August 21 - 25

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).

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of August 21

Students who need extra assistance on assigned work this week  may clip this pass and use it to see me Tuesday - Friday in the morning (8:30 - 9:25) or Monday - Thursday after school. 

Extra Help is available beginning 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.

8th Grade ELA and English Classes

Monday

  • Students will begin the class with a quick review of classroom procedures, and their progress towards remembering them from the previous class will be discussed.
  • Students will then Walk the Dog through a Monday grammar warm-up routine.  We will take more time with it today to help acclimate students to the process.
  • Students will take notes on the use of "They're" and discuss it's use and a proof for determining proper use.  They will then examine a student writing modeling the use and proof of the word.  The example will be discussed and the process emphasized.
  • Students will then discuss things that annoy them with their table preparing to write on the subject.  15 minutes will then be committed to addressing that topic in the Writer's Notebook and students will be charged with applying the process and proof to their own writing.
  • Volunteers will share examples of their use of the word and defend their choices.  Results will be discussed and new knowledge will be documented in the back of the Writer's Notebook.

No Homework Assigned

Tuesday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then be introduced to the weekly "Word Work" vocabulary routine we will commit time to every Tuesday.
  • The process will be modeled using the word "conspicuous"  and students will be shown how to use the menu for each section of the assignment.  Examples and questions will be addressed before students are given a chance to practice using another word.  Results will be discussed and shared.
  • Students will be given several options for working on this assignment independently during the week.  This will be an opportunity for students to use individual technology if they have it.  If they choose to use their smart phones, they may download the Vocabulary.com application and utilize it to work on the assignment in class when other work has been completed.  They may choose to use the Vocabulary.com website on the classroom computers, or they may choose to use the faithful dictionary.

HomeworkStudents have two words to turn in this week for Word Work.  The words selected should represent new words encountered in either the classroom readings or from the novel they select for independent reading.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will be introduced to the weekly Current Event.  We will examine a collage of images from the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last week.  We will then read a news article about the protests before taking a collaborative quiz based on the reading.
  • Students will get any remaining time to work on their Word Work assignment due Friday.

Homework:  Students have two words to turn in this week for Word Work.  The words selected should represent new words encountered in either the classroom readings or from the novel they select for independent reading.

Thursday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will be introduced to the Literature Pyramid and apply it to "A Pretty Good Poem."
  • Student will examine how the Structure of the poem contributes to the Theme of the poem.  That message will then be discussed and compared to Aristotle's observation, "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
  • Students will then complete a 7 minute FreeWrite and volunteers will share their thoughts.  The lesson will come to a close with a discussion of why I have the poem posted outside of my room.  My hope is that some of my  students will find inspiration within it to consistently push for their best.

HomeworkWord Work is due tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then complete their second Funny Bone.
  • Students will examine a cartoon and draw conclusions about the message being sent by the artist.  Ultimately, they will construct their own caption for the cartoon in an attempt to expose the humor of the cartoon.   Results from the reflection questions will be discussed and possible captions shared before the actual caption is revealed.
  • Students will use remaining time to complete their word work assignment if they haven't already completed it.

Homework:  Students who have completed all of their work this week have no additional homework.