8th ELA



April  23-26
Monday: no school 
homework: none 
Tuesday: introduce the novel The Outsiders ; read chapter 1 and complete the character chart 
homework: none  
Wednesday: read chapter 2 and answer text dependent questions using RACE  
homework: none 
Thursday: read chapter 3 and answer text dependent questions using RACE 
homework: none 
Friday: read chapter 4 and write a diary entry from Johnny's point of view 
homework: none 


April  8-12
Monday: session 3 review for LEAP  
homework: none 
Tuesday:   LEAP    
homework: none  
Wednesday:  LEAP 
homework: none 
Thursday: LEAP  
homework: none 
Friday: Book Project due today!!!!! Compare/Contrast "Flowers for Algernon" 
homework: none 

April  1-5
Monday: LAT review for LEAP - writing 
homework: grades signed in agenda 
Tuesday:  RST review for LEAP    
homework: none  
Wednesday: RST review for LEAP - writing  
homework: none 
Thursday: Literary and informational text review for LEAP  
homework: none 
Friday: Literary and informational text review for LEAP  
homework: none 

March  25-29
Monday: RST unit test 
homework: grades signed in agenda by Friday 
Tuesday:  RST unit test   
homework: none  
Wednesday: LEAP practice - Narrative Writing Task   
homework: none 
Thursday: LEAP practice - Literary Analysis Task   
homework: none 
Friday: LEAP practice - Literary Analysis Task  
homework: none 

March  18-22
Monday: read poem Demeter's Prayer to Hades and complete TP-CASTT 
homework: grades signed in agenda by Friday 
Tuesday:  read poem Demeter's Prayer to Hades; write a paragraph about the shared theme with "Flowers for Algernon"  
homework: none  
Wednesday: brainstorming and rough draft of culminating writing   
homework: none 
Thursday: Revising/Editing and final draft of graded essay  
homework: none 
Friday: nonfiction review sheet for test next week 
homework: RST unit test Monday and Tuesday 

March  11-15
Monday: LAT review  
homework: review study guide for unit test  
Tuesday: LAT unit test      
homework: none  
Wednesday: LAT unit test  
homework: none 
Thursday: Read and annotate chapter 13 of "Frankenstein";  make comparisons with "Flowers for Algernon" and Charlie  
homework: none 
Friday: Read excerpt of chapter 13 from "Frankenstein"; write a paragraph to compare/contrast the structure and the development of a shared theme 
homework: none 

Feb. 18-22
Monday: Read excerpt from "Frankenstein" -  write a summary of events   
homework: sign grades in agenda 
Tuesday: Review chapter 4 of "Frankenstein" - write a paragraph explaining how characters and events are similar to "Flowers for Algernon"       
homework: none  
Wednesday: review tone; highlight/annotate "Frankenstein"words revealing tone  - write a paragraph about the shift in tone 
homework: none 
Thursday: allusion notes; write a paragraph analyzing the allusion in "Flowers for Algernon" 
homework: none 
Friday: character analysis chart (brainstorming)  in preparation for narrative writing  
homework: none 

Feb. 11-15
Monday: read different theories of intelligence; revise writing using information gained from readings 
homework: none 
Tuesday:  Read Progress Report 9 in "flowers for Algernon" and continue working on before/after surgery chart; use information to write a claim statement     
homework: none  
Wednesday: Review irony; reread Progress Report 9 and work on irony tracker  
homework: none 
Thursday: narrative writing assignment about Charlie  
homework: none 
Friday: Read progress reports 10 and 11 and continue working on irony tracker and before/after surgery handouts; use information from irony tracker to write a paragraph 
homework: none 

Feb. 4-8
Monday: complete H-chart using the story "What's in an Inkblot?"   
homework: none 
Tuesday:  analyze the argument handout - write claim statements and write 2 paragraphs    
homework: finish handout 
Wednesday: write thesis statements and complete evidence chart; write paragraph 
homework: complete handouts not finished in class  
Thursday: test - Read Progress Reports 4-8 in "Flowers for Algernon" and work on before/after surgery chart  
homework: complete handouts not finished in class 
Friday: Discuss theories of intelligence and revise reading log  answer by adding evidence from class discussion 
homework: none 

Jan. 28- Feb. 1
Monday: review tone; annotate stories; write paragraph in reading log    
homework: finish paragraph 
Tuesday:  review theme; answer discussion questions; write paragraph in reading log   
homework: finish paragraph 
Wednesday: test - Read Progress Reports 1-3 in "Flowers for Algernon"; take notes and write paragraph in reading log 
homework: complete reading log  
Thursday: test - Read article "What's in an Inkblot?"; analyze claim and record on T-chart; exit ticket in reading log 
homework: complete reading log 
Friday: continue reading "What's in an Inkblot?" and annotate; complete H chart using article   
homework: complete chart 

**** Book Project due Friday, Jan. 25 - Facebook Page for Character****
Jan. 21-25
Monday: MLK day -  no school     
homework: none 
Tuesday:  PD day - no school  
homework: none 
Wednesday: test - Cold Read Task (multiple choice) 
homework: book project due Friday (Facebook page for character)  
Thursday: test - Cold Read Task (essay)   
homework: book project due Friday (Facebook page on character)  
Friday: summary template for passage "The Story of Prometheus"; sentence frames handout on verbals 
homework: none  

Jan. 14-18
Monday:  read a memoir and answer questions on split page notes    
homework: none 
Tuesday:  reread sections of memoir; watch video associated with memoir; answer questions on split page notes 
homework: none 
Wednesday: comparing the narrator's worksheet using memoir and "The Tell-Tale Heart"
homework: none  
Thursday: jig saw activity (summarize articles)   
homework: none 
Friday: review for cold read task next week  
homework: Cold Read Task Wednesday and Thursday 


Jan. 7-11
Monday:  Introduce new passage; Read part 1 of "The Allegory of the Cave" and answer split page notes questions   
homework: grades signed in agenda 
Tuesday:  Finish reading "The Allegory of the Cave" and answer split page notes questions
homework: none 
Wednesday: Watch video about The Allegory of the Cave  and make notes of advantages and disadvantages of different medium (print and video)
homework: none  
Thursday: Make connections between The treachery of Images (painting) and The Allegory of the Cave (passage)    
homework: Select 2 texts read in class and answer the question in writing - How does each text convey ideas about reality and truth? Cite evidence from both texts. 
Friday: Introduce memoirs; read memoir and answer questions on Cornell notes handout; write a summary of the article 
homework: none


Dec. 17-21
Monday:  practice RST - read 3 informational articles and answer the multiple choice questions  
homework: RST unit test Wednesday and Thursday 
Tuesday:  practice RST - write argument essay based on 3 informational articles 
homework: RST unit test - Wednesday and Thursday 
Wednesday: RST unit test (multiple choice) 
homework: RST unit test Thursday  
Thursday: RST unit test (essay)    
homework: none 
Friday: compare/contrast using a Venn Diagram 
homework: none

Dec. 10-14
Monday:  read informational article and create a T-chart (brainstorming) for writing prompt for argument essay 
homework: none 
Tuesday:  using T-chart, begin rough draft of essay (introduction and first body paragraph) 
homework: none  
Wednesday: using T-chart, complete rough draft (second body paragraph and conclusion) 
homework: complete essay if not finished during class 
Thursday: check completed rough draft; grammar lesson on run on sentences and fragments; edit rough draft   
homework: none 
Friday: publish/type rough draft argument essay to turn in for a grade! 
homework: none

Dec. 3-7
Monday: reread parts of "The Tell Tale Heart" and add words to vocabulary chart; answer questions 
homework: grades in agenda signed by Friday 
Tuesday:  gather evidence to prove the narrator is reliable or unreliable 
homework: none  
Wednesday: reread portions of text; split page notes questions 
homework: none 
Thursday: compare/contrast text and video using a venn diagram  
homework: none 
Friday: character map for the narrator of "The Tell Tale Heart" 
homework: none

Nov. 26-30
Monday: complete evidence chart for "The Ransom of Red Chief"  
homework: grades in agenda signed by Friday 
Tuesday:  begin drafting essay for "The Ransom of Red Chief"; writing prompt - Explain how O. Henry's use of irony creates humor and develops a theme. 
homework: none  
Wednesday: finish drafting essay; make revisions 
homework: complete essay for homework if not completed in class 
Thursday: proofread essay, edit, and write final draft to turn in for a grade!!!! 
homework: none 
Friday: "The Tell-Tale Heart"  - read and annotate the story 
homework: none

****Book Project due Friday, Nov. 16****

Nov. 12-16
Monday: Narrative review "Seven Keys of Balabad"- multiple choice  
homework: Narrative Unit test Thursday and Friday  
Tuesday:   Narrative Review "Seven Keys to Balabad" - narrative writing  
homework: none  
Wednesday: "The Lady or the Tiger?" narrative writing
homework: none 
Thursday: Narrative Unit Test 
homework: Book project due tomorrow 
Friday: Narrative Unit Test  
homework: none


Nov. 5-9
Monday: complete character chart  for "The Ransom of Red Chief"  citing evidence 
homework: agenda signed Friday  
Tuesday:   Review narrative point of view and write a paragraph - How does O Henry develop the surprise ending? Cite evidence 
homework: none  
Wednesday: 3 Types of irony notes; complete evidence chart explaining how events are ironic 
homework: none 
Thursday: narrative writing; Students choose a scene to rewrite from a different character's perspective 
homework: finish story at home 
Friday: dialogue in narrative writing handout 
homework: none

October 29- Nov. 2
Monday:  complete Cold Read Task; watch book fair video  
homework: none 
Tuesday:   introduce new unit; four corners activity;  view painting "The Treachery of Images" and answer questions (handout); create a concept map for perception vs reality 
homework: none  
Wednesday: Book Fair first 15 mins; read and annotate paragraphs 1-10 of "The Ransom of Red Chief"; add 2 words to vocabulary chart 
homework: none 
Thursday: continue reading "The Ransom of Red Chief"; annotate; add to vocabulary chart; summarize main events 
homework: finish reading the story at home 
Friday: review perspective and surprise ending; complete the character chart 
homework: none

October 22-26
Monday:  read article "Do Animals Think and Reflect?" and summarize 
homework: none 
Tuesday:   watch video "How Smart are Animals?" and take notes
homework: none  
Wednesday: read article "Minds of their Own" and write summary citing evidence
homework: draft a claim statement for extension task
Thursday: revise claim/thesis statements; brainstorm for extension task
homework: cold read task 
Friday: Cold Read Task
homework: none

October 15-19
Monday:  begin culminating writing task - gallery walk and write claim statement 
homework: none 
Tuesday:   culminating writing task - begin drafting essay 
homework: none  
Wednesday: culminating writing task - complete rough draft 
homework: finish rough draft
Thursday: culminating writing task - peer edit and make revisions
homework: none 
Friday: culminating writing task - final draft to turn in for a major grade!!!!
homework: none

October 10-12
Monday:  Fall Break - no school
homework: none 
Tuesday:   PD day - no school 
homework: none  
Wednesday: unit test review
homework: LAT unit test Thursday and Friday 
Thursday: LAT unit test (multiple choice)
homework: none 
Friday: LAT unit test (essay) 
homework: none

October 1-5
Monday:  revise, edit, and write final draft of essay 
homework: none 
Tuesday:   chapter 6; split page notes; incident chart
homework: none  
Wednesday: chapter 6; split page notes
homework: none 
Thursday: chapter 7; split page notes; incident chart
homework: none 
Friday: chapter 7; split page notes; incident chart 
homework: none

September 24-28
Monday:  timed writing 
homework: cold read task tomorrow  
Tuesday:   cold read task 
homework: none  
Wednesday: cold read task continued
homework: none 
Thursday: finish reading chapter 5; incident chart; begin writing process (claim and 2 reasons)
homework: none 
Friday: drafting - write introduction and body paragraph; gather evidence   
homework: none

***Book Project (Character Map) due Friday, September 21***

September 17-21
Monday:  Chapter 4; incident chart
homework: grade signed in agenda by Friday ; book project due Friday 
Tuesday:   "How to Build a Fire" (paragraphs 1-8); split page notes questions (1-3)
homework: agenda signed and book project due Friday 
Wednesday: paragraphs 9-17; split page notes questions 4-6
homework: read paragraphs 18-30 and answer split page notes questions 
Thursday: reread excerpts and annotate; write summary
homework: agenda signed; Book project due 
Friday: read end of story; complete summary on split page notes    
homework: none

September 10-14
Monday:  EOY unit test 
homework: grade signed in agenda by Friday  
Tuesday:  Chapter 3; split page notes questions 6-8; incident chart 
homework: none
Wednesday: Chapter 3; split page notes questions 9-10
homework: none  
Thursday: Claim, reasons, and evidence handout 
homework: none
Friday: Chapter 4; vocabulary chart; incident chart; write a paragraph   
homework: none

September 5-8
Monday:  no school - Labor Day 
homework: none
Tuesday:  no school - Professional Day 
homework: none
Wednesday: Read Chapter 3; answer split page notes questions
homework: Unit Test Friday 
Thursday: Finish Chapter 3; answer split page notes questions
homework: none
Friday: EOY unit test  
homework: none

August 27-31
Monday:  Reading Comprehension test 
homework: none
Tuesday:  Read part of  Chapter 2; define vocabulary; complete incident chart 
homework: none
Wednesday: Read end of Chapter 2; answer questions on split page notes sheet 
homework: none 
Thursday: Read part of Chapter 3; answer questions on split page notes sheet
homework: none
Friday: Library visit for book project; continue working on split page notes questions  
homework: none

August 20-24
Monday:  Read "The Other Animals" (nonfiction article) and summarize and present whole class  
homework: none
Tuesday:  Record claims and evidence from article "The Other Animals" to present whole class 
homework: none
Wednesday: Complete evidence chart  
homework: none 
Thursday: Writing prompt using evidence chart 
homework: test tomorrow 
Friday: Reading Comprehension test 
homework: none 

August 13-17
Monday:  introduction of The Call of the Wild; write paragraph citing textual evidence 
homework: none
Tuesday:  Begin chapter 1 of The Call of the Wild; split page notes (skill - characterization)
homework: none
Wednesday: Continue chapter 1; split page notes (skill - characterization)
homework: none 
Thursday: Continue chapter 1; split page notes (skill - tone and mood)
homework: none 
Friday: Complete chapter 1; incident chart (skill - characterization) 
homework: none 

August 9-10
Thursday: welcome back! rules, procedures, expectations
homework: none 
Friday: RACE review handout 
homework: none

  
     
 
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