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Thursday, September 20, 2018  

Day 23 of 180


Learning Objective:  (see below 9-17-18)  


Today, we finished chapter 1.  Students were encouraged to finish their chapter frame and double-entry journal at home tonight, if they were unable to finish in class.  We will read chapter 2 tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018  

Day 22 of 180


Learning Objective:  (see below 9-17-18)  


Today, we read the first half of the first chapter of Lord of the Flies.  The first chapter consists of a lot of description of the island and some of the main characters, so it's a bit of slow going at first.  We will finish chapter 1 tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018  

Day 21 of 180


Learning Objective:  (see below - 9-17-18)  


Today, we finished setting up and reviewing each of the classwork assignments in preparation to begin reading Lord of the Flies tomorrow.

Students were reminded that assignments 1 - 3 need to be completed at the end of each chapter; assignments 4 - 7 are ongoing and should be added to throughout the novel study.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at Back-to-School Night!  Classroom visitations begin at 6:00 p.m.



Monday, September 17, 2018  

Day 20 of 180


Learning Objective:  September 17 - October 15, 2018  

Throughout our study of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, SWBET:

  • provide evidence to support various themes exemplified in the novel
  • explore symbols and offer explanations of what they represent
  • complete character descriptions based on textual evidence
  • complete chapter frames to analyze the contributions of how / why the boys changed over time.

Today, the students and I walked through and prepared templates for seven assignments associated with this novel study. 

While the assignments are not due until Monday, October 15, the students were reminded that they need to be working on each of them daily in order to achieve completion by the due date.  If at any time anyone has any questions about any of the assignments, please do not hesitate to ask.


Thursday - Friday, September 13 - 14, 2018

 Days 18 and 19 of 180


Learning Objective for today and tomorrow:  

On Thursday and Friday, SW focus on the overarching theme of Good versus Evil as they read and answer TDQs pertaining to "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson.  SWB asked to respond to the following essential question:  Is it possible for otherwise truly good people to do truly bad things?



  • I will be out of the classroom tomorrow; therefore, I will not be posting my Rock Star Participator Shout Outs until Monday!
  • Our awesome PTSO is sponsoring a fundraising opportunity today at Panda Express @ Oceanside x College between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  It's a win-win . . . yummy food + 20% of event sales comes right back to MLK!  A paper or digital version of the informational flier is available via our PTSO.  If you order ahead of time online, simply enter the promo code 254724 when you check out.

Reminder:  During my absence tomorrow, SWBET compose responses to TDQs about "The Lottery."  This work is to be completed in Proper Written Response Format and is due upon my return Monday.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018  

Day 17 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

(See yesterday!)


Reminder:  You have two Extra Credit opportunities! 

  • Rewrite your Schaffer paragraph and submit both the rough draft and a final draft.
  • A completed Nonfiction Reading Response Choice Board


Tuesday, September 11, 2018  

Day 16 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

(See yesterday!)


Reminder:  If you need to make up a test or are interested in resubmitting work for an improved grade, please be sure to come to our room tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12 at the beginning of lunch.  If no one appears in the first 15 minutes, I will lock up and head to the teachers' lounge.  I truly hope some of you show up . . . any grade that can improve, should improve.  It's up to you, and YOU ARE WORTH IT!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Day 15 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Over the course of three days, SWBET view "Moms' Middle-School Blues" through the lens of multiple perspectives.  SW demonstrate their learning by:

  • Extrapolating the Big Idea of the article via an Incredible Shrinking Summary
  • Completing a Nonfiction Reading Response Choice Board
  • Writing a One-Chunk Schaffer Paragraph
  • Participating collaboratively in the peer review process  

Reminder:  The annotated article and Incredible Shrinking Summary are due tomorrow!



Friday, September 7, 2018  

Day 14 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

(See Wednesday!)


Reminder:  We have just reached the halfway mark toward the first grading period.  Please be sure you are watching your grades, your Citizenship, and your Work Habits in each of your classes!  


Rock Star Participators of the Week:  

Periods 1 / 2:  Jack M., Leo D., Jewel L., Jackson N., Mario M., Xander G., Cailin G., Mia C., Alex D., Eric A., Ella W., Zoey H., Alondra O.

Periods 4 / 5:  Ariadna E., Maria G., Linda N., Leia K., Jonah G., Vincent M., Ethan V., Sakura W., Coral H., Ella E., Jack R., Ethan H., Jakob W., Jonah D., Luke P.

Periods 7 / 8:  Josue M., Brayan C., Jocelyn M., Danny G., Christian P., Michael G., Connor R., Melanie C., Hudsen M., Talia L., Amiah V.


Great Job!


Thursday, September 6, 2018  

Day 13 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

(See yesterday!)



  • "Broken Chain" One Pager is due tomorrow; students will trade & grade!
  • "Broken Chain" 12-question multiple-choice test is tomorrow . . . The good news is it's only 12 questions; the bad news is it's only 12 questions . . .
  • We will visit the MLK library tomorrow.  Time to officially check out those SSR books!
  • We will also have access to one of the Chrome Carts tomorrow.  We will be writing and responding to "Dear Abby" style letters.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018  

Day 12 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Over the course of three days, SW read "Broken Chain," by Gary Soto.  SWB asked to examine the impact internal conflicts can have upon external conflicts . . . and vice-versa.  SW also BET utilize multiple perspectives to respond to letters written in a "Dear Abby" format.  Finally, SWBET demonstrate their learning by scoring 80% or higher on a multiple-choice/extended response test.



  • Please bring all of your supplies to class every day.  We may use them; we may not.  It's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them!  
  • When you return from an absence, please check "The Absence Binder."  You will find everything waiting there, just for you!  Pick up everything that has your name on it!  Please always remember . . . I cannot answer a question if you make the choice not to ask it!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018  

Day 11 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Today, SWBET apply multiple perspectives and change/relation over time as they read, annotate (add notes), and answer TDQs about "Words for Teenagers," an article written in 1959.



"Words for Teenagers" assignments due tomorrow:  annotated article, TDQs (Proper Written Response Format!), and Incredible Shrinking Summary.


Question to Ponder:  

Why, or why, would I ask you to read, annotate, summarize, and answer questions about an article that was written 59 years ago?  

What, or what, could my motive be?


Friday, August 31, 2018  

Day 10 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Today, in addition to working collaboratively to FRAME "The Sneetches," SWBET address the following essential question:  Are you a Star-Bellied Sneetch who has something others want? or a Plain-Bellied Sneetch who wants something others have?



  • Enjoy this three-day weekend!  Get some extra rest!  Enjoy the extra time with friends, family, and various loved ones!
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances (okay . . . we just really ran out of time), we will hold off on discussing the Random Acts of Kindness assignment until we return on Tuesday.  Please be prepared to participate!
  • Next week, we will begin diving into the finer points of writing.  We will dig deeply into annotation, citation, and transition.
  • Be sure to continue bringing all your supplies every day.  We will finally begin spending daily time in our journals.

Rock Star Participators of the Week:  

Periods 1 / 2:  Alonso B., Ella W., Lily T., Zoey H. Cailin G., Mia C., Alex D., Eric A., Lola B., Xander G., Jack M., Jewel L., Allen L., Yasmine F., Mario M.

Periods 4 / 5:  Abi A., Kaylie S., Ella E., Coral H., Sakura W., Luke P., Jonah D., Jakob W., Ethan H., Ethan V., Charbel D., Jonah G., Linda N., Leia K.

Periods 7 / 8:  Nathan M., Michael C., Talia L, Grace K., Colin M., Macey B., Chantelle E., Ryden T., Angel F., Danny G., John A., Felipe G., Michael G.




Thursday, August 30, 2018  

Day 9 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Today, SWB asked to Speed Weave their way through various groups.  Through this process, SW discover that true strength is achieved when individuals join together to forge an original product.



While your Random Acts of Kindness assignment is due tomorrow, kindness should actually be sown like seeds always in all ways . . . 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018  

Day 8 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:  

Today, SWB asked to consider the ethical implications of interacting with one another through the lens of multiple perspectives.


Questions to Ponder:

  • Have you ever "wrinkled" a person's heart?  If so, how did you go about trying to make it right?
  • How do you choose to "Honk" at people as you make your way through life?


Your Random Acts of Kindness page is due Friday. 

Please try to make it a clean sweep . . . you might even try coming up with some originals or extensions, just for fun!

Please be willing to discuss your experiences with the class.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018  

Day 7 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:

Today, after watching a TEDTalk, SWBET reflect upon the impact a speaker's words and experiences can have upon an audience when he or she has the COURAGE to speak up.



Tomorrow at the beginning of 8th grade lunch is when I make myself and our classroom available to you.

You may come in to check out a library book, to resubmit work for further consideration, or to retake a test.

However, if no one has shown up by the first 10 - 15 minutes of lunch, I will close the door . . . 

Please take advantage of this opportunity, if your grade with me is not the best it can be! (Yes, the rhyme was intentional).


Monday, August 27, 2018

Day 6 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:

Today, SWBET "lose themselves" as they analyze a song lyric's Big Ideas and details, as well as the ethics and paradox the songwriter in conveying in his message.



  • All supplies - including a book for SSR - were due today!  You will receive a grade on this, to be posted in Aeries at the end of this week.
  • If you did not bring everything today, please be sure to come to my room on Wednesday at the beginning of lunch, and I will be happy to recheck your supplies and change your grade accordingly. 
  • Get those ideas flowing and get those hands up this week!  You all have something to say . . . something to ask . . . something to contribute . . .

Due tomorrow:  

"Lose Yourself" TDQs; Proper Written Response Format is required!



Friday, August 24, 2018

Day 5 of 180 


Today's Learning Objective:

SW end their first week of 8th grade by successfully * completing two tests. (* Success is defined as achieving a score of 80% / higher on each test.



Please come to school on Monday with all supplies and an SSR book. 

Remember that if you truly want to "dig your starting holes deep," you will need the proper tools . . .  


Rock Start Participators of the Week:  

Lily T., Zoey H., Ella W., Xander G., Jack M., Yasmine F., Kaydin K.,

Jonah D., Luke P., Ella E., Coral H., Abi A., Ethan V., Jonah G., Charbel D., Linda N., Leia K.,

Talia L., Connor R., Macey B., Ryden T., Colin M., Grace K.


I will begin entering a Participation & Effort Grade into Aeries next week!

Congratulations to those of you who are listed above - keep it up!

Speaking up in class - asking questions and contributing to meaningful discussions - is how you grow as a SCHOLAR!  


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Day 4 of 180 


Today's Learning Objective:

Today, SWBET make contributions toward the establishment of a K-I-N-G Code of Conduct; SW also BET work collaboratively to construct a free-standing, weight-bearing bridge.


Questions to Ponder:  

How are you supporting others around you? 

Are you asking for support when you need it?



Two tests tomorrow:  Test about your E/LA teacher (that's me!) and Test on Procedures and Routines.


Rock Star Participators of the Day:  

Ella T., Lola B., Charbel D., Linda N., Leia K., Connor R., Colin M.



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Day 3 of 180 


Today's Learning Objective: 

Today, SW turn their attention to the impact thoughts can have on their growth as scholars.  In addition, SWB tasked with examining the parallels which exist between running a race and beginning a new school year.


Today, we discussed the distinction between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset.  The key word is "YET" . . . 

Please don't ever think you cannot accomplish something! 

The key is remembering that you may not be able to accomplish something yet.


Whether you're running a race - or beginning a school year - always remember to dig those starting holes deep! 

Give yourself the best chance you can!  Success is available to everyone!


Rock Star Participators of the Day:   

Ryden T., Macey B., Grace K., Connor R., Talia L., Jonah G., Linda N., Ethan V., Luke P., Ella W., Zoey H.



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Day 2 of 180


Today's Learning Objective:

Today, SWBET utilize Multiple Perspectives as they get to know their teacher and write a letter to their future selves.


Today, as I talked a bit about myself, students had the opportunity to ask questions and take notes on an index card.  That index card may be used by the students when they take a test about me on Friday.  Students were also tasked with writing a letter to their future selves.  The letter was sealed up in an envelope, to be  opened at the end of the school year.


Reminder:  I always make myself and my classroom available on Wednesdays at lunch.  Students should feel free to drop in at the beginning of lunch, if they have any questions or would like to check a book out from our classroom library.  If no one visits within the first 10 - 15 minutes of lunch, I will close up shop.  


Rock Star Participators of the Day: 

Zoey H., Ella W., Jack M., Yasmine F., Jonah D., Abi A., Charbel D., Pe'a M., Aiden Y., Sofia M., Macey B., Talia L.

Well-done, YOU!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Day 1 of 180

Holy Cow . . . so much information!  We made it!

Thank you to all who are looking at this tonight!  Well-done, you!


Today's Learning Objective: 

Today, as they are barraged with a plethora of details about rules, expectations, procedures, routines, and required supplies, SWBET (Students Will Be Expected To) remember that they will never forget their first day of 8th grade.  Congratulations to you all!


Today, we went over the Procedures and Routines that will sustain us for the year.  Students should study the two-page packet; test will occur on Friday!  Yikes!  We also reviewed the standard set of rules and discipline found on the Welcome Letter which was provided to all 8th graders in their E/LA classes today.  Finally, we reviewed the list of required supplies for this class.  Students took notes; the list can also be found on this page if you scroll down to Tuesday, August 14.


Rock Star Participators of the Day:  

Macey B., Jocelyn M., Jonathan D., Linda N., Sakura W., Coral H., Charbel D., Leo D., Xander G., Justin B., Zoey H., Alondra O.



Questions to Ponder . . .

Why are procedure, routines, rules, and expectations such an important part of the first day of school?

Why are you responsible for every day's Learning Objective - even on the days when you might not even be at school?


Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday . . . you are all just one weekend away from officially being 8th graders!

A couple of quick notes for you:

  • Please read down to the bottom for a list of supplies you will need - remember that you will need all your supplies by Monday, August 27.
  • Again, if you need to email me, please ignore the link you see to the left.  If you would like to email me, please contact me via Aeries or GMail:  rhonda.humphries@oside.us.
  • A link you will see at the left that will be a great resource for you is the 8th Grade ELA Welcome Letter.  It's just some nice, light reading for the weekend!
  • Unfortunately, as of now, my classroom phone is not available.  The District is working hard to get all classroom phones up and running, so it shouldn't be too long.  Until then, email will be your best bet.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs.  Humphries


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Happy Thursday!

Just a quick update . . . 

To the left, you will see "email Mrs. Humphries."

Unfortunately, that system no longer works.  School Loop does not communicate with Aeries/GMail.

If you are interested in communicating with me via email, please contact me directly:


See you in a few days!

Mrs. Humphries


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Good morning!  This is your access to our Digital Classroom. 

Please make every effort to check here daily - you never know when an extra-credit opportunity may arise!

Each school day, you may expect to find the following information presented here:

  • The day's Learning Objective
  • Any work that is due and will be collected the next school day - whether it be homework or unfinished classwork
  • The Rock Star Participators of the Day
  • A question to ponder . . .

See you soon!

Mrs. Humphries


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts in Room E7.


For those of you who like to plan early, you will need the following supplies for this class:

  • Spiral notebook - college-ruled, please
  • A binder - minimum width of two inches
  • A planner - available for purchase at the Student Store
  • A composition book / journal - college-ruled is preferred, but not required
  • Highlighters - at least two colors
  • Pens - at least two colors
  • Supply of college-ruled binder paper
  • LARGE supply of 3" x 5" index cards (you can get a great deal on these at Dollar Tree!)
  • A novel for Silent Sustained Reading; we will read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, beginning 8/27/18.

All supplies are required in class daily, beginning Monday, August 27.

We will start that day with a Supplies Test / Binder Check


I look forward to meeting each of you!

Mrs. Humphries

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