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Weekly Lesson Plans

October 30-November 3
 
ELA 1, 2 & 4 ELA 3
LIT LOGS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY, 11/3
MONDAY

"The Tell-Tale Heart"

 

Objective: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on 8th grade-level text by choosing flexibly from a range of strategies

 

Agenda:

1.  Mini-Lesson: Mood

 

2. Pre-Reading: Vocabulary for "The Tell-Tale Heart" due 11/3

 

3. Actively read of "The Tell-Tale Heart"

 

4. Independently work on vocabulary graphic organizer

 

Assessment: Teacher will walk around the room to assure students are able to correctly choose the definition for the graphic organizer as the word is used in context 

LIT LOGS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY, 11/3

MONDAY

"The Raven"

 

Objective: Determine a theme 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; determine figurative and connotative meanings, analyze the impact of spe

 

Agenda:

1. Pre-Reading Vocabulary --- due 11/3

 

2. Mini-Lesson: Annotations

 

3. 1st Read of "The Raven"

 

4. Teacher led annotations using online resource from "Knowing Poe" with a focus on comprehension, mood/tone/atmosphere (setting), character development and word choice for stanzas I & II

 

Assessment: Teacher will monitor students to assure correct annotations are being made

TUESDAY

"The Tell-Tale Heart"

 

Objective: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

 

Agenda:

1. Review yesterday's Mini-Lesson on Mood

 

2. Review Teacher Letter Topic for application of objective

 

3. 2nd Read of "The Tell-Tale Heart": Complete T-chart with textual support for whether the narrator is sane or insane in small groups

 

4. Work on illustrations of vocabulary words to reinforce definitions

 

Assessment: Exit Ticket: On a note card, students will provide one piece of textual support to show sanity and one to show insanity

TUESDAY

"The Raven"

 

Objective:Determine a theme 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

 

Agenda:

1.  Glossary review of the following terms:

  • symbol
  • irony
  • allusion
  • mood
  • prose
  • alliteration
  • repetition
  • rhyme scheme
  • internal rhyme

2.  Mini-Lesson: Introduction of new terms:

  • allusion
  • soliloquy

3. Assign annotation groups

 

4. Students will work together on the Chromebooks using yesterday's notes and the website provided as a guide to annotate assigned stanzas (they will be presenting their annotations to the class next week)

 

Assessment: The teacher will meet with each group to check for comprehension

WEDNESDAY

"The Tell-Tale Heart"

 

Objective: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed 

by revising, editing, and rewriting 

 

Agenda:

1. Teacher assigned Praise and Polish groups meet for feedback on their argumentative piece: How Did Poe Die?

 

2. Using written reflections, students make revisions to their piece in preparation for final copy

 

3. Additional time may be used for completion of vocabulary work or work on Lit Logs which are due Friday, November 3rd

 

Assessment: Teacher will monitor groups, providing additional support as needed; individual student conferences will be held after group meetings as needed/requested

WEDNESDAY

"The Raven"

 

Objective: Determine a theme 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

 

Agenda:

1. Students will work together on the Chromebooks using yesterday's notes and the website provided as a guide to annotate assigned stanzas (they will be presenting their annotations to the class next week)

 

Assessment: The teacher will meet with each group again to check for comprehension and preparation to present

THURSDAY

 

Objective:Use technology to produce writing and type a complete product in a single sitting as defined in W.1-3

 

Agenda: Students will be working independently in the computer lab on Argumentative Writing piece --- due 11/6

 

Advanced Modification: Students are writing a structured four paragraph essay as opposed to an extended paragraph.  

 

Assessment: Teacher will monitor the class and provide individual assessment prior to allowing students to print

THURSDAY

Objective:Use technology to produce writing and type a complete product in a single sitting as defined in W.1-3

 

Agenda: Students will be working independently in the computer lab on Argumentative Writing piece --- due 11/6

 

Advanced Modification: Students are writing a structured four paragraph essay as opposed to an extended paragraph.  

 

Assessment: Teacher will monitor the class and provide individual assessment prior to allowing students to print

FRIDAY

 

Objective: Students will read and comprehend complex literary text independently and proficiently; support interpretations, analyses and reflections with evidence found in literature

 

Agenda:

1.  Students will total and turn in Reading Calendars for the week

 

2.  Students in the blue group will present Book Talks to the class

 

3.  Audience members will complete reflections on the Book Talks

 

4.  Students in the purple group will meet with Ms. Kelsey

 

5.  Orange and green groups will complete and turn in letters

 

6.  Students will read independently

  

Assessment: Teacher will review reading calendars for appropriate practice and meet with students who need additional support; Teacher will assess students based on their assigned groups (Teacher Letter on mood, Peer Letter on chosen literary construct, Book Talk on speaking and listening as well as content, and Oral Response for speaking and listening)

 

 

FRIDAY

Objective: Students will read and comprehend complex literary text independently and proficiently; support interpretations, analyses and reflections with evidence found in literature

 

Agenda:

1.  Students will total and turn in Reading Calendars for the week

 

2.  Students in the blue group will present Book Talks to the class

 

3.  Audience members will complete reflections on the Book Talks

 

4.  Students in the purple group will meet with Ms. Kelsey

 

5.  Orange and green groups will complete and turn in letters

 

6.  Students will read independently

 

Advanced Modification: Criteria for student product has been modified to allow for more depth of response in Lit Logs.  Additionally, students are required to read books independently within their ability band

 

 

Assessment: Teacher will review reading calendars for appropriate practice and meet with students who need additional support; Teacher will assess students based on their assigned groups (Teacher Letter on mood, Peer Letter on chosen literary construct, Book Talk on speaking and listening as well as content, and Oral Response for speaking and listening)

October 23-27
All classes are at the same point this week

MONDAY

  1. Spiral Quiz
  2. WebQuest: It'll Be the Death of Me
  3. Work on Pro/Con Research Chart 

TUESDAY

  1. Review argument and counterargument p.57-60 Interactive Notebook
  2. Discuss Pro/Con Research Chart
  3. Continue WebQuest for research and complete chart

 

WEDNESDAY

  1. Return and correct Monday's Spiral Quiz
  2. Highlight key points in notes p.57-60 Interactive Notebook
  3. Mini-Lesson:  Building an Argument
  4. Begin completing WS: Building an Argument with a partner using your research

 

THURSDAY

1.  Mini-Lesson: Breaking down a writing prompt with R.A.C.E.S writing strategy 

 

2. Break down writing prompt on the back of Building an Argument

3. Begin the draft of your argumentative writing piece p.63-65 Interactive Notebook

 

FRIDAY   Reader's Workshop  Calendars are always due and no late calendars are accepted

1.  Review Lit Log Types in small groups

2. Work on Lit Log that is due 11/3

3. Work on draft of Argumentative Writing

 

 

 
October 16-20
All classes are at the same point this week

MONDAY

  1. Mini-lesson: Fact or Opinion?
  2. Video: Cool History --- Who Was Edgar Allan Poe … Really?
  3. Hand out Raven outline
  4. Based on provided biography and Cool History video, write 3 facts (orange) and 3 opinions (blue) about Poe’s life
  5. Share and discuss
  6. Work with a partner to do a 2nd Read: Poe Biography --- Find the answers to content questions and HIGHLIGHT the text in YELLOW 

          HW: Complete Poe Biography Questions --- due tomorrow for a grade

 

Work independently on Poe Bio Vocabulary ---Draw and color illustrations:

     -Neatness counts

     -Use 3 or more colors

     -No white space

    -Use colored pencils only, no markers

    -Due Monday, 10/23

 

TUESDAY

  1. Identify statements as Fact or Opinion
  2. Check Biography Questions for a grade --- identify textual support as we go and highlight correctly
  3. Begin notes on Power Point: Argumentative Writing p. 57 of Interactivc Notebook
  4. Exit Ticket: What is the difference between Persuasive and Argumentative writing?

          HW: Work on Poe Bio Vocabulary --- due Monday, 10/23

 

WEDNESDAY

  1. Continue notes on Argumentative Writing p. 57 of Interactivc Notebook
  2. Review and correct yesterday's Exit Ticket: What is the difference between Persuasive and Argumentative writing? Glue in on p. 56
  3. Share examples of vocabulary illustrations

          HW: Work on Poe Bio Vocabulary --- due Monday, 10/23

 

THURSDAY

1.  Mini-Lesson: Reliability of Resources --- Handouts

          >Reliable Internet Sites

          >WS: Reliability Check

2. Review and discuss Website Domains p. 56

3.  Read article "Irish Student Hoaxes World's Media"

4.  Read Wikipedia article "How Did Poe Die" and discuss why this is a good place to start

5. Begin WebQuest: It'll Be the Death of Me

 

          HW: Work on Poe Bio Vocabulary --- due Monday, 10/23 

 

FRIDAY --- Reader's Workshop

1.  Review Lit Log Types

2. Mini-Lesson: Book Talks w/ handout p.136-139

3. Assign groups and due dates

 

          HW: Work on Poe Bio Vocabulary --- due Monday, 10/23

 
September 18-22
ELA 1, 2 & 4
Text Structures Unit Test on Wednesday, 9/27
ELA3
Animal Farm Ch.1-4 & Skills Test
on Wednesday, 9/27
Monday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • "UFO --- One Cause, Many Effects" p.43
  • Notes: compare/contrast p.44
  • Complete worksheet p.45: "Practice" and "Two Cites"
  • Additional handouts: Venn diagram p. 46 & "Pearls" p.46
Monday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • Spiral Quiz
  • Handouts:  Lit Log Types p.140, Possible Peer Topics add in on p.140
  • Notes: How to Write Teacher and Peer Letters p.141
  • Assign Dystopian Lit Circles
  • Begin explanation of Lit Circle roles (hand out)
Tuesday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • "Sounds and Symbols" p. 45 and check
  • 1st Read: "Pearls" to understand
  • 2nd Read: to complete the Venn diagram
  • 3rd Read: to complete cause/effect T-chart
Tuesday 
  • Complete explanation of Lit Circle roles
  • Meet with your Dystopian Lit Circle to assign roles for meeting dates
  • Meeting dates are: 9/29, 10/6, 10/20 and 11/3
All Lit Circle Role Worksheets
are due 11/3
  • Review Dystopian Peer Letter and choose your partner
Dystopian Peer Letters
are due 9/29
Wednesday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • Check and correct cause/effect T-chart
  • Review 12 Powerful Words p.38
  • Copy and break down possible compare/contrast writing prompts p.43
Wednesday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • Take notes on Power Point: Understanding George Orwell p. 44
  • Read Historical/Cultural Context: Russian Revolution p.45
  • Class Discussion: characters & symbolism 
Thursday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • "A Rose by Any Other Name" p. 45
  • Notes: problem/solution p.47 & spatial order p.48
  • Review parts of speech: nouns, pronouns & prepositions
Thursday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • Complete class discussion on characters & symbolism
  • Power Point: Satire --- copy definition and example p. 45
  • Assign roles and read Ch. 1 of Animal Farm (play adaptation)
  • Glue in Lenin's speech p.46 and prepare to compare/contrast it with Old Major's
Friday --- use Interactive Notebook
  • Total minutes on Reading Calendar and turn in
  • Handouts:  Lit Log Types p.140, Possible Peer Topics add in on p.140
  • Notes: How to Write Teacher and Peer Letters p.141
Friday --- 
  • Total minutes on Reading Calendar and turn in
  • Review possible topics to cover in Dystopian Peer Letter
  • Read or work on DPL (due 9/29)
  • Meet with your Dystopian Lit Circle to make sure everyone is on track for the group discussion on 9/29
September 11-15
MONDAY:
  • Read 9/11/01 Informational Text with Mark It Up! Strategy
  • Video: 9/11 Never Forget www.pbs.org 
  • Review and discuss 9/11 Packet: Point of View Timeline and Interview --- due on Thursday, 9/14
  • Begin work on Point of View Timeline
 
 
TUESDAY: Ms. Kelsey was absent due to a migraine
  • Videos on www.history.com  
  •      9/11 Timeline
  •      The Todd Beamer Story
  •      Clean Up and Recovery
  •      Making the 9/11 Memorial
  • Work on Point of View Timeline
WEDNESDAY:
  • Review Point of View Timeline for understanding
  • Complete videos from yesterday with additional time to work on Point of View Timeline
  • Create basic 9/11 Timeline on p.40 with your Chronological Notes using POV Timeline
  • Notes: Cause and Effect text structure p. 42
  • Create Cause and Effect T-Chart for 9/11 
 
THURSDAY:
ELA 1, 2 & 4
  • Small Groups: Share 9/11 Interviews
  • Class discussion of interviews and turn in packet
  • Review of 12 Powerful Words p. 38
  • Read Informational Text: "Carolus Linnaeus" and highlight time clues
  • Break down possible writing prompts from informational text
  • Write a topic sentence for each
ELA 3
  • Small Groups: Share 9/11 Interviews
  • Class discussion of interviews and turn in packet
  • Notes: Utopia & Common Types of Government p. 43
FRIDAY:
  • ELA 1, 2 & 4
    • Total reading minutes for the week and turn in calendar for a grade
    • Mini-Lesson: Clarification on Reading Calendar details
    • Book Talk --- Genres: Horror, Mystery and Suspense
    • Spiral Quiz using Interactive Notebook
    ELA 3
    • Total reading minutes for the week and turn in calendar for a grade
    • Mini-Lesson: Clarification on Reading Calendar details
    • Control Group spelling test for baseline data --- not a grade
 
 
Labor Day 9/4
September 5-8
 
TUESDAY:
  • Turn in Science Fiction Narrative --- this will be graded by the end of the nine weeks
  • Create Parts of Speech Foldable p.23-26 in Interactive Notebook
  • Take notes on definition of each part of speech
  • Hand out, glue in and discuss Books I Might Want to Read p. 9
WEDNESDAY:
  • Review last week's Spiral Quiz and take notes
  • Hand out and glue in 12 Powerful Words p. 38 in Interactive Notebook
  • Notes: Text Structures p. 39 in Interactive Notebook
THURSDAY:
  • Spiral Quiz'
  • Notes: Chronological Order p. 40 in Interactive Notebook
  • Chosen peers to edit your piece; three peers is the recommendation
  • Make revisions to your piece
THURSDAY:
  • Mini-Lesson: Final Copy requirements
  • Teacher conferences about Science Fiction Narrative as needed
  • Handouts for tomorrow's lesson: 1- Notebook Letter 2- Reader's Letter 3- Books I might Want to Read
  • Assign Independent Grammar Work based on proficiency check --- due tomorrow
  • Work on revisions to your Science Fiction Narrative --- Final Copy due Tuesday, September 5th
FRIDAY:
  • Mini- Lesson: Reader's Workshop and Genre Notes
  • Reading Calendars
  • Independent time to work on Science Fiction Narrative
 
August 28-September 1
Same plans for all classes this week
MONDAY:
  • Update Table of Contents in Interactive Notebook
  • Review Grammar Proficiency Check from last week
  • Work in assigned Cooperative Learning Groups to answer questions about sentence structure
  • Work as a whole class to mark up a section of text with NOUNS, PRONOUNS and ADJECTIVES
  • Work on draft of Science Fiction Narrative --- draft due tomorrow
TUESDAY:
  • Complete Grammar Proficiency Check for a grade
  • Review rubric for Science Fiction Narrative
  • Mini-Lesson: Praise and Polish
  • Work in assigned groups to complete Praise and Polish suggestions for your Science Fiction Narratives
WEDNESDAY:
  • Spiral Quiz
  • Mini-Lesson: Self and Peer Editing
  • Chosen peers to edit your piece; three peers is the recommendation
  • Make revisions to your piece
THURSDAY:
  • Mini-Lesson: Final Copy requirements
  • Teacher conferences about Science Fiction Narrative as needed
  • Handouts for tomorrow's lesson: 1- Notebook Letter 2- Reader's Letter 3- Books I might Want to Read
  • Assign Independent Grammar Work based on proficiency check --- due tomorrow
  • Work on revisions to your Science Fiction Narrative --- Final Copy due Tuesday, September 5th
FRIDAY:
  • Mini- Lesson: Reader's Workshop and Genre Notes
  • Reading Calendars
  • Independent time to work on Science Fiction Narrative
 
August 21-25
Monday --- No school due to the Solar Eclipse
 
LA1, 2 and 4 LA3
Tuesday:
  • Jot descriptive notes about the eclipse (p.15)
  • Mini-Lesson:  The 3R's and Mark It Up! Active Reading
  • WS: Complete Pre-reading activity
  • 1st Read: "They're Made of Meat" by Terry Bisson using Mark It Up!
Tuesday:  No class --- see below
                           see lesson plan above 
Wednesday:
  • Jot descriptive notes about the eclipse (p.15)
  • Mini-Lesson:  The 3R's and Mark It Up! Active Reading
  • Watch TED Talk by Julia Galef and create T-chart for Soldier or Scout on p. 15 of your Interactive Notebook
  • 1st Read: "They're Made of Meat" by Terry Bisson using Mark It Up!
Thursday:
  • Class discussion from Mark It Up Notes
  • Mini-Lesson: Somebody-Wanted-But-So p. 17 INB
  • Complete 2nd Read and activities with a partner and self-check on Smart Board
  • Quick Write for 3rd Read is due 8/28
Thursday:
  • Class discussion from Mark It Up Notes
  • Mini-Lesson: Six Word Summaries p. 17 INB
  • Complete 2nd Read and activities with a partner and self-check on Smart Board
  • Quick Write for 3rd Read is due 8/28
Friday:
  • Re-read and sign Anti-Plagiarism Pledge
  • Draft Science Fiction Narrative p. 18-19 INB
  • Handouts for INB:
          >Editing Marks p.10
          >Self and Peer Editing p. 11
          >Writing Rubric p. 12
          >Final Copy Rules p.13
 
Friday:
  • Re-read and sign Anti-Plagiarism Pledge
  • Draft Science Fiction Narrative p. 18-19 INB
  • Handouts for INB:
          >Editing Marks p.10
          >Self and Peer Editing p. 11
          >Writing Rubric p. 12
          >Final Copy Rules p.13
   
August 14-18
Students will be:
  • learning Classroom Procedures
  • setting up their Resource Binders
  • setting up their Interactive Notebooks
 
Our first topics of study will be:
  • Narrative writing
  • Genres
  • Science Fiction
  • Short stories
  • Active Reading
  • Writer's Workshop
 

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