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Me Museum
We're here. Me Museum is due Monday morning. Bring your finished board, folder with materials not posted on the board and your artifact cards to the gym on Monday morning by 8:00. We will check you in and send you to set up. Then, Monday night, bring your artifacts with you and plan to arrive by 5:45. This is a wonderful, special night. We are all looking forward to celebrating with you. 
Me Museum
Congratulations on finishing up with Science Fair! Now that that's over (whew!) you can focus on your Me Museum board. Don't wait until the last minute. Remember to revise everything and start prepping for the board. There are original files in the folder at the bottom of this page. Be creative and have fun.
4th Amendment Court Cases
Just a reminder, presentation of Supreme Court cases begin Monday, April 14th. Remember to bring the following documents:
  • Rough draft of your written argument
  • Final, proofread written argument
  • Written argument rubric
  • Scaffold of oral argument
Remember to look over your role and be prepared. You have to convince the court of your argument. Be persuasive. 

See you Monday! 
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SAVE THE DATE!
Me Museum will be held on Monday, June 2nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m.here at Samoset Middle School. More details will follow. Stay tuned.
Final This, I Believe Paper
Final, typed This, I Believe papers are due Wednesday, February 12th. Please type them in 12-point and doubel space. Remember to indent your paragraphs. The title is This, I Believe.

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This, I Believe Sample Podcasts
Hi everyone,
If you want more samples of This, I Believe essays, click the link below.

http://thisibelieve.org/essays/age/under18/

Listen to as many as you need to, in order to help you better understand how to write your own.
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Me Museum
Save, save save. Keep your 30 by 30 and your Gratitude List to finalize for Me Museum. Also, start looking for or write a new 6 Word Memoir. Look for your I Am poem as well. We've started preparing for this fantastic project that's all about you. More information coming soon.
Reminder
Mentor Bio Poems are due Thursday, the 16th. The handout is in the Bio Poem folder below.

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Happy Holidays!
I hope you all enjoy the happiest of holidays, full of laughter, good food, and good times. Enjoy a well-deserved break. See you in January!
Grade Updates
Grade updates were issued today. Any missing work you plan to complete must be turned in by Friday, January 3, 2014. Extra handouts may be found in the extras basket or attached in the files below. Happy holidays!
Winter MAP
Hi everyone,
We just got the Winter MAP schedule and we're up first. Our MAP testing begins Monday, January 6th and will wrap up on Tuesday, January 7th.
Learn more here.
Interested in learning more about the Holocaust? Check out the National Holocaust Museum's website here and learn more. http://www.ushmm.org/learn/students and here http://www.ushmm.org/learn/students/the-holocaust-a-learning-site-for-students.
Me Museum
We've started! The first files, 30  by 30 and For This I Am Thankful, are listed below. Print up new organizers, if you lose yours.
Battle of Jericho Final Paper
Just a reminder...the final paper for The Battle of Jericho is due Tuesday, November 26th. The rubric and an editing checklist are in the Battle of Jericho file folder at the bottom of this page.
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Battle of Jericho final paper handouts
Just a reminder...The prompt choices and graphic organizers for the final Battle of Jericho paper are posted at the bottom of this Fusion page. Print what you need, in case you lose yours.
Report Cards
Today is Report Card Day!
ELA Grade Update Sheets
Heads-up...ELA grade update sheets went out today...all makeup work is due by Thursday, October 24th.
National Novel Writing Month
If you  have signed up for National Novel Writing Month, be sure to give me your user name so I can add you to the class roster on the website. Thanks!

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Open House
Just a reminder...Samoset's Open House is scheduled for October 1st, from 6:30-8:30. See you soon.
ELA Progress Reports
Heads up...ELA progress reports are being given out tomorrow (Wednesday). All make up work must be turned in by Friday, September 20th.
Reminder...Summer Reading
Just a reminder that all summer reading organziers are due on or before September 23rd.

Fall MAP testing
Just a reminder...Fall MAP testing begins tomorrow. We're scheduled to be in the lab on Monday and Tuesday.
Handouts
Remember to check the files below for the handouts that are given in class. Most of them are there as pdfs for you to print in case you need another copy.
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Want to Write a Novel?
November is National Novel Writing Month and the organizers of this fantastic celebration have a program for young writers. Check out http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ and sign up for free. NANOWRIMO begins November 1st. Good luck!
First Day Success!

What a great first day! Remember to return the handbook signoff (in the back of the student handbook)  and free/reduced lunch forms to your homeroom teacher. Also, remember to return syllabus contact sheets and sign-offs to your teachers. Lastly, please have your binder ready to go by Tuesday. We're on our way!

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Like us on Facebook for updates and information.

https://www.facebook.com/MrsRodriguezELA
Contact Sheets & Supplies
Just a reminder--Please have your binder and supplies by Tuesday, September 3rd. Also, remember to turn in your ELA contact forms by Tuesday, September 3rd as well. They are stapled to the course information sheet.
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Twitter Alert!
Follow us on Twitter for updates and information.
www.twitter.com/mrsrodriguezela
Incoming 8th Grade Summer Reading Information
Please see the files below for the summer reading list and the graphic organizers you need to complete. Please make sure you pick the right ones: fiction or non-fiction.You have to read two books...one from the required list and one from the list of authors on the second page.

**It is VERY IMPORTANT that you complete the graphic organizers. Please have these fully completed when you return to school in August.
Extra Help
Remember, extra help is available on Thursday mornings at 7:30. See you then.
Files
 Incoming 8th Grade Summer Reading Information
Reading list and graphic organizers
 Journals
Prompt information
 Me Museum, 2013-2014
Handouts, organizers and helpful information for Me Museum.
 This, I Believe
Documents needed for completing your This, I Believe paper.
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Homework
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