September 4 - 8

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 Sept. 4

Students who need extra assistance on assigned work this week  may clip this pass and use it to see me 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  Classes Honors English Classes  (bottom half of this page.)

Monday

  • Students enjoy the day off for Labor Day Holiday.

No Homework Assigned

Tuesday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then review the Word Work process with the word "immigrant."
  • Students will then begin our first literature unit from Collection 1 in the 8th grade text.  We will examine the question, "What challenges do you think immigrants face as they adjust to life in the United States?" 
  • Students will then begin the reading, discussion, and response to "My Favorite Chaperone."

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.  They also have a Dialectical Response due Friday as well.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then listen to the challenges a Japanese immigrant faces in American Schools
  • Students will then continue the reading, discussion, and response to "My Favorite Chaperone."

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.  They also have a Dialectical Response due Friday as well.

Thursday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then read and discuss the poem "Two Names, Two Worlds" attempting to make a connection between the narrator of the poem and the narrator of from "My Favorite Chaperone."
  • Students will then continue the reading, discussion, and response to "My Favorite Chaperone."

HomeworkWord Work and Dialectical Responses are due tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then complete their responses to the 3rd Funny Bone, making inferences about the given cartoon and attempting to add a caption that reflects a sense of humor.
  • Students will share their ideas with their table before discussing them with the class as a whole.
  • 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.

Monday

  • Students enjoy the Labor Day Holiday off.

No Homework Assigned

Tuesday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then examine their own identity creating a chart reflecting significant elements and descriptions. 
  • Students will be introduced to the essential questions we will examine as we read To Kill a Mockingbird.  "What factors influence our moral growth?  What kinds of experiences help us learn how to judge right from wrong?
  • Students will then view and discuss a brief video establishing a social/historical context for the novel.  Novels will then be distributed and students will be assigned to read the first three chapters of the novel.  This should be completed by Friday.

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.  They also have a Dialectical Response due Friday as well.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then view, discuss, and write a response to "How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do."
  • Students will use remaining time to read chapters 1-3 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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.  They also have a Dialectical Response due Friday as well.

Thursday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then read and discuss the poem "Two Names, Two Worlds" and collaboratively create an identity chart for the narrator.
  • Students will then view, discuss, and respond to "Setting the Setting of To Kill A Mockingbird."

HomeworkWord Work, Dialectical Response, and Chapter 1-3 Reader Response is due tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will begin the class with a brief reemphasis on daily routines. 
  • Students will then complete their responses to the 3rd Funny Bone, making inferences about the given cartoon and attempting to add a caption that reflects a sense of humor.
  • Students will share their ideas with their table before discussing them with the class as a whole.
  • Students will use remaining time to complete any reading or assignments they haven't already completed.

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