Virtual Cavalier Instructional Outline
Teacher Name: M. Ferguson & M. Garay, Grade 8 Language Arts
Primary SOL Addressed (including sub-standard):
Learning Target for your child:
Procedures & Activities
Additional Information the teacher needs to let the student & parent know about the activities.
March 30 - April 3, 2020 Monday - Friday
8.5 The student will read and analyze
a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
a)Analyze how authors’ development of characters, conflict, point of view, voice, and tone convey meaning. c)Explain the development of the theme(s).
e)Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using references to the text for support.
Fable (Aesop) Focus:
● fable defined
● writing -
personal choice response
Fable (Aesop) Focus:
● background information
on- fables & Aesop
○ Anchor Chart for
● reading, listening & visual
for - The Oak and The
● vocabulary words - flexibility & compromise
○ Word Map for the above
● discussion questions ● writing activity
The Oak And The Reeds, Fable Assignment: Pt. 1 - 6 can be found on Ms. Garay’s webpage.
The Oak And The Reeds, Fable Assignment: Pt. 1 - 6 “hard-copies” can also be found in the FC “fish bowl”.
It is designed to be a weekly assignment with the students working through 1 - 2 “parts” each day.
Each “part” should be familiar to the students as we have worked on similar assignments in the past.
Students can “make a copy” and complete the “parts” on the document and reshare with Mrs. Ferguson or respond on their own “hard copy”, notebook paper.
We are available through email or during our google-meet times.
3/30/2020. Hey All! Here is the next assignment- Just going to drop it here for right now!
Grade 8 Language Arts
The Oak And The Reeds
By Aesop Pt. 1
Background Information: Click on the links below to view the two videos about Aesop and his fables.
Anchor Chart: Use the above videos to either add to or create your own anchor chart... make sure to “capture” the most important aspects of a fable by including a visual and a brief description for each.
What do we find in a moral/lesson FABLE?
Fable: Read the fable, The Oak And The Reeds, and watch the video using the attached link.
The Oak And The Reeds by Aesop
A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. But the Reeds bowed low in the wind and sang a sad and mournful song.
"You have reason to complain," said the Oak. "The slightest breeze that ruffles the surface of the water makes you bow your heads, while I, the mighty Oak, stand upright and firm before the howling tempest."
"Do not worry about us," replied the Reeds. "The winds do not harm us. We bow before them and so we do not break. You, in all your pride and strength, have so far resisted their blows. But the end is coming."
As the Reeds spoke a great hurricane rushed out of the north. The Oak stood proudly and fought against the storm, while the yielding Reeds bowed low. The wind redoubled in fury, and all at once the great tree fell, torn up by the roots, and lay among the pitying Reeds.
Flexibility and Compromise: Using the Word Map format below, create your own Word Map for the words -
1) flexibility 2) compromise
Discussion Questions: Answer the following questions thoughtfully and in complete sentences. NOTE: complete sentences = capital first letter - complete thought - end mark
Why did the reeds think they were stronger than the oak?
Ex. The reeds thought they were stronger than the oak, because _____ your answer _____
Have you ever felt stubborn, like the oak? Explain!
Have you ever “bent,” or compromised a little, like the reeds? Explain!
Why does it take more bravery to bend, like the reeds? Explain!
What do you think the moral of the fable is? Explain!
What do you think it means to be “strong”? Explain!
Writing Activity: Respond to the following prompt in ONE of the following forms: a journal entry, poem, song lyrics, comic strip or a visual with words.
➔ Taking into consideration our nation’s, state’s, and local community’s current situation... how can we apply the moral of this story to what we as a whole and as individuals are going through? Share your thoughts and feelings.
Dear Students and Families: This is the link for our 8th grade guidance counselor. Feel free to reach out as needed.
Also- please check student emails for English 8 work but it is also posted on
my "assignments" page here.
Feel free to email with any questions! email@example.com