Weekly Plans

8th Grade

Please note: These come directly from my lesson plans. Some of the language/notes may not be familiar or make sense, and that is okay. Also note that this is subject to change and is no way set in stone. Life and learning changes plans consistently. If you missed a day, you MUST come and talk to me/email me once you return to school to get your missing work. 



Session 1

Session 2

Week 1


EQ: How can reflection help us to better ourselves?

How do we write friendly letters?

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of friendly letter formatting by writing a letter to themselves.

New Years Letters to Ourselves:

What do you want to tell yourself from the beginning of the year, and what do you want to tell yourself going into next year?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6olqsC9NVA8

Due at the end of class!

During class- check in about NWEA/MAPS scores

Intro twelfth night

- What makes something humorous?

Give background on Shakespeare -- Shakespeare in our time (DVD in the room). Guided notes to go with this

Get ready to read-- what do they need to know about 12th night to help them understand?

Hand out books and translated versions

Discussion questions -- see the lesson book-- give before we read act one scene one

Read Act I scene one as a class with parts assigned

Do the close reading organizer together

HW: Read the rest of Act 1 for homework and complete the quote analysis WS for chapter one

Do the Act I storyboard

Due: Act I storyboard

Theme discussion:

Desire and love



Deceptio, disguise, and performance

Gender and sexual identity

Class, masters, and servants

Watch Act I of the play with discussion questions at hand

Class discussion -- Storyboard afterwards, due next class period

Read Act II


Act II storyboard

Act II discussion questions Both due Monday

Week 2


Due: Act II storyboard


Act II: Discussion questions and theme organizer, do the first one together. Finish together, anything not done is homework

HW: Start reading Act III I and complete the storyboard for Act II

Due: Discussion questions for Act III and Storyboard for Act II

Watch act II and III

Close reading for act III

Read Act IV together

With discussion questions

HW: Complete close reading sheet and storyboard for Act III

Read act IV for homework if not done in class

Due: Storyboards for III and IV and close reading

IV discussion questions

Watch act IV together

Continuing theme discussion-- do theme WS for act IV

Also, come back to, what makes this a comedy?

In Class Writing:

Assign each student a topic from pg 27 of plan book. Have them write at least one paragraph using CSC to answer the question

HW: Read Act V for homework! Do a storyboard and the quote analysis/theme

Week 3



Watch Act V

End of the play: What happened?

Watch the last act of the play

Study time-- have students write true/false questions. Tick tac toe basically see page #34 in the bok

Review one last time


Week 4


Start: Poetry Unit

Sonnet focus-- since we just came off of Shakespeare


Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDpW1sHrBaU


Explain the format and purpose

Read examples-- markup with syllable count and annotating sheet

HW: Finish annotating

SOAPSTone intro here for poetry?

Do SOAPSTone for sonnets we read yesterday

Introduce group sonnet assignment

HW: Start brainstorming for the sonnet  you will write

Read more sonnets!

Time to draft/work

Go outside and do PLT lesson on trees and stuff -- try to write a poem, sonnet, or quatrain about what we see

Turn in outside poems

HW: Have sonnets finished by Monday