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8th Grade Tutoring Schedule:

Ms. Smith-Tuesday & Wednesday 8.25-8.55/Thursday 3.30-4.30

Mr. Friedman-Monday 8.10-8.50/Wednesday 3.30-4.30

Ms. Torres- Monday 3.30-4.30/Wednesday 8.10-8.50

Mr. Williams-Tuesday 3.30-4.30/Thursday 8.10-8.50

 

My Tutoring Days are:
Before School: Thursdays
After School: Tuesdays
 
Year-Plan for English 8:
 

Unit 1: Identity of Self (main reading: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros)

Unit 2: Technology’s impact on teens (main reading: “Robots in School”)

Unit 3: How am I affected by events around the world? (main reading: Bronx Masquerade)

Unit 4: Honesty and Choice (several main articles)

Unit 5: Empathy (main reading: Lord of the Flies by William Golding)

Unit 6: My culture (main reading: The Outsiders by SE Hinton)

Unit 7: Thinking ahead (personal statements)

**In between each story that we read we will review grammatical concepts
 

Recent Posts

Weekly Plan 12/10-12/14

Monday:
No School - Pupil-free Day
 
Tuesday:
Do Now
Conclusion paragraph notes
Conclusion practice worksheet
 
Wednesday:
Essay structure quiz (open-note)
 
Thursday:
Do Now
Socratic Seminar Prep Graphic Organizer
 
Friday:
Socratic Seminar! Prompt: Should Robots Replace Human Teachers?
 
 

Weekly Plan 12/3-12/7

Monday:
Journal #46 (and Journal Check 36-45) Standard W 10: Routine Writing
Plus/minus annotation with TEAM ROBOT and TEAM HUMAN
Introduction to intro paragraphs
Hook sentences discussion
 
Tuesday: 
Journal #47
Review hook sentences
Thesis Cornell notes and discussion
 
Wednesday:
Journal #48
Continue thesis notes
Thesis race
 
Thursday: 
Journal #49
CER Cornell notes
CER practice mix-and-match game
 
Friday: 
Journal #50
Conclusion paragraph Cornell notes
Conclusion practice worksheet
 

Weekly Plan 11/26-11/30

Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome back to school!
 
Monday:
Journal #41 (and Journal Check 35-40Standard W10: Routine Writing
What do robots provide that humans don't quick write
Watch video: "Will Small Step for Robots Lead to Giant Leap for Robotkind?"
Due today: Thanksgiving remediation packet
 
Tuesday:
Journal #42
Key Vocabulary for video - Review vocabulary squares from Nov. 16
Read "Will Small Step for Robots Lead to Giant Leap for Robotkind?" transcript
"Small Step" Text-Dependent Questions
 
Wednesday:
Journal #43
Graphic Organizer: What do robots do better than humans and vice versa?
Noticing language in "Small Step"
Due today: HOMS Book Remediation
 
Thursday:
Journal #44
Read "Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot"
Jigsaw comprehension questions
 
Friday:
Journal #45
Gallery Walk and team Cornell-style annotations
Analyzing Stylistic Choices in "Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot"
 
 
 

Weekly Plan 11/12-11/16

Monday:
VETERAN'S DAY. No School
 
Tuesday:
Journal Entry #38
Continue Future Esperanza prompt and poster
 
Wednesday:
Benchmark SBAC Test (Reading Literature) Quarter 2
 
Thursday:
Journal Entry #39
Introduction to Robots unit
Vocabulary Squares for "Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot"
Watch video for "Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot"
 
Friday:
Journal Entry #40
Read transcript of "Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot"
Making predictions and asking questions about the article
 
 

Weekly Plan 11/5-11/9

Monday: 
Do Now
Binder talk & update (papers needed for binder check are now on Google classroom if you need to print them out) 
Style talk for books
Time to work on books/binder
 
Tuesday: 
Do Now
Grammar talk for books
Time to work on books/binder
 
Wednesday:
Do Now
Time to work on books/binder
Submit books and binder at end of period (Standard W3: Writing Narratives)
 
Thursday: 
Do Now
Review and Reflect HOMS Unit
Flip quiz game to review
 
Friday:
Do Now
Future Esperanza Prompt (Standard W3: Writing Narratives)
 

Weekly Plan 10/29-11/2

Monday:
Do Now
Mr. Bunner Art Integration Guest Lecture for HOMS books (visual art)
 
Tuesday:
Journal #36 (and Journal Check - Standard W10: Routine Writing)
Ms. Aguilar-Garcia Art Integration Guest Lecture for HOMS books (digital art)
 
Wednesday:
Journal #37
Comma practice
Comma game and review day
Time to write books
 
Thursday:
Journal #38
Comma quiz
Time to write books
 
Friday:
Do Now
Time to write books

Weekly Plan 10/22-10/26

Review Week to proofread for mistakes in our vignettes. Books will be created in class next week!
 
Monday:
Journal #33
Apostrophes PowerPoint
Apostrophe Worksheet (Standard L2: Language Conventions)
 
Tuesday:
Review HW (doc cam)
Apostrophe-Ball game
Apostrophe Crossword Puzzle
 
Wednesday:
Journal #34
Commas Overview PowerPoint
Commas Cheat Sheet (Cloze Notes)
Comma Rules 1-3
Comma Rules 1-3 Worksheet (Standard L2: Language Conventions)
 
Thursday:
Do Now
Comma Rules 4-6
Comma Rules 4-6 Worksheet (Standard L2: Language Conventions)
 
Friday:
Journal #35
Comma Rules 7-9
Comma Rules 7-9 Worksheet Standard L2: Language Conventions)
 

Weekly Plan 10/15-10/19

Monday:
Journal #30
Read and review "Choose Your Own" Vignette Prompt
Read The House on Mango Street
 
Tuesday:
Journal #31
Continue Reading The House on Mango Street
Complete Brainstorm - back of prompt - for "Choose Your Own" (Standard W4: Writing Organization)
 
Wednesday:
Do Now
Write "Choose Your Own"
 
Thursday:
Journal #32
Self-edit and peer-edit of "Choose Your Own"
Revise "Choose Your Own" (due Mon., 10/22) (Standard W3: Writing Narratives)
 
Friday:
Pupil Free Day
 
 

Weekly Plan 10/8-10/12

Monday:
Journal #26
Read "Those Who Don't" 
Use Cognitive Strategies Sentence Starters to annotate "Those Who Don't"
Stereotypes Gallery Walk
 
Tuesday:
Do Now
Walk around Pomona, Brainstorm ideas for "Those Who Don't"
 
Wednesday:
Do Now (Journal #27) 
Read sample vignette for "Those Who Don't"
Write your own: "Those Who Don't" (Standard W 3: Writing Narratives)
 
Thursday:
Do Now (Journal #28)
Peer edit for "Those Who Don't"
Stereotyping article and annotation
 
Friday:
Do Now
Revise "Those Who Don't"

Weekly Plan 10/1-10/5

**A couple parents reached out asking me to list my weekly plan on the school website rather than sending it on ParentSquare like schedule for the last two weeks, so I will continue to post the week's agenda here. My apologies for any confusion or inconvenience**
 
Monday:
Journal #22
Guest lecture from Ms. Sonmez 
 
Tuesday:
Journal #23
Group-grade parts 1, 2, and 4 of Figurative Language Quiz
Arts-integrated activity on names
Read sample vignette of "My Name"
 
Wednesday:
Journal #24
Introduce writing prompt for "My Name" (Standard W 3: Writing Narratives)
Write in class: "My Name"
 
Thursday:
Journal #25
Peer edit for "My Name"
Revisions for "My Name" to be written in class
 
Friday:
Journal #26
Read "Those Who Don't"
"Those Who Don't" Text-Dependent Questions - to be completed for homework (Standard RL 1: Key Ideas and Details)
 

Weekly Plan 9/10-9/14

Monday:
Journal #12
Tone discussion wrap-up
Read "Hairs" vignette
Complete worksheet: Esperanza's mother's description
 
 
Tuesday:
Journal #13
Figurative Language PowerPoint
 
Wednesday:
Journal #14
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole Practice Game
Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole Worksheet (Standard RL 2: Craft and Structure)
 
Thursday:
Journal #15
Read sample vignette of "Hairs"
Write your own "Hairs" vignette (Standard W 3: Writing Narratives)
 
Friday:
Do Now
Finish writing "Hairs"

Weekly Plan 9/3-9/7

Monday:
No School (Labor Day)
 
Tuesday:
Journal #10
Collect Vignette #1: The House on My Street (Standard W 3: Writing Narratives)
Highlight details for tone and mood
Peer edit for Vignette #1
 
Wednesday:
Journal #11
Revise Vignette #1: The House on My Street
 
Thursday: 
Journal #12
Turn in 2nd draft of Vignette #1
Review Tone and Mood in "The House on Mango Street" Vignette
Tone posters of "The House on Mango Street"
 
Friday:
Journal #13
Complete Tone posters of "The House on Mango Street"

Weekly Plan 5/7-5/11

LAST WEEK BEFORE PORTFOLIO
 
Monday:
Do Now 
Lying Socratic Seminar (Standard SL 1: Collaborative Discussion)
 
Tuesday:
Do Now (Journal #35)
Work on study guide for quiz on Wednesday
 
Wednesday:
Lying Quiz (Standard RI 1: Key Ideas and Details)
 
Thursday and Friday:
Portfolio time! Bring anything portfolio-related and you will have the entire English class period to make progress and/or ask questions

Weekly Plan 4/30-5/4

Monday:
Do Now (Journal #33)
Read Article 4: Teens Conflicted About Lying
Article 4 Text-Dependent Questions (Standard RI 1: Key Ideas and Details)
 
Tuesday:
Do Now (Journal #34)
Compare sourcing/evidence from Article 1 and Article 4
Receive roles for Friday's Socratic Seminar
Complete outline for Socratic Seminar (WILL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ENTER SEMINAR)
 
Wednesday and Thursday:
Do Now
Introduce author/philosopher posters
Class periods will allow students to work on posters with partners that have same author/philosopher
 
Friday:
Do Now
Socratic Seminar (Topic: When Is Lying Justifiable?) Standard (SL 1: Collaborative Discussion)