September 25 - 29

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. 25

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 begin class with some brief notes on the proper use of "Their."  We will then practice the use and  "proof" of that grammatical choice before applying it to our own writing.  Students will practice the use and poof of the word in a short writing titled "That Really Annoys Me," which is consistent with the sample of student writing they examined during the lesson.
  • Students will then complete a FreeWrite relating to the informational piece we will read next.  They will respond to the question "What would you bring?  If you knew that you were leaving your home for another country and could only take a small suitcase or back pack full of items, what would you take and why would those items be essential.  Students will share and discuss their decisions in preparation for "What to Bring."
  • Students will view and respond to an interactive video lesson on reading informational texts focusing on finding the central idea of a text and identifying supporting details. 

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.

Tuesday - Due to testing today and an abbreviated schedule , we may not finish this lesson in class today.

  • Students will begin class with a review the Word Work process with the word "objective" as it is used in standard RI 1.2
  • Students will then complete their reading, notes and discussion of  "What to Bring."
  • We will review the ABCs of Text Based Responses in their writer's notebooks and examine a strong example of student work from last week before beginning the final response to the essay.

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 Students will begin the class with NewsELA news article relating to DACA.  We will read the article and then collaboratively take a quiz.  Students will attempt to determine the central idea of the article and relate that idea to the literature we have been reading in class during this unit.
  • Students will then continue the reading and response to "What to Bring" that we began yesterday.
  • Students who do not finish the written response during class today, should do so for homework.

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 class with a brief lesson on Symbolism.  This is a craft element that they will encounter in the poem they are reading today.  We will examine the Literature Analysis Pyramid and discuss it's application.
  • Students will read and discuss the poem "If All the Trees Were Oaks." They will paraphrase each stanza of the poem and attempt to complete a statement reflecting the use of language and symbolism.  We will discuss student findings and attempt to determine the underlying theme of the poem connecting it to the current unit of instruction.
  • Any remaining time will be committed to current assignments that are due tomorrow.

HomeworkWord Work and Dialectical Responses are due tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will take the first BiWeekly Assessment this year.
  • Students will then complete their responses to the 4th 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 or their dialectical response if they haven't already completed it.

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

Monday

  • Students begin class with some brief notes on the proper use of "Their."  We will then practice the use and  "proof" of that grammatical choice before applying it to our own writing.  Students will practice the use and poof of the word in a short writing titled "That Really Annoys Me," which is consistent with the sample of student writing they examined during the lesson.
  • Students will then discuss chapters 2 and 3 of To Kill A Mockingbird.
  • If any time is left, students will begin identity charts for Scout, Jem, and Atticus.

HomeworkStudents should be prepared to discuss and respond to Chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird Wednesday.  Word Work, Dialectical Response, and Chapter 4-7 Reader Response is due Friday.

Tuesday - Due to testing, we will experience an abbreviated schedule today.

  • Students will begin class with a review the Word Work process with the word "objective" as it is used in standard RI 1.2
  • Students will then continue their identity charts for Scout, Jem, and Atticus.

HomeworkStudents should be prepared to discuss and respond to Chapter 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird tomorrow.  Word Work, Dialectical Response, and Chapter 1-3 Reader Response is due Friday.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class with a discussion of Chapter 4.  Students will first complete individual responses to the discussion questions and then discuss their ideas with their table.
  • Students will then complete their identity charts for Scout, Jem, and Atticus.

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 - I will be out of the building today for staff development.

  • Students will then read, analyze, and discuss the poem "If All the Trees Were Oaks" and attempt to connect the theme of the poem to the emerging themes of the novel.
  • Students will then be given remaining time to work on their assignments that are due tomorrow.

HomeworkWord Work, Dialectical Response, and Chapter 4-7 Reader Response is due tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will begin the class with the first BiWeekly Assessment. 
  • Students will then complete their responses to the 4th 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.