September 24-28

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).

Dialectic Response and CBA Test Recovery Due by Friday

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of September
 28

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 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 experience a mini lesson on the use of "Too" as we will be looking at alleviating confusion when using To, Two, and Too. Students will then practice their proof of "Too" by answering the question "Do Words Have Power?"  Results will be discussed and documented.

  • Students will then discuss a video and a collection of related aphorisms examining that same question.

  • Students will then examine a eulogy given at Martin Luther King's funeral by David Dinkins.  Students will color code significant elements of this text before selecting two of those elements to take through the Analysis Pyramid.  Results will be shared and discussed and compared to possible notes on these elements, which will be recorded by the class.

  • Class will end with a look at several word collections to determine which one most clearly reflects the ideals addressed in the eulogy.

Homework:  Students have two assignments due by the end of the week:  Dialectical Response and Test Recovery, which will be introduced tomorrow.

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

  • Students will then mark the correct and missed responses on last week's CBA test.  The process for recovering the grade will be explained and students will be given until Friday to complete corrections for recovery.

  • Students will then complete a lesson on the three types of Irony: situational, dramatic, and verbal.  Students will examine the lyrics from Allanis Morrisette's "Ironic," and identify the significant examples of irony from the less significant.  Results will be shared and discussed.

  • Students will then examine a collection of ironic images and discuss why each reflects this quality.  Class will conclude with a written response reflecting on a personally ironic experience.

Homework:  Students have two assignments due by the end of the week:  Dialectical Response and Test Recovery.

Wednesday 

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

  • Students will then examine whether temperature can be used as a symbol.  We will examine several examples of media that use temperature to symbolize ideas that go beyond the physical nature of temperature.

  • Students will then apply the rereading strategy to "The Cold Within" by James Patrick Kinney.  Students will rank their level of understanding across three different readings of the poem noting words that are barriers to understanding as well as "ah ha" observations in the third reading.  Students will then discuss their observations at their tables before experiencing a dramatic reading of the poem.

  • Students will then combine forces with their table mates to complete an analysis of one of the attributes of this poem in addition to the theme of the poem.  If they select an aspect that see as related to that theme, their observations will come easier.  Students will then construct a poster size version of their analysis to present to their classmates.

Homework:  Students have two assignments due by the end of the week:  Dialectical Response and Test Recovery.

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading.
  • Students will then reflect on their experience with the analysis of "The Cold Within" before examining a summary look at their findings from yesterday's class.  Students will note a copy of some of the best observations made during yesterday's classes.

  • Students will then begin a review of the craft elements that contribute to the staying power of affectively written words.  We will examine examples of figurative language and sound devices in popular media.

Homework:  Students have two assignments due by the end of the week:  Dialectical Response and Test Recovery.

Friday 

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  • Students will a short collection of famous poems for their use of figurative language and it's contribution to the message reflect in each piece.  Results will be shared and discussed.
  • Students will get to use any remaining time to work on assignments that are due today.

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.