8th Grade Reading Workshop

 Read aloud meets 8th Grade CO State RW Standard 2.1.b.i. & 2.3.b.ii.; read aloud is followed by a discussion of the figurative language, poetic devices, and vocabulary the author used and what effect they have on the reader.

8th grade vocabulary lessons meet 8th Grade CO State RW Standard 2.3.a&c.

At Home Reading Evaluated each Monday/Tuesday! Every middle school student should be reading at least 20-30 minutes every evening!

 Thursday, August 17

  • Welcome
  • Intro activity- Black Dot
  • Explanation of reading/writing split classes
  • Classroom guidelines
  • Procedure- signing out books; allow students to choose books

Monday, Aug. 21

  • SOTC (Status of the Class)
  • RA- Shadowclub
  • Syllabus
  • Genre packet
  • SSR

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • Review reading strategies
  • Foreshadowing Notes (CO Standard 2.3.b.)
  • Foreshadowing packet (CO Standard 2.3.b.)
  • “The Monkey’s Paw” story guess
  • Begin reading “The Monkey’s Paw”; practice making predictions

Wednesday, Aug. 23

  • Finish reading “The Monkey’s Paw”; practice making predictions
  • Discuss story- focus on elements of a short story & writer’s craft (CO Standard 2.1.a. & b.)

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • RA- Shadowclub
  • Vocabulary- SAT Lesson 1
  • SSR

Monday, Aug. 28

  • SOTC
  • RA: Shadowclub
  • Vocab practice: SAT Lesson 1
  • SSR

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • RA
  • Review- Visualizing
  • Notes on imagery (CO Standard 2.3.b.)
  • Begin reading, “Stop the Sun”  (CO Standard 2.1.a. & b.)

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Vocabulary practice (Quiz Th.)
  • Finish reading “Stop the Sun”

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Vocab Online Quiz
  • RA
  • SSR

Mon., Sept. 4

  • No school- Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  • SOTC
  • RA- The Shadowclub
  • SSR

Wednesday, Sept. 6

  • Vocab- Root word packet (highlight roots you know)
  • Discuss connecting- Begin reading “The Ransom of Red Chief”

Thursday, Sept. 7

  • Vocab root word study #1- Choose 5 words
  • Finish reading “The Ransom of Red Chief”; discuss connections

Monday, Sept. 11

  • SOTC
  • NWEA test- Reading (you will get SSR tomorrow, so bring your novel)

Tuesday, Sept. 12

  • Finish NWEA testing?
  • RA- Shadowclub
  • SSR

Wednesday, Sept. 13

  • Vocab- make flashcards for root words
  • Tell-Tale Heart Vocab (CO State Standard 2.1.b.i.)
  • Anticipatory Set
  • Think, pair, share- “What is sanity vs. insanity?”- (CO State Standard 1.1.a.iv.)

Thursday, Sept. 14

  • Discuss the reading strategy, “Questioning” and Q.A.R. strategy, Right There, Search & Find, Author & Me, On My Own
  • Listen to “The Tell-Tale Heart”; follow along in lit books, (CO State Standard 2.1.a.i.,ii., & iii.;  2.1.b.iii.)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnHFMAxACnM
  • Split up into small groups and create discussion questions & hand them in

 

Mon, Sept. 18

  • SOTC
  • RA- Shadowclub
  • Vocab- practice your flashcards (quiz on Thurs.)
  • SSR

Tues, Sept. 19

  • RA
  • Mood & Tone in “The Tell-Tale Heart” (CO RW Standards 2.1.a.iii.; 2.1.b.i.; 2.3.a.iii.)

Wed, Sept. 20

  • RA
  • Close reading of K. Gallagher’s Article of the Week: “Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away”  (CO State Standards 2.2.a.i.&ii.; 2.2.b.iii.; 2.2.c.ii.)
  • Discuss some comments

Thurs., Sept. 21

  • RA
  • Personal response to non-fiction article  (CO State Standard 3.2.a.iv.)
  • SSR- (Vocab oral quiz during SSR)

Mon., Sept. 25

  • SOTC
  • RA- Shadowclub
  • SSR

Tues., Sept. 26

  • Vocab Unit 2 online- highlight unknown words
  • Begin Holocaust research

Wed., Sept. 27

  • Continue with Holocaust research

Thurs., Sept. 28

  • Vocab Unit 2 practice
  • SSR

Mon., Oct. 2

  • SOTC
  • RA- Shadowclub
  • Unit 2 practice
  • SSR

Tues., Oct. 3

  • WOTD- conspicuous (453)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 1: Sc. 1 & 1/2 of Sc. 2 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Complete reading guide questions

Wed., Oct. 4

  • WOTD- loathe (461)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 1: Finish Sc. 2; read part of Sc. 3 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Complete reading guide questions

Thurs., Oct. 5

  • RA
  • Online Unit 2 quiz
  • SSR

 

Mon., Oct. 9

  • Battle of the Books presentation
  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Oct. 10

  • WOTD- vile (464)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 1: Finish Sc. 3 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Reading guide questions

Wed., Oct. 11

  • WOTD- zeal and oppression (480)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 1: Sc. 4 & 5 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Reading guide questions

Thurs., Oct. 12

  • RA
  • Root words 2- Choose 5 new words
  • SSR

Mon., Oct. 16

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Oct. 17

  • WOTD- foreboding (493)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 2: Sc. 1 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Reading guide questions

Wed., Oct. 18

  • WOTD- pandemonium (506)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 2: Sc. 2 & 3 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Reading guide questions

Thurs., Oct. 19

  • RA
  • Root words- flashcards (10)
  • SSR

Mon., Oct. 23

  • Status of the class
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Oct. 24

  • WOTD- remorse (507)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Act 2: Sc. 4 & 5 (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.b.i. & iii.; 2.2.b.iii.)
  • Reading guide questions
  • Review study sheet for test (Mon/Tu)

Wed., Oct. 25

  • The Diary of Anne Frank exam
  • SSR

Thurs., Oct. 26

  • Compare/Contrast The Diary of Anne Frank play & movie (CO RW Standard 2.1.c.i.)

Mon., Oct. 30

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Vocab- Lesson 3 (highlight unknown words)
  • SSR

Tues., Oct. 31

  • Compare/Contrast The Diary of Anne Frank play & movie (CO RW Standard 2.1.c.i.)

Wed., Nov. 1

  • Compare/Contrast The Diary of Anne Frank play & movie (CO RW Standard 2.1.c.i.)

Thurs., Nov. 2

  • Finish movie
  • RA
  • Discuss differences between the play and the movie

Mon., Nov. 6

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR
  • Touch base on vocab

Tues., Nov. 7

  • RA
  • Vocab
  • “All But my Life”- Gerta Weissman Klein

Wed., Nov. 8

  • Finish “All But my Life”
  • Work on Critical Thinking questions
  • Vocab work?

Thurs., Nov. 9

  • RA
  • Vocab
  • SSR

Mon., Nov. 13

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Nov. 14

  • Vocab
  • Essential question: What do paperclips have to do with the Holocaust?
  • Paperclip documentary (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.c.i.)

Wed., Nov. 15

  • Paperclips documentary (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-iii.; 2.2.c.i.)
  • “Butterfly” poem (CO RW Standards 2.2.a.i.-ii.; 2.2.b.i.- ii.; 2.2.c.i.; 2.3.a.iii.)
  • RA?

Thurs., Nov. 16

  • RA
  • Vocab
  • SSR

Mon., Nov. 27

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Nov. 28

  • Vocab (online)
  • APES powerpoint (Take notes)
  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade”- 1st reading

Wed., Nov. 29

  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade” second reading & work on reading guide
  • Read APES answers
  • RA?

Thurs., Nov. 30

  • RA- Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
  • Vocab- online (Book 1, Lsn 4)
  • SSR

Mon., Dec. 4

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Dec. 5

  • KWL on Frankenstein
  • Read “Man-Made Monster”
  • Vocab Bk 1, Lsn 4 practice (if time)

Wed., Dec. 6

  • RA
  • Complete critical thinking questions for “Man-Made Monsters”
  • Vocab practice (if time)

Thurs., Dec. 7

  • RA
  • Vocab quiz
  • SSR

Mon., Dec. 11

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Dec. 12

  • Vocab- Choose 5 new roots
  • Close reading of Movie Theater article

Wed., Dec. 13

  • Written response to Movie Theater article
  • Make flashcards for vocab words

Thurs., Dec. 14

  • RA
  • Vocab practice (pair up)
  • SSR

Mon., Dec. 18

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Dec. 19

  • Vocab practice (pair up)
  • Begin reading, “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

Wed., Dec. 20

  • Finish reading, “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”
  • Put main events from story in chronological order
  • Vocab practice (if time)

Thurs., Dec. 21

  • RA
  • SSR (oral quiz)

 

Mon., Jan. 8

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Jan. 9

  • Intro to novel unit- 3 Facts you can find about S.E. Hinton and/or her writing of The Outsiders
  • Essential question: Why do people judge others by their appearance?
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 1 (to p. 11); (CO RW Standards 2.1.a.i.-iii.; 2.1.b.i. & iii.)

Wed., Jan. 10

  • Word of the Day- asset (6)
  • Finish reading Ch. 1
  • Work on RG questions

Thurs., Jan. 11

  • RA
  • Discuss The Outsiders Portfolio Project
  • SSR (Finish RG ?’s if you are not done, before you move into SSR).

Mon., Jan. 15

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Jan. 16

  • WOTD- vaguely (33) (CO RW Standard 2.3.a.i., iv., vi., vii.)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 2  (CO RW Standards 2.1.a.i.-iii.; 2.1.b.i. & iii.)
  • Work on comprehension questions
  • SSR

Wed., Jan. 17

  • WOTD- aloof (38- aloofness) (CO RW Standard 2.3.a.i., iv., vi., vii.)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 3  (CO RW Standards 2.1.a.i.-iii.; 2.1.b.i. & iii.)
  • Work on comprehension questions

Thurs., Jan. 18

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

 

Mon., Jan. 22

  • SOTC
  • NWEA Reading (cont’d)
  • SSR (for those finished)

Tues., Jan. 23

  • WOTD- premonition (67)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 4
  • Work on reading guide questions

Wed., Jan. 24

  • WOTD- imploringly (72)– implore
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 5
  • Work on reading guide questions

Thurs., Jan. 25

  • Vocab SAT Bk 1, Lsn 5; highlight unknown words
  • RA
  • Catch-up on reading guide questions
  • SSR

 

Mon., Jan. 29

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Jan. 30

  • WOTD- bewilderment (88)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 6
  • Work on reading guide ?’s
  • Turn in packet

Wed., Jan. 31

  • WOTD- delinquent (107)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 7
  • Work on reading guide questions

Thurs., Feb. 1

  • Vocab practice
  • RA
  • Catch-up on reading guide questions
  • SSR

 

Mon., Feb. 5

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Feb. 6

  • WOTD- divert (125)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 8
  • Work on reading guide questions

Wed., Feb. 7

  • WOTD- menace (136)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 9
  • Work on reading guide questions

Thurs., Feb. 8

  • Vocab SAT Bk 1, Lsn 5 quiz
  • RA
  • SSR

Mon., Feb. 12

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Feb. 13

  • WOTD- indignantly (159)
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 10 & 11
  • SOTC, RA, SSR

Wed., Feb. 14

  • WOTD word list/ALL WOTD words will be checked today!
  • Make flashcards
  • The Outsiders, Ch. 12

Thurs., Feb. 15

  • Explain Collage- “What is Gold to me?”
  • RA
  • SSR
  • Homework: Bring magazines, graphics, & pics to class for the collage on Mon.; study for vocab quiz

Mon., Feb. 19

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Look over WOTD- quiz on Tu.
  • SSR

Tues., Feb. 20

  • Outsiders Vocab Quiz
  • Collage Workday

Wed., Feb. 21

  • RA
  • Collage/Outsiders Project Workday
  • Hand out cover page

Thurs., Feb. 22

  • RA
  • Collage/Outsiders Project Workday
  • OR SSR
  • Project due on Tuesday

 

Mon., Feb. 26

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues. Feb. 27

  • Outsiders Project Work (due Th)

Wed., Feb. 28

  • Outsiders Project Work (due Th)’

Thurs., Mar. 1

  • RA
  • Vocab root words (10 new roots)
  • SSR
  • Outsiders Projects are due!  Must have cover page to tell me what grade you worked toward.

 

Mon., Mar. 5

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Root word study?
  • SSR

Tues., Mar. 6

  • Outsiders Movie

Wed., Mar. 7

  • Outsiders Movie

Thurs., Mar. 8

  • RA
  • Vocab- flashcards for 10 root words
  • SSR

 

Mon., Mar. 12

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Mar. 13

  • Vocab practice (by self)
  • PARCC practice

Wed., Mar. 14

  • Vocab practice (pair up)
  • PARCC practice

Thurs., Mar. 15

  • RA
  • SSR (oral quiz of 10 root words)

 

Mon., Mar. 26

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Work on SLC’s or SSR

Tues., Mar. 27

  • RA
  • Vocab- SAT Book 1, Unit 5 (Highlight unknown words)
  • PARCC practice- Unit 3

Wed., Mar. 28

  • RA
  • Vocab practice
  • PARCC practice- Unit 3

Thurs., Mar. 29

  • No school for m.s students- Student-Led Conferences

 

Mon., Apr. 2

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Apr. 3

  • Vocab- Online practice (Quiz on Wed.)
  • PARCC practice (cont. w/Unit 2)

Wed., Apr. 4

  • Vocab- quiz
  • PARCC practice (unit 3)

Thurs., Apr. 5

  • RA
  • Shakespeare WebQuest (on Google classroom)

 

Mon., Apr. 9

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Apr. 10

  • RA
  • Review Who Am I Book requirements
  • Discuss & work on Book Covers

Wed., Apr. 11

  • RA
  • Discuss Who Am I Poem requirements
  • Read model texts
  • Make notes on questions (prewriting activity)

Thurs., Apr. 12

  • RA
  • PARCC test reminders (testing next week)
  • SSR

 

Mon., Apr. 16

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Apr. 17

  • Writer’s Workshop- Who Am I Poem

Wed., Apr. 18

  • Writer’s workshop- Who Am I Poem (peer conference on Th.)

Thurs., Apr. 19

  • Who Am I Poem peer conferencing
  • RA

 

Mon., Apr. 23

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., Apr. 24

  • Who Am I Poem due to Mrs. T
  • Discuss & work on options

Wed., Apr. 25

  • Work on Options

Thurs., Apr. 26

  • Share what you are working on for options (turn & talk)
  • RA
  • SSR

 

Mon., Apr. 30

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., May 1

  • RA
  • Work on options

Wed., May 2

  • Discuss Volkswagon/Caddie & begin working on it.

Thurs., May 3

  • RA
  • Vocab
  • SSR

 

Mon., May 7

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • SSR

Tues., May 8

  • Work on Volkwagon/Caddie  (due by the end of the period)

Wed., May 9

  • NWEA Reading (Language will be taken in writing class)

Thurs., May 10

  • Continue with NWEA Reading for those still testing
  • Vocab
  • Song lyrics or poem someone else wrote

 

Mon., May 14

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Vocab
  • SSR or work on project

Tues., May 15

  • RA
  • Unit questions

Wed., May 16

  • RA
  • Workday of Who Am I Books (due to Mrs. Day on May 17)

Thurs., May 17

  • Vocab practice (test on Monday)
  • Last day to work on Who Am I Books (due 7th period to Mrs. Day)
  • SSR

 

Mon., May 21

  • SOTC
  • RA
  • Vocab quiz
  • SSR
  • ALL NOVELS WILL BE DUE TO ME BY TOMORROW!

Tues., May 22

  • LAST DAY FOR 8TH GRADE!!!!!
  • Evaluation
  • Check in ALL Books (Card must be signed)
  • Complete all exit forms
  • Write a paper with the title, “Middle School: The Best Years of My Life” OR “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS BELOW THIS LINE ARE FROM LAST YEAR

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32 thoughts on “8th Grade Reading Workshop

    1. Madison,

      Most likely, there are papers that you would need in the absentee folder at school. You can check the website though and see if there is anything you have access to that will help you keep up.

      Mrs. T

  1. Kristian

    My book talk is on the book Three Days. I recommend this book to people who like mysterys and excitement. The highest point of interest in this book is where Sophie’s dad ( Sophie is the main character) passes out driving home from dinner. Sophie tries to get someones attention to get help, but it’s to dark. Then, these two guys stop and pick her up, and Sophie thinks that the two men are going to take her to the police but really they are taking her to their house where they will keep her there for Three Days. The main character, Sophie, is a very brave and encouraging girl! She puts up with whatever the men want her to do or whatever they make her do, and she stays strong through those Three Days. Finally, she get back home to her mom.

    1. You need to make sure you have your rough draft of your Who Am I Poem done, so you can get it peer edited when you return. Lit. letters are due today for your group as well. Hope you start feeling better! –Mrs. T

      1. E. Crossley

        Dear Mrs. TIllotson,

        Is the book cover llike a 3 Ring Bnder? Then it only needs My Name, “Who am I” , and then some pictures…

        And for the “Who am I” poem, Can you please tell me what the details are on that? the length, the topic, ect. Thank you!

        I will start working on these this weekend.

      2. Emily,

        You are going to have a 3 ring binder (1″ or 1 1/2″) to compile your Who Am I Book. Some binders have a front that you can slip a page in that would enable you to create a book cover (with Who Am I? your name & maybe some pics) on a page that you would slip in. Other people have used puffy paints to decorate the cover of their binders. It is up to you. If you look on the 8th grade page, I have put links for pdf files of the rubric & Who Am I Poem information. When I get home I will try to upload the pdf for the Coat of Arms as well. Mr. Schnickel will upload autobiography information. We will do whatever we can to help catch you up, so don’t stress out! Let me know if you need any more guidance.

        Mrs. T

  2. E. Crossley

    Thank you Mrs. Tillotson. I will keep looking at your blog, and i will take a look at Mr. Schnickel’s. Do we have school Monday, because i heard that we didn’t? But i will be back at the beginning of next week, whenever we go back to school! but thank you and i will get as much as i can on my own.

  3. Kayli Short

    Hey Mrs. Tillotson i have been sick for the past two days and still am. I can’t make it to the Lacros trip. If you could inform the sponsors I would be grateful. Thank you so much and thank you for the great opportunity even though I can’t make it.

  4. Amy

    Mrs. Tillotson, I know it’s not your deal, but do you know what day the choir informance is? I can’t find any information about it anywhere!

    1. Amy,

      There is information in the newsletter that is a little more specific, but the date is May 22 at 2 p.m. Your parents should have received the newsletter via email on Thursday.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. T

    1. Liz,

      We are continuing with our reading of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” We just finished Act 1. Are you coming back to school soon? If not, you really need to call the office and request your homework, so you can get caught up! We only have a week and a half left in the quarter.

      Mrs. T

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