Catch-up Day for 7th and 8th grade – Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Good morning 7th and 8th graders,

Today is Joyful Friday of our spirit week! Share your spirit by participating in the Hope Grows Here project and “grow” your window garden or create chalk art on your sidewalk and leave messages of hope and joy. You can also attend Mass of the Ascension at 3pm, which will be live-stream on the Parish Facebook Page. 

You have no new assignments today, but I have two reminders:

  1. Consider writing or recording a supportive message for Mr. Tice and emailing it to me.
    • Written messages will be put together in a big collage/card and recorded messages will be put together in a short video.
    • No message is too big or too small!
    • I have received three messages, so feel free to add yours.
    • Please contact me if you have any questions.
  2. Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day – there is no school. Enjoy your long weekend!

That’s all for today!

Mansfield Literature for Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday – a day to spread those random acts of kindness!

To kick it off, we have a video made by Lylah and Sophia, helping us understand the value of giving for Unbound. I know the care and kindness you are capable of on a regular day, so I can’t wait to see all of the thoughtful things you will do on this spirited Thursday! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

For your Literature work, you are looking at a new poem today – “To This Day” by Shane Koyzcan.

WARNING: Be aware that this presentation does contain explicit language before the poem begins. In class, I would mute the screen and sound at that point, but that’s not possible right now. I tried to find a clean version of the TEDTalk, but it was not available. I apologize for the inconvenience and can offer two options for you:

  1. Watch the video and mute the sound and screen with 7:08 minutes left (4:40 in)
    • It’s tricky, but you get the whole introduction which provides some background for the poem
  2. Watch the last 7 minutes and 3 seconds of the video
    • Much easier option, but you miss some of the background for the poem. It’s not necessary, but it can make the poetry more compelling.

So, you have have two tasks for your Literature To Do List today:

  • “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s go for it!

  1. “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Carefully review and follow the directions on the assignment
    • You will be watching a performance, reading a poem, and answering four questions
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You have less than two weeks left of your reading log, so make it count!
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes and then complete your reading log entry
    • As we discussed before, make sure you vary the type of evidence you use every day.

That’s all for today. Stay thoughtful and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

Thomas Literature for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday – the day where you let your flair flag fly high! Hats! Glasses! Hair! Accessories! Method of walking! Even your lunch can be wacky! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

For your Literature work, you are looking at a new poem today – “To This Day” by Shane Koyzcan.

WARNING: Be aware that this presentation does contain explicit language before the poem begins. In class, I would mute the screen and sound at that point, but that’s not possible right now. I tried to find a clean version of the TEDTalk, but it was not available. I apologize for the inconvenience and can offer two options for you:

  1. Watch the video and mute the sound and screen with 7:08 minutes left (4:40 in)
    • It’s tricky, but you get the whole introduction which provides some background for the poem
  2. Watch the last 7 minutes and 3 seconds of the video
    • Much easier option, but you miss some of the background for the poem. It’s not necessary, but it can make the poetry more compelling.

So, you have have two tasks for your Literature To Do List today:

  • “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s go for it!

  1. “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Carefully review and follow the directions on the assignment
    • You will be watching a performance, reading a poem, and answering four questions
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You have less than two weeks left of your reading log, so make it count!
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes and then complete your reading log entry
    • As we discussed before, make sure you vary the type of evidence you use every day.

That’s all for today. Stay wacky and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

Mansfield Literature for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Spirit Week 2: The Spiriting Continues! Today is Feed Your Spirit Food Drive Tuesday, so check out the school website for more details. Remember to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Okay, now for your Literature work – you have two tasks to complete today:

  • What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

And away we go!

  1. What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
    • Go to the assignment on Teams
    • Read the text of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
    • Listen to Taylor Mali’s performance of the same poem
    • Answer the questions in the assignment
    • Submit your responses on Teams by the end of the day today
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your entry in your reading log and put extra thought and effort into the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions

Have a great day and remember to reach out if you need help. I look forward to seeing your spiritedness (if that’s a word) online!

Thomas Literature for Monday, May 18th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Spirit Week 2: The Spiriting Continues! Today is Monday Mask-a-thon, so check out the school website for more details. Remember to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Okay, now for your Literature work – you have two tasks to complete today:

  • What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

And away we go!

  1. What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
    • Go to the assignment on Teams
    • Read the text of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
    • Listen to Taylor Mali’s performance of the same poem
    • Answer the questions in the assignment
    • Submit your responses on Teams by the end of the day today (the posted due date is for the Mansfield homeroom).
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your entry in your reading log and put extra thought and effort into the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions

Have a great day and remember to reach out if you need help. I look forward to seeing your spiritedness (if that’s a word) online!

8th grade Cath Up Day – Friday, May 15th ,2020

Hi 8th graders,

You made it to the end of the week…

Happy Stephen Colbert GIF

Today is your catch-up day, so there are no new assignments. If you have questions about something you’re working on, or if you have anything you’d like to share, please reach out and say “Hi!”…or “HELP!” Either one will work😁.

Otherwise have a frabjous Friday and a wizard weekend!

Mansfield Literature for Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Hi 8th graders,

It’s Thursday – you’re in the back half of the week and the weekend is inches away. Let’s finish strong!

You have two items for your Literature To Do list today:

  • Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” (10 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Here we go!

  1. Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” (10 minutes)
    • Watch the video Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story”
    • Pay attention to the tone shifts in the poem – when does the poem change in emotion? How do you know?
    •  Write down your responses to these questions. You will take a more in depth look at these tonal shifts next week.
  2. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 – 30 minutes
    • Complete your online reading log entry
    • Make sure you pay special attention to your evidence column – contact me if you have questions or need help.

Have a great day! Contact me with any questions or concerns – or if you found a poem you’d like to share.

Thomas Literature for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Hi 8th graders,

You’re halfway through the week – hooray!

You have two items for your Literature To Do list today:

  • Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” (10 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Here we go!

  1. Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” (10 minutes)
    • Watch the video Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story”
    • Pay attention to the tone shifts in the poem – when does the poem change in emotion? How do you know?
    •  Write down your responses to these questions. You will take a more in depth look at these shifts next week.
  2. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 – 30 minutes
    • Complete your online reading log entry
    • Make sure you pay special attention to your evidence column – contact me if you have questions or need help.

Have a great day! Contact me with any questions or concerns – or if you found a poem you’d like to share.

Mansfield Literature for Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Hello 8th graders,

I hope your weekend was wonderful and your Monday magical! It’s been interesting to read your personal definitions of poetry and examples of poetic devices. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the sample poems I will be sharing soon.

For today, you have three items of your Literature To Do list:

  • Daily Reading (20 -35 minutes)
  • TEDTalk video and responses (20 – 25 minutes)
  • List of 10 things you know to be true (10 minutes or less)

Let’s dive right in!

  1. Daily Reading (20 -35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your weekly reading plan for this week
    • Demonstrate thought and effort when filling out your online reading log
    • Contact me if you have questions or need some help!
  2. TEDTalk video and responses (20 – 25 minutes)
    • Watch the TEDTalk “Sara Kay: If I should have a daughter…”
    • In your notebook or in a Word document, respond to the four questions and prompts below:
      1. What is special about spoken word poetry? How is it different from other forms of poetry?
      2. In your own words, what were the three steps of Sarah Kay’s spoken word poetry journey?
      3. According to Sarah Kay, where do great stories start? What does that mean to you?
      4. List three benefits of spoken word poetry.
    • Submit your responses on the Teams assignment worth 4 points (Notes from “Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter…”)
  3. List of 10 things you know to be true (10 minutes or less)
    • After watching the video above, make your own list of ten things you know to be true
    • The assignment is posted on Teams with directions and an example list created by me
    • The things you list should be the first ten things that are true for you that pop into your head
    • Contact me with any questions.

And that’s everything for today. Have a terrific Tuesday and contact me with any questions!

Thomas Literature for Monday, May 11th, 2020

Hello 8th graders,

Welcome to Week 8! It’s been interesting to read your personal definitions of poetry and examples of poetic devices. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the sample poems I will be sharing soon.

For today, you have three items of your Literature To Do list:

  • Daily Reading (20 -35 minutes)
  • TEDTalk video and responses (20 – 25 minutes)
  • List of 10 things you know to be true (10 minutes or less)

Let’s dive right in!

  1. Daily Reading (20 -35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your weekly reading plan for this week
    • Demonstrate thought and effort when filling out your online reading log
    • Contact me if you have questions or need some help!
  2. TEDTalk video and responses (20 – 25 minutes)
    • Watch the TEDTalk “Sara Kay: If I should have a daughter…”
    • In your notebook or in a Word document, respond to the four questions and prompts below:
      1. What is special about spoken word poetry? How is it different from other forms of poetry?
      2. In your own words, what were the three steps of Sarah Kay’s spoken word poetry journey?
      3. According to Sarah Kay, where do great stories start? What does that mean to you?
      4. List three benefits of spoken word poetry.
    • Submit your responses on the Teams assignment worth 4 points (Notes from “Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter…”)
  3. List of 10 things you know to be true (10 minutes or less)
    • After watching the video above, make your own list of ten things you know to be true
    • The assignment is posted on Teams with directions and an example list created by me
    • The things you list should be the first ten things that are true for you that pop into your head
    • Contact me with any questions.

And that’s everything for today. Have a magical Monday and contact me with any questions!