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Pre-AP English 8

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Courtney Snelling

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Week of 5/21 - 5/25 Due: Friday May 25, 2018
Focus: Students will creatively explore writing various types of poems.
Assignments: Classwork includes defining poetry terms, writing odes, sonnets and haikus, reading various poems.
Assessments: Formative assessments on vocabulary terms.

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Week of 5/14 - 5/18 Due: Friday May 18, 2018
Focus: Students will work in collaborative groups to prepare for summative: Give Formal Presentation.
Assignments: 'Finding Light in the Darkness' group project.
Assessments: Thursday and Friday - Formal Presentations. **Final reassessment day is 5/18**

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Week of 5/7 - 5/11 Due: Friday May 11, 2018
Focus: Students will begin to prepare their projects for The Holocaust novels. Students will participate in a literary discussion with their group this Friday.
Assignments: Weekly Blog, Collaborative Discussion, Springboard Activities.
Assessments: Theme Development this Thursday.

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Week of 4/30 - 5/4 Due: Friday May 04, 2018
Focus: Students will explore issues through various Holocaust narratives.
Assignments: Includes reading passages from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Assessments: Summative Thursday - Cite and Analyze Textual Evidence. Formative Friday - Collaborative Group Discussion.

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Week of 4/23 Due: Friday April 27, 2018
Focus: Novels of The Holocaust Discussions and Publications
Assignments: Weekly Blog due Thursday in class and Collaborative Discussion is Friday
Assessments: Literary Circle Week 3. Have 2 Discussion Questions prepared!

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Focus: Students will explore various issues as they begin their self-selected novel on The Holocaust.
Assignments: Weekly reading as scheduled by reading group. Two discussion questions prepared by Friday. Use resources provided in class!
Assessments: None

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Week of 4/2 Due: Friday April 06, 2018
Focus: Students will begin next unit - Challenges to Make a Difference (please check email for further info)
Assignments: Note-taking on Introduction to The Holocaust
Assessments: No assessments this week

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Focus: Students will complete a final draft of the Argumentative Essay due 3/15
Assignments: Creating a counterclaim and conclusion. Unfinished classwork is homework daily.
Assessments: Argumentative Essay

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Focus: Students will write an Argumentative Essay
Assignments: In class assignments include completing rough draft on google classroom. Any unfinished classwork is homework for that day.
Assessment: Argumentative Essay is due 3/15. See rubric attached.

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argumentative-essay-rubric
Week of 2/26 Due: Friday March 02, 2018
Focus: Students will draft the introduction to the Argumentative Essay. Students will also be assessed on the use of persuasion appeals in a given argument.
Assignments: Students will have in class assignments leading up to the drafting of the essay. Unfinished classwork will be posted as homework.
Assessments: Determine an Author's Audience, Purpose and Position.

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Week of 2/20 Due: Friday February 23, 2018
Focus: Students will analyze persuasive appeals and how they are used to construct an argument.
Assignments: Various information essays, arguments, and articles will be read in class this week.
Assessments: Formative assessments on the use of persuasive appeals.

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Weekly Focus: Writing a Claim for an Argumentative Essay
Assignments: Read and analyze argumentative essays and articles, writing claims, and adding unit vocabulary: Debate, Search Terms, Research
Assessments: Formative assessment on Writing a Claim

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Focus: Writing Claims for Argumentative Writing
Assignments: In class assignments from SpringBoard Unit 3: Argumentative Writing
Assessments: Reassessments will take place this week on The Giver Essay and Word Choice and Analyzation in class.

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Week of 1/29 - 2/2 Due: Friday February 02, 2018
Focus: Creating a Utopian Society
Assignments: Project is due at the end of Tuesday. Gallery Walk is Wednesday!
Assessments: Friday - Analyzing Word Choice in Literary Texts

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Week of 1/22 Due: Thursday January 25, 2018
Focus: Students will complete the final draft of The Giver Essay (due 1/25)
Assignments: Homework will be unfinished classwork for the essay.
Assessments: Final Draft of The Giver Essay due 1/25. (See Rubric attached)

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Pre-AP English 8 Due: Friday January 12, 2018
Weekly Focus: Students will begin draft of The Giver Essay (How does Jonas change as a result of a conflict with his dystopian society?)
Assignments: Introduction due Tuesday end of class, Body Paragraph 1-2 due by Friday end of class.
Assessments: Formative Assessments this week on the first draft of essay

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Week of 12/18 to 12/21 Due: Thursday December 21, 2017
Focus: Students will focus on Jonas's progression throughout the novel (Chapters 18-23).
Assignments: In class assignments include reading and graphic organizer #3.
Assessments: Formative assessment on the end of the novel.

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Focus: Chapters 12-19 of The Giver. Students will locate and discuss Jonas's changes.
Assignments: In class reading of the above chapters and completion of the graphic organizer as required.
Assessments: Formative Assessments on the above chapters.

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Week of 12/4 to 12/8 Due: Friday December 08, 2017
Focus: Students will focus on Jonas's progression throughout the novel, The Giver (Chapters 6-11).
Assignment: Students will complete graphic organizer in class for upcoming essay. Unfinished classwork will become homework.
Assessments: Formative Assessments on textual evidence in Chapters 6-11.

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Weekly Focus: Discussing the ideas of Dystopia in Lois Lowry's The Giver
Assignments: Chapters 1-4 of The Giver
Assessments: None

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Weekly Focus: Introducing Dystopian Fiction
Assignments: In class notes on unit vocabulary, previewing the rubric for the next essay, and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
No Assessments this week

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Weekly Focus: Complete Final Draft of Definition Essay
Assignments: Conclusion Paragraph and Final Draft located on Google Classroom
Assessments: Heroism Definition Essay due 11/9 end of day

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Week of 10/30 - 11/3 Due: Friday November 03, 2017
Weekly Focus: Students will draft Body Paragraph 3 for the Definition Essay in class. Unfinished classwork will be homework throughout the week. Due: Friday 11/3.
Assignments: Graphic Organizer located on Google Classroom - Body Paragraph 3
Assessments: Formative Assessment - Rough Draft. Final due 11/9.

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Weekly Focus: Students will research a hero of their choice they will use in the Definition Essay. Students will choose and analyze two pieces of evidence for the essay.
Assignments: Definition Essay: Graphic Organizers (can be accessed through Google Classroom anytime!) Homework is any unfinished classwork for the day. By the end of the week the introduction, body paragraphs 1&2 should be complete.
Assessments: Formative Assessment on Body Paragraph 2.

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Week of 10/16-10/20 Due: Friday October 20, 2017
Weekly Focus: Students will complete graphic organizers in preparation for the upcoming Definition Essay.
Assignments: Writing an Introductory Paragraph (in class, can be done at home if not completed).
Assessments: No upcoming assessments this week!

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Week of 9/25-9/29 Due: Friday September 29, 2017
Focus: Students will continue to analyze the concept of Heroism in preparation for their next essay. Students will read excerpts from I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai as well as watch her 2013 interview. Students will also practice using transitions in writing.
Assignments: In class assignments, this week include responding to writing prompts as well as practicing the three definition strategies.
Assessments: Analyze Connotative Meanings Assessment - Monday

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Focus: Students will identify and practice the 3 Definition Strategies in writing: Function, Negation, Example.
Assignments: In class assignments include SpringBoard activities and Denotation/Connotation practice.
FormativeAssessment: Denotation, Connotation, Function, Negation, Example

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Week of 9/11-15 Due: Friday September 15, 2017
Focus: Understanding what is required for the next upcoming assessment: The Definition Essay. Students will Begin with the End in Mind to determine what skills and knowledge will be needed.
Assignments: Students will have in-class activities in which they will begin to define heroes and heroism.
Summative Assessment: Monday - Unit 1 Vocabulary

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Week of 8/28-9/1 Due: Friday September 01, 2017
Focus: These week students will by applying their knowledge of The Hero's Journey Archetype to create a rough draft for the upcoming Narrative Assessment.
Assignments: By the end of the week, students should have 1/2 of draft completed. Students are working in class daily. Unfinished paragraphs will become homework. Checklist is attached.
Assessments: Formative Assessments on rough drafts.

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narrative-essay-checklist
Learning Focus: Students will complete learning the steps of the Hero's Journey archetype. They will begin working on their narrative outlines. By the end of the week, students will draft the exposition for their narrative.
Assignments: In class assignments include sentence strucure and variety practice (simple, compound and complex sentences), narrative outlines and drafting exposition.
Assessments: Formative assessments on the Hero's Journey.

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Learning Focus: Students will analyze the Road the Trials in the Hero's Journey Archetype. Students will practice this skill using various texts (ie. Moana, The Giver, and The Odyssey). Students will outline ideas for their upcoming narrative. Students will also practice varying sentences in their writing; simple, compound and complex. Formative Assessment: Analyzing the Road of Trials and what these challenges can reveal about a hero.

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Focus: Analyzing and using imagery in writing. Formative Assessments: How to use nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Homework: Did you know your vocabulary increases the more you read? Try independent reading! Choose a book to read on your own. This is suggested, not mandatory.

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Focus: Expectations and Procedures for 8th Grade English Assessments: None Homework: TBD

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