Feb. 26 - Mar. 2

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).


Presentations are now only 2 weeks away.

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
February 26th

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

  • Class will begin with a discussion about the FSA writing test that will take place Thursday and Friday of this week.  This week will be about getting ready for that testing experience.
  • Students will examine a sample test prompt and the articles that go with it.  We will break down the process from start to finish what to do as the test is taken.
  • Students will view the FSA practice site and familiarize themselves with both the layout of the test and the tools that are included in the testing site.

  • Students will prepare for the note taking and planning process before beginning the reading and marking up of the texts.  Students will then begin the reading and note taking process.

Homework: Students should visit the practice testing site and play around with the site to improve their comfort level with the testing format.  Students should also plan the paper they would write if the sample test were the real thing.

Tuesday

  • Students will compare their approaches to the plan for the sample essay in their teams.
  • Students will then examine a sample essay written on this prompt, examining the approach compared to the approach that they planned for their paper.  Several aspects of the paper will be discussed including the organization of the paper, the thesis statement, topic sentences, the integration and citation of supporting evidence.

Homework: Students who completed the plan for the sample essay do not have homework tonight other than to get on the practice testing site one more time to type in the typing box and practice using the note taking and highlighting tools.

Wednesday

  • Students will practice setting up another sample essay in preparation for tomorrow's test.
  • Students will read the prompt, determine the focus of their paper, and then plan an approach to the paper.  Results will be shared with the class.

Homework: Students testing tomorrow should get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast in the morning in preparation for the testing experience tomorrow.  Students should prepare to bring book project materials to class Thursday and Friday as class time will be given to work on their upcoming projects and presentations.

Thursday

  • Students who are not testing during class will work on their upcoming book projects.

Homework: Students testing tomorrow should get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast in the morning in preparation for the testing experience tomorrow.  Students should prepare to bring book project materials to class Thursday and Friday as class time will be given to work on their upcoming projects and presentations.

Friday 

  • Students who are not testing during class will work on their upcoming book projects.

Homework: Students should continue working on their book projects and presentations in preparation for their upcoming delivery the week of March 12th.