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Handouts for reading in red folder
Handouts for writing in green folder


Lesson Plans
Sheri Edwards


The whiteboard requires special computer pens; please do not write on it. Use chart stands. Thank you.

Students do not use computers on substitute days. Thank you. This is for your protection.

Students sit at desks on substitute days; please arrange the students and desks as you need them. I have no seating chart.


7:45- 9:00 Prep time
9:05-10:00 Reading Grade 8
10:05-11:00 Writing Grade 8
11:05-11:55 Writing Grade 7
11:55-12:15 Monitor students in lunch room
12:15-12:45 No Duties
12:45-1:47 Writing Grade 6
1:52-2:40 Writing Grade 5
2:40 - 2:45 Notes Home; Dismissal of Grade 8

9:05-10:00 Reading Grade 8 (Handouts in red folder)

Students read in their own books for twenty minutes. Students complete two of the reading strategies on the reading strategy sheet.

9:30-10:00  Directed Reading/Thinking Activity for The Tell-Tale Heart  (Mark where you finish, if needed, so I may continue tomorrow)  Thank you.

Distribute "The Tell-Tale Heart" Vocabulary Worksheet and put the overhead copy on display. Go over the list of words with students. Read each word aloud and have students repeat it. Give the definition of the word and a clarifying example. This gives students a frame of reference when you read these words that they may not know in the story.

Note: This vocabulary segment is intended only as a brief introduction, as these words are past most middle-level students' mastery skills.

Explain to students that you are going to read a story by Poe called "The Tell-Tale Heart". (Attached) As you read the story, you will be stopping periodically and asking students to write down their predictions in response to certain questions. Tell students that this writing process will help them better comprehend the story while they are listening. Have students take out paper to record their predictions.

 Follow the Prediction Questions for "The Tell-Tale Heart" (attached). Remind students that there is no talking during the reading, no matter how badly they would like to discuss what is happening. There will be time later in the lesson to talk about the story.

Read the first question and have students write their predictions on their sheets of paper. Begin reading the story, stopping at the designated points to allow students to respond to the questions as you read them. Do not reveal questions until you have gotten to the designated place in the reading.

At the conclusion of the story, have students discuss the story and also their responses to the prediction questions. Allow them time to reach their own conclusions and process the story with one another.

T o connect prior knowledge from the session before, ask students to brainstorm a list of words to describe the story. These may be words relating to the story itself, or words relating to the characters, setting, plot, climax, and so on. Write the words on the chart stand. Save for tomorrow.

Give students the assignment sheet of their choosing as a written response to the story. Allow students time to work on the assignment. (There are some copies of the story for use at this time in the folder.)
Assignments (choose 1)
Create a comic strip with at least six blocks that summarizes a portion of the story The Tell-Tale Heart.

Create an acrostic poem that summarizes the events of the story. You can use the term “Tell-Tale Heart” as the basis for your poem.

Collect work.


Writing for all classes, 5-8:  (Hand outs in green folder, including copies of these lessons)

1. Entry Prompt:

Ask students to draw a Jack o’Lantern. Give it a name. Ask them to write a story about what it sees on Halloween night while sitting by the front door.

2. Follow the student directions in the green folder for writing strong verb, compound sentences. (Key attached.)

Collect work.
 Thank you.