Daily Agenda (posted by Sommer Bannan; 05/09/17)
August 19, 2016
Agenda- Write assignments in planner. Briefly discuss my teaching experience. Group Poster- "How to be successful in English Language Arts this year?" Pass out Syllabus Discuss Core Novels
August 22, 2016
Bell work: Introduce Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” – ask the students to reflect upon the meaning in two to three sentences. Read “The Road Not Taken” as a class. 1) Annotate together (modeling annotations) 2) Discuss the theme Collect Review Classroom Policies and Procedures: Read Syllabus, Letter home to parents- Due Wednesday! Discuss the summer reading The Giver. Socratic Seminar questions are due tomorrow! The Socratic Seminar will take place on Monday, August 29th. Discuss the Letter of Introduction- Assign- due Friday
August 23, 2016
Collect the Socratic Seminar Summer Reading Questions- Packets/Questions will be returned to students on Friday! MAP Testing for English Language Arts
August 24, 2016
Collect Letter home to parents Collect AA Policies & Procedures MAP Testing for English Language Arts
August 25, 2016
Bell work: What are your favorite activities in English class? What does that say about your learning style? Are you a Kinesthetic learner? Auditory learner? Complete Worksheet and Discuss: Where Does Your True Intelligence Lie? Discuss as a class our learning styles Complete the Study Skills Worksheet- Share-out Complete the Goal Setting Worksheet based on our Study Skills Worksheet response First Journal assignment in OneNote on the American Academy Character Traits. Students will choose one trait to write about. What does this trait mean to you? Give an example when you exhibited one of these traits. Or, did you see one of your peers exhibit one of these traits last year? Explain. Poster with sticky notes- What do you hope to learn in English Language Arts this year?
August 26, 2016
Student Pictures Period ½- 9:30-9:40 Period 3/4 – 11:10-11:20 Period 5/6- 12:50-1:00 Bell Work: What has the most impressionable lesson you have learned this week (in any of your classes)? Collect Letter of Introduction Review Poster from yesterday. What do we hope to learn for English Language Arts this year? Pass back the Socratic Seminar packets. Power Point/Smart Board-Take Notes in OneNote on Socratic Seminars (Rules, Background info., dialogue vs. debate). In groups of two: prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Monday! Socratic Seminar on Monday on The Giver.
August 29, 2016
Bell Work: What is the purpose of a Socratic Seminar? How does dialogue differ from a debate? What is one rule to follow in a Socratic Seminar?   Socratic Seminar on The Giver   Student reflection and debrief Teacher feedback on strengths and areas of improvements
August 30, 2016
Bell Work: Tell me about your reading habits (in an educational setting and in your personal reading at home).    Read as a class Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!”   Students will first annotate individually.   Annotate the poem as a class using the SmartBoard. Discuss the literary devices within the poem.   Students will open OneNote and take notes in Reading Notes on Walt Whitman’s biography.   Read as a class in the literature books- Connect to the poem/build background. Answer questions 1-6 in groups. Share out as a class   Collect Annotations and Questions   8M/8S Complete the Reading Worksheet- Share-out Collect
August 31, 2016
Bell Work: What did you learn yesterday about Walt Whitman’s poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”?   Quia Assessment on O Captain! My Captain! K-W-L Chart on Plagiarism Students will complete the packet in groups on plagiarism.
September 1, 2016
Bell Work: Write down two rules in plagiarism (refer to your K-W-L Chart)   Complete the K-W-L chart and turn in. OneNote Notes on Plagiarism- Power Point. Revisit the Plagiarism packet and complete in pairs. Revisit the K-W-L. Complete the column "What did you learn?" Introduce Write-to-Learn and IXL
September 2, 2016
Bell Work: What is one new piece of information you learned in the Plagiarism unit? 30 Minutes: Student Independent Work Time: IXL on in-text citations/ Plagiarism (8th grade standards) -note- this will not be graded. It is to practice the lessons we learned in the plagiarism unit and to prepare for the plagiarism assessment Remaining class period: Student Independent Work Time: Write-to-Learn Essay on The Giver.
September 6, 2016
Bell Work: Correctly write the following titles: Animal Farm (book) Twelfth Night (play) O Captain! My Captain (poem) Raymond's Run (short story)   Quia Assessment on Plagiarism   Mini Research Lesson: Discuss Project guidelines and rubric   Introduction Mini lesson: Review Source Credibility (Power Point, Handout on CAARP and discuss Source Handout) Review Quote Sandwich (SmartBoard)   Due: Friday
September 7, 2016
Bell Work: Review: Write down the following web sites and determine which are credible: .org .com .edu .gov .net   Introduction Mini lesson: Review MLA format on the Works Cited page. Review OWL Purdue. Students will follow along and navigate through OWL Purdue.     Student Work Time: Students will work on Mini Research Lesson- Due Friday    
September 8, 2016
Bell Work: Review: Rewrite the following in-text citation example paraphrased. Emerson often wrote about nature and the" relationship of the self within nature" (Bannan 112).   Review- Sandwich paragraph, in-text citations, and OWL Purdue   Student work time: Complete project and prepare to give the speech to the class. I will check each student's work in progress during the class period - Due Friday Pass back all class papers. Give students time to organize their materials.
September 9, 2016
Bell Work: What is one new piece of information you learned this week. Quia Assessment on Source Credibility.   Students will present their Mini Research Projects to the class.   Time Remaining: Class competition using IXL for Research Topic. Pass back all class papers. Give students time to organize their materials.
September 12, 2016
Bell Work: Activating prior knowledge: Recall three literary devices and define them.   Introduce the Independent Reading Book for Trimester 1 and Book Report/Rubric Discuss- Books online Lexile Range   Book Reports are due by November 1st, 2016   OneNote Notetaking on Literary Terms in Short Stories
September 13, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of a simile and a metaphor.   Grammar Lesson 9 (Capitalization: The Pronoun I, Poetry, Titles, Outlines, Quotations)- Students will take notes and complete practice questions a-h. Share-out  Discuss with students the grade per proficiency level Complete handout on Literary Devices in groups. Each group will create a poster to represent one of the literary devices and present it to the class.   H.W. IXL for 30 minutes. H.1 Capitalization.  
September 14, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of indirect characterization. Share-out  Impromptu- Book Talk in groups (students will talk about books read to give their peers recommendations on their Independent Reading books). Begin the Short Story Unit- Glencoe 8E- Review the Setting poster from yesterday and talk about adding descriptive language. Review as a class the Short Story Plot Line.   Read “Raymond’s Run” in the Glencoe book as a class. As the class reads, the students will make predictions about what will happen next (handout).  
September 15, 2016
Bell Work: (Creating writing using sensory language): Create two detailed sentences using sight and sound. Grammar Lesson 65- Quotation Marks- Practice Questions in Hake   Short Story Unit- Read “Kaffir Boy” as a class.   Answer questions 1-6
September 16, 2016
Bell Work: How did you select your Independent Reading book? What is it about? Pair Share with a partner. Share-out Library Time- 30 minutes   Finish questions 1-6 from "Kaffir Boy" Test prep games for Literary Devices or Students may use IXL for Test Prep on Literary Devices
September 19, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Kaffir Boy"? Collect Parent Signature Letter for Independent Reading Set up OneNote folder for Independent Reading   Read- "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" By: Jack Finney Glencoe 5 Answer Questions 1-7 Review Wednesday's Short Story Test: Literary Devices "Raymond's Run" "Kaffir Boy" "Two Kinds" "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" Reading Comprehension
September 20, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Content of a Dead Man's Pockets?" Grammar Lesson 66: Quotation Marks Part 2 Practice Questions   Read "Two Kinds" By Amy Tan Answer Questions 1-5 All Questions for "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" and "Two Kinds" are on my attached links. The Short Story Test has been moved to Thursday, September 22nd.
September 21, 2016
Bell Work: What is a possible theme in the short story "Two Kinds"? Review the Grammar question from yesterday. Where is the ? Placed when using quotations and asking a question with a title. 20 Minutes of Student Work Time: Students will have time to answer questions remaining from either "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" or "Two Kinds" Grade "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket" and "Two Kinds" questions out loud as a class. Students will complete worksheet- finding literary devices within the short stories read.
September 22, 2016
Bell Work: How did you prepare for today's short story test? Short Story Test: Literary Devices and content questions from the short stories read in class ("Raymond's Run," "Kaffir Boy," "Content of a Dead Man's Pocket," and "Two Kinds"). Reading Comprehension questions- (Glencoe assessment 5th edition from" Wouldn't Take Nothing for May Journey Now" by Maya Angelou page 460) Giving students Independent Reading Time and setting up OneNote for our Book Reports-- I will check the OneNote set up. IXL Competition Game for Grammar on Quotations.
September 26, 2016
Bell Work: When brainstorming topics for your short story, what are the first items you must consider before beginning your writing? (Possible answers: audience, setting, characterization, genre, theme).   Vocabulary- Students take review notes in OneNote on Narrative Short Story Writing Elements     Writing our own short stories- Introduce Rubric and Plot Graphic Organizer     Write the conflict and theme on the bottom of the graphic organizer.   Student work time: work on the character worksheet and the graphic organizer for the plot outline. – Due tomorrow
September 27, 2016
Bell Work: Write an example of an interrupted dialogue..     Grammar IXL in class- Quotations and Dialogue- for a grade! Discuss "Punctuating Dialogue" handout. Discuss "Recall and Arrange Details" handout.   Students will work on the prewriting worksheet and begin writing their rough draft.   H.W. Students will work on Dialogue editing worksheet- due tomorrow
September 28, 2016
Bell Work: Write out one sentence that you can use to give clearer description in your setting.     Mini lesson on using sensory language and descriptive language in our writing. Read Mark Twain’s descriptive setting. Highlight/underline sections describing the time/place. Poster paper working on descriptive settings as a class. "Sensory Language" worksheet   Students will work on rough draft- rough draft- focusing on descriptive language in the setting. (Friday).
September 29, 2016
Bell Work: Write out one simile that you could use regarding your character in your Short Story Narrative   Grammar Lesson 2: Complete Sentences, Sentence Fragments, and Run-on Sentences (notes and practice questions a-e).   Discuss the "How to Dazzle the Reader" Handout   Students will work on writing their rough draft. Due tomorrow (printed)!
September 30, 2016
Bell Work: What is the theme of your short story?   Vocabulary Review Quiz on Narrative Elements   30 Minutes: Student Work Time for Independent Reading and Book Report Project- I will check OneNote and Book Reports work-in-progress for a grade!     Color coding the rough draft for literary devices in pairs.   Rewriting the rough draft adding additional elements noted in the color coding. I will check the rough drafts. Pass back all papers
October 3, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Peer editing in round circle groups.     “Choosing Precise Words” handout- complete in groups. Students will take the revisions made from the peer edits and the information learned from the handout and revise their rough drafts Student independent work: Revising the rough draft with word choices.
October 4, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson: IXL Complete Sentences, Sentence Fragments, and Run-on Sentences. (p.3) 30 minutes.   Students will use Write-to-Learn to edit their rough draft and make any revisions. Students will rewrite final draft and print. Due tomorrow (Wednesday)
October 5, 2016
I will be out of the classroom for a Professional Development for conducting Socratic Seminars. There will be a substitute. No Bell Work this week.     Final draft of the Short Story Narrative due.     Students will staple together all papers included in the Short Story Narrative project (please see the white poster paper for the order in which the papers are stapled).     30 Minutes: IXL Practice Peer Review Section in 8th grade standards –not for a grade- just for practice.   Remaining class time: Independent Work Time: Students may complete Independent Reading and work on the Book Report in OneNote
October 6, 2016
No Bell Work this week.     As a class, read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson     Practice in editing errors in: Dialogue Punctuation Spelling
October 7, 2016
No School
October 17, 2016
Bell Work: Activate previous knowledge: What do you know about the Russian Revolution? Share-out.   For students who were in D.C.- put together Short Story packets and turn-in.   Take Notes on Animal Farm Background info. (Power Point Presentation).   Four Corner Debate on the themes within Animal Farm.
October 18, 2016
Bell Work: Recall- What is an allegory? What is a fable? What is a satire?   Library to check out Animal Farm books.   Grammar Test Prep for Thursday’s test: IXL practice for test prep homework- Capitalization, Punctuating Dialogue and Quotations, Complete Sentences, Run-on Sentences, and Sentence Fragments. Continue Notes on the Background of George Orwell in OneNote   Group Research Activity on the following: 1) Capitalism 2) Communism 3) Czarish Government 4) Democracy 5) Socialism 6) Totalitarianism Students will create Sway presentations and include a final page for Works Cited. Due: Thursday.
October 19, 2016
Bell Work: What new information did you learn in your research work from yesterday regarding government structures? Share-out.   Standards Focus: Exploring Expository Writing- Author Biography: George Orwell Read article and complete handout questions.   Work on Sway Presentations on Government Structures. Due tomorrow!
October 20, 2016
Bell Work: Recall: What new information did you learn this week about the biography of George Orwell?   8E/8S- Grammar Test (Hake and IXL)   Present Sway Presentations- classes 1/2 & 5/6   Review the Government Structures as a class and take notes in OneNote During period 3/4- Red Ribbon Week Presentation outside 9:40-11am
October 21, 2016
Bell Work: What are your thoughts on using Sway versus other presentation technology (such as Power Point)? Pros and Cons. Explain.   8E- During Class/ 8M/8S- Homework: Complete the handout- Standards Focus: Elements of Fiction Genre: Allegory- students will answer questions at the end. 8M/8S- Present SWAY presentations on Government Structures (Into. To Animal Farm). Take notes in OneNote.   Student Independent Work Time: Independent Reading and Book Report work time
October 24, 2016
Housekeeping: Review school recommendations for high school. Bell Work: What do you know about propaganda? What is the definition? How is it used to spread information?   Vocabulary Terms: Rhetoric and Propaganda- students take Notes in OneNote     Read Chapter 1- Animal Farm     Review the Graphic Organizer in OneNote- Summarize Question, Connect, Reflect and Predict- ask the students to complete this assignment for Chapter 1.
October 25, 2016
Bell Work: Recall your notes on Rhetoric and Propaganda from yesterday. What is one technique that can be used to spread propaganda? Give an example for this technique.   Hake Grammar- Subject/Predicate (Lesson 1) Practice questions a-g   Read Chapter 2 in Animal Farm   Chapter Two Standards Focus: Symbolism- Review Symbolism and Fable. Students will complete the worksheet Part A and Part B     IXL Homework IXL Grade 8 n.2 Identifying the Simple Subject and Simple Predicate in the sentence
October 26, 2016
Bell Work: After reading chapter 1 & 2 in Animal Farm, make a prediction about what will happen next to enrich the conflict. IXL- 30 minutes M.1 Sentence Types.   Read Animal Farm (Chapter 3) Students will finish the Handout packet on Symbolism- due at the end of the class period   H.W. Students will Read Chapter 4 independently for homework
October 27, 2016
Bell Work: Grammar recall: Write an example of a declarative sentence and an interrogative sentence.   Hake Grammar Lesson 4: Nouns: Proper, Concrete, Abstract, and Collective practice questions a-h   Watch "The Wave" On Rhetoric and Propaganda
October 28, 2016
Professional Development Day! No school for students.
October 31, 2016
Bell Work: How did the ABC Special "The Wave" relate to Animal Farm? Explain.   For Halloween fun: :) Read “The Black Cat” By: Edgar Allan Poe   Read Chapter 5 in Animal Farm Begin the handout: Standards Focus: Rhetoric and Propaganda handout for Animal Farm
November 1, 2016
Bell work: Write a 3-4 sentence summary on Animal Farm thus far. Survey from Ms. Neil.   Book Reports are due.   Grammar Lesson 5: Present and Past Tense of Regular Verbs   Read Chapter 6: Animal Farm Standards Finding supporting quotations-- preparing for their response to literature paragraph   IXL Homework 30 minutes: EE.2
November 2, 2016
Bell Work: Watch the short video on the difference between Concrete Nouns and Abstract Nouns. Grammar Warm-up: Students will write an two examples for each. (Concrete versus Abstract Nouns review)   Book Report Presentations- Students will present their posters to the class. Give students time to complete the self-graded rubric and collect.   Students will take notes on books they could possibly choose for Trimester 2's Independent Reading. 8E- Review R.A.C.E on the Smartboard. Begin writing the Response to Literature paragraph. 8m/8s- Standards Focus Handout: Finding Supporting Quotations.
November 3, 2016
Bell Work: Grammar Warm-up (Concrete versus Abstract Nouns review) 8E- YES officer presentation on Bullying 8m/8s   Grammar Lesson 6: Helping Verbs   Mini lesson on adding quotations from dialogue-review on properly formatting in-text citations. Students will write the Response to Literature paragraphs using their "Finding Supporting Quotations" handout and their R.A.C.E. notes in OneNote H.W. Response to Literature paragraph is due tomorrow (using the R.A.C.E format). Typed, Double spaced, 12 point font
November 4, 2016
Bell Work: Tell me about something you learned this week that had an impact on you. :) 8m/8STurn in Response to Literature paragraphs stapled to the Finding Supporting Quotations handout.   Read Animal Farm Chapter 7 8E-  Mini lesson on adding quotations from dialogue-review on properly formatting in-text citations. Ask the students to begin organizing their Response to Literature paragraphs using their "Finding Supporting Quotations" handout Mini lesson: Allegorical Characters Standards Focus handout: Allegorical characters- connecting characters within Animal Farm to the Russian Revolution Pass back papers
November 7, 2016
Bell Work: Write down one quote from Animal Farm (that includes dialogue). Use the proper rules for in-text citations. Review the worksheet Allegorical Characters- discuss the answers as a class.   Read Animal Farm Chapter 8   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus- Irony. Students will complete the handout of irony on Animal Farm.   H.W.- Choose 5 Vocabulary words from Animal Farm. Write the (a) sentence context of the word, (b) the definition, and write (c) one synonym. Due tomorrow.
November 8, 2016
Election Day! Bell Work: What are the three kinds of irony? Give an example of one type of irony portrayed in Animal Farm. Collect Vocabulary assignment   Grammar Hake Lesson 7- Singular, Plural, Compound and Possessive Nouns/ Noun Gender (notes and practice questions)   Read Animal Farm Chapter 9   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Tone and Mood- Students will complete the Animal Farm handout on identifying Tone and Mood within the novel
November 9, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between Tone and Mood? Explain. IXL - 30 Minutes on Nouns C.C.3     Read Animal Farm Chapter 10   Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Connotation and Denotation. Students will complete the handouts on the Vocabulary within Animal Farm.
November 10, 2016
Bell Work: Write the definition of connotation and the definition of denotation. Collect Connotation and Denotation Vocabulary packet Review with students the concepts on Tuesday's Grammar Test. Students will take notes on what to study.   Grammar Hake Lesson 8: Future Tense (notes and practice questions) Mini Lesson: Standards Focus: Subject vs. Theme Students will complete the handout on Subject versus Theme within Animal Farm Discuss the Socratic Seminar Questions and Rubric for next Monday.   H.W. Prep for the Socratic Seminar on Monday.
November 11, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between Subject and Theme in a story? Explain.   Watch the movie Animal Farm. Students will complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the book to the movie. H.W.- Students will prepare for the Socratic Seminar on Monday on Animal Farm. Grammar Test is on Tuesday. Animal Farm Test is on Wednesday
November 14, 2016
No Bell Work this week Review with students the School Recommendation process for A.A.   Review Dialogue vs. Debate Review Socratic Seminar guidelines Socratic Seminar on Animal Farm Students will have preparation materials on their desk (questions answered, Socratic Seminar questions stems, Socratic Seminar rubric) to assist them in the dialogue/discussion. Pass back all papers and begin studying for the Grammar Test (Tuesday) and Animal Farm Test (Wednesday)
November 15, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Test (Hake Lessons 1, 4, 5, 7, 8) – Quia Socratic Seminar Debrief- Students will complete the reflection and we will discuss as a class.   Student Work time: Students can prepare in groups for the Animal Farm Exam.   Students will review all Standards Focus Worksheets: Allegory, Satire, Fable/ Summarize, Questions, Connect, Reflect, and Predict/ Symbolism/ Response to Literature/ Irony/ Mood versus Tone/ Subject versus Theme/ Rhetoric and Propaganda/ Connotation and Denotation   8E- Finish the Animal Farm movie
November 16, 2016
No Bell Work this week. 8:30-9am- Leadership Awards Discuss yesterday's Grammar Test re: bunch (collective noun) and shined/shone (past tense). 8E- Study for the Animal Farm exam   8M/8S- Animal Farm Final Exam (*each assessment differs per ability group)     IXL class competition
November 17, 2016
No Bell Work this week. 8E- Animal Farm Exam   Istation Assessment   8M/8S- Introduce Newsela- Students will find a current article they are interested in and familiarize themselves with annotating and answering questions. Model as a class/ Allow students time for Independent work on the article assigned- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
November 28, 2016
Bell Work: (Activating Prior Knowledge)- What do you know about Nelle Harper Lee? What do you know about the Great Depression? What do you know about To Kill a Mockingbird?- Discuss prior knowledge as a class in a share-out.   Anticipatory Activity: Four Corner Debate on the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird   Read 1/2 of Chapter 1 in TKAM   Students will be assigned groups as a jigsaw project to research the background information for To Kill a Mockingbird. Each group will be assigned one of the following:   1-The background/biography of Nelle Harper Lee 2-The Great Depression 3-The Civil Rights Movement 4-Segregations and Slavery in America 5-The South- history and traditions 6-The Emancipation Proclamation Each group will create a SmartBoard presentation (either using SWAY or Power Point) to teach the class their information. The final slide must provide a Works Cited in MLA format.   Due: Thursday
November 29, 2016
Bell Work: Answer one of the following: What is the setting of TKAM? Describe the town and its traditions. What did we learn about the narrator through indirect characterization? Seating chart change   Grammar Lesson 10: Irregular Plural Nouns Part 1. Notes and Practice questions.   Finish reading chapter 1 TKAM   Students will work on their Research Project for TKAM- due Thursday.
November 30, 2016
Bell Work: No Bell Work-   Y.E.S.S. Program Officer - Lecture and Discussion   H.W. – Prepare to present the Power point/SWAY presentations
December 1, 2016
Bell work: In three to four sentences, summarize what you have read in Chapter 1 of TKAM.   Grammar Lesson 11: Irregular Plural Nouns Part 2 Notes and practice question   Students will present their Research Presentations. Students will take notes in OneNote on each presentation given. Read chapter 2 TKAM   H.W. Read chapter 3
December 2, 2016
Bell Work: What is one fact you learned yesterday in the Research Presentations?   Pop Quiz on TKAM (Chapters 1-3)   Read Chapter 4 TKAM   Newsela Article- Students will annotate and answer the quiz questions on the article "Framed S.C. Civil Rights Protestors have Convictions erased.     H.W. Read chapter 5 in TKAM
December 5, 2016
Bell Work: Write a three to four sentence summary on Chapter 5 in To Kill a Mockingbird.   Read TKAM Chapter 6 as a class.     Timed-Write on Empathy in OneNote. Review chapter 3- Atticus and Scout's conversation about empathy. Students will answer the following prompt: What is empathy? When is the last time you felt empathy for someone? Is it always good to be empathetic? Can you feel empathy for someone as well as anger or dislike? What would the world be like if no one felt empathy for anyone else?   Students will share their Timed-writes- discussing their experiences with empathy in groups. The students will volunteer one student from each group to share the empathy story with the class.   H.W. TKAM Chapter 7 independently.
December 6, 2016
Bell Work: What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? Explain.   Grammar Lesson 12: Irregular Verbs Part 1- Be, Have, Do.   Read TKAM Chapter 8 as a class. Practice the Vocabulary Web worksheet as a class.   Vocabulary- Students will find **(5 for 8E/8 for 8M/ 10 for 8S) Vocabulary words that are unfamiliar within TKAM. The students will (a) write the word (b) write the sentence context of the word (c) write the definition (d) write one synonym and one antonym     H.W. – Vocabulary Webs
December 7, 2016
Bell Work: What are some actions we can take to be empathetic to our family, friends, class mates, teammates, community, etc.?   Read TKAM- 1/2 of chapter 9   Newsela- Students will be assigned the Newsela article: Rosa Parks. **The articles assigned the classes will differ in Lexile Reading Range. The students will complete the annotations of the article and take the Quiz at the end. **The Newsela Quiz will differ in difficulty based on ability group.   Review Summary Writing with the class. Show examples of Summaries. Review the Summary Rubric.   Ask the students to find a Newsela Article they are interested in reading and writing about. Students will first annotate the article. They will print the article and write a one paragraph summary on the content, the audience, and the purpose of the article. Students will be placed into groups to share their articles. One student per group will share their article with the class on Friday.   H.W.- Newsela Article Summary due Friday
December 8, 2016
Bell Work: Recall: What are three important items to include when writing a summary?   Grammar Lesson 13: Four Principle Parts of Verbs     Finish reading TKAM Chapter 9   Work on Newsela Articles and Summary Writing- per Wednesday’s instruction
December 9, 2016
Bell Work: In three to four sentences, discuss the lessons Scout has learned thus far.   Istation Reading Comprehension on Summaries   Read TKAM Chapter 10 IXL Class competition Pass back papers
December 12, 2016
Period 1- Spelling Bee   No Bell Work this week.   TKAM- read chapter 11   Review the lesson learned thus far within To Kill a Mockingbird- pair share and share out. Tined-write: Students will pick one lesson learned and explore it in a 25 minute Timed Write in OneNote. What lesson was learned? How was it articulated within TKAM? How did it personally impact you?
December 13, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 14: Prepositions   Pop Quiz on Chapters 1-10 in TKAM   Read chapter 12 in TKAM Book Fair
December 14, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Read TKAM- chapter 13   Newsela Article- “Civil Rights Leader: Martin Luther King Jr.” - Annotate the article and take the quiz. Write a one paragraph summary (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font). The rubric will follow the same criteria as the previous week. (Students may refer to their Summary Writing Handout. Due Friday
December 15, 2016
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 15: The Perfect Tenses   TKAM – Chapter 14   Work on Newsela Summary- due tomorrow.
December 16, 2016
No Bell Work this week. Collect the Newsela Summary     Literary Snowflakes
January 4, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Review Independent Reading for Trimester 2. Discuss the Independent Reading Journal expectations, the Journal Jumpstart Worksheet, and the Rubric. Review the letter home to parents.   Review the reading of TKAM from previous chapters.   Read TKAM Chapter 15   Grammar Test Prep- Review Hake Grammar Lesson 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. 15 Students will complete handout on lessons- Due Friday. (Students will locate their notes on these lessons. Students will review IXL to see where they can prepare within the lessons. Students will use the Hake book to review key ideas). Test will be on Friday 1/6
January 6, 2017
No Bell Work this week.     Read TKAM Chapter 16   TKAM Study Guide Questions Review Ch. 1-16   Grammar Test Prep. Student work time. Grammar Test tomorrow.
January 9, 2017
No Bell Work this week Grammar Test on Hake Lessons 10-15 8M/8S- Reading: Discuss as a class the Study Guide Review Questions. 8E- Read Chapter 16 in TKAM -   Writing: Introduce the Newspaper Project- due Thursday Review the guidelines and rubric.
January 10, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 31: The Period/ Abbreviations   TKAM read chapter 17   Newspaper Project
January 11, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 41: The Comma   TKAM read chapter 18   Newspaper Project
January 12, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Grammar Hake Lesson 43 The Comma: Direct Addresses, Appositives, Academic Degrees     TKAM read chapter 19   Newspaper Project -due Tuesday
January 17, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Collect Parent Signatures for the Independent Reading Book selection for Trimester 2.   Review the Example Paper for the Independent Reading Journal Entry in OneNote. Review the speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. Play audio for the class to hear as they read along. Students will annotate the speech . Read Chapter 20 in TKAM Students will be given until tomorrow to complete the Newspaper Project for To Kill a Mockingbird.
January 18, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Hake Lesson 47: The Comma: Greetings and Closings, Last Name First, Introductory and Interrupting Elements, Afterthoughts, Clarity TKAM Newspaper Projects are due!   Read TKAM Chapter 21 & 22   TKAM handout – Finding Vocabulary in Context
January 19, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Hake Lesson 58 The Comma: Descriptive Adjectives, Dependent Clauses   Read TKAM Chapter 23   TKAM handouts- Standards Focus: Rhetoric-Ethos, Pathos, Logos & Rhetorical Devices (handout)
January 23, 2017
Bell Work: Review: Recall Atticus’ speech to the jury in Chapter 20. Give one example of how he used ethos, pathos, or logos.     Read TKAM 24 & 25   Standards Focus Handout: Author’s Style TKAM H.W.- Independent Reading and Journaling
January 24, 2017
Bell Work: Who is your favorite character in TKAM? Why? Explain.   Grammar Hake Lesson 60: The Comma: Compound Sentences, Direct Quotations     Read TKAM 26 & 27   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 25, 2017
Bell Work: Predict how you think TKAM will end.   IXL: Comma Review A.1   Read TKAM Chapter 28 & 29   Standards Focus Handout: Theme in Context TKAM   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 26, 2017
Bell Work: In your opinion, what was the most important lesson learned in TKAM?   Grammar Hake Lesson 62: Nonessential Parts- That or Which   Read chapter 30 & 31   Watch the movie To Kill a Mockingbird   H.W. Independent Reading and Journaling
January 27, 2017
Bell Work: What are your thoughts about your reading of TKAM? What was the most memorable part of the story? Explain.   Independent Reading and Journaling   Finish watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird   Prepare for the Socratic Seminar on TKAM
January 30, 2017
Bell Work: In two or three sentences, compare and contrast TKAM book to the movie.   Finish watching TKAM movie   Review Socratic Seminar Guidelines   Independently prepare for Tuesday’s Socratic Seminar.
January 31, 2017
Bell Work: How did you prepare for the Socratic Seminar?   Socratic Seminar on TKAM   Socratic Seminar Debrief Questions
February 1, 2017
Class picture 8:50-9:05   Bell Work: Reflect on yesterday's Socratic Seminar: What was one strength of our Socratic Seminar yesterday? What was one area of improvement? Socratic Seminar follow-up discussion/debrief Empathy Ball- Kinesthetic Activity   To Kill a Mockingbird Final Exam **The test will differ in level of depth, format of the test, and points- per ability group. Grammar Hake Lesson- Dashes Student Work Time: Independent Reading and Journaling- there will be a Journal check on Friday!
February 2, 2017
Y.E.S.S. Program Officer visit
February 3, 2017
Bell Work: What was one part of the Y.E.S.S. Officer’s speech that was important to you? Explain. Return TKAM books to the library.   30 Minutes: Istation assignment- Reading with ISIP (Students click blue button and the assignments are already tailored individually- based on their assessments).   Independent Reading and Journaling- Journal check for a grade.
February 6, 2017
Bell Work: What was your experience in writing your Argumentative Essay in 6th grade and 7th grade?   Grammar Hake Lesson 88: The Semicolon   Argumentative Essay: Review OneNote for handouts on: The Outline MLA Citations Research Notes Rubric Students will begin their research notes
February 7, 2017
Bell Work: What is one interesting piece of research you have found for your Argumentative Essay?   Grammar Hake Lesson 90: The Colon Notes and practice questions a-e   Argumentative Essay: Students will research their topic.
February 8, 2017
Bell Work: In your Argumentative Essay, which side of the argument will you take a stand on? Was there more research supporting your argument?   Grammar Hake Lesson 103: Parenthesis and Brackets Notes and practice questions a-d   Argumentative Essay: · Students will research their topic Students will work on the Think Sheet Graphic Organizer
February 9, 2017
Bell Work: Define Thesis Statement.     Grammar Hake Lesson 95: The Apostrophe   Argumentative Essay: · Mini lesson- Argumentative Essay Power Point Students will work on their Think Sheet.
February 10, 2017
Bell Work: What has been the easiest part in beginning your Argumentative Essay? What has been more difficult?   Independent Reading and Journaling – Journal due on February 16, 2017   Grammar Hake Lesson 96: The Apostrophe Argumentative Essay: · Provide Sample Essay for students of the Argumentative Essay Students will work on their Think Sheet
February 13, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up exercise   Grammar IXL Punctuation Commas: A.5 -25 minutes   Argumentative Essay:   Students will begin writing the rough draft- The rough draft is due on Wednesday.   Thesis statement is due at the end of the class period- as an exit slip
February 14, 2017
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! Bell Work: Warm-up exercise- student led.   Grammar IXL Punctuation Dashes- E.1 20 minutes   Argumentative Essay: Pass back all corrected Thesis Statements to students. Review In-Text Citations and Works Cited pages.   Students will write the rough draft of the Argumentative Essay.
February 15, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up Empathy Ball (Student-led)   Grammar IXL Ethos, Pathos, Logos WW.4 20 minutes   Argumentative Essay:   Mini lesson and handout on using "Good Sentences"   Students will write their rough drafts- due tomorrow
February 16, 2017
Bell Work: Warm-up with Mindfulness: focus on positive thoughts.   Independent Reading: Students will print and staple their Independent Reading Journals and submit.   Argumentative Essay:   Students will edit their own rough drafts using Write-to-Learn.   Students will write the final draft of their Argumentative Essay
February 17, 2017
Bell Work: Reflection on the Argumentative Essay. Share-out. Istation assessment assignments   Students will work on their Final Draft of their Argumentative Essay   Pass back all papers
February 21, 2017
Bell Work: No Bell Work this week. Students will turn in their Argumentative Essay- Final Draft Grammar Test #4 Review- Units of Punctuation   IXL Class Competition on Punctuation and Writing   Student work time: Students may prep for the Grammar Test.
February 22, 2017
Bell Work: No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Test #4 (Punctuation and Writing)     Newsela Article- Current Events and Reading Comprehension. Students will choose their own article of interest- researching topics through genre. Students will independently read in the class-assigned Lexile Range and answer the Reading Comprehension questions at the end of the text.
February 27, 2017
Bell Work: What are three goals you want to accomplish in Trimester 3? Name two academic goals and one personal/social goal. Share-out   New Seating Chart   Begin the Compare and Contrast Essay   Review the Topic Review the Graphic Organizer Review the Rubric Begin Research
February 28, 2017
Bell Work: Reflection: What was your past experience in working on the Compare/Contrast Essay? Explain.   Grammar Hake Lesson 44: Overused Adjectives & Unnecessary Articles   Compare and Contrast Essay Mini lesson on topics and subtopics. Students will gather Research and work on their Graphic Organizer
March 1, 2017
Bell Work: What are two interesting facts you learned yesterday in your research on schools? Check for completed work on the Research Handout and Graphic Organizer Handout.   Compare and Contrast Essay Review Mini lesson on Writing a Thesis Statement Student will begin writing their rough draft (optional handout- Outline)
March 2, 2017
Bell Work: Which school piqued your interest more? Why?   Grammar Hake Lesson 101: Sentence Conciseness Compare and Contrast Essay- Students will complete their rough draft- due tomorrow.
March 3, 2017
Bell Work: Write two grammar rules that you learned this week. Empathy Ball Warm-up   Compare and Contrast Essay- Students will use Write-to-Learn to edit their rough drafts. Students will begin writing their final draft- due Monday!
March 6, 2017
Bell Work: Reflection: What was your experience in writing the Compare and Contrast Essay? What was difficult? What was easy? How was it different from previous years?   Writing Workshop: Peer edit on the Compare and Contrast Essay. Students will revise their own rough using Write-to-Learn. Students will rewrite their Final Draft and print.   Final Draft due tomorrow! IXL Homework: Z.1 Redundancy (30 Minutes)
March 7, 2017
Bell Work: What are your thoughts about poetry? What has been your experiences in reading and studying poetry? Share-out   Students will turn in their Final Draft of the Compare and Contrast Essay.   Grammar Hake Lesson 48: Personal Pronouns   Poetry Unit: K-W-L on poetry using Sticky notes (class share-out)   “I Am” poem- Students will write their first poem to introduce the poetry unit. The poems will be typed and due tomorrow—students should be ready to present! H.W. Finish the "I Am" poem.
March 8, 2017
Bell Work: Grammar Warm-up question.   Poetry Unit:  Speaking & Listening: Students will present their “I Am” poems to the class.   Reading & Writing: Students will take notes on Poetic Terminology. * The examples will be completed next week Groups will be assigned types of poems: Ode, Ballad, Limerick, Sonnet, Haiku, Narrative, Lyric, Elegy. Each group will research their type of poem and create a power point to teach the class- including one poem example.   IXL Homework: UU.1 Personification (30 Minutes)
March 9, 2017
Bell Work: Review our notes on Poetic Language from yesterday. Write two poetic devices and their definitions.   Grammar Hake Lesson 50: Nominative Pronoun Case   Poetry Unit: Groups will work on their Poetic Forms and complete a Power Point Presentation to teach the class.    IXL Homework: VV.1 Identify Sensory Details (30 Minutes)
March 10, 2017
Bell Work: Write an example of an alliteration. Write an example of personification. Poetry Unit:   Review the K-W-L learning chart for Poetry as a class. Groups will present their Power Point. Students will take notes on presentations and keep the notes in their Poetry Anthologies. Students will create their Poetry Anthology cover pages.
March 13, 2017
No Bell Work this week. 8E- Review the Compare and Contrast Essay- Questions and areas for improvements in our writing.   Discuss Friday’s poetry café Sign up list for food   Writing Poetry Summaries: Review with the students Poetry Summary Writing. Read as a class “We Real Cool.” Annotate the poem as a class. Model Response to Literature- Summary Writing for Poetry Analysis   Write a summary of “We Real Cool” as a class- typed. Students will print and include in the Poetry Anthology.   Students will break up into groups and analyze a poem from the packet and together write a summary- due tomorrow. *8E will work with partners instead of groups.
March 14, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 23: Descriptive Adjectives   Students will work on annotating their poem and writing the summary paragraph. Students will present the poems to the class on Wednesday.   IXL H.W. W.W.2 Tone
March 15, 2017
No Bell Work this week. Student Survey Students will present their poems and summaries to the class.     Students will search through their poetry packets and find examples of Poetic Terminology. Students will complete the packet.   IXL H.W. N.N.2 Connotation
March 16, 2017
No Bell Work this week.   Grammar Lesson 89: Descriptive Adverbs- Adverb Usage   Review Speaking Poetry Review Beat Nick Poets Watch Live Video performances. Review: • Physical Presence • Voice and Articulation • Dramatic Appropriateness • Evidence of Understanding • Overall Performance • Accuracy Students will print their summaries of "We Real Cool" and their group poem Summary to include in their Poetry Anthology.   Students will write their own poem or find a poem that they will present in the Poetry Café tomorrow.
March 17, 2017
Poetry Cafe!!!
March 27, 2017
Spring Break share-out Review Poetry K-W-L Chart.   Review Poetry Analysis Summary Rubric with the students.   Students will choose one poem to analyze on their own. Students will analyze the poem and write a summary on the poem (using the template graphic organizer). Students will type the poem and print 2 copies (1 for their poetry anthology and 1 submitted to the teacher with a rubric).
March 28, 2017
Students will share-out about their Individual poems and analysis/summary.   Students will turn in their summary with rubric.   Grammar Test Prep Review- Grammar Test on Thursday   Newsela Article on Maya Angelou. Students will read the article, annotate, and answer the quiz questions on Newsela. *Lexile Range will differ per ability group   Pass out Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” Students will prepare for the Socratic Seminar independently by annotating the poem and completing research on the poem’s background author’s background.
March 29, 2017
Newsela Article on Langston Hughes. Students will read the article. Annotate the article and answer the quiz questions. *Lexile Range will differ per ability group   Review PAARC Test prep materials/link. Students will work on the practice tests to better prepare for Monday's PARCC Test. Students will prep for the Socratic Seminar on Thursday and/or the Grammar Test on Friday.
March 30, 2017
Review the guidelines of a Socratic Seminar. Socratic Seminar on “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou. 8S will participate in a Fishbowl Socratic Seminar.   Students will complete a reflection on the Socratic Seminar and be prepared to share tomorrow
March 31, 2017
Socratic Seminar Reflection share-out.   Grammar Test Hake Lessons: 44,101,48,50 IXL Lesson: Redundancy, Personification, Sensory Details, Tone, Connotation *Grammar Tests will differ per ability group Newsela article: Students will read the article on The Sixties and Protest Music, annotate, and answer the quiz questions. *Lexile Range will differ per ability group.   Review PAARC Test prep materials/link.
April 3, 2017
PARCC Testing
April 4, 2017
PARCC Testing
April 5, 2017
Poetry Unit- "Dead Poets Society" movie
April 6, 2017
Poetry Unit- "Dead Poets Society" movie
April 7, 2017
Writing the movie review on Dead Poets Society Review Trimester 3 Independent Reading (handouts, rubrics) Pass back the Compare/Contrast Essay. Review Works Cited and In-text Citations for MLA format IXL- Plagiarism, MLA, In-Text Citations
April 10, 2017
Review K-W-L Chart for Poetry Research Paper on a Poet Review OWL Purdue Review In-text citations and Works Cited Discuss paper and rubric Review pre-writing ideas: Graphic Organizer versus Outline Discuss the three main points: three body paragraphs of the essay. Discuss Thesis Statements   Students will choose a poet and begin research
April 11, 2017
20 Minutes: Grammar – IXL Review Z.Z.2 Identify Thesis Statements   Research Paper on a Poet Review the Thesis Statement Review Pre-writing in Outline format and using a Graphic Organizer. ** Provide 8E with a graphic organizer and an outline for their prewriting.   Students will research and begin writing the rough draft
April 12, 2017
Library to check out “Twelfth Night”   Students may spend time in the library looking for their Independent Reading Book for Trimester 3. Research Paper on a Poet- students will write their rough draft- due tomorrow (Prewriting, Thesis Statement, Research, Rough Draft, Final Draft)
April 13, 2017
Around the room share-out- One interesting fact about the poet researched. 20 Minutes: Grammar IXL Review Z.Z.3 Choose evidence to support a claim   Research Paper on a Poet- Students will peer edit their rough drafts with classmates in groups of 4. Final draft due tomorrow (2 copies printed).   Complete the Anthology- due tomorrow.
April 14, 2017
Turn in the Final Draft- Research Paper on a Poet 20 Minutes: Grammar- IXL Review Z.Z.4 Identify supporting details in informational texts   Poetry Final Test Complete Poetry Anthology and share with classmates. Due at the end of the class period.   Independent Reading Book Signed Parent Form is due Monday- April 17th
April 17, 2017
Collect Independent Reading Parent Signature form. IXL- ZZ4- Identifying supporting details in information texts. K-W-L- What do we know about Shakespeare and Drama?   Newsela Article on Shakespeare and Drama- Students will read, annotate, and answer the quiz questions. Anticipatory Activity: Four Corner Debate on “Twelfth Night”
April 18, 2017
IXL Z.Z.5 identifying supporting details in literary texts (practice) Notetaking- Background information on Shakespeare, Drama, and "Twelfth Night" Handouts- Read Elizabethan Culture: Some of the Basics. Complete- Shakespeare's Language: Lost in Translation
April 19, 2017
MAP Testing- Reading
April 20, 2017
MAP Testing- Language Usage
April 21, 2017
Watch: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
April 24, 2017
K-W-L- What have we learned thus far in our unit of Shakespeare and Drama?     IXL UU6 Analyze the effects of figure of speech on meaning and tone.   Into Activity: Pre Worksheet for Twelfth Night- Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s Language. Tools for the Text: Imagery.     Assign character roles Read “Twelfth Night” Act 1 scenes 1 and 2
April 25, 2017
CMAS Testing
April 26, 2017
IXL- P.P.1 Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context.   Read “Twelfth Night” (finish Act 1)   Review the Spark Notes for Scenes read   Worksheet- Tools for Text: Iambic Pentameter Act 1: Scene 4 Questions
April 27, 2017
Read “Twelfth Night” Act 1: Scene 5   Review Spark Notes for Scenes read   Review Beats, Scoring, Blocking, and Rehearsing for dramatic stage presentations (handout) Introduce the Dramatic Monologues to the class. Review rubric. Students will read and choose a monologue to present.
May 1, 2017
IXL practice (20 minutes) P.P.4 Use context to determine the meaning of the word.   Read “Twelfth Night” Act 2: Scenes 1 and 2 out loud as a class- Reader’s Theatre style. Students will have assigned roles   Review/Read the SparkNotes Summary.   Vocabulary- Students will choose five vocabulary words from “Twelfth Night” that they are unfamiliar with. Using the handout (Vocabulary Web) students will learn new words.   Remaining class time: Begin working on memorizing their Dramatic Monologue.
May 2, 2017
IXL practice (20 minutes) O.O.2 Choose the antonym   Read “Twelfth Night” Act 2: Scene 4 & 5   Review SparkNotes Summary   Practice Dramatic Monologues with a partner
May 3, 2017
Reading with ISIP istation assessment   Read “Twelfth Night” Act 3: Scenes 1 & 2   Review SparkNotes Summary   Practice Monologues- pair up with a partner to practice the monologue presentation.
May 4, 2017
Complete the Prediction worksheet on Twelfth Night. Read "Twelfth Night" Act 3: Scene 3 & 4 Review SparkNotes for Plot Summary Remaining time: Prepare for Dramatic Monologue
May 5, 2017
Review the K-W-L for Shakespeare and Drama Monologue presentations   Independent Reading- Students will work on Book Report Pamphlet   Pass back all student papers.
May 8, 2017
Bell Work: Empathy Ball Warm-up   Read “Twelfth Night” Act 4: Scene 1,2,3   Review the SparkNotes for the plot summary.   Newsela Article on William Shakespeare (Read, annotate, and take the quiz).
May 9, 2017
Bell Work: Teacher led exercise Warm-Up   Read “Twelfth Night” Act 5: Scene 1   Review the SparkNotes for the plot summary.   Discussion Questions Act 2 & 3
May 10, 2017
Bell Work: Student led exercise Warm-up   Watch the movie- "Twelfth Night"
May 11, 2017
Bell Work: Meditation Warm-up.   Watch the movie- "Twelfth Night"   Work on Independent Reading and the Book Report Project
May 12, 2017
Bell Work: Review the K-W-L for Shakespeare and Drama. Share-out as a class. Turn in.   “Twelfth Night” Final Quiz   Return books to the library Turn in computers IXL class competition
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