Week of January 5


This week the students made a Visual Book Review of a novel that they have read over the break. This gave them an opportunity to recommend a book that they like to other Grade 8 students and for them to discover a new book to read based on the recommendations of their peers.  Next week, they will be introduced to the EmPOWER writing process method as a preparation for expository writing on the book that they have chosen for the book club. The book should be read by the week of February 1.  The cornerstone expository essay on the book will be written in the classroom on the week of February 8.  They will be given two class periods to write and edit the essay, which comprises the biggest part of their grade this quarter.

Here’s an overview of the EmPOWER writing process method  by Mr. Bill Laulo.

Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions as they begin the unit on Power.  They will focus specifically on the People Power Revolution that took place in the Philippines. This week students were introduced to the “Stages of Revolution” by Crane Brinton.  Below is a presentation and video that review the four stages. Next week, students have a poster due that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something they are familiar.  Read and respond next week will now come from the Philippine Daily Inquirer as they get ready to learn about the Philippines.

Stages of Revolution

Here’s a video that Mr. Jhay Lingo created last year for those familiar with The Hunger Games to better understand the stages of revolution.



The students continued on the Transformation unit as they learned about chemical changes.  They had an exciting time exploring Hydrogen and Oxygen (whether they explode or not!) as they learned what will happen to water when an electric current is allowed to run through it. Next week, they will continue to have laboratory work on chemical reactions.

set up


In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working on angles. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced.  Here’s the link to the slides that I showed to my students in Strategy Instruction Class.

Ms. Kathryn Deveza also made this great visual tool to help remember the new vocabulary words.

Angle Theory

Next week, they will learn about polygons.


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