2016 ELA grades 8 and 9 at PHMS.
(explanation follows below, at the bottom of this page)

To Be Used For This Class (not yet used by me as of 1/6/2016):

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Opening Questions for 3 days: brainstorm adjectives; brainstorm verbs; brainstorm groups of rhyming words
http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Writing-Practice.htm Scroll down for writing prompts that can be used as Opening Question prompts or as lesson practice.
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http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Paragraph-Correction.htm This link has 15 Beginning, 15 Intermediate, and 10 Advanced Paragraph Correction exercises which will be perfect lessons for these classes.
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http://www.englishforeveryone.org/PDFs/8_Tools_of_Persuasion_Free_Sample.pdf Grade 8 Reading Comprehension activity
http://www.englishforeveryone.org/PDFs/9_Summer_Rain_Free_Sample.pdf Grade 9 Reading Comprehension activity
http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading-Comprehension.htm List of Reading Comprehension activities for each grade 1-12
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Already Used in this class:

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.....First Hour, Grade 8 ELA
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......Third Hour, Grade 9 ELA
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Beginning on November 30, 2015, I took a long- term assignment as a substitute teacher for English Language Arts classes for Grades 8 and 9 (just one section of each.) I'm tailoring lessons to meet the needs of the students (a bit more challenging than they have done before, but by just enough to be interesting, not frustrating.) To do this, I'm meeting with other ELA teachers from each grade, to try to make plans that are similar to theirs. This will help pace the class according to accepted standards in the school and build in support in case students are challenged; they can work with other teachers and their peers in addition to working with me, for more comprehensive support. This method of planning also ensures that any districtwide or state- standard alignment being followed in the school. Furthermore, lessons are created to be used in a variety of ways to allow students to work at the level of difficulty that is best for them. Most lessons can be done independently but also work well as small group or full- class activities.

The class may need a substitute teacher for several months; the assigned teacher is absent with medical or personal issues, to the best of my knowledge.

In order to leave a convenient way to share what the class did while I was teaching, I will post some things here online, where they can be accessed by anyone, anytime.

Furthermore, I realize that the class may progress with a variety of subs with varied lengths of time assigned to the class and also a variety of levels of training or experience after my assignment ends. I will post some lessons and activities that can be used by any sub or teacher in this class without my presence in the school. I will also leave several paper copy activities in the classroom for immediate convenient use. NG, Jan 6, 2016