February 12 - 16

Assignments listed here represent the "Plan" for the week.  Plans of course are subject to change as needed, so this should not be considered the last word on what will take place in class or will be assigned for homework.  When plans do change however, the changes will be reflected here (hopefully by the evening of the day in which they are known to exist).

2nd Semester Book Project Presentation Dates are now posted.
Presentations are now only four weeks away.

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
February 12th

Mr. Ott will be available for after school tutorial
Monday through Thursday of this week.

After school tutorial is available this week.

Students may use this pass to get help with assigned work
or to discuss Book Projects and Presentations.

Students without passes may not be permitted
to enter the
building before school.

All 8th Grade ELA  Classes  

Monday

  • Students begin class with a review writing process we used Friday to begin our drafts of the Douglass, Tubman, and Truth essays.
  • Students will then examine strategies for writing their conclusion paragraph and examine a sample paragraph from a student sample.  The application of the strategies will be discussed in the sample, and then students will get remaining time to work on their essays.

Homework: Douglass, Tubman, and Truth essays are due TOMORROW.  However, students who productively use class time and demonstrate a need for additional time will get it if requested.

Tuesday

  • Students will begin class with a visual demonstration of the Persuasive Appeals..
  • They will then be introduced to the three persuasive appeals, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos.  Students will view an informational video and take notes before identifying the use of the appeals in several advertisements.

Homework: Students have Word Work due this week.  It may come from the novel they are currently reading or from the classroom reading this week.

Wednesday

  • Students will be introduced to several common Rhetorical Devices.  Definitions and examples will be discussed.
  • Students will then take another look at Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and identify the use of the rhetorical devices in his speech.  A connection between the use of the Rhetorical Devices and the Persuasive Appeals will be emphasized.
  • Students will then examine the use of the devices in the Gettysburg speech from "Remember the Titans." Students will respond to this speech using the TREES format examining the differences between the two speaker's points-of-view.

Homework: Students have Word Work due this week.  It may come from the novel they are currently reading or from the classroom reading this week.

Thursday

  • Students will review the Persuasive Appeals and Rhetorical Devices before taking another look at Sojourner's "Ain't I a Woman" speech.
  • Students will examine the impact of her use of Rhetorical Devices and then construct a written response examining how she used the devices to address the opposing point of view in her audience.
  • Class will end with a brief discussion about homework and tomorrow's final Bi-Weekly Assessment.

Homework: Students have Word Work due this week.  It may come from the novel they are currently reading or from the classroom reading this week.

Friday 

  • Students will take the final Bi-Weekly test of the year, and then use remaining time to either work on their word-work assignment or read their novel for their upcoming book project.

Homework: Students who have finished all assignments for the week do not have any additional homework with the exception of making progress on their upcoming book project and presentation.