January 8 - 12

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).

Welcome Back!

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
January 8th.

Mr. Ott will be available for after school tutorial Monday, Tuesday, and 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  


  • Students will begin class setting up their Writer's notebook for the 3rd Quarter and reviewing classroom behavior expectations and procedures as needed.
  • Students will then complete a grammar warm-up focusing on the use of three problematic words Too, Two, and To.
  • Students who completed book project presentations last semester will receive detailed assessments to add to their writer's notebook
  • Students will use the remaining time beginning a Book Preview process in an attempt to find a novel for 2nd semester projects which will be signed up for soon.

  • Class will end with a look at the rest of the week and the items that are due by the end of the week.

 Homework: Students do not have any additional homework tonight, but should begin finding a novel to read for their  2nd Semester Independent Reading Project if they elect not to use one from my classroom library.


  • Students will begin class with an introduction to the scale for Literature Standard RL 2.5.
  • Students will then take notes reviewing common text structures before practicing their use identifying the structures of a couple of sample passages.
  • Students will then read and respond to James Patrick Kinney's "The Cold Within" focusing on the relationship between the author's point and the structural elements of the poem that work together to reflect that message.

Homework: Students do not have any additional homework this week besides the completion of book project presentations and argumentative essays which are already late.

Wednesday - I will be out of class for staff development.

  • Students will read a Washington Post editorial by Ruben Navarrette Jr. titled "Experience and time are the greatest teachers."
  • Students will complete their first Dialectical Response of the year responding to at least one of the points that Navarrette makes.
  • Students will use remaining time to complete their book previews.

Homework: Students who do not complete their Book Previews and Dialectical Responses in class should complete them by Friday.


  • Students will begin class with a review of Standard RL 2.5.
  • Students will then be introduced to Frederick Douglass before reading a passage from his Autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
  • Students will examine this passage focusing on what the author is saying about slavery and examining the relationship between his message and the predominant text structure of the passage.

  • Students will then reread "The Cold Within" before attempting to note connections they notice comparing the two pieces.

  • Finally students will collaboratively answer objective questions reflecting the common structural elements and their impact on the messages communicated through them.  Results will be shared and discussed.

Homework: Students who have not completed their Book Previews and Dialectical Responses in class should complete them by Friday.


  • Students will take the 1st Bi-Weekly Assessment for the 2nd Semester.
  • Students will use any remaining time to complete any unfinished assignments for the week.

Homework: Students who have finished all assignments for the week do not have any additional homework.