8th ELA


March 16-20
Monday: Introduce and read the story "The Tell Tale Heart"; summarize story by expanding sentences   
homework: none
Tuesday: Analyze the reliability of the narrator from "The Tell Tale Heart" (evidence chart) 
homework: none
Wednesday: Explain the effect of narrative point of view on the reader and the meaning of a text
homework: none 
Thursday:  Review argumentative writing; begin brainstorming for argumentative essay  
homework: none 
Friday: Type argumentative essay to turn in for a grade 
homework: none 

March 9-13
Monday: Begin the writing process (brainstorming) to answer the prompt for the culminating writing task  
homework: none
Tuesday: Continue the writing process (drafting - rough draft) to answer the prompt for the culminating writing task ***see note underneath week
homework: none
Wednesday: Continue the writing process (reviewing a sample essay, revising their essays) to answer the prompt for the culminating writing task
homework: none 
Thursday:  Continue the writing process (publish/type final draft) to answer the prompt for the culminating writing task 
homework: cold read task tomorrow  
Friday: Cold Read Task 
homework: none 
****Please note rough draft could possibly take 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday). If so, everything will be pushed back a day!!!

March 2-6
Monday: reread excerpts from chapter 7 and analyze the way in which incidents reveal Buck's deepening internal conflict between his love/loyalty for John Thornton and the call of the wild  
homework: unit test Wednesday and Thursday 
Tuesday: reread excerpts from chapter 7 and analyze word  choices and  their impact on tone and mood 
homework: unit test Wednesday and Thursday 
Wednesday: LAT unit test 
homework: none 
Thursday: LAT unit test  
homework: none  
Friday: introduce culminating writing task; gather evidence and consider Buck's relationship and interactions with each owner; begin to identify themes that London conveys about human treatment of animals in the text
homework: none 

***** Book Project (Facebook Page) due Feb. 14 *****

Feb.17-21
Monday: type final draft of essay from Friday;  
homework: none
Tuesday: Begin reading Chapter 6 and analyze the way in which incidents reveal insight into characters and their relationships (split page notes and incident chart) 
homework: none 
Wednesday: finish reading Chapter 6 and analyze the way in which incidents in the text reveal insight into Buck's relationship with John Thornton and possible themes (split page notes and incident chart) 
homework: none 
Thursday: read chapter 7 and analyze the way in which incidents in the text reveal insight into Buck's relationship with John Thornton and possible themes (split page notes and incident chart) 
homework: none  
Friday: compare and contrast characters, plot events, and themes of the novel and another of Jack London's stories 
homework: none 

Feb.10-14
Monday: Timed writing to determine a theme and analyze how it is developed continued from Friday 
homework: cold read task tomorrow; book project due Friday 
Tuesday: cold read task 
homework: book project due Friday 
Wednesday: Read chapter 5 and discuss how incidents convey a message/theme (incident chart)
homework: book project due Friday 
Thursday: revise claims and plan for writing (brainstorm)
homework: book project due Friday 
Friday: write an essay to analyze a theme about human nature that London develops in chapter 5 (this essay will be added to cold read task from Tuesday); Book Project due today!!!!!
homework: none 

Feb.3-7
Monday: Finish reading chapter 4 and analyze how Buck's actions provoke decisions and reveal insight into his character (incident chart and paragraph); analyze plot events and character decisions and how they help develop key themes 
homework: none 
Tuesday: begin reading "To Build a Fire" which has similar ideas and themes about human animal relationships; analyze the setting and how words and phrases establish tone and mood (split page notes)
homework: none 
Wednesday: continue reading "To Build a Fire" and analyze the setting, tone, mood, and analyze what a character's decisions  reveal about his character (split page notes) 
homework: none 
Thursday: continue reading "To Build a Fire" and analyze how the writer builds suspense through language and details (split page notes) 
homework: none
Friday: Finish reading "To Build a Fire" and analyze a theme of the text (timed writing to determine a theme and analyze how it is developed)
homework: none 

Jan.27-31
Monday: Begin reading chapter 3 and analyze how incidents in the text propel the action forward and build suspense between characters (split page notes questions)
homework: grammar homework 
Tuesday: continue reading chapter 3 and analyze incidents that propel the action forward, create tension, and reveal aspects of character (split page notes question and incident chart) 
homework: none 
Wednesday: continue to read chapter 3 and analyze the final incident between Buck and Spitz; connect back to London's portrayal of Buck with human like reasoning (split page notes)  
homework: grammar homework 
Thursday: examine the relationship between Buck and the different human characters in the text and his transformation to a primitive state (claim handout) 
homework: grammar test tomorrow 
Friday: Grammar Test (verb tenses and agreement); begin reading chapter 4 and analyze how Buck's actions provoke decisions and reveal insight into his character (incident chart and paragraph) 
homework: none 

Jan.22-25
Monday: No School 
homework: none
Tuesday: No School 
homework: none 
Wednesday: grammar lesson - verb tenses and subject verb agreement 
homework: unit test Thursday and Friday 
Thursday: Narrative Unit Test 
homework: none 
Friday: Narrative Unit Test 
homework: none 

Jan.13-17
Monday: analyze London's construction of his argument by identifying assertions and supporting evidence within paragraphs; evaluate the effectiveness of London's argument using textual evidence 
homework: none
Tuesday: gather and use text evidence to form claims about whether chapter 1 illustrates or contradicts London's argument in "The Other Animals"
homework: none 
Wednesday:  begin reading chapter 2, define words in context, and continue adding textual evidence for incidents that reveal deeper insight into the characters of Buck and his owners 
homework: none
Thursday: continue reading chapter 2, add evidence for incidents that reveal deeper insight into Buck's character as he continues to embrace the wild and his primitive nature 
homework: none 
Friday: finish reading chapter 2, finish adding evidence for incidents  that reveal deeper insight into Buck's character as he continues to embrace the wild and his primitive nature 
homework: NWT unit test next Thursday and Friday 

Jan.6-10
Monday: Read, discuss, and paraphrase the epigraph of The Call of the Wild and make predictions about the text  
homework: none
Tuesday: Read part of Chapter 1 and begin to characterize Buck by considering how his experiences and interactions with humans impact him (split page notes questions) 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Continue reading chapter 1, build vocabulary through context, and discuss how the author's word choice and description set a tone/mood that emphasizes Buck's return to a primitive state (split page notes)
homework: none
Thursday: finish reading chapter 1 and begin to gather text evidence to identify incidents from chapter 1 that reveal insight into the themes and characters (incident chart)
homework: none 
Friday: Read an excerpt from "The Other Animals" and determine the author's point of view and purpose; create a summary that explains how London acknowledges and responds to conflicting viewpoints 
homework: none 

Dec.16-20
Monday: Review RST writing format 
homework: RST unit test 
Tuesday: RST Unit Test 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  RST Unit Test 
homework: none
Thursday: compare/contrast graphic organizer 
homework: none 
Friday: compare/contrast graphic organizer 
homework: none 

Dec.9-13
Monday: Analyze the painting American Flamingo and read and analyze the poem "American Flamingo" 
homework: none 
Tuesday: Read and analyze "Bookstand: Audubon's Birds and Words" and "John James Audubon and the Natural World" - look for conflicting information 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Read "The Calypso Borealis"  and analyze the development of the central idea 
homework: test tomorrow 
Thursday: Cold Red Task  
homework: none 
Friday: RST review sheet 
homework: RST unit test next week 

Dec.2-6
Monday: Read "The Conservationist" to gain information about Roosevelt and conservation; make connections between Roosevelt's advocacy and actions  
homework: none 
Tuesday: view video clips; analyze how claims, evidence, and language used in the video reveal the purpose and motives behind the video  
homework: none 
Wednesday:  analyze the author's purpose and how that purpose is conveyed across multiple texts on the same topic; evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each medium 
homework: test tomorrow 
Thursday: Cold Red Task  
homework: none 
Friday: Cold Read Task 
homework: none 

Nov.118-22
Monday: Continue writing rough draft of the culminating writing task 
homework: none 
Tuesday: Score an example response to establish expectations and revise writing to strengthen sentences and correct mistakes 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Publish (type) final draft of culminating writing task to turn in for a major writing grade! 
homework: none 
Thursday: Read and annotate "The Conservationist" to gain more information about Roosevelt and conservation; make connections between Roosevelt's advocacy and actions   
homework: none 
Friday: write a narrative story (shortened class due to PBIS)
homework: none 

Nov.11-15
Monday: Continue reading "Conservation as a National Duty" to identify and analyze the connections Roosevelt makes between conservation and the deeds of America's forebears 
homework: none 
Tuesday: Continue reading "Conservation as a National Duty" to identify and analyze the connections Roosevelt makes between conservation and the deeds of America's forebears 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Write an explanatory paragraph in response to the following question: What is Roosevelt's claim about the role of  our forbears had in conservation?    
homework: none 
Thursday: Review the culminating writing task and use their claim charts to develop a thesis in response to the prompt; organize evidence in preparation for drafting their essays   
homework: none 
Friday: Continue the writing process by creating a rough draft to answer the prompt: How does Roosevelt make connections between conservation and the progress, patriotism, and morality of the American people? 
homework: none 

Nov.4-8
Monday: SOAPStone graphic organizer to determine the central idea in "A parable of Sauntering" and explain how it relates to the theme of "Birdfoot's Grampa"
homework: cold read task Wednesday 
Tuesday: analyze the common devices and themes in "Requiem for a Nest," "Birdfoot's Grampa," and "A Parable of Sauntering" to compare how the author's develop meaning in their respective texts 
homework: cold read task tomorrow 
Wednesday:  Cold Read Task    
homework: none 
Thursday: Continue reading the speech "Conservation as a National Duty" and finding evidence for his claim on morality  
homework: none 
Friday: Continue reading speech "Conservation as a National Duty" and compare the speech with the poems "Requiem for a Nest" and "Birdfoot's Grampa"  to discuss the common themes and purposes threaded through the texts 
homework: none 

***** Book Project due Nov. 1 *****
Oct. 28-Nov, 1
Monday: identify claims in the speech "Conservation as a National Duty" - track evidence and reasoning
homework: Book Project due Friday  
Tuesday: identify claims in the speech "Conservation as a National Duty" - track evidence and reasoning 
homework: Book Project due Friday 
Wednesday:  explain how short story "Autumntime" represents claims in Roosevelt's speech  (answer frame handout)   
homework: Book Project due Friday 
Thursday: Read poem "Requiem for a Nest" and complete TPCASTT to analyze the structure and meaning of the poem 
homework: Book Project due Friday 
Friday: Read poem "Birdfoot's Grampa" and complete TPCASTT to analyze language and meaning of the poem 
homework: none 

Oct. 21-25
Monday: NWT unit test  
homework: grammar homework  
Tuesday: NWT unit test 
homework: grammar homework 
Wednesday:  Read "Autumntime" and complete a summary template (SWBS); use summary to write about the theme   
homework: grammar homework 
Thursday: Read President Roosevelt's speech (paragraphs 1-13); write a paragraph determining the purpose of the text 
homework: study for grammar test 
Friday: Grammar test and type paragraphs 
homework: none 

Oct. 14-18
Monday: Fall Break   
homework: none  
Tuesday: Fall Break 
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Grammar lesson - simple, compound, and complex sentences   
homework: none
Thursday: Grammar lesson - simple, compound, complex sentences 
homework: none
Friday: Grammar lesson - punctuation (quotation marks in dialogue) 
homework: none 

Oct. 7-11
Monday: culminating writing task - score examples and revise  
homework: complete revisions 
Tuesday: culminating writing task - type final copy to turn in  
homework: cold read task tomorrow 
Wednesday:  Cold Read Task   
homework: none
Thursday: compare/contrast "Flowers for Algernon"
homework: none
Friday: compare/contrast "Flowers for Algernon"  
homework: none 

September 30- Oct. 4
Monday: review LAT writing for test  
homework: LAT unit test tomorrow 
Tuesday: LAT unit test    
homework: none 
Wednesday:  LAT unit test    
homework: none
Thursday: culminating writing task - claim statement and evidence chart 
homework: none
Friday: culminating writing task - rough draft  
homework: none 

September 23-27
Monday: finish reading "Flowers for Algernon" and complete surgery chart; paragraph writing 
homework: none
Tuesday: Read chapter 13 of Frankenstein; compare Charlie and the monster   
homework: none 
Wednesday:  Reread Frankenstein and analyze text structure   
homework: none
Thursday: Read poem Demeter's Prayer to Hades and complete TPCASTT
homework: none
Friday: compare themes of poem and "Flowers for Algernon" 
homework: none 

September 16-20
Monday: Read Frankenstein Chapter 4; paragraph about similarities between 2 stories
homework: none
Tuesday: skill - tone; write paragraph about tone of Frankenstein   
homework: none 
Wednesday:  skill - allusions; paragraph about allusion located in progress report  
homework: none
Thursday: narrative writing  
homework: cold read task tomorrow 
Friday: cold read task 
homework: none 

******Book Project due - Sept. 13 

September 9-13
Monday: Read Progress Reports 4-8 in "Flowers for Algernon"; begin working on before/after surgery chart 
homework: Book Project due Friday!!!!
Tuesday: Read Progress Report 9 in "Flowers for Algernon"; continue working on chart; write a thesis statement   
homework: Book Project due Friday!!!! 
Wednesday:  skill - irony; reread progress reports 8-9 and begin working on  irony tracker 
homework: Book Project due Friday!!!!
Thursday: Read April 21-28 and April 30-May 18 in "Flowers for Algernon"; add to charts; write a paragraph 
homework: Book Project due Friday!!!! 
Friday: Book Project due!!!! Read Chapter 4 of Frankenstein; summarize chapter 4 through sentence expansion worksheet
homework: none 

September 2-6
Monday: No school - Labor Day
homework: RST district unit test Thursday and Friday 
Tuesday: No school - Professional Day  
homework: RST district unit test Thursday and Friday 
Wednesday: Revise paragraphs from Friday; Review essay writing for unit test 
homework: RST district unit test Thursday and Friday 
Thursday: RST district unit test 
homework: none 
Friday: RST district unit test 
homework: none 

August 26-30
Monday: Read "What is an Inkblot? Some Say, Not Much" and annotate claims and reasoning; understand characteristics of these tests
homework: none 
Tuesday: Continue reading "What is an Inkblot? Some Say, Not Much" and annotate claims; begin work on H-chart 
homework: none  
Wednesday: Finish working on H-chart 
homework: none 
Thursday: complete the argument analysis handout (focus on thesis statements and transitions) 
homework: Complete question #2 on handout in complete sentences
Friday: draft an essay in response to the prompt - Explain whether the tests given to Charlie are a good measure of his suitability for the experiment. 
homework: none 

August 19-23
Monday: Read "The Story of Prometheus";  complete a SWBS graphic organizer (skill - summary) 
homework: none 
Tuesday: Read "The Story of Prometheus"; complete revision sheet on empty and padded sentences; revise summary 
homework: none  
Wednesday: Read "The Story of Prometheus";  paragraph (skill - tone)
homework: none 
Thursday: Read "The Story of Prometheus";  paragraph (skill - theme)
homework: none
Friday: Read "Flowers for Algernon" (three progress reports); paragraph (skill - character - Charlie) 
homework: none 

August 12-16
Monday: Writing Introduction; Review RST, LAT, and NWT; review writing prompts  
homework: none 
Tuesday: Writing Introduction; Read "Should College Athletes Be Paid?" and discussion  
homework: none  
Wednesday: Writing Introduction; Brainstorm and begin rough draft 
homework: none 
Thursday: Writing Introduction; complete rough draft   
homework: finish rough draft
Friday: Writing Introduction; peer edit and final draft (to be graded!)
homework: none 



  
     
 
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