October 1-5

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 Due Friday
and CBA Recovery Due by Tuesday

Ott Class Help Pass
clip and use for the week of
October 1

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 "Tw0" as we will be looking at alleviating confusion when using To, Two, and Too. Students will then practice their proof of "Two" by writing a story about something that happened to them or that they did this past weekend.

  • Students will return to the poems they were analyzing on Friday and complete that analysis.

  • Students will then examine sound devices used in poetry and practice their identification using Mr. Ott's website page on Poetry Device Practice.  They will examine the devices used in popular media to reinforce their understanding of the concepts.  Students will work in pairs at their own pace as they explore the links on the site.

Homework:  Students have a Word Work assignment due by Friday on four new words they have encountered in their daily reading.

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

  • Students will then read and paraphrase the poem, "If All the Trees Were Oaks."

  • Students will then collaboratively complete a selected analysis section of the Analysis Pyramid that they will present to the class.

  • Finally students will fill in the sections of the analysis pyramid that they did not complete on their own with notes examining all text elements of the poem.

Homework:  Students have a Word Work assignment due by Friday on four new words they have encountered in their daily reading.

Wednesday 

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

  • Students will then collaboratively address CBA like objective questions comparing two related poems.

  • Students will review the questions, then read and mark-up the selections.  Finally they will use their notes to select the correct answers to the objective questions. Answers will be reviewed and discussed before moving on to the examination of  third poem that is related thematically to the other two.

  • Students will use their Chrome books to research confusing names and references in the poem to attempt to determine the point being made by the author and its relationship to the first two poems.

Homework:  Students have a Word Work assignment due by Friday on four new words they have encountered in their daily reading.

Thursday

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading.
  • Students will then review their reading and analysis of "The Cold Within" before viewing a brief biography on Frederick Douglass.  They will then read an excerpt from "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and attempt to make connections between the two pieces.

  • Students will then collaboratively answer three questions comparing the structural elements of the two pieces.  Responses will be shared and discussed.

Homework:  Students have a Word Work assignment due by Friday on four new words they have encountered in their daily reading.

Friday 

  • Students will begin class with 15 minutes of independent reading of self selected novels.
  • Students will be introduced to the Persuasive Appeals: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in preparation for next weeks application of the appeals in several famous speeches.
  • Students will be permitted to use any remaining time to complete their word work.

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.