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Mr.  Dashan  Gaskin
Language Arts Teacher
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Concluding the Newly Emerging Career Unit.
Due Date: 5/18/2018
Subject: Career Readiness

This week, students will finish the unit on newly emerging careers in which they were assigned five careers that have surfaced within the last five years.  On Wednesday, students will be assigned their fifth newly emerging career and their reserach will be due at the end of the week.  Their research for their fourth newly emerging career, a biostatician, is due on Tuesday at the end of class.    



Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Test / Introduction to the Outsiders
Due Date: 5/18/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 7

This week, we are finishing our unit on the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and beginning an new unit on a book called The Outsiders.  On Monday, students will have a review on the Roll of Thunder Unit for a test they will have on Tuesday.  The test will consist of multiple choice questions based on the reading and literary elements (namely personification, the three different types of irony, dialogue, setting, and mood), and an essay.  On Wednesday, students will be introduced to The Outsiders.  For the rest of the week, we will engage in reading the book, student-led discussions, and completing handouts and activities that will further their understanding of the text.  



Finishing the unit on The Cay
Due Date: 5/18/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 8 - ACC

This week, we are finishing the remaining chapters of the novel The Cay, chapters sixteen through nineteen, and the accompanying student-led discussions, handouts, and activities for these chapters.  Students will then have a test on Friday on the unit, consisting of multiple choice questions on the reading, qustions about the literary elements discussed during this unit (symbolism, personification, simile, and foreshadow), and an essay question.  



The Cay (Chapters 4-8): Reading, Discussion, and Activities
Due Date: 5/4/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 8 - ACC

This week, students will read chapters and complete a variety of critical thinking activities, comprehension questions, and student-led discussions.  



Study Hall
Due Date: 5/4/2018
Subject: Career Readiness

Considering that seventh graders are taking the PARCC test this week, the class will be given study hall so that they can prepare for other classes. 



Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Chapters 11 and 12 Reading, Discussion, and Activities / PARCC Testing
Due Date: 5/4/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 7

This week, students will progress further in the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, specifically focusing on chapters 11-12.  We will have a myraid of different activities on these chapters including in-class reading, student-led discussions, short writing assignments, and dramatic re-enactments of the novel's plot.  



Skills Assessment
Due Date: 4/13/2018
Subject: Career Readiness

Using the program NJCAN, a website devoted to career research and development, students will complete a skills assessment to ascertain whether or not they posess appropriate skills for the careers they want to join in the future.  The assessment will be due at the end of the week.  



Finishing The Pigman / Introducing The Cay
Due Date: 4/13/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 8 - ACC

This week, students will finish the last two chapters of the novel The Pigman, chapters fourteen and fifteen.  We will have a variety of different activities to address these chapters including comprehension questions, student-led discussions, and essay writing.  They will have a mid-week test on the novel consisting of multiple choice questions and an essay.  They will be allowed to use the text on the assessment.  Later in the week, we will transition into our next novel The Cay.  Students will conduct and present research on the historical context of this novel and its setting, WWII and the island of Curacao respectively.  



Career Presentations
Due Date: 3/26/2018
Subject: Career Readiness

Students have been asked to choose a career of their choice and to then create a ten-slide PowerPoint presentation on said career.  Each slide should be devoted to one of ten questions that I asked students.  Students in the audience will write down two pieces of knowledge they learned from their peers' presentation.  



Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Comprehension Questions Ch 1-5
Due Date: 3/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 7

Students will be starting a new novel entitled Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and answering comprehension questions as well as completing various critical thinking, curriculum based assignments on the reading.  



The Pigman Comprehension Questions and Activities
Due Date: 3/26/2018
Subject: Language Arts Grade 8 - ACC

This week, students will be reading The Pigman while answering comprehension questions on each chapter and completing various curriculum-based, critical thinking activities on the reading.