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ELA Week of 5/8 – 5/12

Monday, May 8, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun!
  2. Get new roots #26-28. Final gold test is Tues. 5/16.
  3. Pass back Midsummer Moment projects and other grades.
    1. Any students who made a 41-below  on the Midsummer Moment gold project may set up an appointment with me to work on the project in order to receive a better grade.
  4. Begin writing rough draft. Prompts and rubrics can be found here! On loose leaf paper (name, date, and Midsummer Rough Draft (prompt choice) as the title),  spell out RACES vertically and brainstorm each letter. Focus on completion of ideas rather than sentences. Should take less than half a page. Focus on getting the invisible ideas in their head visible on the paper.
    1. Turn vertical RACES list into a paragraph (6-7 sent) to write below the line.

Homework: Finish rough draft. Due tomorrow for peer editing, which on average increases final draft grades by almost 2 letter grades. Also, all books and fines are due to the library by Wednesday, May 10.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun! 
  2. Review roots!
  3. Students with completed rough draft will peer edit someone’s paper who has a different  topic. Prompts and rubrics can be found here!
    1. Read it once. Does it make sense? Mark best part (star). Mark confusing parts (?).
    2. Read it again. Are there transition words/phrases with the 2 pieces of evidence?
    3. Read a last time. Label each sentence for RACES.
  4. Write So what? Answer on a half sheet of paper and turn in (5 bronze points).
  5. Open Google Doc. Share with teacher (ccarter). Begin typing rough drafts in a Google Doc.

Homework: If needed, finish hand-writing  your rough drafts. We will type tomorrow! 🙂 Roots test (gold) is next Tuesday. Also, all library books and fines are due tomorrow

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun!
  2. Review roots.
  3. Pass back papers and grades.
  4. Today’s goals include: type essay in MLA format and use paperrater.com
    1. MLA format should be in Times New Roman 12 font, 1 inch margins, and double spaced. You should also have the appropriate heading and title.
    2. Type final drafts!  Prompts and rubrics can be found here!

Homework :  Essays should be mostly completed and are due (shared with ccarter) by the end of class tomorrow. Final roots test is Tuesday 5/16 (gold).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  1. Meet in the library for Jim Moore to learn more about OMHS summer reading. 
  2. Review roots.  
  3. Today’s goals include: type essay in MLA format and use paperrater.com
    1. MLA format should be in Times New Roman 12 font, 1 inch margins, and double spaced. You should also have the appropriate heading and title.
    2. Type final drafts!  Prompts and rubrics can be found here!

Homework: Essays must be shared with me (ccarter) today by 5:00 p.m. Any submissions after this time will be deducted 10%. Final roots test Tuesday 5/16.

Friday, May 12, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun!
  2. Review roots.
  3. Archetype information.

Homework: Final roots test Tuesday 5/16!

ELA Week of 5/1 – 5/6

Monday, May 1, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun.
  2. Pass back roots quiz from Friday. Discuss grades and confirm gold grade final roots test on Tuesday the 16th.
  3. Watch act 5, discuss the dramatic irony that makes this scene so funny.
  4. As a “final outcome” review activity–in Writer’s Notebooks– make an updated character map for ALL characters (teachers cover our master wall map).
  5. Pop Quiz 

Homework = The Midsummer Acts 3-5 quiz is Wednesday. Find study guide here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun.
  2. Get new roots.
  3. Introduce the visual gold project. Show teacher examples, instruction sheet, and rubric.
    1. Brainstorm a class list of big moments from the play.
    2. Have students pick a moment, write a summary, and find 3 quotes for rough draft on loose leaf.
    3. If time allows, sketch out scene on rough draft.

Homework = The Midsummer Acts 3-5 quiz is Wednesday. Find study guide here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Review for quiz.
  2. Take Midsummer Acts 3-5 quiz. Read for fun when done.
  3. Complete final drafts.

Homework =  Final drafts are due tomorrow when you walk into class!

Thursday, May 5, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun. Final drafts of illustrations while students read.
  2. Review roots.
  3. Introduce the writing prompts, discussing each.
  4. Start brainstorming for paper.

Homework =  None!

Friday, May 6, 2017

  1. Bell Ringer: Read for fun.
  2. Review roots.
  3. Midsummer essay rough draft

Homework =  None!

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!

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 4/17 – 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!