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Liberty
Junior High School
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Mrs. Gagan
8th Grade Language Arts - Liberty Jr. High
tgagan@nlsd122.org

Trimester 1

Week 1: August 21-25

August 21

  • Special advisory schedule 8:25-9:25
  • Introduction to Language arts
  • "Can I chew gum?" activity
  • SSR guidelines
August 22

  • Opener stations-  Mugshot Monday, Brainteaser Tuesday, Wordy Wednesday, Think about it Thursday, "Almost" free Friday
August 23

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Review expectations and supply list
  • Complete student surveys, hand prints and goal clouds
  • Poetry Pretest
August 24

  • Think about it Thursday
  • District writing assessment
  • Library to prepare for SSR

August 25

  • SSR
  • #adjective/hang selfie
  • Poetry Structure notes
Week 2: August 28-Sept. 1

August 28

  • Mug shot Monday
  • Poetry Structure Notes
  • Complete "Casey at the Bat" and complete WS
August 29

  • Brain teaser Tuesday
  • Poetry - mood and tone
  • Video clips/"The Lost Generation"
  • Complete tone WS
August 30

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Poetry-topic and theme
  • "Mending Wall" reading and complete WS
August 31

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Poetry Notes- Assonance, Alliteration and Onomatopoeia
  • Assign alliteration ad
September 1

  • SSR-extended time (Book talk, if ready)
  • Poetry Notes-similes, metaphors and personification
  • Work on alliteration ad due Tuesday
Week 3: Sept. 4-Sept. 8

September 4

No School

September 5

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Continue with simile/metaphor notes
  • Introduce hyperbole and idiom PPT examples
September 6

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Poetry-Compare & Contrast "Stereo Hearts" & "A Red, Red Rose" answer questions in complete sentences
  • Haiku examples
September 7

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Black out Poetry Prezi examples and assignment
September 8

  • SSR
  • Review for Poetry Test - Jeopardy review
  • Finish and turn in black out poetry
Week 4: Sept. 11-Sept. 15

September 11

  • Mugshot Monday
  • Poetry Test
  • Poetry Writing expectations/ mine your heart assignment
September 12

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Return and Review poetry Test
  • Poetry Writing continued-prewriting, & tips for writing WS
  • Begin 1st draft

September 13

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Continue drafting poetry
  • possibly start revision

September 14

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Continue revising and begin partner edit
September 15 (11:25 dismissal)

  • Continue partner edit & hand write 2nd draft 
Week 5: Sept. 18-Sept. 22

September 18

  • Mug shot Monday
  • 2nd draft of poetry writng due to edit
  • Aims testing

September 19

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • 1st 30 minutes typing time (Final draft)
  • 2nd 30 minutes begin short story vocabulary
  • Continue aims testing

September 20

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Elements of a short story notes-characterization PPT, Ted talks irony clips
  • Vocabulary work time- due tomorrow

September 21

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Literary pre-test
  • Begin Pixar shorts assignment in goole classroom

September 22

  • SSR opener-book talks during this time
  • Review Literary term test
  • Complete Pixar assignment
Week 6: Sept. 25-Sept. 29

Monday

  • Mugshot Monday
  • Begin- "The Lady or the Tiger" complete worksheet

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Finish the worksheet, PPT activity, and review the questions

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Read and practice annotating "The Necklace" and complete the theme worksheet

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Review the Theme WS for "The Necklace" and collect the annotated copy
  • Listen to the short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" complete questions

Friday

  • SSR/Book talks
  • "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" conflict examples
  • Begin compare/contrast of the short story and movie
Week 7: Oct. 2-Oct. 6

Monday

  • Mug Shot Monday
  • Continue with the movie

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Finish movie and complete the compare/contrast worksheet

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Turn it the compare/contrast worksheet
  • Begin - "The Most Dangerous Game" 

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Complete close read of "The Most Dangerous Game".
  • Begin brainstorm sheet

Friday

  • SSR
  • Complete Brainstorm sheet
Week 8: Oct. 9-Oct. 13

Monday

  • No school

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Continue with the close reading assignment
  • Introduce writing response/brainstorm

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Work on writing response
Thursday
 
  • Think about it Thursday
  • Writing response due
  • Begin "The Most Dangerous Game" movie

Friday

  • SSR
  • Continue with movie 
  • Introduce Of Mice and Men
  • Background and vocabulary
Week 9: Oct. 16-Oct. 20

October 16

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Pass out novels
  • Introduce digital notebook
  • Read Chapter one and complete digital activities for chapter one

October 17

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review literary terms and questions
  • Read Chapter two and digital notebook assignment

October 18

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Quiz on chapter 1 & 2
  • Review questions and terms
  • Read Chapter 3 and complete digital notebook

October 19

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Discuss and review digital notebook
  • Read chapter 4 and complete digital notebook

October 20

  • SSR
  • DYRI quiz chapters 3 & 4
  • Begin Characterization drawing
Week 10: Oct. 23-Oct. 27

October 23

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Continue with characterization drawing
  • Read chapter 5 and complete digital notebook activities

October 24

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Discuss questions and digital notebook
  • Read chapter 6 (end of novel)
  • Final digital notebook activities

October 25

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • DYRI on chapters 5 & 6
  • Study guide

October 26

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Review Study Guide
  • https://quizlet.com/_3xm858
  • Discuss conflict and theme/Intro. Theme poster

October 27

  • SSR
  • Final Novel Test
  • Theme poster work time
Week 11: Oct. 30-Nov. 3

October 30

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Final work day on theme poster
  • Presentations

October 31 (11:25 dismissal~Happy Halloween! )

  • Of Mice and Men movie

November 1

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Finish movie
  • Begin Parts of Speech unit - pre-assessment

November 2

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Parts of Speech  form and function notes and complete notecards
  • Day one HW Label form

November 3

  • SSR
  • check in form HW
  • assign day 2 HW Label function
Week 12: Nov. 6-Nov.10

November 6

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Finish Movie

November 7

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Complete function notes 
  • Begin sentence and clause notes
  • PSAT practice

November 8

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • classifying sentences WS
  • Notes on fragments and run-ons HW--WS 106 & 110
  • Continue PSAT practice

November 9

  • PSAT testing AM
  • Parts of speech study guide on Google Classroom

November 10 (end of trimester 1)

  • Veteran's Day Assembly- special schedule
  • last day for SSR book talks or packet due
  • Complete Study guide to review on Monday

Trimester 2

Week 13: Nov. 13- Nov.17

Monday

  • M.U.G shot Monday
  • Review Study Guide
  • Begin Folklore unit-complete notes 
  • Read- "John Henry" and complete the questions in the packet

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Parts of speech test
  • Continue packet questions and Read "Pandora's Box"

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Review Test and complete corrections
  • Continue packet questions

Thursday

  • Think About it Thursday
  • Read- "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "Aunty Misery"
  • Complete the questions in the folklore packet for each story.
  • Exploring Urban Legends in Google Classroom

Friday- 11:25 Dismissal

Internet Safety Day

Week 14: Nov. 20-Nov. 24

Monday

  • Parent/Teacher conferences (1-8:00pm)

Tuesday

  • Parent/Teacher conferences (8-2:30pm)

Wednesday

  • NO SCHOOL

Thursday

  • NO SCHOOL

Friday

  • NO SCHOOL
Week 15: Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Continue with Folklore
  • Read- "The Girl in the Lavender Dress" & "The Woman in the Snow
  • Complete questions

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser
  • Review questions
  • Read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and complete character drawing

Wednesday

  • Folklore packet due
  • Introduce Narrative writing assignment
  • Packet/notes/and expectations
  • ABC Cinderella with a partner

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday- continue with Cinderella
  • Begin completing narrative organizer
  • Exposition, events and climax due tomorrow

Friday

  • Introduce new guidelines for SSR *reading time
  • Elaboration strategies 
  • Add in at least elaboration for each event.
  • Due Monday- complete organizer sections falling action, resolution and theme 
Week 16: Dec. 4-Dec. 8

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Due today:  Elaborations, Falling Action, & Resolution (Think Sheet completed)
  • Begin or continue writing your rough draft
  • Once your draft is completed double check your sentence beginnings, show not tell & transitions
  • Begin self edit sheet.
  • Rough Draft due tomorrow

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Rough draft due today!
  • Begin or continue self and peer edit
  • Revise and begin final draft.

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Begin Novel study:  packet, background and notes
  • Vocabulary assigned
  • Read chapters 1 & 2 - complete literary analysis

Thursday

  • NARRATIVE WRITING DUE
  • Quiz opener
  • review literary analysis for chapters 1 & 2
  • Introduce summary sheet
  • Read chapters 3 & 4 and complete analysis
Friday

  • SSR
  • Quiz opener
  • Complete summary sheet
  • Review analysis and characters
  • Read chapter 5 & 6 and complete analysis
Week 17: Dec. 11-Dec. 15

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Quiz opener
  • Review literary analysis
  • Complete summary sheet
  • Read chapters 7 & 8 and complete literary analysis

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Quiz opener
  • Review literary analysis
  • Complete summary sheet
  • Read Chapter 9 complete analysis 

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Quiz opener 9
  • Complete summary sheet
  • Character Chart/drawing
  • Read chapters 10 & 11

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Add to summary sheet
  • Continue character analysis
  • Read chapters 12 & 13 and complete analysis

Friday

  • SSR
  • Quiz opener
  • Complete summary sheet
  • Review Terms
  • Read chapters 14 & 15 and complete analysis
Week 18: Dec. 18-Dec. 22

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Quiz opener
  • Summary wrap up
  • End of novel discussion:  plot chart, study guide and crossword puzzle

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review Day: plot chart, study guide and puzzle

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Novel Test
  • Begin Elf activity 

Thursday

  • Review Novel Test
  • Continue with Elf activity

Friday- Winter break begins