December 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).

Book projects are due this week.

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
December 4

Students who need extra assistance on assigned work this week  may clip this pass and use it to see me Monday -  Tuesday 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 re-reading of last week's article on brain research and and a quick discussion of what the author's claim is and what are the supporting pieces of evidence and elaboration.
  • Student teams will then present their findings before evaluating the elements of the essay.
  • Students will receive the graphic organizer they will use to complete the plan for their argument and a quick look at how to use the Pro/Con sheet on the back will be discussed in preparation for students reading the articles on their own and collecting support for their essays.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard to finish up their book projects, which are due Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Tuesday

  • Students will begin class with quick introduction to the "Thesis Statement" and the writing practice activity on reviving extinct species.
  • Student teams will first decide on a preliminary stand on the issue, then begin the reading and noting of supporting facts and details.  Students will develop a preliminary thesis and build a plan to systematically support it.
  • Students will present their plans to the class.
  • 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 to finish up their book projects, which are due Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Wednesday 

  • Students will take the MAP test today and tomorrow for language arts.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard to finish up their book projects, which are due Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Thursday

  • Students will finish the MAP testing today for language arts.
  • Students who finish with time to spare will read the articles and take notes to support their argumentative essay claim.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should be working hard to finish up their book projects, which are due Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  You can find all things related to book projects here and the presentation schedule here.

Friday

  • Students will begin class with a discussion about the importance of the introduction in the argumentative essay.  They will reread the introduction from the Sample Essay on the fables we read in class.
  • Students will then examine the individual parts of the introduction and select one to revise for improvement.  Results will be shared with the class.
  • Students will then examine a sample introduction on teacher salaries in a specific state they will identify the parts of the introduction and discuss their findings.

Homework: Students do not have Dialectic Responses or  Word Work due this week.   However, students should have turned in their book projects that were due this week.  If they did not, they are losing 5 points per day that it is late.  Students may continue working on their presentations in preparation for their deliver during finals week.

Monday

  • Students be given class time today to begin planning their argumentative essay on To Kill a Mockingbird.

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

Tuesday

  • Students be given class time today to continue planning their argumentative essay on To Kill a Mockingbird.

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

Wednesday 

  • Students will begin the MAP test today for language arts.

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

Thursday

  • Students will complete MAP testing today.
  • Student who finish with time to spare will have the rest of the class to continue their essay plans.

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

Friday

  • Students will begin class with a discussion about the importance of the introduction in the argumentative essay.  They will reread the introduction from the Sample Essay on the fables we read in class.
  • Students will then examine the individual parts of the introduction and select one to revise for improvement.  Results will be shared with the class.
  • Students will then examine a sample introduction on teacher salaries in a specific state they will identify the parts of the introduction and discuss their findings.

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