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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

September 25

  • Mug shot Monday
  • Review answers to Pixar shorts
  • Read- "Charles" and complete the plot chart together

September 26

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Read- "Raymond's Run" complete reading log and plot chart- homework if not completed in class

September 27

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Read- "The Moustache" complete reading log and plot chart-homework if not completed in class

September 28

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Review the plot chart and characterization
  • Begin "The Ransom of Red Chief"

September 29

  • SSR
  • Finish reading the "The Ransom of Red Chief"
  • Complete irony ws, plot chart and reading log
Week 8: Oct. 9-Oct. 13

October 9

No school

October 10

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Introduce The Outsiders-  Nearpod activity
  • Read chapters 1 & 2 
  • Complete literary analysis in packet- Point of view, Setting and Stereotype

October 11

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Review Literary analysis and group questions
  • Read chapter 3 & 4; complete terms:  Flashback, Conflict and Foreshadowing

October 12

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Review literary analysis and group questions
  • Quiz on chapters 1-4 (Quizizz)
  • Read chapter 5 and complete terms:  Figurative language, Simile and Metaphor

October 13

  • SSR
  • "Nothing Gold can Stay" WS together
  • Read chapters 6 & 7 and complete terms:  Symbol & Inference
Week 9: Oct. 16-Oct. 20

October 16

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Review terms and group questions
  • Read chapter 8 & 9 and complete terms;  Stereotype and Climax

October 17

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review terms and group questions
  • DYRI quiz on chapters 5-9
  • Begin characterization drawing

October 18

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Continue with the character sketch
  • Read chapter 10; no lit. analysis tonight

October 19

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Character sketch due
  • Read chapter 11 & 12 and complete terms;  Irony, Tone and Theme

October 20

  • SSR
  • DYRI quiz chapters 10-12
  • Complete Study guide for Monday- located in Google Classroom
Week 10: Oct. 23-Oct. 27

October 23

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Review study guide/review game 
  • https://jeopardylabs.com/play/the-outsiders920

October 24

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Final test on The Outsiders
  • Begin movie

October 25

  • Continue the movie
  • Discuss similarities and differences between the movie and the novel

October 26

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Writing expectations
  • Complete the think sheet HW

October 27

  • SSR
  • Work on 1st draft of compare/contrast due Monday
Week 11: Oct. 30-Nov. 3

October 30

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Peer edit Compare/contrast essay--highlighters needed
  • Type final essay in the LRC due tomorrow.

October 31- Happy Halloween 11:25 dismissal

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Compare/Contrast Essay due
  • Intro. Beginning grammar unit
  • Parts of speech pre-assessment

November 1

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Parts of Speech Notes; highlight notes and complete Form notecards

November 2

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Parts of speech notes- function notes
  • continue with notecard activity
  • Day one homework; label form

November 3

  • SSR
  • Check in and review Form HW
  • Assign day two homework; label function

 

Week 12: Nov. 6-Nov.10

November 6

  • MUGshot Monday
  • check in and review function homework
  • Extra form and function labeling practice

November 7

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • 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:  Prezi, packet, background and notes
  • Vocabulary assigned; crossword puzzle

Thursday

NARRATIVE WRITING DUE

  • Pass out novels and introduce digital notebook
  • Read chapter 1 and complete chapter 1 notes together
  • Chapter questions HW
Friday
  • SSR
  • Review chapter questions
  • Read chapter 2 and complete notes together
  • Chapter questions HW
Week 17: Dec. 11-Dec. 15

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Chapter 1 & 2 quiz
  • Review questions
  • Hard copy of character chart
  • Read chapter 3 and complete notes together
  • Chapter 3 questions~ HW

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review questions
  • Read chapter 4 and complete notes together
  • Chapter 4 questions~ HW

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Quiz on chapters 3 & 4
  • Review characters
  • Read chapter 5 and complete notes together
  • Chapter 5 questions HW

Thursday

  • Review questions
  • Read chapter 6 complete chapter 6 notes together
  • Chapter 6 questions and paragraph response HW

Friday

  • SSR
  • Quiz on chapters 5 & 6
  • Review questions
  • Pass out study guide
Week 18: Dec. 18-Dec. 22

Monday

  • MUG shot Monday
  • Review study guide
  • https://jeopardylabs.com/play/of-mice-and-men754

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Novel Test
  • Begin Elf activity

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Review Test
  • Continue Elf activity

Thursday

  • Wrap up Elf activity

Friday

  • Winter break begins~ no school
Week 19: Jan. 8- Jan. 12

Monday

  • Station activities
  • AIMS ORF testing

Tuesday

  • Continue station activities
  • Continue AIMS ORF testing

Wednesday

  • Review station grammar and WS answers
  • Practice PARCC testing

Thursday

  • Testnav- AIMS test

Friday

  • SSR
  • Begin Media Literacy-What is it? Who controls it?
  • Mass media diet WS due Tuesday
Week 20: Jan. 15- Jan. 19

Monday

No School- MLK day

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review Mass Media diet WS
  • Methods of advertising PPT notes
  • Methods of advertising WS

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Media literacy- PPT media slogans
  • Slogan and Jiggle notes
  • Logo game

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday writing prompt
  • Hidden messages in advertising
  • Target audience and target specific audience-HW

Friday

  • SSR
  • Review HW
  • Stereotypes in Media discussion and WS
  • Media vocabulary quiz on Monday
Week 21: Jan. 22- Jan. 25

Monday

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Vocabulary quiz
  • Introduce commercial/ad project
  • Work time

Tuesday

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Work day for commercials
  • Finish up any AIMS reading tests

Wednesday

  • Wordy Wednesday
  • Last work day for ads

Thursday

  • Think about it Thursday writing prompt
  • Present/share commercials

Friday

  • SSR
  • Finish any commercial presentation
  • Begin Hunger Games- Pass out packets, complete anticipatory WS and explain mentor sentences
  • Read chapter 1 & 2 work on literary analysis
Week 22: Jan. 29- Feb. 2

Monday

  • Introduce Mentor sentences: parts of speech and nouns
  • Review Chapters 1 & 2
  • Assign chapter 3 reading and literary analysis for point of view and setting -HW

Tuesday

  • Mentor sentences:  nouns continued
  • check in and review literary analysis POV and Setting
  • Assign chapters 4 & 5 reading

Wednesday

  • Mentor sentences: pronouns and antecedents, adj. and adverbs
  • Assign chapter 6 reading and complete literary analysis for flashback and conflict

Thursday

  • Mentor sentences: verbs
  • check in and review literary analysis for chapters 4-6
  • assign chapter 7 reading

Friday

  • no mentor sentences today/ SSR
  • Assign chapter 8 & 9 reading and complete literary terms mood and imagery for Tuesday!
Week 23: Feb. 5- Feb. 9

Monday

  • Institute day

Tuesday

  • Quiz on Chapters 1-9
  • Mentor Sentences for chapter 8
  • Check in literary analysis
  • Assign chapter 10 reading

Wednesday

  • Read chapters 11 & 12 literary analysis due tomorrow

Thursday

  • Quiz on 10-12
  • check in literary analysis
  • Assign chapter 13 & 14

Friday- SNOW Day!!

  • Read chapters 15-18 for Monday
Week 24: Feb. 12- Feb. 16

Monday

  • Quiz on chapters 13-18
  • Complete literary analysis - symbolism and stereotype
  • Assign chapter 19

Tuesday

  • Mentor sentences (sentences types)
  • Assign chapter 20 & 21 reading

Wednesday

  • Quiz on chapters 19-21
  • check in literary analysis
  • Begin characterization drawing

Thursday

  • Continue characterization drawing
  • assign chapter 22

Friday

  • Drawing due
  • Assign chapters 23 & 24
  • Complete literary terms for Tuesday
Week 25: Feb. 19-Feb. 23

Monday

  • No School-Presidents day

Tuesday

  • Quiz on chapters 22-24
  • Check in literary analysis
  • assign chapter 25 reading

Wednesday

  • Mentor sentences (types of sentences)
  • Assign final chapters 26 & 27

Thursday

  • Quiz on chapters 25-27
  • check in final literary analysis
  • pass out study guide

Friday

  • Review study guide and prepare for test on Monday
Week 26: Feb. 26-Feb. 28

Monday

  • Final Test on the Hunger Games
  • Begin argumentative writing unit 
  •  What is an argument?  "This or that" activity

Tuesday

  • Pros and cons sheet w/ a partner.  Fill out both sides
  • Discuss points and put claim and reasons into organizer as a class.
  • Read- "Does technology make us more alone?" together.

Wednesday

  • Construct claims and points for each. 
  • Fill in the organizer and complete first paragraph together

 

 

Trimester 3

Week 26: March 1- March 2

Thursday

  • Finish paragraph and discuss examples
  • Preview articles for timed writing grade

Friday

  • Choose an article, read it!
  • Formulate the final constructed response- submit it to Google Classroom
Week 27: March 5-March 9

 

March 5

  • Hunger Games Movie

March 6

  • Hunger Games Movie

March 7

  • Hunger Games Movie

March 8

  • Hunger Games Movie

March 9

  • Hunger Games Movie
Week 28: March 12-March 16

March 12

  • Begin Holocaust Unit
  • The Rise of Nazism & Kristallnacht

March 13

  • Continue Holocaust Unit
  • Concentration Camps
  • Public Sentiment
  • Begin Background information on Anne Frank

March 14

  • Continue Holocaust Unit
  • Finish Anne Frank Background info
  • Begin "The Diary of Anne Frank" 

March 15

  • Continue Holocaust Unit
  • Continue "The Diary of Anne Frank" 

March 16

  • Continue Holocaust Unit
  • Finish "The Diary of Anne Frank" Act 1
Week 29: March 19-March 23

March 19

March 20 -- NO SCHOOL (TEACHER'S INSTITUTE)

March 21

  • Continue Holocaust Unit
  • Finish "The Diary of Anne Frank" Act 2
  • Finish Packet
  • Test Review
    • Homework:
    • Study for Test tomorrow

March 22

  • Take Unit Test
  • Begin Diary of Anne Frank movie

March 23

  • Finish Diary of Anne Frank movie
Week 30: April 2-April 6

April 2

  • Begin Verbals Unit
  • Sentence Type Review w/ Subordinating Conjunctions 

Apri 3

  • Verbals Unit
  • Adverb Clauses notes
  • WS 104 

April 4

  • Verbals Unit
  • Adjective Clauses
  • Essential & Non-essential Clause
  • WS 111 & 117 

April 5

  • Verbals Unit
  • Noun Clauses
  • Review for Clauses Test
    • Homework:
      • Study for Clauses test

April 6

  • Verbals Unit
  • Clauses Test