Mrs. Cormier's 8th Grade ELA

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    Week of 2/19

    Monday

    Mrs. Cormier will be absent. Students, here is what you will need to do:

    1. Complete ONE iReady lesson (I will stamp you when I return Wednesday)

    2. Did you take the quiz last week? If not, click HERELinks to an external site. to get to the quiz. 

    3. Complete the Commonlit Activity "Do Teens Need Recess?" by clicking HERE It is for a grade, so follow ALL of the directions!

    Tuesday

    Mrs. Cormier will be absent. Students, here is what you will need to do:

    1. Complete ONE iReady lesson (I will stamp you when I return Wednesday) 

    2. Complete the Commonlit Activity "Should We Get Rid of Daylight Saving Time?" by clicking HERE It is for a grade, so follow ALL of the directions!

    Homework: Finish ANY and ALL work you haven't completed! Everything is DUE today!!

    Wednesday

    1. Fluency Read Aloud 

    2. Review answers for sub work. Turn in final copy for a grade.

    3. Folder Organization- Anyone that was absent when we organized our folders will do so now with the help of neighboring students. 

    Thursday

    1. Fluency Read Aloud

    2. Synonym Snowball Fight/Vocabulary Activity from Commonlit passages

    Friday

    1. Fluency Read Aloud

    2. Socratic Seminar-Commonlit passages


    Week of 2/12

    • Monday- Fluency Practice/I-Ready Personalized Lesson
    • Tuesday- Fluency Practice/I-Ready Personalized Lesson
    • Wednesday- Fluency Practice/Review Lesson 25 answers/Lesson 26 Advanced Introduction Paragraph
    • Thursday-Fluency Practice/Lesson 27 Body Paragraphs-Referencing Sources using EBT
    • Friday- Fluency Practice/Lesson 28 Body Paragraphs- Referencing Sources using Parenthetical Citations

    Week of 1/29

    • Monday- I-Ready Personalized Lessons Homework=I-Ready if you don't have 4 lessons completed for this nine weeks
    • Tuesday- ITC Outline Assessment/Lesson 25 Introduction Paragraph
    • Wednesday- Lesson 26 Introduction Paragraph Homework=I-Ready if you don't have 4 lessons completed for this nine weeks
    • Thursday- Lesson 27 Body Paragraphs-Referencing Sources using EBT Homework=I-Ready if you don't have 4 lessons completed for this nine weeks
    • Friday- Lesson 28 Body Paragraphs- Referencing Sources using Parenthetical Citations Homework=I-Ready if you don't have 4 lessons completed for this nine weeks

    Week of 1/22

    • Monday- Finish Midterm/I-Ready *Staple all reading passages and weekly packets together so students don't lose any materials Homework- Read & annotate "Space" passages
    • Tuesday- Fluency Practice/ Lesson 23 Model & Guided Practice Homework= Read & annotate "Rosa Parks" passages
    • Wednesday- Fluency Practice/Lesson 24 Model Homework=Read and annotate "Internet" passages
    • Thursday- Fluency Practice/Lesson 24 Independent Practice No Homework
    • Friday- Fluency Practice/Lesson 25 Guided Practice No Homework

    Week of 01/15

    • Monday- Finish Midterm/I-Ready
    • Tuesday- Analyzing Prompts
    • Wednesday- Analyzing Prompts
    • Thursday- Planning the Essay/Outline
    • Friday- Planning the Essay/Outline

    Week of 01/01

    Monday- No School!

    Tuesday- No School!

    Wednesday- Teacher Inservice

    Thursday-Midterm Assessment/Read the passage 

    Friday-Midterm Assessment/Comprehension Questions


    Week of 12/18

    • Monday- Students that haven't finished iReady Diagnostic will finish. Students will begin a seminar on the midterm assessment. Students will read the passage independently, and then aloud. They will then complete the comprehension questions together. A student TA will call on students by randomly drawing their name to ensure that everyone pays attention and participates. 
    • Tuesday-Students that haven't finished iReady Diagnostic will finish. Students will continue working on a seminar of the midterm assessment.  They will then complete the comprehension questions together. A student TA will call on students by randomly drawing their name to ensure that everyone pays attention and participates.  

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    Week of 12/11

    Monday- iReady/Pay Day! (Finish Writing Prompt from Test) *Turn in your Data Tracker! The next one you receive will be for the new nine weeks! 

    TuesdayWriting Prompt/Narrative Option #1-Rewrite a paragraph of "How to Ignore a House on Fire" using first person point of view. Add feelings and inner thoughts to the paragraph. Be sure to add feelings and emotions in your writing. Writing Prompt/Narrative Option #2- Finish the ending of "How to Ignore a House on Fire" to reflect a happy ending. What happens when they find their mom's friend? Do they have a happy ending? Or is it a disappointment? 

    Wednesday-Unit Test Seminar

    Thursday- Unit Test Seminar

    Friday-Make-Up Work Day


    Week of 12/4

    Monday-iReady Diagnostic/Pay Day! Tally up your data tracker points and get paid!

    Tuesday- -iReady Diagnostic

    Wednesday--iReady Diagnostic *If you haven't finished reading "How to Ignore a House on Fire," do it for homework tonight. We will discuss it tomorrow!

    Thursday-Socratic Seminar on "How to Ignore a House on Fire." Students will create a discussion question on the Seminar Padlet. Level 8: Analyze Plot Elements Seminar Prep We will then discuss the passage to prepare us for the quiz tomorrow. We should focus on the characters and their conversations and interactions with one another. How is the house "on fire" metaphorically? What is happening in their lives? What is each character worried about? How does the point of view affect the story? Level 9: Standard 3 Socratic Seminar

    Friday-We will begin our Edulastic quiz. Students will update their data tracker based on their test results. Library Day! Bring your library book to exchange. Level 10: Standard 3 Seminar Finale: Show What You Know Competition


    Week of 11/27

    Monday- iReady & Data Tracking (update class poster and independent trackers with stamps)

    Tuesday- Quill Bell Ringer Level 6- Analyze Plot Elements Scaffold Passages

    Wednesday- Quill Bell Ringer Level 6- Analyze Plot Elements Scaffold Passages

    Thursday- Quill Bell Ringer Level 7-Analyze Plot Elements Target Lesson Annotations

    Friday- Quill Bell Ringer + Library Time Level 8: Analyze Plot Elements Seminar Prep


    Week of 11/13

    Monday- Quill Bell Ringer. Students will work on iReady lessons. 

    Tuesday- Quill Bell Ringer.  Level 4: Standard 2 Socratic Seminar

    Wednesday- Quill Bell Ringer. Level 5- Standard 2 Seminar Finale: Show What You Know Competition

    Thursday- Quill Bell Ringer.  Boss Battle

    Friday- Flocabulary Lesson # 2/Library before the break


    Week of 11/6

    Monday- Flocabulary & iReady and Data Talks

    Tuesday-Students will formulate discussion questions for the Socratic Seminar and finish up their annotations. 

    Wednesday- Students will finish annotating their packet to prepare for discussion topics for tomorrow. Early finishers can work on side quests. Veterans' Day Program 

    Thursday- Students will engage in a Socratic Seminar using a Fish Bowl format. Students will sit in an inner/outer circle arrangement. Students in the middle will be the only students allowed to engage in the discussion. The outer circle will be listening and taking notes to prepare for discussion. As students enter the chat, they will tap in and keep tally of their talking score on the paper. As students exit the chat, they will continue to add notes and listen to the discussion. At the end of the discussion, students will turn in their packets and their organizers.

    Friday- No School!


    Week of 10/30

    Monday- Students will finish their Flocabulary activity and work on iReady.

    Tuesday- Students will read the passage "The Wild Dog of Cuacomgomoc" aloud and independently and take Cornell notes with their small group summarizing the passage. (Level 2 activity)

    Wednesday- Students will finish reading and taking their Cornell notes. Students will discuss the answers with their small group. Groups will then formulate a summary on Padlet. Students will rate each other's summaries from 0-5. Winning groups will earn a snack pass or candy. (Level 2 activity)

    Thursday- Students will prepare for their Socratic Seminar by annotating the text using Canvas assignments. Students will discuss the skills of the week (summary and theme). They will also discuss author's craft and engage in discussions about the text. 

    Friday- Students will engage in a Socratic Seminar using a Fish Bowl format. Students will sit in an inner/outer circle arrangement. Students in the middle will be the only students allowed to engage in the discussion. The outer circle will be listening and taking notes to prepare for discussion. As students enter the chat, they will tap in and keep tally on the paper. As students exit the chat, they will continue to add notes to their Canvas assignment and listen to the discussion. 


    Week of 10/23

    Monday- Students will start the class working on their Quill bell ringer. They will then determine the theme of a passage by working on their Level 1 activity. 

    Tuesday- Students will start the class working on their Quill bell ringer. We will finish with the Level 1 activity and move on reviewing theme and summary in our Level 2 activity. 

    Wednesday-Students will work on Quill. They will then continue their Level 2 activity

    Thursday- Students will work on Quill. They will then finish their Level 2 activity. If time permits, we will begin our side quest challenges. 

    Friday- Side Quest Friday! Students will work on Flocabulary and iReady.  Library Time will be permitted, but students MUST already have two books picked out before they go. AR tests are encouraged and count as side quests IF THE BOOK IS AT LEAST WORTH 4 POINTS OR MORE!


    Week of 10/16

    Monday- First 9 Weeks ends today! Quill lessons tracker/ Flocabulary Lessons Tracker/ iReady lessons tracker (Data Talks/Class Poster Updated)

    Tuesday- Enrichments rotate/Students of the 9 Weeks recognized/ SLT Pretest-Fiction and Poetry 

    Wednesday-  Academic RTISLT Pretest Continued/ Theme Scaffold A and B Passages/ Students will work on it in pairs and come check answers as they finish.  

    Thursday- SHHS Homecoming Parade ½ day/ Report Cards Issued/ Review Games (Vocabulary and Grammar Concepts)

    Friday- PBIS No Referrals Dress Up/ iReady Lesson/ Flocabulary Lesson *Track Data


    Week of 10/9

    Monday- Teacher In-Service

    Tuesday-Students will complete 3 Quill lessons with proficiency. They will continue working on the writing prompt for "Ruthless." Download "Ruthless." 

    Click here for "Ruthless" Quiz (sign in with ClassLink)Links to an external site.

    Wednesday-Students will work on their small group activity in order to further practice summarizing. Synthesize Ideas in a Summary of Literature Download Synthesize Ideas in a Summary of Literature  & Determine ThemeDownload Determine Theme

    Thursday- Students will share out their answers on the small group activity. Students will begin independently reading “The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc”.Download “The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc”.

    Friday: Students will continue reading the passage and practicing summarizing and determining theme. 


    Week of 10/2

    Monday- Students will complete one iReady lesson with proficiency and earn a stamp on their weekly rubric. They will then play a Flocabulary Fly Swatter Game to review vocabulary words from the past two weeks. 

    Tuesday-Students will complete one QuillLinks to an external site. lesson with proficiency and earn a stamp on their rubric. "Ruthless" Presentation Links to an external site.Then students will determine theme and summarize "Ruthless."Download "Ruthless."

    Wednesday- Students will complete one Flocabulary lesson with proficiency and earn a stamp on their rubric. Students will continue to determine theme and summarize "Ruthless."Download "Ruthless."

    Thursday- Fall Break!

    Friday: Fall Break!


    Week of 9/22

    MondayComplete 3 Quill lessons with proficiency. Then, you need to go to Flocabulary and study the past two weeks' words. Click on each vocabulary card. Make flash cards for each word. On the front, write the term. On the back, include the definition, synonyms, and a sample sentence. We will be playing vocabulary games tomorrow for prizes. You will need these cards to prepare for the game!   If Flocabulary won't let you view the words, then click here for the Master Word List and use Google to define each term: Vocabulary Word Lists 1+2.pdf Download Vocabulary Word Lists 1+2.pdf 

    Tuesday-Vocabulary Fly Swatter Game! to review our vocabulary words. 

    Wednesday- Grammar "Capture The Flag" Competition to review Quill concepts we've been working on. 

    Thursday-Centers: Small Group Skill- Summarizing Download Summarizing(Scaffold B)/Flocabulary Lists 1 & 2 Review and Quiz (grade for the week)

    Friday: Centers: Small Group Skill- Summarizing Download Summarizing(Scaffold A)/Flocabulary Lists 1 & 2 Review and Quiz (grade for the week)


    Week of 9/18

    Monday- Whole Group LessonLinks to an external site.: Today we will practice identifying the best evidence to support ideas about the characters. We will read and discuss "Lather and Nothing Else." Download Lather and Nothing Else." 

    Tuesday-Whole Group Lesson: We will continue identifying strong evidence in the passage. We will complete the writing prompt to demonstrate our understanding using the Claim/Evidence/Reasoning format. 

    Wednesday- Center Rotations (Quill/ Flocabulary/Independent Reading) Homework- Fluency Practice

    Thursday- Center Rotations (Quill/Flocabulary/Independent Reading) Homework- Fluency Practice

    Friday-iReady Personalized Lessons/Data Talks/Rewards


    Week of 9/11

    Monday- Center Rotations (Quill & Chill/ Fluency Practice/Small-Group/Flocabulary)       

    Tuesday- Center Rotations (Quill & Chill/ Fluency Practice/Small-Group/Flocabulary) 

    Wednesday-  Center Rotations (Quill & Chill/ Fluency Practice/Small-Group/Flocabulary) 

    Thursday- Center Rotations (Quill & Chill/ Fluency Practice/Small-Group/Flocabulary) 

    Friday-iReady Personalized Lessons


    Week of 9/4

    Monday- No school- Labor Day Holiday!        

    Tuesday- Group Expectations and Practice: Quill Diagnostic & Lessons

    Wednesday-  Group Expectations and Practice: Reading Fluency

    Thursday- Group Expectations and Practice: Flocabulary

    Friday-Library Day/Read Aloud 


    Week of 8/28

    Monday- We will work independently to complete the UNRAVEL process on "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance."  We will break down the writing prompt using CER format, and we will complete our two-column notes on what the author is doing/saying. 

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    Tuesday- iReady Diagnostic (Reading & Math)

    Wednesday-  iReady Diagnostic (Reading & Math) 

    Thursday- iReady Diagnostic (Reading & Math)

    Friday-Library Day/Read Aloud 


    Week of 8/21:

    Monday- We will work with a partner to complete the UNRAVEL process on "The Value of Being Confused. Download The Value of Being Confused."  We will break down the writing prompt and complete it as a whole-class think-aloud using CER format. 

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    Tuesday- Students will work with a partner to UNRAVEL a passage. They will practice diffusing vocabulary, chunking the sections, then complete the saying/doing t-chart before answering the questions that correlate with the article. 

    Wednesday-  Students will begin their iReady diagnostic. 

    Thursday- Students will continue their iReady diagnostic.

    Friday- Students will complete their iReady diagnostic and begin their Quill diagnostic. 


    Week of 8/14:

    Monday- We will review Mrs. Cormier's classroom rules and routinesLinks to an external site.. We will organize our class folders. Happy first week!

    Tuesday- We will read "The Value of Being Confused Download The Value of Being Confused" in order to understand the importance of struggling through difficulties. We will begin practicing how to annotate a text. 

    Wednesday-  Students will complete and share the annotations they created from yesterday's reading passage. We will play annotation BINGO (the teacher will call out annotations; if the students have matching annotations, they highlight them and if they match 3+ they get a BINGO!) They will then discuss the comprehension questions in small group discussions, then with the whole-group. 

    Thursday- Students will read "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Download Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" and discuss with their partners. They will take notes as they read using two-column notes. 

    Friday- Annotation Bingo activity and think-aloud for comprehension questions. If time permits, introduce First Chapter Friday and then library time.