• Week of January 13, 2020

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 1/13/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Monday, 1/13/20

    1. MavMark:  Hero Unit Vocabulary Word of the Day – Definition Mapping of vocabulary and how it connects to the unit. Student Teacher will model the strategy – the model will be posted on classroom blog - L.8.4 , RI.8.3 - (12 mins. )  Vocab Words:  Civil Rights, Segregation, Jim Crow, Boycott, Hero 
    2. Chapter 2 of Witness to Freedom – Brown vs. Board of Education (Profile on Spottsword Bolling)  - Oral Read (Whole Class Reading) 
    3. Formative Assessment RI.8.2,  RI.8.4, RI.8.1 (MasteryConnect.com) "The Fight for What's Right" and "Changemaker" from Scope Magazine Dec.2017/Jan.2018  - 15mins. - 6 questions 
    4. Hero Unit:  Graphic Organizer(Reading Log) – Students create word document for Chapter 1 of Witnesses to Freedom[teacher to model]:  Barbara Johns – Post key points of the chapter (who, what, when, where, why); then specifically "what makes people (individuals) act heroically?"  RI.8.1, RI.8.3 

    Tuesday, 1/14/2020 

    1. MavMark:  Definition Map Vocabulary for Ch. 2 of Witnesses to Freedom  L. 8.4, RI. 8.4 (Supreme Court [Bown v. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson], deterioratingintegration . 20 minutes 
    2. Read:  Whole Class – Chapter 2 "Brown v. Board of Education" Profile:  Spottswood Bolling, Jr. -  Graphic Journal (Reading Log) of Chapter 2 in Witnesses of Freedom RI.8.1, RI.8.3, RI.8.4 .  
    3. Small groups:  organize and enter the significant points from Chapter 2 and add to own individual Reading Log – 15 minutes  
    4. Independent Reading:  "Who was Jim Crow?" Newsela informational article 3/10/19 - 12- 15 mins. 
    5. Independent Response:  RI.8.2, RI.8.3 multiple choice formative (10-12 mins.) "Jim Crow Laws" 
    6. Library – check-out (15 mins.) 

    Wednesday, 1/15/20 

    1. MavMark:  Definition Mapping Vocabulary Chapter 3 – L. 8.4, RI.8.4   desegregation, reprimand, National Guard 
    2. Whole Class:  Listen to poem "This is Not a Small Voice" by Sonia Sanchez performed by April Wells (2 mins.) 
    3. Small Groups:  TP-CASTT  "This is not a Small Voice" (15 mins.) RL.8.4, RL.8.1
    4. Independent Reading:  Chapter 3 Witnesses to Freedom "The Little Rock Nine" pp. 18-27 – 15 mins.  
    5. Pair:  Organize and add significant points to your own Reading Log from Chapter 3 
    6. Formative Assessment:  "This is not a Small Voice" multiple choice  assessment  
    7. Homework:  complete Chapters 2-3 Definition Maps 

    Thursday, 1/16/20 

    1. MavMark:  Chapter 4 Vocabulary Definition Mapping L. 8.4, RI.8.4 [protest, lawsuit, prejudice/discrimination, civil rights movement]  - 15 mins. 
    2. Whole Class: Read Chapter 4 of Witnesses to Freedom "Montgomery Bus Boycott" pp. 28-39 – 15 mins. 
    3. Small Groups:  Organize and add Key points to Graphic/Reading Log (12-15 mins.) RI.8.1, RI.8.4 
    4. Independent:  Read "Living His Dream:  A New Gerneration Fights..."  informational text from Newsela 1/17/19 (15 mins. 
    5. Independent:  Formative - 4 questions RI.8.1, RI.8.3 
    6. Homework:  Complete Chapter 5 Vocabulary Definition Map – Terms and definitions are on Classroom Blog PPT [sit-in, Freedom Singers, demonstration] Be prepared so we can begin PEER Grading tomorrow!!

    Friday, 1/17/20 

    Honor Roll Field Trip 

    1. MavMark:  Read Chapter 5 of Witnesses to Freedom "The Sit-In Movement" and complete Definition Map (Homework) 10 mins. L. 8.4, RI.8.4
    2. Groups:  Organize and add key points from Chapter 5 to Graphic Organizer "Why do People Act Heroically" (15 mins.) RI.8.4, RI.8.1 
    3. Pair:  Peer Grading of Definition Maps from Week  using one Rubric per term. 20 mins. - Turn in  
    4. Read Independently: "Harmony in Botswana..." Newsela 2/8/19 article RI.8.2, RI.8.4 
    5. Independent:  Formative Assessment 


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  • Hero Unit Graphic Organizer (Reading Log)

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 1/13/2020 12:00:00 PM
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  • Hero Unit Vocabulary

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 1/13/2020 8:35:00 AM
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  • Week of December 16, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 12/16/2019 10:30:00 AM

    Monday, 12/16/19 


    Writing:  CASE 21 Benchmark -  W.8.2 adapted from "The Story of Grace Darling" . Informational/Literature 

    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine topic and convey ideas and information using relevant content.   

    Whole Class:  We will read the passage and write introduction - PRE WRITE / USE "SAY, MEANS, MATTERS" STRATEGY


    (Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content. 


    Tuesday, 12/17/19 

    Finish writing body and conclusion of "Grace Darling" essay 


    Wednesday, 12/18/19 

    Prompt 2 of CASE 21 Winter Benchmark 

    Independent writing W.8.2  Informational/non-fiction 


    Thursday, 12/19/19 

    Read "The Gift of the Magi"  

    Powerpoint:  O. HENRY – AUTHOR BIO 


    Take a look at our literary elements from this short story/drama 

    Writing:  from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry 


    FRIDAY, 12/20/19  

    Writing Prompt from Gift of the Magi by  O. Henry 


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  • Week of December 2, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 12/2/2019 9:30:00 AM

    Monday, 12/2/19

    • MavMark:  Read "from Katherine Stinson" - passage from Fall Case 21- Ri.8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8; L.8.4, L.8.5
    • Groups:  Discuss questions/determine DOK level of question stems
    • Use variation of "Bull's Eye" strategy to compete with groups to analyze answer choices and correct/incorrect answers - (competition)
    • Discuss School Book Fair and watch book trailers:  Book Fair starts Wednesday, 12/4/19; Our Class will attend Friday, 12/6/19
    • Read "Dying to be Strong" by Elizabeth Foy Larsen:  Reading- Informational - Science (Ri.8.3, Ri.84, Ri..5)
      • Each group prepare 4 questions using task cards with DOK levels and samples to construct a formative for the text

    Tuesday, 12/3/19

    • MavMark:  Read "Madge Morton's Plan" (RL.8.1-RL.8.6) Reading Literature - Prose
    • Groups:  Discuss questions/Determine DOK level of questions
    • Use Bull's Eye strategy to discuss and analyze answer choices (50/50; distractor, etc.)
    • Completion of group formatives of "Dying to be Strong"
    • Formative:  Ri.8.3:  "How Different (Bow) Strings…"(Mastery Connect)
    • Feedback and Item Analysis of Formative

    Wednesday, 12/4/19

    • MavMark:  Read "Sailing on the Balmoral in the Path of the Titanic" - Reading Informational - Social Studies Ri.8.1-8.6; L.8.4
    • Groups:  Discuss questions and DOK level question stems
    • Bull's Eye strategy to analyze the answer choices and incorporate movement
    • Formative Assessment:  Student created Formative of "Dying to be Strong"
    • Discuss Item Analysis of "Dying to be Strong"

    Thursday, 12/5/19

    Unit 2 Summative Assessment 2 on Informational Standards

    Friday, 12/6/f19:  Book Fair

    • MavMark:  Complete Entrance Ticket [Twitter tweet regarding what you learned this week]
    • Writing:  Mississippi Writing Rubric - Score Informative Essay Samples on Development of Ideas
    • Read Passage and break down Informational prompt -  discuss pre-writing strategies
    • Begin draft of essay


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  • Week of November 18, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 11/18/2019 6:35:00 PM

    Monday, 11/18/19 - LIBRARY DAY

    •  MavMark:  Use TP-CASTT Poetry Analysis Strategy to analyze the poem "The Census Taker" by Robert Frost  RL. 8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3
    • Read independently:  5 mins. 
    • T-title; P-paraphrase in groups (5 mins.) 
    • C-A-S-T-T – Groups [Connotation, Attitude, Shifts in Tone, Title, Theme] 2 MINUTES TO ANALYZE PER ROUND/ AND 1 MINUTE TO RESPOND PER ROUND 
      • Each group will share their response  
      • Post Responses on white board (Sticky Note Responses) 
    • Review FALL CASE 21 BENCHMARK:  "The Census Taker" . Questions 10-15 – answer questions with group/analyze after TP-CASTT breakdown 

    Tuesday, 11/19/19 

    • MAVMark:  Read informational Text "High Court Reviews Insanity Defense Case" RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.4 
    • Use "Note Passing" Strategy to analyze the text- Teacher will model the strategy and practice with the first round 
    • Answer 4 multiple choice formative questions – commonlit.org (RI.8..4, RI.8.1, RI.8.2) 
    • Respond to Writing Prompt: Use ACES:  RI.8.3 - Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories) 10 – 15 minutes  
    • Formative:  MasteryConnect Lockdown Browser:  "Stopping By the Wood on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost RL.8.4, RL.8.3- 4 Questions 
      • Review Item Analysis of Formative and discuss results 

    Wednesday, 11/20/19 

    • MavMark:  Read the informational text:  "Dying to be Strong" by Elizabeth Foy Larsen" 
      • Independently read – 10 –12 mins. (RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.5) 
    • Use "Note Passing" Strategy to analyze the text – 10 minutes 
    • Formative Assessment:  RI.8.3 - "How Different (Bow) Strokes..." 
    • Review Item Analysis of Formative and discuss results 
    • Pre-reading video to the short story "Ruthless"   RL.8.7
      • Introduction to story with video about materialism 
    • Read the short story "Ruthless" by William DeMille 
      • Groups:  discussion of short story 
      • Groups:  Written response -  RL.8.3 - Share with Class 

    Thursday, 11/21/19 

    • MavMark:  Read the poem "Immunity" by Kim Roberts 
      • Use TP-CASTT to analyze the poem (independently) 10 minutes RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.4
    • Answer 4 multiple choice and 1 written response from "Immunity" on commonlit.org 
      • Class vote (fist or five) on best-written response – 20 minutes 
    • Poetry Formative #2 "The Dreams" - 10 questions  RL.8.1, 2, 3, 4
      • MasteryConnect Lockdown Browser 
      • 30 –40 minutes 
    • Begin reading the short story "Blue" by Francesca Lia Block as assigned on commonlit.org  RL.8.1, 2, 3, 5

    Friday, 11/22/19 - Day of the Arts 

    • MavMark:  Answer questions from "Blue"  
    • Commonlit.org Pre-Assessment  
      • Mini-articles/passages with RI. And RL. Practice questions for formative analysis 
      • Writing:  Blogpost – The Landlady 
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  • Week of November 11, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 11/11/2019 6:10:00 PM

    Monday, 11/11/19 - B Day - Veteran's Day 

    GMS Veteran's Day Program 

    • MavMark:  Read excerpt from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (12 mins.) 
    • Use TP-CASTT Poetry Strategy to analyze "Music in Camp" by John Reuben Thompson  
      • Partners:  Stanza by Stanza paraphrase; analysis 
      • (15-20 mins.)  RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.1  
    • Review/Discuss standards for Re-take of Unit 2 Summative Assessment 

    Tuesday, 11/12/19 - A Day 

    • MavMark:  With a Partner:  Determine the standard AND answer questions 9-11b from excerpt from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (L.8.5, RL.8.3, L.8.6, RL.8.1, RL.8.4) 10 minutes  
    • Partners will Teach each question to review the MavMark:  (7-9 mins.) 
    • Re-take of Unit 2 Summative Assessment (45-5 minutes)  (RL. Standards RL.8.1, RL.8.2, Rl.8.3, RL.8.6) 
    • After Assessment, complete "Our Beautiful Town is Gone" letter (both draft and final) - Submit final on CANVAS – final due 11/13/19 by 11:00 p.m.; then 
    • Complete "Skull Mountain Writing" activity:  CANVAS – from last Thursday/Friday - Final due 11/14/19 by 8:00 p.m.  You must turn in parent permission form in order to enter the Scope Contest!  Deadline is Friday the 15th. 

    Wednesday, 11/13/19 - B Day 

    • MavMark:  Partners:  Determine the Standard and answer questions 12-14 from Jungle Book excerpt – 10 mins. 
    • Teach the questions:  Volunteers for teaching the MavMark – 8-10 mins. 
    • Begin reading short story The Landlady by Roald Dahl   
      • Discuss Key Ideas:  "When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," and " You should trust your instincts when things are not as they seem." 
      • Review Vocabulary/meanings of words as they are used in text:  L.8.4 and RL.8.4 
      • Whole Class reading – annotating with "stop and jot" strategy 

    Thursday, 11/14/19 

    • MavMark:  Partners:  Determine the standard and answer questions 15-17b from Jungle Book excerpt 
      • Student teachers present/teach the questions using strategies given to them by the teacher  
    • Finish reading "The Landlady" 
    • Complete Text-Dependent Questions in Groups:   
      • Create Evidence Chart to Enter EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWERS 20 mins. 
      • "Speed Dating" Strategy for sharing/critical analysis of passage – 20 mins. 
    • Pre-Writing:  What is style? Circle Map 
      • Model and begin pre-write 

    Friday, 11/15/19 

    • MavMark:  Partners:  Determine standard and answer questions 18-19 from Jungle Book excerpt – 8 mins. 
    • Partner Teachers – 8 mins. 
    • Writing:  Complete Pre-writing Activity 
      • W.8.2:  Write informative/explantaory texts to examine  and convey ideas and information using relevant content. 
        • DRAFT 
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  • Week of November 4, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 11/4/2019 8:30:00 PM

    Monday, 11/4/19 

    • MavMark:  Answer Questions 21-24 from "The Worst Hard Time" - Record on Answer Document (10 mins.) . RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.8.5, RL.8.6 
    • Review MAVMark and Standards 
    • Continue and Complete Argument Presentations (Lamb to the Slaughter) SL.8.4/W.8.1 
    • Introduce Poetry Analysis Strategy:  TP-CASTT using poem "What My Father Said" by Alan King (RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4) 
    • Quiz:  "What My Father Said"  

    Tuesday, 11/5/19 

    • Summative Assessment:  RL Standards:  RL.8.1, Rl.8.2, RL.8.3, Rl.8.6 
    • 22 questions/4 passages 

    Wednesday, 11/6/19 

    • MavMark:  Read Passage:  "I Like the Buss" by Julie Beck (whole class) 
    • Determine the standards for question numbers 1 – 8 and write out the "I Can" statement for each (15 mins.) Reading Informational (partners) 
    • Read "Our Beautiful Town is Gone" Scope Magazine October 2019  
      • Complete Central Ideas and Details Activity 
      • Be sure to explain each of your answers in DETAIL! 
    • Summarizing:  Complete the "pre-writing" summarizing activity.  This must be completed before you draft the FINAL!   
    • Write the FINAL objective Summary on the paper provided using proper grammar, usage, and mechanics! Spelling Counts!  Turn both the pre-writing and final in for a QUIZ grade! 
    • After summary is complete, begin the Friendly Letter Pre-Writing (Sympathy Letter)  

     Thursday, 11/7/19 

    • MavMark:  Answer Questions 1-8 from "I Like the Bus" by Julie Beck -  10- 12 mins. 
      • Student Assistant will "teach" and go over the correct answer for each question! (10 mins.)  
    • Quiz:  Nonfiction Quiz: "Our Beautiful Town is Gone" (20-30 mins.) 
      • 6 multiple Choice Question:  Read carefully! RI.8.2, Ri.8.4, RI.8.5 
      • Answer the two short answer questions using A.C.E.S.  - Use your own notebook paper and staple to the quiz!   
    • MasteryConnect:  Formative:  "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" 
      • Use TP-CASTT to analyze the poem and answer the questions  
      • RL.8.4; 4 questions 
      • (20 MINS.) 

    Friday, 11/8/19 

    • MavMark:  Read Excerpt from "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling 
      • Class read (10 mins) . Keep passage in MavMark section of binder 
    • Read non-fiction article from Scope "Climbing Skull Mountain"  
      • Independent read (RL.8.3)  
    • Complete Character Development Activity (Pre-writing) - independent  
    • Answer the Short Answer Question from "Climbing Skull Mountain" (side 2) 
    • Respond to Prompt and type in Word online (Upload to CANVAS)  
      • "Skull Mountain Contest" 30 MINS. 
      • Have the Skull Mountain Contest form signed by your parent and return on Monday, 11/11/19.  We will mail entries on Wednesday, 11/13/19 to Scope Magazine (W.8.4) 
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  • Week of October 28, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 10/28/2019 10:00:00 AM

    RI.8.8, W.8.1, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6 

    Monday, 10/28/19  (Honor Roll Field Trip) 

    • MavMark:  Read "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan 
      • Keep Passage in MavMark Section of Binder 
    • 1st/5th : Film Version of Lamb to the Slaughter 
      • RL.8.7:  How faithfully does the film stay to the text version of the story? 
      • RL.8.3:  Notice the contrast of Patrick's character in the film vs. Text 
    • Assignment of Prosecution and Defense Teams for Argument Essay Writing/Mock Trial 
    • Assignment/Evidence Packets and discussion of process 
    • Begin Research for arguments (30-45 mins.) 

    Tuesday, 10/29/19 

    • MavMark:  Determine the standard for Questions 12-15 of The Worst Hard Time 
      • Record Answers on Answer Document  (in groups) 15 minsl 
    • Research Time/Evidence for Argument Essay (20 mins.) 
    • Review Irony 
    • Formative Assessment of RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.6 (30 mins.) 
    • Independent Research/Drafting of Argument essay after completion of Formative (20 mins) 

    Wednesday, 10/30/19 

    • MavMark:  Answer Questions 12-15 from The Worst Hard Time 
      • Record Answers on your Answer Document (10 mins. 
    • Review Formative Assessment Item Analysis (10 mins.) 
    • Complete Argument Essay Draft – Final due tomorrow!  Upload in CANVAS  

    Thursday, 10/31/19 PEP RALLY  

    • MavMark:  Determine Standards for Questions 16-20 from The Worst Hard Time 
      • Write in the form of "I Can" Statement  - 12 mins. 
    • Peer Review Argument Essay:  Color Code the Claim/Evidence/Counterclaim/Rebuttal 
    • Witness Prep for Mock Trial:  30 mins.  Be prepared with questions/answers and evidence!  A time limit will be placed on witness evidence! 
    • All argument essays must be uploaded to CANVAS!  You may have a copy of your essay to use in your opening/closing argument or your witness questioning!  

    Friday 11/1/19 

    • MavMark:  Answer questions 16-20 and record answers on answer document 
      • Turn answer document in 
    • Classroom Mock Trial:  Be prepared to share your argument! 
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  • Week of October 21, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 10/21/2019 11:30:00 AM

    RL.8.3, RL.8.6, L.8.4, W.8.1, a, b, c;  RI.8.8, RL.8.1, RL.8.2 

    Monday, October 21, 2019 

    • MAVMark:  Read "from My Antonia"  
    • T-Chart the Standards for the day - RL.8.3 and RL.8.6 
    • Read Lamb to the Slaughter  
      • Complete CANVAS Characterization Discussion in small groups (Mary and Patrick) 
      • RL.8.3:  Analyze how lines of dialogue or plot events propel action or reveal aspects of a character or provoke a decision 
    • Irony Kahoot - Review 

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

    • MAVMark "from My Antonia" Determine the Standard of each question (1-6) and write out the "I Can" statement for each 
    • Answer Questions 1-6 "from My Antonia"- place answers on answer document 
    • Word Café Activity with Character Analysis Questions (Lit Groups) Rotations 
      • Characterization of Mary and Patrick Maloney 
      • Dramatic Irony in the short story 
    • RL.8.6 Formative 1  

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 

    • MavMark:  Review Answers to Questions 1-6 
    • Review Argument Essay Notes and Outline  
    • Argument Essay Writing:  Argument Essay Organization Challenge -  Class Literature Groups will put together and organize the essay "Should schools be in session year around?" 
      • Use "Metal Bats" as model 
      • Give Mock Trial Directions/Format 
    • Assign Prosecution and Defense Teams for Argument Essay Writing for Mock Trial 
    • Research for Law in Mock Trial assignment 

    Thursday, October 24, 2019 

    • MavMark:  Determine the Standard for questions 7-11 of "from My Antonia" 
    • Review Fall CASE 21 – passage 1 (in literature circles) and analyze data from the passage/benchmark 
    • Writing:  Research for mock trial (20 mins.) 
    • Begin draft of Argument essay for Mock Trial  
    • Determine Witness lists for teams (prosecution and defense) 

    Friday, October 25, 2019 

    • MavMark:  Answer Questions 7-11 of "from My Antonia" 
    • Review Answers of 7-11 
    • Turn in MavMark Weekly Check sheet 
    • Continue draft of Argument Essay:  Final drafts due on Monday, October 26, 2019 
    • Preparation of Witnesses (last 20 minutes of class) 
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