September 17-22

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).


Word Work and Drama Comparison Due Friday.

CBA on Thursday

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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 review their notes and previous writings using the words "There, Their, and They're" before taking a quiz on their use.

  • After the quiz, students will revisit our reading of "The Lorax" and complete SWBS statements for the three stories imbedded in this story.  We will then have a brief lesson on Symbolism, which students will apply to the story.

  • Finally, they will use the Analysis Pyramid to examine relationships between the elements of fiction and the author's purpose.

Homework:  Students have two things due by the end of the week: four new words for their Word Work assignment and a comparison of "The Watson's Go to Birmingham" and "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman."

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

  • Students will then complete a review and practice of dictionary skills in preparation for using the dictionary effectively and efficiently on Thursday's CBA.

  • Students will then complete a dramatic reading of "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman." Students will examine this play for direct and indirect characterization as well as the use of the other elements of fiction and drama.

Homework:  Students have two things due by the end of the week: four new words for their Word Work assignment and a comparison of "The Watson's Go to Birmingham" and "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman."

Wednesday 

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

  • Students will then examine the Venn diagram they will use to compare  "The Watson's Go to Birmingham" and "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman."  Students may work collaboratively on this assignment, but must individually submit their observations in Google Classroom.

  • Students will be given any remaining time to work on their word work.

Homework:  Students have two things due by the end of the week: four new words for their Word Work assignment and a comparison of "The Watson's Go to Birmingham" and "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman."

Thursday

  • Students will be given the entire block of time to complete the CBA for the first unit of instruction.

Homework:  Students have two things due by the end of the week: four new words for their Word Work assignment and a comparison of "The Watson's Go to Birmingham" and "Death of a Hot Sauce Salesman."

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 who may have been absent yesterday will take the CBA they missed Thursday.

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.