MYP Language and Literature 8


If you need to access The Outsiders at home, you can find it here:

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (1967) v1

Tuesday, Jan. 15 

We did some review (setting/slang), then discussed a few literary terms: flashback, foreshadowing, and characterization. We started a characterization activity with a clip from Disney’s The Lion King.

Friday, Jan. 11 

With the TOC, we finished our “setting in The Outsiders” activity, and then took a look at some slang from the 1960s. We also read chapter 2.

Thursday, Jan. 10 

Today we finished reading and discussing chapter 1, then worked on our reading strategies chart. We started talking about setting and looked for clues o help us determine the setting of The Outsiders.

For Homework:

Finish reading strategies chart for chapter 1.

Monday, Jan. 7 

Today we reviewed, read, and discussed chapter 1 of The Outsiders. We also started to work on our reading strategies chart for this chapter. To be continued next class..

For homework:

Don’t forget to bring a silent reading book.

Thursday, Dec. 20 

Today we critically analysed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, looking specifically for examples of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

All Careers booklets should be handed in (with Time Capsule letters attached).

Have an awesome break everyone!

Tuesday, Dec. 18 

Block C: Worked on the Time Capsule (final assessment for Careers unit)

Block D: Started Chapter 1 of The Outsiders

For Homework: Careers booklet and Time Capsule must be handed in by Thursday at the latest.

Friday, Dec. 14 

Block C: Did our final Careers lesson with Ms. Cauduro in the Learning Commons.

Block D: Worked on the Time Capsule (final assessment for Careers unit)

For Homework:

Block C: SMART goals should be complete

Block D: Time Capsule and booklet handed in Tuesday.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Block C: Started chapter 1 of The Outsiders. 

Block D: Did another Careers lesson with Ms. Cauduro in the Learning Commons.

Monday, Dec. 10

In class today, we finished going over feedback on our persuasive paragraphs. Then we started to analyse the first few pages of The Outsiders. 

For Homework:

If you choose to fix up and re-submit your persuasive paragraph, it must be handed in before winter break.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Today we did another Careers lesson with Ms. Cauduro. Anything not completed in class today must be completed for homework (5 surveys on MyBlueprint and page 8 of your booklet).

Tuesday, Dec. 4 

Today we practised another reading strategy (Summarizing). We also updated our portfolios and went over feedback on our persuasive paragraphs.

Friday, Nov. 30

We practised a reading strategy (Making Predictions) with our silent reading books, then did a “4 corners” discussion activity to prepare for our Outsiders unit.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Today we did a careers lesson on identity and goal-setting with Ms. Cauduro.

Monday, Nov. 26 

We finished debriefing the stereotypes (pictures) activity, then reviewed some important definitions (stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination). As a class, we came up with some examples of different types of discrimination. Finally, we started on a journal writing activity (to be completed for homework).

For homework:

Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper (1-1.5 pages double spaced).

  1. Have you ever been stereotyped or experienced discrimination because of your culture, gender, age, religion, etc.? Explain what happened and how it made you feel.
  2. If possible, ask a parent, relative, or older sibling to answer the above question. Record their answer (in your own words).

Thursday, Nov. 22

We practised one of our reading strategies (Making Connections) during silent reading time. Then we did some activities related to identity and stereotypes to prepare for our unit on The Outsiders.

For Homework:

If you didn’t finish your reading strategy worksheet (Making Connections), please finish it for homework.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 

Today we moved from speaking skills to reading skills. We took “What Kind of Reader are You?” quizzes and reviewed reading strategies. For the next few weeks, we will focus on one reading strategy every day during silent reading.

Friday, Nov. 16 

Today we talked about calming anxiety and “stage fright.” Then we presented our “How-To” Speeches. If you didn’t present today, please be prepared to present next class.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Today we finished writing our “How-To” Speeches, then practiced the speeches and gave each other feedback on our speaking skills. Please be prepared to present tomorrow!

Thursday, Nov. 8 

Today we worked on our “How-To” speeches. Next class we will finish and practice the speeches. The following class we will present!

Tuesday, Nov. 6

We did a speaking skills workshop.

Persuasive paragraphs were handed in. If you haven’t yet completed your persuasive paragraph or need help to do so, please see Ms. Keller ASAP.

Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2

We continued to work on our persuasive paragraphs. We reviewed common sentence errors (fragments and run-ons) and worked on fixing these mistakes in our paragraphs. Then we started a speaking skills workshop.

For homework:

Persuasive paragraphs due Tuesday. Good copies should be double-spaced and handwritten neatly or typed (Times New Roman size 12 font).

Monday, Oct. 29

Today we finished our graphic organizers and started the rough copy of our persuasive paragraphs.

For Homework:

Rough copy should be at least half complete.

Thursday, Oct. 25

We continued to brainstorm with our groups, then worked individually on graphic organizers for our persuasive paragraphs.

For Homework:

Your graphic organizer should be at least half complete (topic sentence and two points with evidence).

Tuesday, Oct. 23

We reviewed paragraph structure by analysing a paragraph, then worked in groups to come up with persuasive paragraph topics and topic sentences.

For Homework:

Portfolios should be complete by next Monday.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Today we finished organizing our portfolios. Then we reviewed paragraph structure, did a “paragraph unscrambling” competition, and learned about transition words. Interims also went home today.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Today we filled in our interim self evaluations and took our Parts of Speech quiz.

Friday, Oct. 12

After some portfolio time, we played a game (The King’s Court) to prepare for our Parts of Speech quiz next class.

For Homework:

Study for your parts of speech quiz next class (Tuesday). Pick a realistic level for YOU and study what you need to achieve that level.

Levels 1-2: Noun and Verb;

Levels 3-4: Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Verb, Conjunction

Levels 5+: Same as 3-4, plus Interjection, Preposition, Adverb

Thursday, Oct. 11

We had a bit more portfolio time, then did a parts of speech practice quiz. We continued to practice by writing our own “madlibs” in groups.

For Homework:

Parts of Speech quiz coming up on Tuesday.

Friday, Oct. 5 

We had some portfolio time, then reviewed the parts of speech and did “Madlibs” in groups to practice.

Thursday, Oct. 4

We learned about the Parts of Speech (e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.) and then worked in groups to identify them in sentences.

Monday, Oct. 1

In class today:

We worked in groups to become “experts” on Learner Profile traits, then completed a Learner Profile self assessment.

For Homework:

Complete your Learner Profile self-assessment and put it in the “Reflections and Self-Assessments” pocket of your portfolio.

Thursday, Sept. 27

In class today:

We did ATL self-assessments and goal-setting, then continued to work on our portfolios.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

In class today:

We completed reflections C and D and worked on decorating our portfolios.

For Homework:

All reflections (A, B, C, D) should be complete. Please bring art supplies next class.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Both blocks worked on portfolios today.

For Homework: Reflections A and B should be complete. Don’t forget to bring art supplies and your silent reading book next class.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 

Ms. Keller was away today. Block C went to the Learning Commons and started their first independent reading books. Block D worked on mini simile posters (“Language is like…” “Literature is like…”)

Please bring your silent reading book and poster board next class (Thurs). Block D should also bring their completed simile posters.

Friday, Sept. 14

Block C (my new English 8 class): We went over the course outline and expectations, then started on our portfolio reflections.

Block D: We went down to the Learning Commons to meet Ms. Cauduro (librarian), listen to some book talks, and sign out our first independent reading books.

For Homework:

Block C: Bring your poster board, signed parent letter, and completed reflections (A and B) to class on Tuesday.

Block D: Bring your poster board and silent reading book to class on Tuesday.

Thursday, Sept. 13

In class today:

We did a “quiz” on course expectations, then wrote our initial writing assessment. If you were absent today, please come see me to make this up.

Monday, Sept. 10 

In class today:

We went over course expectations, checked out this website, and voted in the poll (below). Then we started to brainstorm for our initial writing assessment.

For Homework:

  1. Be prepared for your writing assessment on Thursday. You will write three paragraphs: Who I Was / Who I Am / Who I Want to Be. You can bring in your brainstorming (blue sheet) to help you out.
  2. Return your signed parent letter, if you haven’t already done so.

Thursday, Sept. 6 

In class today:

We went over the course outline, filled in a 20 questions “getting to know you” sheet, and played “Two truths and a lie.”

For homework:

Please have all materials and your signed parent letter for next class.


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