September 10-14

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).


Meet the Teacher on Monday Evening

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of September
  10

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 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 "Their."  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 will then examine the contributing factors to finding the "Theme" of a story and apply it to Little Red Riding Hood.

Homework:  Students have three things due by the end of the week:  a Dialectical Response from this week's independent reading, a written resolution to "The Elevator," and a character development chart for "The Watson's Go to Birmingham."  Tonight, they should prepare for writing the resolution to "The Elevator."

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

  • Students will then complete a brief review of the Word Work assignment as I model the word "Theme."  Students will add to their Word Work notes so that they have another working example of how to complete this assignment.

  • Students will then practice the use of a formula for summarizing short pieces of fiction...the SWBS statement, we will practice it with our reading of Little Red Riding Hood from yesterday before discussing their job of writing the resolution to "The Elevator."

  • This assignment will be presented and explained, and students will go into Google classroom to access the directions, rubric, and the paper they will ultimately turn in for assessment.

Homework:  Students have three things due by the end of the week:  a Dialectical Response from this week's independent reading, a written resolution to "The Elevator," and a character development chart for "The Watson's Go to Birmingham."

Wednesday 

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

  • Students will then examine the terms they will need to be familiar with as we read Drama.  We will look at the terms in action in "The Watson's Go to Birmingham," and then students will be given the job of reading the play and highlighting the direct and indirect characterization of the main character.

  • Students will read and highlight the play and then complete a google drawing illustrating the character development of the main character before determining a theme that is suggested by this character's development.

Homework:  Students have three things due by the end of the week:  a Dialectical Response from this week's independent reading, a written resolution to "The Elevator," and a character development chart for "The Watson's Go to Birmingham."

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  •  Students will review the assignments that are due by tomorrow and be given class time to work on them.  They may chose which ones to focus their attention.

Homework:  Students have three things due by the end of the week:  a Dialectical Response from this week's independent reading, a written resolution to "The Elevator," and a character development chart for "The Watson's Go to Birmingham."

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 or read independently if their work is 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.