and videos w/ e8mg20 flipcode

*If you only use Word Online and don’t have this capability, make sure it is ready to go and drop Mrs. C an email.  I’ll convert it for you.

STEP BY STEP (WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE YOUR FINALMG):

1.  Name the document “LastnameFINALMG”  – not complete or done or document or Mark#2
2. Convert it to a PDF (*OR if you are working only in free Wordonline – let me know and I will convert it for you)
3. Fill out the checklist and rename it “LastnameMGChecklist” – make sure to fill in the page #s so I know where to find things
4.  Complete your flipgrid presentation with flipcode e8mg20 in the MG Presentations topic

 

THEN WHAT?: (REPOST) LAST/SENIOR PROJECT – info on the Seniors Write! portfolio style project (remote learning style).  See the handout here SENIORSWRITEeng8 *or on the SPRING2020 tab above and watch a video talk through with flipcode e8mg20 (check the new topic Seniors Write!). This project is due no later than the end of day Tuesday 5/12. (Basically, you write 4 short papers about yourself – one a day and you’re done in four days – or all at once.  Either way, there’s not much left after that).

*If you don’t remember how to make a new folder, etc. in Dropbox, check the quick tutorial on the flipgrid. (I’ll also post later a quick tutorial on what your SENIORS WRITE 2020 folder should look like when completed). UPDATE:  posted.

 

English 8 – Friday, May 1st

DEADLINE:  By end of day Monday 5/4, I need your FINALMG.  Use this week to finish up, get feedback, ask questions, finalize (this means save as PDF* and fill out your checklist to correspond with your final copy), and make your Flipgrid presentation. Finalizing details on the April 22 post and videos w/ e8mg20 flipcode

*If you only use Word Online and don’t have this capability, make sure it is ready to go and drop Mrs. C an email.  I’ll convert it for you.

STEP BY STEP (WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE YOUR FINALMG):

1.  Name the document “LastnameFINALMG”  – not complete or done or document or Mark#2
2. Convert it to a PDF (*OR if you are working only in free Wordonline – let me know and I will convert it for you)
3. Fill out the checklist and rename it “LastnameMGChecklist” – make sure to fill in the page #s so I know where to find things
4.  Complete your flipgrid presentation with flipcode e8mg20 in the MG Presentations topic

 

THEN WHAT?: LAST/SENIOR PROJECT – info on the Seniors Write! portfolio style project (remote learning style).  See the handout here SENIORSWRITEeng8 *or on the SPRING2020 tab above and watch a video talk through with flipcode e8mg20 (check the new topic Seniors Write!). This project is due no later than the end of day Tuesday 5/12. (Basically, you write 4 short papers about yourself – one a day and you’re done in four days – or all at once.  Either way, there’s not much left after that).

*If you don’t remember how to make a new folder, etc. in Dropbox, check the quick tutorial on the flipgrid.

Thursday, April 30th – ALL CLASSES

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS today from 10a – 12p via zoom (original Tuesday/Thursday invite – I just sent it to everyone again in today’s email/Google classroom post).  Stop in if you have questions, want extra feedback, or just want to check in.

Keep moving forward and work toward finalizing those MG Papers.

 Mrs. C = )

P.S. For many of you who have finished that MG project, be sure to check out the new/last assignments that went out this week.  Be sure to check your respective class (English 8 has a project called Seniors Write! and Rhet-Comp has the finishing of the memory book we started fall semester).  Both have digital directions and specifics on what to write and where & how to turn it in.  This one’s about YOU!

Finalization Troubleshooting & MG Checklist Directions

Tips for Finalizing

  • Don’t forget to delete any comments in the margins made by Mrs. C or any other reviewers.  Use the review tab and delete all comments so they don’t show up in your polished PDF.
  • If you are using Google Docs, turns out you can’t “Save As” a PDF; you’ll need to DOWNLOAD as a PDF (you might then have to upload it again from wherever you computer downloaded it).
  • If you are unable to Save As a PDF or Download As a PDF (I’ve just become aware that if you are using the free version of Word online this is probably the case), try to make sure your paper is formatted the way you want and then let me know and I can convert it to PDF for you.
  • Don’t forget to change the document name to LastnameFINALMG so I know it’s the “done deal”

I’ll add more tips here as we come across roadblocks.  If you have suggestions or questions email Mrs. C 🙂

MG Checklist Directions

  1. Open the MG Checklist in your Dropbox drafts folder using MSWord
  2. Enter the page numbers (from your complete MG draft – aka Mark#2) in each box with a p. to show which page Mrs. C will find that genre on (not all of the boxes will be filled because not all of the pieces are required)
  3. Type in your project’s title and explain your unifying element in the appropriate spaces
  4. Type in other genres you added and their corresponding pages in the “extra genres you create” section
  5. Choose save and return to Dropbox
  6. CHANGE the document name to LastnameMGChecklist when this is complete

*Watch a video that explains this process with a screencast by visiting Flipgrid e8mg20 (for English 8) and rcmg20 (for Rhet-Comp) It’s in the MG Overview section.

English 8 – Wednesday, April 29th

Quickwrite #28:  Watch How To Start a Movement and use it as inspiration for writing.  (I rewatched this and my first thought was, “they are way too close together.”  Then, I realized it just made me a little jealous. . . )

DEADLINE:  By end of day Monday 5/4, I need your FINALMG.  Use this week to finish up, get feedback, ask questions, finalize (this means save as PDF* and fill out your checklist to correspond with your final copy), and make your Flipgrid presentation. Finalizing details on the April 22 post and videos w/ e8mg20 flipcode.

*If you only use Word Online and don’t have this capability, make sure it is ready to go and drop Mrs. C an email.  I’ll convert it for you.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS:  Again Thursday from 10a – 12p as usual. “Hope to see you there!”

LAST/SENIOR PROJECT:  Today is the day for info on the Seniors Write! portfolio style project (remote learning style).  See the handout here SENIORSWRITEeng8 *or on the SPRING2020 tab above and watch a video talk through with flipcode e8mg20 (check the new topic Seniors Write!). This project is due no later than the end of day Tuesday 5/12. (Basically, you write 4 short papers about yourself – one a day and you’re done in four days – or all at once.  Either way, there’s not much left after that).

*If you don’t remember how to make a new folder, etc. in Dropbox, check the quick tutorial on the flipgrid.

Tuesday, April 28th – ALL CLASSES

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS today from 10a – 12p via zoom (original Tuesday/Thursday invite – I just sent it to everyone again in today’s email/Google classroom post).  Stop in if you have questions, want extra feedback, or just want to check in.

Keep moving forward and work toward finalizing those MG Papers.

 Mrs. C = )

English 8 – Monday, April 27th

IMPT:  Today is the last day to let Mrs. C know if you want to participate in the optional BOOK CLUB.  We will be reading The Poet X and I will safely deliver copies of the book to your GC address tomorrow if you need one.  There are NO tests, NO quizzes, NO summaries, NO papers to write.  JUST reading a book and getting together once a week on zoom to discuss with other interested readers.  If you want to join, send me an email with your address for delivery.

*All future book club business will just be done by group email.

Quickwrite #27:  We’ve been pretty focused on screens lately – from Netflix to social media to school work to the news.  Might be good to use a pen and paper and get back to that notebook.  Today, just write about what’s going on with you.  How are you doing?  What’s the shelter-in-place been like?  How has your schedule changed?  Etc.  You can title it APRIL 2020.

DEADLINE:  One week from today, I need your FINALMG.  Use this week to finish up, get feedback, ask questions, finalize (this means save as PDF* and fill out your checklist to correspond with your final copy), and make your Flipgrid presentation. Finalizing details on the April 22 post and videos w/ e8mg20 flipcode.

*If you only use Word Online and don’t have this capability, make sure it is ready to go and drop Mrs. C an email.  I’ll convert it for you.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS:  Tuesday and Thursday from 10a – 12p as usual. “Hope to see you there!”

UPCOMING:  Details on the final senior project on Wednesday so watch for them (and work to finish up that Multi-genre so they don’t have to overlap too much).

Friday, April 24th – ALL CLASSES

How’s that MG paper going?  I’m loving the progress I’m seeing on everyone’s papers.  From papers that are polished and finalized to genuinely interesting ideas, we are getting this thing DONE.

REMINDERS:

  • Info on finalizing on Wednesday’s web posts.
  • 4th Quarter checklist on tab above if you are working on catching up.
  • New/Last Senior project info next week – so make an effort to work this paper this weekend, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  • As always, reach out if you have questions.  Virtual Office Hours again next week Tuesday & Thursday from 10a – 12p.  (Maybe an extra on Wednesday – I’ll see if it’s needed.)

NEW & OPTIONAL:  

The recent survey sent out has revealed that some of you are interested in a book club.  Here’s the plan.

  1. Book selection:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.  This is a novel in verse so it won’t take us long (and we only have 3 weeks).  It’s a quick read with real-feel characters.  (It is a book we read in Multi-cultural Lit last semester, so a couple of you have read it there and a couple of people have read it on their own.)  Also, I have copies of this book.
  2. Email me NO LATER THAN MONDAY 4/27 if you want to join in (again completely optional). AND send me your local address.
  3. We will start on Tuesday 4/28 – so either let me know you will purchase the ebook online (or see if you can check it out of the library) or let me know you need a book.
  4. I have several of these in my classroom at school that you can borrow.  They have not been touched since we left the school.  If you need a book, I will wear gloves, put each book needed in it’s own plastic bag, and deliver it to your door – NO CONTACT.  (If you are working from out of town, I won’t deliver.)
  5. Then, we’ll set a schedule with a couple of target dates and a couple of zoom call times.
  6. Again, this is for connection, this is for community, this is for reading great YA Lit and finding a reason to think and talk with peers.  JOIN US!

BOOK RETURN INFO:  Mr. Depew is still working on a plan for locker clean-out, textbook return, etc., however, if you have classroom library books that you are finished reading, and you would like to go ahead and return them, you can stop by the high school office between 7:30am – 11am Monday – Wednesday and drop them off.  There is a crate labeled CONNOLLY under the teacher mailboxes in the office mail room.  It is also okay to return them later at the textbook return.

 

Thursday, April 23rd – ALL CLASSES

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS today from 10a – 12p via zoom (original Tuesday/Thursday invite – I just sent it to everyone again in today’s email/Google classroom post).  Stop in if you have questions, want extra feedback, or just want to check in.

Keep moving forward and work toward finalizing those MG Papers.

❤ Mrs. C = )

 

English 8 – Wednesday, April 22nd

FOCUS: Finalizing your MG papers!  (These can be turned in starting today anytime through May 4th).  You can still get help from your WRITE CLUB or friends or Mrs. C.  Check out the details here MULTI-GENRE 2020 finalizing and by watching quick videos on Flipgrid (e8mg20).  I’ll talk you through these finalizing slides and show you how to save your document as a pdf.

Extra Office Hours:  I sent out an email with an invite to an extra zoom session today.  If you need advice on your paper, stop by between 10 & 12.

Deadlines:

  • FINALMG due no later than end of day May 4th
  • Check the 4th quarter checklist tab above for target/due date reminders.