August 27-31

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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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 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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All 8th Grade ELA Classes

Monday

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.

  • Students will then be introduced to the Monday Grammar Warm-up process.  Today we will focus on the use of "They're."  Students will examine the proof of the word, a student model, and then write their own paragraph attempting to use the word 5 times, noting the proof above the word as they go.  Student work will then be reviewed orally as students read examples from their writing and the teacher challenges their usage.

  • Students tables will then receive a packet of literary terms that they will categorize, identifying relationships shared by the terms.  Students will bring up a digital copy of the terms and create an individual copy of their categories as they are organized on the whiteboard at the front of the room.

Homework:  Students should complete the categorization of their terms by Friday.

Tuesday   
  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.

  • Students will then be introduced to a weekly vocabulary assignment known as Word Work.  Students will review the process then practice in their writer's notebook.  Four words will be due on Friday every week.  Students will select new words from their daily reading to add to their own vocabulary.

  • Students then read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss for the purpose of applying many of the literary terms from yesterday's lesson.  Students collaboratively begin the "Literary Elements Notes" applying the terms to our reading of the children's story.  The first section of the activity will be reviewed.

Homework:  Two Word Work words are due on Friday along with their completion of the organization of their literary terms.

Wednesday   

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.

  • Students will collaboratively continue the literary elements notes they began yesterday.  After most groups have finished their notes, they will be reviewed.

Homework:  Two Word Work words are due on Friday along with their completion of the organization of their literary terms.

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with a brief discussion on the application of the "re-reading" strategy for increasing comprehension of an unfamiliar text.  They will then apply it to three readings of "A Pretty Good Poem."
  •  After students read the poem, observations will be discussed and then they will compare the message of the poem to a related Aristotle quotation.  Volunteers will share their thoughts.
  • Students will collaboratively complete a plot diagram illustrating significant elements of the plot of "The Lorax"   Students who finish early may work on their Word Work assignment that is due tomorrow.

Homework Literary Term organization and Word Work is due tomorrow.

Friday 

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  • Students will then be introduced to the Friday Warm-up designed to strengthen inferencing skills...Funny Bone Friday.  Students will examine a cartoon which has had the caption removed.  Students will make several observations about the cartoon and draw conclusions before attempting to add their own caption to the cartoon in an effort to make it funny.  Results will be shared and discussed.
  • Students will then complete some housekeeping in order to organize their writer's notebooks before being given some additional time to finish up their plot diagram begun during yesterday's class.
  • Plot diagrams will be reviewed and discussed and students will be given remaining time to finish any unfinished work due this week.

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.