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Lesson Plans for January 29-February 2

January25

 

Reading/PreAP Reading
Monday
  • SSR
  • Hand out AOW:  “Former NFLers Call for End to Tackle Football for Kids”
  • Universal Screener on Mobymax.com
Tuesday
  • SSR
  • Go over Benchmark passage “Skies over Sweetwater”
Wednesday
  • SSR
  • Review parts of plot in journal
  • Discuss the butterfly effect/chaos theory
  • Begin Reading “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury
Thursday
  • SSR
  • Finish reading “A Sound of Thunder”
  • Using sticky notes, place events on wall/plot diagram
  • Answer questions over “A Sound of Thunder”
Friday
  • SSR
  • Turn in and Grade AOW using Checklist
  • Create a Plot Diagram for ASoT
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Early Release Day Cancelled

January19

Due to being out for bad weather this week, the early release scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 has been cancelled.  It will be a regular school day.

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Lesson Plans for January 22-26

January18

 

Reading/PreAP Reading
Monday
Tuesday
  • SSR
  • Read and discuss “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl.  Identify the dramatic irony in the story
  • Answer questions over “Lamb to The Slaughter”
  • SSR
    Read and discuss “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.  Identify examples of situational irony
  • Answer questions over “The Lottery”
Wednesday
  • SSR
  • Read and discuss “The Ransom of Red Chief” by Mark Twain.  Identify situational irony within the story
  • Answer questions over “The Ransom of Red Chief”
Thursday  

  • SSR
    Read and discuss “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.  Identify examples of situational irony
  • Answer questions over “The Lottery”
Friday
  • SSR
  • Catch up on any leftover stories/questions
  • Universal Screener on Mobymax.com

 

  • Power ELA
    • Checklist for the week
      • Read and Discuss with me an article from LLI
      • Create a Root Tree using prim
      • 2 SRA Power Builders
      • 20 minutes on readtheory.org
      • Read, Bag/Tag, and Check “Pierce the Spaceman”
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Lesson Plans for January 15-19

January12

 

Reading/PreAP Reading
Monday
  • MLK, JR Holiday
Tuesday
  • SSR
  • Create Journal pages over Irony
Wednesday
  • SSR
  • Go through and discuss examples of each type of irony on Google Slides; Add a new slide that includes an example of irony, the type of irony it is, and an explanation of why it is ironic
Thursday
  • SSR
    Read and discuss “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.  Identify examples of situational irony
  • Answer questions over “The Lottery”
Friday
  • SSR
  • Read and discuss “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl.  Identify the dramatic irony in the story
  • Answer questions over “Lamb to The Slaughter”

 

 

  • Power ELA assignments for the week:
    • 1 SRA Power Builder
    • Choose 1 page from your Library book to read to me
    • Read, Bag & Tag, and Check “The BreakAway”
    • 20 Minutes on readthoery.org
    • Create a root tree using tempt
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Parent Letter

January9

Your student will be bringing home a letter today which addresses guidelines we will be strictly enforcing during the new semester.  Please read and discuss it with your child.  The bottom portion is to be signed and returned by Friday, January 12th.

I am attaching a copy in case yours doesn’t make it home.  Responsibility Letter for 8th graders

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Important Dates for This 9 Weeks

January8

Your students have 3 assignments that will be due at the end of this 9 weeks.

  • Friday, February 23–Reading Response–This is a response to a part in a book that they have read for their 40 Book Challenges this 9 weeks.  It is to be completed in their journals following the guidelines I have provided for them.
  • Monday, February 26–AOW Response–This is a response to 1 of their AOWs from this 9 weeks.  It is to be completed in their journals following the guidelines I have provided for them.
  • Friday, March 2–40 Book Challenge–Students are to have read 10 books for their 40 Book Challenge this 9 weeks.  Books should be recorded neatly and completely in the appropriate genre section on their 40 BC charts in their journals.  THIS IS A TEST GRADE.

I will be reminding them of these dates as we go through the grading period, but reminding them at home would be a great help.

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Lesson Plans for January 8-12

January5

 

Reading/PreAP Reading
Monday
  • Hand out AOW:  “Movie Theaters Fight Streaming by Assaulting Senses”–prepare using Thinking Notes in Journal–due Friday
  • Continue Benchmark from Friday–put answers on DMAC
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • SSR
  • Grade and Turn in AOW
  • Short Story Notes Quiz

 

Power ELA
  • Checklist for the Week
    • 2 SRA Skill builders
    • Choose a poem from Where the Sidewalk ends to read aloud to me
    • Read, Bag & Tag, and check “Time Warriors”
    • 20 minutes on readtheory.org
    • Create a root tree using aud

Lesson Plans for January 4-5

December28

On Thursday and Friday of this week, we will be taking a released STAAR test as a benchmark and a guide for which skills need to receive focus for the next 9 weeks.

We will also be looking at our 40 Book Challenge. By this point in the year, your student should have read 20 books.

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Semester Exam Information

December14

Hope everyone is well and enjoying your extra two days off!  Here is some information about semester exams.

  1.  There is nothing to study for–your exam will be STAAR-type passages and questions which cover the skills/topics we have covered this semester–drama, plot, characterization, and summarization.
  2. You may use any information that is in your interactive journal–make sure you have it with you if it isn’t in the classroom already.
  3. I wasn’t able to check your journal or grade your 40 Book Challenge, so I will do that during/after your exam. Make sure you leave your journal with me so that I can give you a grade.
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Lesson Plans for December 11-15

December9

 

Reading
  • Monday
    • SSR
    • Read dramatization of “The Gift of the Magi”
  • Tuesday
    • SSR
    • Afternoon classes will attend Career Day at LeTourneau
  • Wednesday
    • SSR
    • Practice over Summarizing:  “Don’t Mind My Dog, She’s got a Strange Personality”
  • Thursday
    • SSR
    • Drama Practice:  “Callipateira Breaks the Rule”
  • Friday
    • SSR
    • Journal Check
    • 40 Book Challenge Due
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