Brent Milleson

Welcome  to my virtual classroom! 

Attention 8th Graders

May 10, 2020,

This Monday (May 11th) Language Arts will have their fourth Distance Learning assignment. The review lesson for this week involves: Summarizing, Main Idea, and Inferences in non fiction articles which we will do in Newsela.  This week we will focus on two articles: "What Teenage Brains can Teach Us" and "Holding Festive Proms at Home." Students are free to do the review lessons at their own pace.

Attention 7th Graders

Dear Students and Parents,

 

I hope this message finds everyone safe, happy and healthy.

 

Module 4 focuses on Chapters 6-7 of the novel.  I have included a summary of everyone’s responses to the activities from Chapters 3-5. Don’t worry; all responses are anonymous!  Since we were unable to have a discussion in class as usual, I thought you might be interested to see how your responses lined up with your classmates’ responses. 

 

Please let me know if you have questions about the novel via email or post them directly on the Questions page at the end of the module. 


Best regards,

Mr. Milleson


May 3, 2020,

This Monday (May 4th) Language Arts will have their third Distance Learning assignment. The review lesson for this week involves: 
Summarizing, Main Idea, and Inferences in non fiction articles which we will do in Newsela.  This week we will focus on two articles: "Robotic Hand Solves Rubik's Cube and " Sports Star Interviews Virus Expert." Students are free to do the review lessons at their own pace.  

Students may find the assignment by:
1. Log in to Clever using their PWCS email account.
2. Access the NEWSELA app via my teacher page.
3. Click on the binder tab at the top of the page to find the selected articles.
4. Complete the assignments associated with each article. Student progress will be recorded by the program and will be forwarded to myself. 

Thank you!  If you have any questions, please let me know.  
Best regards, 
Mr. Milleson



April 26, 2020,  

This Monday (April 27th) Language Arts will have their second Distance Learning assignment. The review lesson for this week involves: Summarizing, Main Idea, and Inferences in non fiction articles which we will do in Newsela.  This week's article is "Procrastination and Homework." Students are free to do the review lesson at their own pace.  

Students may find the assignment by:
1. Log in to Clever using their PWCS email account.
2. Access the NEWSELA app via my teacher page.
3. Click on the binder tab at the top of the page to find the selected article: Man Buys Groceries For 30 Strangers.
4. Complete the assignments associated with the article. Student progress will be recorded by the program and will be forwarded to myself. 

Thank you!  If you have any questions, please let me know.  
Best regards, 
Mr. Milleson


April 19, 2020,  

This Monday (April 20th) Language Arts will have their first Distance Learning assignment. The review lesson for this week involves: Summarizing, Main Idea, and Inferences in non fiction articles which we will do in Newsela.  Students are free to do the review lesson at their own pace.  

Students may find the assignment by:
1. Log in to Clever using their PWCS email account.
2. Access the NEWSELA app via my teacher page.
3. Click on the binder tab at the top of the page to find the selected article: Man Buys Groceries For 30 Strangers.
4. Complete the assignments associated with the article. Student progress will be recorded by the program and will be forwarded to myself. 

Thank you!  If you have any questions, please let me know.  
Best regards, 
Mr. Milleson


Attention 7th Graders

April 26, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

 

I hope this message finds everyone safe, happy and healthy.

 

Third quarter is officially over, and we can move past make-up work and corrections. All work was due last Friday, and teachers will have grades finalized by the end of the day tomorrow, April 27th. 

 

Now, it’s time to extend and enrich our learning.  It’s the perfect opportunity to read a novel.  Hopefully, you have had a chance to look through the pre-reading module that was posted last week.  If not, I would suggest starting there before jumping into this week’s module.

 

Module 2 focuses on Chapters 1 and 2, but I included a summary of everyone’s responses to the Agree or Disagree from last week.  Don’t worry; all responses are anonymous!  Since we were unable to have a discussion in class as usual, I thought you might be interested to see how your responses lined up with your classmates’ responses.  I have also included the typical activities we would have in class: vocabulary, comprehension questions, literary devices, social studies connections, and writing.  Plus, you start reading the novel in this module!  

 

Remember that any instruction posted is optional, and it will not go in the grade book.    However, if you complete any of the assignments within the modules, I will send you feedback so that you can improve as a reader.  Please let me know if you have questions about the novel via email or post them directly on the Questions page at the end of the module. This is a great book, and I hope you enjoy reading it with us!

Best regards,

Mr. Milleson
Language Arts
Beville Middle School


April 19, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

 

I hope this message finds everyone safe, happy and healthy.

 

As we get into the next step of distance learning, remember that the 3rd quarter ends on April 24th Check the grade book for any outstanding NHIs.  If you need a copy of something, email me, and I’ll be glad to email it to you it to you.  All work must be submitted by this Friday.

 

The 7th grade language arts teachers will be offering a novel study for 4th quarter distance learning.  The entire novel study will be available through the Canvas app. It will be necessary for the student to have access to a device, but they are not locked into any set times.  The entire unit is accessible by phone.  Students may work through the novel at their own pace as it is convenient for their family’s schedule.

 

How to get to Canvas:

  • Go to https://pwcs.instructure.com/ and log in using your Office 365 log in OR
  • Go to Office 365, click the waffle, then “All Apps”, and find “Canvas”

Once you get to Canvas, agree to their terms, and it will open to your dashboard. Then, click on the course for our class.  This week’s module has optional activities, discussion posts, and other resources to review!  Log on and click around. If you have questions or if there is a problem, let me know via email.  We’re still learning, so mistakes are bound to happen.

 

Each week’s module will be posted to Canvas prior to the language arts instructional time on Monday mornings at 9:00.  The module is self-paced, and you can do as many or as few of the activities as you wish.  I would appreciate it if you would try a few, so that I can make sure everything works.  If you would like to have a video chat about the book, let me know via email or in the discussion chat at the end of the module.  We can set up optional video chats during the language arts office hours, Wednesdays 12:00-1:30.

 

Remember that any instruction posted is optional, and it will not go in the grade book.    However, if you complete any of the assignments within the modules, I will send you feedback so that you can improve as a reader.  This is a great book, and I hope you enjoy reading it with us!


April 13, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

The goal this week is to continue reading and writing.  There will be no new instruction, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't practice the skills we have already been taught.  The only way to become a better reader and writer is to actually read and write more.  I am providing you with choices because you'll be more motivated if you are interested.

If you are reading a novel, continue to do so, but you should pick one reading and one writing activity from the chart below.  If you do not have reading material, you may go to the following link from Scholastic: 

 https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-6-12.html

Scholastic is offering the Learn at Home version of their classroom magazine for free. Scholastic is a trusted resource and doesn't require a sign in.  Each week, Scholastic provides reading choice from their magazines.  Each day has four different reading selections, so there are 20 different reading options each week.

Of course, you can also get a free e-book from the public library if you prefer.

Here is the chart of reading and writing activities: