April 24 - 28, 2017 - MAP Testing
April 18 - 21, 2017 (no school Monday)
Grades 7 and 8 - Poetic devices and sample poems: connotation / denotation, figurative language of simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole
April 10 - 13, 2017 (no school 4-14)
Grades 7 and 8 - Poetic sound devices and sample poems for each: alliteration, assonance, consonance, repetition, onomatopoeia
Assessment - Identifying Sounds of Poetry
April 3 - 7, 2017
Grades 7 and 8 - Analyzing poems - ‘The Listeners’, ‘Abandoned Farmhouse’, and ‘Deserted Farm’
March 20 - 24, 2017
Grades 7 and 8 - Select Poems - Poetry Chart
Elements of Poetry terms - Poetry with distinct forms; Identify rhythm and rhyme scheme
March 13 -17, 2017
Grades 7 and 8 - Introduction to Poetry - Online Scavenger Hunt
Select Poems - Poetry Chart
Elements of Poetry terms - Poetry, Speaker, Form, Line, Stanza
March 6 - 10, 2017
Grade 8 and Grade 7 present their individual projects. End of third quarter - March 10
February 27 - March 3, 2017
Grade 8 and Grade 7 projects from last week are due Friday, March 3.
February 21 - 24, 2017
Grade 8 - The Great Depression - A Social-Documentary Photo Project
Grade 7 - Dust Bowl - A Social-Documentary Photo Project
February 13 - 16, 2017 (no school Friday)
Grade 8 - The Great Depression Jeopardy; analyzing Great Depression photographs
Grade 7 - Dust Bowl - ‘Mean Clouds’ article analysis - timeline with research questions; analyzing Dust Bowl photographs by Dorothea Lange
February 6 - 10, 2017
Grade 8 - The Great Depression - Articles review / quiz; Causes / Effects of The Great Depression
Grade 7 - Dust Bowl - Researching the drought Years; graphic organizer / summary of articles; Eyewitness accounts
January 30 - February 3, 2017
Grade 8 - The Great Depression - History of The Great Depression - Vocabulary Log
Grade 7 - Dust Bowl - Effects and Significance - Vocabulary Log
January 23 - 27, 2017
Grade 8 - SLO Post-Test - Author’s Argument / The Great Depression - informational text unit introduction
Grade 7 - SLO Post-Test - Main Idea, Supporting Details, Summarizing a text / Dust Bowl - informational text introduction
January 17 - 20, 2017
Grade 8 - continue instruction for evaluating an argument - SMARTboard and written assessments
Grade 7 - continue instruction for main idea and supporting details; summarize texts - SMARTboard and written assessments
January 9 - 13, 2017
Grade 8 - continue instruction for evaluating an argument
Grade 7 - continue instruction for main idea and supporting details
January 2 - 6, 2017
Grade 8 - Informational Text - Evaluating an author’s argument for sound reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence (SLO) Pre-Test January 2 - Unit activities include SMART board discussions, small group activities, research-based instruction, graphic organizer construction, etc.
Grade 7 - Informational Text - Locating the main idea and supporting details of a text (SLO) Pre-Test January 2 - Unit activities include SMART board discussions, small group activities, summary writing, graphic organizer construction, etc.
December 12 - 16, 2016
Grade 8 - Complete the PowerPoint Project following rubric guidelines (due Thursday, December 15, 2016)
Grade 7 - Complete the Visual Project for the short story, ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ following the guidelines of a rubric (due Thursday, December 15, 2016)
NOTE: The Grades 7 and 8 projects will be the ELA Semester Final.
December 5 - 9, 2016
Grade 8 - Continue the novella, Anthem, Chapters 7 - 12. Complete the Plot / Thought Chart. Begin PowerPoint Project.
Grade 7 - ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ - Analyzing the title, literary devices: foreshadowing and irony, and types of conflict. Supporting the universal theme by connecting it to the different story elements. Begin Visual of Story - Project: Rainsford’s Survival Guide on Ship Trap Island
November 28 - December 2, 2016
Grade 8 - Begin the novel, Anthem. Text availability: student computer, Smart board, paper copy, audio
Grade 7 - character analysis - short story, The Most Dangerous Game.
November 21 and 22, 2016
Grade 8 Fundraiser money due Tuesday, November 22
Grade 8 - RTI/RTC Rolla - November 22 - 8:15 - 1:30
Grade 7 - Short story, The Most Dangerous Game: Construct map of Ship Trap Island
Week of November 14 - 18, 2016
Grade 8 Fundraiser TJ Pizza - Delivery Nov. 15, Tues. 3:00.
Grade 8 - Begin Pre-Reading Activities for novella, Anthem (survey, ‘Placemat’, video clip, characteristics chart)
Grade 7 - Begin Pre-Reading Activities for short story, The Most Dangerous Game (survey, ‘Placemat’ / Word Splash, comparison graphic organizer) - Read text: student computer, Smart Board, paper copy, audio
Week of November 7 - 11, 2016
8th fundraiser delivery date Nov. 15 at 3:00. Money due Nov. 22.
Grade 8 - Survival Situations (post reading activities for short story, ‘The Lottery’)
Grade 7 - post-reading online short story puzzle and activities for ‘The Landlady’
Week of November 1 - 4, 2016
8th ‘The Lottery’ vocabulary quiz / ‘Gentle, Your Verdict’ analysis of a decision made by a character
7th continue analysis of ‘The Landlady’ - literary devices
Week of October 24 - 28, 2016
Grade 8 - ‘The Lottery’ short story
Grade 7 - ‘The Landlady’ short story
Both grades analyze character, setting, point of view, plot, theme, along with the literary devices of irony and foreshadowing
Week of October 17 - 20
No School Oct. 21
Week of October 10 - 14, 2016
Literary Devices study guide - Test on October 11.
Literary Genres, Literary Elements, Literary Devices - Quarter 1 Final - Oct.12.
Week of October 3 - 7, 2016
Literary Devices study guide
Written activities include: figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idiom)
Week of September 26 - 30
Elements of Literature - written application
Characterization (9-26), Setting (9-27), Point of View (9-28), Plot (9-29), Theme (9-30)
Week of September 20 - 23
Elements of Literature - study guide overview
SMARTboard activities for characterization (9-20), setting, point of view (9-21), plot, theme (9-22)
Week of September 12 - 16
Literary Genres Test - Sept. 14 (Wed.)
Part 1 - Listing the genres for fiction and nonfiction (study guide given to students on Sept. 7)
Part 2 - Applying the genres to short reading selections
Begin Elements of Literature - characterization, setting, point of view, plot, theme
Week of September 6 - 9
Welcome Grandparents! - Sept. 9
PreTest Literary Reading - Genres, Elements, Devices
Literary Genres - Fiction and Nonfiction - study guide
Week of August 29 - September 2
Death by Scrabble - short story text
. SMART Board display of vocabulary words and text for ‘Death by Scrabble’
. Use of text audio, offering print copy of text upon student request or as needed
. Text-bolded vocabulary; vocabulary practice
. Analytical class discussion of story
. Students write an alternate conclusion of the story from the first person point of view of the narrator’s wife.
. Student teams track Scrabble tile placement of moves made by story characters and tally the scores of both story characters based on story content.
Week of August 22 - 26
Grades 7 and 8 are sharing the literary unit Words, Words, Words. Activities include:
Collaborative learning using an official Scrabble board
Grade level informational texts
Graphic organizers for analyzing informational texts
Welcome back to school!
August 17 - ELA Overview of Syllabus / Class Expectations
August 18 - ELA Pre-Test - This test is given in August, and again in May. I will be looking for student growth in all areas of English Language Arts.
August 19 - PBS Bootcamp