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This year in English 8, we will be searching for the answer to "What is the Greater Good?"  We will be thinking about how setting, history, literature, and growing up lead to a less selfish view of the world.  I want students to discover how they play a role in the greater good and how they can discover themselves and their role through literature.

Unit 1: Urban Settings in America: It Happened in the City-In this unit we will be looking to discover how settings shape our world view and if that world view is truly accurate.  Is the Urban as "bad" as it is portrayed?  What is beneficial about Urban settings.  How is this portrayed in literature and different forms of media?

Weekly Agendas
  • Unit 1-District Assessment

    This week we will be reviewing and taking Unit 1's District Assessment.  Please be sure that all of your work is done and handed in to your folders so that I may grade.

    Get a good night's rest and eat breakfast in the morning!

    And, remember, you got this!

  • Weekly Agenda: September 28-October 1

    Monday,

    September 28

    Types of Characters

    Point of View

    Informational Text Perspectives

    Tuesday,

    September 29

    Text Structure

    Same City Compare and Contrast:

    Annotations for “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

    Annotations for “The Great Fire” by Jim Murphy

    Inference Writing

    Wednesday,

    September 30

    Setting’s Effect

    Personification

    Diary Entry Writing

    Setting Analysis

    Thursday,

    October 1

    Charter Project

    Friday,

    October 2

     NO Friday School

    Professional Development Day!

  • Weekly Agenda: September 21-25

    Monday,

    September 21

    The Great Debate Projects and Presentations DUE!

    Tuesday,

    September 22

    Text Structure

    Point of View

    Boston Marathon Bombing vs The Great Fire

    Wednesday,

    September 23

    Same City Compare and Contrast:

    Annotations for “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

    Annotations for “The Great Fire” by Jim Murphy

    Inference Writing

    Thursday,

    September 24

    Setting’s Effect

    Personification

    Diary Entry Writing

    Setting Analysis

    Friday,

    September 25

     Friday School

  • Weekly Agenda: September 14-18, 2015

    Monday,

    September 14

    Letters due

    Genre sort

    What is most important to a city’s function?

    Why?

    Tuesday,

    September 15

    MAP

    *MUST FINISH

    Wednesday,

    September 16

    Literary Terms RV

    Create groups based on yesterday

    Research bridges, buildings, and/or subways

    Thursday,

    September 17

    Plot Review

    Finish research

    Plan and put together presentation-due Monday, September 22

    Friday,

    September 18

     Friday School

    *Please join me if you need more time for your group presentation!

  • Weekly Agenda: September 8-10, 2015

    Monday,

    September 7

    Labor Day-No School

    Tuesday,

    September 8

    MAP

    Wednesday,

    September 9

    Introduction to the Urban setting

    Landscape poetry

    Thursday,

    September 10

    Setting notes

    “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes

    Formal Business Letter-to author

    Friday,

    September 11

    No School

  • Weekly Agenda: August 31-September 4

    Monday,

    August 31

    Latin Roots #1

    Journal Writing #2

    Tuesday,

    September 1

    Latin Roots #1

    Collage Cover for INB

    -tie-in with Yearlong Essential Question

    Wednesday,

    September 2

    Introduction to the Urban setting

    Landscape poetry

    Thursday,

    September 3

    Review character with story and G.O.

    Review Setting with story, movie clip and G.O.

    Friday,

    September 4

    Friday School

  • Weekly Agenda: August 24-28

    Monday,

    August 24

    Read article

    Tuesday,

    August 25

    Read article again and annotate you way

    Draft your thesis/position statement

    Pair/share-Do the annotations provide evidence that supports the position statement?

    Revise position statements and/or annotations.

    Wednesday,

    August 26

    Writer’s workshop

    Begin drafting

    Thursday,

    August 27

    Writer’s Workshop

    Finish drafting

    Begin peer editing-at least 2

    Begin Final drafts

    Friday,

    August 28

    Finish final drafts and submit

    Journal writing

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    • Close Reading Graphic Organizer
      Close reading is an essential skill for students to have. It allows for digging deeper into and a richer understanding for a text. It helps students to clarify confusions and meaning. And, most importantly, it gives them a different lens from which to see meaning in reading.
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