Board Notes


Bell Work

  • Do Now 21.1
  • Copy HW
  • Copy notes on board into DW
  • Book Fair M/W

1.  Announcements

  • BoB
  • Book Fair M/W

2.  Check Workbook 7

3.  Binder Clean Out (nothing thrown away until grades)

4.  Workbook 8 (do all of the practice lesson, side questions and 1-8)


Bell Work

  • Do Now 21.2—Reading and writing
  • Pass out papers
  • Pass out portfolios

1.  Announcements

  • M/W next week book fair
  • Vocab due Thursday
  • PR from week 20 due NOW
  • BoB

2.  Workbook 8 check

3. Go over DN 21.1 and 21.2

4.  Speculative baseline

  1. Title
  2. Introduction—incorporate prompt and interest!
  3. Body—use bullets to guide
  4. Tell a story!  Don’t tell me about a story

Bell Work

  • DN 21.3 in door—reading and writing
  • Late Progress Report in box

1.  Announcements

  1. BoB book for tomorrow
  2. Vocab due tomorrow
  3. Last day for week 20 PR tomorrow
  4. M/W next week—book fair

2.  BoB presentation by Mrs. McHugh


Bell Work

  • DN 21.4 in door
  • Late PR on desk

1.  Announcements

  •  Paper and pen tomorrow for baseline
  • Vocab due today
  • PR signed for HW (final grade)
  • Monday and Wed. book fair

2. Open-ended response

    1. Bullets

1.  Answer all parts with consideration

2.  Personalize

    1. “Talking Out Loud”

       1.  No—“this is about or I will tell you about”

       2.  Yes—transistors

    1. Strong Intro
    2. No questions allowed!

3.  BoB groups

  1. Sign up for books
  2. Poster

   1.  names of group members

   2.  group name

   3.  group slogan


Bell Work

  • LA Times in Door
  • Book Fair handout in door
  • DN WK 21 inbox (heading, labeled, stapled)
  • Paper and writing utensil on desk
  • Progress Report in box
  • Extra credit in box

1.  Announcements

2.  Baseline persuasive essay (quiz grade)

 2/4/08Bell Work·  DN 22.1 in door·   HW copied form board and stampedI.  Announcements      A.      Book Fair1.  today2.  Wed.B.  Workbook tomorrowC.  Quiz FridayD.  HW tonightE.  Late PR in boxF.  Extra Help Wed. II.  Book FairIII.  Word Confusion Cloze Week 1 WORD CONFUSIONS CLOZE  Week #1 1.     a, an- A is used before words which begin with a _____________ sound; an is used before words which begin with a ___________sound. Example: a heap, a cat, an idol, an elephant, an honor, a historian 2.    accept, _________- The verb accept means “to receive”; the __________ except means “other than.” Example: Melissa graciously ___________defeat (verb).          All the boys ____________Zach were here (preposition). 3.    affect, effect- Affect is always a__________; it means “_____________.” Effect can be a verb, but is most often used as a____________. As a verb, effect means “______________________________________.” Example: Mark’s giggle affected the preacher.          Mark’s giggle effected a pinch from his mother.           The noun effect means “________________.”          Example: The effect of the pinch was a sore leg. 4.    allowed, aloud- The verb ____________means “permitted” or “let happen”;  aloud is an ______________which means “_____________________.” Example: We weren’t allowed to read aloud in the library. 5.    allusion, illusion- An __________________ is a brief reference or mention of a ________________________________________ An illusion is a_______________________________. Example: As he made an _______________ to the great magicians of the past, Houdini created the ______________of having sawed his assistant in half. 6.    a lot- A lot__________________; a lot (two words) is a very general descriptive phrase which should _________________ in formal writing. 7.    already, all ready- ________________ is an adverb which tells when. All ready is a phrase meaning “______________________.” Example: By 9:00 a.m. already, the class was all ready to try out the substitute. 8.    alright, all right- Alright is the___________________________________. All right is a phrase meaning “_____________t.” (Please note, the following are spelled correctly: always, altogether, already, almost.)  9.    altogether, all together- _________________ is always an adverb meaning “completely.” ___________________ is used to describe people or things which are gathered in one place at one time. Example: “No,” said the principal. “There is _____________________ too much goofing around whenever seventh graders have assemblies _______________________.” 10.     among, between- ______________is used when speaking of more that two persons or things. Between is used when _________________________. Example: Putrid socks were scattered _______________ the sweaty uniforms. A single streamer dangled ___________________ the goalposts. 11.     amount, number- _______________ is used when you can actually _________________ the persons or things. __________________ is used to describe things which can be ______________________________, but not counted. Example: The liquid produced a large number of burps. The burps were the result of a large amount of gas.  annual, biannual, semiannual, biennial, perennial- An annual event happens ______every year. A biannual event happens ________________ (semiannual means __________ twice a year.) A biennial event happens _________________. A perennial event is ____________ throughout the year and _____________________________ year after year. 2/5/08Bell Work·DN 22.2 in door· Pass out papersI.  AnnouncementsA.                                       PR in boxB.                                        Book Fair tomorrowC.                                       HW on deskD.                                       HW change tonight—one sentence for each group of words                         with at least one work confusion word underlined.E.                                        Switch Tues/Wed. II.  Brain Storm T Chart (hand out) Should School uniforms be required by our school?


  • Prove higher grades
  • Less discipline problems
  • Sense of community
  • Save money
  • Save time
  • Less bullying
  • Less stereotypes
  • Less teasing
  • Focus on school not appearance
  • Sense of school pride
  • Professional  looking
  • Ugly
  • Expensive?
  • No individual style
  • No freedom of expression
  • Uncomfortable
  • Fit all sizes?
  • “clones”
  • People feel like in jail
  • Against religions?
  • Can’t show spirit

Bell Work

  • 22.3 in door

I.  Announcements

A.     HW in box

B.     PR in box

C.     workbook needed

D.     Battle of the Books book needed

II.  Book Fair

III.  Workbook 10

HW—finish workbook


Bell Work

  • DN 22.4 in door
  • Worksheet in door (t chart)

I.  Announcement

A.     Progress reports

B.     book fair tomorrow until 6th period

C.     Quiz tomorrow (WC week 1)

II.  Workbook 10 check

III.  Brainstorm

A.     individual

B.     group

Choices (4)

1.  Should summer reading be counted as a test/major grade for 7th and 8th graders?

2.  Should teachers be required to stay with students after school if the student is missing more than 3 assignments?

3.  Should after school activities be eliminated if a student’s GPA is below 75?

4.  Should parents be punished for their children’s misbehavior?


Bell Work

  • Do Now 22.5—On bottom of 22.4, write sentences for the 4 words that are most confusing for you.
  • LA time Week 23 in door
  • PR in box
  • DN Week 22 in box

I.  Word Confusion Week 1 Quiz

II. Pass out papers and place in binder/portfolio

III.  BoB groups

Closure—name 4 types of brainstorming

 2/11/08Bell Work·        DN 23.1 in door·        Copy HW·        CLOZE in door·        HW in door·        Pass out papersI.  Announcement          A. workbook tomorrowB.  HW ceck for brainstorm II.  Cloze and add a sentence to each set on notes using all wordsWORD CONFUSIONS  Week #2 13. ant, aunt- Aunt is a relative. Ant is an insect. 

Example: The tiny ant’s aunt scolded him for making fun of her.

 14. ascent, assent- Ascent is a verb meaning “the act of rising”; assent is “agreement.” 

Example: The pilot assented that the plane’s ascent was really bumpy.

 15. bare, bear- The adjective bare means “naked.” A bear is a large furry animal. Example: He chased the polar bear across the snow while his feet were bare.        The verb bear means “to put up with” or “to carry.”      

Example: Dwayne could not bear another of his older brother’s lectures.

 16. base, bass- Base is the foundation, lower portion, or bottom of something.   Bass is a deep sound or tone. Bass (sounding like ‘pass’) is a fish. 17. be, bee- Be is a verb. A bee is an insect. 18. beat, beet- The verb beat means “to hit, to strike, or to defeat”: a beet is a carrot-like vegetable, often red in color. 

Example: After our team beat Tom’s, I was so excited, I turned as red as a beet.

 19. berth, birth- Berth is a space or compartment, usually for sleeping. Birth is the process of being born. 

Example: After the woman gave birth on the cruise ship, she was put to sleep in a special berth close to the medical office for observation.

 20. beside, besides- Beside means “by the side of.” Besides means “in addition to.” 

Example: Jeff laid his fork beside his plate.

            Besides some salad, we also had turkey for dinner.

21. billed, build- Billed means either “to be given a bill” or “to have a beak” (like a duck). The verb build means “to construct.” 22. blew, blue- Blew is the past tense of the verb blow. Blue is a color; blue is also used to mean “feeling depressed or sad.” 23. boar, bore- A boar is a wild pig. Bore is a verb that means “to tire with dullness” or “to make a hole by drilling.” 24. board, bored- A board is a piece of wood. Board also means “a group or council which helps to run an organization.” 

Example: The school board approved the purchase of fifty pine boards.

 Bored may mean “to make a hole by drilling” or “to become weary or tired of something.” 

Example: Dissecting fish bored Joe, so he took his pen and bored a hole in the desk.

 25. brake, break- A brake is a device used to stop a vehicle. Break means “to split, crack, or destroy.”                         Example: I hope my brakes never break. 26. bring, take- Use bring when the action is moving toward the speaker; use take when the action is moving away from the speaker. Example: Harry called to his son, “Bring me that glue, and take this dog outside!” 27. by, buy- By is a preposition meaning “near or through.” Buy is a verb meaning “to purchase.”                         Example: Mary can’t walk by a shoe store without stopping in to buy something. III.  HW/BoBClosure—use 4 words in a story on bottom of DN 23.1 (ran out of time, not done)  2/12/08Bell Work·        Do now 23.2 in door·        PR in box·        HW out·        Highlighter out·        WorkbookI.  Announcements          A.  Quiz Fri.          B.  HW finish workbook if neededII.  WorkbookClosure—rapid fire questions 2/13/08NO SCHOOL SNOW DAY 2/14/08Bell Work·        DN 23.4·        PR in box·        HW in box·        2 organization charts in door·        Project in doorI.  Announcements          A.  Quiz Friday          B.  HW—finish organizer and PR reportsII.  Project assigned (see handout)


 Focus on school
SUPPORT ARGUMENT #3 Less stereotyping
YOUR OPINION ON THE TOPIC Uniforms would be a good idea for our school.
EXAMPLE/FACT #1 Proven better grades by studies
EXAMPLE/FACT #3Helps to remind that school is a job./more time for studying
EXAMPLE/FACT #2Easier to help people who cannot afford clothes (recycle)
EXAMPLE/FACT #1Cheaper than regular clothes
EXAMPLE/FACT #2Not worry about your clothes, focus on school
EXAMPLE/FACT #2Clicks/groups eliminated (choose by personality)
EXAMPLE/FACT #1Less teasing/bullying
EXAMPLE/FACT #3Use money for other things
EXAMPLE/FACT #3Cannot tell socio-economic class
III.  Web and chart for ideas on uniform paperIV.  Personal paper organize and webClosure—types of good persuasive details 2/15/08Bell Work·        DN 22.5 in door·        PR in box·        DN WK 23 in boxI.  Quiz WC 2II.  Groups for individual choice  essaysIII.  BoB groupsClosure-assign words 2/18/08Bell Work·        DN 24.1 in door·        PR in ox (late)·        Copy HWI.  Announcement:  NO workbook this week except for period 5II.  Check agenda book and stampIII.  Cloze Week 3 (See worksheet)Closure—assignment update—must include sentence/s4ntences with all words on poster (underline words)WORD CONFUSIONS CLOZE NOTES Week #328. can, may- _Can_ means “able to” while _may_ means “permitted to.”Example: __Can_ I go to the library?” actually means, “Do you think my mind and body are tough enough to get me there?” __May_ I go?” means. “Do I have your permission to go?” 29. canon, cannon- A __cannon_ is a big gun; a _canon__ is a rule or law made by an authority in a church or organization. 30. canvas, canvass- __Canvas__ is a heavy cloth; __canvass__ means “to go among the people __asking questions__.”Example: He __canvassed__ the neighborhood, looking for the lost ___canvas_with my painting on it. 31. capital, capitol- __Capital__ can be either a noun or an adjective. The _noun_ capital refers to a city or to money. The __adjective_ capital means “major or important.” __Capitol_ is used only when talking about a building.Example: The __Capitol__ building is in the __capital__ city for a __capital___ reason. The government contributed most of the __capital__. 32. cell, sell- _Cell_ means “a small room or a small unit of life which makes up all plants and animals.” _Sell_ is a verb meaning “to give up for a price.” 33. cent, sent, scent- Cent is a coin; sent is the past tense of the verb “send”; scent is an odor or smell.Example: For 29 cents, I sent my girlfriend a mushy love poem on a perfumed envelope. She loved the scent, but hated the poem. 34. chord, cord- _Chord_ may be used to mean “an emotion or feeling,” but it is more often used to mean “_the sound_ when three or more musical tones are played at the same time,” as with a piano chord. A _cord_ is a string or rope.Example: The band struck a ___chord__ at the exact moment the mayor pulled the __cord_ on the curtain covering the stage.  35. choose, chose- _Chose_ (choz) is the past tense of the verb __choose___ (chooz).Example: This afternoon Mom __chose_ to eat tacos and hot sauce; this evening she will __choose_ to eat some Alka-Seltzer. 36. coarse, course- __Coarse__  means “rough or crude.” _Course__ means “a path or direction taken”; ___Course__also means “a class or series of studies.”Example: Heidi took a __course_ up the mountain which was very _coarse__. 37. complement, compliment- __Complement__ means “to complete or go with.” _Compliment_ is an expression of admiration or praise.Example: I __complimented_ Aunt Betty by saying that her hat ___complemented__ her coat and dress. 38. continual, continuous- _Continual__ refers to something which happens again and again, starting and stopping over and over again. __Continuous_ refers to something which doesn’t stop happening.Example: Sunlight hits Peoria, Iowa, on a ___continual__ basis; but sunlight hits the world __continuous__. 39. counsel, council- When used as a noun, __counsel__  means “advice”; when used as a ___verb__, counsel means “to give advice.” __Council_ is a noun which refers to a group which gives advice.Example: The rabbit’s ____council___  __counseled___ all the bunnies to stay away from the traps. That’s good ___counsel__. 40. creak, creek- A __creak__ is a squeaking sound; a _creek__ is a stream or small river.                                Example: The old tree leaning over the __creek__  __creaks_ in the wind. 41. cymbal, symbol- A __cymbal_ is metal instrument shaped like a plate. A __symbol_ is something that represents another thing or idea.Example: The cracked ___cymbal_ lying on the stage was a __symbol_ of the band’s final concert. 42. dear, deer- _Dear_ means “loved or valued”; __deer_ are animals.Example: My __dear_, people will think you’re strange if you say that you kiss __deer_ in the moonlight.Feb. 20, 2008Bell Work·        DN 24.1 in door·        PR in box (late)·        HW on deskI.  Announcement—Project and sentences due tomorrowII.  Intro Paragraph/Per. 5 workbookIII.  Concluding paragraph (didn’t get to it)Closure—what is the weakest type or argument Introduction Paragraph 

I.  “Hook

  1. Imagine walking into a building, full of loud, chattering teenagers who are comparing the latest trends in music, T.V., and, most of all, clothes.  You have not walked into the latest hang-out or the mall, but into the halls of our middle school.
  1. Many people say that “Clothes make the man.”
  1. One thousand teenagers will try to commit suicide this year in New Jersey alone.  Many of them cite that the reason for trying to kill themselves is because they are teased about what they look like.
 II.  Introduction to the topic 
  1. Throughout our middle school’s history, there have always been problems with the dress code.  Many people feel that these problems, as well as other issues, would be resolved if we implemented uniforms in our district.
  1. Our district is considering having uniforms at our schools.  These uniforms are being suggested in response to many issues that our schools have.  Many people feel these issues could be resolved with uniforms
  1. Schools have two choices in what their students wear.  They can either implement a dress code that deals with the various styles of clothing teenagers wear, or they can implement uniforms.
 III.  Your Opinion Statement 

Uniforms would be a good idea in our school district.

 IV.  Transition Statement Per. 1
  1. Introducing uniforms will solve many problems our district faces, including allowing students to focus on education.
  1. Students who wear uniforms will help our district in many ways, including focusing on education.
  1. Implementing this into our district will help in many ways, including allowing students to focus on education.
 Per. 2 
  1. Uniforms would help our school in many ways, including discipline.
  1. Many of the problems in our school could be resolved with uniforms, including many of our problems with discipline.
  1. Discipline, among other problems, could be helped with the implementation of uniforms.
 Per. 4
  1. In our school, uniforms would help eliminate stereotyping.
  1. Stereotyping is a problem in our school that could be helped by introducing uniforms as our dress code.
  1. Uniforms would be a great way to help with the problem of stereotyping that we, as students, face everyday.
 2/21/08Bell Work·        Do Now 24.4 in door·        PR (late) in box·        Sentences in box·        Poster on DeskI.  Announcements—last chance PR week 23, PR week 24 due tomorrowII.  Intro. Paragraph/Per. 5 workbook check (see notes above)III.  Personal choice essay Intro paragraphClosure: pair and share2/25/08Bell Work·        Dn 24.4 in door·        Extra credit in box·        PR in box·        Dn wk 24 in box·        Copy HWI. Quiz WC week 3II.  Notes/ClozeHW—PR, Intro Paragraph, matching worksheetWORD CONFUSIONS  Week #4 43. desert, dessert- A _________ is a barren wilderness. __________ is a food served at the end of a meal. 

Example: The scorpion tiptoed through the moonlit _______________, looking for ________________

 The verb desert means “________”; the noun desert also may mean “deserving reward or punishment.” 

Example: The frightened rabbit ______________ the boy; the loss of his pet was the cruel boy’s just _____________.

 44. die, dye- _________ (dying) means “______________.”__________(dyeing) is used to change the ___________ of something. 45. faint, feign, feint- ________means “to be weak, without strength.” _________is a verb which means “to pretend or make up.” _________is a noun which means “a move or activity which is pretended or false.” 

Example: The little boy ________a bruised, blood-splattered face and fell to the floor in a__________. His teacher saw the fake blood, thought it was real, and ___________beside him.


46. farther, further- ___________is used when you are writing about a physical distance. ___________is used when not talking about physical distance; it can also mean “in addition to” or “more.”


Example: Alaska is _________north than Iceland. _________information can be obtained at your local library.

 47. fewer, less- __________refers to the number of separate units; ____________refers to bulk quantity, where each individual piece is not counted. 

Example: There is ________sand to play with, so we have _________sandcastles to make.


48. fir, fur- _________refers to a type of evergreen tree; _________is animal hair.

    49. flair, flare- ________means “a natural talent or skill”; flare is a_______, which means “to light up quickly or burst out,” as well as a noun which is a torch-like device used for emergencies.  

Example: Hotheads have a ________for tempers which ________quickly and unexpectedly.

 50. for, fore, four- _____is a preposition meaning “because of” or “directed to”; ______means “earlier” or “in front.” _________is the number 4. 

Example: The dog had stolen one of the _____turkey legs Mary had grilled _____ the party and was holding the bone in his _______paws when she found him.

 51. good, well- ______is an adjective, describing how something is. ________is an adverb, describing how something is done. Example: I am _______at Math. (good describes my Math skills- noun)

                                    I did very _______on the test. (well describes how I scored- verb)

 52. hare, hair- ________refers to the growth covering the heads and bodies of humans and animals. A _______Compliment is an animal similar to a rabbit. 

Example: The _______on my head stood up as the _________darted in front of the car.


53. heal, heel- ______means  “to mend or restore to good health.”  ________is the back part of the human foot.


Example: The arrow pierced the man’s________, and the wound just would not_________.

 54. hear, here- You _______ with your ears. ______shows location, meaning “nearby.” 55. heard, herd- ________is the past tense of the verb hear; a _______is a large group of animals.                         Example: The ______of cattle began to move when they _______the dog barking. 56. heir, air- ______ is a person who inherits something; ______is the stuff we breathe. 

Example: Will the next generation be _____to the horribly polluted _______of today?

 57. hole, whole- A ________is a hollow place. ______means “entire or complete.” 

Example: The _________in the ozone is a problem that the ___________world needs to think about.

2/26/08Bell Work·        25.1 in door·        Pass out papersI.  Announcements          A.  After school help Thursday only          B.  Workbook tomorrowII.  HW checkIII.  Workbook lesson 12/per. 5 finish intro ParagraphClosure—what is a transition