Lesson Plans

LESSON PLANS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/25/14 thru 8/29/14


Monday, August 25...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to this year’s English class. We will talk about what will be covered as well as classroom expectations. Students will receive a rules letter to take home and sign along with their parents. This must be signed and returned by Friday, August 29. Students will also complete a welcome questionnaire so I can learn about the students in my classes. Exit slips completed and handed in on the way out of classroom.

NOTES - none

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the prewriting for the quick write. Due Friday.


Tuesday, August 26...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to the various websites we will use during 8th grade year and will be given their usernames and passwords to keep in their English binder. These websites include teacherweb.com (lesson plans, notes, etc.), Accelerated Reader (part of reading class), quizlet.com (for studying weekly vocabulary lessons), My Access (online writing program which contain 4 assignments per marking period), and quizstar.4teachers.org (an online testing program I use for weekly vocabulary testing). Exit slips completed and handed in on the way out of classroom.

NOTES -

teacherweb for lesson plans, notes, etc. - http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird

Accelerated Reader for reading class - https://hosted29.renlearn.com/706748

quizlet for vocabulary study - http://quizlet.com

My Access for online writing assignments - http://www.myaccess.com

quizstar for weekly vocabulary tests - http://quizstar.4teachers.org

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the rough draft for the quick write. Due Friday.


Wednesday, August 27...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Discussion on "What is a Code of Honor?" Students will then be given the definition of Code of Honor. We will review the knight's Code of Chivalry and compare that code to the definition of Code of Honor. Students will then brainstorm how they should behave, how others should be treated, and a code of ethics for during tests. We will then create a classroom Code of Honor from the ideas brainstormed.

NOTES - Code of Honor = a set of rules or principles governing a community based on a set of rules or

ideals that defines what constitutes honorable behavior within that community.

Code of Chivalry =

1. Thou shalt believe all that the church teaches and shalt observe all its directions.

2. Thou shalt defend the church.

3. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

4. Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.

5. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

6. Thou shalt make was against the Infidel without cessation and without mercy.

7. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they not be contrary to the laws of God.

8. Thou shalt never lie and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

9. Thou shalt be generous and give largess to everyone.

10. Thou shalt be everywhere & always the Champion of Right & the Good against Injustice & Evil.

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the proofing/editing for the quick write. Due Friday.


Thursday, August 28...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = final draft day, and Friday at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Notes on the author of "Le Morte D'Arthur", Sir Thomas Malory, and information about the person who finally published the legend, Caxton. We'll also discuss why the new calendar year began in March during the Renaissance times.

NOTES - Sir Thomas Malory...

- born 1420 in Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, England..died March 14, 1470

(actually 1471 in our [Gregorian] calendar since the calendar year in that

time started around March 22...Gregorian Calendar compared to Julian

Calendar which was used in Ren.)

- parents names...John and Phillipa Malory

- little is known about Sir Thomas Malory

- As a young man of 23, records reveal that he was a respectable country

landowner with a growing interest in politics

- Malory was knighted in 1441

- married Elizabeth Walsh 1442

- obviously an educated man who could read both English and French

- he is called the prisoner-knight

- by 1443 he had become a violent, lawless individual who committed a

series of crimes, including poaching, extortion, robbery, and murder.

- Most of his life from 1451 was spent in prison

- he escaped from prison at least twice

- he did most of the writing of Le Morte D’Arthur while in prison

- Le Morte D’Arthur was written while he was in prison but not published

until 1485 by Caxton, the first of English printers

- this book is the earliest production of English prose

HOMEWORK - Students are to complete their final copy for the quick write which is due tomorrow.


Friday, August 29...

QUICK WRITE - Essays will be collected at the beginning of class.

PLANS - Students will receive the worksheets for vocabulary lesson 1. We will review the exercises to be completed. Students will be given class time to start working on the vocabulary lesson. I will be available to answer any questions.

VOCABULARY WORDS - will be posted by Monday afternoon

VOCABULARY PRACTICE - will be posted by Monday afternoon

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary worksheets. These worksheets are due on Monday. Many times I collect the worksheets to be graded!