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The Giver pdf The Giver (Full Book)

Fahrenheit 451 451-entire book

Week of 13-17 November 2017

Monday – Independent Reading: Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) up to page 123 / The Giver (5th & 6th) up to page 145 / Springboard 2.7 – 2.9 “Questioning Society” textbook pages 134 / Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) Chunks 1-4 correlate to Activities 2.7-2.9 in your textbooks. The Giver (5th & 6th) will work from the textbooks and the handouts / Video: Socratic Seminar How?? We will try our first one after Thanksgiving! / Learning Targets 1. Evaluate specific rules and laws in a fictional society and compare them to present society, referencing the text and notations from other materials/ 2. Contribute analysis and evidence relating to this topic in a Socratic Seminar/ Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes

Tuesday– Independent Reading: Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) The Giver (5th & 6th) / -Springboard 2.7 – 2.9 “Questioning Society” textbook pages 134 / Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) Chunks 1-4 correlate to Activities 2.7-2.9 in your textbooks. The Giver (5th & 6th) will work from the textbooks and the handouts given yesterday / Video: Socratic Seminar How?? We will try our first one after Thanksgiving! / Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes

Wednesday – Review the ‘Key Sentences’ Graphic Organizer / Read and annotate the writing prompt for EA#1 Explanatory Essay… Springboard book pages 140-141 / What is SICO? Trait One – Ideas and Organization / Trait Two – Style and Conventions / Model Papers – Exemplary/Proficient/Emerging/Incomplete…/ Make sure you have a User and Password (my roster) / Quiz tomorrow! Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes

Thursday – Quiz over the novel/ Introductions…Thesis/ Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes

Friday – Writing process…Introductions EA1 / LEAP – Brussel Sprouts – oh my! / Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes

*Read Theory will be reset Monday morning 11/6 **Make sure that Monday – Thursday your scores reflect that you have taken at least ONE quiz per DAY! Friday’s report/print out should reflect a minimum of 4 quizzes EACH week.

Week of 6-10 November 2017

Monday – Independent Reading / Springboard textbook p. 120 Review Active & Passive Voice Verbs (Which one is more impactful in your writing? Explain your answer in the margins of your textbook) / Activity 2.4 in completed using your novel- 1st & 2nd Fahrenheit 451 and 5th & 6th The Giver

Homework: Read Theory (Pre-Assessment) – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes Fahrenheit 451 up to page 38 / The Giver read up to page 49

Tuesday – Teacher Workday / Students out of school/ Local Voting

Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes Fahrenheit 451 up to page 38 / The Giver read up to page 49

Wednesday – Independent Reading: Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) up to page 38 and The Giver (5th & 6th) up to page 49 / Grammar – Using the ‘Right’ Word / Complete Springboard 2.4 “Understanding a Society’s Way of Life” textbook pages 123-125 / pp 126-128 “Contemplating Conflicting Perspectives” 

Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes Fahrenheit 451 up to page 60 / The Giver read up to page 79

Thursday –  Independent Reading: Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) and The Giver (5th & 6th) / Complete Springboard 2.5 pp 126-128 “Contemplating Conflicting Perspectives” / What is a Socratic Seminar?

Homework: Read Theory – 20 minutes / Read your novel for 20 minutes Fahrenheit 451 up to page 88 / The Giver read up to page 117

Friday – Common Reading Formative with Constructed Response (CR) / Read Theory –GROWTH measure – due today!

 

Homework: Read your novel and enjoy the sunshine!

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Week of 30 October – 3 November 2017

Monday – Springboard textbook pp. 112-117/ What is a Utopia & Dystopia? / Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) and The Giver (5th & 6th) / Homework: Read Theory

Tuesday – LEAP – Reading paired texts – Synthesizing – Learning Objective: to synthesize information from two nonfiction texts…Reading Informationals 8.1, RI 8.2, RI 8.4, Writing 8.2, Speaking & Listening 8.1, SL 8.2, Language 8.4/ L8.6

Wednesday – Springboard textbook pp. 112-119 with Text-Dependent questions/novel begins! Fahrenheit 451 (1st & 2nd) and The Giver (5th & 6th) / Homework: Read Theory

Thursday – Construct a Response: How does ‘Harrison Bergeron’ challenge your definition of Utopia? Explain – 5 well written sentence structures! / Read and Annotate page 119 in your Springboard Textbook; be sure to review the model paragraph! Labeling the TS, CMs, CDs, etc. / Complete –on notebook paper – the practice section for paragraphs 41 & 42 on page 119. – place it in your class assignment basket. / Then complete the chart in your book ‘Working from the Text’/ Book Fair! / Homework: Read Theory Monday – Thursday @ 30 minutes *Read Theory will be reset Friday at 4.

Friday – Reading Comprehension Formative (30%) Assessment

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Week of 23 – 27 October 2017

Monday – Review your Quickwrite from last week (edit/revise). Then on a index card you will write a clear response for a formative score. / Questions: What would an ideal society be like? What would it include and not include? Who would live there? Why is an ideal society so difficult to bring about? / Work with your groups to complete the 21 words – Word Maps – QHT graphic organizer  / Unpacking EA #1 – Skills and Knowledge / Homework: READ THEORY and all incomplete work!

Tuesday – LEAP – Review unpacked SKills and Knowledge for Unit 2. Comparisons: Annotate & mark up the text as you read, noticing contrasts between the two men…16 focus notes, circled unknown words & phrases and underlined TRANSITION words

Wednesday – Read and Annotate pp. 105 – 111 Answering Q #5-7 and on notebook paper completing the Venn Diagram and Response paragraph(formative assessment) from the ‘Writing to Sources’ section of your Springboard textbook. Homework: Read Theory 🙂

Thursday – Independent Reading /Turn in any and all late/makeup work, etc. / Read and complete pages 121–122 in your Springboard book and the Mechanics Review handout (it will be page 30 in your binder) / Review of the standards for tomorrow’s reading assessment / Homework: Read Theory

 

Friday – Reading Comprehension Formative Assessment – Growth Marker/Progress Check

Week of 16 – 20 October 2017 – Conference Week 2017

Monday – Independent Reading / Notebook paper response (Unit 2 Overview) What would an ideal society be like? What would it include and not include? Who would live there? Why is an ideal society so difficult to bring about? /  Unit 2 p. 101 – Unpacking EA #1 / Q-H-T / Homework: Read Theory

Tuesday – LEAP – Comparisons of paired texts (The purpose of LEAP is to improve your reading and vocabulary acquisition skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success! Each week your LEAP session will include lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Homework: Read Theory

Wednesday – Finish LEAP lesson (fire drill 1st academic) / Homework: Read Theory

Thursday –  Formative – Mini Common Assessment Reading Comprehension / Homework: Read Theory

Friday – Review Mini 3 Formative Reading Comprehension Assessment / Q-H-T Vocabulary Word Maps/Link to submit your WATER ESSAY for the Contest (deadline for the contest – today – ) Good Luck!!

http://northgeorgiawater.org/education-awareness/middle-school-essay-contest/

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Week of 9 – 13 October 2017

Monday – Student Portfolios updated – Reflections on Read Theory, Illustrated Narratives & Presentations, as well as their Grammar/Language Summative Homework: Read Theory

Tuesday – LEAP – Comparisons of paired texts (The purpose of LEAP is to improve your reading and vocabulary acquisition skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success! Each week your LEAP session will include lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Homework: Read Theory

Wednesday – PSAT (all 8th grade students) / Independent Reading/ Read Theory Homework: Read Theory

Thursday – Early Release Day of middle school students / Read Theory / Springboard logins Homework: Read Theory

Friday – Preview Unit 2 (EA’s) / Read Theory / Independent Reading

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*Read Theory will be reset on Saturday 30 September!

Each student will need to go back into Read Theory to complete another pre-test for the month of October to ensure/remedy false starts or slumps without invoking any points penalty to your class totals (competition). Some students have a skewed pretest and/or took a string of quizzes without putting in proper effort.

Need to log in with your name instead of mine? Please do so – remember to invite me to your new one and delete the old account. Need Help? See you Monday- 2 October!

Week of: 2-6 October 2017

Monday – All Presentations are due today! Students will present their 3-4 minute Visual Narratives per EA #1 Summative score 🙂 Homework: Read Theory

Tuesday – Presentations continue…Students will present their 3-4 minute Visual Narratives per EA #1 Summative score – Summative Assessment Thursday: Sentence Structures, Verb Moods, Verb Voices.  /   What do you still have questions about? Homework: READ THEORY

Wednesday – Per the Office! If any 8th grader/student has their phone out, ear buds in or are not following directions = minor behavior form & future infractions = an office referral. Classroom Expectations Reminders: Come in prepared, quiet, raise hand – wait to be acknowledged…. Respect others learning environment! Homework: Read Theory

Work Session:  Presentations continue…TEST THURSDAY – tomorrow – Sentence Structures, Verb Moods, Verb Voices.  /   What do you still have questions about? Homework: READ THEORY

ThursdaySummative Assessment Sentence Structures/Verb Voices/Verb Moods – Presentations resume… Homework: Read Theory

FridayLEAP Session Two 🙂

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LEAP (Literacy Enrichment 4 Academic Progress) – Begins Tuesday officially on 9/19 for GMS and for all other Tuesdays this academic year! Purpose of LEAP? To improve your reading skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success this year! Each week you will have lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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-Vocabulary needs work?  -Reading critically needs practice? – Intervention for Scaffolding & Enrichment needed in lieu of our prescribed curriculum? Read Theory is your homework Monday -Thursday for 31 minutes – Exciting! 
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TASK/Project (Summative Score): Hero’s Journey Creative Assignment for Unit One EA1 Summative Assessment: Create a HERO and take him/her on a hero’s journey. Your hero will be a PERSONIFIED, inanimate object or a non-human hero! The final product should reflect your learning style and interest (rubric issued).
Narrative Essays are due for ALL students at the end of the class – Thursday – 21 September
*Narratives will be accessed daily for progress/formative check daily. This means you will keep your planning sheets, expectation sheets and plot diagrams and leave your index cards with me daily. 
 * Presentations begin Monday 2 October after FALL Break! 

Week of:  18-22 September 2017

Monday – Students worked on their Narrative Essays  – Drafts finalized in class (Typing details…12 Font Size – Times New Roman Font Style – Double Spaced 🙂

A few students began typing via Office 365 today. The illustrated projects/products that represent each student’s narrative (stages of the hero’s journey) are due October 2 -the Monday after Fall Break. Therefore, students are encouraged to finalize narratives and share them with me in Office 365 early, so that they can use some of the class time to work on their presentations this week. Students should be working on the presentation/product portion of EA 1 at HOME as well. 

Tuesday – Warm-Up/Opening: Review RUBRIC – READ and ANNOTATE together!        Work Session:  Writing Process continues… EDIT/REVISE Sesion…Then, completely type your rough DRAFT via Student Vue/ Office 365- remember to name your document! I have shared a folder for your class and you should place your essay there – late 10 points if it is not there at the end of the day Thursday!! Tomorrow: edit/revise/publish and work on product/project for presentations that are due on October 2 if time permits 🙂    Closing: – PULSE check-Turn to your shoulder buddy and EXPLAIN what your session was about today. What do you still have questions about? Homework: READ THEORY

**All Late work is due: Including Reading logs, summer reading, etc. Scores are being updated. Zeros will hurt averages. Please make sure that you have taken care of things – ParentVue/StudentVue – Thanks 🙂

Wednesday – Work Session: Writing Process continues…Editing, Revising and Publishing essays! If time permits, students will begin creating their product that illustrates their written narrative – presented October 2nd. Homework: Read Theory   **Writing Dialogue? Write each person’s spoken words, however brief, as a separate paragraph. Use commas to set off dialogue tags such as “she said” or “he explained.” If one person’s speech goes on for more than one paragraph, use quotation marks to open the dialogue at the beginning of each paragraph.   https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/04/

**Download the file (your narrative) – go to your ‘Shared with Me’ option (your Microsoft Office 365 tab – up top 🙂 – Click on upload to place your narrative in your class folder 🙂

Thursday – Narrative Essays are due! Student will work on the second part of their Embedded Assessment 1- the illustrated portion of their narrative essay (product) Homework: Read Theory *ALL late essays will begin to receive late points off after 4:30 today.

Friday – This week LEAP will be on Friday 9/21 because of our Narrative Essay deadline!

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LEAP (Literacy Enrichment 4 Academic Progress) – Begins Tuesday officially on 9/19 for GMS and for all other Tuesdays this academic year! Purpose of LEAP? To improve your reading skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success this year! Each week you will have lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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-Vocabulary needs work?  -Reading critically needs practice? – Intervention for Scaffolding & Enrichment needed in lieu of our prescribed curriculum?
Read Theory begins 12 September for all AC students – Exciting! 
*Summer Reading was due September 8th – Late fees begin.
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TASK/Project (Summative Score): Hero’s Journey Creative Assignment for Unit One EA1 Summative Assessment: Create a HERO and take him/her on a hero’s journey. Your hero will be a PERSONIFIED, inanimate object or a non-human hero! The final product should reflect your learning style and interest (rubric issued).
Narrative Essays are due for ALL students at the end of the class with the rubric attached Thursday – 21 September
*Narratives will be written and left inside the classroom for a progress/formative check daily. This means you will keep your planning sheets, expectation sheets and plot diagrams and leave your index cards with me daily. Example: Day one…index card 1-2 = Exposition and Rising Action, Day two = index card 3-4 Climax and Falling Action, Day three = index card 5 Resolution
 * Presentations begin Monday 2 October after FALL Break! 

Week of:  11-15 September 2017

Monday – School Closed – Inclement Weather: Hurricane Irma

Tuesday – School Closed – Inclement Weather: Hurricane Irma

Wednesday – Warm-Up: Passive and Active Voices Opening: Review Constructed Response from Friday – What did you notice? Any Ah-HAs? Work SessionTask #1 – Textbook Activity 1.5 Read and Annotate “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” and complete the TEXT-BASED questions from pp. 20-21 Task #2 –  Narrative Essays-Expectations…Homework: ReadyTheory 🙂

Thursday – Warm-Up: Review Active and Passive Voice p. 25a /Vague Pronouns?
Opening: – Review the Stages Clock and your “Big Hero 6” Plot diagram to review the stages you will need to incorporate in your Illustrated Narrative today!
Work Session: Task#1 –Work on your plan for the narrative essay (drafting) portion of the EA#1 – Each index card will represent a part of your essay. Card One = Introduction, Card Two – Body Parag. 1…Homework: READ THEORY and catchup on your narrative, late work, missing work etc./ Have a question? Write it down & bring it to class.

FridayTest next week: Sentence Structures, Verb Moods /Passive & Active

Opening: – Review your Stages of a Hero’s Journey handout Rubric for Narrative EA1 – Planning Sheet/Directions/Plot Diagram/ Notebook paper/Index Cards/Stages Handout (guide) Work SessionTask#1 –Work on your plan for the narrative essay for EA#1 **All cards are due at the end of class Monday 18 September **Closing: – PULSE check-Turn to your shoulder buddy and EXPLAIN what your session was about today. What do you still have questions about? Homework: READ THEORY (make up if needed)

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LEAP (Literacy Enrichment 4 Academic Progress) – Begins Tuesday 9/19 and all other Tuesdays this academic year! Purpose of LEAP? To improve your reading skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success this year! Each week you will have lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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Week of:  4-8 September 2017

4Sept. Monday –  Labor Day! Schools are closed.

Tuesday –   Absent Friday? Touchstones Mini 1&2 Common Formative Assessment (30%)
Opening: Plot diagram via visual presentation (comparison to your stages on p. 8-9 of the hero’s journey (archetype)- Relate each image to a stage of the Hero’s Journey; provide justification/ explanation. Work Session: Task #1 – Define these: Nuance, Diction, Mood, Imagery /Task#2 – Read the poem “Ithaka” p. 13 of your textbook /Closing: Does imagery and diction affect mood? Homework: READ via ReadTheory.org Pre-Assessment to get YOUR baseline

Wednesday – 15 minutes of Independent Reading/ Opening– Sentence Structure Review / Work Session: Task #1 What is Read Theory? Expectations each week and rationale. Task #2 complete the Diction- Imagery – Mood video trailer activity…Guiding Question: How does an author use imagery and diction to create Mood? Homework: Get your progress report signed, share the Read Theory information with your parent and give them your Milestones scores from last year (issued).

Thursday – Warm-Up: Independent Reading – 15 minutes Opening: Sentence Structures Review Work Session:  Task#1 – READ THEORY? Issues signing in? Let’s check everyone’s user/pass combo 🙂 Task #2 – Textbook pages 13-15 poem…complete page 21 of   yesterday’s task….DICTION-IMAGERY…MOOD??? Task #3 – Guidelines to EA#1 Narrative & Presentation  Closing:  What are passive and active verb voices? Homework: READ Theory (pre-assessment)

8Sept./Friday – Warm-Up: Completed Reading Log #1(August) and Sentence Structures submitted / Opening: Active and Passive Voices…/ Work SessionTask#1 – Textbook page. 15. Activity 1.4 (pages 13 – 15) Let’s construct a response! / Task #2 – Guidelines to EA#1 Narrative and Presentation discussion (Q&A)/ Closing: What are passive and active verb voices? / Homework: READ Theory (pre-assessment)

*Summer Reading is due – ALL activities for AC students!! Late fees begin after September 8th!
Missed Friday? Here’s the poem (below); email me for the question that you will need to respond to on one index card please.
Poem:  Ithaka by C. P. Cavafy (translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard)
As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them;
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul.
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
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Week of:  28August – 1September 2017

28August/Monday –  Warm-Up: Independent Reading Opening: What is Plot? Details please…Work SessionTask #1 – Students will watch scenes from Big Hero 6 to complete pages   8-9 of their textbook, while tracking the stages of a hero’s journey Task #2 – Independent Reading Activity 1.3 / Plot Diagram from video   Parts 1-3? Closing: Define two forms of conflict? Homework: Activity 1.3 – Complete only stages 1 & 2 of the hero’s journey

Tuesday – Warm-Up: Verb Mood Quiz Opening: What are Sentence Structures? What are you sure of? Work SessionTask #1 – Students will resume and complete pages 8-9 of their textbook, while tracking the stages of a hero’s journey via Big Hero 6 Task #2 – Plot Diagram using the graphic organizer and details from Big   Hero 6 Closing: Define two forms of conflict? Homework: Activity 1.3 – Complete the stages of the hero’s journey via your selected novel on any type of hero! Remember (no worries) you can use a book you’ve read already, since I assigned a hero themed novel WEEK 2 of school.

Wednesday – Early Release Day for Students/ Students’ verb moods quiz and summative assessment 1 (reading comp.) was returned/reviewed/discussed and reflected upon for misconceptions.

Thursday – Warm-Up: Independent Reading – 15 minutes Opening: What are Sentence Structures? What are you sure of? Review and discuss Tuesday’s homework – Frayer Model Work SessionTask #1 –Students will resume and complete pages 8-9 of their textbook, while tracking the stages of a hero’s journey via Big Hero 6 Task #2 – Complete Plot Diagram Big Hero 6 Homework: Finalize the stages of your novel via the hero’s journey

  ** Task #3 –  If time permits! J Identify the stages of the hero’s journey through a   visual presentation- place your answers for each of the visuals on notebook   paper. Number them and then provide an explanation of why it is that stage of   the hero’s journey. Closing: When reading literature, how does the author’s use of IMAGERY & DICTION help create MOOD? What do you know? Homework: Activity 1.3 – Complete all the stages of the hero’s journey via your selected novel on any type of hero! (Indep. Reading activity issued Monday)

1Sept./Friday – Warm-Up: Independent Reading – 15 minutes Homework: READ

TouchStones Common Formative Standards: ELAGSE8RL1: Cite textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

ELAGSE8RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters,
setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE8RL3: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
ELAGSE8L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

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Week of: 21 – 25 August 2017

21 August/Monday – What are Verb Moods? Opening: QHT – Where are you now with your academic and literary devices/terms Q, H, or T – sort them (round 2)? Work Session: Task #1: – What is a MONOMYTH? -Why did Joseph Campbell choose to title his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces? (Groups collaborate – read, annotate and answer the guiding questions above- citing text) Homework: Read 🙂

Tuesday – Warm-Up: What are Verb Moods? Complete the activity – pencils only! Opening: What is a MONOMYTH? Why did Joseph Campbell choose to title his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces? Work SessionTask #1: On notebook paper use your textbook or other resources to define the following: Mood, Plot, Negation, Pacing, Etymology, Nuance, Archetype, and Monomyth. Then, staple your notebook paper to p. 12 in your binder (your QHT) Task#2: Ted Talks video/activity via collaborative learning groups to identify the stages of the Hero’s Journey (graphic organizer issued) Closing: PULSE check…compare your notes with your group; What is a monomyth? Why is it important ….thinking…..EA#1….Where are we going? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhk4N9A0oCA  Absent Monday/Friday? Reminder: REVIEW the Class Blog! Homework: READ

Wednesday –  Warm-Up: – Independent Reading – 15 minutes – End Punctuation activity – great writing comes from reading well punctuated sentences. Opening: What is a MONOMYTHIndex Card Response (maximum of 5 sentences): What did your eyes notice while watching and listening attentively to the Ted Talk video yesterday? Review your graphic organizer “Stages of a Hero’s Journey.” Work Session: Task #1: (CLASS SET- DO NOT WRITE ON THESE) Read the article “The Hero’s Journey” by Joseph Campbell Task #2: Collaborative Groups: Jigsaw strategy- chunking the article t the ‘Stages of the Hero’s Journey’ per Campbell’s book to complete your graphic organizer. Then, add a simple visual/illustration that represents the stages on the clock. Review Common Formative Assessment – How did you did you measure up? -’Common Formative Assessment’ means all 8th grade students take the assessment (30% category) – then scores are compared for data/growth measures for all of our 8th grade GMS students! 🙂      Homework: READ 

Thursday – Warm-Up: – Independent Reading – 15 minutesOpening: What are the stages of the Hero’s Journey Archetype? Work SessionTask #1: Stages of a Hero’s Journey Clock- visuals to represent each stage? Guiding questions complete (3 of them)? Task #2: Students will watch scenes from Big Hero 6 to complete pages 8-9 of their textbook, while tracking the stages of a hero’s journey Closing: Where are we going? Why are we doing these activities and mini-lessons? Homework: READ 

25 August/Friday – Warm-Up: Review the Testing 101 guidelines on the back whiteboard Work Session:  Task #1: Summative Reading Assessment Closing: Where are we going? Why did we do the activities on the stages this week? Homework: READ – Enjoy the Sunshine!! 

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Week of: 14 – 18 August 2017

Standards: ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSESL8.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in collaborations with diverse peer groups

14 AugustMondayOpening: Where are we going in Unit One and Why? What are the Skills & Knowledge needed to do well? Work Session: Task #1: Students will use a graphic organizer to analyze and categorize quotes… Identify and define unfamiliar words. Give one example that supports the speaker’s definition of challenge: as an obstacle, a difficult task, or an opportunity. Be prepared to discuss and present tomorrow your group’s analysis and explanation of how the speaker’s definition of challenge connects to the concept of HeroismTask #2: Presentation format – Collaborative groups share Categorization/Rationale Details (textbook rubric p. 6) Homework: READ

8/15 Tuesday – Opening: When you hear the word challenges, what comes to mind? Is the word positive or negative? How can challenges be helpful to an individual? How can they be harmful?Work Session: Task #1: Students will continue to use their graphic organizer to analyze and categorize quotes…On the back of your paper analyze the quotes for your group’s Category – Courage, Bravery, Negation, Conqueror. Identify and define unfamiliar words. Give one example for each quote or your group’s Category from your background knowledge and/or life event, and literature you’ve read that supports the speaker’s definition of challenge: an obstacle, a difficult task, or an opportunity. HOW does the speaker’s definition of challenge (quotes and/or category) connect to the concept of HeroismTask #2: Presentation format – Collaborative groups share their Categorization and Rationale (justification) p. 6 RubricClosing: What did you learn today about Listening and Speaking (standard SL8.1)?Homework: READ

8/16 Wednesday–  Opening: What is an archetype? Be ready to discuss with your table –one person shares out the information…use your reference resources Work Session: Task #1: Presentation Day! HOW does the speaker’s definition of challenge (quotes or category) connect to the concept of Heroism? – Review the rubric and prep with your group J TASK# 2: Independent Reading session (log your notes after reading…) Task #3: Return and Review Const. Responses Closing: How does the concept of challenge connect to the concept of heroism? Homework: Complete the handout on heroes (write legibly) Tomorrow – All 8th grade ELA students will take a Formative Reading Assessment (score)

8/17 Thursday– Opening: Review your homework handout on heroes – place it in the task basket assigned to your period. Work Session: Task #1: Close Read the article while annotating everything you read – Common Formative Assessment 1  Task#2: Independent Reading session (log your notes after reading…) Closing: 1st,3rd& 4th (only) How does the concept of challenge connect to the concept of heroism? Place on a piece of notebook paper in paragraph form or draw a Venn diagram to complete/respond  Homework: READ 

8/18 Friday–  Opening: What is Close Reading? Why does it matter? Use your resources, textbook, etc. Work Session: 10 minutes to complete yesterday’s assessment. Construct a Response next week for your independent reading – keep reading and logging your notes! Task #1: Students will read and annotate pages 7-9 of their textbook, annotating the ‘Hero’s Journey Archetype’ – Steps & Explanation…Circle the verbs and underline important phrases to help you understand the stages p. 8-9 Task#2: Review page 13 of your binder (Unpacked EA#1) How does this activity connect to Embedded Assessment #1 – write the answer at the bottom of page 7 or in the notes section (blue) of page 6. Homework: READ  and enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

Attachment Pages 7-9: Student Makeup Work p. 7-9 Activity1.2 UnitOneHeroism…Evans

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Week of: 7-11 August 2017

Standards: ELAGSE8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. ELAGSE8W10: Write routinely over extended time frames ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

7 August- Monday – Reading Inventory (Pre-Assessment – all classes) This assessment is critical to determine each student’s growth need/areas of weakness. All student’s will need to have a book to read upon completion. Unit One begins tomorrow – “The Challenge of Heroism”

8/8 Tuesday – Unit One- “The Challenge of Heroism” Students are encouraged to find a fiction or non-fiction text that follows a hero’s journey. Book lists are available in the back of the student textbooks on p. 355 (housed in the classroom). Recommendations/possibilities to read/select for the Independent Reading book requirement via reading logs for the weekly formative assessment discussed with students. Absent? Make up Reading Inventory (SRI) will be administered soon – office will announce
Task #1: Independent Reading 20 minutes (3 days/week) – Be prepared to write a Constructed Response (formative) this week. Genre list page 5 (AC ELA binder)
Task #2 – 3: Springboard 8th ELA Textbook Unit One Goals and Expectations of UNIT ONE…Q–H-T & -Where are we Going and WHY?
Homework: Read!

8/9 Wednesday -Task #1: Independent Reading – Be prepared to write a Constructed Response (Formative Assessment) Friday Task #2: Class discussion and review of last week’s constructed responses – What should it look like and how is it scored? Pre-Assessments? Let’s review Homework: Read!

8/10 Thursday – Task #1: Goals & Expectations of UNIT ONE…resumes…Grammar Pre-Assessment for Unit 1: Appostives, Prepositions, Verb Moods – oh my! What do you know? Task #2: Unit One Review your notes what is a hero and how do you know? Explain. Together we will help you to unpack Embedded Assessment 1 Task #3: Exit Ticket Use a post-it note…paraphrase the 2 of the 4 goals. Where are WE going and WHY?

8/11 Friday – Task #1: Constructed Response from your independent weekly reading: Do any of the characters remind you of friends, family members, or classmates? Explain. Task #2: Review the Grammar Pre-Assessment for Unit 1: Appostives, Prepositions, Verb Moods Task #3: Unit One Review your notes what is a hero and how do you know? / Review your unpacked Embedded Assessment 1 from yesterday Task #4: Homework: READ

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Week of: 31 July – 4 August 2017

7/31 Monday – Welcome to the First Day of your 8th grade year!

  • Icebreakers, Discuss/Review Griffin MS School Expectations, Policies, and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) – Wildcats – Be Here! Be Ready! Be Respectful! 
  • Parents please sign and return all paperwork as soon as possible – Thanks

8/1 Tuesday – Interest Inventory – Who are YOU? – How do YOU learn? -Course Syllabus review (late work, attendance, expectations, average requirements, etc. discussed) *Students should return the parent signature portion to class tomorrow 🙂

8/2 Wednesday – Collection of Course Syllabus Signature slips – Learning Inventory “Multiple Intelligences” – Complete “Find Someone Who…”  – Prep/Organize ELA Binders (first 10 pages) – Review of our school-wide PBIS Traits 🙂

8/3 Thursday – Pre-Assessment – Paperwork collection (syllabus, clinic cards, parent forms, etc.) – Pre-Assessment (writing) – Pre-Assessment Reading (Monday) -Writing Portfolios set and binders organized (1st 10 pages) – Review of PBIS Traits (school-wide) – Be Here! Be Ready! Be Respectful! Be Great! Be Griffin!

8/4 Friday -Reading Logs (Depth of Knowledge-DOK) – Independent Reading Formative Assessment via Constructed Response – Springboard Textbook Scavenger Hunt – Pre-Assessment (writing for absent students) – Week One Wrap up discussion 🙂

 

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