Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

8th Grade Language Arts

Created: 5/28/09 Modified: 1/8/10

Unit Title: Getting To Know You Time Frame: 10 Days Grade Level: 8th Unit Summary: During this unit students will complete a variety of activities to get to know one another and to “break the ice” at the beginning of the year. Students will learn classroom expectations and consequences, get familiar with the textbooks, learn about performance portfolios, practice interview skills, create posters, and present their posters in front of the class. Essential Question(s): What is expected of me? Who am I? Who is in my class? How can I be a part of this community? Core Concept(s): Reading Writing Communication Content Area Standards (GLE’s): Reading: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 Writing: 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2 Communication: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2 Assessments: Formative: - Students will answer a journal prompt question regarding expectations, consequences, and basic classroom procedures. - Students will participate in a “BINGO” game that requires them to find classmates that have certain characteristics. - Students will present Me/We posters to the class after interviewing their partners. Summative: - There is not a summative assessment for this unit.

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

8th Grade Language Arts

Created: 5/28/09 Modified: 1/8/10

Key Vocabulary: Expectation Consequence Procedure Me/We Portfolio Log Reflection Sheet Goal Sheet Citizenship Work/Study Habits Goal Card Materials/Resources: Multimedia: Portfolio PowerPoint Presentation Me/We PowerPoint Presentation Handouts: Class Syllabus (1 per student) Me/We Rubric (1 per student) BINGO Sheet (1 per student) Textbook Trivia Worksheet (1 per pair of students) Portfolio Log (1 per student) Reflection Sheet (1 copy as an example) Goal Sheet (1 per student) Portfolio Conference Letter (1 copy as an example) Portfolio Conference Rubric (1 copy as an example) Give Me Five Outline Other Materials: File Folders (1 per student) Used File Folder (1 per student) Scissors Glue Sticks Markers/Colored Pencils/Crayons Magazine Cut-outs Photos (encourage students to bring from home) Photo of each pair of students (1 copy per student) 1 Set of Four Corners Cards Example Give Me Five Letter Lessons/Activities: 1. Welcome to Class a. Hand out syllabus to students

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

8th Grade Language Arts

Created: 5/28/09 Modified: 1/8/10

b. Go over syllabus, expectations, consequences, and classroom procedures (book check-out, bathroom sign-out, pencil sharpening, etc). c. Discuss classroom library form. d. Signed syllabus and library form due at the end of the week. 2. Meet a. b. c. d. Your Textbook Journal prompt – Review information from yesterday Hand out textbooks Textbook trivia worksheet (with a partner) Cover (and decorate) textbooks 1. Books will be kept in class throughout the year. The covers are meant to protect them from usual wear and tear, not to personalize them for each student.

3. Just Like Me a. Four Corners Game b. Connections BINGO 4. Me/We Project a. Introduce project, go over rubric, show examples b. Have students get into pairs c. Discuss interview expectations d. Begin interviews 5. Me/We Project a. Finish interviews b. Cut out posters c. Begin decorating 6. Me/We Project a. Decorate posters 7. Me/We Project a. Present Posters b. Explain Rubric Grading 8. Introduction to Portfolios a. Go over purpose, expectations, and procedures b. Hand out file folders c. Show examples of all forms d. Explain the importance of keeping folders organized (clips) e. Decorate folders 9. Goal Sheets and Portfolio Logs

Stefani Tweedy Zillah Middle School

8th Grade Language Arts

Created: 5/28/09 Modified: 1/8/10

a. b. c. d. 10. a. b. c. d.

Discuss short and long term goals Discuss citizenship and work habits Brainstorm a list of short term goals Fill out goal sheet and log as a class Give Me Five Letter Introduce letter format and purpose Read example letter Give students outline Student write letters in class and finish as homework 1. This is the baseline writing piece that we will refer back to throughout the year to look for improvements to students’ writing abilities. The teacher will keep these in a class file.