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Monday, March 9, 2015

MP3 - Week 5

    MONDAY 3-9:  Review for Vocabulary List V Test    

Do Now - Just Do It!
Entry Title:  No entry

With a partner and using your vocabulary cards for LIST V, quiz each other until Mr. DeGrandis calls time!

      Learning Targets
      I can prepare for a test that assesses my knowledge of 8th grade vocabulary words.

        Mini-Lesson:  Review of Stations

        Work Time:  Around the Room and Back Again

        Quiz a friend on vocabulary list V using your study cards.

        Study for the vocabulary test tomorrow using your flash cards!

           TUESDAY  3-10:  Vocabulary List V Test    

        1. Quick review.
        2. Take the test.
        3. Correct the test.
        4. Homework
          Re-read Chapter 1 from page 10-19 and complete the Structured Note Sheet Chapter 1, Part B.  Don't forget the vocabulary section on the back of the handout!

           WEDNESDAY   3-11:  To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1 Review    

        1. Check your grades at
        2. Tutoring Tuesdays: Come in for extra help to get those grades up!
        3. Take out your composition notebook and something to write with.
        4. HW Check:  Structured Notes Sheet Chapter 1B

        Do Now - Think and Write
        Entry Title:  TKMB Chapter 1

        Directions:  Recreate the table below including the sample entry. Then, with your Syracuse appointment, add a new piece of evidence and explain how it helps you infer a personality trait of Atticus'.

        Learning Targets
        1. I can use the strongest evidence from To Kill a Mockingbird in my understanding of the first part of Chapter 1. (RL.8.1)
        2. I can participate in discussions about the text with a partner, small group, and the whole class. (SL.8.1)
        3. I can analyze the impact of allusions to world events in To Kill a Mockingbird. (RL.8.4)

        Homework Review

        1. Meet with your Syracuse appointment.
        2. Compare your responses on the Structured Notes Sheet with your partner.  Fill in any information you may be missing.
        3. You will have five minutes to complete this activity.
        4. Be prepared to share your responses with the class.

        Sample Response to Structured Notes Chapter 1B
        The GIST
        Scout Finch is growing up in a hot, tired Alabama town, where there is nothing to buy and nothing to buy it with. She and her older brother, Jem, live with their father, Atticus, the local lawyer, and their cook, Calpurnia, close to downtown Maycomb. They’re all related by blood or marriage to everyone in town, so it’s a close-knit group to say the least.

        As our story begins, summer has just started. Scout is 6, and Jem is 10, and they have just discovered a boy hiding in their next-door neighbor’s turnip greens. He’s a scrawny kid whose name is Dill, and the three become instant friends as soon as it’s revealed that Dill has already seen “Dracula,” which gives him instant credibility.

        As summer progresses and favorite games become old hat, Scout, Jem, and Dill become obsessed with making Boo Radley come out. Boo Radley lives up the street from Scout and Jem, and legend has it that he never comes out of his house. Any small crimes or mysterious happenings in town are said to be his work, and rarely will anyone pass the house alone at night. Their first raid consists of a dare between Dill and Jem. He must run to the Radley house, touch it, and run back. He finally does it, but only after three days of careful thought and much ribbing from Dill.


        Jem, Scout and Dill describe Boo Radley in much the same way.  Scout says he is a, "...malevolent phantom," and that any "...stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work."  These descriptions clearly depict Boo Radley as a criminal and evil ghost that haunts the town and scares the neighbors. Jem describes what Boo looks like as, "Boo was about six and a half foot tall, ...dined on squirrels and any cats he could catch... there was a long jagged scar on his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."

        TONIGHT'S Homework
        Be sure you have completed all eight questions on the Study Guide sheet for Monday!  There will be a quiz on chapters 1-3!

           THURSDAY   3-12:  To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 2      

        1. Check your grades at
        2. Tutoring Tuesdays: Come in for extra help to get those grades up!
        3. Take out your composition notebook and something to write with.

        Do Now - Think & Respond
        Entry Title:  Scout

        What are some ways Atticus proves he is a good father?


        Mini-Lesson:  The Atticus Note-catcher Handout
        1. Model how to fill out the Atticus Note-catcher.
        2. Note:  Keep this in your blue folder because you will need it throughout the unit!
        3. With your Albany appointment, locate the second quote from the novel about Atticus.  What does this reveal about Atticus' character?  Be ready to share out with the class.
        With your Albany appointment, find another example, fill in your Atticus Note-catch and share it with your teacher.

        Independently, find another quote about Atticus and add it to your Atticus note-catcher.

        Fill out the To Kill a Mockingbird Structured Notes: Chapter Two

        Sample Response for Chapter Two Gist
        When September rolls around and Dill leaves to go back home to Meridian, Scout realizes that she’s starting her first year of school. After her first day, however, she’s determined not to go back. After trying to explain the complicated backgrounds of some of the county folks to the new teacher, Scout lands herself in trouble again and again, and she is not quite sure how. It should be obvious, she thinks, that offering Walter Cunningham a quarter for lunch is simply not done. They don’t take help from anyone, and the reason he doesn’t have a lunch is that he can’t afford one. When she tries to explain this to the new teacher, however, she gets her hands slapped by a ruler. When lunchtime finally rolls around, she’s grateful to get out of class and go home.

           FRIDAY   3-13:  DIRT Day    
        • Do Now - Start a DIRT Day Entry
        • Entry Title:  DIRT DAY

        1. Read Chapter 3 of To Kill a Mockingbird
        2. Be prepared for a quiz on Monday based on Chapters 1-3

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