8th Grade English

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September 6, 2011

-Class overview

-Organize binders

-Getting to Know You: M&M Activity

-Reading Interest Survey

HMWK: Get contract signed by parent

September 7, 2011

-Finish Reading Interest Survey

-Mini Lesson: What is Writing?

        *brainstorm & discuss

HMWK: Get contract signed by parent

September 8, 2011

-Writing Survey

-Brainstorm topics for journaling and free-writing

-Mini Lesson: Introduction to Writing Territories

      *make a list of your own writing territories

September 9, 2011

-Mini Lesson: Reading Strategies

     *apply strategies to short story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson

-Free write: Bullying

September 12, 2011

-Vocabulary List #1 (Quiz Friday)

     *go over words and definitions in class

-Elements of Fiction PowerPoint  

     *take notes

HMWK: Using 10 vocabulary words, write a paragraph about what you did over the summer--highlight words when finished---DUE WEDNESDAY!

September 13, 2011 Library: Periods 3,4
September 14, 2011

-Review Vocabulary

-Finish Fiction PowerPoint

    *define figures of speech

    *create a sample plot chart

HMWK: Study for Vocab. Quiz on Friday!

September 15, 2011

-Define and give examples of figures of speech

-Introduction to short story author Roald Dahl

 

*Vocabulary Test #1 tomorrow!

September 16, 2011

-Vocabulary Test #1

-Finish definitions and examples of figures of speech

-research 10 interesting facts about Roald Dahl

September 19, 2011

-Hand back and go over Vocab. Quiz #1

-Hand out Vocab. List #2

     *go over word pronunciations and meanings

-Introduce Grammar Book Project

     *requirements/rubric

-Go over background info. about Roald Dahl

HMWK: -Vocabulary Illustrations due Wednesday--Quiz on Friday!

                  -Front Cover of Grammar Book due Friday!

September 20, 2011

-Read Roald Dahl's short story "The Landlady"

    *identify and discuss elements of fiction w/ plot chart

HMWK: -Vocabulary Illustrations due tomorrow--Quiz on Friday!

                  -Front Cover of Grammar Book due Friday!

September 21, 2011

-Discuss and Explicate "The Landlady"

    *identify literary elements

    *plot charts

-Grammar Poem examples and brainstorming

HMWK: -Quiz on Friday!

                  -Front Cover of Grammar Book due Friday!

September 22, 2011

-Introduce Extended Response

    *mini-assessment: write an extended response to "The Landlady"

-review vocabulary

HMWK: -Quiz tomorrow!

                  -Front Cover of Grammar Book due tomorrow!

September 23, 2011

-Vocab. Quiz #2

-Work on Grammar Poem and Author Bio

September 26, 2011

-Writing Extended Responses

     *hand back assessment for "The Landlady" and go over

     *write a sample extended response as a class (focus on writing strong transitions)

-8 Parts of Speech pre-assessment

-Work on Grammar Poem and Author Bio

HMWK: Grammar Poem and Author Bio due tomorrow!

September 27, 2011

-Vocabulary List #3

     * go over words pronunciations and definitions

     *activity: texting conversation w/ partner using vocab. words

-Go over Parts of Speech Pre-Assessment

-Go over guidelines for noun page for grammar book

HMWK: -Vocab. Quiz #3 on Friday

                 - Noun Page due Friday

September 28, 2011

-Vocabulary Activity

    *create a conversation using "text" language

-Work on nouns page for grammar book

HMWK: -Vocab. Quiz #3 on Friday

                 - Noun Page due Friday

September 29, 2011

-Review vocab. for quiz tomorrow

-Read short story, "A Man Who Had No Eyes"

    *discuss and analyze characterization

    *mini-assessment tomorrow

HMWK: -Vocab. Quiz #3 and Noun Page due tomorrow!

September 30, 2011

-Vocab. Quiz #3

-Mini Assessment on characterization for "A Man Who Had No Eyes"

October 3, 2011

-Vocab. List #4

    *activity: write a spooky story using 10 vocabulary words (due Wednesday)

-Introduce author of "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

    *on-line scavenger hunt of Stephen Vincent Benet

HMWK: Vocab. story due Wednesday; Pronouns and Prepositions pages due Friday!           

October 4, 2011

-Characteristics of Genre

    *Tall Tale

    *Parody

-Begin reading "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

HMWK: Vocab. story due tomorrow; Pronouns and Prepositions pages due Friday!     

October 5, 2011

-Finish reading "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

    *sequencing activity

-Read Vocab. Spooky Stories

HMWK: Vocab. quiz on Friday; Pronouns and Prepositions pages due Friday!     

October 6, 2011

-Analyze plot events in "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

     *construct plot charts

     *identify characteristics of tall tale

-Review Vocabulary

HMWK: Study for vocab. quiz tomorrow

October 7, 2011

-Vocabulary Quiz #4

-"The Devil and Daniel Webster"

       *Review for quiz on Monday

HMWK: Study for "The Devil and Daniel Webster" quiz on Monday

October 10, 2011

-Introduce Verbs page for grammar book (due Thursday, 10/13)

-"The Devil and Daniel Webster" Assessment

October 11, 2011

-Characteristics of Parody

    *The Devil and Daniel Webster

    *The Monkey's Paw (using parody to make predictions)

-Introduce Figurative Language

     *pre-assessment (simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration)

October 12, 2011

-Finish figurative language pre-assessment

-Introduction to short story "The Monkey's Paw"

    *background reading on author and characteristics of story

-work on drafts for verb page

*Verb page due tomorrow!

October 13, 2011

-Practice Identifying figurative language and interpreting meaning

-Go over "The Monkey's Paw" pre-assessment

-Introduce Characteristics of Genre

October 17, 2011

-Introduce adjectives and adverbs

-Finish Characteristics of Genre PowerPoint

-Introduction to understanding mood

     *introduce imagery and sensory details with Billy Collins' poem, "Flames"

     *practice identifying specific moods using context clues

*Adjective and Adverb grammar book pages due Friday, 10/21 

October 18, 2011

-Introduce Short Story Criteria

    *outline due Friday!

-Identify mood using context clues and sensory details

-Begin reading "The Monkey's Paw"

*Adjective and Adverb grammar book pages due Friday, 10/21 

October 19, 2011

-Finish reading "The Monkey's Paw"

    *answer guided reading questions

-work on short story outline

October 20, 2011

-Continue identifying figurative language

-Foreshadowing analysis using "The Monkey's Paw"

-Work on short story outline

October 21, 2011

-Review Monkey's Paw

     *discuss mood, foreshadowing, and imagery

*Monkey's Paw Extended Response Monday

October 24, 2011

-"The Monkey's Paw" extended response quiz (mood)

-Figurative Language practice (quiz on Wednesday)

 

Due Friday: Conjunctions and Interjections page

Due Monday:  Working Short Story Draft

October 25, 2011

-Edgar Allan Poe web scavenger hunt

-Figurative Language Review (quiz tomorrow)

 

Due Friday: Conjunctions and Interjections page

Due Monday: Working Short Story Draft

October 26, 2011

-Review annotations of figurative language

-Discuss Characteristics of Poe

   *pre-assessment for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

-Figurative Language Quiz

Due Friday: Conjunctions and Interjections page

Due Monday: Working Short Story Draft

October 27, 2011

-Read "The Tell-Tale Heart"

    *watch animated short film

October 28, 2011

3rd Period: Skype with author Laurel Snyder

4th Period: Work on rough drafts for short story

October 31, 2011

-Book Talk "Revolver" by Marcus Sedgwick

-In small groups, work on "Tell-Tale Heart" analysis questions

-Short Story conferences

*Due Thursday: Short Story rough draft

November 1, 2011

-Review for "The Tell-Tale Heart" quiz on Thursday

    *analysis questions

-Mini Lesson: How to Punctuate Dialogue

*Due Thursday: Short Story rough draft

November 2, 2011

Mini-Lesson: Irony (dramatic, situational, verbal)

    *identify irony in "Tell-Tale Heart"

    *Review for quiz tomorrow

 

*Short Story rough draft due tomorrow!

November 3, 2011

-"The Tell-Tale Heart" Quiz

-Independent Reading

November 4, 2011

-Jack London internet scavenger hunt

-Define vocabulary for "To Build a Fire"