Character Quiz Monday!

There will be a silver character quiz on Monday. The “study guide” attached below will help guide you towards making an “A+” on this quiz! If you have specific questions about what has happened in the play or if you are unsure about the information covered in your notes, please feel free to contact me (ccarter). Good luck and have an excellent weekend!

StudyGuide1.1-3.1

Sincerely,

Ms. Carter

ELA Week of 4/24 – 4/28

Monday, April 24, 2017 *Progress Reports Sent Home Today!*

Homework: Turn in form movie permission form by TOMORROW if you will not be allowed to watch clips from the Midsummer Night’s Dream film. Roots quiz Friday, April 28th (covers 22 roots).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 

  • Review Roots
  • Read/watch/act 3.2
  • Writer’s Notebook :
    • Write today’s date (4/25/2017) and one paragraph (3-5 sentences) responding to the following prompt: look closely at the class character map for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The connection between Demetrius and Hermia has changed. Why do you predict this change happened? The connection between Demetrius and Helena has also changed. Why do you predict this change happened?

Homework: Our third roots quiz is Friday, covering 22 roots. FYI: It’s last silver grade…the next one is gold and covers 28 roots!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • Review roots
  • Read/watch/act 3.2

Homework: Our third roots quiz is Friday, covering 22 roots. FYI: It’s last silver grade…the next one is gold and covers 28 roots!

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

  • Review roots.
  • Read/watch/act 4 and 5
  • Return grades
  • Writers notebook:
    • Draw a line and write today’s date (4/27/2017). You will have 5 minutes to write freely and continuously about the following prompt: “The course of true love never did run smooth” (1.1.135) so says Lysander. Why is this? Why is the road of love so often bumpy? What experiences (not necessarily personal) have you witnessed where love is a rough road. If it’s a good thing, shouldn’t it be easy?

Homework: Our third roots quiz is Friday, covering 22 roots. FYI: It’s last silver grade…the next one is gold and covers 28 roots!

Friday, April 28, 2017 

  • Roots quiz.
  • Read/watch 5.1
  • Character Quiz 1 retakes (any students who scored 24/34 on the multiple choice portion will be allowed to retake for partial credit). The study guide is still posted below if you need help remembering what to review for the quiz! Good luck! 🙂
  • Writer’s Notebook:

    Draw a line and write today’s date (4/28/2017). You will have 5 minutes to write freely and continuously about the following prompt: select an exchange between at least 2 characters that we’ve read and change it from Shakespeare’s English into any kind of slang or “traditional” English you want. You could use country, valley girl, surfer, lawyer, etc. Have fun and be creative!

    For example:
    Sampson: If I see those Montague bros, I’m going to give them a mad beat down!
    Gregory: Chill out, Sampson, ya wildin’ out.
    Sampson: If they trigger me, I have something for them. (He grips his gun to show he is ready to shoot.)
    Gregory: Yo, don’t be a freak with that gun! Trying to act hard may cost you your life!

    (Romeo and Juliet 1.1)

    Note: I will be sending an itemized letter home with each student who is missing assignments today. Each student will be allowed 2 weeks to makeup any assignments, test, or quizzes. After the two week mark, the grade will remain a 0. School is almost over and I want to see each and every student earn all their points and succeed!

Homework: None! Have a great weekend!

ELA Week of 4/17 – 4/21

Monday, April 17, 2017

  • Take roots quiz #1-15 (silver). 
  • Complete character maps’ final draft. Turn in when done (silver).
  • Read Act 2, scene 1, focusing on complications/conflicts in annotations.
  • Add to thematic idea list (love, obedience, perseverance, etc.): revenge.

Homework: Character quiz on 1.1 – 3.1 on Monday, including 3 ages of English and Shakespeare history. Make sure to review notes and worksheets! 🙂

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

  • Issue new roots (week 4).
    • mater ; mother ; maternity
    • pater ; pather ; paternal
    • bene ; good ; benefit
    • mal ; bad, evil ; malnutrition
  • Read Act 2, scene 1

Homework: Character quiz on 1.1 – 3.1 on Monday, including 3 ages of English and Shakespeare history. Make sure to review notes and worksheets! 🙂

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  • Review roots and return roots quiz from Monday.
  • Act 2, scene 2.
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. In terms of Oberon and Titania’s love/hate relationship, the thematic idea of revenge is pretty strong. What do you predict the outcome might be?

Homework: The roots quiz on roots #1-15 will be Monday, 4-17.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 (students out on band/choir trips are responsible for completing work before coming to class on Monday)

  • Review roots.
  • Finish Act 2, scene 1 and start reading Act 3 scene 1.
  • Writers Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. What are your predictions for the play based on what you have read so far? Write 2-3 sentences.

Homework: Character quiz on 1.1 – 3.1 on Monday, including 3 ages of English and Shakespeare history. Make sure to review notes and worksheets! 🙂

Friday, April 21, 2017 (students out on band/choir trips are responsible for completing work before coming to class on Monday)

  • Review roots.
  • Shakespearean insult activity (see writer’s notebook prompt).
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. Write three insults in your WN using the provided worksheet; circle your favorite and write a conversation using your insult.

Homework: Monday is our first quiz for MND! Be ready!

If you are going on the band/chior trip: make sure that you complete the reading and insult activity before coming to class on Monday. If you have any questions, feel free to email me (ccarter). A copy of the reading can be found here. Have fun on your trip! I will see you when you return. 🙂

ELA Week of 4/10 – 4/14

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

  • Issue new roots (week 3, #10-12). Quiz moved to Monday, April 17th.
    • tract; pull; tractor
    • vers; turn, change; versatile
    • vert; turn, change ; convert
  • Pass back assignments and quizzes.
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Imagine you are a time traveler landing in England 1,000 years ago. Do they speak English? What does it sound like? What about landing in England 500 years ago? What does it sound like?
  • Three Ages of English

Homework: Aspire Test for 8th graders is tomorrow, starting with 2nd period. We start reading Midsummer Wednesday! The roods quiz on roots #1-15 will be a week from today.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8th Grade Aspire Testing — 2nd Period Will Not Meet.

  • Review roots.
  • Shakespeare Intro.
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. What do you already know about William Shakespeare and his works? You have 3-4 minutes to write continuously.

Homework: We start reading tomorrow! The roots quiz on roots #1-15 will be Monday, 4/17.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Review roots.
  • Finish Shakespeare Intro.
  • Start reading Act 1 scene 1.
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. What are your predictions for the play based on what you have read so far? Write 2-3 sentences.

Homework: The roots quiz on roots #1-15 will be Monday, 4-17.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Review roots.
  • Finish reading Act 1 scene 1.
  • Writers Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date.Draw a picture depicting the ending of Act 1 scene 1. You have 5 minutes to complete your drawing.

Homework: The roots quiz on roots #1-15 will be Monday, 4-17.

Friday, April 14, 2017 8th Grade Aspire Testing — 2nd Period Will Not Meet.

  • Review roots.
  • Writer’s Notebook:
    • Skip a line and write the date. So far, what do you remember about the play (characters, plot, questions you have)? You have 2 minutes to write continuously.
  • Who are these people? character mapping activity.

Homework: Monday is our roots quiz (#1-15). Be ready!

ELA Week of 4/3 – 4/7

Greetings all!

I am Ms. Carter, and I have been given the privilege of taking over Mrs. Acton’s class for the rest of the school year! I am so excited to work with this group of 8th graders; I have heard so many amazing things about everyone. If anyone needs to contact me with any questions of concerns while Mrs. Acton is out, you may reach me at: ccarter@shelbyed.org


Monday, April 3, 2017

  • Issue new roots (week 3, #10-12). Quiz next week.
    • spect ; see, look ; inspector
    • struct ; build, form ; construction
    • tele ; from afar ; telephone
  • Pass back roots and commas tests.
  • Ellipses/Dash notes and practice sheet. Quiz Friday.
  • MND book check.

Homework: You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class THIS WEEK. Ellipses/dashes quiz on Friday.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • Review roots.
  • Return completed assignments and grades.
  • Movie review activity (ellipses practice)
  • MND book check.

Homework: You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class THIS WEEK. Ellipses/dashes quiz on Friday.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Weather Day

Homework: You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class THIS WEEK. Ellipses/dashes quiz on Friday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

  • Review Roots.
  • Ellipses/Dash identification card activity
  • Write a sentence for each of the rules covered during the notes gathered on Monday.
  • MND book check.

Homework: You must have your own copy of No Fear Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in class THIS WEEK. Ellipses/dashes quiz on Friday.

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Review Roots.
  • Pass back written sentences and discuss answers to review.
  • Quiz on ellipses/dashes
  • Anticipation guide for MND
  • MND final book check.

Homework: None! Have a great weekend!

ELA Week of 3/20-24

Monday, March 20th

  • Introduce new roots:
    • mis-; wrongly; misinterpret
    • anti; against; antidote
    • rupt; break; eruption
    • script; write; scripture
    • scrib; write; scripture
  • Show class comma memes from Friday. If you were absent Friday, make sure you share your completed one with me.
  • Review comma rules, and practice. Practice sheet: CommaPracticeTraditional
  • Homework:
    • Comma Quiz and Roots Quiz are Thursday.
    • Pi Day is Friday.
    • Shakespeare’s No Fear Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due April 6th.
    • Mrs. Acton’s last day is Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 21st

  • Review roots.
  • Grade yesterday’s practice sheet.
  • Complete Comma Copy Cat practice: CommaCopyCat
  • Homework:
    • Finish Comma Copy Cat if you did not finish in class. Due tomorrow.
    • Comma Quiz and Roots Quiz are Thursday.
    • Pi Day is Friday.
    • Shakespeare’s No Fear Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due April 6th.
    • Mrs. Acton’s last day is Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 22nd

  • Review for roots quiz tomorrow.
  • See attachment about the short answer prompt for tomorrow’s root quiz: rootsmadeupword     *This is an example of the prompt you will see tomorrow. We practiced one in class. See the teacher example.
  • Turn in Comma Copy Cat from yesterday if needed: CommaCopyCat
  • Work on comma practice quiz: commapracticequiz
  • Homework:
    • Comma Quiz and Roots Quiz are TOMORROW!
    • Pi Day is Friday.
    • Shakespeare’s No Fear Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream is due April 6th.

Thursday, March 23rd

  • Take comma quiz and roots quiz. If you were absent, you need to make arrangements with Ms. Carter or see Mrs. Hutchings for make-up quizzes.

Friday, March 24th

Pi Day

 

ELA Week of 3/13-17

Monday, March 13th

  • Begin a new sheet for 4th 9 Weeks Roots. Record Week 1:
    • en-; cause to, in; ensure
    • em-; cause to, in; embalm
    • phon; sound; telephone
    • port; carry; portable
  • Finish film from last week, and finish questions.
  • Read article, “Remember the Titans: Historical Fact or Fiction,” and respond to this exit slip: 1) What is something that surprised you? 2) Why do we still enjoy historically inaccurate stories? *If you were absent, you will need to make up the exit slip. Copies of the article are by the make-up work folder.
  • Go to the library to check out new Sacred Reading Novels.
  • Homework: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear Shakespeare version) is now due April 6th. If you have not ordered/bought a copy, you need to do so ASAP.

Tuesday, March 14th

  • Review roots.
  • Discuss ACT Aspire English Test Strategies. Take practice tests 1 and 2. *If you were absent today, I will give you an opportunity to take the second test. That way your data will still be available.
  • Homework: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear Shakespeare version) is now due April 6th. If you have not ordered/bought a copy, you need to do so ASAP.

Wednesday, March 15th

  • Review roots.
  • Share results from yesterday’s English practice ASPIRE test.
  • Introduce mini-unit about punctuation. Today, we took notes on using commas to join compound sentences correctly.
  • Class Work Handout: StudentCopyofCommasinCompoundSentences
  • Homework: Finish today’s classwork if needed. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear Shakespeare version) is now due April 6th. If you have not ordered/bought a copy, you need to do so ASAP.

Thursday, March 16th

  • Review roots.
  • Today, we took notes on using commas to set apart introductory information.
  • Sentence Modeling Activity: For this assignment, create a sentence that is modeled after each of my examples below. Label them as I have labeled them below. This is a 9 pt. silver grade, so come see me if you need help.
    • Example One: Because I love ice cream so much, my husband brought me home some after work. (dependent clause followed by a comma)
    • Example Two: At the hospital next week, we will welcome our precious baby boy. (prepositional phrases followed by a comma)
    • Example Three: Joe, will you pick up the Chromebooks? (direct address)
  • Comma Cartoon: Choose one of our comma rules (compound sentence, introductory info, direct address), and illustrate a sentence that shows the correct use and misuse of that comma rule.
    • Teacher Example: 
  • Homework: Finish today’s classwork if needed. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear Shakespeare version) is now due April 6th. If you have not ordered/bought a copy, you need to do so ASAP.

Friday, March 17th

  • Review roots.
  • Finish comma notes: commas_2017.pptx *Refer to slides 9-18
  • Comma Note sheet: Commas_student note sheet_2017 *Refer to Part 3
  • Sentence Modeling Activity: For this assignment, create a sentence that is modeled after each of my examples below. Label them as I have labeled them below. This is a 9 pt. silver grade, so come see me if you need help.
    • Example One: Over spring break I want to see Beauty and the Beast, clean my house, and go to the lake. (items in a list)
    • Example Two: My thoughtful, generous coworkers gave me gift yesterday. (adjectives of equal rank)
    • Example Three: A flavorful chicken quesadilla is just what I needed to satisfy my hunger. (adjectives NOT of equal rank)
  • On a Google slide, create a meme that shows one of our comma rules from this week. Meme requirements:
    • Insert an appropriate image that illustrates your content
    • Insert a text box with your correct and incorrect use of a comma rule
    • Insert a text box with your name
    • Title your slide your name + meme
    • Share your slide with Mrs. Acton (cacton)
  • Homework: 
    • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear Shakespeare version) is now due April 6th. If you have not ordered/bought a copy, you need to do so ASAP.
    • Comma Quiz Thursday.
    • Roots Quiz Thursday.
    • Mrs. Acton’s last day is Wednesday.

ELA Week of 3/6-10/2017

Monday, March 6th

  • Take 3rd 9 weeks roots test and benchmark.
  • Work on research papers.
  • Homework: We will finalize research papers tomorrow. Most of you will turn it in class tomorrow, but it will be officially due on Wednesday.
  • Heads up: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear version) is due April 5th. Order your copy if you don’t already have one!

Tuesday, March 7th

  • Go through research rubric. Use it as a self-check.
  • Fix any formatting issues with Mrs. Acton. If you were absent today, please come see me in the morning, so I may help you.
  • Homework: Research papers officially due tomorrow when you walk in the door. You may bring a special snack to class tomorrow if you would like.
  • Heads up: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear version) is due April 5th. Order your copy if you don’t already have one!

Wednesday, March 8th

  • Turn in research papers if needed.
  • Begin film, Remember the Titans. Respond to character questions.
  • Homework: You may bring a special snack tomorrow if you would like.
  • Heads up: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear version) is due April 5th. Order your copy if you don’t already have one!

Thursday, March 9th

  • Finish film, Remember the Titans. Respond to character questions.
  • Read informational text about the true story. Note similarities and differences.
  • Heads up: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear version) is due April 5th. Order your copy if you don’t already have one!

Friday, March 10th

  • Teacher Work Day

ELA Week of 2/27-3/3/2017

Monday, February 27th

  • Introduce Week 8 roots:
    • super-: above, better than normal; supernatural
    • semi-: half; semicircle
    • hemi-: half; hemisphere
    • mit: send; transmit
    • mis: send; missile
    • ped: foot, feet; pedestrian
    • pod: foot, feet; tripod
  • Get back poetry essay.
  • Continue the research process:
    • Self-check and peer review outlines. Make revisions as needed. *See me if you were absent.
    • Brainstorm character traits for your person. Make sure those traits are threaded throughout your paper (topic sentence, transition sentence, so what?, and all explanation sentences.)
  • Homework: 
    • I will check your outline tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Tuesday, February 28th

  • Review roots.
  • I checked outlines today.
  • Begin drafting your research paper based on your outline. A teacher sample paper is posted in Google Classroom. Your template for the final paper is in your research folder. You do not need to finish the whole draft by tomorrow. We will continue to work on it all week.
  • Homework: 
    • Book Fair tomorrow!
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Wednesday, March 1st

  • Review roots.
  • Focus on paragraph one of your paper. It needs to be done by tomorrow.
    • Look at this doc for a highlighted teacher sample: CopyofExampleTeacherPaper
    • Look at the list below of some self checking we did for the first paragraph. Make sure you have all of these items:
      • How many quotes should you have in your first paragraph?
      • So, how many parenthetical citations ( ) should you have in your first paragraph?
      • So, how many explanation sentences should you have in your first paragraph? Where are they located?
      • Are your quotes in chronological order?
      • Do you have context for each quote?
      • Do you use the phrase “the best of us” or “the best of humanity” in your topic sentence?
  • Homework: 
    • First paragraph due tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Thursday, March 2nd

  • Review roots.
  • Focus on paragraph two of your paper. It needs to be done by Tuesday.
  • Remember you have access to a teacher example paper, a teacher example outline, and some various versions of the “so what?” in Google Classroom. Use these resources!
  • Look at the list below of some self checking we did for the second paragraph. Make sure you have all of these items:
    • How many quotes should you have in your second paragraph?
    • So, how many parenthetical citations ( ) should you have in your second paragraph?
    • So, how many explanation sentences should you have in your second paragraph? Where are they located?
    • Do you have context for each quote?
    • Do you have a “so what?” at the end of your paragraph? Is it 2 sentences?
    • Do you have a transition sentence at the beginning of your paragraph?
  • Homework: 
    • Bring your device tomorrow.
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/9

Friday, March 3rd

  • Complete 3rd 9 Weeks Benchmark Study Guide. I had to remove the key. If you need a copy, let me know.
  • Play Kahoots to review all 9 weeks roots.
  • Homework: STUDY YOUR ROOTS AND BENCHMARK STUDY GUIDE. TESTS MONDAY!
    • Roots Test (gold): 3/6
    • Benchmark Test: 3/6
    • Research paper is tentatively due on 3/8

ELA Week of 2/20-24

Tuesday, February 21st

  • Introduce Week 7 Roots:
    • over-: too much; overcast
    • under-: too little; underestimate
    • meter; measure; thermometer
    • min; little, small; minimum
  • Model easybib.com *If you were absent, you will need to get me or a buddy in class to show you how to do this for citing your sources correctly.
  • Finish finding your 3 sources, finish citing them, and begin annotating them.
  • To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.”
  • Homework: BY THURSDAY, finish finding all 3 sources, and annotate at least 2 of your 3 sources. 

COME SEE ME IN THE MORNING IF YOU NEED EXTRA HELP!!!!

Wednesday, February 22nd

We took a “day off” from research because Mrs. Acton had to attend a meeting in the second half of the day. See sub plans below.

  • Complete root review sheet (all assignments): RootsReview_SubPlans
  • Complete research reflection: On an index card, record the following–1) your person’s name     2) 2 personality/character traits that make your person remarkable or “the best of us”   3) 3 facts that you have learned from your research that support those traits
  • Homework: BY THURSDAY, finish finding all 3 sources, and annotate at least 2 of your 3 sources. To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.”

Thursday, February 23rd

  • Today, we finished annotating our 3 sources. To annotate, read each source document carefully. Using the highlighter tool in Google docs, highlight important and relevant facts about your person. Think of facts from his/her life that are revealing about your person’s character and personality–What makes this person the “best of us”? Then, using the commenting tool in Google docs, write a comment beside each piece that you have highlighted. In this comment, explain why you think it is important, what it reveals about your person, and how it proves your person is the “best of us.” Use this question to help you: What personality or character traits does this fact reveal? (courage, strength, bravery, integrity, determination, loyalty, serving others, etc.)
  • Then, we began outlines. You will find your outline template with directions on it in your research folder in Google Classroom. Also, in Google Classroom, I posted a teacher example outline. I would keep that teacher example up on your screen as you work on your own outline.
  • Homework: Outlines are due Monday. If you are behind in the research process, do your best to catch up now, so you can progress with the class. Feel free to come see me in the morning if you want to use a Chromebook or need some individual help.

Friday, February 24th

  • Today, we worked on outlines for the whole class period. Remember, the template and teacher sample are on Google Classroom.
  • THINK:
    • First Paragraph: WHO YOUR PERSON IS/WAS (childhood, background, family, education, historical context, life)
    • Second Paragraph: WHO YOUR PERSON TRIED TO BE (actions, influence, works, speeches, beliefs, contributions)
  • I also checked each student’s 3 sources (completion of source docs, 3 MLA citations, and 1 comment with character trait) for a 20 pt. silver grade.
  • Homework: Completed outlines are due Monday.