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August 27, 2012. Title: What can I expect in 8 th grade language arts this year? Warm Up: Read syllabus, underlining anything that is confusing to you, and making a list of question in the margins.

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august 27 2012
August 27, 2012

Title: What can I expect in 8th grade language arts this year?

Warm Up: Read syllabus, underlining anything that is confusing to you, and making a list of question in the margins.

Homework:Finish your letter to Mrs. Lucero – you may write it neatly or type it and print it, or use letter generator link below and print it.

letter generator

Objective:

  • understand the 8th grade LA prospectus
  • Incorporate elements of a business letter to create personal recommendation

Agenda:

  • Agendas/forms/lockers
  • Syllabus
  • Summer Reading – Due Fri, Sept. 7
  • Letter of recommendation
august 28 2012 august 28 2012
August 28, 2012 August 28, 2012

EQ/Title: “We Wear the Mask” What are some elements of poetry that help us understand the meaning?

Warm Up: Vocabulary activity worksheet

Homework:Paraphrase “We Wear the Mask,” making sure to reword everything on each line of poetry. Revise Summer Reading Project

Notes:

  • Summer Reading Project section 1
  • Poetry reading, preparation for paraphrasing

Closure:

august 29 2012 august 29 2012
August 29, 2012 August 29, 2012

EQ/Title: “We Wear the Mask” How can analysis of historically relevant poetry help us understand about ourselves?

Warm Up: Finish side 2 of Vocabulary Worksheet

Homework:Complete TPCASTT, revise Summer Reading Project

Notes:

  • Summer Reading Project section 2
  • Notebook organization
  • Read the biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar, listing 5 elements from his life that may have influenced his writing.
  • Discussion of line-by-line paraphrasing.
  • TPCASTT

Closure:

august 30 2012 august 30 2012
August 30, 2012 August 30, 2012

EQ/Title: What are the challenges we face when reconciling our external mask with our inner self?

Warm Up: Quickwrite – what do you “wear” as your public mask? What about you is not something you always want people to know/see?

Homework:Complete planning for your mask – including 5 symbols for each side, and begin decorating.

Notes:

  • Maya Angelou reading of “We Wear the Mask”
  • Summer Reading Part 3 –
  • Mask making activity
  • Springboard tear out –
    • Glossary
    • Unit 1 through page 52
  • Intro to challenges

Closure:

august 31 2012 august 31 2012
August 31, 2012 August 31, 2012

EQ/Title: What defines a hero?

Warm Up: Tear out SB pages

1-52, then write your name on the binder of your SB book and return it to the shelf. Put the pages in your Springboard section.

Homework:Complete mask and reflection, revise Summer Reading Project

Notes:

  • Archetypes video – write down the names and definitions of archetypal characters as you hear them
  • Summer Reading project – last section
  • Archetypes pre-assessment
  • Notebook check
  • Springboard pages 4-5

Closure:

september 4 2012 september 4 2012
September 4, 2012 September 4, 2012

EQ/Title: What are some strategies I use to face life challenges?

Warm Up:

  • Put SB 2-6 in Sept 4 section.
  • Read and highlight SB4, putting a question mark next to unfamiliar concepts
  • Complete SB5

Homework:Revise summer reading project - check

Notes:

  • Intro to Challenge of Heroism
  • Mask presentations
  • SB6 – independent work
  • Challenges group activity

Closure:

challenges
Challenges
  • With your group, discuss your responses to SB6
  • Write the word “Challenges” in large letters
    • Draw at least 2 visuals that help understand the meaning of the word
    • List at least 5 synonyms
    • Write a definition in your own words
    • Make it visually appealing, and be prepared to share with the class.
september 5 2012 september 5 2012
September 5, 2012 September 5, 2012

EQ/Title: What are some human personality traits that are represented by archetypal characters?

Warm Up:

  • SB 7-8

Homework:Archetypal characters worksheet

Notes:

  • Archetypes powerpoint
  • Bring in picture books that have archetypal characters for Sept. 6, 2012

Closure:

september 6 2012 september 6 2012
September 6, 2012 September 6, 2012

EQ/Title: How does our understanding of archetypes make stories more meaningful?

Warm Up:

  • SB 9

Homework:Paraphrase “A Man” SB 10- remember to be detailed in finding synonyms/ phrases for every important word in every line.

Notes:

  • Finish Archetypes notes
  • Archetypes are everywhere activity

Closure:

september 7 2012 september 7 2012
September 7, 2012 September 7, 2012

EQ/Title: Why are so many archetypes present in picture books for children, and what does this teach them about life?

Warm Up:

  • TPCASTT SB 10 “A Man”

Homework:Paraphrase “Moco Limping” SB 13

Notes:

  • Review “A Man”
  • Archetypes are everywhere activity

Closure:

september 10 2012 september 10 2012
September 10, 2012 September 10, 2012

EQ/Title: Who would you consider a hero, and why?

Warm Up:

  • TPCASTT SB 12 “Moco Limping”

Homework:Write a final draft of Hero definition paragraph. Type – double spaced, and PRINT -

Notes:

  • Review “Moco Limping”
  • Hero definition essay

Closure:

what defines a hero
What defines a hero?

Character Map – decide on traits, and what evidence you would use to support it.

Decide on 2 or 3 traits that you would like to focus your paragraph on. Make sure you have evidence from the sources listed on the back of your character map. You must have evidence from at least 3 sources.

BE SURE to cite your sources!!!!

Write topic sentence, complete essay planner, and write 12 sentence paragraph.

september 11 2012 september 11 2012
September 11, 2012 September 11, 2012

EQ/Title: Who were the heroes of 9/11?

Warm Up: Grammar pre-assessment

Homework:Complete graphic organizer (see Writing section of website) Write paragraph defining archetypal character #1 (may not be a hero).

Notes:

  • Discuss Archetypes project – due Sept. 24.
  • Review Hero definition essays
  • Overview of 9/11/01
  • Jigsaw: read article and fill out WWWWWH chart
  • Create poster explaining your hero of 9/11, and be ready to share

Closure:

september 12 2012 september 12 2012
September 12, 2012 September 12, 2012

EQ/Title: What are the signs that something “big” is about to happen to you?

Warm Up:

Grammar Books – Read page 66 & 67, complete Exercise 11, only writing down prepositions.

Homework:Complete graphic organizer (see Writing section of website) Write paragraph defining archetypal character #2.

Notes:

  • Discussion of prepositions
  • Peer editing of essays
  • Begin Hero’s Journey – Stage I

Closure:

peer editing checklist
Peer editing checklist

1.Read the paragraph once to get an idea of what it is about.

2. Read again and create a graphic organizer using the information in the paragraph… is it well supported without any “holes”?

3. Read the essay a third time and check for:

  • run-ons, fragments, and proper punctuation
  • 1st or 2nd person (no I, you, we, our, etc.)

4. Mark the essay with revisions and suggestions.

5. Conference with the author.

september 13 2012 september 13 2012
September 13, 2012 September 13, 2012

EQ/Title: What are some test taking strategies to help me be successful?

Warm Up:

Formative Exam

Homework:Complete graphic organizer (see Writing section of website) Write paragraph defining archetypal character #3.

Notes:

  • Formative Exam

Closure:

september 14 2012 september 13 2012
September 14, 2012 September 13, 2012

EQ/Title: What do you do to prepare for a huge event in your life?

Warm Up:

Grammar worksheet #7 -

Homework:Complete graphic organizer (see Writing section of website) Write paragraph defining archetypal character #3.

Notes:

  • Continue with hero’s journey

Closure:

september 17 2012 september 17 2012
September 17, 2012 September 17, 2012

EQ/Title: Why is it so important to divide a big project into smaller pieces?

Warm Up:

Grammar book pg 68 and exercise 12

Homework:Complete graphic organizer (see Writing section of website) Write paragraph defining archetypal setting #1

Notes:

  • Discussion prepositional phrases
  • Complete Exercise 12
  • Continue with hero’s journey

Closure: