Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

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).

  • Book projects are due next week.

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
November 27

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 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 an examination of the Write Score Data from the first practice writing test.  Students will receive their essays and evaluations and record their overall performance on their data sheets.  Students will use this information to note areas that they need to focus on over the next couple of weeks.
  • Data from the last Bi-Weekly test will also be examined, and students who haven't already received their scores will get them.  The recovery process for the grade will be reviewed and students may have time to work on their recovery.
  • Students will then review the scale for Argumentative Writing and reflect on current levels of performance.  The class will be finished with students addressing the final two questions comparing the fable we read with the more modern picture book version of it.  Results will be discussed.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard on  their upcoming book projects and presentations that are due next week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Tuesday

  • Students will begin class with a quick review of "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and "Seven Blind Mice" along with their responses as to which version of the story does a better job teaching the lesson.
  • Students will view a brief video on argumentative writing and then take some related notes.
  • We will then examine an argumentative essay that argues that one of the versions of the story is in fact a more effective teacher of the lesson that can be taken from these two stories.
  • If time permits, we will view a sample book project presentation to end the class.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard on  their upcoming book projects and presentations that are due next week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Wednesday 

  • Students will continue their examination of the argumentative essay comparing "The Wise Men and the Elephant" and "Seven Blind Mice."  They will use highlighters to identify key elements of the essay along with noting the relationship between the identified parts.
  • Students will then collaboratively begin to reverse engineer various parts of the essay in preparation for sharing their findings with the class.  This will likely need to be finished up during tomorrow's class.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard on  their upcoming book projects and presentations that are due next week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Thursday

  • Students will review their process on reverse engineering the sample essay and prepare to share their findings with the class.
  • Student teams will share their observations for the breakdown of the sample essay and the results will be compared to the actual plan that was used to write it.
  • Students will then receive the actual plan, highlight the parts, and secure it to the back of the sample essay so that they have a highlighted roadmap for organizing their essay and as well as its corresponding draft completed from it.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard on  their upcoming book projects and presentations that are due next week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Friday

  • The process that was used to break down the sample essay will be reviewed and any teams that still need to present their findings will be given the chance to do so.
  • Students will then receive the topic for their own argumentative essay and student teams will brainstorm on possible claims that could be made in response to the topic.
  • Students will then examine the scale for Standard RI 3.8 on delineating an argument.  They will practice delineating an argument related to their topic and discuss their findings.  Homework for the weekend will be discussed as students need to narrow down their topic and claim for next week's classes.

Homework: Students should identify their claim for their argumentative essay.   Students should be finishing up their upcoming book projects and presentations that are due next week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Monday

  • Students begin class with brief review of significant differences they noticed between the book and and the movie.
  • Students will then continue their viewing the 1962 version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" starring Gregory Peck.  This film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and received three.  It is listed by the American Film Institute as number 25 of the greatest American films of all time.

Homework: Students have no new Word Work or  Dialectic Responses due this week. 

Tuesday

  • Students begin class with brief review of significant differences they noticed between the book and and the movie.
  • Students will then complete their viewing the 1962 version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" starring Gregory Peck.  This film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and received three.  It is listed by the American Film Institute as number 25 of the greatest American films of all time.

Homework: Students have no new Word Work or  Dialectic Responses due this week. 

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin class with a review the scale for Argumentative Writing and reflect on current levels of performance.  The class will then address the final two questions comparing the fable we read with the more modern picture book version of it.  Results will be discussed.
  • Students will view a brief video on argumentative writing and then take some related notes.
  • We will then examine an argumentative essay that argues that one of the versions of the story is in fact a more effective teacher of the lesson that can be taken from these two stories.  Students will highlight significant elements of the text and note their relationship with each other.

Homework: Students have no new Word Work or  Dialectic Responses due this week. 

Thursday

  • Students will review their notes from yesterday's class and then be presented the task they will take on in their collaborative teams.
  • Student teams will reverse engineer a section of the sample paper then present their results to the class.  We will compare team findings with the actual plan for the paper before receiving a copy of that plan and highlighting it to correspond to the paper it was used to write.
If time permits, students will then be presented the final project for our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Homework: Students have no new Word Work or  Dialectic Responses due this week. 

Friday

  • Students will be introduced to the final writing project for To Kill a Mockingbird if they weren't introduced to it yesterday.
  • Students will then be given time to work on their plan for their own argument.

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