English 8

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If you need to access The Outsiders at home, you can find a digital version here: The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (1967) v1

February / March — My student teacher, Ms. Koshy, will be teaching the rest of the Outsiders unit. If you are absent, please see Ms. Koshy to find out what you missed.

Thursday, Jan. 26 (Section 9) and Monday, Jan. 30 (Sections 7 & 8)

In class today:

We made inferences (educated guesses) about the setting of The Outsiders, and looked for evidence from the text to back up our guesses. Then we went through some 1960s slang.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 (Section 9) and Thursday, Jan. 26 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We finished chapter 3, worked on reading strategies, and started to discuss setting in preparation for next class.

For Homework:

Reading strategies should be complete up to chapter 3.

Monday, Jan. 23 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We reviewed chapter 2 and discussed examples of foreshadowing and flashback. Then we started to read/discuss chapter 3.

Thursday, Jan. 19 (Sections 8 & 9) and Friday, Jan. 20 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We worked on our reading strategies for chapter 2. Then we talked about characterization (how does an author reveal character?) and analysed Ponyboy’s characterization in chapters 1 and 2. We worked on (and handed in) an analysis chart (“Gathering Information About Ponyboy”).

For Homework:

Reading strategies should be complete for chapters 1 and 2. If you were absent today, you can find the Ponyboy chart here: ponyboy-inferences

Tuesday, Jan 17 (Sections 8 & 9) and Thursday, Jan. 19 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We continued to read/discuss chapter 2 of The Outsiders.

Friday, Jan. 13 (Section 9) and Monday, Jan. 16 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We worked on our reading strategies for chapter 1 of The Outsiders, then started reading chapter 2 as a class.

For Homework:

Ch. 1 reading strategies should be complete

Thursday, Jan. 12 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We read and discussed the rest of chapter 1.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We practised our last reading strategy: Making Inferences. Then we made predictions about The Outsiders and started chapter 1 together.

Friday, Jan. 6 (Sections 8 & 9) and Monday, Jan. 9 (Section 7) 

In class today:

During silent reading, we practised another reading strategy: Using Context Clues. Then we continued to analyse and annotate the first few pages of The Outsiders.

Thursday, Jan. 5 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We talked about MYP assessment and updated our portfolios.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We practised another reading strategy (visualizing). Then we took a look at the first few pages of The Outsiders and discussed/came up with questions.

Thursday, Dec. 14 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We looked for examples of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Have an awesome winter break! 🙂

Tuesday, Dec. 13 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We practised another reading strategy: Rereading. Then we anonymously shared parts of our stereotypes journals with the class.

Friday, Dec. 9 and Monday, Dec. 12 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We worked on another reading strategy: Making Connections. Then we finished our “4 corners” discussion activity.

Thursday, Dec. 8 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We finished and handed in our journal entries. Then we started a “4 Corners” discussion activity to deal with some of the controversial issues we will be encountering in The Outsiders.

Monday, Dec. 5 (Section 9) and Tuesday, Dec. 6 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We practised another reading strategy: Making Predictions. Then we continued with our discussion of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Finally, we started a journal-writing activity.

For Homework:

Finish your journal entry (due Thursday). You should write approx. 1-1.5 pages (double-spaced).

Journal Questions:

How do you feel about stereotypes directed at people of your age, culture, gender, etc.?

Think of a time when you (or your friends/family) were stereotyped or discriminated against. Explain what happened and how you felt.

Friday, Dec. 2 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We practised our second reading strategy: Asking Questions. Then we continued with our “identity inquiry” by doing a stereotyping activity and learning about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

For homework:

Section 9: Fill in the back side of your “Preparing to Read The Outsiders” handout by coming up with examples of racism, sexism, ageism, and classism.

Thursday, Dec. 1 (All Sections) 

In class today:

After independent reading time today, we practised our first reading strategy: summarizing. Then we started to prepare for our Outsiders unit by beginning our inquiry into (personal and group) identity.

Monday, Nov. 28 (Sections 8 & 9) and Tuesday, Nov. 29 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We finished presenting our “How-to” speeches. Then we took a “What kind of reader are you?” quiz and started to learn about reading strategies.

Thursday, Nov. 24 (pm — Section 9) and Friday, Nov. 25 (Sections 7 & 8) 

We presented our mini “How-to” speeches today. If you didn’t go today, please be prepared to present next class.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 (Section 9) and Thursday, Nov. 24 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We continued to work on/practice our mini speeches. Please be prepared to present next class! (Section 9 on Thursday)

For Homework:

Practise!

Monday, Nov. 21 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We started working on our “How-to” mini speeches. If you were absent today: Come up with something that you can teach the class how to do in one minute or less!

For Homework:

First three sections of outline should be complete: Introduction / Preparation / Procedure (3-5 steps)

Thursday, Nov. 17 (Sections 8 & 9 — afternoon) and Friday, Nov. 18 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We finished our speaking skills workshop by presenting our skills to the class. Next class, we will start working on our “How-to” mini speeches.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 (Sections 8 & 9) and Thursday, Nov. 17 (Section 7) 

In class today:

Persuasive paragraphs were handed in. We spent this block working in groups to prepare for our speaking skills workshop next class.

For Homework:

  1. If you haven’t yet submitted your paragraph, hand it in!
  2. Prepare for speaking skills workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 8 (Section 9) and Monday, Nov. 14 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We did a peer editing activity: proofreading and providing feedback on each other’s persuasive paragraphs.

For Homework:

Paragraph good copy due next class. Please type your paragraph (double-spaced) in Times New Roman size 12 font. If you are unable to type it up, please write it out neatly by hand (double-spaced).

Monday, Nov. 7 (All Sections) 

In class today:

After going over the assessment criteria for our persuasive paragraphs, we started writing the rough copies.

For Homework:

Please make sure that your rough copy is complete for next class.

Thursday, Nov. 3 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We shared our Halloween stories with each other. After this, we continued with our persuasive paragraph graphic organizers.

For Homework:

  1. Graphic organizers due Monday
  2. Section 7: Halloween stories due Monday

Monday, Oct. 31 (Sections 8 & 9) and Tuesday, Nov. 1 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We did a Halloween story writing activity.

If you were absent today, please write a short story (approx. 200-300 words) incorporating the following items: a pair of dice, a sock monkey, a human bone, and an antique baby rattle. You can find more detailed instructions here: halloween-story

For Homework:

Finish writing your short story. Section 7 will have an additional 15 minutes next class (because of yearbook photo disruptions).

Have a fun (and safe!) Halloween!

Thursday, Oct. 27 (Section 9) and Friday, Oct. 28 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We finished brainstorming, then started working on graphic organizers for our individual persuasive paragraphs.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Section 9) & Thursday, Oct. 27 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We talked about what makes a good persuasive paragraph topic, then worked in groups to come up with a topic and to brainstorm supporting points.

To be continued next class..

Monday, Oct. 24 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We reviewed paragraph structure and deconstructed a paragraph. Then we learned about the four different types of paragraphs.

For Homework:

Finish coming up with your four paragraph topics (one for each type)

Thursday, Oct. 20 (All Sections) 

In the morning, we paired up with our Japanese partners, gave them a tour of the school, and did our “BC Shake-Out” earthquake drill evacuation. In the afternoon, we attended the cultural fair organized for us by our Japanese visitors.

Monday, Oct. 17 (Sections 8 & 9) and Tuesday, Oct. 18 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We reviewed paragraph structure, did a paragraph unscrambling competition, and learned about transition words.

Thursday, Oct. 13 (Section 9) and Friday, Oct. 14 (Sections 7 & 8) 

We took our quiz on the parts of speech. If you were absent today, please come see me to make it up.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Section 9) and Thursday, Oct. 13 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We played a game (“The King’s Table”) to prepare for our parts of speech quiz next class.

For homework:

Study for your parts of speech quiz. If you are aiming for levels 1/2, study nouns and verbs. If you are aiming for levels 3/4, study nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, and conjunctions. If you are aiming for levels 5 and above, study all 8 parts of speech.

Friday, Oct. 7 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We did a Parts of Speech “Practice Quiz,” then played a relay game in teams.

For Homework:

Study the parts of speech. Quiz coming up next week!

Thursday, Oct. 6 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We went over our Parts of Speech worksheet, then played “Madlibs” to practice.

Monday, Oct. 3 (Section 9) and Tuesday, Oct. 4 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We finished going over the parts of speech, then practised identifying them in  sentences.

Friday, Sept. 30 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We discussed the significance of Orange Shirt Day. Then we went over the the Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) and came up with examples of each.

For Homework:

Finish your Parts of Speech worksheet to the best of your ability. Try to come up with at least three examples for each one.

Thursday, Sept. 29 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We went down to the Learning Commons to listen to a presentation on popular teen reads. Then we picked out our independent reading books.

For Homework:

  1. Portfolios (with reflections) are due tomorrow.
  2. Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book to every class.

Friday, Sept. 23 (Section 9) and Tuesday, Sept. 27 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today,  we continued to work on our portfolios.

For Homework:

Portfolios (with reflections) are due on Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 22 (PM: All Sections) 

In class today:

We labelled our portfolios, then started working on the front (visual self-representation).

For Homework:

  1. You will have one more block of class time to work on your portfolio. Please bring art supplies to class.
  2. Section 7: Good copy of reflections due next class. (Other sections’ reflections should already be complete.)

Tuesday, Sept. 20 (Sections 8 & 9) and Thursday, Sept. 22 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We edited our reflections and constructed our portfolios. (Section 9 didn’t have time to construct portfolios because of the fire drill; we will do this next class.)

For Homework:

  1. Good copy of reflections due next class. Your good copy should be typed and double-spaced (Times New Roman size 12 font) OR written neatly and double-spaced on lined paper.
  2. Bring art supplies for portfolios.

Friday, Sept. 16 (Section 9) and Monday, Sept. 19 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We continued to work on the portfolio reflections (C, D, and Self-Management Skills).

For homework:

**Bring your poster board!** Rough copy of all reflections due next class.

Thursday, Sept. 15 (PM) — All Sections 

In class today:

We talked about the portfolios we will be making and went over the assessment criteria. Then we got started on our portfolio reflections.

For homework:

  1. Bring your poster board
  2. Reflections A and B should be complete

Tuesday, Sept. 13 (Sections 8 & 9) and Thursday, Sept. 15 (Section 7) 

In class today:

We took a pop quiz on course expectations, then played a “Getting-to-know-you” game.

For homework (if you haven’t already done these things):

  1. **Return signed parent letter**
  2. Vote in the poll and leave a comment (with your name) to prove you were here

Friday, Sept. 9 (Section 9) & Monday, Sept. 12 (Sections 7 & 8) 

In class today:

We finished going over the course outline, discussed classroom expectations, and took a look at the website. Then we started to play a game.

For Homework:

  1. Visit the website, vote in the poll (scroll down!) and leave a comment (with your name) to prove you were here.
  2. Return your signed parent letter (if you haven’t already).

Thursday, Sept. 8 (All Sections) 

In class today:

We made name tags, filled in a “20 questions” getting-t0-know-you sheet, and started to go over the course outline.

For homework:

  1. Bring back signed parent letter
  2. Finish “20 questions”
  3. Make sure that you have all necessary course materials
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