• May 6-May 10, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 5/6/2019 2:05:00 PM

    Monday, 5/6/19

    ESSENTAL QUESTION:  What are some milestones on the path to growing up?

    Complete Letter to Self and upload to CANVAS (be sure to follow directions given on CANVAS drection page or your handout)

    Analyze Poetry:  "Hanging Fire" by Audre Lorde and "Translating Grandfather's House"  by E.J. Vega

    • WHat have you learned about growing p by reading these poems?  Group discussions

    Tuesday, 5/7/19


    Wednesday, 5/8/19

    Braves Game 

    Thursday, 5/9/19

    Vision/Life Board Project

    • Guidelines/Rubric given
    • Summative Grade
    • Due 5/14/19

    Friday, 5/10/19

    Life Board Project



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  • April 29-May 3, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 4/29/2019 8:05:00 AM

    We will review for the State ELA Test on Monday, using Kahoot it! and Test-taking Tips!

    ELA State Test - Part 1 (Reading) Tuesday

    ELA State Test - Part 2 (Writing) Wednesday

    NEWSela current events article/analysis

    Sentence Structure Review

    Letter to Self  (Friday)

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  • Awards Day

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 4/24/2019 5:15:00 AM

    Reminder:  ~Class of 2023~ Awards Day is May 17th!  Permission slip for Skyzone/Picnic/T-shirt (along with $20) is due by this Friday, April 26th!  Make Checks payable to GMS-PTO -- Don't miss the fun! 

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  • April 22 - 26, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 4/22/2019 9:35:00 AM

    Monday, 4/22/19 - Great Monday

    Tuesday, 4/23/19

    ELA Mini Boot Camp/Rotations

    • RL.8.1/RL.8.2/RL.8.4

    Test Prep Assessment (20 questions) RL Standards

    Wednesday, 4/24/19

    State Algebra Test

    RL.8.6 Review "The Open Boat" and "The Moon is Distant from the Sea"

    Narrative Writing Review W.8.3

    • The Seven Keys of Balabad
    • Revise/use of Narrative Techniques

    Thursday, 4/25/19

    PBIS Buy-in (Encore Performance)

    RL.8.6/RL.8.2/RL.8.3/RL.8.1 Assessment (10 q  uestions) 

    • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"  - Major Grade re-take

    Narrative Writing:  W.8.3 Continuation of The Seven Keys of Balabad

    Friday, 4/16/19

    Band Field Trip

    Review Argument Writing (W.8.1a)

    • "College Athletes Should be Paid" and "Why College Athletes Should Not be Paid"
    • Read the articles and  determine your argument and claiim while addressing the counterclaim

    MAAP Writing Rubric Review

    Prompt Break Down Review



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  • April 15-18, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 4/15/2019 11:35:00 AM

    Monday, 4/15/19

    "How Emojis are Made" Quiz

    ELA Mini Boot Camp/Standard Rotations:

    • RL.8.3/RL.8.5/RL.8.6: Rotate among 8th Grade ELA teachers for standard re-enforcement/study 

    "After Twenty Years" RL.8.5

    Tuesday, 4/16/19

    Question Stem Annotations (Test-taking strategy)

    ELA Mini Boot Camp/Standard Rotations:

    • RI.8.3/RI.8.5/RI.8.6 

    Groups: RL.8.3 Review

    Wednesday, 4/17/19

    "The Power of Like" from commonlit.org (RI.8.3)

    Debate:  "Should you go Trash-Free at Lunch?" 

    • Create Outline
    • Write a Thesis for an argument essay

    Thursday, 4/18/19

    • Review Thesis Statements and Outline for Argument 
    • Narrative Writing Practice
      • Dialogue/Sensory Details/Precise Language

    MasteryConnect:  RL.8.1 Text Evidence Practice

    Friday, 4/19/19:  Good Friday

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  • April 8-12, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 4/8/2019 10:35:00 AM

    Monday, 4/8/19

    Review Constructed Responses

    • Escape to Freedom Quiz
    • Paired Texts Quiz

    RI.8.3/RI.8.5 Standard Review/Test Taking Practice:

    • "Sleep Has its Purpose..."
    • Annotating Question Stems
    • Annotate Passage

    RL.8.3:  Review Standard/Question Stem:  

    Mastery Connect:  from "Dr. Heidegger's . Experiment..."

    Tuesday, 4/9/19

    • Key Terms and Definitions:  "Hands - On" Activity
    • Review Terms: standards correspond with

    Read "How a Californian's wits and wealth created Joshua Tree National Park"

    • RI.8.3 Standard

    Groups:  Create Kahoot it! for Key Terms Review

    Writing:  Feedback:  Benchmark Essay

    Wednesday, 4,10/19

    Doughnuts for students with Growth and Proficient Score on 3rd Benchmark

    Reading:  Scope Magazine March 2019 

    • Informational Text "The Pigeon Hero of World War I" 
    • Genre:  Soc.; Text. Diff.: Med./High; 
    • RI.8.3, RI.8.2, RI.8.5

    Thursday, 4/11/19

    • Quiz:  Key Terms and Definitions [TEST TAKING]
    • "Hunting a Monster" Scope article
    • "Monster of the Deep" pp.23-25

    Friday, 4/12/19

    Spring Dance 7:00 p.m.

    • Writing: 
    • Prompt will be given "Monster" passages to be used
    • 75 minute - timed writing




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  • March 25-29, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 3/27/2019 9:05:00 AM

    Monday, 3/25:

    Create Roots/Affixes Flipfolio L.8.4

    Key Terms and Definitions for Case21 and MAAP State Test Review (Academic Vocab): L.8.4/RI.8.4/RL.8.4

    • Groups create hard copy flash cards for room
    • Independent:  Create Quizlet Set for Key Terms for State Test

    Complete Standard Study/Analysis for Passage 2

    • Whole Class:  complete analysis/data discussion

    Tuesday, 3/26:

    8th Grade Honor Roll Field Trip 11:30-1:30

    Suffixes Practice:  Flipfolio (Practice 1, 2 and 3) L.8.4

    • groups teach suffixes and parts of speech
    • discussion of how knowing the part of speech of suffix and how it is used helps in determining word meaning

    Mini-Assessment:  "The Night of the Little Boats"  FOCUS:  RI.8.3,RI.8.4 (RI.8.1 and RI.8.2)

    • practice annotating question stems - box academic verbs; circle academic skills; double underline paragraph/part of passage
    • practice annotating passage

    Wednesday, 3/27:

    Roots:  Top 15 in flipfolio - L.8.4

    Mini-Assessment (complete) RI standards 

    Group Affixes Activity: "Teach Me a Root"  L.8.4 

    Group Standard Study/Analysis: Passage 3 (Poetry) from "Barbara Frietchie"

    Thursday, 3/28:

    Roots Practice:  Flipfolio L.8.4

    Group Standards Study/Analysis:  Passage 3: (Poetry) from "Barbara Frietchie"

    • Whole Class:  group presentation standard analysis/data 

    Quick Formative:  RL.8.3 Check Mastery Connect

    Friday, 3/29:

    Prefixes List I: 17+Starters L.8.4

    • group completion of chart
    • Practice 1:  Definitions based on affixes L.8.4, RL.8.4

    Present "Teach Me a Root"

    Group Standard Study/Analysis:  Passage 4 adapted from "Role Models, Sports and Youth" by The National School Safety Center

    • groups analyze by standard:  RI.8.3 and RI.8.4
    • Whole Class standard discussion of data and analysis of passage 4:  RI.8.3/RI.8.4

    Homework:  Study the Key Terms and Definitions for MAAP State Test 





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  • March 18-22, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 3/18/2019 1:35:00 PM

    Monday 3/18:  

    Motivational Quotes/Test Prep Folders/

    Review CASE 21 Benchmark Test Data/Goal Setting

    Argument Essay Writing Feedback

    Tuesday, 3/19:

    Contiunation of Argument Essay Feedback

    Class Motivational Motto 

    Reading:  "Island of Sorrow" Scope 2018 

    Wednesday, 3/20:

    Island of Sorrow Formative:  RI.8.3

    Standard Study:  Benchmark Analysis Passage 1 from "The Lady-in-Chief" (Groups)

    Chart your mastery of Standards by group:  L.8.4, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.5, RI.8.6

    Thursday, 3/21:

    Bounce in to Good Behavior PBIS celebration for 3rd Term (1st Block)

    Test Prep/Review:  Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes 

    Continuation of Group Standard Study:  complete passage 1

    Begin passage 2 adapted from "The Story of the Ma Who Did Not Wish to Die"

    Standard Study Groups:  (L.8.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4, RL.8.6)

    Friday, 3/22:

    Quick Check Formative Assessment (RI.8.3/L.8.4) MasteryConnect "Charles Taylor:  The Man History Almost Forgot"

    Complete Standard Study/analysis of passage 2 in Groups

    Whole Class:  Groups share test analysis notes/data from standard study with class for passage 2 (RL Standards)






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  • February 25 - March 1, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 2/25/2019 4:05:00 PM

     Monday, 2/25/19

    Journals 7-9 due (Homework from Friday)

    Informational Article:  "Understanding and Dealing with Loss"

    Read The Outsiders Chapters 10-11:  How does Ponyboy deal with the loss of his friend, Johnny?

    Make connections with the essential questions and Big Idea of the unit:

    Big Idea:  Societal Structure has the power to promote or limit freedom, choice, and desire.

    Essential questions:

    1. How do societal divisions affect communities?
    2. Do social class and wealth affect happiness?
    3. How do cliques and gangs affect our worldview?
    4. What makes up a person's identity?
    5. What are the limitations of friendship?
    6. What does our response to conflict teach us about ourselves?

    Homework:  If you did not turn in Dialectal Journal today, they are due tomorrow.  Points are deducted for lateness.

    Tuesday, 2/26/19

    Quick Formative RI.8.8 (Standard Review)

    Completion of the Novel (Chapter 12)

    Dialectal Journal Group Activities (turn in all journals)

    • Students will re-do journals where quotes did not connect to the essential questions or the Big Idea in class - Grades will be taken from the re-do and turned in today in class!

    Vocabulary review for Chapter 7-9 Quiz (Wednesday) Kahoot it! or Quizizz

    Argument Writing review and Timed Essay Prep

    Homework:  Study for Quiz:  Chapters 7-9 (Vocabulary included)

    Wednesday, 2/27/19

    Quiz Chapter 7-9 The Outsiders

    Chapters 10-12 Vocabulary Quizizz and Review

    Argument Essay Outline 

    RL.8.1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Mini-Assessment [Case 21 Review]

    Thursday, 2/28/19

    Timed-Writing:  Argument Essay (The Outsiders)  75 minutes 

    Complete Vocabulary 10-12 notebook 

    Case 21 Standard Review

    Homework:  Study for Chapter 10-12 Quiz (Vocabulary included)

    Friday, 3/1/19

    Case 21 Standards (Review)

    The Outsiders (Chapter 10-12 Vocabulary NB due)

    Quiz:  The Outsiders Chapters 10-12

    Allusions and Idioms Activity  (The Outsiders) - Review Standards 

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  • February 21-22

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 2/21/2019 7:35:00 AM


    Define and create original sentences - Chapter 7 Vocabulary RL.8.4, L.8.4

    (The Outsiders Vocabulary Notebook) 

    Finish reading Chapter 7 and begin Chapter 8 (RL.8.3, RL.8.1)

    Groups (dialectal journal activities/vocabulary activities)


    Informational Text:  connecting heroism in The Outsiders to our lives (RI.8.3)

    Quotations (dialectal Journal) connections in groups and sharing (RL.8.3, RL.8.6)

    Read Chapter 9

    Complete Vocabulary Notebook entries

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