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LA 8H - 1st nine weeks syllabus

Calendar: August 11 to October 6






Aug. 8










11 A

Introduction to class, guidelines, and procedures

HW: (1) Get guidelines signed (2) Get syllabus signed (3) CEA, p. 176 (Semicolons) Odds (summer reading assignment)

12 B


15 A

                   Get vocab. handout for “pre”  (DUE 8/29)

                   Formulating theme statements for literature

                   Go over behavior contract

HW: (1) Get behavior contract signed (2) Prepare for summer reading test over Cold Sassy Tree and Edgar Allen Poe stories

16 B

17 A

   Summer Reading Journals DUE

   Summer Reading test

   Review sentence parts

   HW:  (1)  LN: p. 4 (odds); p. 7 (odds); p. 10 (odds); p. 13 (odds)  (2) Bring Edgar Allen Poe book

18 B


19 A

   Review pronouns

   Introduce DIDLS and literary analysis

   Go over Poe stories: analyze tone and symbolism; formulate theme statements

HW:  LN: p. 49 (all); A&B on p. 52 (all); A&B on p. 55 (all)

22 B






23 A

   Review pronouns

   Discuss diction and imagery

   Close reading from “Tell Tale Heart,”  “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Masque of Red Death”

   HW:  LN: A&B on p. 58 (all); A&B on p. 61(all); p. 67 (all); p. 7 0 (all)

24 B

25 A

   Using vivid verbs

   Analyze diction and imagery in "The Giant Water Bug" by Annie Dillard

   HW:  (1) LN: p. 79 (all); A&B on p. 80 (all); p. 88 (all); p. 100 (all) (2) Complete “Pre” handout  and study for quiz (3) Bring Crafting Expository Argument

 26 B



29 A

   Vocab. Quiz: "pre"

   Writing to Show: Turning telling sentences into showing sentences

   HW:  Writing to Show Assignment #1, pp. 42 (or 43-44 for white 4th edition)

30 B


31 A

  WTS #1 Due

   Get vocab. handout for “non” (DUE 9/13)

  Review adjectives and adverbs

   Introduce E3 and SH editing symbols

   Peer edit WTS #1

   HW:  (1) LN: p. 106 (all); p. 115 (all); A on p. 116 (odd); A on p. 122 (all) (2) Get progress report signed

Sep 1 B



2 A

  Review prepositions and prepositional phrases

   Introduction to shared inquiry discussion using "Jack and the Beanstalk"

   HW:  LN: A & B on p. 127 (all); A on p. 128  (all); p. 130 (all); A on p. 131 (all)





Labor Day



6 B


7 A

  Review prepositions and prepositional phrases

   Discuss "Jack and the Beanstalk"

   HW:  WTS #2 p. 44


8 B


9 A

   WTS #2 Due

   Review action and linking verbs and subject and object complements

   Peer Edit WTS #2

   Read “Gaston” and annotate

   HW:  (1) Complete “Non” handout  and study for quiz (2) Get progress report signed


 12 B


13 A

   Vocab. Quiz: “Non”

   Get vocab. handout for “uni” (DUE 10/3)

   Review subject complements

  Graded discussion: “Gaston”

   HW:  L.N. pp. 22-23 (all)

14 B


15 A

   Assign WTS revision

   Review object complements

  Read “The Lady or The Tiger” and discuss

   Close reading: analyze diction, imagery and details

   HW:  (1) L.N. pp. 25-26 (all); p. 215 (all) (2) Get progress report signed

16 B



19 A

  Review complements

  Discuss the levels of questioning

   “The Dinner Party” : formulate questions

   HW: WTS revision due next class (major grade)

20 B


21 A

   Writing to Show Revision DUE (major)

  Tone: Analyzing author’ s tone in passages

  Review complements

   HW:  Grammar Review sheet


22 B


23 A

   Grammar Review

  Review diction, imagery, and details in passages

   HW:  Study for grammar test


26 B


27 A

   Grammar Test

  Review writing to show

   HW:  Read “The Monkey’s Paw” (Interactive Reader) and write two discussion questions

28 B


29 A

  Reading Check Quiz

   Dependent vs. independent clauses

   Discuss “The Monkey’s Paw”

   Analyze irony, suspense

   HW: Study for “uni” quiz

30 B



Oct 3 A

   Vocab. Quiz: “Uni”

   Dependent vs. independent clauses

  Read and discuss “Raymond’s Run”

   Close reading: characterization and tone

   HW:  L.N. p. 148 (all); p. 150 – A & B (all)

4 B


5 A

   Review plot

   Look at story beginnings

  “Harris Burdick” story starters

   HW:  Plot and sensory details chart for story

6 B




Staff Development


Major Grades:                           

(1) Summer Reading Journals  + Summer Reading Test = 1 major


(2) Grammar Test                                                                    

(3) Writing to Show Revision   


Quiz Grades:

(1) Writing to Show Assignment #1 

(2) Writing to Show Assignment #2

3) Quizzes for “pre,” “non,” and “uni”

(4) “The Monkey’s Paw” reading quiz