Saturday, August 24, 2019

ELA 8: 8-26-19 to 8-30-19

ELA 8

Monday (8/26): Welcome back! Classroom rules and expectations, parent letters, course overview, about me bubble name activity, team-building/communication activity.

Tuesday (8/27):  About me bubble name activity – finish and begin introductions. Each day, a few students will share their poster with the class as a way to introduce themselves. Assign iPad numbers and log onto Study Island to begin Benchmark test 1. Students will also receive a paper copy of the Benchmark test.

Wednesday (8/28): Introductions with About Me Bubble Poster. Continue Study Island Benchmark test. When finished, students will begin the Pearson Beginning of Year test on Pearson Realize.com. Each student will fill in scores on their student data sheet. Their last PSSA score will also be recorded on this data sheet.

Thursday (8/29): Introductions with About Me Bubble Poster. Students will finish the Study Island test (if needed at this point) and work on the Pearson Beginning of Year test until they finish all questions. Once they finish the test on Pearson, students will write down their areas of need and strength as well as their test score on their data sheet.

Friday (8/30): Introductions (finish introductions that are still left) with About Me Bubble Poster. Pep rally at 1:30 p.m. Students will work on the Pearson Beginning of Year test until finished.

Essential Question: What are our strengths and weaknesses and why is it important for us to know this about ourselves?

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019


ELA 8

Monday (05/13): Film: Flowers for Algernon (compare/contrast movie version to short story).
·         Independent Reading Assignment – Silent reading/work on independent project

Tuesday (05/14): Introduce “Flowers for Algernon” multiple intelligences project and begin working in computer lab on this. MI project is due Friday, May 24th.
·         Independent Reading – Silent reading and work on project (independent reading project due May 31st).

Wednesday (05/15): Computer lab – Multiple Intelligences project
·         Independent Reading – Silent reading and work on project (independent reading project due May 31st).

Thursday (05/16): Computer lab – Multiple Intelligences project
·         Independent Reading – Silent reading and work on project (independent reading project due May 31st).

 Friday (05/17): Computer lab – Multiple Intelligences project
·         Independent Reading – Silent reading and work on project (independent reading project due May 31st).

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


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May 6, 2019 - May 10, 2019


ELA 8

Monday (05/06): Finish Holocaust Memorial project presentations.
·         * Independent Reading Assignment - Students will go to the library today to choose a fiction novel for their reading assignment. They must have a book in class for tomorrow. They may bring their own or check one out of our library. Students will read their independent novel and choose one of the three projects to complete based on the book they are reading. The project is due May 31st.
S  * Students can complete the Study Island topics for May for extra credit, but they are not required to complete them for a class grade.

Tuesday (05/07): Begin unit 4 (Human Intelligence) – read anchor text (The Human Brain) and complete the summary and quickwrite on pages 346-347. Begin reading excerpt from “Flowers for Algernon.”
·         - Independent Reading assignment

Wednesday (05/08): Read “Flowers for Algernon” together and annotate/discuss.
·         - Independent Reading assignment

Thursday (05/09):  Read “Flowers for Algernon” together and annotate/discuss.
·         - Independent Reading assignment

Friday (05/10): Read “Flowers for Algernon” together and annotate/discuss.
·        - Independent Reading assignment

Essential Question: Unit 2 – How do we remember the past?
                                Unit 4 – In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019 - April 12, 2019


ELA 8

Monday (04/08): Elie Weizel – Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (p. 223). Students will listen to the audio of the speech and complete/discuss the practice worksheets for each section. Test is Wednesday on this selection.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session on Text Structure (due Tuesday).

Tuesday (04/09): Discuss/review practice worksheets for Elie Wiezel speech. Test is tomorrow on this selection. Students can use the textbook and the practice worksheets for the test.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on text structure (due end of day today).

Wednesday (04/10): Selection test – Elie Wiezel – Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech. Students will also complete test corrections when finished with the test on Pearson Realize.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on context clues in informational texts (due Thursday).

Thursday (04/11):  TDA review. View practice questions on benchmark test (active vs. passive voice) and discuss key ideas. PSSA Jeopardy review game.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on context clues in informational texts (due by end of day today).

Friday (04/12): PSSA Jeopardy review game. PSSA Kahoot review game.
·         Study Island – Work on individual practice on any topics that still need to be completed.

Essential Question: Unit 2 – How do we remember the past?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 18, 2019 - March 22, 2019


ELA 8
Monday (03/18): Anne Frank – textbook, p. 194 – 198 (timeline). Review and discuss the timeline of events in the textbook. Students will then take the closure quizzes on concept vocabulary/word study and conventions/comparing text to media.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session on Meaning and Tone in Literature – due end of the day today.

Tuesday (03/19): Anne Frank – Act 2: work on study guide for test. Test is tomorrow on act 2. Review (Kahoot) and explore Anne Frank’s home (virtual tour).
·         Study Island – Individual practice on Cultural Literature – due tomorrow by end of day.

Wednesday (03/20): Selection test on Anne Frank – Act 2. When finished, students should work on Study Island topics.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on Cultural Literature – due today by end of day.

Thursday (03/21):  View film version of Anne Frank play. Compare/contrast the play to the film version in order to analyze different interpretations.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on Multiple meaning words – due tomorrow by end of day.

Friday (03/22): View film version of Anne Frank play. Compare/contrast the play to the film version in order to analyze different interpretations.
·         Study Island – Work on individual practice on Multiple Meaning words – due by end of the day today.

Essential Question: Unit 2 – How do we remember the past?

Monday, March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 - March 15, 2019

ELA 8

Monday (03/11): Anne Frank – Act 2: Read scene 1 of act 2 today and annotate. Discuss key parts as we read and annotate.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session (finish developing suspense and humor, if needed, and work on new topic: compare and contrast structures in literature – due by end of the day tomorrow.)

Tuesday (03/12): Read Act 2, scene 2. Discuss key parts as we read and annotate.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on compare and contrast structures in literature – due by end of the day today. Begin working on context clues in literature.

Wednesday (03/13): Read Act 2, scene 3. Discuss key parts as we read and annotate.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session on context clues in literature: due by end of the day tomorrow.

Thursday (03/14):  Read Act 2, scenes 4 and 5. Discuss key parts as we read and annotate.
·         Study Island – Finish context clues in literature: due today. Begin working on meaning and tone in literature: due by end of the day Monday.

Friday (03/15): Work on practice sections in the textbook and practice worksheets to prepare for the test on Act 2, which will be next week.
·         Study Island – Work on individual practice session on meaning and tone in literature: due Monday.

Essential Question: Unit 2 – How do we remember the past?

Monday, February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019 - March 1, 2019


ELA 8

Monday (02/25): Anne Frank – Act 1: Read scene 4 of act 1 today and annotate. Discuss key parts as we read and annotate.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session (finish plot, if needed, and begin new topic: Summarize Literature.) Summarize literature is due on Wednesday.

Tuesday (02/26): Read Act 1, scene 5. Complete comprehension questions on page 151.
·         Study Island – Individual practice on summarize literature (due tomorrow by the end of the day).

Wednesday (02/27): Discuss comprehension questions for Act 1 together. Students will also complete the analyze the text questions on page 152, craft and structure section on page 153, and the practice worksheets that accompany these sections. Students will also take the closure quiz on comprehension today.
·         Study Island – Individual practice session on new topic of developing suspense and humor: due Friday.

Thursday (02/28): Complete pages 154 and 155 in textbook on vocabulary/word study and conventions (as well as the practice worksheets for these sections). Closure quizzes on analyze the text and analyze craft and structure.
·         Study Island - Individual practice session on developing suspense and humor: due Friday.

Friday (03/01): Closure quizzes on concept vocabulary/word study and conventions. Students will also play a review game to prepare for the test on Act 1 of Anne Frank, which will be on Monday.
·         Study Island – New topic: compare and contrast structures in literature – due Tuesday (end of day).

Essential Question: Unit 2 – How do we remember the past?