Week of January 23, 2017


The dystopian story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, was read and discussed. Next week, they will write their Cornerstone Essay, where they will read a story and write about the theme and what literary devices were used by the author to reveal the theme. They will have two sessions to complete the essay. Rubric can be found below:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 had introductory activities leading to the People Power Revolution.  They were also given a map of Metro Manila, Philippines that they had to fill out as they learn about the revolution. Using these notes and slides the students discussed the People Power Revolution.

Next week, they will watch the Lakas Sambayanan videos. Below are the first two videos. Here is a video guide.



Gr. 8 worked on lab demos on chemical reactions.  Next week they will be assessed on lab practicals. They will be given an experiment to do and they will be observed and assessed on following directions, measurement, lab techniques, graphing, communication of physical and chemical changes, and using safety practices. Students are reminded to use the third person point of view when writing lab reports.  Some of them are still using “I” in their sentences.


Students learned about Similar Triangles. Next week will be about Pythagorean Theorem.  The test will be after CWW.


Week of January 16, 2017


The students read  “There Will come Soft Rains” and discussed the theme and the literary devices that the author used to reveal the theme.  This is in preparation for their Cornerstone essay on January 30/31, where they will do the same thing.  Below is an example of a scaffold for the body paragraph:

Here is a scaffold for cornerstone that the students can use for practice.

Next week, they will read “Harrison Bergeron” and discuss the theme and the literary devices the author used to reveal the theme.

Social Studies

Students worked on their revolution analogy and discussed power. The new format of Read and Respond for this quarter was also discussed. Here is a sample from Ms. Kath Deveza. Next week, they will talk about the Philippines: history, map, and background of the People Power Revolution before they go deeper into it.


Students have explored chemical changes, and they have started on the lab demos to find evidence of a chemical reaction. They practiced making qualitative and quantitative observations. Below is a visual guide for the words that they have to use in writing their observations:

Next week, they will continue with the lab demos.


Gr. 8 have continued to work on Angle Theory and Triangles.  Next week, they will discuss similar triangles.

Week of January 9, 2017


The students have been introduced to Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction. On the week of January 29, they will have the Cornerstone Writing Assessment, where they will read a dystopian/science fiction story and write about the topic and theme of the story using the FREDS framework from the EmPOWER writing process.  The two stories that will be taken up this quarter starting next week are “There Will come Soft Rains” and “Harrison Bergeron”.

Dystopian Literature

Dystopian Society

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 are a presentation and a video that review the four stages.  Students have a poster due on Jan. 23/24 that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something with which 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 for those familiar with The Hunger Games to better understand the stages of revolution.


Gr. 8 had a great first session by making ice cream using liquid nitrogen and learning the science behind it. For the next two weeks, the topic will be on chemical changes.  After that, they will have a performance task on physical and chemical changes.


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. Below is a visual that Ms. Deveza made to help remember the angle theory. Next week, they will continue to have more practice on the angle theory, then move on to Similar Triangles. Class notes are always posted in the Google Classroom. Here’s a quizlet from Ms. Deveza.

Angle Theory