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Mrs. Amber Veronese » Mrs. Veronese

Mrs. Veronese

Welcome to Summer 2021! I'm excited to meet all of my new students in the fall of 2021. Until then - enjoy your summer! 
 
If you need to reach me for any reason you can email me at averonese@d75.org.
 
Take care!
 

Contact Information

Phone Number - Direct

(815)322-1171

Email Address

averonese@d75.org

Classroom Number

212

Schedule - In-Person Learning
  • Three 44 minute blocks (132 minutes)
  • 3 minute breaks (2 times)
 
Sample Agenda for the Day
  • Welcome
  • SEL Check
  • Journal Prompt
  • Share Out
  • Individual Work - Reading Zone
  • Large Group Activity - Reading and Modeling How to Find Textual Evidence with a Nonfiction Social Studies text
  • Small Group Work - Students Work With Small Groups on How to Find Textual Evidence
  • Large Group Activity - Discussion about Historical Significance of Text
  • Individual Work - Themes and Textual Evidence for a Nonfiction Passage, Possible Mrs. Veronese Conference
  • HW: Revision of a Narrative Story in Writer's Workshop
  • Daily Wrap-up
 
Required Daily Supplies
  • Pencil & Pen
  • Highlighter
  • Reading Zone book
  • Completed homework
  • Assignment Notebook
  • LA/SS folder
  • Writer's Notebook (composition)
  • Regular Notebook for general note-taking purposes
  • Charged Chromebook
  • Based on Reader's Workshop approach
    • This means setting individual goals, presenting book talks, keeping accurate records, conferencing, reflecting, and fostering a love of learning and reading
  • Bring independent reading book to class every day
    • We read for about 15-20 minutes every day in class for "Reading Zone"
  • Students should be reading at home 30 minutes Monday-Thursday nights and 60 minutes over the weekend
  • Read one in-class novel (that is read aloud) a trimester. The students are expected to follow along and complete activities and homework about this material.
 

Mrs. Veronese 8th Grade Possible Curriculum (Trimester 1)

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

  • Various Short Stories
    • Narrative Fiction
    • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Possible Class Read Aloud
  • Reader’s Workshop: Who Are You as a Reader? Getting Started
  • Shorter Pieces
    • Narrative Writing
    • Argument Writing
    • Informational Writing
  • Writing Target for Longer Piece: 
    • Editing and Focusing on Narrative Writing: a Memoir
  • CNN10
    • Current Events
  • Civics and Global Citizenship
    • Election Process
    • Review of Constitution
  • Civil War/Reconstruction

Writing Partner

For writer’s workshop, students will need a writing partner. In pairs, students will help each other brainstorm, edit, and revise their writing. This partner will rotate through each different writing type, for a total of 5 writing partners throughout the year. Students will also have an “alternate” writing partner, in case their assigned partner is absent. Students will have the ability to choose their own partners, but this privilege may be taken away in the event of misbehaving during writing time.

 

Conferences

Students will be expected to conference not only with their writing partners and small peer groups, but also with Mrs. Veronese. This helps the student receive the most amount of feedback possible. These conferences are designed to help the student become a better writer, and should not be seen as discouraging or not useful. After all, writing is a process, and writing will go through many different drafts before a student is proud of their work.

 

Final Drafts and Revisions

I want each student to be proud of their final draft of writing. As such, if a student is unhappy with the received grade on a writing, they may complete revisions, but only if the student will take the time to really work on their paper and revisions. Revisions will be handled on a case-by-case individual basis.

 

 

Mrs. Veronese 8th Grade Possible Curriculum (Trimester 1)

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

  • Various Short Stories
    • Narrative Fiction
    • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Possible Class Read Aloud
  • Reader’s Workshop: Who Are You as a Reader? Getting Started
  • Shorter Pieces
    • Narrative Writing
    • Argument Writing
    • Informational Writing
  • Writing Target for Longer Piece: 
    • Editing and Focusing on Narrative Writing: a Memoir
  • CNN10
    • Current Events
  • Civics and Global Citizenship
    • Election Process
    • Review of Constitution
  • Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Introduce students to the study of American History from the 1860s - present day.
  • Students will be using informational texts and connecting historical events to current events.
  • The use of technology to research and study will be used, as well as studying the skills of active listening and summarizing

Mrs. Veronese 8th Grade Possible Curriculum (Trimester 1)

Reading

Writing

Social Studies

  • Various Short Stories
    • Narrative Fiction
    • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Possible Class Read Aloud
  • Reader’s Workshop: Who Are You as a Reader? Getting Started
  • Shorter Pieces
    • Narrative Writing
    • Argument Writing
    • Informational Writing
  • Writing Target for Longer Piece: 
    • Editing and Focusing on Narrative Writing: a Memoir
  • CNN10
    • Current Events
  • Civics and Global Citizenship
    • Election Process
    • Review of Constitution
  • Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Expect homework daily (independent reading every night)
  • All homework must be turned in on time
  • Late work is generally accepted, but students need to work with Mrs. Veronese in a case-by-case basis
  • No work from previous trimesters is accepted once the trimester has passed
  • If late work is a recurring habit for a student, consequences will be necessary 
 
Hello! This is my third year at Sandburg, but my 6th year teaching. I am very excited to be here; this is a great place to work. I'm also an assistant cheer coach for our cheer team.
 
Previously I taught high school at Harvard High School in Harvard, IL. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a major in English and a minor in Education, and am planning to go back to school for my master's degree pretty soon.
 
I grew up in McHenry, but recently moved to Ingleside. I have three cats, Snuffles, S'mores, and Smokey, whom I love very dearly.