Week of Sept. 18

Posted by Nancy Lessel on September 18, 2017 in Class News |

This week we be taking the NWEA reading and language to see where we are currently at. The results will help you in setting goals for this year as well as chose books.


Book Selfie Due Wednesday, Sept. 20- photo of you and the book you have chosen to read. Print out 4 by 6 size, black and white or color.If you can’t print outside of class remember  printers are available in library and 1 in my room before and after school Tuesday. Send photo to your district email( studentid.dearbornschools.org)

READ the book you have chosen everyday!


Open House Presentation & Check Parent Connect

Posted by Nancy Lessel on September 14, 2017 in Class News |

Here is the  Open House power point (with corrections- this is why I tell the kids you always need someone to proofread, because your head doesn’t see the mistakes because it all ready knows what it should say.)


Check parent connect- grades are current.

Parent Presentations3.ppt


Week of Sept. 11th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on September 12, 2017 in Class News |

This week students will be presenting their book talks and turning in their work from summer learning ( reading and Moby-Max). Grades for these summative assignments will be posted by Friday. On Thursday and Friday students will be taking the District Common Reading and Writing Assessment to see where they are at.


Current Assignments Posted- If  missing please turn in for a late grade:

Signed Syllabus- see last week’s blog post.

Getting To Know You/ Family Survey



Open House is this Wednesday, Oct, 13th from 6-7:30. You will be following your child’s schedule ( they should be giving one to you). I look forward to meeting you!

Homework: Choose a book to read for Cardmarking 1, begin reading it, and take a selfie of you and the book. Print out a 4 by 6 size Book Selfie. Due Wednesday, Sept. 20th

Book Selfie Example


Week 1

Posted by Nancy Lessel on September 6, 2017 in Class News |

Welcome to 8th grade!

Here are the highlights for class this week!

Tuesday:  Who am I? and Cartoon analysis “End of Summer”

Wednesday: Summer Learning and Syllabus ( See links below if you can’t find yours)

Summer Reading Directions

Summer Learning Rubric

Syllabus p.1

Syllabus p.2

Syllabus Signature Page

Thursday: Back to School  Learning Stations

Friday:  Back to School Learning Stations

Important Dates:

Monday, Sept. 11 Summer Learning Due

Tuesday, Sept. 12 Supplies Ready for Class and  Signed Syllabus page Due

Wednesday, Sept. 13 Parent Open House 6:73


Summer Learning

Posted by Nancy Lessel on June 16, 2017 in Class News |

For 8th graders going to 9th grade:

Incoming Freshmen Summer Reading Letter


 For 7th graders going to 8th grade:

Summer Learning      AND    SummerLearningReadingRequirement












Have a safe, enjoyable summer! Ms. Lessel


The Final Weeks

Posted by Nancy Lessel on June 5, 2017 in Class News |

Hard to believe that your final weeks are already here. While there is much excitement , it is important to remember that there is much to be done. Now is not the time to shut down but  one for you to continue doing your best.

This week’s homework is to work on your letter to your future-self.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, 6/6  The Outsiders Final Test, Exit Tickets and CM6 Literary Letter Due

CM6 Reflection Letter

Monday, 6/12 Letter to Your Senior-Self Due, Honors Program

Friday, 6/16 1/2 Day- Last Day of School!

We wish you success as you move forward!

Be sure you complete your summer reading for the high school and for yourself!


Week of May 30th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 30, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will find out how the author concludes The Outsiders.

If you are absent the plan is to read Chapter 9 on Tuesday( What part of the plot is this chapter?), Chapter 10 on Wednesday ( What mood has the author created? What words create that mood?, and Chapter 11-12( How effective is the ending) on Thursday. Friday will be a wrap up about stereotypes.


Homework: Read and Read Theory

Important Dates:

Friday, June 2nd – Book Talks- Library Books Due

Tuesday, June 6th- Final Test The Outsiders

Exit Ticket and Reflection Letter Due

Monday, June 12thLetter to Self Due with Self-

Addressed Stamped Envelope* Directions coming next week


Work for May 24th and 25th

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 25, 2017 in Class News |

I f you were out be sure your read Chapter 7-8 ( page 100-130) of The Outsiders and respond to the questions attached below.


Chapter 7 Questions

Chapter 8 Questions

Outsider Text


5/23 Today In Class

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 23, 2017 in Class News |

If you missed class today please be sure to read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders p. 85-99 and complete the questions below.


Chapt 6 Questions


Week of May 22

Posted by Nancy Lessel on May 22, 2017 in Class News |

This week we will be reading Chapter 5- 8 of The Outsiders. In these chapters we will be analyzing and discussing actions having consequences, how events can change attitudes, and is there a way out ( solution to the crisis). If you are absent be sure to complete the reading at home. A link is provided to the full text on this blog.



Read– your good-fit book. You should be at least 1/2 way through the book.


Visual Representation of ” Nothing Gold Can Stay” Due by Tuesday, May 30th.



Read Theory- This is a bonus week mean points you earn by Monday, May 29th will count for extra credit.


No School May 26th- May 29th Please be sure to return to school prepared to learn and with supplies to do so. This means paper, pencils or pens, and your book to read. Fidget spinners and no supplies aren’t helping you be successful.


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