Grade 8 — Literature and Language Arts

Posted on January 14, 2020

Upcoming assignments:

  1. Literary Analysis essay due Feb. 28th
  2. TKaM ch. 1-3 + Harper Lee facts  quiz & notebook check = Wednesday, 1/15

1.14 —

TKaM ch. 1-3 + Harper Lee facts  quiz & notebook check = Wednesday, 1/15

Ch. 1 vocab =

  1. brethren
  2. dictum
  3. taciturn
  4. unsullied
  5. repertoire
  6. vapid
  7. malevolent
  8. nocturnal
  9. ramrod
  10. foray

Ch. 2 vocab =

  1. indigenous
  2. literate
  3. wallowing
  4. illicitly
  5. covey
  6. entailment
  7. vexations
  8. mortgaged
  9. mortification
  10. pronouncements

Ch. 3 vocab =

1.onslaught

  1. speculation
  2. dispensation
  3. irked
  4. expounding
  5. erratic
  6. iniquities
  7. furor
  8. wrought
  9. fractious
  10. amiable
  11. misdemeanor
  12. disapprobation
  13. concessions
  14. discernible

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1/9 —

TKaM ch. 1-3 + Harper Lee facts  quiz & notebook check = Wednesday, 1/15

1/6 —

To Kill a Mockingbird — started TODAY! First quiz & notebook check tbd…

WW pages 63-65

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12/17 —

Christmas Carol binder due TOMORROW!

Christmas WW quiz tomorrow 😉

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12/10 —

Continue working on “A Christmas Carol” & Literary Analysis essay

Grammar test 12/17

12/3 —

WW quiz Friday!

“Christmas Carol” — Stave 4 & 5 (questions & vocab)

Literary Analysis essay — Finish intro & move to body work

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11/25 —

No WW quiz this week! [Thanksgiving Break!]

Literary analysis essay — Introduction — writing the intro & getting three peer-edits

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11/18 —

WW pages 45-47 — quiz Friday!

Grammar test next Monday on pronouns

“A Christmas Carol” work — Stave 2 & 3 (questions & vocab)

Literary Analysis work — Introduction — picking three attention grabbers!

11/13 —

“A Christmas Carol” work — Stave 2 (questions & vocab)

Literary Analysis work — Edit thesis statements if needed.

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11/6 —

WW quiz Friday!

Noun tests & Literature tests (Tell Tale/Hitchhiker) went home today!

We will continue to work towards our goal of completing two long-term assignments in class — the Literary Analysis essay for “Flowers for Algernon” & the comprehensive binder for “A Christmas Carol”. Students may progress further in this at home, but this is optional. We are working on it for 45 minutes+ each day in class! I will keep updating the page with work at home options.

Literary Analysis work: Thesis statement packet due Friday.

“A Christmas Carol” work: Stave 1 questions & vocab; textual evidence chain for Stave 1

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10/28 —

WW workbook pages 31-34 –> quiz grade!

Work on Theme/Claim Statements at home if needed.

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10/21 —

WW pages 27-29 — quiz Friday

100 noun list due tomorrow!

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10/15 —

WW quiz & Lit quiz Friday — 10/18

Grammar test Thursday

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10/7 —

CW = WW pages 19-21 — quiz Friday

Lit test tomorrow on “Tell-Tale” & “Hitchhiker”

Hitchhiker Plot =

  1. Climax = “I knew that when I saw him next, I would run him down… “
  2. Resolution = “Somewhere among them, he is waiting for me. Somewhere I shall know who he is, and who…I…am…”
  3. Exposition = “I am in an auto camp on Route Sixty-six just west of Gallup, New Mexico. My name is Ronald Adams. I am thirty-six years of age, unmarried, tall, dark, with a black mustache.”
  4. Falling Action = “It was the middle of the morning. I knew mother would be home. I pictured her, tall, white-haired, in her crisp house-dress, going about her tasks. It would be enough, I thought, merely to hear the even calmness of her voice. / Operator: Number please?”
  5. Rising Action = “Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge that morning in the rain, I saw a man leaning against the cables. He was thin, nondescript, with a cap pulled down over his eyes. He stepped off the walk, and if I hadn’t swerved, I’d have hit him.”

Poe story due Wednesday

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9/30 —

Poe 1st rough draft due Tuesday with peer editing & revision

Subj Complement quiz (made by you!) due tomorrow with answer sheet attached!

WW quiz tomorrow (dictionary skills) & Friday (words on page 15)

LA test Thursday — Verbs, Lessons 1-5

Literature test next Tuesday — “Tell Tale Heart” & “The Hitchhiker”

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9/23 —

Poe brainstorming due tomorrow!

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9/19 —

Grammar test & WW quiz tomorrow!

Lit tests signed & returned by tomorrow.

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9/16 —

Literature test tomorrow on genres, Unit 1, & “Ransom of Red Chief” — study guide was put on the board today!

Grammar test Friday, 9/20 & WW quiz Friday, 9/20

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9/11 —

Workbook pages 16, 17, & 18 — classwork, finish for hw

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9/9

Classwork — Grammar textbook page 15 — P&A, Part A, #1-10 & grammar workbook pages 13 & 14

Clocks due Wednesday!

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9/5 —

Clocks due Wednesday

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9/3 —

WW quiz tomorrow!

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8/28 —

See above for all assignments due Friday & WW quiz next Wednesday.

Finish grammar textbook page 7 if not finished in class.

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8/27 —

See above for all assignments due on Friday.

Classwork (finish for HW): WW — define concoction, deft, & brackish and write a sentence for each using the context clues define, restate, or example (use each once) to show the meaning of the word in the sentence.

WW quiz on context clues next Wednesday, 9/4

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8/26 –

WELCOME BACK!

Cover grammar textbook by Friday (book sock is fine!)

Workbooks are not in yet, but once they are, they will need to be covered in clear contact paper.

The final  day to hand in Summer Reading packets is this Friday.

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