October 23 - 24

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).

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clip and use for the week of Oct.
23rd

Students who need extra assistance on assigned work this week  may clip this pass and use it to see me Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school. 

Extra Help 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
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8th Grade ELA  Classes Honors English Classes  (bottom half of this page.)

Monday

  • Students will begin the class with an examination of how to properly use the word "two."  Students will practice the use of the proof writing about a time when they had to make in important decision that could have turned out very badly if they had made the wrong one.  The results will be shared and discussed.
  • Students will then review their notes on Mood and Suspense before beginning "The Babysitter," which we did not end up starting last week.
  • As we read the text, students will note vocabulary that contributes to the mood of each section and note shifts in the mood as the story continues.  I will model the process for them for the first half of the story.  They will complete their notes on their own as the story continues.
  • At the end of the story, they will complete an SWBS grid and note the sentence starters for a Thematic Statement.  They will complete this in their writer's notebook tomorrow when I am out of the classroom.
  • Students will then begin a series of dialectical observations using their notes.  They will likely need to complete this tomorrow as well.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also have already secured their novel and gotten my signature approving it by last week.  Many students have not followed through with this expectation and that will put pressure on them to get their reading done more quickly than those that have already begun their novels for their projects.

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

  • Students will complete their SWBS  and Thematic Statement for "The Babysitter."  They will then complete a plot diagram for the story.
  • Students who finish this process early are encouraged to work on their Word Work or their Dialectic Response that is due on Friday as no class time will be committed on Friday to the completion of these items.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also have already secured their novel and gotten my signature approving it by last week.  Many students have not followed through with this expectation and that will put pressure on them to get their reading done more quickly than those that have already begun their novels for their projects.

Wednesday 

  • Students will review their completed dialectic journal responses and the plot diagram for "The Babysitter."
  • We will then review the ABCs of text dependent written responses.
  • Students will then examine a written response to "The Babysitter" that is reasonably written, but devoid of supporting text evidence.  Students will go into the text to find appropriate evidence to incorporate into the response.  Results will be discussed.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also have already secured their novel and gotten my signature approving it by last week.  Many students have not followed through with this expectation and that will put pressure on them to get their reading done more quickly than those that have already begun their novels for their projects.

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with a close reading of "The Cemetery Path."  Students will systematically progress through the text noting impressions, questions, and connections that they have with each section of the text.  Observations will be discussed along the way.
  • Students will then note the location of significant plot elements as we collectively complete a plot diagram for the story.
  • Finally, students will individually identify the conflict, resolution and a significant theme.  Results will be discussed.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by tomorrow.  They should also have already secured their novel and gotten my signature approving it by last week.  Many students have not followed through with this expectation and that will put pressure on them to get their reading done more quickly than those that have already begun their novels for their projects.

Friday

  • Students will begin class reviewing the plot diagram we created during yesterday's class.  We will then examine a question addressing standard RL 1.3 identifying aspects of a character based on their actions and the use of dialogue in the story.
  • Student tables will attempt to find supporting evidence to support a conclusion they make about one of two main characters.  They will then use that evidence to build a written response to the given question.
  • I will get students started, and they will develop and complete the response.

Homework:  Students who have turned in their work for the week have no homework over the weekend.

Monday

  • Students will begin the class with an examination of how to properly use the word "two."  Students will practice the use of the proof responding to a question that makes a personal connection to the documentary we are about to see.
  • Students will view a documentary introducing them to the Emmett Till court case of 1955 in preparation for reading about the court case that is about to unfold before them in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also be ready to discuss their reading of Chapter 16 on Wednesday and complete reading through Chapter 18 by the end of the week.

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

  • Students will read a 2005 Atlanta Journal news article focusing on the documentary film maker's attempt to spark a reopening of the Emmett Till case 50 years after fact due to the revelation of previously undisclosed evidence bearing on the case.

  • Students will then respond to several reflection questions before continuing their reading of the novel.

HomeworkStudents have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also be ready to discuss their reading of Chapter 16  tomorrow and complete reading through Chapter 18 by the end of the week.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class reviewing their notes from the end of Chapter 16.

  • Students will then complete and discuss questions relating to the previous evening's reading.  Results will be shared, discussed, and clarified.

  • Students will then discuss their observations from yesterday's reading of the news article.

Homework:  Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by Friday.  They should also be ready to discuss their reading of Chapter 17  tomorrow and complete reading through Chapter 18 by the end of the week.

Thursday

  • Students will begin the class reviewing their notes at the end of Chapter 17.
  • Students will then collaboratively address discussion questions clarifying their understanding of the previous evening's reading.  Results will be shared and discussed.
  • Class will end with a quick look at the reader response that is due tomorrow for chapters 16-18.

Homework: Students have Word Work and Dialectic Responses due by tomorrow.  They should also be ready to discuss their reading of Chapter 18 tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will begin class with the 6th Funny Bone, making inferences about the given cartoon and attempting to add a caption that reflects a sense of humor.
  • Results will be shared and discussed before beginning our discussion on Chapter 18.
  • Students will respond to several questions relating to events in this chapter and discuss their thoughts on these issues.

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