Week of November 13

Reminders:

  1. Those classes who did not get to turn in your compare/contrasts essays, these are due at the beginning of class on Tuesday or you can leave them in the appropriate tray tomorrow.
  2. Dahlonega field trip is Monday.

Standards for the week: 

ELAGSE8RI5: Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
ELAGSE8RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
ELAGSE8RI8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Assessments this week:

Argumentative paragraph — Friday

Resources:

Online textbook – link is in the tab at the top of the page.

Summative Re-take: 

I am very proud of your performance on the active and passive voice assessment.  The vast majority of you did very well.  However, if you did not do well and would like a chance to re-take it, complete the following assignments:  Active and passive Voice Practice-240uxkr Active – Passive Voice practice 3-1ak59rk  and re-take it by the end of the week.  If you need extra help, please let me know and we can set up a tutoring session before school.  The re-take format will be a little different than the original as there will be no multiple choice.

 

Thursday, November 9

All Classes:

The final copy of your compare/contrast essay is due by the end of class tomorrow!!  You will turn in your rough draft, final copy (in blue or black ink or typed), peer editing sheet and rubric.

Wednesday, November 8

All Classes:  Active/passive voice assessment tomorrow.  This will count as a summative assessment.  I will have a study session tomorrow morning at 8:15 (ish) for those who want to join me.  Please complete the practice exercises I put on my blog yesterday and bring them with you to the study session.

Compare/contrast essay – Please come in with your rough draft complete tomorrow.  You will tomorrow and Friday to complete your final copy.  Compare Contrast Outline Example-22y9yeu

Week of November 6

Standards we are covering this week:

All Classes:

ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

3rd & 7th periods:

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.

Assessments:

Monday —  3rd & 7th periods:  Fahrenheit 451 chapter 3 quiz (formative)

Thursday — All classes:  Active and passive voice quiz (formative)

Friday — All classes:  Compare/contrast essay due (summative)

Resources: 

Compare-and-Contrast-Sample-Essay-18t4u0f

Active and passive practice 2-10z88zw

Active – Passive Voice practice 3-1ak59rk

Utopian Dystopian Compare Contrast Pre-Writing Organizer-1h08rvt

 

 

Week of October 30

Standards we will cover this week:

3rd and 7th periods:  

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.
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.
ELAGSE8RL6: Analyze how differences in the points of view of characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

4th, 5th and 6th periods:

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.
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.
ELAGSE8RL6: Analyze how differences in the points of view of characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Assessments:

3rd & 7th periods: Formative:  1. Quiz over chapter 2 of Fahrenheit 451.  (Monday)

2.  Discussion questions for chapter 2.

For those who want to improve their score on the Fahrenheit 451 chapter 2 quiz, complete the following.  All 64 questions must be completed to get credit.  F

451_Part_2_Questions Remediation for quiz 2-11h3swt

4th, 5th & 6th periods Formative:   Compare/contrast of Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado.

Resources:

Compare Contrast Tell Tale Heart Cask of Amontillado-1k4a5p8

4th, 5th & 6th periods:

Utopian Dystopian Compare Contrast Pre-Writing Organizer-1h08rvt

 

Standards we will cover this week:

3rd & 7th —

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
c. Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.*
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

4th, 5th & 6th — 

ELAGSE8L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
c. Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.*
ELAGSE8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
ELAGSE8RL7: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

Assessments this week:

Verb moods formative assessment Tuesday, October 24th.  Complete the review sheets for homework.  We will go over them tomorrow.

Students will also be assigned 2 brief writing assignments — one explanatory and one argumentative on Wednesday and Thursday.

Resources:

Mood of the Verb Handout Notes-1io9wkv

Verb Mood Practice-1xkbr4s

 

Friday, October 20

Verb Moods Assessment Reminder:

Verb mood formative assessment has been moved to Tuesday, October 24th to allow for review on Monday.  Complete the practice/review sheets that were given to you in class today.  If you were absent:  Verb Mood Practice-1xkbr4s  (the formatting may be a little off but should not interfere with the practice).

AC Classes:

You need to have read chapter 2 of F451 by Monday, October 30th.

Week of October 16-20

Standards Covered:

ELAGSE8L6: Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
ELAGSE8RI3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
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.

Assessments (this week and next week):

Students will write a short explanatory text based on the short story we are reading in class, Harrison Bergeron.

There will also be a formative assessment over verb voice and verb moods next Monday, October 23rd.  We are reviewing with the warm ups in class.  Students have notes in their notebook and I am having a tutoring session tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 17th at 8:15 in my room.

Resources:  

Mood of the Verb Handout Notes-1io9wkv

Use the online textbook (link above) to access the short story if needed.

Week of 10/9

Standards for this week:

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.
ELAGSE8RL5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
ELAGSE8RI3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
ELAGSE8W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
ELAGSE8SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
ELAGSE8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Assessments:

Each class will complete a compare/contrast paragraph at some point this week.  It will be based on the readings from the textbook.  It is difficult to pinpoint the exact day as it will depend on how fast the class moves through the readings and discussions.  The plan is for Thursday or Friday.  It is not something that you can study for, so don’t worry about that.  As long as you pay attention and participate in class, you will do fine.

Resources:

We will be working from the text this week as we begin a new unit called “The Challenge of Utopia.”  At this point, you should have signed up for the online textbook.  That will be the resource you will need this week.  The link for the text is at the top of the page.

Summative Re-take:

The re-take for the brushstrokes summative assessment is tomorrow during class.  The remediation assignment was posted last week but I will post again here: Brushstrokes Remediation Assignment for Summative Re-take 2017-1altb78