September 3 - 7

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 September
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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
to enter the
building before school.

All 8th Grade ELA Classes

Monday

Students enjoy Labor Day Holiday off.

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

  • Students will then begin the Monday Grammar Warm-up process.  Today we will focus on the use of "There."  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 read and respond to "The Elevator."  Students will annotate the text focusing on the development of Character, Conflict, and Suspense.

  • After the reading, students will collaboratively diagram the plot of the story.

Homework:  Students should complete the full Word Work Assignment by Friday (4 words).

Wednesday 

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

  • Students will then be introduced to a weekly writing assignment called the "Dialectical Response."  Students will review the structure, purpose, and evaluation of the response and note examples of a "pretty good" response and an outstanding response.

  • Students then complete the analysis of "The Elevator," which we read in class yesterday.  We will likely review the plot diagram prior to beginning the analysis of the piece.

Homework:  Students should complete the full Word Work Assignment by Friday (4 words).

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  •  Students will then examine the role of Point of View in a brief pair of poems.
  • Students will then complete a guided reading of "Birthday Party" by Katherine Brush, completing a "Think Link along the way.
  • The plot diagram will be completed along with three questions that will guide our discussion of the short story.

Homework Students should complete the full Word Work Assignment by Friday (4 words).

Friday 

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  • Students will then complete 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 be given the remaining time in class to finish their word work if it hasn't been already completed.

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.