Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017 - May 12, 2017

05/08/17 – 05/12/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (05/08): Students will complete the new word splat for this week and the bell ringer for today. Students will then either take a quiz on theme (if they have not already taken it on Friday), or they will discuss/review the worksheets on concept vocabulary and word study and direct/indirect objects. Students will receive the study guide for the test on “Flowers for Algernon.” The test is on Friday (5/12).

Tuesday (05/09): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. They will then discuss responses on the study guide for “Flowers for Algernon.”

Wednesday (05/10): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. They will finish discussing responses to the study guide for “Flowers for Algernon” (if necessary). Students will then complete the chart with the concept vocabulary for the excerpt from the play, “Flowers for Algernon” (p. 384). Students will read the text together with assigned reading parts. They will take notes for their first-read observations as we read together. They will complete the comprehension questions after we finish reading the text.

Thursday (05/11): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. If not completed yesterday, students will complete the chart with the concept vocabulary for the excerpt from the play, “Flowers for Algernon” (p. 384). Students will read the text together with assigned reading parts. They will take notes for their first-read observations as we read together. They will complete the comprehension questions after we finish reading the text.

Friday (05/12): Students will take a test on “Flowers for Algernon.” After the test, students will complete the “Close Read the Text” question at the top of page 387 and the section on concept vocabulary (Why These Words and Practice) at the bottom of page 387. They will then complete the chart on page 388 to compare short story and script.


Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017 - May 5, 2017

05/01/17 – 05/05/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (05/01): Students will complete and discuss the new word splat word for this week and the new character trait splat for the month of May. Students in periods 1, 2, and 3 will finish watching the film, “Flowers for Algernon.” While watching, they will complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the film to the written story. Once finished watching the film, we will discuss key similarities and differences that students noted. Periods 5, 6, 7, and 8 will finish the close read notes in the textbook for the story and the analyze the text questions on page 380. We will discuss responses together as a class, and students will turn in their work. We will then read and discuss page 381 on theme, conflict, and allusion within the story. Students will complete the practice items below on page 381.

Tuesday (05/02): Students will finish page 381 and discuss responses together. Students will then complete a practice worksheet focusing on theme. Students will take a quiz on theme tomorrow. Students will also complete the concept vocabulary and conventions on pages 382 and 383 in the textbook.

Wednesday (05/03): Students will take a quiz on theme. Students will then finish pages 382 and 383 (concept vocabulary and conventions: direct and indirect objects). We will examine student responses to the activities on these pages together to check for understanding. Students will also receive a study guide for the selection test on “Flowers for Algernon.” The test will be next week (Thursday 5/11). The study guide must be completed for Monday (5/8).

Thursday (05/04): Students will complete practice worksheets on concept vocabulary and direct/indirect objects in class. We will review responses together as a class. Students will take a quiz on direct and indirect objects tomorrow. Students will then work on the study guide they received yesterday.

Friday (05/05): Students will take a quiz on direct and indirect objects. They will then work on completing the study guide for the selection test.


Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 - April 28, 2017

04/24/17 – 04/28/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (04/24): Students will complete and discuss the new word splat word for this week. Students will also complete and discuss the comprehension questions for “Flowers for Algernon.” Students will then work in groups to complete the Close-Read Questions in the story.

Tuesday (04/25): Students will complete the Close-Read questions for the story and turn them in. They will then view the film version of the story and complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast components of the two.

Wednesday (04/26): Students will view the film version of the story and complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast components of the two.

Thursday (04/27): Students will view the film version of the story and complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast components of the two.

Friday (04/28): Students will view the film version of the story and complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast components of the two. When finished watching the film, students will discuss the aspects they marked on their Venn Diagrams and turn them in. Students will then complete the “Analyze the Text” questions on page 380 in the textbook.

Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - April 21, 2017

04/17/17 – 04/21/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (04/17): Students will complete and discuss the new word splat word for this week. Students will continue reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon” together as a class. As we read, students will mark up the text, highlighting key passages.

Tuesday (04/18): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. They will then continue reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon.” As we read, students will mark up the text, highlighting key passages.

Wednesday (04/19): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. They will then continue reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon.” As we read, students will mark up the text, highlighting key passages.

Thursday (04/20): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. They will then continue reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon.” As we read, students will mark up the text, highlighting key passages.

Friday (04/21): Students will complete the bell ringer for today. We will continue reading the short story, “Flowers for Algernon” and we will discuss notes that students made throughout the first read. If we finish to the end of the story today, students will then complete the comprehension questions on page 379. We will discuss responses together.


Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017

04/10/17 – 04/14/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (04/10): Students will complete the new word splat for this week as well as the bell ringer paragraph for today. Students will then begin the introduction activities for Unit 4 in the textbook. We will outline the unit in the Home Connection Letter to families, which provides information about the unit, such as the essential question, selection titles, genres, etc. Students will take these letters home with them. Students will then view a short video in the introduction section and discuss the question presented in the textbook.

Tuesday (04/11): Students will complete the bell ringer and then complete the Unit 4 goals section in the textbook as well as the academic vocabulary chart at the start of this unit. Students will then read the launch text for Unit 4 and complete the summary and quick-write activity for the launch text.

Wednesday (04/12): Students will complete the bell ringer and then complete the concept vocabulary section on page 350 in the textbook. Students will begin the first read of the short story, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes. Students will highlight key passages and any other important sections of the text as they read. They will also make notes in the margins (connections, questions, comments) as they complete their first read of the text.

Thursday (04/13): Students will complete the bell ringer. Students will then continue their first read of the short story, “Flowers for Algernon.” As they read, students will highlight key passages and any other important sections of the text. They will also make notes in the margins (connections, questions, comments) as they complete their first read of the text.

Friday (04/14): No School – Good Friday

Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 3, 2017 - April 7, 2017

04/03/17 – 04/07/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (04/03): Students will review PSSA ELA questions on Kahoot!

Tuesday (04/04): Students will complete the new word splat for this week as well as the bell ringer paragraph for today. Students will complete practice worksheets on sentence types and standards practice (gerunds, participles, etc.).

Wednesday (04/05): Students will complete the bell ringer and then a practice worksheet on shifts in verb mood. Students will also complete a lesson and practice worksheet on using ellipsis, commas, and dashes.

Thursday (04/06): Students will complete the bell ringer and then complete a practice lesson and worksheet on multiple-meaning words and spelling correctly.

Friday (04/07): Students will complete a slip or trip activity (based on an image). They must write their claim, and evidence to support it. They must also answer specific questions about the image to help create their argument.

Essential Question: Unit 3 in Textbook – When is it right to take a stand?

Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017 - March 31, 2017

03/27/17 – 03/31/17
8th Grade English (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5B, 6, 7, 8):

Monday (03/27): Students will complete the weekly word splat overview for the week as well as the bell ringer assignment (paragraph editing). We will discuss/check these together. Students will then finish writing their TDA response from Friday and turn it in when finished. If they do not finish in class today, they must finish it for homework for tomorrow.
Period 6 – Students will read the next selection on pages 286 – 289 in the textbook and answer the comprehension questions on page 289. Students will begin the TDA prompt based on the text.

Tuesday (03/28): Students will turn in the TDA from yesterday (if not already turned in). Students will then read/discuss page 291 in the textbook. They will examine the argumentative elements in the selection, responding to the questions on 291. Students will then complete a practice worksheet on argumentative elements.
Period 6 – Students will first complete the TDA from yesterday and turn in their work.

Wednesday (03/29): Students will complete page 293 in the textbook and discuss responses together. Students will then read pages 296-298 and begin to write their argumentative essay. They will address a problem they believe needs to be addressed. (Dress Code) Students will complete an argumentative bug graphic organizer to organize before writing.

Thursday (03/30): Students will write their argumentative essay focusing on the main elements, organization, etc. Students must turn in their essay tomorrow.

Friday (03/31): Students will turn in their argumentative essay. As a class, we will then read the informative text on page 344 (The Human Brain). Students will highlight key informative elements as we read and try to determine the type of organization the author uses (cause and effect, comparison and contrast, or problem and solution). We will then read/discuss page 392 in the textbook.

Essential Question: Unit 3 in Textbook – When is it right to take a stand?

Essential Question: Unit 4 in Textbook – In what different ways can people be intelligent?