The Giver Chapters 3-5
Our class continues to read, analyze and discuss chapters from The Giver in class. This week our focus will be chapters 3-5. Students need to make sure they complete the following activities for each chapter:
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a great holiday break and feels energized to embark into the second half of our school year.
This week, we will begin the study of a novel; The Giver. The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian ...
Preparing to engage:
We will start with a review of Harrison Bergeron, highlighting the characteristics of the society described in this short story. Students will use the posters they previously created, while we completed the story at the end of first semester. We will also review the academic vocabulary for this unit.
Students will read, discuss and analyze the article Utopia vs Dystopia, in class. They will complete a double bubble map to compare /contrast both types of societies.
Reading The Giver:
The novel is divided into 23 chapters. This week, we will begin reading and discussing the first three chapters. Students will have a hard copy of the novel to use in class. A book audio version will be available to help students complete any unfinished assignment. Students will be responsible for completing the following activities for each chapter:
Text Dependent Questions
Greek and Latin Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes
Many of the words we use come from a root words that were originated in other languages. In the English language, root words are generally derived from either Latin and Greek.
A root word is a word or part of a word which can form the basis of new words, through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. Understanding the meanings of common word roots can therefore help you work out the meanings of new words when you come across them.
Prefixes are a syllable, or group of syllables, added to the beginning of a word to alter its meaning. Prefixes help to add complexity to the English language and make it possible to create new words that are easily understood by speakers everywhere. Understanding a few prefix examples will help you to apply logic to new words and decode them appropriately.
Suffixes are a letter or group of letters added to the ending of words to change their meaning or function. suffixes change the meaning or grammatical function of a root word. For example, by adding the suffixes -er and -est to the adjective "fond," you create the comparative "fonder" and the superlative, "fondest."
This week our class will be using Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word. Students will be completing a series of mini-posters and other activities to display root words and their examples that they can use for future reference. The following link will take you to a list of some root words and their examples:
This week, students will read the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, in class. Students will analyze the relationship between the characters and the theme . They will also describe how setting and symbolism determine theme in the story.
As they read, students will highlight vocabulary and information that will help them answer the text dependent questions. Students will focus on the following vocabulary words for the story:
Sentences, fragments, and run-ons:
The Challenge of Utopia
This week, students will begin Unit 2, "The Challenge of Utopia." We will preview the big ideas and academic vocabulary for the unit. We will also overview and analyze the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful on completing Embedded Assessment 1.
Academic Vocabulary for Unit 2:
Wrapping up Unit 1
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!
As we approach to the end of our first unit, 8th Grade ELA students will be working on publishing their Embedded Assessment Essay. Students can refer to the links for the graphic organizer and checklist, provided the week before our break.
Additionally, we will be reviewing skills and vocabulary learned in this unit and getting ready for the Unit test at the end of the week, which includes vocabulary, comprehension and higher order thinking skills.
The Definition Essay
Monday- Overview of Definition Essay Rubric
Thursday- First Draft Proofread and Peer Edit
Friday– Type Essay (MLA format: Size 12 Times New Roman, double spaced)
What Makes a Hero
As we approach the end of our first unit, this week students will be learning and practicing strategies in preparation to their end of unit writing assessment.
Monday: Students will learn and use various definition strategies: function, example and negation
Tuesday- No School/Teacher workday
Wednesday– We will read and discuss "Where I find my Heroes" to apply definition strategies of function, example, and negation.
Thursday- Students will complete a thinking map or graphic organizer on how to define a hero according to the three different strategies for definition: function, example, and negation.
Friday– students will take the ELA Unit 1 CTLS Online Assessment. This assessment will be a test grade and data will be shared with our school's grade level content area to compare student growth and make any necessary adjustments.
Learning Targets for this week:
Students will overview the requirements for their next embedded assessment, a definition essay. They will:
Students will read and analyze "A Man," poem by Nina Cassian. As they read, students will focus on:
The following link can assist with the analysis of the poem:
-Password is: student ID
Skill Practice : studentID@ecms