• 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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  • Week of October 14, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 10/16/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Monday, October 14, 2019 

    Fall Break 

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

    Fall Break – PD 

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 

    • Begin Term 2 
    • 2nd 9 Weeks Pre-Assessment – MasteryConnect 

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Report Cards 

    1. MavMark:  Read the passage "from My Antonia" (7-10 mins.) 
      • Determine the standard of each questions 1-6 using Standard Checklist by looking at question stems/academic vocabulary   
      • Answer questions 1-6  
    2. Team Meeting(s) - Debate Team – 10 mins. (SL.8.1) 
    3. Begin Mini-Debates:  SL.8.3, SL.8.4 

    Friday, October 18. 2019 

    1. MavMark:  Determine the standard of questions 7-11 "from My Antonia"  (Use Standard Checklist) . RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3, RL.8.4 
      • Answer Questions 7-11 
    2. Anticipatory Set:  Lamb to the Slaughter 
    3. Irony:  Types (RL.8.6) - Verbal, Situational, Dramatic
    4. Vocabulary Preview/Practice for short story (vocabulary.com) L.8.4; RL.8.4 
    5. Read short story Lamb to the Slaughter  (whole class) 
    6. Text-Dependent Questions/Word Café Activity (group discussion/loop) 
    7. Review Argument Essay Writing/Outline 
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  • Week of October 7, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 10/7/2019 11:30:00 PM

    Monday, October 7, 2019 

    1. MavMark:  Antibullying Word of the Day: “Ally” – noun – respond to prompt 
    2. Discussion of Word of Day and SWT Slide 
    3. Complete Benchmark Narrative Writing 
    4. Theo Boone Chapter 15 – 16 Read and Complete Discussion Questions on Canvas for Chapters 14-16 

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019  

    1. MavMark:  Antibullying Word of the Day and Prompt L. 8.4 “Harass” verb 
    2. Discuss:  MavMark 
    3. Breakdown RI.8.8 (Claims/Reasoning) 
    4. Class/Group Assignment:  Journal #4 Canvas (Create Questions to Ask Pete Duffy). You are the Prosecutor:  Each person in your group will create a deep-level question to ask Mr. Duffy on the stand.  (10 minutes) – complete in Word and upload to Canvas Portal 
    5. Role Play:  Prosecutor/Duffy Question/Answer (7-8 minutes). Fish - Bowl Activity 
    6. Read Chapter 17 (Testimony of Pete Duffy) class RL.8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 --  
    7. Read Chapter 18 Independently  

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019  

    1. MavMark:  Antibullying Word of the Day and Prompt:  discrimination - noun 
    2. Discuss MavMark 
    3. Review RI.8.8 and read exemplar argument essay [W.8.1]   (“ Shut Down Your Screen” ) Find and highlight:  parts of the argument essay:  Claim, reasons, evidence, counterclaim, rebuttal, and conclusion.  10 mins.   
    4. Review/Discussion of essay/Use as resource for writing upcoming argument essay 
    5. Read Chapters 19-20 of Theodore Boone in class (short class read) 
    6. Answer Discussion Questions on Canvas within groups for Chapters 17-20 due in class 
    7. Begin assignments of mini-debate topics!  RI.8.8 

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 

    1. MavMark:  Antibullying Word of the Day and Prompt:  bystander - noun 
    2. Discussion of MavMark 
    3. Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer:  Activity with Files (Chapters 17-20):   15 mins. In groups 
    4. Before reading Chapters 21-22, complete Journal Entry 5 in class (independent) 5 mins. 
    5. Read Chapters 21-22 
    6. Research for mini-debate topics and debate team assignments. CREATE YOUR TEAM STATEMENT(S), QUESTIONS/REBUTTALS (PREPARE FOR YOUR MINI DEBATE] 

    Friday, October 11, 2019 

    1. MavMark:  Antibullying Word of Day and Prompt:  empathize - verb 
    2. Discuss MavMark 
    3. Chapter 21-22 Discussion Questions:  IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT ONLY 


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  • September 30-October 4, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 9/30/2019 4:30:00 PM

    Monday, 9/30/19  

    RL.8.6, L. 8.4, RL.8.1, W.8.3, RL.8.2 

    1. MavMark:  Define the Word of the Day and respond to the prompt. 
    2. Breakdown Standard RL.8.6:  Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader create suspense or humor.   
    3. Writing Prompt Breakdown Practice:   
      1. Take out the fluff 
      2. Circle the verbs 
      3. Draw an arrow from the verbs to the noun 
    4. Groups:  Read/Breakdown a prompt 
    5. Discuss/Review MAAP Writing Rubric – Look at adjectives and verbs under each proficiency level -  WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? 
    6. Discussion Narrative Writing:  W.8.3:  Write narrative to develop real or imagined events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and a well-structured plot. 
      1. Maintain style of prompt 
      2. Use of dialogue in a narrative 
    7. Read Chapters 12-13 of Novel Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer 

    Tuesday, 10/1/19 

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

    1. MavMark:  Define the Word of the Day and respond to the prompt. 
    2. Read "Fishing Excursion..."  
      1. Breakdown prompt in groups 
      2. Read 3 responses with partner and use MAAP Rubric to score (0-4) 
      3. Whole Class discussion of essay scores 
      4. Dialogue Rules (handout/reminders) 
    3. Review Notes/PPT on Point of View 
    4. Formative:  RL.8.6 "A Dramatic Flag"  MasteryConnect (2 questions) 
    5. Complete Discussion Questions for Chapters 12-13 in Canvas (Theo Boone) 

    Wednesday, 10/2/19 

    CASE 21 Reading Benchmark Assessment 

    Thursday, 10/3/19 

    CASE 21 Writing Assessment  

    Friday, 10/4/19  

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

    1. MavMark:  Define the Word of the Day and respond to the prompt. 
    2. Review Chapters 9-13 Discussion Questions for novel study 
    3. Complete Argument Essay Notes (beginning with slide 5) 
    4. Scaffolding Document Review:  "Instagram debate" 
    5. Pro/Con Debate topics:  Assign topics to groups 
    6. Students research "pro" or "con" of their particular side of debate and begin putting together facts for their "mini-debates" -- to be held in class Monday 
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  • September 23-27, 2019

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 9/23/2019 9:30:00 AM

    Monday, September 23 , 2019 

    STANDARDS:  L.8.4, RL.8.1, 8.2, 8.3; RI.8.5, RI.8.7 

    1. MAVMark:  SWT Vocab Word of the Day – Define and respond to prompt 
    2. 1st Block:  Pass Back and review "Fireflies" Formative – RI.8.2 (Item Analysis)   
    3. 3rd Block:  Formative Assessment:  "Fireflies" Formative RI.8.2 - Review Item Analysis 
    4. 4th Block:  Formative Assessment:  "Fireflies" Formative RI.8.2 - Review Item Analysis 
    5. Read:   whole class:  "The Journalist" a poem by Patrick Lewis (commonlit.org) RL.8.2 
      1. Small Group:  Answer/discuss multiple choice reading response questions 
      2. Partners:  Respond to and write:  Constructed Response RL.8.5, RL.8.1 
      3. Whole Class -  Grade Constructed Responses 
    6. Turn in Newspaper Article – Printer information will be placed on the board.  If you have not completed, it will need to be tuned in before the day is out!! 
    7. Novel:  Review Chapter 9; Read Chapter 10 as class; Read Chapter 11 independently 

    Homework:  Complete discussion questions 9-11 on CANVAS – due Wednesday 9/25/19 



    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

    STANDARDS:  RI.8.2, L.8.4, RL.8.1, 8.2, 8.3 

    1. MAVMark:  SWT Vocab Word of the Day – Define and respond to prompt 
    2. Read Novel:  Chapters 10 – 11 (20- 30 mins.) 
    3. Students Complete Character Analysis Chart for Theo, Mr. Boone, Mrs. Boone, Ike, Judge Gantry, Mr. Duffy (30 mins) 
    4.   W.8.4/RL.8.1/RI.8.1 

    Finish Homework:  Discussion Questions 9-11 on CANVAS - Assignment CLOSES AT 10:00 p.m. tonight!!!



    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 

    STANDARDS:  RI.8.1, 8.3, W.8.1, RL.8.1, 2, 3 

    1. MAVMark:  SWT Vocab Word of the Day – Define and respond to prompt 
    2. Study for your Quiz – 8 mins. 
    3. QUIZ:  Vocabulary Word of the Day Quiz Set 3 – L.8.4, RI.8.4/RL.8.4 
    4. Novel:  Work on Evidence Chart for Investigative Folder (groups) 
    5. Read:  Independently:  "Forensic Science:  Evidence, Clues, and Investigation" by Andrea Campbell – 7 questions formative . (30-40 minutes)  TURN IN FOR GRADE! RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.3 
    6. Begin Argument Essay/Debate Notes:  How to Write an Argument Essay – 20 mins. PPT/Model/Sample Writing 


    Thursday, September 19, 2019  

    RI.8.2, RI.8.5, L.8.4, RL.8.1, 2, AND 3 

    1. MAVMark:  SWT Vocab Word of the Day – Define and respond to prompt 
    2. Read "Metal Bats" and name the parts of an Argument Essay"  
    3. Independent:  Character Notes:  Julio Pena, Robby, April, Mr. Nance, Mr. Hogan, Mr. Mount (20 mins.) 


    Friday, September 20, 2019 


    1. MAVMark:  SWT Vocab Word of the Day – Define and respond to prompt 
    2. Pro/Con Debate Topics:  Assign 3 Student Groups a "Pro" topic and 3 Student Groups a "Con" topic to research and prepare arguments for debate/discussion  RI.8.8
    3. Groups:  Work on Debate Topics in groups (written prep) in preparation for oral debate (15 –20 mins) 
    4. Oral Debates:  30 mins. 
    5. Complete Chapter 13 in Novel  RL.8.1, 2 AND 3
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  • Rubric for News Article

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 9/19/2019 4:00:00 PM

    The Directions for your article are on the PowerPoint (last slide)

    Rubric Attached

    News Article Rubric

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  • NEWS Writing PowerPoint

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 9/18/2019 3:30:00 PM
    • Use the PowerPoint and the notes from it to complete your draft of the newspaper article of the Pete Duffy murder trial.
    • The Assignment Directions are on the last slide of the PowerPoint!  
    • You will write your draft in class on Thursday, 9/18/19.
    • You MUST have your paper DRAFT initialed by me before you begin typing in fodey.com!  

    News Article PowerPoint



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  • HOMEWORK DUE 9/18/19

    Posted by Lisa Shaw on 9/17/2019 8:00:00 PM


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