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ELA: April 24-28, 2017

Monday 4/24

Briefly reviewed before taking the Shakespeare/Acts 1-2 quiz (silver). Recorded new roots (Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester). Read for fun.

Watched short clips from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) that correspond with Act 3, scene 1.

Homework = Tomorrow is the last day to turn in the movie exemption letter. Our third roots quiz is Friday, covering 22 roots. FYI: It’s last silver grade…the next one is gold and covers 28 roots!

Tuesday 4/25

Read for fun. Reviewed new roots from last week and this week (Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester).

Read, acted, and watched 3.1 and parts of 3.2 (update by 3 p.m.), annotating as we went through the play.

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 4/26

Read for fun. Reviewed new roots from last week and this week (Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester).

Read and watched all of Act 3, annotating as we went through the play.

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 4/27

Friday 4/28

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Movie Permission Form

Dear Parents,                                                                     4/21/17

The 8th grade ELA classes, taught by Ms. Carter (Mrs. Acton’s sub) and Mrs. Hutchings, will be viewing the 1998 film A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is rated PG-13. We will be viewing heavily edited parts, showing none of the PG-13 material. We will watch the film the week of April 24-28.

Plays are meant to be seen, not just read. This film is an excellent interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays, and we are looking forward to the students’ reactions.

If you wish your student not to watch this film, please print your student’s name and place your signature below. Return to your student’s ELA teacher. If you have any questions, please contact us by our email or call the school (205) 982-5210.

Warm regards,

Mrs. SK Hutchings                                         Ms. Shae Carter

shutchings@shelbyed.org                       ccarter@shelbyed.org

 

Click here to print form: Movie Exemption Letter.

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ELA: April 17-21, 2017

Monday 4/17

Mrs. Lampkin was your sub today.

Reviewed before taking the second roots quiz, covering #1-15, for a silver grade.

Read Midsummer 2.1 (that’s act 2 scene 1) where the fairies get introduced and a whole lot of cringe-worthy set up happens for future conflicts. Made a t-chart on one whole page of our writer’s notebooks: lefts side = conflicts/complications, right side = questions. At the end of every page that we read in this scene, we stopped and recorded any new info about problems, conflicts, or complications for characters and/or detailed questions about what was going on…like “What’s going on?” and “Who are they?”  (too vague) “Why is Titania so angry with Oberon? Why do they even care about that little Indian child?” (much better).

Homework = Finish reading 2.1 We’ll do final drafts of Friday’s character maps tomorrow. We’ll have a silver character quiz this Friday, covering 1.1-3.1, Shakespeare/Globe notes, Dummies notes, and 3 Ages of English notes.

Tuesday 4/18

Read for fun (or finished last night’s reading homework). Got new roots #16-19.See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Spent time in small groups completing the character maps from Friday, which we turned in for a silver grade.

Made the following annotations (on the “translated” side) for Midsummer as a recap from yesterday’s reading of act 2, scene 1.

  • Robin = Puck, works for King Fairy Oberon, Oberon and his queen Titania HATE each other right now (b/c she won’t give him a little boy he wants) (33)
  • Puck loves making trouble for us mortals, is notorious/infamous for it (35)
  • Oberon and Titania run into each other in the woods, unhappy about it, accuse each other of having girlfriends/boyfriends on the side (37)
  • Titania says floods, fogs, frosts, diseases and dead animals are their fault…all because T and O are fighting (39)
  • T explains why she wants to keep the Indian boy: his mom was one of her worshipers, who died in childbirth–and now T is raising him in her memory (41)
  • We’ll pick up tomorrow with more annotations for the rest of the scene.

Homework = On Monday, we’re having a Acts 1-2 Quiz (silver), which will cover Acts 1-2, Intro to Shakespeare/Globe notes, and Shakespeare for Dummies questions. If you’re going to be absent at the end of this week, you’ll need to be prepared for Monday. 

Wednesday 4/19

Mrs. Smith was the sub for 4th, 5th, and 2nd periods today.

Read for fun. Reviewed new roots for this week #16-19 .See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Got back Monday’s root quiz for 28 silver points and discussed key while correcting mistakes.

Made the following annotations for 2.1.

  • magic flower (43)
  • Oberon eavesdrops (45)
  • “I’ll be your little __ ” (47)
  • “You’ll change places” (49)
  • Oberon’s plan for Titania and his plan for Demetrius (51)

Made the following annotations for 2.2. We will finish reading 2.2. tomorrow in class–and watch a good bit of our play.

  • Titania commands fairies to sing her to sleep, so they sing (53)
  • “Wake up when something __ comes” (55)
  • Hermia and Lysander are lost, argue about where to sleep(57)
  • Puck’s mistake (59)
  • In one sentence in our Writer’s Notebook, we explained the repercussions (that means outcomes/consequences) of Puck’s mistake.

We reviewed for Monday’s upcoming quiz. First, here is the key for Shakespeare for Dummies assignment–highlighted questions will be on Monday’s silver Acts 1-2 Quiz.  Second, be familiar with the large text sections of the Intro to Shakespeare/The Globe Theater notes. Lastly, be able to recognize Old, Middle and Modern English when you see and excerpt of each (Three Ages of English).

Homework = On Monday, we’re having a Acts 1-2 Quiz (silver), which will cover Acts 1-2, Intro to Shakespeare/Globe notes, and Shakespeare for Dummies questions. If you’re going to be absent at the end of this week, you’ll need to be prepared for Monday. 

Thursday 4/20

Read for fun.  Reviewed new roots for this week #16-19 .See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details.

Briefly reviewed annotations for 2.2 (see yesterday) before reading and acting out the rest of 2.2, annotating that Lysander wakes to fall in love with Helena (61), Helena thinks he’s pranking her (63), and Hermia awakes alone and frightened with no clue that her fiance is now romantically chasing after her friend Helena (65).

Homework = On Monday, we’re having a Acts 1-2 Quiz (silver), which will cover Acts 1-2, Intro to Shakespeare/Globe notes, and Shakespeare for Dummies questions.

Friday 4/21

Answered these questions from memory in our writer’s notebooks. Then, looked up answers on the Shakespeare for Dummies answer sheet, which has Intro to Shakespeare notes at the top. See the key for Shakespeare for Dummies, the Intro to Shakespeare/The Globe Theater notes, and Three Ages of English sheet for more.

Verbally quizzed each other about each character in our play by answering the following sentence : “____ is connected to ___ because ___.” Add one extra background info fact about each character, too. If you need help, read the character profiles at the start of our play.

On an index card, each student created 5 Shakespearean Insults. Turned in for a grade.

Homework = Continue to review for Monday’s silver quiz, much like we did today.

Give your parents the Movie Exemption Letter. Due Tuesday.

 

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ELA: April 10-14, 2017

Monday 4/10

Read for fun. Got new roots (week 4, #13-15). See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Because of ACT Aspire testing, our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Got back comma test grades (gold), and discussed results. Those who earned a D or below may talk to me about re-learning material and earning up to a C on re-take of the test by Friday. Let me reiterate: you must talk to me.

Using our Writer’s Notebooks, we started a new page and entitled it SHAKESPEARE, wrote date, and responded to prompt: Imagine you’re a time traveler landing in England 1000 years ago. Do they speak English? What’s it sound like? What about landing in England 500 years ago? What would that sound like?

Learned about the 3 Ages of English, taking careful notes and listening to Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. Went back to the WN entry from earlier, drew a line under it, and wrote 2-3 sentences explaining/revising  original answer based on what we know now about the 3 Ages of English.

Homework = Your 8th grade math Aspire test is tomorrow, starting the day in 2nd period. We start reading Midsummer on Wed. Because of ACT Aspire testing on Friday, our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Tuesday 4/11

Read for fun. Reviewed all roots (#1-15). See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Because of ACT Aspire testing, our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Took notes from the Intro to Shakespeare Google Slide show (you can print this link rather than copy notes by hand). Worked in small groups to complete the Shakespeare for Dummies Questions, which we will finish in class tomorrow.

Homework = Our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Wednesday 4/12

Read for fun. Reviewed all roots (#1-15). See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Because of ACT Aspire testing, our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Worked together to complete the Shakespeare for Dummies Questions and turned them in for a silver grade. Began reading Midsummer 1.1 (that’s act 1, scene 1), noting setting and  introductory characters by annotating our books.

Homework = Our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Thursday 4/14

Read for fun. Reviewed all roots (#1-15). See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Because of ACT Aspire testing, our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Recorded a quick character sketch in our writer’s notebooks. Read Midsummer 1.1 and noted conflicts/complications on every page.

Homework = ACT Aspire reading test for 8th grade is tomorrow, starting in 2nd period. Our roots quiz will be Monday the 17th.

Friday 4/14

Reviewed all roots (#1-15). See Roots Breakdown for Spring 2017 Semester for details. Had a pop quiz (bronze grade) on those roots.

Read/watched Act 1, scene 2. Worked in small groups to create character maps for assigned “chunks” of characters. See me if you were absent–and read the character profiles at the start of the play!

Homework = Roots quiz (silver) is Monday covering roots #1-15. Study them!

 

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