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    Roots and related words for unit Unit 3 (CLICK HERE) Unit 4 (CLICK HERE)

    Roots quiz #4 WILL BE ON 12/10 over the roots and related words.

  • CURRENT LESSONS
     
    QUARTER 2, WEEK 5 (11/13-11/16)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 4-6  in Greek and Latin roots packet (hex/sex, sept, and oct) and study roots 1-6. Quiz Mon. 12/10 (packet due same day)

    *District informative essay assessment is 11/19-11/20, district reading benchmark is 11/26-11/27, and mid-year Reading Inventory 11/28 (If student misses any of these tests a make-up will be required and they will lose out on class time). The RI is used for high school registration/placement. 

    Monday 11/12- NO SCHOOL

     

    Tuesday 11/13

    ELA: check roots 1-3; peer edit/revise informative essay on The Outsiders 

    Adv. ELA: check roots 1-3; continue working on rough draft of informative essay on Poe

    Wednesday 11/14

    ELA: informative essay due (must share with me through GoogleDocs prior to entering class); review how to find the main idea of a text using the CommonLit article "Fear Prompts Teens to Act Implusively"

    Adv. ELA: peer edit/revise informative essay on Poe

    Thursday 11/8

    ELA: continue reviewing main idea and author's purpose using the CommonLit article "You Can Buy Happiness, If It's an Experience"

    Adv. ELA: informative essay due (must share with me through GoogleDocs prior to entering class); review how to find the main idea of a text using the CommonLit article "Fear Prompts Teens to Act Implusively"

    Friday 11/9

    ELA: review how to use context clues to infer unknown vocab. words using previous two articles 

    Adv. ELA: continue reviewing main idea and author's purpose using the CommonLit article "You Can Buy Happiness, If It's an Experience"

     

  • Communication:
    • Email me at Ally.Wojciechowski@dvusd.org 
    • Call/Voicemail: (623) 445-7864 ext 57864
    • Going to be absent? 24 Hour Attendance Line: (623) 445-7890
    Homework Reminders/Text Blasts: 
    • For 8th Grade ELA, text: @awojci to the number 81010
    • For Advanced 8th Grade ELA, text: @adv8thg to the number 81010 
    Quizlet (L to J Vocab. Words): 
     
    CommonLit Sign Up Codes: 
    • Period 3: JZ8N3K
    • Period 4: 5NBL54
    • Period 5: LB6RP6
    • Period 6: PYVK5Z

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    • Period 5: nice penny 94
    • Period 6: last purse 19

     

  • Welcome!

    Mrs. Wojciechowski's 8th Grade Language Arts Class 

    The success of your student in my class is dependent on their understanding of my class guidelines, which can be found in the 2018-19 ELA Syllabus (click here).  This document outlines my grading policies, procedures, and expectations. It is imperative that both parents and students read and understand this document; you will be receiving a syllabus acknowledgement form the first week of school requiring the signature of the student and the parent/guardian. However, please note, the information found in the syllabus is subject to change at my discretion; please keep up with my website throughout the year for the most current information. I'm very much looking forward to meeting and working with all students and parents this year; if you would like to attend our middle-school "Meet the Teacher Night" please see flier (to be uploaded soon). 
     
    District-Wide Goals for English Language Arts Students:
    1. All DVUSD students will become critical and capable thinkers who can independently transfer their learning to various settings and circumstances.
    2. All DVUSD students can explain, interpret, apply, demonstrate perspective in, and self-assess their learning.
     
    Suggested Supplies:
    • The supply list for the 2018-19 school year has been posted to the 8th Grade News page. However, there are a few supplies that will be used specifically in my classroom: 
      • 1 folder with pockets and brads to add hole-punched documents 
      • 1 wide-ruled composition books 
      • Loose leaf paper 
      • Assorted colored highlighters and/or colored pencils (your preference for annotating)
      • Pencils/pens 
      • Glue sticks (to use in your interactive notebook)
    • If possible, purchasing a personal copy of the class novels/texts would be beneficial for annotating purposes, as well as for any reading that must be done outside of class, but is not mandatory (see syllabus for list of course reading). Copies of novels may also be obtained from the public library. I will give at least 2 weeks notice before a novel is needed for class.   
     
     
  • Lesson Plans & Homework
    ***Please note: The plans and assignments listed here are subject to change. Please refer to the lesson plans provided (upper left) in addition to the schedule/agenda on the board in class to verify assignments. Students who are absent may find make-up work as listed below:
    • for classwork, such as packets or worksheets, check the back counter or see me 
    • for notes/assignments in the interactive student notebook (ISN), receive from a peer or request to see my master copy of the ISN
    • for reading assignments, borrow a copy of the story/novel (when applicable) or access the textbook online 
    If you are absent when we have read a selection from the textbook, please take responsibility to make up the missed reading on your own at home and complete any work that goes along with it. Textbooks MAY NOT be checked out or taken home. Here are instructions for how to access the textbook online:
    • Go to my.hrw.com 
    • Your username will be your school username with the prefix Dv. (ex. if my normal username is "aawojciechowski" my hrw username will be Dv.aawojciechowski)
    • Your password will be your student number 
    For absences exceeding one week, work must be obtained from the teacher and a new due date will be discussed (exceptions being long-term projects of which the student was aware before their absence). Per district policy, students have 2 school days per day absent to makeup any missed work; however, students MUST take initiative to obtain the work immediately following the absence. THANK YOU! 
     
    PREVIOUS LESSONS 
     
    Monday 8/6- no school
     
    Tuesday 8/7 
    -Review MS Student Handbook (policies on plagiarism and bullying)
    -HW: "My Story" one-pager 
     
    Wednesday 8/8 
    -Review ELA Syllabus 
     
    Thursday 8/9 
    -Review class procedures 
     
    Friday 8/10
    -Set up Interactive Student Notebooks (ISN) 
     
    WEEK 2
     
    MONDAY 8/13- Reading Inventory (RI) 
     
    TUESDAY 8/14 
    ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; take and graph data for first L to J practice quiz, and complete Unit 1 anticipation guide 
     
    Adv. ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; take and graph data for first L to J practice quiz, and introduce/brainstorm for The Outsiders essay assignment 
     
     
    WEDNESDAY 8/15
    ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; Unit 1 introduction "Hello, My Name Is" on CommonLit.org
     
    Adv. ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; brainstorming for Outsiders essay cont. 
     
     
    THURSDAY 8/16 
    ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; continue "Hello, My Name Is" and complete assessment questions 
    Adv. ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; writing Outsiders essay cont. 
     
     
    FRIDAY 8/17
    ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; read "A Place to Call Home" (page 41-49 in Collections book) and complete outline 
     
    Adv. ELA- bell-work on language/grammar; writing Outsiders essay cont. 
     

    Monday 8/20

    ELA: finish "A Place to Call Home" outline; complete vocabulary activity for "The Latehomecomer"

    Adv. ELA: peer review Outsiders essays with DVUSD rubrics

     

    Tuesday 8/21

    ELA: bell-work on language/grammar; notes on indirect characterization (STEAL acronym); begin reading "The Latehomecomer" (pg. 53-66 in Collections book) and complete characterization activity in ISN

    Adv. ELA: edit/revise Outsiders essays 

     

    Wednesday 8/22

    ELA: continue reading "The Latehomecomer" (pg. 53-66 in Collections book) and complete characterization activity in ISN

    Adv. ELA: edit/revise Outsiders essays; final draft due by the end of class (may be hand-written in pen)

     

    Thursday 8/23

    ELA: continue reading "The Latehomecomer" (pg. 53-66 in Collections book) and complete characterization activity in ISN

    Adv. ELA: read "A Place to Call Home" and complete outline for main ideas and details 

     

    Friday 8/24 (half day)

    L to J Key Concepts Quiz #2 (all classes) 

     

    Monday 8/27

    ELA: bell work- video response; complete plot incident work-sheet based upon "The Latehomecomer"

    Adv. ELA: bell work- grammar/language review; complete outline for "A Place to Call Home"; exit ticket with main idea statement 

     

    Tuesday 8/28

    ELA: bell work- grammar/language review; read "My Favorite Chaperone" page 3-7 and work on characterization one-pager

    Adv. ELA: bell work grammar/language review; read and identify the main idea of "Hello, My Name Is_______" by Jason Kim

     

    Wednesday 8/29

    ELA: bell work- grammar/language review; read "My Favorite Chaperone" page 8-14 and work on characterization one-pager

    Adv. ELA: bell work- comic response; video and notes "Distinguishing Fact from Opinion"; analyzing conflicting information from "A Place to Call Home" and "Hello, My Name Is________" in a written critique which will be published as a blog post 

     

    Thursday 8/30

    ELA: bell work- grammar/language review; read "My Favorite Chaperone" page 15-21 and work on characterization one-pager

    Adv. ELA: continue blog post analyzing conflicting info.

     

    Friday 8/31

    ELA: read "My Favorite Chaperone" page 21-26 and work on characterization one-pager (DUE TODAY)

    Adv. ELA: bell work- grammar/language review; finish blog post analyzing conflicting info.

     

    WEEK 5

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 10-12 in Greek and Latin roots packet (centr, circum, and cycl) and study roots 1-12. Quiz will take place after packet has been completed (all 12 roots)

    Monday- NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday

    ELA: grammar review; notes on summarization; write an objective summary on "My Favorite Chaperone"

    Adv. ELA: grammar review; video/notes on author's purpose; analyze author's purpose in "What to Bring" (close reader)

    Wednesday 

    ELA: grammar review; identifying the theme of "My Favorite Chaperone"; write a theme analysis paragraph (due no later than Friday)

    Adv. ELA: grammar review; analyze active/passive voice in "What to Bring"

    Thursday and Friday- all classes will take the reading benchmark (pre-test) 

     

    WEEK 6

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 1-3 in Greek and Latin roots packet (dict, scrib/script, and graph/gram) and study roots 1-3. Quiz will take place after packet has been completed (all 12 roots)

    Monday- NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday

    All classes: quiz on roots packet #1; receive roots packet #2; period 3, 4, and 6 receive study guide for unit 1 test (Monday 9/17)

    Wednesday 

    ELA: bell-work on language/grammar; close read "What to Bring" (pg. 9-12 in the close reader) and identify the author's purpose 

    Adv. ELA: bell-work on language/grammar; notes on STEAL and record details in graphic organizer from "My Favorite Chaperone"

    Thursday 

    ELA: video response for bell-work; analyze active and passive voice in "What to Bring"

    Adv. ELA: bell-work on language/grammar; continue reading and recording details in graphic organizer

    Friday

    ELA: L to J Quiz #3; study for unit 1 test

    Adv. ELA: L to J Quiz #3; quick write 

     

    WEEK 7 (9/17-9/21)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 4-6 in Greek and Latin roots packet (chron, temp, and loc) and study roots 1-6. Quiz will take place after packet has been completed (all 12 roots)

    Monday 9/17

    ELA: Unit 1 Test

    Adv. ELA: revise STEAL quick writes from Friday 9/14

    Tuesday

    All classes: breaking down a writing prompt activity  

    Wednesday

    All classes: show, don't tell writing practice 

     

    Thursday 

    All classes: writing dialogue practice 

    Friday

    All classes: all-write day (narrative writing assessment) 

     

    WEEK 8 (9/24-9/28) 

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 7-9  in Greek and Latin roots packet (mob/mot, tract, tend/tens/tent) and study roots 1-9. Quiz will take place after packet has been completed (all 12 roots)

    DSS assignment: complete CommonLit.org assessment questions for "The Value of Being Confused" (time is allotted during DSS for this assignment)

    Monday 9/24

    ELA: Check roots 4-6; L to J Quiz #4 (ungraded); introduce slang poster project

    Adv. ELA: Check roots 4-6; L to J Quiz #4 (ungraded); introduce microtheme assignment

    Tuesday 9/25

    ELA: slang poster project work-time

    Adv. ELA: microtheme work-time 

    Wednesday 9/26

    ELA: The Outsiders background web-quest 

    Adv. ELA: microtheme work-time

    Thursday 9/27

    ELA: "In their shoes" activity

    Adv. ELA: video response for bell-workl analyze plot incidents in "My Favorite Chaperone" page 15-20 

    Friday 9/28

    ELA: read and annotate the first chapter of The Outsiders

    Adv. ELA: analyze plot incidents in "My Favorite Chaperone" page 21-26; receive notebook check sheet (click here); notebooks will be checked Monday 10/1

     

    WEEK 9 (10/1-10/4)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 10-12  in Greek and Latin roots packet (hosp, onym, and host) and study roots 1-12. Quiz Tues. 10/9 (packet due same day)

    Monday 10/1

    ELA: Check roots 7-9; present slang poster projects 

    Adv. ELA: Check roots 7-9; turn in notebooks and plot incidents worksheet from Friday; analyze theme in "My Favorite Chaperone" (due by end of class)

    Tuesday 10/2

    ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; continue annotating The Outsiders chapter 1

    Adv. ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; begin one-pager assignment for "The Latehomecomer"; read pages 53-57 in Collections textbook

    Wednesday 10/3

    ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; annotations due today; complete character trait graphic organizer 

    Adv. ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; continue working on one-pager and read "The Latehomecomer" pages 58-61 

    Thursday 10/4

    ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; introduce microtheme writing assignment 

    Adv. ELA: language/grammar review bell-work; continue working on one-pager and read "The Latehomecomer" pages 62-66

    Friday 10/5-Monday 10/6 NO SCHOOL

    WEEK 10 (10/9-10/12)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 1-3  in Greek and Latin roots packet (bio, photo, phil) and study roots 1-3. Quiz Tues. 11/5 (packet due same day)

    Monday 10/8- NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday 10/9

    All classes: turn in roots packet 2; roots quiz #2

    Wednesday 10/10

    ELA: notebook check #2 (click here); work on Outsiders microtheme paragraph 

    Adv. ELA: "Latehomecomer" one-pager due; study for Unit 1 test

    Thursday 10/11

    ELA: continue working on Outsiders microtheme paragraph (due by end of class)

    Adv. ELA: Unit 1 test

    Friday 10/12- half day schedule A

    All classes: L to J Quiz #5

     

    QUARTER 2, WEEK 1 (10/15-10/19)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 4-6  in Greek and Latin roots packet (plur, multi/poly, mega) and study roots 1-6. Quiz Tues. 11/5 (packet due same day)

    Monday 10/15

    ELA: check roots 1-3; review types of conflict; begin reading Ch. 2 of The Outsiders, tracking conflicts, and working on lit. circle packet 

    Adv. ELA: check roots 1-3; watch video "What Makes Clowns So Scary?" and read "The Complexity of Fear"

    Tuesday 10/16

    ELA: continue Ch. 2 of The Outsiders, tracking conflicts, and working on lit. circle packet

    Adv. ELA: Edgar Allan Poe web quest

    Wednesday 10/17

    ELA: review elements of plot; begin reading ch. 3 of The Outsiders, tracking rising action, and working on lit. circle packet 

    Adv. ELA: Read "What is the Horror Genre?" 

    Thursday 10/18 (Half Day Schedule B- no 1st period)

    ELA: continue reading ch. 3 of The Outsiders, tracking rising action, and working on lit. circle packet 

    Adv. ELA: read and annotate "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe (click here for class vocab. list)

    Friday 10/19 (Half day schedule A- no 2nd period)

    ELA: continue reading ch. 3 of The Outsiders, tracking rising action, and working on lit. circle packet 

    Adv. ELA: continue reading and annotating "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe (click here for class vocab. list)

    QUARTER 2, WEEK 2 (10/22-10/16)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 7-9  in Greek and Latin roots packet (mono, uni, sol) and study roots 1-6. Quiz Tues. 11/5 (packet due same day)

    ELA: Quiz next week over Ch. 1-6 of The Outsiders (review the story's setting, types of conflict, examples of conflict from the book, elements of plot (particularly the exposition and rising action of the story), types of irony, and examples of irony from the book). 

    Monday 10/22

    ELA: check roots 4-6; reading circle discussion Ch. 2-3 of The Outsiders; read Ch. 4 of The Outsiders and work on the evidence tracking sheet 

    Adv. ELA: check roots 4-6; quiz on "The Black Cat" 

    Tuesday 10/23

    ELA: finish Ch. 4 of The Outsiders (if not completed); complete setting activity and begin Ch. 5 of The Outsiders;

    Adv. ELA: class celebration; introduce Translating Poe assignment 

    Wednesday 10/24 (SUB)

    ELA: poetry analysis "Nothing Gold Can Stay" for Ch. 5 of The Outsiders;

    Adv. ELA: work on translating Poe assignment (due tomorrow); link for class vocab. list if you need it 

    Thursday 10/25

    ELA: continue reading ch. 5 of The Outsiders and setting activity

    Adv. ELA: Introduce/begin Poe group assignment 

    Friday 10/26

    ELA: review foreshadowing and irony; begin reading Ch.6 of The Outsiders;

    Adv. ELA: continue Poe group assignment (due Monday 10/29)

     

    QUARTER 2, WEEK 3 (10/29-11/2)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 10-12  in Greek and Latin roots packet (bi, du, ambi/amphi) and study roots 1-12. Quiz Tues. 11/5 (packet due same day)

    Monday 10/29

    ELA: check roots 7-9; continue reading Ch. 6 of The Outsiders and work on irony chart in ISN

    Adv. ELA: check roots 7-9; introduce Poe group assignment #2- work time on the iPads

    Tuesday 10/30

    ELA: write irony paragraph; study for Ch. 1-6 quiz (tomorrow)

    Adv. ELA: Poe group assignment #1 due; continue working on Poe group assignment #2

    Wednesday 10/31

    ELA: quiz over Ch. 1-6 of The Outsiders 

    Adv. ELA: symbol creation activity

    Thursday 11/1

    ELA: review character types and track characters' growth/change in Ch. 7 of The Outsiders 

    Adv. ELA: continue working on Poe group assignment #2

    Friday 10/26

    ELA: continue tracking characters' growth/change in Ch. 7 of The Outsiders 

    Adv. ELA: Poe group assignment #2 due by end of class 

     

    QUARTER 2, WEEK 4 (11/5- 11/9)

    Weekly homework assignment: complete pages 1-3  in Greek and Latin roots packet (tri, quad/quar, and penta/quint) and study roots 1-3. Quiz Mon. 12/10 (packet due same day)

    Monday 11/5

    ELA: Roots Quiz #3 

    Adv. ELA: final work-day for Poe Group Project; complete self and group assessments and reflection 

    Tuesday 11/6

    ELA: review informational writing strategies; practice writing a thesis statement

    Adv. ELA: Roots Quiz #3

    Wednesday 11/7

    ELA: brainstorm/outline for informative essay on The Outsiders 

    Adv. ELA: reflection due; class discussion over "The Black Cat"

    Thursday 11/8

    ELA: review explanatory strategies; continue outlining essay

    Adv. ELA: review informational strategies; receive informative essay writing prompt on Edgar Allan Poe

    Friday 11/9

    ELA: rough draft due by the end of class 

    Adv. ELA: brainstorm/outline for informative essay

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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