August 20 - 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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Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of August

Students who need extra assistance or need to discuss their projects may clip this pass and use it to see me Tuesday - Friday in the morning before school, any day during lunch, or Monday - Thursday after school. 

Extra Help is available beginning next 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

Monday- Due to the nature of the first day of class, it is likely that a variation of the plan below will be experienced.    At this time of the year, we go with the flow.

  • 1st Half of the Day - Students will be moved to their WIN time classes for exposure to all things Wildcats.  Students will participate in Wildcat camp and learn about school wide expectations.  They will receive lockers, discuss school wide policies and expectations.

  • After lunch students will circulate an abbreviated full schedule in order to meet all of their new teachers.

  • Students will begin the class with an initial exposure to daily routines.  After finding their seats, they will be exposed to classroom rules and how school rules and expectations will be handled within the classroom.  Students will then review the concept of Alliteration and create a name plate applying the concept to their own first name.

Homework:  No homework tonight.

  • 1st Half of the Day - Students will report to their 8th period classes to receive their Chromebooks and to become familiar with technology expectations at the school.  This year students will pick up their Chromebooks from their 8th period teacher every morning before moving to their 1st period classes.  This is also where they will leave it to charge at the end of each day.

  • After lunch students will experience an abbreviated full schedule in order to meet all of their new teachers.

  • Students will set up their writer's notebook for language arts and then they will prepare to break it in with the first FreeWrite.

Homework:  No homework tonight.


  • Students will begin the class with a review of daily routines and expectations.

  • Students will listen to a excerpt from memoir titled The Autobiography of a Face.  The scene reflects a girl's experience in the cafeteria at school.  Students will respond in the form of a FreeWrite titled simply Bullying.  Volunteers will share their responses and we will discuss my attitude towards bullying and why all of us bear a responsibility for the treatment of those around us.  This is a good topic of discussion to continue at home as the experience will likely trigger some vivid personal experiences.

Homework:  No homework tonight.


  • Students will begin class with a review of daily routines and expectations and then begin an activity that will help me get to know them better and give them subject matter for their writing.  The activity is called "Get Squared Away."  They will reflect upon 16 questions exploring various aspects of their lives and illustrate them in 16 squares.  This will then be glued into the front of their writer's notebook
  •  Students will then take the Grammar Income Test.  This simply takes a sample of the student's current grammar and usage skills and then makes an unscientific correlation between the results and potential income and careers demanding those grammatical skills.  Ultimately it is a lesson in how important developing those writing skills really is for this generation.
  • Individual photos will be taken for my seating charts while kids are taking the "test." And the results will be discussed prior to wrapping it up for the first day in 8th Grade English.

Homework:  Students who finished their 16 Squares today do not have any additional homework tonight.  Students who need additional time should have this assignment turned in by the beginning of class on Monday.


  • Students will begin the class with a quick review of classroom procedures, and a discussion of their progress towards remembering them from yesterday will be discussed.
  • Students will then review the guidelines for the novel preview they will do today in order to help them find a suitable novel to read during independent reading time, which will begin next week. 
  • Two extra credit assignments will also be reviewed on Google Classroom, which some students will begin while they are waiting for their opportunity to select their novel for their first of two novel previews.

Homework:  There is no expected homework assignment tonight if students have completed their work in class; however, students who do not finish work that is expected to be completed in class, should completed it for homework.