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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 22-24

August 22

  • Special advisory schedule 8:25-9:25
  • Introduction to Language arts
  • "Can I chew gum?" activity
  • SSR guidelines
August 23

  • Opener stations-  Mugshot Monday, Brainteaser Tuesday, Wordy Wednesday, Think about it Thursday, "Almost" free Friday
August 24

  • Finish stations
  • Review expectations and supply list
  • Literary Term and grammar pretests in Google Classroom
  • Reading profile one-pager ~HW if not finished
 

Week 2: August 27-August 31

August 27

  • Mug shot Monday
  • Poetry Expectations/packet
  • Poetry terms
  • Poetry Characteristics- highlight and review notes
August 28

  • Brain teaser Tuesday
  • Poetry Structure
  • "Casey at the Bat" WS 
  • Similes/metaphors 
August 29

  • Wordy Wednesday~ LRC book check out
  • Personification notes
August 30

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Hyperbole/idioms notes and examples
August 31

  • SSR-extended time 
  • Poetry notes- mood and tone
  • "The lost Generation" and clips
 
Week 3: Sept. 3-Sept. 7

 

September 3

No School

September 4

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Interpretation chart- "The Red Wheelbarrow"
  • Topic and Theme notes using "Mending Wall"
September 5
 
  • Wordy Wednesday/SSR
  • Poetry Notes on Rhyme and Rhythm
  • Read- "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", complete interpretation chart ~HW
September 6
 
  • Think about it Thursday
  • Poetry notes on imagery- complete worksheet in packet
September 7
 
  • SSR
  • Continue imagery examples and review answers
  • Poetry study guide
Week 4: Sept. 10-Sept. 14

September 10

  • Mugshot Monday
  • Review Poetry study guide/Jeopardy review
  • Introduce Lyrical poetry project

September 11

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Poetry Unit Test
  • Lyrical project work time- song choice, print lyrics, start highlighting poetic elements

September 12

  • SSR
  • Lyrical project work time
  • Aims testing (ORF)

September 13

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Lyrical project work time
  • Aims testing (ORF)

September 14

11:25 dismissal

  • Aims writing assessment
Week 5: Sept. 17-Sept. 21

September 17

  • Lyrical poetry project due
  • Beginning of the year assessment- MyPerspectives

September 18

  • MyPerspectives
  • finish beginning of the year assessment
  • Pass out books, update and check bounce page app and watch goal setting video

September 19

  • My Perspectives
  • Jump start question and discussion
  • Kid President video and discussion board question
  • Academic Vocabulary

September 20

  • MyPerspectives
  • Read- "Red Roses"
  • Complete the summary using the 5 W's (three sentences)
  • timeline activity

September 21

  • MyPerspectives
  • Review the timeline
  • Concept vocabulary
  • 1st read of "The Medicine Bag"
  • Complete the comprehension check (1-4)
Week 6: Sept. 24-Sept. 28

September 24

  • MyPerspectives
  • Review comprehension check- cite text evidence to support your answers
  • Review close reading strategies, and begin close reading

September 25

  • MyPerspectives
  • Finish close read
  • Find text evidence to support conflict
  • Complete plot chart
  • 3 sentence summary in Google Classroom

September 26

  • MyPerspectives
  • Analyze & Craft- Symbolism

September 27

  • Read- The Ransom of Red Chief"
  • Complete plot chart and three sentence summary

September 28

  • Video version of "The Ransom of Red Chief"
  • Complete top hat organizer
Week 7: Oct. 1- Oct. 5

October 1

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Symbolism WS in packet
  • Active and Passive voice notes and practice- assign WS 1 & 2

October 2

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Review Worksheets
  • complete 3 vocabulary worksheets
  • Assign point of view WS in packet

October 3

  • SSR
  • Point of view worksheet continued
  • Retelling of "The Medicine Bag" using a different point of view- independently in GoogleClassroom

October 4

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Watch "the Apache Girl's rite of passage video clip and complete the comprehension check
  • Review answers

October 5

  • SSR
  • Kahoot review
  • Quiz on "The Medicine Bag" and "the pace Girl's Rite of Passage"
Week 8: Oct. 8- Oct. 12

October 8

No school

October 9

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Finish evidence log
  • Introduce Compare/Contrast Essay
  • Begin organizer

October 10

  • SSR
  • Complete organizer
  • Begin rough draft

October 11

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Complete Rough Draft-due tomorrow

October 12

  • SSR
  • Complete the edit sheet
  • Revise
  • Final Essay due October 14
Week 9: Oct. 15- Oct. 19

October 15

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Assign small groups
  • Begin small group learning 
  • Concept vocabulary page 44
  • Read- "Electric Boogaloo" and "Just Be Yourself"
  • Comprehension check

October 16

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Concept vocabulary Worksheet in packet
  • Close read Nonfiction 
  • Note on verb moods and complete worksheet in packet

October 17

  • SSR
  • Verb mood practice in Google Classroom 
  • Notes on Tone and complete worksheet in groups with text evidence

October 18

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Complete Evidence log on both "Electric Boogaloo" and "Be Yourself"
  • Use the words from the Latin suffix sheet to write a letter to your younger self

October 19

  • SSR
  • Finish Letters and share in small groups
  • Review for Quiz on Monday
Week 10: Oct. 22- Oct. 26

October 22

  • MUGshot Monday
  • Review for Quiz- complete evidence log first
  • Quiz
  • First read of "Grandfather's House" and "Hanging Fire"

October 23

  • Brainteaser Tuesday
  • Complete Close read- review
  • Comprehension check with test evidence
  • Inference and text questions in packet 

October 24

  • SSR
  • Analyze craft and structure notes 
  • Forms of poetry -worksheets in packet
  • Essay response in Google Classroom

October 25

  • Think about it Thursday
  • Word choice notes
  • Worksheet practice with group/review

October 26

  • SSR
  • Review Word choice worksheet
  • Etymology practice

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