Lesson Plans: October 26th - October 30th
- Homework Due: vocabulary sentences
- Daily Journal: Do you enjoy going to the movies? Why or why not?
- Classroom Rules & Expectations presentation
- vocabulary review
- Homework Due: Horror Genre Unit Vocabulary
- Daily Journal: Have you ever accidentally text messaged the wrong person? What was your reaction? How did you feel?
- Homework: Write two sentences per vocabulary word demonstrating that you understand the definitions.
Lesson Plans: October 19th - October 23rd
- Daily Journal: There are several evil spirits that have taken over your house and part of your neighborhood. How do you get rid of the spirits?
- Classwork/Homework: Horror Genre Unit Vocabulary DUE MONDAY
- Homework Due: Read The Outsiders and answer the comprehension questions (pages 21-23, questions 1-5)
- Daily Journal: A friend of yours has had an ancient curse put on them. What do you do to help and what happens to him throughout the curse?
- Classwork: Check The Outsiders pages 21-23, questions 1-5
- Daily Journal:There is a glass scratching sound on your house's windows and you get up out of bed to check it out. You look toward the windows and don't see anything. All of the sudden the glass breaks and something jumps in! What is it and what do you do next?
- Homework: Read The Outsiders and answer the comprehension questions (pages 21-23, questions 1-5)
- Classwork: Read the background information on H.P. Lovecraft and create a T-chart comparing your life experiences to the text.
- ANet Testing
Lesson Plans: October 12th - October 16th
- Daily Journal: Did you find The Butterfly Circus inspiring? Why or why not? (8 lines)
- Classwork: Create a rap summarizing one of the two short stories we've read so far ("The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Monkey's Paw", or "Frankenstein") and present it to the class. The rap needs to be 10-15 lines long, have school appropriate language (no references to profanity, drugs, alcohol, or sex), and have accurate details about the story.
Tuesday's Lesson Materials
- Daily Journal: What inspires you? Tell me about one of your dreams. (8 lines)
- Classwork: Watch The Butterfly Circus, an inspirational story of one mans dream to create a circus show that celebrates the human spirit, and answer The Butterfly Circus comprehension questions.
Tuesday's Lesson Materials
- Daily Journal: Can a poem be as interesting as a story? Why or why not? (10 lines)
- Classwork: read aloud "Frankenstein"; students will annotate text
- Homework Due: "What is the Horror Genre?" comprehension questions
- Daily Journal: What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Use descriptive words to make your retelling more interesting. (10 lines)
- Classwork: review "What is the Horror Genre?" comprehension questions
- Homework Due: Study Island E.L.A. Diagnostic Test
- Daily Journal: Write about something good that happened to you this weekend. (10 lines)
- Classwork: read aloud, "What is the Horror Genre?"
- Homework: comprehension questions
Lesson Plans: October 6th - October 9th
- Daily Journal:
- Classwork: check The Monkey's Paw "Take Notes" questions, then watch The Monkey's Paw
- The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary Quiz
- Daily Journal:
- Classwork: check The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary Quiz
- Homework Due: rough draft of The Tell-Tale Heart Newspaper Article
- Daily Journal: You have probably heard the expression, "Be careful what you wish for." Explain what that sentence means. Why should you be careful about wishing?
- Classwork: Read The Monkey's Paw and answer the "Take Notes" questions in the margins.
- Daily Journal: Why do you think reading the newspaper has gone out of fashion? Give examples of where people get their news today.
- The Tell-Tale Heart Newspaper Article Brainstorming & Pre-Writing
- Homework: rough draft of The Tell-Tale Heart Newspaper Article
Lesson Plans: September 28th-October 2nd
- Homework Due : complete annotation of vivid language in The Tell-Tale Heart
- Journal: How did the narrator describe the old man in The Tell-Tale Heart?
- Classwork: Students will create a chart that sites text evidence demonstrating vivid language in The Tell-Tale Heart.
- Journal: Look at the flyers Ms. Graham gave you at the door. Pick out five books you would like to order from this catalog. Write down the title and author of these five books in your journal.
- Classwork: Students will continue working on creating a chart that sites text evidence demonstrating vivid language in The Tell-Tale Heart
- Vocabulary Quiz: The Tell-Tale Heart
- Journal: What led the narrator to conceive of the plan to kill the old man?
- Classwork: Critical Vocabulary & Vocabulary Strategy: How to Use a Thesaurus (Collections textbook, page 97)
- Journal: Which of the narrator's actions in his dealings with the police most clearly demonstrates his audacity?
- Movie: The Tell-Tale Heart
- No school - David Ellis Day
Lesson Plans: September 21st-25th
- Homework Due: Monday Binder Check (quiz grade) - clock buddies, Multiple Intelligences notes, plot diagram, rough draft of creative writing piece, final draft of creative writing piece
- Journal: What is your interpretation of this quote - "Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."
- Textbook assignments
- Classwork: textbook scavenger hunt
- Journal: Do you enjoy "scary" stories? Why or why not?
- Classwork: finish textbook scavenger hunt
- Journal: What creates suspense in a scary movie? The music? The characters? The setting? Describe how this element creates suspense.
- Read Aloud: The Tell-Tale Heart
- Journal: Give a definition of the word vex using this sentence - "... but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye."
- Lecture: analyzing elements of suspense
- Journal: Free Write Friday! Write ten sentences about anything you like.
- Classwork: annotate elements of suspense (vivid words) in The Tell-Tale Heart
- Homework: complete annotation of The Tell-Tale Heart due MONDAY, September 28th
Lesson Plans: September 14th-18th
- Class supplies due
- 1st Quarter hall passes issued
- Journal: What are the characteristics of a good story?
- Signed syllabus due
- Journal: Write an acrostic poem about being a LEADER.
- Classwork: I can see the LEADER in me.
- Journal: Tell me a story I'll never forget.
- Lecture: "Elements of a Plot Diagram" PowerPoint presentation
- Classwork: "Plot Outline" worksheet for brainstorming
- Homework: write rough draft of creative writing piece
- Homework Due: rough draft of creative writing piece
- Journal: If there were no rules, what do you think would happen? Give specific examples.
- Classwork: students will create their own classroom constitution by creating a set of rules, deciding how the rules will be enforced, and how to ratify the constitution
- Journal: free write
- Classwork: students will peer edit their creative writing piece
- Homework: for Monday Binder Check (quiz grade) - clock buddies, plot notes, plot diagram, final draft of creative writing piece
Lesson Plans: September 7th - 11th
- No School
- Middle School Assembly
- Classwork: "Can I Chew Gum in Here?" syllabus activity
- Classwork: About Me flyer (use second page from PDF file) - due September 9th
- School supplies - due September 14th
- Syllabus signature - due September 15th
- Classwork: All About Me letter (use pages 3-6 from PDF file) - due at the end of the hour
- Lecture: Multiple Intelligences Presentation
- Classwork: Multiple Intelligences Test
- Clock Buddies
- 40 Book Challenge clothes pins