Lori Fulton

April / May 2018


Poetry Terms Quiz on Monday, April 16 for 8-2, 8-4 and 8-5

Typed Opinion Paragraph due in Google Docs and shared online due on Thursday, April 19 for 8-3

Poetry Terms Quiz on Wednesday, April 18 for 8-1


What We Are Working On:

Independent Reading and Reading Logs

Independent Reading Marathon Project

Poetry Vocabulary and Quiz

Poetry Comprehension

Who am I? poems

Self-Portrait poems

Wish poems

Bad Dream poem - Exploring Form

First Line or Song Title poems

Langston Hughes Author Study



January 2018


ELA 8-1 - Opinion Paragraph due on Thursday, Jan. 25 (Topic - Should parents help their children with homework?) Format details are posted on Google Classroom


-Opinion Writing

-Paragraph Structure

-Transition Words

-Main Ideas and Details - Reading and Outlining

-Relevant vs. Irrelevant Details

-Short Story - Two Islands - Theme Response Writing

-Brain Starts and Quick Writes

-Independent Reading and Reading Logs






November 2017


ELA 8-1 - Vocabulary Quiz on Thursday, Nov. 16

ELA 8-3 - Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday, Nov. 15 

Home Reading - Students should be reading a Just Right novel. They should be reading outside of class - aim for at least 40 pages/week of at home reading. Students should be able to complete one book per month (average of 200 pages).



-Independent Reading and Reading Log

-Brain Starts and Quick Writes

-Elements of Fiction - Vocabulary Work and Quiz

-Short Story - Family Affair by Richard Hardwick

-Short Story - Sentry

-Short Story - I Was Here

-Theme Analysis Practice and Assessments

-Short Story Elements Test - Application




October 2017



-Reader's Notebook Set Up

-Independent Reading Selection (Just Right Book)

-Reading Log

-Book Exploration Assignment (text features)

-Brain Starts and Quick Writes

-Finishing Life is a Cookbook Assignment - 8-2, 8-4, 8-5

-Finishing My Brilliant Writing Career Assignment - 8-1, 8-3

-Halloween Inspired Writing


Novel Study for 8-2, 8-4 and 8-5 classes (Miracle's Boys):

      Chapter 7

      ABC Review Assignment

      Chapters 8 and 9 (Notice and Wonder Response Writing)

      Chapters 10 and 11 (Comprehension Grid - Symbolism)

      Chapters 12 and 13 

      Review - There-Their and They're Usage

      Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 - Instagram Style Assignment (Visualizations)

       Crossword Puzzle Review

       Viewing of Mini-series based on Novel 


Global Citizen Unit for 8-1 and 8-3 classes:

      Non-fiction article - A Global Citizen is ... with Making Connections assessment




-Join Google Classroom for ELA

-Reading and Writing Surveys

-Brain Starts and Quick Writes

-Set up Writer's Notebook

-Me from A to Z 

-Life is a Cookbook Writing Assignment for 8-2, 4, 5

-My Brilliant Writing Career Assignment for 8-1 and 8-3


Students in 8-2, 8-4 and 8-5 (Core Classes) will start a novel study of Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson.

         Chapter 1 - Focus on Contrasts and Contradictions (Old Charlie vs. Newcharlie)

         Chapter 2 - Focus on Memory Moments and Words of the Wiser

         Chapter 3 - Comprehension Questions

         Assessment on Chapters 1-3 - Focus on Characters, Setting, Conflict, POV, and Symbolism

        Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 - Comprehension Questions

        Chapter 6 - Comprehension Grid

Students in 8-1 and 8-3 (Integrated Classes) will start a Global Citizen Unit.

        Quick look at World Population numbers and factors influencing growth

        Written response to global population videos - focus on main messages

       Table Talk Activity - Global Issues - What are they? Examples? Which one is most concerning and why? (Assessed for participation and ability to create an argument and offer support for it)

       Creating a definition for a "global citizen" - Table Talk Activity (Assessed for participation and following of directions)