Welcome Class of 2015~
While I hope that you enjoy the summer, please READ!! You have a summer packet to complete. There are sure to be rainy days and days when you are bored. That's the perfect time to work on your summer assignments.
I expect to see you all ready to go in August.
8th Graders will soon begin the Poetry Unit!
Objectives for the unit include:
Students will be able to identify figurative language (simile, metaphor, alliteration, etc...)
Students will evaluate, interpret and analyze poetry from various poets including Robert Frost, "A Road Not Taken"
Students will use figurative language to compose an original poem and perform in Poetry Out Loud: Poetry Slam
HAPPY NEW YEAR! THERE IS STILL MUCH TO BE DONE BEFORE THE CLASS OF 2014 GRADUATES IN MAY!In January, 8th grade will be reading "The House on Mango Street". The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, published in 1984. It deals with a young Latina girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is determined to "say goodbye" to her impoverished Latino neighborhood. Major themes include her quest for a better life and the importance of her promise to come back for "the ones I left behind."
Students will be getting instructions for the Multi-Genre Research Project during the first week back to class and due dates. Some time will be given during class, but the students will be working independantly with time sensitive due dates. Directions an some links are here.
During the month of December we will search for the "meaning of Christmas" by analyzing various pieces of literature including: O'Henry, Mark Twain and others. Students will be asked to prepare an essay on one of the themes that emerge from the readings.
Our next novel study will be The House on Mango Street. We will likely begin after Christmas. In FEBRUARY students will read and report independently on an assigned text.
8th grade will be reading Part 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee through the end of the first marking period. Students will be required to read a minimum of 2 chapters per day, in order to finish on time.
Students have an active literature package that will be done in part in class and in part on their own. Students should be close reading with a purpose. Students will Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
Students will conclude the novel by completing an - in class - arts integration project and taking a test.
SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
Create an informational poster - timeline about the Great Depression leading up to World War II
Timelines should include pictures and written information
(pictures and information need to include a citation on the back of the poster - otherwise you have plagerized - stolen another persons work and you will not recieve extra credit)
Information is factual
Posters should be creative and neatly presented.
They are due the first week we return to school
Multi-Genre Speech's will be given on TUESDAY 3/4/2014
Vocab Lesson 12- Activities A-F are due Friday and QUIZ on Friday
Holt Text reading and skills practice pages 181-188 are due on THURSDAY
Vocabulary Lesson 11 - Activities A-F and QUIZ due Friday
Genre #4 for the project is due FRIDAY 2/28
Students should begin drafting speech for Multi-Genre Topic that answer the Big Question: Why is this person significant to culture?
Holt Text pp 171-175 Skills Practice Page 175 due Thursday
Black History Month Prayer Service 2/28
Students should report to class with last weeks Vocabulary Lesson Homework, Holt Text skills practice page and Genre2 ready to submit on our first day back!
Vocabulary Lesson 10 - Activities A-F due and quiz #1-20 on Friday 2/21
Holt Text READING and skills page to be assigned
Genre 3 is DUE FRIDAY
Graduation Pictures will be taken on 2/21
In the event of snow all assignments will be collected on the FIRST DAY THAT WE RETURN TO CLASS! NO EXCEPTIONS
DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED to Friday 2/21/14
Thursday 8th grade graduation pictures!
Vocab Lesson 9 Quiz Friday
Activities A,B,C,D,E,F I will collect C & F
Holt Text Read pp 157-161 complete skills practice on pp 161 for THURSDAY
Genre # 2 is DUE FRIDAY
TUESDAY FEB 4th is the House on Mango Street Unit Test!
Students can expect to complete the House On Mango Street Test this week - scheduled for Tuesday.
There is NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY!
Vocabulary - Review Unit this week - complete all activities
GENRE 1 is due on Friday 2/7
100 pt EXTRA CREDIT ESSAY is due to Dr. Cassell before 2/18! See the February bulletin for details. The theme of the essay is the Civil Rights Movement. Students need to answer the question "What Civil Rights leader or event has had an impact on your life?"
Due to Snow - Vocabulary Lesson 8 Schedule of Homework and Quiz will be this week
House on Mango Street Readings as assigned
Informative Essay for Multi-Genre Project is DUE 1/31/14 - students will prepare for a Grammar Quiz on Verbs and begin preparation for test The House on Mango Street. The test will be Monday Feb 3rd - unless we have more weather issues that push the date!
January 22 - 25, 2014
MultiGenre Research Introduction is DUE ON TUES 1/21 - DUE to SNOW - INTRODUCTIONS ARE DUE ON THE FIRST DAY THAT WE RETURN TO CLASS -Students should continue to INFORMATIVE ESSAY due on 1/30
see project requirements at stjamesandjohn.wikispaces.com
Lesson 8 Vocabulary # 1-20
Tues 1/21 Activity A & D
Wed 1/22 Activity B & E - THERE is a grammar quiz on verbs scheduled for Wednesday
Thursday 1/23 Activity C& F STUDY for Quiz Friday
The House on Mango Street readings as assigned.
January 13 - 17
SIGNED PERMISSION SLIPS are due ASAP for the filed trip to St Francis on Friday for the MLK Jr. Celebration!
SIGNED INTERIMS ARE DUE BACK!
Lesson 7 Vocabulary #1-20 will be quized on Friday 1/17
Monday Night 1/13 Activity A & D
TUesday Night 1/14 Activity B & E
Wednesday Night 1/15 Activity C & F
Thursday Night STUDY!!
Multi-Genre PRoject Introduction is due on Tuesday 1/21! Students should be gathering independant research!
Lesson 6 #11-20 Vocab Activities D,E,F -QUIZ ON FRIDAY
Note when we begin Lesson 7 - we are moving to 20 words per week!
Students must submit final choice of multi-genre person for their projects by Friday January 10, 2014
WED January 8 - comprehension question worksheet for House on Mango Street!
8th Grade Essay is due before students leave for break.
There will be NO NEW Vocabulary this week.
Second Trimester Reports go home when we return from break.
NO NEW VOCABULARY
Vocabulary Re-Do - for Lesson 5 #11-20 and LEsson 6 #1-10 create a puzzle (word search, crossword or jigsaw) for words that are wrong and submit puzzle with the original quiz for credit.
You should be working on your Literary Analysis Essay!
The rubric and instructions have been distributed or you can go to the www.stjamesandjohn.wikispaces.com site for details.
December 2-6, 2013
New Vocabulary LEsson 6 #1-10
Activities A, B, C (activity C should be turned in on a separate sheet)
L6 Vocab Quiz #1-10 will be on Friday December 6
MAJOR WRITING ASSIGNMENT for 8th Grade DUE on !2/20 (or sooner) Details can be found on Ms. Schuler's Wiki -
No Homework over Break!
When we return students will continue with new Vocabulary.
HOW TO essays and materials were due today. Late projects will be accepted on Monday 12/2 but not later. This is a major assessment that represents the 1st grade of the new Trimester for English Grade.
Students have been working on a power point slide for a African or Christian Proverb for a class project. The Power Point slides are to be completed by 11/27.
Homework 11/11 - 11/15 -NO SCHOOL ON 11/13/13 Extra Credit Out of the Dust Projects and Vocabulary Puzzles due Friday
To Kill a Mockingbird, LIterature Packets & In class projects are DUE FRIDAY 11/15
HOMEWORK - Week of November 4, 2013
Read To Kill A Mockingbird Chp 21-28 this week
In class assignments to include a News Paper Report on the trial of Tom Robinson
To Kill a Mockingbird test will be NEXT WEEK
Vocabulary Lesson 5 - #1-10 complete activity A, B, C this week quiz on Friday!
HOMEWORK - Week of October 29, 2013
No New Vocabulary this week
Read Chapters 12- 18 in To Kill a Mockingbird