Oct. 30 - Nov. 3

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 Oct. 30th

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
to enter the
building before school.

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

Monday

  • Students will begin the class with a class challenge that is designed to create cohesiveness in the class and prepare them to move into the new seating chart.
  • After students find their new seats they will be introduced to the team-building process they will undergo for the next two days.  The relationship between team points and grades will be discussed and students will be introduced to the concept of Consensus decision making that they will be using to construct their new team identities.
  • Students will collaborate with their new teammates in a process called "Uncommon Commonalities" to identify some previously unknown characteristics that they all share within their new team.
  • Students will use this information to begin coming up with their team name, team slogan, and team rap or cheer.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  However, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Tuesday

  • Students will begin class with a review of the concept of "Consensus" decision making we began to use yesterday as new teams began creating their new team identities.
  • Student teams complete their team name, slogan, and rap or cheer and present their teams to the class.
  • If time permits, we will examine a book project presentation.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  However, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin class with a quick write examining the questions "What makes horror movies scary?"  Results will be discussed and significant characteristics identified.
  • Students will then view the beginning of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video and list the elements of the movie that make it fit the horror genre.
  • Students will then collaboratively read and delineate Sharon Russell's essay "What is the Horror Genre?" Student teams will be tasked with the job of breaking down the essay into its main points and supporting details with the objective of determining the development of the central idea of the essay.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  However, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Thursday

  • Students will begin class reviewing their notes from the essay from yesterday's class, and then taking another look at the "Thriller" video noting ways that the video further reflects the horror genre that they may have not already mentioned.
  • Students will then collaboratively construct a text dependent response to the question, "What is the central idea of the essay and how does the author use supporting details to develop it?"
  • Student teams will post their responses on chart paper and circulate the room reading responses constructed by the other teams, giving them feedback as they go.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  However, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Friday

  • Students will meet in the computer lab in the library for the Bi-Weekly assessment for standard RI 1.2
  • Students who complete the assessment with time to spare will be given remaining time to read their novels for their book projects.

Homework:  Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  However, students should make sure they have acquired my signature approving their book for their upcoming book project the first week of December.  Students who have not begun their reading are letting themselves get behind.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Monday

  • Students will begin the class with a class challenge that is designed to create cohesiveness in the class and prepare them to move into the new seating chart.
  • After students find their new seats they will be introduced to the team-building process they will undergo for the next two days.  The relationship between team points and grades will be discussed and students will be introduced to the concept of Consensus decision making that they will be using to construct their new team identities.
  • Students will collaborate with their new teammates in a process called "Uncommon Commonalities" to identify some previously unknown characteristics that they all share within their new team.
  • Students will use this information to begin coming up with their team name, team slogan, and team rap or cheer.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  They will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 19 - 22 this week and should be ready to respond to Chapters 19 and 20 in class on Wednesday.

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

  • Students will begin class with a review of the concept of "Consensus" decision making we began to use yesterday as new teams began creating their new team identities.
  • Student teams complete their team name, slogan, and rap or cheer and present their teams to the class.

HomeworkStudents do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  They will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 19 - 22 this week and should be ready to respond to Chapters 19 and 20 in class tomorrow.

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the class reviewing their notes from the end of Chapter 19-20.

  • Students will then complete and discuss questions relating to the reading of these chapters.  Results will be shared, discussed, and clarified.

  • Tonight's reading will be discussed.

Homework:  Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  They will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 19 - 22 this week and should be ready to respond to Chapter 21 in class tomorrow.

Thursday

  • Students will begin the class reviewing their notes at the end of Chapter 21.
  • 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 19-21.

Homework: Students do not have new Word Work or Dialectic Responses due this week.  They will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 19 - 22 this week and should be ready to respond to Chapter 22 in class tomorrow.

Friday

  • Students will meet in the computer lab in the library for the Bi-Weekly assessment for standard RI 1.2
  • Students who complete the assessment with time to spare will be given remaining time to complete their readers responses.
  • Once all students have finished, we will discuss chapter 22.

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