Welcome to Mr. Kent's 8th grade ELA class. 8th grade language arts is a concentrated study of the art of our language. We will explore and enjoy all of the aspects of language arts such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. I am looking forward to a highly successfull year with all of my students. My goal is to grow student understanding within all of the aspects of Language Arts, and to allow students to explore different types of literature, as well as different forms of writing. This page will serve as the location for all of my weekly learning targets, which will allow students and parents to see what we are focusing on in class on a weekly basis. I am looking forward to another great year at EMS, and welcome to 8th grade ELA!!!
Weekly Learning Targets
November 18th-November 22nd
Monday- Bellringer involving the 8 parts of speech. We will begin class with a short review of the required elements of our Informative/Explanatory essay. Self-Assessment of essay. The class will then be given time to revise and complete their essay.
Tuesday- We will begin class with an introduction lesson of Active and Passive Voice. We will analyze the characteristics and elements of writing in Active and Passive Voice. The students will then complete an activity involving Active and Passive voice. The class will then begin reading our current reading assignment "Maus." As they read students will take notes on key plot points within the novel. After reading, the class will complete comprehension questions on the chapters covered that day.
Wednesday- Bellringer- Verb tense and mood introduction. We will begin class with a lesson on the different Verb tenses and mood, which will involve identification and construction of proper verb tense and mood. Studens will then be given time to read our current reading assignment "Maus." As they read students will take notes on key plot points within the novel. After reading, the class will complete comprehension questions on the chapters covered that day.
Thursday- We will begin class with a continuing lesson over verb tense and mood. The class will then continue reading "Maus" and taking notes on key plot points within the novel. After reading, the class will continue answering comprehension questions on the chapters covered that day. We will discuss responses to ensure student understanding.
Friday- We will continue exploring all types of verb tenses and practice implementing proper verb tense into our writing. The class will then continue reading "Maus" and taking notes on key plot points within the novel. We will then review our chapter comprehension questions and notes from the chapters read.
November 11th-November 15th
Monday- Grammar and Writing workshop on the 8 parts of speech and how each is used in a strong and weak sentence. Students will be shown exemplars of each. We will begin class by introducing our reading assignment, "Maus." Students will be introduced to the author and develop background knowledge on the topic of the novel. Students will be given time read and take notes on key plot points within the novel.
Tuesday- Bellringer- Using Latin and Greek roots to determine word meaning. Students will be given time to read "Maus" and take notes on key plot points within the novel. The class will then answer comprehension questions over each chapter.
Wednesday- BOOK FAIR!!! Bellringer- Adjectives and the proper usage of adjectives within a sentence. Mini-Lesson over author's tone and established mood. Students will then be given time to continue reading the novel and taking notes over symbolism usage in the novel and key plot points.
Thursday- Bellringer- Adverbs and the proper usage of adverbs within a sentence. Whole group discussion and annotation- Symbolism usage within the novel. The class will then be given time to read the novel and anwer comprehension questions over the chapters read.
Friday- Determining word meaning in context practice and identifying the author's intended audience practice. Students will continue reading "Maus" and taking notes as they read. I will frequently stop to answer questions and discuss key plot points to ensure student understanding.
November 4th-November 8th
Monday- Latin and Greek roots journal entry. Informational text anlaysis. Students will be reading a Scope Magazine article and answering close reading comprehension questions over the article.
Tuesday- Library visit. The class will begin with a review of Latin and Greek roots and how to determine word meaning in context. We will then continue analyzing informational text, and students will be focusing on author's purpose and intended audience.
Wednesday- Latin and Greek root quiz.
Thursday- Journal Entry. The class will begin with a mini-lesson on text structures. Students will then complete a small group exercise on text structure identification.
Friday- Parts of speech exercise using Rewordify. Students will continue working with Informational text and determining the usage of nonfiction elements.
October 28th-November 1st
Monday- Poetic elements and Types of poetry review. The class will be reviewing poetic elements, types of poetry, and class notes from "The Raven" to preparer for our test on Tuesday.
Tuesday- Poetic Elements/The Raven Test.
Wednesday- Journal entry/Identifying word meaning within context. The class will begin with a lesson on informational texts and charactistics of informational text. We will analyze text structures and their purpose within informational text. Students will then practice identifying the author's purpose of a text and evidence to support.
Thursday- Journal entry/Identifying the central idea of an informational text and citing textual evidence to support. The class will begin with a lesson on central idea, author's view, and citing textual evidence to support. Students will complete a formative assessment on all three topics.
Friday- Journal entry/Round robin free write. Scholastic Scope article. Students will read, annotate, and practice close reading techniques on the selected article. The class will answer comprehension questions on the informational text.
October 21st-October 25th
Monday- Daily grammar practice based on sentence structure and parts of speech. We will begin class with a mini lesson over theme and how to identify the intended audience of the text. The class will then review poetic elements and how they apply to our Edgar Allen Poe reading assignment.
Tuesday- Journal entry based on the topic of Edgar Allen Poe. Review of figurative language and poetic elements. Students will complete a formative assessment over the poetic elements. Poetic Elements/Edgar Allen Poe review.
Wednesday- Daily grammar practice. Writing workshop- students will complete a writing assignment based on an identified intended audience. Poetic Elements/Edgar Allen Poe review.
Thursday- Poetic elements/Edgar Allen Poe Test
Friday- Journal Entry/Free Write with intended audience in mind. Scholastic Scope theme based activity.
October 15th-October 18th
Tuesday- Daily grammar practice with the 8 parts of speech/Exemplars of strong sentence structure. The daily lesson will begin with the students completing a small group assignment over the 8 parts of speech. The class will then be introduced to the different elements of poetry such as style, theme, and figurative language usage.
Wednesday- Book Fair! Journal Entry involving theme identification, evidence to support the claim, and intended audience identification. The class will then engage in a small group activity over a poetic reading assignment. Students will then revisit poetic elements and complete a short formative assessment over these elements.
Thursday- Sub Day plans. Daily grammar practice with the 8 parts of speech. The daily lesson will begin with students completing a Readworks.com reading assignment over poetry, and answering comprehension questions over the reading assignment.
Friday- Sub Day plans. Scholastic Scope exercise. Students will read an article from Scholastic Scope magazine, and they will complete an objective summary exercise, as well as answering comprehension questions over the article.
October 7th-October 10th
Monday- Bellwork: Sentence Type construction activity/Conjunction. Class will begin with an introduction of the reading assignment for the week, which is a Scope Magazine article entitled, "Our Beautiful Town is Gone." Students will engage in activities involving the central idea, summarization, and cited textual evidence over the article.
Tuesday- Library Visit. Bellwork: Daily Grammar Practice/8 parts of speech. We will continue with our reading assignment for the week, and the class will answer questions over the Scope Magazine article.
Wednesday- Daily Grammar Practice. Sentence Type and parts of speech activity. PEG writing assignment. Students will complete their argumentative essays on the PEG writing platform.
Thursday- Early release day. Class debate. Upon completion of our Argumentative writing prompt, the students will engage in a class debate involving our argumentative writing assignment for the class.
September 30th-October 4th
Monday- We will begin class with a chapter review of "The Cay." Daily Grammar Practic- Sentence Type identification and construction. Class review of argumentative writing elements. Argumentative writing assignment over "The Scarlet Ibis."
Tuesday- Daily Grammar Practice(conjunctions and clauses). Argumentative outline construction with peer review. The class will annotate the text, "The Scarlet Ibis," and identify reasons to support their claim and evidence to support their reasons from within the text. Introduction and Body paragraph review with exemplars and thesis statement construction.
Wednesday- Journal Entry. The class will begin with a review of Counterclaim/Rebuttal paragraph requirements, and students will construct a counterclaim paragraph outline. Upon completion the class will work within their small groups to identify evidence to support the counterclaim. The class will conclude with students given time to construct the rough drafts of their Argumentative Essay on PEG writing.
Thursday- Sentence Type review. Peer review of student rough drafts and argumentative elements identification. The class will then be given time to write and construct their essays on the PEG writing platform.
Friday- Students will continue to construct, review, and revise their argumentative essays.
September 23rd-September 27th
Monday- Sentence Type activity/Identification and Construction. We will continue to review for our Unit 1 test.
Tuesday- Unit 1 Test
Wednesday- Journal Entry/Free Write Narrative/Sentence Type usage. PEG writing prompt. We will begin the lesson with the introduction of the writing prompt, and the requirements/expectations of the prompt. The class will review Argumentative writing elements such as claim, counterclaim, transition words/phrases to guide the essay, thesis statement, and conclusion. Students will be given time to construct their outline at the end of class.
Thursday- Journal entry. We will begin class with a review of the elements of the Introduction paragraph and exemplars to ensure student understanding. The class will be given time to construct the Introduction paragraph of their essay. Upon completion students will be given time to read "The Cay," and answer chapter comprehension questions as they read.
Friday- Sentence Type activity. The class will finish reading "The Cay." We will review key plot elements from the story, theme analysis, character development, and conflict.
September 16th-September 20th
Monday- Test Review. We will review literary elements such as plot, setting, theme, conflict, etc., as well as chapter reviews for the first 6 chapters of "The Cay."
Tuesday- Test Day. Literary Elements/The Cay Test.
Wednesday- Journal Entry/Google Classroom Assignment sentence types. We will begin class with a small group activity which will involve central idea, text type identification, and citing textual evidence to support.
Thursday- Journal Entry. Paired text lesson involving realistic fiction and poetry. Poetry mini-lesson. Students will engage in comprehension questions involving the paired text.
Friday- Unit 1 Common Interim Assessment Review.
September 9th-September 13th
Monday- Google Classroom Assignment/Sentence Type Activity. Literary elements review. Students will be reading "The Cay" and annotating the text as they read. Plot activity.
Tuesday- Library Visit. Literary elements review. Students will be reading "The Cay" and annotating the text as they read. The class will then answer comprehension questions over Chapters 1 and 2.
Wednesday- Sentence Type/Usage activity. Literary elements review. Small group fictional elements activity and comprehension questions over the book. Students will be reading "The Cay" and annotating the text as they read. The class will record key plot points, character traits, and conflicts within the novel.
Thursday- Writing workshop over Chapters 1 through 3. Objective summary. Once the students are finished with the writing workshop the class will continue reading "The Cay."
Friday- Elements of fiction Quiz. After students finish the quiz, they will be given time to read "The Cay" and annotate the text as they read.
September 3rd-September 6th
Tuesday- Journal Entry. Annotation Guidelines. The class be reading a nonfiction text and annotating the text as they read. Students will be instructed to identify the central idea and evidence to support the central idea. Students will then answer comprehension based questions from the text.
Wednesday- No School
Thursday- Argumentative writing elements review. Transition words/phrases review. PEG writing platform. Students will be finishing their argumentative essay on PEG writing.
Friday- Journal Entry/Sentence Types. The class will be analyzing fiction elements such as character, plot, theme, conflict, and setting. Students will then begin reading "The Cay."
August 26th-August 30th
Monday- 8 parts of speech review. Narrative article, "I live in a refugee camp." Students will be covering how to identify the central idea of an article, as well as the process of constructing an objective summary.
Tuesday- Daily Grammar Practice(Sentence types identification and construction). Close reading small group activity and analysis of the Scope article. Students will then complete a short quiz over the article, which will count for a grade.
Wednesday- Journal Entry. Argumentative review. We will continue our review of argumentative writing elements. Students will be given the opportunity to work on their argumentative essay.
Thursday- Daily Grammar Practice. PEG writing.
Friday- Creative writing/journal entry involving the theme of "The Cay." Students will be introduced to our reading assignment for the 9 weeks, which will be "The Cay." Students will be given time to read and take notes over narrative elements within the novel.
August 19th-August 23rd
Monday- Whole group discussion over "The Treasure of Lemon Brown." We will continue our 8 parts of speech lesson. Adjective and Adverb idenfication activity. Introduction of subject and predicate.
Tuesday- Daily Grammar Practice. Subject and predicate small group activity. We will continue with our PEG writing revisions on the argumentative writing prompt we started last week.
Wednesday- Daily Grammar Practice (8 parts of speech). We will continue working on our argumentative writing prompt in the PEG writing platform. Students will view the feedback from their 1st draft and we will discuss the feedback in a whole group discussion. Students will then begin revisions and start their 2nd draft.
Thursday- Daily Grammar Practice (8 parts of speech). We will review the 8 parts of speech. Students will continue working on their argumentative writing and submit their 2nd draft in the PEG writing platform.
Friday- 8 parts of speech quiz. Pre-reading activity for "The Cay."
August 12th-August 16th
Monday- Independent and Dependent clause review. Students will be given time to finish their writing prompt from Friday. After completion of the writing prompt we will begin our lesson over the 8 parts of speech with an emphasis on adjectives. Daily Writing prompt: If you are writing an advertisement for a brand new product, would you call it "new-fangled" or "cutting edge" to attract buyers.
Tuesday- Sentence types activity. We will continue with our Parts of Speech lesson, and daily focus will be Adverbs. Upon completion of the adverbs lesson the class will be introduced to the PEG writing platform, and we will introduce the PEG writing prompt for Wednesday. As a whole group activity we will read and annotate the article tied to the writing prompt and students will complete a graphic organizer.
Wednesday- PEG writing prompt. Students will construct a written response on the PEG writing platform and analyze feedback on their response.
Thursday- RI Testing. Upon completion of the RI test students will begin reading "The Treasue of Lemon Brown."
Friday- Library orientation. The class will continue reading "The Treasure of Lemon Brown," and students will analyze the text within their small groups.